Perfection, as I define it. That is, a weekend chock full of friends, food, and music.
It began on Friday with (can you imagine a more evocative phrase) Food Truck Rodeo.
An exquisite outdoor space, Christmas lights aplenty, happy neighbors of all ages. Live music. Food trucks. A last really warm and lovely night of Indian summer.
Sidewalk bedecked with chalk (can you tell they’re raising their kids to be hippies here in the Triangle?)
Bluegrass! We ended up sitting right next to the bandstand to eat.
I’d stumbled upon the scene during setup earlier in the day. And made a note of the more whimsically named food trucks for my pun-loving boyfriend.
(that says “baguettaboutit”!)
Once the rodeo officially began, enormous lines formed behind said trucks. Ended up stopping at neither of those (though they, and the crepe truck, are definitely on my to-do list).
Instead I took in the music scene and stole my friends’ baby for awhile.
Then got in a much more reasonable line for pizza and salad. This pizza was boss- it had wild mushrooms, caramelized onion, and entire cloves of roasted garlic *swoon*.
Let me note that this was the second live band of the day for me. After I got off work, I stumbled upon a New Orleans brass band that was lots of fun (particularly enjoying Saint James Infirmary, which was a depressingly themed song- about a woman discovering her beloved in a morgue- and is traditionally played at funerals, but which I found to be quite beautiful and somewhat oddly upbeat).
The next morning, I returned to the same outdoor space for the amazing Carrboro farmer’s market. This lady is my absolute favorite- she has delicious baked goods (many of which are gluten free, FYI) and yummy drinks (mint lemonade, anyone?) and she’s also just delightfully cheerful and lets me know about fun things like when Krishna’s birthday is.
Some of the goodies:
And what I opted to buy for breakfast:
Then there were cheese samples from Chapel Hill Creamery. Mmm.
Fresh ginger- so gorgeous!- was in abundance.
This was practically the same price as the grocery store, and farm-fresh garlic is something that is truly transcendently delicious if you can get your hands on it. I nabbed some up!
Steve selected this hilariously huge bunch of collard greens.
Someday, when I have some surplus money (so… not holding my breath on that one) I’m going to buy one of these gorgeous, wonderful-smelling, handmade cedar chests.
This particular morning, we strolled from the farmer’s market to my favorite brunch destination in Carrboro: Panzanella. I’ve been a couple of times, including during Mom Weekend 2013 (as dubbed by my roommate and I- the weekend both of our mothers coincidentally were visiting us and we all hung out together!).
The brunch menu kind of makes your eyes roll back in your head. Even better than the sublime-sounding combinations is the fact that they’re purchased through a co-op and mostly local.
They serve delicious Equal Exchange tea in individual teapots.
While we waited for our orders to arrive, we admired the interior. The outdoor deck is a WONDERFUL place to eat but it’s been a little too raw lately. The interior has art, a lot of it sort of fun and weird.
Soup sounded great to me, and though I wasn’t wild about their special (tomato-cilantro) I still ordered it and ended up LOVING it. I also got some really awesome cheesy grits on the side.
Meanwhile, Steve has become completely obsessed with their vegan wrap, which contains the most creative assortment of ingredients.
Along with being inventive, it is PRETTY and YUMMY!
This post is already quite bulky and we’ve only reached midday Saturday of an epic weekend, so part 2 is forthcoming!