Perfection weekend continued with a mini road trip, to Pittsboro, NC. Steve, Jocelyn, Jocelyn’s kiddo Kane, and I hopped into a car and discovered the most adorable small town. Because Kane is extremely cute, when we made our first stop (at an exquisitely decorated antique store), the store’s owner, rather than paling at the thought of a five year old stampeding around, instead presented that five year old with an adorable mini pumpkin that he carried with him everywhere for the rest of the day.
Then we were off to the most amaaaaaaaazing old fashioned ice cream parlor.
And naturally Steve had to order one of Steve’s Super Shakes. He got a mix of I want to say Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Reese’s Cup?
I helped :)
Jocelyn and Kane split a sundae (this was their SMALLEST SIZE!)
(Clearly Jocelyn and I think alike on the food photography!)
We had lots of fun browsing the parlor and admiring their extensive collection of antiques.
Then, after wandering a few more places, Steve decided that we hadn’t had quite enough sugar and stopped in a bakery.
Jocelyn, Kane and I were busy admiring their beautiful creations.
And Steve got a donut, which he forced, FORCED, us to have a few bites of.
Our main stop of the day was here:
For a brewery tour! I sometimes feel like a poser because while I love the nuances of food and appreciate the homebrewing revolution and the exciting developments in the world of beer, I just… really don’t like how beer tastes. Sad. Still, I was excited about the educational component of the brewery tour.
Different kindsa malts:
Various machines and steps in the brewing process that I have now compleeeeetely forgotten.
And, most people’s favorite part, the tasting! I was largely uninterested in participating in this process, as was Kane, so we wandered around the brewery and he shouted “bubbles!” every time he saw something forming bubbles. We had fun.
Note that the guy giving the brewery tour was adorable, and knowledgeable about beer despite appearing to be about twelve years old.
Then we went outside to enjoy yet another evening of live music!
Kane JAMMED. He danced unceasingly. Lots of jumping up and down. And a little flirtatious running around in circles with an adorable little girl who was dancing too. Adorable.
Along with some food that was surprisingly good for a place named for its beer. I got the special fall burger, which was a vegan creation that involved sweet potatoes and quinoa. With fries, the first I’ve had in a long time, on the side.
Steve got the regular veggie burger,which came with sweet potato fries (be still my beating heart!). I stole a bunch of those, in exchange for giving him a bunch of my burger.
Had we had enough live music that weekend? No. No we did not.
On Sunday, I did some volunteering sending books to prisoners (through an organization with which I’ve recently become involved. As in, I accidentally joined an anarchist group. Long story. I’m there for the prisoners).
Then I strolled from my volunteering locale into downtown Carrboro. They are not joking about Carolina blue skies. Sometimes it’s so beautiful here my heart hurts.
Weaver Street, the main strip of downtown Carrboro, was closed, and hoppin’.
More fun sidewalk chalk decorations! The bike lanes were beautified.
And there were lots and lots of fun bands! I was definitely in it more for the experience than the music, but the experience was a grand one. Quality people watching, quality hippie dancing, more jamming with Kane, with whom we later reunited (along with his mama!)
Quality lounging around looking up at more Carolina blue sky while listening to gentle riffs on the breeze.
Then, because I hadn’t quite had enough sugar (x_x) I heard the irresistible call of this food truck.
And ate THE MOST AMAZING BANANA PUDDING ICE CREAM OH MY GOD GUYS.