Basic Kitchen promotes locally sourced, seasonal, and sustainable food choices and gives guests delightful, nutritious flavor profiles to indulge in a relaxed, bright and airy environment. More like eating at a loved one’s home than dining out, Basic Kitchen has enthralled us each time we’ve visited. The colorful, invigorating menu options open Basic Kitchen to anyone who loves good food (food allergy sufferers like me included!), making it a fantastic place to dine in beautiful, historic Charleston, SC.
We ate at Charleston Grill the last time we were in Charleston, and it was such a wonderful experience that we knew we needed to return this time. Located inside beautiful Charleston Place, this celebrated and highly acclaimed restaurant is home to some of Charleston’s best food. Neither of us had a single dish we didn’t adore between this meal and the last- the food was that delicious! Here’s what we ate and what we thought this time around.
Post House in Mount Pleasant, SC, right outside of Charleston, was a breezy, welcoming space that invited us to stay awhile as we enjoyed a beautiful lunch indoors. A tranquil oasis of culinary prowess and ingenuity, Post House was among some of the best food we had in Charleston.
We returned to Wildflower Farms for another gorgeous stay, this time in the heart of summer, and we had a splendid time. While there, we enjoyed a farm-to-table Sunday Brunch at Clay, which I’ve written about for brunch and a sunset dinner previously. Just as spectacular as before, our meals here were nothing short of perfection. The service, atmosphere, food, and flavors were all exquisite, and it’s one of many reasons we and so many others keep coming back for more.
One of my favorite things about Grand Hotel is how excellent the food consistently is. I’ve never had a single bad dish here, and everything looks almost as wonderful as it tastes. That’s why I wanted to share some food highlights from our most recent visit and show you what we ate at Grand Hotel. I get hungry just thinking about how great everything we ate here was, and though I didn’t photograph it all, it was all 10/10!
Afternoon tea is a great excuse to slow down and enjoy life, particularly when you’re a busy, active traveler. It’s a bit more challenging if you can’t eat gluten since most afternoon tea items like cookies, sandwiches, scones, and mini-muffins are full of gluten. I had the best gluten-free afternoon tea I’ve ever had on Mackinac Island, MI, at Grand Hotel, and I’m hooked! Even if you’re not gluten-free, this is an option for you if you have afternoon tea more than once during your visit should you wish to mix it up even further. Read my review of their standard Afternoon Tea here.
Mackinac Island, MI, is one of my favorite places. It’s so breathtaking every season; no matter how many times we visit or how long our visits last, we never get enough. Over the decade my husband and I have been together, we’ve stayed at Grand Hotel more than 25 times and visited the island even more than that. That’s why I want to share the perfect week we recently spent on the island with you so that you’ll have the ultimate itinerary and know exactly how to spend a week on Mackinac Island, MI.
While this isn’t necessarily “fine dining” in the traditional sense, this dining was so fine I couldn’t help but shout about this from the rooftops. I used to work in a Mexican restaurant when I was in high school, and I have always loved Mexican food in all of the shades of authenticity that exist in the United States. While American-Mexican food is a category all its own, Taquerio in Mystic, CT, is a fantastic blend of traditional and inventive, and they have lots of great gluten-free options. If you’re craving something deliciously south of the border, check out this awesome gas station-turned-Mexican restaurant!
One of my favorite eco-friendly vegan cafés we landed upon in France was Azur Café Paris. They had an extensive menu of beautifully plated, carefully handcrafted, and considerately locally sourced hyper-seasonal fare that enticed all five senses. Check out the expertly prepared meals we enjoyed, and be inspired for your next visit to Champs Élysées. Ranked in the top 150 out of more than 15,000 restaurants in Paris on TripAdvisor and Google Reviews, you’ll quickly see why this delightful eatery is so highly acclaimed.
Our 16-course Omakase meals at Kissaki Greenwich were outstanding from the first bite until the last. Here’s why this Japanese restaurant needs to be at the top of your Greenwich, Connecticut to-do list!
Summer House Santa Monica is a breezy, light-filled, California-inspired dining spot in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. We had the best brunch there on our last day in the Windy City, and it was a fantastic experience. Here’s why we loved this gorgeous, culinary destination that’s perfectly laid back, completely Instagrammable, and very allergy-friendly.