The State of things.
I am bulldozed with emotion this week due to the terrible floods in SC. My heart can’t hold all of the devastation to my home state, along with all of the bad things going on in the world. It’s just too much. I posted yesterday about how you can GIVE to Harvest Hope. Please check out the post and give, if you can. $25 buys 125 lbs. off food for needy families across South Carolina. Tell them Gap Creek Gourmet sent you.
That being said, let’s get on with the show! I need a little sunshine and diversion in my day, don’t you?! This is a long one, folks, so just keep reading. I’ve got some really good stuff for you today!
Candy, Candy, Candy
People always ask me what my favorites are: favorite restaurant, favorite place to shop, favorite food. Well THIS is one of my favorite candies. Little drops of minty goodness. Like cupcake icing without the cake. I started buying them at Hannaford grocery store in Rock Hill during my Winthrop years. I’ve always been a sucker for a good grocery store! And good candy. I’ll be making my way through these as I type away.
Travelers Rest: You can’t help but FALL in love.
I had an hour to spare yesterday, so I strolled through a few of the new places that have opened on Main Street, Travelers Rest and popped in to some of my favorite spots to say hi and see what’s new.
Potter, Michelle Wade and Kristen LaRoy of Growing Up Happy have joined forces and opened a cute pottery/crafting studio called Travelers Rest Makers Co. Follow them on Facebook for information on their Crafty Happy Hours where you’ll find yourself hand stamping scarves, working with clay or making stationary!
Just two doors down is the coolest, littlest shop I’ve ever seen. I totally fell head over heals for Homebody. It’s my new favorite place on Main Street, TR! There is assorted drink ware and these adorable little tea cups with matching spoons, some cute little cookbooks, wall hangings, terrariums and terrarium accessories and a little of this and that shopping bliss.
If you’re headed to TR for a walkabout, don’t miss Cafe at Williams Hardware for seasonal finds, local art, southern food staples, and if you’re hungry, sit down for lunch. Save room for dessert. Cool Mama’s Ice Cream is right beside the cafe. They make their own waffle cones (with a tasty twist) and are stocked with Pumpkin ice cream for Fall! Across the street you’ll find Swamp Rabbit Brewery, Shortfields, and Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse (who makes the best lattes in town)! If you’re headed to my hometown, go hungry!
Subscription boxes are freaking AMAZING!
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I’m flipping around Instagram today and what do I see? A new subscription box! This month’s curated box from A Kitchen Box features James Beard nominated chef Chef Renee Erickson who is owner/chef of several Seattle restaurants including The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and Barnacle. The kit comes with a jar of Boat Street Pickled Raisins, and all of the spices you need to make pickles from her cookbook book, A Boat, a Whale and a Walrus. I am so praying Santa is reading this blog. I’d like a subscription to A Kitchen Box, please!
The biggest news in Subscription Box world…. wait for it…. there is FINALLY a Stitchfix-style subscription box for plus size ladies! (Shut the front door!! Right?!) Dia.Co, you rock my world! I filled out all of the info and my box should be arriving in a couple of weeks. Each box costs $20 upfront and that is credited toward any clothing you decide you want to buy out of your box. If you send it all back (postage paid), then they keep the $20. If you find something in your box you love, but want a bigger/smaller size, just give them a call and they’ll immediately put it in the mail to you! I am sooo excited!
Here are a few more subscriptions on my radar:
Like cookies? Try the cookie subscription from The Cravory.The have 11 signature cookie flavors including ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHIP, RED VELVET, LEMON BAR, PEANUT BUTTER OVERLOAD, SALTED CARAMEL CREAM, ROSEMARY BALSAMIC, and PANCAKES AND BACON. You might want to roll your tongue back into your mouth now.
I can’t say enough about Club W wine club. Join the club and each month choose the wines you want delivered to your door! The club features wines tailored to your palate. Just answer a few questions and you’re on your way. I’ve had six wine shipments so far, three bottles each time, and I only had one bottle that I was on the fence about. The rest were perfect for me! The thing I love most about this club is that the wines are from small vineyards in California. It’s stuff you can’t get in the store!
The stuff that should be on your calendar: Greenville Happenings.
This Friday, Oct. 9 from 7-9pm Artober Fest kicks off in Travelers Rest at Upcountry Provisions with a VIP party brought to you by Studio 62. Get your $25 tickets here to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in Travelers Rest. There will be live music, food and a cash bar. Cheryl and Steve Kraus and a few of their friends started Artober Fest last year with one thing in mind, to raise money for Shriners Hospital. Make sure you mark your calendar for the October 10th Main Event. It kicks off at 3pm with music, food and a raffle with amazing goods from all over town! Let’s help them raise some money, folks. Buy your $10 tickets online here.
The Traveler Rest Farmers Market Harvest Markest kick off this Thursday and runs Thursdays through the end of October. There’s food, music, and of course, local farmers and crafters. Take the whole family, grab some dinner while you’re there, and hang out a while!
Fall for Greenville is 2 DAYS AWAY, Oct. 9-11, 2015. If you’re already thinking about all the food you are going to consume and need to establish a plan of attack, you might want to start with the participating restaurant list. Once you have a plan, it’s time to get your food tickets. I’m missing the event this year, so tag me to report in with your favorite foodie finds! @gapcreekgourmet
I hear Passerelle is throwing a Beer Dinner you don’t want to miss! Let’s marinate on this menu for a minute: Curly Endive Salad with Crispy pig ears, quail egg and cured tomato vinaigrette paired with Ponce Jalapeno and Cucumber Saison; Brown Sugar-Glazed Ballotine of Duck with Creamed farro, wilted greens, spiced orange caramel paired with Kermesse Pumpkin Saison… did you think I’d honestly give you the whole menu? There’s Osso Bucco involved. And man! You should see the dessert description. Drooling yet? Get your tickets here for the special evening of French cuisine from Chef Teryi Youngblood and team and craft brew pairings from Don Richardson and his team at Quest Brewing Company. Five courses served family style and five craft brew pairings. Live jazz for the evening will be performed by Kevin Korschgen and his Trio. The evening begins at 6:30 pm on October 15th. The cost is $45 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Call 864-232-7007 to reserve your tickets!
Hey, beer people! Just a little ride North of Greenville, you’ll find the new digs for Sierra Nevada. If you haven’t been, why not visit during their first annual Oktoberfest on October 24 from 5-10pm. Get your tickets at www.sierranevada.com/oktoberfestnc. After you’ve thrown a couple back, maybe you’ll be brave enough to participate in the Chicken Dance Contest or will show off your manliness in the Flash Your Stache Competition. Can’t wait to see THOSE pics on Instagram!
I’ve totally given you enough to chew on this afternoon, haven’t I?
Mark your calendars for these amazing food events, share this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and comment to let me know how I’m doing, will ya?
Oh, and please donate to Harvest Hope! #SCStrong