This weekend Adam and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary! Can’t believe it’s been that long since our wedding- it kinda feels like it was yesterday and kinda feels like it was already 5 years ago. It was such a special day, I wish I could go back and re-live it, now that I’m not wrapped up in the details of actually being in the wedding. As much as I tried to be present that day and enjoy the moments, it was a whirlwind! Now I know why every single married person says that your actual day flies by🙂
*Some of my favorites of the two of us from our wedding*
Anywho…while I could look at these pics forever, on to THIS year!
We decided to spend our weekend exploring Durham, since we’re still new to the triangle and we’ve heard some great things about this up-and-coming city. On Saturday morning we drove over to Monuts Donuts, a bakery food cart turned brick-and-mortar shop in downtown. There was a line out the door when we arrived, which was both a good sign and frustrating (because we were so hungry and a fantastic donut smell was wafting outside). Here is my review:
Monuts Donuts – This donut shop makes donuts fresh every hour, so you’re guaranteed yummy, hot donuts whenever you want them. There are yeast and cake donuts (about 4 of each) every day, plus some daily special flavors. They also make bagels on site and you can order them with the normal toppings or with ingredients to make a breakfast sandwich (think eggs, bacon, cheese, etc., plus some fun toppings)- there are special bagel sandwiches everyday too! After deliberating the whole time we were in line, we decided to get 2 donuts each and to split a bagel sandwich. We got the plain glazed, lemon-buttermilk, cocoa cinnamon, and pistachio-nectarine donuts and a bacon, egg, and cheddar sandwich with greens and maple-sriracha spread (which was as amazing as it sounds). Everything was seriously delicious and we will definitely be going back to try their other flavors! The shop space is also adorable- brick walls with quirky art, a mix of tables, and a cute chalkboard sign displaying the day’s treats. I like the display counter too, so you can see what each donut looks like before you order.
After our indulgent breakfast, we drove over to Li Ming Asian Market, a massive global supermarket that we’d been wanting to explore. After our trip to Thailand, we’ve become enamored with Asian ingredients and it was fun to find some of the foods we enjoyed on our trip (like fruits and candies) right here in NC. There was a deli counter that easily had 30 people in line for the dumplings, hot soups, and stir-fries, and we vowed to go back to sample the food soon!
Having too much fun in the candy aisle!
It turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny day, so decided to spend some time outside and drove to the Sarah Duke Gardens on the Duke campus after the market (with a pit-stop at Guglhupf for iced coffee!). The gardens were lovely- much larger than I thought they’d be! Big sprawling lawns that just begged for a picnic or a nap, a few ponds with geese and turtles, and also some winding wooded trails.
One of the many ponds in the garden
Part of the “white garden”
I especially liked the white garden, which was made up of different kinds of plants with white flowers- it seems simple, but I thought it was a neat idea. Maybe the most special part of our time in the gardens, however, was that there was a wedding being set up, and we even got to see the bridal party taking their photos. It was so sweet to see and I got a bit verklempt reflecting that a year ago that day, we were doing the exact same thing!
Just loved the saying on this sundial- perfect for an anniversary, no?
When we finished strolling around the gardens it was time to head to our B&B, The King’s Daughters Inn, which was only about 5 minutes away (good planning on our part😉 ). We booked a single queen room at the King’s Daughters Inn in historic Trinity Park (still needing to be thrifty!). The location was fantastic- sandwiched between the edges of both downtown and Duke. It’s a charming 1920s estate that was converted into a 17 room inn a few years ago and it looks out on a residential street on one side and the park on the other.
