Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Farmhouse

As you may know from my previous blog post, Matt and I recently returned from a trip to South Carolina.  On our way home, Matt suggested finding a place to stop in Atlanta for lunch.  I browsed through many, many reviews and stumbled upon a restaurant called The Farmhouse.  The name intrigued me and the 5-star rating sealed my decision.  This restaurant is in Palmetto, GA where I have never been and barely heard of.  Let me preface this with, I have never been so out of my element trying to find this place.  It is a good ways off the beaten path so to speak.  Our GPS said we had arrived at our destination and we were basically in the middle of a field.  But, we kept on going and after another mile or so we found it!

We knew nothing about The Farmhouse, but it is associated with a quaint Inn called Serenbe.  It was nothing short of idyllic.

We pulled up the Oak-lined drive and knew we were at a very special place because it was packed with cars.  It was obvious that it was a place loved by the locals.

In the reviews, we read that everything served here is farm fresh and made from whole foods.  No GMOs here!

We were seated in the sun room that looked over their garden and main swimming pool.  It was classic and comforting at the same time.  There was no stuffiness here.  All of the help staff were so friendly and made us feel right at home.

We immediately received these chive scones to start off the meal.  They were served with a creamy butter that was absolutely to die for.

I have a life-long love affair with fried green tomatoes.  Every new restaurant I go to, I have to try those tangy lil guys.  They were so great here: crunchy exterior, firm tomato interior, with the creamy, sweet remoulade sauce.  Perfect combination!

The menu changes constantly due to the changing seasons.  It only had two choices for an entree the day we were there.  You could get either the fried trout or the fried chicken.  Now, I did say that these were whole foods... not healthy foods.  Matt got the fried trout.  It had a crunchy cornmeal crust and was served with maple glazed carrots, rice pilaf, and cole slaw.  It was very yummy!

As yummy as the trout was, it did not compare to this big hunkin' piece of fried chicken that I got.  It was absolutely fantastic.  One of the best pieces of chicken I have ever had in my life!  

The chicken was so moist and flavorful.  I have absolutely no idea what the main ingredient in this breading was.  When I asked the waitress, she said it was the one recipe the chef never gives out.  She doesn't even let her helpers bread the chicken.  Super top secret recipe!  I officially do not like secrets...

After our lunch, we decided to tour the farm grounds.  We walked out of the sun room and found this outdoor fireplace nook.  It makes you want to snuggle up with your sweetie in front of a roaring fire.

To the left of the fireplace was the entrance to their garden.  It was huge!  I have not seen anything like it.    All of the produce was impeccably taken care of, so much so that the food almost looked fake.

And then came the animals:

This was such a wonderful experience, and I am thankful that Matt and me were able to visit.  We are definitely going back and spending a few days.  If you ever want to escape the hustle and bustle, The Inn at Serenbe would be a beautiful place to escape to.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Thursday, January 3, 2013

South Carolina or Bust

If you know anything about my husband, you will know that weddings are not his favorite thing.  So when we got the invitation in the mail and saw the ceremony was in South Carolina, you can guess the answer I expected to receive.  But he said, without giving it a second thought, "We are going."  It was a wedding invitation to our dear friend, Jordan Harris', wedding.  He and Matt became friends in college when they were in the same service club, and he also did a fantastic job singing in our wedding.

Jordan met his super cute wife while they were camp counselors at a Christian camp in Texas, and they are absolutely adorable together.  We are so excited to have been there for their big day and wish them a lifetime of happiness as they open this new chapter in their lives.

You could tell that Katie and Jordan had thought about every detail.  The minute we arrived at the hotel, we received a gift bag with some yummies and a map of the city with pamphlets of the attractions of the city.

When we made it into town, we were starving.  All we had to do was walk out of our hotel and take a stroll down main street.  With our map in hand, we searched for a brick oven pizza place that Jordan and Katie had mentioned was Katie's dad's favorite pizza place in the city.  Believe it or not, this plate was completely empty when I was finished. And, yes, Matt had his own pizza.  I am not ashamed!

On Main Street, they had all of these statues that were of famous people to the area.

They had a sweet, little ice skating rink.  This looked like a city favorite!

There was a beautiful city park that was along the river with waterfalls and large grassy areas.  I am so jealous!  

The entire city was so active.  Everyone was running, biking, or dog walking.  It was so refreshing!  I can no longer use the cold weather as an excuse...

They had this amazing cable bridge that ran over the river.  Now, not many things do get to me, but heights is one of them.  I walked across the bridge, but I made Matty take most of the pictures.  He is so brave!

This is what I call wedding food!  When I asked for the steak, I didn't realize it would be so massive.  It was delish!

It was so good to see our sweet friend and meet his beautiful bride.  They were giddy with delight throughout the entire ceremony, and I almost melted when I saw Jordan's face as Katie walked down the aisle.  It was truly a precious moment.

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.  For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with jewels.
Isaiah 61:10