Goose Island Girls’ Night Out & Giveaway!

If there’s one thing I love more than drinking beer, it’s cooking with beer. So you can imagine how excited I was to be invited to the Goose Island Girls’ Night Out event for their Migration Week in Charleston! The event was held at Charleston Cooks! in Charleston and featured an “interactive cooking demonstration complete with Goose Island beer pairings.” Uh, yes please!

You had me at "Cheers!"

You had me at “Cheers!”

Lily and I arrived at Charleston Cooks! and were super pumped to meet all of the reps from Goose Island, as well as Jesse Valenciana, one of the cofounders & authors of the cookbook “ManBQue.” I wish he would’ve had his cookbook there so I could’ve bought an autographed copy or two. I know some “mans” who would definitely like this book. Although not as cool as a cookbook, we did get these beautiful branded beer glasses, which we sampled their vintage ales out of.

I'm a fancy beer drinker now!

I’m a fancy beer drinker now!

After everyone settled in, we learned that we’d be preparing a number of different recipes, each featuring one of the awesome Goose Island beers we were also going to be tasting that night. Lily and I volunteered to be in charge of the “Breakfast Beer Cheese,” which featured honey, manchego cheese, mustard, and Goose Island’s Matilda ale.

Beer + cheese = Happiness

Beer + cheese = Happiness

We served it with fresh sliced baguette, and it was absolutely delicious.

Also bread.

Also bread.

The main course of the evening was a “Aged Cheddar and Apple Stuffed chicken Breasts Braise in 312 Lager.”

Apple and cheddar is one of those flavors that shouldn't taste good together, but is actually quite yummy.

Apple and cheddar is one of those flavors that shouldn’t taste good together, but is actually quite yummy.

The chicken was pounded out super thin, stuffed with caramelized, chopped apple and shredded cheddar cheese, and then rolled up and braised in Goose Island’s 312 lager. Charleston Cooks! provided these cool rubber things that we used to roll up the chicken, and I was really tempted to buy some after the class.

But I make enough of a mess as it is just using toothpicks.

But I make enough of a mess as it is just using toothpicks.

The chicken was absolutely delicious, and this is definitely a recipe I’d make again.

Mmmm, so good.

Mmmm, so good.

The two boys in the class were in charge of the “Beer Batter Onion Rings with Sriracha Ketchup,” which were done tempura-style and were totally delish. I’m obsessed with sriracha ketchup. It might just be my next go-to condiment. I would have been super intimidated to use the fryer (even though I’ve used one before), so I’m glad the guys volunteered to handle it. And what a great job they did!

Those bubbles do not look warm and inviting, but scary and full of regret.

Those bubbles do not look warm and inviting, but scary and full of regret.

The other side dish for the evening was the “Lemon Ale Risotto with Thyme and Asparagus,” which was made with the Goose Island Sofie ale, and featured arborio rice, fresh lemon zest, and parmesan cheese.

I'll eat pretty much anything with lemon zest on it.

I’ll eat pretty much anything with lemon zest on it.

It was absolutely divine. I kind of wish we’d helped with this one because I’ve never made a risotto before, but Lily didn’t really want to try and sharpen our knife skills (get it?) in front of all of these strangers.

Although in retrospect, it doesn't actually seem that intense.

Although in retrospect, it doesn’t actually seem that intense.

Everything came together wonderfully, and even though each of the dishes had its own distinct flavor profile, they all complemented each other really well. I left feeling very satisfied indeed.

If not craving slightly more vegetables.

If not craving slightly more vegetables.

For dessert, we tried the decadent “Bourbon County Stout Tart with Oreo Cookie Crust.” I’ll let that sink in with you for a second. Yep.

Few ingredients, but full of flavor.

Few ingredients, but full of flavor.

It was damn good. I’m glad they only had enough for each of us to only eat 1, because I definitely could’ve devoured an entire tray.

The stout alone was sweet enough to be considered dessert.

The stout alone was sweet enough to be considered dessert.

We also got to taste all of the beers separately. Although I’m no beer connoisseur, I really liked all 4 of the beers (Sofie, Matilda, 312, and Honker’s Ale) that we sampled at the cooking event. After the event was over, Lily and I went around town to some of the other bars the Goose Island reps were visiting that night and got to try some of their limited edition and rare beers that they were sampling. Some of these I liked, and some of them were not my favorite, but I really enjoyed experiencing them and hanging out with all the reps. It was a very fun evening.

