The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a pint of water. I ran an easy four miles around Colonial Lake and the Battery. I have to get my workouts in before work or they're not happening.
After that, I had a local peach and made old-fashioned oats and mixed in flax seeds, a banana and South Carolina honey. Breakfast is usually oatmeal or a smoothie with fruit, peanut butter and flax seed. If I'm really motivated, I'll scramble eggs with peppers and pair with toast.
When I moved here in July, I made a deal with myself to enjoy the quiet of morning. After eating, I relax and read The New York Times online with a cup or two of coffee. I am currently trying Charleston Coffee Roasters' Charleston Organic roast. ... I'm really into Counter Culture's blends and Brooklyn Roasting Company was my go-to for a while. After coffee, I take my time biking the three miles to the office.
Almonds or peanuts are in my top desk drawer at all times. It's my late morning snack. I actually cruised through to lunch today since I was at the Lowcountry Local First GOOD Business Summit.
Lunch was catered by Verde and I opted for watermelon, feta and mint salad and a vegan wrap. I'm very lunch-time frugal so it was a nice upgrade from my usual PB & J and a piece of fruit.
For dinner, I whipped up kale-and-sunflower seed pesto. I put it over whole wheat rotini and topped it with a few seared sea scallops. A good friend taught me a few simple dishes and I am finally enjoying the process of cooking. It's very rewarding to create and enjoy a meal knowing the ingredients and their origin.
After doing the dishes, I like to have a craft beer - I'm really into the session IPAs right now - or a glass of wine. Tonight was a glass of Bench Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. I'm partial to the Willamette Valley, but Sonoma Coast produces great stuff too.
Kurt Cavanaugh moved from New York City to Charleston this summer to become executive director of Charleston Moves.