Best panini ever…at 2,400 feet elevation…

Last week was one of those weeks which my head was spinning out of control and I was feeling like a whirling dervish…not a meditating one though. Out of town days during the week make me feel this way, when I have hard time getting the house in order afterwards…I feel definitely like a falling leaf…”Just pleeassee let me drop in this bed and let me lay there until I melt into the bed!”.

I did not get to melt into the bed though…The weekend was packed  and out of town as well… I go to a Spanish class on Saturdays – the only Saturday class I could find around here –  and I have to drive for fourty five minutes to get to the class, so you can call that an out-of-town trip!  We also had a full Sunday in Black Mountain planned visiting my sister-in-law. So no need to say I did not plan to cook anything last week. We survived with the freezer contents and the only thing I bake was treats for the doggy (Another story for later!).

Black Mountain trip was a special treat for us because we got to feel what might be the last days of a lazy fall afternoon and we got to see all nephews and nieces together. Four of them at ages 4, 3, 2, and 1! It is always fun, loud, full of laughs when one of the kids says something unexpected… like the almost 3 year old Jackson was frustrated with his 1-year old brother, Parker (poor guy, whatever he does, he can never get on Jackson’s good side!), stopped him with a hand gesture and told him “Hush! YOU know better, Parker!!”… No, he does not, Jackson! Because he is only one and copying everything you do! :)

On Sunday, we had brunch at a restaurant called Oak House Food&Friends on a side street in Black Mountain. It was in a small house, very cute, with only one and a half page brunch and lunch menu! And I had one of the most filling, interesting paninis  I have ever had…and I wanted to tell everyone about it.

If you ever go to that small place, order the Brie Delight Panini.. Roasted sweet potatoes, zucchini, arugula, caramelized onions and brie pressed in a (I think) sourdough bread… along with their Dynamite coffee.. It was delicious…made me happy…put smiles on my faces…tickled my tummy… Not sure if it was because I was already hungry and cold, or tired after driving two and a half hours…or enjoyed the conversation and forgot what I was eating…but that duo hit the spot!!! Jay had the Breakfast Veggie Casserole and as far as I could tell, he was a happy camper too!

On the way home, I bought some sweet potatoes. I will get some brie as well later this week and try to re-create it. Too bad I did not think about buying a bag of their coffee!

Days like this, good weather, good food, with the family around a table, tell us actually what the life is all about! I am so glad the holiday season will be here soon, so we all get to see each other more, I will get to spend more time with Isabella, Olivia, Jackson and Parker… Even if it means listening to Jackson play his drum set, I am up for it! :)


  1. by Jennifer McAliley
    5:42 am
    Nov 2, 2010

    What a wonderful weekend in Black Mt!! The Oak Leaf was fantastic. I also will try to recreate the dish I had. Southwestern breakfast casserole! Yum! Oh, and you can come listen to J play the drums anytime you want! Or, we can send him and his drums to your house!

  2. by Meg (The Red Spoon)
    7:38 am
    Nov 3, 2010

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend! The panini sounds great! I have a panini press somewhere that is collecting dust….I’ll have to pull it out again and try that sandwich!

  3. by Peggy
    4:55 am
    Nov 4, 2010

    Your weekend sounds fabulous! It’s always nice to get away sometimes, and I’m with you, I hate coming home and seeing the house in disarray, but it’s hard to kick back into gear, even after a short vacation!

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