March Travelogue

Here’s the March Travelogue, a look at the things I did, ate, drank and saw last month! 

The 2017 March Travelogue from Feast + West, including explorations in Asheville, North Carolina, podcasts, books, cameras and other spring happenings. Stop by the blog today to see the full list of things I did, ate, drank and saw in March 2017, plus a few things on my wishlist. (via

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In like a lion, out like a lamb. Oh, March. You’re always great. March is my birthday month, so it’s always a fun one. But so, so busy. I think it has something to do with the weather getting nice again, and there’s just more to do.

For my birthday, Chris and I spent a couple days in Asheville, then came home in time for dinner with my dad and family. (More on that below!)

The next day, my actual birthday, IT SNOWED. And then it melted by noon. We grabbed beers with a few friends and then went to my mom’s for dinner. I was born on her birthday, so it’s always super special to celebrate our birthdays together.

Outside of birthday festivities, March was a pretty normal month. Chris and I attended a lovely wedding for one of his friends one weekend.

We also spent a fair bit of time building IKEA furniture, planting our garden and decorating. The house is finally taking shape! And it feels so good.

I started writing these Travelogues back in September as a way to remember the passing time and to show you a little more about what’s going on in my world, beyond the usual recipe and travel inspiration. // susannah

The view from the Pump House in Rock Hill, S.C.
The view from the Pump House in Rock Hill, S.C.


Gorgeous place I went:

Chris and I took a weekend trip to Asheville to celebrate my birthday, and it was lovely. I have been working on a travel recap devoted just to that, so I’m picking something else for this bullet.

For my birthday dinner, my dad took me to The Pump House, which is a lovely restaurant on Lake Wylie in Rock Hill, S.C. The sunset views from the rooftop were just stunning!

Podcast I’m adoring: 

Have you jumped on the S-Town train yet? I was super into Serial from day one, so I have really, really enjoyed bingeing this podcast!

Book I’m reading: 

I’m a few chapters away from finishing Chris Cleave’s Little Bee, a book I checked out from the library last month. This book has had me hanging onto every word, and I can’t wait to find out what happens at the end.

Drink I imbibed: 

One of my favorite drinks from my trip to Asheville was one I had at Nightbell. As soon as I saw the bartenders lighting sprigs of rosemary on fire to make this drink for another customer, I knew I needed to try the Persephone’s Sin. It has vodka, orange, pomegranate-rosemary, lemon, amaro montenegro, and despite its name, it’s totally heavenly.

Place I’d like to go:

It’s been a while since I went on an adventure by plane. My friend Meghan shared about her foodie adventures at The Broadmoor in Colorado. It’s such a stunning hotel, and her whole trip has me itching to get out of town.

Pocky Birthday Cake (via
The beautiful Pocky Cake my mom made!

Dish I want to make: 

Lately I’ve been snacking on chickpeas while I work. It’s an easy, healthy snack: usually chickpeas dusted with spices and drizzled with olive oil, then baked for 30 minutes or so. My friend Erin posted these Crispy Taco Spiced Chickpeas, and they are next in the rotation.

Thing on my wishlist: 

I’ve had my new camera (a Canon 70D) for almost a year now, and I am thinking about investing in a new lens soon. I’m eyeing this Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 — I’ve had one of these lenses before and I loved it.

What I’ll miss about March: 

March is my birthday month, so it’s always a fun month for me, and thus super busy, too! I look forward to March every year, and then to April when things slow down a bit again. // susannah

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