Eat in, eat out. Your call.

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The Shop Tart had a marvelous meal at Baan Sawan last week. She and her sister started with a favorite appetizer, tod mun. The fish cakes were particularly delicious that night…

Tod mun at Baan Sawan.

The Shop Tart’s sister ordered a classic pad Thai, with a twist. She asked for half of the tofu to be fried. This is a new favorite; the contrast in texture was lovely.

Pad Thai at Baan Sawan.

The Shop Tart ordered that evening’s special, a green curry extravaganza with tuna and prawns. Delicious!

Special at Baan Sawan.

Oeno-therapist Sam suggested this lovely Italian sparkler, Sette Ventiquattro Spumante Extra Dry, to accompany the meal. The happy couple – the wine and the meal – were totally compatible, definitely enough for a second date. Even a third.


Want to eat in tonight? The Shop Tart has a recipe for quiche that will only take you 15 or 20 minutes to make. Once you get good at it, you can probably do it in ten. She made one the other night with an entire bag of frozen broccoli florets and plenty of aged cheddar from Happy Cow Creamery (via Rosewood Market). You can find the recipe here.


Looking for things to do this weekend? There are plenty!

  • Coplon’s is hosting a Temple St. Clair trunk show today. Want to see some gorgeous jewelry? Well, you will. At Coplon’s! Go make a wish list for the holidays!
  • Undefined is throwing a party for the release of their latest issue. Starting at 7 pm tonight. As per the Facebook event page, “Music by The Restoration and The Dubber, film by Jason Stroud, the creation of a brand new mural before your eyes and possibly by your own hands, food and drink courtesy of Ricky Mollohan’s restaurants — Mr. Friendly’s, The Cellar on Greene, and Solstice, and most importantly — the release of the brand new issue of undefined Magazine — all for the admission price of $10” Sounds like a plan!
  • Do you like to party? For a cause? The Cancer Tean All Star Tailgate in the Zone tonight will be a blast!
  • Cancer Tean All Star Tailgate

  • Tomorrow morning, go to the All Local Farmers’ Market, silly.
  • After that? Go to the enormous wine sale and tasting at Cellar on Greene. The tasting is free if you buy at least two bottles of wine – and some of them are heavily discounted. If you just can’t find anything to buy (highly unlikely), the tasting is just $5. Noon until 2 pm.
  • Would you rather shop than drink? Join the fabulous Lady Chablis for a Resale Bus Tour, beginning at 10 am. She will entertain as guests take a tour of some of Columbia’s most fab resale shops, including Roundabouts, Sid and Nancy, Revente, Revente’s Last Call, The Curious Closet, Flower Cart and Consignments First Furniture. Breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided along with lots of entertainment! The Tour is $35 and you can sign up at Revente (256-3076) or the Curious Closet (750-0010).
  • Finleaf Gallery on Devine Street is having an open house on Saturday from 11 am until 3 pm. They’re getting ready for the holidays. They can help decorate your home and even give you some holiday sparkle for yourself with fab bags, wraps and jewelry. Finleaf is also celebrating new hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11 am until 6 pm and Saturday 11 am until 3 pm.
  • Tomorrow night, turn your favorite restaurant into a sports bar. The Shop Tart has enjoyed watching games at Dianne’s, Solstice, Mr. Friendly’s and MoMo’s. A real sports bar? Not so much. This is South Carolina after all – raise a glass and be happy that you can watch the game and drink good wine!
  • Do you need a piano? Local artists have painted quite a few to be auctioned off to benefit the South Carolina Philharmonic. Bidding ends at intermission during Saturday’s concert. The Shop Tart has been assured all the pianos are in good working condition (and each one comes with a free tuning and delivery from Rice Music House). See you there!
  • And that’s not all! On Sunday, you will need an assistant to make it to everything: The Oyster Festival, Bubbie’s Brisket Bakeoff and the Columbia Museum of Art’s Artisan Fair. Check the calendar for details and go to all of them!

Happy Shopping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!

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2 comments on “Eat in, eat out. Your call.
  1. e crawford says:

    Don’t forget the Trinity Bazaar tomorrow from 10-3! Great food, great shopping and great fun- plus, all proceeds benefit 5 local charities!

  2. megan smith says:

    delicious mean, thanks for posting the article

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Local arbiter of all that is fresh, fashionable and flavorful in Columbia, the Shop Tart has been blogging about shopping, eating and having a great time since 2008.

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