Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

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Way to go Minneapolis restaurants

I was excited to see the Aug. 2012  issue of Food and Wine magazine feature Minneapolis as the new favorite food city.  Check out what they said at


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Travelers Rest Upcountry Provisions Bakery and Bistro

Check out another new business in downtown Travelers Rest.

Upcountry Provisions Bakery and Bistro is right beside All About Me Gift store.  I stopped in for a look when they first opened.  It looks like a great place for people on the Swamp Rabbit Trail or anyone who wants a good sandwich or some fresh bakery items.  Cute outdoor seating and a darling rustic interior.  Really clever decorations.   Those of you who like funky interior design will especially enjoy it.    The sandwich menu looked very good.  I didn’t have time to eat anything and it was later in the afternoon so there weren’t a lot of baked goods available and they had only been open a few days.  The young couple who run it are also at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market on Sat. from 9-12.  They are open lunch and dinner.   Their bread menu has the bakery Tuesday through Saturday but I don’t know if that means they are closed Sunday and Monday.  I’m anxious to try the bread.  It looks like they are also food friendly to vegan and those people who need gluten free.  Check it out.  Here is some additional information on the couple.

Daily Breads (Made Daily):
Lavash (Armenian flatbread)
Harvest Wheat

Weekly and Seasonal Breads:
Pain de Mie
Caraway Cheddar
Jalapeno Cheddar
Pumpkin and Cranberry Brioche
Sourdough Bordelais
Bread bowls (small and large)
Bakers Choice
Seasonal Tarts
Seasonal Cakes and Sweets
Chocolate Babka
Chocolate Croissants

Daily Breads (Made Daily):
Lavash (Armenian flatbread)
Harvest Wheat

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New Travelers Rest Restaurant – Chef Giovanni 24 Main

Our new restaurant in Travelers Rest, SC  is open.   I went with 10 other ladies for lunch today and everyone liked it very much and said they will come back.  Here is their web site

The menu is steak, seafood and dishes with an Italian theme.   Decor is lovely.  Parking is readily available beside and behind the building.  Open lunch and dinner Mon.- Sat.   The place was almost full at lunch.   Highly recommend it.

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More on Himalayan Salt Blocks

After eating off one of the Himalayan Salt Blocks on Thursday I got curious to find out more.   This is a great article on all the uses for this unusual natural resource.  I thought you might find it interesting.

If you are thinking of purchasing one make sure you read the comments at the end of the article.   There are some very important tips on how (or how not to) heat them.

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Ember- Great gastropub in downtown Greer SC

I don’t write about dining out very often.   We go out a few times a month, usually to someplace different each time.  Having spent decades in food service it takes quite a restaurant for me to want to go back to it.  I have found a few and last night I added another one to my list.

It is a small new gastropub in downtown Greer.  What is a gastropub?   I think of it as a pub but with more upscale food and affordable priced.   Thursdays is half price wine and dessert, always a good deal.   The most creative items on the menu are the Himalayan salt block cooking.   The 6-by-6-foot block is cut into a blocks about 4 inches thick and 8 -10 inches. It is mined from crystalline pink salt under the Himalayas, is heated to a blazing 700 degrees and brought to the table, where diners have the choice of beef, shrimp, ahi tuna or crab cakes to cook on the block.  Kind of a new age fondue.   The people at our table had shrimp, beef and tuna.   Bob had the smoked chicken and grits and it was fantastic.   We sampled three different appetizers and all were good.

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It’s been three years

Where has the time gone?   It has been three years since we moved to Travelers Rest and what an exciting and fulfilling time it has been. It seems so long ago when I was consumed with cleaning out the accumulation of stuff in our Vadnais Heights house, staging the house, worrying about getting a mortgage, finding a moving company, selling the house in 10 days,  packing, moving, unpacking, etc.

It has taken Bob much longer than me to feel comfortable here but then he is the worry person in our household so I guess that shouldn’t be surprising.

I have to say we had high expectations of living near Greenville and the area has exceeded our expectations.  Greenville Newcomers, the Woodworking Guild and OLLI have enriched our lives in so many ways.   Yes we did many activities with these organizations but more important that is where we made new friends.  At first everyone was a body with a name tag but now we have friends to do things with, to call if we need help with something and we can help them. We have absolutely no regrets about moving here.   For us it was the right decision.

Bob’s woodworking shop has certainly exceeded his expectations and the things we are creating amaze us.  We are still a few weeks away from finishing our last three projects and I can’t wait to show you.  The summers are longer and hotter than we expected but everyone tells us the last two summers are the hottest in anyone’s memory.  I hope that is just a fluke and not permanent global warming.   The winter season is barely noticeable, at least to someone raised in MN.

We have really enjoy all the people who have visited us and hope you keep coming.  After 16 years we said goodbye to our little cat Tanya.   Smoky and Sabrina keep us entertained, when they aren’t sick. We have had so much fun on long and short vacations exploring this part of the country and have several more trips in the planning.  Our trip to Alaska last summer was a dream come true.

Looking forward we want to continue to be active volunteers  in our community, improve our woodworking and other artistic skills, travel and have fun with our new friends.  Hopefully we can play host and hostess to out of town visitors.

Time flies when you are having fun.

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I’ve been talking about how delicious the SC peaches are.   Just read this info in a local magazine.  South Carolina will produce 90,000 tons of peaches.   Georgia, the peach state,  40,000 and California 815,000 tons.   That’s a lot of peaches.

SC is excited that an agreement signed earlier this year by the US and Mexican governments will now alow SC peaches to be sold in Mexican stores.  This deal has been in negotiations for years.  Mexico had concerns about invasive pests from the Southeast.