Oct 26

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Introducing the Silly Runner Shop

Posted by Lindsey.

Well, I realize this may not interest the vast majority of you. But for the few and far between, I’d like to provide a way for you to buy some of my favorite things I mention on this blog. Or, even items I may not have mentioned yet but which I love and use myself.

I won’t endorse anything I haven’t tried or use myself. Also, I looked for a couple different shopping carts but I came to the realization… Why have people shop on any other website when I know the cheapest prices I usually find are on Amazon? So, ta da, introducing the…

Silly Runner Shop on Amazon’s Associates Store!

You can also find a link to the store on the menu bar at the top of the page. I’m still working on my categories but here’s some ideas of what I’ve posted.

Food –

  • KIND bars
  • Food Should Taste Good Chips
  • Zevia Soda

Sports & Fitness –

  • Foam Roller
  • Yoga mat
  • The Stick
  • CEP compression socks
  • Clif Shot Bloks

Around the House –

  • Cuisinart digital food scale
  • KitchenAid professional mixer
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm

Health –

  • Tiger Balm pain relieving ointment
  • Omron fat loss monitor
  • Rubbermaid 32oz bottle

Books –

  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread (***you’ll find my pizza dough recipe here***)

DVDs –

  • Peanuts Holiday collection

Electronics –

  • Canon PowerShot SD780 IS digital camera

If you want to try something I use and you’re happy with Amazon’s prices, please buy from the links in my store because then I receive a profit (a very teeny tiny percentage) from the sale. I dream about the day I can make a few dollars from this blog to fund all my working out wish lists and buying more groceries for cooking and baking projects!

And, check back frequently, I’ll add items as I think of them. When I positively review a product on the blog, I’ll try to remember to add it to the store.

Thanks and Happy Shopping! Go Be Silly!

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Oct 22

New Running Music Playlist

Posted by Lindsey.

I know some people are like me, you’re always on the lookout for good, new running music. Sure, I enjoy nature as much as the next person when I run outdoors. But, I like the ipod also because it helps my turtle feet find some rhythm. Here are some songs i’ve been running to lately. I added almost all of them to the playlist at the bottom. If I couldn’t find it, I liked to it’s listing in iTunes so you can preview it there.

  • All is Love by Karen O and the Kids
  • Sleepyhead by Passion Pit
  • Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Like a G6 by Far East Movement (almost overplayed but still liking it for now)
  • Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant
  • Teenage Dream by Katy Perry (oh yeah, bring on the bad pop music *running only*)
  • Buster Voodoo by Rodrigo y Gabriela
  • We’re Going to Be Friends by The White Stripes
  • Airplanes by B.o.B.
  • Not Afraid by Eminem
  • Shine On by Eric Bibb
  • Keep the Car Running by Arcade Fire
  • Stayin’ Alive by N-Trance
  • Suenalo by DJ Asere
  • What Part of Forever by Cee Lo Green
  • The Perpetual Self by Sufjan Stevens
  • Remember the Name by Fort Minor
  • She’s a Genius by Jet
  • Gold Guns and Girls by Metric
  • Nothin’ On You by B.o.B.
  • Monster by Skillet
  • A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy
  • The Imperial March by John Williams (Let your inner geek fly!)
  • Two Step by Dave Matthews Band (still loving this)
  • Simple Little Melody by Black Eyed Peas (they always create awesome running music)
  • Around the World/Harder Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk
  • One Day by Matisyahu
  • Dog Days Are Over by Florence + the Machine
  • Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
  • Na Na Na by My Chemical Romance
  • 1901 and Lisztomania by Phoenix
  • Electric Feel by MGMT


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Okay, that should satisfy you for a little while, right? 😉

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Oct 22

A Few Favorites of Late

Posted by Lindsey.

Lately, I’ve had some favorites I wanted to share with you. First, I was looking for something a little bit salty and perhaps cheesy to go with my lunch time sandwich. Why hello Pepperidge Farms Goldfish, I almost forgot about you. You get 55 pieces for 140 calories. Yum!

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For my birthday, Phil’s mom got me this super great travel coffee mug. It’s from Barnes & Noble, has a handle, and doesn’t leak! W00t! It’s been rocking my coffee all week 🙂

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I’ve been wanting to try these bars for a long time. They have rave reviews and list numerous positives:

  • All Natural
  • Gluten & Wheat Free
  • Low Glycemic Index (48)
  • 5g Fiber
  • Non GMO & No Trans Fat
  • Dairy Free
  • Very Low Sodium
  • No Sulphur Dioxide

Basically, they rock your face off AND guess what? They taste great too. It is a bit expensive, over a dollar a bar at my grocery store but I’m totally getting more for special times when I need a pick me up. Skip over the snickers and grab one of these!

