Monday, July 2, 2012

Fun In The Mountains

Thanks for all of the lovely anniversary wishes!  We had a wonderful time visiting Blowing Rock, NC.  While there we enjoyed dining out, walking around the quaint town, shopping and finding a few treasures that I will show you in another post.

For all of you Jan Karon, Mitford Series fans, Jan Karon lived in Blowing Rock while writing the Mitford Series books.  Some folks say that Mitford was based on the town of Blowing Rock.

The first day there we stopped for lunch at The Best Cellar.  It was early and we had the outdoor dining room all to ourselves.

I had a Shrimp Kabob nestled on a Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Grit Cake.

Mr. Comforts had Pan Seared Scallops served over Wilted Spinach and Shitake Mushrooms, finished with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Cucumber Wasabi Sauce.

They were both excellent and I want to try to recreate them at home someday.

For our anniversary dinner we went to a wonderful restaurant called Storie Street Grille.

Because it was our anniversary dinner, I didn't bring my camera along to take pictures, so here is one I borrowed from their website.
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When trying to decide where to have our anniversary dinner, I browsed their website and this restaurant seemed the perfect place to go.  I had noticed that they took reservations for parties of 6 or more.  I emailed them and asked if they would make an exception for Mr. Comforts and me, explaining that we were coming from out of town and it was our anniversary.
Joan, one of the owners, emailed back and said "consider it done".  

When we arrived for dinner we were seated in a romantic booth.  Dinner was FABULOUS and the atmosphere perfect for a romantic anniversary dinner.  If you are ever in Blowing Rock and want a wonderful meal, I highly recommend Storie Street Grille.  

As we were getting ready to leave, our server brought over an anniversary present from the owners.  It was a bottle of their house wine, with their own label on it.  Unfortunately, the owners were not there to thank in person, but I have emailed them our thanks.

This post is getting lengthy, so I will tell you what we did the next day in another post.
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  1. How nice to hear all of the great places to eat in Blowing Rock! It's been years since I've been there. What's not to love about it? Can't wait to see more pics from your visit there. So glad that y'all had a nice time.

  2. All the food looks wonderful, makes me so hungry. Sounds like you had such a great time. Hugs, Marty

  3. Wow. It pays to communicate! I really enjoyed seeing your meals...they look marvelous. I suppose that it really wouldn't have been too romantic taking your camera along for your anniversary dinner...sigh. =D

  4. I am a Jan Karon fan. Loved her Mitford Series! Sounds like a great place. Glad you had a memorable time!

  5. Happy belated anniversary, Penny! Your dinner looks amazing and the bottle of wine gift from the second restaurant owners was such a nice gesture!

  6. What a lovely way to celebrate, Penny. I have long been a Jan Karon fan and am presently reading In The Company of Others - reading slowly, as it's the book on my bedside table!

  7. What a lovely place to celebrate, very sweet of the owners!
    Happy Anniversary, I'm happy you had a wonderful time.

  8. I loved the Mitford books. So fun to go to Blowing Rock! A beautiful part of our beautiful country. Mimi

  9. What a beautiful place to celebrate your anniversary dinner. And a bottle of wine nice!
    The food in the first two photos look delicious. Blowing Rock is such a nice place.


  10. This sounds like our kind of triop too. Love trying new restaurants and finding special places to explore together! The restaurant owners were wonderful to give you the wine. Isn't the world full of nice people?

  11. Belated Happy Anniversary wishes. The food looks delicious. Yum on the scallops and the shrimp kabobs and grits cake, too.
    I'm a fan of the Jan Karon what do you think? Does Blowing Rock remind you of Mitford?

  12. Happy Anniversary!

    That was really nice of the owners to make your dinner there so special! Wish everyone provided such lovely service to customers.

  13. What a wonderful place to celebrate your anniversary. Blowing Rock is one of my favorite places. Looking forward to getting together soon. Happy Anniversary to the two of you.

  14. Happy Belated Anniversary, Penny.♥ We love Blowing Rock, too, and I am so glad the two of you had such a great time.

    Where did you stay?

  15. Love the grits cake with the shrimp as well as the big scallops. What beautiful presentations.

    Blowing Rock is a fabulous place. Happy anniversary to you both.

  16. What a wonderful anniversary dinner, shows it pays to ask when making reservations. I find most nice dining spots try to accommodate their customers - the bottle of wine was the best finishing touch. I'll bet they stay in business a long time.


  17. Happy belated anniversary! The food you pictured looks absolutely delicious. How nice of the other restaurant owners to give you a romantic booth and then gift you with a bottle of wine. That kind of thoughtfulness and service is hard to find nowadays.