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Grandmom’s 88th!

We visited my grandma to celebrate her 88th birthday. Whoa man, 88 is pretty damn old! A variety of korean foods in fancy aluminum pans. I forget where my mom picked this food up from, but it was actually pretty damn good. Later that night, we trekked to my aunt’s house for some more food. She had these freakishly ginormous shrimp. She didn’t realize that she didn’t have any normal tempura batter, so she ended up having to use this spicy chicken batter. These were so big she could only fry up a few at a time. There’s my hand for scale. They really were pretty much as big as my hand. I don’t have the biggest hands, but they’re quite normal sized. These shrimp were huge. The chicken batter ended up being fine. It’s hard to screw up fat giant shrimp being fried in a hot vat of grease. We would be terrible koreans if we didn’t bbq some meat. We would have grilled outside but it was storming something terrible, so we had to resort to using an indoor grill. In addition to meat and shrimp, we also had some spicy fish soup.

Barn Wedding Reception

After showing up late for the ceremony (damn you google maps, you failed me again!) we headed out to the reception in style. There was a shuttle bus from the hotel to the reception, and when I say bus, I mean bus! As in big ass greyhound type bus. It was pimpin, and stylin indeed.
So the reception was in a barn. Say what? Yes, a barn. I kid you not. But it was free of hay and animals and the stench that goes along with it. Instead, it was cozy, adorable, and lovely. A reception like no other, and that’s a very good thing.
There was a little band from new orleans which was just perfect for this type of setting. Four instrumentalists and a singer. I absolutely loved it.
The little takeaway gifts were jams! Yes! Jams! As you can already see, this is my type of wedding reception!
Even some of the centerpieces were food based. Seriously, my kind of reception, y’know?
There was a little outdoor tent setup in front of the barn, and the open bar was there (thanks uncle p!), and a few appetizer stations. The first was a nacho bar. I’ve never imagined a wedding reception with a nacho bar. But now that I’ve seen it, I think everyone should have one. These were homemade flour tortilla chips. There was chili, and melted cheese, and guacamole, and pico de gallo… it was perfect.
There was also a little setup of pot stickers and california rolls. The california rolls were excellent. The pot stickers had been pan fried who knows how long ago, so they were a bit cold and soggy. I’m sure if they were freshly fried, they would have been little pockets of heaven.
There were also some servers going around with hors d’oeuvres. These were little potato cakes with ketchup relish. Eh, I wasn’t impressed. The sauce was sweet and odd, and so were the cakes. I also saw some fruit skewers and soms type of artichoke things going around.
Bacon wrapped scallops. Put two of my favorite things together and it’s a perfect little snack.
On to the dinner! Once they were ready for dinner, we started with a lovely summer salad. Spinach with roasted pear, berries, dried currants, preserved grapes with a carmelized onion type dressing. It was a perfect salad. And it came with the cutest little whole wheat biscuit.
The entrees were served buffet style. I love buffets because I can try whatever I want, and it’s just less stuffy. Ribs! Wahoo! Beef ribs with bbq sauce, and they had a silky peach bbq sauce to go along with this. Also, short ribs. Which actually ended up being better than the ribs because there were no bones and you could just revel in all the meatiness. And mac and cheese. Again, another dish I would not imagine at any wedding reception, but something that everyone should consider!
Crab quesadillas with pico de gallo. These little suckers were good, and filled with real crabmeat. I didn’t try the chicken, but I bet it was good!
Last but not least was a grilled veggie salad. I love veggies like this. Just grilled with some olive oil and herbs, these are my favorite ways to eat veggies. Squash, zucchini, bell peppers, fingerling potatoes in red and purple, all cooked just enough to retain their bite.
The bride and groom got a little mini cake for their traditional cake feeding thing. It was a chocolate cake. They seemed to like it enough. But the rest of us did not get to partake in the cake. I did not mind this at all.
Instead, we got apple pie! You’re looking at a girl who loves herself some pie, so getting apple pie instead of boring wedding cake was a pleasant surprise.
Apple pie a la mode with caramel sauce. This beats cake any day of the week. What a truly unique and different reception. I loved everything about it. With the two weddings I’ve been to this year, they both had incredibly different receptions from the norm. And I’m thankful that they were unique and memorable.

Carolina Style BBQ

On my second day, my hosts wanted to go out to eat. They of course asked what I would want to eat. And I said I wanted something quintessentially Winston-Salem. So after much talk, it was decided on bbq. For those of you who like bbq and know of it, there are many different kinds, along with much debate about what is best. To me, it’s a matter of personal preference. I just like it all. I’ve lived in Texas so I know texas style, I’ve been to Kansas City, so I know that too. There’s also Memphis style, and of course there’s North Carolina style. They’re all different, but all good in their own different ways.

We ended up at the Pig N Out, which is a fairly new place. It had been a different bbq joint before that. As to not freak out my dining companions with my photo taking, I did not take any. So apologies for the lack of visual proof. When you’re in NC, it’s all about chopped and pulled meats. They’re not really into the ribs or the briskets and what not. It’s all about pork, and it’s about chopping it up or pulling it to bits. I’m not typically into that kind of stuff, so I got a sliced sandwich. I expected it to be like brisket, but it’s actually much more just like roast pork slices. There’s no crust on it, there’s no ring of smoke, it just looks like roast pork slices. And the bbq sauces here are the vinegar kind.

But what they do put on their sandwiches is slaw. Not cole slaw mind you, of the white variety. This is north carolina bbq slaw. It’s ketchup or bbq sauce based. And I’m in LOVE with it. Now I’m a fan of cole slaw in general, so I knew I would like it. But this is so much better than the white slaw! It’s much zestier. And it tastes amazing on a sandwich. That extra crunch and zing of flavor add to the meat. Holy moly. I am a newly crowned bbq slaw nut. And it’s also hush puppy country down here. But they aren’t the round ones. These look like little strips / squirts. To me, they looked like fried clam strips! But no, they’re hush puppies.

This place is absolutely no frills. You order your food and you sit yourself down with your tray. In fact, it kind of looks like it used to be a really old wendy’s or another fast food joint in a previous incarnation. They have sweet tea here too, along with banana pudding. It’s definitely the South!

Pig N Out
5954 University Pkwy
Winston Salem, NC 27105

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