In this episode, we share our experience on a Charleston culinary tour, we host our third edition of Read/Watch/Listen/Follow, and answer a listener question about getting started running. You can listen on our website, in iTunes, or with your favorite podcast app!
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Charleston Culinary Tours invited us on one of their Upper King Street tours this week, and we had a blast!
We visited three restaurants and a bakery where we indulged in some of the finest food offerings in the city. Maggie would want to work as a culinary tour guide if she weren’t moving.
Our guide, Guilds, grew up in Charleston and taught us history as well as about the rise of the culinary scene in Charleston.
My favorite restaurant on the tour was Hom, a burger boutique.
Dixie flatbread – pimento cheese, confit pork, caramelized onions, arugula dressed with maple bacon vinaigrette.
The Green Gobble’n – a turkey burger inspired by Thanksgiving, featuring melted leeks, spinach, brie, green goddess aioli, and green apple.
Maggie’s favorite was R Kitchen, an old house turned kitchen that seats 15-25 and serves a different menu each night with five courses for $25. Michael, the sous chef, cooked right in front of us and answered questions as he cooked.
The ricotta and pesto gnocchi melted in your mouth, and were served on top of roasted red pepper couli, topped with bacon, shallots, pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes.
Maggie wanted to bathe in the parsnip and cauliflower puree underneath the braised short rib.
Our last restaurant stop was Lana, where we ate a fish stew and mushroom risotto.
We topped it all off at nationally renowned Sugar Bakeshop, where we ate vanilla cupcakes with stewed cranberries inside and vanilla buttercream frosting. They sent us home with a pecan chewie goodie bag!
A few historical facts we learned on the tour:
- Charleston is home to the oldest continually chartered YMCA in the US.
- We visited the oldest privately owned Jewish burial ground in the US.
- Charleston is called the Holy City because it was one of the first cities to tout religious tolerance.
- From 1800-1900 there were more Jews in Charleston than in New York. It was also the first city where Jews could own a business, own property and vote.
- Penina Moise was buried there, the first published woman.
Our third edition of Read/Watch/Listen/Follow:
- Reading: Heritage by Sean Brock, Inside the Test Kitchen: 120 New Recipes, Perfected by Tyler Florence, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well by Amy Chaplin, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Want to join us for our Around the Table book club? Read Guernsey with us and use the hashtag #ATTbookclub to give your thoughts about the book!
- Watching: Friends, Parenthood, Selma, American Sniper, The Wire
- Listening: These Crazy Times by Jon McLaughlin, Paper Kites, Episode 78 of the Art of Simple podcast: Work, Study Rest, Play (or, Hemingway’s tweets)
- Following: @thepopcast, @theellenshow, @theoffice_photos
- If Andy Dwyer quotes were motivational posters
Lastly, we answer a listener question about how to get started with running!
- Do you like to run?
- Try the app Couch to 5K, or a similar one
- Break up your runs at first: run a half mile, then walk a half mile when you’re starting, for example.
- Find a running or accountability partner, or use an accountability app like Lift
- Give it a month of consistent running before you decide if you hate it.
- Turn down the volume on your inner critic and negativity. (And can someone put that on a poster, please?)
Thoughts, questions, comments?