what’s ringin’ our belle…round 142

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Some great beauty tips we hadn’t heard before …

Via the The Sunday girl

We don’t like burpees …we’re diggin’ these other Options via Popsugar

The devil itself…

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The absolute best way to cook bacon…..

Via Food52

How to keep those pesky mosquitoes from biting

Via The Atlantic

Doesn’t this sound delish ?

Via Halfbakedharvest

Have a belle-ringin’ week!

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drinkin’ on the job…all “burrowed” in

There’s a new haunt on Augusta Street, and we are hooked!  Located in the all fixed-up old Gregory’s Laundry & Cleaners space, The Burrow at Augusta has created quite the stir in these parts.  With a dual meaning to its name  “borough” or neighborhood of a large city and “burrow” or safe haven/home for a small animal  there’s brilliance in the concept!  From comfy, cavernous booths to an abundance of tables for two (or pull them together for a crowd – inside and out) to a single perch at the bar, there’s a place for just about anyone to burrow in!

from theburrowgville.com

These folks know a thing or two…

The Burrow might be the new kid on Augusta Street, but it has some serious culinary chops behind it.  Owner Josh Beeby has been around the block a few times with his other two über-popular establishments downtown, Trappe Door and Barley’s Taproom.   This time around, Beeby wanted a place that would attract the neighborhood with a casual, laid-back vibe and an inventive menu focusing on quality food and beverages…and that’s where we come in!  We tried a few for ya…

photo by Nathan Gray

The Conejo Picante

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when you wrap your hand round this cocktail, you will heartily agree. Shades of fall are abundant in this persimmoncolored libation featuring Milagro Reposado, carrot juice, cayenne and agave nectar.  Served in a crystal old fashioned glass, it’s easy on the eyes and good for ‘em too. But watch yourself…order too many andyou’ll be seeing double!

 

photo by Nathan Gray

The Tequila Smash…

In honor of Halloween, we’ve nicknamed this beauty the Monster Mash!Milagro Reposado, strawberry, lemon, basil and honey come together to create a giant dose of deliciousness served cold in a stemmed glass. Get your blood going with this unique and delectable concoction that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart.

photo by Nathan Gray

 

The Walking Dead…

This will be the best looking walking dead you’ve ever seen, and you will definitely not want to turn and head in another direction! The Burrow macerates pineapple with vinegar to make their own shrub, then adds their homemade orgeat (almond syrup), dehydrated mint, black tea, and their special rum blend to create this beauty. Take one sip and you’ll be wishing for the zombie acopalyse so you can order another round!

 

photo by Nathan Gray

Fire it up

If it’s a savory bite you’re after, we’ve found the place!  There’s an abundance of delicious wood-fired dishes rolling out of The Burrow’s kitchen, thanks to the enormous open-fire grill. Roasted pork belly, steak, ribs and wings are sure to please the carnivores among us while the pescatarians can have a go at the poke, octopus and the whole fried fish.  And we are hearing thatred beans and rice (from a special family recipe) are already making a name for themselves…a must-try in our opinion!

 

photo by Nathan Gray

Young and old, singles and families, good friends and neighbors, you’ll find ‘em all at The Burrow.

Open 3-5 p.m. daily for bar service and snacks; 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday for dinner; 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner; and brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Burrow . 2017A Augusta Street . Greenville . 864-412-8677 . theburrowgville.com

 

drinkin’ on the job…gettin’ “thrifty”

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from elthrifty.com

Once again…we have a “must-go” for ya in this month’s TALKGreenville magazine cocktailin’ spot.  If you haven’t ventured over just yet, El Thrifty is the happenin’ watering hole du jour – er..del dia!  This Mexican-inspired cantina, bar and all-around fun spot is located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail just a quick skip from downtown Greenville; but it feels like a world away…a place to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle.  

from elthrifty.com

Wanna come out and play?…

El Thrifty has a bit of entertainment for just about any crowd.  It’s basically 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor “playground” with games like shuffleboard, cornhole, billiards and ping pong just to name a few. And you’ll want to check the schedule to keep track of live music and other entertainment options (like the throw-down they have planned for National Tequila Day – July 24).  You don’t want to miss a single bit of the fun!

While the young and young-at-heart play their little games, the grown-ups can have some entertainment of their own…of the liquid variety!

 

photo by Nathan Gray

Juanita Appleseed

Made up of tequila blanco, mezcal, lemon, agave, apple cider and ginger beer, Juanita is a light,refreshing number who will steal her way into your heart quickly and smoothly. The fizz makes her fun while the cider provides a tart balance to any unnecessary sweetness. We made fast friends with her and can hardly wait until we meet again!

