Big on the Pig

29 Jul

So, I feel if I eat anymore pig at this point, I am going to explode. But it may just be work it with the good eats I’ve had the past couple of days! Work has been super stressful the last two days, we have had one person out for the past week and a half. On top of that, I rolled into work yesterday and another girl was sick and my manager came right over to my desk when I walked in and told me she was leaving because her mother in law passed away the night before. Oi Vey! It’s like one bad thing keeps happening to our team plus we have some of our highest volumes EVER so it’s a tad frustrating at this point.

Good thing I can now sleep in later, have my morning cup of joe and make breakfast at home instead of scarfing it down at my desk. I present, pig eat #1

Egg, cheese, ham and avocado sandwich on a whole wheat bagel thin. Talk about a filling and somewhat nutritious meal. This kept me full for a while and I am a fan of that

Leftover pad thai from Monday for lunch from Thai Thai. It was actually good this time, much to my surprise. I think it had to do something with the sauce , when I got it on Monday it was super soupy and think it overrode every other flavor.

A peach that did not come from a can…..that was put there by a man….in a factory downtown. Sheesh, I remember seeing Presidents of the USA in concert when I was 16 and now that I think of that, I feel old.

Work dragged on and I felt like it would never end. However, I did get everything done and left in time to meet up with some other ladies at the Cajun Queen, a New Orleans themed restaurant here in Charlotte that I’ve been wanting to check out for a long time!

Blackened Catfish with garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. Go me for keeping it kinda healthy! I was proud of myself for not getting A) Pig or B) a dish with a cream sauce because I love me anything roux. This was good but nothing out of this world. I personally like stuff really spicy and it has a kick but no distinct flavors popped out. One of the other girls, got the Diane Chicken (Mushrooms, garlic, butter, green onions, parsley and Queen’s Magic spices) and it was fabulous, I would try that if I was to go there again.

Pig eat # 2 was this morning

Omelet with cheese, avocado and ham. Another satisfying breakfast……and Chris Cuomo was on GMA this morning!

I don’t know what it is about this man but he just knocks my socks off, rawr

I am not into spiders at all but am really diggin this spider web in front of my place

Catfish with quinoa topped with mushrooms, peppers and zucchini. I am loving the quinoa (so much more than brown rice at least) and can’t wait to make more creations with it!

I was supposed to meet up with one of my girlfriends to go walk our dogs after work but after the day I had, two words came to mind.



I had a Groupon for $30 for Icehouse South End, a relatively new restaurant near home. I’ve heard mixed things about this place off of Yelp but already had $30 worth of food and drinks (yes you could use this Groupon for liquor—score!) so why not try it out?

Carolina Strawberry for only $2? Sign me up. I’ve had the Carolina Blonde before but never this one and was pleasantly surprised. A subtle, refreshing strawberry flavor with it that went down nicely. I guess the fact that it was only $2 helped it go down easily as well.

My friend already ate and as much as I wanted to, we didn’t think we would be able to drink $30 worth of beer because I am not 21 anymore and have this little thing called work in the morning.

Chips and Salsa with queso dip. The queso was out-friggin-standing. I joked around that I wanted to just take my straw and slurp it up (I was joking but 75% serious!)

Pig eat #3

Large pulled pork plate with fries and cole slaw. It was like a little baby pig on a plate—-sorry to any vegetarians but look at the size of it! I got the large plate so we could get up to the $30 mark and so I could have leftovers. I had all of the fries because if I ever have a meal with fries, they are the first thing to go. I can’t start on anything else on my plate until they are gone since i am weird like that. The cole slaw was great—it wasn’t mayo based at all but a vinegar based one which I am a huge fan of. I had a few bites of the pork but boxed pretty much all of it up so I can enjoy this wknd.


Saranac Pomegranate Wheat. I feel like I’ve had my vitamins for the day through my strawberry and pomegranate infused beer-go me! And who doesn’t love a beer that has a bear juggling pomegranates? That right there? Is just fun.

All in all, I really enjoyed this place. The service was good, fairly priced food and I believe they had a beer selection of over 200 beers. Word on the street (ok or their website) is that they have some pretty good drink specials also like $4 Margaritas on Tuesdays, which I would totally check out. More so than $1 Margaritas at San Antonio’s, blech.

I looooooove the view of the Duke building from South End!

On that note, I am outta here—hope everyone had a fabulous thirsty Thursday like I did!

17 Responses to “Big on the Pig”

  1. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) July 30, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    My husband would be all over this post. He loves pork! LOVES IT!

    That Carolina Strawberry looks right up my alley.

    • simplyshaka July 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

      Haha, I used to love pork but I think I am all set for now and may need a little hiatus!

      I am kinda regretting trying to the Strawberry, it has potential to be my new love 🙂

  2. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 30, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    Millions of peaches! Peaches for me! Millions of peaches! Peaches for free! 🙂

    I love love LOVE pulled pork. But is it weird that I love pork/sausage/bacon, but am sooo not down with ham? It’s strange…

    • simplyshaka July 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

      I’ve had that song in my head all day! I usually don’t like ham–only the deli kind. I cannot stand honey baked ham.

  3. dianacheung July 30, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    Pulled pork is AMAZING…like I’m crying thinking about it! GAh, work is so stressful for me as well! Let’s quit work and open a cupcake comedy shop together! BTW cajun food makes me CRAZZYYYYYY cause it’s so yum!

    • dianacheung July 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

      ps I’ve been on the foodnetwork humor site for HOURS…can’t stop laughing!!! hahahahahhahahahahah soooo gooodddddddd

    • simplyshaka July 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

      Let’s do it, I’m game!

      And foodnetwork humor is great—I’ve wasted parts of my life I will never get back just cruising that site. It’s too funny!

  4. christina July 30, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    i love all the pig eats! and the beer! mmmm. i need to come to charlotte!

    • simplyshaka July 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

      If you ever do, let me know. Linky and I would love to see ya!

  5. monique July 30, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    girl, i love your eats today.

    good stuff. and doncha love GROUPON!??! i do! i scored a deal like that recently. in fact, tonight im cashin in on a groupon for spanish food. we will see if its any good. LOL

    • simplyshaka July 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

      Groupon is so fabulous, along with Living Social and Half Off Depot (I just found out about that one yesterday), can’t wait to see what your experience is like.

  6. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl July 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only one with a crush on Chris Cuomo!!! Love him!

    Your eats look amazing…that pulled pork is making me hungry!!! I need to find pomegranate beer!

    • simplyshaka July 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

      Hehe, he is just so dreamy. And he always seems so sincere, he can do no wrong in my eyes 🙂

      Mich Ultra has one also thats pretty decent and light on the calories but the Saranac was simply terrific.

  7. kat July 31, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    For some reason I’m resisting the quinoa… I should probably just try it!

  8. Brittney July 31, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    Glad to see someone I know tried and liked Icehouse! I’ve been wanting to go there! Now I will have to 🙂


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