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Charleston: Day 2

SUNDAY 10.26.08

My final day in Charleston was simple.

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Breakfast was biscuits and gravy at Poogan’s Porch. The biscuits and gravy is really all you need with the complimentary baskets of buttermilk biscuits and honeybutter. In fact, I wish I could just order a basket of the latter, but that wasn’t an option.

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Next, we made a short visit to the South Carolina Aquarium. Not too bad, but a bit small compared to the aquariums in New Orleans, Monterrey or Shanghai. The gators were neat and quite photogenic.

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The best way to enjoy a jellyfish.

After the aquarium, we attended a lowcountry cooking class at Charleston Cooks! “Lowcountry” is the part of South Carolina that is closer to the seaboard and is lower in elevation than the – you guessed it – highcountry.

Lowcountry cooking has a lot of Spanish, French, Native American and slave influences. The Carolina Golden rice that is native to the area is quite wonderful. However, because it can’t be grown by machine (the ground is to soft) it’s quite expensive.

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We watched a professional chef prepare the dishes. For a better view, this flat screen tv zoomed in on the food. I’m in the plaid shirt taking a photo.

We learned to cook chicken & sausage gumbo and apple crisp. Afterward, my brother and I were completely stuffed and ready to cook.

I returned Stefon to the base to study up for a test. Then, I took off for the five hour drive back to North Carolina.

What a wonderful place Charleston was. I’ll definitely be back with the family in the future.

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