Last March, I was invited to represent Tanqueray at Charleston Wine + Food in Charleston, SC.  While NYC temperatures were dropping, Charleston promised sunshine, beaches, southern charm (and, of course, wine and food).

 On the day of our planned departure, a blizzard hit New York and we were forced to longingly observe the festivities from afar.  

This year, we managed to make it down to Charleston!  Our first day was spent enjoying the city and taking in some of the amazing food and drink.

After being delivered to the charming Francis Marion Hotel, we wandered King Street in search of lunch.  We stumbled into Rarebit, which made a fantastic first impression!  

The gin and tonic with house made tonic (below) was one of the best we'd had, and my Mahi Mahi sandwich with fried green tomatoes was delicious and satiating.

After lunch, we walked down King Street once more, past the shopping, and took in the gorgeous historic buildings and scenery.  Here are two shots from our impromptu photography session.

By the time we made it to the ocean front, the sun was setting and cast the most gorgeous glow.  The breathtaking views of water made us thirsty, so we headed to The Gin Joint for 50/50 Martinis.

The last stop of the evening was Sullivan's Island, where we dined at The Obstinate Daughter.  It was absolutely incredible!  We sampled our way through the menu, relying on our Server's suggestions and each dish was better than the last.  

We had so much fun on our first day in Charleston, and the festivities hadn't even started yet!  I can't wait to share our adventures over the next few days...