Mansions and Menus

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in About Highlands, NC | No Comments

Hey Yall! If you didn’t get a chance to see my show pilot for “Mansions and Menus”, here it is! Produced by Highland Mediaworks, it was shot at Sagee Manor in 2013. Enjoy!

Dining at El-Azteca

Our version of Mexican food in Highlands at El Azteca is rather Tex- Mex.           My favorite is mixed fajitas and there is plenty to share. I love the cheese dip with the chips they serve and the homemade guacamole is fabulous and fresh! I don’t care for the sauce they […]

My Favorite Bistro – Wolfgang’s

  My favorite bistro in Highlands is Wolfgangs on Main. They serve small plates as well as wonderful wines and cocktails in the cozy front area where the bar is located. I enjoy the hummus plate and shrimp and grits. My favorite libation is the grapefruit and basil martini-quite refreshing for the summer! Will have […]

Lunch at The Cupboard

Lunch at The Cupboard in Dillard.Ga is a real treat! We try and make the trip from Highlands once a week. Known for vegetables, yummy fried chicken and homemade banana pudding (NO vanilla pudding here!) it is a great place to eat.   Once seated you are served a cheese biscuit to get started. I […]

Dining at Wild Thyme

Lunch at Wild Thyme is always great and few favorites are wild mushroom soup, the chicken artichoke wrap and the Asian salad. I can never resist the almond cookie at the end!         For dinner recently I enjoyed the crabcakes –with no fillers-topped with a light lemon butter sauce. It was accompanied […]

Dining at Meritage

Located in the “old” location of Wild Thyme, Meritage is a great new restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean food. What can be better for you than olive oil, lemons and fish? Recently I ordered the special salad that consisted of duck confit, poached pear, walnuts, and a panko encrusted flash- fried brie wedge-perfect with the […]

Dinner at Cyprus

Nicholas Figel is a culinary genius!  Every time I dine there the creativity of this chef goes up a notch.  He is known for “theme” nights and can take you from Argentina, India, Japan and many parts of the world.  He moved to his current location in August and also offers an outside deck overlooking […]

Brunch at Cornucopia

Sunday Brunch at Cornucopia in Cashiers is a real treat! Starting with a sumptuous Bloody Mary donned with pickled okra and shrimp jump starts the meal-and yes, it was AFTER church!         Then followed by petite biscuits and strawberry butter- yum!             The other Pat had oyster […]


On a picture perfect , perfect weather day in Highlands, NC , we had dinner at  On the Veranda.  Situated on Lake Sequoyah with a lovely sun porch laden with windows for viewing canoes and kayaks passing by –dining is a peaceful experience. There is piano music in the large and comfortable bar area and […]

“Pat Allen’s Historic Move”

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Highlands NC Real Estate | No Comments

Here is the link to my latest article in The Laurel Magazine…enjoy!