This post is sponsored by Hyatt Place
Saturday started out with sunshine, but we knew rain was on the way, so we tried to do most of our walking in the morning. We walked about 2 miles down to the waterfront and back.
After showers and getting dressed for the day, the rain did roll in. We took a cab back downtown to Husk for a late lunch.
Husk was hoppin’ inside! We ordered few plates to share.
Bread in a tote bag! I think this was topped with bourbon salt or a bourbon glaze. Bourbon was definitely involved!
Hillary was pumped to try the pig ear lettuce wraps. I had never had pig ear before, but I’m a fairly adventurous eater, so I was down. But guys, my gosh, I couldn’t do it. These were CRUNCHY! The cartilage gets crispy in the deep frier, and although our server told us it’s normally mushy, I felt like I was eating bones. Just couldn’t do it!! They tasted great though.
We also got a skillet of cornbread (yum!) and a mix of smoky veggies.
And for our main dish – we split an order of shrimp and grits (they surprised us with two petite portions split). So good!! Love South Carolina grits.
Our rain plan was to visit one of the historic museums, but thankfully the sun came back out after lunch! We decided to stay outside, so we did more exploring on foot and walked through the historic city market.
After freshening up for dinner, we set out on a Mixology Tour! Hyatt Place booked this for us, and we visited three different bars and got to try three different specialty cocktails at each one.
Our first stop was Burwell’s where we had the best strawberry cocktail. It was called Spring Fever with vodka, elderflower, lemon, muddled strawberries and cucumber. So fresh!
We also shared these delicious deviled eggs topped with candied bacon.
Next up we went to Carmella’s, which was a modern dessert bar.
The bartender there made us this pumpkin martini which was out of this world!! It was equal parts vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liquor and Bailey’s with a splash of heavy cream and pumpkin pie spice. Graham cracker rim!!!
Our last stop was Kaminsky’s – another famous dessert cafe. We were a little disappointed to go to back to back dessert cafes (especially before dinner) but the drinks were good anyways! Couldn’t quite finish this one – too rich.
After the tour ended, we had some time before dinner, and our tour guide led us to the rooftop bar on top of the Vendue where I found Pumking! Yes, this was a lot of alcohol in one night – I know!!! I didn’t finish everything you’ve seen, FYI.
In Charlottesville two of my favorite spots are Pippin Hill Vineyards and Red Pump Kitchen, and they have a sister property in Charleston – the Zero George Cafe and Bar. The restaurant has won awards for its culinary creations, and we couldn’t have been more impressed. Flash alert!
The cocktails here were beautiful – here are some I photographed at the bar (I didn’t drink all of these!)
- The one on the left is called Smoke on the Water – Larceny Bourbon | Cocchi di Torino | Lairds Applejack Brandy Black Walnut Bitters | Smoked Ice. One of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted!
- The middle one was appropriately named The Essence of Basil with Titos Vodka | Elderflower | Basil | Cava.
- And the last one is the American Surrealist – Bulleit Rye Whiskey | Lavender Syrup | Citrus | Cabernet| Egg white.
We struck up a Charlottesville connection with Adrian, who is from Cville and managing the property on behalf of the family company. Small world! He helped us choose our dishes for the evening. Everything was so unique and creative –
Confit Lamb Belly with frisee and crispy garlic panisse
Ricotta Gnocchi with crispy kale and a pine nut emulsion. LOVE FOAM!
Yakitori-style Hamachi Collar – lightly smoked, heriloom radish, black truffle miso emulsion and macha tea powder dusting.
Seared Snapper with Thai broth, spiced carrot, choy and rock shrimp dumplings
And finally – the best part – Tres Leches Cake with coconut powder and caramelized or toasted burnt sugar coconut – I don’t even know what this was but its texture was like melt-in-your-mouth honeycomb! Hillary and I shared everything and were in happy land with every dish.
After dinner we went to find Triple Dog Dare again and had a great time singing and dancing for the second night in a row!
We walked home late and got a great night’s sleep in our Hyatt Grand Beds : )
In the morning we opted for a quick breakfast before hitting the road for our long drive back. Per you guys’ recommendations, we went over to Glazed for donuts!
Peanut butter // salted caramel // raspberry. Boy were these fresh!
After such a heavy eating and drinking weekend, I’m ready to get back to salads and roasted fall veggies for the next week!! #squigglylineeffect
Thanks so much to Hyatt Place for the trip opportunity. I hope I can get back to Charleston sooner rather than later because I felt we only got to 1% of the culinary options there. What a great place for foodies to visit!
This post and our trip was sponsored by Hyatt Place
Jacklyn @ Jack's Balancing Act says
Oh my goodness looks like such a heavenly getaway. Must have been nice to have some girl time.. although you must have been so excited to see your boys by the end of it! Also, I just love your squiggly line effect mentality. Everything balances out in the end 🙂
That strawberry cocktail looks so good. Everyone deserves a cocktail night from time to time!
I’ve never been to Charleston before but it looks lovely – exploring new places is ALWAYS wonderful 🙂
Does Hyatt Place offer a concierge service to arrange things like the Mixology Tour for guests, or did they just do that for you guys as special guests? I love to take advantage of concierge services in hotels where I am not familiar with the area, didn’t know that Hyatt offered anything like this. Also- what ever happened with the key to the secret club?!! Or are you not allowed to talk about it? : )
I am not sure about that, but the girls at the front desk were so nice and helpful and they recommended so many things to us, that I’m sure they’d be able to help you book something. And we did make an appearance at the club!!
Glad to see Charleston looking good after the rains! All of the cocktails look yummy and the gnocchi dish looks amazing!
Linda @ The fitty says
Pumpkin martini you say? I’ve never heard of that. Even the alcohol is getting festive!
Samantha @ThePlantedVegan says
All the food and drinks look incredible! Glad you had so much fun!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Hehe, I love the bread bag…and the cute corn bread! All the carbs!
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Those donuts look epic!! Great to have an indulgent weekend every now and then, does make you appreciate a good sardine salad for lunch though 🙂
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That looks so amazing! What a fun trip! I can’t wait to plan a trip back there after the baby is born!
This looks so fun! I love Charleston, but I’ve only been to Husk on your list. I’ll have to get back soon!! I bet Matt was sad to miss out, and Hillary was thrilled to go!
When I lived closer we went all the time, but mostly just to go to the beach! We are going this Monday and I am hoping to get in some good eats. I <3 our grits too!
This looks like a great little girls getaway — delicious food, awesome drinks, and even better company! I must say thought, no shame in you drinking all that (if you chose to)…you were kid-less and with a girlfriend — enjoy it!
LOL I was gonna say the same thing! I would have drank all of those cocktails and probably more … #YOLO haha
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
That food and those drinks look fabulous!!
Kelsey @ SoMuchLifeToLive says
Kath, you make we want to visit every city you photograph! Looks like a fun getaway.
I LOVE Hillary’s bright lipstick! So cute!
+1 and her mustang wrap dress(?) top(?)
Kath, the food and drinks look fantastic — beautifully presented and photographed!
I love how with activity incorporated into daily life and the squiggly line effect, a healthy balance can be achieved that involves more than gym workouts and chicken breast!
looks amazing– it’s only 7.30 am and i’m hungry for dinner now :] i applied to a school in charleston and now my hopes are even higher for admission!
[sidenote: stinks you have to justify everything with blogging, like defending NOT having all those drinks. hell, if you wanted all those drinks, you should’ve had ’em 😉 ]
All those drinks look Fantastic!! I hope you did indulge in all of them!! #bottomsup you deserve it.