One family's musings and quest towards a Fabulous life!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


We just finished a GREAT vacation with the little man in Charleston, S.C.  It is amazing to realize that he is two years old, and the strides he has made and milestones he has met since we last saw him are nothing short of extraordinary.  We included a few pictures from our trip - which included multiple trips to Middleton Place to view the farm animals, the aquarium, and the park to (attempt) to ride his brand new tricycle! Aidan loves his Elmo, Thomas the Train, bunnies, and french fries (he likes to repeat his favorite meal to anyone who will listen: "chicken, french fries, apple juice, honey".  We're not sure where the honey comes from - he doesn't actually eat any). He also loves the "shopper in training" carts at the local grocery stores- but Mr. Independent will not let you help him steer at all! We enjoyed spending time with Papa Pete and Babci, as well as our visit from Aunt Jackie and Jimmy.  It was great to catch up with family on the phone a couple of skype calls as well. We are going to miss Aidan so much, and can't wait to see him again in September!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lowcountry Cuisine

I'm in the mood for fabulous food!!!  My stomach is yearning for some food that is not mass producedHere is a run down of past favorites.. and future haunts.  I'll post the highlights of our gastronomical tour of Charleston once we've devoured ourselves full :)

32 Rue de Jean
One of our absolute favorites for moules (in six preparations!) & frites. I hear they have an amazing brunch menu as well...the omelettes & quiche sound divine!

The Mustard Seed
 The food here is always delicious & fresh.  I'm partial to the mushroom risotto, and Brian enjoys the Pad Thai, however they always offer tempting specials.  A must at least once (probably two-three times!) over leave.
82 Queen
I'm drooling already... baby spinach salad, fried green tomatoes, lowcountry crab cake, seared scallops with jumbo shrimp and mussels, entering into a food coma just imagining the possibilities...

We'd like to try:

Jestine's Kitchen 
 Super popular -always with a line wrapped around the corner; a storied eatery we've been meaning to try for a while.  Appears kid friendly (always a plus!).  I couldn't find a menu posted online, but I know it's billed to be down home southern comfort food - and I'll be more than happy to indulge :)

 {Potato Gnocchetti, Strube Ranch Wagyu Bistro Steak, Pancetta wrapped golden tilefish...mmmm}

Slightly North Of Broad 
{Tuna Crudo, Jumbo lump crab cakes, Pad Thai and grilled salmon sound delish!}

Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar  
{lobster & shrimp risotto, petite filet of beef, fried oysters, tempura shrimp and vegetable triange spring rolls - yum!}

For anyone who has been to Charleston - any "musts" for restaurants?

Friday, March 4, 2011

In my mind I've gone to Carolina...

and with any luck I'll be there for real next week! I am beyond excited to see my baby boy, who turns 2 tomorrow! For those of you who don't know, my husband and I are currently deployed to Iraq, and are SO looking forward to our upcoming leave.  We miss our son so much! 

So... I thought for the next few days I would post about things I enjoy about Charleston, where we will be spending our leave.  

First... the architecture and custom ironwork.  Here are a few photos I snapped during our trip last summer.  I hope you enjoy!