charleston | the history

Let's just get it out of the way. Charleston is freaking gorgeous. Visiting Jensine and Sam was perfect in so many ways. I loved all the spots and eats they took me took! Even with the closing of the bridge I saw so much of the beauty I've been hearing about Charleston.  When the weather finally cleared in Charleston, Jensine took me to Old Charleston where I was just in awe.  I understand why so many of my friends honeymooned there.  Muy romantico. oui. oui. (Are those three different languages? yikes!) The buildings  have so much personality and history… two things that are seriously lacking in California.  I'd stop to read plaques on sides of houses describe the notable persons who once lived in the houses. We wandered through the buildings and to the shore. Eventually we headed back to the car and at that point realized we forgot where we parked.  We knew the general area where the car was parked so even though we didn't exactly know where it was we did eventually find it. score.

Isn't Old Charleston just so beautiful?

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charleston | butcher & bee

Butcher & Bee A while back I came across a Charleston guide from Lingered Upon.  Alice wrote about Butcher & Bee and because of its industrial/woodsy interior and deliciously looking sandwiches, I made a mental note and facebooked Jensine to let her know I'd want to eat there on my visit.  Butcher & Bee was a short walk from downtown, and even though I arrived at noon, it was fairly empty.

Their menu changes every day, but you can follow their facebook page or twitter to see what's on the menu for that day.  I ordered the Pork Belly Sandwich and the Curried Brussels.  Oh amazing goodness.  That sandwich was so flavorful and all kinds of great texture.  Oh and I had a very spicy ginger ale.  I love ginger ale.

While I was eating (alone), a lil ole lady struck up a conversation with me.  She was everything I thought an older southern woman would look like.... classy, vibrant and incredibly warm.  When her husband show up he was wearing the most adorable sweater with two puppies on it.  He had a distinguished air about him but he was goofy and adorable.  They talked about themselves, and I talked about myself.  They even invited me to stay with them the next time I visit Charleston.  I enjoyed my lunch as they told me stories about their lives as Charleston locals.  They were so sweet.  They even shared their hummus plate with me because it was "too delicious not to share" and it was indeed quite delicious.

I'd definitely come back to try all their eats.  But their food is really filling.  I could only finish half the sandwich and didn't even make a dent in the brussel sprouts.  So go hungry, it'll be worth it.

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Pork Belly with hoisin, cabbage slaw, peanuts and mayo. Butcher & Bee

 Curried Brussels with fried leaves and herbs. Butcher & Bee

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Butcher & Bee 654 King Street Charleston, SC

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charleston | the silver lining.

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.- Larry Hazen

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Even though it was pouring for most of the day, Jensine and I were determined to do some exploring.  We'd been cooped up working indoors all day, so I was itching to get some fresh air.  The weather didn't permit the most optimal conditions for exploration, but we made the most of afternoon in Mount Pleasant.

And so we explored! I got a bit acquainted with the closed Ravenel Bridge while learning what "low-country" was.  We weathered the chilly, windy weather.  We even went to the beach, Isle of Palms, where I imagined many lovers took romantic walks along the water on warmer days.

There's certainly always an upside to any situation. Here are some fun observations I made that day.... - Incorporating "y'all" into casual conversation is harder than I'd like. - Bridges close. Who knew?! - I feel very strange experiencing beaches wearing boots, a coat and scarf. - The beach life in Charleston is majorly romantic. The beach homes are beautiful and magnificent. - California drivers drive faster than most places I visit. - The locals really love the slow pace. So this is country living. I love it. - Cockroaches are very scary. - Kindness always wins.

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charleston | collective coffee

the Coffee CollectiveI found myself in Charleston while they were having some "interesting" weather.  Aside from discovering my outbound flight was canceled, I learned that the city of Charleston wasn't accustomed to any "extreme" weather.  So that Wednesday morning (due to icy conditions) an unexpectedly closed bridge kept Jensine and me in the cozy little suburb where she lives.  Always finding the silver lining, we took advantage of our change in plans to tackle some work.  While she studied coffee I edited.  We went to Collective Coffee and spent most of the morning there.  I devoured a breakfast bagel and a (freakin) delicious bowl of soup.  Naturally, I loved the industrial/woodsy feel of the coffee shop.  If I were to have a studio, I imagine it'd feel something like this.  I enjoyed working in this space and actually got a lot of work done while I was there.  Cheers.

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Collective Coffee 766 South Shelmore Boulevard Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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Just got back from a long and wonderful trip. I visited my dear friend in Charleston then my dear man friend in Virginia Beach. This was the perfect Valentine's trip, surrounded by love and doing what I love… exploring, of course.  I can't wait to get back on to the blogging saddle.  But for now I'll leave you with this picture of Lance, as it seems people in the blogosphere are very interested in him. :D  But why wouldn't they?  Like me everyone loves a good love story, right?  And that guy right there is mine.

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