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Old McDonald had a Fish Camp

My sister was in town from New Jersey this weekend, so I thought I would take her someplace completely different.  Now, remember I am the one with two boys (ages three and five), so it had to be family friendly. The perfect choice was Old MacDonald Fish Camp in Edgefield County, South Carolina. It sounds further away than it actually is—just a 12 mile drive from Augusta.

There is a lot to say about this experience. We went early. It was 5 o’clock on a Saturday and we did not have to wait. But if we had come about ten minutes later, we have had to wait.

Okay – first things first. This is the only restaurant I have ever been to that has a “Grits and Hushpuppy Bar.” Yes – like a salad bar, but just grits and hushpuppies. My sister thought this was amazing. And, really, it is. The grits were also a big hit with the kids.

The menu has all sorts of seafood – fried or broiled. My sister ordered the boiled shrimp. I had the Low Country Boil. I had to explain to my “northerner” sister, that low country boil is boiled shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn. Jacob and I shared. Fantastic!

I also highly recommend the sweet tea. I only have sweet tea on special occasions. And this was one of those times. Our waitress brought over the entire pitcher finally because I just kept sucking it down. It was so tasty and served in a Mason jar. Loved it.

After dinner we did stay and play for a little while. The restaurant is on a pond with a waterwheel. It also has a ducks, goats and chickens for the kids to feed for a nickel.  Very fun. So if you do have to wait – there is really no problem keeping entertained. I am sure some actually might be disappointed if they get seated right away.

So I asked my sister after the big adventure – was this something she could do in New Jersey? She said absolutely not and it was a great experience. I agreed.

Old McDonald Fish Camp
355 Currytown Road
North Augusta, SC 29860
Phone: 803-279-3305

OPEN 5:00 pm Thursday & Friday
OPEN 4:00 PM Saturday

www.oldmcdonaldfishcamp.com

Banjo-B-Que

(This is a repost from June 11, 2010.)

The first time I heard about a new event called the ‘Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que’ that was happening on Memorial Day weekend I knew it was going to be great. The name is so original and catchy.  The Banjo-B-Que is all about bluegrass music and barbeque, and so much more! 

How can you beat a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned barbeque cook off?  There were over 20 teams cooking for days to see who had the best chicken, ribs and pulled pork. As we walked in the gates all we could smell was sweet, sweet meat. A good number of teams cooked enough to be able to sell some of their barbeque for people to try.  I think by the end of the day we tried meat from 3 or 5 different teams, along with boiled peanuts and other culinary delights. I was in heaven!

The promoters of the Banjo-B-Que stated that it was perfect for folks of all ages and they were right.  There were carnival rides and games for kids, and even a petting zoo. 

There was also several food tents with cotton candy, funnel cakes and fried goodies, and for the grownups there were plenty of beer tents, so we were never far from refreshments.

I also got to experience something I never had before…pig races!  Throughout the day they had little piggies running around a miniature racetrack.

I learned that the pigs were in hot pursuit of Oreo cookies.  Seriously, that is what they race for!

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They even had a swimming pig.  His name is ‘Swifty’ and apparently he’s a big deal on the pig race circuit.

Another highlight of the day was all the great music.  The lineup was fantastic!  I think the bluegrass musicians we saw were quite talented, and great sports considering that it rained on and off during the last three sets.

We got to see Chatham County Line, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ricky Skaggs.  Their styles of bluegrass are each a little bit different, but all of them were fantastic!  I was especially excited to see Ricky Skaggs since he is such a legend in the country music world, and he did not disappoint!

Even though it rained a little bit, the whole day was really enjoyable and I can’t wait to see what is in store for next year!

