New Cafe Opens inside Library

    

     RICHLAND LIBRARY CAFE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
    Teaming with Chef Sarah Simmons to Offer Menu at Main Location
 
Enjoy a good book and a bite to eat during your next visit to Richland Library. In partnership with Chef Sarah Simmons, we are excited to announce the opening of the Cafe at our Main location (1431 Assembly Streeton Tuesday, February 20.
Customers are able to access the Cafe from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. It’s located on the First Level, near the Hampton Street entrance.
Simmons along with her husband and business partner, Aaron Hoskins, have designed a menu for the newly renovated space that features flatbreads, panini sandwiches, salads, beverages and snacks, including an assortment of Rise Gourmet Goods & Bakeshop signature baked goods. For a look at the complete menu, click here.
While Simmons and Hoskins operate the Cafe, they also are putting a program in place for the culinary residency, geared toward the food and beverage industry. This program strives to give aspiring restaurateurs a low-risk opportunity at the library to experience running the day-to-day responsibilities of a restaurant. Working closely with Richland Library, they plan to select the participants for the program later this year.

Openings

Firenza Pizza

5232 Sunset Blvd, Lexington | Mon – Thurs: 11am – 9pm | Fri – Sun: 11am – 10pm

firenza-1097-2Firenza Pizza just opened in Lexington on Tuesday, January 9. Experience “Pizza Like Never Before” at Firenza, which specializes in handcrafted, made-to-order, stone hearth-baked pizzas that can be customized with nearly 40 fresh toppings! Firenza offers eight signature pies, as well as customizable salads, oven-baked wings and meatballs. Firenza Pizza is planning to open another store at 1270 Bower Pkwy. Stay tuned to Foodie News for more information! More here.

New to the Menu

Ruth’s Chris’ Seasonal Prix Fixe Classics Menu

924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666

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Celebrate the best flavors of the season with Ruth’s newest seasonal menu, where you’ll get a complete meal, with your choice of starter, entree and personal side, served alongside a featured dessert duo, all starting at only $44.95! The new menu features exciting seasonally inspired dishes as well as Ruth’s Chris favorites. See menu and more here.

Newsflash

Rioz: Now Taking Reservations for Valentine’s Day!

Sunday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 14 | 410 Columbiana Drive 

Rioz Cola Valentines Day Extended

Valentine’s at the Brewery | Swamp Cabbage

Wednesday, February 14 | 5:30 – 8PM

clem-onojeghuo-207467It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and making plans for that special someone! During Swamp Cabbage Brewery’s “Valentine’s at the Brewery” event, you’ll enjoy four exceptional dinner courses, dessert, and optional special beer pairings! Reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 9, so don’t delay! Get tickets here.

A Soup & a Stew To Love

Chicken soup with bread - low resGo-To Chicken Noodle Soup for Feeling Better

  • 10 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 large stalk celery, diced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces whole-wheat egg noodles, (3 cups)
  • 4 cups shredded cooked skinless chicken breast, (about 1 pound; see Tip)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
  1. Bring broth to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add carrots, celery, ginger and garlic; cook, uncovered, over medium heat until vegetables are just tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Add noodles and chicken; simmer until the noodles are just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in dill and lemon juice.

Above is the recipe as it was found in Eating Well magazine.  It’s really yummy.

  • Tip: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.  Or buy a rotisserie chicken at the store and cut it up. The thighs make it more flavorful.

Best & Easiest Crock-Pot Beef StewCrock Pot Beef Stew

  • 3-4 lb. beef roast (the worse the cut, the better. I usually try to find a chuck roast on sale. Trim off any huge chunks of fat.)
  • 3 lbs. of russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 5 carrots, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 5 celery stalks, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 5 small onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1.5 cups of water or beer

Put the ingredients in the crock-pot, then salt and pepper on top. Close the lid and turn on low and cook for 8 hours. After cooking, I take the ingredients and put in a warm place. Then I pour the liquid from the crock-pot into a sauce pan. I turn the heat on to boil and I mix up about a tablespoon of corn starch with .75 cup of water and pour in when the liquid is boiling. Add a little Kitchen Bouquet and season with salt and pepper to taste. Then mix the gravy with the meat and veggies from the crock-pot. You’re gonna love it.

 

 

News Flash

Valentine’s at the Brewery | Swamp Cabbage

Wednesday, February 14 | 5:30 – 8PM

clem-onojeghuo-207467It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and making plans for that special someone! During Swamp Cabbage Brewery’s “Valentine’s at the Brewery” event, you’ll enjoy four exceptional dinner courses, dessert, and optional special beer pairings! Reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 9, so don’t delay! Get tickets here.

Openings

Purple Martin Grille and Cellar | Timberlake Country Club

222 Timberlake Drive, Chapin | 803-345-9909

Timberlake Country Club, the only golf course on Lake Murray, offers tennis, swimming, challenging golf and great views of the lake, and now, offers dining as well! The Purple Martin Grille and Cellar invites you to try their new menu: Bourbon Bacon Scallops, French Onion Soup, the Purple Martin Burger (fried egg, beer-soaked gruyere, bourbon bacon, dijonaise), Pan Seared Scottish Salmon and Bone In Pork Chop are among the many delicious items that can be found on their menu. Enjoy Members’ Monday specials, a Children’s Menu, and their new Saturday night tradition – Prime Rib Night! More here.

 

News Flash

East Bay Deli Holiday Catering

Downtown: 1426 Main Street | 803-814-2277 | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Ct. | 803-791-1150

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Got a crowd coming over for the upcoming holidays? Get out of the kitchen and instead serve them party trays from East Bay Deli! East Bay has an amazing selection of foods that your guests will love. From Sandwich/Wrap Trays to giant Chef, Caesar and Greek Salads, to soups, fresh fruit, cakes and cookies, East Bay has you covered for your party of up to 28 people! Or, treat your guests to something different – East Bay’s Baked Potato, BBQ or Hot Dog Bar – giant Baked Potatoes, pulled pork BBQ or premium Hot Dogs with ALL the fixins, so no one will go home hungry. More here.

Thanksgiving Turkeys from Little Pigs Barbecue

4927 Alpine Road | 803-788-8238

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Serve your family an unforgettable Thanksgiving turkey or ham this year by ordering it in advance from Little Pigs Barbecue! Little Pigs is known for its real Carolina barbecue and mouthwatering southern sides dishes, so you know their hams and turkeys will be just as delectable! Get a Small, Baked, Fried or Smoked Turkey, a Large Baked or Smoked Turkey, Glazed Ham, or a 1/4, 1/2 or Whole PIT Ham for your feast. Order by December 16, 2017. Call them at 803-788-8238 today!

