Tag Archives: Greenville SC

Milk and Honey Organics Delivery – and A New Meal Plan!

This week’s basket: Jonagold apples, Extra Fancy Navel Oranges, Fair Trade Bananas, Blueberries, Limes, Collards, Boston Butter Lettuce, Celery, Sugar Snap Peas, Yukon Gold Potatoes and Fennel (I requested a substitute for the fennel, since it’s not one of my favorites, and was surprised with some baby bok choy instead…yeah!). I know you want one too, so order it now at Milk & Honey Organics for next week. This is the Starter Basket for $35.

Here’s the menu plan for this week:

Recipe Links:

Lemon Tarts (using Lemon Curd recipe from Ina Garten) or Lemon Cake with Lime Curd and Pomegranate from Design Sponge

Egg Casserole (my mom’s recipe, of course)

Lentil Walnut Burgers from Whole Food’s Market

Brandied Sausage Stuffing (aka Turkey Roulade) from Ina Garten

Smoothies (be creative: the link provides a basic formula)

Also, I may try these this week:

Homemade Wheat Thins from Oh She Glows

Whole Wheat English Muffins from Simply Life

Blueberry Salsa from Southern Living

Milk and Honey Organics: I’m in Love!

Week 2 from Milk & Honey Organics was every bit as good as Week 1! You probably think it’s crazy, but I was so excited waiting for my basket today! Am I the only one that gets giddy over fresh, organic produce!?!

This week’s sweetness basket came with a pile of parsnips (look like white carrots), a head of lettuce, 2 tomatoes (from local Hurricane Creek farm), a pile of potatoes, baby bok choy (cabbage), mushrooms, strawberries, 3 pears, 3 oranges, 3 apples, a red pepper and a ginger root. And she even put the little Valentine stickers on them (see Valentine’s post here for the free download). The strawberries said “I love you…BERRY, BERRY much.” The pears said, “We make the perfect PEAR.” And the apples said, “You’re the APPLE of my eye.” All for just $35 (minus $5 for the survey discount). I’m in love!

This week, I decided to make a menu plan with what we got today (see list above) and what we had left from last week’s basket, along with a few of my own random items. Check out the next post for a Menu Plan for Two!

It’s Finally Here! Organic Produce Delivered to My Kitchen!


I was researching online a few weeks ago and came across this Organic Delivery Service in my area! I admit I was skeptical at first, but I did a little research and decided to take the plunge. I ordered my first basket and it arrived today! (Delivery service for the Greenville area is on Thursdays.)

Definitely fill out the survey on the side bar before you order. Once you fill out the survey, you get a coupon code for $5 off your first order! One of the surveys lets them know what fruits and vegetables you LOVE!!!, are okay with, or think are YUCK!! It’s so cool!

So, they have three packages: $35, $50 or $70. I ordered the $35 package because it said it should be good for 2 people for about a week, plus I used my code, so here’s what I got for $30:

A giant head of lettuce, a bunch of kale, cauliflower, broccoli, 4 large carrots, a bunch of green onions, 4 large shallots, 3 yams, 1 mango, 4 oranges, 3 apples, and 7-8 bananas. 100% Organic and Delivered!! I could get used to this!

The guy who dropped it off is the husband of the business owner. He actually brought it all into my kitchen and put it on my counter for me (so he could reuse his cooler). He also said his wife tries to email recipes that contain the more unusual produce items to the customers each week, in case you don’t know what to do with your groceries. This means my grocery trip will consist of buying my fruit-veggie juice blend (from trader Joe’s that we take our vitamins with each a.m.), organic milk (almond/soy milk for me), eggs, rice (or other grains), beans, and the occasional meat. I’ll be in and out in 15 minutes!

So, if you’re in the Greenville-Spartanburg area, check out Milk & Honey Organics! Place your order by Tuesday at noon if you want a delivery on Thursday.

Restaurant Review: Everyday Organic in Greenville, SC

Everyday Organic is a restaurant that has been open for about 5 months near the Cherrydale Cinema, here in Greenville, SC. Almost all of their menu items can be customized for vegetarians and vegans too, which I love!

