I drive to Raleigh, NC every other weekend or so to visit my cute boyfriend who lives there. It’s an easy drive from where I live so it’s not too much of a chore; in fact, I enjoy driving so I look forward to the journey.
My metabolism is like whoa, so it’s usually best that I eat something before I go. This time, I just grabbed a sub from Sheetz for the road. Sheetz subs are legit.
I brought the swag bags from my latest trip to Seattle for the IFBC so I could show off what I got. Naturally, since I got a selfie stick, I had to try it out. That front-facing camera’s quality is pretty abysmal.
Next order of business: beer. Neither of us likes lagers and I’m the only one who likes porters, so we try to find combinations of pale ales and IPAs. This one from Stone is a winner.
On Saturday we headed over to the North Carolina State Farmers Market in search of a chiminea for bf’s backyard. There are multiple sections at the market: meat, produce, gardening, etc. The one we started with is called Market Imports and has decor for the home and garden.
For someone like me who looooooves decorating the house, it was nirvana.
We didn’t purchase a chiminea because we had some comparison shopping to do to make sure we were getting the best deal. But we had worked up quite a hunger, so we had lunch at Machu Picchu, a Peruvian restaurant we’d accidentally found out about when we drove past one day.
This place was incredible. We were so full from our meals that we didn’t eat anything but snacks for the rest of the day.
To start, we shared the Ceviche Mixto, which had fish, scallops, shrimp, and red onion in a bright lemon marinade. I didn’t even get a picture of it because we dug in so fast and ate every bite. It was the first time I’d ever tried ceviche, but it won’t be the last.
Bf had the Seco de Res for his entree, which was braised beef over beans with rice. He loved it, and from the bite of beef I sampled, it seemed like a winning dish.
I had the Papa Rellena, which was a potato stuffed with a seasoned ground beef mixture. It also came with rice as well as lots of red onion, and some pickled cabbage. I would DEFINITELY order this bad boy again. Just look at it in all its fried potato-ey glory!
I wasn’t joking when I said we only snacked for the rest of the night. We’d bought some muscadine grapes at the farmers market, so we shared a bowl of those, plus some homemade corn tortilla chips and farmers market salsa. And that was that.
So what do you think? Should I post more weekend recaps like these?