Elizabeth City Ghost Walk

First off – HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Yesterday was my birthday. 🙂 I had a good day surrounded by some of my loved ones.

This past weekend was an exciting one. Friday night, my mom took me out to eat at 309 Bistro. She got steak and a salad, I got the Red Eye Gravy Chicken with brussel sprouts casserole and gruyere potatoes. It was a delicious combination. 309’s red eye gravy is perfect with just a bit of a spicy kick. I finished off my meal with a chocolate bundino. It was a perfect finish – chocolately without being overwhelming sweet.



Saturday night, my boyfriend took me out to eat at Logan Ray’s, a local downtown bar. I had never been there before but it had a good atmosphere. From there, we made our way to the Elizabeth City Ghost Walk. The theme for this year’s walk was the Jazz Age featuring prohibition and bootleggers. Our first stop was the Arts of the Albemarle building. I had never been there before, but I have heard that it puts on a lot of plays/shows during the year. It also is a local art gallery. I really enjoyed exploring it.


There were 7 or 8 stops on the walking tour, taking you from private homes to the courthouse to a local graveyard. I enjoyed myself but I did notice that unlike the Edenton Ghost Walk that I went on a few years ago, the EC one did not contain many ghost stories. Instead, reenactors talked as if they were a spirit from the prohibition era, giving us glimpses into their lives. Some of the history was quite fascinating! The final stop on the ghost walk was a local cemetery, which was my favorite stop. I loved going to a cemetery after dark!

Tickets for the ghost walk were $12 each or $10 with military ID and there was also transportation provided between each destination in case you chose not to walk everywhere (and we did not feel like walking to each home).

Arts of the Albemarle
516 East Main St,
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

309 Bistro and Spirits
309 S Broad St,
Edenton, NC 27932

Food · Life

Winter Coop Purchases (Week Three)

My order list for this week’s Farmer’s Market was low on fresh produce. There was plenty offered, but I still had a drawer full of the vegetables from the previous markets.

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I purchased:

  • 1/2 Gallon Whole Milk (Maple View Farm)
  • 1/2 Gallon Low Fat Milk (Maple View Farm – for my boyfriend’s house)
  • 4 lb. turnips (Somerset Farms – mom likes to eat them raw and I used some for roasting)
  • 1 lb. mild pork sausage (from some place in Gates Co., the same people I purchased the pork chops from – had this Sunday morning, delicious!)
  • A slice of 10 layer chocolate cake (Donna’s Dessert – this was a last minute pick-up as I was hungry that morning. It tasted much better than I anticipated, similar almost to my granny’s 16 layer chocolate cake)

My friend was on call this weekend so we couldn’t stray far from the house so he took me to look at this old graveyard we’d noticed before and then we stopped to an old farm for him to load up some wood.

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Saturday night, I ended up breading the pork chops that I picked up from the last market and baking them along with some vegetables – sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, butternut squash, plus an onion and an apple that I picked up from a produce stand nearby. This was a delicious supper and we finished it off with the chocolate lava cakes I picked up from Trader Joe’s which were topped off with vanilla ice cream.

Speaking of Saturday night, my boyfriend renting us some movies (he uses an antenna just like I do, so we usually rent a movie or two): “Fury”, “Young Ones”, and  “This Is Where I Leave You”. I enjoyed “Fury” – he didn’t. Neither of us enjoyed “Young Ones”, and we both loved “This Is Where I Leave You.”

I planted a bunch of seeds last Tuesday – Amish Paste tomato, Early Girl tomato, Better Boy tomato,  Rosa Bianca eggplants, Cisineros Grande tomatillo, and Cossack Pineapple ground cherry. The first one, a tomatillo, sprouted on Sunday and as of this morning, it looked like half of all the total seeds that I planted have some sign of germination. I expect some casualties, but if all germinated, I will have 144 plants to possibly sell, trade, or grow myself. I haven’t started any seeds yet for my own personal use really – that will come near the beginning of March.

Look at the lovely little lemon I picked from my Sambo lemon tree on Sunday.
Look at the lovely little lemon I picked from my Sambo lemon tree on Sunday.

Charleston Part I: Unitarian Church Graveyard

I have a deep passion for graveyards and the Unitarian Church graveyard in Charleston may take the cake as my favorite graveyard thus far. Purposely overgrown (or as they say, “organized chaos”) – the graveyard boasts a welcoming atmosphere for floral and fauna. As I stepped foot in the graveyard, I noticed a gentle hum and looked down to see thousands of honeybees zipping about. Funny story – the previous night, I had watched ‘Hannibal’ on NBC in the hotel room, and the episode involved a lady who used human bodies as hives for honeybees. That, combined with my purchase of honey that same day, made me regard the bees here with a wary eye.










Florida Trip, Day 1, Part 2

This is the third of many posts detailing my trip to Florida in early December of last year. I apologize for the delay, but I think I was saving these posts for when I could use a little bit of sunshine. Today – with the cold weather surrounding me – is the perfect day to relive those memories.


Leaving De Leon Springs, we headed about 30 minutes away to Cassadaga, which was founded in the late 1800s as a spiritualist camp. We had delicious appetizer at Sinatra’s Ristorante’ (located inside the Cassadaga Hotel) of bruschetta (plus a martini for my friend). The tomatoes in the bruschetta tasted like they had just been picked and the balsamic vinegar that topped the dish added the perfect bit of tang. Next time we go, we will stay in the hotel as we heard person after person calling to see which room was “haunted”. The entire atmosphere in the town felt calming and I can see why people flock there.


After a quick search on Google, we made our way to the outskirts of Cassadaga. Our goal, or rather my goal, was to visit the legendary Devil’s Chair, located in a nearby cemetery. According to one local legend, an unopened can of beer left on the chair will be empty by morning. The Devil is sometimes said to appear to anyone so bold as to sit in the chair The cemetery itself felt eerie, like something out of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and while we spotted 3 different brick chairs, I only took my picture in one – leaving plenty of room for a second person to sit. We quickly left after seeing an old grave with a large, and I mean human sized, hole dug all the way to the coffin.


We stopped to the Sweet Spot on the way home. I got a cup of chocolate ice cream topped with their outstanding homemade whipped cream. I experienced an instant bout of food envy however when I tasted the Frozen Explosion (ice coffee blended with the boyfriends choice of vanilla ice cream). We spent the rest of the evening relaxing.



Come back tomorrow to read part 4, or check out part 1 – my review of Cress Restaurant and part 2, which details the earlier part of this day.

Sinatra’s Ristorante’
355 Cassadaga Rd.
Cassadaga, Florida

Sweet Spot
115 East Rich Ave.
Deland, Florida