Oh my goodness. I mean oh.my.good.ness.
I have always said that I wanted to go down South just to eat the food.
Not even kidding. Seriously, just escape and stuff my face with some downhome Southern comfort food.
So when our ten year anniversary was approaching, Andy planned just that.
A trip down South to eat.
It was one of the most blissful 5 days of my life.
Charleston, South Carolina has to be one of the most charming cities in the entire United States.
When we first arrived we walked around taking in all the gorgeous historical houses. Then we found a little cafe, and I had shrimp and crab stuffed fried green tomatoes. After that we took a horse drawn carriage tour of the city.
We had a beautiful room with fun local magazines waiting for us...
That evening we took a boat tour to Morris Island....
And saw the Morris Island Lighthouse...
We bought fresh boiled peanuts!!!
I mean fresh.boiled.peanuts.
I should live in South Carolina for these alone.
We ventured to the Charleston Farmers Market!
Be still my heart.
Heirloom tomatoes....sunflowers....fresh homemade lemonade...fresh cut flowers and herbs in mason jars...
Seriously, it was a country girl's dream!
We took a farmers market selfie.
We ate at Jestine's Kitchen...
Where they serve you sweet tea when you order the table wine and serve you pickles instead of bread with your food...
Their fried green tomatoes made the entire trip worth it. I think they breaded them in crack! Because I could not get enough. And still daydream about them today!
Their fried chicken....fried shrimp....fried okra...mashed potatoes were pretty good too...
We walked to the edge of Folly Beach one night and watched the full moon come up out of the ocean. It was breathtaking. The smell of the ocean...the sound of the waves...the feel of the soft sand between my toes...a huge full pink moon rise up out of the water.
I ate shrimp and grits on a huge front porch restaurant one night. Because that's what you do in the South. You eat a lot of grits. And shrimp.
We were on a mission to find out where the locals hung out and ate...and found out about the Queen Street Grocery...
We ended up at Bubba Gumps one night. Yummy drink with a sneak attack buzz. Food not so great. At all.
We walked off our heart burn around town and wandered into a game store where we played games with the sales dude for over an hour. It was awesome and got some fun new card games and board games.
We indulged in iced coffee and pecan pie one night. Because you can't go to the South without eating pecan pie. It was rich. It about killed me. But it would have been a happy way to die.
We may have gone back to Jestine's Kitchen for more of the crack breaded fried green tomatoes....
I may have weighed at least ten pounds more when I left Charleston.
But it Was soooooo worth it!