Since I was off work for Good Friday (hooray for working for a software company that serves churches- we get Good Friday off), Nadine and I headed downtown to explore and cross off a few places on my Charleston bucket list. Yes- I have an actual list of places to eat, see, or visit here in Charleston, and it grows all the time.
We even met a new guy downtown- he was just hanging out at the Custom House when we walked by.
Too bad he’s wearing a red coat for the British, hehe.
We headed down Broad street to the Fast and French restaurant. Fast and French is also known as Gaulart and Malicet, and even though I took four semesters of French in college, don’t ask me to pronounce that! It’s super small and doesn’t have traditional tables or booths like other restaurants; instead, you’re seated with other complete strangers at bar type tables to eat your meal. There are only about 3-4 communal tables, so it’s a little cramped, but the service was super fast and the food was very French (if you wanted French- they also had other dishes), living up to its name.
I had the vegetarian pizza baguette. It was really tasty, basically like a grilled cheese with broccoli, green peppers, and tomatoes. I was expecting marinara sauce with it or something to make it a little more like pizza, though. The side salad was really good too, especially the dressing.
Nadine had the special of the day, which was French Onion soup and some sort of sandwich. I forgot what it was, but the servers bring out a cooked version of the dish, which entices you to actually order the special (most people were ordering it). You also get your choice of drink with it- she had iced coffee, but apparently you can get anything from a soft drink to coffee to wine. Interesting.
After eating, we walked around King Street for awhile and stopped in some shops like Forever 21, Carolina on King, and University Books (the College of Charleston student bookstore). It was a beautiful day and downtown was packed, but it was still great for walking around- I’m not sure how many miles we walked, but it was a LOT.
We also went to the cemetery at the Charleston Unitarian Universalist church. It’s one of the oldest churches in the US and the second oldest church in Charleston. Even if you’re not into churches or cemeteries (honestly… we really aren’t either), this one is beautiful to visit if you’re around. Lots of flowers were blooming in the warm Spring weather.
If Clay and I were living here and not already married, I think this would be a great place to tie the knot in a spring wedding, or it would be really nice to take senior pictures.
I didn’t take any pictures of the actual graves, but some of the headstones were so old- from the 1700s and 1800s- you could barely read them. The ones we could read, it seemed like everyone died super young. Most people buried there were only slightly older than us. We felt like tourists but definitely snagged an out-of-towner to take a picture of us; It turned out pretty cute too.
Of course, after walking around downtown and taking pictures, we had to grab dessert. I thought about getting frozen yogurt, but we spotted Belgian Gelato across the street, and since I’ve never had a legit cone of gelato, I decided on that. I got a chocolate chip and vanilla one in a waffle cone with chocolate inside. It was almost like a fresh Nutty Buddy without the freezer burn. N got a chocolate flavored gelato with a chocolate cone. Good stuff.
The gelato shop girls were super sweet and let us sample the flavors (especially me, I wanted samples since this was my first time actually getting it) and taking this picture in front of the giant cone of gelato outside. It’s slightly pricey, but hey- it’s an indulgence, a treat only for when you’re downtown. Really, you can’t miss this place if you come to Downtown Charleston- and you shouldn’t miss it!
We had a pretty awesome Good Friday downtown. Saturday morning, I went to a group run at the West Ashley Greenway and ran 12 miles again (just like last week), but felt super strong at the end of this 12. Then, I went to Earth Fare and Clay and I had lunch at Triangle Char-N-Bar and went grocery shopping. Our dates almost always include a trip to a grocery store- gotta love married life.
As for Sunday, the Easter Bunny visited and left a few goodies for Clay, like a University of South Carolina car sticker, gum, Endangered Species chocolate, and all-natural milk chocolate eggs from Earth Fare. These are the richest, most delicious, chocolate eggs I’ve had- they blow all the conventional Easter candy at the drugstore out of the water. Really. Of course, I’ll definitely get a few of those chocolate eggs and have also been dying to read Grill This, Not That too. I misplaced the actual basket when we moved, so the Easter Bunny just laid everything out- works for me.
I thought about going to church but woke up a bit late to go downtown for it. Parking is hard enough there and I figured all the other holiday goers would be out, so I passed. We spent the afternoon together, grilling out, went to the gym, and just hung out around the house like most Sundays.
And now, back to the usual grind… I hope you all had a great holiday weekend!
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