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Farmhaus Milkshakes Bring All The Foodies To The Yard

Who doesn’t love a good milkshake? I know I do. I’m not talking about the watered down, artificially flavored, syrup laden mess you get from a fast food chain.

I’m talking about  a real, honest-to-goodness shake. And that’s what you get at Farmhaus Burgers! (I don’t have enough time to talk about their locally sourced, beefy awesomeness. But if you haven’t tried it – believe me when I say you will not be disappointed. And what goes better with a shake than a burger?)

The two shakes you see before you are, in a word, epic. The shake to the right is the Shake of the Month: Titan Farms Peach & Caramel Milkshake. It’s made from local peaches and is sweet, a little salty from the caramel and has little bits of juicy peach that pop up and surprise you. It’s only available this August, so you have to plan a visit this month if you want to try it! The shake to the left is the Nana’s Pudding. It’s a boozy shake that magically tastes like the most legit liquid banana pudding you will ever try. It has Banana Rum, Irishman Irish Cream and little bites of crunchy vanilla wafer. The Nana’s Pudding shake is part of the regular drink/shake menu. If you’re craving a fun adult beverage you should definitely give this a try. Find them on Facebook at: Facebook.com/FarmhausBurger.

Farmhaus Burgers

Tues – Thurs: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sat – Sun: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

1204 Broad Street, Augusta GA 30901

706-496-8771

The Donut Hole

We love donuts! And really, who doesn’t? Rather than argue whether Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts is better – check out The Donut Hole – a locally owned donut shop right across the river in North Augusta. Just add coffee and voila! – you’ve got breakfast.

If you have not been…run…don’t walk!  It’s a super cute little donut bakery on Martintown Road in North Augusta that makes the best donuts around hands down!

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I bought one of the Augusta Chronicle Daily Deals a while back and just have not been able to get there in time before they close.  The day I went, I had an early morning errand to run and since it was national Donut day, The Donut Hole was also on my list.  I had my two little ones with me and of course we can’t go anywhere without them wanting to check out a bathroom (or two) and, of course, they always choose the most inopportune times.  The owner was kind enough to allow us to use his “not public restroom” in the back of the store and we were able to get a quick glimpse of the kitchen, which was spotlessly clean and sparkling (something about a grungy space makes me not want to eat there no matter how awesome the food is).  We didn’t get there until 10:30 and he still had a good variety freshly stocked and waiting for us.  I normally stick with my regular blueberry cake donut and the kids get their sprinkles, but since we had a full dozen to pick out with our certificate, we chose an assortment of donuts.  The kids still loved the sprinkle, but my favorites were the vanilla iced and strawberry filled donut and the apple str…yum, yum!!

My two complaints: 1. They are so stinkin’ good that you can’t eat just one…2. The only location is in North Augusta which is too far away from me to go for breakfast EVERY DAY!  I guess those two complaints work hand in hand then…since I can’t eat just one, I probably should not be eating them every day anyways!  If you get a chance to stop in and order one or a dozen, you will not be disappointed!!

The Donut Hole

401 W Martintown Rd Ste 157, North Augusta, South Carolina 29841

Tue – Fri: 5:00 am – 11:00 am, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sat: 5:00 am – 12:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sun: 6:30 am – 12:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a re-post from: http://www.markethouserealty.com/blog/

See the original blog here: http://www.markethouserealty.com/the-donut-hole-north-augusta-sc/

The Final Countdown

When we heard, we cried a little inside. No more carrot cake at Thanksgiving. No more red velvet at Christmas....

Unless you order now and freeze it for later! If you're a huge fan of VeryVera casseroles and cakes and you just can't live without them, then make sure you order before June 26th! Orders can be placed online at www.veryvera.com .

Vera shows off her signature icing technique for Atlanta planners and writers in 2011.

Vera will be taking at least a year off from her restaurant and catering business to work on a cookbook (which we're sure is going to be fabulous!) and we can't wait to get our hands on it. Fingers crossed that she re-opens a cafe in 2014! Bobby Flay better watch out - because with a year to perfect all of her recipes, Vera may just want to "throw down" again!

If you're in town before June 26th, make sure you stop by Vera's Cafe for lunch!

