The Old City Market was obviously our first item of business in Charleston. We toured the street vendors and the boutiques that lined the streets of downtown Charleston. Of course each shop held amazing treasures. Some of our favorite finds included these little veggie animals:
Wednesday was all about Forbes so we hit up a hat store and a few other places for him. We didn't find much in the way of clothes...but in the way of food we hit some home runs. Unfortunately the next few finds I will show you are not of the vegan variety.
With the shops along the market out of the way we headed off in search of some history and some brews. Our transportation of choice:
The Charleston Beer Exchange sells about a million different beers from around the world. For the birthday boy, we put together a 6-pack sampler that cost about $30! I'm not sure he has even tried one yet; I believe he wants to savor them for as long as possible.
We continued our walking tour of Charleston back toward the market and our parked car.
We were ravenous by the time we arrived back at the car and hustled over to the Black Bean Company for a late lunch.
At this point my phone was dying a slow death, and we still needed directions to get back to visit a friend and get back to Hilton Head. I snapped just a few quick photos but they do not give justice to this delightful meal.
After our delicious meals we were suckered into dessert.
Like I mentioned above, we drove to a friend's house after lunch to say hello. I met Joanna at the Women of Worship Beach Retreat last fall and haven't seen her since. Her in-laws attend our church and are great friends of ours. Forbes had never met Joanna and I had never met her husband Wes so it was fun to make the introductions. Joanna and Wes are a beautiful couple and have 4 wonderful children. It was so neat to catch up with her and now I am already anxious for the next time!
We were back on the road by 5pm and made it back to Hilton Head just as our stomachs were beginning to growl. Dinner was cooked up in a jif, but was still so, so delicious.
Portobella Mushroom Sliders topped with BBQ sauce, tomatoes, grilled onions and pineapple, a side salad also topped with grilled pineapple and corn on the cob.My mouth is watering just looking at these photos again. Portobellas really are a favorite in our house.
To cook the mushrooms, marinate in BBQ sauce of choice and grill for about 3-5 minutes on either side. You could also pan cook the mushrooms or use a George Foreman if you are inside. Careful though, the George Foreman will cook off many of the natural juices from the portobellas.
Wednesday was our last night in Hilton Head so we decided to head out on the town for a few drinks. We found this wine bar on Yelp and decided to check it out.
Wine Times Four is a unique spin on wine-tastings. They have over 72 varieties of wine and when you enter they hand you a card (similar to a credit card) and a glass. You then choose the wines you want to try, choose whether you want a 1 oz. pour to sample, a half glass, a full glass or you can buy the whole bottle. Thus "times four".