Trip to Charleston

I know I’ve been slacking lately with my blog posts. I’ll blame it on my upcoming trip to Ohio this weekend and all the preparation that has gone in to the weekend’s events! I promise to do better!

A couple weekends ago I took a trip down to Charleston, SC to visit some friends for the weekend. I had never been to Charleston before and was excited to explore a bit!

When I first got to Charleston, I met my friend at Folly Beach where we spent some time catching up (we figured out we hadn’t seen each other in over a year and a half!) and soaking up some sun.

folly beach

I’d say the majority of my trip centered around food, and I did my best to eat semi-healthy while also trying out some new things!

After we left the beach, Rachel and I were hungry and she decided to take me to one of her favorite places: Black Bean Co! I had driven past a Black Bean on my way to meet her at Folly and was intrigued, so I was excited when she suggested we go there for a late lunch!  Black Bean’s “thing” is that they serve organic, all-natural Energy Food, and everything on the menu sounded so good! Eventually I chose the Spring Street wrap: chicken, hummus, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh homemade tzatziki, mixed greens and sprouts with a side of fresh fruit salad. It was delicious and I forgot to snap a picture until I was halfway through!

black bean

I also chose a Karma Wellness Water out of the cooler. Karma’s flavored vitamin waters are unique because you add the vitamins from the cap yourself in order to gain the maximum benefits of the vitamins. I went with the Raspberry Guava Jackfruit flavor. While the flavor was different, I enjoyed it and was excited when I found some other flavors at my local TJ Maxx! It wasn’t until I had finished the water that I noticed that each flavor has a specific wellness benefit. The flavor I got was a Fitness Accelerator, which I didn’t necessarily need at the moment but will keep in mind for future purchases!

That evening Rachel and I went to “The Joe,” the home of the Charleston RiverDogs Minor League Baseball Team. Rachel plays on a Charleston Sports and Social Club Kickball Team and there was a huge party as well as playoff Kickball games being played on the field.  The league offers other sports, as well as social and competitive divisions. It was so fun to watch Kickball being played in a huge baseball stadium, and I’m pretty jealous that they have such an awesome program! I might need to move to Charleston someday just to participate in this league!

kickball

As we were leaving Black Bean on Friday, the workers offered us two free salads that they had made on accident. Naturally we accepted them and saved them for lunch on Saturday!

salad

That afternoon we met up with a friend, her husband, and their three children to head to Kiawah for a day at the beach. Unfortunately no pictures were taken, as my valuables were safely tucked away in the car since we got rained on sporadically throughout the afternoon. The kids didn’t seem to mind and we had an awesome time playing with them in the water!

After cleaning up, Rachel and I headed to dinner and drinks with a couple of her friends. We ended up at Poe’s Tavern in Sullivan’s Island. The atmosphere was very laid-back and we sat at the bar for a bit while we waited for a table to open up. Once we were seated, I apprehensively ordered fish tacos with citrus marinated mahi-mahi, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, and chipotle sour cream. I was pleasantly surprised and had no problem finishing them!

fish tacos

We attempted to go out to the Cocktail Club in Downtown Charleston following dinner, but didn’t stay long before we were all ready to go home and go to bed. Such old ladies, we are! I’m really bummed that we were all so tired because the atmosphere at the Cocktail Club was really fun and I would have liked to enjoy it a bit more. I’m hoping on my next trip to Charleston we can check it out again! Funny story about the time we did spend there: When we arrived at the bar and were waiting to order drinks, we sampled some of the bacon-flavored popcorn that was sitting on the bar. It was DELICIOUS and we all couldn’t stop talking about it! As we were leaving the bar and waiting for everyone to close their tabs, I was looking at the menu up on the wall and noticed that the bacon popcorn was $4–which meant we were either eating someone’s leftovers or stealing their popcorn from under their noses. Oops! If/when I go back, I will be placing an order of that popcorn for sure!

I had to drive home on Sunday, but not before heading to brunch with Rachel and her friends. We went to one of Rachel’s favorite places: Triangle Char & Bar in West Ashley. Again it took me some time to decide what I wanted since everything on the menu looked delicious! I settled on the ham & cheese folded eggs with a side of fresh fruit and grits. Oh, and dollar mimosas! This was only my second experience with grits, and I absolutely loved the cheese-topped ones at Triangle! While they may not have been the healthiest option, they definitely were delicious and worth every calorie 😉

triangle brunch

Following brunch, Rachel and I headed to downtown Charleston to check out the Charleston City Market. We walked around for a bit and looked at all the fun stuff the different vendors had. I feel like I could have spent hours looking through there! Sadly it started raining, and Rachel and I headed back to the car before we got stuck in a downpour. Upon our return to Rachel’s apartment I packed up my things and hit the road. The trip to Charleston was way too short and I definitely have to make another trip soon. Maybe next time I will do a better job of taking pictures of something other than my food (like people, perhaps?)! Thanks to Rachel for hosting me and showing me around the city! It was definitely good to see some old friends, make new ones, and explore a fun new city! I’ll be back, Charleston!

  • What are some of your favorite spots in Charleston?
  • Any other South Carolina cities I need to check out?
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8 thoughts on “Trip to Charleston

  1. I have a huge crush on Charleston! Next time you visit, I recommend eating at Poogan’s Porch — it’s downtown and it’s delicious. There’s a big 10k there in April; the Cooper River Bridge Run. Lots of fun and a great time of year (weather-wise) to visit.

    • I will definitely have to check out Poogan’s
      Porch the next time I visit! I’ve heard lots of good things about the Cooper River Bridge Run and already have it penciled into my calendar! Thanks so much for the recommendations!

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  3. I live in Charleston and run here :). But no stilettos, sorry.

    You went to some of the BEST restaurants here! Triangle (love the black bean burger & sweet potato fries there) and Black Bean Co (wraps!) are some of my favorites. I haven’t actually made it to Poe’s Tavern yet, though. Folly Beach is one beautiful place and I’m glad you got to experience it as well. You should definitely make a point to come back, we have some great races here too so it’s a fun places to visit and run!

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  5. Yes please please please come back! We loved hanging with you. Maybe next time you’ll bring some nicer weather with you though. The beach really is fun when it isn’t pouring….

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