Thanksgiving at Ruth’s Chris

Thursday, November 23 | 924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House is open on Thanksgiving! Join them for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with sausage and herb stuffing, complete with your choice of starters and sides. You’ll even get leftovers to take home with you and enjoy the next day! The 3 course Turkey Dinner is $39.95 for adults, with a Children’s Menu priced at $12.95. Ruth’s is open 11am – 10pm on Thanksgiving Day.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving at home, do it right – pre-order a Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes  or Creamed Spinach side as a complement to your turkey! They’ll love Ruth’s classic Sweet Potato Casserole – whipped sweet potatoes, topped with a crunchy pecan-brown sugar crust, their velvety Mashed Potatoes with hints of roasted garlic, and Ruth’s original recipe Creamed Spinach – chopped spinach in a New Orleans-style cream sauce. Each side dish is $29.95 and generously serves 10-12. Sides to go are available for pick-up November 16 through November 22. Orders can be placed online or by calling the restaurant directly, 803.212.6666, at least 48 hours in advance of desired pick-up. Full menu and more here.

Rioz: Thanksgiving Day Feast!

Thursday, November 23 | 410 Columbiana Drive | 803-708-3151

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Beef Jerky Outlet’s Chili

Beef Jerky Outlet has a new contest, where you can win a $100 Beef Jerky Outlet Prize Pack! Just use their jerky in a recipe to enter, and for a chance to win.

Here we have chili made with Beef Jerky Outlet Honey BBQ Jerky

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**Ingredients **
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 (16-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon ground cumin.
**How to Make it**
Cook first 3 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Place mixture in 5-quart slow cooker; stir in beans and remaining ingredients. Cook at HIGH 3 to 4 hours or at LOW 5 to 6 hours. Then top it off with your favorite Beef Jerky Outlet jerky! Yum!

New To The Menu

Brewmaster Mondays | Casual Pint Vista

807 Gervais St, STE 100

cpintJoin the Brewmaster Club at Casual Pint for great benefits at the area’s best beer garden, like $9 select growler fills on Brewmaster Mondays! When you join the Brewmaster Club, your new membership will include a FREE growler, FREE Casual Pint merch, one FREE growler fill each month, FREE pints (after purchase of 10), FREE growler fill (after purchase of 10), 10% off package beer, 10% off retail merchandise, and invitations to special promotions. More here.

East Bay Deli

Columbia: 1426 Main Street | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Court

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EBD’s new grilled Bratwurst

 The holidays can be so busy, who has time to cook? Stop in to East Bay Deli while out shopping and try one of their fall specials or order online from the main menu and take-out or have it delivered. EBD has some fantastic new specials they just rolled out for the fall: Enjoy their new Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (fried chicken fillet on ciabatta bread with marinara, melted mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses), Meatball Sub (Italian meatballs on a toasted french loaf with marinara, & melted mozzarella cheese), Wild Roast Beef (Certified Angus Roast Beef, Havarti cheese, creamy horseradish, arugula, tomato slices, red onion rings served on grilled sourdough), Tuscan Turkey (roasted turkey on grilled Tuscan bread topped with sliced Gouda cheese, roasted red peppers & pesto), and Bratwurst (grilled Bratwurst on a toasted bun topped with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut). Try them before they’re gone – these specials will only be around until February! More here.

Immune Builder Smoothies | Smoothie King

Smoothie King Locations: 4601 Forest Drive | 945-G Lake Murray Blvd. |  718 Fashion Drive | 1205 Lincoln St.

skingHelp support your immune system with SK’s Immune Builder Smoothies, available in Mixed Berry, Orange and NEW Pumpkin Spice! Pumpkin Spice smoothies are made with organic pumpkin, carrots and super grains. With more than 300% of your daily vitamin C, plus iron and calcium, you’re all set for fall. More here.

Openings

Catitude Cat Cafe Grand Opening

Friday, November 10 | 118 State St., West Columbia

q-aila-162475Catitude Cat Cafe is coming, and will be the first Cat Cafe in the Columbia, SC area! They have partnered with Pets Inc. in West Columbia, to provide 100% adoptable kitties! At Catitude, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a beer, or glass of wine while you hang out with the coolest cats in Columbia! This Friday, don’t miss your chance to come and welcome Columbia’s newest furry friends to State Street! Read more about Catitude here.

Openings

Duke’s Pad Thai Street Food and Noodle Bar

904 Knox Abbott Drive | (803) 661-6455

dptThis brand new Thai “mom and pop shop” that opened in September features your favorite Thai dishes like Tom Yum soup, Green Curry, Thai Beef Salad and Pad Thai, along with dishes you don’t see so much of, like Bahn Mi Tacos, Pho, and Thai Sausage on a Stick! The Noodle Bar menu features selections of proteins, noodles and broths that you choose, to create your own custom-made soup! The Spice Level for the menu ranges from 1-5, so you can choose to bring the heat to your dish, or not. More here.

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

2736 North Lake Drive | 803.781.9814

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana is famous for Italian comfort food, fresh sauces and homemade pastas! The restaurant will open a second location on Main Street in Lexington, in January 2018. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery

Current location: 900 Main Street | 803-748-0540

The Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House is a laid back pub with house-brewed beers and an exceptional menu, with ever-revolving specials. Now, after 22 years in business on Main Street, Hunter-Gatherer will be opening a second brewery in the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field very soon.  Hoping for a November opening. Stay tuned to Foodie News for more updates! Main Street location menu and information can be found here.

New To The Menu

Tombo Grille‏

4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | (803) 782-9665

tgTombo Grille has a great new fall menu that includes lobster pot pie! Tombo prides itself on using fresh, regionally-grown ingredients in their delicious dishes. Plus, As a compliment to the regular menu, Tombo offers specials that change nightly, showcasing their chef’s culinary creativity, updated daily around 5pm. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook for the latest and tastiest selections. Reservations are recommended 782-9665 or use Open Table. More here.

 

East Bay Deli

Columbia: 1426 Main Street | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Court

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EBD’s new grilled Bratwurst

EBD has some fantastic new specials they just rolled out for the fall season! Enjoy their new Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (fried chicken fillet on ciabatta bread with marinara, melted mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses), Meatball Sub (Italian meatballs on a toasted french loaf with marinara, & melted mozzarella cheese), Wild Roast Beef (Certified Angus Roast Beef, Havarti cheese, creamy horseradish, arugula, tomato slices, red onion rings served on grilled sourdough), Tuscan Turkey (roasted turkey on grilled Tuscan bread topped with sliced Gouda cheese, roasted red peppers & pesto), and Bratwurst (grilled Bratwurst on a toasted bun topped with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut). Try them today! More here.

Twisted Spur Brewing

705 Gervais St | (803) 764-0203

spTwisted Spur is updating all of their menus; brunch, lunch, and dinner! They now have half sizes of some of their most popular appetizers, like Tuna Pineapple Nachos, Soda City Market Dip, and Brewhouse Chips. They have also added an Oyster Po’ Boy to the lunch menu as well as a few other brand new additions to the dinner menu. Twisted Spur’s menu changes seasonally, to provide the freshest ingredients for each season. Did you know, Twisted Spur also offers a fantastic Tailgate Menu that features in house smoked pulled pork, Brats, Wings, lots of shareables and of course sweet tea! It’s available every weekend, so if it’s college or professional football that requires a spread, they can help! Twisted’s brewers are in Colorado right now at the Great American Beer Festival. Hundreds of breweries from all around the country go to compete for best beer in each category, and Twisted Spur brought their Fraulein Hefeweizen, Lemongrass Kolsch, Dead Head Red, and Wheat Fight to represent them, and South Carolina! Wish them luck! More here.

