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Photo Blogging #Challenge September 2016 theme: Your #town #photoblog #fun 

September’s theme for the photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaablog.com was Your Town. Currently, I live in Greenwood SC.

As usual, the hardest part about this was deciding which pictures to use. I really like my community and take pictures when I am out and about all the time. That means that I have a lot to choose from and it’s hard at the same time. Without further ado, my photo picks.

Photo #1


My local favorite restaurant Montagues has a ladies night special each week. This ladies night entrée is half off the regular price. I use this as an opportunity to try new things.  The Mediterranean seasoned chicken was paired with lentils, olives, and feta cheese. It was a very delicious combination. I raved about it to the chef and I like to think that was the reason it was on the menu two weeks in a row.

Photo #2


Barbecue pork butts hot off of the grill. My husband was cooking for the local volunteer fire department – Station40 – because they were having their annual fundraiser where they sell barbecue plates. It was a weekend where both of us got very little sleep because we were at the fire station: cooking, cleaning, and selling lots and lots of food. I am glad to report that the fundraiser was able to make some decent money to help buy needed items for the fire station.

Photo #3


I submitted this photo into a local art show competition. It was chosen to be part of the exhibit in October! My first time in a show!!

Photo #4


There are a lot of historical buildings and in around the town where I live. One of the closest is Cokesbury College. Back in its heyday, this was a women’s college. It is no longer used as a college but the building is used for wedding receptions and other types of similar events.

Photo #5

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Our local chapter of the United Way had a “Day of Action” which some might know as “Day of Service”. On this day, employees from local area businesses helped to complete projects for nonprofit organizations within the Greenwood community. Our group helped clean the sensory park trail at the Burton Center. The Burton Center is a place where individuals with various degrees of special needs and disabilities are able to go and receive therapy or possible rehabilitation to allow them to be somewhat self-sufficient. Giving back to the community is one of the best impacts you can make.
As you can see, I had a great month and cannot wait to see what October will bring 🙂

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Chef It Up #tryitTuesday #greenwoodsc #uptowngreenwood

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For my Try It Tuesday feature this month, I want to focus on a new business venture from my favorite local restaurant Montague’s called Chef it Up.

The concept is very simple: they prepare ingredients for you to take home and cook a delicious gourmet meal. The majority of the recipe’s ingredients are in the bag and already measured, chopped, and diced, ready for you to sauté in the saucepan. You may need some pantry items like butter, flour, or vegetable oil.

On their website (www.chefitupgreenwood.com) they say:

Our meal recipes are created by chefs, feature local meats and produce, and are ready to cook right out of the bag. We take the guesswork out of cooking and put the fun and enjoyment back in.

I am well known among my friends for my lack of cooking ability. I love to bake, but cooking, no so much. While I can follow directions for a recipe, cooking is not something that I have a passion to do. Thankfully, the hubs likes to cook more than I do.

However, the concept of having everything prepped already intrigued me enough to purchase Chef It Up bag meal chicken piccata from the Uptown Market last Saturday. In addition to having all of the ingredients already prepped, inside the bag was a recipe card and a QR code for a how-to video.

On Sunday afternoon, I set out my ingredients, got out two saucepans, and turned on the stove to begin cooking. I didn’t watch the video first, but the recipe card was very easy to follow.

Seasoning the chicken

 

Cooked chicken in the orange glaze and almonds


This was delicious!!! I was so surprised, mainly because I have little confidence in my own cooking ability. It was quick and easy to prepare. Being able to cook this AND it turned out like the picture gave my self esteem a boost.

Should you try? Yes!!! This is a great option when you want something a little fancy but don’t feel like trying to buy all the special ingredients to make that happen.

For someone who does not like to cook, I definitely am going to do this again. Signing up for their weekly newsletter will let me know what meal options are available in the coming week. I might even suggest to the hubs that I need to have a regular monthly cooking night.

Photo Blogging #Challenge August 2015 theme: Rule of Thirds #photoblog

August’s theme for the photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaablog.com was Rule of Thirds. I am not sure what “Rule of Thirds” was supposed to mean, so my pictures are really abstract in relation to the theme.

Picture 1

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hard cider rules

I went to hear music at one of my favorite places- a creperie and craft beer locale called Natty’s. I ordered a flight with my uncle. Since he is a light weight when it comes to drinking alcoholic beverages, he drank one and I drank the other 3. I ordered their variety of their on tap hard ciders because I do not care for beer.

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fancy fish

During the same visit with my uncle, we went to the Riverbanks zoo in Columbia SC (Fun fact: this zoo is top rated on Tripadvisor). I always enjoy visiting the aquarium and watching the fish. There is something very calming about watching fish swim around with not a care in the world. This picture was included because it looks to me like the fish has three fins.

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Montague’s Blacken Salmon

No month is complete without a my requisite food picture. LOL 😀 Once again I went to Montague’s. I chose this picture because there are 3 components to this plate: blackened salmon, mashed potatoes, and root vegetables. Added bonus is that there are three types of root veggies: carrots, red and yellow beets. It was delicious! I love salmon but rarely order it. The mashed potatoes were true comfort food. The root veggies were healthy but tasty. I decided when this is the weekly feature again, I definitely will be ordering it.

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reading for days

I am reaching as I explain “thirds” for this picture. This is a picture of my third e-reader. It is a Paperwhite Kindle. I used to use my Kindle Fire and my iPad as e-readers. I started to get headaches because of eye strain. After investigating, I decided to buy the Paperwhite. I am happy to say that my eyes and head do not hurt any more after I have been reading for long periods of time.

