Sunday, 21 December 2014

Review: Southern Burgers at Fat Patties, Beaufort, South Carolina

There haven't been nearly enough reviews from me when it comes to Southern food while I'm home. So I thought I'd start with a food group that I consider myself a bit of an expert in: Burgers. While I was out and about shopping for the holidays with my family, we passed Fat Patties, a place my mother had heard served the best burger in South Carolina. That's a big statement and one I can't even be sure of, as I haven't had nearly enough burgers in South Carolina to judge that appropriately. I can say, however, that I was willing to give the whole place a go. 

Set alongside Parris Island, I can imagine this is a Marine favourite. Sadly, when we were in our booth no men in uniform graced us with their presence. I have to admit, the thought was a big incentive. I think I'll pop back in on a weekend and see what I can find for a strapping lad led to serve our country. I'll let you know how that goes.

Now, back to the burgers. Fat Patties offers a pretty big menu for burger lovers. For example, meat eaters and vegetarians alike are given an opportunity to enjoy the many combinations on offer at Fat Patties. You can choose beef, chicken, turkey, shrimp or bean burgers as your base and build from there. In fact, there are so many options you may find yourself a bit lost. I both love and hate these menus. If I'm spoilt for choice I feel lost in the mix. There is definitely something to be said for a small menu featuring excellent classics that can't be argued.

Speaking of classics, I went for the classic burger at Fat Patties.  I ordered the Fat Pattie. It was indeed "fat." I could barely fit the burger in my mouth. There was great squishing involved in eating this particular beef burger. In the end, I couldn't even finish the plate. In fact, I only made it half way through. The meat was spectacular - perfectly flavored and cooked precisely as requested. The toppings, all fresh and excellently piled, added to the brilliance of this burger. But in the end, when it came to Blogger vs. Burger, the burger won. Deadly, but delicious. 

Visting South Carolina?
Pop into Fat Patties:
831 Parris Island Gateway
Beaufort, South Carolina 29906

Saturday, 20 December 2014

The FFG Advent Calendar Day 20: Lippie Lulu for Christmas

It wouldn't be an FFG advent calendar without a little Lulu Guinness thrown into the mix. And when it comes to clever clutches, this little black box takes the cake. It snaps together with a beautiful red lippie. It's simple, beautiful, clean and stylish. How many evening clutches can you say the same for? In short, it makes for the perfect accessory for a little black dress, for the holidays and beyond. Love, love, love it, Lulu! 

Boomer The Golden Retriever Update: Boomer the Bruiser

It's no secret there is one very special man in my life. I only get to see him three or four times a year, but when we're together, there's a chemistry there that's unrivaled. Yes, I'm a dog fanatic and that special man is none other than my beautiful Boomer. He calls South Carolina home and the long distance is truly killer. Facetiming is fun, although Boomer now believes that when I leave it must mean that the little grey box with an apple on it has captured me (ie. I'm stuck in the computer). And when I return home the reception I get at the door is like nothing you have ever seen before. In fact, I get the same response from Boomer continuously day after day every morning. It's like he can't believe his luck that I'm still here. Truly, I believe every person's day is made better by a dog's greeting first thing in the morning. They love you no matter your faults, your insecurities or your hideous after-party state of face. 

That all being said, I sit here typing look a little worse for wear because of one Bodacious Boomer. This little guy was so excited to see me that he actually ended up breaking my nose, yes totally and completely. I am nursing a bump, a growing black eye and a bit of a bridge cut. That'll teach me for rolling on the floor with an eighty pound ball of hyperactive fluff. Needless to say, there won't be any style posts for a while. Well, not unless you guys are into the Rocky Balboa look. 

What you will get, instead, are loads of pictures of my fluffy friend, a lot of restaurant features and some recipes I've been dying to share from home (both foodie and bar based). 

I'll sign off now, as I have golden retrievers snoring on either side of me currently, and will report back more tomorrow. 

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