Outside the sunporch
Just loved this little gorgeous details in the hallway
Our room was on the small side, but comfortable and not cramped, and we looked right onto the park, which was great. We were one of the only people staying that night, so we got to peek into the other rooms and some are pretty spacious with sitting areas or sunrooms and big bathrooms. There were actually only two minor issues: we were directly above the front-desk, so we could occasionally hear the manager talking/shuffling around and the other is that the bathroom light wasn’t in the bathroom- it was on the wall next to the door, so we kept walking into the bathroom and then having to walk back out to turn on the light. Oh, the joys of retro-fitted old buildings😉
After unpacking and getting settled, we arranged our Afternoon Tea with the front desk. I loved that it was included in the price! We sat in the main sunroom and sipped our teas while deciding what to do with our evening before our late dinner reservation. I do wish the “snacks” that accompanied the tea had been a little better. I was hoping for tea sandwiches & scones (or at least something homemade); instead, we had macaroons, chocolate, and store bought mini chocolate chip muffins. But not bad considering it was included!
drinkin’ my tea all posh-like😉
We’d made late dinner reservations for Mateo bar de Tapas, because we wanted to check out/sample some other restaurants or bars before dinner, and we were trying to figure out where to go when we saw on twitter than Fullsteam Brewery (which we’d wanted to check out anyway) was having a showing of SHARKNADO, so that pretty much made our decision for us!
Fullsteam ahead to great beer!
We headed to Fullsteam Brewery about 30 min before the show to get a good seat, sampled some beers (Adam had the Hula-hoop Rye IPA and I had the Cackalacky– a lighter pale ale brewed with ginger. I liked mine better!). I can’t wait to go back to try their other brews (saw there is a pumpkin ale in the works). We were also getting hungry, so we got some tacos from the food truck out front, Captain Pancho’s Tacos. We got a pollo and a pastor taco and they were so yummy we went back and got two more. Gotta love $2 tacos!
Sharknado! Can you see the shark hat “swimming” by?😉
Then, the real fun began. How to put Sharknado into words? Ridiculous is all I can think of. It was so unbelievably campy which made it a total blast to watch with 100 or so other people- all cheering at every over-the-top shark attack. There was a lot of high fiving. And people in shark hats.
Our evening was really well-timed, because about 10 minutes after the movie ended, we drove over to Mateo bar de Tapas and were sat at our table about 5 minutes early. It was so seamless and easy!
Some of our amazing food at Mateo
Man, oh man, they do food right at Mateo. It was delicious! We ordered just a few items (still satisfied from our tacos!) and again, we will be back for more! We had the datil (bacon-wrapped dates), elote (roasted corn with chili, lime, and queso fresco-so good!), marinated olives, bocadillos (essentially smoked pork sliders), and pan con tomate w/jamon (bread, crushed tomatoes, and thin slices of ham). Adam had a glass of sherry and I had a glass of bluebery-basil sangria (sounds kinda strange, but it was awesome). I’m so glad Adam tried the sherry because Mateo is known for their sherry- they have one of the largest sherry menus in the country! They offer flights so you can sample a few different types, and I would love to try that next time because I enjoyed the sip I had of his. The food was all spectacular, the space was relaxed, dark and romantic and had a gorgeous bar with these awesome glass bottle pendant lights- as we were sipping the ends of our drinks, we were in a total love bubble and it was a perfect way to spend our night.
Snuggling together after our fantastic meal
love the bar!
Then we drove the 5 minutes back to the inn, climbed into the comfy robes, and enjoyed the complementary port and truffles that were left for us with the turn down service.
Comfy robes + port + truffles= awesome way to end an awesome night!
The next morning we ordered breakfast in bed, which was an over-due luxury (none of the hotels on our honeymoon offered it and it is usually so expensive that we never get it!). It arrived promptly when we ordered it and was still warm. I loved the homemade cheddar-pepper biscuits! Before we knew it, it was time to check out and head back home. We picked up a few groceries, prepared our dessert, and headed back out.
Breakfast in bed! Woot🙂
We actually had an event for my school to attend on Sunday afternoon, so we ended up having dinner there and just came home in time to assemble our dessert, old school, southern banana pudding. We popped open the champagne Adam surprised me with, read our wedding vows to each other, and fed each other a bite of banana pudding, just like at our wedding.
a new tradition…next time I’d like to make more than just the whipped cream at home, but it sure was tasty!
I couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary and I can’t wait for many more!❤