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Must Go: Husk (Charleston, SC)

As I mentioned in my “oh hey I’m still here please don’t forget about me” post last week, I’ve been fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling these last few months. I never thought that would be something I’d do in my professional life, but as it turns out, video production can happen anywhere and sometimes a girl’s gotta travel for it.

So despite my paralyzing fear of airplanes (which I’ve since overcome), I’ve been here and there and everywhere with quite a few more places to go. One of the places we recently visited was on my travel bucket list, and for good reason.

Photo Dec 17, 2 43 18 PM Ahh… Charleston, South Carolina. I’d heard amazing things about this place from family, friends and other bloggers, and knew it was a place I needed to visit. From the fantastic shopping and beautiful old buildings to the warm weather and amazing food, Charleston and I became fast friends.

They actually call it “The Holy City”, and it’s easy to see why after about 10 minutes of walking around. There are literally churches on every corner, this one in particular I thought was absolutely stunning.

St. John the Baptist Cathedral

St. John the Baptist Cathedral

And the food.  MY GOD, THE FOOD! As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, Husk was my cannot visit here and not go dinner destination.

Husk is a rustic, farm-to-table style restaurant from James Beard award-winning chef, Sean Brock. The menu is based on local and fresh ingredients, and changes daily based on what is in season and locally available. The food is equally modern as it is southern, and definitely made it hard to choose when it came time to order.

Our server was very warm and welcoming, taking time to talk over the day’s menu and answer any questions we had. The appetizer list was enticing, but we decided to keep as southern as possible with our choices.

Pimento Cheese appTN Cheddar Pimento Cheese with Grilled Bread, Pickled Ramps, Crispy Ham and Scallions

This was good, but not great. I thought I would have liked it more, based on my love of cheese alone, but I found the flavor a little bit underwhelming.

pigs earsKentuckyaki Pig’s Ear Lettuce Wraps with Salt “Fermented” Cucumbers and Peppers, Shaved Onion, Benne

Oh yes. I ate pig’s ears. And they were everything. Sort of like the love child of bacon and pork rinds. But better. Both the bartender and our server highly recommended these and I am so glad they did! Definitely not something I would have ordered on my own, but one of the most flavorful appetizers I’ve ever had.

Dinner was my absolute favorite, and I knew immediately what I was going to order.

duck confit HUSKConfit of Duck Leg with Roasted Parsnip, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts Leaves and Smoked Celeriac, Brown Butter Jus

The duck was so moist and flavorful, I had to force myself to stop between bites just to savor it and actually breathe. I also really loved the pairing of butternut squash and brussels, something I’ve never thought to combine but have since replicated in my own kitchen.

Unfortunately no room was saved for dessert, but I was very much tempted to test my limits.

Also worth noting is the Bar at Husk, which we checked out prior to dinner. I would highly recommend stopping in here for a drink if you have time. They have an extensive bourbon selection, a few microbrews and some deliciously creative cocktails. They also use the “ice sphere” in their drinks which apparently keeps your libations colder and without getting watered down from the ice. Although I’m not one to let my ice melt, if you know what I mean. (My pick: Delicia de Noche, Tequila, orange liqueur, red pepper jam syrup, agave, topped with IPA, preserved lime.) Please and thank you.

In short, if you should find yourself in the beautiful little town of Charleston, I would highly recommend a visit to Husk. (Although make sure you make a reservation because I’ve heard it can be tough to get a table without one.)

Anyone else been?

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If I Could Live Anywhere…

At this moment I can say with total certainty that if I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in Portland, Oregon.

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Now before you tell me the same thing every single other person has told me in response to that statement (“BUT OMG IT RAINS AAAALL THE TIME!”), let me stop you right there.

Because I was also informed that it like, never snows there, and that little nugget of information is what I call a trump card.

True, I was there for a very short time (for work, no less) but something about that magical city just spoke to my soul.  And it said “you want to live here.”  Or “go to Voodoo Doughnuts.” I don’t know, maybe both.

