Dude. I just got back from a MUCH needed vaca. Greenville Small Plate Crawl was lots of fun and a huge success, but it wiped my butt out! Four days of no schedule, salty air, shopping, binge watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians, a couple of happy hours, and some sand between my toes did me a crazy amount of good.
Let’s talk about these wings from Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island. Holy crap. Best wings of my life. I am already planning my next IOP adventure, so I can get back for more!
I’m on a professional development tear. You should check out my NicLive PR and PR Life Pinterest boards, if you’re looking for a little entrepreneurial inspiration. I’ve been filling them up lately! I flew through Kelly Cutrone’s “If You Have To Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You” on vacation, and followed that up with “Girl Boss” by Sophia Amoruso when I got home. Hey, #girlboss: If you need an injection of get up and go, order these two books. I have a few more titles coming in the mail. I’ll keep you posted. #bookclub
We can’t leave Isle of Palms without at least one frozen banana drink from Banana Cabana. Nothing says sunshine like banana and rum, can I get an amen? This island bar is so close to our home-away-from-home, we can booze up and walk home. There’s outdoor seating, and a huge menu with everything from a GIANT plate of nachos made with house rotisserie chicken to nightly fish specials. My daughter always orders a hotdog or chicken fingers. Yes, boring.
My husband and I FINALLY made it to Kanpai this trip, and were tickled to death that Chef Sean (OMG) came to the table to take our order! Chef Sean Park is the face of Japanese Cuisine in Charleston. As soon as Kanpai opened, it was on Eater’s 38 Essential Restaurants in Charleston list and was on City Paper’s Top 50 Restaurants list two years in a row. So, you may not know about Kanpai (yet), but you probably have heard of O-Ku. Park helped open the Charleston hotspot in 2010. The restaurant immediately landed on Esquire’s twenty Best New Restaurants list and found itself on Opentable’s Top 50 Hot Spots in 2011, and was named Best Sushi by Charleston’s City Paper in 2011. This guy is the real deal, and I was so excited to be in his restaurant that he runs with his family.
He posted about the soft shelled crab he just got in on his Instagram feed that morning, so I tried Soft Shelled Crab for the first time! My restaurant motto is pretty much this: order what you won’t make at home. And I would NEVER make this at home. Ever. Isn’t that salad absolutely gorgeous! It kindof looks like something from Beetlejuice, though. I half expected it to grab my face and shove me off the bench.
The crab was good, but I couldn’t get over the gross factor of eating what looked like an actual crab. I wouldn’t eat a chicken with feathers either… and can’t stand fish with heads. (I know, bad foodie.) I can at least cross Soft Shelled Crab off my list. The sushi and the Spicy Truffle edamame were fab! We can’t wait to go back. You can check out their food and follow Chef Sean at @kanpaisean on Instagram.
You know these doughnuts have to be damn good to drag me (AND my teenager) out of bed at 6:30 in the morning. You have to get to Joey Bag a Donuts on Mt. Pleasant early to get the best selection. When they’re gone, they’re gone! I couldn’t eat the actual doughnut this time (being gluten free and all), but I licked off the chocolate icing and ate the white fluffy icing out of the middle. No, I am not ashamed.
Let’s talk about bathing suit season, shall we? I grew up HATING bathing suit season! I wasted years of my life covering up with t’shirts, wearing towels… Ladies, and gents, can we just drop that burden right here? Have you ever looked around at the beach and noticed all the different body types walking around? Everyone is different! Once I let my bad self image go, and started seeing myself as beautiful no matter my size at the moment, I started hearing from people that they don’t even think of my size. They just see me! That voice in your head that tells you that you are too fat, too skinny, too ugly, too short? The one that points out your cellulite, wrinkles or scars? Shut that thing up! Learn to radiate what you WANT people to see in you. Not what that crazy, misguided voice in your head is saying. Fake it till you make it and rock that bathing suit body!
There’s nothing better than sipping on cold limoncello on a hot summer day. As soon as we got home from vacation, we found a jar and got our summer batch started! Here’s the recipe we used. Don’t forget to use organic lemons! They are more expensive, but you don’t want all of those pesticides on the skins.
I’m so excited for summer! I can’t stand myself. Can school get out already!!! I’m anxious to have relaxed mornings, long vacations and some fabulous food (as always). Cheers to that!
Let’s get rolling with these Greenville happenings.
What’s going on in #yeahTHATgreenville?
Breaking Travelers Rest food news
Looks like a taco place is going into the old brick Joe Coleman Auto Parts building on Main Street (beside yet-to- open New Orleans place). They haven’t started a FB page or anything, so I’m keeping the name under wraps until they announce. Fingers crossed they have a fabulous margarita!
