We are Fristers because years ago on a similar such trip a waiter asked if we were friends or sisters, we are both. Destination, Charleston, South Carolina. Purpose, celebrate Ginnie’s 40th birthday.

The Ordinary is a Southern seafood hall and oyster bar located in an old bank. We were greeted with a bottle of champagne, courtesy of Ginnie’s thoughtful cousin, and continued with excellent cocktails and an amazing, funky bottle of red. The sea urchin on toast was our favorite.

Getting a dinner reservation at Husk was impossible so we decided to have lunch there instead. The restaurant is gorgeous, the food impeccable and bloody marys spicy and delicious. Their signature hamburger is made with bacon, need I say more?

After having a “light” lunch at Husk we went on a culinary food tour in the Upper King Street neighborhood. The Gobble Burger perfectly accompanied with a dark and stormy was my favorite at Hom, the chef guided tour at The Meeting Place followed with boiled peanuts and his own homemade kimchi was the highlight of the entire tour, mussels, frites and rose followed at Rue de Jean and we finished with macaroons.

After all that eating it is time to drink (or rather continue). Our first stop is the Macintosh where the Machattan on tap rivals the best Manhattan out there. Moving next door and upstairs The Cocktail Club serves up The Double Standard (serrano infused gin, cucumber vodka, ginger, cilantro, celery bitters) which is the perfect blend of spicy and refreshing.  A tour and tasting at Charleston Distilling Co, an independent, small batch distillery, finishes off our impromptu mixology tour.

With all that eating and drinking a pedicab was in order.

When in Charleston how do you NOT do a Ghost Tour? Well let me tell you, do not do a Ghost Tour. Hoping for some spooks and giggles we instead got bored and tired. Ghost Tour = buzz kill.

The Huevos en Cazuela for brunch at The Grocery is perhaps the most delicious egg dish I’ve ever had.

Before we say goodbye to Charleston we enjoy our last sites and last bites.

While this trip meant a lot of delicious and incredible food and drink this trip really means feeding a lifelong friendship.