Patina Blu ~Coastal Living Decor and Pickles

On the way to deliver pickles to some of our Charleston accounts, we got a call from Wally Carey, owner of Patina Blu in Mt. Pleasant. He’d heard about our pickles from a friend and was happy to hear we had packed some extra cases in our trunk just in case. We were getting into town late, so even though his store wouldn’t be open… he agreed to meet us and check out our pickles!

Phin with Wally ....checking out our pickles in front of his shop

Phin with Wally ….checking out our pickles in front of his shop

I went inside and took a look around while Phin and Wally talked business outside. Patina Blu is a gem of a place with embroidered pillows, linens, frames, lamps, tableware, wall art, books ….but the best thing about this store (in my opinion) is the antiques! I was surprised at the prices….a big difference in the right direction from the stores I’ve drooled over in downtown Charleston.

Patina-Blu-Embroidered-Pillows-AntiquesPatina-Blu-Antiques-Beach-House-Coastal-LivingPatina-Blu-Antiques-Home-DecorVirginia-Willis-Cookbook-Basic-To-Brilliant-Y'allWally decided to stock his store with our pickled okra, beans, carrots, jalapenos, green tomatoes and cucumbers. I’m so happy to have a new location around Charleston selling Phickles ….and proud to be in such a great place. If you’re in the market for home décor in the Charleston area, Patina Blu is the place to go. And now, our Mt. Pleasant friends have a place close to home to purchase our pickles!

Phickles Pickled beans, okra, cucumbers, green tomatoes, jalapenos and carrots ....and cookbooks galore!

Phickles Pickled beans, okra, cucumbers, green tomatoes, jalapenos and carrots ….and cookbooks galore!

Wally, his wife Kelly (who is also an interior decorator,) and their two children moved to Charleston from New York and are fitting in just fine down south!

Patina-Blu-Mt-Pleasant-Charleston-South-Carolina-Antique-Store Find out more about Patina Blu from their website: www.patinablu.com    And after our delivery…we went for a Sunday stroll on Sullivan’s Island. Always Always…thankful for the blessings our pickle peddlin’ trips bring. ~angieSullivans-Island-South-Carolina-Boardwalk-Beach-Phickles-Pickles

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A Step Inside Garden and Gun Magazine

I don’t wanna get too far into 2014 without recapping our last visit to Charleston. Garden and Gun Magazine, which was the first magazine to feature my pickles.. (to quote them: ‘the best pickled okra comes from family owned, Phickles Pickles’) …asked to feature all my pickles (okra, beans, green tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, cucumbers & jalapenos) in their ‘Southern Pantry’ at their annual festival -named JUBILEE. Of course, I was thrilled. They also invited my husband and me to attend the Jubilee. So we quickly cleared our calendar for that weekend and planned our trip to Charleston!
We made pickle deliveries we could get to along the way… stopping in Augusta, Aiken, Columbia ….ending with a delivery to Caviar and Bananas in downtown Charleston. A quick check-in at our hotel and we were on our way to look for good eats. We ended up at The Glass Onion. From the moment we drove up to the unpretentious restaurant …housed in what appears to have been a filling station years ago… we felt at home. We were surprised to see our friend, Bunny Byrne who writes the Thomasville Townie paper in Thomasville, GA. Bunny’s husband’s employment is taking them from Thomasville to Charleston. Charleston is getting another southern gem!

Bunny and her husband after a satisfying meal at The Glass Onion ...on their way to house hunt in Charleston

Bunny and her husband after a satisfying meal at The Glass Onion …on their way to house hunt in Charleston

We started with a plate of sausage, pickles and pimento cheese. The whole plate was delicious …the sausage and pimento cheese made in house were divine. I prefer the flavor and crispness of my pickled okra…but the pickled okra on the plate complimented the rest of the plate just fine!

Plate of pickled okra & beans, sausage, pimento cheese and garlicky toast

Plate of pickled okra & beans, sausage, pimento cheese and garlicky toast

I could’ve made a meal out of that plate….and almost ordered another for my meal. But…the pork chops were squeeling at me. I can’t remember what the dish was named on the menu…but I’m calling it ‘smothered pork chops.’ So good. So southern. So simple. So unpretentious. YUM!

Pork Chops smothered with Crowder Peas, Ripe Tomatoes, Pot Liquor with a side of Mashed Potatoes. Perfection.

Pork Chops smothered with Crowder Peas, Ripe Tomatoes, Pot Liquor with a side of Mashed Potatoes. Perfection.

