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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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Feesh! Our Saltwater Children

Four years ago this week we started our adventure with a saltwater reef tank.  A friend of mine had passed away. At a fundraiser/silent auction to help her family pay off some of the remaining medical bills, we bought a 29-gallon saltwater tank.  We had no idea where this would lead or the fun we would have. Or the money we would spend. In for a penny in for a pound That 29-gallon tank only lasted about a year before the fish we had started to get aggressive when they outgrew the tank.  It is a myth that fish only grow as large…

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Curiosity? How I Satiate Need for Knowledge

I never understood why they say curiosity killed the cat.  It seems that curiosity may have killed one cat but taught many others what not to do.  I hope this is true for humans. I am an incredibly curious person.  Along with that, for some reason, I seem to retain the oddest bits of information.  When cable tv first landed in people’s homes back in the 1970s and Discovery Channel was more of a nature channel, I was enthralled.  I watched it non-stop.  The programs were more educational back then, versus today’s more sensationalized entertainment.  I could not get enough. And it paid off…

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