Random Charleston facts of the week that make me smile. Like I need more bragging rights?!
1. What is the Number 1 New Restaurant in America in 2011, named by Bon Appétit Magazine (September Edition)? Husk Restaurant in downtown Charleston! Heck no has this been the first public praise bestowed upon this 10-month old restaurant. Check out the 36 press links on Husk’s website! Have we gotten our butts there yet? Well…no. We almost went there for our anniversary, but their fresh food-to-table menu changes on the daily and we weren’t overly excited about that night’s choices. We will make a point to get there before 2011 is over!
2. Hootie and the Blowfish were in town last weekend as part of their Homegrown Tour Concert Series. Darius Rucker is a Charleston native and is not shy about his love for hometown. Recent evidence from his Facebook page…
I hear that his family is still rooted here in Charleston. A friend of mine saw his family out at a restaurant a few months ago. When she said “hi,” she said he was extremely nice and down to earth. The lead guitarist has adopted Charleston as his hometown, as well!
During the 2-night concert series at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island (where I saw my very first tennis match), the band encouraged folks to bring school supplies to donate to Charleston County Schools. This is reportedly at least the 5th year of fundraising. What a great message! Scott and I hope to be a part of this next year! (More on the concert here.)
3. The one and only Taylor Swift was reportedly in Charleston the past 2 days. No no – not for a concert, but for a little R&R. Yup – that’s right!
Isn’t she gorgeous?!
Scott and I are am a HUGE fan (if you don’t have her latest album, you need to get it…STAT!) and was so excited to hear this news! Miss Swift was spotted looking like her typical red-carpet-ready self while shopping at Copper Penny on King Street downtown. Later, she went to Water’s Edge restaurant on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. I’VE BEEN THERE FOR DINNER. Okay appetizers on the patio, but STILL! She had the salmon. I think I like salmon again. Haha.
Water’s Edge pic with Mom and Jen
4. There’s a big spread in Southern Living magazine featuring local chefs – Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill (remember our recent visit?), Mike Lata of FIG, and Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk. I hear nothing but GREAT THINGS about FIG…another place we need to get to! It’s a “Chef Showdown – Lowcountry Style.” Check out this article! (I suggest having a napkin handy for your impending drool.)
I LOVE WHERE I LIVE!!!
p.s. Labor Day visitors – are you making a list of must-see/eat/experience in Charleston yet?
p.s.s. I’m unplugging for a little bit. See you next week!
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