August 20, 2015

Idaho Wine Run Weekend

I know it's quite late for a weekend recap, buuutttt.... I HAVE to tell you about the amazing weekend I had.

My best friend came to town for the Idaho Wine Run!

Poor Whitney had almost double the drive time because wild fires closed down the interstate. So our girls weekend got a late start, which meant missing the play I had tickets for. We quickly got over that with some Mexican food and a bottle some bottles of wine.

Saturday morning we were up early and headed out to wine country! Idaho's Snake River Valley is a great wine region and I was so excited to have a mini tour of the area via our 5K. Unfortunately, because of all the wild fires in the region, the views of the area we're not the best. Visibility was less than a quarter mile so what would have been a spectacular view from our starting point wasn't so great. Still, we we're determined to make the most of it!

We walked and ran our little 5K, making sure to stop at the tasting booth just beyond the turn around point, because duh, wine run! After we crossed the finish line and grabbed our official run tasting glasses it was on to the main event - all the wines!

I think we sampled wines from around 6 different local wineries and vineyards. The lines were long, but with strategy you could sip your sample in line for the next sample. There were also vendors and food trucks for the occasion. Whitney tried some spicy spaghetti and meatballs from one of them and they it was definitely not Whole30 delicious! 

Luckily it was a beautiful morning so we sat out in the grass an enjoyed ourselves catching up as we sobered up before the drive home.

After quick nap and a grocery run, we made our signature meal that we do every time we are together. Whitney and Laura surprise. It's always pizza and it's always different. I have to say we really out did ourselves this time! One was a sweet potato crust taco pizza with carne asada, bell peppers, onions, salsa as sauce and topped with fresh avocado and cilantro. The other was a pesto sauce, with chicken sausage, prosciutto, caramelized onions, figs, arugula and a balsamic drizzle.

Is your mouth watering yet??? We gorged on pizza, took the dog for a walk, and watched entirely too many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress.

Sunday we cruised around in her mom's convertible that she had driven down, shopped, and had lunch with my parents. Another tradition of ours is that "Aunt Whitney" always gifts the pets with their holiday attire. So both Ted and Gunner are set for Halloween with their Mexican flare! 

We ended the night with a home-cooked meal at my parents house. We reminisced a lot about how we used to be - a weekend like this would have been overloaded with alcohol, full of poor decisions and a little fuzzy. Those were the good ol' days. Still I think we are both glad we are growing up and can have a pretty picture perfect weekend without all that!

I can't wait till I see my bestie again! 


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  1. A wine run sounds like my kind of run! The only 5K I've done is the hot chocolate yeah I'll run for chocolate or wine. :) Both of those pizzas look delicious. I am dying to try sweet potato crust now!

  2. What a fun thing to have your friend do with you... those little medals are precious.
    I'll do a 5k for wine - for sure :)

  3. I need to do a wine run, that's right up my alley! And I'm drooling over those pizzas - yum!

    I LOVE those Halloween costumes - they're perfect!

  4. I could do a beer run....just sayin'! :) Sounds like a fabulous weekend with your friend!!! Those pizzas sounds freaking delicious. Where is my slice???

  5. This looks like the best time. Homemade pizza, Mexican food and wine? Yum!

  6. Both of those pizzas sound very good, except for the sweet potato crust (I just hate sweet potatoes!).

  7. Who thought of the idea of a wine run?? Because they are GENIUS. Loving your photos (the pizza ones are making me hungry).

  8. That sounds WAAAY better than the 5K I did this past weekend which was DRY aka. NO ALCOHOL. Sooo lame.. I require alcohol if the DJ/Music/Food sucks - which all three applied >.< Needless to say, we dipped early and engaged in some bad wings which we now regret. #choices. Hope it was a super fun run Laura! take Care -Iva