As you can probably guess, Restaurant Week is definitely one of my favorite weeks of the year. I get to try restaurants that I normally would not have the cash flow for, so I treat myself to an elegant evening of eating. For my first restaurant week excursion, I decided 5Church was the move.
As Hurricane Irma approached, I happened to have a very well-timed vacation to Simsbury, Connecticut (where my bf is from) planned weeks in advance. We had no idea the storm was coming at the time we booked, but we really got lucky to get out of Charleston before the flooding. Even though I was far away from the effects of Irma, I was still worried about the entire city of Charleston as well as my sister who currently lives in Tampa. Continue reading
With a nickname like Booze, I always try to sample different cocktails when I go out to places (for purely business purposes). Although I try to switch it up, there are some cocktails that just keep me coming back. The cocktail of the week this week will forever hold a special place in my heart and it is Taco Boy’s Casa Margarita.
Last week was my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend, so we had to pick somewhere special for dinner. We are both pasta fanatics (idk who isn’t), so I knew that Italian was definitely the move. I have heard great reviews of Indaco from the grape vine, so I figured we should check it out. I also happened to meet one of the chefs at Indaco at the Pitmaster Throwdown, so the food from that reinforced the positive vibes I was already getting.
It’s been a busy week filled with my favorite activity: eating! I was trying to choose one event to post about this week, but I decided I should just include them all. This week has definitely been the busiest foodie week for me (4 dinners out in one week) and I don’t mind being busy if food is the time occupier. Keep reading to follow my adventures this week!
This past Friday, my foodie bestie/ colleague Sydney (Queen of the Food Age) asked me to accompany her to Eli’s Table and of course I had to check it out. I had not heard much about Eli’s Table before attending other than it’s kind of fancy and serves classic Southern fare with a little twist to it, but I was excited to check it out.
The inspiration for this shrimp salad comes from my herb garden. I recently started growing my own herbs because my dried spices just weren’t cutting it anymore. Not only does it add a pop of freshness to my dishes, it’s also cost effective. I have fresh mint, terragon, chives, and rosemary ready to go whenever I need it and I only paid $4 for each plant.
This past week/weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a Yelp Event at MidiCi Mount Pleasant and then subsequently their grand opening. MidiCi is not your average pizza place. When you walk in, you are greeted with the ambiance of a high end restaurant. There is mood lighting, a live tree, plenty of seating, and bathrooms that basically look like a spa. To match the high end ambiance, they also have high quality food.
I have mentioned my dad and my grandma as important influences on my love of food, but there is a third player in the mix that I have yet to highlight: Food Network. Growing up, I remember sitting way too close to the TV (mostly because I had terrible eyesight and no one seemed to realize) and watching Iron Chef America, Mario Batali, and Emeril. I was always jealous of the people who got to taste the food and I still hold that jealousy to this day. I still watch Food Network religiously, but now I watch it for a different purpose. My subconscious thought is that if I watch enough of it, I can find out how to get myself on there. Consciously, I just love the drama of the shows that are on nowadays (looking at you, Chopped).
This is one of my mom’s signature dishes that my sister and I both request whenever we are home. We keep dinners pretty healthy in the DeVoe household, but for this recipe, my mom would always pull out all the stops. The chicken is sauteed in an ungodly amount of butter, the potatoes are coated in oil and salty french onion goodness to ensure maximum craveability, and the parsley gives you the illusion that you’re eating your greens.