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Happy National Running Day friends!

If you learn nothing else from this post, it should be the following: I like shrimp, and Charleston has a lot of shrimp. Other optional points of knowledge to retain were covered in Monday’s post, which you should obviously check out ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you as always, Jenn!

Thank you as always, Jenn!

I’ll cover this as much as I can in order in which they were eaten.

Tuesday Night:

If you can’t get into Husk, go to the Bar at Husk. But make sure you get some shaved pork. TRUST ME.ย bar husk interior suzlyfe

Order Charleston Light Dragoon’s punch (left) ย and “A Yard too Far” (right).ย bar husk drinks suzlyfe

And the Pimento Cheese.

husk punch pimento suzlyfe

Coast is good, if a bit touristy/common. But the house bread is perfect, like all house bread is when you are in the true South–yeasty, fluffy, fresh, and slightly (ever so) sour.

coast starters suzlyfe

In Charleston, “broth based” in waiter lingo = butter rather than cream. But the seafood is amazing.Crab cakes without fillers are the bombdotcom.

coast entrees suzlyfe


“No Butter or oil, spray only” in Charleston-cook lingo means so much butter that it pools and I have to actually send it back because even Alex thought that it was gross. Luckily, the waitress was a star (she had mentioned a caveat that some of the cooks were new, and she would try her best, but that they may or may not listen. I liked her. She was honest, sweet, a treat to deal with, and replaced my cesspool of an omelet with fresh eggs ASAP).

another broken egg breakfast suzlyfe

Help Alex. He needs it.

bull market salmon blt suzlyfe

If you eat lunch in Charleston, eat at Bull Market and Grocery. Get the Smoked Salmon BLT. I got a the veggie lovers salad with a .25 lb of fresh cut house smoked turkey. And the dressing. HOLY BALLS PEOPLE. I’m going to tell you that it is amazing, but I’m not going to tell you what it is (another tease) you will just have to wait for FRIDAY. I didn’t take a picture of it a) because I was hungry and b) it looked boring, but I wish that I had because it was actually quite exceptional. The roasted portabellos were marinated in balsamic and the veggies were super fresh. When we left, we were FULL. But so, so happy.

Alex doesn’t feel about bulk candy the way that I do. Thus why there is no pictures of bulk candy at this juncture.

If you can’t get a reservation to Slightly North of Broad, go for drinks. Skip the sangria (right). Get the Keegan Barn Raiser.

snob drinks suzlyfe

If you go to Charleston, go to Fleet Landing.

alex and i fleet landing

Sit outside, preferably with close, long-loved friends. But don’t forget to take a picture of them, as we were guilty of. When they order the mussels, be excited, but not so much that you also miss taking a picture of the mussels, which are rich and delicious.

fleet landing biscuits suzlyfe

Try not to eat all of the biscuits and then try to fight people for more. This will be hard.

fleet landing triggerfish suzlyfe

Get the triggerfish with the pimento grits. Even people who don’t like grits will like these (raises hand).

fleet landing shrimp suzlyfe

You cannot go wrong with peel and eat shrimp in Charleston.

sweet cece froyo suzlyfe

Do not turn down froyo at Sweet Cece’s. If you like cereal, this is your Eden. Then walk down to Kilwins and sprinkle some pecan praline over top.

Thursday:kitchen breakfast suzlyfe

If you want a light, not too expensive breakfast, go to Kitchen 205. Nice and flavorful, but unexceptional. Cute place, though, and BIG coffee cups. The bacon looked great.

I got my bulk candy fix.

Get your bulk candy fix.

seabrook fish chips zeus lunch suzlyfe

Shrimp in Seabrookย is amazing. Eating it on a Greek Salad called the Zeus (sans feta) beach side is even better (shocking). Get someone to order the fish and chips. Some of the best I’ve had, honestly.


