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Quote of the Week 8/14/17: Let’s Taco ‘Bout It

August 14, 2017

If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been a bit busy this month (hence this being only my second post in 2 weeks… yikes!). I’m trying to get back into the groove of things now that I’m not traveling all over the place! I’ve made some changes in my life lately, and things are finally starting to settle down, so hopefully I’ll be able to create a schedule and stick to it!

This week’s quote is in honor of the fact that I spent a wonderful weekend with great friends this past weekend and this upcoming weekend, I’ll have friends coming in from DC for the Eclipse!

“You can’t just eat good food… you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.”
— Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

And you can’t be friends with me unless you want to eat and talk about good food.


Events

Eclipse 2017: Charleston Party Round-Up

August 2, 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve heard that there’s a total solar eclipse making it’s way across the US from coast to coast on August 21st. It will reach totality in Charleston around 2:46 pm, plunging the Holy City in darkness and being utterly awesome. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and Charleston is definitely ready to celebrate it. (PS don’t forget to order your eclipse viewing glasses!).

[This list will be updated as more events are added. Last update 8/17, 2:59 am]

Daniel Island

Daniel Island Library


August 21, 1 – 2 pm, free admission

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States. This total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. No other country will get to see the total eclipse this time and parts of the Lowcountry are in the direct path! Join BCLS for this historical event.

We are throwing parties to celebrate the solar eclipse and want you to join us. Glasses for safely viewing the total eclipse will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t forget to grab a space-themed treat while you’re there!

Don’t have the proper glasses or equipment? No problem! Come to the library and watch the live stream.

MUSC Health Stadium

August 21, 11 am – 5 pm, tickets $8

Gates open at 11:00 am- Eclipse is in the two o’clock hour. The family friendly event will include eclipse live streams, astronomy related activities, a science-based kids zone, local food, drinks, entertainment & more. Tickets are $8 for adults. Admission is free for 12 & under, Military personnel, & first responders. All tickets include Solar Eclipse glasses.

Downtown Charleston

The Alley

August 20, 8 pm – 2 am

On Sunday, August 20 the lanes are getting lit before the sky goes dark. Before the 2017 Solar Eclipse, Charleston’s most loved bowling alley, The Alley is hosting a special edition of their Light Up The Lanes event to celebrate the Eclipse.

They will be lighting it up with cosmic bowling complete with lights, lasers out of this world beats from DJ Precise. Guests can call to reserve a lane at 843-818-4080.

Bay St. Biergarten

August 21, 1 – 4 pm, free admission

4 Facts You Should Know about the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse:

  1. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979.
  2. A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth. The Moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet.
  3. This eclipse will be the most-viewed ever. Because of media, weather and access from nearby large cities.
  4. The best place to be for a Solar Eclipse Party is Bay Street Biergarten.

Join us at Biergarten on Monday, August 21st from 1pm – 4pm for a Solar Eclipse Party complete with drink specials from on Reyka Vodka, Flor De Cana Rum & a delicious wit bier called Scattered Sun. Plus, it will all be accompanied by beats by DJ Rehab.

The Brick

August 21, 1 – 5 pm

Total Eclipse Of The Heart 80s themed Eclipse viewing party

  • outdoor patio
  • eclipse glasses
  • DJ Arenaissance
  • Free admission
  • $4 Lunazul cocktails and other drink specials.

Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill

August 21, 12 – 4 pm, free admission

On Monday Aug. 21 from noon – 4pm we invite you to party with us in our side lot and witness a once in a life time celestial event.

Guests will enjoy while enjoying craft cocktails from Absoult, Jim Beam Black, and Hornitos Black Barrel, while listening to beats by Mike Tech.

Cannon Green

August 21, 1 – 4 pm, admission $50 – $60

What is better than seeing a once in a lifetime total solar eclipse? Adding yoga, friends and champagne to the mix. Join us in the beautiful courtyard of Cannon Green on August 21 to celebrate the eclipse in sweaty style.

12:30: check in

1-2 pm: Yoga in the courtyard lead by Redux Yoga owner & 2010 World Champion Griffin Peddicord

2 pm: Enjoy Moët & Chandon spa cocktails and light fare

2:45 pm: Eclipse viewing in the Cannon Green courtyard with protective viewing glasses

This event is proudly sponsored by Moët & Chandon Champagne, Redux Yoga and Cannon Green. Bring a mat and see you there!

