Good morning, friends! I hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine. Here’s a quick look at what we were up to all weekend…
On Thursday, after an out-of-town training, I headed farther west to visit my parents. It was a super quick trip but it was totally worth the extra miles.
Thursday was my grandmother’s birthday and I was so happy that I was able to join my parents to take her to dinner. My Momma was extra thoughtful and tried to pick a place that would suit Mimi but would also please my foodie-self. She succeeded. Nolen Kitchen has been on my list (among many others) of places to try in Charlotte for a whole now. Nolen Kitchen is located in a picture-perfect neighborhood and it was such a treat to visit. To start, we shared the zucchini chips which were nothing short of amazing. Perfectly fried but not overly oily. And for my main dish, I went with the special: Red Snapper with Lobster and a Gouda Alfredo Sauce served over black beans and spinach. The sauce was decadent without being heavy and I was surprised at how perfectly it paired with the black beans. To sip, a crisp Sauvignonn Blanc.
On Friday morning I was up bright and early to try a Pure Barre class. I have wanted to try Pure Barre for a long, long time and I couldn’t pass up the chance. There’s a Pure Barre studio about 10 minutes from my parents house and I am no obsessed. Unfortunately, there’s not a barre studio anywhere close to where I live…so I’ll just have to save that class for special occasions. It hurt so good. I was sore until Sunday night.
Post-sweat, my Momma and I met up with my sister, brother-in-law and my cutie pie, Haines, for breakfast. I’ve heard great things about Another Broken Egg and it was the perfect place for us to sip coffee and chow down.
Unfortunately, I had to hit the road as soon as breakfast was over. As much as I wanted to stay and be with my family for the weekend, we had plans back at home and I was ready to see the hubs.
Friday night we had a little dinner party with two of our favorite couples.
The night started with rosé and ended with lots of laughs.
In between, we dined on short ribs that had the most amazing sauce. (I still need that recipe, Katie!)
Thankfully the sun was out on Saturday and I was able to finish up book #4 by the pool.
Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed cocktail hour at home with Grilled Pineapple Margaritas. Umm…delicious.
We continued the Mexican theme but I’ll share the full menu later this week.
And I also checked one more item off the bucket list last night: Trashy Hot Dogs!!!!
The dog was loaded down with sauteed onions (I sauteed the onions in bacon fat and added a touch of maple syrup before serving), sauteed mushrooms, crisped bacon and cheddar cheese.
I can never have a regular ole hot dog again. These totally hit the spot and was worth the wait. So many flavors and the bun was soft and doughy while the dog had the “snap” that I crave.
Only 5 days of work stand between me and my next weekend.
Let’s do this.