You could say that we "migrated" from bar to bar!

You could say that we “migrated” from bar to bar!

This is one of the more unique events I’ve had the pleasure of attending, and I want to thank Goose Island for letting me be a part of it. Go out and try at least the Honker’s Ale if you’ve never had it before! As a big thanks to all of you, I scored an extra t-shirt and a copy of the “ManBQue” cookbook to give away to you fine folks! To enter, simply leave a comment below with the name of your favorite Goose Island Beer. Earn extra points by following me on Facebook & Twitter. Giveaway ends 7/27 at 11:59 pm. Good luck!

Best of luck!

Best of luck!

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Food Quote of the Week 7/16/14

I’m working on making updates to the blog, so you guys should see a bunch of new comments coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s food quote!

“Think what a better world it would be if we all–the whole world–had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.”
–Robert Fulghum

 

I wholeheartedly agree. I could really use a nap right now.

I wholeheartedly agree. I could really use a nap right now.

Food Quote of the Week 7/7/14

Sorry guys, I’m a little behind, but I’m going to get caught up, soon! I promise! For now, enjoy this little food quote to keep your appetites whetted until I get to all of the backlog I have.

“If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f- yourself.”
–Jennifer Lawrence

 

She's pretty much my spirit animal.

She’s pretty much my spirit animal.

Weekend Roundup: A DC Whirlwind

This past week, Harry and I drove to Virginia to visit with his family before he left for South Africa. Our first stop of the trip on Thursday was at King’s Dominion, where we got really sweaty and rode a bunch of awesome rollercoasters.

The Intimidator definitely lived up to its name.

The Intimidator definitely lived up to its name.

We then drove to Harry’s childhood home in Bethesda, where I got to meet his brother for the first time, as well as the famous Scruffy dog I’ve been hearing so much about. I also got to meet his 90-year old grandfather, Poppy, who took us to dinner at a delicious Greek restaurant. We ate saganaki, dolmades, hummus, moussaka, and a bunch of other delicious Greek food. Poppy then invited us back to his apartment for an after dinner drink. And by “drink” I mean straight whiskey. Poppy don’t play.

Saganaki: Cheese that they LIGHT ON FIRE and then you eat it. Is this heaven??

Saganaki: Cheese that they LIGHT ON FIRE and then you eat it. Is this heaven??

On Friday, Harry and I went to lunch at a cajun restaurant downtown Bethesda called Louisiana Kitchen. We split fried alligator beignets, some jambalaya and a catfish po’boy, and it was very delicious.

All I can see when I'm eating cajun food is the "Maine Justice" sketch from SNL.

All I can think of when I’m eating cajun food is the “Maine Justice” sketch from SNL.

Afterwards, we went on a nice long hike with the Scruffy dog along the Potomac River, which was absolutely beautiful. For dinner, his parents cooked burgers on the grill, along with some baked kale and corn on the cob. Harry’s mom made these amazing blueberry muffins for dessert, and even though I wanted to eat like 4, I limited myself to 1 (because I’m classy like that).

I think we're all a little scruffy looking in this picture.

Although we’re all a little scruffy looking in this picture.

Saturday morning, Harry’s mom and I went and got our nails done together. We then met Harry at the Metro station and rode into DC for a tour of the National Portrait Gallery, where she’s a docent. After the 2.5 hour tour, we grabbed lunch at a little asian place called Teaism, which was really yummy. His mom went home after lunch, so Harry and I explored the city taking an obnoxious amount of selfies with anything that sparked my interest, including (but not limited to) the sculpture garden, the Hirshhorn, a random zen garden, a carousel, and a bunch of random other things.

So. Many. Selfies.

So. Many. Selfies.

Saturday night we joined his parents to see Jersey Boys (which I really enjoyed), and grabbed a bite to eat at a tapas restaurant near the theater, which was really yummy. On Sunday, we grabbed lunch with Harry’s dad and his friend Lindsay at Moby Dick House Of Kabob, and had some delicious mediterranean food (especially the hummus!). We spent the rest of the day being lazy and hanging out with some of his friends before Harry had to drive me to the airport (right at the beginning of the US-Portugal game). Everyone at the airport was watching the game, and I was caught off guard a couple of times by the random screaming, which every single time made me think we were under attack. But alas, it was just soccer.

