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Old 04-08-2006, 09:07 AM   #11
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Please don't go to Hyman's.
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Old 04-08-2006, 09:19 AM   #12
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You can't make generic statements like that without saying why.
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Old 04-08-2006, 09:21 AM   #13
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Phinz, as far as I'm concerned, the market might as well be WalMart; so much of the originality is gone; mainly booths upon booths of junk, junky jewelry, and souveniers made in Taiwan. The basket ladies do remain, tho, as well as some great booths with booths with Gullah spice mixes and preserves; a local potter who does great salt glaze work, and a French guy who has - of all things - beautiful Provence tablecloths for next to nothing! That's what makes going to the market worthwhile!

Gretchen, I have to say both times I've eaten at Hyman's was okay - at least worth standing in the gawd-awful lines for!

Another local fave as well as tourist attraction - all you Rachel Ray fans, she had the restaurnt on her $40 a day show once - is Jestine's. Good low country food, prices not too bad.

My two faves, tho, remain Vickery's and SNOB. I might as well explain the meaning of 'SNOB' for those not from the area. There's a main street in Charleston, Broad St. 'Legend' has it that to have truly 'arrived' in Charleston, one must live 'South of Broad', where all the monied folks live. Anything 'North of Broad' was -well- considered common. Hence, the name of the restaurant, 'Slightly North of Broad', poking fun at all those old Charlestonisms!
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Old 04-08-2006, 10:52 AM   #14
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I love to stand in the market and listen to the Gullah ladies as they talk and weave. Other than that, I really just enjoy watching the people as they weave their way through the area.

My most comical experience was this past October while standing in the market. There was a Gullah couple selling spices and a German lady was interested in purchasing them. The language barrier was immense as the poor German lady didn't speak good English, and she was having no luck understanding what the proprietor wanted.

She was telling the customer that she need a "dollabull." I heard it repeated several times and was resisting helping the German lady, if for no other reason but to let her get the full experience. It was only when I realized there was no way the poor touron straight off of the cruise ship would understand the lovely lady talking to her that I pointed at the dollar bill in her hand and told her she was asking for a "dollar bill," hence the word "dollabull."
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:33 PM   #15
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Lol, Phinz - I love the Gullah accent! And I'm so glad to see a real effort being made here to preserve the traditions, stories and crafts. They're a precious part of history.
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Soooo... are you a Geechee Girl?
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Old 04-09-2006, 07:06 AM   #17
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Lol - no, just a transplanted Yankee (born in Pgh, lived in Boston in the 60's, then upstate SC, then Charleston, then Buffalo, NJ, and finally full circle back to Charleston.

I just love the tradition, heritage, and history from the Gullah peeps.
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