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Alton Brown

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Did you have a busy weekend? I hope you had a busy fun-filled weekend because you probably needed it. We had a busy weekend. Oh, it was fun, but it was busy.

Patricia has been working with new clients from Ohio. They are moving here from Columbus (imagine that). They are staying with her father in Mt. Pleasant. Did I mention that they have five children under the age of 9? They arrived mid-week and Patricia has been showing them property since then. It must have been like a caravan. Patricia in the lead wagon followed by her band of house hunters. I joined the wagon train on Saturday. We took a late lunch with the family on Saturday at Jack’s Cosmic Dogs. Jack was there hard at work. You might have heard of Jack’s Cosmic Dogs from Alton Brown on the Food Network. The kids love it. The kids had been to this place before and when I suggested it, they were all in. It’s a fun place to have a hot dog and finalized a decision. Oh, but there is more.

This family is staying with Keith and Jill. Keith is her father, and Keith and Jill are good friends of ours. I can imagine what it must be like for Keith and Jill having a daughter, a son-in-law, along with 5 grandchildren staying for some indefinite time. The grandchildren are great kids and full of energy. Regardless of how good the grandchildren are, getting used to a house full of people can disrupt your schedule. I really appreciate what I see with Keith, Jill, Jon and Jami! Each family member cares for the other family members. There are sharing what they have to help each other. What a concept!

Patricia gat home late on Friday and I forgot to shop for dinner. Off to Five Loaves. What a comfortable place to relax. Good food and good service accompanied by a good wine. Not a bad end of the day. After we finished on Saturday we had a quite evening at home (I remembered to shop!) But on Sunday, after a very busy day of work, we decided to hit Los Arcos.  Tacos, salsa, burritos and drinks were the proper end of the weekend. I probably could have left out all the stuff about the places we eat, but I am glad that there are such places when you need them.

It was a busy weekend. But I came away from it with more appreciation for what a wonderful partner I have. Our slogan is “Team Up for Success.” We picked that slogan from what we have been through in our life together. We have always worked together as a team. Now we team up with our clients and like this family from Columbus, Ohio, we Team Up for Success!

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A view from the roof at Morgan Creek Grill.

I just love where I live! I’m guessing that you love where you live, but if you don’t, the Low Country is a place that you will fall in love with very quickly. I took this picture with a Blackberry from the roof top at Morgan Creek Grill one afternoon this past week.

We were having a nice visit with our friends, the Samuelsons, and enjoying the food at the Grill. It has been very hot for the past several weeks, but on this evening the breezes were cool and comforting. Great friends and good food!

Patricia and I have lived here since 2002. We moved from Morristown, NJ where we had lived on and off for over 25 years. That last winter in New Jersey was difficult in many respects, but the weather was really nasty. We left in a snow storm that followed us down I-95 for many, many miles. When we finally arrived very late at night, there were our friends, the Samuelsons, who greeted us and helped us to settle in for the night.

Living in the Low Country has always reminded me of New Orleans where I grew up. There is so much in common between the two. In New Orleans we had swamp. Here we have marsh. There the canals in New Orleans that were like the area around Shem Creek, in some cases. In New Orleans we had heat and here we have heat. On the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain there were places like Morgan Creek Grill. We always had fresh seafood, just like we have here. Great friends there, just like here.

All of these things are in common between here and there, so for me it was easy to fall in love with this place. After all, it was like I had come home! You can make this your home, It is an easy place to fall in love with, and as Mikey’s brother say: “Try it! You’ll like it!”

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So last evening, after a meeting, Patricia and I stopped for a little something to eat (again.) We had a long day and weren’t in the mood to go grocery shopping, then cook, so 17N was a great option. Everytime we go there we see friends and people we haven’t seen in a while…and get fanatastic food! Patricia had the lobster roll (New England style, not Asian) and I had the baked ziti. Another meal worth eating!

Vonda, the manager of 17N, and Korri, our server on this visit, provided excellent service. It turns out that Vonda once worked for Dunes Properties (when she was but a child) and remembers the Walker family and John Hassell. Korri knew us from our stay at Keller Williams, and knew we were back home at Dunes Properties. 17N is getting to be the place to go to reconnect with people who once were in the Dunes Properties network. Neil Robinson is a server at 17N and once was an agent at Dunes and Patricia was his mentor there. Small world we live in!

When something is good you want to experience it again…sometimes just to make sure your first impressions were right! Our’s were!!!

