Tony is often really good at surprising me or taking me to places that I don't know about till we arrive. He has been working so much lately on his new project and I know how much he misses his family. His parents and I were sneaky and unbeknownst to him, we concocted a visit for them here in Wake Forest.
I told him that Monday that I had plans for us coming up on Friday and I needed him to leave work early. When he left work, I called him and told him to meet me at a local bar and grille and when he walked in, his parents were there. To say he was shocked would be an understatement, he could barely talk for a good 15 minutes and he kept looking back and forth from his parents to me. It felt great to actually have the upper hand on a surprise for once.
After he finally setled into the idea that they were indeed here for a week, we went to downtown Wake Forest that night, my mother in law and I went shopping in the boutiques and later we joined the guys at the local brewery. We had dinner and as is the case whenever we get together with them...we ate way too much!
The next day we had to work the first round ncaa basketball tournament and my in laws were able to cheer while we worked and afterwards we traipsed over to Hillsbourough, It is one of my favorite towns in the triangle and there is so much history in the area. But my favorite part was our stop by the chocolate shop. I could spend way too much time there. And the hot chocolate, oh my word. They use their own chocolate and melt it down with cream and top with homemade marshmallows. They also offer a truffle shot, which is where they take one of their homemade truffles and top with espresso and it melts down around the truffle and oh my gosh, big fan!
Sunday we went to a few local museums. The great thing about Raleigh is the amount of art we have. And the best part is that they are all free! After walking around the art museum we hit up the history museum as they have a new exhibit there about Cedars in The Pines. All about the Lebanese in North Carolin and how they immigrated here and the impact they have had. My mother in law is full Lebanese so it was awesome to see everything with her and have her translate a few things for me or describe the uses of a few items.
Afterwards we headed to Sitti, an upper scale Lebanese restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Had to keep up the theme for the day. I am not as adventurous as I should be and I pretty much went with kabobs while they tore up the rest of the menu. but the bread. Oh my word...the bread.
They ended up staying a few more days before making the trek back to Boston. We had such a great time and I cannot wait to see them again in a few weeks when we head up to Beantown for Easter. Thanks again for playing along with my surprise and then helping me when you were visiting! Plus, you know...bringing more garage wine!