Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery

Deep Water Vineyard

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While vacationing in Charleston, SC we took an afternoon trip to the beautiful Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island. These are located on the same plantation and were originally started by the same family business. The winery came first when a retired couple ventured in growing grapes.

When we arrived we were greeted by a sign advising us to do the wine tasting before the liquor tasting at the distillery. IMG_4024

We joined the next wine tour and sampled 5 delicious wines while watching a video of how the winery was founded and developed. For $5.00, you can taste all 5 of the wines and receive a complimentary wine glass!

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IMG_4113We took a quick break before moving on to the distillery to wander around the farm and meet the animals. We met the resident cow. We were warned that she would head-butt us and she did.IMG_4061

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But the original reason we were there was to sample the Firefly Distillery concoctions.

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Everything was delicious. We spent a good bit of time talking to our barman whose brother and himself have worked for the company for awhile. He had just got back from working for the summer at the resort in the Bahamas affiliated with the distillery. The tasting was $6 per person and we even got to keep the glass! I purchased the Coconut Cake Liqueur and the Peach Moonshine and can’t wait to enjoy!

I was already feeling pretty good after the wine samples. I am known to be the biggest lush, plus I’ve only drank before 5 pm a handful of times in my life. So I was was really done after tasting the 6 Firefly samples of my choosing. Lets just say I had to nap before dinner! The trip to Wadmalaw Island was great fun & I would suggest anyone visiting Charleston to make the trip as well.

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Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street

Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street

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I am not a barbecue fan. It is just not something I grew up eating. To be honest I haven’t tried much BBQ at all or learned much about it. I don’t crave or love spicy, smoky, or tangy things. But after a long hot day of shopping on King Street on Second Sunday my boyfriend spotted his version of a holy grail. A BBQ place, Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street.

So after I had my fix of shopping with him being an amazing tag along, I complied. We entered into a unique saloon looking space. I let my boyfriend do to ordering, all I requested was cornbread. He ordered Classic Spare Ribs, Beef Brisket, Homemade Bar-B-Q Chips, Coleslaw and Cheese Biscuits. I am pretty sure that this was my first spare rib experience. It was delicious, no t spicy, smoky, or tangy like I thought it would be, just full of enjoyable flavor. The cheese biscuits were buttery, salty, cheesy and sweet all at the same time.

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So from this experience, I learned to be more open minded about barbecue and just try it. I am glad I did. Plus my BF was so adorably happy.  So if you find yourself hungry after shopping on King’s Street I would suggest Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street.

Now I need to learn how to make cornbread.

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Charleston’s High Cotton Restaurant

Dining room at High Cotton in Charleston

While in Charleston South Carolina I had the privilege of dining fine at High Cotton! Although they did not have any moscato, or any other sweet wines or sweet cocktails for the matter (TISK, TISK) , it was an overall delicious experience.

I started with, what else when traveling to a coastal location, but crab soup. The High Cotton Version is called the Charleston Crab Soup with blue crab, cream, sherry and chives. It was okay, nothing spectacularly flavorful or delicious, because I of course prefer the sweet kind of seafood soup. The bread was fresh and warm from the oven and delicious with a savory whipped butter. I think I had 2 portions…

I may have had to settle for a drink of French 75 with St Germain instead of gin, but I did find other sweets to enjoy here. My entree of choice made up in the sweetness category. I had the Maple Leaf Farms Duck of pan seared breast, leg confit, natural jus, peach compote. The sauce was not only delicious, but it alo reminded me of a fond memory of slow cooked baby back ribs my mother used to make when I was much younger using a hoisin sauce only sold in Canada. i would request this constantly, but we usually had to wait for our neighbor (from Canada) to supply the sweet sauce. I need to find out what that recipe was and a new supplier of secret sauce.

Lamb at Charleston's High Cotton
Lamb at Charleston’s High Cotton

I shared the trendy vegetable of the moment, brussel sprouts. High Cotton’s were “Crispy Brussels Sprouts” with smoked paprika aïoli. Despite the burnt appearance us seasoned brussel sprout consumers know they were perfectly done! I wonder if they fry them or if they are done in the oven? Let me know if you know!

