Snow Day

While winter in Greenville is nothing compared to what we put up with in Buffalo, we were surprised to find that it actually does get cold in South Carolina. Sometimes it even snows! And when it does, everything comes to a grinding halt–no school, no work, no driving–no complaints! There’s nothing like cuddling up on a snowy day with Netflix and a cup of cocoa, safe and warm in your home. Unless, that is, the heating unit in your new house is broken. Which is exactly what happened to us this winter. The problem was, we are so accustomed to the cold that we never even turned on the heat until it was freezing cold and snowing. And lo and behold, nothing but freezing air coming through the vents. Brrrrr!

Luckily, a friend of mine told me about a heating and air Greenville, SC company that saved the day! Despite it being a snow day when virtually every business was closed, they answered on the second ring and came to our rescue. Our heat was on in no time and we were able to enjoy the snowy view from our toasty refuge! We’ve got winter covered, now we just have to survive the sweltering Greenville summer. Fortunately, this company can help with that too!

The Big Move

As many of you likely noticed, we kind of like Greenville. So, guess what?! We decided to move to Greenville!! Yup, this is my very first blog post as a new Greenville resident. We’re very happy with our decision and loving everything about this place even more every day. Probably our favorite part of this move is that now we can focus on traveling elsewhere again! We’d fallen so in love with this city that we were traveling here more than anywhere else and no longer able to venture out. Now it seems we have the best of both worlds.

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So a little bit about our moving experience… Fortunately it was actually a rather smooth transition. Everything was going just as it should. Better, actually. We both got job offers within a month of trying, found a house only one week after officially deciding to move, packing was no problem, we got the U-Haul and everything well organized ahead of time, and when the day came, we hit the road Jack.

Once we moved into our new home, which is a lovely, quaint older home near downtown, we settled into our new jobs and both made a couple friends there who all helped to show us the more “underground” spots in the area. We were finding our groove and nothing could stop us!

Until…..

One morning, we both woke up with swollen, puffy eyes and stuffy noses. We figured we had caught a common summer cold so we went about our days and both noted feeling better by the time we got home from work. We enjoyed a nice home cooked meal, and then sometime later noticed we were feeling less than whole yet again. It seemed fairly normal seeing as sickness is always worse at night and morning.

So we carried on like this. For a week… Then two… And 3. Finally by the 4th week we had canceled out the idea of this being a mild summer cold, stress from moving, mere allergies or a fluke. We visited a doctor, we tried medicine, a neti-pot for the first time (very interesting experience), and couldn’t find the root.

Then we met a friend who had the same problem when he moved into his new house. He asked if we’d checked or changed our air filter since we moved in. Gasp! No, we hadn’t! Very excited to find out if this could be the culprit, I rushed home after work and went to the air duct first thing. And sure enough, it was absolutely filthy! Layers of dust and particles and goodness knows what else from who knows when.

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The same friend told me about a company who does duct cleaning in Greenville, SC and we got the job done first thing the next morning with no problem at all. The company, Steamatic, was wonderful and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get a fresh start in their home. (Air quality really is everything! I know from first hand experience).

Within only a couple days, our problems were all cleared up and we were able to go back to our new awesome Greenville lives feeling better than ever before!

Foodie Frenzy

Oh my goodness! I’ve lived in Buffalo my entire life and am so excited to share my very favorite restaurant I’ve ever found in the area. Drum roll, please…

Osteria 166! Seriously, if you like Italian food… And if you’re from Buffalo, you have to like Italian food… Actually, I think humankind has to like Italian food… then you will absolutely drool over this place. Much like I am right now.

Let’s start with the meal I had: Stuffed cannelloni in a panchetta rosemary cream sauce. Uh, excuse me? Can I get 3? And let me tell you, it tasted better than it sounds by about 11 fold. On top of that, they have HOUSEMADE PROSCIUTTO! Yeah. Housemade. And it was extraordinary. My husband, Mike, went with the sun dried tomato basil risotto which was also to die for. You can see the picture of it below:

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… Can you tell I love food yet?

Anyhow, seriously, this place is right in the heart of downtown Buffalo off of Franklin St. The decor has a clean and almost rustic feel which matches the style of food. Well, the food tastes rustic, but the presentation is quite charming.

Their menu has something for everybody. Whether you’re looking for something new to spice up your Italian cuisine collection or craving the classic spaghetti and meatballs, you’ll find it at Osteria 166. I’m also pleased to say that it’s well priced, officially giving you no reason not to go check it out. And when you do, ask for Marco. He’s from Bologna, Italy and was our gracious server. He truly made the experience that much more enjoyable with his happy-go-lucky personality and wealth of knowledge on Italian food.