 

El Matador…

A brilliant mix of reposado mezcal, passionfruit, fresh mint, agave, lime, a touch of habanero, El Matador is smoky, sweet, tart and spicy all at once. The tastebuds will be singing una otra spor favor. One is just simply not enough.  Word to the wise…this is highly addictive!

photo by Nathan Gray

Spicy Margarita…(shhh) 

This beverage isn’t on the menu, but we are here to spill the big secret!  El Thrifty’s twist on the classic margarita is good to the very last drop. A nice dose of jalapeño adds just the right bit of heat to remind you it’s summertime…but the remaining ingredients come together to provide pure, unadulterated refreshment. Knowledge is power…so be in the know when you go!

photo by Nathan Gray

Pablo Frescobar 

This is a beautiful, refreshing non-alcoholic concoction…but since we discuss cocktails, may we suggest adding tequila to kick it up a notch? Well, we just did…just sayin’. (They’ve actually gotten this request before, so it will come as no surprise and they will be happy to oblige.) Orange hibiscus adds a distinct, light flavor that still has some zip to it. You won’t be disappointed when you sip on this one…Pablo is muy fresco!

Tequilaaaaaaaa

Although many of us will be perfectly happy working our way through el Thrifty’s cocktails, the purists will be blown away by the “neat” list.  They have quite the collection of tequilas and mezcals, and they serve them with flair. A refreshingly delicious house-made sangrita (we could just sit and sip it alone!) accompanies the tequila while the mezcals are served with orange and sal de gusano” (translation…salt of the worm) which is a rather surprising taste-thrill.  Go figure!

Our significant others have never really thought of us as the “thrifty type”, but we might have a surprise in store for them.  They are gonna have a hard time dragging us away from el T!

 

El Thrifty . 25 Delano Drive . Greenville . 864-232-2053 . elthrifty.com

 

drinkin’ on the job…”swarmin’ the hive”

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There’s a whole new beehive in town, and it’s quite the colony – with two hotels and one buzz-worthy restaurant, Oak and Honey. Just a couple of blocks off Main Street at the corner of Spring and Washington, the restaurant is located at street level in the building housing the Residence Inn and Springhill Suites. What better way to give the visitors in our fair city a little taste of what Greenville has to offer?

from oakandhoneygvl.com

Traditional with a twist…

The new American cuisine” at Oak & Honey is decidedly fresh and local.  Sourcing as much as possible from as close as possible is the name of their game.  From the house-made honey bourbon beef jerky with roasted South Carolina peanuts to the charcuterie with local cheeses, the menu offerings give a hearty nod to area farms, hives and distilleries.

And the “bites” aren’t the only items on the menu to get the local treatment…the craft cocktails get their own unique twist!  We invite you to feel the sting!

photo by Nathan Gray

Honey I’ll Be Home Late

The name alone deserves accolades in our not-so-humble opinion! It just makes you smile…just sayin.  And when you order your second round, you’ll smile even brighter! Absolut Elyx vodka, Aperol and lemon bring a tart element while the ginger honey and peach bitters lend a tangy aspect to this drink. Together they create the ideal adult sippy cup of a concoction.  Presented in a honey bear glass, this is the ultimate comfort cocktail, no matter how old you are!

photo by Nathan Gray

Oak & Smoke

In keeping with the establishment, this beverage is defined by its name. With its oakiness and smokiness, this one sips like a very sophisticated, grown-up drink. Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Angostura Amaro, and lemon maple bitters are the key characters, but a generous slice of orange peel hits the nose before the tongue, making it very clear that even a small part can make a big impact. Sipping and savoring is the mood for this one.

photo by Nathan Gray

Party of 2…4…6…8… – or 20…

Super-convenient to the Main Street foot traffic, Oak & Honey is the perfect spot to duck in for a quick drink and a bite.  But there’s more!  Because they are in the building with hotels, they have quite a bit of event space and can cater to a crowd.  Big birthday dinners…they can do that.  Weddings or rehearsal dinners…check.  Bar or bat mitzvahs…you bet!  Perhaps we just made your planning a smidge easier!

photo by Nathan Gray

Louboutins!!!

What…you might ask…do the iconic red-bottom shoes have to do with this cocktailin’ experience?  These folks are brilliantly in touch with a generous portion of the female persuasion and their (er…our) attraction to “the shoe”.  At each visit, patrons are invited to put their name in the bowl for a monthly drawing for a pair of Christian Louboutins.  The pair of the month is proudly on display so that we can keep our eyes on the prize.  Again…brilliant!

