Weekend Eats 7-28-14

The first half of this weekend was non-stop go-go-go at a work event. Everything went so well, but longs days made for one hungry girl. By the time I got home Saturday afternoon and had the rest of the weekend to completely relax with basically no plans, I couldn’t think of anything but getting food in my body. 
That’s not entirely true. As much as I wanted to feed myself, I first had to get Zoey out of the house and give her a little attention. I know being the parent to a human one day will teach me more selflessness than I can comprehend right now, but I like to think being the parent to a young pup has taught me some of that already. Zoey is a spoiled little girl and I had to take care of her first. It didn’t take but a quick half mile walk in the extreme humidity for Zo to be panting and ready to go back indoors. This was my cue to head straight for lunch. 
As much as I love Metto for breakfast and coffee, I’d never had it for lunch. Saturday was the day! 
The Chicken and Goat Cheese wrap – deli style chicken, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese – was perrrrfect. Nothing fancy, just simple and delicious. It’s something you could easily replicate at home, but for only $6 and some change it was worth it in my state of hunger.
However. Let’s be real. The star of the show was that peanut butter cookie. They had just pulled them from the oven, there was no way in heck I was about to resist that cookie. I was handed the cookie while I waited for my wrap and had a bite of the pure goodness – warm, soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside. 
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Dinner time rolled around and I opted to clean out the fridge with this…

A bed of spinach topped with roasted veggies (broccoli, corn, tomato, bell pepper) and an over easy egg + a drizzle of sriracha. Then I topped a piece of toast with layers of sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella. 
Remember the soft boiled egg from Prohibition’s shrimp and grits?! Ever since then I can’t stop with the drippy egg yolk. 
Anndddd just because I need to make use of the million pictures I take of Zoey, we’ll end this post with a picture of the princess herself. 

What was the tastiest thing you ate this weekend?

Zoey says lots and lots of peanut butter was her favorite. 
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Weekend Eats 7-21-14

Today is double the fun with Weekend Eats from the past two weekends. Hey, it was too good not to share. First we’ll back up to two weeks ago.  
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, based out of Columbus, Ohio (my hometown if you didn’t already know), recently opened up shop in downtown Charleston. Yippee! With so many unique flavors, they not only will let you have as many samples as you want, they highly encourage it. 
I had to go with the taste of my hometown with The Buckeye State – peanut butter ice cream with an abundance of dark chocolate pieces throughout. I paired it with Salted Caramel. For a size small, you actually get to pick two flavors. How awesome is that? The ice cream isn’t cheap, but if you’re ever going to spend $5 for two small scoops of ice cream (sugar cone included), Jeni’s is the place to do it. 
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Also last weekend, Greg and I rekindled our love with grilled pizza. It had been a month or so since we took the dough to the grill, which was far too long. Greg wants nothing to do with goat cheese on a pizza, or anywhere for that matter, whereas I think goat cheese has never tasted better than on pizza. The pizza ended up being half pepperoni and half thinly sliced tomatoes (from our garden!), onion, goat cheese and a blend of seasonings including sage, thyme and crushed red pepper flakes. 
If you’ve never grilled a pizza, get on it! 
Side tracking from food for a second, Zoey Girl went on her first college campus tour. We have high hopes for her scholastic future and wanted to show her around our alma mater, the beautiful College of Charleston. 
Now onto this past weekend. I convinced Greg to try Collective Coffee Co. for lunch on Saturday, a place I have been several times but he had never been.
I sipped on a cappuccino, my new thing. Although, this one was very strong and I quickly realized I’m only used to the American-ized cappuccino, not the authentic, fancy Italian style cappuccino. I had to add a couple packets of stevia before I could sip it down without scrunching my face. I’m sure true espresso connoisseurs would have appreciated it much more though. It’s going to take me some time.
The food on the other hand, was fan. tas. tic. I ate the veggie wrap with bagel chips. This is seriously the best veggie wrap ever and it’s one you can feel good about too – romaine, tomato, corn, black beans, TONS of avocado and a brown butter sauce (okay, so you can feel pretty good about it), all rolled up in a soft and chewy spinach wrap. I have always known how much I love this wrap, but I swear it’s gotten even better. Greg had the pimento cheese biscuit sandwich – brown sugar & pepper bacon, eggs, and cheddar cheese. Also quite delicious and something I would for sure get again. 
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What was the tastiest thing you ate this weekend?

Weekend Eats {Charlottesville Edition} 9-3-13

This weekend Greg and I traveled to Charlottesville, VA for Greg’s best man’s wedding. Before all of that fun began, I got to spend Thursday evening with my brother Austin. Him and his college roommate Zach stopped in Charleston for a couple days before going to a wedding of one of their friend’s in Augusta.

