Withered Feet + Witherspoon

May 3, 2008

We walked for over 4 hours today – my feet and legs are absolutely zonked!! The walk to lunch was over 12 blocks, but there was no sense moving the car (because it didn’t make sense to have to re-park and to save the environment and to get exercise but it was a loooooooong walk!) But I am thankful for 3 things:

1) That I carry band aids in my purse

2) That I married a man who enjoys giving foot massages

3) That I have Epsom Salts upstairs

But the walk was worth it because REESE WITHERSPOON and Jake Gyllenhaal were dining at Hominy Grill!!! Reese is my favorite actress, so I was more than starstruck. As much as I wanted to snap a photo for you guys, I resisted being obnoxious, but I did go to the bathroom mid-meal just to look at them again :)

On to the more boring report, I ordered a grilled vegetable salad for lunch. The Hominy menu was kind of small and very brunchy and this was very appealing in the heat. It came with bleu cheese crumbles, shrimp, some roasted carrots, mushrooms and cauliflower and a sherry vinaigrette.

(For some reason I cannot get this photo to upload. Grrr. Sorry guys. It just looked like mixed greens with shrimp on top).

My salad wasn’t that filling, so we decided to get one of the delicious sounding cakes for dessert. The husband and I shared a Lady Baltimore. The icing was great, but the cake part was meh. I ate about 25% of our piece.


Meredith and Scott ordered Chocolate Pound Cake and Coconut Cake. The pound cake was good, but the coconut cake was by far the best thing I ate all day!! I had a bite of each –


Dinner @ Social

After a few more hours of walking and shopping, we settled for an early dinner at Social Wine Bar + Restaurant. We were starving and exhausted!! Since we were driving back, we didn’t want to eat somewhere formal and heavy but we had a hard time deciding what else we were in the mood for. I swear we are the most indecicive people in the world!!

We initially just went in for a drink at Social around 5 thinking it was just a wine bar but we liked our bartender so much and the menu turned out to be really good, so we decided to stay.

I LOVE restaurants that offer smaller “tastes” of wines instead of full glasses. It’s always more fun to try more kinds and you don’t have to commit to a full glass. I ordered a 2.5 oz pour of the Tretadue Old Patch Red. If you EVER see this winery on a menu, GET IT!! We went there on the honeymoon and loved all of their young and fruity reds.


We started with the Thai Spring Rolls. I had one.


A second taste – white


The bread was so good – and came with a trio of dips. Olive tampenade, whipped butter and the most delicious sun-dried tomatoes I’ve ever had.


I had 2 pieces of bread


I ordered a spinach salad. It was kind of small, but came with yummy goat cheese balls.


The husband had BBQ Shrimp. I had one. (We can’t go through a dinner without tasting each other’s choices.)


And finally, a Margarita Pizza. It was an “individual size” and thin crusted. I ate every bite!


And I was peer pressured into a third wine taste – which I only had half of and gave the rest to the hub because I was starting to feel dehydrated.


Gelato, Charleston-Style

After dinner we decided to go to the candy shop near the Market for a traditional Southern praline bite and found this tempting gelato selection!


I ordered the coconut and praline flavors in a small size and crumbled a praline over top. It was decadant and delicious. It also put me over the top of fullness – not the best for a 3.5 hour drive home 😳

I am exhausted and ready for bed. And my legs most definitely need a day off tomorrow. I bet we covered over 8 miles today on foot!

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1 KristinS May 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Oh my gosh Kath, I am BEYOND jealous that you got to see Reese Witherspoon!! She’s my favorite actress as well. My jaw dropped when I read that, and it was hard to focus while reading the rest of your post, haha! But the pizza and gelato look delicious!


2 Becca May 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

What a fabulous end to your vacation! The only famous person I’ve ever encountered was Dennis Rodman…I wasn’t that impressed :)


3 foodie911 May 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm

i LOVE reese witherspoon. is anyone else curious as to what reese was eating?? i always wonder if celebs eat “normally”…


4 Rachel May 3, 2008 at 11:06 pm

I went to the Hominy Grill a few months ago…the sweet potato pancakes are great!


5 Yaz May 3, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I’ve also meet RW. :) I used to work at Jamba Juice and she was a regular. She was so nice and I always served her cause she liked the way I made her smoothie. Sorry, I know I’m bragging but that is pretty much the highlight of the time I spent at JJ.