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And I totally have to brag about my do it yourself breakfast sandwich. Here’s what I recommend for a great breakfast choice:

Step #1: Toast English muffin (120 calories)

Step #2: On one half of the english muffin, place 6 slices of Oscar Mayer Turkey Deli meat (45 calories), 2 egg whites (boil eggs ahead of time, 32 calories), and cover with a slice of Borden Naturals cheese (70 calories).

Step #3: Put the English muffin half in the microwave. Nuke for 30 seconds to let cheese melt over egg whites and turkey.

Step #4: Put the other half of the English muffin on top.

Step #5: Eat and enjoy this tasty 267 calorie treat. You even have enough breakfast calories for a great side of fruit!

Oh and I have to mention, I’ve also started using Windows Live Writer for my blog. Yeah, it’s already one of my favorite tools and it makes posting so much easier. Thanks to the healthy living blog community for teaching me about this great tool!

What are some of your recent favorites?

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Oct 21

Handstands and Waterfalls in Buffalo

Posted by Lindsey.

A month ago this weekend, Phil and I were honored to travel to Buffalo for his best friend’s wedding. We love Doug & Vicki and it was my first trip to the state of New York. September is a perfect time of year in Buffalo. I loved almost everything about the trip except the early wake up call the day after the wedding to head back to Charleston.

The temperatures were so much cooler than Charleston, it felt like fall. I went for a run Saturday morning and while chilly when I started it felt perfect when I was running. The city we stayed in outside of Buffalo, Williamsville, was so charming! Our hotel was right on the main street so you could walk to almost anything including Starbucks, Rite Aid, and a salon where I got my eyebrows waxed Thursday afternoon (very important!).

The city had sidewalks and the houses were all unique. It was like I was living in a dream for a weekend. Of course, one weekend can skew your perception. I know what Buffalo and in general, the north, is like a few months from now. Cold and snowy! But, for this weekend, we lived it up.

Of course I tried the buffalo wings. I think the chicken wing itself isn’t much different than what you could get anywhere but the sauce was great! What I liked better was the Beef on Weck sandwich. Only downfall is you need to watch your water retention. There is so much salt in it, your feet and hands swell up!

But of course what I had to do while visiting Buffalo is see Niagara Falls. And it wouldn’t be a trip without the handstand! I wanted to share the handstand picture and a couple videos I took. I’ll share a few more of my favorite weekend pictures in album style at the bottom. Hope you enjoy!

What’s your signature picture move?

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Oct 21

Scenic Run – Patriots Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Posted by Lindsey.

A couple Fridays ago, I found a new scenic route in Mt. Pleasant I really enjoy. And, it doesn’t involve having to run over the Ravenel Bridge but under it instead.

I parked and started my run at the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park. I know some people don’t like paying to park but it’s only 50cents for an hour and it feels like my car is relatively safe there. Plus, I feel safe with so many people around.

I ran in the opposite direction of the park and towards Patriots Point. I had never been in this area of Mt. Pleasant before so it was fun to see so many new views.

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A nice sidewalk welcomed me although I did wish for a little more shade on this very sunny day. Perhaps when the temps are a little cooler this winter, I won’t mind the sun.

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I ran past the museum part of Partriots Point (including the USS Yorktown) and headed for the Charleston Harbor Marina.

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Along the way they have naval artifacts on the side of the road.

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A pretty waterway before the marina. It’s some sort of damned river.

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I’m not sure if I was allowed to or not (I didn’t see any signs forbidding it), so I ran along the harbor docks which made a big loop. I saw a lot of nice big boats.

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And, it afforded me some pretty great views of the bridge and the USS Yorktown.

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Oh hello there little submarine hiding next to the big ship.

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Afterwards, I ran from the harbor to the golf club area. I was greeted by these pretty flowers.

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And saw people setting up for a wedding. What a pretty location to get married.

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Only thing a little disconcerting on the run were these signs warning me about coyotes. Sounds like they are going after pets and not short turtle runner girls but I was on the lookout just in case.

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Oh sigh, how nice would it be to live in these condos with views of the harbor, downtown, and the bridge?

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Before finishing at my car, I wanted to do a run through the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park. It must have been a big wedding night in the area because here I ran past a small ceremony in progress.

