Weekend Foodie Warriors- Take 15! *ZachChats Edition* – The Father's Day Weekend
Hello hello, again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Hope you had a fantastic Father’s Day weekend! I’m happy to say we have a guest blogger for the first time this week, but I’ll let him introduce himself below! Enjoy, and have fun reading about another fan’s foodie adventures.
Fans of ZachChats and avid Pimento & Prose readers, welcome one and all to my inaugural entry into the food blog universe! Some of you may know me as the guy doing movie reviews on Instagram, Facebook, and formerly Snapchat. If you know me at all, you know I enjoy movies, fun activities, adventures, and food!
To other readers, I’m Sarah’s boyfriend, and she is so great to me in many ways, so thanks to Sarah for letting me write about my weekend.
I may not be the poet or the pun master that Sarah is, but I think a fun Father’s Day weekend deserves just as fun names. My father flew out to visit me from DC as he wanted to see my new place in Greenville, SC. A quick trip to GSP to pick my 63-year-old pops and we were off to downtown Greenville!
While downtown we played putt putt at the free public course in McPherson Park. If you are a Greenville resident I recommend checking it out – it’s fun and free, but for balls and a putter its BYO (bring your own). Not surprisingly, I outplayed him, but my dad tried some fun trick shots and cracked jokes while we played. Following this, we made the long trek on foot from McPherson all the way to Fluor Field! We had to make several stops along the way for the old man with a bum knee to rest.
We checked out a few Greenville favorites, like music on Main Street, River Street Sweets/Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, and I **popped** into Poppingtons with Pops (Lol). He tried a few samples and we continued on our adventures, stopping a few more times to take in the sights.
We enjoyed a few pictures at Falls Park and ended our adventure at Grill Mark’s for a hearty burger. The old man was all tuckered out after walking over 4 miles round trip, so we headed home.
My father raised me to be a loyal Virginia Tech fan all of my life. We appreciate sports and enjoy visiting other colleges when we can. I thought it was a great idea to take him to nearby Tiger Town to visit Clemson. My dad specifically wanted to go and tour the campus. It was a hot day, but we decided to walk around to see as much of the main campus as we could, and of course, we went by Death Valley.
Throwing axes is a lot of fun but was not initially the most natural thing for dad. After about a dozen attempts of throwing but not sticking his shots, dad was finally able to make it stay in the board! After that, he settled in nicely and routinely made hits on the target. Tama won a game and had 5 bulls-eye hits, and dad hit two bulls-eyes, whereas I won two games and had one bulls-eye. I highly recommend trying this experience at least once, maybe you will be good at it, maybe you won’t be, but throwing an ax at wooden targets just feels so primal and fun!
But wait, there’s more!
That’s right, I took my 63-year-old dad on three separate adventures in one day! Last but not least was a soccer game.
Dad is a long time fan of the sport, in fact, he coached many of the teams I played on growing up. Almost any chance he gets, he will talk about how much he loved coaching my brother, me, and our friends over the years. One of our best bonding activities has always been watching soccer either on TV or in person.
Recently, thanks to Reddit and an old conversation with a coworker last year, I learned Greenville has a semi-professional soccer team, the Triumph! Leave it to Greenville to have an odd name for a team, much like the Drive is the name of our Minor League Baseball team.
We got a beer, a hot dog, and sat back for the game… for about 10 minutes, until we started jumping and yelling and getting into the game. I always cheer for the home team, but I will admit that Lansing played very well.
As energetic fans, we stayed engaged during the match, especially in the 2nd half when the Triumph was able to score a goal and tie it up. It got a bit chippy towards the end of the match, but that is somewhat typical of competitive games.
It ended in a 1-1 tie and we had a blast cheering; I plan to attend the next home game in July. I will say, I am former Richmond Kickers fan, so it will be interesting come 07 SEP 2019 if the Triumph can be triumphant over the Kickers, or if they will get knocked down.
Son-Dad: Father’s Day itself
Brunch is perhaps one of my favorite words, as it describes my favorite meal and happens early enough in the day that possibilities for other adventures still exist! We ventured to Stella’s Southern Brasserie, an establishment located by Legacy Park.
We had a delicious meal; dad got a salad, a crab cake Benedict, and potatoes.
Whereas I got some asparagus with bacon jam, scrambled eggs, baked grits, bacon, and a biscuit with jelly & butter. After we concluded our delightful meal, we walked around Legacy Park (see pictures below), which just so happens to be my favorite park in Greenville!
After a good long walk, we decided to head home and go to the pool.
We got a few rays of sun and listened to our US Women’s National Team defeat Chile in soccer 3-0! After that we started to grill: Italian marinated chicken, hot dogs, summer squash, corn, and bread.
I made dad my signature dish: GuacDogs.
GaucDogs feature a toasted bun with guacamole spread on either side of the bun’s interior in generous amounts, then you place the sausage or wiener in the middle, and top it off with Pico de Gallo. On occasion I like to add queso fresco and some tortilla crisps; alas I was out of those last two ingredients.
After it was all said and done, we kicked back and watched John Wick together, and then took him to the airport.
All in all, it was a great Father’s Day weekend. I live over 5 hours away from family and I keep busy, so I only see them a few times a year.
So closing remarks: Dad would chat with many of these random folks we encountered on our adventures tell the other dads to have a Happy Father’s Day as well. He spoke to some old dads, middle aged dads, and to a young dad chasing his two year old around the pool. So it gets us to thinking about what role parents, in particular fathers, play in our lives.
Take a moment to think of your old man, be he here or passed on, and enjoy those memories. Happy Father’s Day from one son to many dads!
So how was your weekend Foodie Friends? What’s the best thing about your dad or his favorite meal to cook or eat with you? Tell us what you thought of our guest writer, give him a hand, he may write for us again in the future! Sound out in the comments below or let me know your suggestions of where we should go or try next. As always, feel free to like, comment, and share with your friends and family 🤗