Hog Dayin’ It

June 21, 2008

Blog Lunch

After a quick review of restaurant choices, we decided Weaver Street was the best bang for the buck for lunch, so I had had it two days in a row. No complaints here! It was just as good. I could eat salad bar everyday for lunch and never get bored.

Meeting Sarah and Jessica was so fun! We had lots to talk about. They were both so nice – if only they lived in Charlotte!

My salad included:

  • Mixed greens + spinach
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucs
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Corn + Peas
  • Pineapple
  • Homemade croûtons
  • Almonds
  • Kalamata olives
  • A bit of tempeh bulgur salad
  • 4 penne pasta tubes
  • Soy nuts
  • Lemon-Tahini dressing

I also shared a multigrain roll with the husband.

Someone was passing around cookie samples !! This guy was oatmeal-raisin, buttery and the perfect bite-sized dessert :)

But then we had real dessert when we saw they were doing a beer tasting . I had about 2-3 oz in tastes of 3 kinds.

Hog Day

We said goodbye to S + J and made our way through Hog Day with the husband’s family, who also live in Hillsborough: Uncle David, Mary Ann and their kids Natalie and Dylan. What an energetic bunch!

The husband was going to get a BBQ sandwich after his lunch salad, but decided he was full and wanted to be nice and hungry for the party tonight. But we did try a BBQ sample from a locally grown free-range farm:

I’m not really one for fair food, but the homemade ice cream was VERY tempting! I would have gotten one, but I decided I should hold out for cake and beer tonight.

I’m going to TRY to work on my Chem Test for the next hour before we begin party prep. The keg is already on the porch!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allyson June 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Hog Day looks like so much fun! I love outdoor festivals/fairs…it really feels like summer ya know? :)


2 Bev June 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm

another salad !


3 Jen June 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm

this may be dumb or I just missed your explanation of it . . . but is HOG DAY just like a big bbq festival near Charlotte? If so, we have something like that in NYC called the Big Apple BBQ where some of the best BBQ masters in the city and from across the country come to Madison Sq. Park and hold a HUGE BBQ BLOCK PARTY in early June!!!!


4 Jen June 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Oh . . . i forgot to mention . . .
You look oh so cute Kath =)


5 Jessica June 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm

You and “the husband” were so much fun! The two of you need to move back here (smile)


6 Penney June 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Hi Kath,
I’m really enjoying your blog and learning lots about balanced and healthy eating.
I would like to make your Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars. The type of rolled oats I have is Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats – http://www.bobsredmill.com/catalog/index.php?action=showdetails&product_ID=277
Do you think they would work with your recipe? Anything I should modify?
Thanks, Penney


7 Amy June 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm

I too could eat salad bar all day every day. I wish there was one closer to me. This one looks delicious. I’ll have to think how I can do my own “mock” salad bar at home.


8 Richelle June 21, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Looks like fun! And I probably wouldve failed and gotten the homemade ice cream 😉


9 sarah June 21, 2008 at 6:56 pm

hi :) just wanted to say that was so much fun! and for anyone wondering, yes kath is just as cute and nice in person as she is on the screen. maybe cuter!

the bbq looks good . . . next year i will go w/ my husband to hog day . . . as i was saying, he would LOVE it.


10 lara June 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Hey Kath,

That salad looks soo good. Just curious, how many pounds did it end up being? How much per pound do they charge?

I find salad bars can get pretty pricey, and I always end up spending more than I expected.


11 amanda b. June 21, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Kath, where did you get that shirt?! I’ve been looking for one just like it.



12 working June 21, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Wow, your waist looks tiny there! I need to do some crunches 😉


13 Kath June 22, 2008 at 8:26 am

Jen ,
Hog Day is a BBQ festival in my hometown of Hillsborough. It’s not that big, but charming and a tradition for those of us who grew up here :)

Jessica + Sarah ,
Thanks again for a fun lunch!! See you in August?

Penney ,
We use the thick rolled oats for our oatmeal and lot and I think they take a lot longer to cook. I’m not sure how I would change the recipe, but maybe you could par-cook the oats before you add them as normal? Or perhaps add more liquid and bake them 20-30 minutes longer? If you get it to work, please let me know!

lara ,
I’m not sure of the poundage or cost but I think it was $6.99 per pound. My salad on Friday was $7. I’d say it’s much bigger than any restaurant salad and with exactly what you want on it, so it’s worth $1-2 more.

amanda b,
Old Navy – yesterday!

working ,
You’re too kind!



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