Get more peel and eat shrimp (it is the gift that keeps giving). Take a picture of it, only for it to disappear from your phone. Also get the Zeus salad again, forgetting how huge it was the first time. Thus have a snack for later and lunch for the next day when you are running late.

Nothing is better than real, home cooked, barbecue with 5 different sauces. And mac and cheese (homemade), coleslaw and potato salad (from tubs) and Arnold’s buns. Also, green beans that are, for once, edible for you because they aren’t drowning in butter.

Do a true taste test and discover that you in fact do like pulled and smoked chicken more thanย pork (I confirmed this this weekend) but you like allllll of the sauces. Again, hungry, thus no picture (also dusk)


wedding food suzlyfe

At weddings, if you can’t have all that much of the main proteins, go to town on veggies and crackers and fruit, have what you can, and then get your protein later. But make sure that Green Goddess dressing is involved. When in doubt, eat more veggies. And then “share” with your husband. ย What can I say? I’m a giver.

Life is better with Koozies. And both your and your husband's drinks.

Life is better with Koozies. And both your and your husband’s drinks.

Did I take a lot of food pictures? Yes.ย Could I have taken more? Sure. Did I eat a lot more than these pictures show? You bet. Such is life. But you know what? If you would do it completely differently, then do it completely differently!

Don’t think. JUST DO.

Obviously, there are so many places and eats that we missed out on, but we are very happy with our food in Charleston. And I got my shrimp, biscuits, bourbon, pimento cheese, fresh fruit, and Southern sun. And my bulk candy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tell me something delicious. Food, drink, or scandalous secret.

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  • Reply Lis @ 26.2x2

    This is perfect because I’m going to Charleston in just a couple of weeks for work! I’m hoping to enjoy some good food for the few days that I’m down there!
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    June 4, 2014 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, don’t you worry, you definitely will. There is a little bit of everything there, though obviously we were quite focused on the seafood aspect. But really, everything looked amazing.

      June 4, 2014 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    This all looks so delicious! ;_; I was hoping desperately that you meant Charleston, WV, since that’d mean I’d actually get to try these places out, but I”m assuming this is in fact South Carolina. I’ll live vicariously through the pictures. ๐Ÿ˜›
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    June 4, 2014 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bhahahhaa, but when you make dijon crusted salmon, I think that you are doing pretty well for yourself!

      June 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Hilary

    I was the same way when I went down south! Give me all the shrimp that can fit in my mouth please ๐Ÿ™‚ And the shrimp kick continues, of course not half as good!
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    June 4, 2014 at 7:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha I remember! I thought about you when I was writing this ๐Ÿ˜€ And yeah, sad face x100000 about the frozen shrimp that I currently enjoy. I’m taking a break from them for the moment but they will re-emerge before too long, I’m sure.

      June 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Well obviously we have different taste buds but bulk candy + froyo is totally my jam. And waffles. I really like those. I love going to new restaurants- it’s probably my favorite part about traveling ๐Ÿ™‚
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    June 4, 2014 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, that’s the beauty of restaurants–get watchu want, yo! But luckily, we share the love of bulk candy and froyo, which is all that matters, ultimately ๐Ÿ˜€

      June 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    Wow – loads of pictures and some great looking stuff!

    Naturally since the ‘last 18 years have been ‘kid-centric’ (or very pregnant) vacations, it is a little different. One thing we have done for years now is renting places with some sort of kitchen, so we can have basic supplies for quick breakfasts and occasional dinners and packed lunches. That way we save time and money for stuff we REALLY want to do.

    And things like the ‘pools of butter’ is definitely one annoyance of the ‘we don’t listen, we just give you what we want’ variety – I will send stuff back once, but then I just give up and will complain once, and try to never punish someone for stuff out of their control. ‘When Harry Met Sally’ was on last night and the initial diner scene where Meg Ryan has this incredibly complex order and the waitress just rolls her eyes … classic.
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    June 4, 2014 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We rented places with kitchens when we went to Vail–definitely made a huge difference, and we had a little “villa” apartment while in Seabrook–so Alex adn I made our breakfast every day and I could keep cottage cheese and snacks. Definitely helped. As for the butter issue, I could tell that she was doing everything she could, that this was a kitchen issue. Luckily I could comisserate. Still, I was sad, I wanted the omelet!

