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Re: “Kanpai Japanese Restaurant

Finally heeded the good press here and elsewhere and went to Kanpai last night... How foolish I feel for ignoring this place for so long. Chef Park's humble (in location/appearance) restaurant belies the quality of sushi and other Japanese fare therein. We had steamed buns, both duck confit and beef, to start, and I could have eaten more of these for a meal. The duck confit was truly outstanding. Next we had some nigiri (salmon roe) and then a bigger roll, the Wagyu Roll. The nigiri was fresh and light as it should be, but holy cow, that Wagyu Roll. Tempura shrimp and avocado with seared Wagyu beef on top? Um, yes, please. It actually tastes better than it sounds. We also had the "popcorn" shrimp, which were tasty and spicy in their own right, but also came with a pleasant dressing/sauce with apples and avocado and fresh greens. I don't think there's any question this is the best sushi/Japanese food East of the Cooper, and probably in all of Charleston. Can't wait to go back.

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Posted by lawdog on September 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

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Re: “The Agenda: Senate votes down gun proposals; CofC athletic director out; Confederate flag snatchers


Why don't you "do the math" on this...1.6bn Muslims, an alarming percentage of which support Sharia law. Don't worry, Mr. "99%", the author does the math for you at the end for those Muslims already in the country (and those numbers are higher now and growing).…

If you have concerns with the threat "white Christians" pose in America today, you should be utterly terrified of the real and potential threat radical Islam poses, and will increasingly pose, if left unchecked. It is the purest, most seductive form of evil on this planet since the rise of Nazi Germany, and continued appeasement of this evil will have a similar result now as then.

Islam, by its very definition, is a religion of (at best metaphorical) conquest and submission, made even more violent and intolerant when even slightly taken to extremes. Sharia law? Dark Ages barbarism, but somehow vibrant and resurgent in the 21st century within the fastest growing religion on the planet. Do you like your civil rights? Gone. Freedom of thought, religion, and expression? Gone, violators executed as apostates/infidels. Do you like/support women? Subjugated, raped, mutilated. Do you support LGBTQ? Executed. And you're probably more exercised over Trump.

Hell, even Bill Maher gets it, and is rightly flummoxed that more liberals don't. You and other willfully ignorant leftist lemmings like you need to wake up to the real threats in this country, and this world.

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Posted by lawdog on June 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Home Team BBQ Downtown proves that the third time's a charm

I am a fan of Home Team and its food, but this review is a bit inconsistent. The author starts out by graciously acknowledging the fact that most Yankees erroneously conflate "barbecue" with grilling (true), but that she has evolved beyond this sad ignorance. She then goes on to say that a trip to Home Team is the best "local place to try coastal South Carolina barbecue". A nice sentiment, but inaccurate, as even Jeff Allen's original CP review from 2007 makes patent.

Home Team's BBQ is a collection of styles from different regions, few of which have anything to do with coastal SC, save the location of the restaurants. To wit, the beef brisket, which Siegel and crew famously sought to improve via a multi-week pilgrimage to Texas, the undisputed home of this delicacy. To their credit, the brisket that resulted is MUCH better than what they originally served, and this trip also helped bring about the sausage the reviewer loved, another Texas BBQ standard. Putting their mustard sauce on the brisket doesn't make it South Carolina any more than if one were to put it on a Mexican street taco (also, their mustard sauce is very different than traditional SC mustard-based sauces). The ribs at Home Team are done Memphis Style (dry-rubbed spares), and generally done very well. The pork and chicken are rubbed and smoked, but in a blended style not indigenous to any one region, and not served lightly sauced with a vinegar-based sauce like most Lowcountry (and even Eastern/coastal NC) BBQ. Siegel's stellar smoked/confit/fried wings, because I'm pretty sure he debuted them here, may be the most original, native thing on the menu, but even they are complemented by Alabama white sauce. Siegel's GA roots show with the inclusion of brunswick stew, a dish whose origin is fought over between GA and VA.

So, I think it would have been more accurate to say that Home Team is a great place to take someone to expose them to many different styles of BBQ, all done very well, here in the Lowcountry/coastal SC. Siegel and crew's culinary bona fides elevate Home Team above standard BBQ fare, and put a unique stamp on many regional classics. My only complaint is it's getting too damn hard to get into the SI location!

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Posted by lawdog on June 10, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Wanna truly save Shem Creek? Here's what you do.

RE: The P&C, exactly, Mat. And I have wondered why the CP has not taken them to task over it. There has been an obvious editorial shift in tone on development issues since the P&C ownership became a de facto developer, and it's disgraceful.

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Posted by lawdog on February 12, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Mt. Pleasant officials face harsh criticism, infighting over Shem Creek’s future

Ah, Elton "Let Them Eat Cake" Carrier...

His amnesia that he is supposed to be a representative and servant of his constituents will be cured in the next election.

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Posted by lawdog on February 11, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Re: “The Super Bowl is being destroyed by girls shaking their butts


You left off the "p.s. GET THE HELL OFF MY LAWN, HOOLIGAN!"

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Posted by lawdog on February 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

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