Monday, October 11, 2010

Charleston, South Carolina

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Here are the highlights:

Piggly Wiggly
I knew this place existed, I just didn't believe it until I saw it with my own eyes

Seafood and Grits at Magnolias
My first seafood and grits experience! At Magnolias

Pecan Pie at Magnolia's
My first pecan pie. Also at Magnolias

Charleston Farmers Market
Of course I can't go a weekend without visiting a farmers market. Charleston's was full of Southern flair. These muscadine grapes are weird and definitely a Southern original.

Charleston Farmers Market
Basket weavers are everywhere

Charleston Farmers Market
Red, yellow, and green tomatoes...oh my!

Arthur Ravenel Bridge, Charleston
The Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge is an architectural wonder.

Roasted Asparagus with a Fried Egg at Monza in Charleston
Quick lunch at Monza. Roasted asparagus and fried eggs are two of my most favorite things in the world! Next time, I definitely want to try the pizza.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston has some interesting history and architecture

This all makes me want to go and re-read Gone With the Wind for the 800th time.

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marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

I adore Charleston! Looks like you had an amazing trip. We missed you in SF. Hope to see you soon though :)

The Urban Baker said...

Charleston! That is on my list! This looks like a fabulous weekend and it also looks like you had fabulous weather! Missed you this weekend. We are going to plan something real soon! xxx

Diana said...

I can't believe you got all this up after your exhausting weekend! Impressed!

We definitely need to hit up Nook some time for their shrimp and grits.

Erica said...

yayyy :) Isn't the bridge gorgeous? I just love it. Glad you enjoyed your trip

vanillasugarblog said...

wait what? first time with seafood & grits? gurl no.
that pecan pie is so thick.
you did it all right.

L. P. Skeen said...

I canNOT believe this was your first pecan pie. Seriously? Shrimp 'n' grits is the #1 most famous low country food, LOL.

For those of you threatening to visit, you do NOT want to go between the end of April and September - it's hot as hades and twice as humid. I was down there as a vendor for a festival the first weekend of May (Spoleto festival) one year - it was about 100* in the SHADE, and absolutely ZERO wind. Tons o' history, especially if you're a civil war buff.

Joanne said...

the food in Charleston looks delish! I've never been, but I SO want to go. Especially after seeing this!

notyet100 said...

nice pics,..

Duchess said...

Looks beautiful. I hope you bought a basket!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great trip!


Unknown said...

whirlwind, maybe, but you sure fit in some fantastic-looking things! :)

M. said...

Piggly Wiggly...good times :)
I remember shopping there, during my summer vacation in SC, many years ago :)

sadly, they didn't have any fresh bread...only prepackaged stuff :(

I'll never forget store clerk's face, when I asked about it, like he didn't know what the fresh bread was :)

other than that, I had fabulous time there :)

Kana said...

Loving that plate of grits!

shaz said...

Lovely photos, sounds like you had a blast. That fried egg looks just about perfect.

Michael JB said...

OMG! I used to shop at Piggly Wiggly all the time in Atlanta. Nice!

I'm SO thankful that you have gotten some shrimp and grits, pecan pie, and muscadines in your life. That's about as southern as you can get! Wait a sec, did you have any sweet tea!? :D

Esi said...

You guys it was a great time!

Michael, I had a sip of a drink with sweet tea vodka..does that count? lol

Alicia Foodycat said...

That looks like no pecan pie I have ever seen! Wow!

The Food Librarian said...

There really is a Piggly! :) - mary

Marie said...

I visited Charleston years ago and found it charming and loved the architecture. Really want to return sometime, thanks for sharing! :)