Food

Charleston Epicurean January Reveal

It’s been a few months since I have last received a Charleston Epicurean box, but since I’ve been craving a trip to Charleston recently, I figured that now was a good time to surprise myself with another one. I wish I had enough money to subscribe to both the Homegrown Collective box and the Charleston Epicurean box every month because it’s a close tie as to which one I enjoy more!

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This was an excellent box, though I have to admit, I sort of spoiled the surprise for myself by peaking on the Facebook page. Still – I was tickled when I saw the box waiting for me last night. So was my cat.

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January’s box contained:

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  • Charleston Gold Aromatic Rice – I was excited to receive this as I’ve been wanting to actually grow my own Charleston Gold rice as this is a offspring of the heirloom Carolina Gold rice. This is a short-grain rice and I’m looking for a truly special recipe to use this in. I’m thinking maybe a rice pudding so that I can really enjoy the complexities of the rice.
  • Charleston’s Own Peach Butter – I think my mom was more excited about this item than I was. She was already envisioning slathering this over some butter soaked rolls this weekend.
  • Christophe Artisan Chocolate Bar (Almond) – I’m excited about this. I mean, who wouldn’t be – it’s chocolate? And almonds. Mmm.
  • Mike’s Fried Peanuts in Bar-B-Que flavor – I’ve never tried a fried peanut before so I was curiously about this. My mom and I both tried it. Though she didn’t care for it much, I thought it was an interesting snack. It had good flavor and thought it felt wrong to be eating the peanut shell and all, I think I can learn to live with that. J
  • Ghost Crab Spice from The Spice and the Spoon – This spice is a blend of white cheddar cheese and Jolokia that I might actually put to good use this weekend! The blurb states that it’s good for jalapeno poppers so I think that is exactly what I am going to use it for. You mix it with cream cheese (I think) and a little bit of milk. I have some jalapenos in the freezer from my garden this year that have already been cored and sliced in half so I am ready to go!

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This was an awesome box and I really wish that I could subscribe to this on a monthly basis.

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Food

Charleston Epicurean September Reveal

Another day, another highly anticipated monthly subscription box! In case you haven’t read my posts, I went to Charleston back in March and absolutely fell in love with the city. It has stayed with me in my memories (even prompting me to attempt to recreate the delicious BBQ Shrimp & Grits from 82 Queen just this weekend). Anyway, the Charleston Epicurean box is a monthly box that highlights the best of what the city and its artisans has to offer.

This is my cat's favorite part of me receiving mail - playing in the box.
This is my cat’s favorite part of me receiving mail – playing in the box.

So what was in my box??

  • Shem Creek Shrimp Spice from The Spice and the Spoon – This is a blend of sweet tomato, red/green bell pepper, garlic, paprika, and Cajun seasoning that might be making it way on to some of the shrimp in my freezer for another take on shrimp and grits.
  • Charleston Style Iced Tea (1 Gallon Bag) in Peach Apricot Flavor from Olive Pluff & Company – I can’t wait to try this. I’ve never seen a gallon tea bag before.
  • Charleston Coaster from Carolina Coaster Company – I adore this coaster and not just for the pretty Charleston picture. These coasters are durable and perfect to have around the house.
  • Charleston Cheddar Popcorn from Holy City Popcorn – This is going to be the perfect snack for me to have this upcoming Friday at work.
  • Molly & Me Praline Pecans – This is what I’m most looking forward to trying and I love that it was packaged in a nice little jar.
  • Palmetto Rose – I already have one palmetto rose in my room from my trip but I’m excited to have another one to add to my collection.

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At $35 a month (free shipping), this is a box that I may seriously continue for a few months. It helps to slightly satisfy that longing to return to the city. One day soon I hope!

Slimer (from Ghostbusters) also arrived on my doorstep the same day in the form of a POP! Toy. I absolutely adore his little face.
Slimer (from Ghostbusters) also arrived on my doorstep the same day in the form of a POP! Toy. I absolutely adore his little face.

 

Travel

Charleston Part II: Bits and Bobs

The Old City Jail - The tour was fabulous and even though we had no scary moments, when we arrived back at our hotel room afternoon, our key card no longer worked. Odd.
The Old City Jail – The tour was fabulous and even though we had no scary moments, when we arrived back at our hotel room afternoon, our key card no longer worked. Odd.
The Old City Jail - I took a  tour through here on evening thanks to Bulldog tours.
The Old City Jail – I took a tour through here one evening thanks to Bulldog tours.
BBQ Shrimp & Grits from 82 Queen for brunch - the best shrimp and grits I have ever eaten. 82 Queen also has the best Bloody Mary in town in my mind.
BBQ Shrimp & Grits from 82 Queen for brunch – the best shrimp and grits I have ever eaten. 82 Queen also has the best Bloody Mary in town in my mind.
It was too late for us to explore the graveyard of this church, but I love the structure of the building.
It was too late for us to explore the graveyard of this church, but I love the structure of the building.
Me in front of the fountain.
Me in front of the fountain.
Just some silly boy I photographed doing silly things.
Just some silly boy I photographed doing silly things.

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Not pictured: breakfast at Another Broken Egg Café, lunch at The Griffon, our visit to the H.L. Hunley, more graveyards, and a trip to the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon.

Travel

Charleston Part I: Unitarian Church Graveyard

I have a deep passion for graveyards and the Unitarian Church graveyard in Charleston may take the cake as my favorite graveyard thus far. Purposely overgrown (or as they say, “organized chaos”) – the graveyard boasts a welcoming atmosphere for floral and fauna. As I stepped foot in the graveyard, I noticed a gentle hum and looked down to see thousands of honeybees zipping about. Funny story – the previous night, I had watched ‘Hannibal’ on NBC in the hotel room, and the episode involved a lady who used human bodies as hives for honeybees. That, combined with my purchase of honey that same day, made me regard the bees here with a wary eye.

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