A few of my girlfriends here in Charlotte and I drove up to Shelton Vineyards this past Saturday to celebrate Judy's birthday (it was also my little brother's birthday, so Happy Birthday Paul!). I had been to this winery a few times before, but I'm pretty sure the natural landscape and fall foliage were at its peak that day.
Updated on Monday, November 5, 2012 by passports and pancakes
I am so excited to host the very first giveaway here on Passports & Pancakes... from the lovely and talented Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio! I found out about Lindsay's beautiful work from Aran on our trip to Whistler, and have been coveting her pieces ever since. All of her bowls, platters, and baking dishes are made by hand, and she has been busy recently designing for Terrain and Leif.
I've always been a lover of breakfast. Be it a fancy, drawn out affair with eggs benedict, mimosas, and Belgian waffles, or a simple fried egg with coffee at home. There's just something about starting the day with a clean slate, a delicious meal, and (hopefully) no big worries just yet. My weekday mornings are a little more rushed than I would like, but eating breakfast always makes me slow down, even if for a few minutes.
Like clockwork, as Sunday rolled around this past weekend, I was craving something healthy. I know I'm not the only person who uses my weekends to test the limits of my normally-sound-and-vegetable-filled eating habits, and Sunday brings that feeling of "Enough." This past weekend (spent at Clemson, my alma mater) was no exception. I would not trade my 48 hours of time spent with friends in the warm sun, mimosas and pumpkin cupcakes and southern barbecue sandwiches, or watching my Tigers bring home a win for anything. But, it takes a bit more effort to recover from these weekends than it used to when I was in college. Enter: the Buddha Bowl.
This is it, the last post from our trip to China. I planned to write this post (and edit the accompanying photos) earlier, but found myself dragging my feet. Even though I made time to do so for other posts along the way, this last segment of our trip remained unfinished, ready to be put on paper (or computer screen, these days) and, in turn, feel finished and real. I think this is why I have taken so long to get around to it.
This past weekend, the whole Charlotte crew drove up to Asheville, NC to celebrate one of my favorite couples - Jesse and Taylor. I met these two when I first moved to Charlotte more than 3 years ago, and have loved watching them move in together, get engaged, and finally - get married! They are two of the most genuine, funny, and kind-hearted people I've ever met, and I couldn't be happier for them.
I mentioned in this post from our dinner the other night how the side dish we had kind of stole the show... I'm excited to share the recipe with you today! It came from the same cookbook, and is kind of the perfect dish to make you feel like fall has really, truly arrived. I mentioned to Ryan that it tastes like Thanksgiving... which is I high compliment for food in my mind!
I wrote about my love for Mireille Guiliano's recipes and books almost a year ago (has it really been that long?) and felt that it was time to dust off the French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook again this past weekend. Her recipes are simple, filled with fresh ingredients and natural flavors, and always leave my blissfully full without any sort of guilt. The perfect kind of meal, in my mind.
I promised that my next and last China post would be about my favorite thing we did there, but when I was going through the rest of my photos last night to edit, I found these beauties.
Happy Weekend readers! Are you doing anything fun? We are driving to Clemson tonight to spend the weekend and watch our Tigers tomorrow afternoon. I'm extra excited because some friends of ours who moved to Texas are flying in to spend the weekend... can't wait!
I realized the other day that it's been forever since I did a weekend post with links, and thought I'd bring it back this week since there has been a lot on the internet inspiring me lately!