The smell of Oak… Steakhouse that is!

O A K  S T E A K H O U S E  C H A R L E S T O N , S C

O A K   S T E A K   H O U S E
C H A R L E S T O N , S C

Have you been to Oak Steakhouse in Charleston, SC? I have not, but I can smell the wonderful aromas billowing out of the building. It makes me hungry! Ha ha… It’s definitely on our ever growing list of restaurants in Charleston to try! Have you been?

Oak Steakhouse is located on Broad Street. There are many wonderful galleries to check out on your way to dinner! Be sure to check them out!

Here’s a link to Oak’s menu… everything sounds fabulous!!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           Artist: Bruce Gomez!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Artist: Kevin Beers!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Alaska’s Coast in a kayak?

Omelet with feta, arugula and tomatoes!

IMG_1071

Owieee, I’m hooked on arugula right now. Ever since I heard on the Dr. Oz show how healthy arugula is for you, I tried it… I put it on sandwiches, on top of pasta, in omelets… baby arugula is the best (I buy Earthbound Farms brand). This omelet (or scrambled eggs if that’s easier) is quick and easy:

Omelet with Feta, Arugula and Tomatoes

2 eggs beaten

Baby Arugula

Tomato, chopped

Feta, crumbled

Can add anything your heart desires, onion, leftover chicken Italian sausage, more veggies…

Heat a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in a non-stick pan (or more if using a regular pan). Add the eggs, then add the toppings, pepper… (feta has enough sodium, don’t need salt)

Can either make an omelet with it or scrambled eggs.

Oooooh, and this will keep you going for a while! You might want to have 1/2 banana for dessert… read on…

From the Dr. Oz website:

Everyone knows that leafy greens are good for you. And arugula is one of the better choices for health. It contains two cancer fighters called kaempferol and quercetin. Researchers have shown that diets containing arugula can reduce the risk of lung cancer. Arugula is great to use in a salad, or even mixed into hot pasta coming off the boil. You can also arrange it as a bed of tasty greens on which to put other cooked or raw foods. t’s beautiful and healthy.

Tip: Look for baby arugula.  The young leaves are sweet and nutty tasting. When the plant gets bigger, the leaves can have a slightly bitter taste.

Fresh fruits are an obvious healthy choice, but did you know that bananas contain cancer fighters? They are called catechins and delphinidin, and studies have shown diets rich in bananas and other fruits can reduce the risk of breast cancer. 

Tip:  Have half a banana a day with breakfast. It’s an easy way to sneak a cancer fighter into your diet, right at the start of each day.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            Artist: Sam Robinson!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Charleston, SC Photo – A unique perspective…

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Artist: Julia Nichols!

My new sandwich “recipe”!

IMG_1092

I’ve come up with a few new sandwich ideas that are over the top good… I needed something different. Something healthy, but super duper tasty… My new thing here… BROCCOLI SPROUTS, I heard on Doctor Oz how they’re so good for you, throw them on all your sandwiches (well, PB&J? I think not) they’re scrumptious little buggers… Above… I have an open face sandwich.

1 slice 7 sprouted grains bread (freezer section) – toasted

Veggie Cream Cheese (Philadelphia Brand) – spread on the toast… YUM!

Hefty dose of broccoli sprouts on top of cream cheese

Cucumbers, thinly sliced on top… we LOVED this! Also tried it with 1/2 slice of Havarti cheese… GET OUTTA HERE!

This will become the new love of your life!

IMG_1127

When you feel an open faced sandwich just won’t cut it, here’s another version… sprouted 7 grain bread, veggie cream cheese, 4 thin slices of cucumber, slice of Havarti cheese, 4 more thin slices of cucumber, and a big handful of that oh so healthy arugula (or broccoli sprouts!), top with another slice of sprouted 7 grain bread toasted. Yipeeee!

DE-LISH!! Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           Artist: Jason Sacran!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Happy thoughts to all!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   Artist: Alexsander Titovits!

The Easiest Coleslaw You Will Ever Make! Healthy Too!

Vinegar Coleslaw, too good for words!

Vinegar Coleslaw, too good for words!

Healthy cole slaw? Usually it’s loaded with mayonnaise and sugar… which is what makes it so good right? Wrong! I bought some shredded cole slaw mix at our local healthy grocery store, Earth Fare (love that place), and I wanted to try something different. I know we both like the mayo based cole slaw recipes, but would we like a vinegar based recipe? Hmmmm, it was time to give it a whirl. I found this recipe on the Food Network (Rachel Ray!) and it couldn’t be easier!

I had originally posted this with a rather sad image… because I kept forgetting to take a photo, ha ha… FINALLY have a photo that looks like the coleslaw before its three days old, sigh…

I was skeptical, but this recipe is delicious!

The only thing I changed below is that I reduced the sugar (original recipe calls for 2 T sugar), I used olive oil (instead of peanut or vegetable oil), I used only 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp celery seed. More or less to taste… you can’t go wrong with this recipe!

Click HERE to print the original recipe from FoodNetwork.com!

OIL AND VINEGAR SLAW RECIPE – inspired by Rachel Ray – My version…

Ingredients

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1-2 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 sack, 16 ounces, shredded cabbage mix for slaw salads

1/2 teaspoon salt (or celery salt) (or 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon celery seed)

Pepper

Directions

Mix vinegar and sugar. Add oil. Add cabbage to dressing and season with salt and pepper. Toss with fingers to combine. Adjust seasoning. Let stand 20 minutes. Re-toss and serve.

Lasts a few days… Day 3 pictured above, looks tired, but tasted great!

Find the original recipe at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/oil-and-vinegar-slaw-recipe.html#comments?oc=linkback

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            Artist: Margaret Lawrence!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Charlie’s Other Momma…

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Artist: Carol Marine!

Lunch under the brilliant blue sky…

Lunch at Taco Boy

Lunch at Taco Boy

This is just a quick weekend post to wish you a gorgeous day with sunny skies! Here’s hoping you can fit in a nice lunch under the brilliant blue sky…

This photo was taken at Taco Boy… a fabulous restaurant in Charleston!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            Artist: Chris Groves!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Marine City Fish Company Restaurant… Michigan!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Artist: Kenn Backhaus!

Bowens Island Restaurant MENU as of May 2014

IMG_0792 IMG_0793

The restaurant was packed and I couldn’t find my way to a menu (well, at least not where I would have enough room to set it down to photograph), so I settled for the sign… It gives you all the information you need!

See yesterdays post to see what the fried shrimp looks like… oooooh, too good!!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            What kind of footprints are these?

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Artist: William Wray!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Artist: Keith Oehmig!

Shrimp at Bowens Island Restaurant – Charleston, SC

Shrimp at Bowens Island Restaurant

Shrimp at Bowens Island Restaurant

THIS my friends is the 1/4# (small) shrimp dinner at Bowens Island Restaurant. The fresh, local shrimp in their delicate coating fried to perfection. This isn’t the thick batter that’s fried deep brown, this is succulent and out of this world good… so is the cole slaw… and the hush puppies… french fries are good too (and I’m not a french fry gal). I do wish you had a healthier option to go with the fried shrimp, but if you only go every once in a while its a splurge worth waiting for!

Bowens Island Restaurant is close to Folly Beach in Charleston, SC… check them out! (More details on the post from tomorrow)…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            Artist: Bill Schenck!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Piccolo Spoleto – Charleston, SC

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Kitchen Aid Mixer