Category: Local

Insta Lately

Like every good millennial, I take most of my photos on my iPhone (6). I used to haul my Canon Rebel around everywhere, but for one, it’s chunky and for two, it’s incredibly old and the standard lens on it is scratched from years of abuse. When I upgraded my iPhone last year, I got a special case with a camera hood that’s supposed to make the photos even better. I like to think it works. Walked into Earth Fare, saw this display, couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for rainbow organization. You know those Facebook videos that are everywhere these days? One from Huffington Post caught my eye recently on the topic of matcha tea. It claimed that matcha would work way better than coffee and give an extended energy release to combat the afternoon slumps, from which I suffer greatly. On the same trip to Earth Fare where I took the bell pepper picture, I snagged a (very expensive) container of matcha powder by the Republic of Tea and brought it back to the office. Since I was lacking milk or a sweetener other than white sugar, I just heated up a mug of water and swirled in a spoonful of matcha. Uh, this stuff is grassy, ya’ll. I am definitely going to bring some almond milk next week to sweeten it up a bit. As for if...

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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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Copper Horse Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our fridge is way too full lately, with a hodgepodge of leftovers and bottled beverages and trays and trays of meat that Patrick buys on sale. So because I’m such a nice wife I offered to go through and clean out the fridge. One of the items that tragically got pushed way too far back was the Copper Horse Distilling Copper Cream, Red Velvet Peppermint edition. Here’s where I have to admit though, I had ulterior motives for wanting to clean out the fridge… I had to make sure I had ingredients to make cookies for a foodie book club the next night! When I saw the Copper Horse, I knew it had to be part of these cookies somehow. Because baking is a delicate dance of science, I based my recipe on one I’d had pinned for years, but adapted it to suit my particular liquor’s needs (aka the delicate flavors of the cream liqueur would have been overwhelmed by the brown butter and hazelnut oil prescribed in the original). If you’re in Columbia, go by the gorgeous distillery on Huger Street for a tour and tell Richard I sentcha. Otherwise, you can substitute another cream liqueur of your choice – but choose wisely. Copper Horse Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies makes 35-40 Ingredients 1 1/2 sticks (14 tablespoons) salted butter, softened 2/3 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup sugar 2...

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15,000 Square Feet of Booze, In Bottles (And Cans)

I recently had the chance to preview Columbia’s newest spirits store, Bottles and am way too excited to go spend more money than I need to there. The very first thing I was shown there was shelves and shelves and shelves of ginger beer of all kinds. Seriously, the shelf space for it was wide than I can reach. Moscow mule tasting party, anyone? The space is huge, and there are all sorts of special items- from blackberry ginger Canada Dry to a slew of unusual bitters. Options ranged from imported Belgian ales to locally crafted Copper Horse products, made here in Columbia on Huger Street with grain from Allen Brothers Milling (aka Adluh).   The first day open is today, Wednesday, December 16. Hope you don’t spend all your Christmas money in one place. Bottles is located at 4410 Fort Jackson Boulevard,...

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Quick Trip Report: Publico

I wonder if the folks at Publico planned to open on Friday the 13th. That kind of ominous opening might imply that I had a terrible experience there, which is quite the opposite. I left a bit before noon to avoid the parking crunch in Five Points and was rewarded with a spot not too far away. The first thing you notice about Publico is the decor. I had to laugh at all of the hipster restaurant cliches that they fulfilled there but you know what, it comes together nicely. Male bartenders and servers in plaid shirts? Check. Reclaimed wood walls? Check. Sputnik light? Check. Garage door windows rolled up to reveal a beautiful November day? Check. I can’t say anything about hipsterness though, I was at the bar Instagramming my meal with my iPhone. Check. Publico offers fusion tacos, tosados, burgers, and other Mexican-ish-Asian-ish fusions, along with a pretty sizeable tap list. I went for the lunch special which was two tacos and a side, the two tacos being the agedashi tofu and the avocado crunch with Mexican sticky rice. The agedashi tofu taco was easily my favorite. The tofu had to be flash fried, it was crisp on the outside and perfectly puffy on the inside. The peanut sauce brought the whole taco together. And it didn’t seem weird that the mostly Asian-ish flavors were in a tortilla....

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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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