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Archives for: March 2006

03/31/06

Permalink 09:27:22 pm, Categories: $ Value Priced  

Cibos Pizza and Bistro - James Island SC

Cibos Pizza - Charleston SC
Alicia's Review - Very Good:Cibo's Bistro and Pizzaria - Jams Island, SC

Cibo's Bistro and Pizzaria
608 Harbor View Rd
James Island, SC 29412
(843) 762-2003

Cibo's is a little, unassuming, dare I say "hole in the wall" on James Island that I would have driven right by had my good friend not taken me there one night. Thank goodness she did because I love it! Our server was a darling, young high school student with a strong, Southern accent who chewed gum throughout our meal. I say that with affection because it was part of the charm of our "Southern Italian" meal and she was so cute.

The portions are huge here - you could literally spend $10-$15 with drinks, leave full, and take home enough leftovers to eat at home for a number of days. We had a hard time deciding because of all the great options so we got a couple things and shared. The Lasagna ($6.25 for a small, $8.99 for a large - I would hate to see the large because the small was gargantuan for me) comes with fresh baked garlic bread and a "small" house or Caesar salad (the salad was a meal in and of itself). You can make your salad Greek for only $1 more, which my friend did and it was wonderful! It was topped with lots of purple onion, olives, fresh cucumbers and a good portion of feta cheese. The Lasagna was delicious, cooked perfectly, with lots of cheese, just the way I like it. It re-heated well at home, too.

It was very difficult to choose a pizza as they have so many great options. You can get a gourmet slice of all their pizzas for $2.99, a medium is $13.95 and a large is $14.95. Order a large and take home the leftovers - it re-heats well at home, just as the Lasagna does.

Our server suggested The Folly, a pizza topped with marinated chicken, onions, mushrooms and roasted red peppers. It is one of their best sellers and we were appreciative of the recommendation because, as I said, they have so many great options. I am not always fond of chicken on top of my pizza and I was very pleasantly surprised -- it was delicious!! One thing I really liked about it was that it had a pesto base rather than tomato base so it gave the pizza a wonderful flavor with the chicken and vegetables. The other bases they have are ricotta, garlic oil, BBQ and, of course, traditional tomato.

This is a great, local's place to go any night of the week or just to swing by and pick up a huge, inexpensive, delicious meal on the way home from work when you don't feel like cooking -- for at least two nights!

03/30/06

Permalink 10:15:40 pm, Categories: $$ Moderately Priced  

Rue de Jean - French Restaurant - Charleston SC

39 Rue de Jean  - Restaurant - Charleston SC
Alicia's Review - Excellent:Rue de Jean Restaurant downtown Charleston review

39 Rue de Jean
39 John St.
Charleston, SC 29403


Rue de Jean Menu

Rue de Jean Wine List

Laura (my best friend visiting from California) and I ate at Rue de Jean on her first night in town and we were not disappointed. Our waiter, Hy, was delightful and helpful in guiding us with our dinner choices.

As we perused the menu, we sipped icy cold Grey Goose martinis. We decided to share everything so we could try a few different things.

We started with the Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Salad ($7.95) served with frisee lettuce and hazelnut vinaigrette and the Truffle Potato Soup ($5.50). I love beets and my friend prefers squash so it was a great choice and a lovely mix of flavors and enough salad to feel as though we got our greens in. The Truffle Potato Soup is divine, a smooth, velvety potato puree incorporated with chive crème fraiche and truffle oil.

For our entrees, we had a delicious NY Steak Au Poivres with frites ($24.95) as well as one of their evening specials, Mahi Mahi. The steak was cooked to perfection and was juicy, flavorful, and combined wonderfully with the homemade frites. The Mahi Mahi was wrapped in an absolutely delicious and delightfully salty piece of bacon, which gave a wonderful flavor to the perfectly cooked fish.

