Brannon Florie’s impressive burger and fries dessert


Last night, the Rarebit hosted their first-ever beer dinner. With Chef Brannon Florie at the helm, it’s no surprise the space was packed out. In true Rarebit fashion, the courses consisted of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Guests started off the night with a Moscow Mule, followed by a duckish huevos rancheros with Victory Helios, a crispy pork belly BLT with Houblon Chouffe, and fish and chips of local grouper and fingerling potatoes with Stone Self-Righteous ale.

Each pairing was a success, but it’s the dessert that everyone’s talking about. Behold the burger and fries of the sugar inspired variety: Krispy Kreme doughnut bun, chocolate pâté patty, peach gelee cheese, strawberry tomatoes, kiwi pickles, raspberry coulis ketchup, anglaise mayo, candied bacon, and puff pastry fries — paired with the tart Liefmans Cuvee-Brut.



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Everyone we talked to agreed the dessert should become a permanent fixture on the menu. Florie couldn’t comment on that yet, but he did tell us it would make impromptu appearances every so often. Keep an eye out for this one — it’s a must try.



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Halfway through 2013, Charleston Real Estate Market Shows Stability and Progress

CHARLESTON, SC—(July 10, 2013) According to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®, 1,314 homes sold at a median price of $219,340 in June. Last June, 1,059 homes sold at a median price of $199,900 in the region.

At this time last year, 5,000 homes had sold at a median price of $181,700. Year-to-date data for 2013 shows that 6,117 homes have sold in the region at a median price of $200,440—a 22% increase in sales and a 10% increase in median price for the year.

Inventory still remains remarkably low, with 5,655 homes listed as “active” for sale with the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service (CTMLS). “We continue to monitor the low inventory trend in our region, as well as specific areas of the Lowcountry like Mount Pleasant and West Ashley, where finding an available home in the most popular price ranges–$200 and $300,000—is increasingly difficult” said 2013 CTMLS President, Dave Sansom.

Halfway through the year, the Charleston market is performing exceptionally well and is showing a strong basis for ongoing growth. “While more than half of the transactions are being conventionally financed, nearly a quarter of homes are being paid for in cash, which indicates a healthy mix of traditional buyers and professional investors purchasing homes in our market” said 2013 CTAR President Owen Tyler.

“Interest and activity among prospective buyers is still very strong and doesn’t appear to have been negatively impacted by the recent adjustments in mortgage rates. However, it’s still fairly early to make a clear assessment on how much the recent rate changes will affect the Charleston market” said Tyler. While mortgage rates have risen since the start of the busy summer buying season, they are still at historic lows and did ease slightly last week, from an average of 4.6% to 4.29% for a 30-year fixed loan.

May Adjustment
Preliminary data reported for May indicated that 1,277 homes sold at a median price of $212,000. Adjusted numbers now show 1,291 homes sold at a median price of $213,000.

Berkeley County
Both buying and pricing trends in Berkeley County are trending strongly upward—281 homes sold in the county in June, at a median price of $189,000. In June 2012, 208 homes sold at a median price of $164,300.

Find additional reports on Berkeley County, here

Charleston County
752 homes sold at a median price of $255,500 in Charleston County in June. While sales volume declined slightly from May, when 770 homes sold, it has increased significantly since June 2012, when 627 homes sold at a median price of $239,390.

Find additional reports on Charleston County, here

Dorchester County
Home sales spiked in Dorchester County in June, with the County’s highest level of sales since June 2010. 249 homes sold at a median price of $179,000 in June. Comparatively, 182 homes sold last June at a median price of $157,500.

Find additional reports on Dorchester County, here.

Jim ‘n Nick’s Cheese Biscuits

Yum. Cheese biscuits from Jim 'n Nick's

  • Yum. Cheese biscuits from Jim ‘n Nick’s

Whether you like the barbecue or not (and for Southerners barbecue is a very personal thing), everyone agrees that the cheese biscuits at Jim ‘n Nick’s are pretty much the best thing ever. Grab a bag of biscuit mix for a mere $5.99 and score big points with the food lover on your list.

A Billy Reid in your bonnet

As seen on Sean Brock's noggin

  • As seen on Sean Brock’s noggin

It’s rare to see Chef Sean Brock not wearing this favorite cap of his. Crafted by the inimitable Southern designer Billy Reid, each one of the patches is handstitched in Alabama and a proceed from sales go directly to the Southern Foodways Alliance. The caps are $38 and can be found at the websites of Billy Reid and the Southern Foodways Alliance. You can also pick one up at the Billy Reid store downtown at 150 King St.

Wine Awesomeness Membership

Three wines for $40? Deal.

  • Three wines for $40? Deal.

This is the gift that keeps on giving. You could start them off with a single month ($40 for three wines) or you could really treat them with a full year of monthly wines handpicked by sommelier Brad Ball. Red, white, and mixed options available.

