Client Nosh…

One of the most fun parts of my day job is the work lunch!  It’s an opportunity to show appreciation for your clients, vendors and co-workers and not necessarily have to talk business.  There are so many places to go all over Charleston, in particular on the peninsula.  St. Alban on upper King Street is my latest find.

st alban facadest alban barSuch a cool interior…very French Bistro.  Cool fixtures, great use of space for storage.  I felt transformed to a different place immediately upon entry.

st alban menu

The handwritten menu is so charming!  Hard boiled egg sammy, please!

st alban sand

This is the best(and most creative) sandwich I have had in forever…hard boiled egg with arugula with pickled fennel.  No words!

St alban

Fun merchandise from St. Alban and other local artisans!  Counter order, self-serve drinks, totally hip barista on hand if you want a café au lait post nosh.  Most definitely worth a try-and is on my list going forward.  Happy Tuesday friends!

St Alban All Day Cafe
710 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

XO,  Catherine

New Year, New Eats…

Let’s be honest…we can all cut corners after the holiday buffet that took place from Halloween through New Years.  I eat so poorly during this time-each year telling myself I’m going to do better…and never do!

With that said, in lieu of cleansing, juicing, or eating like the cavemen I have vowed to cut out the obvious and deadly culprits that plague most 40-year-old women(within reason of course).

I had a serious craving yesterday for a HUGE bowl of pasta marinara.  Woke up thinking about…not exactly a craving that a salad with protein would satisfy.  So I went with…

SS ingredientsSpaghetti Squash with marinara!  It is so simple, and (almost) as delish as the real thing!

1 spaghetti squash
1 jar marinara of choice (I picked RAO’s Basil Pepper)Salt, Pepper to taste
Olive Oil

SS marinated~Preheat Oven to 450, foil baking sheet(for easy clean-up!!).

~Cut squash length wise and seed, throwing the seeds and middle away.

~Cover the two halves with olive oil (sparingly), salt and pepper.

~Bake flesh side down (the reverse of the above) and cook for 35 to 40 minutes.

SS spag~Once the squash is cool enough to be handled, use a fork to scrape out the “spaghetti”.  Meanwhile, heat your desired marinara, plate and serve.  **One half is enough to serve 2 medium sized portions!  SS FinalYum!  No carbs, little sodium and literally three main ingredients!  Good stuff.  Love the Irony Pinot Noir!  The name sort of sums it all up at this point!

Happy Tuesday Friends!  XO,  Catherine

Corner Bar…

Does not even begin to describe the coolness of The Warehouse downtown on Spring Street. I met up with friends for a Jazzfest planning sesh and discovered a new favorite at the same time!!






The interior was industrial, clean lines, exposed cinder block walls and extremely open.  Our snacks included bar nuts with roasted hominy, Moroccan Olives and a citrus lentil humus that was scrump-delicious!  The food was excellent and the bill was teeny!   It is definitely on the list moving forward.

The Warehouse
45 1/2 Spring Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403