I have come a long way, friends.
I used to be the pickiest eater. If a restaurant didn't serve chicken fingers or a club sandwich, then my parents best be taking me to the Taco Bell drive-thru first. Ethnic food was out of the question, and you better believe I wouldn't touch seafood with a ten foot pole! Don't even get me started on how much I hated Crackerbarrel.
Obviously, things have changed. I think it started as me being your average kid who was a picky eater, but it didn't get better because I got so sick with Crohn's Disease, and I could only tolerate bland, boring foods. Once my health got under control, I became a little more adventurous (I tried sushi! And I liked it!), but I really started to expand my horizons when I started dating Matt. He pushed me to try new things, and I discovered that oysters are delicious, there's more to Mexican food than soft tacos at Taco Bell, and Smithfield's BBQ is probably a great place to stop on a road trip through the Carolinas (this is a story for another time, but it was the cause of our first fight).
Olives, however, are still disgusting.
The point of this story is that I love food--all kinds of food (except for olives, see above). So, I decided it would be fun to start a new series called "Foodie Tuesday" where I highlight some of my favorite recipes, or favorite local restaurants. Maybe one day I'll even post videos, or start a linkup! The possibilities are endless!
This week I'm featuring a favorite local restaurant, Magnolia's at the Mill in Purcellville (referred to by anyone in the know as "Maggie's). There's so much to love about this restaurant--it's got a unique look because it's inside what used to be a mill; they use local ingredients when possible; and you get a basket of sliced ciabatta bread that is actually quite soft and almost melts in your mouth.
Although you can't go wrong with just about anything on the menu, I recently tried one of their pizzas, the Kennet Square, and I just wanted to eat the entire thing in one sitting. Gruyere cheese, mushrooms, arugula, and bacon. Yes, please.
You've also got to try their parmesan truffle fries--definitely one of the best around.
Not to mention, there's so much more to do in Purcellville. After lunch, you can hit up Everyday Elegance, sign up for a tasting at Catoctin Creek Distillery, or hop over to a local winery. Again, I must say that the possibilities are endless!
That's it for the first edition of Foodie Tuesday! Are you hungry now and maybe a little mad because you're having a boring lunch and equally boring dinner? Me too.