Archive | Culinary Ventures

While I love to cook, it’s great to have someone else do it for you. I think that a good restaurant is more than just food, you should also have a great dining experience. I have included some of my favorite restaurants along with some food related classes and interesting food related shops that I have found.

Sidewall Pizza is a hidden gem just minutes from Furman where you’ll find brick oven pizza with interesting toppings |butterandbaggage.com

Sidewall Pizza – Travelers Rest, SC

Over the three years that we’ve been visiting Natalie at Furman, we normally eat in downtown Greenville and forget about Travelers Rest which is much closer to Furman’s campus. While visiting for a girls weekend this summer, we decided to try one of Natalie’s favorite pizza places in the quaint town of Travelers Rest. It […]

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Four Seasons – Costa Rica

We had the wonderful opportunity to stay at the Four Seasons resort in Costa Rica after the New Year. What a perfect time of year to visit this amazing country. We started out in the rain forest in the Arenal region and then moved on to the Pacific Coast for a couple of days. This […]

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chez Georges - Paris

chez Georges – Paris

We had the opportunity to go to Paris in September and had the most wonderful trip. I’ve been so busy since returning that I haven’t had a chance to share some of our culinary adventures. With all that is going on in Paris, my heart just aches for those who have been directly affected. After […]

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Coyote Cafe – Santa Fe, New Mexico

We recently visited Santa Fe for the first time with the Piedmont Opera. Not only was the opera phenomenal, but we were able to try out some great restaurants. I love South-Western food,maybe because we just don’t have any restaurants that serve this style of food in our area. I was ready to tackle some […]

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Wild Eggs

Wild Eggs

While visiting family in Lexington, Kentucky, we stumbled upon a fantastic breakfast and lunch café called Wild Eggs. We tried it on the last day of our trip and wished we had found it on the first day. We didn’t know anything about it except that it was convenient to our hotel. We were pleasantly […]

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1618 Wine Pairing

1618 Wine Pairing

If wine didn’t have calories, I’ld be drinking it with every meal, well maybe not breakfast. I love sipping it all by itself whether I’m on our patio or in a cafe. However, when combined with food, it makes any meal a little better. So when a restaurant has a wine pairing option, I always […]

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The Ocean Room – Kiawah

After running the Kiawah 1/2 marathon last weekend we treated ourselves to The Ocean View restaurant which bills itself as “The Premier Steakhouse of Kiawah”. I know we were pretty hungry but we still agreed that this may have been the best steak we’ve had. My girlfriend and I split the ribeye which was still […]

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Becco – NYC

For my final empty nest trip, I traveled with a girl friend to NY mostly to eat, but also to run in Central Park. My friend travels to NY a lot , so she had some great food suggestions, and I wanted to check out some bakeries and a running store. We started out with […]

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The Tuscan Kitchen

For our last day in Florence we went about 45 minutes outside of Florence to Colle Val d’Elsa where we had signed up for another cooking class. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after checking out her website and blog I was pretty sure it would be fantastic and different from the class we […]

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