My longtime friend, Heather, came to visit this past weekend. She arrived on Friday, and left on Monday.
By the time she had left, I likely weighed 10 lbs. more. I’ve enjoyed each of the visitors I’ve had this summer, but since we’re both foodies, dining out was definitely the most fun this time.
We started out the weekend with dinner & drinks at Luna Maya. We had spicy guacamole, stuffed poblanos & tamales.
This is actually the same thing I ordered the first time I ate there. I was happy not to have a table in a dark hole this time, so I could actually get a decent photo of my food. Saturday night, we went to one of my absolute favorites: Venture. When we got there, there was a wait, but there was seating available at the bar. There were no menus at the moment, so the bartender asked what I was in the mood for, and picked my drink for me. He made me the El Diablo, and it was delicious. I’m really glad I let him pick for me. I’ve actually looked at this drink on the menu every time, but had never ordered it. We also ordered way too much food. We started with the pimiento cheese & grilled bread. It was still bubbling when he brought it out, and was so good. We also had the tots (of course), and the seared tuna. We also shared a pizza, or, a beet-za. This pizza was roasted beet, fresh basil, roasted garlic, tomato sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, & arugula. Sunday morning, we had brunch at the Handsome Biscuit. When we arrived, the line was out the door. They really need to expand… The teeny-tiny building is cute, but not practical. We both had biscuits, blackberry agua-frescas & shared an order of hashbrowns. And of course we went to Le Mu on Sunday night. The menu that night was one of the most unique that he’s featured so far, and everything we had was delicious.
We started with the country ham croquettes. They were served with a cheddar mornay (a fancy term for a bechamel sauce with added cheese) and chard. This was so good. I had never had a croquette before, but I’d order them again! And the chard… so perfect. I had the japanese rice noodle bowl with roasted beets, pickled daikon, bean sprouts, napa cabbage & a strawberry-lime vinaigrette. This was delicious, and the dressing was amazing. It had just enough sweetness, and I couldn’t get enough of the color. And dessert… for the first time, something on his menu was too out there for me. I love funnel cakes. They bring back fond memories of summers at Carowinds with my family. But the thought of a funnel cake with sweetened red beans was a little intimidating. I went for it though, and was blown away by how delicious it was. All of the flavors & textures worked together perfectly. And Monday, before she headed back to Charlotte, we stopped by the Barking Dog for lunch, and had their fish tacos. These are super simple, and so good. By far my favorite fish tacos ever.
And with that, my summer of visitors is over. Honestly, it feels like summer is over (thank God). I’ve missed Graham this summer, but I’ve also had a lot of fun. But bring on fall! I’m ready for sweaters, boots, pumpkin flavored everything, the holidays, and buying a new house!