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It looks like the warm sunny weather is finally here to stay in Charleston.  Today I found myself craving a cold and creamy summertime treat,  so I headed out in search of ice cream.  I’ve been curious about the store I’d been passing by about a block from the Francis Marion with the large ice cream cone out front.  The slogan, Beligian Gelato: where ice cream becomes art, cued me in that this was no ordinary ice cream parlor.  After a quick lesson on the difference between ice cream and gelato; the latter is made in small batches and has less air & fat content, thereby providing for a more intense flavor than ice cream–I was ready to get down to business.

Drooling, as I pondered  flavors like Hazelnut, Belgian Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut butter, Chocolate Praline and Cream Caramel, it was hard to decide on just one.  Chocolate Peanut Butter won out for me.  I strongly recommend enjoying a cup or cone of this yummy Belgian Gelato while watching the Frisbee players and sunbathers in Marion Square. And if you aren’t a gelato fan, Belgian Gelato serves up specialty Belgium coffee as well.

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377 King Street; http://www.goorin.com/

Do you know why King Street was named one of the top ten best shopping streets in America by US News & World Reports?   Goorin Bros. Hat Shop is an example of the fun, eclectic mix of fine purveyors you’ll have the pleasure to visit on King.  Just steps away from my hotel, I was impressed by the professional, knowledgeable staff and the personal attention I received.  Of course, my head size was a true challenge, but talk about looking foxy!  Let’s all make hat wearing “relevant again”  as they say.   We all need skin (and fur) protection from  our sunny southern skies, so why not look fashionable too!

 

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http://www.fleetlanding.net/

photo4                       I scampered a little bit farther from home today so I could enjoy the beautiful weather by the water! I decided to ride the free DASH trolley that runs all around the peninsula with a pick up across from my hotel.  I jumped off the DASH trolley at Waterfront Park and made my way over to Fleet Landing Restaurant. It’s the only downtown restaurant that sits on the water and has the most amazing views! I spied a few frolicking dolphins close by as I sipped sweet tea with friends while relaxing on their outdoor patio.

The restaurant has a chic maritime interior and features contemporary Southern seafood dishes. Fleet Landing is welcoming to families and can accommodate large parties as well. Can’t wait to bring all my foxy friends here!

I dove right into the delicious Fried Green Tomato Stack appetizer that was layered with Blue Crab Salad and a Creamy Shellfish Sauce.  Might I also suggest trying the amazing Fried Oysters with Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce or the Crispy Whole Fried Southern Flounder with Apricot Glaze.   With great seafood, fun ambience and amazing views, I can’t wait to go back and catch the breeze at water’s edge again.

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http://rebekahjacobgallery.com/

With still a hint of chill in the air, I scurried down King Street today looking for a hot spot to keep my tail warm.  I stumbled into the most amazing contemporary art gallery, the Rebekah Jacob Gallery, located at 502 King Street, open Mon. – Sat. 11am-7pm.

As soon as I entered I was kindly welcomed by Rebekah herself.  RJG opened seven years ago at 169 King, then moved to 502 a year ago.  RJG is becoming widely visited as it features many talented artists who participate in its “rigorous curatorial model and maintains an accelerated exhibit schedule, non-media specific, that  features emerging contemporary artists, as well as artists from all generations.” With a principal focus on an international group of contemporary artists, the gallery features some of the most thought provoking and beautiful works of the American South that this cultured fox has ever seen.

The fun doesn’t just stop here.  RJG can also be rented for private functions!  I think I might tell my girlfriend Slyette that this is where I want my birthday cocktail party next year…and the Francis Marion Hotel and cater the event!

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