In my September Travelogue, get a peek at the things I did, ate, drank and saw in September 2016. From bread to baklava to booze, it was one foodie month if I do say so myself.
Happy October! Wait. How is it October already?! Seriously. How did that happen? Wasn’t it just, like, May?
You guys loved my first monthly round-up post I shared last month, the August Travelogue, so I hope to keep this series around for a while. In case you were wondering, a travelogue is a list or diary of sorts about the places a traveler visits and things they experience on their adventures. This is a way for me to show you a bit behind the scenes of F+W
First, a quick recap of September. I ate well last month, starting with a whiskey cocktail class with The Whiskey Women of Charlotte at the lovely Passion8. I took a bread-making class with SkillPop, a local start-up that offers skill-focused classes. I’ll admit, I hadn’t baked a lot of bread prior to this but I really enjoyed learning more about it and I will do it all the time now! I also dragged my boyfriend to the Greek Festival for all the gyros, baklava and diples, one of my favorite things to do in Charlotte in September.
At the end of the month, I headed to Kansas City for the Chopped Conference. I haven’t been to a conference in ages, and it felt so good to hang out with other bloggers, meet some of my blogging idols and reconnect with my friends Meghan, Nicole and Julie. On my way home, I stopped in Indiana for a couple days to surprise my high school best friend (and her new baby!) for her birthday. Honestly, that was probably the highlight of my entire month. I’m coming into October with a lot of energy and drive to make the last quarter of of 2016 awesome.
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Gorgeous place I went: Kansas City. I was super pumped to come back to this Midwestern gem. I came out there for a conference in college, and I’ve been wanting to head back ever since I read Jacque’s Kansas City Hidden Gems guide. There’s something so charming about Midwestern architecture that I just adore, and I really loved the foodie scene there.
Song I put on repeat: Radio by Sylvan Esso. I’m a superfan and I’m so glad they have new stuff out! Listen now.
Show I’m obsessed with: This Is Us. Have you seen it yet? It gives me all the feels in the way Parenthood and Friday Night Lights used to. There’s only two episodes so far, but I think you need to see them ASAP.
Drink I imbibed: The Smoking Dun at Gram & Dun in Kansas City, featuring Templeton rye, Rothman & Winter Orchard cherry liqueur, hickory-smoked ice, rosemary and lemon. I’m still trying to figure out how they smoked the ice, but you can bet I’ll be trying ice cubes with rosemary sprigs in my favorite ice cube tray later this season!
Delicious thing I ate: Beer-batter-fried cheese curds. And fried cheese curds in general. Why can’t this be a thing in North Carolina? We had (at least) three orders of them at The Farmhouse in Kansas City, and then my BFF took me to fast food gem Culver’s just for cheese curds on our way to the airport. Ahhh-mazing.
Place I’d like to go: Charlotte. Yeah, that’s right — I’d like to stay home for a bit. I was traveling during much of the unrest and protests last month, and it made me so homesick even though people kept saying, “I bet you’re glad you’re not home.” I love my city. It’s the only place I want to be at the moment, supporting local businesses who could really use the love right now.
Dish I want to make: The mac & cheese from Poole’s Diner. I fell in love with James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen’s restaurants when I lived in Raleigh, and I am so excited she now has a cookbook out, called Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner! The first of many cookbooks, I hope.
Thing on my wishlist: One of these Anker iPhone charger cords in every car, purse and room of my house. If you take as many photos as I do, then you need reliable chargers. I’m obsessed with these sturdy, braided cords that come in a variety of lengths and colors. They come with a cute carrying case, too. (You can also get Anker Android charger cords!)
Thing I will miss about September: The warm weather. I feel weird saying that because I’m normally a summer hater. But it’s lingering and I’m liking it. // susannah