Monday, February 18, 2008

Date Night At Poogan's Porch

My Gym hosted a parent’s night out on Friday so for our first date in Charleston, Trent and I dined at Poogan’s Porch. Named after a dog that wandered from porch to porch begging for scraps, Poogan’s Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest and most famous restaurants. It’s known for its upscale Lowcountry cuisine but moreover it was voted “third haunted place in America”. Legend has it that the ghost of Zoe St. Amand, a woman who once lived in the house, appears in a long black dress and has been known to knock over pots and pans and slam doors. There have also been claims that the fur of Poogan, who is buried in the front yard, can be felt against bare legs as his ghost searches for scraps under the tables.
To my disappointment, I had no encounters with Zoe or Poogan. I did, however, slip and almost fall on my ass in the middle of the dining room. It was one of those slow motion cartoon things where I made eye contact with everyone in the restaurant while waving my arms in a fast circular motion. I pinched a freaking nerve in my lower back trying not to fall. I swear Zoe pushed me because she was jealous of my new strappy shoes from Target. How dare she make me look foolish! I'm going to keep going back there until she shows herself just so I can tell her off and since I have to keep going back there, I might as well eat my way through the menu. We had a wonderful dining experience. I got the Shrimp and Grits and Trent got the Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops. Both dishes were delicious but we agreed that the fist sized scallops sparkled with yumminess and will keep us coming back to this charming place again and again so watch your back Zoe!


Kristin Elam said...

If it makes you feel better I almost busted a gut laughing at your almost fall!! Glad you had a great night :-)

Crazy Andres said...

Coleen!! I am so jealous of all your new adventures, but excited for you, of course!! All of your recipes look so delicious--I need to buy that cookbook. We miss you all too, but are glad you're having a blast!
p.s. your hair is rockin'!

Coleen said...

Hey Kris,
I’m glad that my embarrassing moments can make you laugh! I aim to please. Miss you!

Hi Aja,
You definitely need to get the cookbook. It rocks more than my hair! :) I’m trying to figure out how to add an Amazon store to my blog so wait and buy it from my sight so I can make some money... I'm going to have a mortgage to pay soon! :) I miss you tons and Currier calls every girl "Ella". He misses his girlfriend!

Anonymous said...

Im ready for the new installment.. its been a week already!!

Shhhesh.. move back to the states and get to busy to blog.. whats next??

Miss you

Coleen said...

What are you talking about? It’s only been three days! Patience is a virtue—seldom in a woman—never in a man.

Luciano said...

Ciao Famiglia Balent.
You guys look great. I can see from your smile that you are more relaxed now. We all miss you.
Give the little Trentino a big kiss.

Luciano & Rita

Coleen said...

Ciao Luciano e Rita,
Come stai? E la casa? Piacciamo l'America, ma la manchiamo.

allison curti said...

I can not even begin to tell you how jealous I am! As you are already finding out, you are in the most amazing place ever!! We can not wait to get back! If there is anything I can help you with let me know! I love your blog, not only keeping up with ya'll but seeing "home"!!! I laugh so hard but also get warm fuzzies!!! ENJOY Charleston and know it gets TONS better in spring!!! Keep me posted on ya'lls adventures!!!!!

Coleen said...

Hello Allison,
I'm glad my blog can bring you a little taste of home. You were right- We do love it here. I think we're going to be really happy raising a family here. Look me up when ever you're in town.