“Daycation” + Homemade Salsa Verde!

Vacation? Seriously, what does that really mean?  My husband and I seem to take a vacation about every two years.  When in Tucson, we would hop on the short and easy hour flight to Vegas.  Now that we are in Charlotte, it is time to explore the beautiful state.

On Saturday we decided to take a “daycation” as my husband called it.  I had some work I needed to complete in Winston-Salem, so what better way to explore right?

First stop was to meet Rebecca from ChowandChatter at the Fourth Street Filling Station Restaurant.

Rebecca and I met when I  first started on Twitter, in Tucson in about 2009.  I have lived in Charlotte for over a year, and I am finally meeting her.  Rebecca and her family are so wonderful, I am so excited we met.

Lunch was well, delicious!  My husband said his Shrimp and Grits was the best meal since we moved to North Carolina!  They are known for their Shrimp and Grits, and it lives up to the hype.

I ordered the Carolina Crab Cake sandwich, and that was full of flavor, and just melt-in-your-mouth good!

Yes, there are no pictures of our lunch, this food blogger was chatting with a lovely friend instead.  BUT how about this picture….???

Every time someone asks me if I want dessert, even if I am sooooo full, I still will think about it.  I have a weakness for sweets.  The Key Lime Cake is homemade, and seriously AMAZING!!! I believe I may have to make a Key Lime Cake very soon!

After an audit I had to complete, we then headed over to Old Salem Tavern for a drink.  It is a beautiful old restaurant, where the servers dress in 1800’s attire. We were still full from lunch, but decided why not try some appetizers for fun.  Their special was a baked onion with blue cheese, and thyme, nestled in chicken broth.

We also had to try the Mussels with Blue Cheese and Bacon.  These were the best mussels I have ever had, just beautiful!

We decided to take a drive around Wake Forest University, and also search for a fun t-shirt from the college.

Green makes me happy!

I love spending time with my husband!  We continued to relax when we came home, and decided Sunday would be a grilling day!

We took a trip over to a local farmer’s market and picked up some vegetables and discovered they had grass-fed local beef.  So I was inspired to make homemade salsa verde to top off the steaks.

Recipe for Salsa Verde

2 tomatillos

1 small onion

1/2 -1 jalapeno

handful of cilantro

white vinager

lemon juice

True lime

1-2 tsp garlic



Chunk up vegetables, de-seed jalapeno (if you want less heat), place ingredients in blender or food processor, blend well.

Add more or less cilantro depending on preference, add garlic vinager, lemon juice, True Lime, cumin, and salt to taste.

There is no specific amount, because salsa is all about your specific taste.  Just have fun with it!

Grilling makes us VERY happy!!!

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra




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  • Ooh, love the look of those grilled veggies!
  • Nom, nom, nom! This looks soo good! Send some over?
  • I love everything in here!  Love the Key Lime Cake and I may just have to bake one!
  • omg that carolina crab cake sandwich sounds amazing! i love "daycations" exploring your local community can be so rewarding!
  • Anonymous
    Everything looks so good, but that Key Lime Pie looks absolutely heavenly! :P  
  • lovely post so cool to meet you both and great salsa :0) i never make it and really should hugs 
  • I'm so hungry now!  I just ate dinner too.  The key lime cake is my favorite.  Just thinking about Winston-Salem makes me hanker for Moravian Sugar cake.  I should try making one myself instead of just wanting to eat one.  :)  A great daycation and I'm jealous!
  • EA
    What a fun weekend, and so cool you and Rebecca got to meet! I hope to visit NC one day soon! Your salsa looks delicious too. Second salsa with tomatillos I've seen today. Perhaps I need to make both, and have a salsa taste testing this weekend :-)
  • flourtrader
    Glad you enjoyed yourself! Spending the day locally can be as much fun as a trip to another country.  I love the look of that cake-yum-great pics.
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!  We did have a lovely day together:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Great recipe! And I loved reading about your 'daycation!' North Carolina has some of the best food I've ever tasted! :D
  • Lizzy
    What a fun day-cation!  So glad you could combine some pleasure with your work.  Your meals sound outstanding...and how fun to meet an on-line friend!  Happy holiday weekend~
  • Francys Mariel Sandoval V
    terra the salsa looks delish! the color is just amazing! I bet it went perfectly with the grilled meat and veggies! And I reaaly loved how that baked onion looked I wanna try that out! Fran
  • Francys Mariel Sandoval V
    terra the salsa looks great! the color is amazing! I bet it went perfectly with the grilled meat and veggies! and that baked onion YUM I want to try that out!
  • If green makes you happy, then I can see why you moved from Tucson. :) I love a good Salsa Verde especially when it's made with those tart/sweet tomatillas. Love the way you're using it with grilled vegetables and meats. YUM!