Voodoo Doughnuts

Either way, these two friends above are what they call the “Old Dirty Bastard” (crushed oreos, peanut butter and chocolate frosting amazingness) and the “Oh Captain, My Captain” (plain glazed with vanilla frosting and Captain Crunch aka OHMYGAWD.)

Yes. Please.

To burn off the approximately 14,000 calories I ingested whilst eating the OCMC doughnut (I should also mention I washed it down with a delicious beer), my coworker and I walked around the Saturday Market and the Waterfront Park.

Portland Saturday Market

Portland Waterfront

It was a really impressive gathering of vendors, but unfortunately we caught the tail end of it and they started closing down. Definitely something I would like to check out again, and earlier.

The next day was mostly work, and we asked for recommendations on where we should go. A few recommendations for shopping and authentic “keep Portland weird” culture were intriguing, but I was hoping for something more outdoorsy. Thankfully one of the locals highly recommended we check out the Multnomah Falls.

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One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, without a doubt. Standing here was pretty much when I decided I never wanted to leave.

Oh, and did I mention that like, everyone there has a dog, and pretty much everyone wears glasses and rocks the hell out of some casual wear pretty much like  ALL THE TIME.

Also there are shit ton of breweries. This one was awesome. Highly recommend the Saison.

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And the grilled pear and goat cheese pizza.

So, that pretty much sums up my brief love affair with the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen. Will we actually move there? Probably not. But Brandon has certainly been made aware of the special place in my heart that goes by the name of Portland, and I think he and Mac would eventually adjust. Did I mention the dogs and beer? Mmkay.

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Weekend Getaway

In our ripe old age of 30 (Brandon now being freshly-turned-31), it has come to my attention that we are failing miserably at being young and adventurous.  Yes, we love nothing more than to stay in our sweats all day, watching reruns of Game of Thrones and eating breakfast at 2pm with Mac staring up at us waiting for a scrap to fall…  but recently I’ve been thinking.  Why aren’t we out exploring and discovering the world while we’re still young and childless and not completely engulfed by credit card debt? Yes we work hard during the week and relaxing is great, but seriously, what are we doing with our lives?  (Yes this conversation involved some booze, as most good convos do, and may have ended in us speaking much louder than we needed to, but it was a good thing.)  So with that, we decided to head out of town for a quick trip to celebrate Brandon’s birthday in our nation’s capital of Washington DC.

DC

We walked for about 4 hours, taking in lots of sights from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial and back.  Our feet were angry and our bellies were grumbling so (despite a quick jaunt into H&M) we headed back to the hotel before we could make it into any of the museums we wanted to see.  We ended up getting enough energy to metro to the Spy Museum, since that was number one on our must-see list.  It was really cool, and even though I felt like tiny little Lilliputians were stabbing my feet with miniature daggers soaked in hot acid the entire time, we really enjoyed it.  (FYI- Chuck’s are not great for walking approx 10 miles.)

We also had the great pleasure of dining at I Ricchi while we were in town, thanks to a Living Social deal I found at the last-minute.  (Two three-course meals, including a glass of wine & a glass of Prosecco for each for $69.)

I Ricchi

Every single thing here, from the awesome staff to the phenomenal food, was amazing.  We started at the bar where the bartender poured us some delightful beverages (see above) and gave us a few recommendations.  I ended up ordering all of the three things he said were his favorite, and he nailed it.  The calamari was like buttah, the hand-rolled tortelloni with sage butter sauce was heavenly, and the ricotta mascarpone cheesecake was the final nail in the coffin of deliciousness.  For some reason I can’t find my photo of the cheesecake, but just take my word for it when I tell you- WOW.  I would definitely recommend checking this place out if you find yourself in the DC area looking for dinner.

We ended the trip with a quick visit to Trader Joe’s where I filled the cart with all sorts of wonderful surprises.  God I love $3 wine.

I also have a ridiculous story about the hotel we stayed at, but I’ll save that for another time.  Let’s just say I’ll never be staying at a Hilton hotel ever again.

Where’s the last place you went for a weekend getaway?  

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