We made it all the way ashore and back today. It’s quite the trip to make with the ferry and all. I thought Wilmington was just a skip and a jump from Southport, but the drive ended up being close to an hour! It was OK, though because we got to visit with Holly and Great Harvest
I had restless legs this morning. Despite the fact that my lower legs were sore from our speedy 7 miler yesterday, I had the craving to run just to get the blood flowing and stiffness out. Matt and I set out on a post-breakfast easy run. We ended up doing 4 really slow miles and chatting the whole way. And sure enough my legs felt better when we returned.
We pittered around, helped Karen + Andrew pack and made the 12:30 ferry quite hungry already. Luckily Karen had packed a few almonds for Andrew’s lunch and we stole a few. Mothers are always prepared!
So long Andrew + Karen!
An hour drive through the middle of nowhere and then a stop-light filled city, we arrived ready for a stiff drink:
Blog reader Holly met us for lunch at Lovey’s Co-Op, a super healthy tofu-kinda restaurant that couldn’t have been a better choice for my break from the island given it’s huge salad bar! Holly was awesome and we talked our way through lunch in-between tofu bites
I got a big salad with all the fixins – kale salad, tofu x2, sweet potato, olives, noodles, grapeleaf, veggies, sprouts, garbanzos, blue cheese, curried quinoa, and more. It was awesome!!
Plus a kombocha I actually prefer the green ones!!
And for dessert – a coconuty date, which was just like a big date rolled in coconut.
The snacking continued as I sampled the freshly ground PB + AB in the store and we bought some of the almond butter for breakfasts 😉
And then we made our way to our one tourist stop: Great Harvest!
Despite being full from lunch, we tried two new breads from the bread board. It’s fun to discuss differences in breads, recipes and systems between stores. The owner was kind enough to show us around the store.
Loved the tin counter design!
We bought a loaf of whole wheat pumpernickel since Matt’s store doesn’t sell it. Can’t wait to give it a try!
We made it back to the 5PM ferry just in time thanks to a short cut navigated on the iPhone. Whew! When we returned to the Marsh Harbor Inn, we were greeted by a gathering of guests enjoying cocktail hour. After our long visit to the mainland, I kind of felt like we were home again! We chatted with the guests and told about our plans for a bakery and thus my food blog came up and I have a few new readers coming to check out tonight’s post!
We even gave them a homebrew tasting!
After chatting for a while we had to head back out on our bikes to pick up a few veggies for tonight’s dinner. It was SCARY out there. There are no street lights or stop lights (because there are only golf carts on the island) and our only bike lights were on the back of our seats so we only had the moonlight to guide us. I was scared we’d come across Foxy the Island Fox!!
A ways down the road we did make it to the Maritime Market
Note my nice velcroed-up leg so my pants don’t get stuck in the gears like the last time I rode Matt’s bike!
Upon our return it was time to head back to the ferry to pick up our guests: Justin + Amanda!
We set out a little welcome table to greet them
I had a piece of cheese and cracker for a snack
They brought a whole SUITCASE of entertainment!! Wii included!!
We are so klassy drinking from our wine cubes these days
I had a taste of red in a BHI champagne glass, but I quickly missed the aromatics and switched to a bigger glass
We cooked a late, practical dinner: Simple Spaghetti with Veggies
Whole wheat thin spaghetti with a semi-homemade mushroom + pepper spiked Ragu. Plus tomatoes and leftover pepperoni. And parm chez.
Matt and I shared one of his rolls with dinner
I had a bit more wine with dinner
Leftover lemon cake came out for dessert. Luckily Amanda loves lemon!!
I had a piece….or two (I ate the glaze off of a smaller sliver 😉 )
Very tired – I hope i can stay up until midnight tomorrow!! A nap might be required!