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But my destination was the pier and it’s gorgeous 360 degree views.

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And of course I couldn’t help resist getting a few pictures of the bridge from below as the sun began it’s descent towards the end of the day.

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All in all, I ran somewhere between 4.5 – 5 miles. I took a few breaks here and there to take pictures but I noticed when I was focused on taking pictures and looking around that the mileage wasn’t as important.

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I definitely need to try and capture some more scenic runs in the future because it’s one of my favorite runs of late.

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Oct 20

Adventures in Baking Apple Pie

Posted by Lindsey.

A couple weekends ago, I baked my very first pie. I would have documented such a monumental event sooner but I had some very important events interrupt my posting – my birthday, my parents visiting, a birthday party hosted by Phil’s parents, and more. It was a crazy, busy couple of weeks. But, let’s get onto the good news.

My pie tasted fantastic. Even my mom said so. She said if I baked like this and Phil cooked as well as he does, no wonder I have to run so much. Staying healthy while we are so good in the kitchen is a top priority in our lives right now.

To get started… I used the pie filling from All Recipes and the crust recipe from Food Network/Paula Deen.

Paula’s Perfect Pie Crust

Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

I did make a few changes to the filling. I basically read the comments and made the adjustments people recommended. I baked it at a lower setting. I also added some great spices… cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla extract.

Also, I didn’t use just one type of apple. I used Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Honeycrisp. You’re not going to need 8 apples, that’s just too many.

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First, I rolled out the pie crust. I think next time I’m going to double the pie crust recipe. It just wasn’t big or thick enough but the taste was perfect!

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A bowl of peeled and sliced apples!

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Here I’m making the sauce to pour over the apples. I definitely pre-mixed the apples and sauce before I poured into the pie.

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Yup, I still make a giant mess when I’m baking. I’m less messy with my cookies but when i’m learning, I spread out and do some damage!

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Phil helped a little putting the top pie crust on. I was so nervous not to make a mistake. In the end, I made one anyways. It worked out, as you can see on the right, I did some patch work.

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I cut slits in the top (didn’t go for a lattice top for my first one), and put it in the oven. Phil even made a little apple out of extra dough because he said that’s the way professional bakers tell which pie is which. I just thought it was cute.

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Hot pie from the oven. I realized when you bake something, all the mistakes you make before go away. No worries that my pie crust wasn’t perfectly placed on. When it was all golden, baked, the imperfections didn’t seem to matter.

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A close-up of the hot pie. Unfortunately, this was late, late on a Saturday night and I wasn’t waiting up for it to cool down. We covered it and let it rest overnight.

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The next morning, Phil did the honors of cutting up the pie.

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First slice! It didn’t come out very pretty because of my crust issues and I really think I coudl have put a little cornstarch in the sauce to help it thicken up.

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But up close, the apples looked good and were perfectly baked. No crunchy apples.

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And Paula Deen, of course, knows her crust. It tasted so good!

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Can you tell I totally hated it?

Not sure which pie will be next. I may attempt another apple because it’s Phil’s favorites. Not sure he’d mind but his pants might :-).

I love fall! It’s the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen and try something new. I feel honored to bake pies since I have a long history of great pie bakers in my family.

What pie should I try next?

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Oct 14

A Most Wonderful, Happy, Birthday Dinner

Posted by Lindsey.

Last night reminded me of why I am the luckiest girl in the world. For my 31st birthday, yes I am firmly cemented in my 30s now, Phil prepared another beyond amazing meal (last year it was a baked potato, broccoli, and filet mignon). I was speechless. Quite a feat for me. I just couldn’t believe the meal he made. He found the biggest, best tasting scallops ever at Whole Foods. They were almost a pound! He then made this gooey heavenly potato au gratin dish which had a cheesy crust and bacon hidden inside. Yes, I said bacon! He then used some of the leftover bacon grease to sauté the green beans and baby bella mushrooms. We never sauté green beans (usually steam) so this was a treat!

He even found a perfect Malbec from World Market. What a guy! He was nearly exhausted from all the shopping and cooking but I know he was so pleased with how it turned out. I even received a few presents for dessert.

Although the funny story of the day involves the first and second desserts planned. Phil first wanted to buy me my favorite slice of cake from Five Loaves Cafe. They make the most perfect coconut cake. But, they were all out. So then he was given great advice to get some cupcakes from Cupcake. At home, he put the cupcake box in the microwave to hide it from me while we ate dinner.