April 8: UP Tunes Live presents Bedhead Boys
Upcountry Provision’s music series, UP Tunes Live, is moving to Friday nights! Catch bluegrass band, Bedhead Boys there this Friday night, April 8. Show starts at 7pm! There will be a Tapas bar for $12 including: Baked potato salad, creamed spinach dip with stecca toast points, BBQ pulled pork, Buttermilk biscuits with butter, jam and maple syrup, and Sweet potato tartlets. The event is BYOB. No cover for the show.
Wednesdays: Greenbrier Porch Series
Head out to Greenbrier Farm Wednesday from 5-8pm for farm snacks, tasty beverages, live music, and porch time! Musician, Charles Hedgepath, will be kicking off the season. Don’t forget about their Plant Sale April 16th starting at 9am!
May 27: Brew in the Zoo
Brew in the Zoo just announced they are adding Foothills Brewing Company from Winston Salem, NC and Abita Brewing Company from Abita Springs, Louisiana to their line-up for this year’s event (with more to come soon)!
Brew in the Zoo is a fundraising event, which gives attendees the opportunity to sample an assortment of beers and enjoy live music by Charleston rock and soul band The Dead 27s, all while roaming around the zoo after-hours. This year, the zoo is offering early admission to the event, which will give ticket holders the chance to enter the zoo a half hour before the start time and take part in an exclusive sampling of a specialty brew made just for the event. The special “zoo brew” ingredients were chosen by Mia and Chelsea, the zoo’s Orangutans. The zookeeper gave them a bunch of fruit to choose from and they chose the mangos, oranges and strawberries. Rockers owner/brewer, Mark Johnsen, added the fruit to his Buckwheat ale to create the brew for this special event!
Early admission to Brew in the Zoo is $50 in advance and $55 the day of the event. Early admission ticket holders will be admitted to the event at 6 p.m. General admission is $40 in advance and $45 the day of the event. Designated driver tickets are also available for $15. General admission ticket holders will be admitted at 6:30 p.m. Must be 21 to attend. Photo id required. Rain or shine!
12 to 15 breweries will be on site offering two beers each. Food vendors including Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Marco’s Pizza, PDQ, Couture Cakes, Texas Roadhouse and Fuddruckers will be there to fill your belly. TapSnap Phototainment, a cutting edge photo booth experience, will also be on site, and guests will be able to print their own personalized souvenir photos. Everyone will receive a special souvenir shot glass, too!
Proceeds from Brew in the Zoo will help support the zoo. For each ticket sold, $5 will be donated to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit http://
April 23rd: Roast & Toast: euphoria’s Opening Day
Don’t forget tickets are still on sale for euphoria’s Roast & Toast event at the 500 Club at Fluor Field. Join Gap Creek Gourmet there as Greenville’s Food and Wine festival announces their 2016 schedule. We will stuff face with ballpark bites served by visiting chefs Clark Barlow of Heirloom and Tony Schidmt of Performance Foodservice. From the home team, Bacon Bros., Caviar & Bananas, Grill Marks, Jeff “RHINO” Bannister, Half-Apped Foodtruck, Hall’s Chophouse, Nard’s Backyard BBQ, Nose Dive, Soby’s, Southern Pressed Juicery and The Playwright will be there serving up their tasty ballpark fare. Grab your baseball cap and a dancing partner, cause they’re ready to knock #euphoria2016 out of the park! Tickets are all-inclusive, so as much as you can eat and drink! Go here for tickets.
May 14: Bovinoche @ The Grove at Upcountry Provisions
Tickets are also still on sale for Bovinoche. The event, formerly held in Simpsonville, has moved to Travelers Rest and has scaled down a bit. No more waiting in line after line for food! This time, there’s a seat for everyone at the table. Food by pitmaster (and event founder) Jeff Bannister, Chef duo Steve and Cheryl Krause, Chef Greg McPhee of Restaurant 17, and Steve Goff of Standard Foods and The Blind Pig. Get your tickets here.
Looking to join a book club? How does a COOKBOOK club sound?
Travelers Rest Cookbook Book Club is looking for new members (always!). This quarter, the club will be cooking from Rachael Ray‘s recipes! For all the newcomers here is the low down: you pick one or more recipes from Rachael Ray and post the names of the dishes you will be bringing on the Facebook event page. Then, you bring the dishes to for everyone to try. It’s a fantastic potluck! The club meets on the second Monday of each month at Upcountry Provisions in Travelers Rest from 6:30-8pm. If you want to join in on the fun, check out their April event here.
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