Southern food, Southern Shores

It’s been a long while since my last post! I’m devoting a lot of my time to my work and my hobbies (current obsessions: salsa and argentine tango).  This means I’m devoting less time to trying new activities in my city, at least to ones that seem worthy of lugging my big camera around.  I still have some old pictures I want to share, and will try my best to post new ones as well.

I’ve been wanting to share my Bluffton, SC pictures with you all because Chris and I took another trip out there this past weekend to try out a resaurant – Cahill’s Market. Cahill’s offers southern food.  The unique twist of this southern joint is that the ingredients are all from local farmers.  Cahill’s is not only a restaurant but a market that sells Georgia and South Carolina fruits, veggies, meat and dairy products.  There are only a handful of restaurants in Savannah that I really like, and most of them are not southern food restaurants.  In fact, I’m typically not a big fan of southern food b/c the food seems to be too intensely clothed in breading and oil.  This market offers the “southerness” through its menu choices (fried chicken, tomatoe and mayo sandwiches, mac and cheese, green beans…) while still letting the produce  be the star of the show.  I would highly recommend the place.

Bluffton in general is a great place to visit from Savannah.  It’s only 25 minutes away, sits along the Savannah river and it’s much more quiet than Savannah with that cutesy feel of a small American town.

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Sidwalk Arts Festival

Every year, SCAD hosts a chalk art competition in Forsyth Park.  SCAD students as well as high school students compete for the most creative, illustrative drawing in the park.  This is probably SCAD’s most popular event.  People come from all over to participate and spectate.  With perfect weather, the event turned into a gigantic lawn party.  I missed this event last year, so I was so happy to witness it this year.  You know an event is special when you start thinking about all the people you wished were there to enjoy the experience with you.  I can’t wait to enjoy next year’s festival with some of these people!

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Arsdley at Night

Here’s our neighborhood on a foggy night.  Thanks for the pics, Christopher Paul Newman!

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The Streets of NOLA

I still have plenty of pictures from my new orleans trip to share. I don’t think there is anywhere else in the U.S. that I’ve traveled to, besides Savannah, where I have taken so  many pictures of a city’s architecture. The homes and downtown buildings are full of color and character.  Most of the following pictures were taken in and around the garden district and the museum district. Enjoy!

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Krewe du Vieux

In January, I took a trip to New Orleans with a couple of girlfriends.  We had a fantastic time.  We felt really lucky b/c the first parade of carnival season took place while we were there.  The first parade of the season is led by Krewe du Vieux.  This parade is unique in that it’s the only one still led by mule-drawn or human-drawn carriages and the only parade where the people are not fenced off from the parade itself.  The viewers are just as much a part of this parade as those in the parade.  The parade also follows the original intent of the Mardi Gras parades by engaging in political and sexual satire.  Most of the floats in this parade poked fun at the recently indicted mayor of the city and the NFL (since New Orleans is hosting the Super Bowl today and The Saints were in plenty of trouble with the NFL this year).  This parade was so much fun, and because it’s not overly orchestrated, we were able to enjoy the parade without too much of a hassle.   I tried my best to take some pics of the parade.  It’s definitely not my best photography, but it gives you an idea of how the evening went.  Warning:  These pics are graphic!

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Mother May I?

Check out my new review of Mother Mathilda Beasley Park under the Savannah Parks and Trails tab.

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Ready, Set, Launch.

Alright, let’s do this.

Happy 2013 and Happy Hump Day!

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Pictures taken while kayaking near the Bull River Marina in Thunderbolt, GA.

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Sing! Sing! Sing!

It’s officially the last day of 2012!  Looking back at my 2012 resolutions, I did pretty damn well in meeting my intentions.  But that being said, it’s amazing how many surprises – both good and bad – a year can provide.  For instance, at this time last year, I didn’t have any hobbies other than my regular yoga class.  With my 2012 resolution to take a class at SCAD, I found myself in a dance course after a twelve year hiatus from dance.  Then, I signed up for ballroom dance classes.  Now, I am taking around 3 dance classes a week and preparing for amateur ballroom competitions and tap performances.  I am crazy in love with dancing again.

I have always defined my childhood largely by my time as a dancer.  From the age of three to the age of eighteen, I devoted my after-school time to the activity.  Foolishly, at the age of eighteen, I thought I had to give up dance since I wasn’t good enough to be a professional.  If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be that you never give up on the activities that truly make your heart sing.  From my personal experience, life does get harder as you get older.  You are responsible for more and your schedule is pretty routine.  So, hobbies and passions are even more important for a 30 year old than they are for a 16 year old because they make you feel that overwhelming sense of joy usually reserved for kids.  It’s ok to devote a lot of time and energy to an activity that doesn’t necessarily lead to a career.  It doesn’t even matter if you are good at it.   I think a lot of people don’t devote as much time as they would like to their passions largely b/c they don’t feel they are worthy of that much enjoyment.  Like if you engage in too much of what makes you happy you’ll end up self-indulgent.   To say that your passion is worth your time is pretty revolutionary.

I took the following pictures at a sculpture garden in Dallas, TX this month.  I keep these photos on my phone because they always put a big smile on my face.  The little sculptures look caught in a moment of joy and dedication.

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So, my new year’s resolution is to commit myself to this rediscovered love of dance – regularly attend classes, sign up for competitions, participate in performances.  It will be a great way of taking care of my mental and physical health, and it will be interesting to see how I improve as a dancer in that period of time.

In addition, I hope to plan a fun vacation in 2013.  It doesn’t have to be a major trip, but it needs to feel like a vacation.  I also want to dedicate some time to learning more photography techniques since I’ve only played with the automatic settings on my 2012 acquired DSLR . Again, travel and art are major themes in my resolutions, but this year I’m going to pump up the volume on my dedication to them all.

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White Christmas, Southern Style

 

Who needs snow when you have fields of cotton?  I took these pictures on my drive from Savannah to Augusta for the holidays.  Hope everyone is finding some peace and joy in the season.  Happy Holidays!

 

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Perspective

I haven’t been my happiest of late. Nothing bad has happened to cause any changes in my mood. the holidays can some times crank up the heat on some negative emotions that have been simmering on low. i enjoy holiday festivities – decorating the tree, watching holiday movies full of warm and fuzzy messages, etc. i don’t even mind gaining a couple extra pounds from indulging in cheeses and cakes that seem to show up everywhere you go in the month of December. But then there’s the bit about spending more time with my family, which in a sense is the same as spending more time with my reflection in a mirror. I inevitably end up questioning my own behavior and hoping that I’ve inherited all of my family’s best traits while magically avoiding their worse. And then new year’s eve rolls around and I become anxious at the thought of whether I am living my life to its fullest potential. Did I do enough in 2012? Am I on the right track for 2013?

However, these are the thoughts of a privileged person. The fact that I have a family to spend time with and learn from and the fact that I can question my own life and make affirmations to change it makes me a very fortunate person. Knowing this doesn’t make me any happier, but it does allow me to look at my situation from a different angle. It reminds me that on a grand scale I am not that important; and thus, my anxiety is a waste of time. For that I’m grateful.


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