Saturday: 20 Questions With Sister Spice

Sister Spice

 

 

Before I say anything else, we here at HerbonHerbs want to give a big shout out to our readers because this week, we reached over 10,000 views!  Woo hoo!  We feel like this is a huge milestone in our blogging journey.  We hope to keep it up!

We’ve been taking some time here at HerbonHerbs to get to know one another a little bit. On Monday, Mrs. Herb posted 20 questions (with her answers) to help you, our reader, get to know her a little bit more. Now, it’s my turn, and you will soon see posts featuring some of our favorite bloggers and THEIR answers to the same questions. Fun, right? We thought so. Therefore, without further ado, here’s 20 questions with Sister Spice!

-Tell us about your blog and why it’s great

I think our blog is great because it’s perfect for the working woman/man; our recipes are usually simple and fast, and even though some are healthier than others, we try to be practical and real here, people!

-What is your favorite food/recipe? Least favorite?

My favorite food is the chicken nachos from Salsas in Asheville, North Carolina…my favorite recipe is my lasagna! My least favorite food is anything with nuts, especially water chestnuts: BLECK! The thought of them makes me sick!

-What is the first recipe you learned how to fix?

I might’ve helped my Mama make cookies and such growing up, but the first recipe I ever fixed on my own is my mom’s chicken casserole. It’s really simple and uses canned chicken, and to this day it is my husband’s FAVORITE chicken casserole!

As a side note, some of my fondest memories are of making lemonade with my Nana 🙂

-Who taught you how to cook?

My Mama!

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

Scallops! I love scallops but have never purchased them or tried to fix them…it scares me!

-What is your spouse’s/family’s favorite meal that you cook?

My lasagna and spaghetti, for sure. Oh and chocolate chip pie.

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

So, it was my first Mother’s Day as a married woman, and I was hosting both my and my husband’s family for Mother’s Day lunch. I was all fancy and had fixed two large spinach, cheese, and bacon quiches…we waited on them to finish cooking forever, but it didn’t matter, because when I went to get one out of the oven, I dropped it on the open oven door and a huge eggy mess ensued. It was so embarrassing and shameful, and I am STILL cleaning it out from the cracks and crevices of the oven.

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

Definitely Giada. I love Italian food. And she’s dreamy!  I also love Paula Deen and her sons.  They’re just fun and so charismatic.

-Who is your favorite food blogger?

Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

-What is your day job?

English teacher and coach!

-If you could cook/bake all day instead of your day job, would you?

I’m not sure…if someone else cleaned up the mess, then yes!

-What is your favorite restaurant?

I can’t narrow it down to one so I have three.  Salsas in Asheville, North Carolina; Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Cheeburger Cheeburger in Sanibel Island, Florida.

-If you were going to open up a restaurant or bakery, what kind of place would it be? What would you call it?

I would love to have a cafe with fresh pastries, coffees, and soups. I would call it Edna Mae’s Cafe, after my Nana.

-What is your favorite part about food blogging? Least favorite?

Taking pictures while I am preparing food is so annoying. I just want to make my mess and fix my food and eat it!

-What is something (food or blog related) that you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t yet?

Master Potato Soup…I tend to mess that one up a lot for some reason.

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

White chocolate!

-Comfort food of choice?

Pizza! Especially if it is from Scratch Brick Oven in Johnson City, Tennessee!

-Sweet or savory?

Savory

-What is your favorite herb?

Parsley!

 

If you are a food blogger and would like to participate in our 20 questions series, contact us!

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo Recipe

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You may have read in my 20 questions post on Monday that I’m still slightly intimidated by seafood. We just never really fixed it at my house growing up, mainly because my mom and Sister Spice don’t really like fish, although they do enjoy shrimp and some seafood. Anyway, I have vowed to learn to make some good seafood and I thought I would start small – with frozen shrimp.

I bought a huge bag of frozen shrimp at the grocery store, and thawed some for this recipe, although you could probably use fresh shrimp. We are really excited about how well this recipe turned out – it was delicious! It was definitely encouraging, and I look forward to trying some more shrimp recipes in the near future!

