I had a lovely weekend with a couple girlfriends that left me feeling so much sunnier. Stephanie and Anika came down to visit from Knoxville, TN. We'd worked together at Magpies Bakery and have formed a friendship that lasted after our time there together. I was so happy to have a weekend with them- a quiet weekend spent exploring Greenville and Spartanburg, SC. We wandered downtown Greenville on Saturday, stopping for margaritas at Guadalajara on Main Street and gelato at Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe. The intense summer heat gave us a pretty good beating by the time we made it to the West End. A quick stop at Trader Joe's for nibbly bits, wine, and pasta to make for dinner and another quick stop at The Bavarian Pretzel Factory for cheese and dessert. YUM! We spent the night eating good food, enjoying wine, and spending time catching up. Sunday morning we got up early, had a light breakfast and headed out the door to pick peaches at Fisher's Orchard in Greer, SC. I wanted to take them to a great diner for lunch, so we made our way to Stax Omega Diner in Greenville, SC and sat at the curved bar for a fantastic lunch. Drove around Spartanburg for a bit, then back to Luna Rosa for drinks (them) and gelato (me). Another stop at Trader Joe's, and the girls were on their way back home.
It seems like it's been forever, but I finally finished up the newest designs and they should be up in the Etsy Luxe shop early next week. Here's a sneak peek of a few of them.
Venice is definitely on my list of places to visit before I die. My Summer Sky necklace makes an showing in the second row far right of this Venetian inspired treasury. Composed of a single, large, handblown Murano Venetian glass bead set on a 14 karat gold fill chain accented by sterling silver and 24 karat gold vermeil. Simple and stunning.
My Swept Away necklace makes an appearance in the third row second from the right. This is a gorgeous treasury, and I'm happy to be included in it.
The My Favorite Blues Treasury features my Clara necklace on the second row far right. This is actually one of my favorite necklaces. Simply crafted using AAA gemstones, the Clara necklace is composed of a large smoky quartz drop briolette accented by a vermeil on a chain of sterling silver with Swiss blue topaz faceted nuggets wire wrapped throughout.
Treasury themed around Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with the movie coming out soon. My Hermione bracelet is featured in the bottom left corner. The colors of Gryffindor- scarlet and gold- are represented by garnet and citrine on a sterling silver base.
Gorgeous blues and browns in this treasury. My Swept Away necklace is featured in the third row at the far left. Composed of a huge smoky quartz pear briolettes accented by moss aquamarine on oxidized sterling silver.
After a wonderful meal at Poogan's Porch our first night in town, we decided to really test the waters with Magnolia's for lunch. It definitely deserves the heavy praise. Coming in at number 3 on TripAdvisor, the expectations were high. I managed to snag this sampling from my husband's plate of fried green tomatoes. FRIED GREEN TOMATOES with country ham grits, goat cheese, and tomato chutney.........................YUM!!! I could have eaten a jar of the tomato chutney by itself. This starter could have been a meal, the portion was so large.
I ordered the GRILLED MEATLOAF with tiny green beans, mashed potatoes, and a mushroom gravy. It was the BEST meatloaf I have ever eaten!! It was wonderful, grilled crusty exterior giving way to a moist interior. Meaty flavor with vegetables present but unobtrusive. The green beans were cooked perfectly, still snappy but not raw. The potatoes were good, too. Did I mention it was the BEST meatloaf I've ever had?
My husband ordered BOURBON GLAZED SALMON with country ham grits, sweet corn relish, green tomato chow chow, and an agave-lime barbecue sauce. The corn was straight off the cob, the salmon perfectly done. He was in the mood for grits, and loved them. I wasn't brave enough to venture a hand in while he was eating, but he assured me it was wonderful.
My older son ordered BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN BREAST
served with cracked pepper biscuits, mashed potatoes, collard greens, cream style corn, and sausage herb gravy. Again, perfectly done.
We had reservations, but arrived 30 minutes early. They had no problem getting us a table, and the service was attentive. To finish our visit we ordered the BLUEBERRY BUTTERMILK BREAD PUDDING with lemon custard ice cream. The dessert didn't get photographed because it was so good that we went into a feeding frenzy and the four of us polished it off it in a matter of seconds. Definitely on the list of restaurants we will return to.
Just got back from a little jaunt down to Charleston. It was our second family excursion to the city, and we had a blast. Family vacations for us generally revolve around food, and this one was no exception. Charleston is known for its Lowcountry cuisine, and we greatly enjoyed the restaurants that we visited. At the last minute we decided to leave a day early, and thought we'd walk by the only restaurant we'd made reservations to- Husk. Our reservations were for lunch on Thursday, and it was Tuesday night when we got into town. We were hungry, and Poogan's Porch is right next door to Husk. It was rated number 6 in the city by TripAdvisor, so we decided to give them a try. We took a gamble that Poogan's Porch would be able to seat us without reservations, and luckily for us they said they could seat us on the back patio. It was perfect seating for us- just outside the door and tucked a bit so that we didn't feel in the way. Iced drinks and a nice breeze helped to make it comfortable in the summer heat. The basket of biscuits didn't arrive until the entrees, but they were worth the wait. Light and fluffy, with a slight sweetness to them. Imagine Angel biscuits with wings. SO good that we asked for a second basket!
I ordered the Pan Roasted Mahi with Pulled pork & goat cheese ravioli, tomato ham hock broth, greens, and charred cream corn. Yum! I don't think my corn was actually charred in any way, but it was delicious. I even ate all the greens, which normally I would avoid.
My husband order the Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops with Apple-wood smoked bacon grits, wilted spinach, and crawfish buerre blanc. I wish I could give an accurate firsthand account, but he was in raptures over it and wouldn't let me taste it.
My older son ordered the Plantation Fried Chicken Stuffed with smoked gouda, spicy collards & country ham, whipped potatoes, green beans, and drizzled with a texas pete jus. Lucky for me he shared and I can say that it was delicious. I'm especially fond of green beans that still have a crispness to them, and these were perfect. My younger son just ordered the kids chicken fingers, so I didn't take pictures, but the chicken was breaded chicken breast strips with homemade potato chips. Everything was delicious. We decided to top it all off with two desserts to share. Well, the idea was to share them but my husband decided after one bite that the peanut butter pie was all his, so my older son and I shared the coconut key lime pie. It was perfect.
Poogan's Porch is more "shabby chic" when compared to the upscale modern restoration its neighbor Husk embodies. The furniture and decoration are all a little worn, and the air conditioner seemed to struggle to keep the interior cool in the summer heat. We actually ate here again our last night in town with seating inside, and I think I liked the back patio table better. The final notes on Poogan's Porch will be in my Day 3 post.
Stunning aquamarine themed treasury featuring my Deep Pool earrings. What fantastic company to keep! Gorgeous jewelry from a few of my favorite sellers. Dive in!
A little bit about me. I'm an Army brat that's finally somewhat settled after a childhood spent....everywhere. We just moved to Upstate South Carolina, and I've got to say, I love it here!