Bryan and I tried it out on Friday for a late lunch date and found it so quaint and enjoyable! The prices are reasonable, especially for organic cuisine! We got out for about $10 per person. Bryan had the Turkey Pesto Wrap with the Pesto Pasta Salad. He loved the sandwich, and though the pasta salad would’ve been better warm, but it was still very good. I had the Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Dip. It came with pita triangles. The waitress talked me into the large portion, but I definitely only needed the small portion. We ended up taking over half of the dip home. I think it will taste better as a spread on a wrap than just a dip for pita chips, but it was good. I think it had sweet potato in it, which I wasn’t used to.

I told my friend Amanda about the restaurant, and she took her family on Saturday for lunch. Even the kids liked it! They had the pimento spread, chicken salad, and hummus sandwich with the quinoa salad, and said they were all very good! None of us had room to try their desserts, but they certainly did look and smell tempting. AND they had a cute little organic produce section by the front door. We will definitely be going back!

Another coworker, Chad, and his wife went on Saturday as well. He recommended the Cherrydale Turkey wrap with green apples and goat cheese, as well as the blueberry pie and coconut cream cheese cupcake.

They’re open from 11AM-2:30PM for lunch, and then they reopen from 5-9PM for dinner. Closed on Sundays. Lunch is a full menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. Lunch menu here. For dinner, they feature two menu items each night, so check the menu before you go. Dinner menu here.

Check it out! We’ve been eating out less and less for two different reasons: 1. Budget concerns, and 2. The more research I do about processed foods and chemical additives, the less I want to eat out. But with Everyday Organic, we know that the prices are reasonable and that we can enjoy it guilt-free because it’s all good for us! Definitely a new favorite! I just wish there were more restaurants like this one!

Greenville City Guide on Design*Sponge

illustration by Dave Siglin

Our friends Dave & Rachel put together an awesome city guide for Greenville, SC, where we live. Rachel did most of the writing and researching, and Dave drew a special piece of artwork, featuring some highlights of the city (see illustration above). Go Team Siglin!!

Greenville, SC, truly is a great place! In fact, it was featured in one of USAirway’s in-flight magazines this past year, with an 18-page, full-color article! Rachel and I talk about the city guides on Design*Sponge often (after all, Design*Sponge is one of our favorite blogs to follow). So, it’s fun to finally see a post on Greenville there!

It was also fun to be one of the few who got to read it prior to press! Thanks for the sneak peek, Rachel! And one of my husband’s photos was featured there too! (Click on the picture below to be directed to his photography site. More pictures to be added soon.)

photo courtesy of Bryan McKinnon (my husband)

Check out the full city guide on Design*Sponge here:  http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/11/greenville-city-guide.html.

My First Experience with Persian Food: Pomegranate on Main

Traditional Persian Breakfast: Fresh Baked Flatbread with Salted Butter, Fresh Mint Leaves, Feta Cheese and Chopped Radishes. It might sound interesting, but it's actually delicious!

Salmon Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette and Fresh Tomato Wedges. I squeezed the lime on my salad and the lemon wedge over the salmon. Delicious! We also had hummus, of which I forgot to take a picture.

For directions and a full menu, check out their website at pomegranateonmain.com.

A Few of My Favorite Things…from Indie Craft Parade

Last night was so much fun! After work, we had dinner at Coffee Underground, then headed over to the 1st Annual Indie Craft Parade! I could not believe how many people were there. In 3 hours, over 1400 people came! There were 77 vendors, all with extraordinary, hand-crafted items, from jewelry to kids clothing, from baked goods and handmade fine chocolates to hand sewn journals. It was fabulous!

And they had food vendors and live music! I couldn’t believe they didn’t charge an admission rate. The founders envision doing this for years and years to come and will possibly charge a $1-2 admission fee in the future, but this year they wanted it to be 100% free to really excite the community about these great local businesses. We stuck around for the raffle but sadly did not win anything. I did however score some finds. Here’s a glimpse of some of my favorite artists and their goods…

I bought this lovely little vintage bird pin from Erin Godbey of 17 Dove Street and mastermind hostess of the Indie Craft Parade! She’s one of the blogs I follow on a regular basis!

Vintage Bird Pin from 17 Dove Street - $4.

Then I bought this adorable little espresso mug from Katie Coston of Illyria and this delicious Cinnamon Chocolate Bread from Katie Gerdt.

