The morning after seeing Band of Horses at the Fillmore in Charlotte, we walked back over to the Epicenter to grab a bagel sandwich from Bruegger's. I'm currently obsessed with their sriracha egg sandwich and desperate to get a real bagel place back in Augusta! We took the interstate to Greenville and enjoyed seeing all the fall colors starting to appear on the trees. Being very childish, I had to stop and snap a picture of Gaffney's famous butt emoji water tower. It's the biggest peach I've ever seen!
Our first stop in Greenville was Methodical Coffee. If I'm being completely honest, we walked around in circles 3-4 times before we spotted it. We wasted some time in Anthropologie while we were on Google Maps. The last time we were in Greenville they hadn't started construction on Anthro yet! The Methodical building wasn't exactly what I was expecting so I guess we were just overlooking it. Alex ordered a single-origin coffee and I went for a Mocha. The shop was a lot smaller than it seems in everyone's Instagram photos but it had really great light. There was a dapper looking gentleman in a hat sitting in the bar. We stopped to take notice because you don't see many people in hats anymore (other than beanies if and when it gets cold in the winter). Probably the best part of our experience was being able to have a quiet moment to sip our coffee and listen to Chvrches playing on vinyl. I've listened to their The Bones of What You Believe CD countless times in my car but there's something about playing a record that really did it for me.
We wandered around a few stores and grabbed some chips and dip to snack on from Cantina 76 before driving to Kristen's house to meet her and Bear. We got stopped by the longest train right around the corner from her place but had no idea where to turn around to avoid it! Kristen recommended Birds Fly South Ale Project a few weeks back when I let her know we were heading up to Greenville and luckily it was really close to her house. I was really excited to try it out once we got there because the brewery specializes in sour beers! I had the Biggie Mango and it was delicious! Definitely gave me puckered lips and cheeks at first but the more I got into it, the better it tasted. The brewery prides itself on being a real family owned operation and it was. There was a young girl busting her butt to clear off the tables the whole time. It was making me tired just to watch her!
That night we met up with our family at Handi for Indian food. We almost always order the same thing and share it, family style: vegetable pakora, garlic naan, tandoori chicken tikka, chicken tikka masala, vegetable korma, and palak (saag) paneer. The only new thing we tried was Bhel Mix, a mixture of puffed rice, potatoes, spices, chutney, and onions. After dinner we walked to Falls Park on the Reedy River which was a challenge with four kids on busy streets in the darkness. It was hard to see much of the falls but we walked on the Liberty suspension bridge and listened to the waterfall.
We drove back to Laurens to spend the night with Alex's sister and brother-in-law so that we could go to church in the morning for his youngest nephew's christening. Somehow we all managed to get dressed and out the door in time. Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clinton is gorgeous on the inside! They have tons of stained glass and the walls are covered with wood. Their service music was extremely impressive. They had a choir, organist, and pianist at first but added in drums, violin, and bagpipes! We spent the rest of the afternoon with family before driving through the backroads to pick up Aengus from a weekend with his puppy cousins. We drove past my favorite little post office in Chappells, SC and saw the prettiest sunset. It was a whirlwind trip but worth it for the experiences.