Monday, October 26, 2015

IN THE LOWCOUNTRY - BLUFFTON ARTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Last weekend our family got together in Bluffton, SC to check out the twelfth annual ARTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL.  This was the third year some grouping of our family has attended the festival and it didn't disappoint.  Seafood, music, and the beauty of the lowcountry is hard to beat on a Saturday afternoon. 


Between taking a look at all of the artisan booths, listening to live music on all of the different stages throughout the festival, and grabbing food at one of many food trucks and stands set up, there really is something for everyone at the festival.

Another big reason to head over to the Arts and Seafood Festival in Bluffton always stands out in his signature lobster costume.  This is Tony of JOE LOVES LOBSTER ROLLS.  Joe Loves has real deal New England lobster rolls - and tons of other delicious options for those who love lobster and those who don't - being served up here in the southeast.  They've got a restaurant right off Okatie Highway in Ridgeland, two trucks rolling around to festivals in the area, and a new location in Florida.  This December Tony and the Joe Loves crew will be opening their third brick and mortar location in my hometown of Beaufort, SC. So dust off your lobster costumes and let's go grab dinner.


You know you can trust me when I tell you these lobster rolls are the best.  We couldn't get a single photo of a full roll, everyone was too eager to dig in!
The festival may be over until next fall, but taking a trip down Calhoun Street is worth it any other time of the year to see the shops, art studios, and gorgeous historical architecture.  

The Church of the Cross sits at the end of Calhoun Street.  The Gothic building was built in 1854 and still stands to this day.  It has seen some serious damage from hurricanes throughout the years but has been continuously repaired and sits comfortably on the river.


How could anyone have anything but a great time with these crazy kids?  I am always glad to be able to spend time together and it's great that there is usually something fun going on for us to all enjoy.  Up on the blog later this week I will show you what Mom, Larry, Wes and I got into this Saturday back in Savannah. Let's just say this upcoming weekend was much more fast paced than the last.  Vroom vroom!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

WHAT'S BREWING - THE FLORENCE

Welcome to the newest series on The Outside In, What's Brewing.  With my love for coffee paired with Savannah's love for coffee shops, I felt that this was a natural series to do and I am so stoked to do it.  I will be stopping by different coffee shops around town for a drink and maybe a snack to see who has what in our port city.  
First on my list is THE FLORENCE.  Mostly because I have heard such great things over the past few months but also because I haven't made my way down the block to take a look at the property myself.  Wes and I headed over Saturday morning hungry and ready for some caffeine, fully prepped for our morning adventure.
After ringing the bell and waiting for Michael-our barista fairy-to arrive I ordered an iced chai latte with a chocolate croissant.  Wes got an americano with a bacon and cheese croissant.  While we were waiting for our order I asked Michael if I could take some photos for my blog.  Not only did he oblige, but he invited me over to the restaurant side of the building to take some photos of him shooting freshly baked bread that he was photographing for the restaurant.
After we set our breakfast down, we followed Michael to the restaurant and I just snapped a quick shot or two of him looking far more skilled and professional than me taking pictures of perfectly placed breads getting that amazing shot.  Getting to peak into the Florence before service was really great and has me so excited to come back for dinner soon.  
Not wanting our food to get too cold, we headed back to the coffee shop and settled down on the patio out front for the best croissants I have had in Savannah.  The flakiest and most buttery, heavenly croissants I've enjoyed in Savannah and quite possibly anywhere else.  I have never been to France, but I'm guessing these would be right at home in Paris.
Wes was also in love with his croissant, going for the savory rather than sweet.  Our drinks were perfectly on point as well.  My iced chai is the perfect drink to take to go and wander around THE STARLAND DISTRICT for a nice day of shopping.
The other bits that I really loved were the southern cookbooks and artwork on the walls.  They keep the decor so simple that what is on the walls really stands out.  You can pick up a cookbook from Hugh Acheson, the owner of The Florence, who opened shop in Savannah after opening three successful restaurants in Athens, GA.
I will definitely be back again and again, and I can't wait to grab dinner at The Florence in the near future as well.  Another successful addition to The Starland District that makes me delighted to live in this neighborhood.









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