A new monthly series! In this August Travelogue, get a peek at the things I did, ate, drank and saw in August 2016.
I don’t do a ton of ‘personal’ / ‘lifestyle’ posts around here, and I thought it might-maybe-possibly be time to change that. It’s been a long time since I did any sort of list post on F+W. (Like, years.) But they’re some of my favorite posts to read on my friends’ blogs. I really look forward to The Speckled Palate’s monthly Potluck and Cake ‘n Knife‘s weekly Wednesday Slice column.
For a while, I’ve been thinking about rounding up a bit of life and thoughts each month on the blog. I’ve decided to call mine my travelogue. A travelogue is a list or diary of sorts about the places a traveler visits and things they experience on their adventures. I hope you will enjoy reading them! It will be nice to show you a bit behind the scenes and to have a place to sort-of catch all the things I want to share with you that don’t really fit in regular blog posts or on social media.
So to start us off, a look back at last month in my August travelogue. It was a good month, finally feeling more like normal after two months of travel, a family wedding and lots of friends and family in town. I picked up some great freelance projects and enjoyed spending my nights binge-watching the Olympics and eating all the farmers market grapes. Also in August, I put out my first recipe video for Swirled Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles and my long-awaited ebook The Ultimate Home Bar Guide. So, a productive month in all — I call that a win.
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Gorgeous place I went: The Outer Banks with my brother, his lovely girlfriend and a group of their friends. It was really cool to see this part of North Carolina again but in a new light. Also, I have spent a couple weeks at my mom’s house cat-sitting for her adorable new kitten, Ollie. I’m in love. (Please don’t tell Pixel.)
Awesome thing I read: Nerd alert: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. I finally finished this when I was lying on the beach. It was nice to revisit this world and stir up some nostalgia, but it just wasn’t quite as magical for me as reading the series as a teenager. Maybe I owe it a re-read?
Song I put on repeat: Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain by Lucius. I can’t get this out of my head!
Drink I imbibed: The Kombucha Mojito at BLT Steak at the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte. This cocktail is made with kombucha from local Lenny Boy Brewing Co. I’ve never thought about using kombucha in cocktails but now I have to try!
Delicious thing I ate: Finally tried the gelato at Va da Vie Gelato in Charlotte. Amazing. Somehow it was closed every time I was nearby but I’m pleased to check this one off my Charlotte bucket list.
Place I’d like to go: The Museum of Ice Cream. This is a thing and I want to go to there.
Thing on my wishlist: I am obsessed with all things copper right now and it does not help that I just saw these copper mixing bowls at Crate & Barrel.
Thing I will miss about August: The farmers market. I am so sad about all the succulent summer produce that will be unavailable soon. (Bye, tomatoes! Bye, figs! Bye, grapes!) But, pumpkins and turkeys and technicolor leaves await me in September and beyond, so I can’t be too mad. I have lots of stuff in store for this fall, and I can’t wait to share it with you! // susannah