Manny NOT Pacquiao

Hey everyone, my sister said I MUST tell you guys about myself so here it is. My real name is Emmanuel, but since pharmacy school I’ve gone by Manny. My new found friends/classmates thought that Emmanuel was too long and too old sounding for someone in his 20’s and since then it has stuck.

I found myself in Charlotte shortly after graduating pharmacy school and currently work as an overnight pharmacist in the retail world pulling 7 days in a row. The reward for working so hard is having 7 days off, which allows me to enjoy everything that the Queen City has to offer!

The easiest way to describe what I enjoy doing on my days off is eat, drink, sleep, repeat. I would consider myself a fairly adventurous eater and would try anything at least once, but Asian and Italian cuisine are by far my favorites. Although I do enjoy the occasional local brew from any one of the city’s breweries, I am a cocktail guy and I’m excited that Charlotte is finally getting on board with the craft cocktail scene.

When I’m not eating or drinking, you can usually find me on the couch with my 4 year old husky named Herschel binge-watching something on Netflix. I listen to pretty much any genre of music except for country. However, if you glance at my current Spotify playlist you can be easily convinced that I’m still stuck in high school listening to 00s emo/pop punk. I enjoy the outdoors as long as its not too hot or there’s not too much pollen in the air, which is why the fall is by far my favorite season.

As the saying goes… that’s me in a nutshell! Hopefully you’ll enjoy following Kriska and I along on our CLT adventures!

Let’s go!


While there is so much to do around the Queen City, there is also so much out there to explore.  We’ll be sharing with y’all our trips, near and far!  We’re so lucky to have a hub airport here in CLT, as well as for being located close enough to the mountains, the beach and other interesting cities making for some easy day trips and quick weekend getaways.  So stay tuned for some awesome trip itineraries!

Let’s do!


When life gets boring, do something different.  Learn a new skill.  Mix it up.  Get out of your comfort zone.  Turn off your autopilot and just go for it.  We’ll be sharing with y’all our favorite things to do and places to check out around CLT!

Let’s eat and drink!


Dining should be more than just stuffing your face or a necessary to-do for the day to meet your daily caloric intake to function.   Dining should be an experience that satisfies and fulfills you.  Luckily, CLT’s restaurant scene has been growing, consistently attracting big name chefs and investors to plant roots  in our dearly loved Queen City.  We’ll be sharing with y’all our favorite spots for gathering around the table!

Hello, y’all! Kriska here!

Hey, y’all!

As awkward and painful as these things can be, this is the obligatory intro post about myself.

I’m a 30-year old, wifey and a mom to two boys (a 2-yr old human and a 5-yr old pup), who enjoys great food and even greater company now as a CLT-transplant.  How original, huh?

Well, basic as it all sounds, I do like to work hard and play even harder with my little family and my small close group of friends and my brother in town.  My day job is a full-time retail pharmacy manager, so every free day I get is maximized with some sort of activity whether in town or by way of short trips.  I’m a little bit of everything: I enjoy the outdoors, but not too much heat or mosquitos.  I LOVE sports, especially Gamecock football and even enjoy a day out in the golf course.  I am an endless pit and could eat my weight through brunch and a mimosa bar.  I enjoy all sorts of cuisines and not at all picky–unless you’re my husband asking me what I want to eat after a long day at work and he is actually talking to “Hangry” me.  I listen to all kinds of music, including ‘country’ and enjoy a great binge-fest or an all-day marathon on Food Network, Bravo, or HGTV!  And speaking of HGTV, my dream life is living in a yurt or a tiny home somewhere in Maui.

Basically, I love a great party but I’m also a mother and a professional who adults appropriately.

So, yes. I’m all over the place–somewhat unique, somewhat basic as all get out.  (Just you wait until fall season!)  But hopefully, I’ll be bringing something different to the table than other Instabloggers, and you’ll enjoy following Manny and me along on our Queen City adventures!