Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hollaaaa 2014

So 2014 is coming to an end and here I am drinking wine and wondering what I've done this year. I don't feel like I've done much, yet as I go through my "done" list I feel differently. 

Traveled? Check, visited 2 new cities and 1 that I've been to as a child and was able to see as an adult. 

Self-discovery? Check, been able to spend a lot of time alone and really get to know Mr J Sully. I think I've really obtained a grasp of myself and what makes me tick and how I click with others. Which leads me to...

Dating? Check, because I went on several dates, with several guys no matter how bad they were they happened and I'm thankful for them. I didn't find "the one", but I've grown to understand how much of people's foolishness to live with. 

I cannot wait to receive whatever is in store in 2015. I already know I will be an uncle, as life changing as that will be.vof course, I'll try to do better keeping the blog updated.

I wish you all a happy new year!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

No, Grandma I'm not going to see a show while I eat: The Strip Club 104

I was reading something a few months back, around the time of Euphoria, that said in order for Greenville to become a place for foodies, the great restaurants have to be outside of just Downtown. Well, I'd like to say Greenville is definitely on its way with places such as The Whistle Stop in Travelers Rest, Stella's Southern Bistro in Simpsonville, and my latest stop, The Strip Club 104 in Greer.

I heard about The Strip Club 104 from a few coworkers a couple of years ago and never got the chance to check it out until last Wednesday and I must say, I was not disappointed at all. Just so you aren't confused like my grandma was, The Strip Club 104 is a steakhouse, not an actualy strip club, located in Downtown Greer on Trade Street. 

The menu features mainly a variety of steaks along with chicken and salmon and a large variety of sides.

For an appetizer, I had the calabash calamari, which is served with a spicy tarragon rémouladez it was very good. 

For my entree, I had the Sexy Steak, a grilled house-aged 1855 black angus soho strip served with asparagus and a smoked Gouda lobster mac and cheese, which is topped with maple cracked black pepper bacon. It was really good. The lobster mac and cheese was some of the best I've had. 

One of my friends that went with me had a filet mignon with sautéed tarragon forrest mushrooms and cornmeal encrusted fried okra with Texas Pete jelly. I was fortunate enough to try the okra, with and without the jelly and it was absolutely delicious. 

For desert, we had the creme brûlée, which I think had peach moonshine in it, if I'm not mistaken. It was quite delicious as well. 

I was not overly impressed with the service, especially since I asked for a cocktail off of the menu and received a glass of wine in its place.

I think The Strip Club 104 definitely gives people a reason to go to Downtown Greer, especially on Wednesday nights when they do a free sample wine flight.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weekenf Whereabouts: Southern Fellow meets the West Coast pt 2

Now, to pick up where I left off. 

Day 3

Saturday in Seattle was a little rough. I had to recover from Halloween night and get up for a tour of Pike Place Market given by Savory Seattle. I decided to take the VIP tour, which starts at 9 in Post Alley at the famous Gum Wall. Yes, it's so gross but so cool at the same time! 

My tour guide, who I'll name "B" because I don't remember his name but I'm pretty sure it started with a "B", was very good. I love a good cheesy joke and he was full of them while giving us history and fun facts about the market. I wish I had more time in Seattle to check out his Booze and Bites tour, but there's next time!

On the tour I saw the "first", which is really the fourth Starbucks, the Pike Place Boys (yes, they threw a fish or two for us) and had some incredible macaroni and cheese and chocolate! 

The line to get into Starbucks!!! No thanks, I'll go to the one around the corner.

After my tour I caught the ferry to Bremerton to hang out with Layla and the fam. She was running a little behind, so I grabbed lunch at Anthony's. It was a fun time of course! We got Layla's haircut, drank wine and sharpened pencils. 

The ride back to Seattlebthat night was an interesting one. I thought it was ok to take a nap on the ferry because everyone else did it and ended up being the last one on the ferry. Luckily they don't let you keep riding the ferry back and forth and they woke me up. (Embarrassing, I know)

Day 4

Sunday was a funday-no pun intended. We went dress shopping for round two and we actually found a dress! Of course, I can't show it to you, but Layla almost had a moment. It was exciting! I was a bit disappointed they didn't have a bell though. 

Sunday night we all had dinner at a place called The Boat Shed. I'm sure it has beautiful views during the day, as it is located on the water with views of the bridge and I guess what's considered downtown Bremerton. The food was pretty good. 

