Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp & Roasted Serrano Grits

Last week Conde Nast put out a list of the ten friendliest cities in the world. Charleston was #4 and one of only two US cities to make the list, the other being Savannah, GA (#9, incidentally).

Since Mark and I moved to this little peninsular corner of South Carolina two months ago, one thing has become abundantly clear: hospitality has a capital “H” in Charleston. It is not a PR byword or a hashtag – it is a religion. Everyone, from the cashiers in the grocery stores to the highly-skilled bartenders to the proprietor of a bed and breakfast who actually spent part of her afternoon trying to help us find a house, has been eager to go above and beyond. It all seems to boil down to one thing: Charlestonians adore their city. They know what she has to offer, and they are yearning to share it with you.

Grits

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Pure Cane Ice Cream

Pure Cane Ice Cream (+Bourbon Milkshakes)

If you were to bottle Nostalgia, this is what it would look like.

Steen's Pure Cane Syrup

Steen’s isn’t the only brand of pure cane syrup, but it’s the best one we’ve tried, and as far as I’ve found – it’s the oldest brand in the country. Pure cane syrup has a deep, rich flavor akin to molasses, though sweeter and thinner in consistency.  The difference in the two products is due to the refined sugar that is retained in pure cane syrup, but removed from molasses. The result is a sweet and full-flavored syrup that brings to mind rope swings, games of horseshoes and country music on a crackly old radio.

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