So last week I spent the entire week in North Carolina, first in the Concord/Charlotte area, then in Raleigh. I have to say I loved both areas!
I attended the Multi-State Nutrition Assistant’s Conference while I was in Concord. Nutrition educators from WV, VA, NC, AL, SC, and even the Virgin Islands were there. There were a lot of interesting presentations at the conference, but I’d have to say it wasn’t the best conference I’ve been to. After attending some presentations, my coworkers and I took advantage of all the wonderful shopping areas in the Concord/Charlotte area and also took a short trip to Queens College to visit a coworker’s alma mater. The college was so quaint and adorable! Check out this amazing College of Health building!
One evening, my friend Jill and I drove in to Charlotte to explore and get something tasty for dinner. We went to the Dandelion Market and it was delicious! The restaurant owners are from Ireland and it gets its name from a famous market there. The vibe of the restaurant was very cool and relaxed. We both decided to share some yellow beet hummus and then both got the shrimp and grits. The hummus was definitely different and had a strong “earthy” taste, but was still enjoyable (especially with the dried cranberries!).
Shrimp and grits is definitely my favorite southern dish so I’ve had it many different ways. Super cheesy, spicy, with kielbasa, etc. but never like how they serve it at Dandelion Market. It is served in a deconstructed way, with the grits cooked up like large croutons and the shrimp on the side. Even though it was different, it was still delicious! They used goat cheese and a roasted red pepper sauce, both of which were to die for!
After my conference in Concord, Nate came down to meet me. We spent the night with some dear friends who had just moved down to Concord and then headed to Raleigh the next day. We went to Raleigh to explore the area because Nate has applied to grad school there. The area is beautiful! I love how it’s a bigger city than I am used to, but isn’t overwhelming at all. We took a little tour of NC State (where he is applying) and also met some of Nate’s friends for dinner and a little tour of downtown. I wish I had taken some pictures of all the delicious foods we had and fun places we went, but I completely forgot! Oh well, hopefully we will get to go down again soon and I’ll have another chance.
On a side note, Nate and I have completed our Vegetarian Experiment and had our first bites of meat in a month while we were in Raleigh. I will tell you more about how the experiment went and where we will go from here in a later post. Stay tuned!