Brussel Sprouts at Charleston's High Cotton
Brussel Sprouts at Charleston’s High Cotton

My BF had a special of crab stuffed trout and his mother enjoyed a scallop dish of julienne zucchini, snow peas & carrots, bell peppers, champagne shallot cream. They both enjoyed their meals as well!

Crab stuffed trout special @dinehighcotton #eatcharleston #charlestoneats #foodblogger #foodie #trout

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Scallops at Charleston's High Cotton
Scallops at Charleston’s High Cotton

I was stuffed at this point, but you know somehow I was convinced to order dessert 🙂 I had very rich and fulfilling Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with raspberry and espresso sauce complements. I am a cheesecake fein and this was not disappointing. I used to live just a block from a Cheescake Factory and regularly told people that I lived in “the most dangerous part of town” because of my relevancy to the sweet treat destination. One of my favorite things about eating cheesecake is making it last more than one day. This decadent slice sent me home with leftovers for the next day.

Triple chocolate cheesecake with raspberry & espresso sauces 😋 @dinehighcotton #cheesecake

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Oh and I creeped into another dining area that I wasn’t seated at to capture this beautiful lighting & mirror situation (refer to this post about my obsessions with swirly design features, mirrors and chandeliers)

Dining room at High Cotton
Dining room at High Cotton

This is my first post about a restaurant visit and I already need to come up with another adjective beyond delicious. I promise I will attempt to expand my culinary descriptors. I hope you return to see more of the food I consumed during my Charleston, South Carolina visit. I have lots to share. Seriously, I gained like 5 lbs (I’m guessing) in a 8 days and returned home to have none of my pants fit….

Foodie Blogger at Charleston's High Cotton

P.S. my man is handsome 🙂

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Charleston’s Unique & Fabulous Grand Bohemian Hotel

Charleston is a city of many charms; including one that shines brighter than the rest, the Grand Bohemian Hotel. This botique hotel is truly unique with standout interior design elements everywhere you look. They’ve incorporated the charming and historic the city is known for combined with the luxurious and modern.

I have been obsessed with lights & mirrors lately, and no I am not vain. This place was outstanding in the mirror & lighting categories. But it was also so much more than just lights & mirrors!

I am a sucker for anything gold and anything with a swirly flourish 🙂 so this antique in the lobby was a serious #mirrorgoals Instagram-able mirror moment for me.

Mirror goals ✨🙌🏻 @grandbochas

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Off from the lobby was a great sitting area framed in a scalloped edged nook, with colorful pieces – definitely not your boring standard hotel furniture. And yes more mirrors. These have a Indian inspired flare, another element I’m known to love.

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The elevator waiting area was glam with mirrored wall tiles with a smokey antiqued finish and beveled edge! Oh and of course there was a gorgeous chandelier featuring swirly flourish elements (again my fave).

Mirrored tile with beveled edge

Then we made our way to the penthouse restaurant and bar Éléve where there was so much more for me to ooh and aah over. I loved that each bar storage cabinet had its own unique character.

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And then there was another one of my obsessions, mercury glass – a mercury glass light feature! Seriously, swoon!

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Since I was running around drooling and snapping pictures my boyfriend decided we should sit down and have a drink. Which of course led to food. Hey after all it was Happy Hour! We had the crab cake and shellfish chowder. The crab cake was good, nothing different than other fine dining crab cakes, could have had more flavor beyond the crab for my own liking. But the soup, was delish with shrimp, crab, clams, sweet onion, bay leaf, pecan smoked bacon, and  saffron tomato rouille crouton.

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And then there was more excellent lighting & mirrors, the glory of them, the women’s bathroom. Yes I ALWAYS take a bathroom picture, not a #selfie though, a decor snap. (Because to be honest I can’t figure out how to take a mirror selfie haha).

✨✨✨ #éléve #grandbohemianhotel @grandbochas #interiordesign #lighting #mirrors

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As usual, I snuck into some sort of open meeting room and found another fabulous light.

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I got a glimpse of the guest rooms here at the Grand Bohemian boutique hotel online and they also seemed to be suited to my tastes. I know I will be sure to explore each Grand Bohemian as I travel to new places!

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