Friday, March 21, 2014

Charlotte: 5 Things to Do

While this article is pretty pitiful and I had a horrible 15 years living in North Carolina, there are a few things I can get excited about when I do have to visit. I managed to come up with 5 of them in case you ever find yourself in the area.

5. Chick-fil-a. The most difficult thing about living in the PNW isn't the rain, the lack of sunshine, or how nice people can be, but the lack of Chick-fil-a. I realize that this fine food establishment is available outside of the state and even the southeast, but seriously. Go there in my honor.

4. The NC Zoo. I realize this is an hour and a half away from Charlotte, but what did you expect? The NASCAR museum is secretly an awesome place to visit? No. Not that I've ever been. The NC Zoo is a truly wonderful place; the exhibits are expansive and most are comfortable for the animals. They have a wide variety of animals and things to see including the two main areas, or themes: Africa and North America. They even host a photo safari, allowing you to go behind the scenes in one of the exhibits. It is totally worth a day trip and for a bonus, you can stop by El Ranchito for dinner on the way back. Hands down the best Mexican Restaurant I have ever been to (and now you have six recommendations!)

3.Thrift shopping! Notably 1510 Antiques, a store I am always sure to stop by if I'm in Charlotte. It is cram-packed with goodies and I never leave empty handed. Great source for pyrex. Grab lunch at Dish before hand for that much needed thrifting energy (SEVEN! Seven recommendations!). Chicken and dumplings, you won't be sorry.

2. RuSan's. Best. Sushi. Ever. Get the Godzilla roll.

1. Amélie's French Bakery. Aside from Disney World, this is the most magical place on earth. Step inside this bakery to be instantly wrapped in cute French love and experience a taste bud show that would rival Remy's in Ratatouille. Every inch of this place is beautifully decorated and if you didn't want to go to Paris before, you will now. You can't go wrong with a turkey and brie sandwich, a cup of their famous spinach and asparagus leek soup, and a salted caramel brownie. It will leave you pining for the day you can return.

Basically, if you go to Charlotte you should eat a lot. It's not a walkable city and the east, north, and west areas of town are dangerous. Crime is really high all over the city. South Charlotte is the only relatively safe area and the only thing there is a Harris Teeter grocery store every mile. Literally.

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