Cinnamon Chocolate Babka, $5 - Hand-thrown Ceramic Mug, $12

Of course, I had to try out the mug this morning for breakfast, so I brewed a rich French Press of an Organic Peruvian blend and enjoyed it black. I also had a banana, and, no, I did not eat even a quarter of what was on the plate.

Breakfast: Organic Coffee, Cinnamon Chocolate Babka from Katie Gerdt and Apple Streudel from the Bavarian Pretzel Factory (one of the food vendors).

Here are a few of my other favorite artists’ sites (in alphabetical order by brand). Click the picture to be linked to the artist’s site.

Alice book with original art by Cory Godbey (husband of Erin of 17DoveStreet)

Just Between You and Me Necklace from http://www.cravestudio.etsy.com

Cork Garden Necklace by Jen Moreau of Fox to the Opera

All the Tea in China earrings by Involution Design

My friend Ben Kammer and I had a dream of opening a tea shop and pottery studio. It hasn't happened yet, but he's got the pottery thing going on the side now. He makes beautiful pottery!

Unique Kiln Fused Glass Creations by LeisaWorks

Vintage Garden Hoop Earrings by LilyPottery.com

Tea Towels by PonyandPoppy.com

Handcrafted Chocolate Bars by Sweeteeth

Farmers Market Bags by ThreeBadSeeds.com

Fatty the Whale by ThreeBadSeeds.com

Recipe Cards by Two Over Zero

The event is open until 5PM tonight at the Huguenot Mill behind the Peace Center in Greenville, SC. Check it out!

www.indiecraftparade.com

Indie Craft Parade: Bring the Family…and Your Wallet!

Greenville is a rapidly growing artist community. If you love beautifully hand crafted items from jewelry to clothing to artisan breads, stop by this free event hosted by the local artist community! And they’re announcing prize drawing winners at 8:30pm on Friday (must be present to win)! Support your local arts by coming out and enjoying this family friendly event! Several of my friends have booths. I wanted to participate with my jewelry, but I didn’t sign up due to time constraints with PT school. There’s always next year! I predict this will be a first annual fabulous event! See you at the ICP!

Healthful Options to Enjoy at the Upstate Foodie Fest, August 20-29

Local restaurants have teamed up to provide a week of special menus at great rates! Most of the participating restaurants entrées alone cost $30 on their own. For this week only, you can get an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $30 per person! So, pick an occasion to celebrate and choose a restaurant. Check out individual restaurant websites for directions.

I’ve called each of the participating locations to help you figure out healthful options that allow you to still participate in this cuisine experience! Though not necessary, reservations are encouraged.  For more information and complete menus, visit www.upstatefoodie.com/foodie_fest.

HEALTHFUL OPTIONS:

American Grocery Restaurant – www.americangr.com – 232.7665

STARTER: Romaine BLT Salad (request no bacon or bacon on the side)

ENTRÉE: Hot Smoked Sunburst Trout

DESSERT: Buttermilk Pana Cotta with Organic Blueberry Compote is their lightest dessert option; also willing to substitute house made sorbet upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Saturday, 5PM until

The Brown Street Club – www.brownstreetclub.com – 250.9193

STARTER: Green Salad or Seared Blackened Tuna

ENTRÉE: Oven Roasted Chicken

DESSERT: still waiting to hear back from

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Tuesday thru Saturday, 5PM until

City Range Steakhouse Grill – www.cityrange.com – 286.9018

STARTER: “Hub City” Caprese Salad or Lemongrass Steamed Mussels

ENTRÉE: Oven Herb Roasted Halibut

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of fruit upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Thursday, 4PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 4PM-11PM; Sunday, 4PM-9PM.

Devereaux’s – www.devereauxsdining.com – 241-3030

STARTER: Heirloom Tomato Risotto, Tangle of Mixed Greens, or Heirloom Summer Squash Soup

ENTRÉE: Roasted Pheasant or Seared Grouper

DESSERT: Though the chef was not available to confirm, the representative I spoke with believed substituting a cup of fruit or sorbet would be acceptable.

