We recently discovered PX Lounge, a secret speakeasy in Old Town Alexandria.
There’s no sign on the front door, and you might even walk by if you didn’t know it was there. The lounge is open to serving patrons if you see a blue gas lamp lit outside.
The interior is completely retro and the drinks, which feature homemade ingredients, are seasonal and tasty.
I can’t wait to try this lounge in the summer and see what kind of warm weather concoctions they serve.
Would you like some blueberry pie with your snow???
Right now, I’m somewhere sunny and warm, but we got a snow day one day last week.
Although I am so ready for spring, this day off from work was a wonderful little gift.
Our last day in Quebec, we spent a few hours strolling around the narrow streets in the Old Town.
We also got to try several Canadian delicacies: Tim Horton’s coffee and maple donut, poutine (cheese curd fries with gravy), and a tasty burger with maple rosemary frites.
Years ago, a Canadian friend of mine made fun of poutine as if it was the strangest traditional French canadian food, but you know what?
I thought it was delicious.
Toboggan ride right next to Chateau Frontenac
Delicious savory crepes and steaming cafe latte bowls from Casse Crepe Breton
We were lucky to be visiting Quebec City during their famous winter carnival.
You know what? Canadians are NOT afraid of cold.
Even though the temps were in the teens, the city hosted all kinds of winter fun like dog sled rides, ice luge rides, an ice castle (i’m standing inside the ice dining room above), snow sculpture, and ferris wheel in the snow.
They even had public hot tubs. I got such a kick out of the rules for the hot tubs. Mandatory: bathing suits and hats!
Three course set meal at the famous Aux Anciens Canadiens. This restaurant serves the most wonderful hearty traditional Quebec food.
Our dishes included Canadian pean soup, deer sausage and cornish hen stuffed with mushrooms and truffle sauce. We also had a meat pie and stew with chutney.
The desserts were Canadian sugar pie and upside down maple pudding cake.
As soon as we got back home to Northern Virginia, I scoured the internet for recipes for the upside down pudding cake (last cake pictured).
My version was not as good as the original, but it was still pretty tasty.
I planned a surprise weekend trip for the husband a few weeks back.
Poor guy. Somehow he thought we were going to the Bahamas…
Instead, we landed in Quebec City at temperatures 20 degrees lower than we were having in DC!
Needless to say, it took a little bit of time to adjust to the new plan, but we had a great time.
We stayed at the legendary Chateau Frontenac
Frozen maple cones sold at outside vendors
In my life, I’ve never seen snow that high
Local drink … translates “The bitch”!
It turned out to be a fantastic trip. I fell in love with Quebec City and the Chateau Frontenac.
I am excited to visit this charming city in Eastern Canada again…
but maybe in warmer temperatures.
What’s the coldest place you’ve ever been?
Mere days ago it was 60 degrees in the Washington DC area.
Then old man winter visited us again.
The cold doesn’t hold us back though…We still got the dog out for a fresh late afternoon walk in the fading sun.
So happy to get a sunny afternoon in Northern Virginia this past weekend.
After this winter we’ve been having, it was so nice to breathe the fresh air and walk around Old Town.
Spring will be here soon!
Is it starting to get warmer wherever you are?
In early January, DC celebrated winter restaurant week.
I have to admit I went a little crazy with trying out new places, and ended up at 4 new restaurants in one week.
While they were all good, the real stand out was Charlie Palmer Steak House.
I went with rather low expectations for some reason. I usually don’t get that excited about fancy steak houses. But I loved this meal.
And the best part…
It was only $21
We’ve been home over a month and I still think about the iberico ham baguette sandwich from Viena in Barcelona and the patatas bravas.
What food from your travels do you still think about?