Today I am joining up with Tara from Running ‘N’ Reading on her weekend update linkup. I finally had a weekend home in DC that involved no running/training, travel, or even concrete plans. Even so it was pretty jam packed (with FUN!) After marathon I didn’t have a lot of time to rest as I traveled for work then home to Pittsburgh for a wedding. Therefore, I was never happier to see 5 pm tick on the clock than this past Friday. A warm bath, hot tea, and an early bed time were on the evenings docket!
Saturday morning I had a personal training session with Jake, only the third post marathon workout I’ve had. After the gym I met up with Lisa (Lisa Runs for Cupcakes) who was in the DC area for the weekend visiting friends with her daughter. We had lunch and then took a beautiful fall trek to the zoo.
Saturday evening was girls night in as friends got together for a little wine and dine. I love celebrations for no reason! Then it was on to Sunday where I headed to Metro Cooking DC. I hadn’t heard of this event until a week ago but was excited about the idea of attending. When I got there the exhibit floor was already buzzing with crowds! They had cooking demonstrations, classes, and hundreds of vendors of all kinds. Sadly I got tickets so late I missed the Grand Tasting pavilion which is really where it was at in terms of sampling DC restaurants.
I had tickets to see Bobby Flay in the afternoon but first, a date at the bookstore with one Chef Todd English: Too bad the woman I asked to take the photo could not work my phone so my pics are blurry (boo!) But he was nice enough to take more than one to try and get it right. It was only after I left I realized I had my real camera on me. D’oh! Anyway, he was pleasant (and a little shy) but I picked up his latest book and had it signed so mission accomplished. He even exchanged it for a clean copy of his book after he discovered the one I had was pre-signed.
Then it was time to cruise the exhibits, visit with vendors and grab some samples. There were a lot of local exhibitors it was nice to be introduced to. I kept my wallet in check (for the most part).
I also had a ticket to the Beer, Wine and Spirits garden because… wine. I actually just started drinking wine a couple of years ago so am not wholly versed on the subject but I do know what I like. They gave out commemorative glasses and I was educated on and introduced to a lot of fermented grape deliciousness 🙂
Finally it was time for Bobby. I had actually purchased a reserved seat in the cheap seats, which was oversold to unreserved seated Groupon subscribers – so guess who got bumped to first class? If you guessed me, well, you’re a smart cookie. Bobby was on stage for a brief 30 minutes but made chicken, vegetable paella, a green sauce and Sangria. He was charming and funny and it was well worth the short span of time.
All in all a great show and overall experience at the convention center to top off a pretty great weekend. November is chugging along so quickly!!
Who out there is a foodie? Any favorite chefs or Food Network stars? Ever been to a cooking and entertainment show where you are?