Last Friday, Patricia and I once again visited 17N Roadside Kitchen. One of the specials that evening was a double cut center cut pork chop with a BBQ  glaze.  Jason, the manager, told me that the chop was smoke at low temperature for about 7 hours for two reasons: 1. To infuse the pork with a smokey flavor, and 2. to make sure that the meat next to the bone was cooked. When you order this dish, the chop is seared on the grill and served hot and juicy. It was awesome!

Again, Chris was our server and she was just as pleasant and attentive as on our last visit, and the place was pack with customers. The atmoshere is relaxed…after all it is a Roadside Kitchen!  If you enjoy having a neighborhood place to hang out with friends, 17N is a good place to be in the north area of Mt. Pleasant.

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We decided to go out for dinner tonight. Actually, we both had had very busy days and did not want to cook. Now to the decision about where to eat. We have  our favorites and I have written blogs about them in the past, but tonight we decided to try 17 North Roadside Kitchen. If you are on Facebook you may have become a fan of 17 North. Thanks to Susan Cain, I did. So how was it?

GREAT! You may know the location. It is just past the north entrance to Charleston National in a place the had been a dinner and then the Charleston Pizza Kitchen…pretty good pizza, but CPK belongs to California! About 3 months ago, work started on the renovations. A new fence adds some privacy to the new patio and vegetable garden. They have added two horse shoe pits that have nothing to do with food, but could prove to be entertaining. There is a screened porch that serves as a comfortable place to eat and an outside bar. Great parking and a friendly atmosphere. Jason Hogg is the General Manager and he does a great job of making you feel welcome. Patricia and I knew Laura the hostess from Rivertowne Country Club. It was her last night an she made us feel right at home. Chris, our server was a delight.

Now all of that made the atmosphere great, but you go to a ‘roadside kitchen’ for the food and 17 North is a special place for Mt. Pleasant! The menu is friendly to both the wallet and the taste buds. Entrees are $15-18 and they taste terrific! Patricia had a salmon dish at $15 that was worth more.  I had the special brisket and was very impressed. Good location for the north side of Mt. Pleasant, good prices and great food! That sounds like a recipe for success and from the number of people we saw dining tonight, 17 North Roadside Kitchen will be just that.

It is nice to have a comfortable place to have a good meal! The new Roper Hospital will be opening soon and 17 North Roadside Kitchen will be there for everyone to enjoy.

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Last Friday, Patricia and I were getting ready for a trip to Dayton, OH to visit a sick relative. We were driving to Dayton early on Saturday, so we decided to get a nice meal at a local restaurant before retiring for the night. Craves was a great choice.

Crave has been in business for about three years and continues to serve good food at a fair price. The restaurant is in the Seaside Farms Shopping Center near Target at the corner of Riflerange and the IOP Connector. Chris Dolan, the proprietor, took over the location from Just Fresh and really took advantage of the location. If you like to eat outside you have nice surroundings. There is a nice bar area as you enter. The main seating is very comfortable with plenty of space.

We have enjoyed eating at Craves on several occasions. The food is consistently flavorful. The prices are reasonable, and the service is very good. The atmosphere is inviting and Crave is a great neighborhood meeting place.  Try it, you’ll like it!

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Well, it is obvious that I’ve started blogging again. But I have not talked about dining in awhile. Tonight I will. I have posted a Facebook comment about Five Loaves a few weeks ago. A few people responded and said that they enjoyed eating there. We visited Five Loaves tonight. My wife, Patricia, and our daughter, Heather, who is visiting from Columbus, OH, and had a very good evening.
Five Loaves is a neighborhood restaurant with excellent food at reasonable prices. Most entrees are under $18, some are $11, and on Friday night, as well as others during the week, a bottle of wine is half-price. The owner, Joe Fischbein, is personable and does a great job of making his customers feel welcomed. Our server, Flo, was terrific. She was very attentive to her tables and made her customers feel well cared for. Flo is from Argentina. She has a beautiful accent that matches the smile that is ever present. She is finishing her education in December with two majors and is looking for work as an interpreter upon graduation.
Back to the food. I had pork tenderloin stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes. Patricia had a lobster ravioli appetizer as her main course. Heather had the special risotto with portabella mushrooms and chicken. I do not have the credentials of a food critic. I am not writing a culinary review, but the food was very good. This is about the experience shared at Five Loaves and the value. I have a family that enjoys eating out on occasion and for our money it is hard to beat the enjoyment of a wonderful evening at Five Loaves.
If you have been there, how was your experience? Did you find things as I did? If you have not been there, I would recommend that you give it a try. You will enjoy the experience.

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