Wednesday I turned 29 again. Kidding, it was my big 3-0. I spent the big day and night at the Pendry Hotel, lounging by the pool for lunch and drinks and then we had dinner at the Rec Pier Chop House which is the restaurant on property and is so delicious. The decor is fantastic, and the food alike. The ambiance is a mix of a restaurant you would find in Charleston, SC and the East Village. It was a very special day and a perfect way to turn 30.
I have done a little reflecting back on my 20s and I have to say I am so excited for 30 and what is to come (this is a big year!). I feel so much more secure with myself, where I am in life and am just happy. If that’s what 30 is about, then sign me up!
The birthday celebrating continued all week. On Thursday, Haley made me salmon and angel hair pasta (my favorite) at home, which was so sweet. Friday we went to The Charleston for dinner. Which is amazing and such an experience.
Lastly Saturday, all of my friends and family surprised me when they were waiting at Loch Bar, where we were going for what I thought was pre-dinner drinks. It was so special, such a surprise and turned into a really fun night. Plus, it was beautiful out and we were at one of my favorite places in Baltimore. Lots of Whispering Angel was had, and I felt like such a lucky lucky lady, so much in part to Haley for his sneakiness and planning.
I also have another surprise! Haley and I are going somewhere awesome for my birthday celebration (yes, it continues!)… Here is a sneak peek and I cannot wait! More to come!
This past weekend, we were in Ocean City for the White Marlin Open fishing tournament, and to enjoy some of the last weekends of summer 😦 So sad! Does anyone else feel like this summer FLEW by?! I feel like summer always does, but this one was exceptionally fast. It is pretty neat that the largest fishing tournament in the world is right in our backyard. I have been going since I was little, and it’s getting bigger every year. We actually used to have a beach house right here on Harbor Island where the tournament takes place. as kids we called it the “Boat House,” which is quite true since it’s on a marina. We had this before moving to the ocean side, likely to make things easier on my parents who had to schlep 3 kids-worth of gear across Coastal Highway (no thanks!)
Saturday it rained, so we went to brunch at Barn 34, which is an adorable old barn converted into a restaurant on 34th street. They have amazing food. I always get the lox platter, and then we split a stack of pancakes!
The rest of the weekend we hung out, went out to dinners and just relaxed, soaking up summer.
Last week, H and I were in Sonoma and Napa Valley for a wedding and then tacked on a few days for vacay. It was so nice to be in the California sunshine with no humidity, celebrating one of our favorites couples and having lots of wine!
We stopped in the cute little town of Tiburon on our way from the airport to Sonoma for lunch at Sam’s Anchor Cafe, which did not disappoint. We sat out on the deck overlooking the San Francisco Bay and over at Angel Island. It was the perfect half-way point to Sonoma.
Saturday morning before the wedding we had to sneak in a winery tour. We chose to go to Gundlach Bundschu, because it is a family friend’s wine account. We have heard so many amazing things, and have had the wine on several occasions. We did the wine tour through their famous caves followed by some cheese and wine at their picnic tables.
Later that evening was the wedding at The General’s Daughter which was so romantic and beautiful. It was so special seeing people we love get married in their favorite place!
Sunday we headed to Napa where our first stop was to Domaine Carneros and had some sparkling wine flights and snacks on their outdoor patio. The winery itself is such an ionic building in Napa and the views are spectacular from the balcony.
We stayed at the Westin, which was fantastic. It had a beautiful pool and outdoor space where we enjoyed wine by the fire pits. Our room was gigantic. We had our own kitchen and living room with a balcony, it was really like a mini apartment.
This evening we went for drinks at Mercantile Social, the outdoor bar at the Andaz hotel downtown, followed by Oenotri for dinner. This is the best Italian spot in downtown Napa. We had pizza and pastas and were much too full after.
Monday was a wine tasting, vineyard-visiting day all day and I was so excited to go to some of our favorites! We started the day with some cheese parings and wine at Beringer. The buildings on property were so iconic. I have to say I could live on cheese and wine, so I was such a happy girl to be feasting on wine, cheeses and dips all week (who needs breakfast or lunch, right?!)
We left Beringer and headed to my FAVORITE, Cakebread Cellars. Their chardonnay is my absolute favorite wine of all time. We did a tour there and had the best tour guide, Greg. He informed us that Cakebread is the 29th oldest winery in Napa and there are now over 600! We also tried some reds produced at their vineyard that I would not have necessarily ever tried (a lot are not in distribution), and they were goooooood!
We left Cakebread and went to Opus One. Opus One’s vineyard is a very iconic, modern structure engulfed by the greenest grass. It was beautiful and much different from the other wineries.
I loved each and every experience we had in Napa. I tasted wines I would not have necessarily ever tried and also had some spectacular favorites (the Opus One 2013 Cab – amazing!) It was such an amazing experience and one that I am glad we did as it was different from our usual beach summer getaways.
