Monday, January 30, 2012

birthday celebrations

Since we were supposed to be in Charleston for my birthday weekend, my night out was the next week.  We went to Roosters Beak for dinner with the Scotts and Scoggins'.  Such a great place in downtown Augusta. 

With Martha and Natalie

Preston, Brad and Win

Martha and I both got the shrimp cakes with grits and a poblano corn cream sauce.  Good!

Brad's trio of tacos - pork, rooster and catfish

We finally went to Charleston this last weekend.  It was great, as always!  We went over Saturday morning and started with lunch at Jim 'n Nick's BBQ.  It was started in Birmingham and their pig in a potato patch and cheese biscuits are the bomb. 

Then we walked around downtown and tried not to spend any money.  We had to stop by an old favorite for an afternoon margarita. 

Brad got the jumbo.  I'll say!! 
Now he is growing a beard for our upcoming ski trip.  He was inspired by Levi and Win - scary!

We went to 82 Queen for dinner.  This place has the coolest atmosphere.  I was actually not too pleased with my meal.  Their 'world-famous' she crab soup was horribly thick, although flavorful. 

Brad really enjoyed his jambalaya though.

See how cool this is??  An outdoor, lit courtyard for dining among the trees.

And Brad tried a new beer - Sugar Hill from Harlem.  It was quite good!

After dinner, we went next door to the Bar at Husk.  We have had brunch here in the past and just saw the (newly-opened) bar rated in the top 50 by Garden & Gun.  It was pretty cool, I must say.  Try it out next time you're in Charleston. 
We ran into a guy selling Boykins downtown.  Aren't they the cutest?!?  We used to raise them when Levi and I were little.  Brad has been bitten by the bird hunting bug (thanks to Daddy and Levi) so we have been talking serioulsy about getting more dogs soon. 

On Sunday, we hit the outlets.  I spent all that money I was trying to save on Saturday.  :)

We also celebrated Mom's birthday on Friday.  She was really sick too but we enjoyed some shrimp and grits and 4-layer chocolate delight.  (Have I shared that recipe?  If not, I will soon - it's delish.)  Dad's birthday is tomorrow so he is coming over Wednesday because Mom is out of town. 

Happy birthdays to us!

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