The 2011 Banjo-B-Que  full music schedule for Friday includes: John Popper & the Duskray Troubarours, the Blue Dogs, The Whiskey Gentry, Sibling String and Crosstie Walkers. Saturday’s main stage music line up features Old Crow Medicine Show, Doc Watson & David Holt, Frontier Ruckus, Charlie Parr & the Clack Twig Pickers, Chatham County Line, Little Roy & Lizzy, Bloodkin and Peachtree Station

Hippodrome

5540 Jefferson Davis Highway
North Augusta, SC 29841
(803) 400-3609

http://www.banjobque.com/index.php

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
Last weekend some friends and I went searching for great tasting food offered at an affordable price. Where did we end up? Cheddar’s! The restaurant is fairly new to the Augusta area. It has only been open for a little over a year, but it’s fantastic food and reasonable prices keep this restaurant packed.

Cheddar's

Cheddar’s is a casual dining experience. They have inside and outside seating available, a full bar with inexpensive drink options (my favorite is the Sangria Margarita) and an extensive food menu offering: appetizers, soups, salads, chicken, burgers, steaks, cold and hot sandwiches, desserts and a kid’s menu for the little ones. And you MUST try their flakey, honey-buttery croissants!

side salad with a honey buttery croissant

We started the night off with some of their tasty appetizers. We choose the Santa Fe Spinach Dip, it’s a mix of spinach, sour cream, a blend of Southwestern spices and fours cheeses. It’s served with their homemade salsa and crispy tortilla chips.

Santa Fe Spinach Dip

We also ordered the Texas Cheese fries, made with A large portion of crispy golden French fries loaded with melted  cheeses and crispy bacon. Perfect for dipping in their homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.

Texas Cheese Fries

Then it was finally time for the main course! I decided to try their Grilled Chicken Alfredo with fresh garden vegetables. I followed my server’s recommendation and ordered a side of marinara sauce and it was delicious!

Grilled Chicken Alfredo with a side of marinara sauce

My friend Sarah ordered the chicken tender and steak combo, center cut top sirloin with hand-breaded chicken tenders, and for her sides she choose a baked potato and a bowl of rice and beans. It was all fantastic!

Steak and Chicken Tenders Combo

I will definitely be going back to Cheddar’s very soon! The portions are large enough that we were able to take some home for lunch the next day. Large portions, fabulous food and low prices? It’s a no brainer! Try it for yourself.

Cheddar’s
Address: 3609 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, Georgia 30909
Tel: (706) 738-7831
Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday  11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday  11:00 am – midnight

Tutti Frutti

I was leaving the gym with my sister and we stumbled across a new frozen yogurt shop called Tutti Frutti. I felt like a kid in a candy store when we walked in. There is a large selection of frozen yogurts to choose from including almond, mango, green apple, cheesecake and several others. Then you have the toppings.

You could go healthy and choose from the fruit selection, or pick from the cereals, candy and other non traditional toppings.  They also give samples of the yogurt when you walk in. I had green apple and cheesecake yogurt and added strawberries, cheesecake pieces and granola.

My sister had cheesecake and mango yogurt and added cheesecake pieces and love letter straws.  You pick your cup size, then your yogurt and toppings, and then you weigh and pay.  

In addition to yogurt, they also have a selection of candy that can be purchased by the ounce.  If you want to get creative with your dessert, this is the place to go! I’ve been back twice already!

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt
Agerton Lane, Augusta, GA 30909
Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 11 am – 10 pm  
Fri and Sat: 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 10 pm

Let Your Kids Build-A-Friend!

If you are in Augusta and you are looking for something fun and memorable for the little ones, then look no further.  Build-A-Bear Workshop is located in the Augusta Mall and is a favorite for kids, teens and adults alike.

Its slogan, “Where Friends Are Made,” could not be more accurate. It offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal center!

Creating your own stuffed animal is much more exciting than buying one of hundreds that are made exactly the same.

Your child can choose from several different stuffed friends, not just teddy bears. There are panda bears, dogs, cats, frogs, bunnies, pigs, monkeys and more!

Once your child has chosen their animal it must be stuffed; a Build-A-Bear associate will help your child with this process. Then it’s time to give it a heart, and sound if you want. You can even record a personalized message and place it inside the animal!

Then it’s time for even more personalization! They offer hundreds of teddy bear sized outfits, shoes, hats, sunglasses, toys, jewelry and more.

Your kids will have a blast and also have something special to take home with them! It’s a souvenir unlike any other.

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