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A Recent Weekend Getaway – Beaufort, Savannah, and Charleston

We finally made it down to the Low Country to visit Bryan’s folks, celebrate my and his mom’s birthdays, and get away one last time before he really got busy with school. We drove down Thursday night after work and school and stayed at their lovely little rental in Beaufort, SC.

Common Ground Coffee Shop in Beaufort, SC, was our first stop on Friday morning! Anything from lattés and brevés to organic hot tea, from cinnamon rolls to sandwiches. So quaint and a great view of the coast. (Bryan and his mom)

Lunch at one of my in-laws’ favorite little local gems, Red Rooster Cafe!

Pimento Cheese and Bacon on a Burger with Sweet Potato Fries and Sweet Tea in Mason Jars! What more could you ask for?! (Not exactly a lean meal, but hey, it was my birthday weekend. After all, you don’t turn 31 every day!)

I love the coast! Who needs mulch when you have seashells?!

We checked out all kinds of antique shops and other little local stores around Beaufort and Port Royal, SC, on Friday.

Shrimping Boats, Port Royal, SC

Birthday Dinner at Dockside Restaurant in Port Royal, SC

Baked Scallops, Cajun Rice and Steamed Veggies

Adorable little book shop in Bluffton, SC, on our way to Savannah on Saturday.

The front of The Storybook Shoppe. There were several art galleries and local shops in Bluffton that caught our attention, but this was my favorite.

Welcome to Savannah, home of Joel Chandler Harris, one of my all-time favorite authors and storytellers!

Bryan and his folks in Savannah – don’t you just love those trees and all that Spanish Moss?!

I just loved this old building.

There were all kinds of statues and monuments along the river.

We stopped at a half dozen antique shops and a few art galleries, including this one where Artist Susie Chisholm was sculpting historic figures.

The city market in Savannah was bustling with street musicians, vendors, and tourists. Of course, I bought a couple of bags of Savannah Pecan Coffee Beans!

Sunday, we met up with our good friends Dave & Rachel, who happened to be in Charleston for their anniversary weekend! We had lunch on Johns Island at one of their favorite spots (and now one of ours), Fat Hen! Its only about 10 minutes outside of Charleston, and a must-do if you’re in the area.

BBQ Duck Sandwich with Slaw at Fat Hen

Our final stop before strolling around downtown Charleston and heading home was to one of our favorite coffee houses for a little dessert – East Bay Meeting House. It’s moved across the street from its original location, but still has great atmosphere, decadent desserts, and delicious coffee! (Though, I miss the old, green leather couch.)

Bryan and his favorite Roasted Chestnut Brevé

Dave gets a little intense with his chocolate cake and macchiato – and Rachel just laughs at him.

My favorite part (besides the atmosphere) is that all their products are organic! Yay! And I love supporting local vendors instead of big chains, as often as possible.

One last shot of the delicious organic cake! And that’s a wrap on this Low Country weekend-getaway-to-remember! We’ll be back soon!

Eating Out and Eating Healthy Don’t Have to Be Oxymoronic

Americans are eating out more and more these days! And while the average household kitchen is getting smaller, the average restaurant serving size (and the average American waistline) continues to get larger! How do we stop this? There are lots of strategies out there. And it’s okay to eat occasionally, if you can afford it. But if you want to watch your waistline, there are some simple steps to plan ahead.

Personally, we try to pick the restaurant before we get in the car. Then I can look up calorie information online and decide what I want ahead of time. If I go in knowing what I want, I’m less likely to go for the “all you can eat” or fat-ridden daily special. Below are some great articles of key words to avoid on menus and othe great tips.

85 Tips & Strategies for Dining Out: Take the Challenge Out of Dining – by SparkPeople

Full Article here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=544.

Dining Strategies for Specific Cuisines: The Healthy Dining Menu

Includes healthful ideas for Caribbean, Chinese, French, Greek & Middle Eastern, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Steakhouse, Thai, and Vietnamese. Article here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=548.

Know Your Menu Watch Words: Throw the Flag at Unhealthy Cooking — By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer, SparkPeople. 

“Green Flag (Potentially Good for You)” Menu Descriptions include Baked, Boiled, Broiled, Fat Free, Fresh, Grilled, High Fiber, Light, Marinated, Multi-grain, Poached, Red Sauce, Reduced, Roasted, Seasoned, Steamed, Stir-Fried, Vegetarian, Vinaigrette, and Whole Wheat.

“Red Flag (Probably Bad for You)” Menu Descriptions include Au gratin, Basted, Battered, Bearnaise (or hollandaise), “Bet you can’t finish it”, Bottomless, Breaded, Buttery/Buttered, Casserole, Cheesy, Country-style, Covered, Creamed/Creamy, Crispy, Crunchy, Escalloped, Fried/Deep fried, Giant, Loaded, Platter, Smothered, Stewed, Stroganoff, Stuffed, Value, Volcano, or White Sauce.

Full Article here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=115.

A video you may be curious about is Super Size Me. You can watch this and other health related videos for free at www.hulu.com.

The basic story is a perfectly healthy guy decides to eat nothing but McDonald’s for one month. He has to eat everything on the menu at least once and if they ask if he wants to supersize it, he has to do it. By the third week, his doctors advise him to quit the experiment for medical reasons.

I did notice that he wasn’t eating normal size meals. He often got two meals or two large sandwiches. I understand that SOME people do this, but I worked at McDonalds and 9 times out of 10, people only ordered one sandwich per person, unless it was a regular hamburger, cheeseburger, or double cheeseburger (which is only 1/10 lb. for the first two or 1/5 lb. for the last option).

He also severely limited his physical activity (based on national norms). The one thing I do agree with is the survey they took from 100 registered dietitians or nutrition experts. Hands down, they agreed that you should only eat fast food a couple times a month, if at all, instead of the all-too-common couple times a day.

Warning: not a movie for children. He gets pretty descriptive about the physical problems he encounters as a result of his experiment.