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Tuesday thru Sunday, 5:30PM until

Flat Rock Grille – www.myflatrock.com – 987.9383 or 235.6533

STARTER: Sauteed Calamari or you can substitute a small House Salad (ask for dressing on the side)

ENTRÉE: Dijon Snapper Florentine (baked), Coconut Macadamia Mahi Mahi, or Wasabi Tuna

DESSERT: No healthful options, but they are willing to substitute a cup of coffee

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Thursday, 4PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 4PM-11PM; Sunday, 4PM-9PM

The Green Room Restaurant & Bar – www.thegreenroomupstate.com – 335.8222

STARTER: House Salad

ENTRÉE: Blackened Trout with Creole Risotto or possibly the Braised Pork Tenderloin

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of fruit upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Sunday, 5PM-2AM

High Cotton Maverick Bar & Grill – www.highcottongreenville.com – 335.4200

STARTER: Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup

ENTRÉE: Roasted Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Breast or North Carolina Mountain Trout

DESSERT: will substitute house sorbet of the day upon request (tonight, they have lemon sorbet available)

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Sunday thru Thursday, 5:30PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 5:30PM-11PM

Justin’s Greenville Fine Food and Drink – www.justinssteakhouse.com – 242.0681

STARTER: Shrimp Cocktail

ENTRÉE: Chicken Crepe

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of fruit or sorbet upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Thursday, 5PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 5PM-11PM

The Lazy Goat – www.thelazygoat.com – 679.5299

STARTER: Toasted Garlic Shrimp, Braised Octopus, or Grilled Calamari

ENTRÉE: Chef’s Featured Fresh Fish or Entrée Salad

DESSERT: will happily substitute a cup of fresh berries upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Saturday, 5PM until

P. Simpson’s Hometown Grille – www.psimpsons.com – 757.9691

STARTER: Antipasti Salad in Bibb Lettuce Wrap or Fresh Atlantic Salmon Summer Roll

ENTRÉE: Seared Ahi Tuna Steak

DESSERT: will substitute a fresh fruit cup upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Tuesday thru Saturday, 5PM-10PM

The Peppermill – www.staxs.net – 288.9320

STARTER: Chopped Salad, Mandarin Salad, or possibly Soup du Jour (avoid cream and bisque options)

ENTRÉE: Sauteed Shrimp and Grit Cake or Salmon Luis (entrees served with your choice of potato and fresh vegetables; for potato, avoid loaded and ask for toppings on the side; for vegetables, request steamed or sauteed)

DESSERT: will substitute a fresh fruit cup upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Saturday, 5:30PM-10PM

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – www.ruthschris.com – 248.1700

STARTER: Steak House Salad (ask for dressing on the side)

ENTRÉE: Salmon Fillet

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of sorbet upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Sunday thru Thursday, 5PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 5PM-11PM

Soby’s New South Cuisine – www.sobys.com – 232.7007

STARTER: Heirloom Tomato Salad or Baby Spinach Salad (request dressing on the side)

ENTRÉE: Soby’s Crab Cakes Remoulade (seared) or Cornmeal Crusted Local Trout (this one is fried, but they will substitute pan-seared upon request)

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of fruit upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Thursday, 5:30PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 5:30PM-11PM; Sunday, 5PM-9PM.

Stella’s Southern Bistro – www.stellasbistro.com – 757.1212

STARTER: Road Stand Okra & Black Eyed Pea Soup or Local Heirloom Tomato & Bibb Lettuce Salad

ENTRÉE: Low Country Spiced Carolina Classics Catfish (seared)

DESSERT: Though the chef was not available to confirm, the representative I spoke with believed substituting a cup of fruit or sorbet would be acceptable.

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Saturday, 5:30PM-10PM

NO SUBSTITIONS ACCEPTED FOR DESSERT:

Nantucket Seafood Grill – www.nantucketseafoodgrill.com – 546.3535

STARTER: House Salad (ask for dressing on the side)

ENTREE: Blackened Outer Banks Swordfish or Pecan Crusted Carolina Mountain Trout

DESSERT: They said they might substitute a cup of peaches for the peach tart but made no guarantees on availability. You might try asking if they’d substitute a cup of coffee instead.

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Sunday, 5PM until

Rick Erwin’s West End Grille – www.rickerwins.com – 232.8999

STARTER: Gourmet Greens

ENTRÉE: Salmon Stack or Domestic Porterhouse Lamb Chop

DESSERT: Sorry, no healthful options here and no substitutes. If you have the will, pick one and only take one or two bites, then push the rest away.

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Sunday, 5PM until