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Charlotte Groupon for Pewter Rose

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on June 11, 2010

I’ve been signed up to get Groupons (coupons in cities available for one day only… essentially you’re buying a gift certificate at a discount rate) for Charlotte and now Las Vegas for a handful of weeks and I have yet to purchase one (although there are some past ones I wish I had been a Groupon receiver so I could have bought them. Today, however, I wanted to be sure to get the word out on Charlotte’s Groupon of the day. It’s for Pewter Rose, one of the Husband’s and my favorite brunch places in Charlotte.

*Note* The Groupon is not redeemable on Sunday at brunch. However, they also have brunch on Saturday so we highly recommend that if you live in Charlotte or plan on visiting, get this Groupon today. Pewter Rose’s brunch is superb and who doesn’t like to save money? 🙂

Check it out at Groupon’s site for today, June 11, 2010. (If you see this post after 6/11/10, unfortunately you won’t be able to get the Groupon but we still recommend you head to Pewter Rose!)

Oh, and Pewter Rose does serve lunch and dinner.  We’ve never been, but if they’re half as good as brunch, you won’t be disappointed.

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Tyber Creek Pub

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on May 11, 2010

*Note* I wrote this post before we moved but wanted to try to post the move posts as we went along.  While I wait for the SD card to get back here, you’ll see some older, unpublished Charlotte posts to fill your time.  Enjoy! 🙂

Nearly every time we drive through South End, heading north on South Blvd, the Husband smiles as he passes Tyber Creek Pub.  We first checked this pub out way back in the beginning of our time in Charlotte, well before we started the blog, and we didn’t make it back often enough for the Husband.  When we were trying to decide on a place to go with friends on one of our last night’s in Charlotte, he suggested we head here so we could finally get it on the blog.

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Tyber Creek Pub is known for its $2 Guinness Draughts – all day, every day.  Not being big Guinness drinkers, we’ve never really benefited from it, but we have been able to enjoy their beer list from time to time.

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During this visit, they were out of the Sweetwater 420 (one of the Husband’s faves) so he had a Sierra Nevada and later into the evening a Bad Penny.  I stuck to water this time around.

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Tyber Creek Pub is situated on a corner on South Blvd, hidden a bit down a hill and behind some trees.  They have a decent sized patio out front and it’s relatively quiet even though it’s near the street.  There’s an outdoor bar, but we haven’t been there often enough to see it actually functioning (I assume there’s a bartender outside from time to time).

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The menu itself is small but sufficient for a pub.  There’s a page of tasty pub appetizers and I don’t recall disliking any of them.

IMG_2217 Inside the menu, you can select from sandwiches, pizza, and salads.

IMG_2218After enjoying good company, the group decided that they were starting to get hungry (me in particular without beer to distract me).  I ordered a Chicken Quesadilla to start and shared it with the Husband.  We were actually quite impressed with how good this was! Something about the cheese was quite wonderful.IMG_2221 When we planned this outing, there was no doubt about what the Husband would want to order – the Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  It has spicy marinara, cheese, buffalo chicken, and a ranch sauce.  This pizza is fabulous – one we’ll definitely miss.

IMG_2222 Look how tasty that looks 🙂IMG_2223 From our handful of times dining here, I don’t think there’s anything we don’t recommend.  If you’re looking for a pub with pretty good pub food (especially if you like Guinness), we recommend Tyber Creek Pub!

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And We’re Off… Good-bye Charlotte

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on April 25, 2010

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Well, the day that we’ve been thinking of had finally come; we were moving away from Charlotte.  It was a hectic day, indeed.  Half the day I spent working, half the day I spent working with the movers and cleaning, and half the day we spent preparing for the trip (packing the car, getting hotels, etc.)  It seems like three halves is impossible.  I’m reasonably certain my math teachers and professors would agree.  However, as far as I’m concerned, I have physical proof that I managed to squeeze it all in on Friday.

The movers were friendly, fun, and hard-working, but it took longer than we expected to get the house emptied.  Once they were gone, it was like a closing shot from a season finale of a sitcom.  Rooms emptied except for maybe one or two boxes bound for the car.  Soon we would be locking the front door forever.

But not quite yet.  We still had all the cleaning to do, so that the house would be in good shape for being rented.  And we still needed to pack the car.  And we still needed to take out all the trash.  And we still needed to take the cats to the kennel for boarding.  And we still needed to terminate the cable service.  And we.. and we… the list seemed interminable.