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 cups small to medium shrimp, peeled and deveined – I used frozen shrimp that had been thawed
  • 1-2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 6 Tablespoons parmesan
  • 8 oz noodles – fettucine, linguine, or spaghetti would work (we used whole wheat linguine)
  • Lemon and parsley to garnish

Note: This recipe was only enough to feed myself and Mr. Herb, though we did both get second helpings 🙂 Also, for those of you who are mushroom-averse (looking at you, Mrs. 1500!) you can definitely leave the mushrooms out! Just skip the part about adding the next 2 tablespoons of butter and mushrooms to saute, and go directly into adding half and half and Parmesan. Enjoy!

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo Recipe

Recipe Directions

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter, minced garlic, and shrimp and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo Recipe

Then add additional 2 tablespoons butter and mushrooms to skillet and saute for an additional 3 minutes. This is a good time to also start a pot of water to boil for your noodles.

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

 

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

Next add the half and half and Parmesan, stirring together. Let this simmer over low to medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. While this is simmering, add noodles to your pot of boiling water. Cook noodles for 8-10 minutes.

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

Sauce should be thickened by the time your noodles are done and your meal ready to go! Note: If your sauce isn’t thickening, you can add a tablespoon or so of flour or cornstarch to help it along. Serve the shrimp and mushroom alfredo mixture over the linguine noodles! Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon as desired.

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

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We give this recipe 5/5 herbs! Mr. Herb and I gobbled the whole thing up – it was delicious!

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo
Author: Mrs. Herb
Ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 cups small to medium shrimp, peeled and deveined – I used frozen shrimp that had been thawed
  • 1-2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 6 Tablespoons parmesan
  • 8 oz noodles – fettucine, linguine, or spaghetti would work (we used whole wheat linguine)
  • Lemon and parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter, minced garlic, and shrimp and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add additional 2 tablespoons butter and mushrooms to skillet and saute for an additional 3 minutes. This is a good time to also start a pot of water to boil for your noodles.
  3. Add the half and half and Parmesan, stirring together. Let this simmer over low to medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. While this is simmering, add noodles to your pot of boiling water. Cook noodles for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Sauce should be thickened by the time your noodles are done and your meal ready to go! Note: If your sauce isn’t thickening, you can add a tablespoon or so of flour or cornstarch to help it along. Serve the shrimp and mushroom alfredo mixture over the linguine noodles! Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon as desired.

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Sirloin Steak with Orange Sauce

sirloin steak with orange sauce recipe

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I love steak, and I love it fixed in any way possible, but when I saw a recipe for steak with orange sauce in my Taste of Home cookbook, I knew I had to try it, and I made several adjustments to make it my own, and the recipe is as follows:

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 lb sirloin steak (I cut mine in half to make two good-sized steaks)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper

sirloin steak with orange sauce recipe

Recipe Instructions

Combine all ingredients, except steak, in a bowl or pan.

sirloin steak with orange sauce recipe

Place steak in marinade and let sit for at least an hour, or refrigerate overnight as I did.  Reserve 1/4 cup marinade.

sirloin steak with orange sauce recipe

Place steak on a cookie sheet or other pan and place in oven about 4 inches from broiler.  Broil for about 4 minutes on each side for medium well.  Meanwhile, heat remaining marinade on stove top.

sirloin steak with orange sauce recipe

When steak is done, pour warmed sauce over top.  Garnish with orange slices if you wish.

sirloin steak with orange sauce recipe

This steak was one of the most tender, juicy, flavorful steaks I have ever had!  I would have taken a picture of the inside, but it looked so tasty and I was so hungry that I just forgot!  It was almost tender enough to cut with a fork…no knife necessary.  I did end up adding some salt and more pepper, but overall, this steak recipe deserves 5/5 herbs!

sirloin steak with orange sauce recipe

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20 Questions with Mrs. Herb

Mrs. Herb

Today we’re going to play a little game known as 20 questions! I’m sure you’re familiar with it. I thought this would be a fun way to get to know each other better! To be honest, I totally stole this idea from one of my favorite personal finance blogs, 1500 Days and their 10 Questions posts with other personal finance bloggers. I thought it would be fun to do this will fellow food bloggers! So I will start!