Caviar & Bananas

$8 eclipse-themed cocktail.

Prosecco topped w/ Pure Fluff cotton candy ball. The cotton candy is mixed berry flavor and made with activated charcoal. Once the ball is dropped in the drink, it dissolves and turns it gray (see attached). The charcoal has a detoxifying affect. Pure Fluff Co. is based in Charleston and owned by Arielle Stratton. Her products are available at C&B and come in super fun flavors.

Additionally – C&B is offering a special Eclipse catering package (I’ve attached details). This is great for folks who are picnicking to watch the Eclipse or are hosting parties and want some easy food options. It comes with choice of sandwich or salad, one side, and a Black & White cookie. The package also includes Eclipse glasses, a glow in the dark straw, and glow in the dark cup. Orders have to be placed by Friday 8/18 at noon.

 

Charleston Boat Adventures

August 21, admission varies

—–Book a Boat tour with us today!—–
www.CharlestonBoatAdventures.com

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is to be right in it’s path with NASA holding their headquarters here for the day it’s gonna be spectacular. Catch this once in a lifetime opportunity while relaxing in the boat on the Charleston harbour or relaxing on a remote barrier island. Book today before it’s to late and catch this spectacular event in style and on the water. Call (843)364-1566 for Reservations.

Charleston Harbor Club

August 21, 12 – 3 pm, admission is $65 for adults and $40 for children

Enjoy a total solar eclipse experience including: Chef Montgomery’s out of this world eclipse menu, solar eclipse glasses, sun souvenirs, and the view of a lifetime!

$65++ per person
Price includes lunch, solar eclipse glasses, sun souvenirs, and the view of a lifetime!

Lunch from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Palmetto Room followed by a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on the Rooftop Terrace from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Chef Montgomery’s “Out of This World” Lunch Menu:

  • Mini Lobster Rolls on “Crescent Moon” Buns
  • Moon Crater Deviled Eggs with “Pitch Black” Caviar
  • Quail, Knots, Cream “Moon Struck” Grits, Goat Cheese, Barbeque Glaze
  • Crabcake Biscuit, Cajun Remoulade, Crisp Green Tomato
  • Mason Jar Chopped Salad
  • Local Shrimp & Grits with Andouille “Lunar Gravy”
  • Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin
  • “Total Eclipse” Potato Chips
  • Pan Seared “Moon Fish”
  • Moon Pies
  • Flying Saucer Fruit Tarts
  • Coconut Comet Macaroons
  • Cosmic Brownies

Cocktail Club

  • Eclipse-themed cocktail TBD

Cooper River Brewing

August 21, 1 – 4 pm, free admission

Another epic day Party coming your way for the Total Solar Eclipse!
Watch the total ecplipse from the best spot down town, the bridge to Nowhere. Overlooking the Ashley River will be the place to be. Saluda Shoals and Lauren Hall will be throwing down in the taproom before and after. More details to come!

Eleve at The Grand Bohemian Hotel

August 21, 12 – 4 pm, admission $65

Hope we’ll see you… in the shadow!!! Chandon Eclipse Viewing Party @ Eleve Rooftop

Reservations required, limited availability.  Doors open at noon, eclipse viewing from 1-4pm. Lunch is a buffet from 12-2pm in Eleve restaurant, followed by the Solar Eclipse viewing party on the rooftop terrace from 2-3pm.

$65/person includes Chef Ryley’s eclipse menu, solar eclipse glasses, Chandon Etoile special feature will be poured by the glass and the view of a lifetime!

Fleet Landing

August 21, 12 – 4 pm, free admission

The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming up on August 21st, and Charleston is the #2 destination on the path of totality! Join us in the parking lot for beer, food, music, and prime viewing of the main event from Noon – 4 pm on August 21st! No cover, and we’ll have glasses to protect your precious peepers

Check out the Charleston Magazine guide to the Eclipse!

Gentry Bar & Room

Sunday August 20, 10 pm – close and Monday August 21, 4pm – close

The Gentry Bar will be hosting a Pre-party: Blinded By The Light party Sunday, August 20 featuring live music from David Higgins from 10pm – close.

