Colonial Lake in Downtown Charleston has been written about time and again and enjoyed by many. It’s a place for fishing, festivals, kayaking (once a year), birds, walkers, joggers, baby strollers, the old and the young. That’s why I was pleased to read recently that Charleston has plans to improve the park.
As reported by The Post and Courier, the immediate plans include restoring the quality of the water. They will then be restoring the seawalls and walking paths, adding flower beds, and planting more than 90 trees. What beautiful and exciting improvements these will be. Below is a link to further explain what the city will be doing.
Here are just a few beautiful shots taken.
Since the weather was rainy and kept me from my outdoor plans (our quarterly Adopt a Highway at the Isle of Palms) my better half and I decided to eat our way through downtown Charleston.
There were two places we particularly wanted to try- one new and one not so new.
Our first stop was The Macaroon Boutique at 45 John St. If you are not hip to one of the latest dessert crazes and still think of a macaroon as a baked glob of shredded coconut, you are missing something quite delightful. A French Macaroon is a creamy, airy, sweet cookie of a treat. It’s as delicous as it is cute.
We also treated ourselves to a freshly baked, authentic baguette and a dark chocolate raspberry spongecake for dessert later that evening. I will be going back to the Macaroon Boutique to satisfy my next sweet tooth or if I need a hostess gift. The macaroons lend themselves to a lovely, colorful display in cellophane bags. They would be a welcome gift at any party.
While walking the calories off in a slight drizzle we saw the sign for this new place we’d read about and were anxious to try. The Patat Spot at 41 George St. Who doesn’t love a good order of fries? This place could rival the legendary Pomme Frites in New York City. They also serve falafel and hummus and I hear they have a crazy insane salad bar that is fresh and awesome. But let’s be honest, I was just there for fried potato goodness. We split a regular order of frites with the tangy peanut sauce. There are so many sauces that are tempting we just went with the staff’s recommendation. It did not disappoint. We had a window seat at the bar and watched the dog walkers and college students pass by. This place would make a quick afternoon date memorable and worthwhile- and they are open late Thursday-Saturday until 3am!
So keep these two wonderful places in mind if you ever get a hankering for something sweet or fried. Bon appetit!
I am taking this moment to say Happy Thanksgiving and to talk about how living in Charleston has expanded my food palate more than I could have thought just moving a few states away. I grew up in the midwest and lived up north for awhile, but I had never heard of a fried turkey for Thanksgiving until I moved down to Charleston.
Finding the exact origin of the fried turkey has not been easy to find but I have discovered, not too surprisingly, that it originated in the South. Just can’t find out where exactly in the South. But Southern folks deciding on the tastiest way to cook the bird doesn’t surprise me. My personal preference is more tofurkey than turkey, but I appreciate the crowd around me who go back for seconds, thirds, and later fourths, of the fried turkey at Thanksgiving. I trust them that it is delicious and sometimes wonder what I am missing.
We frequently post things about our restaurants getting noticed in national magazines but it’s not just hype. The food in Charleston is amazing. Wonderous things abound in local restaurants and the home kitchens of many South Carolinians. The things you can do with a sweet potato- I had no idea- from lasagna to pie and don’t get me started on sweet potato fries that lucky for the rest of the country, seem to be gaining in popularity. I had beets for the first time last year and have become obsessed- pickled, roasted, shredded raw. Okra-fried, sauteed with onions and tomato , pickled. And you have never had mac and cheese until you’ve had it down south. A few weekends ago downtown Charleston hosted a “mac off” between several local restaurants. Grits- so buttery, salty and peppery, flakey biscuits, buttermilk pie… the list goes on.
So thank you Charleston for expanding my recipe collection, inspiring me to try new things, and for awing visiting friends and relatives -making them wish they lived here. I must also add I am thankful for the walking path offered by the new Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the other outdoor activities that keep me from gaining weight from the abundance of good food available to me every day.
What’s your favorite Southern food or delicacy you’ve discovered in Charleston?