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Bourbon & Bacon – A Southern Love Affair

Bourbon & Bacon – A Southern Love Affair

By Erin Laytham Lentz

Pairing bourbon and bacon is a southern staple. The savory and sweet indulgences are a match made in pure southern love. Aside from the countless recipes, perhaps the true value of bourbon and bacon lies in expert tasting notes, generations of secrets, and a bit of southern humor. Purveyors have shared their expertise of bacon tasting, the best cuts, and tips to preserving the meat.

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O’ Oyster

O’ Oyster

By Erin Laytham Lentz

Whether you love them or hate them, oysters are a Lowcountry delicacy. Oyster season is upon us in the Lowcountry and we know this with the subtropical, humid climate along the South Carolina coast. These tidal variety oysters live in shallower areas along the coast, as well as in the salt marshes. Paddling among the Broad Creek is an easy place spot oysters. The temperature of the air dictates the temperature of the shallow water where oysters dwell. Oysters are too risky to eat in the summer months due to a rise in water temperature and the surrounding bacteria. The general rule is, oysters are safe to eat in any month ending in “R” plus Jan/Feb. This marks the kick off of oyster season and an exciting time for oyster lovers. Aside from oysters being an important industry for coastal communities, they also taste delicious and even have many nutritional benefits. People in the coastal areas associate oysters season with the cooler months into winter.

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Baby, It’s Warm Outside

Baby, It’s Warm Outside

Keeping the holiday spirit alive even when there’s no snow in sight

The holiday season is a magical time, but for many of us in warmer climates, there is no sparkly snow, no crackling fire, and no cozy scarves and sweaters (at least without breaking into a furious sweat by 2pm). It can be tough to keep up your Christmas cheer when it’s warm and balmy out, especially if you’ve experienced those magical chilly winters. Well we’re here to help you amp up the spirit all season long. Read more

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