After Party: Monday August 21 from 4pm – close, with Light The Night featuring beats from DJ Trevor D starting at 9:30pm.

The eclipse inspired menu will include:

  • Solar Fondue – Chef’s pimento cheese fondue served with caramelized toast points, pickled vegetables, house smoked sausage.
  • Sun Sliders – game changing fried chicken with secret sauce
  • Moon Rolls – gourmet pigs in a blanket with house made sweet and savory dipping sauce
  • Sun Chips – fried to perfection with house dipping sauces
  • Moon Pies – Classic and house made for the sweet tooth.

Indaco

  • “Eclipse Pie” featuring squid ink on Monday Night.

The Macintosh

  • Happy hour from 2 – 7 pm
  • Half-priced wine all night long!

Mercantile & Mash

  • Half-priced black coffee all day
  • Moon pie special

O-Ku

  • Open from 11 am – 3 pm for lunch service

Pounce Cat Cafe

August 21, 2 – 4 pm, admission $50

Join us at the cafe to view one of the rarest celestial events…with kittens! The Dark Side of the Mewn Eclipse Party will be full of kitties, drinks, and giveaways, and the event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 on Monday, August 21st!

Tickets for the Dark Side of the Mewn Party are $50 per person and include:
– A pair of Pounce eclipse sunglasses to peep the phenomenon
– Open bar with beer, wine, champagne, coffee, and tea
– Unlimited snuggles with a room full of kittens

Revelry & Tradesman Brewing

August 21, 12 – 10 pm, free admission

Join Revelry & Tradesman Brewing for a total solar eclipse party. “The Gathering” will take place Monday August 21st 2017 beginning at 12PM. Both breweries will be brewing special beers just for this event that are sure to play with your eyes just as the solar eclipse will.

This is a great opportunity to check out Tradesman’s new space at 1647 King St Ext and Revelry’s Rooftop Bar at 10 Conroy St. Downtown.

Yes, a dual-location party. Expect the partial eclipse to begin at 1:16pm and a total eclipse 2:46pm!

Victor Social Club

August 21, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, admission to USBG members only

Party for the USBG

  • Eclipse glasses
  • Honey-inspired Barr Hill eclipse cocktails
  • Honey-inspired hors d’oeuvres
  • Raffles and prizes
  • Sponsored by Caledonia Spirits
  • USBG Members RSVP to justin@caledoniaspirits.com

James Island

Famulari’s Pizzeria and Brewpub

August 21, 11:00 am – 10:30 pm, free admission

Skip the craziness of the beach and come on down to the Brewpub for our Total Eclipse of the Pie event! Watch the breathtaking eclipse from the comfort of Fam’s beautiful back patio. We’ll have drink specials, eclipse glasses, pizza specials, and much more.

Suga Shack Mosquito Beach

August 21, 12:00 – 8:00 pm, free admission

PTG and CharlestonGood present the first ever SEED Concert! We will be experiencing the Solar Eclipse along with Entertainment and Dance! Featuring many guest musical performances, culinary art, and much more!

If you would like to donate to our cause please visit { Youcaring.com/preservethegullah }

Mount Pleasant

Red’s Ice House

August 21, 12:30 – 5:30 pm; free admission

The Good Times Duo (feat. Jayson Sabo & Mike Reid) eclipse viewing glasses

The after party will take place at Red’s Ice House where guests can keep the party going on the dock with live music from Taco Donkey.

Tavern & Table

August 21, 12:30 – 5:30 pm; free admission

The Good Times Duo (feat. Jayson Sabo & Mike Reid) eclipse viewing glasses

The after party will take place at Red’s Ice House where guests can keep the party going on the dock with live music from Taco Donkey.

Summerville

TBD

West Ashley

Citadel Mall

August 21, 1:00 am – 3:00 pm, free admission

West Ashley’s only FREE Official NASA approved viewing location. FREE eclipse glasses for the first 500 people, sponsored by Trademark Properties Real Estate Services.
Fun for the entire family, food trucks, inflatables, games, entertainment and more! All benefiting Darkness to Light!

