Any weekend that we don’t have a wedding, out of town trip, party, or obligation, I REJOICE! Life seems to have been going at 100MPH for the past…year! With more weddings, bachelorette parties, vacations, etc. on the horizon, I try to take full advantage of any weekends I have in town. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and was the perfect spring kickoff!
Friday: Boy was it a week! It seemed to take about three weeks for Friday to actually get here, so unwinding and a few drinks were in order when it finally did! Matt and I walked to one of our favorite hangouts, Common Market. If you haven’t been to The Common Market, then you must! It is the most electric little place and most times we feel like we’re the outsiders. We are definitely the minority when it comes to style there – however there is a great mix of all types of people. The best part is that you can get beer, wine (by the bottle or glass), sandwiches, candy, snacks, etc. and enjoy them on the quaintest patio. It’s basically a modern take of general stores in the past and one of the best locations for people watching! After enjoying a few beverages on the patio, we packed up and walked over to Food Truck Friday which is held on an empty lot right beside Common Market. FTF is an empty lot where Food Truck’s pull up and serve everything from BBQ, to tacos, to ice cream and cupcakes. We got there around 8:15, and it closes at 9, a lesson we learned the hard way. Most of the trucks were sold out of one or more of their main dishes. We chose the Roaming Fork truck and were very impressed. I ordered the “Porky Sandwich” and Matt ordered the “Porky Cheesy a grilled cheese with BBQ and pimento cheese… heavenly! We were so full when we left that we had to roll ourselves home. The night ended with us ordering Zero Dark Thirty. Unfortunately, I fell asleep 20 minutes in. I heard it was really intense and a great movie, I just seem struggle with insomnia the second any movie starts.
Saturday: I woke up late (9am…sad, when did 9am become late??) and went to a barre workout class. After that I went over to Matthews to pick up my bridesmaid dress for my sisters wedding. I cannot believe that the wedding is only 39 days away. OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! I still find it hard to accept that it’s really happening, and cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. Although my legs felt like jello, it was too beautiful outside to stay indoors. I hopped on my bike, Matt rented one of the B-cycle‘s and we were off! We first rode to Freedom Park and then down the Greenway. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city! The park and trails were packed full of people and pets and it felt wonderful to enjoy the afternoon and get some exercise. For dinner we tried a new recipe and were blown away by how good it was. I am a sucker for pizza, but unfortunately the amount of calories in one slice makes me want to die a little inside, and I’m also trying to eat gluten-free. I found a recipe for Zucchini Pizza’s – the zucchini replaces the crust and only has 50 calories. The best part is that you can customize each slide and add as many toppings as you’d like. We stuck with low-fat mozzarella cheese and turkey pepperoni’s, but Matt dabbled with some seasonings and broccoli on a few of his slices. The recipe calls to cook them in the oven, but it was so nice out that we took some wine down to the grill area and popped them on the grill. We had so many people come up to us and ask what we were making – they were all so intrigued by how great they looked. The best part is how wonderful they tasted! Because the zucchini was grilled, it had that nice crunchy taste and neither of us missed the crust! We ended the night with The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie. Matt probably asked 10-15 times what the point was of the movie. It was definitely a little out there, and not one of our favorites.
Sunday: With all the blessings we’ve been provided, there’s no excuse to not make it to Church on Sunday morning to thank God for all we’ve been provided. We have been attending Elevation Uptown and really enjoy it. I love that its convenient, offers an 11:30am service (nice for sleeping in!) and love the charm of the McGlohon Theatre where service is held. The message was very moving and powerful for both us, and exactly what we needed to hear that day. Isn’t it funny how God works like that? After church we went to our favorite Sunday hangout, Vivace. Vivace has $10 all-you- can-drink mimosa’s, and we like to take full advantage of our ten bucks! The outside patio is perfect this time of year, and with live music, you can’t beat it. We had to cut our brunch shorter than we normally do because I had signed up for another barre class. After my workout, I scooped Matt up and we met some friends for some cold beers and corn hole at Tyber Creek. The day turned out a little different than we had expected, and we ended up going to Duckworth’s for sweet potato fries and then to Nikko’s for some sushi. It was definitely a random Sunday, but perfect. You can’t beat an afternoon of being around good people, nice weather, and cold drinks!
Charlotte has so much to offer! What are your favorite spots around town?