As you may have noticed, I spent this past weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina with my best friend and fellow blogger, Arielle, from EatingWithArielle. We did a ton of...eating. In short, each of our days revolved around where we could eat, drink, and explore next. I'm not sure that I've dined at restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes that much in one weekend in my entire life but, hey, I'm not complaining. Vacation calories don't count anyway, right?
Arielle and I had talked so many times about me flying to Charlotte to visit so, we figured her birthday weekend was as good a time as ever to make it happen! I was only in town from Friday morning to Sunday evening so, naturally, we tried to cram in as much fun and sight seeing as possible. I was surprised to find that Charlotte is a much more compact city in comparison to Baltimore than I had originally anticipated so, it made our trip that much easier in terms of transportation and time. Today, I've decided to do a full recap of my weekend in Charlotte including photos and details of places that Arielle and I visited and enjoyed most.
This post is fairly extensive so, if you do not have time or do not care to read it all, these are the most memorable spots we visited: Amelie's French Bakery & Cafe, Fahrenheit, Seven Street Market, Not Just Coffee, Halcyon Flavors from the Earth, Zada Janes Corner Cafe, Chopt, Central Coffee Co., and Fern Flavors From the Garden (vegetarian). If you are in the Charlotte area for a weekend, these are places that you definitely do not want to skip.
On Friday, I got into Charlotte around 12 noon after a rough morning in the airport almost missing my flight. Arielle took me straight home to meet her puppy and show me a tour of the dreamy apartment loft she lives in in the city. After taking Porter to the dog park and watching him roll around with the other dogs, we strolled over to Chopt to grab a pair of fresh salads and tea. It was so crowded inside but, I got the Palm Beach salad and immediately upon tasting it, decided that the wait had been worth it.
From there, we walked around the shopping center grabbing a second tea and coffee and relaxed at the house until our dinner reservations downtown at 6pm. By the time we got to Fahrenheit on the 21st floor of the Skye Condos, the sun was setting and we bee lined it to the outdoor patio to watch while overlooking the city. It was the perfect place to spend my first night in Charlotte. I asked the waiter to make me a Cosmo since they didn't have any martinis on the cocktail menu and Arielle ordered a lavender infused gin cocktail. Both of the drinks were phenomenal which set us up for even more incredible entrees to follow. I ordered the Seared Sea Scallops and Arielle got the Herb Encrusted Grouper. We both practically licked our plates clean and ended the night half-watching a cheesy, Netflix movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and half social media stalking at home. #Typical
On Saturday, we woke up around 7am so that we could have a full day to explore and celebrate Arielle's 23rd birthday. We threw on our gym clothes and walked a few blocks over to the Seven Street Market to grab a pair of fancy espressos from a cute coffee spot called Not Just Coffee. While Arielle was grabbing her second espresso on our way out, I wandered over to a wine market (no surprise there) to pick out a pretty, pink bottle of bubbly to pop later on the roof deck.
A little later in the morning, we wandered over to the crowded Zada Janes Corner Cafe for brunch inside. I ordered the Booker T's East Side Hasher with an egg fritta and sweet potatoes which was incredibly decadent and flavorful (recommended).
After that, we grabbed our laptops and went to Amelie's French Bakery which was even more crowded, with a line circling the entire cafe and zero seats available. However, it was one of my favorite spots that we visited in Charlotte and decidedly very, very worth the wait. Even if we did sit at a wobbly table outside before scooping a seat in the center conference room. The decor is very eclectic, the crowd is friendly, and don't even get me started on the treats. While I downloaded pictures from my camera, typed away on my newest blog post, and filled up on mini desserts, Arielle and I made a plan for a DIY beauty facial to do before dinner.
Once we pried ourselves from the bakery (more difficult than one would imagine), we picked up a bag of coffee grounds at Trader Joe's and headed home to make and shoot a homemade coffee facial scrub for the blog (coming soon).
Before dinner on Saturday, we braved the cold to enjoy our first glass of champagne of the night on the main roof deck overlooking the city and clinking to Arielle's 23rd birthday. By the time we finally made it to dinner, 20 minutes late, we were surprised to find the restaurant hidden inside of an art museum downtown. The room was full of over-sized, carved oak tables and antler chandeliers. Halcyon Flavors From the Earth was the perfect place for an intimate birthday dinner. We ordered a spicy margarita, martini, and a hand-pulled mozzarella board to start. Since you guys know of my addiction to homemade gnocchi, it should come as no surprise that I ordered the only dish that had it listed. Both of our entrees were delicious and totally devoured.
On our way back to the car, we got impossibly lost in the wrong parking garage wobbling around in our heels up and down each floor before realizing our mistake. We ended the night lying in bed until 1am talking and laughing about mortifying, old fashion trends, lost loves, and forgotten friendships.
On Sunday, we slept in until 8am before stopping by Earth Fare, a healthy grocery store, to grab green pressed juice and some essential oils for me to test out. After that, we drove around admiring the beautiful streets and mansions near Queens University and I picked up a cup of hot, lemon chamomile tea from Central Coffee Co.
After relaxing on the couch with Porter for an hour or two, we went to a late brunch at Fern Flavors From the Garden, a vegetarian cafe. I ordered the Cast-Iron Baked Cinnamon Buns with Orange and Vanilla Bean Glaze (the best restaurant breakfast I've ever had by a mile) and Arielle got the Chickpea and Quinoa Benedict.
Before my flight at 8pm, we wandered up to the highest roof deck in her apartment complex and had another cup of coffee. Overlooking the city as the sun set just like we had on the first night I was in town was the perfect end to much needed girls' weekend.
Arielle and I did so much exploring and catching up in Charlotte that by the time I arrived home on the emptiest and dreamiest plane there ever was, I was exhausted and couldn't be happier to see my two love bugs. I spent all day Monday relaxing with Oliver on the couch, prepping a nice homemade meal for Sam, and making a list of all of the other places that I can't wait to visit and explore in the US this year
Have you visited Charlotte, NC recently? What was your experience while you were there? Share your recap with me in the comments below or via Facebook.
xo Anna Elizabeth
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