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Save Money, Do Awesome Stuff This Weekend

Awesome Free Things To Do This Weekend, Wherever You Are: You can see a blue moon while drinking a Blue Moon. Enjoy the amazing weather outside with a book/magazine/your laptop. Catch up on your sleep after the God awful time change. Then feel free to enjoy the sunnier evenings! I have to say, every morning this week was a real challenge. I can’t wait to really get acclimated to having sprung forward. Columbia Specific Free Awesome Things: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Five Points. The drinking and music after wards is not free. Check out the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art (it’s free on...

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Good Life Cafe Review

Good Life Cafe in West Columbia specializes in organic, raw*, vegan fare that opened in February 2011. It’s brand new and seems to have quite the following already! Their menu includes more new things to try each time I have been there. Today my Friend With Great Taste (FWGT) suggested we go there for lunch and being that she has great taste, I said sure, why not? I checked their Facebook page to see what was available for the day, and Spaghetti with Meatless Balls caught my eye (mostly because of the word balls, don’t give me too much credit here). When we got there, I saw the daily menu and price list on the wall and the $13.95 for the Spaghetti and Meatless Balls, I will admit, I wanted to flee to cheap Mexican food around the corner. But FWGT talked me out of it and we ordered our balls meals. This huge plate of much more than “spaghetti and meatless balls” is what arrived and was placed in front of me: Close up of cauliflower, broccoli salad with a lemony flavor: Corn and jicama (which I now know is pronounced “hee-cama”) salad, which was my favorite item on my plate and the first thing gone: The spaghetti and meatless balls, the star of the meal is made out of spiraled zucchini shreds. I want to see the...

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Work Eat Rinse Repeat

My weekend started out with a Carolina baseball game with coworkers and spouses/significant others. One particular coworker/friend and I decided that since we were JUST SO CLOSE to our favorite bar, we’d make an appearance. So we did. I saw this guy there that stood out from the crowd and he looked very familiar. I kept looking at him, and we made inadvertent eye contact a lot. I had a hunch on who it was, so once I got home I Googled and by God, I was right. It was the bassist from Crossfade! Awesome. Next time I will know and will have to go converse with him instead of just eyeballing him. Despite the alcohol, I got up Saturday and went to tend a store where I used to work during college. Thank God I could get this right across the street: Mmm. It came from Pizza Man on Rosewood. I love their current sign. I have never had Pizza Man, and it was great. Tons of cheese, good sauce, crust wasn’t too thick or too thin. Much better than the Papa John’s I used to order in. I took my computer there because it was predicted to be a slow sales day, which it kind of was. I did lots of Internetting in between my intermittent customers. I love working alone, and yesterday just cemented it. It...

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The Last Weekend Of February Was Well Travelled

It seems like I was all over town this weekend! Friday found me pretty antsy at work towards the end of the day. I think I was starting to get on the nerves of one of my favorite co-workers, but I think she forgives me unconditionally! I started getting the idea into the husband’s head that we needed a date night, so I gave him a selection of places: Cellar on Greene, Mojito’s, Rosso, or Travania. He went with Mojito’s, which was an excellent choice, I’d been wanting to try them for a while now. It’s almost easy to miss Mojito’s, the only way you’d know it was there on Gervais is from the blue and green Christmas lights outlining the windows. It’s next to zpizza, between Park and Assembly if you need a little more directional guidance. It wasn’t too busy when we arrived at 7, but it was hopping very shortly after, which is why I only have two pictures from our dining experience. Husband got a Cuban beer, but noticed something odd about it. The flash had to be right on the words, but it says IMPORTED FROM HOLLAND. That makes me doubt it’s authenticity, but he said it was good beer anyway. I got the vegetarian plate, which consisted of rice and beans (beautifully presentation for a simple meal!), a yucca, and sweet plantains. I...

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Antiques, Thrift & No Bubble Tea in the CWC

Saturday had the makings of a perfect, leisurely day spent mostly outside in some form or fashion. I had great plans to spend the day in the Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) area, not venturing more than a mile and a half or so from home base. I stopped by Melrose Antique’s at almost the corner of Meeting and 9th streets in West Columbia because I had been meaning to for a few years. It is a nice little shop, converted from an older home and you can tell from the outside that there are probably some pretty cool things inside. I was immediately greeted upon entrance to the shop, and made a loop through the house. Though I didn’t make any purchases, I saw some cute, reasonably priced things. These are what caught my eye: Part of a set of candleholders. It looks like a taper candle will fit in the hats that these cute little doggies are holding out for you. They are pretty heavy, to offset the weight of a lit candle, I assume. Priced at $35, they were cute, but not that cute for me today. I have a joke with my mom regarding corn accessories. She has corn shaped plates, corn shaped corn holders, a corn shaped brush to brush the silk off of fresh corn, and God knows what else relating to corn. Making fun...

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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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