By the way, the food looks fabulous and the gelato is mouth-watering…


6 foodie911 May 3, 2008 at 11:12 pm

that is such an AMAZING end to your vacation. reese is fabulous, your meal looked amazing, and that gelato… to die for.

did anyone else read this month’s issue of instyle with carrie underwood on the cover? i have to say i was pretty disturbed… one of the first sentences of the article talked about how she had not eaten all day, was starving, but instead of going for the tray of sandwiches provided by the magazine (which i’m sure were fairly healthy), she drank a diet coke and nibbled on a weight watchers bar!! she then went on to say that she counts every calorie and fat gram that she puts in her body! i can’t imagine this being a healthy lifestyle. i am not saying at all that calorie counting is a bad thing, but combined with missing meals, subsisting on diet coke, etc… it just does not seem like an appropriate or healthy thing for a magazine to publish….


7 Katers May 4, 2008 at 12:06 am

Swoon, I would totally freak if I saw Reese Witherspoon! Way to keep your cool. Gelato looks great!


8 Anon May 4, 2008 at 12:11 am

Wow, how cool that you saw Reese. And Jake. I adore them both! Is he as gorgeous in person as he looks in his pictures? They make such a great couple! The food looks good, too.


9 LT May 4, 2008 at 12:16 am

I love celeb sightings! it’s fun to gawk at them.

I worked out right next to Mandy Moore in the country club gym we’re members at.


10 Tammy May 4, 2008 at 5:57 am


You have terrible taste in actresses.


11 hk May 4, 2008 at 6:42 am

So fun spotting Reese! Looks like Charleston was a fun time, wow, LOTS of walking, I love wandering around towns :) Enjoy your sunday, all the best on the foot massages…ahhhh, I’m dreaming of one, myself! Perhaps that means its pedicure time, ha!


12 Bev May 4, 2008 at 6:56 am

I would flip out too. Reese Witherspoon is so
pretty . We are going again this year to Charleston. It is a great place to visit . I love the charm. You gave me more ideas where to eat. Have you ever stayed there over night ?


13 Patty May 4, 2008 at 7:06 am

How lucky for you, I love Reese and Jake! I hear her family has a vacation home in Charleston.

PS: The food looks yummy!


14 Cassie May 4, 2008 at 7:18 am

I can’t decide what looks better- the Thai spring rolls, the cake, the gelato, or the pizza! Lots of yummy foods!


15 erica May 4, 2008 at 8:01 am

what a wonderful trip!! and i must say I’m a bit jealous about Jake Gyllenhaal…i have a MAJOR crush on him (-:

Hope it was as nice a trip as it looks! yummm


16 CB May 4, 2008 at 8:02 am

Foodie911 — I saw that same article about Carrie Underwood and I was so shocked! She doesn’t demonstrate a healthy relationship with food at all. I was surprised to read that she writes every single calorie down in a journal and that she hadn’t eaten all day–and her snack was a soda and a weight watchers bar. And to read that she said she has to be careful about what she eats because it shows up (her stomach must expand??), that is so normal. And one of her top 10 tips or whatever I can’t remember, was avoid dairy?? It was a strange article…

I promise I have nothing against calorie counting or not eating dairy because I am guilty of calorie counting (I have now stopped) and I don’t eat that much dairy as I am a vegetarian. I just think the way Carrie Underwood presented her relationship with food was just odd…


17 Betsy May 4, 2008 at 8:21 am

ok-that is soooo cool. i actually once saw jake gyllenhal here walking down the street and almost died. well, you went to such a cool restaurant that of course you were going ot see someone awesome!

the gelato with the pralines (my fav-it’s my NC roots!!) look FAB!


18 sarah May 4, 2008 at 8:54 am

REESE! ooh, i want to hear more! like, what did her outfit look like, and were her and jake making eyes at each other at the table?

:) :)

what a wonderful vacation! i enjoyed living it vicariously through reading your posts, so thank you for sharing it!


19 VeggieGirl May 4, 2008 at 9:02 am

How fun that Reese and Jake were both at the restaurant when you were! And wow, that praline dessert looks BEYOND fabulous – yum! So glad that your trip was so much fun :0)


20 alo May 4, 2008 at 9:27 am

Hi all…wondering if people have good suggestions for workout playlist songs? I’m ready to update my ipod :-)


21 Anon May 4, 2008 at 9:29 am

#10, what an unkind thing to say! If you haven’t got the capacity to feel embarrassed, I feel embarrassed for you. I think you are definitely in the wrong blog.


22 tessab May 4, 2008 at 9:47 am

No offense but who cares what Reese or any star eats. That’s why you’ve got many mentally disturbed stars. Living under a microscope. What next, photographing and selling artistic prints of celebrity bowel movements. I don’t think #10 should have said Kath has bad taste in actors. That’s personal preference. With that said, I do not think that Reese, though she seems like a sweet enough girl/wholesome role model, really cannot, in my opinion, cannot act her way out of a paper bag. Jake is talented though. Glad you guys indulged your last day.