Weekday Therapy: Liberty on the Lake

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Wings BOGO, fish tacos, baby why don’t we go into Irmo, for nachos….*

Unseasonably warm temperatures (even for Columbia) had the Gardener Media team wanting to experience one last taste of summer for their Weekday Therapy outing. What could be more perfect than a big, shaded deck, sparkling blue water and cold drinks? The place for that is Liberty on the Lake in Irmo, where, they say, “The only thing better than our food is the view”!

Liberty’s Sunset Happy Hour drink specials include $3 Liberty Brews, $3 Domestic Drafts, and $2 PBR cans, as well as $1 off House Wines, $3 Sangria, and $1 off Well Liquors. With 48 beers on tap, unique draft beers and craft brews and Liberty’s own microbrews, they will always have a brew for you! Our server, Jessica, was very patient and helpful as we pored over the various menus and made our selections.

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Berry Sangria

Team member Carmen loves sangria, and thoroughly enjoyed the sweet Berry Sangria she ordered – a perfect summertime beverage! We chose several appetizers to share: Southern Fried Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Baked Pretzels, and Chicken Nachos. The shrimp were large, fresh, and crispy, with a tangy/spicy Bonfire Sauce that would work with just about anything!

The calamari were perfectly seasoned and breaded, and came with their own Citrus-Curry Aioli sauce. Team member Lynn was a huge fan of the Baked Pretzels we got, with their salty, garlic butter-basted flavor coming through. It came with both lager-grain mustard and cheddar-beer cheese for dipping.

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Southern Fried Shrimp

The Chicken Nachos didn’t disappoint either, the green-chile-and lime-marinated chicken deliciously complemented by black beans, poblano queso, pico de gallo, sour cream and jalapenos.

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Chicken Nachos

Miriam opted for an entree, Liberty’s Freedom Burger – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, a fried egg, lettuce and tomato.

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The Freedom Burger

We then did something we almost never do: we ordered dessert! Key Lime Pie and Bananas Foster Cheesecake were decadent, but we told ourselves we deserved it! All of this food illustrated to us what we already knew, that you really can’t go wrong ordering at Liberty!

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Bananas Foster Cheesecake!

Liberty on the Lake is always a fun time. In addition to their great Sunset Happy Hour specials, they also have some brand new Daily Specials you’ll want to check out that include BOGO Wings on Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays (featuring Lowcountry Boil), Thursdays are Burgers and Brews, Fish Fridays, and for the weekend, it’s Tap Into Football game day fare and drink specials. Liberty’s Game Day Menu boasts Bleu Cheese Chips, Roasted Red Pepper Black Bean Hummus, Southwest Eggrolls, Big Pig Biscuits and much more. Do check it out!

 

*To the tune of The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo”

Beer Pairing Tips

Having the gang over to watch some football?

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Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is a very pale or golden colored lager beer. Flavors are subtle, with no one traditional beer ingredient dominating the others. Lightness of body is essential. This makes the beer work well with foods that are more subtle in flavor as well. Favorites: Mecklenburger (available on tap right now at The Casual Pint), Pilsner Urquell, Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest (currently found on tap at Craft and Draft – get a growler-fill)

Fish, chicken and cheeses: Light Beer. Today’s light beers are no where nearly as flavorless or watered down as light beers of the past. People who are watching their calorie intake or alcohol consumption prefer to drink light beer and will appreciate a host offering good light beer. Favorites: Corona Light, Michelob Ultra Amber, Heineken Light

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BBQ, blackened chicken, Mexican foods: Ale. Ales are sweet, full-bodied and fruity in taste. When pairing with food, think about tastes that complement each other. Sweet and savory, salty and sweet, sweet and spicy… ales work well with strong tasting foods. Favorites: Chocolate Brown (brewed locally at Swamp Cabbage Brewing and available on tap at the brewery), Coast Brewing Kolsch (available at Craft and Draft), Oberon Ale (on tap now by the growler at The Casual Pint)

Desserts: Since desserts can vary wildly in character and level of sweetness, no one beer style works with every dessert. Pair these common desserts with these beers – Carrot cake, caramel cheesecake or crème brulée: Double/Imperial IPA like Stone Ruination Double IPA | Caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake, rice pudding: India Pale Ale… our favorite is Rubrum Red IPA from Swamp Cabbage Brewing, available on tap at the brewery here in Columbia or sold in stores | Dark chocolate desserts like truffles or chocolate raspberry mousse cake: Stout, like Founders Brewing’s Breakfast Stout found at Craft and Draft

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Apple Pasties to Fry

Apple TurnoversHappy Fall, y’all! Apples have been ripening in the mountain orchards, so we are sharing a precious recipe for Apple Turnovers from the Colonial period, known then as Apple Pasties. Today “pasties” have a completely different connotation!  This recipes is by E. Smith from 1742, found in The Compleat Housewife: or Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion.

This recipe is for a large crowd… or a VERY large family!

Pare and quarter apples, and boil them in sugar and water, and a stick of cinamon, and when tender, put in a little white-wine, the juice of a lemon, a Piece of fresh butter, and a little ambergrease or orange-flower water; stir all together and ’tis cold, put it in a Puff-paste and fry them.

Paste for Pasties

Rub six pounds of butter into fourteen pounds of flour; put to it eight eggs, whip the whites to snow and make it in a pretty stiff paste with cold water. (you might want to take those amounts down a tad… like 2 sticks of butter rubbed into 3 cups of flour and one egg instead of 8 – for that amount you should cut up 7 or 8 apples). Fry in hot oil at 375 degrees after filling.

Cooking Class: Good Life Cafe

Cooking Classes

Vegan Cooking Class w/Asian Flare | Good Life Cafe

Tuesday, October 10 | 6 – 8pm | 1614 Main Street, Ste A

glcIn this class, you’ll learn how to make delicious vegan foods with an Asian flare with David Wright, creator of many things vegan at the cafe. He will help you learn new techniques, flavors, and styles to live your very best life as well as show you how easy flavorful plant-based cooking can be! David will show how to make Sweet and Sour Tempeh over Udon Noodles with Grilled Veggies, Crisp and Crunchy Asian Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing, Coconut Mango Spring Rolls, and Homemade Fortune Cookies. Seating is limited, so hurry and register here.

Craft and Draft

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Battle of the Breweries: Fall Kickoff @ Craft and Draft

Wednesday, September 13 | 2706 Devine St.
battlJoin Craft and Draft for the Fall Kickoff edition of the Battle of the Breweries! This one will feature six beers from Ballast Point Brewing Company versus six from Founders Brewing Co. Tap and KC Hotdog Food Truck! Begins at 4pm. More here.