 

20 Questions with Mrs. Herb

-Tell us about your blog and why it’s great

My blog is great because I never really thought I would be a blogger! Mr. Herb and I had kicked the idea around for a while, but I never seriously thought it would happen. Then one day last year (July 25th), he planned to help me make dinner, and showed up with his camera. He said, let’s just try it! And here we are! My blog is also great because I feel like it’s authentically us. We don’t try to be like anyone else, we just share recipes that we would normally make anyway, and many times recipes that have been in the Herb family for years!

-What is your favorite food/recipe? Least favorite?

Favorite: Beef tenderloin fixed by my dad. I need to learn to make it and share!

Least favorite: I HATE onions. Seriously. I LOATHE them. That’s why you will rarely find recipes on here that have onions. I will use onion powder to substitute!

-What is the first recipe you learned how to fix?

One of my earliest memories with food is making chocolate chip cookies with my mom. She would let me add things and help stir the dough. I was still small enough that I had to sit on my knees in the chair at the kitchen bar in order to do this. That’s one of my earliest memories of “cooking”.

-Who taught you how to cook?

Mainly my mom and dad – dad actually likes to cook more than my mom. But also my best friend Stephenie showed me how simple it is to make some good food. She has a knack for just throwing some things together and making a great meal. I remember making great spaghetti with her in high school and also coconut Thai chicken with her in college!

-What food/recipe still seems daunting to you?

Seafood! I have baked salmon a few times, but I’ve never fixed shrimp or scallops or anything like that! We didn’t eat a lot of seafood in our house growing up. I want to fix this, though, and learn how to make some good seafood!

-What is your spouse’s/family’s favorite meal that you cook?

Mr. Herb loves our guacamole. My family seems to appreciate my desserts most – especially my chocolate pie!

-Tell us about a kitchen disaster or recipe mishap

The first meal that Mr. Herb and I made together in our early days of dating was spaghetti. I had a pot of water with the noodles and a large skillet with some olive oil to make the sauce on the stovetop. I had chopped up the garlic and I told Mr. Herb to add the garlic to the skillet. Instead, he added it to the noodles! He was SO embarrassed, but the recipe turned out okay anyway! We look back on that memory fondly 🙂

-Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

Giada!!! Although I also love Rachael Ray and her 30 minute meals!

-Who is your favorite food blogger?

I would have to say Lindsay at Pinch of Yum. Her blog has been very inspirational and helpful to me as I’ve tried to get HerbOnHerbs off the ground. Also, she is a Christian and is currently using the income from her blog to allow her and her husband to minister at an orphanage in the Phillipines!

-What is your day job?

I am a tax accountant! Couldn’t get much farther from a chef, eh??

-If you could cook/bake all day instead of your day job, would you?

Probably! Although I don’t think I’d be very good at working in a restaurant, only my personal kitchen!

-What is your favorite restaurant?

The Peppermill in Abingdon, Virginia!

-If you were going to open up a restaurant or bakery, what kind of place would it be?  What would you call it?

It would probably be a bakery or chocolate shop of some kind! No idea what to call it….

-If you had your own cooking show, what would you call it?

HerbOnHerbs 🙂

-What is your favorite part about food blogging? Least favorite?

Probably the actual cooking/baking part. But I also love it when I get feedback from readers and fellow bloggers! My least favorite part is doing anything technical – that’s why I leave that stuff to Mr. Herb!

-What is something (food or blog related) that you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t yet?

I would like to publish a cookbook! Keep an eye out 😉

-White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Can’t I have all 3? Okay – probably milk chocolate if I HAD to choose!

-Comfort food of choice?

Macaroni and cheese.

-Sweet or savory?

Mega sweet tooth here!

-What is your favorite herb?

Mr. Herb! 😉 But of the plant variety, I’d have to say sweet basil. Yum!

 

Well, that was fun! I hope you all enjoyed getting to know me a little better. In the coming weeks we will also get Mr. Herb and Sister Spice to answer our 20 questions!

