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Charlotte Queen’s Feast : Summer 2017 July 18, 2017

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If you’re anything like us, you love a good meal, but you also love a good bargain! Hence why we are so excited that it’s time for Charlotte’s summer Queen’s Feast! From July 21st through July 30th, a number of Charlotte restaurants are offering amazing prix fix dinner menus for $30 or $35 per person – a steal!

While we can’t claim to have tried every restaurant on the list (although, that would be our lifelong goal), a few restaurants on the list have peaked our interest as “must try” during this summer’s restaurant week. We’ve compiled our list below, but we are certain all participating restaurants will offer an incredible dining experience. (FYI – here’s the full list).

  • The Pump House : We recently dined at The Pump House for the first time after hearing so many rave reviews. Located in Rock Hill, The Pump House sits on the Catawba River, and the views truly cannot be beat. The dining experience is one-of-a-kind. Here, we want a traditional southern meal to accompany the stunning views of this southern state. We’d start, of course, with the Fried Green Tomatoes and pair it with an entrée of Shrimp & Anson Mills Grits, but anything you eat will be divine. For dessert, it’s a toss-up between the Cheerwine Chocolate Cake and the House-Made Peach Ice Cream. Can you think of a more “Carolina” meal?! ($30/person)

 

  • 300 East : 300 East is one of our favorite Charlotte restaurants. From a delicious Sunday brunch to amazing daily drink specials, this place never disappoints. We are big proponents of dining at restaurants that offer an adult beverage, here a glass of wine, in their Restaurant Week special too. Our ideal dinner experience based on their Queen’s Feast menu? Start with a glass of Double Decker Pinot Grigio and their delicious Baked Marinated Vermont Goat Cheese followed by an entrée of Bronzed Sesame Salmon or Sweet Potato Ravioli. End on a sweet note with their NC Peach & Buttermilk Panna Cotta. Hello, perfect summer meal! ($35/person)

 

  • Napa on Providence : Napa on Providence is not only aesthetically pleasing, but their food is always incredible. Their restaurant week menu is robust, so it makes it hard to choose just one item per course (perhaps you and a friend can split meals!). If we had to choose, though, we would start with the Shrimp and Lemon Gnocchi, which sounds perfectly refreshing. To indulge in a bit of “surf and turf,” our entrée of choice would have to be the Grilled Hanger Steak, which includes a side of roasted okra (yes please!). We’d end our meal the same way it began, with a touch of citrus, and choose the Meyer Lemon Meringue Cheesecake for dessert – nothing better! ($35/person)

 

  • O-Ku Sushi : If you’re a sushi lover, you’ve got to try out one of Charlotte’s newest sushi spots, O-Ku. Located in Atherton Mills, this place is always buzzing with activity, and has been buzzing with rave reviews! We are partial to Edamame, so of course we would have to choose that as our app. For our second course, the South End Shrimp with chili paste, tomato confit, and crushed peanuts is speaking our food love language. Of course, because we are here for sushi, our final course would be a choice of two sushi rolls. That’s right, two! Our sushi-loving hearts are swooning over this deal. ($35/person)

 

  • Paco’s Tacos & Tequila : Ok, so we admit this isn’t a traditional restaurant week pick because it’s invariably not much of a splurge meal, but hear us out. Mexican food ranks high on our list, and as we said, we can’t pass up a restaurant week deal that includes an adult beverage alongside tons of food (at Paco’s Tacos, this means four courses!). So, in addition to a house margarita, your first course is your choice between amazing guacamole and chili con queso, an admittedly tough choice. Next, you’ll have to choose between Paco’s delicious chopped salad or chicken tortilla soup. Because it’s 90+ degrees lately, we’re opting for the salad. For our main course, we have to go with the 3 Taco Plate. Not only do we love tacos, but it’s a fun way to try a variety of menu items. To stick to the Mexican cuisine, the tres leches cake is a no brainer for dessert. We cannot wait to indulge here! ($30/person)

Wherever you choose to dine, do not miss out on Queen’s Feast – there’s truly no better deal in town! Enjoy!

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Summer To Do List : Pops in the Park May 15, 2017

Somehow, we are halfway through the month of May, and inching closer to summer with each passing day. Time truly flies when you’re having fun in Charlotte!

We thought today would be a great day to tell you all about one of our favorite early summer events here in town – Summer Pops in the Park!

