Food, Nature

The Truth About Stone Crab Claws

I didn’t know too much about stone crab claws when I moved to South Carolina in 2016. In fact, there was a substantial amount that I didn’t know about a lot of types of seafood. Given that I had grown up on the water along the shores of Long Island, NY, I was surprised at how much I really didn’t know. How had I escaped this information growing up? It is still a mystery to me, but what I didn’t know then, I surely learned quickly when I got to Hilton Head.

The seafood restaurant where I worked gave me an hours-long, crash course in a classroom setting, and also a real world, hands-on approach to learning through our chef and back of house staff. As I would arrive to set up the restaurant for lunch and brunch shifts, I would watch as they wheeled in large coolers and overflowing baskets from the docks behind the kitchen, craning my neck to see what was inside them.

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Food, Local Restaurants

Odd Birds Cafe: Good Vibes & Fresh Eats

Have you ever walked into a place that gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling that you can’t quite place? There are a few places around Hilton Head Island that give me this vibe, and Odd Birds is one of them.

I have been to Odd Birds on more than one occasion, and every time I have been, I am always struck by how comfortable it feels. Everyone seems happy and at ease, from the regular patrons to the baristas and bakers. I always love to find a place that gives you that at home neighborhood feel, especially as the Island continues to expand and take on more corporate operations. Odd Birds is as down home as they come.

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Events, Featured, Food, History, Local Restaurants

The Ultimate Lowcountry Soft Shell Experience

When I first moved to the Lowcountry, I felt like a tourist in a foreign land about some things that seemed to come so naturally to those who grew up here.

I had no idea what traditional Hoppin’ John was, nor a hoecake (yes this is a real food, not an insult!). I had yet to learn about rice middlins, or my acquired favorite chicken bog. It took me a few years to realize that I needed pimento cheese in my life as a condiment to just about any food I might eat. I swear that my other half (born and raised in South Carolina) would even eat this tangy cheese spread on a chocolate chip cookie, he loves it so dearly.

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