Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Street Legal in Charleston? Yes They Are....

 Another reason to move to downtown Charleston, as if you need more....a golf cart!  You can cruise these streets in style on your very own street legal golf cart.  Mark and I stopped and tried one on for size.   

I think the golf cart looks good on us.

Find this cute maxi on the sale rack at Ann Taylor now or something similar here.

Entertaining and XBB

I love entertaining at our home so of course I had my family over for some appetizers.  We sat and caught up a while and then headed out to a neighborhood restaurant called Xiao Bao Biscuit (XBB).  XBB is located at 224 Rutledge Avenue at the corner of Spring Street. 

We chowed on some Bucherondin cheese, a creamy, mildly tangy goat cheese....

We devoured this smoked salmon with fresh squeezed lemon juice and more goat cheese. 

Our wine of choice was this Cotes-Du-Rhone Grenache.

 Mark sets the tone with some Louis Prima on the Apple TV.

XBB is just 2 blocks from our home so we headed over by foot.  (Keep in mind XBB is not open on Sundays.)  Look at what a great job they did when they turned this old gas station into a fun restaurant.

I indulged in the cabbage pancake (Okonomiyaki as it is called on the menu).

This is the fish dinner called Cha Ca Hanoi.  You can see more food pictures on XBB's website.

Children's Museum Fun

So you have family visiting Charleston and need something to entertain the kiddos besides the beach?  Head over to the Charleston Children's Museum in downtown Charleston.  They are open Tuesday-Saturday from 9AM to 5 PM and on Sunday from 12 PM to 5 PM.  The museum is closed on Mondays.  Admission is $10 and they are located at 25 Ann Street between Meeting and King Streets.

I love their little separate door for the littles.

They have a cute little gift shop as well. 

Adults and children can play in the water world with boats, bridges, and waterfalls.  Hop on the ship and give it a steer.  Better yet grab your groceries that you need and pay for them at the real life, children's height register.  Don't worry these boxes are empty as my husband points that out to the museum employees every time.  He'll say, "Hey there's nothing in this box!" or " this expiration date says 2003?"  

At the shorty register...

This ship has it's own dinghy...

Where there is a ship, there is always some treasure...

Water vests to protect your littles from leaving the museum soaking wet after playing in the water world.

Manon opted to get wet...

Enter the castle...

One of my favorite memories at this museum was when we were looking for my husband, Mark, at the end of the day.  We couldn't find him for the longest time until we reached this puppet theater.  Out popped his puppets and he gave us a little show.  He is such a big kid and I love it.

Head over to the arts and crafts section and make a special piece of artwork to bring home with you.

Lastly, check out the gardens and the firetruck in the back of the museum.