Archive for ‘Food’

April 22, 2015

gone pickin’

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Mike and I have been pumpkin picking several times before, but strawberry picking has always been at the top of my bucket list. Strawberries are tied for first with nectarines as my favorite fruit, so once strawberry season hit here in Charleston, I knew that I had to get out there.

My friend and I headed to two local farms on Johns Island and had two totally different experiences–pouring rain and lots of mud puddles at Ambrose Family Farm and bright sunshine at Bugby Plantation… it’s hard to believe that they were only five minutes apart from one another.

One and a half buckets and $10 later, I have enough strawberries to last me the month. Yay!

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February 15, 2015

Pinewood Social

I’ve heard so many incredible things about the city of Nashville–the food, the music, the culture, the shopping–so I was not going to complain when given the opportunity to travel to the Music City for the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville.

As with any work trip, I didn’t have a chance to explore the city as much as I’d like, but I did have the opportunity to dine at Pinewood Social–a much-talked-of space that’s a blend of restaurant, bar, café, lounge, and recreation center.

Frequenters go from sipping their morning coffee to grabbing a drink at the bar to devouring fried broccoli (my personal favorite) to throwing strikes (or gutter balls in my case) to singing karaoke to yes, even taking a refreshing dip. The frigid temperatures kept me from checking the pool out for myself, but from what I hear, it is pret-ty great.

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January 5, 2015

holiday recap

Two weeks off may sound like a lifetime to some, but never has two weeks flown by so quickly. I made sure to make the most of my time at home by taking care of some business for the wedding, registering(!!), having a karaoke night with friends, going on date nights with my fiancé (which still feels crazy to say), taking a trip to the MoMa to view the Matisse exhibit, enjoying a beachside Christmas lights show, having a failed attempt to go ice skating, eating pizza and/or Italian food everyday, and spending quality time with family, Riley, and my soon-to-be in-laws (again, crazy!).

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August 24, 2014

Brasserie Gigi

Brasserie Gigi is nestled in the heart of Charleston’s tourist historic district, but this is no tourist trap. Most restaurants up and down the highly trafficked Market Street need a serious facelift, but this brasserie is a breath of fresh air. They offer brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour specials from 4 – 7 pm.

I recommend going for lunch and ordering the Chicken Paillard Sandwich. I never order chicken at restaurants, but for this particular dish, I make an exception.

July 31, 2014

Fleet Landing

Charleston is a small city that’s big on tourism and hospitality so there’s no surprise that there are plenty of tourist traps in and around this beautiful city. Fleet Landing is certainly one of them, but how can it not be when it’s the only waterfront dining option in downtown Charleston?

I decided to take my Yankee visitors here on Saturday night and while the food wasn’t necessarily the best food I’d ever tasted, the views were quite special. This is a restaurant that I’d like to revisit for drinks and appetizers while enjoying the Lowcountry sunset.

 

July 18, 2014

The Loeb Boathouse, Central Park

Staff members assume that if you’re dining at The Loeb Boathouse in Central Parkon a Monday afternoon, no less–you’re automatically a clueless tourist. I’ll have you know that I am no tourist–OK, now, maybe a little bit–and I am certainly not clueless when it comes to the restaurant business in NYC. I truly hate when a host or hostess speaks down to me. It is one of my biggest pet peeves. You are the first person people see when they walk through that door so you better put on a happy face… no matter how badly your feet may hurt (I used to be a greeter at Abercrombie & Fitch; I get it). If you couldn’t tell already, this particular hostess really got under my skin.

Moving on!

Now that I’ve vented my frustrations about the staff, I can talk about more important things like the food and overall atmosphere. Their claim to fame is their crab cake, which was undoubtedly one of the better crab cakes I’ve ever tasted–after Magnolias in Charleston. Now, the ambiance. Central Park is beautiful and I always feel at home when walking along the winding paths, whether they’re surrounded by greenery or mounds of white snow. Dining al fresco, overlooking the views of the park is definitely not something to complain about and that is a big reason to dine at the Boathouse–if not the reason.

