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Cherry Alley Cafe – Finally!

Saturday afternoon was the best! Get this….Finn and I both napped for an hour and a half! 

I feel like a half a million bucks! ;)

Around 5pm, the husbo and I decided we were really hungry after a hard afternoon of planting (he) and napping (she and little he) so we FINALLY had our long-awaited dinner date at the Cherry Alley Cafe in Lewisburg.

You might remember that we tried to go last week, but found it closed. Then, after my training session, I stopped in to get a wrap (I spoiled it a little, but it was still fun to go again, together.) 

We had been to the Cherry Alley before to see local friend Bruce Derr play some tunes, but had never eaten there and were dying for something new. I mean, the place featured a Momelette on Mother’s Day. That cuteness is reason enough to check it out…

The worst part of having never eaten somewhere before is trying to decide what to order off the FAB (yet simple) menu of as-yet-untried goodies ! Everything looked right up our alley (no pun intended…) 

That’s us: FAB, yet simple.

Drinks: Me: Mango Passionfruit Stash Tea, He: Spiced Honey Chai

He: Pesto Chicken Panini

She: Pulled Pork  BBQ Wrap with lettuce, tomato, apple, mango and black bean salsa. And one very intrusive and camera-hogging (yet tasty) pickle. Shane looked at me like I had two heads when I ordered this. I thought about it during dinner, and I don’t think I’ve ever ordered pork in a restaurant before in my entire life. I don’t even cook it at home very often. I usually go the veggie route, maybe chicken once in a while….but while nursing, I listen when my body screams for protein and tonight it was screaming “PORK BBQ!” Especially once I realized there was fruit in the wrap…

Most brilliant move ever: we swapped halves! This might be the single best reason for getting married. We both totally dug both halves. Nothing but compliments to the chef. Since I’m a really picky eater when it comes to meat, I have to mention that this meat was superior. Nothing weird, nothing that shouldn’t be there. Just clean, well-cooked, well-seasoned pork and chicken.

We also got this bowl of Vegetarian Chili. Soup and sandwich seemed like a good idea, until we saw it. It was gargantuan, so we took it home. (Those too-big eyes of mine…)

Rewind a few days, and here’s the wrap I picked up while sleepwalking last week (just for the sake of catching up and providing a more complete review…)

Thai tempeh cake, lettuce, tomato, carrot, sprouts, apples, and spicy mango sauce. Awe. Some.

…and the cookie that never disappoints, vegan espresso chocolate chip. Awe. Some. Er.

To top it all off, the place sells Orangina, a childhood favorite of mine. I will never stop loving that adorable bottle. And with a flute and guitar duo playing The Girl from Ipanema, Finn was distracted enough to let us eat! 

Isn’t it just the best feeling to find a new local treasure? New to us, anyway. (This place is not new, of course…we just missed the boat for a while.) Our bad for not popping in sooner to check things out. I’m just sorry we didn’t catch the different ethnic foods they were featuring on Saturdays through the spring (but we’ll check them out when they return in the fall…)

Two thumbs up for good food AND keeping our money in the local flow.


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What I am is what I am…

If you are what you eat (and you definitely are), today I am a big pile of refined white crap.

And that’s exactly what I feel like.

Before last night’s LLL meeting, the fam and I stopped off at the Cherry Alley in Lewisburg for sandwiches, only to find that they closed at  6. My fault, I suppose, for not checking, but I really don’t understand why so many local places close so early. Bummer.

So we had about a half hour to find a place to grab some eats. Situations like this usually do not end well.

Enter: the worst pizza I’ve ever had. I did not take a picture, but close your eyes and imagine some dry, crusty (not in a good way) bland pizza with a few dried up mushrooms on top. That’s about it.


This morning wasn’t much better. I neglected to plan ahead for oats (thinking perhaps that the Breakfast Fairy was going to show up and prepare something healthy while I slept? As if.) So when I got to my training session I was faced with a choice: cookies, bagel, or no breakfast. I chose half of the bagel that most closely resembled whole wheat, though I’m sure it wasn’t, and a big cup of decaf, which turned out not to be.

So now, I am a jittery lump of dried out pizza and doughy bagel. 

Some people really eat like this all the time?

Double bleh.

Man, I SO know better than to do this to myself.

On a nicer note, here’s a taste of what’s going on at the homestead right about now:

The Garden.

The husbo won’t pull the milkweed because it brings butterflies. Can’t argue with that.

Here he is, planting scarlet runner beans and yardlong beans (they will climb and form the arbor)…

Carrots, peas and rainbow chard…


Staggered beet crop…


Little baby paw paw trees…(My Valentine’s Day gift to him, 2 years ago…)

Some pretty stuff around the spring house…

and the start of our long-anticipated blueberries! Can’t wait to be some blueberry oats!

And those are a few of the things I aspire to be.

For now, I’m back at the Cherry Alley, and I plan to spend the rest of the day being a Thai Tempeh wrap with apples, sprouts and spicy mango sauce. Oh, and a big vegan espresso cookie, too.

Yummy me!


What are you?


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