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chocolate fountain

I went to a business mixer last week and they had a 3-tiered chocolate fountain. When I saw this, I thought it would be perfect to include in the topic of “Thirds”.

Check A ‘lil HooHaa blog tomorrow to see what the theme for September will be. Beginner, expert, and anywhere in between photographers welcomes to participate in the fun.

#Montagues -my favorite #pasta dish #foodiefriday #greenwoodsc

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Happy Foodie Friday! This is a meme I am doing to share my fave dishes and everything related to food.

Today I am going to talk about one of my favorite things to order when I go to Montague’s. Of course, you probably know that Montague’s is my all time favorite restaurant in Greenwood, SC.

I love it. The people are nice and attentive. There is a great atmosphere. Having a good personality will only get you so far when it comes to food.

Montague’s knows how to deliver. My comfort food when I do not know what to order is the chicken Parmesan.

I do not know if it is the sauce, the cheese, the angel hair pasta, or the chicken that makes this my favorite pasta dish. Everything about this dish is good.

AND the portion size is HUGE! I can eat two meals off of this one plate of food.

I have heard people say that Montague’s is pricey, but I do not get it. This is a super affordable dish and when you factor in the portion size, it is a double win.

TOW opinion: Go to Montague’s and order the chicken Parmesan. Delicious.

Montagues- my favorite restaurant in Greenwood SC

I have come to realize that Montague’s is my favorite restaurant in Greenwood. As much as I would like to say, I like all my local restaurants equally, when it comes to fine dining, my go to place is Montague’s.

While all of the waitstaff and crew do a fantastic job, I think that TJ’s efforts over the past few years have done a lot to change my perception of the restaurant. I used to think that Montague’s was a stuffy place with an air of pretentiousness . cave_snooty.gif

In retrospect, I was rating the restaurant, not based on my own experience, but on what I knew of type of people that frequented the restaurant. I am glad that I saw the error in my judgment. My taste buds are delighted like this. tumblr_m1rkzpHj1n1r6aoq4o1_500.gif

There is a seasonal menu as well as some restaurant favorites. There is also a weekly menu feature that the chef creates based on what ingredients are available. He uses a lot of produce from local famers. I think that is one of the reasons why the flavors are so rich and complex. While I could probably do a post a week about the different dishes I have ordered, this post highlights some of my favorite dishes over the past 6 months.

You will be able to tell from my food selections that I like trying new things. If you have not been to Montague’s, I think you owe your tastes buds the experience. Prices are comparable to chain restaurants like O’Charleys and Outback but the food is way better.
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When I go to Montague’s, I try to get there by 5:30- 5:45pm so that I can get at least one or two drinks at Happy Hour prices. Happy Hour is from 2- 6pm. House liquor drinks and cocktails are half off and there are specials for beer and wine as well. I usually do a screwdriver, pineapple+vodka, cranberry+vodka, or skittle-tini. Nothing fancy, but something to begin the evening. If it is Wednesday (Ladies’ night), then I will split a bottle of wine with a friend. Select bottles are half off all night. Rufino Pinot Grigio (pictured below) is one of my favorites because it is light, fruity and goes well with fish and chicken.

While I am sipping on my drink, I mull over the weekly menu features. So many options. If only my stomach was bigger.  tumblr_m9obwoK6VF1rcfputo1_500.gif

Hands down my favorite dish EVER at Montague’s was the BBQ salmon (BBQ sauce was more like a tomato gravy) over mashed potatoes. This is comfort food at its best. The salmon was perfectly cooked so that the meat was tender and moist. The tomato gravy was a little sweet with a hint of onion flavor. The handmade mashed potatoes were firm enough to be the proper conveyance for all the gravy. Mmm mmmm mmm. Just looking at the picture makes me reminiscent for that tomato gravy.

If you ever see the Scallop mac and cheese on the menu, you should order it. Chunks of scallops and creamy cheesy goodness. What else to you need?

If you like fried green beans (yes that is an actual dish), then you will love fried broccoli. It is the same concept. The broccoli is tossed with flour seasoned with salt and pepper and then fried (I’m guessing that is how it is done). The broccoli still has some firmness and crunch. Best way to get my daily serving of veggies.

I ordered the potato fritters on night because I was curious to taste the sweet relish. This was not the standard relish you might get for your hot dog. This was classy. It tasted freshly made with sweet peppers. The light vinegar helped to balance the fried potatoes. If you like vinegar with your fries, you would have definitely liked this. If you never tried vinegar with your fries, you are missing out.

The stuffed pork chop with green beans and mashed potatoes was good. This is a tasty dish but I do not have that much to say because I am still dreaming about the salmon with tomato gravy.

Bacon wrapped monkfish with fingerling potatoes was also quite tasty. But then again, bacon wrapped anything is good. This was my first time having monkfish. I like the texture, as it is firm white meat. The flavor is mild and paired well with the bacon. Although, I was too stuffed to eat all my fingerling potatoes, they were delicious too.

Last but not least, spinach artichoke dip is my go-to appetizer when I do not want to try anything new. A bowl of hot, creamy spinach artichoke dip is full of chunks of artichoke hearts. I love to eat marinated artichoke hearts. Having them swimming in cheese and spinach only makes it better. The tortilla chips are fried to order and lightly salted. Can you tell I am a fan? Team spinach artichoke dip.