Fun times- my wonderful mama came to town for a visit! We had a blast enjoying a long weekend together.
She arrived and I immediately took her to afternoon tea… Mother’s Day was the day after my sister’s wedding so I celebrated with her by kind of blearily hugging her goodbye, my false eyelashes still clinging to my face from the previous day, and driving back to NC after several days of craziness. So we will call this a make up celebration.
My tea had a beautiful cup and had been infused with bourbon (!)
We had adorable tiny sandwiches (pimento cheese; cucumber, radish, and butter; and hummus with tapenade)
Heavenly desserts (the brownies had pomegranate in them and looked like little debbie brownies but were absolutely INCREDIBLE; macarons that I think were pistachio?; and cheesecake infused with PASSION FRUIT YUMMM)
And dreamy scones
With homemade jam, clotted cream, and lemon curd ❤
We were having this tea at the Carolina Inn and we walked out the door after we finished to be greeted with live bluegrass music! Yay for North Carolina in the summer.
For dinner we opted for small plates at Jujube, a recent favorite of mine. They have lots of interesting creative Asian flavors- we had dumplings, shrimp and corn spring rolls, crispy calamari, spicy brussels sprouts with nuts and dried apricots, and THESE SUBLIME KALE.
Is kale good for you anymore when deep fried? Debatable. But this dish, which also involves a zippy salty dressing, mandarins, and candied pecans, is just fantastic.
The next morning we met up with my cousin, her husband, and their little maniacs at the Carrboro Farmers Market for TOMATO DAY! One of my favorite days of the year.
Her toddler is rawther picky but tried lots of tomatoes when he was accompanied by his cool dietitian auntie *bragging*
Then we went to my new favorite brunch place… Small B and B Cafe in Pittsboro. Ugh it’s so cute.
Their quiche is like custardy bliss. So light and lovely. And we split a half order of the lemon ricotta pancakes which were just… absurd.
They also have an attentive hostess named Luna. She’s great.
We did some meandering around the bookstore and antique shops in Pittsboro. Then we relaxed a bit in the afternoon, and admired the local wildlife. Apparently this doe was fully prepared to come into my living room?!
Our evening involved going to the spot with the best view in Durham, the Durham Hotel. We enjoyed glamorous beverages and guacamole and stared at the people.
Then we did a bit of strolling around Durham, including admiring the art at the 21c museum hotel, and concluded the evening with ice cream at The Parlour which is just the absolute best. I had a scoop of peach and a scoop of cinnamon and the combination was smashing. I also ran into a bunch of med students I know from the clinic and was like “Yes, I am a professional dietitian and I am having ice cream for dinner” hahahaha.
The next morning we met up with one of my best pals, Lesli, for brunch at her favorite spot, True Flavors. And… WHOA.
Both Lesli and my mom got variations on chicken and waffles which were just so… architectural!
I opted for this summer veggie and potato hash which came in its own adorable little cast iron skillet.
Not pictured…. you are welcomed to your table with biscuits absolutely DRENCHED in butter oh my goodness.
The new True Flavors, its second location, is in the other end of a (pretty depressing looking, haha) strip mall from another awesome place… The Scrap Exchange! We had lots of fun admiring the upcycled art, like this jewelry below…
And snatching up random scraps it didn’t even occur to us we could find until we did (i.e. I got a towel holder for my bathroom for $1.50 yesss)
Following that we did a bit more sightseeing around town including a trip to the always lovely UNC arboretum…
And then had some unpictured, DELICIOUS pizza at a new favorite, Tre Forni.
In conclusion, my mom is great and I had a wonderful time with her and we ate about 12,000 calories per day hahahahaha. It made for a fabulous staycation! Come back soon mama!