Middleton Place

August 21, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, free with paid admission to Middleton Place

View the Great American Solar Eclipse at Middleton Place. Join in for fun activities and crafts throughout the day for scientists of all ages and learn from Jenny Mantini, Arts & Sciences Faculty at the College of Charleston, Astronomy, about how man’s early understanding of the cosmos shaped history. Free eclipse-viewing glass for the first 500 guests. The Middleton Place Restaurant will serve lunch outside for guests who don’t want to miss the view as the eclipse begins around 1 pm.

Eclipse activities are free with paid General admission to Middleton Place.

Rick Hendrick Chevrolet

August 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, free admission

Join us for this awe-inspiring celestial event in historic Charleston, SC! From 2:38 – 2:46 EDT, visitors from all across our region will be will be able to view a total solar eclipse with the best view off of Savannah Highway at Rick Hendrick Chevy. The first 75 guests will receive VIP Viewing at this event open to the public, including complimentary protective eyewear! Stay tuned for event updates and available prizes! Limited supplies available!

St. Andrews Park & Playground

August 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, free admission

St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground is hosting a once in a lifetime, totally awesome event on 8/21/17 for the Solar Eclipse!

  • FREE ADDMISSION for viewing!
  • Bring your own tent, blanket and chairs. Viewing area will have music, food trucks, concessions, yard games and more.
  • We will also have a Kidz Zone filled with crafts and water inflatables for a $5.00 fee. Bring your bathing suit! Adult supervision is required for Kidz Zone with no admission fee.
  • For more information www.standrewsparks.com or 843-763-4360

 

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week 7/31/17: I’m Avo-Control

July 31, 2017

So, I’ve been getting kind of fatigued from all those arbitrary “NATIONAL XFOOD DAY” posts that have been inundating my social media feeds lately, but National Avocado Day is one I’ll make an exception for. Because yes, I know the guac is extra, and I don’t care.

“I suppose there are people who can pass up free guacamole, but they’re either allergic to avocado or too joyless to live.”
— Frank Bruni


Restaurant Reviews

Workshop Review

July 28, 2017

In case you couldn’t tell from my original post announcing Workshop‘s concept and design, I’ve been VERY excited about Charleston’s first adult food court, featuring a rotating list of restaurants. It’s been open since about the beginning of May, and I’ve been more than a few times, so I feel pretty confident in being able to write this review, which is different than most of my reviews, because it’s not a review of a singular place, but rather a number of restaurants all at the same address. I will be reviewing all of the restaurants currently at the space and will update as old places leave and new ones take residence.

Exterior money shot

Bad Wolf Coffee – Ongoing

Bad Wolf is an “all-day café serving Four Barrell Coffee, house-made pastries, wine and small plates from chef Jonathan Ory.” It’s the only place in Charleston that serves Four Barrell coffee (which is worth the visit alone). When I first walked in, I was impressed with how clean and industrial the space was, with lots of glass, gleaming silver polished finishes, wood, and bright blue flourishes.

The succulent flourishes add a touch of whimsy!

The first dish they served us from Bad Wolf was this little tartine of fresh fruits and veggies and housemade cheese topped with some speck ham. It was very refreshing, and a great combination of refreshing, crunchy, creamy, and salty.

Is this considered healthy? If so, sign me up.


They also served a little dessert, called the Paris-Brest, a cream-filled choux pastry that was absolutely fantastic! The cream was super buttery and the outside was light and chewy in the best possible way. Think open-faced cream puff.

This one is definitely not healthy eating, but I’m still on board.

Finally, we got to try some of the famous Four Barrell coffee! I opted for mine in the form of iced coffee with half cream, half almond milk, which, before you start commenting about how basic I am, was done accidentally. The coffee was super smooth and I didn’t even feel the need to add sugar, which is saying a lot for me.

Also, check out that stellar manicure.

Beech Test Kitchen – Leaving September 3rd, 2017

Beech is the newest occupant of Workshop, marking its second location in Charleston (the first is on King Street near CofC). It replaced JD Loves Cheese toward the end of June, meaning if you want to find cheesy bread, you’re going to have to look elsewhere (I recommend Slice, but more on that if you scroll down). Beech’s whole schtick is “fruit, fish, rice, and vegetables,” and they lived up to that motto when they brought out their dishes to try, an acai bowl and a shrimp poke bowl. Both were fantastic and made me feel like I was feeding my body lots of quality nutrition. Then I cancelled that out with a cocktail, and no one was surprised.

