Save the Food Trucks!

FTThe Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Committee has proposed regulations that will hurt the Food Truck industry. One of the regulations that would negatively impact the industry the most is the proposed rule that food trucks cannot operating within 50 feet of a restaurant, nightclub or bar. That means no more Food Truck Friday’s and no more setting up in front of craft breweries.

While at Triple C Brewery last week, I was able to speak with the owner of The Tin Kitchen food truck. He is worried that these new regulations will make it nearly impossible to serve the Charlotte public. Mobile food vendors are small businesses who are trying to survive the economic downturn. He is hoping to get as many signatures on his petition has possible to show the City that the Charlotte community wants Food Trucks to stay.

The Proposed Amendments to the current laws would, among other things:

  • Prohibit food trucks from accepting requests to provide service in residential neighborhoods for parties, HOA events, neighborhood block parties, weddings, and other special events.
  • Restrict food trucks from accepting requests to provide service to offices and businesses that are not in officially zoned office parks.
  • Force food trucks to park at least 50′ from the nearest restaurant or bar. This would affect the many craft breweries that rely on the trucks to provide meals to their customers.
  • Prohibit food trucks from gathering more than one time a week in a specific location.
  • Require food trucks to receive a special permit from the city to gather in groups larger than four trucks.
  • Require food trucks to purchase one permit for every three locations where they plan to serve, which would be a financial hardship.

You can sign the petition here.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/29/4875141/food-trucks-city-still-at-odds.html#.U2EEDIFdXKg#storylink=cpy

Do you agree?

A recent city of Charlotte survey found that most residents like the city and think they have a “high quality of life” in the Queen City.

Sixty percent said it was an excellent or good place to retire; about 70 percent gave it similar high marks for cleanliness; and just under 80 percent said it’s a good or excellent place to raise children.

Do you agree?

Easter at The Lake – Round II

Bright and early Thursday morning Matt and I set out to God’s Country, USA to spend Easter with his family and grandparents.

I had all intentions of packing Wednesday evening after a going away party for a friend. Unfortunately, after a bottle of wine and a Baskin-Robbin’s ice cream cone later, the packing never happened. Thank goodness for my sweet boyfriend who put together this Packing List for me. It made packing at 5am a breeze on Thursday morning. Isn’t he just the cutest??

We had a quick layover in Atlanta an arrived in Tallahassee around noon on Thursday. Matt’s parents swung by Tallahassee on their way to the lake to pick us up. It is a yearly tradition to enjoy road mimosa’s along the way.  Last year while we were at the lake, Matt’s family purchased a boat. It happened to be Good Friday, which is why they decided to name their boat, Good Friday. This past Christmas we gave his family Good Friday fishing shirts and Go-Vino’s – which made the mimosa’s that much better.

Matt’s grandparents own a small piece of Heaven on Lake Victor, right on the Florida/Alabama border. While they have a house on the property, Matt’s family leaves a camper there year round – which is where we stay. There is nothing like sleeping with your boyfriends entire family to facilitate bonding!

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The weather wasn’t as perfect as we were hoping for, but that allowed  more time for Easter games and eating…lots and lots of eating. I’m talking chicken and dumplings, biscuits and gravy, fish fry, cinnamon rolls good eating! My diet begins today.

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Finally after all of the rain, the sun shone through and things started to clear up. We all made an abrupt rush to soak up the sun before dusk.

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This is his happy place.

As soon as the sun came out, so did the guns. You know what they say…the couple who snipes together, stays together.

The long weekend passed way too quickly, and before we knew it we were saying our goodbyes Sunday morning. I cherish the time I get to spend with Matt’s family since we do not get to see them often. I feel very blessed to also have another set of “grandparents” in my life. There is never a dry eye when we have to say goodbye to sweet Mimi and Papa John! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter as well!

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Feaster 2014/Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Last weekend was the epitome of the perfect Spring day in the South. The weather was gorgeous, warm enough to be comfortable and no humidity yet!

We have been celebrating (F)easter (Fake Easter) for 4 years now. My sister and her husband live in Chicago and spend Easter with his family up there. We LOVE holidays in the Hewitt family so we couldn’t stand the thought of not celebrating together. Whitney and Bob have been really great about flying down to Charlotte the last 4 years to celebrate Feaster and also my Dad’s birthday which usually falls around Feaster too.

Saturday morning the guys played golf while me and Whitney enjoyed sleeping in and then going on a nice long walk in Dilworth. I was very quick to point out each and every home for sale (PLEASE MOVE BACK!!!). After that, we headed to our parents house in Matthews to help prepare the Feaster lunch. My mom always goes out of her way to make everything perfect. The table looked like it was out of a magazine and the food was absolutely delicious. I contributed the deviled eggs, the only item I really know how to make.

After dinner we began the Great Egg Hunt of 2014. My dad always does a great job of hiding the eggs in the backyard. This year the hiding places were a little harder than normal. The challenge is always fun for a while, but  my sister and I always end up wanting to play the “hot/cold” game to get clues on where our remaining eggs are.

This year it took some of us a little longer than the others to find all of their eggs, but whose counting? #brotherinlawprobz

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We spent the rest of the night playing cornhole and other various games. Definitely a Feaster for the record books!

Sunday was my sweet Dad’s birthday. We all met at Vivace for a delicious birthday brunch. Vivace is always a great go-to and the views of uptown from the porch are wonderful. We haven’t been a few months and were surprised to find they now how an unlimited Bloody Mary bar.

Part of our present to Dad was tickets to the Knights game on Sunday afternoon. The Knights just moved into their new stadium uptown and we were excited to be able to get tickets to opening weekend. The ballpark is beautiful and has the most wonderful views of the city behind it. We were all thoroughly impressed by the selection of food (Salsarita’s, Just Fresh, BBQ, Chick-fil-a, Domino’s) and all of the craft beer selections.

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The Knights pulled out a WIN which  made the afternoon even better! After the game, we headed back to my house for birthday cake and to watch the end of the Masters. I’m proud to say that I won our fantasy draft this year….go Bubba!

Im such a humble winner….

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HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!! SO glad we all got to celebrate together! I know this is going to be your best year yet and am wishing you all the health and happiness in the world! We love you!!