teriyaki pork tenderloin kabobs

teriyaki pork tenderloin kabobs

I’ve been on a blog hiatus (by the way, hiatus is one of my favorite words. It’s probably the only fancy word I remember from my SAT flash cards when I was 16).

The good thing about the Internet is that when you’re ready to come back, it will be there, just floating (is that concept weird to anyone else?). I wanted to maintain regular posting through the summer, but it didn’t happen. And I’m not going to beat myself up about it; because the past two months have been busy and full of fun, face to face, human interaction.

I’ll catch you up on with all of my excuses next week (when a big blog resurrection is planned with a fun new series on Charlotte food that I’m really excited about), but for now, I wanted to pop in really quick to profess my love to farmers markets and share a quick, easy, delicious recipe.

One of my favorite ways to start the weekend is with an early Saturday stroll through the Charlotte Regional Farmers Markets. The Charlotte Regional market is our tried and true standby, I’ve been going since I moved to Charlotte almost 3 years ago, and it currently is the closest to our house (though I hear the NoDa market is really cool and I would love to spend a Saturday morning there, and I’ve driven up to Davidson a few times for a lovely, small towny feel). When we’re in town and AJ isn’t working, you can find us meandering between the stalls, talking to farmers, and picking up ingredients (without a list and almost with reckless abandon) for our meals for the week. I’m a planner and I love making lists; to-do lists, cleaning lists, vacation lists (yes even vacation lists), and I make a mean grocery list. Something about ticking each item off makes me feel successful or something. All of my list making intuition goes out the window when I go to the farmers market; it’s fun to have a wait and see approach, and to develop our meal plan for the week depending on what we can buy with the cash in our wallets.

charlotte regional farmers market

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s’mores fondue for two

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored Summer was made for s’mores. “First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the…

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pho pho pho

pho pho pho

Hi guys! I am so happy to welcome my FIRST guest blog post today. Sandy is going to tell us all about Pho Pho Pho in Raleigh (I’ve hung out once in Glenwood South and it’s such a cool neighborhood in Raleigh. After Sandy’s post, I’m just itching to go back!). A lemongrass margarita sounds…

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charlotte's street eats

charlotte’s street eats

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Charlotte Food Trucks? Friday, right? Well to avoid being a total Food Truck Friday cliché, here is the low down on Charlotte’s street eats on a Thursday. Boom. Now you have a whole day to plan what you’re going to eat tomorrow in South End…

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john's country kitchen

john’s country kitchen

I meant to sit down and write this post a few different times over the past year. I kept putting it off because I felt like John’s would always be there. I figured I could share my little breakfast spot with the world when I was ready; it would never go out of style. Well John’s…

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tomato pie at the cypress of charlotte

the copper grille at the cypress of charlotte

I want to live at The Cypress of Charlotte. (photo courtesy of The Cypress of Charlotte) Really, it looks like so much fun. We’re talking live music, continuing education, art, speakers, parties, dances, games, fitness classes, golf and field trips (everyone loves field trips). The Cypress of Charlotte is a continuing care retirement community in SouthPark….

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got to be nc competition dining

got to be nc competition dining series 2015

My Uber driver dropped me off in front of the historic church in Dilworth that houses Bonterra Dining and Wine Room and I couldn’t help but be enthralled by the big, red tour bus parked across the street. Someone is taking this competition seriously this year. I walked in to get my table assignment and…

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beer boiled brats

sunday supper | beer brats two ways

Three day weekends are my jam. Memorial Day weekend is especially exciting because it’s the official kickoff of summer. The pool opens! School’s almost out! You can rock a seersucker suit! Temperatures are climbing! The sun is out longer! Outdoor activities! Wearing white pants is acceptable! Time to fire up the grill! While I associate summer…

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nachos wild wing cafe

wild wing cafe

I love trivia. I think it’s because I have a lot of random things stored in my head. Nerd alert: I watch Jeopardy every night (My two biggest regrets from college are not studying abroad and not trying out for college Jeopardy.) I DVR it when I’m not home. My college, Lawrence University, hosts the biggest…

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