Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Francis Marion University

January 17, 2014
We had an unexpected theme this week at our home. A few days ago my husband and I watched the movie The Butler and felt really moved by the courage of a few who stood up for the millions in order to get equality. One of those figures in the movie is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A couple of days letter, I received a flyer in the mail about a public celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the local university and I felt that I must attend.
It was held at the Chapman Auditorium inside of Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. Their theme was "Celebrating the Legacy, Living the Dream". It is sad that Dr. King never lived to see the dream that he mentioned in his speech but the dream became a reality for all of us. He didn't die in vain and all of his work really paved the way for all of our own dreams. Now it's up to us to live the legacy and continue to stand up for equality when unfairness is in the way. And of course, we do this non-violently. They had a keynote speaker and she was the state representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter. Her speech was very powerful and one line hit me hard and that was "Stop agonizing and start organizing."

A lot of people in this world do more talking, "complaining", than doing something. We are at an advantage compared to the past. We're allowed to do things in America without being judged by our skin color. We are living the American dream and it is up to us to continue to stand up for what is right.

Golden Dragon is a good deal but food is really sweet

January 12, 2014
I like Chinese food but I feel like the Chinese food restaurants around Florence, SC are all overly sweet for my taste. A lot of the dishes are filled with a lot of sweet sauces that make it really overbearing for my palette. Golden Dragon is one of them. I really like how they have the twin dragons in the front and when you come inside of the restaurant, it definitely has a Chinese theme inside.

Besides for the appropriate decor, another great thing about this place is they let you order ...
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Great lunch experience at Red Bone Alley in Florence, SC

January 12, 2014
My husband and I went to lunch at Red Bone Alley and had such a wonderful experience. We just love dining there because of it's unique decor. The whole entire restaurant is a replica of downtown Charleston. You would not expect to find this here in Florence, SC.

We ordered their lunch specials, which are smaller portions of dinner portions of selective dishes and comes with a salad with your choice of dressing. I was impressed. They were still really busy during lunch because it was around th...
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Fleet Landing is a great place for seafood in Charleston that is waterfront

November 21, 2013
We were recommended by a couple who lived locally to dine at Fleet Landing for seafood after a romantic sailing trip. We got there around 5:30pm on a Saturday night and it was busy. There was a 20 minute wait to eat inside but no wait to eat on the patio, which is a great option if you have a coat in hand. The patio is right on the water front and you can hear the waves crashing and the moon shining while you have your dinner. My husband ordered the fried flounder with apricot glaze and I ord...
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2 hour sailing trip review for Adventures in Sailing (Mount Pleasant, Charleston)

November 18, 2013

For our first year wedding anniversary, I surprised my husband to a voucher for 2 on a two hour sailing trip with Adventures in Sailing around Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC. I found out about them from a TravelZoo promotion. It was a nice, relaxing time. I really like the fact that it's BYOB so we were able to bring our beverage of choice with us. We also brought some snacks to munch on. We thought 2 hours was going to breeze by really fast but it was ample time. We were the first group o...
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Free things for Veteran's Day if you're in the military or a veteran

November 11, 2013
Happy Veteran's Day!

My husband is a Navy veteran and today is Veteran's Day. We discovered quickly upon moving to South Carolina that residents here really appreciate a military man and any veteran who has served the country. We really appreciate the freebies he gets on Veteran's Day. We know of several businesses/franchises around the US that routinely offer freebies every year so here is a list that we know of. 

Free on Veteran's Day ONLY

1. Great Clips - They give free haircuts to all milita...
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Honey Baked Ham Cafe in Florence, SC is a must try for sandwiches

November 5, 2013
I have never had sandwiches from Honey Baked Ham before and there was one in Florence, SC. To my surprise the sandwiches are fresh, big and the bread is delicious. See the picture of my sandwich below. It's a must try! 

Their address is: 2151 W Evans St, Florence, SC 29501

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Sakura Japanese Seafood & Sushi has decent sushi but great service

November 5, 2013
I was craving sushi and wanted to try Sakura Japanese Seafood & Sushi since it looks like they are usually pretty busy around lunch time, judging by the parking lot. My husband ordered some teriyaki chicken and I ordered two rolls of sushi: a crunchy roll and and a crab roll. They were okay but the server who served us was excellent. Even though it's a Japanese restaurant, it looks to me that the owners may be of Vietnamese descent. I noticed it is a trend around here. 
Since they don't have w...
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Long Grain Cafe in Florence, SC is a great new breakfast place

November 5, 2013
Long Grain Cafe's ingredients are fresh and the place is clean. Not only that, they serve a fusion of real all American and Asian dishes. Their breakfast is truly the best in the area! 

Don't forget to check out their fountain towards the back of the restaurant. Their address is 260 W Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29501

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Jersey Boys Pizzeria has some really good NY style pizzas and Italian food

September 24, 2013
Update: Sadly, this restaurant has permanently closed. 
Sometimes a pictures says it all and this one sure does! We tried Jersey Boys Pizzeria for the first time and it left a very good impression! 

We ordered a size "small" special stromboli because it was recommended by the cashier and it was huge and easily feeds two. See the picture below. Enough said. You can pick one up at their restaurant W. Palmetto St in Florence, SC.

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