      June 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    ALL these eats look fab!!! and the drinks as well! Traveling to the south is on my list ๐Ÿ™‚
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    June 4, 2014 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it do it do it! Where do you want to go?! YOU BETTER SAY ATLANTA

      June 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    All your food pictures look amazing. I just finished eating breakfast and now I’m craving like 8 million things: biscuits, shrimp, cocktails…. Looks like you have eaten like KINGS!
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    June 4, 2014 at 8:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well it is King Charles Town, might as well! And I want to go back and eat more shrimp. Like now.

      June 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Amy Lauren

    I live in Charleston. The only one of those places I’ve visited was the Bull Street Market and Grocery, and I do agree that it’s good. I’m not a huge Sweet CeCe’s fan, as I usually get dessert from Kaminsky’s or Gelato from Belgian Gelato when I’m downtown, over the self-service froyo. All your food looks delicious though, and I agree that restaurants here don’t skimp on the butter!
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    June 4, 2014 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish we could have gone to some of the other places on our list (like 5 Loaves, and Husk for dinner), but so many of the places were booked solid! And then there is the whole dragging the husband around the city bit… Sweet CeCe’s was great for me because I do better with froyo than with super premium ice cream, but I could smell the Belgian Gelato… intoxicating.

      June 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    Every single picture of food you posted looked AMAZING and now I am sitting in my office at 10 am starving and thinking of buttery biscuits!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    June 4, 2014 at 9:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go getchoself some! Does it help or not if I tell you that the butter was honey butter?

      June 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Tantra

    I am literally sitting over here salivating…

    I LOVE southern food… every time I go to Texas I eat fried crawfish like its going out of style… it’s spicy and delicious and fattening and I LOVE IT… I gain 10lbs every time I go there… luckily, for my waists sake, I haven’t been there in ages….

    June 4, 2014 at 9:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha. I know what you mean. There are some places that it is just best to avoid. Like the bulk trail mix section of any store. Mmmmm fried crawfish, or a proper seafood boil. mmmmmmmmmm I love the flavors but hate the fact that the little buggers are so darn small. GET BIGGER.

      June 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime

    I have major food jealousy right now! I even scrolled through again after I read to admire the beauty of those meals! The only thing I’m not jealous of would be the Smarties. Want to know why I hate those things? Kids at school like to crush them up into a fine powder and inhale them – even the kids I thought were smart (no pun intended!) Moral of the story: Teachers should not buy smarties to give to students. Kids make bad choices.
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    June 4, 2014 at 10:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You crack me up so hard. I would never crush a smartie. They don’t deserve that. They deserve to be destroyed between my molars. I like that I can eat them stealthily–except for the wrapper, which usually gives you away. Damn plastic.

      June 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    SO MUCH FOOD, OM NOM NOM! I really need to take a long weekend and visit Charleston it looks gorgeous and it’s not too far from me! Also, bulk candy is one of the best things in the world.
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    June 4, 2014 at 10:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bahahaha. Yes, you should! Like we were talking about before, it’s pretty frattastical, but the food and drinks are soooo worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Bulk candy is my religion, quite possibly.

      June 4, 2014 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    Oh dear! I just gained 5lbs and a whole mess of cravings from your food pictures. Ha! Its been forever since I had a really good crab cake.
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    June 4, 2014 at 11:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha, hey, but it would be worth it for those crab cakes! I’m so picky about crab cakes, because so often it is just batter. No thank you!. These were fabulous, though. I’ve really gotten into blue crab of late. So delicate but incredibly distinctive.

