World Travel Wednesday: Aberdeenshire

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My family is descended from the Scottish Clan Baird. We have traced our lineage back to the Aberdeenshire area of Scotland. Isn’t it beautiful? I can’t wait to see it in person one day. Maybe this is why I love the ocean so much — it’s in my genes!

World Travel Wednesday: Isle of Palms, SC

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Last month, I sat on a palmetto log and watched the sun rise over the Atlantic with someone very dear to me. One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen was the sun shining on his face and lighting up his eyes. Such a perfect moment — a blanket of peace and positivity. I hope I’ll always be able to call it up in my mind as clearly as I remember it right now. I’d like to thank the universe for giving me that day.

Crafty Update: Win Free Stuff!

Hop on over to my friend Jen’s blog, Great Little Stories, where she is hosting a giveaway featuring some products from my Etsy shop. You could be the winner of a photo print and a set of recycled map stationery.

Tasty Tuesday: Oysters

I’ve discussed here previously how I’m on a quest to find the world’s best French Onion Soup. I should probably mention this week that this neverending pursuit also applies to another one of my favorite foods: fried oysters. I know fried foods are bad for you. But I am from the South, and I can’t eat oysters any other way. I’ve tried. As with the perfect French Onion Soup, I will not conclusively choose an absolute best place for fried oysters. But I can tell you the best I’ve had thus far. At Seel’s Fish Camp on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.

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I forgot to take my camera on vacation with me, so I don’t have a picture of these particular oysters to share with you. But they were huge, juicy, very lightly breaded (almost like tempura), and cooked to perfection. This is a really cool restaurant, too. The day we were there, they were having a pre-Mardi Gras celebration with a crawfish boil and a live dixieland jazz band. A little kid was break-dancing in front of them, and it was adorable.

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*My friend Jen took this picture.

Emeril’s Tempura Fried Oysters

1 egg, beaten  
2/3 cup flour  
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup cold soda water
1 tsp salt
2 dozen shucked large oystersPreheat the fryer. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg, flour, cornstarch, soda water and salt. Blend until smooth. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes, to rest. Season the oysters with salt and pepper. Dredge the oysters in the flour, tapping off any excess flour. Dip the oysters in the tempura batter, letting the excess drip off. Then place the dipped oysters in the hot oil, fry until slightly golden, about 2 minutes. Remove the oysters from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate.
 

Musical Monday: Acoustic Syndicate

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Went to Charleston, SC this weekend to see Acoustic Syndicate at the Pour House. Awesome show, awesome venue. Since Ziggy’s is no longer in existence (sadly), this has to be my new favorite place to see live music. Just the right size, good acoustics, good beer, places to sit, comfortable outdoor area. Two stages, two bars. My only complaint is that it is relatively hard to maneuver yourself from the bar to the floor to the restroom and so forth if it’s very crowded. I think every hippie in South Carolina (and a few from North Carolina, like us) turned out for this show — it was their first since returning from playing in Jamaica, and we were all suffering from withdrawal!

If you want a copy of the recording, leave a comment! Taper Nerd recorded sound, and Jen videotaped!

Stay tuned for more details on the rest of the trip on Travel Wednesday!