October 4, 2008

The wine festival was awesome – and I think I remember all of it!!!

Our group:



We managed to squeeze in a nap and a small lunch before we headed out by bike and car to the festival. I had pita with hummus, green pepper, spinach, pear and kashis


Oh man, this is only a  SMALL sample of the number of wines I tasted!!! Luckily all of the pours were teeny tiny, but I probably tried 30-40 kinds, at least!

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Fun times were had by all:

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Look what was being strolled around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Thank goodness for Ben and his kettle corn!!! I had 3-4 handfuls –


They dared me to put this photo on the blog. Of course I eat kettle corn by the handful!!!


The ride home was actually pretty nice. It was the perfect time of day for biking :mrgreen:


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Once home, we put together a quick appetizer platter of grapes, carrots, kashis, peppers, and hummus and ordered our pizzas!!! And Michelle and Ben brought over some beer 😀 Our friends loved the platter and had a second one with dinner! I think they loved the bread :)


The boys were in the dining room discussing such things as Harry Potter and football while the girls walked to Wolfman to pick up the pizzas. The girls chose veggie with green peppers and mushrooms and the boys got meat with sausage and pepperoni.


Plus we made a spinach salad with goat cheese, peppers, craisins and homemade dressing.


My plate. The pizza crust wasn’t quite cooked enough and actually tasted a lot like a glazed donut!


My dinner beer


Second piece with some snacks


Then the topic of haboneros came up and the husband promptly picked one from the garden and showed how cool he was to take a bite –



Until he started to cry and hyperventilate. Thank goodness we had 2 doctors on site!


And I finished off the spinach salad (they also though I wouldn’t put this photo on the blog!)


I can tell I’m pretty dehydrated, but I’m in good shape :) Off to drink water and watch The Office on DVD!

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1 Jessica October 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Cute post – full of smiles!


2 Marianne October 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

The wine festival looks like fun! I wish we had a wine festival here, I’d be all over that. There’s an annual beer fest, but I just don’t like beer!


3 VeggieGirl October 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Hooray for a fun festival!!

Haha, love the photo of the cat in the stroller 😀


4 jenner October 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

OMG Matt is insane! medium salsa makes me cry so i firmly believe habaneros are the work of the devil. otherwise, it looks like you had a great day and night…

Kath, you should come to the NC Wine Festival next summer!! it’s in Winston-Salem (a little over an hour from Charlotte). http://www.ncwinefestival.com/index.cfm


5 jenner October 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm

oops i lied, it’s in Clemmons.

i love the stroller picture too! i wanna know where i can get one, and if they have a double-seater (like they do for human baby twins).


6 Megan October 4, 2008 at 9:20 pm

What a fun filled day! Love all the pics!


7 Biz319 October 4, 2008 at 9:26 pm

OMG, Matt is a brave man! I love spicy, but that is just a bit too much for me.

When I first heard about habaneros, I was at Rick Bayless’ restaurant Frontera Grill in Chicago. I asked the server where to buy habaneros, as they weren’t in any grocery stores around my house.

After eating EVERYTHING on my plate, the server cleared the table and gave me a doggie bag. I told him he must be mistaken because I didn’t have any leftovers! He said “look inside.” It was a bag FULL of habanero peppers!

I mistakenly tried to substitute them as I would jalapenos, and quickly discovered that was not possible.

I do every now and then add a small amount of grated habanero to a whole pot of soup or chili since a little goes a LONG way!

Glad you had fun!


8 emmy October 4, 2008 at 11:01 pm

What a fabulous day! Festivals are always good and the post-dinner looks fun as well.


9 kat October 4, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Congrats on your time this morning! Looks like you had a wonderful day – those pics are hillarious :)



10 madison (follow my weigh) October 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm

hahah what a fun post!! love the photos – espeically the one with you and the kettle corn and the husband with the habanero!! haha =D


11 Thinspired October 5, 2008 at 4:08 am

Love that appetizer platter–what a great combination idea!


12 Erin October 5, 2008 at 6:19 am

I had kettle corn too yesterday at an Oktoberfest in our area! I definitely had my fair share of handfuls!


