Safe + sound back in the South!
My travels actually went too smoothly!! I was back to my hotel and on to LaGuardia in a matter of minutes and at the airport WAY too early!!! Missed opportunity to play in the city! However, I made it just in time to get on an earlier flight and was home in no time! Matt swung around to pick me up and I went from Chelsea to Charlotte in a matter of 2.5 hours. Amazing.
On the flight, I finished up all of my preparatory reading for starting my Clinical rotation on Monday. Reading about tube feedings and parental nutrition has so much more meaning when you’re actually preparing to DO IT.
Mid-flight I had a mocktail – club soda with a splash of cranberry
And transitioned from non-fiction to fiction. I’m a big fan of The Notebook, both the book and the movie, and love Nicholas Sparks because he’s a North Carolina writer and always sets his books in places I have known for years. But this has got to be his most poorly written book yet. Cheese after cheesy line. Hoping it gets better because I’d like to see the movie!
Sarah of The Foodie Diaries was so kind to pack me some in-flight snacks!! “Kath Eats Random Food”
Her homemade raisenettes and some spiced mango and figs from an ethnic market that I must visit on my next trip I had a fig, mango and chocolate for a snack on my flight. Thanks so much Sarah!
I arrived safely in Charlotte, was picked up by Matt and we headed straight for the grocery store.
Here’s a snapshot of $57 worth of fresh produce (mostly organic) and some dairy and a few random things (like a new sea salt – the salt I had at the Union Square Market MADE my salad on Friday!) I also got some of the Ezekiel tortillas for an upcoming taco night!
I unpacked. Matt showered. And we were off for DATE NIGHT!
We’ve been planning to go out together for a while – just us – and since my flight came in around dinnertime on a Saturday we figured it was a great time to go.
Everything in the South is SO GREEN!
Our date commenced at Good Food on Montford – a restaurant I’ve been dying to try since it opened. The menu features what I might call “gourmet tapas.” Not your typical Spanish-style tapas, but small plates of wonderful flavor combinations.
Loooooooooooooooooooved the atmosphere!!!
And Fork + Spoon theme!
Given the tapas style menu, we decided to do 6 courses in a row and share them all. Our very favorite style of eating!!! One at a time small portions allow us to literally savor every single bite.
…Was an apple and goat cheese salad with spiced pecans and a thick balsamic dressing. Delish!
Consumed with some holy bread for a holy weekend!
….Was a roasted vegetable salad with shaved parmesan
……….OMGGGGGGGGGGGG. A Fennel Soup with fennel oil and a char-grilled bread with a tomato topping. This soup was out-of-this-world good. Can’t emphasize that enough. I was raving the whole time. Favorite dish of the night!
Matt ordered a glass of wine and I had some sips
….Was Price Edward Island mussels green curry, coconut milk & cilantro and pita bread. The pita was sooo good – char-grilled again!! And love anything green curry.
Matt came up with a fun slurping method of consumption!
…..Was a Seared Scallop seared over a beet risotto. With a smoky BBQ sauce drizzle and cheese on top and a dill sauce.
….Was Potato Gnocchetti pancetta, piopini mushrooms & brussel sprouts. Matt’s favorite! I was getting full and it was pretty rich, so I had to put my fork down some.
I did NOT get to have any cupcakes in NYC!
And after seeing this bad boy arrive at ALL the tables around us, I knew we had to try it.
A literal roasted marshmallow meringue topping with a delicious chocolaty cake bottom. With graham cracker and chocolate sauce. Exceeded expectations.
I think we have a new favorite restaurant!!!! LOVED being able to try so much without getting too full. And everything was just wonderful on the flavor palate. Loved the atmosphere too!!!! We will be back
SO very excited to sleep in tomorrow and have a leisurely Easter morning with oats, coffee and Matt!