Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Weekend in Pictures- Charleston, SC

Our night out in Charleston was utterly divine.  I don't know how else to describe it.  Yes, of course, I missed Little J.  Surprisingly enough, we didn't spend the entire evening talking about him.  It was like a date we would have enjoyed before we were married- before we ever thought about having kids.

The Library at Vendue Inn is an interesting little place.  Although it was converted from an old grain warehouse, the rooms are reminicent of an old house.  Small.  Charming.  Oh yeah, and then there is the Alice in Wonderland factor.  The room where we were seated was at the bottom of a staircase, putting us below street level.  However, up a smaller set of stairs in the same room was a balcony at street level, which held an small two top and overlooked the street.  Looking up towards the high ceilings I noticed a small door.  Again, it was connected to a balcony.  However, this balcony was only a foot wide and about six feet long.  All leading to nowhere.  Very Alice-esque. 

We began our dinner with cocktails.  A dirty martini for Jax and a glass of J Brut for me.  Incidentally, we were not charged for these drinks.  I believe it may have to do with the fact that we waited so long for them.  That fact was long forgotten when we were presented with our appetizer and first wine pairing.

Fried Green Tomato and Crab Cake Stack
The apps were such large portions that I wasn't even hungry when the entree came!  Crab cakes are not my favorite, but the crab was extremely mild.  Jax had the Balsamic Calamari, which were unbelievably good.

Pork Loin Milanese
For the main course, Jax had the Greek Lamb burger.  He felt odd ordering a burger in a fine dining atmosphere, but it was well worth it.  Amazing.  I wished that I had gotten it instead.  My pork loin was a little on the bland side, but not too bad.

Gelato Tree
For dessert, Jax had the Grand Marnier creme brulee.  I ordered the choice of three Gelato.  I was not impressed with the selection, but the result was fantastic.  Eggnog, Esspresso, and Mango.  The mango was my least favorite.  The eggnog was sinful.

The wines were well paired with the meal.  However, I could not even begin to remember what was poured, an unfortunate combination of much alcohol and a "first date" high.

After dinner, we headed to the Market Pavillion rooftop bar.  It is truly one of my favorite places in Charleston.  Phenonenal views, an elegant atmosphere, and the very spot were Jax proposed to me nearly three years ago.

I highly recommend a weekend in Charleston if you've never been.  It is unbelievably romantic, with so much to do, eat, and drink.

Finally, over the Ravenel Bridge and to the Isle of Palms for brunch at Coconut Joe's!

Forgive me if some of the pictures are a little dark.  Those were taken with my BlackBerry.  Come on now... you didn't think I'd haul out the big gun in the middle of such a fine establishment, did you?  But I certainly wanted to!


  1. it's all so beautiful! I'm so glad you and the Hub had a fabulous weekend getaway just the two of you.

  2. *sigh*Looks amazing! I am glad you and Jax had a good time. You will have to take me to the Market Pavillion rooftop bar one day.. Please!!

  3. Looks like an amazing beautiful weekend!

  4. Charleston is my all time favorite city...I will live there some day :)