#sundaysupper {simple butternut squash soup}

I’ve been toying with the idea of posting recipes in this space for a while. With a full time job, complicated meals during the week are difficult, so I’m a big fan of simple, quick dishes full of flavorful ingredients. While I love my blog’s focus on the Queen City and what dining options it has to offer, I love to cook and so thought I would share that aspect with y’all as well. The focus will still been on Charlotte restaurant reviews and events, but you’ll start seeing recipes pop up here from time to time in a series I’m calling #sundaysupper (What can I say, I love hashtags and alliterations). Cheers!

Today is the perfect day for soup. It has been cold in Charlotte all week long (I had to break out the winter coat earlier this week) and today is a dreary, rainy, chilly, icky Sunday. We ventured out briefly to run a few errands; after I had breakfast with my mom who was in town this weekend for a visit (complete with hot coffee and bagels with lox and cream cheese all the way from Poppy’s), we purchased a couch (my first real piece of grown up furniture will be delivered December 6!), and grabbed a turkey at the store for our feast on Thursday. On tap for the rest of the day is sweatpants wearing, football watching , and cozying up in front of the fireplace (Mr. Kitty has the right idea).

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craft tasting room and growler shop

Dan Davis is serving up a few of his favorite things– craft beer, cheese and meat, in his newly opened Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room in South End.  Occupying a former vintage toy store, Craft Growler Shop has transformed what I imagine used to be shelves of creepy dolls, into an open, warm, inviting…

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snapshots sept


  Fall has been a whirlwind–I’ve been out of town a lot visiting friends and family, celebrating nuptials and birthdays, going on a lot of fun adventures, and my first article in a written publication (yes, published in hard copy and not on my own blog).  You can read all about spicing up your kitchen…

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hornets buzzworthy concessions at time warner cable arena

The Hornets are back in Charlotte and the city is abuzz with excitement. Hugo, the Honey Bees, a honeycomb court , and teal and purple are not the only changes fans can look forward to with the return of the Hornets. The Hornets and Levy Restaurants have done an overhaul on the concessions offered at Time Warner…

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“Do they have a nacho car?” –Mom Clearly, this was the first question she asked me. My mom is a Texan, the original Chuy’s was born in Austin in 1982. Chuy’s and Tex Mex are synonymous–so you better believe I was quite excited to hear they were opening a Chuy’s in Charlotte (also, yes, the Charlotte…

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zada jane’s corner cafe

Zada Jane’s is a breakfast joint. They serve lunch and dinner too, but serve breakfast all day. I went there once for dinner right after I moved to Charlotte, and I ordered breakfast. If you’re looking for good breakfast, at any hour of the day, you need to go to Zada Jane’s. Zada Jane’s really…

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out of town: fratellos

Fratellos is a neat place—perched near the dam along the Fox River in Appleton, it’s a restaurant and brewery in an old textile mill with big picture windows, beautiful rustic brick walls, and modern art, white tablecloths and glistening wine glasses to soften the buildings industrial feel. It was our go to “fancy” place in…

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competition dining series–fire in the city

I became (slightly but actually really) obsessed with Food Network in college. It was like something went off and I no longer found cooking shows boring but actually interesting, intruiging, and drool inducing. I got in the habit of DVR’ing some of my favorite chefs’ cooking shows and turning them on in the background when…

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snapshots august


A lot has been going on here recently–a week at the beach, celebrating a good friend’s upcoming nuptials and some fun foodie events! 1. I was invited to check out Chuy’s special menu in honor of the 26th Annual Green Chile Festival. I had so much fun at the tasting, and the food was unique,…

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