So if you checked out my last post, my word of the year was moderation. Part of this was learning how to eat in moderation. Charleston is full of amazing restaurants. If I stuck to a very restrictive diet, I would miss out on all that Charleston has to offer.
In January, I decided that instead of doing a "typical" diet, I would do something that I felt would be helpful for me. I cut out meat for the month. While there wasn't a "diet" undertone about it. It was something I did to simplify life. I would be less to tempted to stop at McDonald's if I couldn't get chicken nuggets. I would be more likely to order a salad or fish option at dinner instead of a burger. I came to learn what works for me, is simply that, something that works for me. I didn't need nor want the advice of a nutritionist or someone who "claims" to know nutrition. I did something that meant something to me.
Outside of eating junk food from time to time, I feel I live a relatively healthy lifestyle. I exercise about 5-6 days a week. I don't smoke, vape, or do anything harmful to my body. I've cut down on alcohol and soda consumption. Along the way I had those telling me that what I was doing made no sense. That "soy" nuggets were worse then regular nuggets, etc. I took their opinion with a grain of salt. It wasn't about how healthy the nugget was, it was about setting my mind to something and achieving it.
So that brings me to this point. I made it the whole month of January without eating meat or fast food. I rewarded myself by trying out the famous "Tavern Burger" at Little Jack's. Throughout the month of January I kept reading post after post about this burger. I had to try it. It lived up to it's rave reviews. It was velvety, which is a word I wouldn't use to describe a burger. It was greasy, but not dripping with grease. Just enough grease so it wasn't dry. The special sauce was used sparingly so it didn't take over the burger. It was worth every bite and the wait. Pretty sure the bartender at Little Jack's thought I hadn't eaten a bite in a month.
During that weekend, I also stopped into Edmund's Oast Brewing Company at Pacific Box & Crate (also known as the Workshop). My husband was rounding out his Whole30 (I may have caused him to do a Whole27 instead...oops, but he did do a few days before the snow storm and then started after), but anyways I was dying to try their food after popping in there for a drink a few days prior. We ended up getting a pizza and their spicy fries. It was worth every bite. The spicy fries were amazing, and super spicy. I typically shy away from spicy food, but could not stop eating these.
On Sunday, we went to church at Seacoast, and then stopped into our new favorite neighborhood breakfast spot, the Gathering Cafe. The Gathering Cafe is located literally across the street from our house. We passed by it all the time, but never stopped in until a guy at a bar literally wouldn't stop talking about it. I tried the Avocado Toast for the first time and it was probably the best Avocado Toast I've ever had. I also had a Mimosa, which was like $4, and large as well. If you haven't had a chance, stop into Gathering Cafe. If you blink you may miss it because it's small and slightly hidden.
Anyways, I've actually gotten a lot better about taking photos before indulging. Here are some mouthwatering photos of my food adventures. Stay tuned for part two of my Charleston food adventures including my first Yelp event and our Valentine's Date Night.
Haley Parler Moore
Charleston resident. Digital Marketer. Crazy Crossfitter. Bulldog Mom. Gamecock fan. Constantly clad in Lululemon.