Friday, April 17, 2015

Sunshine and Tacos

The warmer weather and sunshine makes me so happy. I'm such a beach soul and I'm forever grateful to my parents for instilling in me at such a young age my love and admiration for the ocean. Growing up at the Jersey Shore was amazing, and it has planted a huge desire in my heart to live near the ocean for the rest of my life- hence why we also love Charleston so much!

As soon as the hint of summer rolls around with salty air, sun-kissed skin and sandy toes, I also immediately start craving fish tacos. I really don't think there is a better combo out there. Now that we've been in Charleston for almost a year, we definitely have tried out a taco or two and have our go to spots.  So here are a few of our favorites to try out if you're ever in the Charleston area!

Fuel: This former gas station turned restaurant that has an open air concept including an indoor/outdoor bar and huge outdoor patio. If you're downtown, this hip spot has great brunch vibes. We love their Bloody Mary's, grilled tuna tacos, the mahi-mahi tacos, and if you're not into fish, the braised pork tacos are awesome too!

Zia Taqueria: This was our very first spot we got fish tacos at when we were looking for houses on James Island. It has a very modern Mexican vibe and is an order at the counter casual place. Their baja fish tacos are incredible but I also love the grilled fish taco if wanting to feel lighter. They also have great margaritas and chips/salsa. We like to go here now if we plan on going to the movies, because it's in the same cute plaza as a very hip and quaint movie theater. 

Taco Boy: The last and probably now our favorite place is Taco Boy! They have a location downtown (which we have yet to go to) but we usually go to the one down in Folly Beach. We love that you can come off the beach and hit the bar for an awesome spicy margarita and guacamole. We LOVE their Mexican street corn here, and have tried so many of the tacos it's hard to narrow down a favorite. I always love the classic fish taco, but the kimchi beef and tempura avocado tacos are also amazing.

 Hopefully the weather holds up, as we are planning on having our first beach day tomorrow with a stop at Taco Boy on our way home. Hooray for sweet summertime!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vacation Bliss

A few weeks ago, Kyle and I took a vacation to Naples, Florida for an entire week of R&R. Now that he is teaching, he always has a spring break, which is a great time for me to also take some time off work and get away after those winter months! Even before he landed his teaching job I had requested off for his potential spring break- I guess I just knew he would get it! And after having such an amazing time relaxing on the beach in Florida, we already decided that a spring break getaway needs to be in our plans yearly. (Wahoo, spring break doesn't have to end with college !!)

While we initially had big plans for an adventurous escape to possibly Europe, we ended up deciding to stick to a more budget friendly trip that allowed us to do a whole lot of nothing. We both have such demanding work schedules right now that sitting on a beach all seemed like pure bliss.

My godparents were generous enough to invite us to stay that their beach condo which is located on a very high end and beautiful beach like resort- meaning pool, golf carts to drive you round if you please, people to set up your umbrellas and chairs, and a restaurant a bar right on the beach for food and drinks.

Orange Bliss -my new favorite beach cocktail.

What I love the most about Naples is that is on the west coast of Florida, so one of the few areas on the East Coast to get a true beach sunset- something we ended up making our plans around so that we could enjoy a cocktail and the sunset nightly.

Cheers! Life's simple pleasures.

My favorite guy!

We read lots of books (only pleasure reading!), took lots of naps, drank lots of cocktails, and soaked in as much sun as possible. Our evenings alternated between cooking out at the grill poolside and going out to dinner in downtown Naples. I even managed to slip in a day of paddle boarding which is my favorite!!

The beach reader at work

A great Mexican dinner!

Overall we had a GREAT week, and truly felt recharged and rejuvenated when we got back home. I'm still carrying that vacation and summer feel with me and its been two weeks since our trip :). I guess it doesn't hurt that the weather in Charleston has been 75-80s and it feels like summer is creeping up here.

Pura Vida and Namaste. xoxoxo