Tuesday, July 08, 2014

passport to fun // Rome, Italy

two weekends ago we did our Passport to Fun date for June! this time around we went to Rome, Italy and it was such a blast! for this date, Thomas picked everything that he wanted to do & i have to say he picked a fun day!

for lunch, we went to a pizza & pasta place called Sidestreet. it's in North Carolina, but it's not a far drive from where we live. his family used to go to Sidestreet a lot when he was growing up so he loves the place & swears it's the best pizza place around! the first time i went there with him, i had to agree! it's so good! so we cheated a little bit on the Italian food & just got pizza - but i am confident in our choice!

after lunch we headed to a vineyard in the area, but first we stopped in a little mountain town to explore. we walked around some of the shops & enjoyed all of the handmade items! we stopped in the little general store & got a glass bottle ginger ale & root beer! i'd like to think there are cute little mountain towns in Italy, too!

when we got to the vineyard, we did a wine tasting and got to try out 5 different wines! that was the first time i had ever done a wine tasting & it was fun! although it was a little awkward because we had no idea what to do. and the lady kept asking us if we had any questions after each wine we tasted. i'm not really sure what questions to ask other than "can i have more wine?" haha!

after the tasting, we decided to enjoy a glass out on the patio overlooking the vineyard. it was so gorgeous out there! we also got some homemade truffles & that was probably my favorite part! we enjoyed the wine so much we bought a bottle to take home with us! it really was a fun "taste of Italy"!



have you ever been to a vineyard or done a wine tasting?


31 comments:

  1. I've never been to a vineyard before, just seen them in movies! :P That looks like a pretty awesome mini-Italian date!

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  2. So cool. And I'm going to need to know where exactly that pizza place is!

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  3. I found your blog through the linkup today & absolutely love this idea! That food looks so delicious!

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  4. That pizza looks delicious! I've never been to a vineyard but have always wanted to go. Maybe someday!

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  5. Never done wine tasting before, but have to now! :)
    Love that you both do your Passport to Fun dates :D

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  6. ha! you have got to go try it out! :) i emailed you the address!!

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  7. i never even knew there was a vineyard so close to us! it's always one of those things i think is so exotic and far away! :) it was neat to get to see one!

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  8. thanks for visiting Carly! :) thank you! that food was SO SO good! and these dates have become my favorite ones :)

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  9. it really is the best around here! :) you should see if there is a vineyard near you! i had no idea this one was so close! we didn't do a tour so i'm not sure how much that costs, but the tasting was only $5!

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  10. i had never done it either! it was fun though! :) prepare some questions to ask beforehand about the wine though! lol! we were caught off guard with that.

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  11. I love this date idea! I'm loving the Passport to Fun thing!!!!

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  12. This date looks like so much fun! We had a wine tasting with one of our meals on vacation. They brought out a different wine with each course and then the "winemaker" or whatever he's called explained what was in it and how it was made. It gets pretty technical and confusing. I usually just tell the waiter to bring me out the fruitiest one.

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  13. That food looks amazing, yum! i'm headed to Napa next week and can't wait to get my wine on! Stopping by from the Blog Hop and happy to be your newest follower!

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  14. ROBYN! This is such a brilliant idea. I love it! This looks like the most perfect date ever. Italian food and wine tastings are my favorite! Beautiful photos of the vineyard! So glad y'all had a great date.

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  15. What an absolutely adorable idea! Im going to have to tell my husband about this :) It looks like you two had such a wonderful date! I found your blog through Oh, Simple Thoughts comments on the Renew trip! I cant wait to get to know you more and meet in person!!

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  16. What a lovely day...I'd love to go tour a vineyard, it must have made for a really cute date :)

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  17. I love the unique date idea!! And I would have had the sad reaction to the whole "do you have any questions" thing haha. I've never done a wine tasting but it sounds like fun!

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  18. thanks Lauren! it was so wonderful & just the perfect day date! :) ahhh yay!!! i am SO excited about the Renew retreat & can't wait to hang out with so many awesome ladies! nice to "meet" you & can't wait to become better friends!!

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  19. thanks Kaitlin! it's been so much fun & a creative adventure!

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  20. it was! i think i say each one is my favorite one yet - and this one definitely was as well! yeah i can imagine that the process is so technical! i am a white wine girl & my husband loves the dark reds!

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  21. so, so good! oh wow! a trip to Napa - that will be amazing!!! enjoy! :)

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  22. thanks Jenna! :) it really was the perfect day date! :) the vineyard was gorgeous & next time we are going to do a tour!

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  23. thanks Amber! it was a great day & such a fun date! i think next time we are going to do the tour! :)

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  24. thanks Julie! i love the themed dates - it's a creative adventure! :) yes i don't know much about wine & haven't had much so i wasn't sure what i was supposed to ask!

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  25. I'm a slacker. Every time I see these posts, I'm like, "yes! I'm going to do that!" And then look, see, here I am not having done it! Either way, looks so fantastic!

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  26. I assumed from the vineyard landscape that you were in Tuscany - such a pretty view! And I agree with Samantha below, I totally need to take inspiration from you and start doing these!

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  27. well I see those Italian vineyards are as ugly as everyone says ;)

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  28. bahahah!!! oh yes - just hideous!! :)

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  29. it is garlic bread with cheese in between every slice! oh it is amazing!!! :)

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  30. it really does look like it!! i had no idea there was a piece of Italy so close to home! :) these dates have been so much fun & i recommend them to anyone!!

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  31. ha! well that is okay! they are super fun though so maybe you will get around to it one day! :) i was a slacker this month and didn't plan so luckily Thomas saved the day!

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