I hope will not be my last. On Monday night, as my daughter and I were finishing our trip from WV to the DC area, we went to Wegman's, after she discovered I had never been to one. My Lord, what a place!! The only grocery that I've been to that even came close was Giant Open Air Market in Norfolk (45 years ago), where you could walk in at any time of the day or night (364 days per year), go to the meat department, choose your steak, take it to the restaurant and they would cook it to your specs and charge only the price of the steak. You could add a baked potato and a salad for about $1.50.
We walked around Wegman's a bit to get the stiffness out of my joints (six + hours in the car with few stops) and settled in the seafood area, where we both ordered pan-seared tilapia; mine with with lemon butter and broccoli and hers served over field greens. It was excellent, quick and inexpensive (only $10 per plate). Contrast that with my breakfast the next morning in the hotel: $9.25 for eggs and bacon, and lunch: a turkey and havarti sandwich with chips and a soda - $11 something. I think if I lived near a Wegman's, I'd eat there at least three times a week - and I don't even like grocery shopping! NOTE to Wegman's owners: you should consider moving into North Carolina (specifically Raleigh), to compete with Fresh Market and Whole Foods. I think you'd win, hands down!!
Last night, we went to the Sweetwater Tavern in Falls Church. The waiter said the magic words for me during his recitation of the night's specials: mahi-mahi. I have loved it ever since I went to Hawaii in 1982. It was served with cauliflower mash, which was sweet and smooth, and two of the biggest asparagus spears I've ever seen (they were very tender to be so large, and very fresh.) I remembered to take a photo of my plate, but I can't show it to you until I get back home. Eating there was a pleasure, so if you ever come close to them (they have 3 places in this area) treat yourself. They also brew their own beer on the premises, but I didn't have any. Daughter ate the "small" portion of prime rib, which was large enough for two, if you ask me. She ate every bite of that, the mashed potatoes, and the Caesar salad.
Despite the initial reason for this trip (the funeral), it has turned out to be delightful in every way, and of course, spending alone time with any of my children is wonderful. We will get home tonight; wish us luck, as there are more storms forecast for the areas we have to drive through.