I’m not kidding – the air up here in Charlottesville has a sweet smell.
A breath of fresh air! I noticed it when we first moved here and stepped out of the car, and I noticed it again today. And y’all know I have a supernose!
This morning Matt and I wrapped up our visit to Charlotte with a final yoga class and Caitlin.
The class was 90 minutes of hotness. I missed Tanner, who is somewhere tropical right now, but I still enjoyed the good flow.
After quick showers, we went by Great Harvest to stock up.
Lots O bread and a muffin for me!
Even though we know most of the flavors, we always have to "try" something
I had a nice hunk of Cran Orange Scuffin!
Check out these cute pumpkin loaves and a witch’s finger! They are special order for Halloween.
We also picked up sandwiches for the road
We also ran by Trader Joe’s – a guess that needs to go on the "things I miss" list. Hopefully Charlottesville is getting on in the next few years!
I got the VERY LAST pumpkin butter!! I know you can make it from scratch, but I’ve tried it and none are as good as TJ’s
I’ve gotten countless emails from people over the years on what to stock up on from TJs. Well, here’s what we snagged. I’m sure there are other good staples, but these are ones I don’t feel I can get in Charlottesville for the same bargain or taste
- Olive oil
- Smoked herring
- Wild salmon (boneless, skinless)
- Salty peanuts! (These are the best)
- Pumpkin butter (none like it)
- Cinnamon Almonds (love these!)
- Peanut Flour ( <– the new blog world craze. Must try it)
- Coconut milk (tastes better from TJs!)
- Wines (I have always liked the Velvet Moon for $5.99!)
We left Charlotte at 1PM and broke right into lunch.
I got "The Masters" = pimento cheese, hot pepper jelly, spiced pecans, tomato, lettuce, cuc on Dakota
Comes with a pickle for an appetizer
Plus a huge apple I picked up from TJs
That bread made our car smell HEAVENLY! It was not sliced or I would have had an end piece. Otherwise I’d ruin the loaves!
Instead, we broke into the almonds
The bag says "an irresistible snack." I concur!
We also picked up some chocolate covered cacao nibs (Matt requested "something chocolate for dessert") and they were delish. Just a tiny sprig of chocolateyness
4 hours later (a shorter drive than usual because we left from north Charlotte!) we were home
A huge thank you to Karen for treating us to dinner to catch up and save us from having to cook!
We went to Zinc, a restaurant that’s been on my list for a while now.
It’s got the perfect bistro ambiance
We dined out on the patio
I had a salad to start
And the Butternut + Walnut Soup to finish. It was THICK like a smoothie!! So good.
Also had 2 bread nuggets …
And a few bites of Matt’s beer-battered fish n chips. The best beer batter I’ve tasted!
We have some more unpacking and cleaning to do. I’m so glad to be home sweet home!