Lots to tell, so I think I'll just dive right in!
We started out meeting and greeting over lunch at Relish. My personal favorite was the Pimento Cheese Fritters with Hot Pepper Jelly!! However, the Spinach Salad, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Fried Blackeyed Peas, and Crab Sandwich were all very tasty! Oh, I almost forgot, the desserts begin with Krispy Kreme bread pudding topped with Espresso whipped cream...now that is going to be hard to beat. Keep in mind, we are all trying to pace ourselves for the sweets to come!
First stop after lunch was All Y'alls Wine and Gourmet, Relish's sister store located in the same building. Here we were told all about their gourmet foods and spirits. Then, we were offered samples of a dessert wine and non-alcoholic Cucumber Lemondade. Whoever thought of adding cucumber to lemonade discovered a fresh, refreshing delight!
Next Stop, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Shop, where enjoying life and doing good for others walk hand in hand. This coffee company was started in order to allow the coffee growers of Rwanda to receive above fair trade prices for their hard earned coffee crops. To know that you can come, do what you already do... that is, sit back, relax and enjoy your coffee...and support others who are across the world is truly amazing! Not to mention, the coffee was DELICIOUS...and this coming from an avid, Bold Coffee Connoisseur!! If your not a coffee drinker, don't fret, you can still "do good" and support them, by ordering some of their non-coffee beverages.
On to Cuzi Fresh Cafe! This place has more to offer than just dessert. They offer a variety of fresh, healthy options, such as soups, salads and sandwiches...all with a great relaxing atmosphere, which also includes Wi-Fi. We sampled a collection of desserts, including bread pudding, cannellonis, chocolate stuffed pastries, and more!! This place has so much to offer, you won't know where to start! We are starting to fill full now, but we have MUCH more to go, we are barely half way finished.
My most highly anticipated stop, Kozmo's Gastropub, is next...and does not disappoint! If you visit their website, you will see why I am so excited to try this place for the first time. This place looks like it will be right up my self-proclaimed "foodie" allie! When we arrive, the bar is set up with glasses that we later discover will become white chocolate raspberry martinis. The dessert table is already beautiful, and the Picturesque desserts are just arriving. I can't even name all the desserts, I was to taken aback by their beauty, but I will do my best to at least give you a general idea. We had Jack Daniels Mouse (in shot glasses, of course), Pineapple Dessert Spoons, what I like to call (but I know they called it something else) Egg Custard with Toasted Meringue on top (probably my favorite), Creme Brulee, Flourless Chocolate cake with Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookies...I know there was probably more because they just kept bringing it out!! We felt like treasured guests...who left dragging ourselves to the bus discussing how we did not want to SEE a bathing suit for a VERY long time!! (and we sure wouldn't mind a savory treat right about now.)