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Harris Teeter switches to Boar's Head

1 day ago
Expat1234 in Chains

Charleston Trip Report: Rarebit, Kudu, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Two Boroughs Larder, Hominy Grill, The Belmont, Virginia's on King, Poogan's Porch, Proof, The Ordinary, The Grocery, Farmers Market, Leon's, Jeni's Ice Cream, Gin Joint, Cypress, Husk

Great report and thanks. Only to note that you have made it to Jeni's before me. And I live here. The Husk balcony is the place I love the most. It is Charleston. Just happens that the food is also tops. Had the Shishito peppers there last week and have been cooking them at home since.

Jul 06, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Please help finalize Charleston destinations (researched!!)

You are not going to find a Two Boroughs Larder in NYC ( translation for locals: you ain't gonna find no TBL in New York City) check it out.

Jul 03, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast
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Georgean's Caribbean Soul - A Hidden Gem in Charleston, SC

I went there. I had jerk chicken, macaroni pie, lima beans, and rice with vegetables. No doubt it was a lot of food for $10 plus tax. So I was surprised that the dish I thought I thought I would like the least was my favorite: rice with vegetables. It had a char on it that made it down right delicious. The macaroni pie was tasty but not a game changer. The Lima beans needed some cayenne pepper for a kick. The jerk chicken was just good but I can't say I would crave it in the future. It was chicken thighs I'm sure but nothing special that I couldn't do on a grill without jerk. Super friendly people, not withstanding. I can't say I'll be going back but if I was a college student, I'd be there often. And yes, I've lived in the Caribbean. Well, I may go back for the rice with vegetables, now that I think about it. I wanted to like it more, but it just didn't happen.

May 26, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Yes, the Costco canteloupes are not great. I'm going to look elsewhere,

May 24, 2014
Expat1234 in Chains

Charleston -Folly Beach

My favorite eating place on Folly is The Wich Doctor. Been there three time in the last three weeks for their authentic Asian dishes. Best to order the specials on the chalk board. Ramen-anything is the best Imhave had.

Mar 29, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Butter & Soy Sauce?

Just cooked and ate this after seeing your concoction. Delicious and taste totally different than you would expect.

Mar 06, 2014
Expat1234 in Home Cooking

Butter & Soy Sauce?

I've been putting soy sauce on rice forever but never thought to combine it with butter, even though I do make buttered rice. So thanks. Also, Mark Bittman came out with 2 tablespoons of soy and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to drizzle on tomatoes; I've had it with cherry tomatoes and Campari tomatoes for the past few days. Tasty.

Mar 04, 2014
Expat1234 in Home Cooking

Authentic Chinese in Charleston, SC - Riso Noodle House

Mar 04, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Serious Eats Vegan

While I am not a Vegan, my best friend is and the is a lot do veganism going at Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/the_vegan_...

Mar 03, 2014
Expat1234 in Vegetarian & Vegan

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Thought is was tasty too.

Mar 03, 2014
Expat1234 in Chains

food road trips from charleston, sc

Thanks! Didn't know about El Centro.

Mar 01, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Charleston Sunday Brunch

You said: Absolutely detest the term "Chucktown".
I agree: Sounds like Fort Worth or Dallas, TX to me.

Jan 13, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Dinner Alone in Charleston--Single-Friendly Restaurants?

Shrimp/Grits @Hominy; Big Nasty is a NO; I thought Shrimp/Grits were too rich @Husk. Catfish or Burger @Husk or anything else. Listen, Hominy isn't a perfect but the overall experience is good. There is a fine line between touristy and local and Husk and Hominy tread both. If you drink wine, let the staff @Husk decide for you based on your preference; you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Jan 08, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Dinner Alone in Charleston--Single-Friendly Restaurants?

I like your plan. Thought you would be interested in this article: http://charleston.eater.com/archives/...

Try the noodles at TBL for lunch.
I like Hominy Grill and the Bloody Mary's should be sampled. At Husk, the Catfish or The Burger but the Catfish is my favorite.
XBB: the Cabbage Pancakes and everything else.
The Grocery: I just had awful soft crab there but I shouldn't judge by that; my friends had the roasted fish and it was delicious. But I am not just turned on to The Grocery as The Others.
My new favorite lunch spot is Korean food at Ko Cha in West Ashley. No atmosphere but remarkable spicy food.