His power comes from his beard.

His power comes from his beard.

Leon’s Oyster Shop

Last week when Cullen and Taylor were visiting, we all decided to try out a new lunch spot downtown. Cullen & Harry were craving oysters, so we thought we might give Leon’s a shot, since it had gotten pretty good reviews so far. When we got there, I ordered a diet coke, and knew right away it was going to be a great lunch when they served it to me in an old-timey glass bottle.

Mmm... My lifeblood.

Mmm… My lifeblood.

We started with raw oysters (cocktail sauce, mignonette, saltines, Market price), which we split between the 4 of us. I’m a little iffy about oysters (ew, slimy!) but these were outstanding. They tasted great and were surprisingly un-slimy. We topped them with a spritz of fresh lemon juice, cocktail sauce, and mignonette sauce, which was delicious. I’d absolutely order these again.

Even non-oyster lovers can love these oysters.

I know they look slimy here, but I promise you they really weren’t.

We also decided to try the char-grilled oysters (half dozen, lemon, parsley, butter, parmesan, $10). To be honest, I thought these were going to taste like grilled oysters, but instead they tasted exactly like oysters Rockefeller (which is also on the menu), and although they weren’t exactly what I was expecting, they were still out of this world, so none of us were disappointed. I loved the cheesiness of the parmesan and how the butter and parsley perfect complemented it. I also loved the bread they served it with. Extra buttery and toasted perfectly. Mmmm.

I never thought I'd crave oysters, but that's exactly what I'm doing right now.

I never thought I’d crave oysters, but that’s exactly what I’m doing right now.

For an entrée, Cullen and I both decided to get the fish sandwich (fried or grilled, lettuce, tomato, duke’s mayo, $13). The catch of the day was Mahi, so we both decided to try it fried. They serve it on these big fresh buns from Browns Court Bakery, which are delicious all on their own, and the sandwich came together like something from a symphony.

"Hey girl, can I buy you a fish sandwich?"

“Hey girl, can I buy you a fish sandwich?”

Harry apparently had not yet eaten enough oysters, so he decided to try the fried oyster sandwich (lettuce, tomato, avocado, comeback sauce, $13). I’m not sure what comeback sauce is, but this sandwich was on point. Harry ate it in like 2.5 seconds, but I snuck a bite in when he wasn’t looking. Like I said, I’m not crazy about oysters, but this sandwich was awesome. The oysters were fried perfectly, the breading was nice and crisp, and you can tell they served it as soon as they cooked it because it was still nice and hot, and the breading hadn’t yet had an opportunity to get soggy.

Oysters, oysters, everywhere.

Oysters, oysters, everywhere.

Taylor opted for the shrimp sandwich (fried or grilled; lettuce, tomato, avocado, comeback sauce, $13). Because we had all decided to clog our arteries together, she also opted to get it fried, and though I tend to prefer grilled shrimp, this sandwich was delicious. Idk if I would’ve though to put avocado on a shrimp sandwich, but it really, really worked.

That bun, though.

That bun, though.

There’s so much more on the menu that I want to try—from the fried chicken, to the fried clam wraps, to the shrimp toast—so you can bet that I’ll be back…and soon!

Chabby chic, it's the new thing. Via Southern Living

Chabby chic, it’s the new thing. Photo: Lacy Morris / Southern Living

Leon’s Oyster Shop
(843) 531-6500
698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

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Weekend Roundup: Charleston Like A Tourist

I kicked off this weekend with the Florida Georgia Line and Nelly concert at the Joe in Charleston with Harry. Cullen and Taylor came down for it as well, and we had a great time jamming out under the stars.

I'm not even ashamed to say I enjoyed myself.

I’m not even ashamed to say I enjoyed myself.

Friday kicked off Girls Weekend, hosted by my roommate Regina, in which a bunch of her friends and family came down to tour Charleston and experience some of her favorite restaurants and attractions in honor of her 1 year anniversary of moving down here! We started the weekend off with dinner at FIG, which was kind of a disaster, as the manager was very rude to our group and the whole situation was just awkward and uncomfortable. Lily and I finished the evening at Rarebit, where we were joined by Harry and some of his friends. I’m obsessed with the macaroni and cheese at Rarebit, and the patty melt is really good as well! You should check it out if you haven’t been.

If mac & cheese was a diet food, I'd be so skinny!

If mac & cheese was a diet food, I’d be so skinny!

