Back from vacation…..a Charleston rundown…

Turtles on a log, sighted on a bike ride on Isle of Palms

Most of you know I love Chucktown….it’s one of the loveliest cities in the U.S., and in my book…THE loveliest in the south. Great weather, fabulous food, terrific shopping, plenty of culture, sight-seeing, nature and golf(key for my crew)…and the beach….Charleston has it all. Really, what more can you ask from a city?

white wine, on the porch of the marsh house.....

There are so many places to stay in Charleston…Kiawah island, Wadmalaw, in the city proper…but we always stay on Isle of Palms, in a community called Wild Dunes. There are two top golf courses on the island, and while there are plenty of houses on the beach…we love to stay on the marsh. I am excessively fond of the marsh….sometimes it almost feels like you’re looking over a savannah in Africa.

Bouillabaisse on the porch...we ate late that night...

You eat well in Charleston, very well…in restaurants and out….though the marsh house has such a great kitchen and eating area on the porch, we have to tear ourselves away to go into town. But we do. This bouillabaisse above was fabulous, and really very easy to make….we used the recipe from the NY Times Cookbook-here.

Breakfast menu at Sea Biscuit on IOP

And we tried some new restaurants this year that were recommended….

Love the Glass Onion....very casual but serious about food...

The Glass Onion is run by three young chefs…one from Atlanta, one from Charleston and one from Birmingham….love the place…check out the menu-here. And we also managed to get into the hottest new place in town….Husk.

tables on the porch at Husk....

 We had to wait a while for a table for five(always an issue)….but it was worth the wait. Very farm to table, locally sourced, organic..that sort of thing. How local? Check out their interactive plates page on the website.

My son, shucking the heck out of some oysters....

And we had a lovely oyster extravaganza one night….from a half bushel of local oysters….oysters on the half shell with regular cocktail sauce and mignonette sauce(simple vinegar sauce-recipe here),

Mignonette sauce...simple to make...

an experiment of mine coating them in grits and smoked paprika(tasted good but looked like a hot mess), and sautéed with onion, garlic and jalapeno. And Callie’s Biscuits, of course….the best in the world.

Gator spotters...

And we did some nature watching….these little kids were with their Mom, and had spotted some cute baby alligators(right by a very BIG alligator) on the grassy side of the lagoon. We all watched them for a while…at a distance of course. There are plenty of gators on the island, just like this one

Part of the hair bow selection at Southern Belles....

And Charleston is a city that takes hair bows for little girls seriously…I don’t think I’ve ever seen a selection like the one at Southern Belles shop. And they don’t pretend to not take football seriously….take a look at this one…

Cheer for Clemson much????

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7 Responses

  1. Charleston is a beautiful city. Haven’t been there in years though. I always end up in Savannah because it’s so much smaller and simpler.

  2. I, on the other hand, have never been to Savannah…and that’s a terrible shame. I know it’s lovely.

  3. Welcome home. I have been bugging my dear husband to go to Charleston. After reading this I will stop bugging him and just Make Him Go.
    By the way, your handsome son looks just like you.

  4. Another excellent post thanks for sharing! I enjoy reading your blog very much. Spending time with my family is something I love to do.

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  5. Thanks Monica…I think he does too…he is such a great guy, and it is such a pleasure for us to spend a week in the company of him, his wife and our daughter. I feel so blessed.

  6. DONNA,THERE IS A GREAT NEED TO GET THE MINORITY PEOPLE ESPECIALLY THOSE OF THE GULAG DESCENT (THINK) THAT IS THE RIGHT NAME THAT LIVE IN THE CHARLESTON AREA REGISTERED INTO THE NATIONAL BONE MARROW REGISTRY. PLESE CONSIDER OUR EMERGENCY LIFE OR DEATH EASTER STORY SO THAT THIS BALTIMORE LADY CAN ENJOY THE CHARLESTON AREA SOMEDAY. SINCE THIS IS A LIFE OR DEATH EASTER STORY, WE HUMBLY REQUEST THAT YOU MENTION THIS INFORMATION ON YOUR WEB SITE AND UPCOMING NEWS SHOWS.WE WOULD BEHONORED IF YOU AIRED A STORY ABOUT THIS BEFORE THE EVENT TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY. GOD BLESS YOU AND HAPPY EASTER.

    April 12, 2011
    Contact: 301-768-1076

    BALTIMORE CHURCH UNITES TO SAVE LIFE OF MEMBER-SATURDAY

    The 500 members of the Miracle Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 120 South Glen Rock in Baltimore County, Maryland will unite to save the life of one of their beloved members Luvenia Anderson on this Saturday, April 16 , from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM Anderson’s loyal friends will hold a lifesaving Easter Resurrection of Life Bone Marrow Drive for this church health coordinator who gives eating and exercise tips to church members and the community. About two months ago, Anderson found out that she had a rare bone marrow disease when she went for a routine check at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She was released after spending three weeks there. Doctors say that her son was a half match for her and if all else fails they will use him. However, members of this church are praying that God will bring that perfect match for Anderson at their Community Resurrection of Life Bone Marrow Drive. THE PUBLIC IS CORDIALLY INVITED TO COME OUT AND GET TEST. SINCE ANDERSON’S MATCH WILL MORE THAN LIKELY COME FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, WE URGE THAT GROUP TO COME OUT IN LARGE NUMBERS. Currently, only 8% of the national bone marrow registry is minority. This low percentage makes finding matches for Hispanics, Asians, Blacks and Native Americans extremely difficult. Julieete Williams of the National Marrow Donor Program will be on hand to coordinate the testing and give the latest statistics about minority recruitment. The painless test requires only a swabbing of the mouth. Test and registration take only about 15 minutes and may possibly save a life suffering with these awful diseases.

    Since Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, these friends hope that this drive will be the day that Ms .Anderson gains the victory over this horrible bone marrow disease. Bone marrow activist and Congressional Medal of Honor finalist Rocky Twyman and Dr. Errol Stoddart, pastor of the community minded church are the two key organizers. Since 1992, Twyman has registered close to 14,000 bone marrow donors. He is fulfilling a bedside promise made to his friend and bone marrow victim Alicia Nelson. Twyman’s choir presented an Easter bedside concert for Nelson a few months before she died. Twyman’s nephew Franklin Geer defied all medical odds when he was matched perfectly by a white Air Force nurse in Arizona. Over the years, Twyman and Stoddart have worked together to recruit over 600 bone marrow donors to the registry. Church members hope hat the entire Baltimore region will turn out in full force and make this the happiest Easter ever for Luvenia Anderson. If her strength does not fail on Saturday, Anderson may be at the drive at some point.

  7. I love the city of Charleston in the spring time. Went with a friend in 1977, and enjoyed all of the gardens. The most spectacular was Middleton Place and also Magnolia and Cypress Gardens. Even though this was a long time ago, my favorite restaurant was the Charleston Ice House.

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