South Carolina is known for many things and being home to beautiful beaches is one. USA Today seems to agree
giving five of our beaches spots on their 10Best
Readers Choice Best East Coast Beach poll.
Readers have until March 14th to weigh in but a quick glance has us in first, second and fourth. Beaufort's Hunting Island State Park is currently number one followed by Folly
Beach (second) and Myrtle Beach (fourth). The other two
beaches are Coligny Beach Park at Hilton Head in tenth, and Kiawah
Beachwalker Park in twelfth. Impressive honors for a state we know and love.
Good luck to our nominees.
_Do you agree with this list? What's your favorite South Carolina beach? Cast your vote here for the five that made the cut. .
The James Beard Foundation announced its coveted list of semifinalists for the 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards to be handed out in Chicago on May 2nd. Charleston landed four spots in three categories for Outstanding Service, Outstanding Wine Program, and Best Chef - Southeast.
In what should be no surprise to anyone, Charleston Grill is back again with a nod for Outstanding Service. The restaurant regularly thrills with an overall upscale dining experience. Fig, which had a big showing last year, and especially in 2009 when Mike Lata earned the prestigious title of Best Chef - Southeast, is being recognized this year for its wine program. The restaurant finds itself on the 2016 list of semifinalists for Outstanding Wine Service.
Finally, last but not least, Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh and The Grocery's Kevin Johnson are competing in the talent-heavy category for Best Chef - Southeast. Bacon and Johnson, both considered local culinary superstars, are no strangers to this accolade. Bacon makes his fifth consecutive appearance on the list while Johnson returns for the second time having first made the cut in 2014.
According to the press release, finalists will be announced March 15th with winners revealed May 2nd. Good luck to Charleston's 2016 round of semifinalists.
What are your thoughts? Are there any glaring Charleston omissions? We'd love to hear from you. Let us know.
'Tis the season for bivalve fans everywhere to pony up to a table with a hole in it and feast upon their favorite saltwater delicacy: oysters. South Carolina is rife with traditions but perhaps the most revered is the Oyster Roast, which dominates the winter social scene. Any given weekend finds you choosing between several and asking if knives are included or if you should you bring your own. Communal and almost spiritual in nature, the ritual is welcoming, lacks pretense, and truly southern. We are all equals in the eyes of the shells. With or without hot sauce? Definitely, with...and don't forget the cracker.
Images taken at Folly Beach, Charleston Visitor's Center & Bus Shed, and world-famous Bowen's Island | Robin Gibson Copyright (c) 2016