Hello people! Can you believe we’re already headed into late January? How’s the weather where you are?
As mentioned in my post about New Years in Charleston, we were lucky to get reservations at Husk. This restaurant came onto my radar years ago while watching the tv show Top Chef (I’m still a big fan and this season, the show is based is based in Charleston).
Actually, we made the reservation 2 months ago as soon as we knew we’d be there! Yes, first and foremost, our travel priorities revolve around food. Can you relate?
Anyway, don’t miss it if you’re in Charleston. You can also eat lunch there if the dinner service is booked.
Here’s what we enjoyed:
Then, we ordered the crispy pig ear lettuce wraps. Admittedly, “pig ear” doesn’t sound that appealing, but trust me, they were delicious.
They were cut into thin strips and fried and put next to fresh vegetables and Asian sauce inside lettuce leaves. They had the texture and crunch of a crispy corn tortilla and the combo of hot and crunchy with fresh and cool was really nice.
We also ordered the Fried Chicken Skins (are you seeing a trend here?).
Years ago, a Japanese friend of mine lamented why Americans tend to take off the chicken skin when eating it. “It’s the best part!” I remember her saying.
And I think she’s right… this dish was like eating a bowl of fried calamari.
We also ordered duck confit with grits, and grits are sort of my new favorite side. They are pretty easy to make and a southern staple, so I’m trying to make these more often now.
The best of this whole meal in my opinion was the dessert. I ordered a platter of cream puffs (ginger, lemon, and chocolate filled) and it came with a wonderful little mug of the richest creamiest hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.
As you can see, all the food was served on rustic homemade pottery, making each presentation really special.
The menu at Husk changes every single day as they constantly source seasonal and local ingredients. While for some people, that might be a disappointment if they fall in love with a certain dish, but that’s such an exciting prospect to me.
I’m looking forward to going here again in the summer time and seeing how the food may be different.
Charleston, SC was the spot where we bid farewell to 2016 and rang in the New Year 2017. Relatives live there, so at least once a year we are lucky to visit and discover some new places. This trip full of new experiences and lots of good food, of course. Here are some highlights:
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have a healthy, prosperous, and exciting 2017! I’m currently in Charleston, SC soaking up some sun (yes, it’s 70 degrees here) before heading back to Washington DC.
This outfit was worn in DC before my trip on a cold gray winter day. I was trying to brighten up the day with a bright pink dress … but more about the outfit later.
First, let’s talk about the New Year.
Do you go all out on Dec 31st? Do you have a list of resolutions? Does Jan 1st represent a fresh start, or is just another day for you?
I’m one of those people who LOVES the blank slate of a new year, and I usually have a lofty list of resolutions.
But this year, I’m keeping it simple with a few goals focused on GIVING and EXPERIENCING.
My main resolution for 2017 is to make OTHER people front and center. I want to listen more than talk, give more than take, have more fun with my relationships. To get the ball rolling, I’ve invited groups of friends over for two separate brunches in January. (Bloody Mary’s and omelettes, oh yes!)
The other big resolution is to pursue more new experiences. A couple of fun things are already in the works for this year including a road trip through New Zealand, my parents 50th wedding anniversary in Florida, and a two week visit from my 9 year old niece at my house over the summer. I’m sure all of these events will have their ups and downs, but you know what? I’m taking it all in. Accepting everything.
What about you? What are your thoughts on the New Year? What are your goals and what are you looking forward to?
Merry Christmas everyone! By the time you’re all reading this, another Christmas day has come and gone.
I hope you all spent a peaceful and relaxing holiday 2016!
This year, I challenged myself NOT to buy any new holiday outfit. Instead, I resolved to come up with a festive look from clothing I already own. Personally, I love seeing other bloggers who wear the same pieces in versatile ways!
Borrowing from the layered dress-over-turtleneck trend this season, I wore this crepe slip dress (I’ve had for years!) over my favorite Ann Taylor tie neck blouse.
I was pleased with the outfit and happy to wear my favorite pieces in new ways. Best of all, no money was spent at all.
The funny thing is that I have so many favorites that just hang in my closet, never being worn. And all it takes is a little imagination, a little trial and error, and there you go, A NEW OUTFIT!
I’m sure you have some great items in your closet that you can combine in new ways. I would love to hear your fashion inspiration!
It’s officially poncho season here in DC!
Late fall and early winter in the DC area makes for great outdoor time!
While temps are chilly in the morning and evening, the days are pretty mild. (Update: today we got our first winter arctic blast!)
Recently, my husband and I headed to Great Falls, Maryland to hike the Billy Goat Trail. The sky and scenery was beautiful, and I’m so glad we got to experience it before our proper winter arrives (which apparently it has!)
For the hike, I threw on this zip high neck sweater from Zara, my Lysee denim leggings from Nordstrom, and comfy Vasque Talus Treks. Both the sweater and leggings are still available! The sweater is so cozy and I like how it’s sporty but could be versatile for other looks too. These leggings are so flattering- the denim material is thick and offers a lot of coverage so you don’t feel like you’re wearing gym leggings out somewhere. They are offered in different colors too.
How’s the weather where you are? I already see snow storms and blizzards on the news!