Category: South Carolina

Fruit & Vegetable Fail

This is the aftermath of my afternoon snack. I have been really terrible about eating my fruits and vegetables this week, so I made myself, once and for all eat these strawberries I brought to the office and left in the fridge since Monday. Yes, since Monday, it’s gross I know. They were a bit on the almost overripe side, which is why a few of them aren’t eaten all the way to the top. Not eating my fruits and vegetables feels especially bad so me since I am a vegetarian. What in the hell else have I been eating? Carbs and cheese, as evidenced by last night’s creation. Tuesday night was a semi okay night, as we went to Cellar on Greene, which is attached to Claussen’s Inn (to the left) with our couple friends of whom the husband is about to go for a year to Afghan-iraq-an. I am not sure which place, but that covers most of the possibilities. Back to the food though. I had the $19 for three courses deal, my choices being the watercress salad, the pasta primavera, and peanut butter pie for dessert. The salad was amazing, with candied pecans, fresh tangy goat cheese, adorable little watercress leaves that felt like I was eating shamrocks, these fantastically mild onion slices on top, and more accouterments. The pasta primavera was chock full of...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

In Which I Describe My Dream Job*

I want to have my hands dirty with words and creativity and gooey ideas that haven’t yet been completely thought through. I want to be respected as an innovator that comes up with some “weird stuff” that people later look at and go “yeah, yeah, that works!”I enjoy the smudge of ink on my hands after I thumb through a final draft of a publication I’ve worked on. I keep a notepad and pen on my nightstand because I’ll wake up from a cold sleep and have something that I’ve got to finish thinking through, but know myself well enough that I write it down or it will flutter out of my ears in my sleep, and fly out of my window like a quiet little bird. I can’t remember anything that I don’t write down and keep multiple lists on me at all times. If reading made you gain weight, I would have to be airlifted out of my home. I take in information and ideas that span from celebrity gossip to how to poach an egg to the best ways to invest in real estate. Magazines are stacked up in my bathroom, novels are a fixture by the bed. My Google Reader has posts in the triple digits daily, and I take in just about every word in each of those posts as something I might need...

Read More

Electronics Recycling in the Midlands

E-Recycling (also known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment or WEEE, which is a much better name!) is coming to the attention of the cities and counties in South Carolina much more frequently now, as there is somewhere within 20 miles to recycle your electronic waste at least once every month or two. Some e-waste drop off locations require you to show proof of residency in that particular city or county, so please make sure that you have the proper documentation before you load a truck full of old monitors! Your local city or county website is a good place to start to find out where to cart your compu-trash, as well as Keep the Midlands Beautiful and Sustainable Midlands. Mark these dates on your calendar so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to clear out your husband’s collection of computers from the late nineties and feel the temptation to just put them out on the curb just to get them out of sight! The Best Buy in Lexington, SCĀ  (and other Best Buys in the country, I am sure) do e-waste recycling, but check their website for restrictions. I recently took two old computer towers to the Best Buy in Lexington, and got them inside only to be told that the hard drives were still in but that they would be happy to remove them for $30....

Read More

About April Blake



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.

Featured in




Twitter

Archive

Recent Comments