I yam who I yam.

Juan Luis – Ongoing (thank the lawd)

I was first exposed to pitmaster John Lewis’s Tex-Mex side at his weekly Taco Tuesday events at his namesake BBQ joint on the Eastside. I wasn’t sure how a BBQ master would be able to also be skilled at Mexican food, but one puffy taco later, I was sold. At Juan Luis, I’ve tried a number of things. Although it sounds like a cop out, I’m a huge fan of the queso, which is thick and creamy, with just the right amount of spice.

It also pairs really well with a margarita.

For actual food, I love the tamales, which are stuffed with their signature red-chile pork. These are some of my favorite tamales that I’ve had in Charleston, hands down. They definitely pack some heat, so I recommend an ice cold margarita to cool your mouth down.

Then again, I’d recommend the margarita even if the tamales weren’t spicy.

I am also a huuuuge fan of the green chile enchiladas with chicken, with a side of rice and beans. Although both the refried and charro beans are delicious, I think the refried beans are much better. I’m not sure what he does differently, but they’re super flavorful and not as…slimy(? I guess is the best word?) as the refried beans you sometimes get at a typical Mexican restaurant. They have a lot more texture. And the chicken in the enchiladas is perfectly pulled and the whole thing is like a flavor explosion. I’m glad it’ll be sticking around for a long, long time.

Awww yisss.

Kite Noodle – Leaving Aug 14, 2017

I’m so sad that Kite Noodle is leaving, because their noodles truly are something special. Kite Noodle specializes in fast, fresh Korean food and is also helmed by Jonathan Ory. One of the first things I ever ate at Workshop, which remains one of my favorites to this day, was the Japchae (sweet potato noodles with vegetables and bulgogi), which is so unique and packed full of flavor.

Goodbye, old friend.

A new dish I recently tried was the Bibim Guksu, chilled Somyeon (Korean wheat noodles) with kimchi and bulgogi and an egg. Despite being served cold, these noodles have a bit of spice in them, so they heat you up from the inside.

Goodbye, new friend.

Be sure to visit Kite Noodle before they leave for good on 8/14!

So many noodles, so little time.

Pink Bellies – Ongoing

I’ve been a fan of the banh mi at Pink Bellies since they were just a tiny little food truck at the corner of St. Phillip’s and Calhoun Street. They’re known for their pulled pork & jam banh mi, which features pulled pork, mayo, blueberry jam, chilis, pickled carrots, and cilantro. It’s different, but also familiar (assuming you’re already familiar with banh mi), and is a great variation from the classic. I highly recommend it!

Banh for me, banh for you.

I’ve also heard amazing things about their Animal-style burger, so I hope to try it someday soon!

Slice – Leaving May 4, 2018

Ok, so this review is the least fair of all of the other reviews, because I’ve only had a sample of one menu item from Slice, and it wasn’t the pizza (I know, I know). But, what I had was absolutely delicious. Technically it was off menu, a take on their classic meatball sub. It was a mini slider on one of their garlic knots, and y’all. It was so good. I literally cannot wait to go back and enjoy the rest of their menu.

Give me alllll the sliderz.

 

Charleston Restaurant News Random Fodder

Charleston’s Own Megan Deschaine Wins National “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition

July 26, 2017

Earlier this summer, I had the honor of judging the USBG “Make It Exotico” cocktail competition at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, at which the other judges and I crowned Megan Deschaine the Charleston winner for her take on a “margherita pizza-inspired margarita.” At the competition’s final round, held July 19 at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, a four-person judging panel crowned Charleston, S.C., mixologist Megan Deschaine the overall winner with her cocktail, “The Napoleonic Complex.”

#GirlBoss

Along with the trophy, Deschaine receives an all-expense paid trip to Exotico Tequila’s distillery – Destiladora González González – in Jalisco, Mexico. While there, Deschaine will visit the agave fields in the highlands of Jalisco and tour the distillery, which is located in the heart of Guadalajara.

