Over the long weekend we took an impromptu trip up to Myrtle Beach, about an hour and a half north of Charleston. Myrtle Beach is kind of Charleston’s polar opposite — the beach is lined with about a million different themed mini golf places with a zillion “Waves” or “Eagles” or otherwise t-shirt and hermit crab shops in between them. You could say Charleston is a little stuffier I guess.

That said though, we hadn’t been there in ages and we thought a good game of mini golf and people watching sounded good so off we went. As always when we go anywhere, we checked Trip Advisor to plan our food, and R came across the Love and Gratitude Cafe.

They had an awesome rating which translated to a really delicious sandwich. Tucked in what I am assuming is “old” downtown Myrtle Beach, hardly a couple blocks off the chaos that is the Grand Strand, was this quiet and adorable cafe.

The owner, Vincent, was there and was both waiter and chef. We enjoyed chatting with him while he whipped up our sandwiches, potato salad, and drinks. A simple lunch perfect for a hot day, but by no means ordinary.

I’m not sure what he does, but it was the best sandwich I’ve had in a long time.

And really, pretty much any place captures my heart with simple white decor, art on the walls, and quotes like this..

And finally to cap it all off, I leave you with this note which I read on their Facebook page:

Great food takes time, and fast food has no Love.

Love it. Happy Thursday!

I had a fantastic weekend. On Saturday, the hubby and I attended Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach (about an hour and a half drive for us) with our families. We had been to this event years ago when we were still in high school but hadn’t made it back since and I’m so glad we did.

Brookgreen is a sculpture garden and at Christmas time they line all the paths with candles and Christmas lights, complete with bagpipers walking around and a harpist and a one-man telling of the Christmas Carol (really really good). I dumbly didn’t bring my good camera so we snapped a few with the Iphone which don’t do it justice…if you’re anywhere nearby, you should go!

It was really wonderful.

We finished up the weekend with a fire in the fireplace, Christmas cookies in the oven, and wrapping the first presents to go under the tree. Feeling pretty blessed these days.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!