Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summertime, Birthdays, and the River

by Maggie Sefton

Twilight on the Potomac River 

I'm back in Northern Virginia celebrating family birthdays (four birthdays within 12 days) and enjoying Summertime's Last Hurrah, aka  Labor Day Weekend.  That weekend always seems to symbolize the "official" end of summer for everyone.  Kids return to school if they haven't started already, pools close in cities all across the nation,  and that ultimate symbol of Fall---the Football Season---officially starts.

I managed to squeeze in a few days down at the river house and daughter Maria joined me for part of that time.  We indulged ourselves in a favorite pastime---discovering and enjoying new restaurants.  New to us, that is.   We found two we particularly liked----one in Fredericksburg, Virginia, that lovely historic Colonial city south of Washington, DC, and the other in a small town farther east in Virginia's Northern Neck.  Both restaurants had female chefs and specialized in sourcing super fresh local ingredients----vegetables, fruits, fresh seafood----fish, shrimp, crab, oysters.

Another Fredericksburg cafe I've discovered.

In Fredericksburg we arrived a little after 5:00pm in order to make sure we got a table at Foode (pronounced  "foodeee").  Maria had a delicious vegetable plate and I had a hanger steak with a wonderful sauce with fat blackberries and a rich, creamy polenta that was to die for.

Farther east in the little town of Warsaw, Virginia, we came earlier to insure a table at Relish, another delightful culinary find that has been discovered via word-of-mouth, plus 5 star reviews on Yelp and other online review sites.  I had a beautiful broiled salmon with this marvelous Wasabi sauce with fresh fruit, believe it or not.  Maria had a beef loin that "melted" in her mouth.

DC Metro Area Madness at night

Both Maria and I congratulated ourselves on checking reviews online and following up on two fantastic   dining spots.  There are many more in this area which is a Getaway and Escape destination for many in the Northern VA/DC/Suburban MD  Metro Area Madness.   We will definitely go exploring again.

Are you hungry yet?


Gram said...


Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

All these spots look terrific, Maggie. So glad you had a good time, it looks wonderful!

Maggie Sefton said...

Gram---Yum is right! :)

Maggie Sefton said...

mary---We had a great time. Both Maria and daughter Melissa love to explore and find new cafes. So whenever either of them come, here to the river or to Colorado, we always go exploring. :)

Annette said...

It is always fun to try local restaurants and cafés when traveling.

Sally said...

Whenever we pass through Fredericksburg, my family cannot resist a stop at Carl's!

Maggie Sefton said...

You're right, Annette. It's part of the enjoyment when traveling. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Alright, Sally----Where and what is Carl's? Cafe? Pub? Underground tavern?

Sally said...

Carl's serves frozen custard and it is delicious. It is on Princess Anne Street near University of Mary Washington. You can't miss the retro neon sign with the light up ice cream cone!