      June 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    So much deliciousness in one post! I am now officially craving each and every meal that you had! What a great vacation of eats. My favorite summertime treat is ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚
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    June 4, 2014 at 11:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you KNOW that I respect that!

      June 4, 2014 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Diana

    OK, so I really need to order in some sea food tonight! I am so craving for those shrimps… ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband and I are planning a US trip this fall and we haven’t decide yet which coast to visit. So if we’ll decide to go on the east coast, this will be on our visiting list at least for the food! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks amazing!
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    June 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, absolutely. Charleston is a food lovers dream–but make reservations! And then there are all the other stops, and each has such a particular character–NYC, Cape Cod, Maine… and that is just the coastal waters. If you are inland, there are freshwater fish, too. And it doesn’t get more southern than house-smoked trout or fried catfish. But yep, I’m a shrimp girl, through and through.

      June 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Anne

    Isn’t really *fresh* seafood wonderful?

    Looks like you had a great time!
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    June 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, it certainly is–probably my favorite protein, barnone. I would rather not gut it, thank you, but I’ve eaten whole fish plucked out of the water in Jamaica and cooked beach side, and there is honestly nothing like it.

      June 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply ChickGettinFit

    I feel you on the whole try not to eat all the biscuits while fighting people for more. I am always like that when I go out and there’s bread.
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    June 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Teehee, but goooood bread is soooooo worth it. And fresh biscuits are, for sure. I’m certainly not going to make them!

      June 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    I wouldn’t do too well down south with all that butter they cook their food in but there’s always frozen yogurt and candy bins which I can live on just fine1
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    June 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You and me both–we will stick together! Luckily, the veggies are SUPER fresh too–often they come from down the road!

      June 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I’m DROOLING. Your photos are so vibrant, fresh, and bright! And now I want a crab cake and some pimento cheese…the South knows how to cook!
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    June 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks–I’m working on it, but I have to give props where props are due–good lighting and good subjects. And good lord, I almost stole the crab cakes off of Alex’s plate. Luckily I had ALLTHESEAFOOD and more blue crab in my soup. mmmmmmmm

      June 4, 2014 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    so much fun food! always down for shrimp and fun drinks.
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    June 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks! I know. I’ve been on a MAJOR shrimp kick over the past month. It’s like April hit and BOOM it’s shrimpin time. But this time, the little pretties were FRESH not frozen. SOooooooo good.

      June 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    So much good food in one post! It makes me want to go to Charleston right now. Or at least go get some froyo:)
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    June 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bahaha. When don’t I want to get some froyo. And you were just in Florida! Talk about seafood for MILES

      June 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    How I wish I had went to Husk when I was in Charleston… one of my friends is going later this month and she already has reservations! I just sent her this post so she could make some notes on where else to go ๐Ÿ™‚
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    June 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Husk was booked solid for weeks! I was incredulous. I wish that we had gotten to 5 loaves, but next time! And you are too nice to send this to your friend! I hope that she likes shrimp!

      June 5, 2014 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Sarah

    This all looks so amazing! I read this post on the bus home before dinner – mistake! I’d never really thought about visiting the south but you are totally selling it!
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    June 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will go with you and show you all the best places and stuff. The South really has amazing, and very diverse (though you wouldn’t know it from all of my shrimp!), cuisine. We have so many different cultures that are represented and fused into something amazing. And nobody beats our bbq ๐Ÿ˜‰

      June 5, 2014 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Irene

    Ugh, I’m waiting for dinner to be done and reading this post, and it’s making my stomach growl! Seriously awesome looking food there! I’m thinking my next trip should be to a new city with lots and lots of restaurants.
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    June 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love going to a new city and doing the restaurant research, finding out what is good, and (hopefully) convincing Alex to go along for the ride!

      June 5, 2014 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Mmm I also love shrimp. Holy heck, those eats look GOOD! Now I’m sitting at my desk drooling… How long till lunch time?
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    June 5, 2014 at 8:21 am
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      June 5, 2014 at 8:30 am
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