Fall in Love with Hilton Head Island’s Romantic Restaurants

Nothing quickens the heart quite like an intimate setting, the warm glow of candlelight and sumptuous cuisine. For those pining for the perfect fusion of flavor and ambiance on Hilton Head Island, I’ve taken it to the streets – or at least social media – to get the down low from Island visitors and locals on their fan favorites, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

No matter if your foodie flight of fancy runs toward a cozy spot tucked away from everyone but you and your date, or you prefer bold surroundings with a see and be seen “scene”, look no further than Hilton Head Island eateries to stir your passion and your palate!

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One Island. Eight Days. Over Three Dozen Delicious Deals During Restaurant Week.

January 25 through February 1, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton restaurants partner with the Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber of Commerce for the 6th annual Chamber Restaurant Week. Even though the holidays are just a memory, for Foodies like me, our Restaurant Week is akin to the excited anticipation felt by any wide-eyed youngster during the 8-day Festival of Lights or on the morning of December 25th. I’m like a kid in a candy store – a candy store full of delicious food, that is!

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Hand Over that Ladle & Let the Holiday Magic of Hilton Head Island Handle the Rest!

The late Fall always inspires me to get into the kitchen and experiment with some new recipes, ingredients and cooking methods. With the crush of holiday commitments and expectations looming, I enjoy some relaxing ‘me time’ perusing the pages of neglected magazines piling up on the bedside table. Like the clackety clack of an old timey steam engine, my brain starts to rumble and my creative juices flow with inspiration for the holiday table.

Like many foodies who love to cook and bake, I probably optimistically envision more plans than I have cookie sheets and muffins tins (I have a lot of those!). Once that third batch of made-from-scratch butter cookies are finally meticulously decorated and packaged for gift giving, the romantic novelty of holiday baking has honestly, well, worn thin.

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Let’s Get Festive at Taste of the Season!

‘Tis the Season for Taste of the Season….a festive sampling of local food, wine and seasonal beverages plus wonderful music and a silent auction chocked with an eye-popping selection of getaways, golf packages, work of art and more. This annual event, hosted by the Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, will be held in the ballroom of the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa on Friday, Nov. 22 starting at 6 pm.

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Is it Palate or Palette at the 9th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival?

ristotle said that we have five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. In this blog we are primarily preoccupied with taste, of course; but the other four senses also come into play here in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, and often in rather unexpected ways. With the 9th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival right around the corner, I present my case for ‘palate or palette’, what’s your pleasure?

Touch is not just the province of bread bakers and pastrymakers, or even the fisherman who swiftly fillets a just-caught May River sea trout or flounder. Think of how the downy soft skin on a fresh peach feels, or the coolness of your favorite, foamy artisan brew in your throat whilst strolling through historic Old Town Bluffton.

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Get Shuckin’ at the Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival!

One of the best times of year for being on Hilton Head is practically upon us. Brisk mornings warmed by sunshiny blue skies and low humidity make it great weather for driving with the windows rolled down, taking a leisurely bike ride and devising fabulous ways to prepare our fabulously briny South Carolina oysters!

There is just so much going on at this time of year – time for football, festivals, southern barbeque and of course, the opening of the Hilton Head Island oyster season along the coast. I’m talking bi-valve utopia here, people! So let’s crack on, shall we?

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Good Stuff at the Hilton Head Island Farmers Market

It’s a perfect time for farmers market shopping with sunny Hilton Head Island mornings and a nice selection of produce, prepared foods and hand made gifts at the Hilton Head Island Farmers Market at Shelter Cove Community Park. Arrive at 9 am and start your day with a sweet or savory crepe from Claudine’s Creperie or a bite of Kim Tavino’s healthy sprouted wheat berry bread from Sprout Mama.

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The Perfect Fall Weekend on Hilton Head Island: Burgers, Brews… and you!

Planning an early fall getaway to Hilton Head Island? Do you love gourmet comfort food washed down with artisan beer? If the answer to either is ‘yes’, then may I suggest you mosey on over to the Island the weekend of September 28th. Allow plenty of time to imbibe with a fine selection of beers and a bevy of gourmet burgers and burger-styled creations at the 2nd annual TD Bank Hilton Head Burgers & Brew Festival.

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When Summer Sizzles on Hilton Head Island, Chill Out with a Sweet Treat!

When the Lowcountry summer sizzles do not despair as Hilton Head Island is chocked full of delectable opportunities to chill out (literally) with creamy and in some cases, dreamy treats! Travel by bike, by car or on foot and you will be rewarded with locally made ice cream, frozen yogurt and even the exotic taste of authentic Italian Gelato. With all the choices, your most difficult decision may be what to try first!

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The Best Gators are Chocolate Gators!

One of my favorite foodie-centric things to discuss with like-minded friends are what we believe will be the “next big thing’ in popular foodie culture. Fads and favorites have been all over the place, from bacon to fancy salt (or call it “sel’ in French with upturned nose) to Southwestern food to cupcakes. Recently food truck ‘food’ has taken the top spot as the foodie fad of the year circa 2013. Yes, you can also throw the word ‘artisanal’ in with the name of any dish and it’s a sure-fire hit.

Maybe it’s my Southern upbringing or just plain common sense, but I prefer quality to the flash in the pan style of most food fads. So my best guesses at what will be appearing on the plates of trendsetting foodies next usually fall short… I’m banking on locally grown preserved foods like spicy pickled watermelon rind or smoky heirloom tomato ketchup, not sumac-infused roasted kale broth with truffle oil or some such nonsense.

Like the tides that rise and fall in our own Calibogue Sound, chocolate is one food (in my house it is it’s own food group!) that has seen it’s hip factor fluctuate on occasion, but be assured the popularity of quality, gourmet chocolate never wanes. Here on Hilton Head Island, The Chocolate Canopy is the place to go for the absolute best chocolate treats.

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