13 Jenny October 5, 2008 at 7:28 am

My “the husband” made, what he calls, the jar of death. It’s a mixture of habaneros, scotch bonnets, hot jalapenos, serrano and anything else he could think of. He kept buying peppers at the farmers market every week and when he had enough, he dehydrated them. The house smelled like it had been doused in pepper spray while the dehydrator was going. We were coughing, sneezing, eyes watering, etc. It was insane. But, he’s very proud of his jar and he carries it around, taking small whiffs and holding it up to the light to look at all the pretty colors. Boys are funny 😉


14 Justy2003 October 5, 2008 at 7:41 am

This day looks like so much fun!

And that cat looks a LOT like my cat! Almost exactly, except my cat’s black spots are in different places. Weird. Oh, and it’s also weird that it’s being strolled around. Who does that?! It’s almost like walking your cat, which is also weird.


15 Eliza October 5, 2008 at 7:45 am

hi Kath! just wanted to tell you me and my best friend and room mate here at college made your delicious baked banana oatmeal! we also went apple picking the other day so we have homemade apple sauce too..i am enjoying my breakfast right now with a mug of coffee and am so happy i was introduced to this recipe! :) thanks!!


16 Kath October 5, 2008 at 8:32 am

jenner ,
We’ll definitely consider coming!

Eliza ,
So glad it turned out!!



17 Brittany October 5, 2008 at 9:05 am

Wine festivals are awesome! I’m glad you all had a lovely time. The picture of you and the husband at the wine festival is really cute :)

As for your dinner beer, the late harvest, what did you think?


18 Brittany October 5, 2008 at 9:06 am

AND… I love kettle corn, I had some last night but unfortunately it was just the microwavable kind.


19 emily October 5, 2008 at 9:12 am

Looks like a wonderful time! You could submit that last photo to a magazine – I love the expression on your face and your friends.


20 SmA033 October 5, 2008 at 9:59 am

Hey Kath,
was the festival over by southpark near mccormick & schmicks?? i think we were at the same place b/c i went to calfornia pizza kitchen last night (sooooo GOOD) & i saw all these tents outside


21 Kath October 5, 2008 at 10:06 am

Brittany ,
It was pretty good, but a little bitter for my taste.

SmA033 ,
Yup!!! Are you a Charlottean?



22 shawna October 5, 2008 at 10:09 am

Cool photos! Looks like a great night had by all. Thanks for sharing. I’m totally jealous of all the wines you got to taste. Were there any you would consider buying?


23 Kath October 5, 2008 at 10:10 am

shawna ,
There were only a few I really liked, but our wine rack is currently full, so we didn’t need to buy any. Rag Apple Lassie was probably my favorite winery there.



24 Lisa October 5, 2008 at 10:30 am

Wonderful pics! The appetizer platter looks scrumptious.

Thanks for writing a blog that gives me the opportunity to use the word “scrumptious.”


25 sarah October 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm

ok, i have to admit for the record i didn’t make it 12 miles (i did 10 though — i figured that was close enough!!). the habanero incident was absolutely hilarious! josh and i had a fabulous time hanging out — and for anyone reading this who is curious, YES kath’s oatmeal IS as amazing as it looks. i am a new convert to her method :) :)


26 Kath October 5, 2008 at 4:39 pm

sarah ,
10 miles!?!? You’re a rockstar!! I went for a 45 minute walk and was feeling soreness the whole time. Thank you again for coming!! Hope to see some REAL oatmeal on Ghost World!!



27 WendyF October 5, 2008 at 5:57 pm

The spread looked amazing. were the wines local or from other states? The cat cracked me up, I don’t think Mookie would be game for that. He prefers to read the blog :-)

Also just saw the Pumpkin Spice Tea in the store today. Now it feels like autumn.


28 Candy October 5, 2008 at 6:45 pm

That looks like a really fun time! I love spinach salad, too.


29 SmA033 October 5, 2008 at 8:36 pm

hey kath– no i’m not a Charlottean but i live close by– about 40 min away in shelby, but i come to charlotte often. I’m actually thinking of dropping by Earthfare for the first time tomorrow!


30 sylvia October 6, 2008 at 11:59 am

I love The Office…one of my favorite shows =)

you eat so perfectly…


31 Josh U October 13, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Hey Kath,
A belated thank you for hosting Sarah and me during the wine and running weekend. We had a great time getting to meet you and Matt and all of your many Charlotte friends… Finally getting a chance to read through the blog – awesome.
Take care,
Josh U


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