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Hutson Alley Event: Rosé for Summer

Last Call One last push for my first survey.  I hope to get a few more responses so if you have not yet completed it, please do now. Click Here then scroll down until you see the box.     The Background Hutson Alley is a private walking thoroughfare that connects several of the Holy City Hospitality restaurants with Vincent Chicco’s on one end and 39 Rue de Jean on the other. Michael’s on The Alley, The Victor Social Club, and Coast Bar & Grill are in between, and Virginia’s on King is just around the corner. The alley faces a parking…

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Roasted Apples & Pears with Caramel Sauce

Our “holiday interrupted” was rescheduled for this weekend to eat up all the food we couldn’t make due to the kidney stone situation.  So we headed for the beach on Saturday afternoon and hung out with the sisters and get a quick dinner out after all the prep work for the Sunday barbecue was complete.  But dessert was back at the house, and I was making it.  We were also about to watch a movie; so I wanted simple and easy. And since I am an undisciplined Baker it could not require chemistry.  This was perfect. These roasted apples & pears took five…

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RIP: Meiomi Pinot Noir (That We Once Knew)

It Happened Before: Folie à Deux’s Menage à Trois I used to drink Menage à Trois in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Back then it was a red blend only. Yes, it was a superstore wine, but it was from a small Northern California winery that put out a drinkable red to which folks at the time gravitated.  Because of popularity, it then started arriving in stores like World Market.  And now it is everywhere except at independent wine merchants. I am not proud, that is what my palate liked. It was simple and jammy with low tannins and acid…

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Holiday: Not What I Expected

If you have not yet completed the survey from Friday, please be sure and give it your attention. It should only take 2-3 minutes max. ⇒ Holiday Interrupted ⇐ This Independence Day holiday was to be spent at my sister’s beach house.  Since Gary had to work on Monday, we would head out after work that evening.  We were to have wine and grill bratwurst and just enjoy the company of two of my sister’s and each other.  The next day we would probably go for a beach walk, light up the Green Egg and grill pork ribs.  An early dinner would have also included…

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Pork Loin Chops Thai-style & More

I was shopping last Friday at Costco as I do at least twice each month and I came across these beautiful pork loin chops. It was a pack of six, and each chop was two inches thick. They were calling me, and I knew just what to do with them. Our neighbor Natalie and her kids just got back from a week long vacation, and we really missed them, so we invited them for happy hour and dinner on Sunday.  Her parents are also in town, and so I said to bring them along we have plenty of food. So the gang came over, and…

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Cheers to a Very Long Weekend

* Happy 4th of July and Hopefully a Fun-filled Weekend * I usually do not post on the weekend, but with what looks to be a long one for some, I thought you might have a free minute or two. Not to mention, I did miss posting on Friday due to “a dental procedure.”  And yes, being a typical guy, I was fraught with pain and completely incapacitated the rest of the day. I was also clueless about what to do to make it go away.  Having been blessed with a sturdy set of teeth, I am just not used…

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I Failed But It’s OK

I am not a baker. Precisely following a recipe is beyond challenging for me. I am adding just a little more of this or that because in my head it seems like it should work. The operative word here is “seems” because when baking, it usually bites me in the tuchus.  When I was thirteen or fourteen, one year for Christmas I told my mom that I would make all the Christmas cookies and she let me.  The problem was I made up every recipe, and the only one that was edible had a primary ingredient of  Raisin Bran cereal.  Imagine…

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Cidre Johanna Cecillon from Paris Wine Club

As I mentioned two weeks ago, I joined the Paris Wine Club.  The first and only shipment I received so far (next one comes when the summer heat breaks) is the May selection, three cuvées from a Domaine in Brittany, Northern France that makes hard apple cider as if it were wine, Domaine Johanna Cecillon.  Louis and Johanna are from a famed French winemaking family, and because they treat their ciders like wine, the Paris Wine Club saw fit to make these ciders available to their club members. All Cidre Johanna Cecillon is made using different blends of heirloom apples to adjust…

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Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ

* South Carolina BBQ Royalty Settles into Charleston * I have been reading about the Scott Family and their whole hog BBQ pits in Hemmingway for years.  When I learned that Pitmaster Rodney was opening Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston, I was ecstatic.  Being a huge BBQ fan, I was thrilled that the legendary pitmaster would be serving it up a mere 15 minutes from home.  While it opened in February, I gave them some time to get their sea legs but the wait was over last Tuesday, and I just have to tell you about the experience. Get Your…

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illy Espresso: My Morning Jolt

* A Shot in the Arm * An important housekeeping note is at the bottom of this post. Yesterday (Saturday) at a rosé wine event in Charleston, I was mildly thrashed because I have not talked much about coffee except for a few mentions when I first started the blog back in January.  Sheepishly, I agreed and said I would work on that.  And then Sunday began, and I really needed my coffee today.  As a matter of fact, I was still drinking coffee (a red-eye, mind you) at 6:00 pm.  So today I want to introduce you to my shot in…

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little BIG thing Part 2 and Bonus Recipe

So what is a little BIG thing again, you may ask? Well, it’s something so small it really should not be worth the real estate on the blog but has changed my life in a way that is huge.  These three things are such little BIG things! * The Chiller Wine Bag * This little BIG thing is so very cool. Pun intended. We first saw The Chiller Wine Bag all over France, and we were immediately taken by its practical function and simple design.  Unlike the popcorn popper above, this is a space saver.  Maybe you can put your…

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc: A Love Affair

Before June 2015, I drank red wine.  A few months prior I experienced French rosés and began to drink those as well. But my “go to” wine was still a red; either a Malbec, a Pinot Noir, Syrah or Petite Syrah.  Then there was that monumental trip to wine country in Southern France. Forgive me for bringing it up again, but it was in Chateauneuf-du-Pape that I learned that I enjoy white wine.  Yes, as that story goes, the kind woman pouring samples at Famille Quiot started pouring white wine into my tasting glass, I stopped her and announced that I did…

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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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