I’ve been back in Winston-Salem a little over a month and I still have moments of feeling completely overwhelmed with gratitude by how happy I am and how good life is. This weekend has been absolutely perfect. On Friday night, Tommy and I had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in town, Mozelle’s, with our friends Matt and Meg (who set us up). On Saturday, I woke up early, took Maizey on a long walk and then spent the entire day running (mostly) fun errands.
First stop was getting my car detailed (at Marco’s Car Wash). After moving, toting Maizey around a lot and then going to the beach, my car was a hot mess of dust, dog hair and sand. $25 and 30 minutes later, I felt like I had a new car. I headed to Edward McKay Used Books next. I can’t believe I have never really perused in there – it’s such a great spot. I walked out with four cookbooks for less than $15. I was hoping to find a really good soup cookbook but nothing caught my eye.
Next was meeting Meg at Southern Home & Kitchen. They regularly have sales, but I seem to always have a conflict so I was really happy to make it over this time for 20% off the entire store. I had a few kitchen things I desperately needed and had needed for some time, so it was great to snag such quality items at an awesome price. This is the first time I’ve had a silicone bread pan and I have a feeling it’s going to change my baking life. (Next I need silicone muffin liners!)
I’m super excited about this Slate Plate too! I don’t have a cheese board (I used a wood cutting board the last time I needed to serve cheese for book club), and this slate board was such a great price. Plus, I love that I can write on it and that it’s a local NC company. And I think I’ll end up using it for way more than cheese.
I wish I’d had more time to browse at SoHo, but I had to run to an eyebrow threading appointment. (If you live in Winston and your’e not getting your eyebrows done by Kavita at Kaya Salon, you need to text or call her STAT (336-413-9653) to make an appointment. She’s the BEST, and I won’t let anyone else touch my eyebrows. I even had her do them the entire time I was living in Charlotte, coordinating appointments when I was in town.)
I picked up Teeter Thai after my appointment for both Meg and me (spicy noodle with chicken for me, and spicy noodle with tofu for her) and we met at her house for a couple hours of girl talk. Tommy and Matt were both playing in a golf tournament so after they finished, we all met up for dinner again. (Quick brag – Tommy was in 4th place at the end of the second day! ) Tommy and I did a little putting before dinner, which was really fun.
And now, I’m sitting at Camino Bakery, enjoying a Sunday without any plans. Life. Is. Good. I love being back in Winston and going to all my favorite spots again and discovering some new-to-me spots too. Sometimes it really does take a little distance to appreciate what was right in front of you all the time – and I’m definitely not taking Winston-Salem for granted anymore.
I may go for a run later or I may take another rest day (my body said no way to working out yesterday!). I’m planning to make pumpkin gingerbread for some friends, and I think I may make a second batch to attempt a gluten-free version – wish me luck!
Do you have a soup cookbook you love?
What’s your favorite thing about your city?