Blood Orange

 
 Finished product - Absolutely love!

Finished product - Absolutely love!

 Prep in the Kitchen

Prep in the Kitchen

This weekend was full of family time - catching up with loved ones, sharing stories and laughs. When it comes to Sunday, we use the day as a recharge allowing time to unwind from the weekend, preparing for the week ahead. I’ve walked past these Blood Oranges in our kitchen’s fruit bowl for some time now. No time like the present to break out the beaters and mixing bowl. This seasonal fruit is very beautiful when you cut into them. Allows you to bring something different into your dishes. I’ve packed slices in our lunches and now, adding a twist to a simple lemon cake. My sweet tooth will enjoy this throughout the week. 

What do you like to do on Sundays?

We can all live in denial that Monday is tomorrow! :) 

 

Sweet Treats in North Beach

 
 How do you even decide? Everything looks so good.

How do you even decide? Everything looks so good.

Our Saturday was spent in San Francisco beginning at the Ferry Building and drifting through the farmers market. We continued our adventure down the Embarcadero and b-lined for north beach.

  Box break down: Éclair, dulce de leche cake, limoncello and a cannoli.

 Box break down: Éclair, dulce de leche cake, limoncello and a cannoli.

As we weaved through the avenues with Saints Peter and Paul Church in the distance we knew we were close. There are two things you must get while in North Beach. First, a slice of pizza. Second, Italian pastries and desserts. We found Mara's Italian Pastries on Colombus and of course I ordered a box full of yummy desserts to take home with me.

 Cookies & Biscotti

Cookies & Biscotti

If you find yourself in San Francisco swing by North Beach, also known as, Little Italy (as it's popular for locals and tourists alike). 

What is your favorite part of the city to explore? 

 

Eats & Drinks in Charleston

 

492

The building dates back to the 1800s each dish is styled and displayed beautifully. The cocktails are something to try. Live music into the evening hour.

The locals informed us we should make our way down King Street just passed Calhoun where the shops end and great eats & drinks begin. 

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The rooftop offered covered bar seating and a lounge area. The breeze on the roof was heavenly amongst the southern heat. Stop by for a quick drink or watch the sunset at this hidden rooftop bar in Charleston. 

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Savannah Bee Company

King Street is the place to shop in Charleston, during our afternoon stroll we found a lovely honey store. Anything honey we are usually all over it and to my surprise they had a mead tasting room. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water sometimes added fruits, grains and hops. We purchased the local honey and whipped honey. 

270 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

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Husk

"The kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Charleston." - Husk

We added our name on the 2 hour waitlist for the evening. It sounds crazy but we didn't waste anytime as we continued to explore Charleston along Bay Street. The wait flew by and to our surprise we got a table on the second story balcony overlooking the magnolia tree. 

 

Magnolias Uptown Down South

“Magnolias remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with modern flair for artful presentations.”   - Magnolias

Starter: Down South Egg Roll Collard greens, chicken, tasso ham, red pepper purée, spicy mustard, peach chutney

Fried Mac & Cheese Bacon jam, hot pepper relish

Entrees: Parmesan Crusted Market Catch creek shrimp & jasmine rice pirloo, warm asparagus, sweet corn & tomato salad, citrus beurre blanc

Spicy Shrimp & Sausage tasso gravy, creamy white grits

Poogan's Porch

“TUCKED AWAY on charming Queen Street, Poogan’s Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishments, with a fresh approach to Low country cuisine.” - Poogan’s Porch

Starter: Ribs & Pickles Poogan’s Signature BBQ, Garlic Pickles

Mac & Cheese Country Ham, Aged Smoked Gouda, Ham Dust, Green Onions

Entrees: Shrimp & Grits Andouille Sausage, Sweet Onions, Bell Peppers, Tasso Ham Gravy

Crispy Snapper Pimiento Cheese & Tasso Ham Grit Cake, Pulled Pork, Local Radish, Wilted Watercress, NC BBQ Reduction

poogansporch.com

The Macintosh

The restaurants menu is inspired by the low country and southern flare. Ingredients are sourced locally with a menu that changes daily. 

Cocktail: Sister Basil Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, Strawberry, Basil, Balsamic, Black Pepper

Starter: Sautéed Scallops Mixed with watermelon and Jalapeño dressing

Peach Salad grilled peaches, blackberries, granola on a bed of arugula with sweet dressing.

Entree: Confit Pork Shoulder Corn, Spinach, Sorghum, Peppers

Sides: Pecorino Truffle Frites

We shared the entree & side of fries for our meal, it was perfect*

themacintoshcharleston.com

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Cocktail: Roots, Rock, Rum Punch Spiced Rum, Silver Rum, Absinthe, Grapefruit, Lime, Basil

Starter: Focaccia Bread

Entrees: Double Cheeseburger* Bacon, Mornay, Aioli, Pickle, Fries

Lamb Shoulder* Creamed Sweet Corn, Nduja, Okra, Basil

 

Stars Rooftop & Grill Room

We spotted this gem walking home from dinner as we noticed a sign "rooftop open". We're from San Francisco and never pass up a rooftop opportunity. Through the reclaimed Appalachian Walnut wainscoting, passed the leather lined high curved booths and up a flight of stairs lie a rooftop for the stars. 

Cocktail: Nectar of The Stars                                                      Peach and clementine vodka, fresh orange juice

 
 

Cocktail: Dont Call Me Sweetheart                                                    Rum, Brandy, Strawberry, House Rhubarb Shrub, Mint, Black Pepper, Lemon

Starter: Kentuckyaki Glazed Crispy Pig’s Ear Lettuce Wraps, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad, Togarashi

Broadbent Country Ham, Buttermilk Biscuits, Dijonnaise, House Made Pickles

Entrees: Atlantic Snapper, Carolina Gold Rice, Summer Squash and Zucchini, Roasted Fennel, Sweet Peas, Vadouvan Broth

Carolina Heritage Pork, White Acre Peas and Sea Island Red Peas, Summer Peppers, Jowl Bacon, Spinach, Smoked Tomato

Dessert: Peach Profiterole Peach Sherbet, Honey Mascarpone, Blueberry

Funnel Cake Summer Berries, Whipped Cream

huskrestaurant.com

We hit this spot right around lunch time, perfect place for a good bite & some time to cool down

Cocktail: Peach Tea Punch  

**loved this restaurant, definitely atop destination in Charleston.

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Cocktail: Sangria

When on Vacation - One deserves a drink :)

 
 

The food in Charleston was a wonderful selection of local, farm-to-table and southern style that we were looking to find. We are inspired to try a new restaurants in San Francisco each month when we get back home. 

If you find yourself hungry in Charleston stop by one of these places. You won’t regret it. 

Please leave comments or questions below I would love to hear what you think.

Have you been to Charleston before? Tell me about your experience and what places you went to eat? Thank you.

 

 

Lemonade Refresher

 
 
 

Thinking back on my summers as a child, lemonade was the best time of the day. The juice was best when served ice cold and of course very sweet with probably too much sugar. I have a serious sweet tooth, not much I can do about that. While visiting my grandparents home I had the lovely opportunity to take a batch of Myers lemons home. I figured the best thing to prepare was a nice pitcher of lemonade. Here is a lovely array and styling with how it turned out.

One hint, never enough sugar. :)