Drivin, Drivin, Drivin

I am happy to tell everyone that I have accepted an internship with 5280 magazine!  The only thing is, that it is in Denver, Colorado (hence the title of this post).  Some might see this as a bad thing, to leave the beautiful city of Charleston, that is–but I love Denver.  I love the mountains and the snow and couldn’t be more excited.  I’m sad to leave my friends and Charleston behind, but I am ready to experience another part of the country and work with 5280.

My friend Becky, who is clearly a saint, drove with me from Charleston to Dallas (where I stopped to visit my sister and break up the drive).  And believe it or not we made the 18 hour drive in one sitting.  It also could be harder to believe that we made the journey with no ipod and only one cd, Britney Spear’s “Baby One More Time”.  We left Charleston at 6 am eastern time and arrived in Dallas at 11:30 pm central time.  To say I needed two days to just chill is an understatement.

I am headed out tomorrow for the final 14 hours to Denver.  Fingers crossed it goes as well as the first drive!

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Praha- Best Street Food

The first stop on my Europe trip was Prague, or as the Czech say Praha.  My three girlfriends and I landed at 10 am and were leaving on a 3 pm bus the next day.  With only a little over 24 hours we knew we had to hit the ground running and never stop.  We checked into our hotel quickly showered and got ready and left to explore the attractions Prague had to offer.

We headed into the Old Town Square and had to stop to take it all in. Prague is such a old quaint city with stone roads that its easy to get lost in the moment of just staring in all directions.  We headed up the  clock tower in the old town hall, which is a must do.  It only cost about $2 and you get an amazing view of the city.

We walked up instead of taking the elevator despite some complaints, cough cough Ashley and Caitlin.  So we had worked up quite an appetite at this point.  It was time to explore the street vendors.  We chose a vendor that had what else, meat and potatoes.  But don’t let meat and potatoes fool you, they were the most amazing street dishes I had the entire trip.  The potato dish was a mixture of gnocchi potato, sauerkraut and ham. I am going to have to try to remake this dish sometime soon, thats how good it was.  Paired with a sausage, rye bread and the local mustard.  The mustard I encountered in all the countries I visited was a stronger more horseradishy flavored mustard, which is the perfect pairing for a bit of hot greasy sausage. And of course you must wash it down with a local beer.

We spent the rest of the day visiting the Jewish Quarter, lingering the streets and then of course eating another meal.  We had an fantastic dinner that included goose leg, potato dumplings and goulash.  Just in case you are like me and didn’t know goulash is the dish of South Eastern Europe, it is no question about it. It varied from city to  city but it was the most reliable dish to be found on any menu.  Czech’s goulash reminded me of a chili.  It was next to potato and bread circles that were stacked.  Delicious.

Enjoying the night life we made our way over to The Pub (Thanks Shannon!) another must do.  It is a bar that has taps at the table, so you serve yourself.  Genius! Even though we know America couldn’t handle this; we would find a way to ruin it.

The next day we crossed the famous chain bridge, visited the Prague Castle and had our first encounter with garlic soup. Garlic soup like goulash became a frequent visiter on our journey and nobody was complaining.

Oh I forgot to mention the dessert!  We had delicious street food dessert.  Trdelnik is a rolled pastry  that is doughy with cinnamon and sugar on the outside.  A little crunch and then hot and soft in the middle with a vanilla flavor it was perfect.  We found these in Budapest too, but they were much better in Prague.

We left beautiful Praha on a bus headed for Budapest and seven hours later we arrived.

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Lowcountry Bites: Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup

I’m back!  The trip was amazing and I only had a little bit of standby traveling issues on the way home.  My friend Caitlin and I got stuck in Munich for a day, but thats all you get to know for now. I will post a blog for each city I was in.  I took 1,000 photos in 10 days so I am uploading and organizing so you have to be a little patient.  But in the mean time here is the link to my column about chilled heirloom tomato soup to hold you over till my post about Prague!  Here is a preview photo :)

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Lowcountry Bites – Peach Salsa

I can officially say that I am a columnist at The Island Eye News!  It is a bi-weekly, or published twice a month, publication that is sent out to some of the islands in the Charleston area.  My column is called Lowcountry Bites and each week has a write up and recipe.  My first story was about peach salsa and thought my readers here would enjoy the recipe as well.  Enjoy!

PS  You can consider yourself lucky that you are linking to the article from here.  Those who only saw it in the paper didn’t get the great color photo.

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Wine Wednesday and Beyond

Beyond wines are the star of this weeks wine Wednesday for three great reasons.  The label is amazing it is bright and catchy which is of course my first reason.  Second the concept of naming the wines Beyond wine is pretty awesome.  It comes from a vineyard in South Africa called Buitenverwachting, which translates to “beyond exception.”  So the way the vineyard describes the wine is, “Inspired by an estate deemed “Beyond Expectation,” wines that rouse the same sentiment.” And last but not least it is a great wine for the price. You can find the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon for under $10.

So go and take a sip of these wines and let your taste buds taste a flavor way beyond their expectations.

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