‘Pretty in Pink [Explored]’
courtesy of ‘kimberlyfaye’
Here’s an idea to get your DC spring weekend off to a good start: cherry beer.
Joining the list of 2010 cherry culinary delights is Cherry Blossom Fest from District Chophouse, first served last night at the Slow Beer Tasting put on by Slow Food DC and on tap for the next two weeks.
This ruby-red, slightly sweet creation is a filtered wheat ale made with a puree of real cherries — 294 pounds of cherries total, more than 1 pound per gallon.
Said Head Brewer Barrett Lauer, “This beer is a great beer to start off with, or end with, and has a delicate cherry aroma that compliments chocolate very nicely. It also tastes great with a touch of Oatmeal Stout in it.”
Two good beers at once? That’s a combination worth trying. Cheers to the cherry blossoms!
‘Cherry Blossom Festival 10 Mile Run’
courtesy of ‘CathyLovesDC’
The Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run is, by far, the most fun road race I’ve ever run. The crowds of cheering spectators, the flat and scenic course, and the beauty of the cherry blossoms in bloom make the ten miles pass by in an instant (well, mostly). Because it’s such a great race, it’s also immensely popular, and very difficult to register for. Last year, the race sold out in less than three hours, and during most of that time the web site was down.
This year they’re changing things up, and registration is now through a lottery system. Sign up anytime between now and December 10th, as a group or as an individual (they say you’ve got the same chance of getting in either way), and you’ll find out whether you made it in by December 15– plenty of time to start your training before the April 11 race! And if you want a guaranteed spot in next year’s race (to give yourself plenty of time to go from couch potato to 10 mile runner), sign up to volunteer for this year.
On March 26, 1912, probably the most famous ‘monument’ in the Washington DC area arrived from Japan: 3,020 cherry trees.
Year after year, these trees bloom in a beautiful display that gives us a sure-fire sign that spring is upon us. It’s also the time of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival and probably brings the biggest influx of tourists for the year.
And, by far, the blooms give the city a photogenic quality that never gets old.