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Sandwich: A Hen, Goat, Lobster and a Bear

Think of today’s post as a mashup. Only this is a mashup of two different lunch experiences.  And no I did not eat a hen, a goat or a bear; although I have eaten hens and goats in the past, never a bear. Hen and The Goat You are heading to Folly Beach, and you forgot to eat lunch, what do you do? Or you are in the mood for a killer sandwich, the likes of which Charleston has not seen before, what do you do? The answer to both of those questions is to head down Folly Road just before Camp…

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Turkey Burger with Herbs & Tzatziki Sauce

I shot a wedding on Saturday for a lovely young couple.  It was an indoor/outdoor event with temperatures hovering at about 90 degrees most of the day.  Those type of hot days can be so draining when you are on your feet for 9-10 hours.  So on Sunday, we were heading to the beach to spend it with family. Sunday was also our 29th anniversary, so there was no other place we wanted to be. You know from my praiseworthy post about Stella’s Greek Restaurant that I love Greek flavors. So when I got to my sister’s place at the…

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Top Spots: My Charleston Eats

The other day I was asked by a reader, “What are the two Charleston restaurants that someone visiting Charleston should not miss?  My first reaction to that question was…. Wow!  How can I pick just two? There are so many factors that could play into the answer.  So today’s post is all about my favorite spots to eat. My Charleston Eats is arbitrary and based solely on my experiences.  I will list a few others at the bottom that are certainly notable but did not make my list for some reason.  This post will become a page that is on my…

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Obscure Wine, Surprising Wine – Updated!

I do hate to admit it, but I am lusting for an obscure wine. To satisfy my craving, I joined the Paris Wine Club.  I found this club when refining my search looking for that La Galoche Beaujolais Blanc back in May.  That search turned me on to so many great wine opportunities connecting me with McCarus Beverage Co. here in Charleston and Paris Wine Company in Northern California.  In addition to being an importer and distributor, Paris Wine Company has a club that features small winemakers throughout France that produce lower volume, classic French wines that do not usually see the light of…

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Pineapple & Coconut: What is Not to Love

A Piña Colada Pie My sister made this pineapple and coconut delight a few weeks back, and I knew then I have to make it for Saturday Dinner Club.  It is the perfect summer dessert, and although there are several “cooling periods” in this process, it is a relatively easy pie to make.  You may want to make two pies. Trust me when I say that you will want leftovers to nibble on after the party is over. Ingredients 21 pecan shortbread cookies, crumbled in food processor 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted butter 1/3 cup sugar…

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Tarragon & The Dinner for Eight

* Saturday Dinner Club * It is my turn to host a wonderful group of friends for dinner.  We each take a turn at making a scratch dinner served along with lots of wine.  On Friday morning, I still did not know what I was going to make. But that is typical for me as I need to mash around ideas in my head for several days to then give me direction.  Then I peruse my recipes to see what is close to what I have been pondering.  I decided the main course to be Deconstructed Tarragon Chicken Pot Pie…

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Milestone and Marriage

Milestone Yesterday was a big day for me.  In the last 30 days, I had over 4,000 page views in the USA from 49 of 50 states.  These views came from 2500-ish unique visitors.  Not to mention an additional 153 page views from 32 countries around the world. (Yes, I imagine that some of those are spammers hoping to break into my site, but still!) This milestone is huge for me, and I have to thank my neighbor and fashion blogger Natalie.  She made a mention of my blog and subsequently re-posted two of my recipes on her blog, Designer Bags, and Dirty Diapers and…

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South Africa Hit to Sonoma County Miss – Updated

The rains on the coast have been torrential and constant these last days.  So when friends from Florida showed up as they were passing through, they added some sunshine to this dreary day.  We opened a Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa that was given to us by friends recently.  It was the perfect wine to start the evening. Spier 1692 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Stellenbosch, South Africa This wine is pale yellow with flashes of green when it hits the light.  My first sip is a bit bitter and astringent, but I followed my own advice and waited a few minutes…

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Workshop: A Food Concept Incubator

* Workshop * My friend Eve and I had lunch yesterday. It had been a while, so we had lots of catching up to do. We decided to check out Workshop, at 1503 King Street just north of downtown.  As they say on the website, “Welcome to Workshop, Charlestons’s exploratory food court.  Try something new at one of six rotating kitchens, where emerging and renowned chefs experiment with culinary concepts.” Food court equals choices so since neither of us knew what we were hungry for this was the perfect spot.  As we drove north on King St. we saw 1501 on a building,…

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Lemon is Summer & Dinner for Four!

Saturday we had friends, Shawn and Michael over for dinner.  With Shawn being a destination wedding planner and me a wedding photographer, it takes some doing to find a Saturday when all four of us are free.  It was so great to catch up. Shawn and I’s cocktail wine was a bottle of the French, La Galoche, Beaujolais Blanc 2016.  Gary and Michael started with the Greek, Galavas Voudomato 2016 Rosé.  With dinner, we drank the Spanish Casa Morales, Rioja 2016 Rosé and ended the night with a bottle of the French, Puech Haut Prestige 2016 Rosé.  We were all over the…

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Bread Pudding: Oh, I am a Bad Boy!

I was going to write this post for tomorrow, but when I woke up this morning, I saw today is National Donut Day.  So I got busy and posted it today. Ok, now I bet you are confused.  The title says bread pudding but you had to post because it’s National Donut Day?  What gives?   Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.  That is what gives. Now before you get to the recipe, you must know that bread pudding is one of my all-time favorite desserts.  As such, I have rules about what makes this dessert “to die for” versus “to die from.”…

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Question & Answer: On Life, Liberty and Wine

Actually, I am only answering questions about wine.  I will leave life and liberty to someone else. Question 1.  What is terroir and how do you say it? Answer: First, it is pronounced {terr-wah}.   Terroir the French word used to describe the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.  Because all plants gather their nutrition through the ground, the water, and the sun, these elements all play a significant role in creating flavor in grapes that are unique to that location.  Looking at the ground in the images below you…

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Alsace to South Africa

Different Wines, Distant Lands, Different Palates Alsace to South Africa It’s HOT! Hardly a cloud in the sky and 91 but feels like 96.  Crap, I think summer is here to stay until October.  As much as I want to drink red, I am going to at least have to wait until the sun goes down.  Or I could just set the thermostat on 65, put on a sweater and be good to go!  But I did not do that.  Instead, I picked up this Alsace Blanc for Gary and me, hoping Gary would like it as much as I suspected…

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Whew – Holiday Weekend & Cucumber Salad

For those who had a day off from work yesterday, I hope you had a wonderful three day weekend and celebrated accordingly.  I wore my other business hat on Saturday shooting a big outdoor wedding. It was a twelve-hour “shooting” day so all in all a 14 hour work day which is rare for me. On top of that, it was 90 degrees or hotter most of the day which made it a real challenge for us to stay hydrated and not overheat.  We muscled through it, and it was an incredible event. Amazingly, we shot just shy of 6,000 images.  That is a…

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