Every Sunday in the month of June, as well as Saturday, July 1st, the Charlotte Symphony hosts their annual summer series, and it is not to be missed! Located at the Symphony Park at Southpark, this family friendly event is the perfect end to your summer weekends.

What makes these events so fun is the fact that you, alongside your family and friends, are able to pack up a picnic basket, a blanket and some low-sitting lawn chairs, to bring with you! Enjoy your packed dinner, or a nosh from the variety of food truck vendors, and feel free to BYOB (but, please drink responsibly and do NOT drink and drive). What’s more fun than a picnic and live music?!

Tickets are available for sale at each show until 9pm, but it is recommended that you purchase them in advance online. Tickets can be purchased either in a package, or for individual shows. Each show has a different theme, so if you can make all five, we more than encourage you to attend them all! The July 1st concert is a Salute to America in honor of the Fourth of July, and will end with a bang (literally!) with an incredible fireworks finale!

Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity to sit alongside your fellow Charlotte friends and neighbors to enjoy an enriching night made possible by talented artists from our very own community. Each Sunday is special and oh so enjoyable, and it is truly a summer bucket list item not to be missed here in the Queen City!

Enjoy!

 

Egg-citing Easter 2017 March 31, 2017

If you’re like us, you can’t believe that April is just a few short hours away – it’s remarkable how these first months of 2017 have flown by!

We are excited, though, for what that means for all of us in Charlotte. We’ve welcomed back spring, and nights where the sun doesn’t set until after 7:00pm. Mother Nature (fingers crossed!) appears to have officially ditched winter, and we are enjoying days filled with sunshine and warmth.

Also rapidly approaching is the Easter holiday! We at Bon Maison love all things that come with this season – from pastel décor to devouring tons of sweet candy to spending time with family and friends. We want you to enjoy your Easter season just as much, so below we’ve compiled a list of fun Easter events around Charlotte this season. So break out your bonnets, and get ready to enjoy!

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  • Easter Eggstravaganza 2017 at Lazy 5 Ranch : With Easter Egg Hunts on both April 8th and April 15th, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the fun at Lazy 5 Ranch! If you’ve never been, it’s a must to see all of the animals up close and personal! The Easter Egg Hunts are broken out by agre group to keep things fair and fun for all, and there are tons of other activities, including a scavenger hunt, coloring contest and playtime with live bunnies! Food and drinks are available as well, but be sure to have cash as cards are not accepted.
  • Visit with the Easter Bunny at Stonecrest : If your kiddos want some face-to-face time with the bunny himself, hop on over to Stonecrest Shopping Center on April 8th. Not only will you be able to take some great pictures, but there will be crafts, cookies and punch for all to enjoy!
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Nascar Speedpark : For the adventurous at heart, take a trip up to the Nascar Speedpark at Concord Mills on April 8th to enjoy a free Easter Egg Hunt! There will be thousands of hidden eggs to find, and candy, toys and additional prizes to be won. Fun for the whole family, and can be followed up with shopping at the outlets!
  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Historic Rosedale Plantation : On April 8th from 10am – 1pm, the Rosedale Plantation will be hosting 3 separate Easter Egg Hunts! You’ll be apple to explore the beautiful gardens while your kids hunt for eggs filled with treats and educational prizes. Be sure to bring your baskets!
  • Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Ray’s Splash Planet : We are officially deeming this the most unique of the Egg Hunts for the year! Put on your suit, grab your bucket and strap on your googles for this water-filled hunt! $5 per person (up to age 12) includes event entry, swimming and egg hunt! The event is taking place on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30pm, and is sure to be the best kickoff to your Easter weekend!
  • Hodges Family Farm Second Annual Spring Fling : With events on both Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th, this flexible schedule will hopefully allow everyone to join in on the fun! With a number of Easter Egg hunts for every age group, your kids are sure to have a blast and even hunt for a special gold or silver egg! In addition to the $5 Easter Egg Hunt, there will be Hay Rides, Yard Games, a Scavenger Hunt and farm animals to enjoy!
  • Easter Hoppenings at Phillips Place : For fun on April 15th, be sure to head over to Phillips Place where the Easter Bunny, a balloon artist and face paint await! The day is fun for the whole family and will provide a full afternoon of fun from 1pm – 3pm.

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No matter what you choose to do, we wish you a Hoppy Easter!

 

17 Must Do’s for Charlotteans in 2017 January 2, 2017

1. Bike, walk or run on the Sugar Creek Greenway : Start at the Metropolitan and make your way down to Freedom Park. Take advantage of Charlotte’s bike sharing program, too. The bikes have a large basket, perfect to fit an afternoon picnic!

