Day 1 — Durham to Charleston
8:30A. Eat & Run Tour is underway! We're headed to Charleston but we're also keeping an eye out for roadside attractions.
1:30P. We have been sitting in traffic FOREVER! But we finally see signs for Charleston.
3:42P We've just arrived at Leaf, fourth stop on our Downtown Culinary Tour. We took a very scenic walk through the city...Charleston is beautiful but hot as Hades.
5:40P. And now we begin the Mixology Tour! We're starting with a super refreshing Piña Colada (apparently it's National Piña Colada day) at Prohibition; no creme de coconut here. The next drink is a Watermelon Moscow Mule at Cocktail Club. It has a real kick because they make their own ginger beer. The final drink is a complex one, called "Bitter is the New Sweet," at Republic. Check out the gallery below for the steps to create this interesting and satisfying cocktail.
10:20A. Ok so we've already had to break one rule. We're in Lumberton, NC, and there is nooothing but chains here. 😩
2:54P. We FINALLY made it to the Downtown Food Tour! We missed the first 2 stops but we're at Carmella's Café and Dessert Bar for a quick panini. It's a play on the Philly Cheesesteak, but as a Tomato Pie, a Charleston specialty.
4:25P. The last stop on our tour is Café Framboise, a fabulous French bakery. The husband and wife duo craft the most incredible, authentic French desserts. Danielle got the Tropezian cake (very popular in St. Tropez), a brioche cake with Bavarian Cream, and Sherród got the Coffee Éclair, filled with coffee pastry cream. We all got adorable raspberry-pistachio macarons.
9:45P. Dinner at Husk. We booked a reservation at one of the hottest restaurants in Charleston, Husk. They are a highly local, modern restaurant with exceptionally high-quality ingredients. As if all that's not enough, the menu changes almost nightly. We were blown away by the attention to detail of the individual ingredients. Each dish highlighted the best features of one particular thing, and we really appreciated that; we could taste the quality in everything.