Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Soby's New South Cuisine

The other night Mr. T and I went to Soby's.  We haven't been there in two years, and decided it was high time we went back.  Not quite sure why it took us two years to return, their service is great and food is phenomenal.  Soby's opened in 1997, and was a major part of the City of Greenville's downtown revitalization.  It is considered the flagship restaurant of its corporate company Table 301, and quite arguably the flagship restaurant of all downtown Greenville. 
When I think of a restaurant that opened 14 years ago, I automatically assume its menu is out of date, interior past its prime, and the drink list has really boring cocktail and beer selections. Soby's has combated these stereotypes with its trendy environment, timeless fare, and iPad drink lists.  How cool is that!  All of their beers, wines, cocktails, and spirits are listed on these neat iPads that your server brings to your table. 

Not only does it look cool, it actually makes the drink selection process pretty easy too.  

As for our dinner, the food was great (no surprise here) and we will definitely be back much sooner than two years from now.  I would highly recommend starting with the fried green tomatoes.  YUM!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Folly Beach Vacation + An Exciting Announcement!

Last week our family took our annual summer vacation. For the past several years we've gone out of the country, but since our family is expanding, we decided to stay more local this year.  We decided on Folly Beach because of its proximity to Charleston and Columbia, and my sister April and her husband Ian love the area.  Folly Beach is such a relaxing vacation spot.  Its completely non-commercialized and has such a quaint downtown area.  You really feel like you're going back in time when you vacation there. All of the downtown bars and restaurants have great food and awesome atmospheres.
Mr. T and I at one of our favorite spots, Rita's
Our house was located right on the marsh which gave us an amazing view from our back porch.  We spent several nights out there with margaritas just enjoying the sunsets.  Our house came with crabbing equipment that we put to use one night.  We caught about 25 blue crabs which ended up yielding just enough meat for a tasty crab dip that we threw together.

The feisty crabs right after we took them out of the traps
We got some great beach time in, too.  Last week started Folly's off season, so we were one of the only groups on the beach.  The weather was great too, never got above 90 degrees. 

 One night we took advantage of being so close to Charleston, and went into their downtown area.  We started the evening with drinks at Market Pavilion's rooftop bar.  I had never been here before, but it's one of my new favorite spots.  The drinks are a little pricey, but the spectacular view made it so worth it. 

From there we took rickshaws to Rue De Jean for dinner.  The rickshaws were such a perfect tourist experience, taking us through the beautiful residential areas of downtown Charleston.

Mom and April in their rickshaw

Dinner at Rue De Jean was amazing as usual.   After dinner we took our stuffed bellies back to Folly Beach and got a good night's rest for another exhausting day of relaxing on the beach. 

And now for the announcement... Mr. T and I are getting married!  The first day we got there, Mr. T popped the question out on our back porch overlooking the marsh.  It was perfect; simple and just the two of us.  The rest of my family arrived shortly afterward, and we got to celebrate our engagement for the rest of the week!

We had to be cheesy and take a picture with the Tiger Rag

And if you're curious, here's the ring!  Isn't it beautiful? I primarily wear yellow gold, but also wanted today's traditional white gold ring.  The combination of white gold/white diamonds and yellow gold/yellow diamonds was a perfect solution.

 We had such an amazing time at Folly Beach.  It truly was one of the best and most memorable weeks of my life.  I am so excited for the next year of planning a wedding.  I'll be updating you with plans and all of the DIY projects I've got going on for it. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our Grown Up Friday Night

Hello all!  My apologies for my not-so-brief hiatus from the blogging world.  I've started a new job and it seems to be taking up all of my time.  This past Friday night, after an exhausting week, Mr. T and I decided to have a low-key Friday night; something not very common for us.  We started our night at Nose Dive Gastropub.  In appreciation for National IPA day, they had Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on draft, something restaurants are currently struggling to keep on hand.  When we heard they got a hold of this rare beer, we rushed over there to make it in time for happy hour.  After a couple of beers at the bar, we decided to grab a table and eat dinner there, too.  Mr. T had the Fish and Chips which was great, and I had the Gastropub Burger.  I rarely order a burger and fries at a restaurant, I just find so pedestrian, but I'm glad I got it.  It was one of the tastiest burgers I've had in a while; flavorful beef and cooked to perfection. It was accompanied by sweet potato fries cooked in duck fat, need I say more?
After dinner we headed to the Roper Mountain Science Center for the viewing of their film "Starry Nights".  Roper Mountain Science Center shows a film every Friday night at 7:00 and 8:15 pm. Tickets for adults are only $5, almost half of what it costs to go to the movie theater nowadays.  We had a great time at the show, and it was quite entertaining and informative.  This month's film, "Starry Nights" focuses on the life cycles of stars, black holes, nubulae, star clusters, and some other cool sciencey stuff.  Mr. T and I had a great time, and were home and asleep by 10:00.  What a great grown-up Friday night. 

If you're interested in going to the Roper Mountain Science Center, you can find them at 402 Roper Mountian Rd.  Greenville, SC and at 
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