Charleston Day 3

Just when you think you couldn’t get any MORE of my South Carolina adventures…I’ve got more!!! 

We got a late start because why not sleep in when you are on vacation?? What a novel idea??? We ate breakfast at Toast in downtown Charleston.  

 Which happens to have celebrated an anniversary last year!  It was a quick eat because we were schedule for a tour about an hour after we got there. (Sorry no photos of scrumptious breakfast!)

Part of the reason for coming to Charleston was to get some more of the Civil War history that I enjoy! (Remember North and South??).  This is where the Civil War started and I was anxious to see any remnants of this part in our history.  We decided on  Magnolia Plantation and Gardens which did not disappoint!!   

 We are on our way…..!

  
 I took many pictures, but with my…camera…and not my phone!! I’ll post them later.  There is a zoo which houses many different animals 

 ME…after this trip!!

The gardens were made specifically for Rev. Drayton’s wife so she would LOVE being in SC versus the city where she was from.  What a beautiful gift! There are many different flowers blooming here during the year, but it was first known for it’s Camillas. Over the years, the Romantic Garden (as it is called) has plants (both flowering and trees) from all over the world.  The bamboo garden is one of a kind… 

 There are remnants of the rice fields, for which the family made most of its income.. 

 …and the friendly Alligator appears to be protecting it!! #goGATORS

We took a Nature train ride through the plantation.  We saw all kinds of wildlife from alligators to blue herons and ducks to turtles.  We even saw an eagle..perching…and waiting to pounce for his next meal!

This plantation is still in the same family from when it was built in 1676! As with many of these plantation tours, they don’t allow any photography of the house. Boo!!!!  So, it shall be forever fresh in my mind but I can’t share it with you! 

After a great day of history…it was a quick change and then off to dinner. We had the pleasure of dining at Halls Chophouse.  Never and I mean NEVER have I been to a resturant so elegant with the feeling of being home! We were greeted by the host and hostess and ass they were showing us upstairs to our table, the owner comes out to say “hello” and welcome us to the restaurant. He gave us a “high five” for 17 years of marriage. We sat down and immediately greeted by our wait staff and right after two glass of champagne brought by the owner and thanking us for celebrating our day with them! #imsofancy. Let’s take a trip down FOOD lane, shall we??

Appetizers:

 Oysters Rockefeller was for hubs and the BEST Onion soup I’ve ever had! French onion soup with a mound of string fried onions on top of the cheese! I’ve died and gone to heaven!! I thought I snapped a pic but my greedy a** forgot to snap one!!

Entrees: 

 Hubs had the Dry Aged Ribeye (12oz) and for me…? 

 I finally was able to try grassed beef! I had the 8oz filet and it was everything I was expecting.  Grassed need has a little bit more of an “earthy” taste to it,but not in a bad way.  If you’ve had venison or buffalo, you know that is has “that” taste, as well.    I happen to like both of those meats, so it wasn’t a bad thing for me.  The sides are family style so we chose the Parmesean Creamed Corn.  SN: And NOT that crappy stuff that comes out of the can! This the REAL deal creamed corn!! We also selected the lobster Mac and Cheese and Broccolini.  Everything was lovely!!  

Believe it or not…there was room for dessert…  

  Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée 

And…. 

 Dark Chocolate “Pate”. Pate, in that they make it just like a pate (except with dark chocolate) and then slice it thin (like Pate).  OMG!!!

When it came time to pay, we found out that our desserts had been comped by the owner! How sweet is that?!?!?  We left…bellies FULL, and our hearts warmed over by the care that we recorded in the restaurant.  Made us feel like family as we are exiting and the owner gives me a hug to say “Thanks!” and my husband a great handshake.  

Thank you, Halls Chophouse for making our dinner AND anniversary such a wonderful memory.  

