Hello from the South! I’m blogging in a spring-ish 50-something degrees (it’s better than Buffalo!). Actually, I’m blogging from Adam’s computer this trip, so I’ve got to keep things quick. We are having a terrific, delicious time.
Breakfast day 1 – brunch at the famous Hominy Grill.
I got a(n extra spicy) bloody mary.
And a bowl of she crab soup.
Charleston is famous for its she crab soup; this bowl was super creamy and loaded with pieces of crab. I adore anything with sherry.
We ordered a piece of buttermilk pie for the table.
But it was much drier and less custard-y than we were hoping so we all just took a small taste.
It was a rainy first day so we did lots of inside and driving activities. We got in some good sight-seeing and scoped out a few spots to hit up during the rest of our trip.
One of our stops was Whole Foods for stocking up on goodies. <– chocolate coconut butter packets, it’s good to have you back in my life!
There was froyo next door.
I didn’t really love any of the flavor offerings so I got a small cup of cheesecake yogurt with tons of popping boba.
Can’t go wrong with boba.
We went to Hyman’s Seafood for dinner and they brought us complimentary hush puppies.
Best hush puppies ever; they had the perfect amount of sweetness.
We also started with fried pickles.
Lots of fried food in that dinner. I got french fries as my side,
with steamed shrimp.
Every component of my meal ended up smothered in tartar and cocktail sauce. I’m a girl who loves her condiments.
I was exhausted by the end of the day and crashed into bed hard. Let’s pretend it was the 20 minute stationary bike ride I started the day with, and not the heavy dinner!
Day 2 we skipped the gym and slept in. Instead I made it a healthy morning by starting my day with an apple.
Then we headed to Bakehouse for breakfast.
The offerings were as delicious as the space was adorable. The cookies and bars looks amazing but the closest we came to them was splitting a caramel marshmallow.
I also did a toasted marshmallow cappuccino.
Adam and I shared breakfast.
We had a mixed berry scone.
And a piece of Greek turkey strata.
It was a great breakfast.
We spent our second day exploring on foot. King Street and Meeting Street provided lots to look at.
We even got to see dolphins!
I couldn’t get a picture to save my life, but we saw lots of waving flippers and even a mama/baby combo.
Tastes from the day included…. Praline,
a drop of the spiciest hot sauce available (I stuck a toothpick in it and touched it to my tongue; I honestly didn’t think it was that hot!),
an Earl Grey macaron (<– squeeee!),
a KIND bar,
and some watermelon Zots from one of the many old-time candy stores.
All good, but I am definitely a lunch eater; when we got back to the hotel to change for dinner I was starving. Enter the perfect snack -
Diet coke and Cacao Bliss? Yes please!
But I sure was glad I saved room for dinner. We had an incredible Southern meal at Magnolias.
Bread with ridiculous cream cheese herb butter came when we sat down.
And we ordered a pimento cheese plate to start.
Sadly, the cheese wasn’t quite as sharp as I was hoping for, but everyone else at the table loved it. Pimento cheese was at the top of my to-do list for the Southern vacation though, so I hope to try again tomorrow.
I ordered a Bellini to drink (champagne/peach nectar/and a touch of grenadine),
but ended up swapping with Adam halfway through for his vodka/creme de cassis/pineapple juice martini.
For dinner I went with the “Fresh, Local, and Vegetarian.” You can’t go wrong with a name like that!
Sautéed spinach, fresh corn salad, roasted carrots, fried green tomatoes with jalopeño pimento cheese, and mashed potatoes.
We were too stuffed for dessert, though the menu listed a cream cheese pecan brownie with white chocolate ice cream that I’ll probably be dreaming about!
In fact, I’d like to be dreaming now; goodnight!
Have you ever been to Charleston? Is there anything we just can’t miss on our last day?