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 as noise in the background as I typed and typed and typed about places to visit in the city I love). I finally have a moment to breath; dinner is in the oven (my mom and grandma’s Swedish meatballs, yesssss), Alex Trebeck is quizzing us on TV (Jeopardy nerd here) and Ashley to the rescue.
Guys, Ashely is the best. We met a few months ago (at a Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen cooking class!) and she is one of the most friendly, genuine gals I know. I love seeing her bright shining face around town, and think it’s fantastic that she has been organizing some Charlotte foodie ladies events recently. She exudes cheer and her positivity is infectious. Plus she’s a talented cook (go, read her blog, now!) and just down right fun. Basically, Ashley is fabulous, and I was so pumped when she offered to give us the down low on her favorite Charlotte restaurants. This is going to be a good one, I promise; Ashley is a true foodie who is passionate about food, cooking, and fresh ingredients (a girl after my own heart).
I’m a relative newcomer to the city; I moved here in April. When not chasing my two young kids or blogging about my mother-in-law’s Greek recipes, I’m usually out exploring the Queen City’s food scene. Farmers markets, coffee shops, bakeries, delis, restaurants. If it involves food, I’m there! Through cooking, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for quality ingredients. As can be expected, this appreciation has carried over to the restaurants I frequent. There is something wonderfully inspiring with seeing how a chef chooses to interpret ingredients from the local market. It’s also refreshing to be able to order dishes with delicacies such as marinated anchovies or grilled octopus.