The weekend recap posted yesterday really only did justice to the Saturday portion of the weekend. It did nothing to share the tremendous nights leading up to the Grand Opening Party.
I blew into Charleston Thursday evening after the longest short-day of work I’ve had in a while, and was ready for a night out on the town. It’s about 3 hours on the nose from Charlotte to the Holy City, and by the time I whipped out of my office I was already in a mad rush (pun intended?) to get here in time — and I made it with a 10 minute turnaround from bag unloading to our departure time for dinner.
Our coach Donna, and her husband Tim (the unofficial mayor of the 6am MAD class), were the guides for the evening food tour — and they were amazing [If there was ever a human that Dar would share her Mayor status with, it’s Tim. None of the rest of us are worthy].
I would have happily eaten anything on the menu, but to avoid overwhelming gluttony, I went with the heirloom tomato salad and the steak that was included on that day’s menu. Both were amazing.
The end of dinner scene looked something like this (I think had 5 of my own wine glasses?), a true sign of a great night — but it didn’t end here.
After dinner at FIG we marched on to Palmetto Grill to raise the bar on what gluttony means on a Thursday night, and dove fork first into four of their top desserts — including the (in)famous Coconut Cake. This damn Coconut Cake is so amazing that it doesn’t even require refrigeration (read: BUTTER) and is most definitely a dangerous gateway drug. If you haven’t had it, avoid it like the plague; if you have, may god have mercy on your soul.
The transition from Thursday to Friday came FAR too quickly, and the 12:15pm class that I struggled through might as well have been a 4am class, but it was worth it. There’s nothing like a little anaerobic MADness to shock the body back into action.
Friday’s recovery lunch was provided courtesy of Charleston Choo, our Saturday night event caterers for the MAD Charleston Grand Opening Party, and it was perfection. They were parked in their caboose just a few blocks from MADabolic in Mt. Pleasant, which was lucky since I was about 3 minutes away from a total state of hangriness.
I had a wedge salad, followed up immediately by a hamburger on a lettuce wrap with bacon, tomato, onion, and a fried egg to top it off. It was the perfect blend of a hangover helper and a good carb / fat / protein blend to serve as afternoon fuel. Again, if you haven’t checked out our buddies from Charleston Choo, do it. Find them wherever they may be squatting in the Holy City and grab a bite. You can thank me later — just as I’ll take this moment to thank Scott from Charleston Food Bloggers for recommending them!
Friday Night was another amazing night hosted by Donna and Tim — but this time at their beautiful house with our coaches for a little development.
The full details of conversation, learnings, and the amazing amazing culinary masterpieces of Tim, ‘Mayor of MADcharleston,’ will be coming later this week since I’m far too much of a goals / strengths / development dork to summarize it in a few short sentences.
Needless to say, this was a strong start to the four day weekend that was rounded out with a little more Charleston, fun with our coaches and clients, and a lot more gluttony– because everyone needs a vacation, no matter how short.