A pro of living where I do is that I get fun things you get in cities:
- cultural events
- fancy classy restaurants
- trendy things like cool new workouts and food trends
- theoretically more job prospects, THOUGH IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE HAPPENING FOR ME, LOL
- more diverse population
- more progressive population (especially in North Carolina, ugh, SORRY FOR BEING A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT A LOT)
But I also get fun things you get in more rural settings
- a culture of casual, lovely back porch music
- wide open spaces
- animals, wild and domesticated
- clean air
This post chronicles some weekend activities I’ve gotten in semi-recently that combine both of these things.
One weekend was a two-bruncher. OH THE EXCITEMENT! First I was going to hit up Acme on Saturday and then Venable on Sunday, but then my friend and I realized there was in fact no Saturday brunch at Acme… so I went to Venable twice in one weekend! I did not mind even one bit.
We were celebrating my friend passing the RD exam. She took it later than I did, cause lucky girl was already working and in not any particular rush.
Brunch #1 I got the herb roasted eggs 😍😍😍 Because they are classy and awesome at Venable, I requested no bacon (I can’t really eat pigs… they’re too cute and smart) and they offered to swap in avocado instead at no additional cost. LOVE THEM!
Next on the day’s agenda was Open Barn (A play on Open Bar, get it?! Get it?!) at Celebrity Dairy.
Celebrity Dairy is this lovely farm that makes all kinds of delicious goat’s milk products- cheese, yogurt, gelato (!), soap, etc. And in the spring, they just open up for two weekends and everyone gets to come and play with the baby goats.
Baby goats are a RIOT. They just love hopping and climbing and head butting and scampering!
We got to see some BRAND NEW baby goats just born and then later in the day literally watched a mama goat give birth in the middle of a field. AGH! CRAY! If you want to teach your kiddos the facts of life, anatomy, breastfeeding, and so on, this is a pretty great place to do so.
My friends brought their three year old and she had SO much fun feeding the goats, giving them hugs, etc.
This picture shows:
- One goat, white, background, nuzzling with one of the dairy’s staff like a freaking housecat
- One goat, dark brown, foreground, licking off her baby she gave to about five minutes prior
We LOVED these two- they were like “Pregnancy besties! Taking Lamaze class together!”
Then it was Sunday and time for Brunch #2, again at Venable! So silly!
This time I got a potato cake (!) topped with gravlax and the most dreamy greens with a rich and creamy dressing. This was SOOOO good.
And later in the day I hit up the local artisan/craft market. Love their motto!
I think I got my mom a gift at this particular round of The Bazaar, but generally spent most of my time there hula hooping in the middle of a field. It was great.
I began my dose of culture by MARVELING at my friend’s creative ingenuity. I went to Myra and Alex’s and Alex demonstrated his homemade bagpipe (?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!) that he’d created for his friends’ Burns Night celebration earlier that month.
- trash bag
- paper straw
- duct tape
- not much else?
The following day, Saturday, I had plans to meet friends at my fave coffee shop, Johnnys. I headed there early and got some of these BOMB huevos rancheros from the food truck stationed outside, Lost Boys.
The Lost Boys food truck has awesome food and also dimey chefs. So that’s fun 😀
We then voyaged together to the cat refuge, because my friends are on the hunt for a kitten! SO SO SO FUN!
As usual I was mostly too busy hugging cats to take many pictures, but I admired this little guy in his freakin’ rooftop nest. They have some feral cats there who aren’t adoptable but get to live out their lives somewhere safe and warm with good medical care. I suspect this guy was one of them!
The next day I held a clothing swap, a semi-seasonal event Alli and I put on for our girlfriends.
I’ve picked up a lot of skills for the clothing swap layout from my friend Leesie. Key is having sheets spread out so you can put clothing on the (clean) floor without having it get all dusty.
Lola LOVED having sheets spread all over the living room- as it is, her favorite thing ever is when I make my bed and move the sheets around, so this was even better. Just cat forts all over the living room!
Another weekend, another adventure!
I went to the Carrboro farmer’s market and there was a cooking school doing a cooking demo. This yummy frittata featured all kinds of yummy seasonal veg, including turnips and Swiss chard (who knew those were good in frittata?! But they were!) There was also local fresh cheese. And a yummy herb-y yogurt sauce on top!
That was not a complete breakfast, though, so I went to Weaver Street market and got myself a yummy brunch. Their black beans are so yummy, if an odd choice for that meal. Plus cinnamon apples, a dreamy biscuit, and scrambled eggs (some regular and some in the migas style with tomatoes and hot peppers and tortilla chips)
Then, as usual, there was a community festival going on in downtown Carrboro. Because it’s basically a weekly occurrence in the warm months, which I love.
Hipster hand-cranked coffee roaster
Tried acupuncture for the first time (!!!!!) and it didn’t hurt (!!!!!!)
Then I had to do some deep thinking about all the disappointing aspects of my life (Sidebar: PLEASE don’t think that because I try to keep a relatively positive tone in this blog that I am not VERY UNHAPPY to still not have a job. Also boys are lame.)
So I decided to do some much-needed journaling off at Honeysuckle Tea House, which blends city mouse and country mouse in kind of a perfect juxtaposition of this area.
- literally in the countryside
- eco-chic, built of recycled shipping container
- grows plants on site
- makes $$$ teas and tinctures featuring said plants
- live music!
- increasingly hipster vibe
- now they have acai bowls… and they’re stupid expensive
Here is my $5 green tea latte, hahaha. In the rustic natural landscape.