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Holy Tequila!

holytequila01NEW RESTAURANT BRINGS FLAVORS AND TRADITIONS OF MEXICO TO HHI

The owners of Hilton Head Island's Charbar Co. have opened a new taco and tequila restaurant, just a few doors down from their popular burger restaurant in Park Plaza.

Holy Tequila's focus is innovative gourmet tacos to eat and plenty of premium tequila to drink - more than 40 varieties.

"It's a full-sensory dining experience," owner Nick Bergelt said. "The visuals, flavors, smells and music represent all the best that Mexico has to offer."

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Choose fish, buy fish, cook fish, eat fish

eat-fishHere’s your fish 411. These guidelines are the same whether you’re buying ocean, fresh water, round or flat fish.

CHOOSE

Ask your fishmonger when he gets his fresh fish in. Also check out the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council website (www.safmc.net) and NOAA’s Fishwatch (www.fishwatch.gov) to see for yourself.

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Best BARBECUE in Town

bestbbqhhiHilton Head Island and Bluffton’s finest barbecue spots

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Softshell crabs are back

Softshell-crabsRight around the time when islanders and visitors pull their plaid pants and Lilly Pulitzer dresses out of the closet to prepare for the Heritage golf tournament, local seafood restaurants are making preparations for a different kind of visitor. In addition to golf, spring also brings the soft-shell crab season.

Soft-shell crab is a culinary term for crabs which have recently molted their old exoskeleton and are still soft. This means that almost the entire animal can be eaten, rather than having to shell it to reach the meat. The exceptions are the mouthparts, the gills and the abdomen, which must be discarded. The remaining, edible part of the crab is typically deep fried and is highly prized for its succulent and juicy texture.

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ELA's Blu Water Grille announces new hours, Sunday jazz brunch

ELA's Blu Water Grille has announced a new Sunday jazz brunch it is calling "Sunday Brunch on the Water." The brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m. each Sunday and will feature live jazz music. 

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL FEATURED VINEYARD

Celebrating Northwest corks and cuisine

 Set in remote Lane County, Oregon, and surrounded by the verdant landscape of the world’s largest contiguous organic vineyard, King Estate has built its reputation on premium wines, preserving the food culture of the Northwest and dedication to sustainability.

Founded by the King family, King Estate has been known for its commitment to organic farming and sustainable practices for 22 years. The winery is certified organic by Oregon Tilth, a non-profit research and education organization, and the 1,033 acre property boasts 470 acres of organic vineyards, which are mostly dedicated to its famous Pinot Gris and Pinot Noirs. The estate also grows 30 acres of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

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The MOST romantic restaurant tables

ramantictableIn the pantheon of necessary evils, Valentine’s Day hoopla ranks somewhere between paying your taxes and flossing. That said, if you’re going to do it, do it right. Take that special someone out to a romantic restaurant. Better yet, reserve the most romantic table at that romantic restaurant. To make things easy, Monthly has compiled a list of the most romantic restaurant tables of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Reserve one of these and V-Day will be yours.

PINO GELATO GOURMET CAFE
TABLE BY THE FIREPLACE: This European style coffeehouse doesn’t number its tables. Ask for the most romantic spot and you will certainly be seated at the table pictured above, it front of the fireplace. The relaxing, cozy atmosphere has a sophisticated feel, sure to impress that special someone. Information: Bridge Center, across from Moss Creek in Bluffton, 843-837-2633, www.pinogelatogourmetcafe.com

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Stick to your resolution

With so many great restaurants, eating out is one of the top things to do for both visitors and locals. And there’s no reason why it can’t be healthy eating.

Here are a few tips to follow for eating healthy when eating out:

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A link to the past

ROADSIDE FOOD STANDS STEEPEDIN HILTON HEAD HISTORY

farm01Before the developers, before the tourists, before The bridges, Hilton Head Island was a much different place. A much simpler place.

Following the Civil War, Union troops left newly freed slaves behind to fend for themselves. As property became available, many freedmen used their hard-earned money to purchase land in areas such as Baynard, Squire Pope and Chaplin.

Roots were planted.

Families such as Aiken, Brown, Campbell, Grant, and King raised generation after generation off the land. Vine-ripened tomatoes, butterbeans,Vidalia onions, sweet potatoes, squash and more were grown in small fields, next to coops of chickens, pens of pigs and pastures of cows.

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