The Boiled Peanuts Verdict….

by DanicasDaily on November 16, 2011

Happy Wednesday all!  I have to say thanks for all the nice comments on our travel adventures, all the ideas and for letting me know that The Pig has T-Shirts!!! I am totally going back to the Piggly Wiggly for one now LOL!

Today I actually have a kinda, sorta, normal food post!  It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about my daily eats because I think sharing my travels is more fun!  Since today was a relaxation day for us, it’s pretty much all about the food.

Each morning I usually take my laptop, magazine or a book (since I can never decide what I want to do) outside to have a big bowl of fruit.  The Husband usually joins me and concentrates on the lagoon looking for the alligators that are in it.

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Today my mom whipped up egg-wiches for us too (5 points+).

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After a quick stop to check out the turtles and

say HI to the bird at our resort, we were off for another day of fun.

Our first stop was the beach to check out how different it is during high tide.  The waves are a lot bigger and the birds were having breakfast.

My Mom actually took this picture that looks like a shark in the water next to the surfer.  It’s actually a bird flying….pretty cool!

The Husband picked all of our indoor activities since it was supposed to rain.

We played Boys against Girls and the winner got to pick the movie we were going to.

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He kept joking when we were ahead they were going to have to go see a Princess movie or something….I LOVE bowling shoes (side note!) Open-mouthed smile

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They won but luckily we all wanted to see the same movie.  Since we had time to kill before the movie, we headed out to lunch at Ruan Thai Hut.

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It’s a super cute place located in Main Street Village.  They have both outdoor and indoor dining.

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I ordered the Spicy Cashew Chicken Lunch Special.  You have the choice of the soup of the day or a spring roll. (5 points+).

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Their presentation is sorta fun and sorta fancy ~ Rice Heart! (5 points+)

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Carrot Flower….

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100% delicious!  They let you pick the level of heat you want and I went on the safe side with medium.  It was the perfect amount of sweet chili spice, crunchy veggies and sauce that got soaked up by the rice.  (7 points+)

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After lunch we did a little souvenir shopping then headed out to see Tower Heist.  We all really thought the movie was good ~ there are some funny parts but we all agreed the ending should’ve been different.

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My Mom has the BEST portion control tip for the movies!!! Get the kiddie box ($4) and you end up with 3 cups of unbuttered movie popcorn for 4 points+, a fruit snack for 2 points+ and a drink!

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We all picked one meal to cook this week and tonight was my night.  Any guesses on what I made for everyone????

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Healthy Nachos!!! I also gave everyone a choice of regular nachos, tacos or salad.

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Homemade tortilla chips, lean ground taco meat, low-fat cheddar, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, salsa, AVOCADO ~ my entire plate was 9 points+.

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I totally believe when we travel we NEED to try everything we can to experience the culture where we are at…nothing says you have to like it, but, why not try it once.

I have wanted to try canned Boiled Peanuts ever since we first saw them in Atlanta, Georgia.

We bought two flavors to try ~ Regular….

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Cajun….

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The ingredients are pretty simple….

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The stats are not bad ~ 3 points+ a serving.

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I have to admit it kinda freaked me out when I opened the can and the peanuts were still in their shells.  I had visions that they were not in the shell….not that it mattered, I just didn’t expect that.

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The VERDICT ~ My Mom and I personally think they were not so good but The Husband liked them.  Give them to “Mikey” (The Husband), he ate both cans!

The flavor is just like that of a roasted peanut, but, the texture is like mush.  The Husband says they are like kidney beans….I say kinda, sorta Winking smile

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Tomorrow we are heading to Charleston, South Carolina

Any ideas for what we should see and where we should eat?

Night all!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Courtney November 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Delurking to recommend a place in Charleston:

If you get the chance when in Charleston, there is a seafood restaurant called Hymans that is absolutely the BEST seafood ever. Definitely try it if you get a chance. We used to drive over an hour from our vacation spot in Myrtle Beach just for Hymans. My favorite was the scallops.
Here’s the website:
http://www.hymanseafood.com/

2 Lauren November 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Do yourself a favor…stop at a roadside stand and buy FRESH boiled peanuts. I promise you, they taste completely different. I’m not sure many Southerners eat the canned variety unless in a pinch or it’s just not peanut season. Please, please, please…find some that they’ve just cooked. (I prefer them cold, too. Try them hot and then stick the bag in the fridge and try them again later.)

