The Best Grape Stomp That I Never Went To...

Cook (and Party) Like a Rock Star
     My friend Amber decided to come and visit me at my new home in Alexandria for a few days.  We planned on attending the annual Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp.  She made the trek from St Paul to Alexandria not knowing what she would find.  Little did she know we would never actually make it to the Grape Stomp and that instead she was in for a weekend full of ridiculous shenanigans including: a RuPaul’s Drag Race marathon, a visit to the legendary Raapers, Perkins, and a post-bar dance session to Psy’s fantastic song, “Gangnam Style,” complete with a  ballet barre, Zumba moves and LEG-WARMERS! 
     After her arrival, we sat around catching up on gossip and life events.  Eventually we decided to go for a walk in order to help me rack up my Nike fuel points.   For those of you who have not seen or heard of the Nike Fuel Band, go get one!  They’re fantastic.  They motivate you to keep yourself active during the day by setting daily activity goals in the form of fuel points. You can compete with yourself or choose to compete against others who also have the band.  Very addicting and my new obsession. 
     Continuing on… upon our return to the house, we decided that for dinner we were going to make Pork Milanese, from Anne Burrell’s newest cookbook Cook Like a Rock Star, and headed to the grocery store (and even more importantly, the liquor store) to purchase the necessary items.  
Pork Milanese
     After preparing our delicious meal, consuming large amounts of wine and visiting the Taco Bell drive-through to order a churro, we made our way to the local bar Raapers where we played a few serious games of darts and started Jukebox Wars 2012.  We capped off the night with a late-night trip to Perkins and finally a dance party in my living room to rack up the last of my fuel points for the day.  You will be happy to know that I hit a new personal record. 
      The following morning after a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy, we decided that we should not leave the couch until Amber was ready to head home.  Needless to say, neither of us was in a mood to have more wine or mill around the throngs of people that were sure to be at the Grape Stomp.  A lazy end to a great time.  Thanks for the fantastic weekend Amber!  Until next time…


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