Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weekenf Whereabouts: Southern Fellow meets the West Coast pt 2

Now, to pick up where I left off. 

Day 3

Saturday in Seattle was a little rough. I had to recover from Halloween night and get up for a tour of Pike Place Market given by Savory Seattle. I decided to take the VIP tour, which starts at 9 in Post Alley at the famous Gum Wall. Yes, it's so gross but so cool at the same time! 

My tour guide, who I'll name "B" because I don't remember his name but I'm pretty sure it started with a "B", was very good. I love a good cheesy joke and he was full of them while giving us history and fun facts about the market. I wish I had more time in Seattle to check out his Booze and Bites tour, but there's next time!

On the tour I saw the "first", which is really the fourth Starbucks, the Pike Place Boys (yes, they threw a fish or two for us) and had some incredible macaroni and cheese and chocolate! 

The line to get into Starbucks!!! No thanks, I'll go to the one around the corner.

After my tour I caught the ferry to Bremerton to hang out with Layla and the fam. She was running a little behind, so I grabbed lunch at Anthony's. It was a fun time of course! We got Layla's haircut, drank wine and sharpened pencils. 

The ride back to Seattlebthat night was an interesting one. I thought it was ok to take a nap on the ferry because everyone else did it and ended up being the last one on the ferry. Luckily they don't let you keep riding the ferry back and forth and they woke me up. (Embarrassing, I know)

Day 4

Sunday was a funday-no pun intended. We went dress shopping for round two and we actually found a dress! Of course, I can't show it to you, but Layla almost had a moment. It was exciting! I was a bit disappointed they didn't have a bell though. 

Sunday night we all had dinner at a place called The Boat Shed. I'm sure it has beautiful views during the day, as it is located on the water with views of the bridge and I guess what's considered downtown Bremerton. The food was pretty good. 

Day 5

Ugh, yes my trip came to an end and I was quite upset, but I squeezed one last Seattle meal out before I spent the day with Layla and the kids. I had one of the best salmon burgers ever from another Tom Douglas restaurant, Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie. 

Layla wanted me to stop and grab her some doughnuts on my way to the ferry but I didn't have time to stand in line. I did grab her some cheesecake though, from The Confectional. Sooo good and they ship them!

Pumpkin cheesecake! 

As you can see, I had a blast in Seattle! Definitely a fun city, especially if you're a foodie! I'm planning a trip for the summer when the weather is better! 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Weekend Whereabouts: Southern Fellow meets the West Coast

Back in June, one of my dearest friends Layla moved out to Seattle and eventually moved my godson there as well. I, of course, turned this negative into a positive and decided a trip to Seattle would be my "big vacation" for the year. Unfortunately I couldn't visit this past summer because Layla was pregnant and I preferred to visit after the baby was born, which led to me heading West last weekend. 

Let me go ahead and tell you this trip was a list of quite a few first for me. First trip to Seattle. First time on the West Coast. First time having to take a connecting flight. The list does go on but I'll stop there. 

This is me once I get seated on the plane and realize it is oh so small! 

I woke up just in time to take a picture of Chicago!

Day 1

My first day in Seattle was on Thursday and I have to say it was lovely despite the rain. I took the light rail from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport into the city, which I thought was so much fun. Riding throughout Seattle's suburban neighborhoods and riding by both Safeco Field and CentryLink Field was cool. To my dismay, I'm sure I looked like a tourist. Another amazing thing about the light rail is the station was literally a block from my hotel, Courtyard Marriott Downtown Seattle/Pioneer Square. 

After arriving at the Courtyard, I got settled in and made those oh so very important phone calls to let everyone know I had arrived safely. I then used Urbanspoon to locate a restaurant for lunch. I knew I was catching the end of Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW), so a restaurant on the list was a must. I ended up choosing Taste, a restaurant attached to Seattle Art Museum, aka SAM. So good!

During my walk to Taste I noticed a couple of Seattle sites, the Space Needle in the distance and Fran's Chocolates across the street. Both of these led to my self guided walk through Pike Place Market and ultimately Seattle. 

