I recently had the pleasure of spending a long weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Have you been? Nicknamed “The Queen City” in honor of the visiting Queen of Great Britain the year of the city’s founding…Charlotte is brimful of young families, musical pride and culinary conquest amidst a skew of banks and bakeries decorating uptown street corners.

My darling Aunt & Uncle (remember when Strudels & Symphonies brought us to Vienna, Austria?)  have lived there nearly four years, and were so generous to show me around the city they call home…and what better way to experience a city than through its food and culture? Between an unforgettable fusion of flavors at Cowfish (Burgushi anyone?), celebrating local talent at the Knight Theater’s Tosco Music Party, and a farm to table dinner at Halcyon, rolling into the “Hornet’s Nest” for a day or two will not disappoint…especially if you’re sharing your time with loved ones!

Sunday was full of goodies as you can imagine… Namely a 4 hour walking “Foodie” tour of the Uptown neighborhood, which I would highly suggest should the winds blow you this way… Tour de Food offers a host of gourmet walking tours which highlight local fare and fame. From Amelie’s French Bakery (my favorite for its quirky, eclectic ambience and sinful selection of treats – open 24 hours!) to Mert’s Heart and Soul (copious amounts of fried, southern specialities), it was a culinary adventure I won’t soon forget!

Queen Charlotte of Great Britain

Queen Charlotte of Great Britain

Amelie's French Bakery

Amelie’s French Bakery

Amelie's Ambience...

Amelie’s Ambience…

Libretto's Slices of Heaven

Libretto’s Slices of Heaven

Local Loaf Speciality

Local Loaf Speciality

Family Time's the Best Time
Lake Norman

Lake Norman

Tour de Food starts and finishes at the 7th street Public Market, which was perhaps one of my favorite venues the day had to offer… bustling with a local-loving crowd of curators & independent vendors, home to the best cup of Jo in Charlotte & the unforgettable Local Loaf!

*A special thank you to my Aunt & Uncle for sharing their City with me so generously…

City Highlights in Charlotte ~ p.e.