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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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Shopping Charlotte on A Saturday

This past Saturday my friend Emily and I loaded up into her Tahoe and trekked up to Charlotte, NC for a day of shopping in the magical wonderland stores that we do not have in Columbia. Our itinerary included Mary Jo’s  Cloth Store in Gastonia, which was overwhelming with fabric. We both stopped in our tracks at the door and gaped, but not for long, because I tore through the rows and rows and rows of fabric for the bathroom after the hour and a half drive up. Emily quilts and was looking to see what kind of fabrics they had for some custom order quilts she is going to make soon. My favorite aisle was the vegetable, fruits and snacks aisle. There were FOUR DIFFERENT typed of onion print fabric. Garlic, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, and curly fry fabric which is pictured below. Who would need curly fry print fabric? What would you make with this? I want Emily to make me a vegetable soup quilt, but she politely told me to forget it. Then it was on to Ikea, which I have no pictures of, but I do have pictures of some of my finds farther down. Ikea wasn’t terribly crowded for a Saturday, which was pleasant. We made it through it about an hour, believe it or not. By then we were hungry, so we loaded up...

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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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