Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

25 October 2014

Pompeii

If you are going to Rome,  you have to take a day trip south to Pompeii.  That is where we felt completely immersed into ancient Roman civilization and into another world.

Beautiful mountains driving down to Pompeii

Churches nestled into hills


Pompeii's Collosseum

Streets lined with houses


Red light district

Mount Vesuvius

Pregnant woman frozen in ash


19 October 2014

Viva la Roma!

This is the first in a series of blog posts about our honey-versay to Italy because there's too many good things to condense into 1 single blog post.

Our first 3 days we spent in Rome, touring the Roman ruins and eating the most incredible pizzas, spaghetti, gelato and drinking lots and lots of wine and coffee because it's cheaper than water!

 The Vatican Museum

 Rooftop view of Rome

 Eutruscan artwork

 Michaelangelo's Pieta

 St. Peter's Basilica


 The Vatican





The Colloseum



 The Panthenon

 Piazza Navona

Museums, churches, and artwork will never live up to what Rome offers.

We went with Trafalgar tours and booked through AAA.  Although a group of 52 people sounds like a lot (a while coach bus full), we got to know everyone great, and we were the youngest couple on the tour so we became known as "the kids."  We loved being with the older generation since we both have old souls.  Being our honeymoon/1st anniversary trip, we got to get all of their life advice and it made the trip truly special to us.

15 October 2014

Guest Post: Swansboro Food & Beverage Co.

Newly renamed "Swansboro Food & Beverage Co." to Hold Grand Opening Community Event

The Casual Coastal Restaurant and Bar to Celebrate Name and Menu Changes with Free Food for Patrons

SWANSBORO, North Carolina  As a youngster growing up in North Carolina, Lori Sakiewicz' family vacations on the North Carolina coast left her with so many fond memories of the area. Having the opportunity to return and open a restaurant has been a lifelong dream for the proud owner of Swansboro Food & Beverage Co., formerly known as The Swan’s Burro. She opened the restaurant in June with help from her brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Tami Sakiewicz, who are part owners. The full-service restaurant and bar, located in the beautiful historic district, is announcing exciting changes including its fresh new name and logo, extended hours, menu update and a grand opening event for community members.

Slated for Saturday, Oct. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m., the event is a way for Sakiewicz and her team to thank the community and to celebrate the town's enduring distinction as one of the most scenic and charming cities in the state. The event is open to the public, offering complimentary samples from some of the restaurant's most popular menu items. Guests must RSVP as space is limited, and may reserve their spot by emailing SFBCRestaurant@gmail.com with the number of guests in their party.

"My team and I have been working day and night for months to officially welcome the community," said Sakiewicz. "It will be so nice to take some time to celebrate – and I hope everyone will come out and spend this memorable afternoon with us at Swansboro Food & Beverage Co.!"

The restaurant, with its inviting view of the picturesque White Oak River, officially opened back in June. It is unveiling its new name, Swansboro Food & Beverage Co., to better represent what it offers – as guest confusion had led to some comical experiences with people thinking they were in for a burrito dinner. The new name also better highlights the planned “pantry” selection of retail food items that will be available for purchase in the restaurant in 2015. Sakiewicz had always planned to offer menu favorites like the pimento cheese, slim pickles and other homemade food items in larger, take-home portions, and will introduce these retail items next year.

To better accommodate patrons, the restaurant has also extended its hours through the afternoon from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (closed Mondays). The menu has also been adjusted to better suit the new hours, combining fan favorites from both lunch and dinner into a single menu – which can best be described as casual coastal cuisine with southern inspiration.

"The North Carolina coast has always held a special place in my heart, and I'm happy to be back here and doing something I love," said Sakiewicz who grew up in Raleigh and attended UNC-Chapel Hill where she earned her business degree. "I am so indebted to this community, and I'm grateful for my family who has played such a key role in helping me here – from renovations to recipes. That includes my staff too, who've even contributed their own family recipes to give our menu an expanded personal touch."

Additional upgrades are also in the works. Soon, the restaurant will offer a full bar complete with top shelf liquor and signature cocktails, in addition to its present selection of wine and beer, including its stock of popular craft brews.

Swansboro Food & Beverage Co. menu and hour changes are effective immediately. The restaurant is located at 106 Front St., and can be reached at (910) 708-1305. To learn more, visit www.swansborofoodandbeverage.com. To RSVP for the Oct. 18 grand opening event, email SFBCRestaurant@gmail.com with the number of guests in your party.

About Swansboro Food & Beverage Co.
Located in the quaint and beautiful coastal North Carolina town of Swansboro, Swansboro Food & Beverage Co. offers a fun and relaxing atmosphere where patrons can enjoy a casual dining experience while being treated to great food, great service and even better prices. With a scenic view of the peaceful White Oak River meandering its way to the ocean, this family-friendly full-service restaurant and bar serves coastal Carolina cuisine with southern inspiration using fresh, high quality ingredients. The restaurant – situated in the heart of Swansboro's beloved historic district – is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, WednesdayThursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit: www.swansborofoodandbeverage.com.