July 5, 2009

That’s a portmanteau of “guest” and “blogging,” and tonight your glog is brought to you by Matt.  After doing over 50% of the driving on this trip, I think I’ve deserved a moment to sit and play on the computer.  Little did I know I was about to receive the wifely request of, “Hey, could you help me out by uploading the pictures to my computer?  And then could you put them in the right folder, resize them, and put them into an open blog post on Windows Live Writer?  And if you want to blog, that might be fun too!”  So, not wanting to miss an opportunity to write ridiculous things on this well respected blog, here I sit in a bumpy car trying to remember what we did today.

Here’s a sign.  I think we ate lunch here:

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Yep, this was definitely where we ate lunch.  Recommended by some fun blog readers and blog bloggers.  Because it’s July, Kath was chilled to the bone (as opposed to normally being chilled to the marrow), so she ordered a hot tea.  One of the Golden Girls got this teapot from her china hutch:

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This place was actually more suited to breakfast and brunch due to the high profile egg dishes received.  I got some delicious omelet with herby cream cheese and veggies.  I believe it was too caloric to be photographed.

Kath got her usual “Sasquatch’s Delight” – a fresh foraging of greens and veggies with some balsamic vinaigrette.  She said it was pretty satisfying.

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She also got a cup of black bean chili on the side too – to warm her up even more. It was delicious and scented with dill – a surprising great addition.

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What really made the meal, however, were these delicious biscuits.  As big as a chihuahua’s head and twice as scrumptious as a chihuahua’s heart, they had a lot of whole wheat flour.  I’m guessing it was at least 50% WW.  As a consequence they were not quite as flaky as your normal biscuit, but the whole grain flavor more than made up for it. I believe Karen and Kath split a biscuit between them.

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We drove around nearly aimlessly for another 45 minutes checking out some more houses in Cville.  I really want to live here putting the rest of our lives aside, but we also have to consider the potential success of the business.  Lotsa thinking to do!

Just about the time we were leaving Cvilla, we received word from Kath’s parents that Lillis Billis the Cat is doing fine and she just had a urinary infection.  Apparently she enjoyed the pain killers from the vet because she went home with the munchies and gobbled up her food in an American manner.  Apparently she usually dines French, meaning she licks the cat-gravy off the cat-kibbles and then leaves the rest for the ants.

After a harr-ible 3 hour drive, we met up with Kath’s parents at a Ruby Tuesday’s in Greensboro (one of their favorite eateries due to the huge salad bar = buffet).  I eased the pain of driving with some Sam Adams and an Avocado Turkey Burger.  The table liked that my meal came with “endless fries.”

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Over half the table got the salad bar, but most impressive were Kath’s and her dad’s.  Here’s her dad’s mountain of toppings:

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And like father, like daughter, here’s Kath’s.  I believe there’s a special name for these huge salads in the blog world…. something like a Dixie Normous salad?

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Kath has instructed me to proclaim these comments about her meals today:

  1. She was in the mood for greens at lunch time because we had pretty recently had breakfast.
  2. The biscuit was one of her top 5 ever. AMAZING.
  3. Her dinner salad had a mountain of veggies under all those fun toppings and included a little bit of everything on the salad bar except onions, of course.

It’s just a little farther until we get back to Charlotte and then I’m sprawling on the bed and absorbing all the sleep molecules from the air.  My favorite parts of the weekend were meeting all the blog readers (that’s always fun), walking around the town and the college, and more than anything, being able to clearly picture us living there.  We keep saying it jokingly in this family, but who knows where we’ll be in 5 years!?!?!

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1 Casey @ Double Scooped July 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Matt, you’re hysterical. It’s cute the way you talk about Kath – reminds me of my boyfriend. Sounds like you guys had an awesome trip!


2 Jen July 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Matt, you need to make more appearances here – you are hilarious! Best wishes for a great sleep :)


3 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm

The salad bar at Ruby Tuesday’s is the best! Love the guest post too – especially the “too caloric to be photographed” comment about your brunch. tee-hee.


4 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) July 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm

lmao – Dixie Normous. ahahahaha! Love the glog! 😉


5 Joanie Simon July 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I like the Matt guest spot. Reminds me of my husband and our relationship to my blogging and food obsessions. But, in exciting news, we’re moving to Tempe, AZ and I discovered online today that they have a Great Harvest! Now I can go get a loaf of my own instead of drool over the pixilated versions on your blog!
Good luck with all the life considerations and pursuits. Very exciting!


