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What a week

What a week.  I feel like I’ve hardly had time to sit down.  The NC State Fair was held this week, here in Raleigh.  Andrew has never missed a State Fair.  Last year it was a close call, since we were on our honeymoon during part of the festivities.  But his record remains.

This year we’ve gone to the Fair three times.  Even with puppy class this week, and work being crazy, we’ve spent a lot of time at the Fair.  I grew up hours away from here, and coming to the fair just once was an all day adventure that left us all tired and grumpy.  Living near Raleigh has allowed us to spread out our fried-food consumption for almost the whole week of the event.

The first Saturday the Fair was open my dad came down and the three of us headed off to see what we could find to see and eat.  I was really surprised how many people were there, even for a Saturday.  There has been so much talk of recession and of tightened budgets, I was surprised to see so many people out for what can be a pricey day of entertainment.  Andrew and I went two more evenings to explore some more and eat some new things.

I love the Fair. I love the “Got to be NC” tent.  I love the Village of Yesteryear.  I love the competitions (see my Day Zero list, I even want to enter something).  I love seeing all of the bounty of our state.

I like how important it is to Andrew that we go every year, it’s become important to me too.  We look forward to it for weeks each year, and the Fair doesn’t disappoint.  I’m already excited for next year.

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Our Anniversary

Our first wedding anniversary was last weekend.  We wanted to recreate our honeymoon trip, but didn’t think it was the best idea to try to fit a trip to Hawaii from NC into one weekend, too much air time.  So, we decided just to stay home and then go out for a very nice dinner.

We went Sunday night to the Fearrington House Restaurant.  It’s an amazing place.  I can honestly say that it was the best food I’ve ever had.  Andrew and I ordered different things, and tasted one another’s  meals (so classy).  No pictures of the food, sorry, you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Andrew had:

  • Seared Scallops with Vanilla Char Roe and Curry Air Yoghurt, Mango, Carrot, Coconut
  • Cured Duck Breast with Chestnut Jam and Poached Quince
    Cinnamon, Red Onion, Lentils, Pumpernickel
  • Hibiscus Marinated Venison with Girolles, Port & Red Currant Sauce
    Sunchoke, Chocolate, Purple Brussels Sprouts, Cipollini
  • Warm Brioche Pudding and Brown Bread Ice Cream
    Smoked Almond, Honey, Rosemary, Apple

I had:

  • Butternut Squash Soup, Pecan Bread Pudding & Maple Crème Fraîche, Cinnamon, Sage, Butterscotch, Beech Mushroom
  • Seared Meyer Striploin with Snow Crab and Caperberries, Burnt Butter, Truffle, Fregola Sarda, Hazelnut
  • Smoked Vanilla Pheasant with Confit Leg and Toasted Brioche Sauce, Maple & Medjool Date Puree, Baby Parsnip, Baby Green Brussels, Sherry
  • Hot Chocolate Soufflé, Hot Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream

We also started with a few delicious bites.  One was a creamed Arctic Char stuffed pastry.  Wow.  The second was a rabbit something with cranberry.  That was one of my favorite bites of food all night, I wish I could remember what it was called.

Andrew and I have this little competition between us at restaurants.  I’m generally not competitive at all, but this is the one exception.  We declare “winners” for who ordered the best food.  Andrew usually wins (jerk), but it’s not a competition where there is a non-winner.  In the event that we disagree, it’s an automatic tie.  Usually disagreement means that both of our meals are great, and our personal opinions cause us to vote one way or another.  For this occasion, we decided to declare winners per course.  So there would be 4 “wins” for the evening.  Here’s the verdict:

  • 1st course winner: Scallops – Andrew
  • 2nd course winner: Striploin – ME!
  • 3rd course winner: tie – difference due to taste preference
  • 4th course winner: Soufflé – ME!

So yes, I won!  I don’t think that it’s a big win, because even the non-winning dishes were counted in the “best food I’ve ever eaten” category.  But I’ll take any victory I can get.

Happy Anniversary, Andrew.  I love you.

I hope we have many more dinner competitions ahead of us.

These photos are all taken by the fabulous Erica of EL Photography.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, we didn’t save our wedding cake to eat.  Maybe I’ll tell you about that another day.  But no regrets, even though the baker told me I would.

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I’m doing this wrong.

A couple weeks ago I re-joined Weight Watchers.  I’m almost certain that’s one of the most typed phrases on the internet.

When I joined the first time, there were all of these people saying “I’m back!” or “I just re-started!” or other things indicating that they’d strayed away and were returning.  I though I wouldn’t be one of those people.  Well, evidently I am.  I weigh more now than I ever have, and it’s not working for me.  I don’t feel like myself.

Want to know what’s weird?  It’s tough to be a “normal” size and think that you’re overweight.  People worry that you’re developing a disorder, or that you have a skewed sense of body image.  Well, no.  I just know that my BMI is higher than recommended, and that I felt better and had more energy 20 pounds ago.  Why do people think that just because you wear a size 8, you shouldn’t care about what you’re eating?  The scale is steadily climbing up, I’ve decided to correct it now instead of getting to whatever level of “fat” people require before society expects something to be done about it.  Get over it.

So, internet, you’re one of the first I’ve told about this venture.  My husband knows, and a couple of my close friends (who are also on the plan) and now you.  It’s easier that way, I’ve found.  I don’t have to explain myself.  But this is part of what I’m doing “wrong”.  Evidently it’s supposed to be “encouraging” if you tell your friends and family.  It’s supposed to help you stay motivated.  Whatever, I’m not going to tell them.

Another thing I’m doing wrong; I refuse to eat “diet” foods.  Actually, I refuse to change most of what I eat.  I’m not going to eat a frozen lunch from a box.  I’m not going to eat some “WW Approved!” snack.  I’m not going to buy fat-free cheese.  I’m not going to quit eating bread, or pasta.  I’m not going to quit going to restaurants.  I’m not going to give up Dr. Pepper.

So now you’re thinking “well that’s not going to work”, right?  Well, I think you’re wrong.  I think I can make better choices, and still eat the real foods that I love.  This has to be a life thing, not a “diet” thing.  I enjoy real food too much to eat “diet” crap forever, so I’m not going to do it now.

Don’t expect constant updates for this, I probably won’t talk about it much.  But, this is where I am today.


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