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Arepazo Latin Food in Cayce

It was a warm spring day in the month April when I was walking back from the spin studio that I had been going to since January. As I passed by the store that advertises Dungeons & Dragons game nights, I turned to look in the windows of the next building, and a sign was in the window. An arepas restaurant was opening… soon, it said! In a fit of excitement I misspelled on this Snapchat I took of the building. Months passed, no arepas. It got a bit warm for me to do any extreme forms of cardio,...

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Saffron: Authentic Indian Restaurant with Mexican and Chinese Options

Yes, it’s a real thing. It’s the whole name of this new restaurant located in a non-descript building that also houses a tire store on 378 in West Columbia. I saw the sign from the road the other day and within the week dragged Patrick there with me, all because of the hilariously long name. We stopped by on a Sunday evening when it was very quiet in there — in fact, we were the only patrons at the time. One of the many questions I had about the place was if the cuisines were separate or if this was some sort of fusion. The answer is (thankfully) separate! The menu is mostly Indian, with a section of Chinese that is mostly appetizers and noodles, and a slightly larger Mexican section that includes appetizers, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, chimichangas and the like. Their Facebook page has photos of all of the menu options. Another question I had was simply, why? Why all of those things together. The owner, whose name I forgot to ask for because I was super hungry, was also our server so I was able to get some insight. The answer is humorously simple: He has friends who are cooks that used to work in both Mexican and Chinese restaurants, and they wanted to work for him so… that’s why the menu is the way it is! We...

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South Carolina Brewers Guild Festival To Be Held in Cayce

I previously reported on the South Carolina Brewers Guild Festival in the Free Times, but I wanted to repost the article here as well so that more people may see the information. The South Carolina Brewers Guild — originally organized in 2005 by Jaime Tenny of COAST Brewing and more recently structured with an executive committee in 2014 — has been working quietly, promoting the craft beer industry and helping to modernize laws to remove some of the red tape from operating an alcohol-related business in the state. Meanwhile they’ve been dreaming of an event to celebrate how far beer culture in South Carolina has come while also remembering the past. Finally, they’ve decided that this is the perfect time to put on a beer festival that will bring together all South Carolina breweries, brewpubs, homebrewers, potential future brewery owners and, of course, craft beer enthusiasts. The inaugural festival will take place on May 21 at the Brick Works Park at 190 Knox Abbott Drive in the City of Cayce. “All South Carolina beers and all South Carolina breweries and brewpubs are invited, whether they are Guild members or not,” says SC Brewers Guild executive director Brook Bristow. In addition to being a celebration of craft beer in the state, says Bristow, the festival seemed like the perfect time to meet with legislators to say ‘thank you,’ present them...

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Pelican’s Snoballs

Under the spring blue sky, the Midlands has been getting a little bluer itself, from Pelican’s Snoballs massive expansion all over town. The original Columbia location is on Rosewood Drive and while that’s not far at all from home and work, it was still a detour to go there. But they are popping up all over the place now. The most important one (to me, at least) is at 442 Meeting Street in West Columbia, a road I traverse two to four times a day, depending if I go home for lunch or not. So when I saw a sign...

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Let Someone Else Do Half of Your Weekly Grocery Shopping

I can’t say enough about the glory of making one quick stop on the way home and receiving a box containing about half of the food I’ll need for the week. That’s right, it’s a real thing, and it doesn’t involve a personal shopper or exorbitant amounts of money! It’s as simple as signing up for a CSA (community supported agriculture) share. Three years ago I decided to go for it and find a CSA to join and most of them had inconvenient pickup days or times, which would take some of the joy out of it. But then I found one that delivered to a business in the city of Cayce, a convenient option. I signed up and started getting my shares during a spring season. Coming up on my fifth season of shares, I’ve come to rely on it. I feel out of whack and strange when I have to go to the store and choose my own vegetables in the height of summer or the middle of winter when the farm doesn’t deliver. Check out the variety! And this is just from my small sized share, which is often plenty for me. Depending on the box contents, I’ll usually supplement with other produce from the grocery store, especially garlic or onions. The last day to sign up for a full share is April 9th. Click right...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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