23 ChocolateCoveredVegan May 4, 2008 at 9:49 am

Wow, it’s so cool you saw Reese Witherspoon and Jake however-you-spell-his-last-name!

And the cake looks so yummy. I want to be on your vacation!


24 LT May 4, 2008 at 10:16 am

I’m going to sound all preachy, but it’s just something to think about….

When you see something that bugs/bothers/annoys/concerns you…take a second and consider that you really don’t even know Kath or her life story or circumstances (i mean, beyond the surface basics of education, interests, etc.) and that her loved ones, like MOM, read this and have to read some very presumptuous and critical things that people proclaim about Kath as if they’ve even met her. I like that people state their true opinions, but not when it’s a personal attack…toward anyone.

Bottom line, no one knows other peoples’ whole life history and we have to make snap judgments and if you put yourself in their shoes you probably wouldn’t want others judging every little thing you do.

i.e. Tammy…what a pointlessly rude way to attack Kath personally when you could just say “I don’t like Reece”…..


25 Ally May 4, 2008 at 10:19 am

Sounds like an exciting day!

That gelato looks nice as well! I went to Europe for three weeks last summer and my family had gelato every single day… needless to say we’ll probably never purchase gelato as a family again!


26 Clara May 4, 2008 at 10:32 am

That has to be the best last vacation day I could have ever imagined :) Mmm, the gelato looks heavenly + everything else. I love getting lots and lots of walking in throughout the day. Take care of those feet though!
And – Reese! I’m so jealous and totally admire your no-picture-taking-of-her abilities. hmm, I wonder what I would have done. Maybe I would have been too embarrassed to take one, atually, haha. Anyways, she is also one of my favorite actresses, along with Legally Blonde being one of my favorite movies 😀
I’m so glad you had such a great vacation and thank you again for virtually taking us all on it!!!


27 MT May 4, 2008 at 11:02 am

Wow, what a great sighting! LOVE Jake and it is great that you saw him and Reese. :)


28 Kiala May 4, 2008 at 11:17 am

I saw Jake Gyllenhall once. He was eating a cookie.



29 MLT May 4, 2008 at 11:22 am

I love reese! and jake! And I happen to think that Reese is enormously talented, as well as being pretty. Do give us more details on what she looked like/he looked like when you saw them!!


30 honesty May 4, 2008 at 11:32 am

The way Tammy attacks the kath and Reese reveals that Tammy is tasteless.


31 Anon May 4, 2008 at 12:13 pm

I have been on a life-long search for the best most perfect gelatto. My quest began on my first trip to Italy.I went everywhere: from the Lake district, Como, Bellagio(pre- George Clooney), Milan, Venice, Perugia, San Giminiagno, Florence, Sienna, Bologna, Padua, Verona, Roma, Naples, to Capri, etc. Finally decided that I liked Florence’s best.
I found your blog bcz of your mentioning Reese.I am a foodie, too and had a lovely surprise on discovering your adventure in Charleston’s dining opportunities. I enjoy your blog! Will visit again.


32 Kelly T May 4, 2008 at 12:23 pm

i would have been more excited to see Jake, but thats just me.

Mary Kay Laterno came into my jamba juice once. i worked there in highschool. you have to ask their name, and she just said “mary”. I was tempted to put “mary Kay” but decided against it.

Does anyone else know who that is? That teacher that had a baby with her student. twice.


33 Kate May 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Reese Witherspoon–I LOVE her! You’re so lucky. The only celebrity sighting I’ve ever had was Jack Hanna. Haha!


34 Tara May 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm

How is it that everyone but the California girl (ME) gets to see celebs. I’ve never seen one! ha ha ha That makes them sound superhuman how I said that.


35 LT May 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm

haha i’d be so weirded out by all the madness if i was a celeb.

They’re all in Austin!


36 Lauren May 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Kiala, you made me laugh :)


37 *** May 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm

I think the article on Carrie Underwood doesnt deserve the negative feedback. Maybe she has an eating disorder, just because shes a celebrity doesnt mean she doesnt have an eating disorder, and just because shes a celebrity doesnt mean that she has to hide her eating disorder.
I do think that cutting out dairy and stuff is ridiculous, but maybe thats just how she is and how she eats, and while its not “normal” (what is normal eating, anyway?), its just what she does, and she doesnt have to hide it.


38 Anne P May 5, 2008 at 9:48 am

OMG! I can’t believe you saw Reese and Ryan!!! I am just catchin up on your last few posts… how fun :) I wonder what they were doing in Charleston?? Random!


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