Hanging Out At…Poogan’s Smokehouse

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It’s Restaurant Week in Charleston (hooray!!) So, tonight, I decided to try out Poogan’s Smokehouse. It’s sister restaurant, Poogan’s Porch was a place I visited in April and also happened to undergo a renovation by my Charleston Interior Designer cyber-friend, Deidre at Leaf Interior Design.

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There was a 30 minute wait, so I decided to try this bar down the street. And who should pass by me as I walked in? Southern Charm’s infamous Shep Rose

I sat outside in the most beautiful weather ever and enjoyed the scenery of several drunk Bachelor Parties stumbling down the street…

Let’s start my review with the service. My waiter, Mike, was great! He was super nice and really helped me figure out what to get. He recommended the Smoked Pork Belly and Hash and Rice. I’m not really a fatty meat girl, so I went for the Mac and Cheese, Tennessee Hot Chicken Sandwich (hot sauce on the side) with Hash and Rice, and Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert. Oh, and just so you know, as I’m writing this, I’m still feeling the effects of my Spiced Banshee 🙂

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img_0172img_0173Unfortunately, I had 2 bites of my entree and already needed to box everything up. The beer before dinner really filled me up 😦

But the few bites that I did have were really good. The Mac and Cheese was really flavorful. The chicken sandwich was juicy with just enough spice. The Hash and Rice was really decadent and kind of melted in your mouth. And I didn’t even see my Chocolate Bread Pudding! It’s in the fridge waiting to be devoured tomorrow.

For about 50ish dollars I now have meals for 2 days!

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And as always, here’s what I wore. I call this look Beach Chic, since I took a shower after working out earlier this morning and then ended up at the beach later this afternoon. I quickly rinsed off, but didn’t feel like doing my hair…img_0170Denim Ruffle Dress: Target

Necklace: Francesca’s

 

 

 

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Hanging Out At…The Old Village Post House Inn

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Like I mentioned in my post last night, I really wanted to try the Old Village Post House. I saw it featured somewhere and I felt like it was the kind of place I would want to try. IMG_9936

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I ordered the Burrata Salad and added Grilled Shrimp. I know it doesn’t really go together, but I really wanted the salad and I really wanted grilled shrimp. I also ordered the Reisling. Everything was absolutely incredible. I mean, how good can a salad and shrimp be? Well, the salad dressing was already mixed into the arugula. Typically, I don’t love arugula and I also ways like my dressing on the side, but I can help it-this was good! And the prosciutto was all crispy, like bacon. Oh yeah, my bill, including tip was $41.76. Eeeeeeeek! The most expensive salad and wine. Ever. But worth it. YES!!! This is one of those meals that I might need to go back for. IMG_0056

And here is the lovely patio where I sat. The breeze was perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. 
IMG_0048And the waitress was SUPER nice and let me walk around AND photograph as much as I wanted! Now you get to reap the benefits 🙂
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And since the restaurant didn’t open until later, I had some time to walk around first! Count on me to be the Camera Creeper. People must think I’m crazy, or a restaurant reviewer…

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Hanging Out At…McCrady’s Tavern

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I have a list of several restaurants I want to hit up while I’m here. On the list was McCrady’s. The original McCrady’s is moving to a new location and undergoing a renovation, so it’s new sister restaurant, McCrady’s Tavern opened in the original location (got all that?)

Anyway, I was really craving a burger, and McCrady’s Tavern had one on their dinner menu. S0, I wore The Charleston Dress and some Nine West Outlet wedges (similar) and went to get my feast on.

First, it’s located in the sweetest of alleys, 2 Unity Alley to be exact. Stupidly, I didn’t take any photos of the outside. I was a girl on a mission, OK??

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Since I was alone and didn’t have a reservation, I did have to sit at a communal table. It felt slightly awkward, since you’re sitting with other couples. But the uncomfortableness faded once I started drinking the McCrady’s Cobbler. It was OK, maybe I’m just not a fan of bitters. The shaved ice was delicious (yes, much to my friends’ annoyance, I always choose “crushed ice” when using their automatic ice makers in the fridge door…) But the real treat was the handleless copper mug. Divine.

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Interestingly, I’m reading Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner right now. And just this afternoon, I was reading about one of the characters eating Parker House rolls at a fancy restaurant and I wondered what that meant. So, imagine my smirk when the waitress made it a point to explain that the bread that evening would be Parker House rolls. Well, I quickly realized why they are so notable. They are freakin’ amazing!! They are so soft and light *dream* The butter had a weird bite to it, which was probably for the better, so I enjoyed half the loaf a few pieces plain.

And I did order my burger:

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As soon as I cut it in half, bernaise sauce came overflowing out of the melted cheese! Heaven! And the fries…Oh.My.God. They rival my favorite at Seasons in Williamsburg 🙂

Just as I was finishing up my burger, the alcohol kicked in, with a loud, “It’s time to start making bad decisions…”

For me, this doesn’t mean making out with strangers, this means making out with a fork smothered in lemon lime curd with torched meringue. And it was totally worth it. The portion was so big, I had enough to bring home with me and indulge tomorrow.

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On my way home, I took a different route and passed by this sweet gift shop called C’est La Vie. It had the typical things you see in all boutique-y stores like this, but, in true Huntress fashion, I did some digging and rummaged through the clothing racks. I found this little beauty for $32, which I’m positive would have sold for 4x the price at boutiques down the street:

IMG_9933It’s kind of hard to see, but the top layers are all tiered lace, and the bottom is a linen peplum. Nothing like an unexpected bargain!

Copy Cat Recipe: Chik-Fil-A Nuggets

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Hello!

I hope everyone fared well during the storm we got on the East Coast! While snowed in, I did what any hungry girl does during a blizzard…ate myself into oblivion!

