White Russians ft. Coconuts

Suffering from the post Christmas blues? Us too…so we are treating ourselves to a twist on a White Russian aka an adult milk shake. And the best part…it’s so simple to whip up!

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Ingredients

  • Kahlua
  • Malibu
  • Vanilla Bean ice cream
  • Milk
  • Coco and coconuts for garnish

Simply, add 2 oz. of  Kahlua and 2 oz. of Malibu in the blender. Scoop in 2 big scoops of ice cream and add a splash of milk. Blend it on up and pour! Add some garnish such a coco powder and coconuts! We went a little over board with the coco but we aren’t complaining! (Serves 2)

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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

 

 

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Here’s a tasty lil’ treat that will have your whole family (sugar) buzzin’. Super easy to make and it tastes like Christmas is having a big ole party in your mouth. So whisk up this liquid gold, snuggle up with your fam and take in what’s left of the Christmas spirit!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 8 0z. white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • toppings: whipped cream, crushed peppermint

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan pour in the milk and chocolate chips. Whisk over medium/low heat until the chocolate chips are fully melted. Careful not to let the milk boil or the chocolate stick to the bottom. Take away from the heat and stir in that vanilla and peppermint. Then top that bad boy off with some decor and serve it up hot!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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The Park Cafe

  

One of Charleston’s most treasured hidden gems, The Park Cafe is one of my favorite spots. I come here way too often but it’s just way too good. It’s away from the hustle and bustle of the busier part of downtown and has a great neighborhood feel to it. I bring my family here when they’re in town, grab breakfast with friends here before class and come for Sunday lunch as well. They do a great job of transitioning the menu and atmospher from morning to night.  

 The place is filled with natural light and pretty greenery (THE FERN WALL),

And the food…  
  

   

  It’s all good, all the time. 

Food is best eaten with friends so the next time you want to catch up with someone, hear a good story or laugh with someone head over to The Park Cafe and order up! 

Located on 730 Rutledge Ave, open from 7am-10pm (Sun 9am-3pm), great prices ($10-$15)

Dellz Uptown

Calling all animal lovers, this one’s for you. Dellz Uptown is a vegetarian friendly restaurant run by family and friends. Their focus is family, community and some dang good food. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this place though, the greatness of this food outweighs the greatness of meat. (But they do offer meat on some items for those who can’t be persuaded). They’ve got pizzas, bowls, wraps, salads and smoothies. I highly recommend the bean and rice bowl (which also has house made mango salsa, avocado, bean sprouts, lime juice & house made goddess dressing). If you’re not super hungry go for the black bean humus dip served with fresh warm pita bread or any of their awesome smoothies! Super casual atmosphere, an order and sit down kinda deal. Just an easy place to go for great food. We are down with Dellz! 

Located on 511 Rutledge Ave, open from 11am-8pm, closed on Sunday’s. Great prices! ($10-$15)

   
   

Big Apple Bites

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Spots to Savor hit the big city last week and ate it up for all it was worth. We had three days and a million places to try and we definitely made our rounds. I actually got a lot of recommendations from our Instagram account @spotstosavor which ended up being some of the best places we tried. This was my second time being in New York, if you’ve never been it is magical. Especially in the snow. And it snowed. The whole time. FullSizeRender (14)

But we didn’t mind, we bundled up and soaked it all in. So some of our favorite spots that we tried:

The Butcher’s Daughter

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This cute place serves mostly vegetarian plates (hence the name The Butcher’s Daughter), and is decorated with tons of pretty plants, hanging fruits and veggies. It’s pretty trendy and has a fun and quirky atmosphere. They had a couple of awesome looking toasts, I got the avocado toast and it was delicious. They also serve cold pressed juices, salads and sandwiches.

Dominique Ansel’s Bakery

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Frozen. Smores. Frozen Smores. This is the best thing I have ever eaten. Vanilla bean ice cream wrapped in delicious, thick, creamy chocolate, wrapped in a fluffy marshmallow that is then torched in front of you. All on a wooden stick. There is just nothing better. This is also the home of the infamous cronut (they sell out super early so you have to get there in the morning to get one), and the cookie shot (a cookie cup lined with chocolate and filled with milk). It. Was so. Good.

