Looking Back at 2015

January 1, 2016

I love looking back at these reflective surveys each each and seeing what I was thinking, feeling, and experiencing at the time. Some things never change, and some things do, radically. Here are ones from New Year’s Eve 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. 1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? Went on our honeymoon […]

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

December 16, 2015

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 […]

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Holiday Treats for Sharing at the Office

December 1, 2015

December is a month that requires a lot of food to go other places, like kids’ classroom parties, potluck dinners with friends to celebrate the season, office parties, and little gift baskets for an array of people. And for those of us who have more time than money, homemade treats can be the best way […]

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Quick Trip Report: Publico

November 13, 2015

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 […]

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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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