VeryVera Cafe

3113 Washington Road, Augusta Ga

Open: Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

(706) 860-3492

Four First Friday Faves

Here in Augusta – we like to celebrate! Any ol’ occasion will do, but one of my favorite local celebrations is First Friday. Head downtown on the first Friday of every month and you’ll see everyone from families with kids, hipsters, guys in bowties, edgy artists and possibly zombies – all out shopping, eating and just celebrating life in an awesome Southern city. It seems like every month I have a new list of favorites, so don’t be surprised if you see another list pop up. In the immortal words of Lavar Burton – “But you don’t have to take my word for it…” come out and experience First Friday for yourself!

    Fashion Shows – Retail shops like Curvitude Boutique and Vintage Ooollee take full advantage of First Fridays by hosting special fashion shows and offering post show specials and deals. Perfect for curvy divas and vintage vixens – or for those of us just looking for something unique and affordable. (Thanks to Curvitude for the awesome picture!)

    Live Music – Lots of downtown businesses, like local design team, Wier / Stewart, allow bands and musicians of all kinds serenade the crowds. If you’re a music junkie – band jump down Broad Street and get a little bit of everything! If you prefer to sit and listen, many of the bars downtown have live music and drink specials inside. (Thanks to Wier / Stewart for the awesome picture!)

    Entertainment – Lawd, Jesus, it’s a fire! But a good one. Local groups like Pyroteque have free, family friendly shows during First Friday. You may also come across belly dancers, folk dancers and just regular folks dancing in the street. (Thanks to Pyroteque and Rich Bennett for the awesome picture!)

    Shopping – Local stores like Psychotronic Augusta, The Book Tavern and shops along Artists Row are open late and offer special deals for First Friday shoppers. From $1 vinyls to acrylic paintings of James Brown to BOGO books – you never know what you’ll find ‘til you look! (Thanks to First Friday for the awesome picture!)

    I’ll see you next time!

    The Porkchop

    We just HAD to share the awesome blog from Sally Ann about one of Augusta’s most fabulous artists. For more of Sally’s awesomeness, visit her blog: http://www.sallyannk.com

    There are very few people that make such striking first impressions as Leonard ‘Porkchop’ Zimmerman. I’d been a huge fan of his work around Augusta for years, and I didn’t actually meet him until the night before his gallery opening at Gaartdensity. A special friends and family showing, Matt and I were the last ones to arrive before close, and suddenly we were the only ones there. In the gallery was Matt, Leonard, the gallery owner and myself. Leonard walked me through the story of his collection, paintings of robots staring at the stars, and a bird on a robot’s shoulder. The collection was the story of the sudden loss of his partner in 2006 to Leonard’s path of grieving and living life thereafter. We hadn’t known each other 5 minutes, and we both cried together as he told me stories of he and Brian. It was beautiful.

    Since that gallery showing, I see Leonard all over downtown, having worked just a few doors down from Wier Stewart, where he works as a graphic designer. An Augusta native and SCAD graduate, you can always spot him in Downtown Augusta, in converse shoes (which may not be the same color shoe on each foot), and he’s always chewing on candy or has a dum dum in his mouth. If you can’t find Leonard, you’re sure to see his Happy stickers around town as well.

    A connoisseur of sweets, it’s an understatement to say Leonard has a sweet tooth. Mixology has never really been my thing, but of all the years I spent bartending, there is only one drink I can proudly claim to have created: The Porkchop. Sweet and fruity. And perfecly Porkchop. And now that I’m retired from F&B, this will be the only drink that is “by Sally”. I’m quite proud of my concoction, and Leonard absolutely loves it!

    The Porkchop:

    Cut the end off the bottom side of a Twizzler, place in glass. Fill glass with ice.

    1 oz. Mandarin Absolut Vodka + 1/2 oz. raspberry Schnapps. Top off with pineapple juice. Bite off that first bit of Twizzler and you have your straw.

    Make for your friends and have a Porkchop party! Get adventurous and add other candy garnishes! You can visit his site and see more of his work here.

    Photos courtesy of Noah Fecks and Leonard Zimmerman. Find the original blog post here: http://www.sallyannk.com/2013/06/the-porkchop_7.html

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