 

New To The Menu: Twisted Spur

Special Tailgate Menu | Twisted Spur Brewing

Tailgating: Bratwurst or Sausage On The Grill At Tailgate PartyIt’s the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year … FOOTBALL SEASON! In honor of all things football Twisted Spur has created a special tailgate menu full of fan favorites and some true tailgate classics like wings, pulled pork, ribs, Bratwurst platter, dips, chili, and so much more! Pre-ordering is required prior to game day. More here.

Opening Monday! BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Opens Monday, September 4 | 148 Harbison Blvd | 803.828.5850

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BJ’s is known for award-winning handcrafted beer, Chicago-via-California-style pizza, and for their sweet Pizookies (a super moist, rich and delicious cookie topped with ice cream and baked to order). In September they will open their first location in South Carolina, on the site that was once home to Romano’s Macaroni Grill near the corner of Harbison and Bower, in Columbiana Station.

BJ’s has a huge menu that includes everything from Handcrafted Burgers, to delicious salads, to sandwiches and tacos. They offer 11 award-winning signature beers and ciders on tap, and release seasonal beers throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information on this new dining hotspot! Click here to learn more about BJ’s.

New to the Menu: Kaminsky’s | Smoothie King | Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille

4517 Forest Drive Columbia | 803.782.9665

Salmon-tomboTombo Grille in Forest Acres, has a special Summer Menu you’ve got to try! Featuring fresh, seasonal Entrees like Grilled Salmon with Parmesan Risotto, Asparagus, Marinated Tomatoes and Salsa (pictured). Small Bites include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Crab & Avocado Tower, Braised Short Rib, and Smoked Salmon Rangoon, and don’t forget about Tombo’s gorgeous Salads. Enjoy the perfect, summer’s-end meal at Tombo Grille! More here. 

Kaminsky’s

930 Gervais St | 803.550.9979

Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe debuted new cocktail menus in August, with brand new floats, martinis and dessert drinks for you to try! Kaminsky’s has a selection of draft wines, along with Dessert Mule Floats (like Lemon Meringue, Framboise, and Apple Pie), Martinis (like Tiramisu, Key Lime Pie, Samoa Cookie and Starburst), Cocktail Floats (Limoncello Champagne, Not Your Father’s Root Beer), and Cocktails (Gin & Jam, Dragonberry Sangria). See even more new flavors at their Facebook page, here.

Smoothie King

1205 Lincoln St., 4601 Forest Drive, 945-G Lake Murray Blvd., 718 Fashion Drive

skSupercharge your day with one of Smoothie King’s new Hydration Smoothies! If you have an active lifestyle, you’ll love these new blends, made with naturally hydrating Zico brand coconut water and real whole fruit to help you power through your activities. Zico coconut water has five electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus) to help your body hydrate. It is naturally fat free and cholesterol free. With no added sugar and more than 5 times the potassium of the leading sports drink, SK’s new Hydration Smoothies will keep you hydrated AND energized. Choose from three delicious flavors: Dragon Fruit Lemon Green Tea, Lemon Green Tea Watermelon Hibiscus, and Watermelon Hibiscus. More here.

 

Openings: Urban Cookhouse

Urban Cookhouse

3000 Devine Street | 803.779.5070

ucUrban Cookhouse, one of Columbia’s most exciting recent acquisitions, opened its second location on August 19 on Devine Street (the first is in Irmo). UC emphasizes fresh, delicious menu items and a unique, family-friendly dining atmosphere. We spoke with Owner/President, Will Gillespie, about what makes Urban Cookhouse stand out, and why it’s become so popular around here. Will told us that UC prides itself on everything being prepared from scratch and with care – from the dry rubs and sauces they use, to the hand-chopped veggies and meats they grill on their Big Green Egg (“Farm-To-Fire-To-Table”). In additional to being made to order, dishes are affordable, with most items priced under $10 to start with.

You won’t find fried food on the menu, but instead excellent sandwiches, salads, wraps and homestyle entrees. They have a few specialty items you’ll love as well, like the warm Millie Ray’s Orange Rolls served as sides, or the Half Baked Cookie dessert, which Will indicated was a definite customer favorite. In the coming weeks, UC will begin adding special, South Carolina favorites like Beaufort Stew/Lowcountry Boil to the menu.

Will said people particularly appreciate UC’s kid friendly details, like an area for children to play in and a children’s menu. Will has two daughters, and knows that anything that buys adults 7-10 minutes of uninterrupted dining time is a good thing. UC also has a wonderfully convenient drive up window, so you can call in an order from their Take It To The House menu (eventually order online), and pick up dinner for the whole family without leaving the car. They can also cater your special events, for 10 people or for 1,000.

In addition to serving great food, UC is all about promoting local businesses to benefit the community. A small merchandise area in the restaurant displays local wares, soaps, artwork and homemade dog treats, and next year, UC will coordinate and manage a farmer’s market to give local growers another venue in which to sell. Visit them soon and check out this excellent addition to our local dining scene. More here.

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From the Vine: Tastings and Wine Specials

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Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting

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Cellar on Greene hosts a GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING every other Saturday! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 30 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock up your home cellar! Cost is $8 per person, waived with 2 bottle purchase. Enjoy!

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Wednesdays | at Liberty Taproom (828 Gervais Street)

Half priced wine by the bottle or glass every Wednesday at Liberty Taproom in the Vista.  And

Gervais & Vine: Wednesday Wine Tastings

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620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463

Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wines and a small plate for just $10. Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm. Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!

 

Newsflash: 100 Days of Beef Jerky!

100 Days of Jerky | Beef Jerky Outlet

Love jerky in all of its varieties? From Aug. 16 until Black Friday, select jerky flavors will be 20% off at Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia! For August:

  • Day 1 (Aug. 16): Original Smoked
  • Day 2 (Aug. 17): Honey BBQ Turkey
  • Day 3 (Aug. 18): Australian Outback
  • Day 4 (Aug. 19): Sweet & Spicy
  • Day 5 (Aug. 20): Moonshine
  • Day 6 (Aug. 21): Original Dehydrated
  • Day 7 (Aug. 22): Alligator
  • Day 8 (Aug. 23): Teriyaki Smoked
  • Day 9 (Aug. 24): Fireball
  • Day 10 (Aug. 25): Venison
  • Day 11 (Aug. 26): Ol’ Smokey
  • Day 12 (Aug. 27): Prime Rib
  • Day 13 (Aug. 28): Duck
  • Day 14 (Aug. 29): Honey Peppered Bacon Sausage Sticks
  • Day 15 (Aug. 30): Roasted Garlic
  • Day 16 (Aug. 31): Cajun BBQ Brisket

In store purchases only, cannot be combined with another specials. More here.

Under The Foam: Craft and Draft

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Craft and Draft: Wine Wednesdays and Food Trucks

2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575

Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at C&D every night from Thursday through Sunday, through the end of September. Trucks will vary each night, and will operate from around 5pm to close!

Swamp Cabbage Brewing: Three Year Anniversarybeer

Sunday, August 20th | 1pm – 6pm | at Swamp Cabbage (921 Brookwood Drive) | Free admission and kid friendly

Join Swamp Cabbage in celebrating THREE years!! There will be live music, food trucks, misters to keep you cool, plus enjoy special release beers all day! The live music will be featuring Whiskey Bears and The Black Bottom Biscuits. Random Taste and Ludicrous Foods will be there serving up some great food too, plus Swamp Cabbage will have a commemorative glass for sale celebrating their 3 year anniversary and commemorating the solar eclipse! Visit event FB page here!