Jan 07, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Dinner Alone in Charleston--Single-Friendly Restaurants?

You will have no problem dining single at any of these restaurants. I do it all the time. As for your list, I love Husk, especially sitting on the balcony which you can do often without reservations (balcony only), but it is Winter (or Winter is Coming) so unless it is a nice day, not possible. Ordinary had fantastic food but VERY noisy and overprice in my opinion. Ate at McCrady's for Christmas Eve: Service was 5 star but I lacked food fulfillment. I suggest adding Two Borough Larders to your list and Tues is noodle night; Noodles are great there but everything at TBL is a culinary experience. XBB also should be added to your list. I didn't love The Grocery but I am in a minority on that; if you do go, roasted whole fish would be a good choice based on what my friends state.

Jan 05, 2014
Expat1234 in Southeast

Charleston-weekend in the historic distric, walking distance please

Great beef or pork ramen noodles at Two Borough Larders runs around $10 and it is quite filling.

Dec 28, 2013
Expat1234 in Southeast

Christmas lima bean recipes?

Totally agree that simplicity for these beans or butter beans is the way. I do cook mine in chicken stock and add cayenne pepper for a kick. I've added various spices through the years but all detracted from the natural good flavor of Lima and butter beans.

Nov 26, 2013
Expat1234 in Home Cooking

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

See the pic

Nov 21, 2013
Expat1234 in Chains

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

In oil or dried is what I should buy? I saw the dried today with an asterisk. Didn't think to check for oiled. @Costco in Charleston, SC.

Nov 20, 2013
Expat1234 in Chains

Should I get a Costco membership?

You have good taste.

Nov 08, 2013
Expat1234 in Chains

Kirkland coffee- any good?

That is all I use. I especially like when a new shipment comes in and it is fresh. Makes a real difference. Can't beat it any time.

Oct 24, 2013
Expat1234 in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

In Charleston, SC there is a new Blue Crab Spread by Inland Market. It was just awful. No where near the quality and taste of the old Gold Coast Spread that used to be offered. It went in the trash. Tasted more like old fish. Guess the word Inland should have been a clue.

Oct 14, 2013
Expat1234 in Chains

Charleston for 5 days in October - help refine our selections

I've just started checking out the Food Trucks. Love the Cast Iron Food Truck. Good food and stylish. While we stand in line, people oh and aw at his presentation of dishes. I like his fried shrimp and he uses local shrimp when available. I tweet to see I'd he is using local on the days I seek him out. His lamb chops with grits are a wow factor. This guy loves what he does.

Sep 27, 2013
Expat1234 in Southeast

Charleston for 5 days in October - help refine our selections

Well said. My last meal for one at The Ordinary was $77 which included tip. It was great but not $77 great. Plus I had to scream to be heard by my separate check friend because the noise level was intense. So I'm rethinking my restaurant strategy and finding that there are a lot of great restaurants for $20 per person in Charleston. And I am happier for it. I think prices in downtown are out of whack but what do I know? Nothing. The restaurants are filled to capacity.

Sep 25, 2013
Expat1234 in Southeast
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Charleston for 5 days in October - help refine our selections

My Henry's Menu from early 1980's in my breakfast room.

Sep 22, 2013
Expat1234 in Southeast

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2013 [OLD}

Thanks for the recommendation. Found them yesterday @Costco. Love 'em. Very satisfying.

Sep 07, 2013
Expat1234 in Chains

Am I the only person on the planet that doesn't "get" Trader Joe's?

Like some products @TJ's, I wish this thread would be discontinued.

Sep 02, 2013
Expat1234 in Chains

Southern Food Choices In Charleston

I've done them all except for Jestine's. my favorite is Page's Okra Grill for everyday. Fried oysters at The Glass Onion really good but I find their other food too much of a twist on Southern food. Hominy Grillmis great, and it is true that the Shrimp and Grits are grand. I would say locals eat the most at Page's and The Glass Onion.

Aug 25, 2013
Expat1234 in Southeast

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2013 [OLD}

I'm a fan of the Kirkland cooked whole turkey breast too. I think it is $3.99 lb. Costco also has it pre-sliced but it has some additional additives and processing to it. So go for the whole breast and slice as needed.

Aug 25, 2013
Expat1234 in Chains