Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Weekend Edition: Charleston

cheers to two years!
Justin and I took a quick trip to Charleston over the weekend to celebrate our two-year anniversary. Coincidentally, this was our second trip, but we had so much fun discovering new places. If you need a few restaurant recommendations, read on!

When we got to Charleston, it was kind of dreary and rainy; so we popped into the cutest little hole-in-the-wall,Gaulart & Maliclet. This little café serves up French food with a southern twist in an old little house on Broad Street. I got a croque-monsieur with gazpacho, and my only complaint was that I didn't have more! The baguette was absolutely perfect, soft and warm on the inside with a hard and crunchy crust. It really could have been shipped straight over from France.

Luckily, we did have a light lunch though because we went to Poogan's Porch for dinner and chowed down. I didn't get any pictures of the inside, but I did snap this shot of the exterior. I love that Charleston makes such good use of its beautiful, historic homes. If you're in need of menu suggestions, go for the she-crab soup as an appetizer and definitely make sure to get a main course that comes with a side of the mac n cheese because it changed me. Justin got the duck, and it nearly melted in your mouth. Really, you can't go wrong here...or in Charleston in general.

Unfortunately due to the rain, we never made it to the beach on Saturday; but it did clear up enough Sunday to go kayaking! Nature Adventure Outfitters is right in Mount Pleasant and very easy to get to. We went for the early morning session at 8 am, and since the other people in our group never made it, we had a private tour!

Our tour guide, Aubrey Ann, was so great. She knew so much about the environment of Shem Creek and the history of Charleston. We got to take in some great views and even saw a whole flock of baby pelicans. Charleston by boat is definitely the best way to see the city!

After working up an appetite on the water, our last stop was at Magnolia's on East Bay Street for brunch.  We got the signature dishes, pigs in a blanket and shrimp and grits, which far exceeded their reputations. The grits have lobster and scallops in addition to the shrimp, and the sausages are wrapped in pancakes and topped with eggs!

There's so many great places to go in Charleston, it can get a little over whelming figuring out what to do next. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

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