The Casual Pint: Solar Eclipse PartySolar Eclipse Party

Monday, August 21st | 1pm – 10pm | at the Casual Pint Vista (807 Gervais St.)  or Lexington (217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington) | $75 per person

Where are you going to watch the eclipse? Does it offer all of the beer that you can drink? Casual Pint in the Vista and their second location in Lexington do! Enjoy half off food specials, all you can drink beer and receive a free viewing glass too! Get your ticket(s) here for Vista locationGet your ticket(s) here for Lexington location.

 

Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia | 803.851.1964

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Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled that their SECOND location opened last week!

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

Grill Marks: New Brunch Items

711 Gervais Street | 803.661.8932

Woohoo! Earlier this summer Grill Marks added three additional items (listed below) to their already mouth watering brunch menu! Stop in for a Brunch of Champions on Saturdays or Sundays from 11am – 3pm and try out these new, delicious items….

The MarkGriddle: Pancake buns sandwiching our Signature Patty, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, and fried egg

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Morning’ Poutine: Our “Everybody Wants Some” Poutine topped with 2 fried eggs and bacon

Mornin Poutine

Morning’ Poutine

Mimosa Carafes: 1 liter of Mimosa (6-7 glasses)

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If you find yourself struggling this weekend stop by Grill Marks for this amazing hangover cure, Foodies! Visit their full Brunch of Champions menu at grillmarks.com/food – you don’t want to miss it.
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NewsFlash: Top Sellers at East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli

108 Sunset Ct., West Columbia & 1426 Main Street, Columbia

East Bay Deli has two locations in the Greater Columbia area and we have enjoyed eating at both. Have you ever wondered what their top sellers are? PS. These dishes taste as amazing as they look! Here’s some taste bud teasers…

Chicken Caesar Salad – A bed of fresh romaine topped with grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, croutons, & our special Caesar dressing.

Fabulous French Toast – A breakfast classic. House made French toast sprinkled with powder sugar. Served with a choice of breakfast meat; butter and syrup on the side.

Pete’s Famous Chili Dog – A Certified Angus Beef hot dog topped with chili, diced onions, slaw and mustard. Served with chips & a pickle spear.

 

Breakfast Sandwich – Build your own DELIcious breakfast sandwich! Two eggs scrambled or fried on your choice of bread with cheese. Add your favorite breakfast meat for a small up charge. Served with fruit.

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Not your traditional buffalo wrap. Deli style buffalo chicken, diced romaine and blue cheese dressing on a sun-dried tomato wrap. Buffalo sauce served on the side.

Citadel – A house favorite. Oven Roasted turkey, ham, honey mustard, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, Swiss and cheddar cheese piled high toasted wheat.

Authentic Italian – A classic deli favorite. Capicola ham, salami, pepperoni, melted provolone, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing on French loaf.

Fried Chicken Wrap – Fried chicken, romaine, diced tomato, cheddar cheese and honey mustard on a sun-dried tomato wrap.

Shared Recipes: August 2017

Gervais & Vine: The Indian Summer Drink

620 Gervais Street | 803.799.8463

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Recipes from the Hearth of the Homestead: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Gingerbread

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup soft butter or shortening
  3. 1/2 cup molasses
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 cup boiling water
  6. 3 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspooon each of ground ginger, cinnamon, ground allspice, nutmeg and ground cloves
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 eggs
  10. Raisins and candied fruit add to the goodness!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream sugar and butter. Stir in molasses.
  3. Dissolve soda in boiling water and mix into butter mixture.
  4. Combine flour with spices and salt and sift into shortening mixture. Stir well.
  5. Beat eggs well and add to batter. Add raisins and candied fruit if desired. Pour into greased 9-inch square pan and bake about 35 mintues until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool before cutting.

 

 

NewsFlash: Tasty Tomato Festival Winners

Dear tomato loving Foodies,

Ever wondered WHO GROWS THE TASTIEST TOMATOES?! Well wonder no longer. We have the list of winners from the Tasty Tomato Festival’s home-grown tomato contest and we are eager to share….congrats to this years winners!

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Ashley Rich, Best Big Yellow, Golden Jubilee
Mitch McNeil Best Big Red German Johnson
Forest Jinkins Best Purple: Cherokee Purple
Connelly-Anne Ragley Best Unusual, Chocolate Amazon
Izzy Rich (four years old) Best Tomato Grown by a Child : Husky Red Cherry
Ashley Rich Best Small Other: Yellow Cherry Sun-gold
Carr Farms Best Small Red: Husky cherry

You Have To Try This Place: SC Pedal Parlor

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SC Pedal Parlor

Vista Bar Crawl & Five Points Bar Crawl | www.scpedalparlor.com

The SC Pedal Parlor gives you a whole new way to experience Happy Hour in Columbia! The Pedal Parlor’s unique “bike” is 100% human-powered by pedaling, eco-friendly, and allows you to see bars, taverns, restaurants and shopping districts in a safe and fun way…from the seat of a moving bar stool! Two-hour long pub crawls include visits to up to 2-4 bars or restaurants, based on your group’s preference. SC Pedal Parlor

Started in 2015, the Pedal Parlor offers tours through the Vista daily, at scheduled times, and Five Points tours can be accommodated as well. Tuesday nights are Prize Parlor nights, where Pedal Parlor swag is given away, and they also do special events! Take the Pedal Parlor for a spin the next time you’re celebrating a bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday, or have a corporate team-building event and your guests will not be disappointed!

Pedal Parlor Tours require 6 people minimum, however the Private Party option allows you to have the whole bike, which seats up to 16 people! Want a night of fun to remember? Reserve the bike for a special event of your own, at the daily rate of $1400 (includes travel and associated costs). Check here for special discounts and updates, and check the SC Pedal Parlor Facebook page for that, as well as amazing videos of past tours! To reserve your spot(s), click ‘Book Now’ on their website, or give them a call at 803.302.7750.

New to the Menu: August 2017

New to the Menu

Sure Fire Tacos: Breakfast Tacos

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Ever had a breakfast taco? Sure Fire Tacos located in the Vista is now serving five new delicious breakfast tacos that you’ve just got to try including the Hatchback, the Desayuno, the Sunrise, the Paradox, and the Lil’ Hass. Let’s eat!

 

 

New Breakfast Tacos

Twisted Spur Brewing: The Crispy Castor Troy Burger

705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Crispy Castor Troy2Foodies, have you tried Twisted Spur Brewing’s new beast BURGER yet? It is HUGE and pairs well with friends!! You have to give it a try! The Crispy Castor Troy Burger is so good it will take your face….off!

