Weekend In My Life: Charlotte, North Carolina

by - May 13, 2019

Last weekend, I had some fun in Charlotte, North Carolina.


A little road trip is good for the soul, I believe. My mom, my youngest brother, and I packed up and headed to Charlotte, a little less than a 4 hour drive, for the weekend.

When we arrived on Friday, we were pretty hungry. We found a little taco truck on Little Rock Road and wow... that food was so good. It was very authentic and I had three tacos - pastor, carna asada, and barabacoa - with an horchata. Delicious! I think some of the best food comes from those hole-in-the-wall places that you might look right past.

We went back to our hotel and just kind of hung out for the rest of the afternoon. The entire weekend was super low-key. My brother played Fortnite and I watched Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. I also did some work and it was refreshing to do work in a new environment. I've been feeling a bit unmotivated for lack of better term and just being away for a weekend really changed things. Don't underestimate the power of a quick getaway for a new environment.


We set reservations at 9 p.m. to have dinner at Nellie's Southern Kitchen. The Jonas family owns the restaurants, which is how I first heard of it. If you didn't know, I am a huge Jonas Brothers fan! It wasn't busy at all and they had some live music going. It is the cutest little restaurant.


We started off with their fried green tomatoes and pimiento cheese. The appetizers were incredible and the pimiento cheese... um, can someone at Nellie's give me the recipe please? For my meal, I had their fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and collard greens.

In the back, they have the whole hallway decorated with all kinds of cool Jonas memorabilia, so if you're a fan, you definitely need to make the stop in Belmont for Nellie's. The food is also just so good!


After Nellie's, we spent some time driving and walking around Belmont. It is such a cute little town.

The next morning, I woke up and did my typical morning routine. I was up by 7:30 and no one else was awake, so it was nice to have some quiet for a bit. I made a cup of coffee was able to just be still and be quiet.

The rest of the day was very chill. I grabbed two cheese pupusas from Las Pupusas. If you have never heard of a pupusa, Google it! They are so good. Again, this place was a little hole-in-the-wall. I'm telling you... those are the places with the best food sometimes.

We went shopping for a bit and one of the sales associates recommended Midwood Smokehouse and that's where we went for dinner! I had their pulled pork with their baked beans. Also, a Kentucky Mule. So good!

We drove around downtown Charlotte for a bit and just took in the sights. The thing that shocked me most about Charlotte was that there was like no traffic. Yeah, there were cars out, obviously. The roads were busy, but traffic was nothing like Atlanta. Can I move to Charlotte?

Sunday morning, we got up and headed home. It really was a nice trip and I loved how low-key it was. We went with like no plans and had the best time.

Seriously, if you are feeling stuck or just unmotivated, I definitely recommend getting out of your environment. You can drive a couple towns over, spend the day at the lake or beach, the possibilities are quite endless. Just don't underestimate the power of a little change of scenery.

xx,
Amanda

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