Monday, February 13, 2012

Sweets for your Sweetie

Valentine's Day means one word to me--CHOCOLATE.

How about a chocolate cupcake from Charleston's own Cupcake Bakery?  Check out all the flavors.  Cupcake offers nine of its flavors daily.  For Valentine's Day, they're offering a 6-inch chocolate or red velvet (one of their most popular flavors) heart shaped cake.  Yum!

Maybe a entire chocolate cake is more to your liking?  Then you'd better hurry on over to CHOCOLATE CAKE Charleston.  Christen Reese bakes up her family's chocolate cake recipe for our enjoyment.  Yes, chocolate cake is all she bakes and sells.  Ms. Reese's cakes are almost too pretty to eat.  Right, it's chocolate!

Ok, so you're a chocolate purist.  You want *just* chocolate--pieces of chocolate.  Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier is the place for you.  Just take a look at some of the chocolate creations.

Other shops to search out sweets for your sweetie:  Charleston Crepe Company and Robot Candy Co for your "little" sweeties.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lowcountry Cooking

Wanna enjoy some Lowcountry eats while helping a good cause?

Sea Islands Cooking, a cookbook of (what else but) sea island recipes, was recently published.  The cookbook contains recipes from folks from Seabrook, Kiawah, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands.

Sea Islands Cooking would make a great gift (*hint* Valentine's Day is quickly approaching!) for friends and family who haven't yet experienced the Lowcountry.

Oh, heck, just go ahead and buy it for yourself:)  It is for a good cause after all.  All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook go to the local schools:  St. John’s High School, Haut Gap Middle School, Angel Oak Elementary School, Mt Zion Elementary School, and Edith Frierson Elementary School.

Eat up!

Lucy's [Red Sky] Grill

**2016 Update--Lucy's is closed**

Y'all know I'm always talking about Lucy's Grill on Seabrook Island.  Remember Lucy's is the restaurant that has Jazz Sundays-live music on Sunday nights?

Well, I found a website which publishes the upcoming events at Lucy's.  Head on over to SavannahNow. Scroll down to the bottom right corner.  Yep, that's it-"Upcoming Events."

Cotton Blue plays on February 19; Shrimp City Slim on February 26; and don't miss the ever popular Ann Caldwell in March!

New Restaurant-Mama Q's

**2016 Update--Mama Q's is closed**

Another "new to me" restaurant--Mama Q's Kitchen on John's Island

When I first glanced over Mama Q's menu, I thought "uh-oh."  There are burgers, BBQ, sandwiches, hot dogs, wings, AND tacos.  What a combo!

After doing a little research, I discovered "Mama" is Kim Quintero of Mexican heritage, raised in Arkansas, and skilled in Memphis-style BBQ.  Ah-ha!  Knowing Mama's background explains the menu.

Hmmm, I think I'll have some chicken soft tacos, some "crazy hot wings", and a side of fried pickles.  Thank you.

Or maybe, it'll be a big Mexi-burger and some sloppy fries?

Check out City Paper's write up of Mama Q's and reviews on Urban Spoon.

Mama Q's is located on John's Island in the Builders 1 Resource Plaza across the street from Fat Hen.

(843) 559-0071
3157 Maybank Hwy Unit E
Johns Island, SC 29455

Mon, Sun Closed
Tue 11:30am–3pm--Lunch only
Wed 11:30am–8:30pm-Lunch and dinner
Thu-Fri 11:30am–9pm-Lunch and dinner
Sat 12–9pm-Lunch and dinner

Thursday, February 9, 2012


How could I have missed it?  Hege's, the French bistro located in Freshfields Village, has a prix fixe menu every night of the week.

Priced at $33.95 take a look at your choices:

  • Choice of soup/salad including House salad, Martha’s salad, or a Caesars; Maryland Crab Cake Appetizer; French onion soup, NewEngland Crab and Corn Chowder or Tuscan Bean, Sausage and Escarole soup
  • Entrees: Haystack Pasta with smoked chicken, andouille sausage, peppers, fresh corn and Habanero butter over Angel Hair Pasta; Crispy Fried Flounder; Maryland Crab Cakes; Calves Liver; Veal Piccatta with lemon caper sauce and linguini pasta
  • Choice of desserts: Profiteroles with Vanilla Nut Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce; Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cottawith Fresh Berries; Traditional Key Lime Pie with Raspberry Coulis and Fresh Berries; Peanut Butter Chocolate Molten Cake with Crème Anglaise and Caramel Sauce; Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Who's hungry now?

**Reservations recommended
Hege's Restaurant
Freshfields Village
275 Gardners Circle
Seabrook Island, SC 29455

Mon - Sun: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Guess who's coming back to Charleston?

Venus Williams, tennis superstar, has signed up to play in the Family Circle Cup.  This year's tournament is scheduled for March 31-April 8, 2012.

To read more about Ms. Williams and the Family Circle Cup,  check out today's article in the Post&Courier.

For Family Circle Cup ticket information, click here.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Restaurants-Chez Fish-February Special

Overwhelming demand for the 3-course prix fixe menu during January 2012 has Chez Fish continuing it in February.

Now through the end of February, Chez Fish will offer a "Pick Three" for $24.95.  That's an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $24.95!

Chez Fish Market and Restaurant
3966 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-8901

Open 7 days a week, 5pm-10pm

*Reservations are recommended.

Friday, February 3, 2012

It's Oyster Season, Y'all!

And Garden&Gun has an entire section dedicated to oysters.

The magazine lets you in on the best oyster bars in the South; how to cook the best fried oysters; and gives you a primer in "shucking oysters"(otherwise known as how to get into that shell for the deliciousness of the oyster).

Oh, I hear some of you.  "Blech!  Oysters!  I'd never eat those!"  Well, Garden&Gun has even put together a little something for the first-time oyster eaters.

Enjoy!  My mouth is watering for some fresh roasted oysters!