Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Want to remember your trip to Charleston?
These flavorful souvenirs are the perfect way to do it.
Charleston is a small city with big-city
sensibilities.
Given the wealth of award-winning restaurants in town, eating
is an experience here, but the good food isn't confined to these eateries'
walls.
Small-batch and artisanal products abound, and local craft is prized
above all.
So save some room in your luggage for these gifts that evoke the
true flavor of this great American city.
Carolina Sea Salt The term terroir takes on new meaning when the product
is actually part of the landscape (or seascape).
The Carolina Flake Salt from
Bulls Bay Saltworks is solar-evaporated and harvested from a bay just north of
Charleston.
It's a wide, flat flake that is easily one of the best finishing
salts for grilled fish or fresh salads.
Burnt and Salty Korean Mustard Chef de Cuisine Bob Cook of Cypress and
Artisan Meat Share (AMS) has ventured into the condiment business with this
first offering from the new Burnt and Salty, a special Korean Mustard.
The
mustard, which has been sold for a while in tubs from the case at AMS, is now
properly bottled and ready to grace anything from cheese plates to burgers
with its addictive sweet twang.
High Wire Distilling Sorghum Whiskey Sorghum was once many a Southerner's
attempt to avoid the molasses tax, and although that failed, this small-batch
whiskey from High Wire Distilling is a winner.
Full of the dark and yet
decidedly "green" sorghum taste (the whole plant is used in production), this
whiskey's demand is high at the moment, because it makes a stalwart milk punch
or holiday egg nog—or a simple fireside sip.
King Bean Twenty Strong Coffee Order a coffee at many of Charleston's
best restaurants, and the likelihood is high that what comes to the table is a
King Bean roast.
Twenty Strong is the full-bodied commemorative roast
celebrating the company's twenty-year anniversary.
Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice While officially milled further upstate,
this rice is nevertheless quintessentially Charleston.
It is the historic
grain upon which much of Charleston's antebellum wealth was built, and because
of Glenn Roberts, Anson Mills' founder and heirloom grain visionary, the
unique characteristics of this historical grain are once again available.
Natural Blonde Bloody Mary Mix Charleston native and award-winning
bartender John Aquino won the Bloody Mary Throwdown at the local Cooper River
Bridge Run afterparty in 2012 with this recipe, which he's dubbed Natural
Blonde Bloody Mary Mix.
It's inspired by a yellow tomato gazpacho he'd enjoyed
at Hank's Seafood.
What sets it apart is its fresh tomato pulp using Valencia
Gold tomatoes grown on nearby Johns Island.
Charleston Spice Company's Aliño Blend While many of the Charleston
Spice Company's blends may not be traditionally "Southern," they speak to the
diverse nature and creative talent that the city embraces.
Owner Garnette
Tuten's childhood memory of Peru comes through in this herb blend with
spearmint and lemon, surprisingly good in quiche.
Bittermilk No.
2 Tom Collins Mix This cocktail mix from from Bittermilk
is made with Elderflower & Hops.
Days of the cut-rate cocktail mixer are
long gone, since Bittermilk came out of the kitchens of The Gin Joint.
Home
experimentation is encouraged—it plays well with gin, vodka, whiskey, and
even tequila.
Stephanie Burt lives and writes from Charleston, S.C.
Follow her on Twitter
or Instagram @beehivesteph.
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