My mom & I have perfected the Charleston day trip from Charlotte. We arrive for lunch, exploration, dinner, and get back by around 9 PM. This time, Will stayed home with Grandaddo for "man time" (read: eating wings :-D) so we were just THE GIRLS! Mom researched the highest rated places via Bon Appétit, and then I went through all their menus to find the best two to suit our moods (& Annelise ;-)) that we'd never been to before.
Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen was our lunch stop. "You went to Charleston for Chinese?" YEP! And it was GREAT: I had an Asian kale salad with cold, 5-spiced chicken, roasted cashews, & caramelized onions. Annelise's "plain" chicken fried rice blew my & mom's minds - the chicken chunks were like PILLOWS! I can't even explain it. I know that Chinese chicken is velveted, but this was masterful. The décor, by the way, was also fantastic!
My Chinese truth ;-)
We were then thrilled to try Sugar bakeshop, another stellar place we saw on our fave Cooking Channel show, "Unique Sweets" - one mint chocolate & one coconut lime curd cupcake! (+ a ginger molasses cookie to go, b/c GINGER!!!)
Satiated for now, we went to explore a little...
So moved, paying our respects at Mother Emanuel AME Church. We walked in the same basement side door that hate did a year ago this same week... My stomach dropped at that realization. But everyone in that room was HAPPY - doing a voter registration drive! ❤️ We then climbed the stairs to the GORGEOUS sanctuary and happened upon choir practice!!! An even more joyous peace washed over me, and I sang my heart out with them (from the pew - I didn't ask for a mic ;-)) for 15 minutes while they rehearsed "Amazing Grace"! God is alive and well there!!!!! How perfect:
"Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home."
After feeling the Spirit, we went to our beloved City Market on a mission to replace my mom's purse. There are always so many cute wears to explore...even if you don't buy any. ;-)
Our last culinary adventure of the day: Leon's Oyster Shop. Check out my exquisite heirloom tomato & peach salad with corn, onion, herbs, & a little cream sauce!
Another 6 hours of Charleston day trip success!