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
1 small onion
1/2 -1 jalapeno
handful of cilantro
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,