I remember when people used to dress up to go to the Central Park Boathouse. It used to be for special occasions and important business meetings, but I soon realized that nobody dresses up anymore. Nobody cares about how they look, nobody bothers to put on a clean shirt, or change out of their sneakers. It’s the same thing when you attend a Broadway show. My parents would dress my sister and me up in our Sunday best when we were young, and now you’ll see people–grown people–stroll into a show in sweatpants and sneakers. It’s sad, really. And I guess that just goes to show, The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is a major tourist trap. And we got trapped. But so what? I love it anyway.

 

July 16, 2014

Twenty-Eight Atlantic

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Dining at Twenty-Eight Atlantic for my, err, big 2-8 could not have been more appropriate, and Mike could not have picked a better restaurant, whether twenty-eight was in the name or not.

For starters, the waterfront views of the Pleasant Bay and Atlantic Ocean from the Wequassett Resort were absolutely breathtaking. Views like that are unbeatable, but when fire pits, hydrangeas, and manicured lawns are incorporated into those views, there’s nothing better.

We feasted on lobster ravioli and filet mignon, and the bread? It was addicting, which just shows you how great the restaurant will be, of course.

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June 13, 2014

Jeni’s Spledid Ice Creams

When Mike and I first visited Charleston, we thought, “Gosh, this city is so great, but it’s really missing something–aside from authentic Italian food, good bagels, deli sandwiches, pizza, etc.– It’s missing an ice cream shop.

I quite possibly may have been living under a rock for the past 10 years, but I had never heard of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams up until about six weeks ago when people all over Charleston were anxiously awaiting her King Street shop opening. Jeni’s now has six scoop shops around the country–one of them being in Charleston.

The grand opening was last week so as opposed to waiting in line for 2 hours for a free cone on opening night, I popped by for an afternoon snack the following day. I tried numerous flavors, but went with my trusty coffee + vanilla ice cream in a cake cone combo. I can’t wait to go back–most likely this week–and try some of the more unique flavors!

 

April 11, 2014

Leaf

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Leaf has one of the few things that Charleston somewhat lacks… a beautiful outdoor space. Just off busy King Street, Leaf’s welcoming patio has lured me in on more than one occasion. I’d been only once before–for drinks on a very rainy day, and then for dinner this past Saturday. Saturday night consisted of clear skies and a perfect temperature of 75°. The weather may have been better the second time around, but the experience was not.

First things first. Bread never made it to the table. I’m not sure if they don’t serve bread, or if our waiter simply forgot. Either way, no bread is a major red flag. I ordered the shrimp vegetable risotto for my entree and not only were the vegetables not fresh, but the risotto… forget it. It was more like a paste than anything else and it actually tasted like cardboard. To top it all off, our waiter was clearly off in another planet and got our checks wrong not one, not two, but three times. So disappointing.

The next time I go to Leaf, it’ll strictly be for a bottle of wine on the patio.

April 8, 2014

Xiao Bao Biscuit

Charlestonians talk about Xia Bao Biscuit like New Yorkers talked about The NoMad or ACME. I have to say that I’m slightly offended by this. Sure, the restaurant concept is fun and interesting, but in no way is this award-winning or even drool-worthy food. The design is fun and trendy, the menu is short, yet interesting, but the food was just so-so.

They pride themselves on their “Asian Soul Food” yet not a single Asian person works there. Maybe that’s why my “sticky rice” was more like rice glued together to form a tennis ball. I suppose I’ll have to switch my order up next time around because the sticky rice, cabbage pancake, and chicken were not all that impressive. I will give them one thing, though… the brussels sprouts–although a little soggy and salty for my usual taste–were very good. Looks like it’s brussels sprouts for dinner the next time I dine at Xia Bao.