As 9 pm came and went, we were rounding the end of packing the car and getting all the trash out.  It was a slow process.  Finally, though, the time came for us to walk through all the rooms to verify they were all completely empty, turn off all the lights, and close the front door.  It was surreal.  I’ve moved before, but it’s never felt like this.  Leaving all our friends for something otherwise so undefined… and taking 6 days to get there.  How odd?  Finally, the door was locked, and we headed for the car.  It was about 9:10.  I felt like we were the Baltimore Colts, sneaking out in the middle of the night.  We had only told a couple of neighbors we were even moving, simply because we hadn’t seen them (keep in mind all the travel we’ve done recently). 

Believe it or not, we were tired after all that.  And generally grumpy.  Not in any kind of angry way, really.  Just in the “it’s been a long day, and things took longer than expected, and we still don’t have a hotel, and when are we going to be able to see our friends again, and I hope the cats are alright, and…” kind of way. 

We decided to meet up with some friends at OMB.  They were scheduled to get there at 7, but we had long since abandoned the idea of meeting them there on time.  We decided to try to get some rest and relaxation, along with some camaraderie, just before slipping out into the Charlotte night. 

OMB was just the trick.  We had a great time.  Some friends invited us to Nolen Kitchen for a late night meal.  We had managed to skip dinner, so we knew we needed SOMETHING.  Nolen Kitchen sounded good to us.

Dinner was great, albeit a bit late.  We didn’t get out of dinner until after midnight.  The Wife had managed to make a reservation at the Westin.  We decided early in the week that we were going to use Hotwire to book a 4-star hotel in Charlotte, and let the magic of Hotwire determine where we would be staying.  This wasn’t our first Westin, as we had stayed in one for her sister’s wedding in 2007 in Annapolis.  They are wonderful chain hotels, with remarkably luxurious amenities. 

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As we woke up Saturday morning, it was with melancholy anticipation that we headed for the car.  We enjoyed our dual-showerhead shower, and got ready to depart the city for our last time as residents.  Anytime we return, we will be guests… visitors… tourists. 

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When we had our first Thanksgiving in Charlotte, the Wife saved the turkey’s wishbone.  We had never made a wish, but we decided we would save it for something special.  During packing, I had painstakingly shuffled it from place to place so it wouldn’t be broken, nor would it be forgotten.  Now, feeling like we needed a little emotional boost, I pulled it out to show the Wife.  She smiled.  I suggested that we make a new tradition; we will save the wishbone from the first Thanksgiving in any new city we move to, and we will make a wish when we move on.  It sounded like a wonderfully simple and elegant tradition to begin. 

We both took several seconds to decide on what to wish for, and then each grabbed an end.  We pulled.  The wishbone exploded.  Pieces flew all over the room.  There was no satisfying “dominant” piece.  We each held a small remnant of the entire wishbone.  Had the moment been just a bit more somber, I fear the Wife would have burst into tears, and I would have crawled back into bed.  Not so, this morning, though.  We smiled at each other and burst into laughter.  We had made a new tradition, and managed to destroy that tradition all in 3 minutes.  The event gave us an emotional, boost, oddly enough, and we packed up our things and headed for the car.

IMG_8263Perhaps the Wife asked for a sign to help us realize it was ok to move on.  And maybe she got her wish in the destruction of the wishbone.

Either way, good-bye Charlotte.  We have called you home for nearly three years, and we’re sad to see you go.  We hope the feeling is mutual.  We’re excited about new places, new faces, and new experiences.  In the mean time, we’re hauling down I-40 across the country, and we hope you’ll come back and see how our trip goes.

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Cabo Fish Taco

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on April 24, 2010

Cabo Fish Taco has been on my list to try for I don’t know how long! We don’t make our way up to NoDa often enough so when one of the collegiate women I advise (Hi Whitney!) wanted to meet up before I moved to Vegas, I was excited that she agreed to meet at Cabo Fish Taco 🙂

We met there on a Friday for lunch at around 1pm and it was crowded! The weather was nice and this was the place to be.  We were seated at one of their bars as there was going to be a bit of a wait for a table.  It was a bit quieter over there, but because of the crowd and us being in the corner, the service was a bit slow.  It was okay as we had lots of catching up to do and we at least got some chips and salsa to hold us over.  I particularly liked the salsa as it had corn in it.

IMG_2586 I debated for a bit about what to have, although I knew I would definitely have tacos. (Can’t go to a place whose name has the word taco in it and not try the tacos!)  All of the tacos looked delish to me!

IMG_2588 I decided to go with the BBQ Mahi Tacos.  It was grilled mango BBQ Mahi-Mahi tacos stuffed with Cabo slaw, tomato, avocado, mixed cheeses and a cilantro white sauce.  There was a choice of sides and I went with the Jalapeno Cheese Mashers.  This lunch was DELISH! The tacos were pretty much perfect.  The tortillas held the insides in so well and the flavors were great!IMG_2589Now I know why everyone raves about Cabo Fish Taco 🙂 Glad I was able to make time to check it out!



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