My husband got the fried oyster plate…which he was crazy over. I wish I didn’t have a sulfur allergy…because I would have stole a couple! They looked perfect. We gave our waiter a jar of our pickled green tomatoes and in turn, we scored a slice of pie. I never order dessert…so this was a real treat! It was caramel, buttery ecstacy on a plate.

Caramel Pie with Whipped Cream

Caramel Pie with Whipped Cream

The restaurant was full of people who were in town for the festival. It was fun meeting all of them, hearing their stories and telling our story to them. Sharing the story of how we got started in the pickle biz never gets old.
If you’re headed to Charleston, I highly recommend checking out The Glass Onion. Check out their menus and more info on their site: http://www.ilovetheglassonion.com
The next day, we headed out to Charlestown Landing for the Jubilee. Seeing our pickles amid so many great southern food products in the Southern Pantry tent made me feel so proud. I’d been told the guy with Jack Rudy Cocktail Company had requested our pickles specifically to be served at the bloody mary bar. Feels great to be recognized by another small batch artisan.
So…here goes…. Step inside the best of Garden and Gun Magazine! (www.gardenandgunmag.com)

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co and Phickles pickled beans and asparagus.

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co and Phickles pickled beans and asparagus.

Phickles pickled veggies and Fat and Juicy bloody mary mix

Phickles pickled veggies and Fat and Juicy bloody mary mix

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Company

Southern crafted platters and tools for oyster shucking and serving

Southern crafted platters and tools for oyster shucking and serving

Beautiful kitchen linens from Alabama Chanin

Beautiful kitchen linens from Alabama Chanin

Another Athens, GA artisan ....Hable Construction

Another Athens, GA artisan ….Hable Construction

I had to control myself…and not take pictures of the shopping baskets filled with Phickles http://www.phickles.com …being carried by shoppers in the tent. Can’t decide if that would’ve been bad manners or was it a missed opportunity? Oh well… on to the BOBO tent!

Caution  Alligators

Caution Alligators

The walk to the BOBO tent was beautiful with Spanish moss hanging from the large oak trees. We stopped along the way to talk with a fly fishing guide from Cashiers, NC. Guide, Sam Williamson said he wasn’t catching much…since ‘they won’t let me have a hook!’ It was fun meeting him and finding out we share mutual friends. It’s a small world.

Fly Fishing demonstration along the walk to the BOBO tent.

Fly Fishing demonstration along the walk to the BOBO tent.

There were boykin puppies for sale …and kennel campers to transport hunting dogs and hunting guns.

Phin ...petting a tiny boykin puppy.  $2500 and he's yours! ;-)

Phin …petting a tiny boykin puppy. $2500 and he’s yours! 😉

This couple builds amazing kennel campers. There was even a bar and cigar humidor located on the back side of the camper.

This couple builds amazing kennel campers. There was even a bar and cigar humidor located on the back side of the camper.

The BOBO tent was full of interesting, old things. Garde and Gun Jubilee

I happened to see this chef's head bobbing through the parking lot later in the day. Somebody went home with a treasure!

I happened to see this chef’s head bobbing through the parking lot later in the day. Somebody went home with a treasure!

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I wanted this!

I wanted this!

Next, we headed to meet the makers of many of the things seen within the pages of the magazine.

Dangerfield Calls from South Carolina

He makes bow ties from game bird feathers. BEAUTIFUL

He makes bow ties from game bird feathers. BEAUTIFUL

Purdy Guns.  Eat your heart out, Daddy!

Purdy Guns. Eat your heart out, Daddy!

Found out my photographer does work for this guy. One of these days...I'm going to Patagonia!

Found out my photographer does work for this guy. One of these days…I’m going to Patagonia!

Circle 7 leather handbags. Yes, please!

Circle 7 leather handbags. Yes, please!

 

I had been holding on to a bag of old smoking pipes from my father in law for many years…so when I spotted the apothecary jar in the BOBO tent filled with old pipes, I knew I had a fun project waiting for me when I got back to Athens.  The jar on the left is from the Jubilee. The jar on the right is my creation!

Jars of pipes

Jars of pipes

I had a wonderful time at the Jubilee. Thank you, Garden and Gun Magazine for the southern hospitality!

Nite Fall at the Jubilee.  I loved this sign all lit up on the lawn outside the Southern Pantry tent.