If you’re into healthy foods, then cover your eyes, because this copy cat recipe isn’t for your every day dinner. Although, the real Chik-Fil-A nutrition facts aren’t nearly as bad as you would think…

This recipe is modified from Chungah’s, over at Damn Delicious. I must admit, we gobbled down our nuggets so quickly (as in, standing in the kitchen, right out of the pan), that I didn’t even take photos..bad blogger, bad blogger…but what I can tell you is that Iron Man was whooping cheers of delight and high-fiving me, while exclaiming, “You did good, Ma!”

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I’d say this is a recipe worth repeating. Thanks, Chungah 🙂

COPYCAT CHICK-FIL-A NUGGETS

Tastes EXACTLY like the real deal 🙂

YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES (not counting the overnight marinade)

COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour in separate bowl
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

FOR THE HONEY MUSTARD

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice **I didn’t make this exactly the same way, but I’m keeping Damn Delicious’ recipe intact, as mine was done quickly**

DIRECTIONS:

  1. THE NIGHT BEFORE: In a medium bowl, combine chicken and pickle juice. For best flavor, marinate overnight!
  2. To make the honey mustard, whisk together mayonnaise, honey, mustards and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. (I turned it to a 4 out of 10, 10 being high heat)
  4. In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup flour. Set aside.
  5. In another small bowl, whisk the egg. Set aside.
  6. In a larger bowl, combine remaining flour, Panko bread crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  7. After trimming and cubing chicken, lightly toss in plain flour.
  8. Then, coat in egg.
  9. Next, bread chicken in flour, Panko, sugar, s&p mixture.
  10. Add chicken to the skillet and cook until golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes.
  11. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  12. For extra deliciousness, add a mini pickle slice to each bite.
  13. Gobble down immediately, and if you have time, dip in honey mustard.

This recipe is SERIOUSLY good and will convince you to make this on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, when the real thing is closed.

Enjoy!

Sweet and Skinny

In the fall, I posted this photo on Instagram:

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A few of my friends had commented on that post and asked where I got it. At that time, I bought it at TJ Maxx (yeah, I actually trusted that the food there was edible!)

But I got a craving for something sweet today, so I decided to search for those syrups and see what I could find. Luckily, they have a website. And check out their flavors

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I am super sensitive to caffeine, so I haven’t had a whole cup of coffee in 10 years. To answer your question, which is obviously, “How do you survive?!?!”, my answer is: I’m sluggish in the mornings and have to go to bed when I’m tired…Unfortunately, decaf isn’t great for you, so I steer clear of that too. So, by default, hot chocolate, which doesn’t bother me, has become my vehicle for flavored deliciousness!

I’m thinking about getting the Salted Caramel, Peach, Gingerbread, and Chocolate Caramel Truffle…

Which one would you try?

Tagalong Girl Scout Cookie Copy Cat Recipe

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I gave up cookies and all fake sweets for Lent. Not because I’m super religious, but because it was a good excuse to stop eating crap in general #guiltyface

I especially love Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies (let’s be honest, I never met a GS Cookie I didn’t like…) but since I am trying to be healthier, this got my fix without all of the guilt…

I just ate all ran out of graham crackers, so I don’t have a photo of my own, but here’s a close representation via Recipe Girl (just minus the pastry crust).

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1 low fat honey graham cracker

1 thin layer of JIF reduced fat peanut butter

1 small square dark chocolate

Obviously, I am all about the ease of making this as soon as the craving hits, and gobbling it down before you can stop yourself. If you still want to be healthy and have some extra time, try this recipe. If you’re going through a phase where you don’t care and just want to enjoy yourself, then try this recipe or this one 🙂

Happy Feasting!

 

Clean-ish Eating

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I just received a request to do a post on Clean Eating. And I have to admit, that I am really not qualified to do anything of the sort!

I usually try to keep the blog topics about fashion and home, but I am planning a wedding, you know, and so I am finding that most of the topics surrounding my life center around wedding things. That said, I have really been focusing on making lifestyle changes like:

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-Working out with more frequently to get into the habit of doing it as much as possible

-Right now, I am doing a Bridal Bootcamp with a trainer and some other friends that are getting married on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays in the morning

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-Light exercise 1 “off” weekday and 1 weekend day

-Currently, I am LOVING the Brazil Butt Lift videos. The ab one is my personal favorite 🙂

 

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-Eating healthier (always organic, limit dairy, limit artificial sugars, more proteins and veggies, less starches)

-I would say that according to this chart, I do more of the “dirty” version, but I just think that every good choice is one less bad choice that I am making 🙂

Generally, I try to eat better during the week and on Sundays, but usually Saturdays is when I have the hardest time making healthier choices. Making these kinds of decisions is really important to me, because I want this lifestyle long-term. I want to get into healthy habits and eventually pass them along to my children. Hopefully, they will make healthy choices a lot easier than it is for me, since it’s a choice I need to make at every meal. That this isn’t to say I do this all of the time, but I usually just feel better about  myself knowing that I treated my body well. And the results that I am getting are convincing too 🙂

There are SO many blogs out there that just focus on Clean Eating and healthy recipes, so I will let the pros do their thing and refer you to their sites!

http://www.thegraciouspantry.com (REALLY great description of Clean Eating for beginners)

http://cleaneatingchelsey.com (hilarious and silly, she’s very relatable. I want to be her friend)

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com (delicious recipes from a girly girl who loves chocolate and makes healthier treats to satify her sweet-tooth. A girl after my own heart )

http://hollywouldifshecould.net/2011/11/my-favorite-clean-eating-food-blogs/ (awesome post that basically refers you to great blogs with real, delicious, EDIBLE, clean food)

I’m sure there are tons of others, and if you have a recommendation, let me know, and I’ll update the post!