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The Cellar at Duckworth’s

My first experience with #dinnerfortwelve was awesome!  We went to The Cellar with some other couples and celebrated my friend Lisa’s birthday.

The Cellar at Duckworth’s is an American gastropub and known for their specialty beers and signature cocktails.  It is inspired by the early 1900s, (the underground space built originally in 1912) The Cellar has a speakeasy, prohibition-era feel with its original brick walls and exposed ceiling joists.   It is small, dark and cozy, and they don’t take reservations after 7pm, so plan accordingly.


I love getting dressed up with my hubby for a nice dinner out!  Bonus points that we don’t have to get a sitter anymore.  My daughter took this right before we left.  The Cellar is pretty dark, and so the other pictures are darker.


Drinks:  A friend and I split a bottle of the Kaiken Malbec and Daniel got a  NoDa Jam Session..  (support local!)  Some of my friends did order the cocktails and said they were fabulous!

Drink Summary:  Order what you like and plenty of it.


App One:  char-grilled bluepoint oysters with creole butter, pecorino, baguette. (These were good, but I like my oysters simple…  raw with some lemon juice.


App Two:  Expresso rubbed lam carpaccio with cured beets, mustard seeds, gherkins, and parmesan. (Again…this was good and I love the fancy name.  But I could make something pretty similar at home.  I mean, this was basically a high end lunchable.)


App Three:  Tuna Tartare with sesame seeds, chunky guacamole, chile oil, and wonton crisps. (I would get this again in a heartbeat!)


App Four:  dried garbanzo bean hummus with feta, cucumber, tomato, zaatar, and bread crisps.  (most of this went home to feed the chickens, so you can be the judge there.)

App Summary:  Get the Tuna Tartare…I will go back and try the caramelized brussels and the truffle mac and cheese.


My Main:  butter basted scallops with currants, cauliflower, turmeric, chorizo.  This was like a little party in my mouth and I loved every bite.


Daniel’s Main:  ribeye…they cook their steaks at 1800 degrees for a charred finish.  The tiny bite he gave me was amazing…and so was the arugula salad that came with it!

Main Dish Summary:  Yes to both of these…other table favorites were the filet and shrimp and grits.

We did not leave any room for dessert, but they have a cornflake crusted french toast with carrot cake that looked pretty awesome!

Its A Pleasant Life Rating:  4 stars


Dinner for Twelve


I am so excited to start a new blog series…#dinnerfortwelve.

It is pretty simple…Go to a restaurant once a month and post a blog about my experience.  I asked for suggestions on Facebook and got a great response…publicly and privately.

This may need to be a 5 year project!   I narrowed it down to these for now, and plan to keep doing this every year.  Some of these dinners will be with just my husband, with girlfriends, or double/triple dates!  I want to go in to each establishment and order an app, two entrees and a dessert. The chef will pick the best of each, and I’ll take pictures and write a review!


April:  The Cellar at Duckworth’s

May: The McNitch House

June:  Corkbuzz

July: Kindred

August: Passion 8

September: Heirloom

October: Beef and Bottle

November: George’s Brasseire

December: The Palm

January: Barrington’s 

February: Kid Cashew

March: Soul Gastrolounge




Baby Foot

I have a new beauty junkie product for you guys!  It is called Baby Foot, and it is affordable and crazy awesome.

I found out about Baby Foot through my friend and fellow yogi,  Charlene Poole, of The Porch Swing Spa.  A little background on my friend…Charlene has been a practicing licensed and certified electrologist since 1986. She has practiced in Charlotte since 1994. Charlene provides clients with permanent hair removal for smooth, beautiful skin in a relaxed atmosphere in her beautiful office with a view. She uses state-of-the-art computerized equipment and practices up-to-date sterilization procedures; only disposable probes are used. She offers both thermolysis and blend electrolysis. Charlene is also happy to serve the transgender community.


The skin on your feet is thicker than any other place on your body.  Normally, new skin cells are produced immediately, pushing the old cells up to the surface.  This usually takes 28 days…but our feet are under pressure, so the skin can’t complete it’s turnover process.  Which makes our feet dry, cracked, hard and rough.


Charlene told me all about Baby Foot, and I saw her feet during treatment…They were peeling like crazy.  I was like:  GIMME SOME.


Charlene was kind enough to share this photo.  I know….it is totally awesome and totally gross all at once.


My before pic:  I take pretty good care of my feet ya’ll.  As much as I abuse them, I get pedicures monthly, and lotion these puppies up often.   But pedicures can’t remove all the layers of dead skin.  Also, the friction caused by scraping the dead skin creates a vicious spiral of accumulating more dead skin cells.


This is the worst picture of my feet I could find.  I thought…this stuff won’t work.  My feet are already pretty soft with just these few exceptions.


Here’s what you do:  Put your feet in these little booties and chill for an hour.  (I watched Teen Mom OG.)  Then wash your feet.

The process takes some time…On the second day, I thought I must be like Princess and the Pea or something, because I had no peeling.  It takes 5-7 days after the initial application!


Then it started.  Basically it was like Christmas morning for me over the next couple weeks.  And now, I cannot believe how soft my feet are!

Stop in and see Charlene at The Porch Swing Spa and get this product.  It is only $25 and worth every penny!




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