Chili Fest Makes Its Grand Strand Debut This Weekend

The world’s largest chili bash will be coming to Myrtle Beach this weekend.

While this marks the World Championship Chili Cook-off (WCCC) first time in Myrtle Beach, it’s the 54th annual celebration for Chili Heads, all of whom competed at qualifying cook-offs in order to secure their invitation to WCCC.

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New Entrée at Carrabbas

Carrabbas has introduced a new dish, The Johnny Trio.

Named after one of the founders of the restaurant, Johnny Carrabba, it features three signature recipes on one plate: Tuscan-Grilled Sirloin Marsala, Chicken Bryan and Mezzaluna. The sirloin marsala is cooked at the wood burning grill to enhance its taste. The pasta and sauce is fresh made every day.

There’s a wide range of customizations and substitutions available.

The 7 ounce sirloin is $24.45, the 10 ounce $25.99 and the 9 ounce filet, $34.99.

(No offense but if I spent that much on the whole family, let alone one plate, I would get faint. And the price doesn’t even include a two liter bottle of Pepsi.)

There are three Carrabbas along the Grand Strand:

1015 US Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach

511 Courtfield Drive, Murrell’s Inlet

Review: Great Tasting Fast Food Alternative at Kosta Bowl

We had a great experience in Conway today. Off on a road trip, we decided to stop at the Kosta Bowl on Main Street. Truth is we didn’t know what to expect. Boy, were we very pleasantly surprised!

The store looks great and the staff friendly and attentive. And they were patient. After all, there are lot of great looking options to choose from.

So what is a Kosta Bowl? Better than trying to describe the concept let me tell you about mine.

I ordered the Goin’ Green Bowl. At the bottom is a chilled green “base” that’s topped with goodies. The base is somewhere between an ice cream and a pudding. On top is half a sliced banana and big, thick slices of kiwi. Toasted granola gives the mixture a nice, crunchy texture and coconut flakes add a taste of sweetness. The whole masterpiece is topped with a drizzle of almond butter and honey.

Others got the Palmetto Bowl, acai topped with pineapple, bananas, granola, honey and coconut flakes and the Nutty Bowl. The Nutty Bowl also had acai with fresh strawberries, bananas, granola, coconut flakes, honey, Nutella and peanut butter.

As one of the people in our party remarked, “This tastes like real food!”

These are not snacks. These are meals. The Kosta Bowl measures 5 ½ inches in diameter and is 3 inches deep and it arrives filled to the top. Along with 27 different bowls (including oatmeal), there are 12 Smoothies and 4 different fruit and yogurt parfaits. Bowls range from $9 to $11, Smoothies are $7 and the Parfaits $4.75.

It’s interesting to mention that Kosta Bowls was founded by a Myrtle Beach local. Already, there are three Kosta Bowls in the Greater Grand Strand with, according to the website, another on the way. And no doubt, many, many more to come.

A great place to eat and a great story. Spread the word.

2954 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach

4999 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach

412 Main Street, Conway

1195 Highway 544, Conway

9380 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island

Warning: CDC Says Pumpkin Spice Craze is Spreading Uncontrolled

The Honey Baked Ham company is introducing a new pumpkin spice glazed turkey breast.

The new Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breast is available smoked or roasted, and can be purchased as a whole turkey breast, by the slice, or as a part of the Winner Turkey Dinner (includes turkey breast, two heat and serve sides, and a package of King’s Hawaiian Rolls).

The all-white breast weighs in at 2.5 lbs and serves from six to eight guests. The flavor is described as sweet and crunchy.”

There is currently no price listed for the Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breast but the highly rated traditional Honey Baked Ham turkey breast costs $39. That’s about twice the cost of the same amount of Cracker Barrel deli turkey at Walmart which means it’s definitely not a cheap eat and shouldn’t be on this page.

It can, however, be purchased at Honey Baked Ham through October 31, as supplies last.

There is one listed Honey Baked Ham location in the Grand Strand and it’s at 3600 Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach

Cheerwine Festival canceled for 2nd straight year citing health concerns

SALISBURY, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – The popular annual Cheerwine Festival in Salisbury has been scrapped citing health concerns, organizers announced Monday

“We’ve been monitoring the situation closely, and have decided to cancel this year’s festival in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the event,” says W. Lane Bailey, Salisbury city manager. “This was not an easy decision, but following increased and overwhelming concerns, we feel this is the best way to proceed during our current situation.”

The event was set to be held on September 18. The next Cheerwine Festival is currently scheduled to take place in May of next year.