Weekend Foodie Warriors – Take 52! Halloween Edition
Happy Halloween Weekend Foodie Friends! 🎃 Hope you’ve had a spook-tacular time celebrating! For this edition of Foodie Adventures, join us as we check out breakfast at the newly opened Reid’s Fine Foods, and dive into some delish Halloween themed treats from Rhapsody Baking Greenville and Naked Pasta.
Reid’s Fine Foods – Grand opening weekend
Downtown Greenville, SC
Y’all know how much we love grand openings around here by now! 😁From small town shops to restaurants and more, we love shining a spotlight on our favorite new foodie finds.
We were super excited to hear that Reid’s Fine Foods was going to be occupying the space across from Tupelo Honey Cafe Downtown, in the old Caviar & Bananas location that closed earlier this year.
We loved walking through and checking out all the cool specialty items they had, from snack mixes to gift baskets and tons of fun ideas to start meals with!
From cakes to specialty Italian good, they have it all! Their meat case, cold and hot bar, pre-made frozen meals and ingredients, and bone broths are what’s they’re known for. Oh, did I mention it’s also a wine bar?
Jamie visited for lunch at the Grand Opening Day last Tuesday for their Buffalo Chicken Wrap, which he highly recommended (no pics though, sorry y’all).
I think from my initial walkthrough, I was most impressed with their meat case. The prices were comparable to about a Whole Foods level, but they had some fantastic options of things I don’t see from a lot of grocery store meat counters, like their “Low Country Smash burgers”, Stew beef cut into (properly sized, I might add) chunks with great marbling, and bacon wrapped meats that had my mouth watering.
We couldn’t leave without having some coffee and breakfast! Reid’s is planning on serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from this location, so we’re super excited to go back to try more items.
I started with a café latte with almond milk and hazelnut syrup, Jamie ordered a cappuccino (out of frame), and Charlotte got an Cinnamon Hazelnut iced coffee.
The breakfast burrito was the first thing that caught my eye on the menu – a mixture between my favorite Elote street corn salad, avocado, chorizo, eggs, and a sriracha mayo with fruit on the side.
Jamie ordered the Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit with pan fried potatoes on the side. He said it needed more sauce (usually his main complaint with chicken sammies in general), but otherwise he said it was delicious!
Charlotte chose a Western omelet with cheesy grits, and got to take the grits home for later too.
All in all, we loved the decor, atmosphere, and food here, and can’t wait to return to try more from their menus and grocery offerings! Definitely stop by if you’re in the area, it’s a really cool place to explore if you’re downtown.
Rhapsody Baking – Halloween Cookies
I don’t give love to my baker friends enough, but I have a lot of them! My friend Morgan from Rhapsody Baking Greenville recently started her own line of VIP Subscription boxes that include anything from mini cheesecakes, to her famous French macarons, gorgeously designed royal icing cookies, and more.
This Halloween, she was inspired by the movie “Hocus Pocus”, and decided to theme both the macaron flavors and colors and the royal icing cookies after the Sanderson sisters!
Each of the cookies with characters were apple cider flavored with an apple cider royal icing. I know she worked around the clock to get these done, even with the hurricane and power outages that could have completely ruined how humidity sensitive these can be to make. She did an absolutely amazing job and they’re almost too pretty to eat!! 😍💜
The French macarons were also delicious, with the flavors of each macaron matching with the sister’s personality it coincided with.
For the ringleader, Mary, her flavor was Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel – Morgan’s take on the Clark bars she eats at “Satan’s” house in the movie.
Morgan told me this about the other two flavors:
Sarah is mellow but also almost seductive (or tries to be). So that’s what the blackberry lavender is.
Winnifred is robust & loud. I added the chocolate to hers but espresso seems right. Also with her distaste for mornings I feel needs the coffee.Morgan Ayala, Rhapsody Baking Greenville
These are honestly some of the most gorgeously decorated cookies I’ve been able to try in the last year. You see things like this on Instagram all the time and I’m so grateful I got to snag one of her boxes before they sold out!
Last year over New Years, Jamie and I made French macarons. Three different flavors and all filled with different fillings, colors, and icings like these are. To make three dozen, with both him, myself, and my mom helping took us FOUR HOURS. I have such appreciation for local bakers who do this full time as I know how much time and effort it takes to make these properly and they came out delicious!!
Definitely check out her goodies, she spends her time at a ton of local neighborhood markets and you can order direct from her online too. Her Facebook (linked here and above) is the best place to go to catch her seasonal flavors, new launches, events and more! Go show her some love, foodie friends. 💜🍪
Naked Pasta – Halloween Dinner
Halloween night was actually a pretty quiet night in for us, however, we still decided to celebrate in a subtle way.
My friend Charlotte had never been to Greenville before, so when she came to visit for Max’s birthday on Friday, we promised to give her the grand tour the next day. Saturday morning was spent at brunch and taking her to see two of my most recommended spots downtown – the TD Farmers Market and Falls Park!
While I took no pictures from the farmers market, we did get these great pictures of the park and the two of us. We were friends in college (Go Niners!🤙) but we hadn’t seen much of each other since we graduated and I moved south. Jamie and I were happy to show her around downtown, from Wyche Pavilion and the Art Walk across the street, to the famous farmers market on the way back.
Along with some great produce for Charlotte’s trip home, the black board sign in front of Naked Pasta‘s booth caught my eye. What were “Trick or Treat” raviolis? I said, as I stopped mid-walk to study the board closer. These were their sweet potato, bourbon, and bacon raviolis wrapped in a squid ink pasta (so black on the outside and orange on the inside, super festive!).
We went over to Jamie’s parents house to cook these, and made them like the people running the booth suggested, with a brown butter sauce to let the flavor of the raviolis shine through. It took us but five minutes to make the sauce (it’s as simple as melting butter in a pan until it starts to caramelize), and after tossing the pasta in the sauce, we dug in!
The best thing about these raviolis was that they were dairy free!! It’s not very often I get to enjoy Italian food that’s dairy-free friendly, so I was super excited. They make such amazing flavors of pasta here from local sources, so we love checking them out at their brick-and-mortar store in the Village of West Greenville and at the farmers market too.
It was so fun cutting into these and seeing such a cool color contrast! 🎃🧡
So how was your weekend Foodie Friends? What was your favorite Halloween memory from this weekend? Sound out in the comments below to let us know your suggestions of what dishes to make or places we should visit next. As always, feel free to like, comment, & share 🤗