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Charleston Revisited

Isle of Palms Over the weekend, G and I joined some friends in a beach house on the Isle of Palms, near Charleston. It was a birthday weekend for one of my friends from college, and we were prepared to eat a lot, drink a lot, and have fun catching up. The weather was a bit overcast, but it was still lovely and warm. The first thing we did was grab a couple of beers and a snack at the Banana Cabana. If you have never thought of putting Old Bay Spice on chicken wings, do it now! They are amazing. Banana Cabana calls ’em “Crab Wings.”

The first night we did a huge Low Country Boil at the house, and chatted over several glasses bottles of wine. If you’ve never had a Low Country Boil, you are missing out! Here’s what you do:

  1. Fill up a big lobster pot with water and put it on to boil
  2. Add a bottle of beer and a bag of “Crab Boil” spices (or a ton of Old Bay) and some crushed red pepper
  3. Throw in some potatoes and let them cook a while
  4. Add several ears of freshly shucked corn, cut in half, and let those cook a while
  5. Throw in some big chunks of smoked sausage, halved lemons, and lastly, fresh shrimp

Don’t let the shrimp overcook! You will be rewarded with this:

Low Country Boil

On Saturday, we set off to visit the incredible Angel Oak Tree on St. John’s Island. After stopping to debate the best way to get there,

How to get to St John's Island

Should we follow the map, the GPS or the iPhone….?

CJ

Hurry up, I’m hungry!

we decided to stop at Shem Creek to get a drink to fortify us. The Water’s Edge Restaurant makes a mighty fine Bloody  Mary. The Little Ninja was determined to try oysters on the half shell, so to shut him up oblige him, G ordered a dozen.

TLN wasn’t sure about them, but he finally gave it a go – on a cracker covered with hot sauce! I doubt he’ll ask for them again, but I assure you, they were awesome! When a passing bird dropped a present on our table (and on some of us), we decided it was time to go.

Water's Edge Shem Creek

Was that bird sh**?

The Angel Oak Tree was just amazing – it’s more than 400 years old, over 66 feet tall, and provides shade over an area of around 17,000 square feet!

Angel Oak Tree


After visiting it, we drove over to Kiawah Island. It wasn’t what I expected at all…just a huge golf resort really….but very impressive. We were going to get a drink somewhere but decided on going to Charleston instead. The birthday girl in our party (love you Christie!) wanted to go to The Library Rooftop Bar.

It was fabulous. I highly recommend the White Grape Martini and the Red Curry Mussels! In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much that we stayed until it was standing room only and time to go to dinner. Fortunately, the restaurant we had booked was almost directly across the street.

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Just inside is an old photo of Charleston hanging on the wall ….very cool!

Old photo of Charleston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the pizza oven:

The handsome couple sitting near us looked so “Charleston” I just had to take their picture.

 

G

Ane who is THIS handsome guy?

 

What to order….? Everything looked good. We decided to all choose different entrees to share – duck, mahi mahi, scallops, grouper, fried chicken, fried shrimp, and steak. Thumbs up! And the calamari and fried green tomatoes (appetizers) were to die for.

The night ended early for most of us, but there was some discussion of wine and the stock market…

Discussing wine and stocks

a little snuggling…

Snuggling

…and yet another photo bomber!

Photo Bomber

 

Although I didn’t get a photo, I must tell you about a great Sunday Brunch spot: Charleston’s Cafe.

Charleston's CafeWe waited a good 45 minutes to get in, but it was worth it!. There is free coffee outside and plenty of chairs to sit on while you read the menu (over and over, because it’s pretty much impossible to decide what you want. Everything looks good!)

The manager gave us a deep fried cinnamon roll for being so patient, and OMG was it delicious! The menu items all had some kind of twist on the typical breakfast food – instead of hash browned potato bowls there were home made potato chip (“chippers”) bowls, Eggs Benedict on fried green tomatoes and French bread instead of on English muffins. The chicken and waffles were great and the omelet The Little Ninja ordered was oozing with Swiss cheese. If you ever find yourself in Mount Pleasant for your first meal of the day, don’t miss Charleston’s Cafe!

Now it’s back to green smoothies and hot tea for a while….

sigh

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Saturday Night’s All Right

G and I went out with our dear friends on Saturday night. We helped them celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. 28 years together – how awesome is that?

 D and S

Our friends, D and S

We started with cocktails at our favorite spot, Rocks on the Roof. It’s the bar on top of The Bohemian Hotel.

Cocktails at Rocks on the Roof

Me and G at Rocks on the Roof

It’s super cool – it has garage doors instead of windows, which are open if the weather is good (which it usually is, we are in Savannah). The four of us sat out on the patio, admiring the view over the river and the impressively large bridge that connects Georgia to it’s northern neighbor, South Carolina. If you go, you must ask for a blueberry mojito. Mmm mmm!

After our cocktails, we walked the short distance to Garibaldi’s for dinner. It was our first time at the local favorite, and we were immediately impressed. The place was packed at 7:30. It was very dark inside, and finding our way to our table was like maneuvering your way through a movie theater after the movie has started. But it wasn’t too dark not to be blown away by the beautiful tin ceiling!

We decided to have another mojito, just because we were all so satisfied with ourselves for being in such a fabulous place.

Dinner was excellent. S had the specialty of the house, the Crispy Flounder. Yum! Crispy Flounder

G had a Veal Chop, and it was perfectly done. Yum Yum! Veal Chop

D and I both went for Crispy Duck. I think between the two of us we ate a whole duck – quack, quack! Add a side of mushroom risotto and fresh green beans and I was hap, hap, happy! Crispy Duck

Oh, I forgot to mention our appetizer – tempura soft shelled crab. I didn’t manage to get a picture because we all gobbled it up as soon as it landed on the table.

And dessert? Puh-lease! A “Berry Basket.” Berry Basket  Dee-lishus!

Afterwards, we went in search of an after dinner drink. We went into a bar that used to be called Venus de Milo. G and I had been there a couple of times and thought it was a cool place. It had changed hands and it’s called Rogue Water Tap House now. It’s a college bar/dive. But we were not about to search any further. We sat down at the bar and when the young college boy asked us what we would like, we all looked at each other like idiots. What we really wanted was a nice glass of wine, but no dice. No wine at Rogue House. So we looked around, looked at each other some more, and looked at the offerings on the chalkboard menu behind the bar. The young college boy wandered off, then reappeared. We still didn’t know what we wanted. He suggested Apple Cider. D tasted it. We all looked on in a stupor. (I think I started to get a little embarrassed at this point.) G stepped up and ordered a Jamesons. The college boy suggested adding a Fireball to the cider, which made a drink called “Angry Balls.” What the hell. D and I both went for it. Not to be left out, S ordered a water. After dinner drinks

Saturday night was definitely all right!

PS We took a cab home.

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