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Charleston, South Carolina

16th December 2015

Nick and I have the opportunity to get to Charleston about once a year (thanks to our sister and brother-in-law who live in Kiawah), and we love to just get lost in Charleston and wander around and eat amazing food. That is one claim to fame that Charleston has, delicious, southern food! It may not be a Chicago, New York or San Francisco but Charleston has humble chefs allowing tourists and locals alike to enter into culinary heaven.

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Charleston is also charming and romantic. The whispering Spanish moss hanging from above but reaching out to touch you, the historic cobble stone streets that harbor so much history, the gorgeous homes that line the street welcoming you into this wonderful world. It feels as though it’s a hidden secret that you’re able to stumble upon because you took the right turn. If you haven’t visited sweet Charleston, there’s no time like the present. It’s beautiful year round (although I would avoid high summer as the humidity and heat can be a bit uncomfortable).

If you’re planning on visiting Charleston soon, here are some helpful tips we’d love to share with you! But let’s be honest, our main focus is always food, so here are our best restaurants in Charleston!

Two Boroughs Larder: This casual eatery is a great informal spot to have farm to table eats and snatch up some of your provisions while eating seasonal dishes along with carefully curated wines and local beers. This is an awesome spot to grab lunch!

Minero: This tiny local gem has fantastic casual Mexican food with excellent street style tacos, guac, and cocktails at a great price. Not to mention the Chef is a James Beard award winner.

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Husk: Well if you haven’t heard this restaurants name thrown around yet, I’ll throw it out there one more time. This restaurant has been mentioned from Bon Appetit, to Southern Living, to Food and Wine so it’s no wonder this table is tough to snag. This Southern kitchen cooks up local favorites and focuses on local bounty.

Taco Boy: Ok, so obviously we have a thing for Mexican food. This staple started out originally on Folly Beach but they now have a spot in Charleston and you MUST go. Their tacos are amazing, their nachos are too and I’m always crying that we don’t have one in Raleigh..

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The Ordinary: “Fancy Seafood. Oyster Hall.” I could not sum it up better. Supporting local fishermen, crabbers, oystermen, and further local producers, this restaurant serves up great food, drinks and a great atmosphere as the restaurant is located in an old bank. The same people that bring you amazing food at FIG, their passion for serving great food in Charleston is evident.

167 Raw: Literally a hole in the wall, ok more like the size of a fancy walk-in closet, this ALWAYS packed oyster house is super fresh (that’s how you should want your oysters, obviously). Bringing the taste of Nantucket down to Charleston, providing only the most fresh seafood from oysters to their famous Lobster roll, it’s worth the wait!

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Edmund’s Oast: This off the beaten path Charleston eatery is serving up over 40 beers on tap, awesome cocktails and adventurous food. They even have a Charcuterie Program, and that my friends, can make our hearts skip a beat. Almost everything is scratch made, and that also includes their house cured charcuterie. A perfect place to meet friends and hang out for an afternoon on their outdoor patio on a perfect day.

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After your meal you must get lost in this beautiful city. Walking off all the food you’ve consumed on the cobblestone streets or wandering through the cemeteries is a perfect way to spend your afternoon in Charleston. Don’t forget about some shopping on King Street. Snag some beautiful antiques or get that purse you’ve been thinking about. Don’t forget to take a carriage ride around town and learn historical facts about this fascinating city!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

7th December 2015

I can’t believe it’s already December. I’m really not sure where time goes each year, but one thing is for sure, we love Christmas time. There’s nothing like the warmth the magical lights of Christmas bring, the smells echo memories of Christmas past and everyone is united in the understanding of this time for giving. If you’re lacking in the holiday spirit this year, we wanted to suggest ideas of how to get in the Christmas spirit!

In the Raleigh area:

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In North Carolina:

  • Grab your family and go cut down your own Christmas tree this year! Check out Watagua County’s map of Christmas tree farms.
  • Nothing could be finer than to see the United States largest family home, the Biltmore, decked out in its Christmas best!
  • See over 3 million Christmas lights the Charlotte Motor Speedway with their light show.
  • Be dazzled by the annual holiday light celebration at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.
  • Visit Old Salem and glimpse the glowing Moravian stars, spend Saturdays with St. Nick or take your own self-guided tour.

We hope these ideas give you some inspiration for this Holiday season and we hope it’s a magical one this year and we are glad to have a great State to celebrate the holidays in as well!

Aimlessly wandering in summer 2015

26th August 2015

Summer 2015 has been pretty successful. It always seems like when summer hits, your life just flashes by exponentially. Even though we have longer days they seem to escape you with drinks and dinners outside, trips to the beach and spending time with family. I enjoy all the activities that are at your finger tips but I’m also getting pretty excited for the fall. Here are some glimpses of this summer so far..

Kiawah Island for July 4th weekend:

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IMG_1627Spontaneous trips to the Angus Barn with friends on a random Sunday night, including ordering two bottles of red wine and great conversation..

IMG_1636Visiting the beach I spent every summer growing up on.. I still enjoy visiting Topsail Island:

IMG_1650Leisurely brunches spent outside in the sunshine at Joule Coffee in downtown Raleigh:

IMG_1670Visiting Nick’s mom at the lake with our aunts, cousins and grandparents at “Camp Gigi”:

IMG_1771Concerts in downtown Raleigh on a decently cool evening in August:

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Nick was able to go out to Washington to work the 2015 US Open (for golf) and rumor has it, it is very beautiful out there and we must travel back and visit Seattle:

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Summer days spent playing golf too at Lonnie Poole:

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How’s your summer looked so far? Any fun things that have happened? That you want to still do before it comes to an end? Let us know!