We struck up a conversation with the couple next to us, who said that the Filet Roquefort was to die for so if you like the flavor of a strong blue cheese, it sounds like this would be a great meal to try. I am looking forward to going back soon and trying it myself!

Permalink 09:56:20 pm, Categories: $$$ Expensive  

Blossom Restaurant - Downtown Charleston SC

Blossom Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina
Alicia's Review - Wonderful:Cypress Restaurant downtown Charleston review

Blossom
171 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401


Blossom Restaurant's Menu

Blossom Restaurant's Wine List

My best friend and I stopped into Blossom for an afternoon cocktail and snack on Monday afternoon and did we ever pick a good spot for that! I cannot wait to eat at Blossom again and I can’t wait to try to make the Fried Green Tomato BLT at home, although I am not sure I will be able to replicate the deliciousness of their version.

I will start with the cocktails as I always love to talk about cocktails, almost as much as I like to talk about food. I had a Palmetto Amber, always a great beer. My friend had the Peach Bellini and raved about it so much that I tried a tiny sip and was tempted to stay for another round so I could have one all for myself. It was fresh and delicious like a chilled peach, slightly sweet but not sugary.

We ordered the Fried Green Tomato BLT and side of soup (soup and sandwich plate $12) thinking it would be a regular sized sandwich served on whole wheat with mayonnaise. Boy, were we in for a treat when our meal arrived.

The sandwich was petite with a wonderfully, big flavor. I was expecting regular bread but instead, they use very thin pieces of toasted cornbread and, rather than mayonnaise, a pimento spread which gave the sandwich a spicy kick. The bacon was crispy and flavorful. I think I could have eaten four of these sandwiches and trust me, I was tempted to stay and do so! It typically comes with a cucumber gazpacho but it was a chilly day and our waiter, Reid, offered to switch it out for a cup of sweet corn and blue crab chowder so we did that instead. It was a delicious snack and one I would highly recommend.

03/01/06

Permalink 09:44:16 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Whats Happening in Charleston SC, the Inside Scoop

Happy St. Patrick’s Day To Us All! If you aren’t in the mood to drive to Savannah to celebrate, you can always enjoy a touch of the Irish here in Charleston on the 17th. The parade will begin at 10 am. The 1.02 mile course will end with the raising of the Irish flag at City Hall and food and drink and Irish pipe bands at the Knights of Columbus.

Will Martha Stewart eat green grits? She’ll be the featured speaker that day at the kickoff to the 2006 Charleston International Antiques Show and the 59th Annual Festival of Houses and gardens.

Leigh Keno, one of the foremost dealers in American antiques, will deliver the 2006 keynote address for The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum. Speaking on “New Discoveries in the Marketplace,” he will give an insider look at rare discoveries that have turned up privately and at public auction, as well as the unusual places in which they were found. The event will be held at the Riviera Theater at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

A different type of art show, the 2006 Celebration of Quilts is on tap for the 4th and 5th at Gaillard Auditorium on Calhoun Street with exhibits, competition and vendors. Classes will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Center for Women will host the “Women in Business Conference” on March 4th. Held at the Charleston Area Convention Center, there will be workshops on maximizing time, creating your personal brand, mainstream connections and may other topics. Linda Austin will be the keynote speaker.

SCORE CARD
The Trident area gets approximately 4.3 million guests a year contributing almost $5 billion to our economy. A recent study polled visitors on the level of satisfaction with their visit.
AND THE SURVEY SAYS…
99% were satisfied, completely satisfied or very satisfied with their visit and more than 98% said they would return.

Speaking of returning, American Eagle will operate two daily round trip flights between Charleston and Dallas/Ft. Worth. They’ll be flying 50-seat Embraer 145 regional aircrafts.

Celebrate Gullah Heritage! The National Park Service and the Town of Mt Pleasant invite you to enjoy a series of free programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic site every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm during March. These Gullah programs range from craft demonstrations such as quilting, cast-net making and sweetgrass basket sewing to cooking, African drumming and story-telling, folk-tales, spirituals and other musical performances.