2.Take a trip to the Carolinas Aviation Museum : Check out the wide array of planes and choppers, equipment and gadgets. Most notably, you’ll be able to see US Airways Flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane flown by Captain Sully Sullenberg .

3. Explore nature at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden : Visit the local gardens at Daniel Stowe, and check out year-round beauty! With 380 acres of beautiful plants and land, HGTV has named this local spot one of the US’s “20 Great Gardens!”

4. Have an Olympic experience at the U.S. National Whitewater Center : Whether you like rafting, paddle boarding, ziplining, walking trails or listening to live music, the USNWC has it all! Visit any time of the year for a fabulous, fun experience!

5. Brush up on history at the Levine Museum of the New South : Learn about the South’s rich, diverse history from the Civil War through today at this incredible Uptown Charlotte museum. Take the family for a full educational, interactive experience!

6. Hike your way up Crowder’s Mountain : Just about an hour outside of Charlotte, Crowder’s Mountain State Park offers incredible hiking and spectacular views of the Queen City. With varying difficulties and mileage, Crowder’s Mountain has trails for all!

7. Wind your way through Charlotte on a Brewery Tour : Charlotte’s brewery scene is booming, and there is no time like the present to check it out! From Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to Birdsong to Legion, and all those in between, Charlotte has a beer for anyone (over 21!). Just be sure to download the Uber app before heading out!

8. Shop and eat local at 7th Street Public Market : Explore the 7th Street Market to find a variety of local artisans, farmers and craftsmen selling delicious, affordable food every day of the week! Shop local, support local!

9. Take in the 21st Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade : Marching through the streets of Uptown, enjoy the Charlotte St. Patty’s Day parade whether you’re Irish or not! Enjoy native dancing, loads of street vendors and copious amounts of green beer! Don’t forget to bring the kids (and dogs!) as they are activities for all!

10. Test your driving skills at the NASCAR Hall of Fame : Charlotte is the proud home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, open since Spring of 2010, and filled with 150,000 square feet of NASCAR memorabilia and facts. From exhibits honoring the greats in the sport, to becoming a great yourself in the simulator, the Hall of Fame has something for everyone!

11. Check out the Charlotte Symphony at Summer Pops in the Park : Every Sunday in June, plus near the Fourth of July, the Charlotte Symphony rocks out at Symphony Park at Southpark! Grab a picnic basket and some friends (and a bottle of wine!), and post up to listen to the beautiful tunes of local artists!

12. Dine out during Charlotte Restaurant Week : Participate in Charlotte’s biannual restaurant week, Queen’s Fest! In January and July, participating restaurants come together and allow diners to enjoy a three course meal experience for just $30 – $35 each. A great opportunity to indulge in fine dining, without breaking the bank!

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13. Cheer on our local teams – PanthersPanthers, Hornets, Knights, Checkers & Hounds! : Charlotte’s sport scene is incredible, and we are the proud home of NFL & NBA teams, as well as minor league baseball & hockey, and professional lacrosse! Share your Charlotte pride by rooting on the athletes who call the Queen City home!

14. Visit nearby Lakes Wylie & Norman : Few cities can say they are nestled right between two beautiful lakes, but Charlotte can! Whether you head south to Lake Wylie or north to Lake Norman, take a visit and enjoy the serenity of these beautiful waters!

15. Shop till you drop – and save – at the local outlet malls, Concord Mills & Charlotte Premium Outlets : Who doesn’t love a good shopping trip? And, who doesn’t love to save a pretty penny? Whether you’re off to Concord Mills or the Charlotte Premium Outlets, savor (and save!) in your shopping adventures at a multitude of fabulous stores.

16. Visit the Southern Shows  of Charlotte – the Southern Home & Garden Show, Southern Women’s Show, Southern Christmas Show, etc. : Charlotte is lucky enough to each year host a variety of “Southern Shows.”  From the Southern Home & Garden Show to begin the year in February, and the Southern Christmas Show to close the year in November, find an abundance of treasures and handmade treats from a host of unique vendors!

17. Fill your belly at Food Truck Friday : Food trucks have become a hot trend as of late, and Charlotte proudly hosts a weekly food truck festival in Plaza Midwood. Enjoy inspired, local eats in a fun, social setting!

Whatever you take part in this year, we hope you enjoy a 2017 filled with happiness and joy!