**Disclaimer: The opinions of this post are all my own.  I have not been compensated in any way for my opinions.  

Charleston Day 1

Hubs and I are celebrating our anniversary this weekend in Charleston, SC.  I’ve been OBSESSED with coming here since I was OBSESSED with the miniseries “North and South”! Remember that?? With Patrick Swayze??? “Orrie…take me to Nawlins…” 

 We had an early morning flight out of Tampa at 8:30 to Charlotte, NC, connecting to Charleston, SC.  I always find that funny when you pass the state you need to get to…to then come backward to it! 

We are staying in Historic Downtown Charleston, where there is a lot of construction going on to improve what’s here and to help the city grow.  It’s exciting.

We had lunch at Prohibition right up the street from our hotel.  

 This place was a throw back and pays homage to the Prohibition era.  I mean any place that refers to their drinks as “hooch”, I’m GAME! 😂 

    
   The lunch menu was perfect because it wasn’t overwhelming.  Simple items, simple ingredients with good tastes! 
Chicken wings with a Memphis Dry rub..

 WHAT??? They are brined in pickle juice for 24 hours, then confit in duck fat, deep fried, and tossed in rub and then broiled! I’ll say again…WHAT???? Man…those were good!!

Fried Oysters 

 Theses accompanied a truffle oil aioli.  I LOVED them…and I don’t eat oysters! But  I do now….

Grilled Sweet Corn 

 This was ridiculous!  Grilled to perfection, topped with garlic aioli, manchego (cheese) with lime.  I WISH they sent mmore than just 3 small ears! I’d would have had 20!!  

 We walked around a little to wear off the food!!!

Dinner came about 3-4 hours later at Husk.  There are two locations- one here in Charleston and one in Nashville, TN. 

   Hubs picked this place out – he’s the family “cruise director” when it comes to food and drink. He always picks good places and never disappoints!! #lovehim. Husk prides themselves with selecting fresh foods from local and surrounding areas. When you walk in the foyer (it was an old house), you are greeted with a huge chalk board of all the ingredients on the menu and WHERE it came from.  They change the menu every couple of days which is nice because you don’t know what to expect. (See the menu from our visit on Jan 8th here ).

Starters:

Kentucky Country Ham, Husk Bread -n- Butter Pickles, Mustard, and Buttermilk Biscuits 

WWow….was that good!! 

 
Glazed pig ears lettuce wraps 

 I KNOW….you are thinking “Gross!!!!!”.  It was DELICIOUS!! It was like real crispy bacon! There was a pickled cucumber slaw on top.  You MUST try it!!!

Entrees:

Georgia Chicken, BBQ cabbage and sweet potato, NC mountain apple, honey, tangerine jus 

 
Hubs had another part of the pig 😂

American Spot Heritage Pork, Field peas and Butterbeans and smoked tomato gravy  

  It didn’t disappoint!

..there were SIDES too… 

  Geechie Boy Mill cheese grits (front) and Bacon cornbread (back).  Have you heard the phrase “it’s so good, it’ll make you SLAP your Mamma!”. This would be true! (sorry Mom…I don’t really want to slap you!!❤️). Oh…the butter for the cornbread? 

 …yeah….pork fat infused honey butter homemade!!!!

But wait….there’s more!  

 Egg Nog Tres Leches.  My hubs is Cuban- American and I believe they (the Cubans, that is) know their tres leches (“3 milks” cake because it’s made with 3 different mills for us gringos!).  This was perfect with a nutmeg whipped cream and an orange marmalade base! Hubs went through the ROOF!

If you ever go (or go back) to Charleston, please add these restaurants to your places to eat. I’d love to know that you enjoyed something that you read here! 

All in all,  Day 1 in Charleston was a success…dare I say a CULINARY succes! Can’t wait to see what Day 2 brings!

Anything anyone is celebrating now???Hubs and I have 17 years of marriage on Jan 9th.

***DISCLAIMER: All of the opinions in this post were my own. I have NOT been compensated for my opinions and reviews.

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