Later in his mad rush of cooking, he set the timer on the microwave for 7 minutes and then went to the grill to check on his steak (he doesn’t like seafood). Came back in and discovered he had accidentally set the microwave to cook for 7 minutes. The delicious (and expensive) cupcakes were ruined. The wax candle had melted and they were a pile of mess. Into the trash they went. I took this as a sign that perhaps I wasn’t meant to have dessert on my birthday.

So instead, we’ll just get gelato tonight after dinner with my parents. If Phil has recipes for his dinner, I’ll update this post with the links. In the meantime, I wanted to share how pretty and delicious-looking the food was. I still can’t believe how amazing dinner was. Even though promptly afterwards, the long day at work, my birthday run, and the wine took it’s toll. I fell asleep on the couch! lol

Oh well, it was my birthday and I could do what I wanted 🙂

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Oct 12

Join Me in the Race for the Cure

Posted by Lindsey.

Join me this weekend as I participate in the Lowcountry Race for the Cure 5k on Daniel Island, SC. It’s a great race on a flat, fast course and it supports a great cause! I know some people are critical of organizations like Komen, but if you’ve ever been to a Race for the Cure you can see for yourself what it’s like to celebrate the women who’ve survived breast cancer and remember those who lost the brave fight. It’s a time to celebrate, to bring attention to breast cancer, and to WEAR PINK!

You can register for the race here… Run OR Walk: http://race.komenlowcountry.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=1050

I’d do just about anything to help them find a cure for breast cancer even if it involves getting up early on my day off to sweat my butt off.

Save the Ta Tas!

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Oct 12

Product Review: MyPlate on Livestrong.com

Posted by Lindsey.

One of the biggest things for me when trying to tweak my healthy choices to get back on track is to write down what I’m eating. In the past, I found it really handy to use those large post-it note sticky pads.

However, this time around I thought I’d try an approach online. In the past, I didn’t always find it convenient because I wasn’t always around a computer. But now that I have an iPhone, I can access almost any website and there are millions of apps.

So, I gave the LiveStrong “MyPlate” a try. The website is free but the iTunes app costs $2.99 (Calorie Tracker). I didn’t think $3 was all that much money considering there is so much for free on the regular website and it integrates so well. Enter a food online and it shows up on the app. Enter a food (or exercise) on the app, it shows up on the website. Ahh, I love easy convenience.

About a month ago, I started entering what I was eating. Part of me was trying to keep it under a certain calorie goal daily but mostly I wanted to record what I ate and see what I could learn. The thing I really like about the website is that it can accumulate your totals and not just calories. Also, it’s one of the most comprehensive databases I’ve seen. When I tried others, I would get frustrated because it wouldn’t have my food in the database. And when you add a food manually, you’d have to enter all the food’s details (carbs, fat, protein, fiber, etc). I love that this database has almost everything I need.

What I discovered was pretty fascinating to me. Check out a day from last week.

Notice my Fiber and Protein amounts? When I started looking back I saw how time and again I’d go over on my fiber and protein. I am getting way too much protein. I know for some people a high protein diet works for them but if you have too much protein it can deplete your calcium resources and for me, I like to have a healthy balance of all my food groups and not high in one. Plus, in my genes, I tend to gain muscle easily. While muscle is good, it weighs more than fat and can be really frustrating when you want to lose some weight and you aren’t able to.

So then, I began to wonder if my high fiber and protein were causing some of my stubborn problems with weight loss. Already by this day last week, I had been lowering my fiber amount (yeah, I had been getting at least double my recommended fiber amount) because I have been having issues with my digestion. I did some research on insoluble fiber and learned a lot. Basically, you want some because it helps you go potty but I was getting soooo much it was really taxing on my body.

Turns out you can do too much of a good thing.  I was working so hard to get my multigrains, vegetables, and lean proteins, I was getting too much.

I even noticed the one day I had my protein in a good amount, I finally lost a little weight. So, now my mission has been to really enter my foods consistently and balance all my food groups.

This MyPlate tool has been such a great help! And, if I ever wanted to track more details and learn more about what I eat, you can sign up for $45/year. When you sign up you can set your own custom nutrient goals. A very helpful tool if your doctor recommends a certain diet.

Just don’t go too crazy counting your calories and monitoring your food intake. If anything, I’ve really eased up on my restrictions for food and just monitor the overall daily percentages. So yes, that means I did have a slice of the apple pie I made this past weekend. More details on the pie soon :-).

