Featured Foodie

Featured Foodie: Basil & Bubbly

October 24, 2016

October’s featured foodie is Marianne Rogers of Basil & Bubbly one of my favorite foodies and person to splurge with on lavish meals at Zero George.

How did you get your start?

I’ve always loved cooking and food, and have been everything from a professional cheese buyer to a coffee roaster to a cashier in a grocery store.  When I moved from a food-based career and went back to school for software development, I wanted an excuse to keep cooking.  Of course, I’d cook at home, but I wanted the accountability of a posting schedule.  I also wanted to showcase my software development skills by creating my own website.

Ultimately, the accountability failed, and I was too busy with my day job to keep up with it. Once things calmed down though, I’ve been really excited about it though, and that was over two years ago!  Now it’s less about making sure I’m still cooking and being creative, and more about sharing my recipes with my friends, family, and readers.


Fun story about this picture: Marianne and I were both up for an award based on Instagram photos. She won with this pic and I am TOTALLY NOT STILL BITTER ABOUT IT

What’s your favorite thing about being a food blogger?

Generally, I hate other people and am perfectly happy sitting in my living room, drinking champagne while watching Netflix with my husband and cats, but even I have to admit, I have met so many cool people through my food blog, so I guess that’s my favorite thing AND a really surprising thing!  It’s cool to meet someone and instantly know that regardless of what other differences we have, we all have this bond over great food. It’s an art, and it’s fun to appreciate it with others.


I feel like this is a pretty accurate depiction of our personalities.

You’ve definitely been to more Charleston food trucks than I have. What are some of your favorites?

I have an unhealthy obsession with Dashi.  Everything they make is amazing. EVERYTHING.  Recently, I’ve been a fan of getting two tacos: one chicken, one pork belly. I don’t even like pork belly usually, but they cook it perfectly.  If you’re trying them for the first time, those tacos are what I’d recommend trying.

I also really like Immortal Lobster; their Connecticut Roll is gloriously sinful.  I recently had that and some mid-range sparkling wine for dinner — it was divine: a perfect pairing.

If you’re ever in West Ashley, Auto Bahn is parked in front of Tin Roof full time now.  It’s hard to beat their Low ‘n Slow Banh Mi.  I wish they were still on the road, but there is something nice about knowing exactly where to get a killer Banh Mi all the time, too.

Unsurprisingly, I prefer the Maine roll.

Unsurprisingly, I prefer the Maine roll.

What’s one of your biggest “wins?”

It’s really cool to be scrolling through your Facebook feed or on Pinterest, and see that someone else thinks enough of your work to share it.  Recently my Corn Pudding was featured in Elle Decor, which was wild to me! I’ve also been featured in BuzzFeed, Country Living, Brit & Co, and POPSugar. Each time someone new features me, I’m absolutely over the moon.

The famous corn pudding!

The famous corn pudding!

What are you really craving right now?

Beef Wellington and a Rye Manhattan from Zero George.  Nachos and a Frozen Irish Coffee from Home Team. No, maybe the Nachos and Skinny Pineapple Margarita from Taco Boy. Champagne. Seared Scallops. Burrata. Not together. (Maybe together).

This is an impossible question. I can’t possibly narrow it down.  Wait, bucantini with heavy cream and pecorino romano.

Foodie Friends 4 Lyfe!

Foodie Friends 4 Lyfe!

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  • Meg Taylor November 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    What an awesome feature!! I absolutely love Marianne’s food photography. Blogging is the best, and I’m so glad that I’ve been able to meet both of you ladies 🙂 Now I reeeeeally need to try Zero George!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • Queen of the Food Age November 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      You really do.. it’s become one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston!

  • Kelley November 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t wait to hear how yall’s last Zero George experience was – Marianne showed me some pics and it was both blowing my mind and making me hungry!

  • Liz Martin | Charleston Weekender November 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I still haven’t been to the Lobster food truck yet. Have to go ASAP!

  • English Drews November 9, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Great post! Zero Georg!e is on my very short list! Now gotta go get the incredients for corn pudding…!!

  • Erin, Attention to Darling November 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Love this post! I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Marianne further at a blogger event and she’s great, I’m so obsessed with everything she’s got coming out of Basil and Bubbly!

    Erin, Attention to Darling

  • Tori Williams November 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I loved reading this and I love that you spotlighted another local foodie! 🙂

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