We are a food town and with that in mind we say goodbye to a Charleston tradition. Baker’s Café is closing its doors at 214 King Street and moving to Daniel Island. Lucky residents will be able to take advantage of an expanded menu and maybe expanded hours. Owner Kimberly Clarke is working on a dinner to go concept, as well as great breakfast and lunches.

The Designer Showcase House will be ready to astonish us all beginning March 16th at 43 South Battery. The Victorian home has recently been restored to its original beauty while 15 rooms with unusual cove ceilings have been transformed by local ASID designers.

The Garden Club of Charleston’s members and friends are opening their homes and gardens for a most unique tour in Charleston on Saturday, March 18th and March 25th. This is the 71st year that the tour has been offered.

Don’t forget Flowertown Festival in Summerville 3/31-4/2. Always fun and the flowers never disappoint in this beautiful town.

Sports...it’s big business this month in Charleston! The Charleston Metro Sports Council proves that “Before you go to the Big Dance, you gotta do the Charleston. “ They will once again host the Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The four day event will be held at the North Charleston Coliseum and McAlister Field House at the Citadel March 2-5. The winners will win a ticket to the NCAA playoffs and into March madness..

The Family Circle Cup returns to Daniel Island 4/8-4/16. We join them in welcoming Grand Slam champions Venus and Serena Williams. During the 2005 season they played seven tour events together and have won a combined 59 career singles titles including twelve grand slams.
Daniel Island also took home honors from Travel and Leisure Magazine. They were named one of America’s top 100 golf communities.

Something for everyone...a Climbing Competition will be held at James Island County Park on March 18th. No experience is necessary and the event is divided by age: Adult 20 yrs and older; Juniors are classed as 4 years old and up.

Global Ocean Sailing Ventures (GOSV) announced that the Global Ocean Challenge 2007/08 will make Charleston, SC the penultimate stop of this international yacht race as part of Charleston Maritime Festival in 2008. By the time the fleet of 40 and 50 foot sailboats arrive in the United States in April 2008 they will have sailed 23,000 nautical miles and will have visited South Africa, New Zealand and South America before closing the loop and finishing back in Europe.

More water sports to talk about: The 16th Annual East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival will showcase techniques, history and hands on experience at James Island County Park April 21-23.

It’s Pet Fest time again! It will be at Palmetto Island Park on April 8th. It’s a perfect way to spend time with your best friend.

The biggest draw of the month is sure to be the 29th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run, the first on the new bridge. As of February 28th, 27,000 people had signed up. Asked if they’ll hit the expected 50,000 mark, Race Director, Julian Smith, emphatically says “Yes, we’re 12,000 runners ahead of last year at this time.” The 10 K Bridge Run and 4K Walk is expected to bring about 30 million dollars into the local economy which is an enormous boost.

The Kid’s Run will be at Hampton Park on the 31st. The festival will begin at 1 pm and the race start is set for 4 pm.. This event is for children up to age 13. Runs will range from 25 yards up to a mile, grouped by age.

There will be a Run, Walk and Fitness Exposition Thursday, 3/30, from 8 am to 8 pm and Friday, 3/31, from 8 am to 10 pm at Gaillard Auditorium.

There will also be a competitive Wheelchair 10K which starts at 7:30 am.

The Finish Festival will be at Marion Square with entertainment, food, vendors, souvenirs and the runners and walkers as they finish the course.
The new bridge will be a challenge because it will change the route of the race.

The challenge for the non-runners is that the bridge will close at 7 am (this includes the pedestrian path) as will Coleman Blvd and many streets downtown. Plan Ahead! The bridge should be open again to car traffic and pedestrians around midday.

Outside Magazine has ranked Charleston #8 as a New American Dream Town. They looked for towns that are eco-smart, adventure friendly, have a variety of outdoor activities and are all around livable. Charleston was especially noted for offering a lively, subtropical playground with cultural preservation.

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