 Welcome to the land of Oak & Honey!

Oak & Honey . 200 East Washington Street . Greenville . 864-720-2900  www.oakandhoneygvl.com

Angi Einstein and Alex Ryan . http://www.therarebelle.com

 

 

drinkin’ on the job…and needing an Encore

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Another TALKGreenville cocktailin’ adventure is on stands now in the April issue…

 

As luck would have it, a last-minute dining excursion with one significant other lead to this month’s cocktailin’ experience.  Driving down Main Street and trying to come up with something “new”, Encore…a Gastrolounge caught our eye.  We had seen it before, but had not had the chance to visit, so here was our chance…and we are so glad we took it!!  They had the hubby at “Lollipop Lamb Chops”.  Of course, they had this particular wifey (considering her cocktailin’ history and their mind-blowing craft cocktail menu) at “Hello”.  

from encoregreenville.com

Decisions, decisions…

When it comes to beverage options, owners Heather and Elizabeth aim to please.  From their extensive wine and beer options to the epic craft cocktail selection, they pretty much have your “beginning covered.  But the fun doesn’t end there!  Flip the menu over to discover your “happy ending” options.  So…you have some decisions to make.  We did our best to sample as many as possible and to give you some guidance.  Tough job, but someone had to do it!

 

Photo by Nathan Gray

The Ruby Bell…

Being belles ourselves, we couldn’t resist this decidedly southern moonshine cocktail. The Ruby Bell features Belle Isle Ruby Red moonshine, a dash of Cointreau, a smidge of Parma pomegranate liqueur, a dose of fresh lime juice and a splash of soda served with a custom-created garnish of sugared dried pineapple so beautiful that we thought it was a flower. These gals know how to entice the eye as much as the palate  which inevitably creates an irresistible beverage!

Photo by Nathan Gray

There’s a reason they say frosé all day  because it’s really that good…and this establishment has upgraded it to another level!  Time to, as we like to say, practice some spring adulting.” Tito’s, sparkling rose and strawberry simple syrup come together to create just the concoction you need to while away the days that are finally getting longer.

 

Photo by Nathan Gray

Drink your dessert…

And now for the “happy endings.” Cool your jets with some bubbly mixed with a scoop of housemade sorbet in the “Sorbogne. This cocktail is a beautiful, boozy way to refresh your palate! And last but not least…the “Encore”!  This is a drink worth sipping and savoring. Housemade Nutella vodka and hazelnut liqueur create the most perfect chocolate martini…and the perfect ending to the evening. We believe there are a few occasions when it’s well worth drinking your calories and this is one of those times. Believe us when we say you won’t regret having to put in a little extra exercise the next day!

 

Photo by Nathan Gray

Two smart chicks and their gastro-hit

Because this is not their first rodeo, Heather and Elizabeth know a thing or two about the food & beverage biz.  They call themselves “front-of-the-house bar people (they also own on the Roxx  right next door), but they have honed their back-of-the-house skills as well.  We tasted the proof! From the Duck Fat Fries and brussels sprouts to the Roasted Duck Breast and aforementioned lamb lollipops, this was an epic gastro experience.  

 

Plan ahead so you don’t miss out

Pop in for Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday for special drink pricing and half-off the Duck Fat Fries…and don’t miss Ladies Night on Wednesday (half-price wine) and the live music on Thursdays.  And whether your party is 2 or 10, they will reserve your table (see Open Table for more).  

Now that you have the 411, it’s time to plan your visit.  We are ready for our encore!

Encore…a Gastrolounge . 732 South Main Street . Greenville . 864-520-1618 . encoregreenville.com

 

drinkin’ on the job…wining and dining at Foxcroft

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Our latest TALKGreenville contribution has hit stands…

 

Photo by Lila Callum-Penso

We stumbled upon a new charmer…all handsome, warm and well-versed in our favorite fermentaitonsconveniently ensconced on Main Street.  Foxcroft Wine Company pretty much had us at hello!  We had been briefly introduced in Charlotte a couple of years back (owner Conrad Hunter has two locations there), but now that we can visit right here in Greenville on the regular, good luck luring us away!  

 

Photo by Nathan Gray

A wine shop with some major bonuses

Foxcroft offers a plethora of ways to enjoy the juice.  Looking for a great bottle for your drinking pleasure at home?  Take a stroll through the place and pick a bottle or two (or go all in with a case).  Want to enjoy a bite and a bottle?  Grab one off the shelf, have a seat, order a nibble or two, and enjoy…sans the typical restaurant mark-up.  Can’t make up your mind?  They have 40+ wines on tap, ready for some sippin!  You can choose to have just a taste, or a half-glass, or go for a full glass if one really tickles your fancy.  

