Charlotte Restaurants: Healthy, Casual, Lunch, Juice Bars, Caterer

I haven’t had time to post many new recipes lately, but I am providing more restaurant reviews and ideas around Charlotte!  All opinions are my own, and nothing is sponsored.  Because I record almost everything I eat, including when we go to restaurants, I want to share my eating-out recommendations.  I posted some fancier, foodie options last week.  Today, however, I am switching gears and giving a list of healthy, casual places.  And I am also including a catering company that I have worked with and personally recommend.

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Luna’s Living Kitchen.  Todd took me here for my birthday lunch last year.  It is plant-based, organic, local, mostly raw food in a bright and pretty setting.  The atmosphere and food were both great.  I had an almond milk chai latte that was really really tasty.  It has been awhile since eating there, and I’m ready to go back soon!

best restaurants in Charlotte; Luna's Living Kitchen

Juice Bar.  Charlotte has 2 locations, one on Providence and one in Park Rd shopping center.  I have personally only been to the one on Park Rd, but I am sure they are both equally great!  I am a healthy eater, but for some reason I was scared to try fresh green juice.  But now I wish I had tried it sooner!  And I especially wish one of those locations was right down the street from my house!  I have had the Sweet Greens, the Orange You Glad, and the Sniffle Stopper shot – all fantastic. They also offer spring rolls, salads, smoothies, and other snacks.

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Juice Bar; Orange You Glad

Viva Chicken.  Unfortunately I always forget to snap a picture when we eat Viva Chicken!  We all love this restaurant, which is a huge bonus as a parent.  We typically order the Peruvian rotisserie chicken with sides (their green beans are my favorite) and get plenty of the dipping sauces.  If you only need one reason to try this place, let that reason be the sauces!  We also love the Quinoa Stuffed Avocado.  And most recently we tried their salads.  The Andina Quinoa Salad was amazing.  The Herbal Limeade was another hit – it is fresh and has lime, mint, rosemary, and basil!

Chop’t.  Todd and I ate lunch at Chop’t in New York when we were there a couple of years ago.  One just recently opened very close to our house and we couldn’t wait to go!  On a recent day when we were having a bunch of work done on our house, and Davis was in school, we took a little salad lunch break to get away from the chaos.  We were very impressed by the service and the food.  I love their salad concept – they toss all of the ingredients together, then chop them up as finely as you prefer.  Everything is evenly mixed and you don’t have huge pieces of lettuce hanging from your fork!  Todd tried one of their Hot-Top Salads, the Braised Greek (spicy Greek chicken and quinoa, millet, lentils; served hot over feta, olives, pita chips, kale, spinach, and cabbage). I made my own salad and included kale/leafy greens/cabbage mix, broccoli, tomato, cucumber, dried cranberries, blue cheese, chicken, and some kind of nuts.  So good!  Oh, and don’t forget to check out their creative wallpaper!

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Reid’s.  Changing gears a bit and discussing a wonderful catering option in Charlotte!  Reid’s Fine Foods has been around Charlotte for years, but they have expanded their brand.  I have worked with their catering division on two events recently, and I was very pleased both times!  The food, service, and presentation were all wonderful.  I wanted to post it here in case anyone needs a suggestion for an upcoming event, work function, or wedding.  If you’d like my contact person, I will be happy to share!  Here are a couple of the photos of food they did for the recent CURATEclt gathering.

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Reid's Fine Foods Catering in Charlotte, NCReid's Fine Foods Catering in Charlotte, NC

Friday Favorites

Working for the weekend – and it’s finally here!  Todd has been traveling the entire week, and we have missed him like crazy.

Today I am linking up with April, Natasha, and Christina; Karli; Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Five on Friday, Oh Hey Friday!, and Friday Favorites.  I am also linking up with the group from High Five for Friday, Bright on a Budget!

ONE: Peonies! Always a favorite.  My sweet husband gave me a beautiful bouquet including some for Mother’s Day, my mother-in-law brought me a mason jar of them from her yard (they smell amazing!) and my mom’s gift to me for Mother’s Day is to help me plant a peony garden in my yard!  Good things.  And I feel so loved by those 3 people.

peonies flowers from the garden

The now-everywhere OPI polish on my nails (loveitsomuch!)


