Saturday, August 24, 2019

929 Kitchen and Bar

929 Kitchen and Bar is located in the Vista of Columbia, SC. 
This restaurant captures the essence of spicy Korean cuisine in an upscale, yet laid back environment.
The menu features more traditional Korean dishes as well as fusion fun, like tacos.
I enjoyed a vegetarian bibimpap with fried tofu, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, mung bean sprouts, radish and lettuce topped with a fried egg.  

Adding the spicy Gochujang sauce, it was tantalizing to my taste buds! The hot stone bowl includes yummy crunchy rice on the bottom.
Jim enjoyed the Korean Philly. This was spicy pork with bell peppers and onions on a toasty white bread. The amazing side is crispy truffle parmesan fries.
If you go, located at:
929 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC
Open daily. For hours, click here.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


A collection of shadows seen out and about.
My favorites are the banana leaves capturing shadows.
Nature does shadows best!

I hope you enjoyed these. 

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Sunday, August 18, 2019

South Carolina State House Self Guided Tour

One can go on a guided or self guided tour of the South Carolina State House.
We opted for a self guided tour.
The first state house of South Carolina was in the coastal town of Charleston but later moved to Columbia due to the central location of the city within the state.
The gorgeous building was constructed between 1855 to 1907.
It is filled with marvelous details.
The House meets in one end of the building.
The Senate in the other end.
The Governor's office is here as well.
Of course I tend to be most intrigued by the architectural elements here.

The views are stunning looking up or down.

If you go, the State House is located at 1100 Gervais St in Columbia, SC. Please click here for tour times.

I hope you enjoyed this inside glimpse of the State House.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Bog Garden

My business gets crazy busy in August and September. This year is no different! 

Comments are turned off for now as I need to focus on the business. I will still continue to blog my memories during this time but I will be taking a break from beloved blog browsing.

Here I am sharing the bog garden at the Riverbanks Botanical garden.
It has become lush with great big green leaves during the steamy months here. 
Included are aquatic lotus flowers and water lilies.
The flowers are beautiful in all phases.
It is also a happy habitats for all sorts of insects.
The center of the massive leaves create puddles.
I hope you enjoyed this pretty garden as much as I have.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

City Views

Here are some city aspects I have been noticing lately.

This parking garage is near Soda City Market in Columbia, SC.
Heading towards Soda City on Main Street. 
This building has these cool towers on the street that provide up lighting on top.
A groovy building.
This triangular building edge is eye catching since it is so close to the structure next to it.
A gong! It reads "For 30 years, Marvin Cernoff, head of Columbia's Chernoff/Silver Advertising Agency, sounded a gong to celebrate creative excellence, big ideas, and success. Turn the handle, ring this gong and signal your own success!"
Some gorgeous doorways.
By the Convention Center there is a moving 9/11 tribute. 
The monument contains 2 towers to symbolize "resolve". two fallen pieces of the towers "so we never forget our fallen". The crossed beams from the WTC to remind us "we are a united nation of one".
Lastly are charming storefronts of Greenwood, SC.
An amazing job has been done here combining the old and new.
I hope you enjoyed the strolling of city streets.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val