If you are a food blogger and would like to be featured in a 20 questions post, please contact us! We would love to learn a little more about you and your food blog!

Saturday – Bahamas Edition

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Mr. Herb and I spent this past week on our very first cruise to the Bahamas! It was a lot of fun! We got to visit Ardastra Gardens and Zoo in Nassau, chill out in a hammock on the beach, swim in the beautiful clear waters of the Caribbean, and take a bicycle tour of Freeport. Yay for vacation!

We have heard that many people go on cruises for the food, and I can see why! You can basically eat as much as you want, whenever you want! Everything we had from breakfast to dinner and dessert was pretty tasty. The dinners were probably our favorite, and we got to eat like kings! They offered a lot of different options from seafood to steaks to pasta and everything in between.

But of course, all good things must come to an end. We are now back home and ready to go back to the “real world”, which of course isn’t all that bad either! I’m ready to get back to cooking and preparing my own food!

Question for you: If you have cruised before, is there a specific cruise line you prefer? Why?

We tried to ask a lot of fellow cruisers this question, as this was our first cruise and we are curious to see the differences between the cruise lines. Thanks for any input!!!

Spinach-Ricotta Lasagna Roll-Ups

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

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I love lasagna, and I love it fixed all different ways. These lasagna roll-ups are a meatless take on a traditional lasagna; whole wheat lasagna noodles packed with low-fat ricotta cheese and spinach…hearty, healthy, and tasty!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 8-12 lasagna noodles
  • 3-4 cups marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasonings

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

Recipe Instructions

Boil lasagna noodles in large saucepan.

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

Meanwhile, mix together ricotta, seasonings, and spinach.

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

Once noodles are done, rinse with cold water.  Spread each noodle out and cover with ricotta-spinach mixture.

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

Roll each noodle up in a little bundle, like this:

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

I fixed 8 for Mister Spice and myself, so I fit them into a 9×9 baking dish.  You could obviously make many more and put in a 9×13 dish.

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

Cover with mozzarella, then pour sauce over entire dish.

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

Bake, uncovered, at 350 for about 30-35 minutes.  When the roll-ups are done, they are nice and melty and gooey!

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

These lasagna roll-ups are easy to make, nutritious, and very tasty.  I give them 5/5 herbs!

spinach ricotta lasagna roll-ups recipe

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Broccoli and Chicken Puffs

Broccoli Chicken Puffs with Cream Cheese Recipe
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Okay. So first of all, I totally realize that these broccoli chicken puffs are not exactly the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. They look a bit saggy, and you may be wondering what the heck they are or what is in them. But I promise you – they are delicious!

Broccoli Chicken Puffs with Cream Cheese Recipe

This was my first attempt at making these, so I hope to improve on their looks in the future. Just believe me when I tell you that they are a simple, yummy bundle of goodness (saggy though they may be!) They are filled with a tasty mixture of chicken, broccoli, and cream cheese that goes great with the buttery, flaky crescent rolls.

Broccoli and Chicken Puffs

Recipe Ingredients:

• 2 cups cooked chicken, either shredded or in small pieces
• 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil (to cook the chicken – not needed if using canned or cooked chicken)
• 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 3 Tablespoons melted butter, separated
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cup steamed broccoli, chopped
• 1 Tablespoon milk
• 1 package crescent rolls

 

Broccoli Chicken Puffs with Cream Cheese Recipe

Recipe Directions:

Cook and shred your chicken any way you desire. I cut mine up into small pieces and cooked it with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. However, you could also poach and shred the chicken, or use canned chicken. For the broccoli, I used the microwave steam-in-a-bag kind. The main thing is that you want to have 2 cups of cooked chicken either shredded or in small pieces, and 1 cup of cooked broccoli, also in small pieces.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix together the softened cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Add the chicken, salt and pepper, broccoli, and milk, and stir together.

Broccoli Chicken Puffs with Cream Cheese Recipe

On a baking sheet, place 2 crescent rolls together to make a rectangular shape. Add several spoonfuls of the chicken mixture to the middle of the crescent roll. Fold the corners of the crescent roll up together and make a sort of pouch around the chicken mixture. Brush the tops with 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and then bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown.

