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Foodie Friday: Charleston, SC

Pickled Royal Red Shrimp

All work and no food makes us quite “hangry” so we’ve spent the better part of this week making sure we have lunch and dinner reservations for our upcoming trip to Charleston.  Thanks to our blogging bestie and super duper travel advisor, Sandy, we had a great list of places fit for foodies to start with.  While Husk, created by James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock, couldn’t take us until mid-May (and we called weeks ago!), we’re going to hang out at the Husk Bar next door and take our chances on a table.

Scallops

A trip to Charleston isn’t complete without some fresh seafood so we’ll be heading to 167 Raw on East Bay Street known for their oysters and lobster rolls.

Thunder and Friendship

Brunch at The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday, especially with a signature cocktail or two…

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steak

Lunches will be casual affairs and perhaps healthier as we head to Butcher & Bee for their lovingly crafted farm-to-table fare.

Bacon and Black Pepper Biscuits

Matcha Latte

And we’ll be sure to leave some room for Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit(s) and matcha lattes at Upstairs @ 345, Skinny Dip‘s upstairs terrace!

husk / 167 / obstinate / butcher / biscuit / upstairs

Fabulous Finds

The Road Well Traveled

California Coast - Woody and Lighthouse

California Coast – Woody and Lighthouse

Trying to make the most of our trip out west, we set off every day armed with our trusty Fodor’s travel guide (now quite dogeared) and a sense of adventure.  One bright sunny day, we decided to drive the famed U.S. Route 101 which runs along the coast from Washington to southern California, offering breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean.  Beginning in the town of Carlsbad known for its mineral water which was found to have the same properties as water from the wells of Karlsbad, Bohemia, we wound our way south to Swami’s, a top surfing spot for the locals.

Swami's Looking North

Swami’s Looking North

The beach is located down a long stairway just steps away from the Self-Realization Fellowship Center, a temple topped with golden lotus-flower domes built in 1920 for Paramahansa Yogananda.  This Indian yogi and guru, who introduced millions of westerners to the fundamentals of meditation, called Encinitas his home and where he wrote the seminal Autobiography of a Yogi.

Can You Say Om?

Can You Say Om?

No trip to the beach is complete without some California texmex and Bull Taco “Inauthentic Mexican” fit the bill with it’s surf shack vibe and clifftop views of the ocean.  The fish tacos were delicious, as were the veggie ones, and the atmosphere couldn’t be beat.

Can You Say Yum?

Can You Say Yum?

Lunch with a View

Lunch with a View

Our lunch was followed by a picturesque drive through the quaint village of Del Mar and down the hill to Torrey Pines Natural Reserve where 300-foot-high sandstone cliffs beckoned us to climb…  A perfect way to end our roadtrip.

Torrey Pines Natural Preserve

Torrey Pines Natural Preserve

We hope you’ve enjoyed our journey down the 101 and that your weekend is filled with adventures off the beaten path!

All photos by yours truly except for poster and taco