Thursday, January 5, 2012

Just Looking....

                                   481 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina

Lucky me! New Year spent in Charleston.. land of amazing eateries and 


gourmet delights!  Lucky me because I was on vacation and that meant I 


didn't have to dread January 1st .... the first day of clearing out the sugar 


from my diet {..NOOOOO!!!}, finding that treadmill buried under piles of 


clothes {did you know it makes a great place to drape your jeans to air dry 


after washing them?}, and all those other dreaded things I must do to get 


in shape as a result of the holiday poundage that grabbed hold of my 


waistline. I could walk into this shop, Glazed Gourmet 


Doughnuts, www.glazedgourmet.com, with a smile on my face and 


not have a single guilty thought screaming... "Walk away from the donuts! 


Walk away from the donuts!"  And walk away I did NOT!






These gems are freshly made, no preservatives, unique flavors paired


together in ways you have never tasted before. Gosh darn.. I wish I could 


remember what these were called... cranberry something.  I was just so


enthralled with their eye-catching color and plumpness that my mind


went numb!  And these....






on the left is maple glaze with real bacon bits ~ on the right, berry filled with 


crumb topping.  And these......






raspberry glaze made from fresh raspberries.  There are so many others


to choose from such as ricotta strawberry, sweet potato with crumb 


topping, meyer lemon pistachio, and my favorite ~  the goat cheese


lavender that, upon biting into it, oozed with a fresh berry filling.  I die!


So why am I being such a meany and tempting you with these delights?


Because the rest of the story is just as sweet as these confections.  This


tiny gem is owned and operated by a young woman, Allison Smith...






... a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Charleston. Allison realized that


there was a niche that she could fill and proposed the idea to her family.


Their reaction?  A whole-hearted, resounding "go for it!". Amazing, right?


She is now a small business owner who followed her passion.. followed


her heart. You can taste that in every mouthwatering bite!  And 


who stands beside her doing the supporting role?  Her mother!  You are


embraced by her warm smile and friendly "hello" as you walk through the


door.  I just love that!  I just love stories of following your creative dreams.


I just love stories of families that hoist you up and support that dream


through every step of the way.  Not all of us are that lucky!  Not all of us


take that giant leap of faith.  And it's a shame as each of us have been


given gifts that need to be shared.  We have heard that said before.  I'm 


not saying anything new. But maybe it's just that once in awhile we


need proof that dreams do matter... we need to see it with our own eyes.


I'm reminded of a poem that sits on my desk as I write this.  Part of it says..


                                                For games can't be won
                                                Unless they are played.
                                                And prayers can't be answered
                                                Unless they are prayed.


So Glazed gave me so much more than just a bite of sugary heaven.  It gave 


me a lesson in life.  And next time I am in Charleston, I will visit again .. 


I will sink my teeth into the best, gosh darn donut I have tasted!  And as


the flavors swirl around in my mouth, I will be reminded, once again, that


dreams do matter ~ for ALL of us! 


  











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