“I think the partnership Exotico Tequila has created with the USBG is so enriching to the whole bartending community, giving us bartenders a platform to meet one another,” Deschaine said. “I am so excited to go to Mexico, because I actually paid for college with bartending, to be a Spanish high school teacher.”

Deschaine’s “The Napoleonic Complex” cocktail recipe


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Exotico Blanco Tequila
  • .75 oz. lime juice
  • .5 oz. agave syrup
  • 4 dashes Bittermen’s Hellfire Bitters
  • 2 dashes Scrappy’s Celery Bitters
  • 1 ripe roma tomato, quartered
  • 8-10 basil leaves

Instructions:
Rim half of a rocks glass with salt and pepper. Muddle tomato quarters and basil in a mixing tin, then add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Double strain cocktail into dressed rocks glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with a skewered mozzarella ball and basil leaf.

The USBG “Make It Exotico” cocktail competition invited mixologists from across the country to submit their best cocktail recipe using Exotico Blanco or Exotico Reposado 100% agave tequila as the base spirit. The six finalists competed against 47 other contestants in semifinal events in Nashville, Tenn; Philadelphia, Pa.; Denver, Colo.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; and Charleston, S.C.

As with the semifinal events, at the final round, finalists had a maximum of seven minutes to make their cocktails live for a panel of judges, who judged the cocktails on appearance, aroma, creativity, taste and overall impression. Judges included USBG professionals, tequila and cocktail experts, and local media personalities.

This is the kind of cocktail party you definitely don’t want to miss.

Earning second place was Elizabeth Powell with “Play in the Sunshine,” and in third place was Brandon Paul Weaver with “Piñata Punch.” The other finalists and their cocktails included Ryan Williams with “Bigly,” Katie Loeb with “Javelina,” and Nate Maston with “Beber Esta.”

The USBG “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition is organized by the United States Bartenders’ Guild and sponsored by Exotico Tequila. This is the competition’s inaugural year.

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week 7/24/17: The Times, They Are A-Changin’

July 24, 2017

So in addition to summer slowly coming to a close, I’m also going through a lot of changes in my life right now. I look back at where I was 1 year ago or 2 years ago and I’m so proud and grateful for the progress I’ve made, the adventures I’ve had, and the people I’ve met. In honor of that, I found this quote to be particularly profound, and I hope all of you will enjoy it as well.

“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.”
–Nora Ephron

Potatoes are bae.

Restaurant Reviews

Pawpaw

July 21, 2017

I had some family friends come into town recently and felt a lot of pressure to take them to a good restaurant. So rather than risk one of my favorites failing to live up to the hype, I decided to have us all try somewhere I’d never been before so that we could all experience it for the first time together! I decided on Pawpaw because we’d been out exploring the Market and they had a reservation available for a party of our size. I had messed up in counting when I made the reservation, so we were actually 1 chair short when we were seated (hey, I’m a writer, not a math-er), but the team was super great about adding an extra table so that we could all sit comfortably.

I ordered a cocktail, the Word of Mouth (Local Hat Trick Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, St. Germain, Grand Marnier, Rose Water, Vanilla, $14), which I loved. I’m really into cocktails that are refreshing and vegetal, and this very much fit the bill.


 

For appetizers, we started with the Truffle Fries (roasted pepper coulis, house aioli, $8.50), which were awesome. Sometimes restaurants go way too heavy on the truffle, but the balance on these were perfect. The sauces were also delicious, and I opted to keep the house aioli to dop my 2nd appetizer (Brussels sprouts) in.

I think aioli is my favorite condiment.

The 2nd appetizer was the Brussels Sprouts (fried with parmesan cheese and chives, $8.25), which were perfecto! Nice and crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside, and seasoned perfectly. (Note that these are not on the online menu, but I just called and confirmed that they are in fact still available).

And brussels are my favorite vegetable.

Our third appetizer was the Macaroni and Cheese (parmesan bechamel, english peas, smoked pork, cheddar, biscuit breadcrumbs, $10.95). I usually prefer simpler macs, but Pawpaw did a really good job of not going overboard with the toppings, so it was delicious. A couple of people even ordered it as their entree after trying it as an appetizer.

Mac and cheese with orecchiette is growing on me.

