I made it!
The car ride was pretty uneventful today but I’m so tired right now from it! Its weird how you get tired from diving long distances when all you do is sit there.
Anyways, it took me about 6 1/2 hours and I got to Charleston around 3:00. Mid-morning I snacked on some raw milk cheese + cherries!
And then around 11:30 I broke into my sammie for lunch. I packed a homestyle raw almond butter + raspberry preserves sandwich on fluffy whole wheat bread with a pear and carrot sticks
Just as I was getting into Charleston I noshed on a flattened bar from my purse because I knew we would be walking for the rest of the afternoon and I would get pretty hungry!
I love these bars!
When I got to Charleston Christie and I immediately set out for a walk and talk. Isn’t her little apartment cute?!
I adore my alma mater city!
We stopped at Teavana and I got an iced mix of Caribbean Breeze & Sangria herbal infusions with some organic rock sugar—
And then we walked for about an hour and a half. Neither of us bought anything but we window shopped and it was nice. Around 5:00 we headed home to get ready for dinner. We went to my favorite wine bar, Raval, for a pre-dinner drink.
I LOVE the atmosphere at this place; its very chic. I had a glass of rose and Christie had chardonnay. We both started getting really hungry really fast so we ordered the hummus plate to split as an appetizer:
Talk about a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! I watched as the chef smeared roasted garlic on thick bread and then grilled it and cut it into little sticks. The hummus was thick and lemony. We both went a little crazy 🙂 I probably ate about four of these little bread sticks dipped into hummus. Absolutely delish.
After we caught up a bit we headed over to my pick for the evening, a Thai restaurant called Basil. I know its a bold statement for me to say this because I LOVE Thai food, but this is the BEST thai food I’ve ever had. We used to go out to eat here all the time when I lived here and I had a complete obsession with the place (by obsession I mean I still think about the food. Normal?).
To start, we ordered the basil rolls, which consisted of shrimp, rice noodles and basil leaves wrapped up in rice paper with a very spicy peanut sauce to dip. It did not disappoint!
And for my entree I ordered my personal favorite, the Basil Tofu. I’ve ordered this at least a dozen times from this restaurant and it is the BEST tofu dish that I’ve ever had. Seriously. I know it makes me rather a boring foodie to order the same thing at a restaurant over and over but it really is that good. While I don’t think the tofu is fried, it has some sort of chewy skin on it and is perfectly textured. The sauce is spicy and full of garlic and veggies……sheer perfection.
I also had a glass of pinot noir with my meal
Every bite of this meal was bliss. I can’t believe its been two years. Sigh.
On our walk back to Christie’s apartment we stopped at a gelataria for something sweet. I got a kid’s size of meringue 🙂
And now we are all tucked in for the night! Christie has her bar exam study class at 9:00 tomorrow morning so we had to make it an early night tonight. I’m planning on heading over to a power yoga class while she’s gone and then getting some writing done…..but I’ll post in the morning before I go!
Have a great night everyone!