what’s ringin’ our belle…round 117

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Love these animal print pumps


Via Nordstrom
Can’t wait to try this recipe


Via Alexandra cooks
All the newest Emojis


Via Apartment therapy
How to figure out which apps are using up all your battery life

Va Refinery 29

Adore this beautiful barcart

Via Onekingslane

#ringmybelle

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shrimp-n-grits belleiciousness…

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Shrimp and grits go way back here in South Carolina (read a brief history here), but versions of this delightful dish are popping up all over the country!  Now, we must admit…with the addition of heavy sauces and gravies in many cases, we don’t often allow ourselves the luxury of sitting down to a bowl of this belleicousness.  

In comes one belle-brother (thanks, sweet Adam) and his very own shrimp-n-grits concoction.  On a recent family trip, Adam took to the kitchen to show off his perfected recipe…and my, oh, my!!  It was absolute perfection!

His creation…(we will share the recipe when he gives us permission 😉

And some of our favorite recipes…

From Delish,,,


From A Chef’s Kitchen…(a casserole)…


From Maebells


And from Epicurious…(the over-easy egg would is a game-changer!)…


Gotta go…we’re hungry!

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drinkin’ on the job…sippin’ the summer away

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Our latest TALKGreenville article is out (click here for the online version…or read on…)

photo by Nathan Gray


We took a steamy stroll to get to our cocktailin’ destination this month, ending up at one of our favorite little downtown spots, Passerelle, ”the casual French bistro in the park.” With a French-influenced menu and a perfectly paired beverage list, this little gem never fails to satisfy our craving for an afternoon or evening à la française.

What’s in a name…

When Table 301 landed in this spot at the Main Street end of the Liberty Bridge in 2012, they took a while to get to know the territory. They watched as folks ambled along the bridge and meandered through Falls Park, and street musicians began to draw a laid-back crowd. A classic French bistro seemed to be a perfect fit! And when it came time to assign a name, the French word for “footbridge” was a no-brainer. Passerelle. Voilá!

 The French 75… 

photo by Nathan Gray


Since we fancy ourselves aficionados in this particular elixir, we are always up for trying a classically elegant French 75 if it is featured on a menu. So to find the most delectable version right here at home…merveilleux!! Typically made with gin and champagne along with a touch of citrus, sugar, and often some type of brandy, Passerelle changes it up with a touch of Cointreau. This nosetickling mosaic melds together to encourage celebration and maybe even a bit of mischief. It’s summertime after all!  

The Lemon Ginger Bourbon Fizz… 

photo by Nathan Gray

For all you bourbon drinkers, this might become your go-to cocktail for the summer. Perfect for brunch, yet ideal for anytime, this lightened-up refresher will please even those who are not quite into the brown liquor. The rich sweetness of the bourbon pairs perfectly with the tart lemon and the bracing ginger, creating a truly refreshing concoction. The addition of ginger ale perfectly integrates all the flavors to truly make this a great option for those sultry summer nights. 

 About that view…

photo by Nathan Gray


While one of our favorite things to do is sit at the bar and watch Chef Steven Musolf work his magic, we often can’t resist a patio seat on a beautiful day with a cocktail and that stunning view of Reedy River Falls. Because Passerelle drew its name and vibe from the “little footbridge” and the surrounding park, they feel strongly about doing their part to keep it lookin’ pretty. A percentage of all revenue generated at Passerelle is donated to the Falls Park Foundation. Kudos!

from downtowngreenvilletoday.com


Passerelle has been a go-to for park-goers, Main Street strollers, and eager diners for over four years now (they celebrated their birthday on July 14th – Bastille Day…approprié, non?) Guests are treated to Chef Steven’s take on traditional French dishes like Cassoulet, mussels, Ratatouille, frites & remoulade (yum!) and many more. As he describes the menu…it’s “a little French, a little European, and a LOT local.” And with options for almost any time of day (brunch, lunch, mid-day, and dinner), how can one resist? If you haven’t been lately, we think it’s time you paid “the little French footbridge” a visit! Merci, Passerelle…salut!

Passerelle Bistro . 601 South Main Street . Greenville . 864-509-0142 . passerelleinthepark.com

 

 

 

 

 

what’s ringin’ our belle…round 116

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We love kombucha…but we really love the idea of a kombucha cocktail


Via Joy the Baker
Pearl hoop earrings…yes please

Via Anthropologie
How to pair cheese and wine….

Via Food52 and Freutcake
A white pizza dip


Via howsweeteats
A little design inspiration


Via Thezhush

So fresh-n-crisp!

Til next time…

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tie one on, belles…UPDATE…50% off!!

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One belle recently purchased this little belle-ringin’ lace-up…in dark cedar and black…and wears them ALL THE TIME!!  They are even so great, teen-belle tried to steal them.  So the only solution was to purchase her own!  Lo and behold…THEY ARE 50% OFF TODAY!!! Follow the link below and apply code “THURSDAY”…


Get your J. Crew lace up today!  Only $88…THAT’S $44 TODAY ONLY!

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our fave summer soup…

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While summer isn’t quite “soup season”, a chilled, belleicious summer soup is right up our alley! A dear belle-friend shared one of her creations over the weekend…a chilled cucumber soup with lots of dill and a cayenne kick (thanks, Marion!!).  It got us thinking about this summer delight.  


We’ve talked about cucumber soup before (here) as one of our favorite ways to keep the kitchen (and ourselves) cool…


This particular version is super simple…just a cup of buttermilk, a handful of herbs (cilantro, mint, basil…take your pick), two cucumbers, the juice of one lime, and salt & pepper.  Toss it all in a VitaMix or blender and puree away.  Garnish with herbs and maybe some extra minced cucumber, and you are all set!

Another version we want to try soon comes from Andrew Zimmern at Food & Wine

via Food & Wine


Zimmern’s version adds onion (yum!), dill, tarragon, and lots of other belleiciousness.  This is a must-try, belles!

what’s ringin’ our belle…round 115

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These earrings will go with everything!


Via Shopbop
For those who crave dark chocolate


Via Paleo hacks

A yumm cocktail


Via Heather Christo

We aren’t morning belles…ways to fight the blah days


Pic via Pinterest 
Drooling over this pitcher


Via Barneys
An easy red salsa

Via The Minimalist Baker

Well ring my belle!

a&a

fave finds from the #Nsale

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Of course…a belle can’t pass up a Nordstrom sale!  Here are our finds…you might need ’em too!!

From Nike

From Theory

Via Charlotte Tillbury

Via Homesense

Via Slip

Via Nest

Via Rag and Bone

Via  Oscar de la Renta

Via Gucci

Via Tory Burch

Via Thirstystone

Via Aquatalia

Via Tory Burch

Via  Via Spiga

Via Paige

Via Cathy’s Concepts

Via Via Spiga
#Nsale

Happy shopping!!

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