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.