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Beer Gardens, Bike Rides, & Ten Milers

Posted Apr 07 2014 12:26pm

Happy Monday folks ;) . I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Mine was a blast and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Friday

My friend Kristen  was visiting from NYC this weekend, so on Friday a group of us got together at the Biergarten Haus on H Street to celebrate her arrival (I hadn’t been there since June 2012 !! Wow!).

Megan and I got there first along with Fabio and her boyfriend, JR, and we wasted no time in ordering delicious German beers. Megan and I had no idea what to order, but JR recommended the “Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen” which was delicious! Good recommendation, JR!
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We also ordered a basket of pretzel rolls to start with, which came with a deliciously spicy mustard and a bit of cheese. Yum!

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Since it was Friday (and it’s Lent) Fabio I wanted to order something meatless for our entree. We decided to split the spatzle with goat cheese, which was a bit like mac ‘n cheese, along with some potato pancakes.

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Although the spatzle was really good, the potato pancakes totally stole the show. I think they had some onions and/or garlic in them because they were SO tasty. Yum!!

Soon the rest of our friends arrived and we had a great time talking and catching up. Beers for everyone!

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Everyone had a pretty busy Saturday ahead of them, so we took things easy and left the bar around midnight. It was so nice to have an evening catching up with so many friends :)

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Saturday

On Saturday morning Megan and JR came over to pick up their car (they had parked it at our house the night before) and we all went out for breakfast sandwiches at a delicious bagel place up the street from us. I opted for sausage, egg, and cheese on a whole wheat everything bagel and gobbled it all up before I could take a picture. Woops!

After saying goodbye to Megan and JR, Fabio and I took out our bikes for the first ride of the season! They needed a little work after being stored up all winter, so we Fabio spent a few minutes pumping up the tires, fixing the chains, etc. ;)

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Then it was time to ride into DC to pick up our race packets for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler! It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect for a bike ride.

Once we got into DC, we were not surprised to see that it was totally packed! There were a ton of tourists in town to see the cherry blossoms, and I felt bad because most of them aren’t in bloom yet.

The Lincoln Memorial looks a little busier than it does at 6:30 on wintry Wednesday mornings , right?

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So many people!

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The ride to the packet pickup expo was nice and easy and we enjoyed the sights of DC along the way. By the way, I always follow Fabio when we ride bikes. I get too freaked out trying to navigate traffic by myself!

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Once we got to the expo, packet pick up was a breeze. We walked around the expo for a while talking to different vendors, but we were still in and out after about 45 minutes. On our way out, we ran into Woodrow Wilson who I totally thought was affiliated with the Nationals but it turns out he is his own mascot and just travels around DC in costume. Umm…ok? Whatever floats your boat, dude! Obviously I still took a picture with him ;)

chelseapresident Afterwords Fabio and I biked back toward home, and stopped at GoodStuff Eatery for lunch in Georgetown. Love that place !

The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent watching True Detective and getting everything ready for our race the next day. Eek!

Sunday

The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler was a fantastic race, and in order to do it justice I really think it deserves its own post. So- recap to come! Spoiler alert: we ran the whole thing and our pace was really good, so I’m happy!

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My dad came to the race to watch us and afterwords he treated us to a brunch at American Tap Room . Fabio and I have been there for dinner a number of times but we had never had their brunch, so we were pleasantly surprised!

The buffet had all kinds of options- bacon, sausage, chicken/waffles, potatoes, french toast, salmon, salads, pita/hummus, etc.- and there was an omelet station and pork carving area. I had a little of everything (well, not everything, but a lot!) and it was all great!

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Mimosas were also $9 for the first one and then just 10 cents after that (or something like that), so on the menu they were called “almost bottomless.” Haha! They were great, and we all had a few.

It was so nice of my dad to join us for the race and treat us to brunch afterword, and I felt so lucky to have him there. :)

After brunch Fabio and I showered up and then crashed on the couch for a while, before eventually heading out to the dog park for a bit. It was just such a pretty day, we couldn’t stay inside any more!

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We also made a quick trip the grocery store and prepared an easy chicken and pasta dinner before settling back on the couch for the season premier of Game of Thrones. For those of you who watched, what did you think?!

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P.S. Fabio and I have recently started watching GOT with all the lights off and a few candles lit. It’s pretty nerdy but makes it more fun!!

And now it’s Monday and we are back to work. Have a good start to your week my friends!

Question of the day: Do you watch GOT or True Detectives? If you do, which one do you like better?

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