We are always looking for a new restaurant to try or a new town to explore. Remaining curious and open to new experiences gives us things to look forward to and keeps us young at heart.
Our dear friend Gary Brown has just opened the Chef & Somm in downtown Blowing Rock, NC. He is a vastly knowledgeable Sommelier who has teamed up with the very talented Chef Sara Hord. They have created a delightful space to enjoy exceptional wines perfectly paired with delicious foods. You will find them at 1132 Main Street, Suite 102 in Blowing Rock.
We started our splendid brunch with a Cava Sparkling Wine from Spain.
The mixed green salad with white balsamic vinegar and goat cheese truffles was excellent.
Gary presented two light citrus note wines that were perfect to enjoy with our pasta dishes.
Mr. Mickey had the Spaghettini Shrimp and Crab with spring pesto.
I enjoyed the Orecchiette with roasted cauliflower, spring peas, Fennel Cream and shaved Pecorino. It was divine!
We shared a fresh berry compote and glasses of exceptional port for dessert. We are planning our next visit to Chef & Somm very soon!
The village of Blowing Rock is one of our favorite places to visit as soon as spring arrives. The weather was cool and rainy, so the town was relatively quiet on this Sunday afternoon.
These little Japanese Chins stole my heart. They are Certified Therapy Dogs. When I sat down on the bench to cuddle with them, I could feel my blood pressure drop and every care slip away. It worked! Mr. Mickey calls me ‘The Dog Whisperer’ because they so often come to me without being beckoned.
We always stop to visit with Mark at Finely House Couture on Main Street in Blowing Rock. I had so much fun shopping with these ladies who were on a Girl’s Trip to Blowing Rock. The collection of vintage Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton bags, as well as a vast offering of clothing, jewelry, and scarves, enthralled us.
My look for the day included dark-wash jeans and short boots because of the frequent showers. The splash back on rainy days will ruin light colored pants. Since temperatures were not going to get much above sixty, I also wore a Covered Perfectly top in black with a navy blazer to keep warm. For a pop of color and pattern, I added a colorful silk scarf and carried a nude bag in honor of spring. My love of classics extends to cars as well. Even when they are old, they still look sharp if you choose well and take care of them.
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