It’s the first time we’ve had the opportunity to get out of town for a weekend for a long time, and as we were looking forward to meeting up with our friends again anyway, it was good to get away.
No, we didn’t fly anywhere. It was only 100 miles, well that’s what the GPS said, but the odometer was around 93 when we turned up the drive.
Well it’s not really a drive, it’s across the field. It was dark so I was very careful in case there where any landmines. Not real landmines but enormous great holes to bottom out on. There weren’t though.
We got there in pretty good time, after stopping for some food and drink on the way.
I almost always forget something, and this time was no exception. I got out the camera, and I’d forgotten to put the SD card in the darn thing. (when I got back home, I found I’d left it on the living room table). So all the photos that I took, were with my Blackberry, which is ok in good light – for a cellphone at least.
It was quite dark, so we just enjoyed a snack, and a few beers, and turned in for the night.
The next day we took a short walk down to the Pee Dee River, which is about a mile away. It was a most pleasant afternoon, and it was good to be able to walk around in the countryside. Much as I enjoy living in Charleston, I always prefer the country to the city.
We got back home, and grilled out in the evening. Pork chops and a hearty salad went down a real treat after that walk.
Sunday, we went into Pamplico for brunch, and had some excellent ham and friend chicken, accompanied by cabbage, and beans. It was an ‘eat all you can’ buffet, so I did.
Slight panic on the way home. We were low on gas, and we seemed to drive for miles and miles before we found a gas station that was open, and in the process we took a wrong turning, but it didn’t really take us too far out of our way. Only downside was that it made us too late to get to the Amazon Grill in Goose Creek for the Lowcountry Bloggers meetup, before everyone else went home!
All in all, it was, of course, good to spend time with good friends, and it was good to take some real chill out time and relax. I actually didn’t sit at a computer all day on Saturday, which is a first for me for a long time!
Regular readers amongst you will know how much I enjoy my coffee, particularly first thing in the morning.
Now, cynical old me doesn’t take too much notice of advertising claims, and that includes food, and some of the claims for “organic”.
However, for me, food and drink is all about taste, and I’ll buy what I consider has the best flavor, even if it’s not always the healthiest or most environmentally friendly choice.
I feel that so much food and drink these days comes under the category of “bland”. That’s the main reason I avoid most fast food – not that I’m on a huge health kick – although I do try to be more sensible than I used to be – but that most fast food, is basically ruined. It’s processed beyond almost all recognition – tastewise at least.
Bacon and ham often taste of little more than salt; sharp or strong cheese – oh please, it’s more like a bar of soap. It’s also the reason why I avoid most beer from the megabreweries around the world, particularly the “lite” ones. I don’t care if it’s got less carbs, it’s got no flavor!
So, having said that when I do find something that stimulates my taste buds, I go and get more. Some recent examples, I’ve found in Publix. OK, so you pay more for their “Greenwise” chicken, but it really does taste like chicken used to taste years ago, before they will pumped full of who knows what, and lived in a few cubic inches from egg to slaughter.
Of course, anyone who’s grown their own vegetables knows the difference that really fresh really brings. Alas, we can’t have a vegetable patch in the condo community here, but when we move, we’ll certainly start one up again.
However, some of the roadside stalls dotted around the lowcountry have some excellent produce, and can be worth stopping by at.
Some things you can’t feasibly grow yourself, even in your own patch, which brings me to coffee. I found out many years ago, when I bought my first electric coffee machine, that there is a vast difference between different beans. I have been lucky enough to have tried Jamaican Blue Mountain, and it’s wonderful. If you’ve ever got the money (yes, it’s very expensive) then go to a good coffee roasters, and buy some – even a quarter pound. It’s has a mellowness, smoothness and roundness you’ll never forget.
However, most of us, can’t afford such luxuries for everyday drinking. Many of the coffee beans on sale at Starbucks make a good brew. I tend to prefer a stronger, darker roast, most of the time, but I do like to get something that has a good flavor, without the rough edges – like some of the cheaper coffees can have.
I prefer to buy beans, and grind them as required, as ground coffee quickly loses oils, it’s aroma, and flavor. A grinder is only a few dollars, and takes but a few seconds to use, so there’s really no excuse not to use one.
Last evening, we were getting low on coffee, so Kathy dropped into Publix, and got some more. She picked up some Paul Newman’s Organic French Roast, and so this morning, I had to try it. It’s robust, but smooth, and just what I like first thing. I take my coffee with a little milk, but never ever any sugar. Anyhow, I recommend it. It’s about $7.50 for a 10 oz bag of beans.
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