Nite Fall at the Jubilee. I loved this sign all lit up on the lawn outside the Southern Pantry tent.

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Remembering The Southern C Summit ~ Nashville, Tennesee

It’s Thursday….which for those of us social media addicts ….means it’s Throwback Thursday. I enjoy coming up with pictures from the past to share every week. While going through my files and files of iPhone pics today, I came across a few from my trip to Nashville for the Southern Coterie Summit. What a fun trip! The Southern Coterie (http://thesouthernc.com) is the social network of the SOUTH …an online community and virtual front porch where Southerners and all those who love the south can connect, congregate, converse and celebrate the things that matter to us southerners the most. I love reading the posts on food, travel and southern artisans posted weekly on The Southern C’s site and I also get to write a bit for the site. I just did a little feature on Atlanta native Janssen Robinson!

I had pickle deliveries to make on the way to Nashville…. so I was really happy my friend and real estate maven, Susan Jones won a ticket to the summit. We threw on our boots and headed up to Nashville the night before the summit. We both have three children each…so the break of motherhood duties was good, mama therapy!

Calamari for Susan & Maytag Blue Salad for me

Calamari for Susan & Maytag Blue Salad for me

After a couple of pickle deliveries, we were finally entering into Tennesee. It was rainy and dark and we were hungry. We got off on a random exit in Chattanooga and found an easy parking spot right in front of the Sheraton Hotel…pretty lucky for not knowing where we were. We didn’t have time to prowl the streets for a local joint…but found the menu at the Sheraton to be tasty! The next morning, we headed into Nashville to the summit which was held at the historical Ruby Nashville. We found our name tags at the check-in table and had a nice time mingling with attendees from all over the south and even some of our Athens friends …like Lee Epting of http://www.EptingEvents.com. Lee told about his newest venture….PRALINES!
Cheri Leavy gets the giggles as Lee Epting of Epting Events in Athens, GA reads notes he'd written on the palm of his hand!

Cheri Leavy gets the giggles as Lee Epting of Epting Events in Athens, GA reads notes he’d written on the palm of his hand!


Athens girl, Amy Flurry presented with Thomasville,GA store owner Nan Myers. They talked about Amy’s book, Recipe For Press …and how it helped Nan get press in blogs and magazines like Garden and Gun Magazine. Nan’s store, http://www.FireflyHome.com has beautiful home goods as well as cookbooks and even my Phickles Pickles!
Presenters, Amy Flurry and Nan Myers

Presenters, Amy Flurry and Nan Myers

I had recently been profiled in Libbie Summers’ award winning food blog: http://www.saltedandstyled.com, so I was very excited to hear she was to be a presenter at the summit. We have been cyber friends for a while…but this was the first time we’d get to hug! Libbie spoke on a panel with the authors of two blogs I’ve followed for months… Charlotte, NC interior designer and shop owner, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips spoke about her blog http://www.theenglishroom.biz And since we were in Nashville, it was really fun to get to know the wife of the cute guy from Lady Antebellum. Her blog, http://www.womanista.com is full of beauty and fashion tips as well as interior design and lifestyle talk. I love her honest voice and girl, She rocked that outfit at the summit! Cute bun, red skirt, t-shirt and cheeta stilletos …wonder if I could rock that look!? hmmmm…
Salted and Styled, The English Room, and Womanista panel at the summit.

Salted and Styled, The English Room, and Womanista panel at the summit.

And…we ate GOOD! And we sipped GOOD too!
Tasty vittles from Nashville are restaurants. Delicious!

Tasty vittles from Nashville area restaurants. Delicious!

I was so happy to share a hug, giggles and even tears with Kate Spears from Knoxville. I’ve read her blog for a few years now and she’s helped get the word out about my pickles in her town. We are definitely kindred spirits!
Me and Kate

Me and Kate

Her blog, http://www.southernbellesimple.com is the perfect read when I need a pick-me-up. Always sweet, honest and just a happy place. My favorite quote from the summit is from Ran Dohrn of Brain Swell Media: “Hunt with a rifle.” That’s it. You know….hunt with a rifle …not a big net like Walmart. It’s tough sometimes, and requires lots of hours of research and lots of leg work and travel….but yes, I’m hunting with a rifle! Only selling my pickles to locally-owned stores and restaurants instead of grabbing a net and catching the big box stores is rewarding to me. I enjoy being a small part of the true artisan world. Ryan’s presentation was just what I needed to verify for me …that I’m still on the right path… aiming at the right target. A quick purchase…and Susan and I were on our way to the Southern Living Idea House!
Libbie Summers signing her Whole Hog Cookbook with artist Katherine Sandoz and Designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

