Local Favorites, Whimsey

Inside Scoop

Cincinnati.jpgI had the unique experience of going to my husband’s hometown of Cincinnati last week without him.  As it was a work related trip, I actually had very little free time but tried to visit some local favorite restaurants when I did.  Made it to La Rosa’s and Skyline but also discovered a great new place, “Rock Bottom.”

My co workers and I ended up there at least 4 times during the trip and we had a great experience each time.  I am so glad our waitress on one visit explained that the Brownie Passion is a sharable dessert!  It was HUGE and oh so good.  3 large brownie wedges topped with vanilla icecream and drizzled with Rasberry Syrup!  Oh my!dessert

So if you ever make it to the home of the flying pigs, be sure to visit the old favorites but also try, “Rock Bottom.”  You won’t be disappointed!

Local Favorites, Simplicity, Therapy, Whimsey

Backroad Connoisseur


Some of the best dates my husband and I have are on backroads.  We love to try to get lost and see where an unknown road might take us.  With our favorite music playing, an afternoon drive becomes an adventure.  As windy mountain roads descend into hidden valleys, rustic barns and log cabins tempt the imagination with a simpler way of life from days gone by.  The road lengthens, our worries shorten and we keep on driving.

A real treat is when we find an out of the way “Mom & Pop” diner or a provincial hole-in-the wall restaurant. To see where the locals go and do a little people watching is a always a thrill.  A few weeks back, we celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary by spending some time in the NC Mountains.  My niece pointed us in the direction of a winery she had visited and the roads to get there looked inviting.  While not exactly a mom and pop, our destination did not disappoint.

Situated smack dab in the middle of apple country,  St. Paul Winery is a delight to the senses.  With an intriguing history,  an oversized rock fireplace, to die for views, and award winning wines, the tasting room is the perfect respite from a long drive.  We sampled several selections paired with local made goat cheese and crackers.  I know I sound like a travel guide but I prefer to be called a, “Backroad Connoisseur.”  Visit St. Paul’s if you can.

Sometimes the best therapy is a long drive on a backroad.  Give it a try.


Local Favorites, On Being Southern, Whimsey

Small Town Treasure

I probably shouldn’t tell anyone about this but it’s too good to keep a secret.  Thanks to friends, Dawn and Scott, I discovered another small town treasure today.  Carson’s Southern Kitchen in Easley, SC may be one of few places still serving up authentic Southern Style Fried Chicken and Turnip Greens.  “Oh my word!” and “Shut my mouth!”  kind of goodness.  Don’t tell my mama, but that chicken rivals hers and she is the ultimate southern cook!  Visit Carson’s and experience a Small Town Treasure today!

Local Favorites, On Being Southern

On Being Southern

newyearsdinnerHey Y’all!  I LOVE being a homegrown Southern girl.  I was brought up on Collards, Black Eyed Beans and Corn Bread.  I’m always fixin’ to do something.  I’ll mash the elevator button for you.  Bless him!  Bless her heart!  I love dressing up to go to a wedding in a barn.  I love my mama.  I love going barefoot.  Finding a deserted road with my sweetheart is the best.  Getting dirty is ok.  Church socials are a must.  Tubing on the Chatuga is a dangerous have to.  Gotta have a rocking chair and a porch.  Sweet iced tea.  Don’t mess with my family.  Manners prevail. Yellow Stone-Ground Grits are a Saturday tradition.  Fried chicken and watermelon; oh yeah.  Trips to the lake with homemade icecream.   Dang! Sunburn and frostbite in the same week in winter.  Warm Winters and Hotter Summers. Fishing with daddy.  Peach pickin and Apple Mountain climbing.  Backyard Gardens.  Bluegrass hoedowns.  Blue jeans and high heels.  Granny’s Roses.  Drinking from Honeysuckle cups.  Family love and feuds. Mason Jars.  Magnolias. Friends. Southern.  Howdy and come on in.  Country music one day and Frank Sinatra the next. Supper is everyday of the week except Sunday then it’s dinner.  Yellow Jasmine and Carolina Wren’s.  Bass fishing.  Fast cars and jacked up trucks.  Big fields and bigger tractors.   Strawberry jam.  Chickens in the yard. That’s me. Southern.  Y’all come!old-barn