Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SEWE In Charleston


We spent this past weekend in Charleston.  Todd is there 3 or so days a week for work and because he wasn't able to come home for Valentine's Day, he suggested that we spend the weekend up in our favorite city.


We didn't realize until after our plans were in full swing that this past weekend was also SEWE (or Southeastern Wildlife Exposition).  There were an additional 30,000 people in Charleston which made already tight quarters even tighter.  Restaurant reservations were in high demand all weekend so I wasn't able to get us into the highly talked about Husk but we were still able to try some great places.


We had lunch at Butcher & Bee -I highly recommend it!  It's on King Street but not really within walking distance if you're downtown.  It's hidden back in a warehouse, the menu changes all the time, you sit at big family tables and your food comes out on a baking sheet.  The hamburger I ordered was great.


SEWE is spread out all over downtown.  There are huge tents set up in Marion Square, demonstrations by dog trainers, lots of vendors, oyster roasts, etc.  I'll be the first to admit that I was a little (a lot) apprehensive about this expo highjacking my King Street shopping time but I was so glad we went.  It was a blast.


This was inside of the Garden & Gun tent.  We ducked in and out of the tents on Saturday afternoon to get out of the 40 degree wind and rain.


I'm pretty set on getting a Boykin now.  If this little guy was for sale, he might have gone home with us.  They did a bunch of retreiving demonstations with the Boykins- it's amazing how well trained these dogs were.


 We did get to spend a little time shopping.  I got some great cards in this adorable little paper shop called Mac & Murphy.


Forgive the iPhone picture but I have to share this find with y'all.  We walked past this little macaroon shop, Macaroon Boutique, a few times but each time it was closed.  On Sunday at about 4:30pm we decided to give it one last shot.  We got there and the lights were off but Todd tried the door anyway and realized it was open. The sweetest woman came out of the back and said they were closed but she would sell us what they had left.  Not knowing how they were, I bought one of these giant raspberry macaroons.  


And immediately said, 'I should have bought the whole tray." This was hands down the best macaroon I have ever eaten.  It was perfectly chewy, not too sweet, cold- just perfect!  If you're planning a trip to Charleston, put the Macaroon Boutique on your list! 

Until next time, Charleston...


20 comments:

  1. I love the SEWE festival! I used to go there to scope out art for my old job. That treat looks delicious and now I want one of those dogs!

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  2. I have been a long time blog reader, and this post is bringing me out of the woods. My husband's brother (my bil) was the featured artist at SEWE this weekend, Jay Kemp. I would have loved to meet you. Glad you enjoyed Charleston this weekend. Besides it being kind of yucky weather, it was a great weekend for us. My bil also won best painting of the show as well.

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    1. Was he in the Marriott with the decoys?? We went in there on Sunday. I wish I would have known!

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    2. No, he was in the Charleston Place where most of the art exhibits were. If you got a brochure or one of the books that they were giving everyone he painted the beautiful egert that was on the front of everything and the billboard in Charleston was a painting he did, etc. His art was everywhere. The painting that won the President's Choice was a massive elk. Maybe next time we can meet up;)!

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  3. I love Charleston, it's where I got engaged. And Boykins are so darling. The ones I've been around have always seemed well behaved as well.

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  4. Bon Ami Confections in St. Augustine has really yummy macarons too. The salted caramel is to die for!

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    1. We actually went there a few weeks ago! It was about 9:30pm so they were sold out of a lot but we did get to try a few. I'm a big pistachio fan. I wish they had these big raspberry ones!

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  5. It looks like y'all had a fun weekend! You've given me two new places to try. My husband and I are planning a long weekend in Charleston later this spring.

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  6. I love Charleston! I go to USC, so I'm not too far away, but I never seem to make it there as often as I'd like! That macaroon looks DELISH!

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  7. Oh this makes me wish I could fast forward to our beach trip this summer. We stay at IOP so we can visit Chatleston while we are there. Love it there so so much!

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  8. You all are SOOOOOOO lucky that you live close to so many wonderful places . I ADORE Charleston....I could walk around all those luscious neighborhoods forever and a day. We'll look forward to trying out some of your suggestions for the next time. If you can't be there IRL ....visiting it through your blog is the next best thing:) thanks for the wonderful tour!!!

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  9. oh how much i adore that city. it looks like y'all had a fabulous time!

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  10. It looks like y'all had a great weekend and I'm super jealous that you got to spend it in Charleston. That macaroon looks amazing!

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  11. We, by accident, happened upon this event a couple of years ago when we visited Charleston (during the freak snow storm they had). I don't recall it being fancy with the Garden and Gun tent :( But we enjoyed a couple of beers, some food, and visiting with some wildlife. Sadly the hubs got really sick during that trip so it wasn't all that great. I hope to go back there some day, Mr. blames the entire city for his illness. I remember ordering Jimmy Johns and eating it in our big king bed while watching the Olympics. That's how we spent one evening...sexy :)

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  12. Oh, I just love Charleston. It's just something about the atmosphere there! Macaroon Boutique sounds like the perfect excuse to take a vacay there soon! ;)

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  13. Charleston's great! But please don't buy a purebred dog. There are so many in shelters that need homes. In fact, on petfinder.com there are lots of purebred dogs that need homes, if that's your thing. Or you can look for a rescue.

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  14. Love your pictures! Michael and I have settled on a Boykin for our next dog (3-4 years down the road). After our hounds are gone I will never agree to a dog that big again. Can't handle 200 lbs of dog in the house again!

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  15. That macaroon looks awesome! I have never been to Charleston but definitely want to go!

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  16. We go to Charleston about once a year and my husband says those raspberry macarons are the best dessert he's ever had! Needless to say we leave with plenty!

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  17. I'd love a list of your favorite things to see and do in Charleston! We live here now and as the weather warms up (and the kid is bigger), we are starting to venture out. I love love love it, but I'm always up for seeing new parts of it!

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