lately: wedding time!

Last weekend, two of our dearest friends tied the knot. It was everything I could have possibly imagined, and even more so! The hubs and the groom go way back – we’re talking grade school, peeps! He was the best man in the wedding, and I was so proud of him – he prepared the most amazing trip for the guys, gave a wonderful toast, and basically rocked the title of “best man”. But I digress. 

It wouldn’t be in true Alicia form to let such a momentous occasion pass by without sharing some of the shots from the weekend with y’all, so here’s a peak in! Cheers to the newlyweds, we love you!

Alicia xoxo

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planning our summer fun with eventbrite!

I recently found out about Eventbrite and their ‘Summer Food Bucket List’ campaign, so naturally, I decided to join in! Eventbrite is an amazing technology platform that allows users to find events going on in their area, as well as gives users the ability to promote and manage their own events, too!

 

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Pretty cool, am I right?!

You guys already know that the hubs and I spend A LOT of time travelling, and this summer is no different! While it won’t be as crazy as last year’s {read: here, here, and here to a fun little refresher!}, we still have a lot of fun things planned. And of course, it wouldn’t be an “Alicia” trip if we didn’t have a lot of our “wining & dining” experiences already planned out.

Let’s take a look and see what’s on the agenda, shall we?

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One of our all-time favorite events is, hands-down, the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. This is the festival of all festivals – great food, great drinks, and great entertainment. The hubs and I have gone for at least the past 4 years, and we certainly don’t plan on missing it anytime soon! We decided to step up our game last year and order the ‘VIP’ tickets; best idea ever! You receive an extra two hours at the festival and “special” experiences {cooking demonstrations, whole hog picking}, not to mention a variety of exclusive bourbons and beers on the VIP holders get to take! Clearly, that was a big enough selling point for us — > you know how the hubs and I appreciate good bourbon! On my tasting list: lots of BBQ, specialty food items from local vendors {mustard, jams & jellies, and spirits, to name a few}, and of course, bourbon! All the liquor vendors do a great job of mixing up cocktails specifically for the event, so I’m excited to try those as well!

Being the wine lovers that we are, and the fact that we live so close to our favorite local winery, we’ve got several events of theirs on our radar, too! The one that I am most excited about is their Cheesy Dinner, held in July – course after course of delicious, cheesy-filled meals paired with their spectacular wines. They do a great job of souring locally, too, so it’s one to look forward to, for sure! And besides, with a cheese-centered meal, what could not be perfect about that?

Lastly, the hubs and I have our annual week-long trip planned. We’ll be strolling the coast of South Carolina for a few days to kick off our week! At the recommendation of my sister: a 5-course meal set up at R.Kitchen, cocktails at The Warehouse {their bourbon drinks are off the charts amazing!}, as well as some brewery and distillery tours {here, here, and here!}. I’m super excited about the meal at R.Kitchen – the chefs their plan their menus daily, so it’s an adventure every time!

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…so you can see, we’ve got our plates full! no pun intended, haha. And you know that I’ll be reporting back after each trip with my “lately” posts, so be sure to keep an eye out for those too!

Happy summer, and happy eating, y’all!

lately: graduation weekend

As you saw from Friday’s post, the hubs and I were home for a long weekend, celebrating a huge milestone for my sister Jackie : ) We spent the weekend touring Richmond – soaking in the graduation ceremonies, exploring the downtown area, and of course…lots of good eats and drinks! What made it even more special was that we got to see several of my extended family members, some of whom I haven’t seen for quite some time. Here’s a peak into how we spent our time!

-Alicia xoxo 

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lately: the in-laws were here!

Recently, my wonder in-laws and sister-in-law were here. We planned a full week and a half while they were here; packing in everything from hikes, to a nice dinner out, and everything in between. Here are some snapshots of our adventures – some of the views might make you long for the outside, and the food may or may not make you hungry! 

Alicia xoxo

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congrats, jackie!

…from our goofy days as kiddos, to her undergraduate graduation from Duke University, I couldn’t be more proud of my middle sister, Jackie. We’re celebrating her 2nd graduation this weekend – but this time, from medical school! She’s headed back to Duke this summer to begin her residency; a four-year stint full of what is sure to bring even more knowledge and skills to her already extremely smart and savvy self. Cheers to you, Jackie – I love you!

Alicia xoxo

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lately: charleston

With the influx of snow and cold that we’ve been experiencing here lately, what better excuse than to go see my baby sister down in beautiful {& warm} Charleston?!

It was the most special weekend – good food & drink, good conversation, and above all, quality sister time. Here’s a glimpse into how we spent our time! 

Alicia xoxo 

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