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Oct 8

Charleston Restaurant Week Review: Cypress

Posted by Lindsey.

How do you enjoy Charleston Restaurant Week? With good friends of course! Phil and I only made it to one restaurant but it was a good one… Cypress!

Dave & Jazmine are not only good friends but our favorite foodies 🙂

As a refresher, during restaurant week here you can go to different participating restaurants around town and enjoy a whole 3-course meal for $20 or $30 . So for at Cypress, you get an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $30 each. Of course, alcohol and drinks were extra but it’s still a fantastic deal.

Cypress’ Restaurant Week Menu –

Choice of Starters:
Charcuterie
Housemade mustard, biscuits, pickled vegetables
Butter Lettuce Salad
bacon jam, Hooks blue cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes
Meatballs
Ricotta gnocchi, spicy tomato sauce
Sweet Corn Soup
Pickled chanterelles

Choice of Entrée:
Grilled Mountain Trout
Prosciutto, lemon, fennel; Bean salad, tomatoes, herbs, black olive oil
Keegan-Filion Farm Chicken
okra and tomatoes
Pastured Pork Schnitzel
Local succotash, tomato jam
Smoked Beef Brisket
Certified Angus Beef, Giardiniera, bone marrow steak sauce

Choice of Dessert:
Nutella Cheesecake
Hazelnut brittle, hazelnut sauce, chocolate ganache
Coconut Tre Leches Cake
Baked pineapple ice cream, salted caramel, Toasted coconut

Review –

We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation (we love OpenTable: Charleston Restaurants!) but it was no problem. They seated us promptly. We were led upstairs and seated at an excellent table. Jazmine and I were seated next to a glass wall and had an open view to the floor below us. I thought it was clever architecture and nice design.

Plus, I’m a big fan of exposed brick walls.

Dave & Jazmine chose a few glasses of wine and then a bottle to sample the variety. I drank a couple glasses of their Malbec and Phil started with a few dirty martinis and finished with a couple glasses of wine.

All the wine we tried was simply delicioso. And why not? They have an excellent selection. I particularly loved the open concept of their second floor “cellar.”

For the appetizer and entrée, Phil and I selected different items to sample the most variety. Sorry some of these photos are dark, wanted to take pictures but without the flash so I wasn’t causing a disturbance or looking like a weirdo.

Before the appetizers came, they provided fresh bread. It was a heartier more rustic bread and we enjoyed it.

I ordered the butter lettuce salad. It was so fresh and that orangey yellow thing on the bottom is a fresh tomato. Two thumbs up on taste and the size was perfect. It was just enough to try and not too much to fill up.

Phil and Dave ordered an appetizer that was not originally put on restaurant week menu, but still part of it. It was a divine piece of pork belly. It was my first time trying it and honestly I thought the fat would be gross but they rendered it so much you didn’t taste any chewiness. Instead, it tasted like a better version of bacon. Yeah, I said it, a better version of bacon. Who woulda thought that’d be possible?

I didn’t get a picture but Jazmine ordered the Charcuterie. Turns out they cure the meat in house. It even had beef tongue on it. Jazmine was in heaven. She’s such a foodie. I was skeptical and wasn’t into trying it. I’m fine not being brave. I suppose everyone has their limits.

I then was so involved in the meal I forgot to take pictures of our entrées. I ordered the beef brisket (as did Dave) and Phil ordered the chicken. They failed to mention the chicken was fried chicken or I would have been tempted to order a plate for myself. Jazmine had the pork schnitzel and that tasted amazing also. My beef brisket was so good but I was having entrée envy a little. I mean fried chicken?  However, my brisket was so good it melted in your mouth. Only downside for me were the vegetables on the side. They weren’t great. They were attempting some sort of pickled vegetable medley and it was pretty gross. I admit I was a little disappointed because everyone else’s vegetables were great and I love eating my veggies. Oh well, better luck next time.

Then, it was time for dessert. I almost didn’t have room, what with all the sampling. However, when it’s part of the package who’s going to say no? Both Phil and I ordered the Coconut Tres Leches cake since neither of us likes cheesecake.

It tasted like a deconstructed pineapple upside down cake my aunt used to make for us. The cake was the perfect consistency and the whole thing couldn’t have been better (except for perhaps more to take home).

Overall, I’d definitely have to recommend Cypress. It was a memorable, enjoyable evening and the food was some of the best we’ve tasted so far in Charleston. Perhaps we’ll be back again when a special occasion rolls around.

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