Tasting Beer, Getting Certified

November 12, 2015

For those who don’t know, I am involved in the operations of two craft beer appreciation non-profits in Columbia, South Carolina. You wouldn’t think a smaller city could support two, or would even have two, but here’s the sekrit: I also was involved in the creation of both, which proves that if you want to […]

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The Better Side of Vintage Recipes

November 10, 2015

Buzzfeed has been abuzz with articles lately on “vintage recipes” but they are focusing on the real atrocities of the era, like basically anything with gelatin in it or that included the phrase “pour into a mold”. But I love vintage recipes so much that I have an ever expanding collection, thanks to my favorite antique […]

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God’s Acre Healing Springs in Blackville, South Carolina

November 2, 2015

A few weeks About a month and a half ago I was down in Orangeburg County, where Patrick is from, and we were taking a ride on back roads that he knew well. We had several missions at hand that day. One was to visit a friend of ours who we haven’t seen in ages, the […]

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Columbia’s Inaugural Gervais Street Bridge Dinner

October 20, 2015

This past weekend after several weeks of worry and stress over unprecedented flooding in our capital city, a thousand citizens had the opportunity to dine on the most iconic bridge spanning two of our rivers on a crisp autumn afternoon. It began with a cocktail hour, with beer and wine being served on the Columbia side, […]

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Rise Gourmet Goods and Bakeshop

October 12, 2015

Columbia is getting sassier and classier by the month, and October’s addition to the growing gourmet food scene is a small in-and-out style bakeshop in Five Points. Located at 926 Harden Street, Rise Gourmet Goods and Bakeshop is in a teeny building with clean, modern lines with its most noticeable feature being what isn’t there- […]

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Asheville & Bryson City Eats & Drinks

October 4, 2015

Tupelo Honey Cafe Some restaurants get over hyped. Maybe that super blond guy on the Food Network has been there, or a reporter is BFF with the owner and they get a ton of coverage, or it is on a Sex and the City episode and they have three hour lines for the next decade. So […]

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Are Your Nuts Boiled?

September 18, 2015

Few things divide the Mason-Dixon line so well as boiled peanuts do. If you’re from the South there’s a 98% chance that you love them, and if you grew up in the North, you’re wrong you probably don’t like them and are horrified by the thought of wet nuts. But boiled peanuts are a perfect […]

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A Slow Mountain Weekend in Bryson City

September 9, 2015

For anyone who has been reading me for a few years you’ve probably read about the vacations I take every year with my friends to places like Atlanta, Boston, DC, and Disney World. Those vacations are usually hard hitting trips where we cover as much ground as humanly possible in three to five days. This year we […]

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The End of August, Already

August 27, 2015

I don’t really have a whole lot to say today that’s focused on any one thing, but just wanted to comment on the first bits of autumnal crispness that’s creeping into the air. It’s not plain hot when I open the door to let the dogs out in the morning, it’s more of a pleasant […]

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Conquest is Set Up Right for the Jams

August 16, 2015

I’ve got a special treat as a post today… my husband Patrick went to a show at Conquest Brewing this weekend and commented on how great the space was for music. So I asked him to do a write up on his experience there since he is a connoisseur of music and small bands. I would […]

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