Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fat and broke in Charleston

If I'm not careful, that's exactly what's going to happen...fat, broke and happy. lol. Most of my first weekend in Charleston has consisted of trying food and drinks, but I swear that won't be ALL the time....but I'm such a foodie- I love trying new foods.

First of all, I finally got to see what a Trader Joe's was all about- so cute. Not what I expected- I expected bigger, but I found a few things I had to try! That Chicken Salad is the bomb!!

I had a great Friday and Saturday exploring my new city. Friday night a girl from back home showed me around downtown a bit. She's been here 6 years and loves it- and knows all the great places to go and the places NOT to go...

We started at Vendue Rooftop bar, which, in my opinion was just OK. Pavillion Hotel's view was incredibly better! We shared tapas at Social and had a few drinks. We met up with a few of her friends and her brother later on for more drinks. I didn't plan on staying out and/or drinking, but I ended up having a few. :) Was a BLAST! I love Lindsay!

Saturday was the Charleston Harbor Tour via the Carolina Belle boat. It was great to see the city from the water, but the tour started dragging towards the end- and it was pretty hot on the top deck. I'd recommend it for anyone who has never been here before. Here are a few photos from the tour:

Met up with Megan and Savannah!

Fort Sumter

Gorgeous Battery view

After the tour we had lunch at Poogan's Porch- I loved it because they're dog friendly and Poogan was a dog :) Poogan's is inside an older home and it's lovely inside....I love historic homes, hence why I chose my apartment....

The food was pretty delicious! I couldn't decide what to get so I decided finally on a cup of She-crab soup and fried shrimp for my main meal.

Homemade biscuits to start. Reminded me of my grandma's :)

She-crab soup is my new favorite food HANDS DOWN!! I should have just got a big bowl of this I would have been more than happy with it!

Saturday morning I also tried out Glazed, a well-known donut shop here downtown. I had to try their Maple Bacon donut with bits of bacon on the top. DELICIOUS! Honestly, I'm not a huge donut fan, but that thing was addictive...The others, to me, were just ok...I don't think I'd go back for awhile.

Which brings us to today...I tried taking the pups to Hampton Park right up the street, but Brady wasn't interested. We were there 8 minutes when he decided to bolt to the car...Guess he wasn't feeling the park scene today.

For lunch I'm devouring some Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ. It was voted best BBQ in Charleston in 2012. I stopped at the West Ashley location (they also have one on Sullivan's Island).

I decided to try their Brisket Sandwich with a side of mac and cheese. The sandwich really was outstanding. The meat was SO moist and perfect! I also took a photo of the pork and chicken sliders they offer...

Hope you all had a great weekend!
For my fellow Charlestonians: What should I try next? Food or destination? I'm having issues narrowing down what I want to do next!


The Mustard Seed - the bread is amazing and they have great desserts! I also love Josephs downtown for lunch!

Have fun in Charleston - I'd love for you to document the restaurants and bars you visit. I try to go as often as possible and now I have an insider to tell me all the amazing new places to go
:-) Gah, I'm so jealous!

This sounds like it was an almost heavenly weekend Jenny, that food looks amazing! Honestly I don't think that you'll become fat if you keep up with the amazing work you've been doing recently so don't worry about it much.

Tamara said...

Hi! I just found your blog and I love it! I live in Greenville SC and we absolutely love Charleston! We got married on Sullivan's Island last June and had out reception at Poogan's Porch. This is always a must when we visit Charleston. You should try out Hyman's seafood and 82 queen! I know that you will love living in Charleston,congrats!

REBrown said...

All these sound amazing! We've always eaten at Hyman's seafood and it was really good. We've also gone to a place called Magnolias that was really good.

Jenny said...

Thanks for all the recommendations!! More reviews to come, no doubt :)

Man, that food looks amazing! I over induldged this weekend too. Damn dieting.... I want to eat like a normal person just like everyone else! lol

Sarah O said...

Try Poe's Tavern, great food and fun atmosphere.

Ashley J said...

Hey pretty lady!!! I will actually be in Charleston (well, Folly Beach) for a wedding and heading there on Thursday-Sunday. I am sure we will go out on the town every.single.night if you wanna meet up!!!

Jenny said...

Sarah- Definitely will try Poe's SOON!!

Ashley- Just e-mailed you back! I would LOVE love love to see you!!

Megan said...

It was so good to finally meet you! I can't wait until we meet up to indulge again!!

Christina said...

Stay away from Hyman's. Far away.

Savanah said...

It was so good to meet you Jenny! I am going to steal that pic for my blog when I write my post!! You and Megan have fun this summer!

Jenny said...

Savannah! So nice to meet you as well!

I may or may not have popped a button on my jeans last night ... #chucktownproblems

I figure it'll all even out in time, and right now food is one of my few friends ;)

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