Day 1 — Durham to Charleston

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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.

Three courses to eat here!

Three courses to eat here!

One of the many learning kitchens in Charleston

One of the many learning kitchens in Charleston

GREEK SALAD, SHORT RIB GRILLED CHEESE, AND PASTA SALAD

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Charleston Marketplace...planning on doing some damage here later ☺️ 

Charleston Marketplace...planning on doing some damage here later ☺️ 

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.

Piña Colada

Watermelon Moscow Mule

Watermelon Moscow Mule

Bitter is the new sweet

Bitter is the new sweet

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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.

Coffee éclair

Raspberry-pistachio macaron

Raspberry-Pistachio Macaron and St. Tropez Cake


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.

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

16 Month Aged Country Ham from Somerset, KY, Grilled Ciabatta, Summer Melons

Fire Roasted Sewansecott Oysters, Fried Chicken Fat, Hot Sauce, Honey, Smoked Shishito Peppers

Kentuckyaki — Glazed Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps with Sweet Marinated Cucumber, Red Onion, Sea Island Benne

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