As I mentioned yesterday, Jonathan and I decided to forgo gifts for each other this year, and since we both have time off at the moment, treat ourselves to a 3-night getaway. We were limited due to the short-notice of the planning, but I’m really excited that we’re off to…

Charleston!

We’re heading for three nights next week, and really, we know nothing about the city. We already have reservations to Husk and McCrady’s, and are staying right on Meeting Street (which I think is central…), but I’d love any other ideas! I’d love any recommendations of what to do, what to see, where to eat, areas to explore, etc. Help, tumblr?

INDIE CHEFS WEEK PLAYLISTS - THURSDAY

Over twenty young chefs have descended upon Foreign & Domestic in Austin for Indie Chefs Week. Here’s what they’re listening to:

JEREMIAH LANGHORNE

@ McCRADY’S, CHARLESTON, SC

Previously at OXO Restaurant in Charlottesville, Noma in Copenhagen. Loves foraging for fresh food ideas and wild local ingredients.

Modest Mouse - Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine

Queens Of The Stone Age - Millionaire

Ghostface Killah - 2Getha Baby

At The Drive-In - Arcarsenal

Old Crow Medicine Show - Methamphetamine

PLINIO SANDALIO

@ CARNILLON, AUSTIN, TX

Previously at Rickshaw, Soma, Noe, Gravitas, Textile, Congress. 2012 Rising Star Pastry Chef.

New Order, Ceremony

Joe Jackson, Stepping Out

Gang Of Four, To Hell With Poverty

Death From Above 1979, Sexy Results

The Kinks, Come Dancing

BENJAMIN SUKLE

@ THE DORRANCE, PROVIDENCE, RI

Previously at La Laiterie, stage at Noma. Authentic cooking, no shortcuts, focus on seasonal, local, and sustainable goods.

GZA - Shadowboxin

Notorious B.I.G. - Kick In The Door

Plan B - She Said

Wu Tang Clan - Shame On A Nigga

Allman Brothers - Little Martha

Camp Lo - Luchini (This Is It)

JAMES MARK

@ NORTH, PROVIDENCE, RI

Previously at momofuku ko and momofuku milk bar. Cooks strange Chinese/American/Guatemalan food.

Merle Haggard - Mama Tried

TLC - Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

Tom Cochrane - Life Is A Highway

David Lee Roth - Yankee Rose

Caballo Dorodao - No Rompas Mas Mi Pobre Corazon

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Tonight will be my first time dining at McCrady’s, which is generally considered one of the finest restaurants in what is arguably one of the greatest food cities in America. Chef Brock was named the 2010 Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Foundation and was featured as a challenger on Iron Chef back in December. I’ve previously dined at his new Southern restaurant Husk, which was superb, but I’m excited to finally try some of the dishes that helped Brock make a name for himself. 

The Charleston City Paper featured a nice review of McCrady’s last week, and while kind words are always a good sign, I’ll just let these pictures do the talking:

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Planning my trip to Charleston. McCrady’s and Husk are both on the list.

Okay, if you have talked to me in the last couple days, you know that over break I had what I would like to, ‘a meal of my life.’ It was at McCrady’s in Charleston, SC. These wonderful people were the 2010 recipient of the James Beard award for the Best Chef in the Southeast. 

To begin, there’s a cute story of how I got here. Months ago I read an article about this restaurant in Esquire. Fast-forward, I’m in Charleston, with reservation at another restaurant, going on a self-guided history of the area. I see McCrady’s, know I have to get a reservation. I do. 

We (my mother and I) with a take off of shrimp and grits. Oh my god, delightful. It’s clams and shrimp over this most wonderful of broths, topped with a light foam. Now usually I think that foam is silly and only for effect, but this was nice. They also serve the bread with both butter and olive oil, which is a nice touch. Then we start the entrees. I got a trio of lamb, and my mom got flounder. The trio of lamb was one of the best things I have ever eaten, no joke. There was lamb belly, which is so so good. Why aren’t there more types of animal bellies being served? This is an excellent question in my opinion. Then there was a piece of tenderloin. Melted in the mouth; amazing. Finally, a pulled lamb shoulder patty-type-thing. Soft, salty, incredible. My mom’s flounder was also good, not quite spectacular. Served with this most incredible of broccoli, green, and lemon-y, and summer-y in January. Dessert was a ‘soft’ chocolate and an apple tart. Both were good, the chocolate especially. 

If you’re ever in the Charleston area, hit that shit up. It’s in a beautiful building; that alone is worth a visit. If you want a more in depth interview of this meal, baby, you just call me. 

This is their website, if you’re curious: http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/index.cfm

The Charleston Wine + Food Festival doesn’t start for a few more days, but our stomachs are already rumbling. Tonight at McCrady’s, the Southern Foodways Alliance hosts the Potlikker Film Festival, featuring shorts on heirloom beans to heirloom pork and beyond. Plus there’s going to be food from Sean Brock, Sarah O’Kelley, and Robert Stehling and COAST’s oyster-flavored beer.

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Perennial plate is the best web series in food. Great piece on Sean Brock and Glen Roberts. Two of the driving forces behind antebellum agriculture and the revival of southern cuisine. What I think is the most interesting and innovative work happening in food.

There’s No Wrong Way to Drink a Riesling

By Evan Powell

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Photographs provide by author

A view  of 5 of 7 Riesling representations with the guest of honor in the distance. 

Paul Grieco is a sommelier and restaurateur who believes a great wine should represent six core values:  Balance, power, complexity, longevity, sense of place and yumminess.  With these tenets as the basis, Paul founded the international movement, Summer of Riesling, to celebrate what he feels is the world’s most versatile and expressive grape. At a recent celebratory dinner at McCrady’s, Paul offered his colorful expressiveness with passionate, informative commentary alongside a culinary journey of excellence guided by Chef Sean Brock and Beverage Director Cappie Peete.   

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