The Liebster Award

This is a chain-nomination and award given to new and upcoming blogs. Each person who is awarded has to answer 11 questions and then nominate another blogger. Un grand merci to my dear friend Meredith–Life Is Merry–for the nomination…I have loved reading your blog as it is a complete extension of you (fabulous)! I am waiting for you to put up the recipe to your acai bowl (hint hint).

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Questions:

1. Where did the inspiration for your blog come from? 

I have always loved eating out, I got it from my mama. We would take an annual trip to NYC and she would have every reservation made, backed with much research. So, at a young age, I knew that I would any day rather spend $15 for moules et frites at Balthazar than I would on a pizza from California Pizza Kitchen like some of my friends. I have converted a few people to this strategy, and it is life changing. Support local restaurants and their mission. Use Yelp. Research. Because there is nothing better than a good meal.

Anyway, if you know me, you know that I love the experience of eating out. My extra $$$ would any day go to trying a new restaurant than to a pair of shoes (surprise). I decided that because I was spending my extra cha-ching on dining, I may as well document and share my experiences and photos of deliciousness with friends.

2. Favorite pastime? 

Planning travel itineraries–lately, not even for myself! I often will check my inbox to have requests from friends or family that are visiting a place I have been. I gladly send over my recommendations and spend time catering it to what my friends and family like.

I have been trying to find a new hobby with my recent move. There are many outdoor things to do in the Triangle area…and of course, I have been turning a blind eye to…sports. I think I may finally have to face the music and at least try and pay attention.

3. Favorite song? 

My go-to is Mr. Jones by Counting Crows. I swear, turn this song up, open your sunroof and you’ve got a full on happiness fest. I did see CC in concert a few summers ago and they didn’t play Mr. Jones (I mean come on, has any other band been more famous for one song?!) It was disappointing, but I still love it.

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Pied-à-terre in Saint Germian-des-Prés, Paris, France. A ranch with horses in Montana. Or a charming Charleston single in Charleston, South Carolina.

5. Dream hairstyle? 

Hmm…I would do anything to have manageable hair without doing anything to it. But for now, I’ll stick with my beach waves.

6. If you could speak to your 13 year old self, what would you say? 

Good things come to those who wait.

7. Who is your ideal dinner date? 

My mom’s dad, my grandfather, that I never was able to meet. Heard lots of amazing things about him, and I know he would provide great company.

8. Favorite Disney character? 

An Aristocat, I forget the names….

9. If you were a flower, what would you be? 

Ranunculus. Look it up.

10. Best meal you’ve ever eaten? 

I think Obstinate Daughter, on Sullivan’s Island in S.C. takes the cake. How can any other meal compete with perfectly grilled octopus with a view of the sun setting on the ocean?

11. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? 

Growing up. All of it. But I wouldn’t change anything.

 

I now nominate Elizabeth Sochko, of It Happened One Morning. This chicka is awesome. Think B&W movies, Russian literature, donuts, and solo-trips to Portugal.

 

Poe’s Tavern

My favorite beach happens to be home to my favorite beachside restaurant. The aforementioned beach is Sullivan’s Island and the aforementioned restaurant is Poe’s Tavern. The name of the restaurant is somewhat of an “ode” to Edgar Alan Poe. When Poe was 18, he enlisted in the army and was stationed at the end of Sullivan’s Island. One of my favorite parts about my dining experience at Poe’s is the crows (ravens if you will) that sit on the phone wires and watch you eat your meal.

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The menu is simple and classic; offering quesadillas, a variety of burgers that can be made with meat or chicken, and my personal favorite for a day by the sea, fish tacos.

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Open year round, it doesn’t matter what season it is—when I eat at Poe’s it always a beach day.

http://www.poestavern.com

Who I would take as my date: Beach crew