Our last evening in Napa, we went to the Auberge du Soliel resort where we ate dinner at their restaurant on property. We walked around and saw the property. The pool area was beautiful and you could not beat the romantic ambiance of the restaurant. It was the perfect way to end our last dinner in Napa with the most incredible views.
On Tuesday, before heading to the airport we had to eat at Gott’s Roadside. Haley had been wanting to eat there all week. It’s a renowned roadside restaurant where the menu boasts al kind of burgers, chicken sandwiches and they are known for their onion rings (sign me up!) We ate burgers and milk shakes (and rosé, me) before heading to the airport. We kept joking that we ended Napa on a bang because we were so full!
It was such an amazing week and wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go back!
Last Saturday we had a little afternoon boat day with our friends. We cruised around the Chesapeake Bay and stopped in Annapolis for some drinks and an early dinner. It was such a hot day that we even jumped in the Bay to cool off. We love being out on the water and hopefully more days like this to come!
Last week I stayed at my friend’s house in Dewey Beach, Delaware. It was great weather and so nice to spend time together. On Saturday, Haley joined me and we went to Ocean City for the weekend to celebrate the 4th of July and relax. We hung out on the beach (it was H O T) and ate dinners at our favorite spots. I love the Patriotism that exudes throughout the 4th of July every year, and wish it was that way all year long. The sunsets were beautiful at the beach and the sky was lit a gorgeous red color every night. The water was warm (I even got in), and we just had a nice, relaxing weekend celebrating my favorite holiday.
Hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July and gave thanks to this great country and that we are so blessed to live HERE.
This week I was in The City of Angels for work. The weather was absolutely perfect. I was leaving behind 95 degree weather in Baltimore (it’s been so H O T), for the perfect SoCal 75 degree sunny weather. I managed to sneak in some fun – lunch and shopping with a friend in Santa Monica and some dinner at my favorite – Sugarfish. It was a whirlwind week, but a great one! Now I am happy to be back in Baltimore for a fun weekend and Father’s Day!
As of this last weekend, Haley and I have been dating for 5 years so he surprised me and brought me to my absolute favorite place – The Inn at Perry Cabin for a weekend getaway. It was so relaxing and the weather was perfect! We were there to celebrate and to handle some “official” business, but had the best time. Stay tuned!
This past weekend we went down to the beach for Memorial Day. I kicked off the long weekend with a long run along the water. On my run I was compelled to stop. The Morgan Stanley building had a large American Flag hanging on the side of their building. Seeing the American flag always takes my breathe away and makes me proud, but for some reason this one appeared very majestic flowing in the wind. It prompted me to stop running and take a photo. I wish more businesses did this.
We headed to the beach Friday night and got there late. Saturday the sun came out for about 4 hours so we snuck in a little beach time, but then it got cold, so we decided to head in shower and get ready for dinner at our favorite spot – Fager’s Island. I decided this jacket was appropriate for the weekend. I actually believe wearing the American flag is always appropriate in any situation.
We capped off the weekend in Annapolis at The Point for crabs. After sitting in traffic on the way home for 5+ hours, we decided we needed a little break. The sunset was fabulous and was probably the second time we saw it all weekend, so it was good to end on a high note.
Last weekend I went to the Sagamore Pendry Hotel for drinks and dinner at Rec Pier Chop House run by acclaimed chefs Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom of Locanda Verde, The Dutch and Little Park. All of which I have been to in multiple cities and they do not disappoint, so I knew Rec Pier Chop House would be delicious.
I got the scallop entree which was fantastic. Haley got the rock fish which was equally as delicious. Afterwards we went to The Cannon Room, a small little Whiskey Bar located in the back of the hotel. It’s very cool and almost hidden.
This is a bit of a hodge-podge post, but I really have been digging the demin on denim look, and realized last week I wore all-demin on three different occasions (oops!). Here is one.
This week I had an event I in NYC. We had one of the evening cocktails parties at the Classic Car Club, an awesome venue in Hudson Yards. We had cocktails on the terrace followed by an awesome catered dinner in the warehouse. It was a whirlwind week in NYC. Heading back to Baltimore tomorrow for a fun-filled weekend!
This week I went up to NYC to watch my friend shoot Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Tuesday was the season premier of her show, Below Deck Mediterranean, so she took me along to the BRAVO Clubhouse to watch. It’s so fun to see her when she is in the States. We had a blast and the episode was juicy! Everyone at BRAVO is so lovely.
I also stayed at the Sixty LES Hotel which was a fabulous hotel and property with wonderful views from the Lower East Side. My room had a balcony that overlooked the city where I could see from the Freedom Tower to the Empire State Building, and beyond. It also has a Blue Ribbon on property, which is so great. I absolutely LOVE NYC in the Spring time!