 

Photo by Nathan Gray

The Chappellet “Mountain Cuvée

This particular vin is a beautiful blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot which  if you ask us– is practically perfect in every way…the Mary Poppins of wine! It is smooth and well-rounded on the palate and has some weight without being too heavy. This one is a great choice to sip while enjoying some of the fabulous nibbles Foxcroft has to offer.

Photo by Nathan Gray

Crémant de Bourgogne 

We are always downright delighted to sip on some bubbles. This sparkling gem left us wanting more…so we did…just sayin. A flirty, frisky, fresh option that is not too sweet and just the right amount of dry, the Cremont was the perfect glass of fizz.  We would pick this bubbly when it’s time to celebrate something special…but, frankly, we would pick it when celebratin’ nothing at all!  It’s a winner any which way you look at it!

Photo by Nathan Gray

Frank Family Chardonnay 

We are sending a most appreciative thank you out to the Frank Family for creating this delightful white wine. While a Chardonnays can often be acidic and have too much of a “tooth”, this one has the exact opposite taste. It is creamy, mild and buttery, making it the perfect option for an easy afternoon beverage.

Photo by Nathan Gray

One of everything please

Here’s the real bell-ringer…Foxcroft is far more than just a “wine company.”  The menu is to-die-for!  We were blown away by the choices coming out of the kitchen and had a heck of a time deciding what to try.  We went for the ricotta and truffle fries (our guilty pleasure), but could have ordered one of everything.  And the beautiful part of it all…the menu is especially designed to be enjoyed with just about any bottle in the place…no special pairings needed.  Their philosophy – “eat what you like, drink what you like”. 

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 11 pm, and on Sunday from 5-10 pm, Foxcroft is ready and waiting for you!

Foxcroft Wine Co . 631 S. Main Street . Greenville . 864-906-4200

foxcroftwine.com/Greenville/

 

 

 

belles are primed and ready…

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We are both “winter babies”, and as we celebrate, we also become more and more interested in age-blurring, age-defying, wrinkle-smoothing, et al. Lately, we have been digging into the world of primers and have found a few that really do the job.

This Tatcha silk canvas primer is true to its name. It is velvety and smooth and a bit luminous. It makes a great base for your foundation or tint and helps keep the makeup out of your pores. hence fewer clogged pores and potential “bumps”. It can also be applied on top of foundation where you want a little highlight or glow.

Available at Sephora

Fenty Beauty is new to us, but from the first try, we have to give a big shout-out and a huge thank you to Rihanna for creating this line. This primer provides more matte coverage. You can use it all over or just in T-zone. It provides great pore coverage and a beautiful blurring effect. We use this one when in warmer temperatures, or when we want to avoid shine. We also love this because it is hydrating at the same time!

Available at Sephora

While the other two primers are firmly in our rotation, this one might be at the top of our list at the moment. In fact, the words holy grail come to mind. Charlotte Tillbury is fast becoming a belle favorite. This Flawless Filter does exactly what it says and more! We have used it as a primer which creates a beautiful glow without any sparkle, we tried it mixed with foundation for luminous staying-power, and we’ve even used it on its own when we just need a hint of coverage (for those non-makeup makeup days). It can even be used on top of makeup for a little extra coverage! If you can only have one, pick this one. (Although we really think you need all three so that you are prepared with the product that best fits the moment. Just sayin…)

Available at Sephora and Nordstrom

Oh…and all of the above only require a small amount so they all will last a long time!

Glow on belles!

a&a

cheeky kicks…belles dig happy feet

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On a recent visit to Tuscaloosa to see a junior belle, one of us made a very happy Lola Cruz purchase…

We just love a touch of whimsy…and this little sneaker has it in spades!!

The military green is pretty awesome, too…

Or get this pink version here

We can’t help but feel happy every time we see (and wear) them!!

😜😜

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still our fave cozy pj’s…

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We’ve mentioned these before, but we just can’t get enough! Maybe it’s the cold weather and our penchant for snuggling down in our pj’s a bit more often than usual!

From PJ Harlow, available on Amazon, we are loving the “Laura” top in navy…

…and our all-time fave pants, the “Jolie”

Or perhaps you would prefer a sweet Valentine’s-inspired color…the “Daisy” in blush…

And the matching blush “Jolie”

And hint, hint…they make a really good Valentine’s gift for the junior belles!

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