Have you ever tried to row a boat? Do you know how long it would take to row a boat more than 3,000 miles over the open ocean? Two South Carolina chef veterans took on the challenge and completed it in 40 days. How crazy is that? Every year an annual oceangoing competition billed as “the world’s toughest row” happens and these two chefs took on the challenge.
Garden & Gun reports Towill and Layton, cofounders of Charleston restaurant group took the on the world’s toughest row. Towill has always been interested in Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and finally got to do it. Both chefs were rookies when it came to rowing so the first step was learning. Between a local trainer and kayak-style rowboats, preparation began in the Charleston waters. The practice led up to their three-day rows between Florida and South Carolina. According to the article, that’s 180-220 miles of rowing.
On December 12, the team began getting ready for their voyage. They pushed off the dock in Morocco to begin their row. There were 9 other boats as their rivals during the trip. After 40 days and over 3,000 miles, the pair made it to the end! They were the first two-person team to complete the row. Read more about their story and the interview here.
South Carolina Chicken Spot Named One Of America's Top Restaurants
We are always looking for new restaurants to try. Our friends often have great recommendations but another resource we use is the review site Yelp. The site recently released its annual list of the Top 100 Places To Eat in the US for 2023. There was a South Carolina spot that was named to the top restaurants’ list. And it’s one I have heard a ton of rave reviews about. May have to road trip and try it soon. To determine this list Yelp reached out to the user community first, requesting individuals to submit their favorite U.S. restaurants. From there the data science team at Yelp looked at the top community submissions to determine the top restaurants by ratings, number of reviews, and volume of submissions. They also made sure to include an equal geographic representation. Yelp community managers helped finalize the rankings.
That leads us to the 2023 Top 100 Places To Eat List. It includes eateries in a wide variety of cuisines including Italian, Ethiopian, Hawaiian, and Vegan offerings. It was not just South Carolina featured as one of the top restaurants on the top places to eat. There were also two North Carolina spots including one in Charlotte that made the list. I’ve featured each of those three places as well as highlighted to top 10 spots. If you’re interested in restaurants in other areas of the country you can see everything Yelp included at this link.