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I’ve been looking forward to fall all summer long. Not so I could break out my riding boots (though I do love them) or cozy scarves (love those too). I wasn’t really excited about ordering my first pumpkin spice latte (I’m a black coffee and chai tea kinda gal anyways), and carving pumpkins, and corn mazes aren’t really my jam (though I do love a deep red leaf color). I’ve been looking forward to fall because, football (let’s be honest, a lot of us started counting down the days to late August/early September after the bowl games’ pomp and circumstance in January).

My dad is from Wisconsin, and I went to college and law school in Wisconsin, so my loyalties definitely lie with the teams in America’s Dairyland (born and raised, y’all). In law school, my roommate and I lived right behind the stadium, so many game day Saturday kicked off with a tailgate party at our house.

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AJ, on the other hand, hails from Michigan, so it could easily be said there’s a bit of a rivalry in our household.

Although we’re cheering for different teams when weekends roll around, you’ll be able to find us parked on the couch, screaming at the TV, together (true love, no?). I definitely enjoy the game day experience; nothing can beat the roar of the crowd, the smell of charcoal in the air as brats sizzle on the grill, or a jubilant tailgate party (and you can bet you’ll see us at a fair share of tailgate parties near the stadium during football season). But a tailgate party at home can be just as festive with a great spread.

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village tavern butter cake

village tavern

This post is sponsored by Village Tavern. All opinions are my own. #CLTlovesVT Village Tavern is the kind of place where I want to spend hours cozied in the corner, catching up with an old friend, savoring a dark, rich, glass of Cabernet and digging into some dreamy bacon wrapped scallops. I love lingering over…

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heirloom charlotte's best bites

charlotte’s best bites | ashley’s picks

Ok, I have a confession. I had big plans to share my second round of Charlotte favorite this week (you can read my first round of picks here), but life got in the way. Things like working, eating, sleeping, making deadlines (looking at you Charlotte Visitors’ Guide) and maybe a little TV watching (but mostly…

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sunday supper | pork carnitas

I’m a member of the North Carolina Pork Council Blogging Network and was compensated for the cost of the ingredients used in this post. I love when dinner essentially cooks itself. Which is why I’m in love with my crock pot. I scored my trusty red friend at Target ages ago for a steal (something…

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duck donuts charlotte

duck donuts

Donuts are all the rage in Charlotte right now. Seriously. Everytime I get on Instagram and Twitter and start mindlessly scrolling (don’t lie, we all do it), donuts pop up everywhere. Everyone in Charlotte is instagramming their donuts. And it’s not just any old donuts. No. Most likely, a drool inducing photo of a particular…

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charlotte’s best bites | kaitlin’s picks

Last week AJ took us on tour of Charlotte through beer (thanks AJ for telling us where we could grab some good food and cold brews). This week, Kaitlin has us traveling all over the world, without having to leave Mecklenburg County (albeit, a brief jump over the border to South Carolina to a must visit…

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charlotte’s best bites | aj’s picks

Here’s more collaborative dining guide action, this week with AJ’s picks and official blogging debut (while there may have been some bullying, no one was physically harmed in the making of this post. Once I explained that he could drink beer and write at the same time, the process was pretty painless and he just cranked…

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corkbuzz charlotte


Thank you to Corkbuzz for treating AJ and me to dinner. All opinions are my own. Laura Maniec is a bad ass. Ok let’s back up. Who is Laura Maniec? She’s the co-owner of Charlotte’s new wine studio, Corkbuzz. And she’s a total bad ass for several reasons: because she has her Master Sommelier designation, the highest…

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chef alyssa's garlic shrimp

sunday supper | chef alyssa’s garlic shrimp

This is the third time I’ve posted about Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen. At three posts, I guess my intrigue/love/positive feelings could be considered a borderline obsession. Whatever. Chef Alyssa is great. What is so great about Chef Alyssa (besides her fun classes and her delicious food) is that her recipes are simple and healthy and easy…

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tony’s ice cream

Fall is knocking on our door. While everyone is all about pumpkin spice lattes, boots, apple picking and changing leaves, I am definitely soaking up the last few moments of summer (though I’m thrilled that pumpkin beer is back and may have started drinking it on the reg). With temperatures still in the 90s, I’m not ready for…

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poppy's bagels & more

poppy’s bagels & more

I love carbs. Really in any form: bread, pastries, pasta, pizza. You name it, I love it. I love carbs so much I am the self proclaimed queen of carbohydrates (but am totally willing to share my crown with other carb lovers like me). Once (in reality two weeks ago), AJ dared me I couldn’t…

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