Shrimp and grits at Liberty, Tom Yum Gai at Thaicoon, potato pancakes a la Rob and catching up with friends (team Rob!) in S. Carolina

11 Jul

This past weekend I was catching up with my friend Rob and his family in Greenville, SC. They put me and Dad up (or put up with us?) in their beautiful home. This was the view from my room (Rob’s room).

I love the french doors and the view of the footpath outside. They really could turn this place into a B & B.

By the way, in case anyone didn’t know…Rob is the grillmaster.

On Saturday night we grilled garlic and olive oil marinated rib-eye steaks, portobello mushrooms and asparagus.Rob also had the idea of making his version of potato pancakes, which includes those ore-ida hash browns, (that look like the ones you get at McDonalds), smoked salmon, topped with sour cream and garnished with capers and a rosemary sprig. I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of these. But you must make them. Potato pancakes a la Rob.

We also made a caprese salad with buffalo milk mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, with a drizzle of olive oil. This is always a crowd pleaser. Then we swam (or floated that is, after all of that food), enjoying the night air and good company.

This is a picture we took of Rob’s Mom Pam, then me, my Dad and Rob in downtown Greenville, on Saturday. This was after our lunch at Liberty Tap Room, where we enjoyed shrimp and grits.

They have 7 entrees for 7 dollars until 3:00 pm, which seems like a very good deal. The shrimp and  grits come topped with a red pepper sauce that has green peppers in it and andouille sausage. Yum yum.

http://www.libertytaproom.com/

After lunch we also went to a nearby park called Falls Park, which is just beautiful. Very green, with a neat suspension bridge (Dad and Rob). It looks like a great place to spend the day playing frisbee, with a picknic.

http://www.fallspark.com/

On Sunday afternoon Kellee’s mother-in-law hosted us for a homemade lunch of baked ziti and an enormous bowl of romaine lettuce with homegrown tomatoes and a relish tray. I loaded up on the salad, it was so tasty. Here are some of the goodies from her garden that she sent us home with.

I have to ask Rob what he ended up making with all of this. A stir fry…perhaps?

On Sunday night the kids (we are in our 40’s now) escaped for a dinner at Thaicoon. Here you can see Rob and I sipping on our respective spicy soups.

http://www.thaicoon.net/

We also enjoyed spicy noodles with beef and chicken, an appetizer platter with chicken satay, chicken wings and spring rolls. Kellee departed from the Thai theme and ordered a sushi roll that looked tasty, and we all drank Thai tea. Rob finished with a monkey’s nut (this is a drink, people…with hazelnut syrup and coffee).

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