Lynsie and I had a great trip down to Hillsborough to see Ben Rector play in concert this weekend!
We started our trip with lunch at the Saratoga Grill in Hillsborough with my parents. The broiled seafood platter is my favorite, and their strawberry dressing is the best! Also – the SCONES! If you’re ever passing through Hillsborough, “the Saratog” as we call it is the cutest little southern restaurant.
We stopped into Matthew’s Chocolates for a little dessert!
Lyns and I put our feet up and laid on the couch for 30 minutes (glorious relaxing!) before we drove to Raleigh for the show. We parked and walked around until we found a bar with outdoor seating – Foundation.
Our show was at the Red Hat Amphitheater, and we lucked out that there was an awesome vegetarian restaurant right next door. Fiction Kitchen ended up being awesome!!!
My good high school friend Hugh David lives in Raleigh and joined us for dinner. It was great to catch up. Hard to believe it’s almost been 15 years since we lived near each other!
I ordered a great maple cocktail with Knob Creek maple rye, maple syrup and orange. Loved it!
For dinner I had the tempeh and grits, which was just phenomenal! I especially loved the big mushrooms!
The rest of the table!
Lyns turned me on to Ben Rector last fall when we saw him at the Jefferson. We were so spoiled with an intimate venue and no driving to get there! This time we drove 4 hours only to see him do 45 minutes of music. But it was worth it!!!
After a nice nights sleep we went for a run around Hillsborough so I could show Lynsie around on foot a bit. We toured a friend’s garden where my mom was leading a garden tour. Then we had a nice brunch before hitting the road! Eggs / toast / berries.
Matt, Papa and Mazen had a great time while I was away for the night! The went to Montpelier, Fridays After Five, Three Notch’d, the market, and the park.
Last night we grilled steaks and had Jeff and Monique over for dinner.
I’m off to brunch and then hopefully playing in a soccer game – if it isn’t rained out!