Yea, that's right I walked all over Seattle in the first 4 hours of me being there. Check out some pics below from my walk:

So, it wasn't until I made it to the Space Needle that I realized I had a 40 minute walk back to my hotel. I did walk the entire thing and even found this fantastic doughnut shop on my way. 

Top Pot changed my life so much, every time I went to see Layla I had to take some.

The rest of Day 1 included dinner with Layla and her friend at Tom Douglas' restaurant Etta's, quiet time watching Scandal and How to get away with Murder, and a trip to the bar, Madison Pub.  For some reason I didn't feel like getting dressed up for the boys of Seattle that night so I just wore a sweater with a bear from Gap and chinos. The bear sweater is quite the conversation piece. You can see it in my airplane selfie above.

This sweater led to me making friends at the bar and piling into a Toyota Highlander with 7 other guys and riding to R bar. I swear this only happens to me!

Day 2

Friday was quite an experience. It started with wedding dress shopping at BHLDN, which is a bridal shop within Anthropology. Our sales associate was awful except for her giving us champagne. I wish I could show pictures, but I feel that breaks a rule or something. 

We went to lunch at Pike Place Chowder, which I highly suggest. It was so good! If you check it out, don't go alone and have someone go save seats while you order. Trust me, it's easier. 

We also knocked out some shopping before heading to Port Orchard on the ferry, where Layla lives.

The ferry gives some amazing views of the Puget Sound as well as the Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier, if it's clear. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it. 

Brementon/Port Orchard is dead boots, but the harbor is so cute!

I will say there is a cute little coffee shop at the ferry terminal called Frenchie, or something like that. I was so hungry I felt quiche and coffee went together when we arrived. Do they go together?

The rest of my Friday included a little babysitting, since my godson felt it was ok to leave me and go trick or treating with his new friend. After arriving back in the city, I got dressed up myself and hit the town. I spent 45 mins of my Halloween night in line at Cuff. I'm assuming this is a popular nightclub considering the wait time. It was a fun time, especially with all of the Russell Wilsons running around and making out.

Well, that carries you through day 2, the rest of the weekend will be in Weekend Whereabouts Pt 2 and I owe you some restaurant reviews! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

St. Germaine at a sports bar?!? The Local Cue

So, I think I have found my new favorite bar, actually let's face it any place with a bar, good bartender and some great people watching is my favorite bar. This is a sports bar with St Germaine! So, good drinks with burly men, yes! (Don't worry, I don't act this gay in public) Here's a quick and funny story: I came in and sat down. I typically try to space one bar stool between me and the next fella, just feel that's proper etiquette-if there is such a thing. So, I look at the menu and see St Germaine! I almost want to squeal but I feel Mr. man to my left is judging me. I am approached by the bartender and just order a vodka cranberry. Don't worry I had my St Germaine later and a guy gave me suggestions on what to try it with, so good story! Right? I thought it was funny at first.

Tonight I had dinner at The Local Cue, a newer restaurant in the Greenville market. I'm not sure how new it is because it just kind of showed up on my Facebook timeline one day, but it is new. It is located off of Haywood Road in the location that used to be Stax Peppermill and has quite the menu anchored in barbecue. 

The Local Cue has a great menu with things such as BBQ pork or chicken nachos and wings as appetizers to a Guinness bratwurst and BBQ burrito in it's sandwich category. They also have a main entree menu which has their brisket pot pie, shrimp and grits, ribs and The Kings Plate (a turkey leg as the meat). The dessert menu isn't what you'd expect, fried everything-fried funnel cake bites and fried candy bars (snickers, whatchamacallit, or Reece's).

I had trouble deciding what I wanted to eat because it all sounded so good that I just ordered the Small Sampler platter off of the snack menu. I figured it was the best way to get a taste of everything. It was pretty good. My only real complaint was the amount fat on a piece if my brisket. The fat took about half of my meat.

