Sometimes it’s just a great weekend trip to go back to your old stomping grounds and reminisce about the good old days. . .
This past weekend, my mom and I took a quick trip down to Virginia to . . . run some errands. Yes, I know it’s crazy to drive all the way to Virginia for a haircut and to get some skirts and my bridesmaid dress hemmed (even the tailor Mr. Kim told us we were crazy), but the thing about a trip to Virginia is that it means we get to revisit some of our favorite places to eat.
Take one: La Madeline.
This was my absolute favorite cafe to visit for French pastries when we lived in Virginia. They used to have huge fluffy cheese-filled croissant that I would always order. In the winter, my favorite spot was one of the seats by the central fireplace, so cozy. Pre-Panera, La Madeline will always have a special place in my heart.
Perfect. Delicious. Beautiful. No further words are necessary, in my opinion, for this wonderful lunch.
Although I love featuring local eateries, there are some chains that I am also a huge fan of and do really love as well. Gordon Biersch is one of them. In addition to having great beer, they also serve one of my favorite fish taco dishes. Not only do you get a soft tortilla, but they also put a blue corn crispy tortilla shell in-between the cheese and fish filling. So tasty with a super combination of textures. I’ve tried both the lobster/shrimp as well as the cajun fish, and both were delicious.
We also tried the cobb salad flatbread, which was surprisingly really good. The flatbread base is thin and crispy, with some cheese melted on top. Then chicken, blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, and avocado were layered on top. We also tasted freshly cracked sea salt on top, which definitely brought out the flavors of the ingredients and made them pop. I’m definitely a fan and would order it again, perhaps to share with a group.
Usually I’m not a vodka person, but I actually really enjoyed this martini. Especially with the olives. This may be a new favorite. Although, next time I think I’ll start the night off with this drink instead of finishing with it.
With just the right amount of sugar encrusting this delicious ball of dough, this was the perfect breakfast treat to close out a wonderful mother-daughter weekend.