Coastal Provisions

When my dad was a young graduate of Columbia Architecture School he was awarded a grant to visit any place in the world whose architecture he was inspired by.  He split the trip in two: half of his time was spent in Italy and the other half traveling through the notable small towns of America.  He told me that after his trip he realized that in America, communities are essentially the same everywhere.  Even if their styles are a little bit different.

I'd love to make the same type of trip.  But instead of investigating America's town greens and community structures, I'd like to see their grocery stores.  Last weekend was a girls' weekend in Duck, North Carolina.  Everything is different there.  The air.  The street signs.  The restaurants.  The people.  The water.  I loved it.  But I especially loved trying out Coastal Provisions, the go-to grocery store of the Outerbanks.  Their chicken and tuna salads were dreamy, like the one we had for lunch during a beach-break last Saturday.

Tell me: where are you from?  What's your grocery store?  Publix?  Wegman's?  Dean & Deluca?


PS Only in North Carolina can you purchase a gourmet twelve-layer yellow cake with homemade chocolate frosting at a gas station.  And not a fancy one.  I'm dying for another slice!