A Box of Cupcakes

Did you say gingerbread cupcake?

  • Did you say gingerbread cupcake?

Give them something can really sink their teeth into: a big pink box full of seasonal cupcakes. A dozen ($30) come in a variety of holiday hues, including gingerbread, peppermint, chocolate, and red velvet. Cupcake will even deliver for an additional $8, or you can pick up at one of their two Charleston locations for free.holy smoke olive oil

CSF Membership

Seeing Mark and Kerry Marhefka is another gift in and of itself

  • Seeing Mark and Kerry Marhefka is another gift in and of itself

Abundant Seafood has been a pioneer in the community supported fishery model. Mark and Kerry Marhefka sell subscriptions to their program four times a year, and the winter season starts up in January and runs until March. For $120, you can give your loved one 15 pounds of fresh fish. The Marhefkas plan for a total of six deliveries. Send an email toabundantseafood@gmail.com for more info. Talk about an experiential present.

Cypress Artisan Meat Share

Mmmm. Meat sticks.

  • Mmmm. Meat sticks.

Who wouldn’t love a bag of meat, right? And this is not just any old meat. This is handcrafted, house-cured meat made by Chef Craig Deihl at Cypress. He’s got more than 80 types of charcuterie and cured meats, from hotdogs to mortadella. This makes for a crowd-pleasing present, just don’t leave it under the tree or else the dog will dig in before you can. Call ahead to reserve your $50 bag. Pickup begins on Wed. Dec. 19. (843) 937-4012

Holy Smoke Smoked Olive Oil

Smoke it if you got it

  • Smoke it if you got it

The guys at Holy Smoke start with California olive oil from the first cold-press and then smoke it here locally using pecan and hickory wood. The result is a sultry taste sensation. Drizzle it on your hummus, your microgreens, and your pasta, and pretty much anything else you want to give a boost of smoky flavor. Find it online at holysmokeoliveoil.com. You can buy it in person (and probably taste it) at the last Saturday farmers market and at Coastal Cupboard in Mt. Pleasant. An 8.5 oz. bottle goes for $15.

Belle’s Country Links and Geechie Boy Grits

Who doesn't like sausage and grits?

  • Who doesn’t like sausage and grits?

For a hearty start to the New Year, give a pound or two of the Glass Onion’s sage-y sausages. Belle’s Country Links are now available for sale at the West Ashley restaurant and on their website ($9/lb). Combined with a bag of Geechie Boy grits from Edisto Island ($5.35/bag), this makes for the ultimate Southern food package.


Charleston-area home sales were up 14 percent this year though November, extending the housing industry’s steady recovery from the real estate downturn, a trade group said today.

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors said 845 homes changed hands last month at a median price of $192,500, an increase of about 200 sales compared with the same period last year.

The figures are preliminary and are based on all homes sold through the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service.


Today, Thursday, Dec 6 5:30p to 10:00p

Price: $12 per vehicle Sunday-Thursday, $15 Friday-Saturday
Phone: (843) 795-4386
Age Suitability: All Ages
 Holiday Festival of Lights

Light up your holidays with more than two million gleaming lights. Open daily through Dec. 31, James Island County Park hosts one of the Lowcountry’s most beloved holiday traditions – the annual Holiday Festival of Lights. Journey down a three-mile driving tour jam-packed with holiday light displays, then stretch your legs and enjoy the attractions within Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Village. For festival hours and fees, call 843-795-4386 or visit http://www.holidayfestivaloflights.com.

Reservoir Pulp

Posted by Seth Clare on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 4:00 AM


Twenty years ago, a relatively unknown young director submitted one of his first films to the Sundance Film Festival. The director was Quentin Tarantino and the film, nominated for Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize, was Reservoir DogsEmpire Magazinewould eventually name Reservoir Dogs the Greatest Independent Film Ever Made. Two years after his monumental debut, Tarantino’s follow-up movie, Pulp Fiction, would go on to win the 1995 Academy Award for best screenplay and earn recognition as one of AFI’s Top 100 Films of the Last 100 Years.

The combined brilliance of both films, which now enjoy the status of cult classics, set Tarantino on the path to become one of Hollywood’s grittiest, most in-your-face, beloved directors. In recognition of Tarantino’s expansive career, these two acclaimed works will appear in theaters around the country in December.

Tarantino fans can see Reservoir Dogs Dec. 4, and Pulp Fiction Dec. 6, both at 7 p.m. at the Charlestowne Square 18 in North Charleston and the Azalea Square Stadium 16 in Summerville. The screenings will also feature a special showcase of Tarantino’s other films, as well as trailers for movies which were influential in the Tennessee-born director’s artistic growth. Tarantino’s newest movie, Django Unchained, hits theaters Christmas Day. Learn more at fathomevents.com.

Charleston City Paper

by Seth Clare


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