Are you keeping up with all of this? I’m starting to confuse myself with all of these places and names so I’m sure it’s not easy for you either. Sorry.

Page’s Okra Grill has quickly become my new favorite place and it was all I could think about when dinnertime came along. I had originally told Austin and Zach I would cook for them, but my kitchen was a disaster and going out sounded much better.

dinner at pages
We had a great time, although one evening wasn’t nearly long enough to catch up with my boys. Come back soon!
I worked a half-day on Friday then Greg and I hit the road. The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were on Saturday. The groom’s uncle has a farm in Charlottesville that made a great setting for the casual dinner. A catered BBQ dinner complete with mac and cheese, collard greens and cole slaw. Yum!
bbq dinner
On Sunday afternoon, Greg, his parents and I grabbed lunch from Citizen Burger in downtown Charlottesville. Greg and I went to Citizen Burger day before for a drink and some appetizers with a few friends. The extensive beer list quickly caught Greg’s attention and the truffle fries were more than worth the splurge for me. We were excited to try a full lunch this time around. 
vegan burger
I had the Kinda Vegan burger: whole grain beet vegan patty, boursin cheese, sprouts, tomato, onion, avocado, cucumbers, tarragon vegenaise, on a multigrain bun. Most of the time I would sub veggies or a salad for fries, but I couldn’t resist those truffle fries. Love, love love. 
Later in the evening it was wedding time! The ceremony and reception were both at Trump Winery. It was absolutely gorgeous. Congrats Taylor and Courtney!
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We had a long drive ahead of us on Monday so didn’t spend anytime in the city. We were on the road within an hour of waking up and made it home around 4pm. The first thing on my mind was grocery shopping. Actually, I take that back. The first thing on my mind was a snack and I dove into some Publix fro yo in the freezer. Once snack time was out of the way, then it was time to stock up on groceries. 
I put together a snack tray for Greg and I to share for dinner. A little bit of everything is how I like it!
snack tray
Sliced baguette, olive oil/balsamic vinegar/spices for dipping, cucumber, hummus, pretzel crisps, grapes, cheese, pepperoni, corn, avocado. 
Done and done.
How was your Labor Day weekend?

Weekend Eats (and More) 8-19-13

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AUSTIN! 
My brother and one of my best friends. I love you so much!
Now for some Weekend Eats!

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Friday afternoon Greg and I had lunch together at Black Bean Co. (we recently bought a Go Charleston Deal for this place). After being slightly disappointed with my usual picks the past few times I’d been, I opted for a new-to-me wrap, the Beach Burrito. I was pleasantly surprised and was happy to rekindle my relationship with BBC.
margarita
Greg texted me around 4pm asking, “Happy hour?” After the day I’d had, happy hour was more than necessary, so I eagerly agreed. We headed to Rio Grande as soon as I got off work. That margarita, along with the unpictured endless bowl of chips and salsa ended up being my dinner. Whoops. 
zoey downtown
Saturday morning Zoey was supposed to have puppy class, but it was cancelled. We were already on our way downtown to meet our group and decided to make the most of it anyway. We visited the dog park first to burn some of her energy where she met all kinds of new friends. Then we went on a little walk by Waterfront Park. She sniffed her little heart out trying to take in her new surroundings. 
vegetables
Before heading home, we debated going to the Marion Square Farmers’ Market, but instead stopped at The Vegetable Bin. After all these years living in Charleston, we were glad to have finally made the stop. It was awesome. We loaded up on all our favorites including sweet potatoes, squash, avocados, bell pepper, cucumber and more. All of this for just about $11! I was on a high feeling so thrifty.
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I put together lunch with all of our new veggies – sauteed veggie bowls, topped with mozzarella shredded cheese for Greg, goat cheese and plain Greek yogurt for me. Avocado toast on the side. 
blueberry pancakes
After such a healthy lunch, we both let ourselves get crazy for dinner, maybe a little too crazy. Nah. It was worth it. We were on our way to Page’s Okra Grill, a very local Southern style restaurant. As we passed the highway sign marking food at the exit, I jokingly said we should go to Cracker Barrel to get breakfast for dinner. Welp, Greg liked my joke so much that he pulled off the exit and soon found ourselves at the Old Country Store indulging in buttery blueberry pancakes. I had actually only been to Cracker Barrel maybe twice in my life, while Greg grew up eating there fairly often. We reminisced on our childhoods, remembering certain things our parents and grandparents always cooked for breakfast. Breakfast time and breakfast foods in general bring back some good memories. 
quinoa burger
Skipping right along to Sunday’s dinner now. I made quiona burgers that were simply delicious. I’ll tell you more about those another day soon!
What was the tastiest thing you ate this weekend?