6 Casey July 5, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Dixie Normous just make my day!!!! 😀


7 Simone July 5, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Those salads looked like mini mountains. Thank you for all your great healthy posts. They keep me in line:)


8 Lori July 5, 2009 at 9:51 pm

So glad to here the kitty is okay!


9 Jess July 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Great post Matt! I hope you enjoyed the run this morning! It would be so great if you guys moved here!! :-)


10 Rebeca July 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Love the ‘glogging’ I was lol-ing the entire time.

I’m glad you guys can picture yourselves there… even though I think Montgomery Co. MD needs a Great Harvest… we love our local businesses + healthy food + doughy carbs here!


11 Deva July 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I love it!


12 Hallie (Healthy Twists) July 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Heehee. This post made me laugh. Dixie Normous…guess I have the sense of humor of a…guy :-)


13 Ande July 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I worked at Ruby’s for about 2 years, and loved/miss the salad bar. It would kill me when people loaded the entire plate with ranch, and call it a salad. Before becoming a vegetarian, I would eat the turkey burgers. Until I did some research and found out how horribly bad they are!!! Loaded with grease, and a lot less healthy than any red meat they offer! :)


14 Deb July 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm

OK the Dixie Normous comment is obviously the favorite-definitely mine!- Matt- I guffawed aloud on at least 4 occasions- you must glogg more often.


15 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm

What a fun post Matt! Two thumbs up! :)

OMG, LOVE LOVE LOVE the new “Dixie Normous” salad. I can already see that one catching on in the blog world. :)

Glad you both had a wonderful weekend! Get some sleep tonight after all of your adventures.


16 Courtney July 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Bahaha, Dixienormous salad?!?!? I’m dying right now :)

Keep Matt around, this guys hilarious!


17 Vince July 5, 2009 at 11:25 pm

This was definitely a Top 10 Pun-Filled Blog Post. Don’t give up your day job Matt 😉 In spite of the well deserved praiseworthy comments I think Kath will scold you for your off-the cuff humor.

The omelet sounded awesome, it should have been photographed as well. Dixie Normous FTW!


18 Susan @ Nurse on the Run July 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm

“Too caloric to be photographed”…ha! I love it. There should be more glogging…the food blog world needs more male input!


19 Jo July 6, 2009 at 12:59 am

Great glogging :)
The salad looked amazing and those fries make me hungry!


20 Jenn ( July 6, 2009 at 2:28 am

I LOVE Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar! So much that I even try to duplicate it at home LOL.

Love the guest-hubby blog. I need to get mine to do some updates :)



21 sarah (ghost world) July 6, 2009 at 4:02 am

matt you get major props for the use of the word “portmanteau”!


22 Christie @ Quit Your Diet July 6, 2009 at 4:48 am

Matt, you are too funny!

Glad you guys had a nice trip back home. Can’t wait to hear what you all decide!


23 Sandy July 6, 2009 at 5:15 am

Living in Charlottesville would be wonderful. I love that town. It would be great to contemplate that opportunity. What a fun time in your life when all of the doors are open and you get to choose. I’m sure Karen is enjoying watching you choose. Will it affect where she goes next too?


24 Kathleen July 6, 2009 at 5:52 am

OMG SO HILARIOUS! We need a Matt guest post on a more frequently not that I don’t love Kath-I check her blog daily, lol.

“too caloric to be photographed.” LMAO!


25 Mara @ What's for Dinner? July 6, 2009 at 6:03 am

Thanks for the comic relief, Matt! I wish I could get my fiance to do a post thats bigger than say, a 2 paragraph bar review!


26 Elizabeth July 6, 2009 at 6:14 am

Thanks Matt! I’ve been trying to get the hubs to dp a guest post about eating at the firehouse (he’s a firefighter) – and since he’s a a fan of Brew & Bake, maybe he will now



27 emmy July 6, 2009 at 6:44 am

Amazing, amazing Glog, per usual. Matt is hysterical!


28 leslie July 6, 2009 at 7:00 am

loved the glogging. :) especially the “dixie normous” salad, “too caloric” omelet, and the golden girls’ teapot. fantastic.

that salad is exactly how i would handle having to eat at ruby tuesdays too!


