30 Days of Thanks: Days 10 & 11

Day 10: My Brother-in-love

My sister and her husband have been married for 8 years now. Never once have I seen him be anything but gracious to my sister, or towards my family.

I’ve always referred to him as my “brother-in-love”. It may be law that makes him the husband of my one and only sister, but it is her love for him, his love for her & their love for Christ that keeps them that way.

My brother-in-love has taught me a few things, probably oft without his realization. The greatest lesson that he has taught me so far is to KEEP CALM, because panic only feeds panic.

Day 11: My Nephew “O”

He’s 3, and he’s simply amazing.

I knew that I would love being an aunt well before he entered the picture. His arrival just affirmed that. From that first moment I saw him in my sister’s arms, I was immediately in love head over heels with that little man.

Although he is only 3, he has taught me a very important lesson already: Don’t be afraid of change.


“Yogi Bear’s Honey Fried Chicken”

After over 20 years, this continues to remain my favorite chicken restaurant.

Located in Hartsville, SC (Not far from the Darlington International Speedway), my dad was told about this place shortly after becoming a minister to a local church there.

If you pull up to Yogi’s, don’t come expecting to find your local KFC. Housed in a worn building with time-fading the colors of the store-front signs, it certainly doesn’t look like a place that most people would stop.

Please DO!

Yogi Bear’s Chicken is battered with a honey concoction that “lip-licking” doesn’t cover. They also carry liver-and-gizzards, which are battered and seasoned just the way a southerner likes. Though their chicken steals the show, their side dishes are just as wonderful. Coleslaw & Potato Salad round out the meal, along with a little yeast roll served with none other than honey. you can also get extra honey to dip your chicken in, if you ask.

Atmosphere wise, the inside of the restaurant is a typical “family style” arrangement, with booths and the older style tables. (At least this remained the decor from my first visit to my most recent visit). It does smell like a chicken joint – like chicken being cooked.

Recently, Yogi’s was featured on a local News station in South Carolina.

Link: http://www2.scnow.com/news/2010/sep/22/news13-fried-chicken-favorites-yogi-bear-honey-fri-ar-862915/

If you are traveling to Myrtle Beach or Darlington, make the trip over to Hartsville. Pick yourself up a “Cindy Bear Basket”.
Most Recent Visit: June 2000
Well Worth the Visit


(Sadly, just a memory)

“Cruisers” was located near Valdosta, GA in the mid-to-late 1980s. Various internet searches did not garner when it went out of business.

“Cruisers” inside was a 1950s style decor, with food much like one would find if you have ever ordered from a Frisch’s.

With one exception: Their Fries!

Cruiser’s fries were these crisp, crinkle cut little marvels sprinkled with a mix of seasoning salt and cajun spices.

Last visit: around 1987/8

A notebook started it all

How did I get writing about reviews as a hobby?

A (now) tattered red one-subject notebook started it all.

Summer of 1997, I began to take and compile my “list” into the notebook. In the cover, I wrote 3 rules:

1) No chain restaurants (which I later amended; I do write about my ‘virgin’ visits to chains. If it’s a new experience for me, it probably is to someone else in the world.

2) Appearances didn’t matter (The old “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” has paid off twice so far)

3) One day, share my list

I began keeping my “list” mentally at age 9. As a young adult, I have now traveled a good portion of the eastern US states.

To me, it has to be more than just about the food. Atmosphere. Character. Service. Smells.

Time to share what I have- and will – experience.