September 2018

Editor's Note: September 2018

Author: Maggie Washo

I love restaurants. Maybe it’s because my Italian grandfather owned one when I was growing up. Maybe it’s because I hate doing dishes. Who can say? The point is, I genuinely love hanging out at restaurants and look forward to my time spent chatting with fellow diners and the waitstaff. The food is just a bonus. I’m a fairly good cook, so for me, the restaurant experience is more about the ambiance and service.

This love of the whole dining experience is what makes the September issue one of my favorites. I really enjoy reading through the Q&A’s submitted by our local food and beverage friends. This year, I thought I might use this space to answer the same questions we asked them.

Describe one of your earliest food memories.
This can’t be the first memory I have of food, but I do remember being in awe of the first turkey leg I saw at Magic Kingdom. Where do they grow turkeys of this size? Texas?

What would your autobiography be called?
From New York to South Carolina: How a Yankee Became a Southern Belle. Sort of.

What books or magazines have you read lately?
May this House Be Safe from Tigers, by Alexander King; I also read Garden & Gun and Vanity Fair on a regular basis.

If you could eat only three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Cheddar cheese, croissants, and tomatoes.

A restaurant I would love to visit:
Victoria & Albert’s in the Grand Floridian. Not sure why I haven’t done this yet. I guess I just don’t want to commit four hours to a single dining experience.

One thing you definitely don’t know about me is:
My Apple Watch battery dies every day, and it really pisses me off. Because if you exercise and the watch is dead, it doesn’t count.
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Southern Charm.

Go-to snack:
I’m nuts about nuts. Except for pistachios—allergic to those.

Favorite restaurant in the area:
There are so many local restaurants I frequent. But I’m really into FARM right now. I just wish it was on the south end of Hilton Head Island so I could go more often.

What do you do in your spare time?
I sneak down to Disney for three- to four-day escapes—and I love walking in nature for hours. I adore the Sea Pines Forest Preserve when it starts to get chilly. It’s so peaceful.

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