Saturday was a jam packed day. We got our nails done at Tips-2-Toes on George St. downtown, Regina’s favorite nail salon (mine is Luxia in West Ashley, in case you were wondering). I picked a white-pink color, which was really pretty.

I'm as surprised as you are that I didn't pink something neon and glittery.

I’m as surprised as you are that I didn’t pick something neon and glittery.

We then drove to North Charleston for lunch at Nigel’s Good Food, a delicious soul food restaurant on Ashley Phosphate. Regina had been a couple of times, but this was my first time. We split an order of the whiskey shrimp, geechie wings, and fried green tomatoes with the table, and everything was delicious. For my entree, I ordered the Lowcountry Ravioli (Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Collards Greens, Black-eye Pea & Corn
Relish & Cheese stuffed Ravioli tossed in a Whiskey Cream Sauce, $11.95) and it was super yummy. I’ll definitely be back!

I want to eat all of that food right now.

I want to eat all of that food right now.

After lunch, I joined the girls at Frothy Beard, for a quick brewery tour before we headed back downtown for my first ever Carriage Tour. I was originally dreading it because I hate being the car stuck behind the horse tours downtown, but it ended up being a lot of fun and very educational!

And only about 80% as smelly as I thought it was going to be!

And only about 80% as smelly as I thought it was going to be!

After the tour, we headed to Wadmalaw Island to see the Angel Oak Tree, which was spectacular as always. We also went out to the Firefly Distillery, but arrived too late to do any of the tastings. The man working there was really rude to us when we arrived, telling us “We’re closed. Y’all need to plan better,” even though we got there 10 minutes before they closed, and just wanted to look around for a few minutes. Having worked in customer service for a long time, being rude (even at closing time) isn’t a way to treat your loyal customers.

But the Angel Oak is always polite.

But the Angel Oak is always polite.

Sunday, we had a 4-hour long brunch at Halls Chophouse. It was my first time visiting for brunch, and it was outstanding (as usual). The service we received was top notch and everyone agreed that this was the highlight of their trip. I ordered the chicken-fried bison and waffle sandwich and split some grits with Lily. She ordered the “Lowcountry Biscuits and Gravy” which was less biscuits and gravy, and more biscuits and succotash with fried oysters, but it was delicious either way. It was an amazing meal, but I immediately went into a food coma for the rest of the afternoon.

Halls is so good it shouldn't be legal.

Halls is so good it shouldn’t be legal.

What did you guys think of that Game of Thrones finale?! I can’t believe it’s already over!

Weekend Roundup: Lazy is the New Black

I don’t have a whole lot to report today, as this weekend was relatively uneventful. Thursday, I went to the Grand Opening party at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams with a few of my coworkers and ate my weight in some of the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I highly recommend you do so. My favorites are the dark chocolate, salted caramel, pineapple upside down cake, and … well they’re all pretty much my favorites.

So much yummy.

So much yummy.

Friday, I grabbed some red curry from Fire Street Food after work and settled in to watch Season 2 of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I was glad that the weather outside was crummy, so I didn’t feel bad about vegging on my couch all evening eating Thai food.

It's been too long, Fire. Via Yelp

It’s been too long, Fire. Via Yelp

Saturday, I tried to be a little more productive, hitting up a Weight Watchers meeting and doing some circuit training at the gym before picking up lunch from Persimmon Cafe for Harry and myself. We played a little Bananagrams at his office before I went back home to settle into the rest of the season of OITNB. My cats were super excited to have me home for the whole day.

Especially Weasley.

Especially Weasley.

Saturday night, I went to a Cards Against Humanity party that my friend Sheena invited me to. It was lots of fun and I laughed a lot. Also, it might’ve been the biggest game of CAH that I’ve ever played, which only made it funnier.

So many deviants in one room together.

So many deviants in one room together.

Sunday, Harry and I went to brunch at Butcher and Bee before he went to work and I went to work finishing the last 4 episodes of OITNB. I made some spaghetti squash for dinner and lounged around until it was time to watch Game of Thrones.

I may or may not have had tater tots as an appetizer. Dieting is hard.

I may or may not have had tater tots as an appetizer. Dieting is hard.

Hope everyone has a great week! If you’ve finished Season 2 of OITNB, let me know what you thought of the season in the comments!

