♪ ♫ Nothing could be fine-uh than to be in Carolina.....on a four day weekend ♩ ♬
Sandra and I were in Charlotte and Asheville a few weekends back celebrating my cousin Lindsey's wedding.
The wedding actually took place in Charlotte but afterwards, we spent a few days in Asheville... We had some excellent weather, great food,fantastic scenery and I had a reunion with two of my (much older) first cousins, who I haven't seen in at least 3 and a half decades. Saturday May 17
I didn't get any sleep. We decided to fly into Charlotte early in the morning for an evening wedding. Little did I know until the evening before that there was a small window of thunderstorms that were expected to hit Rhode Island at around 6 am-just in time for takeoff. With a very short layover in Baltimore I got very nervous. Especially after waking up at 2am after a restless sleep to check the weather. Those thunderstorms were heading right at us and were due in about 4 hours. If we miss the layover.....we miss the wedding... I couldn't go back to sleep. I stayed wide awake in bed till the alarm went off at 3:30 am.
My anxiety lessened when I checked the weather again, it seems the storm was weakening as it entered Rhode Island but we were still due for some heavy rain...
We got to the airport and hoped for the best as soon as we got on board and the chatty flight attendant (who thought he was actually funny) finally shut his trap (he made me even more wound up than I already was) and we took off- I finally breathed a huge sigh of relief.
We arrived in Charlotte early, around 9:30 am. Our first stop was coffee. Since Chi Town Diner insists I start taking photos of my coffee stops- then here it is.. IMG_4471
, on Flickr The Smelly Cat Coffee House
in the No Da neighborhood in Charlotte
like the sign on side of the building says "be cool, drink coffee"
They even have cool cups and t shirts IMG_4472
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They serve a decent cuppa java, however I thought it was better the last time I was there... The Smelly Cat is very popular, so it must be just a fluke.
We only drank coffee while I was there (well I did, Sandra only drinks decaf lattes or decaf coffee) afterwards we decided on an early lunch
I did some research on yelp as I was jonesing for a good country fried steak. Apparently a new restaurant opened up back in 2012 to some very good reviews.. IMG_4474
, on Flickr Cafe South IMG_4475
, on Flickr
Located in a non descript building in the middle of suburbia. Cafe South is a Greek owned eatery specializing in good ol' boy eats with a smattering of Greek menu items which seems to be very common in the Charlotte area.
I don't remember what Sandra got, but I knew I was getting the Country Fried Steak over rice. My meal began with warm toasty cornbread and Unsweetened
Iced Tea IMG_4478
, on Flickr
My meal arrived and I wondered if it was going to live up to my expectations after my amazing meal at Mama J's
in Richmond the weekend before IMG_4484
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The country fried steak was fork tender, and the brown gravy was decent enough, however I thought the collards were just so so, maybe they were better than so so but after my collards at Mama J's
the weekend before, they just could't compare. The star of the meal was the fried squash. Thick cut, breaded and fried they were very reminiscent of the fried squash I enjoyed at the Wagon Wheel
in Fort Lawn SC two years ago. Overall Cafe South was fine, I give it a solid B minus and would certainly return for the fried Squash and try other items on the menu as well.
After lunch, we checked into our hotel located in the south suburbs. Sandra took a nap and I decided to walk the half mile to the hotel where the wedding was going to be that evening. The Ballantyne Hotel
. This is where President Obama stayed during the 2012 democratic convention. I stopped at the bar in the lobby for a pale ale from the local Old Mecklenberg Brewery
. While I was there I ran into my cousin Lisa's husband, Phil. Everyone was staying there (we were staying nearby at the Aloft) he introduced me to my Cousin's Dane, Scott, their wives, as well as Scott's son and daughter whom I had never met. They are in their 20's and teens. It's amazing- and we're first cousins. After having a drink with them. I returned to my hotel to wake Sandra up and get ready for the evening's event.
As you can see we put on our most stylish hats and I wore my most stylish eyeglasses.
Come to think of it we must have started a trend because..... The bride and groom followed suit..
That's the bride, my cousin Lindsey (my first cousin Lisa's daughter) and the groom, Victor.
The wedding itself was beautiful, it was held outdoors. The reception was a also great, although the DJ played alot of stuff I never heard of. The party was in full swing at 11PM when we finally ran out of steam. After a sleepless night the evening before, we were tired and returned to our hotel.....More to come..
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/06/02 20:03:42