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!
And some of our favorite recipes…
From A Chef’s Kitchen…(a casserole)…
And from Epicurious…(the over-easy egg would is a game-changer!)…
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…
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…
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…
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!
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!
We love kombucha…but we really love the idea of a kombucha cocktail…
Til next time…
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!
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.
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!
Zimmern’s version adds onion (yum!), dill, tarragon, and lots of other belleiciousness. This is a must-try, belles!
These earrings will go with everything!
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
Well ring my belle!
Of course…a belle can’t pass up a Nordstrom sale! Here are our finds…you might need ’em too!!
Via Rag and Bone
Via Tory Burch