Broccoli Chicken Puffs with Cream Cheese Recipe

 

Broccoli Chicken Puffs with Cream Cheese Recipe

 

Broccoli Chicken Puffs with Cream Cheese Recipe

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We give this recipe 4.5 out of 5 herbs! Next time I will attempt to make them look more photo-worthy!!

Broccoli and Chicken Puffs
Author: Mrs. Herb
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, either shredded or in small pieces
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter, separated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup steamed or cooked broccoli, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 package crescent rolls
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix together the softened cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  2. Add the chicken, salt and pepper, broccoli, and milk, and stir together.
  3. On a baking sheet, place 2 crescent rolls together to make a rectangular shape.
  4. Add several spoonfuls of the chicken mixture to the middle of the crescent roll. Fold the corners of the crescent roll up together and make a sort of pouch around the chicken mixture.
  5. Brush the tops with 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and then bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown.

 

Breakfast Casserole II

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

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It’s pretty safe to say that we like our breakfast casseroles around here.  There’s my Quick and Easy Breakfast Casserole, and Tracy’s Breakfast Pizza, but I’ve been seeing so many breakfast casseroles that use all the same stuff that’s found in my typical breakfast casseroles, minus the meat with the addition of hash browns.  So, I whipped up my own take on what I am calling Breakfast Casserole II.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded swiss
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 package shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 1 package cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

Recipe Instructions

First, pre-heat the oven to 350, then cook your bacon and chop it up.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

Next, whisk together milk and eggs, then add cheese, bacon, and hash browns.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

Spread evenly into a 9×13 baking dish.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is all bubbly and the tops of the hash browns are brown.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

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Mister Spice and I liked this casserole, but we prefer both of our other go-to recipes over this. I felt like it needed more egg and less hash brown. Overall, though, we give it 3/5 herbs. What’s your favorite breakfast casserole recipe?

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my Dad’s 58th birthday.  This is the man who taught me how to fish, shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, and who has provided for me for all of my 27 years on Earth.  Normally, Mrs. Herb and I would probably fix him a Butterscotch Pie but we celebrated by eating at Carrabba’s instead.  Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy BIrthday, Dad!

Bocci’s Italian Restaurant in Charleston, SC

Bocci's Italian Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina

Isn’t my Valentine so handsome? Yes, I know we’re a couple of months past Valentine’s Day, but I realized that I never shared Charleston with you! Mr. Herb and I spent this past Valentine’s Day weekend (our first V-Day as a married couple!) in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sister Spice had purchased a Groupon for a 2-night stay on Isle of Palms, and some various circumstances kept them from going on the trip. Mr. Herb and I bought the Groupon from her and had a lovely weekend getaway!

Unfortunately, the weather was pretty chilly that weekend- one waitress told us that it was the coldest weekend they’d had all winter! But we tried to not let that get our spirits down. We had several delicious meals in Charleston, and today I want to share with you Bocci’s – a delicious Italian restaurant.

It was toward the end of our long, chilly Saturday in Charleston, and we were both extremely hungry! We had several places on our list of recommended restaurants from friends, and happened to drive by Bocci’s, which had been recommended by my friend Chelsea. Mr. Herb and I both agreed that Italian food sounded perfect (you know how we love Italian!)

Bocci’s started us off by serving us some delicious Italian bread with garlic butter. I had to force myself not to eat the whole basket of bread before our meal came! Mr. Herb ordered the Chicken Linguine, which was pan seared chicken, spinach, tomatoes and basil tossed with linguine in a delicious white wine lemon garlic sauce. He really liked the dish and appreciated the flavor and freshness of the ingredients.

Bocci's Italian Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina

I ordered the Ravioli Arrabiatta, which was ravioli stuffed with cheese, spinach, and walnuts tossed with spinach and Italian sausage, and covered in a spicy marinara sauce. This dish was full of flavor and the spiciness was just right! Yum!

Bocci's Italian Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina

We give Bocci’s 4.5 out of 5 herbs for great atmosphere and tasty Italian food! If you’re ever visiting Charleston, check it out!

 

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