Southern hospitality, part 2

After Wife collected me from Kath‘s house yesterday, we made our way over to her friend Kristin’s house across town. So many things have worked out perfectly for this weekend: my JetBlue gift certificate that covered airfare, the last minute plans with Kath yesterday, Wife being able to drive up from GA, her friend Kristin (and her husband Dustin!) living here and offering to put us up — I think Charlotte is my lucky city 😀

Kristin had the guest room perfectly coiffed and ready for us:


Don’t be jealous, Ted 😉 (That’s Wife’s boyfriend.)

We all spent much longer than we realized chatting and snacking on some very mature appetizers of mixed nuts and pimento olives:


Then, we headed to a late dinner at 131 Main, an uptown Charlotte restaurant with a fire pit!


I ordered the Crab Cake Salad with mixed greens, fresh corn, herb vinaigrette, and whole grain mustard sauce (I got the dressing/sauce on the side):


Look at all the meat in that crab cake!! I felt like I had died and gone to Maryland.


The salad spent some time warming its toes by the fire:


(Speaking of corn and toes and fun food names like boat eggs and broccoli trees, my mom used to call my toes corn niblets when I was little because they were so teeny and short. Just thought I’d throw that out there.)

Wife couldn’t quite finish her cedar plank salmon with whole grain mustard butter and wild rice salad, so I took care of the rest for her:


It was tough choke down, but I took one for the team and found a way somehow.

For dessert, the three of us split the homemade key lime pie with graham cracker crust. It was a huuuuuuge slice:


Mmmm, look at that crust. It was so thick and crunchy — the best part!


It was past 11 when we got back to Kristin’s house and fell right into bed (or blogged, as the case may be).

I’m not sure what the plan is for the rest of the morning; the afternoon/evening will be quite full with wedding events. Can’t wait!

What is your luckiest region of the US?

14 thoughts on “Southern hospitality, part 2

  1. Alison says:

    Glad you’re having a nice weekend. I don’t know what the “luckiest” region is. But I do love the northwest. But the upper midwest has been very good to me.


  2. Mariposa says:

    oh i would love to be in your shoes! looks like you are having soooo much fun in NC! have fun at the wedding!

    btw your welcome for the Quans gossip! there is more- but i should save that for another day! the quans dynasty was almost in danger at one point! gasp!!!!! ; )


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