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A Little Local Exploration!

by Colleen     Categories: Uncategorized

Hello All!

I know it’s been a while and I’m so sorry.  I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks and life shows no signs of slowing down, so I’m going to make this brief.

My water fast lasted a total of eight days.  Not bad!  I then transitioned into intermittent fasting, where I give myself an eight-hour window to eat for the day, after fasting for 16 and working out just before my fueling window.  Well, at least that’s how it’s supposed to work.  For the most part, it has.  I just find that a 3:00 workout is very difficult for me (that’s when my intermittent fast ends) as I prefer to head to the gym later in the evening.  But the advantageous part is that going out with friends and family is much simpler (nobody even knows what I’m up to!) and I’m actually sleeping through a good part of the fasting span.  I also feel more alert and energized.  I love busting through conventional thinking!

I attended an incredible Irish-themed anniversary party for some great friends Saturday night at a little pub called The Eddy in Saxapahaw, NC, just a tiny jaunt from Chapel Hill.  What a little gem this place is!

Upon parking the car, we were greeted by a cute little hen (pictured above) who was just roaming the neighborhood.  We walked about a block to a small brick strip of shops wherein the pub was located.  Beautifully rustic aptly describes the place.  A separate room for parties was opened for us, where the service was incredible, the friends were warm and the drink flowed!  Appetizers included artisan breads with a varied array of meats, cheeses and chutneys.  I went straight for the bleu cheese and the beer mustard.  Delish!

After washing the bread and spreads down with red wine and an oatmeal stout, I ordered some coffee and was presented with a tiny little French press filled with some of the smoothest coffee I have ever tasted.

Dinner started off with roasted beets on a bed of young greens, tossed with a very light vinaigrette, almonds and goat cheese (I absolutely intend on replicating this at home) followed by a main course of corned beef, cabbage tossed with caraway seeds, along with baby potatoes and parsley, all of which were fantastic and enthusiastically created from fresh local ingredients by the talented Chef Isaiah.

The dinner was topped off with tiny pumpkin muffins, mini goat-cheese cheesecakes and of course the centerpiece of any good party, a custom cake.  I am saddened that my photo of the cake did not come out well, but it was a two-layer chocolate stout cake with Swiss vanilla butter cream designed to look like a quaint village with cobblestone streets upon a grassy hill.

It was a fantastic evening over all and I highly recommend visiting Chef Isaiah and the wonderful staff over at The Eddy at 1715 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road in Saxapahaw, NC for an incredible experience!

 

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