Saturday, April 30, 2011
One final bike ride was in order and there was only one more place that we wanted to try. Signe's bakery came highly recommended, so with a quick shower and spruce, we were on our way.
The breakfast items at Signe's did not jump out at us, and was mostly non-veg. Being the strict vegans that we are, we biked to Flamingo's Doughnut Cafe for one final taste of heaven. For some reason eating a non-vegan breakfast of eggs and bacon is not ok...but a non-vegan doughnut will slip into my diet occasionally (or twice in one week, but who's counting?)
Fully satisfied with our last Hilton Head meal, we headed back in the direction of the condo. We decided to take a round-about way to have one last ride on the beach.
Back at the condo, packing ensued and we were on the road home. The silver lining: it was only Thursday, and while work beckoned from home, spring break isn't over until Monday!
This concludes our Hilton Head Vacation. Thanks for traveling along with us!
Friday, April 29, 2011
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".
It held out long enough for us to ride to Java Joe's for a cup of coffee and back.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars.
Because the weather seemed to be cooperating with our plans we decided not to hold off any longer and we set out on a long bike ride to the lighthouse. Along the way we enjoyed a tour of local wildlife.
Then there was this guy:
By the time we reached Harbour Town the sun was in full force once again.
Either way, we didn't spend too much time in Harbour Town. We pedaled back to our side of the island stopping quickly at Truffles for a cold beverage.
Back at the condo later that afternoon, we whipped up a quick and easy lunch utilizing the leftovers we had accumulated over the last several days.
Here is what my lunch plate looked like:
Eggless Salad, quick baked beans, carrot and cabbage salad, the last bit of Sweet Potato Hummus and yes in the corner that is sauerkraut topped with vegan 1000 Island dressing. I used blue corn chips to scoop everything up.
Roastfish and Cornbread.
The combination of delicious food, and a day full of sun and biking left both Forbes and I very lethargic. Thus the rest of the afternoon was spent vegging in front of the TV. I began to feel guilty that we were wasting precious vacation minutes, but finally gave into the desire and relaxed. We drifted in and out of sleep for a few house and then finally roused ourselves to get up and do something. We decided the best option would be to get out of the condo. Thus our first outing by car was born.
We landed at the Skull Creek Boathouse, another highly recommended restaurant.
At this point real hunger was setting in, so we headed back to the condo for a real meal.
Vegan Faith On Location
Day 1: Spring Break
Day 2: Hilton Head
Day 3: Favorite Food Day
Coming Soon: Day 5: A Trip to Charleston