3 Leigh November 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

If you are in the mood for Pizza and you are in DT Charleston or Mount Pleasant, Andolinis Pizza! good good. Most any sushi restaurants Downtown are pretty good too. If you are looking for a Starbucks, there is one on Meeting Street next to Moe’s. If you need a quick Trader Joes run, there is one on Mount Pleasant as well as a Whole Foods which I LOVE their deli and buffet area with all the fresh veggies. Mount Pleasant is about 10 minutes from Downtown and a nice little trip. The bridge is amazing. If you want some GOOD exercise, you should walk it. Pretty amazing!! You can take that to Sullivans Island or to go see USS Yorktown if you like Aircraft Carriers. The Battery at the end of Downtown Charleston is great to walk around and look and see all the awesome houses. When you go down East Bay street, there are some great shops to go in and just browse. The Market is also a sweet place to walk and meet all the sweet ladies that can make such beautiful baskets.
Also, about boiled peanuts! You CAN NOT eat them out of a can!!! You have to have fresh amazing wonderful boiled peanuts from a local peanut man… the can just doesn’t do it! If your hubby likes it now… he will love them when they are fresh!!! :) If you guys come through Columbia at all on your trip, only about 1 1/2 hours away, I will be happy to buy you some amazing boiled peanuts!! and can take you to some tasty sushi here as well! :) Hope you are enjoying your trip and please let me know if you stop through!! Columbia is pretty sweet too!

4 Leslie November 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

What Lauren said, the canned ones don’t compare at all to fresh boiled peanuts. They are not supposed to be mush, they are supposed to still have a little bit of bite to them.

Definitely visit The Market and Battery Park! My favorite Charleston restaurant is High Cotton on East Bay Street. There are so many good restaurants in Charleston though you can’t go wrong.

Hey Leigh, I live in Lexington! Small world!

5 Nikki S November 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm

DITTO you gotta find some FRESH boiled peanuts.

try a local farmers market

6 Tori November 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I second Lauren. I didn’t even know that boiled peanuts came in a can. You must find and try fresh. I now must call my grandmother and ask her to make some.

7 Katie November 17, 2011 at 6:40 am

Sorry…I put Hyman’s on yesterday’s post….it is amazing! You also need to try Diet Cheerwine (it’s a pop). It is so good and we can only get it there!

8 Lea Anne November 17, 2011 at 7:04 am

There is a great restaurant in Mt Pleasant, The Boulevard…it has the best food EVER!!! When I’m in Charleston I eat there at least once per visit!!! They have the best crab cake sliders and great vegetables as sides.

9 Lindy November 17, 2011 at 8:45 am

Danica, they are right you have to try boiled peanuts fresh…. the flavor is awesome!

In Charleston I suggest http://crucafe.com/ , Cru Cafe on Pinckney Street , serving up comfort daily. It is awesome!!!

10 Tandie November 17, 2011 at 9:09 am

Definitely must try fresh boiled peanuts – it will be a completely different experience. Our absolute favorite restaurant in Charleston for seafood is Hyman’s – relaxed casual atmosphere – food is awesome!

11 Tami@Nutmeg Notebok November 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

The heart shaped rice is adorable! I have never had boiled peanuts but I would love to try them. Looks like a great vacation! :)

12 Lindy November 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

I almost forgot Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is beautiful too ,really outstanding, here is the link: http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/

13 Lisa November 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

Try Hominy Grill. Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hear shrimp and grits are the best. Or try the Big Nasty. Buttermilk pie is TDF. On Food Network’s best places to pig out.

http://hominygrill.com/

14 Trish November 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

When we drove through Georgia a lady at a gas station made us try boiled peanuts. I didn’t like them but I was glad I had tried them. They are just so friendly there.

15 Chris November 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

No to boiled peanuts, fresh, canned or otherwise. Yukky. Sorry. Your trip looks great. I want to be there.

16 Sarah November 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I tried fresh boiled peanuts on a recent trip to Georgia. Those were pretty gross, too. I know some people love them, but I certainly don’t!

17 Flo November 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I am from the North and transplanted to north Florida. I didn’t like the boiled peanuts at first either. But they grown on you and now love them. I like the cajun ones the best.

18 Pam November 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm

My favorite in Charleston is Jestine’s Kitchen 251 Meeting Street. Great fried chicken and chocolate coca cola cake!

19 Roz@weightingfor50 November 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

What a fun post Danica. Glad you are having a good time.

20 Melissa November 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

You have got to try boiled peanuts the right way!!! Get some fresh from a roadsides stand. They are amazing!!!

21 will December 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

those are the worst boiled peanuts you can get! if you like chickpeas or edemame or kidney beans there’s no reason you shouldn’t like GOOD boiled peanuts. those taste like they have soap in them to me….

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