Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An Empty Night on the Calendar and The Blind Tiger Pub....

I cherish my evenings at home.  Especially those that start with a glance at an empty box on the calendar.  Those evenings make me smile right now because life has been a lot.  A whole lot.  The kind of life that makes you count days.  I am definitely counting days.  Not in a bad way....just counting.  Waiting for summer's sweet arrival.  All teachers are counting.  Does this surprise you?

Our school year is coming to a close and our own kiddos are finishing projects, turning in uniforms and making summer plans.  I just listened to my son read this story.  Out loud.  In front of me.  For a project but still.  I have to admit, it brought tears to my eyes.  I can't even begin to count all of the times that I have read that story to my kids.  One of our all-time favorites!

We finished dinner...mostly veggies from the farmers market and some butterfly shrimp.  This skillet cookie is baking in my oven and the house is smelling all warm and sugary and in just a bit, the mister and I are going to head out for an evening jaunt around the neighborhood to balance out the calories from that yummy cookie.

My mind, however, keeps wandering back to Charleston.  We strolled through the streets Saturday night and discovered a few new nooks and crannies.  Saying it that way makes it sound a bit mysterious, doesn't it?  Maybe.  I like nooks and crannies.  I like the unusual and the out-of-the-way spots that the tourists will never find.

After the mister played this gig, we had dinner at the Blind Tiger Pub~not necessarily a secret spot but definitely a long-standing one.  The building has been in that spot since 1803.  It has a long history...too long for my blog but an interesting one nonetheless.  The website explained the history and it is amazing.  The kind of amazing that keeps coming to my mind.  On nights when the calendar is empty...

The Blind Tiger Pub has a full menu.  Not a James Beard sort of menu but the kind that is great for late night snacks, drinks out on the patio, relaxed, laid get it, right?  We were ready for food after our street wandering and I was in the mood for something spicy!  These chorizo tacos definitely fit the bill.  

Of course, I have some fries and ranch on the side.  Typical.  There were quick, too.  A good thing when you are super hungry.  The mister had a pulled pork BBQ sandwich with some potato salad.  It was really dark so, even the shot above was kind of a fluke.  You'll have to take my word on it.  

We sat inside at first.  It seemed a bit empty and uneventful until the mister went to the restroom.  He came back and said....We need to be eating outside.  At that point, our food arrived and we asked our waitress to move.  No hassles.  She moved us right outside into a beautiful lowcountry evening.  Lucky us!

It is definitely an interesting place to check out.  I want to go back during daylight hours just to see the building...inside and out.  

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If you are wandering the streets of Charleston, looking for some quick bites in a REALLY ancient feeling atmosphere, check out The Blind Tiger Pub.
If you are hungry for a great, easy dessert, make a skillet cookie.
If you want to remind yourself what parenting is truly about, read The Giving Tree.  Out loud.  With someone you really love.
If you are going to eat too much of that skillet cookie, take a walk. You'll be glad you did. 

Happy Wednesday from Charleston Treasures!

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