The End of August, Already

by April on August 27, 2015

I don’t really have a whole lot to say today that’s focused on any one thing, but just wanted to comment on the first bits of autumnal crispness that’s creeping into the air. It’s not plain hot when I open the door to let the dogs out in the morning, it’s more of a pleasant tingle of chill. This year has really just whizzed by in an impossible blur. I was looking at our vacation pictures from our trip to Puerto Rico in May and can’t believe that was three whole months ago. If I close my eyes I can conjure up a perfect image of how I felt looking at those perfectly tropical azure waters.

condado puerto rico

In addition to dreaming about my vacation I’ve also been keeping busy doing real things, including writing for the Good Life Blog, which showcases tons of fabulous reasons for shopping at and donating to our local Goodwill stores, which I have always loved to do even before joining the team! I’ll be rolling out posts over there periodically and will link back to them here, including my most recent one where I transformed an ugly plastic thing into a shiny bathroom accessory. Also make sure to read about everyone else’s finds and advice as well too!

goodwill sc good life blog clamshell transformation


What else is new? This coming weekend I’m heading up to Benford Brewing with the South Carolina Girls Pint Out ladies for an afternoon of drinking beer with cows in the pastures surrounding the brewery. And then the next weekend is my annual girls trip with my friends, this year we are going low key and hanging out in a mountain cabin with a hot tub in Bryson City, NC for a long weekend. The lack of plans other than hot tubbing and eating is a total departure from our usual action packed excursions to places like Disney World, Boston, and Washington DC! I can’t wait though, these trips are something we all look forward to all year where we can get together as though no time at all has passed.

girls trip to disney world 2014


Conquest is Set Up Right for the Jams

by April on August 16, 2015

I’ve got a special treat as a post today… my husband Patrick went to a show at Conquest Brewing this weekend and commented on how great the space was for music. So I asked him to do a write up on his experience there since he is a connoisseur of music and small bands.

I would introduce myself, but i’m sure that lovely vile wildebeest nice lady I live with has done that quite a few times before. I’m here to write a post for her on the wonder that is live music at Columbia’s first brewery, Conquest Brewing Company.

My good friend Moses has been booking acts there for a quick minute for live music. I’ll be honest, I don’t go out much, so I had not been. I didn’t know how the acousticswould work in that space. . . Saturday changed  my thoughts on that .

Some good friends I know from the music scene were in town, along with a newer act that I’ve been fond of, and an out of town act I have literally heard nothing but the best of, and we’ll get to that in a moment, but let’s just start with the space.

Conquest is situated in what is best described as “a whole mess of garages with a sizeable parking lot” near Williams Brice Stadium. You would not normally think this was a great place to listen to music, but you would be wrong.

The music is set up in the actual brewing room, and they shift  a massive bar they keep out there for normal meandering and talking with folks during the week. Fine folks from around the state, and sometimes way out of state, will be playing for you right beside where the beer you are drinking is initially made. It can get crowded, hot, and loud in there, but there are places to sit, places to dance, and even. . . believe it or not, a rather nice bathroom (*side moofax note* if you’re a dude, and a lady needs to tinkle and is in line behind you, don’t be a jerk, let them go first).

The brew room opens up via a bay door into the parking lot. Outside you’ll find a rotating cast of mobile food vendors, some lovely picnic tables to chill at, and a variety of tailgating games to play like cornhole or giant Jenga. It’s nice because you can still hear the music loud and clear out there, but it is muffled enough you can chat, without disturbing the musicians  playing the awesome tunes you came to hear. It’s also really great because out there you don’t have the muffled over-sounded areas like many places, so you can chat over it with people you’ve never met and maybe make a new friend.

Music at Conquest Brewing
As far as the music on Saturday, August 15th goes, we had two local acts (Shnoz and Autocorrect), two folks slightly out of town that teamed up on an insane taking that. . . well they’re good at (Two Weeks Notice aka Mikal kHill and Tribe One), and one group from the District of Columbia (Navi and Picnicbus). I could go onto why you should lend your ear to each of these delicate souls, alas, this is a food, events, and locale based blog.

If nothing else, I’m saying check out Conquest on music nights. Good local beer, good friends, and good foods. You really can’t ask for much else.


Spotted Salamander Cafe: Where The Ladies Lunch

July 14, 2015

Summertime is for taking time off to enjoy the weather, so a few weeks ago I scheduled some time off for yesterday and today for a nice luxurious four-day weekend. Because I spent the actual weekend mostly sleeping for some reason, I made the most of the other two days including lunch at a new […]

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Summer Squash and Potato Spiral Tian

May 19, 2015

You know those recipes you see on Pinterest and think, “Ugh who are these jerks making these things?” After seeing such a recipe of a spiralized tian I finally decided to give it a go to get rid of a bunch of yellow squash before my next Pinckney’s Produce CSA box for the box arrived. […]

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Ingredient Reduction Challenge Results

April 25, 2015

Remember the ingredient reduction challenge I issued for myself a little less than two weeks ago? I’ve finally finished using up the original four items, which were Stubb’s barbecue sauce, bread crumbs, pumpkin soup and one ingredient I totally forgot to mention in the first post- the contents of the bag, canahua. Canahua (pronounced and […]

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Cooking with Benford Brewing’s Southern Tater Ale

April 14, 2015

Let’s discuss a very unlikely place to want to discuss: Lancaster, South Carolina. It’s a place that kind of marks halfway from Columbia to Charlotte for me when I’m on I-77. And that’s about as far as my thinking on Lancaster went until I discovered Benford Brewing by way of a road trip up there […]

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Ingredient Reduction Challenge

April 13, 2015

When the cost of living goes up but the income stays the same, it’s harder to save a dollar than it ever was before. So in these turbulent times, I decided to embark on a little self-challenge to use up some random ingredients from the pantry to make up meals rather than starting from scratch […]

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Cayce Festival of the Arts

April 12, 2015

The inaugural Cayce Festival of the Arts went down this weekend at the Guignard Brickworks. What is that? It’s the site where many of the bricks used in South Carolina buildings from the early 1800s through the early part of the 20th century. I explored it a few years ago after wondering what they were […]

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Adult Milkshakes? YES. Kaminsky’s Opens in Columbia

April 3, 2015

A few months ago I was eavesdropping at the local watering hole and heard people talking about a new restaurant opening in the former Nonnah’s space on Gervais Street, so naturally, I made my way into the conversation and reported it. Now, several months since, Kaminsky’s (an export from Charleston, and part of the same […]

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From Easter Eggs to Deviled Eggs to Various Salads…

March 30, 2015

I’m really losing some Southern points here today because I’m going to admit some things. One, I had no idea when Easter was until a cousin told me in a text message conversation. Two, I suck at making deviled eggs. But I feel like I can redeem myself because I did make really pretty Easter […]

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