Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Feast for a queen

I went out to dinner tonight with fourteen of my closest co-workers. :-) It's Queen's Feast week (also known as Charlotte Restaurant Week) here in the Queen City . . . actually it's 10 days but hey, let's just call it a week. This evening we went to Santé, a wonderful French-themed restaurant in lovely downtown Matthews. Here's what I had:

Pan Fried Zucchini Cake with roasted red peppers and Bosky Acres feta cheese and a roasted poblano sauce.

Bacon Wrapped Trout stuffed with crawfish and tasso ham polenta and a summer corn sauce.

Blueberry Angel Cake (shown in the photo above).

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat

Drool! Dinner was excellent. My only complaint is that I don't have time to go to more restaurants this time around. Hopefully Queen's Feast will return in January or February, and we can participate again. I'm already looking forward to it!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our (new to us) local coffeehouse

If I'm not at home or at the office, you might find me here.
In downtown Matthews, a short walk from the farmers' market, there's a nice little local coffee shop (one of several Dilworth Coffees in the Charlotte area). The beans are roasted in small batches, the baristas are friendly, and the coffee is always fresh. My favorites? A hazelnut soy latté and the Costa Rica and Organic Papua New Guinea beans. Long live the caffeine bean! And long live the neighborhood coffee house.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday at the farmers' market

The flower vendor and her lovely products.

I woke up early this morning and went to the Matthews Community Farmers' Market, getting there before 7AM. I took these photos as the farmers and vendors were setting up. It was still a little dark, but you get the idea. :-)

The front entrance to the market, from Trade Street (next to the hardware store).

Everything sold at the Matthews Community Farmers' Market is grown or made within 50 miles of Matthews. This is a place that fully supports "Local Folks, Local Farms, Local Food."

It's peach season in the Carolinas!

The Community House opens early, so you can set yourself up with a cuppa coffee while you wait for the bell to ring at 7:15AM.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Scenes from 'Bama

We spent the 'July 4th weekend" in Alabama, where most of S's extended family lives. One day we drove to the the town in southwest Alabama where her Dad is from. I've been there four times and every time I go, I think of the town in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.

I'm not sure when this store -- called Grant's Mercantile or the "Guff" (not Gulf) station -- closed, but gas was only 67 cents a gallon! It really is like taking a step back in time here. If I close my eyes, I can hear the train whistle and other sounds of days gone by. I'm sure that if I focus really hard and look in the right direction, I'll spot Izzy under a tree, charming some bees and stealing some honey.

It's a peaceful place to visit, and good for the soul. I look forward to my next visit!