Libbie Summers signing her Whole Hog Cookbook with artist Katherine Sandoz and Designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

Since Susan and I were driving on our own, we didn’t get to partake of the delicacies on the party bus ….but we managed to have our own crazy fun. We arrived at the idea house early and since we had time to kill, ended up bellied up to the bar next door at Café Fontanella. The wine and salad hit the spot!
Caprese Salad at Café Fontanella

Caprese Salad at Café Fontanella

A small country band was strumming in the corner of the café and the whole place was full of locals. We’d ended up in the perfect spot to get a good feel of Nashville …and that favor I’m always talking about didn’t disappoint. We wanted to get a picture of us with a honky tonk man…and lucky for us, the perfect man walked in!
Susan and me with a honky tonk man ;-)

Susan and me with a honky tonk man 😉

We told our new friend about our day and that we were headed over to the Southern Living Idea House to hopefully meet editor of Southern Living Magazine, Lindsay Bierman. And you know what?! He introduced us to his wife, Zan Martin of http://www.martincoadvertising.com and her eyes lit up! You see…since Susan and I had driven alone and didn’t hop a ride on the party bus with the other attendees… we weren’t sure how we were going to be able to get to the idea house. We didn’t know the rules…and the gate was locked. We found out that Zan does the marketing for the idea house is acutally close friends with Lindsay! She called her son to bring a golf cart over to the café and she drove us straight over to the house and we were the first to get inside to meet Lindsay!
Lindsay Bierman betwixt two lucky girls!

Lindsay Bierman betwixt two lucky girls!

Lindsay was so gracious and said he loves my pickles. My day was MADE! Then….we sipped wine and toured the house!
Susan made herself comfy in the idea house.

Susan made herself comfy in the idea house.

Talking about a possible reality show with producer Scott Meier  in a bedroom of the idea house.  Yes...I'm crazy!

Talking about a possible reality show with producer Scott Meier in a bedroom of the idea house. Yes…I’m crazy!

We had to head back to Athens the next day …but first we went into downtown Nashville to look for good grub. The Georgia/Vandy game was happening in Nashville that day so there were lots of Athens folks in town. We spotted a tailgate trailer from Georgia…so I just had to PHICKLE it!
This trailer got PHICKLED with my pickled beans!

This trailer got PHICKLED with my pickled beans!

We found a tasty place to eat….tuna for Susan and a bunless burger for me. Tavern Nashville was delish! And the service was great. I highly recommend this place for its attention to local sourcing.
We sat outside ...great for people watching.

We sat outside …great for people watching.

And….I phickled the bar at Tavern…..
The Tavern Bar in Nashville got PHICKLED too!

The Tavern Bar in Nashville got PHICKLED too!


I hope my readers get a chance to attend The Southern C Summit sometime. The next one is gonna be this spring in Charleston, SC!
The next day.... I got a tweet from Lindsay Bierman!  Woot!

The next day…. I got a tweet from Lindsay Bierman! Woot!

And…just the other day, I was checking out the instagram feed of artist, Katherine Sandoz from Savannah, GA…and lookie what I found! She did a sketch of my friend, Susan during the summit!
Looking good, Sue!

Looking good, Sue!

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Chef Peter Dale does Oil & Vinegar with The Healthy Gourmet & Slow Food Athens

Chef Peter Dale does Oil & Vinegar with The Healthy Gourmet & Slow Food Athens.

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Chef Peter Dale does Oil & Vinegar with The Healthy Gourmet & Slow Food Athens

Doing a little new years organizing and came across the menu from the Oil & Vinegar Dinner we enjoyed last July at The National in downtown Athens, GA. The dinner was a benefit for Slow Food Athens with wines, balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils from The Healthy Gourmet located at 1097 Baxter Street in Athens. Needless to say….this was quite a tasty collaboration!

