Walking The Streets Of Charleston

There are certain things I highly recommend doing when traveling to a new city. One of these is hiring a private tour guide to show you around the city and teach you about the history so you have a deeper appreciation for where you are. I never did this until the hubs and I (then just dating) traveled to Venice, Italy. I know most people say how romantic Venice is but after two days we were getting stir crazy and a bit bored. Eeek, I can’t believe I just admitted to that, but it was the truth. On the third day his mom suggested we find a private tour guide to show us around. Since we didn’t have much else to do, we agreed. We met up with her the next morning and she walked us all around Venice and explained the history of each street and what the significance of the canals were and so on. At the end of the tour we both looked at each other and were a bit disappointed we didn’t hire her the first day because we really loved the city after we knew all of the why’s and how’s about it.

While in Charleston I was really pleased to see we had a walking tour already on the schedule. Thanks CVB! Saturday morning we met with our guide from Bulldog Tours and set off! Not only are walking tours great exercise but you also get to really embrace the city and see it from were a local sees it. I always highly recommend them! Our guide from Bulldog Tours was amazing! Being born and raised in Charleston he knew all of the ins and outs of the beautiful city. I absolutely loved hearing his passion for Charleston. It definitely made all of us fall in love with the city more (if that was even possible). The tour was extremely  informative and très interesting! My favorite facts: the part about the pirates who were hung along the coast so that other pirates were  not tempted to stop at Charleston. Or, that most of the houses are haunted but are seemingly friendly ghosts! Okay, so I know that isn’t quite the history you thought you were going to hear but those are the stories that stuck with me! I guess you will just have to take a tour for yourself to hear more! Be sure to contact Bulldog when you go! You will NOT be disappointed!

She Reigns

There are many woman I admire in my life be it for their individuality, ability to stand up for what is right, their passions, or their strength. I am blessed to have some of the most extraordinary women around me – who can teach me something everyday. One of these women, who I admire so, is Cathy Williamson. Not only is she one of the kindest people I know but she also just fought the battle of her life with breast cancer and won! She kicked its ass to be exact! Whether she was a few hours out of chemo or about to go under reconstructive surgery her faith, personality, and spirit never waived. I am not even sure she knows how much she taught me during her battle.

For her, and the other woman I have known who had to fight the same battle, I am so honored to participate in the She Reins campaign for breast cancer awareness. You see, a year ago Cathy started a raincoat line called – She Reigns. Finding out her diagnosis she put the line on hold but is now back out there doing it again, but this time with a greater purpose. It is the kind of faith I seen in Cathy that makes me know everything happens for a reason. Her love and undying loyalty to her faith was without a doubt one of the most beautiful things I saw. Through all of the fear, tears, and weariness she always trusted her path would turn out how it was meant to. And now, thanks to her experiences she is helping other woman with this rare type of breast cancer – Triple Negative BC – take on the same battle.

Not only are her raincoats the cutest things you have ever seen (I also owned the Jenica but my mom stole it) but they are also supporting an incredible cause. This month Cathy is donating 25% of all sales to TNBC Foundation to raise awareness and raise funds for triple negative breast cancer research. It is an incredible cause, from an incredible woman, with an incredible raincoat line. I hope you all take the time and explore both of Cathy’s sites – her blog / her raincoats – and support this amazing campaign.

You can get the Patricia raincoat capes I am wearing in black /  red / navy / tan

Front Room Tavern – Dallas

Conversation when married:

“What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know, you?”

“Where should we go?”

“I don’t know, I picked last time.”

Yup, the hubs and I have this conversation about every other night. Choosing where to eat or what you are in the mood for can be so difficult. Since it takes using the brain, and by the end of the day who wants to do that, we frequent the same three places: Mesero Miguel, HG supply, and Fireside Pies. The staff at these places know us by name and can finish our order before we do. We go there that often! Even though we are total creatures of habit, I do love to try new places. Did you know – Dallas has more restaurants per capita than NYC? Pretty cool right? Well, sometimes. There are so many options that it is easier to just stick with what you know. However, I now have a new place to add to my list of three – Front Room Tavern.

Front Room Tavern is located in the Lumen hotel and not only has a cool retro vibe but also incredible food. Fresh from a new revamp the hotel and restaurant are insanely amazing. I had been wanting to try the new menu for a while so when my friend and fellow Dallas blogger, Tanya asked me to join her for a lunch, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. We started with two appetizers – salmon ceviche and barrata. Oh.my.gosh. Seriously, these were both prepared and presented to perfection. The barrata was so creamy and delicious it was like eating it in Italy. Unreal! For our main course we ordered the chicken paillard and the croque madame.  I wasn’t sure they could get better than the apps, but they did! Each bite was better than the next – with all of the different flavors and freshness of the ingredients in each bite. I can’t say enough good things about the paillard. It was just so devine! And what would a girls lunch be without dessert? By far my favorite thing on the menu! If you love carmel you will die and go to heaven with each bite of the salted carmel pot de creme! I even brought this home for the hubs to taste. He couldn’t believe how good it was! You seriously have to try it for yourself because there is no way I can properly describe the yumminess of it! To settle the tummy’s we ended with a mug of french-pressed locally made Drip coffee!

All in all it was just about the most perfect meal a girl could ask for! Amazing company, yummy food, and a beautiful setting! Thanks for the girl time, Tanya!

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