It wasn't long after hearing about the new ramen burger that we decided we had to pay a visit to CO and give the burger a try. Now, a burger with ramen noodles sounds a bit strange, and traditionalists will likely stay away, but we must admit, CO's ramen burger is damn good.
Instead of a bun, an all-beef patty sits between two conglomerates of ramen noodles. Don't fret, they're cooked and molded together, with a light sear on the outside to offer a little crunch. Shredded lettuces sits under the beef patty, while pickled carrots and cucumber rest on top with a few sprigs of cilantro. To the side: a ramekin of CO's special ramen burger sauce that's sweet, tangy, and smoky. If you really want to spice things up, slices of fresh jalapeno garnish the plate as well.
Currently, CO only offers the ramen burger late night when advertised (So far, 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. the past two Thursdays), but with a little luck, maybe we'll start seeing it more often.
Free ice cream has a tendency to grab attention, no matter who's giving it away (remember the Freshberry craze a few months back?).
This time, it's Häagen-Dazs that's scooping out free flavors, and they're doing it in the name of the honey bees. You see, bees have been dying off in recent years. And if you don't think it's a sign of the apocalypse, then you probably haven't been paying attention. Without honey bees, our entire food supply could be in jeopardy since they pollinate one-third of it.
Anyway, Häagen-Dazs uses plenty of "bee-built ingredients" in their decadent ice creams, and they're using free ice cream to raise your awareness of the bees' plight. So stop by the Market Street ice cream store next Tues. May 12 between 4 and 8 p.m. and get your free scoop of a bee-built flavor (honey bees are essential to more than 50 percent of Häagen-Dazs flavors.)
There’s a lot going on at Ted’s Butcherblock this month as they welcome the Spring season.
They've been utilizing seasonal ingredients as much as possible and offering a springtime panini with roasted chicken and spring pea pesto, and grilled and chilled shrimp with fresh mint, spring onions, and oven-roasted tomatoes. Anything that involves the word spring will pretty much be featured.
Then they'll be continuing their popular, home-cooked “$12 Friday night dinners,” from 5-7 p.m. during the Friday night wine tastings. Customers can also receive a 10 percent discount on a bottle or glass of wine to pair with their dinner.
And they have to squeeze in a beer event to wrap it all up. The “Gluttonous Craft Beer Dinner” is $30 a person and will provide customers with four rich, flavorful courses paired with bold brews. The beer dinner takes place on Thurs. April 23. at 7 p.m. and reservations are required.
Of course, the biggest news this month is the continuation of their Economic Stimulus Plan in which every 20th lunch customer gets a free lunch! Those are odds we're willing to take.
Call (843) 577-0094 for more info or visit tedsbutcherblock.com. - Anna Linesch
Baked, our hip new bakery on East Bay Street downtown, has proclaimed these days we're living through "Lemonfest 2009."
For the sour fest, they've created a trio of lemon desserts:
The best part of Lemonfest? Free lemon marshmallows when you buy any of the lemon desserts.
Over on James Island, at the good ol' Charleston Cookie Company, they've introduced a Charleston version of the Whoopie Pie. They take rich buttercream frosting and smush it between two of their gigantic cookies, creating a giant gourmet version of the classic confection. Of course, the middle's not really smushed, but rather prettily piped between the cookies.
As for the free baked good? All patrons of Charleston Cookie Company are treated to a free cookie when they drop in and stock up. So do it. Now.
Seems like every restaurant in town is offering a deal for the big Bridge Run event on Saturday morning. Here's a list:
O'Malley's: "Pig Out"
Infuzions (fusion cuisine and sushi bar)