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Blue Ridge Brewery

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on August 10, 2009

After lunch at Trio and exploring the cute downtown area, we headed back to the hotel to relax for a few hours.  When 7:30 rolled around, we figured we should head back out to see the city at night.  We weren’t yet hungry, but were quite thirsty, and decided to head to the Blue Ridge Brewing Co. for some beers, which the Husband had actually been to twice that week with colleagues.

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I found it to be a very cute brewpub!  Each of the tables had the floorplan of the restaurant carved into the top.

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Since we weren’t hungry, we went straight for the drinks.  The menu listed four main ones and two specialty (on the back).  The options were the Kurli Blonde Ale, the Colonial Paris Pale Ale, the Rainbow Trout ESB, and the Total Eclipse Stout.

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As recommended by the Husband and our awesome waitress Mia, I went with the Kurli Blonde Ale.  So good! Light and refreshing 🙂

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The Husband ordered the Colonial Paris Pale Ale.  Also a good choice!

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The Husband and I chitchatted while we enjoyed our brews, just enjoying each other’s company.  I took some pictures of the inside of the restaurant but only one came out well enough…

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As we finished our first round, we were eyeballing the appetizer menu.  The Spicy Fried Okra Fingers sounded wonderful!

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And they were!  Now, I never had okra before I moved to the south.  The Husband introduced it to me about a year ago and I fell in love.  A lot of folks don’t like the stickiness of the insides (or sliminess to some) but there’s something about it that’s just so good.  This version, with a spicy breading and spicy dip, was wonderful!

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On to Round 2 of beers!  This time we flipped the menu over to try the seasonal beers.  I ordered the Brown Bag Ale which is claimed to be their most popular seasonal ever.

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At first, I actually didn’t like it.  It was chocolaty which I wasn’t expecting.  I sipped it at first.  Luckily though I’m a slow drinker.  Once it became room temperature, it was wonderful!  The Husband pointed out that’s the way traditional English brews are supposed to be enjoyed and a lot of Americans don’t like them since we are so used to drinking our beers cold.  So, the next time you have an English beer, if you don’t like it, wait till it’s room temperature and try again!

The Husband went with the Bolt Cutter IPA.  He traditionally hasn’t been a fan of IPAs, but they’ve been growing on him recently.  He enjoyed this one and was happy with his choice!

(Caught him with okra in his mouth!)

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Two beers in and one appetizer down, we decided we weren’t hungry for entrees for dinner.  We were planning on getting ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery later so we decided to get one more appetizer to share: Pimento Cheese Dip.  SO. SO. GOOD.

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Pimento cheese dip is another thing I hadn’t had until I moved to the south.  Kelsey introduced it to us at a potluck at our house one night.  If you haven’t had any, I highly recommend it!

Overall, the Blue Ridge Brewing Co. was awesome! (I can see why it was the Husband’s 3rd visit in the week.)  The food was delish, the beers refreshing, and service so friendly and knowledgeable.  There’s no doubt we’ll be back the next time we’re in Greenville!

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Hyatt Regency – Greenville, SC

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on August 10, 2009

During the Husband’s recent business trip and our mini vaca to Greenville, SC, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville.  It’s conveniently located right in the cute downtown area, an easy walking distance from many shops and restaurants and a beautiful park.

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We had a very nice standard sized king room.

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A unique feature of this hotel was the very large lobby area filled with skylights and windows.  This was our view from our room.  Our side of the hotel had all of the hotel rooms while the other side contained business and offices.

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The large open lobby also contained a bar/restaurant area.

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Exiting out the back brought you to this beautiful fountain and Main Street where we found most of the restaurants and shops we checked out.

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While I was there only one night and the Husband was there for 3, we were very happy with the hotel.  It was very clean, the staff was very friendly, and we would likely stay here again if looking for a place to stay in Greenville.

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Trio in Greenville

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on August 9, 2009

As soon as I arrived in Greenville, I announced that was famished so we headed out into the town to find something to eat.  A few blocks later, we came across Trio, checked out their menu, and liked what we saw.

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Trio’s a cute corner cafe with lots of windows making it a great people-watching location while you eat.  There was a good number of outdoor tables, but being pretty hot and humid that day, we decided to sit inside with the A/C!

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We were happy to find a decently sized beer list and each ordered one to start off our mini vaca 🙂

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The Husband had the RJ Rockers Light Rock (left) while I had the Oxford Raspberry (center and right).  Both were very good!  Mine was light and refreshing with just the right amount of raspberry 🙂

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While waiting for our entrees, we received warm bread and cheese and oil.

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The Husband ordered a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with a side of Tomato Basil Soup.

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As soon as I saw the outdoor menu, I knew exactly what I wanted – a Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar Calzone.  (That’s marinara on the side.  Do any of you ever use all of the sauce?? It was the size of a cup of soup!)

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Overall, we found the food satisfying but not great.  However, our service was wonderful! The waitress was a sweetheart, knowledgeable, and attentive.  If we were to go to Greenville regularly, we’d like visit Trio again to try some of their other options.

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Mini Vaca to Greenville, SC

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on August 9, 2009

Living in Charlotte has put the Husband and I so close to so many cute towns, but we haven’t been the best at getting out and roadtripping like we planned when we moved here.  Luckily, we had a good excuse last week when the Husband had a business trip to Greenville, SC.  He headed down Tuesday and I joined him on Thursday afternoon after he finished his work for the week.  A quick hour and a half drive down I-85 and I arrived to beautiful weather in a cute southern town!

Downtown Greenville is beautiful! Walkable streets with lots of shops and restaurants and a huge beautiful park right off of Main Street.

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A waterfall!

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Cute bridges back and forth across the park and river.

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Cute buildings, fountains, and overall downtown area…

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So quaint and lovable 🙂 Glad we had good weather in which we were able to enjoy the afternoon!

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