I’m just going to put it out there and say I love taco night. (Who doesn’t?!?) Tacos are probably one of the meals that Brett and I have most often year round. There’s always the standard beef and chicken tacos, but I also like to mix things up a little every now and then. Shrimp tacos are a favorite of mine and this past week I made sweet potato and black bean tacos for a girl’s night I hosted. These tacos taste great on their own or can be mixed in with shredded chicken. This recipe makes a lot so I used the leftovers to serve as a side with white chicken enchiladas. I just put the leftovers in the oven on broil for about 5 minutes so they could get crispy again. I used frozen corn here because we already had a bag in the freezer, but I imagine grilled sweet corn would be great too!
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
Sweet potato and black bean tacos are a great vegetarian taco option, but can also be mixed in to chicken or beef tacos.
I honestly don’t know if you can visit Charleston and not fall in love with the city. Ever since Brett and I first visited Charleston a few years ago, I’ve been dying to go back. Brett’s dad is a history nut, his sister (like me) loves to shop and we all love good food so Charleston seemed like the perfect city to plan our first family vacation.
Brett and I wanted our trip included all our favorites from the last time we had visited, plus a few new to us experiences. Today I’m sharing our recommendations for where to eat, where to stay and what to do in Charleston. Where To Eat
A few favorites are Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit for breakfast, Hominy Grill for brunch, Fuel for lunch and Poogan’s Porch for dinner. We popped into Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit for breakfast before touring Fort Sumter and it was a great Hominy Grill is a Charleston staple and there is almost always a line. Fuel is newer to the Charleston food scene and is actually located in an old gas station. Poogan’s Porch is my favorite restaurant in Charleston. The biscuits are super light and fluffy and the shrimp and grits are amazing. Where To Stay
If you’re only in Charleston for a long weekend, I’d recommend staying downtown. You’ll be able to walk most places and be able to make the most of your time in Charleston. Because we were there for a full week, we rented a house on the Isle Of Palms in the Wild Dunes resort community. We really loved Wild Dunes for each all the amenities, the house we rented was across from the tennis courts and one of the pools and we were a short walk to the beach. The only downside is that it’s about a 30 minute drive to downtown Charleston. What To Do – Downtown Charleston
A carriage tour is a great way to get to see the city and learn more about the history. There are several different companies offering carriage tours, but I recommend Old South Carriage Company. A walk along The Battery is a must, along with shopping on King Street. A couple of my favorite stores are Candlefish and M. Dumas and Sons.
This visit we also went on a ghost tour of downtown Charleston and I surprisingly loved it! I’m not really a ghost story person so I didn’t think I would enjoy it. Turns out not only did I enjoy it, I loved it! It was really more of a history tour, with ghost stories sprinkled in for fun. We did the Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour and it wasn’t scary at all, but we heard the Haunted Jail Tour is incredibly spooky. What To Do – Surrounding Area
As I mentioned, we were in Charleston a full week so we got to do a more in the surrounding areas of Charleston than the previous weekend trip. I knew I really wanted to do a plantation tour this time around. We chose Boone Hall Plantation because it was a short drive from Isle Of Palms and also happens to be where The Notebook was filmed. You only need about an hour or so to explore the grounds, but it was a really nice way to spend a morning. Boone Hall is still a working farm today and we got to see a newborn horse while there. (Mom is pictured above).
The first time we went to Charleston we saw a ton of dolphins just walking along The Battery. We didn’t see any this time around, but someone recommended we go to the boardwalk in Shem Creek. We saw dolphins hanging out by the docked shrimping boats and it was a really nice walk. There are a few restaurants along the boardwalk, so it’s a nice place to grab a drink for happy hour as well.
Hello Friday and crazy hot weather! After feeling a little off all last week, this week felt so much better. There’s just something about being in a routine that calms me. Monday I went on a long walk with a friend, Wednesday night I hosted dinner for a group of girlfriends and tonight Brett and I have no plans (though there is a good chance ice cream or cupcakes might end up on the agenda!).
The cutest polka dot dress. Perfect now and later!
I’m already looking forward to Lauren’s sunrise yoga class next month.
How fun are these emoji’s from Harper’s Bazaar?
A stunning ballet-inspired wedding shoot. You must watch the video! Scallop’s are always the answer, right?
Congrats Sara, on the launch of The GR Guide!
This summer seems to be the summer of the off the shoulder trend in dresses and tops. I’ve tried a few different styles, but none were very flattering. I saw this one-shoulder dress just before we left for Charleston though and I decided to give it a shot. The seam at the waist gave it more shape than other dresses, which is something that was missing in true off the shoulder dresses I’d tried on.
I wore this dress to dinner at Poogan’s Porch, my absolute favorite restaurant in Charleston. (Full travel guide coming next week!) I swear they’ve ruined shrimp and grits for me because nowhere else makes shrimp and grits as good as they do! Luckily we had a ghost tour scheduled after dinner to walk off all the food we ate.