Boiled Peanuts! Fried Peanuts! The South is Nuts for Peanuts.

Boiled Peanuts! Fried Peanuts! The South is Nuts for Peanuts.

Roasted, that’s the “normal” preparation. And salted. Get them at any baseball game. Great bars in the north serve them and tell patrons to discard the shells on the floor. I like those bars because I like peanuts. But boiled? Gross. So I tried them. I …

Savannah v. Charleston Showdown: Brew Pub Edition

Savannah v. Charleston Showdown: Brew Pub Edition

In this corner, Southend Brewery and Smokehouse, Charleston’s best downtown brewery! In the other corner, Crystal Beer Parlor, Savannah’s second-oldest bar and restaurant! It’s going to be a close one, folks! Service At Southend, things happen slowly, but the waitress makes up for it by …

America’s Only Tea Plantation Is In Charleston, SC

America’s Only Tea Plantation Is In Charleston, SC

That’s right, America’s only tea plantation can be found just outside Charleston, SC. I love tea, so I was really excited to check this out, to see some real, live tea bushes. The Charleston Tea Plantation is now owned by Bigelow (the maker of my …

Why We Love Charleston, SC

Why We Love Charleston, SC

We’ve driven across the country a few times now, as far east as NY, as far west as possible, as far south as the FL panhandle. Most of the time, it feels like we’re driving down the same street lined with the same mini-malls selling …

Low-Country Classics at SeeWee Restaurant, Charleston, SC

Low-Country Classics at SeeWee Restaurant, Charleston, SC

First, is it lowcountry, low-country, or low country? I’m not sure. And this place isn’t technically in Charleston, it’s to the east, in Awendaw, SC. Close enough. And we were camping out there and this place was down the street. We had hoped to go to The …

Lunch at Fast & French/Gaulart et Maliclet Cafe in Charleston, SC

Lunch at Fast & French/Gaulart et Maliclet Cafe in Charleston, SC

When we heard about this place, we couldn’t believe our luck. Cheap, delicious French food in Charleston, SC? Fast & French (also known as Gaulart & Maliclet Cafe Restaurant) delivers affordable and tasty French and North African food from a tiny storefront on Broad Street …

Charleston Shrimp Boil

Charleston Shrimp Boil

Local shrimp, that’s what we wanted. They have them for sale in Charleston at the grocery stores. (Note: This area has the weirdest grocery store names in the country, Piggly Wiggly is one, Harris Teeter is another.) We prepared a “classic” Charleston shrimp boil — …

Charleston and its Islands

Charleston and its Islands

Charleston feels a bit like New York City. (In geography, at least, Charleston resembles NYC, but in architecture, it feels like a small, Southern version of Boston.) The main city is on a narrow peninsula (it’s like a low-country Manhattan) and is surrounded by borough-like islands. Across the …

Our Top Ten Favorite Charleston Houses

Our Top Ten Favorite Charleston Houses

Living in a minivan, we’ve gotten used to living with less, and we both like it a lot. When we eventually settle down, we want a tiny house, something small and simple that’s easy to take care of and doesn’t tempt us to fill it …

Bojangles’ Fried Chicken, the Best Fast Food in the South

Bojangles’ Fried Chicken, the Best Fast Food in the South

The West has In-N-Out. The Midwest has Culver’s. The East has Five Guys. And the South has Bojangles’. Burgers? No. Spicy fried chicken? Hell yes. I was introduced to Bojangles’ in Charlotte, North Carolina during a business trip. I started with a biscuit. Yum. Then …

U-Pick Strawberries at Charleston’s Boone Hall Farms

U-Pick Strawberries at Charleston’s Boone Hall Farms

Driving around Charleston, we were constantly getting lost. The city is confined to a small peninsula and the suburbs are all linked by bridges and causeways, so one mistake means you may be stuck on a bridge to a new island. During one five-mile loop …