Oil & Vinegar Dinner  crafted by Chef Peter Dale

Oil & Vinegar Dinner
crafted by Chef Peter Dale

The dinner started with warm bread with Georgia olive oil made in South Georgia with arbequina olives grown in Georgia and California. This oil is popping up at specialty food stores all over the south and rightly so. It is delicious when used for salads and for dipping. Our first course was a beautiful, light dish. Local tomatoes, burrata mozzarella & basil with L’Arrigo Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil from a small estate just south of Florence in Scandicci Italy which dates way back to 1437. Seven varieties of olives are used in the blend …each with their own particular flavor and fragrance. Randall Abney who did a wonderful talk about each oil during the dinner says he’s importing this oil into Athens and this is the first time it has ever been sold in the southern US! Balsamic Vinegar from Modena distributed by Wine Country Kitchens paired nicely on this plate.
local tomatoes, burrata mozzarella, basil.  Olive oil:  L'Arrigo, Italy.  Balsamic:  Wine Country Kitchens, California

local tomatoes, burrata mozzarella, basil. Olive oil: L’Arrigo, Italy. Balsamic: Wine Country Kitchens, California

I loved that our first plate was paired with a Prosecco …which is my favorite bubbly to sip! Our second course featured olive oil made from four olives grown in the highlands of Chile and a dark, sweet balsamic vinegar from Modena. Chef Peter paired these with La Quercia prosciutto, local melon and endive …and a Rosato wine…simplicity at its best!
La Quercia prosciutto local melon, endive. Olive oil:  Olave, Chile Balsamic: Villa Manodori Artigianale, Italy

La Quercia prosciutto local melon, endive. Olive oil: Olave, Chile
Balsamic: Villa Manodori Artigianale, Italy

Next plate was my favorite. I eat a lot of salmon…and this was the best I’ve ever had. I wish my picture was better–dang iPhone. The salmon was seared to create a crispy top and served along with local cucumbers. A light tasting Spanish olive oil, a sweet balsamic from Cavalli, Italy and a citrusy Ribolla wine rounded out this perfect plate.
Seared wild sockeye salmon, local cucumbers. Olive oil: Soler Romero, Spain. Balsamic: Cavalli, Italy.

Seared wild sockeye salmon, local cucumbers.
Olive oil: Soler Romero, Spain.
Balsamic: Cavalli, Italy.

And….there was more! Fork tender beef tenderloin with parmesan and my favorite green- arugula! The beef was paired with a spicy oil from San Giuliano, Italy and my favorite balsamic -the Leonardi Crema di Aceto Balsamico, Italy. I raved over this vinegar so much …my husband ended up getting me a bottle of it for my birthday a few days later! Everyone in my house knows…THAT’S MAMA’S BOTTLE! NO TOUCH! The wine was equally great –a Chianti, 95% sangiovese and 5% cabernet sauvignon ….delish!
slow-cooked beef tenderloin, arugula, parmesan. Olive oil: San Giuliano, Italy.  Balsamic: Leonardi Crema di Aceto Balsamico, Italy.

slow-cooked beef tenderloin, arugula, parmesan.
Olive oil: San Giuliano, Italy.
Balsamic: Leonardi Crema di Aceto Balsamico, Italy.

The dining room was all a chatter with happy folks sharing their delight in all the tastes and the fine company. We were educated and entertained by Randall Abney, who knows as much about all these oils and vinegars as I do about my three children. We were given notes to take home and in them Randall says: “The oil and vinegar stores that are popping up all over are selling flavored oils and vinegars at high prices, and for the most part, not EVOO or balsamic vinegar. Shop at a store, like The Healthy Gourmet, where you can taste oils and vinegars from estates, not from factories.” 95% of vinegar labeled ‘balsamic’ in the US is actually made from red wine vinegar, with caramel coloring. Randall says there’s no such thing as white balsamic vinegar.
W. Randall Abney

W. Randall Abney

I was happily surprised to come back from the ladies room to find my fifth course waiting with a tiny pink candle lit to celebrate my fortieth birthday! Stone fruits, vanilla gelato with a sprinkling of biscotti crumbs with dots of balsamic. A perfect end to a perfectly paired night! Happy Birthday to me!
stone fruits, vanilla gelato, biscotti crumbs. Balsamic: Leonardi Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, Italy.

stone fruits, vanilla gelato, biscotti crumbs.
Balsamic: Leonardi Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, Italy.

And….I cleaned my plate…. 😉
I declare...it was GOOD.

I declare…it was GOOD.

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Mayhaw Berry Memories

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My daddy just brought me a handful of mayhaw berries…and with a Santa-like glisten in his eye said: “Bite into one of ’em…you might remember somethin’.”

