Friday, February 1, 2008

Lunch with Mary

I had a fun day today! I met my friend Mary at one of our favorite places for lunch, The Garden Café at Flag Fork Herb Farm in Lexington. The café and shop are located in an historic cottage built circa 1800. In 2007, Southern Living named Flag Fork one of the top 200 places to shop in the south. The Garden Café features homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Today we were seated in the Sun Room overlooking the butterfly/flower garden. We watched the birds and squirrels on the many bird feeders as we enjoyed lunch and visited. Mary and I had the soup, side and sandwich plate. I had a cup of Kentucky burgoo, a chicken salad sandwich and the penne pasta salad with asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and olive oil. Mary’s sandwich choice was Kentucky country ham. Mary drank sassafras tea and I drank Bigelow English Breakfast (yes, a tea bag). The homemade desserts are a must have! Mary chose black walnut chocolate pie and I chose buttermilk lemon pie. The Garden Café is a very popular place for ladies (and a few men) to have lunch.

After lunch we drove to a favorite consignment home furnishings store. We didn’t find anything we couldn’t live without today, but we have purchased a few "treasures" there in the past. Next, we went to Barnes and Noble for a little book browsing and another cup of tea (Harney this time). We sat in the café, sipping tea with our calendars open, scheduling future fun outings.

Mary is a very special friend and an extended family member. She and my first cousin were married on the same day and my husband and I. (That is another great story!) The past few years Mary and I been an informal support group to each other as we have been caregivers and only daughters of mother’s with Alzheimer’s. Mary is one of my best tea buddies. She is the only person I know willing to drive three hours (one way) with me to try a new tea room!


Rosemary said...

This looked like such a fun and yummy day! Aren't good friends a real treasure?


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