Monday, September 06, 2010

Little Labor Day

Hello, peeps! Hope you are all having a wonderful long weekend. Not my hubs....he had to work Saturday and today. And had to do schoolwork yesterday. :(  Bunny, however, has been socializing and eating her way through the weekend. I will share.

First of all, I spent the (glorious) Saturday morning ripping out 90% of my dead veggie garden. I still have a few cherry tomato plants that are holding on and putting out, so those are still in their pots, but everything else is in the compost pile. Speaking of the weather, it has been a BE-YOU-TEE-FULL weekend here in north GA. Sunny, breezy and mid-80s. LOVE IT. Here is a photo of K.K. watching me work:

That is her "pet me bitch" look. I did. Check out my pylon-orange, paint-and-stain covered Crocs, BTW. These are my gardening shoes. I would never wear this color out in public but I have to admit it gives me a silly secret thrill to wear them outside. After working my bootay off in the yard, Saturday evening, we went out to dinner with a friend at a new restaurant:

Run, don't walk, to this unassuming gem in Clayton (Rabun County) GA. Some customers came into the hub's store raving about this place a few weeks back so we decided to visit this weekend. And, boy howdy, we were not disappointed.

The owners, who are from coastal GA, fly in fresh seafood. This is their calamari appetizer...instead of the tube meat, they use the white calamari steak. It was delish. The sauce is their Cusabi dressing...a cucumber-wasabi mix that is divine.

This is their simply heavenly seafood chowder. The hubs said it was like seafood gravy. I said I didn't understand what was wrong with that. At all. Pour it over a homemade biscuit and call it lunch.

I had the crab cakes, which were HUGE, and the cheese grits, which are locally ground and long-cooking.

Hubs had the fried shrimp which was yummy. Perfectly light breading. And look at those freakin' hush puppies! As big as a tennis ball!

Our friend got the fried oysters which she remarked were as good as any she had ever had. In Clayton! GA!  This was also included with the meal:

It was an odd addition for the plate, but good. Grilled bread, topped with basil, red peppers and provolone, drizzled with a thick, balsamic syrup. It was great, just didn't seem to fit. In all though, it was one of the best seafood restaurants I've ever eaten at....fresh food, simply and well-cooked, generous portions, well-priced. We WILL be going back. And though I rolled out of there and didn't think I would ever eat again, yesterday morning, we put out this:

Homemade waffles (by hubs) with Port Peaches....I melted some butter in a pan, whisked in some tawny port and sugar to make a boozy, buttery syrup, and then stirred in some diced, fresh peaches until warm. Pour over waffles. Devour. Yesterday, I went to a paternal family reunion with my 'rents while the hubs stayed at home and babysat and studied. Here is he and the Charlester wishing me goodbye:

My mens. Love them. Today, I am getting ready to go lay by the pool with Bobs....I need ONE day of total relaxation and calm before getting back to the work. Hope you all are having a great weekend! XO, B.


robertga99 said...

I say as long as they are putting out, keep 'em! But the second they stop putting out, get rid of 'em. Wait, what were talking about? :)'

Why don't you make me waffles with peaches?

bunny said...

Bobs, come ova' next Sunday at 8:30 a.m.!

Jen on the Edge said...

I'll be heading out to the garden tomorrow to do some ripping out too. Sigh. Luckily, about half of my two dozen tomato plants are still producing, so I'm thinking we'll have tomatoes for another 5 or 6 weeks.

We went to a local restaurant that focuses on Southern cuisine last night. I had hush puppies for the first time in about a decade. Yum.

bunny said...

JOTE, other than the cherries, my tomatoes as a whole did nothing this year. It was almost like they rotted on the vine. Next year: Pesticide! lol

Little Miss Sunshine State said...

That food porn made me a little too hot!