I remember riding in the back of the pickup truck out to where my grandparents once lived before they sold their farm to a trucking company in Albany, GA…. with all my aunts and batefooted cousins …and I remember five gallon buckets and strainers and being scared to death of wading in the dark water under the mayhaw trees. I remember the berries that had dropped from the trees looked like piles of gold coins in that water. And I remember Daddy not telling all us youngins about the water moccasins swimming near us…’til we were on our way out of the swamp. We came home with enough mayhaws to fill our horse trough swimming pool… which made a perfect sink for washing the berries. I helped my mama make mayhaw jelly. I think we made twelve or thirteen cases and put some of them in a few gas stations to try to sell ’em. Which brings me to another memory…. Abbott’s Gas Station on Leary Road… Funny how a tiny nibble and a sniff can bring so many things back to life.

I was foraging before foraging was cool!

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Yoshie Eddings brings Destin Florida Sushi Soul to Downtown Athens

It’s tasty how the night moves. A quick pickle delivery and visit with a few friends at Aroma’s Wine Bar in Athens’ five points and then we headed downtown ….not sure where we’d end up for dinner. We happened upon an empty parking space on Clayton and headed up to the corner of Hull Street to peek our heads into the just-opened Five Bar. The cozy, loungy ambiance pulled us right on in …to the back of the eclectic room …and up the steps to the small sushi bar. I wasn’t expecting to find a sushi bar. I’d heard that Five Bar had a really good burger, which was what I figured I’d be getting. Until…. I saw the ‘Harbor Docks’ t-shirt on the busy asian lady behind the bar. Harbor Docks is a restaurant in the town I love to vacation in most ….Destin, Florida …where Phin and I have spent many moments. Me…dreaming on the beach and Phin…dreaming of fishing. Every time we’re in Destin, we always have to wander down to the docks and see what the fishermen are catchin’ …and I know Phin’s always wishing he was one of the them.

20130118-093008.jpgI loved watching Yoshie make beautiful edible art and listening to her story. She grew up in Tokyo and learned the art of sushi making in her father’s restaurant. She married and moved to Destin, Florida and began working at Harbor Docks in Destin in 1988. At that time, Harbor Docks’ menu was like many you’ll find in the area…fresh fish with sides and sandwiches. But with the abundance of locally caught, fresh fish coming in right there from the boats docked outside of Harbor Docks…Yoshie started making sushi the way she had been taught in her father’s restaurant. She added a sushi bar and has since added sushi bars and trained sushi chefs in the Destin area and now in two restaurants in Alabama and finally in my town….Athens.

20130118-094344.jpgWe started with a delicate yellow tail sashimi and more of Yoshie’s story. Every detail of the space at Five Bar was envisioned by Yoshi…from the small, strategic menu to the mismatched array of chandeliers hanging throughout the space. Yoshie grinned and said: “You notice that? The lighting looks like Destin! It looks like Red Bar!” …which is exactly what Phin and I commented on when we first sat down. If you’ve had the pleasure of dinner at 30A’s Red Bar near Seaside, Florida …you will love the similarities between the two! Yoshie won’t be in Athens much longer. She says the beach is calling her back home. Yoshie is just here in Athens long enough to get the ball rolling for and with her son Chris Eddings who is owner of the new eatery. I love knowing the fish they serve at Five Bar is flown in from Destin on the same jet she’s been flying back and forth on….which she says “always smells of Varsity hotdogs on the way back to Destin!”

20130118-095640.jpgWhile there is more to Five Bar than the sushi, I feel blessed to’ve had the chance to get to know Yoshie and her incredible story. Knowing the story behind the restaurant just makes me want to support it even more. Yoshie says: “You have to cook with love, I cook with my soul.” ….and I believe it! By the end of our evening, Phin and I felt like we were her own children. Next time I see her, I’m gonna call her ‘Mama!’

20130118-100103.jpgIn Alabama, you can get a taste of Yoshie’s ‘soul food’ at Chuck’s Fish in both Tuscaloosa and in Birmingham …and there are plans for another Yoshie inspired spot opening soon in Knoxville, Tennessee. I don’t know how she does it…the more I learned about her, the more inspired I am to go in the direction of my dreams. She says after she got married and had children, she started having fun with cooking. “I wanted to see their happy faces because of something I made.” Her passion has led her to some of the biggest movie sets satisfying the tongues of movie stars like Tom Hanks …but her ‘big’ set is Destin…where you’ll find her busy behind the sushi bar…but not too busy to share a story, a laugh, and a vodka drink! 😉

20130118-101358.jpgNow I’ve got beach fever…… ~angie

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