Fantastic food is just one element of a truly spectacular restaurant. The secret formula to wild success is found in a dining experience that satisfies every one of the senses. Halls Chophouse in Charleston, South Carolina outperforms in all five categories.
The owners welcome each guest at the door as if they’ve waited all day long– just for you to arrive. If your table isn’t ready (I suggest a booth upstairs) you will sit for a spell next to the grand piano relaxing to silky-smooth jazz and sipping on a refreshing cocktail. The decor is masculine, rich and cozy; the longest wall paneled in a sumptuous chocolate brown upon which local historic photographs and pieces of art are hung. Tables draped in crisp, white linens provide a soft visual counterpoint to the rugged leather and elegant wood.
Halls envelops your body and soul in sultry, southern hospitality. You can tell the minute you step inside that you are about to be swept away on the culinary equivalent of a magic carpet ride. Not only is the cuisine beyond compare, but the gracious service is an indulgence unlike anything my husband and I have encountered anywhere else -ever. Time literally stands still as you are pampered, educated and fed like royalty. This is THE destination for those with big events to celebrate, and the resulting vibe is golden and bubbly.
And just when you think that all you’ve got to remember your experience are a some i-phone pictures and a few extra pounds around the waist, a handwritten thank-you note from your head waiter will appear in your mailbox back at home.
Like I said..a truly exceptional and unique experience. Make your reservations far in advance and yes, buy a new little black dress. 🌺
And now an observation on life in the United States. We are either the most polite people on earth (not likely- see exhibit A- Donald Trump) or something else is going on. In all my travels yesterday with two pink, plastic flamingos hanging out of my purse..not ONE person said a word to me about them- NOT ONE!
This is a fabulous “Island tasting” marinade that I am using for my chicken kabobs on Saturday. Made with Soy sauce, pineapple juice concentrate, garlic, onion, vinegar and loads of toasted sesame seeds, this lovely, thick sauce ( and a few drinks 🍹) will have everyone dancing the hula! 🌺 I will be serving the kabobs with fruit, rice, and plenty of side dishes… I have a few intriguing looking recipes torn from my magazines that I cannot wait to try. (Oh, the three birthdays are my daughter, me and my mom!)
And what do you get a woman (my mother) who has everything and is turning 84? Well, you get her the Marilyn Monroe signature chaise lounge style float for the pool..that’s what! 👍
If I was only able to read one magazine every month I would choose this one. Not only is it full of great little recipes and helpful ideas, it has some wonderful articles. One of this month’s featured essays by J.I. Baker is a bittersweet story about a 9 year old pit bull named Buster that the author saved from being euthanized at a Manhattan animal shelter. As anyone who had ever rescued an animal knows, some come into their new loving homes with “demons” that can never be fully exorcised. This special story hit home for me personally as my daughter adopted a kitty years ago whose personality was shaped and cemented by whatever horrors she had experienced prior to her rescue. I truly cannot imagine anyone being as patient, loving, forgiving and ultimately accepting as my daughter has been with her cat. I heartily recommend the July issue of REAL SIMPLE if for nothing else than this touching piece. (And yes, I tried to figure out how to copy it and just put it up on my blog, but I could not (for the life of me!) figure out how to do it.. SORRY!!
Every Monday, the town we live in hosts local food trucks in the park. People come with their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy dinner under the setting sun. I’ll admit I was pretty leery about eating food prepared in a truck until I gave it a try… My son and his wife had a charming donut truck at their outdoor wedding reception instead of a traditional cake and everyone loved it, including me!
Most of these trucks are run by families who put a lot of love and pride into their culinary venture on wheels. My daughter and I shared sausage and peppers from the Italian truck and barbecued ribs with a side of mac and cheese from the Southern Wings truck. There was Mexican, Greek, Seafood, a pastry and ice cream truck..You name it, they had it! YUMMY!!!
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