Food
The great grilled cheese off

The great grilled cheese off

When you walk into Circe’s Grotto Café, you’ll be greeted by the smell of fresh baguettes and the sound of Mumford and Sons playing in the background. The quiet chatter of studying students may surround you as you find a table, but most of the noise will be coming from the vibrant staff diligently crafting...
Taco the town

Taco the town

By Justine Hall and Bradley Harrison Photos by Jaquan Leonard and Sigrid Johannes Tacos are the cool kids of food. Spicy, fun and full of variety, yet still sort of noncommittal. They’re a go-with-the-flow kind of cuisine. Perfect for date nights, parties with friends, even dinner with your parents. Bradley: We set out to take...
Avocado toast talk: the best in Charleston

Avocado toast talk: the best in Charleston

In a foodie’s paradise like Charleston, a top-notch meal can be found just about anywhere. From comfort food to clean eats, the Holy City has it all for any meal of the day: especially in the morning. Charlestonians never fail to rise and shine for weekend brunch. The current trend, spurred by its healthy qualities...
Chatting with Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca

Chatting with Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca

On Friday, CisternYard News headed over to the SieMatic VIP Lounge for a chef demo with Ken Vedrinski, owner and chef at Trattoria Lucca and Coda del Pesce. Here’s what he had to say about some of the current culinary questions in Charleston. Note: This interview has been edited for length. CYN: What do you think...
A pheasant surprise: Fowl Mouth at CHSWFF

A pheasant surprise: Fowl Mouth at CHSWFF

On Thursday night, Charleston Wine + Food took over the lot at Cooper River Brewing Co. and threw a clucking good party. With live music, craft drinks and food of all feathered kinds, it was a lively celebration of all things bird. Our personal favorite was the Hot Fried Quail from Salthouse Catering of Charleston....
The business behind the bites

The business behind the bites

On Thursday afternoon, some of food and hospitality’s biggest names took the stage in Sottile Theatre for a panel discussion of the business behind cuisine, presented by the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.  The speakers included Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group; Ruth Reichl, renowned food critic; Darcy Shankland, editor in chief of...
Honduran heritage in Charleston

Honduran heritage in Charleston

The incessant sound of chopping cuts through the quiet morning air. The aromas of tangy, spicy and sweet all mix together to form an array of savory, desirable sensations. This wonderment is coming from the most unlikely source: a small, weathered trailer situated in the abyss of grass and dirt. Its operator; a 17 year...
Are we in chains? A look at corporate coffee

Are we in chains? A look at corporate coffee

Starbucks, founded in 1971, has been dominating the coffee industry since its rise to popularity, but the java giant brews more than just beans. Controversy has surrounded this morning drink Megatron that boasts 16,700 locations in 50 countries. In Manhattan, 68 of the Big Apple’s core 128 stores are within two blocks of another Starbucks....
Mobile Munchies: Food trucks give fast food a new meaning

Mobile Munchies: Food trucks give fast food a new meaning

Charleston is one of the most charming cities in the South. It possesses a unique historic background and beauty on every street, but what ultimately keeps people coming back to these cobblestone streets is the food. Walking around the city, you are sure to see an abundance of restaurants filled with gourmands enjoying a variety...
Bartender's choice: Mix up how you drink

Bartender’s choice: Mix up how you drink

The first step in drinking well: avoid getting drunk to the point where you order house vodka because it tastes like water. The corollary to that rule: be able to taste your drink. That proposition, however, is more complex than it seems. Taste is not thoughtless – it is more than the chemical reaction dancing...
Nourish yourself at Huriyali Gardens

Nourish yourself at Huriyali Gardens

The word Huriyali, translated from Hindi, is used to describe a lush green space – think rainforests or botanical gardens. The word evokes a sense of green vibrance. These concepts are what served as the primary inspiration for College of Charleston grads Tom McFall and Ruchi Mistry when they founded Huriyali Juices and Gardens just...
Balancing act: The yin and yang of mind and body

Balancing act: The yin and yang of mind and body

Our culture is obsessed with fitness and self-improvement. We all want our bodies fit, lean, toned and full of energy. How can we do the same for our minds? Is there a miracle workout or diet that cures stress, depression and anxiety? Not completely, but a growing body of research shows that the way we...
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