29 Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) July 6, 2009 at 7:04 am

My vote is for Charlottesville. I live about an hour away but I would drive to Great Harvest to get some bread. See, you already have one potential customer! : )


30 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 6, 2009 at 7:07 am

Oh my…the salad at dinner time looks fantabulous! :) I love those types of salads that just never seem to end with flavor and variety. YUM! :-)


31 Emilie July 6, 2009 at 7:14 am

Oh my goodness, the Bluegrass Grill and Bakery was one of my all-time favorite places to go for brunch when I was living in Charlottesville. I miss that place so much! I’m so glad you had a chance to try their biscuits :)


32 Caitlin July 6, 2009 at 7:15 am

OMG – Bluegrass Grill was my absolute favorite brunch place when I visited my sister @ UVA!!! Those biscuits? I asked for the recipe, and it’s just the standard Joy of Cooking biscuit, subbing half whole wheat flour. Oh, and leaving them super thick. Seriously some of my favorite baked goods ever. So glad you managed to make it there (although yes, definitely more a bfast / brunch place).


33 JENNA July 6, 2009 at 7:38 am

Bluegrass grill looks great! That black bean soup really looks good!


34 Angie July 6, 2009 at 7:53 am

Great guest post!!

Love the Ruby’s salad bar. And, glad to hear the kitty’s ok.


35 Stacey July 6, 2009 at 8:02 am

Haha, that’s cute. jason would never ever blog for me! He’d be like “What do I say??” Lol. Glad you had some good eatin’ in there :)


36 Cait (Cait's Plate) July 6, 2009 at 8:12 am

That black bean chili looks TO DIE FOR!

And so funny this happened because I was just telling my boyfriend last night how nice Matt is to blog for you sometimes!!


37 Susan July 6, 2009 at 8:15 am

Great work Matt – I believe you hit all the important points! 😛 I don’t even want to think of what my boyfriend would post for me 😛


38 K July 6, 2009 at 8:18 am

I LOVE the glog!! Good job, Matt :)

Those biscuits look amazing!


39 Cait (Cait's Plate) July 6, 2009 at 8:38 am

PS Matt, that was incredibly hysterical.


40 Cynthia July 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

I LOVE Ruby Tuesday’s Salad bar! It is so filling and allows me to get in lots of good veggies and some nice sides. Somehow salads from a salad bar always taste better than the ones I make at home. Maybe it’s because I don’t have to do the prep on all the yummy sides to go along with it.

BTW I love Matt’s commentary. Same kind of thing my husband says all the time.


41 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale July 6, 2009 at 9:11 am

Well done, Matt! A very spirited take on the days eats, I must say!


42 Kath July 6, 2009 at 9:14 am

Sandy ,
Yes, Karen is going with us to handle the bookkeeping!



43 brandi July 6, 2009 at 9:19 am

i’m glad you guys had a good trip! I wish I had been closer to Cville, but maybe next time :)

I love VA – I’m glad you got some good pictures to show it off :)


44 Andrea [bella eats] July 6, 2009 at 9:24 am

So glad you guys liked Bluegrass Grill, and loved the biscuits! They are seriously the best I’ve ever had. I always get one to go if my breakfast doesn’t come with one, so I can nibble on it later. :)

Matt – I hope you’ll figure out a way to replicate the recipe so that we can make them at home!!!


45 Sarah July 6, 2009 at 9:25 am

Awesome post!

You have no idea how many times I find myself saying “Who knows where I’ll be in 5 years?” It is somewhat comforting that a couple as pulled together and you and Kath sometimes say the same thing! It’s nerve wrecking and exciting all at the same time.

And I can’t believe you got away with putting “Dixie Normous” on the blog. LOL.


46 Danielle July 6, 2009 at 10:23 am

LOLOL @ Dixie Normous.

I think the WW biscuit sounds amazing, I think you need to find a way to replicate it and share with the rest of us.


47 Brittany July 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

Love the recap Matt. Great commentary!!

I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Cville can support a Great Harvest.

Great meeting you this weekend.


48 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now July 6, 2009 at 11:43 am

Sounds like a fun trip. Glad you enjoyed.


49 Penny July 6, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Lovin’ Matt’s “Glog”. He is too funny. :-)


50 Biz July 6, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Great recap Matt! Hope you got a good nights sleep!


51 Leah July 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I love the Glogging! I think Matt should make a more regular appearance!


52 Maddy July 6, 2009 at 3:12 pm

haha Matt-posts are hilarious! Love it!


53 Katie July 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Kath, your husband is hilarious. Have you figured out how to make those glorious biscuits? If so, please pass along that info! How fun that you were in Charlottesville! I live in Lynchburg, only about an hour from there.


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