For my entrée, I opted for the house-made Orecchiette (farm egg, smoked pork, heirloom tomato, touch of chili, $15.95), which was amazing. The egg was cooked perfectly so that the yolk melded with the pesto and created this awesome creamy sauce that was to die for. The pasta was also cooked to perfection at al dente, and it was altogether a really pleasing dish.

A top-notch pasta dish!

My mom ordered the Chef Rogers’ Recipe #88 Free-Range Fried Chicken (collard greens, potato purée, herb gravy, Nashville hot butter, $22.95) and I have to say, this is probably the best fried chicken I’ve eaten in Charleston. I’m not sure what they put in their breading, but it is fantastic. The chicken was perfectly juicy, the breading was super flavorful, and it was pretty much perfection on a plate. In terms of the sides, the mashed potatoes were creamy and rich and cheesy. My only complaint is that when asking for pepper vinegar to accompany the greens, the waitress looked at me blankly and replied “we have balsamic vinegar, would that work?” No. No it will not.

Judge all other fried chicken by this one.

All in all, Pawpaw was super flavorful and delicious and a definite crowd-pleaser for a reasonable price point (especially for its location).

Pawpaw

209 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 297-4443
Pawpaw Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Featured Foodie

Featured Foodie: Elise Devoe

July 19, 2017

This month’s featured foodie is a new (ish) blogger to the Charleston food scene and someone who is always willing to go try new things with me, even at the last minute. She also makes a mean acai bowl at Huriyali (at least I’ve been told, I still haven’t been by to try it, something she does not hesitate to remind me regularly). Meet Elise Devoe, aka Cookin’ With Booze!

What inspired you to start a food blog?

I was a part of the CofC chapter of Spoon University, which is an online food-based publication written by and for college students. I wrote articles for them on a range of topics from current events to Charleston restaurant round ups. I loved writing for Spoon and that is where I fell in love with writing about food. As graduation was approaching, I contemplated applying to become a writer at a company like Spoon, but I decided that I would enjoy creating my own blog more.

Love making these little works of art every day ? #acaibowl

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What’s your favorite thing to make at Huriyali?

The All-Day Burrito is definitely my favorite thing to make at Huriyali. I get a weird satisfaction from rolling the perfect burrito. The only downside of making the burrito is that it makes me super jealous of whoever ordered it. It’s also nice to take a break from blending the bowls and smoothies, because blending them is an arm workout like no other

Even if it’s not the greatest photo quality. Still counts!

What’s one of your biggest “Wins” you’ve accomplished in your blogging / food career?

My biggest win was definitely when I got to meet Andrew Zimmern at an event at 1Kept Charleston. Sydney can testify that I almost passed out when I saw him because I was so excited. I somehow worked up the courage to go say hi to him with the help of a few Moscow Mules.

What inspired the name of your blog / social channels?

Ah, this one is easy. Growing up, my dad and brother called me Booze as a cute nickname inspired by a star running back for the Jets in the 60s, Emerson Boozer. One day, after I got off the phone with my brother (who still calls me Booze), the name just clicked. It really captures my personality and cooking style. Everything’s better when you add a little Booze to it.

What are some of your favorite spots in Charleston?

If I’m feeling fancy (AKA like dropping some cash money) I love R Kitchen and Xiao Bao Biscuit. I am a big fan of getting a bunch of small plates to try, so both of these places are my ideal dining style. As far as boozing goes, I love a Taco Boy Margarita. They’re cheap and more importantly they don’t skimp on the tequila, which is how they gained my trust. After I’ve had a few Taco Boy margaritas, you can find me at AC’s sipping on their beer of the month and not playing pool because I would embarrass myself and others.

What are you really craving right now?

Is everything an acceptable answer? It depends on the day, but I’m pretty much constantly craving the duck fat fries from Tattooed Moose. I wish they served them by the truck load.

Where would you like to grow in your food career?

I hope to become a well-known member of the Charleston foodie community, as well as the Charleston community as a whole. One of my specific goals is to get a press pass to Charleston Wine and Food, because that would be a dream come true.

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week 7/17/17 – Dude, Where’s My Bread?

July 17, 2017

So I’m starting to do that thing where I realize that I’m not as young as I once was, and eating and drinking everything I want with little repercussion is no longer working out for me anymore. So to counter act that a bit, I’m starting to incorporate more Keto diet practices into my life when possible. That means: no more bread. Or at the very least, it means I need to stop eating so much bread. Either way, I’m not looking forward to it.