 

The two 10 ounce patties are made using in house ground Myer’s filet, Strip, and ribeye as well as Duroc Farms applewood pork belly. There are 4 slices of Cheddar, 4 ounces of beer cheese, 4 slices habanero pepper jack, 8 slices of thick cut peppered bacon, two over medium eggs, heirloom tomato jam, peach and jalapeño slaw, 4 beer battered onion rings, and lettuce, between four brioche buns, topped with two beer battered fried pickle spears. Served with a side of their signature brew house chips and a craft brew. It’s a real beast. Enjoy, Foodies! The Crispy Castor Troy

Recently Opened

Opening Open

Blaze Pizza

471-1 Towne Center Place (in Village at Sandhill) | 803.834.3235

Busy days mean fast lunches, and Blaze Pizza’s pies are “Fast-Fire’d”, so you won’t beBlaze Pizza taking a long lunch break! We had heard great things about Blaze, both the Village at Sandhill and Harbison locations, and decided to try it for ourselves. Here’s how it works: Pick one of Blaze’s Signature Pizzas, or Build-Your-Own artisanal pizza with their incredible selection of high quality toppings, then their Pizzasmiths go to work, heating it up for you in a massive, wood burning pizza oven for 180 seconds flat! This gives the pizza a crisp crust, the cheese and toppings a good flavor-melding. We tried the Meat Eater, the Red Vine, and a Build Your Own, and were not disappointed! The pizzas are the perfect size for one person, and you don’t feel full of dough at the end. That’s because it’s made from scratch in-house daily, with no additives or chemicals. blaze pizza1They offer gluten-free crust as well as vegan cheese options, and don’t forget about their colorful Simple Salads! They’re available in both Side and Entree sizes, and are full of healthily-delicious fixings like wild baby arugula, kale, dried cranberries, goat cheese, seasonal fruit and more, and can even be added atop a warm garlic pesto and parmesan crust, to make a Salad Pizza if you prefer!

 

In addition to soft drinks, lemonade, blood-orange lemonade, draft beer or wine, Blaze offers fruit-infused, all-natural Agua Fresca beverages. Both the Strawberry and Mango we tried were wonderful. Desserts include S’more Pie, Sea Salt Cookie, and Olive Oil Brownie, all of which, you’ll be thrilled to know, can be heated in the oven for a warm after-pizza treat!

The Casual Pint-Lexington

217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington | 803.358.233 Casual Pint Food Pic.jpg
Time spent at the Casual Pint is all about fun. Whether you’re there for Karaoke, Reverse Happy Hour, Puzzles and Pints, or a Tap Takeover, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself! And now there’s a Casual Pint open in Lexington! As of July 14, Casual Pint-Lexington’s “Beer-tenders” are ready to help you with craft beer by the pint, from the tap wall, by the can or by the bottle. They limit the number of taps so their draft beer selections rotate quickly and always stay fresh, and you can see them all on Casual Pint’s Draft List on their website and App. You haven’t downloaded The Casual pint app yet? You could be missing out on all of the great benefits! If you’re a beer lover, you’ll want to check out the newly opened Casual Pint-Lexington!

Weekday Therapy: Crêpes and Croissants

Monday mornings can be difficult, and to start the week off right, we decided a good

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breakfast was in order. As it was approaching Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, French fare seemed appropriate, so we stopped in to one of Columbia’s favorite continental restaurants, Crêpes and Croissants.

C&C’s owner and Master Crêpe Maker, Laurent, was happy to see us and show off some of the recent changes he’s made to his establishment. New Parisian-themed decor on the walls and European-flavored background music even further enhances the feeling you get while enjoying dishes from the menu, that you’re no longer on Sumter Street in downtown Columbia, but in a small cafe along the Seine, without a care in the world! Laurent’s menu features options that are perfect for any time of the day; sweet and savory crêpes, quiche, French toast, salads, sandwiches, omelettes and desserts, with flavors and combinations that you won’t see anywhere else.

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Princess Peach French Toast

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Spinach Brie Omelet

As a group with varied tastes, we all tried different things. Laurent, seemingly without effort, made each and every dish himself that morning, and quickly! After a very short wait, he was serving them all up. Kathy enjoyed a simple yet flaky-scrumptious croissant, Carmen ordered the #2 Omelette, with Brie, ham, tomato and spinach, Sarah opted for the #1, with bacon, cheddar and caramelized onion, Michaela road-tested the chocolate and strawberry crêpe, Sydney got  a classic sweet crepe, and Miriam made us all jealous with her Princess Peach Toast, which featured perfectly prepared French Toast surrounded by warm peaches, and topped with vanilla ice cream and powdered sugar. What a treat! The attempt by all of us to sample a range of items from the menu didn’t quite work out, as the intended sharing of dishes went out the window. For that reason, we each decided we would have to return to try each and every dish we did not get to taste! Croissant Lo Res

Merci beaucoup, Laurent, for giving us a wonderful beginning to our work week! Midlands bosses, if you want to treat your staff to an extra-special motivational meal, or your clients to a super impressive spread, check out Laurent’s catering menu, complete with breakfast and lunch options, and a mouth-watering selection of pastries!

Address: 1465 Sumter Street, Columbia

Phone Number: 803.462.4779

Hours:

Weekdays: 7am – 2pm
Saturdays: 8am – 2pm
Sundays: 10am – 2pm

News Flash: Tailgating Spots at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company Outdoor SeatingAre you looking for a Tailgate spot? Less than a mile from Williams-Brice Stadium, Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company is the perfect pre-game spot! Season parking is available for $285 and includes a growler with the home schedule printed on it, one fill of your favorite Swamp Cabbage brew at every home game, use of indoor facilities, and use of indoor and outdoor seating.  Two televisions will be showing the biggest games of the day! If interested, drop by the brewery or message Swamp Cabbage on Facebook.

921 Brookwood Drive | swampcabbagebrewing.com

You Have To Try This Place: Good Life Café

Food Pic 2 - from FBOne of the only organic, raw, vegan restaurants in Columbia, but you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy their absolutely amazing meals! Good Life Café’s executive chef, Sharon Wright, has been creating natural, nutritious and delicious meals, juices and smoothies for 24 years. Take a food world tour (every foodies dream!) right from your seat as Good Life Café features American, Italian, Indian, Thai and Mexican gourmet cuisines.

Good Life Café’s menu offers a range of mouth-watering starters, such as their Spicy Spinach Avocado DipFood Pic 1 - from website and Cajun Stuffed Portobello. Try the Asian Noodle Salad: kelp noodles and zucchini noodles with red pepper, candied cashews, jicama and mango served on a bed of greens with Asian dressing. In addition to acai bowls, a huge variety of craft beers, wines, cocktails, cold-pressed juice cocktails, & several colorful, fresh smoothies, Good Life Café offers tons of wraps, sandwiches, and “cooked” items, such as their incredible Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito.

Food Pic 3 - from FBFinally, Good Life Café’s raw menu includes customer favorites such as Manicotti (layers of zucchini stuffed with cashew cheese & topped with marinara sauce) and their hearty Portobello Steak (marinated, dehydrated, & stuffed with pesto, pimento-less cheese or hummus). Good Life Café even has a raw noodle bar, with a variety of noodles and sauces that will make your taste buds sing! Almost all menu items are gluten free or can be made gluten free upon request.