Baked Brie With Jezebel Peaches, Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak, and Grilled Mexican Corn Salad

Because of my recent travels and adventures having friends in town (and my general laziness), I’ve been going out to eat a lot lately. Like, way more than I should. Although I love going out to eat (no doing dishes!), I was recently inspired to try some new recipes after perusing the June edition of Southern Living Magazine, which focused on southern food (you should really go pick it up and take a look), so I decided to make a night of it and spoil Harry with a southern feast.

My goal is to make all of the recipes in this little book by the end of the summer.

My goal is to make all of the recipes in this summer cookbook by the end of August.

I had some brie that was given to me by the folks at Jarlsberg during the Food Film Festival last month, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to make use of it with the “Baked Brie With Jezebel Peaches.

I'm a fan of any kind of cheese, basically.

I’m a fan of any kind of cheese, basically.

The recipe called for a 13.2 oz round, and although mine was about half that size, I decided not to halve any of the other ingredients, and I thought it turned out great. I served it with Keeblers Assorted Toasteds crackers, and it was a big hit. I loved the combination of flavors. It was tangy and creamy and crunchy and fruity all at once. I’d definitely make this again; I imagine it would be a great hit at parties!

So melty.

So melty.

For the main course, I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and try the “Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak,” which looked delicious in the magazine. I’ve literally cooked steak one other time in my life, so I thought this would be a good learning experience. The first thing that I learned is that I have no idea how to buy steak at the grocery store (it took me 10 full minutes to realize that skirt steak and flank steak are interchangeable. I’m bad at reading directions). Once I’d gathered all of the ingredients, I trimmed some of the fat off the steak, made the rub and let it sit for the required time while I prepared the side dish.

Rubbin' meat like a pro.

Rubbin’ meat like a pro.

 

Since I don’t have a grill at my apartment, I decided I would cook the steaks in my cast iron skillet, like they’d done when I went to that cooking class at Southern Season. The problem is that the cuts of meat I’d chosen were too big to fit in the skillet together, and in retrospect I should’ve cooked them one piece at a time, but I’m stubborn and decided I would make it work cooking them both together.

So. Much. Meat.

So. Much. Meat.

I somehow managed to both burn and undercook the steaks (kind of impressive, actually), and ended up sticking the whole skillet in the oven to finish cooking them. They came out somewhere around medium-well in color, but well done in texture. When trying the steak, I thought it tasted really flavorful, but was a bit chewy. Harry loved it and ended up eating all of the leftovers, so I guess that’s a good sign! I’d definitely try this recipe again with a grill and someone who actually knew how to cook steak.

Did I cut it right? I don’t even think I know how to do that. Yikes. I’m doomed.

The biggest hit of the night, though, was the “Grilled Mexican Corn Salad.” When I was making the corn, I was a little weirded out about rubbing ears of corn with mayonnaise, but it actually turned out really deliciously. Again, since I didn’t have a grill, I put the corn in the oven at 450 and let them bake for about 13 minutes before I took them out to cut the kernels from the cob to make the salad.

Apparently my oven cooks by neon light.

Apparently my oven cooks by neon light.

The flavor of this dish was so unique, and I loved how light and refreshing it tasted with the fresh herbs, lime juice, and crispness of the corn straight off of the cob (rather than canned or frozen). Plus I’m a huge fan of any dish with feta cheese in it.

I love corn straight off the cob. It's just so much better.

I love corn straight off the cob. It’s just so much better.

The meal was delicious and as fun to eat as it was to make. With the exception of the snafu with the beef–which was really just my own personal shortcoming (what did I even learn in that semester of culinary school, anyway?!–the evening went off without a hitch, and we enjoyed our meal with a nice bottle of malbec out on my porch. Southern living really is the best kind of living.

The finished product. Not pictured: the half a bottle of wine I drank to destress from cooking that steak.

The finished product. Not pictured: the half a bottle of wine I drank to destress from cooking that steak.

Weekend Roundup: We Do What We Want

Thursday night we had a team outing to the Riverdogs game with the entire Matchstick office, which was a blast. I have no idea what happened during the game, but it was nice to get out of the office and hang out with my coworkers in a new environment.

riverdogs-game

The Matchstick gang! (plus Regina!)

Although it didn’t end up that way, this weekend was supposed to be relatively healthy, as I was all signed up to run a 5K with my best friend from high school, Shay. She came down on Friday night and we had a disappointing dinner at The Green Goat in West Ashley. I’d heard really good things from a lot of people, so I was sad when everything–from the food to the service–was kind of subpar.