Day 5

Ugh, yes my trip came to an end and I was quite upset, but I squeezed one last Seattle meal out before I spent the day with Layla and the kids. I had one of the best salmon burgers ever from another Tom Douglas restaurant, Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie. 

Layla wanted me to stop and grab her some doughnuts on my way to the ferry but I didn't have time to stand in line. I did grab her some cheesecake though, from The Confectional. Sooo good and they ship them!

Pumpkin cheesecake! 

As you can see, I had a blast in Seattle! Definitely a fun city, especially if you're a foodie! I'm planning a trip for the summer when the weather is better! 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Weekend Whereabouts: Southern Fellow meets the West Coast

Back in June, one of my dearest friends Layla moved out to Seattle and eventually moved my godson there as well. I, of course, turned this negative into a positive and decided a trip to Seattle would be my "big vacation" for the year. Unfortunately I couldn't visit this past summer because Layla was pregnant and I preferred to visit after the baby was born, which led to me heading West last weekend. 

Let me go ahead and tell you this trip was a list of quite a few first for me. First trip to Seattle. First time on the West Coast. First time having to take a connecting flight. The list does go on but I'll stop there. 

This is me once I get seated on the plane and realize it is oh so small! 

I woke up just in time to take a picture of Chicago!

Day 1

My first day in Seattle was on Thursday and I have to say it was lovely despite the rain. I took the light rail from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport into the city, which I thought was so much fun. Riding throughout Seattle's suburban neighborhoods and riding by both Safeco Field and CentryLink Field was cool. To my dismay, I'm sure I looked like a tourist. Another amazing thing about the light rail is the station was literally a block from my hotel, Courtyard Marriott Downtown Seattle/Pioneer Square. 

After arriving at the Courtyard, I got settled in and made those oh so very important phone calls to let everyone know I had arrived safely. I then used Urbanspoon to locate a restaurant for lunch. I knew I was catching the end of Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW), so a restaurant on the list was a must. I ended up choosing Taste, a restaurant attached to Seattle Art Museum, aka SAM. So good!

During my walk to Taste I noticed a couple of Seattle sites, the Space Needle in the distance and Fran's Chocolates across the street. Both of these led to my self guided walk through Pike Place Market and ultimately Seattle. 

Yea, that's right I walked all over Seattle in the first 4 hours of me being there. Check out some pics below from my walk:

So, it wasn't until I made it to the Space Needle that I realized I had a 40 minute walk back to my hotel. I did walk the entire thing and even found this fantastic doughnut shop on my way. 

Top Pot changed my life so much, every time I went to see Layla I had to take some.

The rest of Day 1 included dinner with Layla and her friend at Tom Douglas' restaurant Etta's, quiet time watching Scandal and How to get away with Murder, and a trip to the bar, Madison Pub.  For some reason I didn't feel like getting dressed up for the boys of Seattle that night so I just wore a sweater with a bear from Gap and chinos. The bear sweater is quite the conversation piece. You can see it in my airplane selfie above.

This sweater led to me making friends at the bar and piling into a Toyota Highlander with 7 other guys and riding to R bar. I swear this only happens to me!

Day 2

Friday was quite an experience. It started with wedding dress shopping at BHLDN, which is a bridal shop within Anthropology. Our sales associate was awful except for her giving us champagne. I wish I could show pictures, but I feel that breaks a rule or something. 

We went to lunch at Pike Place Chowder, which I highly suggest. It was so good! If you check it out, don't go alone and have someone go save seats while you order. Trust me, it's easier. 

We also knocked out some shopping before heading to Port Orchard on the ferry, where Layla lives.

The ferry gives some amazing views of the Puget Sound as well as the Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier, if it's clear. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it. 

Brementon/Port Orchard is dead boots, but the harbor is so cute!

I will say there is a cute little coffee shop at the ferry terminal called Frenchie, or something like that. I was so hungry I felt quiche and coffee went together when we arrived. Do they go together?

The rest of my Friday included a little babysitting, since my godson felt it was ok to leave me and go trick or treating with his new friend. After arriving back in the city, I got dressed up myself and hit the town. I spent 45 mins of my Halloween night in line at Cuff. I'm assuming this is a popular nightclub considering the wait time. It was a fun time, especially with all of the Russell Wilsons running around and making out.

Well, that carries you through day 2, the rest of the weekend will be in Weekend Whereabouts Pt 2 and I owe you some restaurant reviews!