Although I try to cling to my margaritas all year long, it’s time to get a bit more festive in the booze department. With temperatures dropping below 40 in Charleston, the whole city is in a panic. Instead of the usual casual patio sippin’, people are stuck inside their houses under every blanket they own. While you’re huddled under those blankets, I have the perfect drink to warm you up even more: mulled wine. This recipe was adapted from my personal hero Ina Garten, so you know it’s gonna be good.
One of the best parts of being a food blogger in Charleston is the amazing chefs/fellow foodies you get to meet. In the case of the Castejóns, they are a chef/foodie power couple that I aspire to be when I grow up. I met them through #TastemakersCHS (a group of top culinary social media influencers) and they were kind enough to host the group at their pop up restaurant at Charlestowne Fermentory. Their authentic Spanish cuisine with a sprinkle of the Lowcountry was so delicious I want to shout it from the rooftops (but I guess posting it on here is a better/less obnoxious option).
The fact that I’ve written three separate posts about this restaurant should indicate just how unique every experience is. Their dinner menu varies from schnitzel to shrimp and grits, so I knew the lunch menu would have to be something special to keep up.
As you could probably guess, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It is all about food and family and it’s the one time I can eat as much canned cranberry sauce as I like without judgement. Every year, my dad whips up a quick, easy, and boozy Thanksgiving trifle and I help him out. It’s only 5 ingredients and you could probably make it in the car on your way over to your family’s house; that’s how easy it is. It is sinfully simple, mostly because of the addition of the Kahlua. We are Cookin’ with Booze: Thanksgiving style!
I kicked off my weekend by celebrating the 5th anniversary of one of my favorite places to bowl/ eat tater tots: the Alley. The Alley is fun on a normal night, but this party pulled out all the stops to benefit the party-goers as well as a local non-profit: Be a Mentor. It has been nominated for best party of the year by Charleston City paper for the past 4 years and after attending this year, I know why. Continue reading
I’m always game for a good happy hour, and Le Farfalle definitely delivers. Their “aperitivo” hour features discounted wine, beer, and their signature negronis. Le Farfalle doesn’t want you drinking on an empty stomach, so they have a selection of snacks that complement the drinks perfectly. Continue reading
Poke is a new trend (for us on the mainland) nowadays and I am fully on board with it. I would imagine most people’s favorite part of sushi is the fish itself or the delicious accompaniments, while my favorite part has always been the sushi rice. Whenever I go to Japanese restaurants, I always ask for a bowl of sushi rice as my side. That being said, poke is pretty much a dream come true for me. It makes the sushi rice the star it has always wanted to be and then the toppings make it even better. So thank you, Poke Tea House, for satisfying my sushi rice obsession.
This past Wednesday, I had the amazing opportunity to help out at/photograph for Charleston Wine + Food’s signature fall event: Souls and Saints. Unless you live under a rock, you know that the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is one of the biggest/ most fun food events of the year. Every year they give the public a sneak preview of the fun to come with a signature fall event.
This past Sunday I attended Revelry’s Tres Años Block Party, which was a celebration of their three year anniversary. This party combined all my favorite things: tacos, beer, and eating/drinking for a good cause. The ticket proceeds from this event benefited the Green Heart Project, which is a nonprofit that utilizes gardens as outdoor classrooms for schools in the Charleston area. I spent the day eating, drinking, dancing, and freaking out over the amount of cute dogs in attendance.
For the past three years I lived in the heart of downtown Charleston and established my favorite places to eat/drink in my general vicinity. Now that I’ve graduated, I moved about a mile up the peninsula, which feels like 10 miles in Charleston distance. I’ve started to establish my new favorite eateries above the Crosstown (highway that goes through Charleston) and I figured I would share them so my fellow neighbors know where to get their grub/drink on.