This weekend is the last weekend in September. I don’t understand.
It seems like just yesterday it was summer and we were vacationing and then immediately moving and then starting school(s) and now… we’re just living the life, I suppose. But with all that said, “living the life” has left only a little time to reflect on the greatness of the summer. And since it is the first official day of FALL (PTL for PSL!), I’ll dedicate this Take-Me-Back Tuesday post to Charleston, SC and the beautiful first anniversary trip it gifted us with.
So how to document Charleston? Naturally, I feel like it has to be through food… because we ate our way through the Holy City. Here are some of our suggestion’s of Charleston’s finest dining spots (be warned… this is a lengthy post because there’s just that much to rave about):
First stop: The Macaroon Boutique. We arrived, put down our things, took off on a walk down King Street and got about 3 steps before I saw this precious shop. I had to have one… in every color 🙂 Will didn’t join in my excitement for the macaroons (said it was a “girl thing”), but I happily enjoyed snack #1 of the trip as we got to know the city.
Dinner our first evening was spectacular at The Hominy Grill. However, we were not hungry enough for the feast put before us. Next time I’ll fast for a few days and then go to Hominy and chow. down. For real. Also, our southern cookin’ dinner was incredible (including the boiled peanut appetizer), but I’d also reeeeeeally like to try Hominy’s brunch. I’ve only heard praises. So Hominy… reason #1 to go back to Charleston as soon as possible.
The next morning, I’m still pretty sure I was full from the meal the evening before… but we ate a huge brunch anyway at Caviar & Bananas. We blamed it on the day-long bike ride around the city we were about to embark on, but let’s be honest, we just wanted brunch. My eggs, parmesan potatoes and biscuit were divine. And Will’s biscuit? Bigger than his face. So delish.
Then the bike riding ensued and we biked all. over. that. city! Like probably 100 miles… Okay, I’m an exaggerator. But it was a lot. And the perfect way to end a day-long bike ride around the most gorgeous city is to eat the most tasty of pops. King of Pops Charleston, you were a little taste of home. And the fresh peach is by far my favorite flavor so I was quite pleased.
Once we got cleaned up and rested a bit, we took off to dinner at Hom. We didn’t participate in the ping pong tournament, but we did devour their specialty burgers and perfectly seasoned fries. Nom nom at Hom. And then post-dinner, of course we needed dessert (it was vacation… dessert for every meal!!) Even though we had been to Jeni’s in the ATL, something about going to Jeni’s in Charleston made it feel like a brand new experience. Maybe because they had JUST opened or maybe because I tried something new. Who knows! All I know is that I went home very full that night…
… and then awoke to EAT MORE! Not possible… I know. But just wait! On the morning of our anniversary, Will not only surprised me with our wedding video (which I didn’t know existed nor did I ever dream of seeing… *sob*) but he also took me to get a Lavender Latte from Black Tap Coffee because he remembered that I had mentioned one time a million years ago that my favorite blogger loved Lavender Lattes from Black Tap… Is he not perfect? We sipped on our coffees as we traveled out to Mount Pleasant to go on our paddleboarding adventure!
Post-paddleboarding we were finally hungry again for the first time all trip. Haha. I guess that’s what some serious physical activity will do for you! It was pouring and we were starving and really really wanted tacos, so we headed in the direction that we thought a taco shop might be in. We totally lucked out because we came across Scratch Taco Boutique and seriously had the best tacos of our lives. I still dream about that buffalo chicken taco (and yes, I couldn’t resist the buffalo chicken). Also, the street number was 713… which was also the date… which was also our wedding anniversary. So we super liked Scratch.
On our way to anniversary dinner, Will and I recapped the entire year of wedded bliss, which was the best part of the entire trip in my opinion. Then we had a cheese tray at Husk (next time we will also eat everything else they have on the menu… reason #2 to go back ASAP) followed by a “snack supper” of fried okra, peel-and-eat shrimp, and oysters at The Ordinary. Both of these restaurants blew us away with their atmosphere and simple-yet-impressive menus. Next time around, we will give them both the full attention they deserve in full-meal form. But man oh man… everything we had was perfection. And then we followed dinner with dessert at The MacIntosh. Never will I look at buttermilk pie the same.
Our final day in Charleston we tried to think of every possible excuse to stay for a few more days. But finally we decided we had to part, but with a promise to visit again soon. We spent our morning at Kudu with coffee and a chocolate croissant (and felt really cool sitting just outside the Garden and Gun headquarters). Then after one last stroll through what is now a favorite vacation spot of ours, we had lunch by the water at Fleet Landing.
I can’t pick just one place as my favorite (obviously), but the overall culture and style of Charleston was right up our alley… and it’s clear that we would never go hungry there. Here’s to you, Charleston. May we see you soon 🙂