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Celebrating Labor Day Weekend on Carolina Beach

After a whirlwind year and a half of being in London and Tokyo, it’s hard transitioning back to American culture. I already miss the questions about red solo cups, amused compliments on my American accent, and most importantly, friends I made abroad. But Labor Day Weekend was the perfect opportunity for me to assimilate back to ‘American college’ life and most importantly, American food. And since we were headed to North Carolina, Southern comfort food was a must!

Having rented a house on Carolina Beach, we had a long weekend full of sunshine, soft sand, and fantastic company. Although we mostly cooked, we snacked like queens when we visited Carolina Boardwalk and obviously enjoyed our Corona and limes–a perfect end to the fading summer season.

Making breakfast for a group of 14 is some serious business–something I didn’t expect at all. But we pulled through and presented a rather fantastic breakfast if I do say so myself! Croissants with eggs and cheese, served with extra servings of fried bacon–you need extra energy if you’re going to beach it the whole day right?

Later on, one of my best friends and fellow foodie Ellie, who studied abroad in Madrid last year, was convinced that sliced watermelons were the ultimate beach snacks we had to have. So in between our tanning and sand-castle building, we ran back to the house to create a watermelon masterpiece for the group. Although I didn’t do any slicing (thanks to Ellie and Jose’s impressive knife skills), I did contribute by arranging the little watermelon flower in the middle of the bowl below!

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Croissant egg and cheese with thick slices of bacon–is that American enough?

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Enjoying a long-awaited Corona and lime by the beach

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Carolina Beach in all its sunny gloriness

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Watermelon should be a mandatory beach snack–and yes, I decided to get creative and make a watermelon ‘rose’ in the middle!

But even sun bunnies like us who cannot get enough of the sun made our way to the Carolina Boardwalk during the afternoons–after all, with ice cream, double fried donuts, fresh fudge, and hush puppies to offer, the Boardwalk was the perfect place for a delicious food tour. I think we all will agree though, that the winning snack of the weekend was Britt’s Donuts, a donut shop that’s been operating since 1939. Britt’s Donuts serves one thing and one thing only–freshly glazed, double fried donuts that are piping hot and absolutely phenomenal. We had 3 dozen between our group and it was absolutely worth it. If you love fudge, or traditional confectionary shops, stop by the Fudgeboat because its colorful carpet, rows of rainbow lollipops, and counters full of fresh fudge were absolute treats!

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Ice cream on the boardwalk!

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Britt’s double fried donuts, the absolute BEST donuts ever!

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We had 3 dozens of these double fried devils

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Creamy coconut ice cream with pretty blue linings

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Fudgeboat–where all your chocolate and confectionary dreams come true

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Fudge anyone?

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Old school candies and cakes

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Candied pecans

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A box of fudge…

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…voila! Chocolate peanut butter and candied nuts ‘Turtle’ fudge!

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And back to the gorgeous beach

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Gathering shells with Ellie during sunset–check out our gorgeous finds!

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Our scenic view as we strolled back towards the house

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Boardwalk take #2! The entire boardwalk lights up at night to become a fun amusement park

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My personal favorite, an old-school carousel!

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Some homemade s’mores… at 10am

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Homemade turkey and cheddar quesadillas

On our way back to Baltimore, we couldn’t resist the temptation of North Carolina Pulled Pork soaked in vinegar. With a generous side of fresh Hush Puppies, wonderfully tasty cornbread balls, and some Fried Pickles, this was the ultimate comfort food meal. Of course, dessert is mandatory in my dictionary (well, all of ours actually) and we were told to get a slice of their classic Pig-Pickin Cake–essentially a Mandarin orange and pineapple cake. It was buttery, heavenly, and instantly gone. I personally thought the blueberry pie was also phenomenal–I love sticky and gooey pies so it was perfect!

With a little too much food in our stomachs and probably too much sugar in our systems as well, it’s safe to say the ride back was full of moments when we would just burst out singing Chandelier by Sia.

It’s hard to be back sometimes, especially when I miss London and Tokyo, but good company and fantastic food always remind me to count my blessings. Labor Day Weekend was such a fun ride–thank you for such a delicious welcome back America! Representing red, white, and blue again feels pretty great. And lastly, it was my roommate Lauren’s birthday the other day, so there’ll be a couple delicious birthday posts coming up soon!

With lots of love,
eatprayjade x.

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