Food Pic 4 - from websiteIf raw eating is new to you, raw foods consist of unprocessed plant foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees. Including raw food in your diet can improve your body’s absorption of enzymes and nutrients, as well as help you to lose weight, feel great, and look younger. Raw, living foods are invigorating and full of life!

Looking for the perfect combination of delicious & healthy for your new weekend brunch spot? Good Life Café now serves their weekend brunch menu Saturdays from 8am – 2pm and Sundays from 9am – 2 pm, offering taste bud wonders such as Organic Tempeh Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Creamy Organic Local Grits, and Fresh Fruit, as well as Organic Vegan Waffles and Pancakes. View the full menu here.

Stop by and experience the wonders of cuisine that tastes incredible and is great for your body & soul. Live your best life at Good Life Café!

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7pm.  |  Offers catering & space to host private parties.

1614 Main Street | 803-726-2310 | goodlifecafe.net

NewsFlash: Get Free Chick-fil-A Today!

Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A ChickFilA-ChickenSandwich

Tuesday July 11th, 2017 | open – 7pm

Chick-fil-A’s highly anticipated Cow Appreciation Day is Tuesday, July 11th this year. The rules are simple: wear anything cow-like and get a free entrée from open – 7pm! Guests in cow attire may select a breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée, and kids dressed like a cow may select a Kid’s Meal.

So don your cow-related items, and enjoy a free breakfast entrée such as the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit or some delicious Chick-n-Minis.  But don’t remove your cow costume just yet! Return for lunch and dinner, and savor entrées such as the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap and the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich. Also, if you’re tired of chicken by the time dinner rolls around (impossible!) then your “entrée” can be a small hand-spun milkshake, Iced Coffee, Frosted Coffee or Frosted Lemonade. See full list of entrée choices here.

Even if all you can pull together is a cow hat, visit your local Chick-fil-A and enjoy the festivities & great (free) food! Get creative & don’t forget to snap some pics to commemorate your udder-ly amazing costumes!

 

Recently Opened: Brain Freeze

This cute shop 18892952_1677737098906334_7911057803289415859_nwith a fun atmosphere just opened in Cayce!

Brain Freeze held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2nd and since then has been filling the area with a little more laughter & deliciousness. Brain Freeze has been serving Italian ice & ice cream from its food truck at events and festivals, and to the delight of its loyal and adoring customers has now opened a brick and mortar shop.

Serving incredible milkshakes in over 10 18921056_1684970231516354_1395388523352896066_oflavors, Italian ice, ice cream sandwiches, gourmet kettle corn, cotton candy, and hand-dipped ice cream, Brain Freeze is a delicious way to cool off in the summer heat & is the perfect ending to a fun date! Also offers tailored catering packages for schools events, corporate events, office parties, ice cream socials, and much more!

18920952_1683918948288149_8171541083542072044_oBring the whole family & check out this colorful addition to the Cayce area!

Hours: Tues-Thurs 12-9pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 1-8pm, food truck available everyday

Wednesday: Discounts for Seniors

906 Knox Abbott Dr | 843-694-2723

NewsFlash: Brewmaster Mondays at The Casual Pint

The Casual PintEvery Monday is Brewmaster Monday at The Casual Pint ALL day for club members! For $20/month (3 month membership minimum), club members get $9 select growler fills every Monday! Club members also receive a free German or stainless steel growler when you join, a free Casual Pint hat or t-shirt when you join, one free growler fill each month, one free pint after the purchase of 10 pints, one free growler fill after the purchase of 10 growler fills, 10% off retail merchandise (hats, growlers, shirts, etc.), 10% off any packaged beer, and special promotions available only to Casual Pint Rewards members.

807 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201 | thecasualpint.com

August Cooking Class

Cooking Classes

Providence Cooks! Carolina Grown and Made

Tuesday, August 1 | 6 – 8pm | Providence Health Northeast, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd

An award-winning event that provides guests with a deliciously healthy multi-course meal, instruction and conversation. Each month, registered dietitian Kay MacInnis and her team of chefs from Providence Health host a themed healthy cooking class, with a sophisticated twist and varied special guests. The location alternates between Northeast and Downtown campuses. This month’s theme, Carolina Grown and Made, features our own state’s foods as the star ingredients. Space is limited and reservations are required. The event is $25 for members of the public. More here.

From the Vine: July 2017

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Four Wines & Cheese Plate $10

Gervais & Vine

620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463

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Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wine and cheese varieties for only $10! Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm.  Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!

Gervais & Vine also has a special white wine you’ve got to try, perfect for the summer, called Telmo Rodriguez Basa Verdejo, from Rueda, Spain. This medium bodied 100% Verdejo blend has a clean, refreshing taste you’ll enjoy on hot Columbia nights.

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Deals on Meals: July 2017

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SC Pedal Parlor … Prize Parlor Tuesday! Bike w People

Come ride, help pedal and experience Columbia from the seat of a huge bicycle! Tuesday nights are PRIZE PARLOR nights, where Pedal Parlor swag including T-Shirts, coasters, cups and more will be given away during the 6pm and the 8:30pm tours. Bar crawl rides include visits to three bars or restaurants, based on the riders’ preference, at just $20 per person, or rent the whole bike (seats 16) for only $225 (that’s just $14 per person!). More here.

Save at Rioz this Month

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse is celebrating their 4th anniversary and want to share their good fortune with their customers! Come in for their magnificent all-you-can-eat savory meat selections and stupendous salad bar for just $24.94 :: Wednesdays this month – July 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th!  Rioz July 2017 Offer

Mondays at Twisted Spur Brewing

705 Gervais St |803.764.0203

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$1 House Oysters and 1/2 Priced Martinis at Twisted Spur Brewing Every Monday! Twisted Spur Brewing offers approximately 14 different varieties of East, West, and Gulf Coast fresh half shell oysters daily! Stop in and see what’s available.

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Save $1.50 on Small Smoothies at Smoothie King

Pick up a copy of the Summer issue of Discover Columbia magazine (available at all CVS locations, Lizard’s Thickets, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly and many other spots) and you’ll find a coupon for $1.50 off any small smoothie – good at all Smoothie King locations in Greater Columbia.  Look at page 17!

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Rosso Trattoria Italia: Manic Mondays & Wednesday Mussels!

4840 Forest Drive, Suite 7 | 803.787.3949

Rosso now has a cure for Manic Mondays, Foodies! wood fired pizzaTheir Wood-Fired Pizzas are just $10.00 each, all night long. Available for dine in only. Come in and enjoy the best wood-fired thin crust pizza around. This is a limited time special, so don’t miss out! More here. 
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Rosso also has a Wednesday night special from the sea – just $10 gets you a heaping portion of fresh-daily, delectable mussels prepared with a seasonal, special sauce chosen by their executive chef. Find out more here.

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916 Gervais St. | 803.764.1016

Tuesday: For $8 enjoy two delicious tacos, plus a small chips + queso
Thursday: $2 drafts ALL day!!! with the purchase of nachos or a bowl. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed on Thirsty Thursday! Cheers to $2 beers, Foodies!  More here.

