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My Food Adventures in Charming Charleston!

15 Dec

I recently returned from a delish and outrageous three-day girls weekend in glorious Charleston, South CarolinaThe trip was to celebrate the birthday of my best friend.  I can honestly say my abs are still sore from all of the laughs with my girls, and I’m having a very difficult time adjusting to meals sans-grits.  Tragic, I know.  Life in the North can be so hard.

I’m including photographic proof of my ability to consume insane amounts of they city’s sumptuous food.   Feast your eyes on my photos below documenting our weekend of excess!

Friday night at Jack’s Cosmic Dogs:  Cosmic Dog with Blue Cheese Slaw and Sweet Potato Mustard

Saturday Brunch at Lost Dog Cafe in Folly Beach:  Biscuits with Sausage Gravy and Cheese Grits

Saturday Snack:  Birthday Pastries and Cannolis from Luigi’s in Connecticut and Chai Break from Bake House

Saturday Dinner at 82Queen:  Shared Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimento Cheese, She-Crab Soup, Duck Confit with Asparagus Risotto

Sunday Brunch at Triangle:  Crab Cake Benedict with Cheese Grits and Fruit

Had your fill?  Not me!  Loved every last bite and sip, including countless mimosas, mixed drinks and beers.  I’m counting down the days until our return trip to Charleston!

Top 5’s

13 Jan

Top 5 Foods (and my favorite local places to find them)

Anyone who has ever met me knows my all time favorite food is mac & cheeseHands down, no contest.  In fact, I feel compelled to order it every time I see it on a menu.  The best mac and cheese is at Equinox.  The dish is creamy, cheesy goodness with crunchy crust.  Best of all, it includes truffle oil.  Period.  Chef Gray is the master.

I’m from Maryland, the home of Old Bay and the crab cake, so it’s no surprise that this item is on my must-have list.  Restaurants all over Maryland, Virginia and the District claim to have the best crab cakes.  The truth is the best crab cakes outside of my Mom’s kitchen can be found at OceanaireTheir crab cakes are huge mounds of jumbo lump crab meat and are simply served with a delicious mustard sauce and a wedge of lemon.  Nothing else is needed.


Cupcakes were HUGE in the DC area in 2009 and 2010.  It seemed like every metro stop opened a new cupcakery, and the Washington Post even had its own cupcake wars to pick the best.  I did my part and tried out as many places as possible.  Anything for research right?  My favorites are still from Georgetown Cupcake and Sweetbites.  I love all of the seasonal flavors and light frosting from Georgetown Cupcake.  Sweetbites stole my heart with their pina colada cupcake and their cupcake shortcake.  Oh and did I mention that they run the whole operation out of a truck, which is often located around Farragut Square?!

I love breakfast foods and could eat them all day, which leads me to the next item on my list, cinnamon rolls.  I have yet to find a good place to get these besides Cinnabon, and have been forced to make my own imperfect version (see upcoming post).  Please write me in the comments if you have suggestions of where to find them.  Pillsbury’s version just doesn’t cut it.

 The last but certainly not least item on my list is the Avgolemono Soup from Greek Deli.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the soup, but trust me you need to try this. Don’t be intimidated by the long line or Kostas barking at everyone in the long line.  The soup is worth it.  It’s the best lemony, chicken and orzo soup ever.  If I’m sick, I want this soup.  If it’s cold, I want this  soup.  If it’s Wednesday, I want this soup.  I even order this soup during hot and humid DC summers, which pretty much says it all.

What’s in your top 5 list and where can I find it?