Tuesday, April 29, 2008

It's All About the Food!

The picture was taken on our train trip on the Blue Ridge Mountain Railroad. If you look closely, you'll notice a rock formation. This is a 500-year-old Native American fish catcher.

"In our mountain greenery where God paints the scenery. Just two happy people (and their dog) together..."

DH, Molly and I just returned from a glorious, 4-day trek to the mountains around Morganton, GA. A super, relaxing mini-vacation, for the most part.

Mentally weary, we couldn't wait to relax on the porch of our rented cabin, listening to the birds, staring at the mountain vista, rejoicing to the gentle sounds of rain on the tin roof, cursing our neighbors who yelled, partied and played rock music until 4:30 AM Friday morning...

Well, that was one of the few downsides to the trip, other than the fact that our senior doggie, Molly, couldn't get the hang of the stairs and kept tumbling to the bottom. Fortunately, she didn't hurt herself, other than her pride, and finally got the hang of going up and down by the time we left on Sunday.

We took a train ride on Friday from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, GA-Copperhill, TN. We could, literally, take one step and be in Tennessee. The border splits the town in half. In fact, we ate at an Irish Pub (I know...how stupid is it to pass up one barbeque joint after another to eat at an Irish Pub in "Georgiasee"?) where you ate in Tennessee and went to the ladies room in Georgia!

Speaking of eating, we found an amazing Italian restaurant just outside Blue Ridge called the Cuchina Rustica. Wonderful gourmet food! Seriously! I'm not kidding! We had the most amazing cold asparagus appetizer ever. I can't tell you what our main courses were because neither one of us could pronounce them...but they were great!

We also had super lattes and peanut butter fudge at Sweet Treats in Blue Ridge. Do you see a pattern here? Our vacations are no longer booked with walking, riding bikes, scouting out local scenery, or wildlife as the main focus. It's all about the food!

Oh, and on the way home, we stopped at Mercier's Apple Orchard for apricot muffins, apple cookies, jalapeno bread (5 loaves), apple/cinnamon doughnuts, and apple/cinnamon bread. Yep-all about the food!


Mechele R. Dillard said...

There are some great places to eat up around "Georgiasee"--good for you for giving the NON-barbeque places a chance! Once, after rafting on the Ocoee, a friend and I ate at a great Mexican restaurant in Copperhill, but I cannot remember the name of it ... I can see it in my head, but I cannot remember the name for the life of me!

Did you know that Mercier Orchards now makes the fried pies for Chick-Fil-A?

Mary Cunningham said...

Thanks for commenting, Mechele! You are the (former) resident expert on the area. We saw that Mexican restaurant and should've tried it. Next time.

Sorry. Gotta run. I'm off to Chick-Fil-A!

ChrisEldin said...

What a gorgeous photo!
I am definitely a mountain person vs a beach person. So peaceful.
I'm glad you had a nice mini-vacation. We always need those to recharge!

Mary Cunningham said...

Thanks, Chris. But, a week since we got back...I need to recharge again!

Word said...


In my mind's eye, I can picture myself sitting in an old wooden rocker, sipping a raspberry iced tea, and looking out over that gorgeous scenery.

As I'm attempting to put together yet another put-together desk, I will keep that thought in mind.

And then after, I will make my husband treat me to something delectible...food I mean.

Yes - it IS all about the food!

Mary Cunningham said...

Keep good thoughts, Word, as you're putting that desk together. You deserve the "huggest" piece of chocolate cake in the world after that torture!! Aaackkk! I can't even think about it without hyperventilating!

good luck...