Tombo Grille: $5 Pizza & $15 Wine on Tuesdays

4517 Forest Drive | 803.782.9665

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Tombo Grille is the tried-and-true hotspot for incredible food, new-favorite wines, high-gravity beers and desserts too good to be missed. Tombo Grille’s friendly, knowledgeable servers stand ready six days a week in a quiet corner of Forest Drive. It’s the ultimate neighborhood restaurant and they have great deals, too! Enjoy $15 wine/$5 pizzas on Tuesdays! Visit them online here!

New to the Menu: June

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tombo porkTombo Grille has a new summer menu, and it’s HOT! If you haven’t been to Tombo lately, you will love what they’re cooking up. Small Bites include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Mac N’ Cheese with Smoked Pork Shoulder, Crab & Avocado Tower, and Fried Chicken Livers, while summer salads include an Heirloom Tomato Salad and Strawberry Salad. Entrees include Roasted Palmetto Farms Hen, Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop, Seared Meatloaf, and their House Ground C.A.B. Burger, topped with house bacon, grilled onion, smoked tomato aioli, with cheddar, gorgonzola, or smoked gouda. Check out the new menu here.

rosso swRosso Trattoria Italia is currently serving up a special New Summer Menu! Delicious dishes that you can’t find anywhere else in town include Pickled Shrimp with feta mousse and house hot sauce, Crispy Fried Fresh Mozzarella, House –Made Meatballs, Ragu di Bolognese with slow-cooked C.A.B. and Italian pork sausage, and Sweet Corn & Ricotta Agnolotti with truffle butter and arugula. New entrees for summer include a filet mignon, ribeye, and wood-grilled pork chop or salmon, and finally Rosso’s pizzas. Baked in a hardwood-burning brick oven at over 700 degrees, these thin-crust pies come with toppings you’ll love, such as house-smoked bacon, fresh field greens, creamy gorgonzola vinaigrette, spicy Italian sausage, and fig puree! Check out the new menu here. 

Twisted Spur has a new new seasonal menu that you’re gonna love! They’ve added a bevy of delectable entrees that pair perfectly with Columbia’s heat – they’re light, fresh, and delicious! Standouts include the new hummus plate accompanied by grilled naan bread and cool, refreshing crudités, or perfectly seared diver scallops served over a bed of creamy mushroom and leek risotto. Try Twisted Spur’s new, succulent carbonara dish, topped with juicy grilled chicken, fresh English peas, rich egg, and crispy pancetta, and tossed in a delightfully smooth Asiago cream sauce.

TSpur summer menu2More additions to Twisted Spur’s already amazing menu include thick, pan-seared grouper on a soft bed of soba noodles, Bok Choy and mushrooms alongside crisp carrots and snow peas, all surrounded by a luscious Asian-inspired broth and topped with a silky poached egg. They also have a vibrant new summer salad that brings a little sweetness with local strawberries and candied pecans, and a little tang with fresh goat cheese, shaved red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette. Like variety? Visit Twisted Spur and custom build your own charcuterie board, with your choice of two meats and two cheeses, along with chef’s selection of rotating accompaniments!

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All this talk about food got you thirsty? Check out what’s currently on tap at Twisted Spur! They’re brewing light summer favorites like Southern Belle Blonde light ale, Great White Buffalo, a white IPA with orange peel and coriander notes for a refreshing summer treat, Busshiemer Light American lager, and a Coffee Kolsch traditional German summer beer. All of these pair brilliantly with the new seasonal menu’s dishes, so make your way over to Twisted Spur and say hello to summertime with this fabulous new foodie fare!

Under the Foam: June 2017

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Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

921 Brookwood Drive | 803.939.2589Rubrum IPA crop

Swamp Cabbage had a new Rubrum Red IPA Bottle Release in March. This fabulous IPA has a blend of Centennial and Chinook hops to provide bitterness, and a heavy dose of Cascade to lend a floral aroma. If you’re an IPA fan, you’ll really enjoy this one! More here.

Twisted Spur Brewing

70TS brew5 Gervais St | 803.764.0203

Start your weekend off right! Twisted Spur’s newest brew is “Red Menace IRL” – an India Red Lager, conditioned for two months to ensure a crisp finish. Balanced with a touch more malt than a traditional IPA, at 5.5% ABV and 48 IBU, this IRL is a refreshing addition to any meal! Stop in tonight and try it!

New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

New to the Menu

TSpur summer menuTwisted Spur has a new new seasonal menu that you’re gonna love! They’ve added a bevy of delectable entrees that pair perfectly with Columbia’s heat – they’re light, fresh, and delicious! Standouts include the new hummus plate accompanied by grilled naan bread and cool, refreshing crudités, or perfectly seared diver scallops served over a bed of creamy mushroom and leek risotto. Try Twisted Spur’s new, succulent carbonara dish, topped with juicy grilled chicken, fresh English peas, rich egg, and crispy pancetta, and tossed in a delightfully smooth Asiago cream sauce.

TSpur summer menu2More additions to Twisted Spur’s already amazing menu include thick, pan-seared grouper on a soft bed of soba noodles, Bok Choy and mushrooms alongside crisp carrots and snow peas, all surrounded by a luscious Asian-inspired broth and topped with a silky poached egg. They also have a vibrant new summer salad that brings a little sweetness with local strawberries and candied pecans, and a little tang with fresh goat cheese, shaved red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette. Like variety? Visit Twisted Spur and custom build your own charcuterie board, with your choice of two meats and two cheeses, along with chef’s selection of rotating accompaniments!

TSpur flights

All this talk about food got you thirsty? Check out what’s currently on tap at Twisted Spur! They’re brewing light summer favorites like Southern Belle Blonde light ale, Great White Buffalo, a white IPA with orange peel and coriander notes for a refreshing summer treat, Busshiemer Light American lager, and a Coffee Kolsch traditional German summer beer. All of these pair brilliantly with the new seasonal menu’s dishes, so make your way over to Twisted Spur and say hello to summertime with this fabulous new foodie fare!

 

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Henry’s Restaurant and Bar

2108 State Street | 803.661.8494

You probably already know about Henry’s: a local favorite that started on Devine Street, was featured in a Southern Living piece about Carolina’s Best Burgers, and aired on the Food Network show Ginormous. But, did you know that Henry’s has just opened a THIRD location in Cayce? Located on State Street, just beyond the train tracks, the newest outpost has been up and running since March, and is a welcome addition to the area.

The newest Henry’s is far from the hustle and bustle of Devine Street and the Northeast area (their second location), and sits like a gem in an intersection that includes the Cayce Quarry. The menu is consistent with the Devine Street location’s, featuring everything from their now-famous burgers to their now-famous brunch on Sundays! They’re family-friendly, with a kids menu, and fun, with a pool table, video games and several TVs to keep you entertained between courses.

The Foodies recently ate lunch at Henry’s in Cayce and found both the food and the service to be exceptional. Whether you’re in the area or across the Congaree, a trip to Henry’s is worth making!

 

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