Except the fried green tomatoes with goat cheese. Those were pretty good.

Except the fried green tomatoes with goat cheese. Those were pretty good.

Saturday morning, I brought Shay to Folly Beach for her first ever brunch at Lost Dog Cafe, one of my favorite haunts. We feasted on biscuits and gravy, french toast, chicken quesadillas, and homefries. We left stuffed and regretting our decision to wear bathing suits out in public.

But I'd do it all over again

But I’d do it all over again

 

After brunch, we decided to brave the beach, ignoring the thunder and threats of rain. We stayed for about 12 minutes before dark storm clouds forced us to pack up and leave. After the beach, we decided to head out to Johns Island early to pick up our packets for the race and get it out of the way. Upon arriving at Legare Farms, we were told that due to the weather, the race had been postponed until June 28th, which we were at once disappointed and excited by. On the one hand, we were really looking forward to getting all foamy at the 5K, but on the other hand, this left much more time for us to relax (plus it meant Shay has to come back at the end of June!).

Although I kind of think the mud would've made it even more fun. Photo via Legare Farms.

Although I kind of think the mud would’ve made it even more fun. Photo via Legare Farms.

Since we were already on Johns Island, we decided to visit Angel Oak, since Shay’d never seen it before. It was surprisingly busy considering the weather, but we still managed to get a few cute pictures with the tree despite the crowds.

Well, cute photos of Shay anyway.

Well, cute pictures of Shay anyway.

On the way back to my apartment, we spotted a little Snow Cone hut along the side of the road and decided to stop. I stood outside in the rain watching as they made our snow cones. I, of course, got Tiger’s Blood, while Shay opted for Blue Raspberry. This was her first snow cone experience, and even with the rain it was quite enjoyable.

Snow cone juice or MURDER?! You decide.

Snow cone juice or MURDER?! You decide.

By the time we made it through the flooded roads back to my apartment, the rain had stopped a bit, so we decided to try out the hot tub in my complex to relax. We hung around there for about an hour, switching back and forth between the pool and the hot tub, until we were pruney and ready to change into pajamas and grab some dinner.

I'm wearing a bathing suit, I promise.

I’m wearing a bathing suit, I promise.

We ate dinner at Shay’s favorite restaurant in Charleston, Bessinger’s Barbeque. We always order both a BBQ basket and a cheeseburger basket, and split the sandwiches in half so we can try both. I’ve asked numerous time if they’d make a burger topped with pulled pork, but much to my chagrin, they continue to refuse to do so.

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I may have had more fun playing with my food than eating it.

Sunday morning was very exciting for me, as it was my first time meeting Harry’s parents, who were in town for Piccolo! We met them at Sweetwater Cafe downtown for breakfast and conversation, and it was very pleasant. I also drove them to the airport while Harry was at work, so I had time to get to know them a little better. I’m excited to visit them again in June and meet the famous Scruffy, the “Best Dog In The World,” as I’ve been told.

Soon.

Soon, puppy.

After breakfast Shay and I went out to Sullivan’s Island, since the weather had finally decided to cooperate with us. We stayed out for about 2 hours, where I was delightfully sunburnt from head to toe, despite putting on multiple layers of sunscreen.

Shay, of course, turned a beautiful brown, while I looked like giant cherry tomato.

Shay, of course, turned a beautiful brown, while I looked like giant cherry tomato.

Shay and I had a quick lunch at Los Arcos before she packed up and headed back to Greenville. I took solace knowing it’ll only be a few more weeks until I see her again. After she left, I spent the afternoon cleaning my apartment and searching Charleston (unsuccessfully) for a 60-inch 5 shelf bookcase since I’ve outgrown mine. Although I didn’t find one, I did pick up a couple of other items at Target, so I still consider Sunday a success (even if I did miss Game of Thrones).

Even though I'll probably wake up with this song in my head every morning.

Even though I’ll probably wake up with this song in my head every morning.

Regina got inspired on Sunday and decided to plant a flower & herb garden on our balcony so expect to see more pictures of that as it continues to grow. I might add some more herbs and flowers to the porch as well in the coming weeks. I love summer!

I just love flowers.

I just love flowers.

This week has a lot of fun things planned, so be sure to check out my Facebook and Twitter pages to keep updated!

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