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Fat Hen on Johns Island

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Trigger fish with pesto, sweet potatoes, oyster mushrooms and carrots

Recently, Bri and I got to host a group (during a fabulous business trip to The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island) at Fat Hen on Johns Island. You guys. If you are ever within 25 miles of this place, you HAVE to check it out! Continue reading

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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

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Okay, so I promise that most days, my job is just like yours. I read emails, I answer emails, I write emails to send out to all of our clients… But just a couple of times a year, my job is TRULY fabulous. Last week was one of those times. Continue reading

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Ristorante Divino

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A few weeks ago, Columbia had its very own Restaurant Week. This is a glorious week each year during which multiple restaurants in the area select a 3-course limited menu for a great deal. Which means we can go to a nice place like Ristorante Divino for a fraction of what we would normally spend, were we to purchase 3 courses (times 2) a la carte. Continue reading

ColaTownTourist Gets in Shape

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Most people who know me probably know that while I am obsessed with food (even healthy food), I HATE to exercise. Not that I don’t exercise. I just hate doing it. Typically I use workout videos at home and just Get. It. Done. But this month, I joined a gym. A GYM!!! I, ColaTownTourist, am a card-carrying member (or at least a key fob-carrying member) of Hampton Hill Athletic Club. And you know what? I don’t hate it. Continue reading

California Dreaming

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calif dreamingMy husband and I are what you might call “old souls.” While many young professionals are out on a Thursday night hopping from bar to bar, Brian and I often like to head over to California Dreaming and listen to local artist Jim LeBlanc cover songs from Bob Dylan to Simon and Garfunkel, as well as a few of his own originals.

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Adventures in Europe, Part 4 – Florence, Italy (plus, a short trip to Pisa!)

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The beautiful Arno River from Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Florence may have been my favorite city in Europe. Or at least my favorite in Italy. The architecture and the landscape are simply breathtaking. And the fact that most things you see around you have been around for literally hundreds of years just makes it all that more amazing. Not to mention that the people are just so friendly! Continue reading

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Adventures in Europe Part 3 – Cinque Terre, Italy

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Our breakfast view of Monterosso

Tucked into the side of a mountain, Cinque Terre, Italy, was an amazing little vacation within a vacation on our European tour. Totally off of my radar, I had no idea how beautiful and relaxing this little stop would be. Nestled into a mountain along the Mediterranean sea, this region is full of vineyards, olive groves and lemon trees, which makes for an unbelievably gorgeous (and delicious), uniquely Italian retreat. Continue reading

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Adventures in Europe Part 2 – Bern, Switzerland

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Bern, Switzerland, was such a pleasant little surprise of a town! It is absolutely gorgeous everywhere you look. The whole city looks just like a Bavarian postcard. This was our second stop on our 14-day European vacation, and I fell in love! ( Continue reading