One of my favorite places to visit in Southend is the Atherton Mill Market. Known for its organic spread of local businesses, Atherton Mill Market is a great way to spend a Saturday. Not only is it great for the Southend community, it’s a community within its own walls.Whether purchasing produce or dry goods, this Farmer’s Market is easy to get to, reasonably priced, and has a large array of options.
This past Saturday, after the Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast, the market celebrated Queen City Pantry’s one year anniversary. Tasty treats such as pulled pork sliders were shared. For those of you who haven’t been, Queen City Pantry sells dry goods from Anson Mills, including their popcorn, sea island peas and several different grains.
New and old vendors come together, (such as my personal favorite because of their “Eat Pasta, Run Fasta slogan) Pasta and Provisions, on the weekends to offer a family friendly market. Carolina Artisan offers loaves and generous samples of their famous line of sourdough-based bread. Not Just Coffee, served both at Atherton and the 7th Street Market in Uptown, takes their coffee seriously. Watch them perform a work of art with their milk foam on top of a latte. You almost don’t want to drink it!
We’ve moved things around, so if you show up at the market and don’t find what you are looking for, just ask! With more seating (indoors and out, family and dog friendly areas, the Atherton Mill is something you have to explore.
No one likes that middle of the night text message begging for you to come over but everyone likes the hookup phone call for fast and amazing food delivery. Foodie call is a convenient way to get the food you actual want delivered straight to your door and makes it incredibly easy to order. The best part is you don’t have to settle for just pizza and lo mein, you can find a huge list of participating restaurants from Thai to Italian and Mexican to American food.
Once you’re ready to make that foodie call you can go online to www.makeafoodiecall.com and order within your zip code, it’s as easy as that! Want food from more than one restaurant? No problem! They will get your food for you and bring it just in time to fork.
I’m sure you’re reading this right now and starting to get hungry, thankfully their drivers deliver Sunday-Thursday from 11am – 9:30pm and Friday-Saturday from 11am – 10pm. And if you know you’ll need a big order catered afterhours just give them 48 hours notice and make that order over $150.
So whatever the reason you don’t want to go out or you don’t want to cook, make a foodie call and get a fresh amazing meal delivered right to your door.
There is a consensus around the world that no one likes Mondays. It's the day of the week that ruins the weekend you had and it pops up as if out of no where with meetings and conference calls you some how forgot you had. Well recently I had a revelation to make my Monday's the best day of the week (after the weekend of course) by making them themed.
This Monday's theme is based on the elusive Mason Jar for the wonders it has brought the world. Although this jar has been known mostly for preserving jams and fruits, it is now a well known accent to any good drink. Who isn't impressed by a cocktail in a mason jar? Of course the drink you fill the jar with does not have to be a cocktail but my perfect Monday has a cocktail hiding in there somewhere.
Here is a recipe for you to try at home and either impress friends, impress yourself, or just take selfies with your new cocktail skills.
Ingredients (makes a few drinks!)
1 cup of fresh raspberries or frozen
4 bottles of corona (12oz) beer, chilled
1 container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed or pink lemonade
1/2 cup Skyy Vodka
Garnish: lemon slices, or raspberries.
In a large container stir together the first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice.
Garnish with raspberries.
To make ahead, stir together lemonade concentrate and vodka in a large container. Stir in raspberries and beer just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
I can write an ode to Heist Brewery. They offer their own beer, beer cocktails, and master mixology by the bartenders. It’s always a relaxed atmosphere, and they have a lot of seating options for big parties. They frequently change their small batches and explore different elements and flavors. Heist takes the change at making some experimental beers. All in all the beer and their new tapas menu makes them a unique microbrew gastropub in artsy NoDa.
My personal favorite feature of Heist is their Sunday Brunch. A big projector plays the Sunday NFL games, along with a variety of TVs. With $10 bottomless mimosas and a $16 all you can eat buffet, where can you go wrong? Aside from having traditional breakfast options like biscuits and gravy, eggs, and pancakes, Heist takes it a step further. They offer grilled pizzas, wings, an assortment of desserts, and twists on traditional breakfast options. There is a different featured protein each week. This can range anywhere from fried catfish to bacon wrapped meatloaf. They also have a waffle station, oyster bar, flat breads, fruit, frittatas, all based on the seasons. The Butterfinger French Toast and Rum Soaked Grilled Pineapple are unreal. Stefan the Bartender is true cocktail master.
Wear your elastic pants and get over to Heist for brunch. Score a spot on the patio or closest to the buffet. You’ll be happy you did!
If you have even walked down Church Street past 5th Street in uptown you have smelt the incredible aroma that is pumping through the air from Basil Thai Cuisine. The smell is so enthralling that I just had to go in and try what smelt so good and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
To start they offer a drink called Thai Tea which is a classic Thai drink and definitely worth the taste if you’ve never had it. As an appetizer the Fresh Basil Roll is a must have with the freshest ingredients of shrimp, lettuce, rice noodles, bean sprouts and basil all with a dipping sauce. Perfect for two to share. If you are with more people, the Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut) tureen of soup is absolutely a treat. Its stunning flaming center keeps the soup warm and with its citrus cilantro bursts of flavor in coconut you’ll have wished you didn’t have to share.
There are many choices for your main course including Red Curry, Pad Thai and my absolute favorite, Pad Woon Sen. Pad Woon Sen is composed of cellophane noodles, eggs, napa cabbage, onions, carrots, snow peas, tomatoes, mushrooms, scallions, and bean sprouts with either chicken, beef or shrimp. The noodles are so unique it makes this dish one of a kind and definitely one worth trying.
This location is a hot spot for lunch so make sure you get there early (or late) to ensure a table – and you must be there with your entire table to be seated!
As a kid, summertime means no school, popsicles, playing in a body of water, and getting your tan on. As an adult, summertime screams weekends filled with sitting by a body of water, enjoying a refreshing drink, and getting your tan on. What happened to popsicles?
When walking through the Wells Fargo Plaza in Uptown, the sun was beating at a dry 86 degrees in the afternoon, and I was in need of a serious way to quench my thirst. Like a mirage, I noticed the King of Pops cart. After seeing it a few times in stores and Uptown, I was intrigued by the brightly colored cart, and finally strolled over in curiosity.
Throw away any preconceptions you have of what a Popsicle can be. When you hear gourmet Popsicle, you often think luxurious or odd combinations. Likewise, popsicles can also remind you of the cheap frozen popsicles you find at your local grocer. The flavors are much more creative than anything you'll find in the store, and the quality is much higher. I couldn’t believe the flavors I was reading.
Grapefruit Mint? Vanilla Whopper? Banana Puddin? Blackberry Cobbler? Sold.
I chose the decadent chocolate sea salt pop. It was cold, refreshing, and delicious. They are the perfect size for any weekend treat. The large variety of flavors are perfect for both adults and kids. The chocolate sea salt is my favorite, but the banana pudding has become a top front runner. It's fantastic, has real chunks of bananas and cookies, only in the convenient form of a popsicle. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the sweetness of the best popsicle you'll ever have.
Summer's here, so release your inner child.