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Lunch at Manuel’s

Tucked away in the beautiful neighborhood of Hammond’s Ferry on the Savannah River in North Augusta, you’ll find Manuel’s Bread Café. The menu is centered on local, fresh ingredients, most of which are grown in Blue Clay Farms (the community herb and vegetable garden). I love going to Manuel’s because I know that I can always expect awesome food!

Today, my husband and I went for lunch. Since the weather was a bit hot we decided to sit inside although there were plenty of people who chose to sit in the shade outside.

Our server suggested fresh blackberry lemonade to drink and we both ordered it. On a hot afternoon, it was…well…perfect! This is not some instant lemonade, it’s the real deal, so if you go and they’ve got it, get it!

My husband ordered one of the daily specials, a grilled chicken and pepper jack sandwich, and so did I, cabbage and roasted pork soup. As is the tradition when we go out to eat, I had to try Josh’s food (since he’s not a fan of cabbage, I didn’t have to share!). The sandwich was delicious—fresh baked ciabatta bread was perfectly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, the chicken was juicy and well seasoned and the pepper jack cheese gave the sandwich just the right amount of spice.

My cabbage soup was ideal since I wanted a lighter lunch. It wasn’t overly salted so I could taste the balance between the fresh cabbage and the smoked pork. I asked for extra bread so that I could soak up the broth—awesome!

The servers are always helpful and friendly when we go, so I never feel rushed or ignored. Manuel’s is one of those restaurants that I can go alone with a book, on a date with my husband, or with friends and family and always have a wonderful time!

http://www.manuelsbreadcafe.com/

505 Railroad Avenue Suite 100
North Augusta, SC 29841
(803) 380-1323

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A few days ago, I met some friends for a leisurely paddle up the Savannah River.  Our route took us up river, then up Rae’s Creek to Aqueduct Park, back to the river, up around a few islands and back to a boat ramp in North Augusta where we began.  Starting just a few hundred yards up river from downtown Augusta, it looked like this:

The weather was beautiful and there’s nothing quite as nice as getting on the river on a warm summer evening.  We looked for fish, turtles, ducks and other wildlife while we paddled up Rae’s Creek towards Aqueduct Park and met a man Stand-Up Paddling.  It looks like something fun I’ll have to try!

 

Aqueduct Park is a great spot to cool off and a lot of folks were taking advantage of the cool water!

 

Coming back to the river, we paddled upstream passing small islands and beautiful Spanish-moss covered cypress trees. 

We struggled against the current a little ways up the shoals and were rewarded with a fun ride down some very small rapids.

  

If you’d like to kayak or canoe on the Savannah River, you can rent both from Broadway Bait & Tackle or rent canoes from the Riverwalk Marina.

 

Broadway Bait & Tackle

1730 Broad Street (at the canal)

Augusta, GA 30904

(706) 738-8848

http://www.broadwaytackle.com/servlet/the-697/CANOE-RENTAL-KAYAK-RENTAL/Detail

Riverwalk Marina

1 5th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
(706) 722-1388

Fresh finds at the Saturday Market

Saturday was a beautiful, warm and sunny day in Augusta. My mom and I decided to take advantage of this weather and visit Augusta’s Saturday Market on the River. The market is located at the Riverwalk entrance on 8th Street at Reynolds Street and is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. from April through October.

The market was filled with people who came out to see dozens of local vendors, farmers and artisans all gathered in one location selling their treasures. All products sold are locally grown or locally made. This is fantastic because I was able to ask the vendors exactly where the fruits and vegetables I was about to buy came from. Can you get this kind of information or freshness at Wal-Mart? I think not. 


I bought several fresh strawberries and peaches, two of my favorites! But the fresh squash and zucchini looked just as delish! My mom bought some red, juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes.

There are also vendors selling several different species of plants, annual and perennial flowers, ornamental grasses and shrubs, ferns, vines and even trees. I purchased a couple of trailing Lantanas, which look pretty in my back yard! Knowing absolutely nothing about gardening, I found the people at Griffin’s Nursery very helpful when I asked about caring for my Lantanas.

There are also artisan and artistic vendors. You can find hand-crafted and hand-painted birdhouses, handmade jewelry, hand sewn children’s clothes, accessories and more!

With so much to do and see at the Saturday Market by the River you are bound to work-up an appetite. No worries! Food vendors are there to serve you. You can sample homemade pastries and breads, grilled chicken, boiled or roasted peanuts and even cupcakes! The bacon and spinach quiche I had from Lily’s Bakery was to die for!

We had a great time at Saturday Market by the River and I plan on going each and every Saturday to see what is new. Hope to see you there!

Saturday Market on the River

Riverwalk at 8th Street & Reynolds

http://www.theaugustamarket.com/index.html

Manuel’s Bread Cafe

Just across the 13th Street Bridge in South Carolina, Manuel’s Bread Café sits in the center of the new traditionally-designed neighborhood of Hammond’s Ferry. 

Manuel’s Bread Café is part French bakery, part casual dining with a seasonal menu that features twists on French dishes from the chef’s hometown of Lyon, wonderful salads, and locally grown organic produce.

 

We were arriving for lunch and opted to eat outdoors to enjoy the seasonably warm February sun. 

After hearing about the daily specials, I ordered a half sandwich and soup that consisted of a great French onion soup paired with a half Croque Monsieur sandwich which is grilled black forest ham and swiss cheese topped with herbed béchamel on their own homemade bread.  It was great!

 

The swordfish atop a salad served with a side of fries was great too. 

 

The café is just a leisurely stroll from the Savannah River so be sure to enjoy a post-meal walk along its banks or sit on the dock, enjoy the breeze, and possibly watch crew teams row past or people enjoying wakeboarding. 

 

http://www.manuelsbreadcafe.com/

505 Railroad Avenue
North Augusta, SC 29841
(803) 380-1323
Open Continuously Mon-Sun
Mon, Wed, Thur 11am-10pm
Tue, Fri, Sat 9am-10pm
Sunday Brunch 11:30am-3pm

http://www.hammondsferry.com/

Savannah Rapids Pavilion and Park

I know like most Augustans I have been waiting on a break from this winter weather for some fresh air and outside time. Luckily I got my chance this weekend when my friend, her children, my dog and I went to Savannah Rapids Park. This is a 33-acre park and is open to the public free of charge.

It’s a beautiful place and great for the children. They have a play ground equipped with slides, swings, ladders and more. The kids really enjoyed it!

Located on the park property is Savannah Rapids Pavilion, a great place for wedding receptions, business luncheons and more. There is also an outdoor barbeque pit, a pavilion and picnic tables.

Because I had my overly hyper little dog with me we just had to go walking along the towpath. The towpath is located behind the park area and Savannah Rapids Pavilion and other structures. This is where the Historic Augusta Canal Headgates are located. Bikers, runners and children filled the towpath on this beautiful day.

I recommend visiting this park whenever you are in the Augusta area. It’s a great place to take the kids, your family dog or your significant other. Or, if you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast try launching a kayak or a canoe at the headgates along the 7.5 mile Augusta Canal; you will end in Downtown Augusta where you can grab a bite to eat at one of Augusta’s local eateries.

Savannah Rapids Pavilion and Park
3300 Evans to Locks Road
Martinez, Georgia 30907
Phone – (706) 868-3349

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