(side note: if anyone has any good Keto recipes, feel free to send them my way!)

This week’s quote comes from and has put me in quite a pickle. What cures my sorrows if I can’t eat bread?!


“All sorrows are less with bread. ”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

I guess it’s sorrow from here on out, y’all.

Restaurant Reviews

Indaco

July 14, 2017

I’ve been to Indaco a few times now and have finally gotten around to writing a review about this awesome spot for Italian food on King Street. I first tried Indaco a couple of years ago at a Yelp event, then I went back for my birthday with my friend Lily, where we tried the Chef’s Tasting Menu. My most recent experience was at the beginning of July with my friend Caty, where we had an amazing Italian feast. I started with the Paloma cocktail (El Jimador blanco, ginger, grapefruit, basil, $10), which I loved.

I lived with a girl named Paloma in college, whose a chef now. Life is funny like that sometimes.

Caty opted for the Namaste Here and Drink (Tito’s, cardamom, ginger beer, hibiscus, lime, $11), which was essentially a Moscow Mule by another name.

Luckily, we both love Moscow Mules.

For our appetizer course, we started with the burrata (tomato panzanella, fried croutons, cucumber, red onion, herbs, $17), which was awesome. I love that burrata is becoming a super trendy food, because I think it’s delicious. Indaco’s version had an awesome array of veggies that went great with the creaminess of the cheese and the crispiness of the croutons.

I’d eat burrata at every meal, if I could.


Next up was the polpette (ricotta, San Marzano tomato, Pecorino Romano, $13), which I was a little disappointed by. They had a dryness to them that made them super crumbly, and lacked a lot of flavor on their own. In a sauce or with something else to complement them, they would’ve been much better.

The tomato sauce was on point, though.

Our final appetizer was the sausage pizza (San Marzano tomato, summer sausage, pepperoncini, marinated red onions, arugula, San Simon di Costa, $17), which was fantastic. The pizza had just the right amount of char on the super-thin crust, the sauce was in perfect proportion to the rest of the toppings, the sausage was just a little spicy, and the arugula added a nice peppery note, which was a great complement to the tanginess of the red onion. I would absolutely order this again!

Pizza party anyone?

For our 2nd courses, we opted for the seared scallops (spring onion, grilled squash, okra, peas, cherry tomatoes, green garlic, $34). I don’t normally love scallops, but these were nice and buttery, and the summer veggies gave the dish a nice refreshing feel.

Plus, it looks like a work of art!

Our favorite dish of the night was the Roman-style gnocchi (jumbo lump crab, black truffle, parmesan cream, $28), which was, by far, the best gnocchi I’ve ever had in my life. Roman-style gnocchi is made with semolina flour rather than with potato or ricotta, and apparently it makes all the difference. Also, I’m not sure what they put in their parmesan cream sauce, but they need to bottle it so I can put it on everything.

Like little pillows of joy.

Because we are pasta addicts, we also tried the lamb agnolotti (Speck, Calabrian chilis, corn, basil, $25), which was also a winner. The lamb must’ve been braised for a while, because it practically melted in your mouth. The corn tasted like it had been grilled and removed from the cob about 2 minutes before it arrived on our table, offering a nice charred flavor to the pasta that was the shining star of the entire dish.

Bright and colorful for summertime!

To satisfy our sweet tooths (tooths? teeth?), we decided to try their almond budino (chocolate shortbread, caramel, $8), which was basically an Italian custard. It was super thick and creamy, so I loved the crunchiness of the shortbread, which offered a nice variation in texture.

And plus it comes in an adorable little mason jar!

We also couldn’t resist the vanilla bean panna cotta (pomegranate, sable crunch, $7), which, while also a custard, had a much more gelatinous texture to it than the budino. The pomegranate sauce was a great balance of tart and sweet, and I loved the sable crunch. The texture of the panna cotta itself was not my favorite, but Caty absolutely loved it.

It’s like a little dessert volcano!

TL;DR Indaco has awesome food, but I highly recommend the pastas (specifically the gnocchi), the pizza, and the cocktails!

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