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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun too!
Breathless but refreshed, it was time to board the water taxi across to the party.
We hopped on and began making our crossing, spotting a few dolphin friends following alongside us.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We laughed and boogied throughout the set, and into the night.
It’s fair to say this party was on point!