About Us

The Queen

My name is Sydney Gallimore, and the two things I love most in this world (other than my cats) are writing and eating, which is why I founded Queen of the Food Age back in 2011 (back when I was just a bored, broke, post-grad who wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life, who started writing about food as a last-ditch effort to get her parents to give her an allowance while she found a real job). In addition to this blog, I also write forI’m writing for amazing publications like Charleston Grit, Thrillist, Where Traveler, and Localeur (to name a few).


I’m not a chef (but I do say BAM! a lot when I’m cooking), nor have I really had any professional training (unless you count 1 semester of culinary school… which most people don’t), but ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you: I’m a foodivore. I live to eat.

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The Princess

My name is Sydney Turnquist (2 Sydneys, what a coincidence!) and I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a food critic, so I get to play that fantasy out now! Since moving to Charleston in 2009, my palate has become increasingly more sophisticated. Seriously, I’m so picky now going to restaurants, I basically critique everything and compare it back to my favorite restaurants in Charleston (my family loves going out with me).

Artwork by Caty Cain.

Artwork by Caty Cain.

I mean, let’s be real though. I would eat a grilled cheese and mashed potatoes any and every day. I love all kinds of food, except for tomatoes and mushrooms. So if there’s a dish that’s heavy on those, sorry guys, can’t do it. My favorite cuisine is Asian (Thai is my jam).

So glamorous.

There was a period of time where I was a vegetarian, which then morphed into being a Flexitarian, but now I’ve come to see the light (as my friends would say) and eat all kinds of meat. I’ve become much, much more adventurous in my eating and will basically try anything once (I recently ate fried pig ears at Swig and Swine, they were surprisingly tasty). When I’m not trying a new restaurant or attending a fun food event, I love to go paddleboarding, surfing (I’m terrible, but trying to learn!), kayaking, and walking my two adorable dogs with my fiancé.


Queen of the Food Age

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Queen of the Food Age is dedicated to everything food–reviews, news, recipes, quotes, thoughts, pictures, and interacting with other people out there who are as passionate about food as we are.

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PR/Media: If you want to buy us dinner or have one (or both) of us attend your event for free in exchange for a review on Queen of the Food Age, visit the PR / Media Kit page or email gallimore[@]queenofthefoodage.com or turnquist[@]queenofthefoodage.com to talk details.

*Note: Giving us free food–while always appreciated–does not by any means guarantee a positive review. All thoughts are our own.*


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Content Disclaimer: I don’t receive compensation for any of the reviews I put in this blog. If I receive free food, a free class, or any type of incentive from any of the businesses I review, I specify that in the post, and I do not let that in any way affect the outcome of my review. If I don’t like it, I don’t like it. I’m not going to lie just to be polite. Sorry. Also, the opinions and statements expressed on this blog do not reflect those of my employer or vice versa. Ok. I think that’s everything. 


  • Reply greg@urbanspoon April 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks! I just approved your blog claim. Now your Urbanspoon profile picture is displayed on your blog page. You can upload a blog-specific photo if you prefer, and can change a few other blog settings there. Also, if you vote for a restaurant that you’ve reviewed on your blog, we now show your vote next to your post everywhere on our site.




  • Reply marty August 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I just found your blog. Very entertaining ;).

    Since you mentioned us in your May 7 entry … how did you know about “Trashcans”? We don’t advertise them. They were invented by the previous owner (we bought the place in 2010) . The “Trashcan” has become a local legend among the college crowd. We only offer them if someone asks.

    Anyway please come by and have a meal. The owner and head chef, Hope, prepares everything fresh and uses as much locally grown produce as possible. The “Vegetable Bin” is a lifesaver sometimes. She is here most days until 8PM so just ask for “mom’. Chucktown Tavern is the only place in the Market St area where you can get a home cooked lunch Mon-Fri for $5.95.


    • Reply Queen of the Food Age August 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I used to live right on Beaufain and Chucktown tavern was the closest place to my house. When the old owners were there, they recommended a Trashcan as a special drink for my 21st birthday And its been a tradition for trashcans and karaoke at Chucktown tavern ever since!

      And your menu looks great, I’ll definitely be stopping by for lunch or dinner in the next couple of weeks!!

      Thanks so much for finding me, Marty! I look forward to eating one of Hope’s delicious home cooked meals!


  • Reply Alexander Zito-Wolf February 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hi, my name is Alex and I am one of the founding team members of @theFavecast. We are a tool for amateur explorers to share short video recommendations that capture their favorite items and experiences.

    We really like helping bloggers have more fun sharing their experiences in short video, just ask Sus and Chlo (http://bit.ly/1kTBiLf).

    Your blog seemed particularly awesome, so I was wondering if you would like to talk about ways to make short video a cool component of your blog, either online or over coffee.

    We can even offer you our awesome Favecast preview version for you to try out before we release publicly!

    I look forward to talking further,


  • Reply Kate DeWitt December 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Hey Sydney,

    I just found your blog and am loving it! Been going through your restaurant reviews of some of my favorite places here in Charleston. We appear to have two things in common: 1. A belief that it is always Wine o’ Clock and 2. A deep affection for the cornbread and honey butter at Edmund’s Oast. Holy. Crap.

    I work with a mobile farmers’ market called Lowcountry Street Grocery (LSG) that also services local restaurants, like Edmunds. Depending on when you’ve been in, you may have tasted some of our greens in your dish! I think you might really like what we’re doing at LSG, check us out at http://www.lowcountrystreetgrocery.com 🙂 Cheers, and happy new year!

    • Reply Queen of the Food Age January 12, 2015 at 11:45 am

      What a cool idea! I can’t wait to see your awesome bus around town 🙂

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