Last Saturday we woke up, peeked outside the window to make sure our car was still there (and without a ticket), reflected on Mother Emanuel across the street, and said goodbye to our hotel room. I'm still in shock over what happened last summer and it hit me even more realizing how unsafe this world is from racism and hatred. This was a building we walked passed all the time and just a few blocks from where we called home for years.
In all our years in Charleston we'd never made it to Hominy Grill. It just seemed like one of those places that had a line regardless of what time you went and could be a little touristy and over hyped. It was on the top of Corey's brunch list so we waited in line on Rutlegde and soaked up the sunlight. We were lucky enough to get a table inside by the door. We took note of the trays of food.going by before ordering. Corey got The Nasty and my mom had biscuits and gravy too so I decided to try the Salmon Cakes. Everything was so tasty! The salmon cakes were served with perfectly poached eggs and it made me wish Alex was there to share! I'd definitely go back again but maybe not in the summer or in a weekend.
After brunch we headed down to The Battery to feel the ocean breeze. The water was as blue as the sky. We didn't see any dolphins but there were plenty of boats zooming by us. It was decided that Corey needs to make good friends with someone who owns a boat when she starts school. We took a little walk to see some of the houses and even ran into someone walking their Welsh Terrier (a little version of our Airedale). It was unbearably hot and we all had sweat rolling down our backs so we decided it would just be best to go for now.
One of my favorite stores to visit is World Market. This time we went to the one in Summerville. I stocked up some of our favorite German and Indian sauces. Corey grabbed a few things from there and Target for her dorm room. After a bit of air conditioned shopping we were hungry again. My mom's only food request for the weekend was Boxcar Betty's so we decided to check out their new Summerville location. It was in a really odd spot behind some hotels off the interstate but I really liked how big their second location was. The best part was that the food was just as good as the West Ashley restaurant. I played it safe with the Boxcar because you really can't go wrong with their classic. I'm not sure whonthought putting pimento cheese, slaw, and peach jelly together would be a good idea but it was a great one!!!
I read a little bit more of the BFG on the way home. We hit traffic in Orangeburg so we avoided the interstate and hit the back roads home. This trip to Charleston was more business than anything but I'm so excited that my little sister is following in our footsteps and even more excited to visit her this Fall (when it's cooler)!