Wine & Dine Date Night!

Rob and I enjoyed our first date night this past Saturday since January! It’s amazing how fast the time goes and you realize how long it has been since going out and enjoying a night out without baby in tow. We are fortunate to have met some fabulous friends on our street that were nice enough to come and watch Mikayla while we enjoyed a night out (thanks Matt & Vanessa!)  We waited until Mikayla was down for the night (around 7:30).

FIRST UP…DRINKS

Our friend recommended a great bar to try for drinks called the Cocktail Club downtown. It was A W E S O M E!! A hidden gem downtown that I would have never found if it wasn’t for the recommendation from our friend. It has old Charleston charm with modern touches. Located on the second floor, they have a main bar area, separate lounge areas and even an outdoor patio. It has great ambiance and a good selection of beverages.

What We Drank:

C: I had a fantastic Cosmopolitan. I have had my fair share of bad cosmos but this was perfect.

R:  Antipasto Martini. Said it was “eh, ok”….a little too sweet for him.

 NEXT UP…DINNER  at Charleston’s finest steakhouse, Halls Chop House!

This place is amazing! We have been here once before and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Charleston. The wait staff is very friendly and the owner and his son always greet you at the door and thank you for coming! Southern Hospitality at its finest!

What We Ate:

C: Glass of Riesling, caesar salad, 8oz. filet with béarnaise sauce, mashed potatoes

R: Glass of Pinot Noir, caesar salad, prime rib, mashed potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce

We had a great time and it was nice to finally get out and enjoy each other! I would like to say that we will have a date night at least once a month but that might include M in tow. Maybe we can aim for a date night without M every other month. We are traveling home to visit family at the end of May and we will DEFINITELY be having LOTS of date nights while we are there! 🙂

What does your favorite date night out consist of??

~CB

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Nominated For A Versatile Blogger Award!

I am so excited that my friend Meghan over at Ratnam Residence, has nominated my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award (VBA)! Here are the VBA rules, courtesy of the VBA Blog:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I don’t know 15 blogs so my list is a bit smaller)
  •  Nominate those 15 (or how many you have) bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

A BIG thanks to Ratnam Residence for the nomination! I have enjoyed reading all about Meghan’s life in Boston! She has a great blog so be sure to check it out! Next, things about myself:

Seven Things:

  1. I HATE watching people brush their teeth! I know, very random. I can’t stand the site of saliva and seeing it makes me gag.
  2. Before I had Mikayla I wanted 3-4 kids, now I think 2 will do just fine!
  3. I have never broken a bone (knock on wood)! I played volleyball in HS and was (still am) very clumsy so I am shocked that I haven’t!
  4. I am OBSESSED with 90’s music. I love the 90’s station on pandora!
  5. My dream trip is to Bora Bora and Fiji. I love to travel to tropical places and this is a dream of mine.
  6. I am terrified of spiders. Yes, I hate all bugs but spiders are the worst! Since moving South we can now add cockroaches to the list! EWWW.
  7. I have the best poker face. I like to play practical jokes on people, especially in my office and I am the best at hiding them! No one ever knows it was me 😉
Below are links to some great blogs I follow and have nominated for the VBA!

 Hope you enjoy all of these blogs as much as I have!

~CB

Downtown Dining!

One of my favorite things about Charleston is the abundant selection of restaurants! I love going out to eat and trying new places. If you have never been to Charleston, I highly recommend it! Over the weekend Rob’s Dad came to visit and we took him to one of our favorites places to eat…Mercato! I have been here a few times and love taking visitors. They have a great selection of wines and Italian food. Beautiful bar area downstairs with a few tables and more tables upstairs. They have live jazz every night too. Click here for their website. Here is my review:

Place: Mercato restaurant, 102 North Market Street, Charleston

Type of Food: Italian

Price: Comparable for the area. Drink menu seemed a little too pricey

Items Ordered: Chicken Picatta, Chicken Parmesan & Chicken Marsala

Rating (1-10):

Food: 10

Atmosphere: 10

Price: 8

Beverage Selection: 8

Mikayla experienced her first Italian restaurant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have ever been to Charleston, what is your favorite restaurant? Are there any places you would like to try?

~CB

Low Country Cajun Festival = Fried Gator!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We were lucky to have several festivals happening around Charleston and fully took advantage of the awesome weather. Saturday we went to the Flowertown Festival in Summerville.  Wow! I have never seen so many vendors in one place! We got there early and it was great. It wasn’t too crowded in the morning and we had fun walking around and seeing everything. Every kind of craft, food, music, etc. you can think of was there. A definite must for next year!

Sunday we attended the Cajun Festival in James Island with some friends. The weather was great! They had beer tents, food tents, various vendors, music and a crawfish eating contest. Just as we were getting ready to watch, Mikayla decides to get fussy so we took her cue and headed to the car. It had gotten pretty warm with the sun blazing down and she was due to eat. Our friends Matt and Vanessa came with us and we had blast hanging out and trying new food! Speaking of new food, ever heard of fried gator!? Well, down South they don’t mess around! I actually gave into my fear and tried it and it was good! I am not one to try funky, gross sounding things like fried gator but I did! Besides, Rob promised a ten minute massage if I just tried a bite! I definitely didn’t pass that up! I also tried crawfish, boiled peanuts and a corn dog!

Below are some pictures of the festival. Note to self for next year: bring chairs!!

  

Family shot

She loves to chew on her strap!

  

Fried gator!!

Looks like chicken!

  

Crawfish (wasn't much of a fan)

Matt getting a lesson on how to eat crawfish!

 

Going for it!

  

They like it!

 

 

What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten? Would you be willing to try gator? 😉 Would love to hear from you! ~CB

Sea and Sand Festival

Ugh…Monday already!? It feels like the weekend flew by! We got out Sunday and enjoyed a beautiful day at Folly Beach for the Sea and Sand Festival. I have to admit I was a little disappointed. When I found this festival online it said there would be vendors throughout the street selling artwork, arts and crafts, food, etc. We got there around 9:30 and no one was set up. We walked the beach and the pier, watched a surf competition, had some brunch and around 11:30 still no vendors! I guess they were all out Saturday and either were late to set up Sunday or only set up Saturday. Now I know for next year to go on Saturday. 🙂 We still had a nice time walking around and enjoying the awesome weather.

M sleeping while we get coffee

Cute little coffee shop!

She always wakes up with a smile on her face! Love it!

On the pier

M chewing on her strap

View of the ocean from the pier

Bach’s on the beach!

Me and M at Rita’s for brunch

Trying to eat healthy…spinach salad with strawberries, pecans and blue cheese vinaigrette dressing….I hate how they drown the salad in dressing

Looking forward to going again next year! Hope y’all have a great week!

~CB