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Party at the Point

Some friends invited us to hear some live music on the beach, part of Charleston’s weekly happy hour concert series.

“Sorry, did you just say live music, beach and happy hour in the same sentence? Duh! I’m in!”

So we made our way over to the harbor, stopping along the way for a late lunch. After all, rule number one to avoid a smashing hangover is to “carb up” before the party.

Xiao Bao Biscuit Exterior

Xiao Bao Biscuit Lunch Charleston Cabbages and Roses Blue Amos Dress

I was keen to try downtown Charleston’s cult favourite Asian restaurant Xiao Bao Biscuit. Housed in a converted petrol station, I’d heard about these white dudes churning out mind-blowing Korean and Vietnamese food, and was thoroughly intrigued.

Xiao Bao Biscuit Inside Bar

Xiao Bao Biscuit Inside Table Red Chopsticks

Xiao Bao Biscuit Inside Decor

Xiao Bao Biscuit Table Menu Window

The menu was concise, but so authentic I had never heard of half of the dishes… like Mapo Doufu, and Okonomiyaki, let alone could pronounce them! So I just took a wild guess and sat back sipping on my Vietnamese lemonade until our order arrived.

Xiao Bao Biscuit Chanh Muoi Housemade Vietnamese Lemonade

Xiao Bao Biscuit Chanh Muoi Housemade Vietnamese Lemonade Sip

Okonomiyaki - Japanese cabbage pancake topped with pork candy

Okonomiyaki – Japanese cabbage pancake topped with pork candy

The cabbage pancake was golden-fried deliciousness topped with pork candy – kind of fluffy dehydrated meat wool. Strange, but delightful, mixed in with all the flavours of the dish.

Bo Bo Ji - Sichuan style chicken, cilantro, scallion, and peanut salad over rice with a roasted sesame flavored sauce

Bo Bo Ji – Sichuan style chicken, cilantro, scallion, and peanut salad over rice with a roasted sesame flavored sauce

The rice salad was fiery, crunchy and coated in a drastically rich sauce. So fresh and fragrant.. but filling. I couldn’t finish it.

We headed over to Waterfront Park to catch the water taxi across the harbor. While we were waiting, I watched the little kids paddling and splashing in the fountains.

Charleston Palmetto Tree Harbor

Charleston Fountain Kids Paddling Playing

And I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun too!

Charleston Fountain Cabbages and Roses Amos Dress Blue

Charleston Fountain Cabbages and Roses Blue Amos Dress

Breathless but refreshed, it was time to board the water taxi across to the party.

Charleston Harbor Water Taxi Pier

Charleston Harbor Water Taxi Pier Flag

We hopped on and began making our crossing, spotting a few dolphin friends following alongside us.

Dolphin

We came upon Patriot’s Point, where the USS Yorktown is docked – it’s a naval museum where you can climb aboard a decommissioned aircraft carrier and take a tour of US Naval history.

Charleston Patriots Point USS Yorktown

Charleston Harbor Patriots Point USS Yorktown

We coasted past the big ships and into the quiet waters of the marina, where we disembarked just steps from the party at Charleston Harbor Resort.

Charleston Party at the Point Marina Boats

Charleston Party at the Point Marina

Charleston Party at the Point

Charleston Party at the Point Pier

First call of duty was to kick off our shoes, dig our toes in the sand, and grab a couple of drinks to stave off the early evening heat.

Charleston Party at the Point Sand

As the sun sank, the beach grew more crowded, and local band Blue Dogs hit the stage. Belting out a mix of bluegrass and Southern rock inspired tunes, they got the audience kicking up some sand under their feet!

Charleston Party at the Point Blue Dogs Band

Charleston Party at the Point Blue Dogs Girls Dancing

Charleston Party on the Point Friends

Charleston Party on the Point

Charleston Party at the Point Funny Face

We laughed and boogied throughout the set, and into the night.

It’s fair to say this party was on point!

Kurobuta Chelsea

It’s been such a long week. I can barely look back and recognize this seemingly-happy person who was about to have the best Japense junk food dinner ever!

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Kurobuta is located at two hundred & fifty-one Kings Road in Chelsea. The first time I came here a few months ago, it was a pop-up run by an ex-Nobu chef who went hipster and hired a bunch of dudes with beards to serve his Japanese pub grub. It was awesome – just what SW3 needed.

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The only thing different about this visit is now Kurobuta is now staying permanently!

Welcome (officially) to the neighborhood!

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Now I will always have a joint nearby that serves Kirin with a frozen beer “head” on top.

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And to enjoy the open kitchen where cookery becomes theatre. It’s fascinating watching the chefs cook and prep each dish as it comes out.

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The sake selection is limited but there is always a new and intriguing label on offer. Our bottle went down a treat with a few of these rice crisps to nibble on as we prioritized our menu options.

Crunchy Rice Senbei Crisps with avocado-jalepeno dip

Crunchy Rice Senbei Crisps with avocado-jalepeno dip

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We decided to start with more traditional Japanese choices – maki, seaweed salad, and sashimi.

Spicy Tuna Maki | rolled in tempura crunchies

Spicy Tuna Maki | rolled in tempura crunchies

Bowl of Hijiki (seaweed)

Bowl of Hijiki (seaweed)

Yellowtail Sashimi | Kizami wasabi salsa and yuzu soy

Yellowtail Sashimi | Kizami wasabi salsa and yuzu soy

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Before going glam with some Wagyu sliders…

Wagyu Beef Sliders | steamed bun, crunchy onions, pickled cucumberand Umami mayo

Wagyu Beef Sliders | steamed bun, crunchy onions, pickled cucumberand Umami mayo

Then getting our hands (or rather, chopsticks) dirty with some insanely succulent BBQ chicken.

Free Range Chicken Kushi-Yaki with Japanese BBQ sauce

Free Range Chicken Kushi-Yaki with Japanese BBQ sauce

For desert, we mellowed out with our favorite cushy little rice pastry treats – mochi!!

Selection of Mochi

Selection of Mochi

And it’s official. I love Kurobuta and I’m so glad they are here to stay!