Pommes Frites

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French fries are god’s gift to this world. Pommes Frites was a little french fry bar where they would give you a big ole scoop of some perfectly golden fries and top it off with one of their crazy sauces. They had all different kinds like Parmesan peppercorn, pineapple thai, dill lemon (what I got), and rosemary garlic. And they let you sample all of them. Absolutely brilliant.

Serendipity

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Very well known but very worth it. We could barely finish this frozen hot chocolate between four of us. And the lemon icebox pie. Oh and the coffee, cinnamon, and chocolate sundae. Like I said we made our rounds. That frozen hot chocolate tasted like everything you’ve ever loved about chocolate in any form and flavor all put into one drink. It was magical.

Magnolia’s Bakery

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Cute. Just so cute. If you’re going to go to Magnolia’s Bakery, go to the one that’s in Bloomingdales. It’s way cuter and I think they had a wider variety and you can shop. They’re super well known for their cupcakes but the banana pudding is what you need to get. Along with one of everything else.

And here’s a picture of some succulents from Chelsea Market cause it was cool and I like them.

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Thanks for having us New York. We are full and we are happy.

Nick’s Bar-B-Q

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Our snouts smelled somethin real good cookin up at Nick’s BBQ on King and we were not wrong. Nick’s BBQ (formally known as Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ), has been cooking up some of the best southern traditional bar-b-q for a long time. This family business has taken off and become a little home away from home on the hustly bustly King st. Stepping into their restaurant feels like sitting down at a family dinner. They have a step up and order policy where you order at the register and then they bring it out to you. Low & Slow they say, and we can dig it. It has a sweet rustic and homey decor that is a great contrast to all the yuppie up and coming restaurants on King (not that those aren’t great too). They bring us back to that sweet Southern pride that we’re so fond of.

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Their kind of food is the best kind of comfort and soul food. Great BBQ, great southern sides (mac & cheese, sweet potato casserole, fries, potato salad and all that good stuff), and ya’ll… these cheese biscuits…. man oh man these cheese biscuits. They are worth every bite. And don’t worry they sell the mix to take home and make yourself. Biscuits all day every day. They also do a little Taco Tuesday promo which is always great. If you’re in the mood for sharing (or not) you should get the loaded queso and chips appetizer. Imagine a dreamy pile of queso, sausage and smoked tomato salsa and chips. To die for. And if you’re super indecisive on what to get like me, you can get a little of everything! They offer a couple sample platter options where you can choose up to 4 different meats to try. One of my other favorite features is their take-home family dinners. These are great for family gatherings, dinner for the fam when you don’t feel like cooking, or if you’re in charge of roommate dinner.  Nothing beats some good ole Southern comfort food.

Located on 288 King St, open from 11am-9:30pm Sun-Thu and 11am-10pm Fri & Sat. Follow them on Instagram @nicksbarbq and follow us @spotstosavor

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*swwoooonnn*

Black Tap Coffee

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This minimalist styled coffee shop is simple and to the point. Good coffee, good service, good atmosphere. I love coffee shops where you feel like you can stay and chat for a couple hours, do some work and settle in for a bit. This is a great place for that, they have a couple different table options with one long one in the middle if you’re with friends, smaller ones off to the side if you’re with one friend or alone, and a bar with stools along the wall. They also have great seats by the windows which are nice on a beautiful day. I like to study here because their minimalist style isn’t too busy or distracting for you to sit down and focus and they have complimentary wi-fi. Not to mention their coffee is some of the best. They’re the only pour-over bar in downtown Charleston and they hand curate their own coffee. Their lavender latte and their iced coffee are my favorite things to get. The lavender latte isn’t too bold of a flavor but it’s fresh and interesting. They only have a few different pastry items, so I wouldn’t plan on making a meal here. It’s tucked away on Beaufain St. away from the hustle and bustle of the more crowded coffee shops so you can avoid the tourists and interesting characters that coffee shops usually bring out. Go settle in with your brew of the day at Black Tap!

Located on 70 1/2 Beaufain St., open from 7am-7pm Monday – Friday and 8am-6pm Sat & Sun. Follow them on instagram @blacktap coffee and follow us @spotstosavor

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