July Blog-A-Day #21: DI Yogurt and Blueberry Cheesecake

Oh no! I’ve gotten behind on this blog-a-day thing. Whoops! It’s only one day though, so hopefully I can make up for it before this month is said and done. 
I’m just popping in tonight to highlight two delicious parts of my weekend.
1. DI Yogurt.
FINALLY! A frozen yogurt place opened on Daniel Island last week and I could hardly wait to get there. It did not disappoint. Better than Menchie’s?? Better than Di’lishi?? 
…You didn’t hear it from me.
I first went on Saturday night and filled my cup with some cake batter, dark chocolate and plain old vanilla. Then topped it with walnuts, peanut butter cups, whipped cream and sprinkles. While out for a bike ride on Sunday evening, I talked Greg into stopping for a cold treat. I am thrilled to have the fro yo right next to home, but I can see it becoming dangerous as well.
The yogurt was soooooooo creamy. Many of the toppings were comparable to the other fro yo joints around, but I noticed some of the fruit may have been sitting out a bit too long and they didn’t have chunky Oreo pieces that I usually like. Instead, the cookies were finely ground. The yogurt itself made up for it though. I will definitely be a regular.
2. Blueberry Cheesecake Pie
Since the fro yo stop on our bike ride was technically only a “snack,” I needed something for dessert later that night after dinner. I baked Bridget’s Blueberry Cheesecake Pie, which became the perfect ending to my weekend. 
It was my co-worker’s birthday today so I knew I wanted to bring the cheesecake into the office to share with her. It was a good thing I had that excuse, otherwise Greg and I easily would have eaten the entire thing this week. 
What was the tastiest thing you ate this weekend?

Weekend Eats 4-7-13

Lots of deliciousness this weekend. LOTS of deliciousness. 
Friday night trip to Trader Joe’s meant lots of fresh veggies for a massive salad: spinach, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, strawberries, avocado, goat cheese, sliced almonds, raspberry vinaigrette. Perfection. 
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Breakfast taco on Saturday morning: scrambled eggs and avocado wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. Plus a big mug of coffee to get me going. 
egg taco
Saturday night called for another whole wheat tortilla, this time filled with homemade tuna salad made with mustard, onion, and a shake of salt and pepper. Simple as can be. Sliced apple, carrots and steamed broccoli served as side dishes. 
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Sunday. We all know Sunday means brunch around here. With so many events going on in Charleston this weekend, restaurants were pure madness. We were told it would be an hour wait at one place, so we moved to the next. We were told 30 minutes so figured we’d wait it out. By this point, we. were. starving.
Then, after almost an hour of not being sat, we gave up and headed to old trusty- Coleman Public House. No wait at all! Woohoo. 
I had the Huevos Rancheros. HUEVOS. I love saying that, don’t you?
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Here is where things get really good. Have you had this, or any coconut milk ice cream for that matter?   Technically, it’s a ‘frozen dessert’ according to TJ’s, not ice cream. But it’s easier just to call it ice cream…made with coconut milk. I ate mine with a couple spoonfuls of cool whip. Such a refreshing treat on these warm and beautiful spring days! 
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But the best part of my weekend? THIS. Another successful TJ’s purchase. This chocolate bar was everything I hoped it would be and more. Get yourself one two. Go!!
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What was the tastiest thing you ate this weekend?

Weekend Eats 3-11-13

margarita

I kicked off the weekend with Mexican food and a margarita, on the rocks, with salt. The best way to do it.
breakfast

I ate a half bagel with jelly, apple slices and hot tea for breakfast one day.
nuts

I snacked on mixed nuts during the day while working at my company’s conference (I mostly picked around the peanuts and went straight for the almonds and cashews, mmm). 
bagel

On Sunday I ate the other half of the bagel, this time with avocado and sliced banana. You may think it’s weird, but I promise it’s delicious. (Hint: this may be foreshadowing a recipe coming your way later this week…)
wrap
After church, I stopped at Whole Foods for a simple veggie and hummus wrap from the deli counter to fuel my grocery shopping.
praline 

I also ate pralines. Sugary, melt-in-your-mouth pralines. If you aren’t familiar with these, they are a true Charleston/Southern staple and I highly recommend you get yourself some if you ever have the chance. We hand them out to guests at our conference and any leftovers? Yeah, they come home with me 🙂 Nice perk if you ask me. The combination of pecans, brown sugar and butter is a wonderful thing. 
What was the tastiest thing you ate this weekend?