The Small sampler also comes with their three different slaws. I was not a big fan of any of them. One didn't have much flavor. The blue cheese had a little flavor, but just didn't do anything for me. The last one had great flavor, but I don't like hot things and it had a but too much heat for me. 

I sat at the bar, where service wasn't the greatest, but I did have a bartender that could mix one hell of a drink.

This is definitely a place that could be a stop with my friends during a night on the town. There are pool tables, old school arcade games, ping ping, shuffleboard and board games, whatelse do you need? Oh TVs, they have those too. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Euphoria Weekend!

This weekend was a much anticipated event on my calendar for the year. Greenville's Euphoria was this weekend and I have to say I had a blast despite my fighting a sore throat. For the past few weeks I've been bragging, if you will, to friends, coworkers, and family about attending this event, and now I get to brag to everyone about how amazing it was! 

In case you've never heard of Euphoria, it is a 9 year old food, wine and music festival started by Greenville restaurantuer Carl Sobocinski and singer and songwriter Edwin McCain. Euphoria allows the Greenville area a chance to show off it's culinary and arts scene, which has definitely taken off in the last decade. It is also a charitable event, in which it's net proceeds go to Local Boys Do Good.

Now, this was my first Euphoria and after attending my first Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in May, I can honestly say Greenville competes with the big boys. A few months ago as I was looking at packages and deciding what events I wanted to check out I ran across a livingsocial deal that helped me make my decision. I also ran across a few discount codes at the pre-Euphoria event Tapas and Tinis and through the Good Eats and Meets meetup that I have joined.

Taste of the South

My first Euphoria event was on Friday night, Taste of the South. It was a beautiful night to hang out outside with great food, music and drinks. When I walked into the Peace Center's Wyche Pavilion, where all of the food was, I got so excited! Like I told a lady I met from Charlottle the next day, "all of my favorites were there." There were also beverages from Firefly Vodka, Chateau √Član vineyard and winery, and one of Greenville's microbreweries, Thomas Creek. 

I really enjoyed Firefly's specialty cocktails for the evening. They had a Peach Moonshine margarita, which had all of the ingredients of a traditional margarita just substituting tequila for Firefly's peach moonshine. The other specialty cocktail was called a Fuzzy Fly, modeled after a fuzzy navel. 

I also enjoyed the music from Nasheville's own, Sixwire. 

Tasting Showcase

My second Euphoria event was the Tasting Showcase on Saturday. Now, this is where I was able to see if I had learned my lesson from the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. The lesson learned was "pace yourself", by the way. Upon walking in, you can get very overwhelmed and drunk if you're not careful. There were vendors from wineries, moonshine distilleries, breweries, as well as local eateries. 

Wine and a cupcake...2 of my favorites! 

Music by local talent...Erica Berg Collective. I wish you could've seen the lady dancing on the side. She was so funny.

I hate beer, but I tried 2 for you beer drinkers!

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam at The Old Cigar Warehouse in the West End was my third Euphoria event. This is the only event I didn't do solo, I brought my sister along with me and we had a blast! Traffic Jam is basically Euphoria's food truck rodeo. In it's second year, it was a hit and was sold out. I would say that was in part to Wingmen's stars, Corey and Ramone, bringing in their stuffed wing food truck, 2 Fat 2 Fly, but I talked with a few people who weren't sure who they were. My sister became very fond of Bo Daddy's Smokehouse, which is an upstate favorite! 

Somehow we took over this hammock and kept enjoying the strawberry moonshine cocktails by Firefly and music by Seven Handle Circus.

Shredded pork sandwich from Bo Daddy's Smokehouse with the Carolina vinegar BBQ sauce. The chicken with the Apple BBQ sauce was also really good.

Stuffed wings from 2 Fat 2 Fly!

Unfortunately, I didn't make it to my last Euphoria event, which was the South State Bank Jazz Brunch due to a REALLY bad sore throat. I'm sure it was phenomenal! 

I'm definitely looking forward to next year! Mark your calendars for September 17-20, 2015!