How much fun is it to go away with one of your girlfriend’s to Myrtle beach? I’ll tell you. It’s the most fun. And I’ll also tell you, we definitely packed more than enough pairs of shoes. #girlstruggles.
Our itinerary for our trip was absolutely packed, so I thought it best to divide up my posts by day. Three totally jam-packed days full of everything from beaches to basket weaving, to cocktails and seafood.
Our trip started off with a sleepover party at mi casa. It was actually Valentine’s Day, so lucky Kass got to par-take in some Valentine’s Mcdonald’s and Bambino with me and my boo. ;).
We headed to Porter bright and early to catch our flight around 11AM.
I kind of feel like a Billy Bishop master after my trips with Porter to Pittsburgh and last year during a shoot to Montreal. You could say I know my way around the Porter lounge at this point. ;). It’s never too early for Porter cookies. (Confession: Last time I flew Porter I chain ate like 5 cookies and hid the wrappers because I was embarrassed that I lost my self control. It’s cool..)
Kass and I took at trip to Chicago with our girlfriend’s last year for a bachelorette party last year. (Yeah, it was pretty okay, wink.).. So it felt like old times hopping on another flight with her. I am liking this travelling trend here.
A quick 2 hr flight to Myrtle complimented by my favourite in-flight reading material (RE: Porter) and always complimentary drinks… and we made it!
First things first, LUNCH. When we arrived at the airport, we were whisked away by our first Southern Gentleman of the trip, Keith.. who helped us put together our itinerary for our trip. (Shout out to Keith!) On the drive in to the Market Common I was mesmerized by all the colourful houses on the way.
Lunch at Tupelo Honey
Within our first hour in Myrtle, we headed to Tupelo Honey Cafe, where I tried gritts for the first time. For some reason, (maybe my sheltered hamburgers and hotdogs childhood).. I thought grits looked like waffle fries. Nope.. Looked more like oatmeal, but tasted great! We also had fried green tomatoes (Another first, you’ll notice that is a trend on this trip).. They were AWESOME. If you’re in Myrtle, try them! Annnnd, we were told if you’re in Myrtle shrimp and gritts is THE THING to try, but be careful- because the quality is apparently allover the place. We recommend asking a local to get the good stuff ;).
I had the Carolina Grilled Chicken Sandwhich at Tupelo, and it was delish! If the weather was a bit more cooperative we would have for sure headed to the roofop balcony for lunch.
Get your Shop On.
We were freeeezing after lunch because it had been rainy and not-so-typical-Myrtle weather, so we headed straight back to our hotel to warm up, check out our new pad + get ready for a night on the town! However- had it been much nicer weather we would have definitely strolled the shops at the Market Common. There’s a giant Anthropologie which I am sure we would have gotten lost in.
We then made our way over to the Hilton Doubletree.. Ocean view room with a private balcony, holla.
Nothin’ like waking up, opening the drapes, and seeing the ocean- let me tell you. Also, not sure how many hotels give you hot cookies upon arrival, but that was definitely a a big old check mark for the Double Tree. Not to mention the morning buffet that included both a DIY omlette, and a DIY pancake station.. with chocolate chips. *impressed face nod*.
BTW, the beach is literally walking distance from the hotel, so of course we made a trip down to the water!
Gotta love Porter Escapes!! If you’re ever looking to hop on a plane and not have to worry about a thing- look into booking an Escape. Porter does all the dirty work so you can head straight to the chemist for happy hour.
Happppppy Hour at the Chemist
Science Rules! F’real.. I was never one for science class, I mean.. except that one time I won gold at the Science Fair. <– click that link for a treat. *cry laugh emoji*
But mixing chemistry with drinking might be my new favourite thing (And had Ms. Mcgeachy included this in the course curriculum I may have went on to become a molecular biologist). Jokes.
Phil from The Chemist definitely made our night (We sure kept him busy!) Phil was like a mad-scientist behind the bar, concocting the most delicious drinks- many of which he served up to us with liquid nitrogen, making us squeal with excitement haha. My favourite drink of the night (if I had to choose) was the Professor’s Punch.
“Faculty meetings just got a whole lot more interesting with grapefruit-infused vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, cranberry juice, validated with with Sprite and varied with grapefruit peel-infused ice and lemon wheel.”
AKA. Yum. I also loved the Flux Capacitor- which doesn’t just sound cool, it tasted amazing with it’s house-concocted blackberry simple syrup.
Dinner at Art Burger Sushi Bar
Now this is where sh*t got adventurous. For me that is. Like I mentioned previously, I’ve lived a sheltered life when it comes to food. I mean I only tried poutine for the first time in my 20s. (I know.. now I wish I hadn’t tried it because I am a gravy addict.) Up until this point, the only sushi I had tried was avacado rolls, and spicy salmon rolls. Here’s a great tip. If you’re a picky eater and have any reservations about trying new foods.. just have a little warm-up session at The Chemist. Post- drinks at the Chemist, my food inhibitions were a little low… and I. Tried. Everything. (Mom, I know, I can’t believe it either).
And, I am happy to report.. it was AMAZING..and I promise that’s not just the professor’s punch talking. I’ve come home a new woman, a new sushi loving woman. Kass and I decided as soon as we got there, that we couldn’t possibly come to Art Burger and Sushi Bar, and only order sushi. Heck no. We ordered both the sushi and the burger. *laughs* What’s funnier is we ate it all. Travelling works up quite an apetite people. We both tried the Art Burger, because if it was named after the restaraunt it has to be one of the best choices. (It was)..
And.. the coup the gras.. after MUCH deliberation (Aka, me being like, why don’t we try this vege sushi option?..) And Kass standing her sushi ground- as she should have.. we decided on the Tiger Rolls (more so for me).. and the Omakase- which, if you aren’t aware.. is a SURPRISE DISH. Guys.. The pickiest eater on the planet let Kass coax me into having the chef prepare us a SURPRISE SUSHI DISH.
……and it was the best decision ever!!
I wish we had better lighting in there because these dishes were served up SO beautifully. BTW- there were so many other cute aspects of this restaurant like the art gallery when you walked in, or the way the menus were in the shape of paint palettes. You should probably just go ;).
+ for all you fashionistas, here’s a link source for what I wore Day 1:
Moto Jean Jacket- Topshop | Black Leather Baseball Cap- Topshop | American Apparel Disco Pants | Blondie Crop Top | Blush Runners- Topshop | Yellow Floral Chiffon Dress | Blush Western Buckle Booties | Floral Kimono-Zara | Yellow Hat H + M | BF jeans TopShop
Stay tuned for posts 2 and 3..