TWO: Sneak peek for next week!  I am working on a collaboration with Pink Blush Maternity, with a giveaway…coming soon!!  If you are expecting, stay tuned for that, plus 3 other looks and outfit ideas.  Photo credit goes to Andi Perullo.

headshot in Pink Blush Maternity

THREE: Roasted Carrot Hummus.  If you are eating paleo or Whole 30, or avoiding legumes in general, I want to share this wonderful diet-friendly hummus with you!  It is made with a base of roasted carrots and roasted cauliflower, rather than chickpeas.  I added extra lemon juice, a little extra cauliflower, and some extra of the seasonings. The 3 of us really enjoyed this, and it was a great way to add more vegetable servings to Davis’ meals. We served ours with paleo BLT wraps and veggies.

paleo hummus recipeCarrot hummus recipe; paleo hummus recipe

FOUR: Some outfit details.  This light wash chambray shirt dress from Old Navy is a current favorite.  And on sale!  I wore it on Mother’s Day and I’m wearing it again today. I bought a size up to fit my bump, but it would be super cute in your normal size if you’re able to wear regular clothes.  The t-shirt in the casual outfit below is from Asos, and it is maternity.  I wore it two full days in a row this week!  I am also loving this nail polish on my toes (a really pretty dark green), and this watch from my boys for Mother’s Day!


maternity t-shirt from asos

simple details

This watch has rose gold, which makes it so pretty and feminine.  And the bracelet from Etsy is one I’ve had since the month my son was born.  I wear it daily. It says DAVIS with his birthday.   I hope to add another when baby #2 comes!

FIVE: If you missed it earlier this week, I posted a Charlotte Restaurant Review.  The list includes some awesome restaurants in and around our city that are perfect for date nights and foodies! I will have another post with some more casual spots next week.

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Friday Favorites

It was another doozy of a week.  But we are trying to shift our perspective and not dwell on the negative.  Anyway, I am grateful for another weekend with my family!  We have landscaping projects on the to-do list, and I am honestly looking forward to them!  I’m also helping my cousin get ready for her senior prom!

Today I am linking up with April, Natasha, and Christina; Karli; Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Five on Friday, Oh Hey Friday!, and Friday Favorites.  I am also linking up with the group from High Five for Friday.  Thank you for inviting me, Bright on a Budget!

ONE: If you are attempting to eat fewer grains, have to eat gluten free, paleo, or lactose free, really, I highly recommend this book by Danielle Walker.  I think I have mentioned it on here before, but I have pulled it back out recently.  I have a blog post planned with some of the recipes I have tried recently. Our internet cable was cut this week, so I’m a bit behind on blogging. I should be able to post that this weekend.

I wanted to share the link to the book today.  She also has some other cookbooks and a great blog!  Danielle changed her eating habits years ago because of an autoimmune disease and her life changed for the better.  Her full health story and transformation can be found on her blog in the FAQs section.

Against All Grain, by Danielle Walker

TWO: I am starting to gather some ideas and pieces for our nursery.  We will find out if we are decorating for a boy or girl soon, but I want the room to be relatively neutral either way.  I love this crib skirt (not the sheets) from Pottery Barn Kids!  And this rams head from etsy?  So adorable – especially because we are UNC alumni!  I originally saw it on Merrick White’s instagram.

neutral tassel crib skirt

upholstered rams head for children's room wall; etsy

I also have a Pinterest board with ideas for the new baby’s room.

THREE: Because of a change of plans, Todd and I were able to get away for a dinner date last night.  After a stressful week, it was needed! We tried CO (Vietnamese noodles and sushi) and we loved it!  I would highly recommend going.  They also have a separate gluten free menu with plenty of options!  I had shrimp spring rolls and beef pho.  Todd had steamed buns with pork belly and a ramen bowl.

CO Charlotte Noodles and SushiCO Charlotte noodles and Sushi restaurant

FOUR: These nail colors are on my wish list: Essie Off Tropic; Essie Hubby for Dessert; OPI Let’s Be Friends.  I searched for the OPI color last night, but I couldn’t find it.  I think it is one my cousin has used and I loved it, and I’ve also seen it several places on instagram. Ordering that one soon!  And I did purchase Off Tropic…I think it will be great for summer pedicures.  I included a picture of Hubby for Dessert that I found on Pinterest.  You can never have too many neutral nail polishes, right?

Essie Off Tropic spring 2016 nails

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FIVE: [excuse the language] This quote by Elizabeth Gilbert really motivates me and reminds me of some of the incredible women in my life who I admire.

One reason I love social media is because it is an avenue to see so many women doing amazing things – whether they are stay at home moms, moms with careers outside of the home, creative leaders, teachers, examples of health and fitness, women battling infertility and other health issues, women with children who have sicknesses or disabilities, Christian writers, and just women handling everyday problems with grace – there are numerous instagram accounts and blogs with women I admire.  They are handling problems when things go wrong, and overcoming daily obstacles.  I want to be more like this.  These words were exactly the reminder I needed this week.

Elizabeth Gilbert quote


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