Monday, March 23, 2009

Eating and Shopping in The Triangle

seriously..eating and shopping?

Can life be better than that?

In the words of Brian Regan, "I submit that it cannot."

Beth took me on a tour of "The Triangle" as they call it and all of her favorite places which happen to all be places where you eat a ton of food and then look at amazing clothes that cost too much. It was perfect! We had a fabulous time talking, eating and shopping. We laughed a lot too. Mostly at the fact that we had about 5 conversations going on at the same time between the 2 of us. Despite the fact that we talk/email everyday we still had a lot of catching up to do.

I arrived in Raleigh on Thursday around 2 and after a 3 minute hug we hurried to her car as soon as possible because we had to squeeze in a meal before dinner that night. You will soon notice that we didn't not have enough meal time to eat at all the fantastic restaurants Beth wanted me to experience. So we went to this little sandwich shop and we each had a bowl of soup and a sweet potato biscuit.

We spent a couple hours shopping in a very cute area in Cary, and they even had a peanut shop. Beth got Randy some chocolate covered almonds and I got John some chocolate covered peanuts...his favorite.

That night we went to dinner at Twisted Fork. It was delicious! I had crab cakes and they were cooked perfectly. After dinner we went to a mall to do some more shopping because what else is there to do between meals? I bought a cute top at Ann Taylor Loft and then we spent the rest of our time at Wet Seal while Beth tried on 80s prom attire for a bachelorette party. Who knew that you could still buy new 80s fashions? We ended Thursday night by watching The Office and Grey's Anatomy.

Friday we slept in and headed to Chapel Hill. Did I mention that North Carolina is gorgeous? Well it is. Even through all the rain! Did I mention it rained the whole time I was there? Well it did. But that didn't stop the eating and shopping. Nothing could.

Chapel Hill is the home of A Southern Season which is a fabulous kitchen/food mecca. I can't even tell you how amazing this place is. We had lunch at a little restaurant that is attached to A Southern Season called Weather Vane and it was incredible. Knowing how delicious the food was I knew the store would be equally as fabulous. I had a fried green tomato BLT and Beth had an open face sandwich with chicken, mushrooms, caramelized onions and fontina. So good. I'd never had a friend green tomato and putting it on a BLT...well, it was a party for my taste buds.

A Southern Season is not a good place to go if you are not wanting to spend any money. You really can't leave without buying something. And I bought several somethings. After at least 2 hours shopping in A Southern Season we ventured to other parts of the mall. We headed back to downtown Raleigh and went to another cute shop and then ended our afternoon at a cupcake place where I had a red velvet cupcake and Beth had a grasshopper cupcake and we each had a nice hot cup of coffee. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.

After our very full day of shopping we decided to order some pizza to go from a very trendy local pizza place and we rented a girly movie and relaxed at home. It was the perfect ending to a great trip!

Oh, and I didn't have my camera with me and Beth was too busy showing me food to eat and things to buy that we don't have any evidence from the trip. But the cameras probably would have gotten food on them anyway.


  1. yay us. and i agree, it would have been too messy to involve electronics.


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