Charleston 2

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In a desperate effort to get up-to-date on my pictures, I’m forgoing cleverness and just posting a buttload of photos from the rest of the Charleston trip. Enjoy.

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FOOD UPDATE:

The rest of the Charleston trip went largely the same as the start. I ate a ridiculous amount of really unhealthy, albeit really tasty food. At one point, I ate fried chicken for four out of five straight meals. I ate back-to-back all you can eat buffets for lunch and dinner. And a whole lot of Pepto Bismol.

Lunch at Gullah Cuisine, a buffet restaurant on route 17 in Mt. Pleasant. Somehow I managed to go back for fourths. (that’s right. fourths. Ugh.).

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The following is a complete inventory of everything that I ate at Gullah Cuisine:

Fried chicken
BBQ Chicken
Collard Greens
Cabbage
Okra gumbo
Carolina dirty rice
Red beans and rice
Navy beans
Corn and lima bean succotash
BBQ Pulled Pork
BBQ beef
Sweet Potatoes
Corn Bread
Dinner roll
She crab soup
Peach bread pudding
Vanilla Pudding
Partridge in a Pear Tree

Dinner at Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B.)

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(Salad of arugula, goat’s cheese, spiced pecans and grilled peaches)

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(BBQ glazed pork chop with asparagus and a side of fettuccine and mushrooms tossed in a sort-of Alfredo sauce. I wasn’t entirely sure that the BBQ sauce and the Alfredo sauce would work together as a pairing. I’m still not sure that they did. Although each one on it’s own was very very good. The pork chop was cooked to perfection – carmellized on the surface and tender like a filet mignon on the inside. The fettuccine was home-made and really really nice in the sauce.)

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(Peach cobbler a la mode. It blew Paula Deen’s peach cobbler away. No contest.)

Lunch at Jestine’s Kitchen:

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(Corn fritters with pepper relish)

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(Pecan fried chicken, collard greens and fried okra)

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(Regular fried chicken. My mom got it. Had to try it.)

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(Pecan pie. To die for. Also, to die from. I was seriously going into cardiac arrest.)

Dinner at McCrady’s. It was quite possibly one of the best meals I’ve ever had anywhere.

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(Seared sea scallops on celeriac puree with mushrooms, truffle and something else that I don’t remember.)

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(From the menu – Duo of Eden Natural Pork, Sumac Berry, Anson Mills Grits, Chard, Medjool Date. This was amazing. The best dish of the trip. Hell, quite possibly the best dish of my life. This was singlehandedly worth the drive to Charleston.)

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(Banana Hazelnut Tart a la mode. As good as it looks.)

Lunch on the ride home at Ralph’s BBQ in Weldon NC.

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(Pork BBQ, fries, hush puppies, crab soup and slaw. Moore’s was better than Ralph’s, in the sense that a 4 carat diamond is better than a 3.75 carat diamond)

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