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Daily Digest: 'Work from Harbinger' with quiche beats other remote setups

Mimi Franco Daily Digest

Mimi Franco cooks at home during the week, but Saturdays are reserved for visiting local restaurants. Mimi Franco/Provided  

This is part of The Post and Courier’s Daily Digest series, in which one of our food reporters asks a local to describe a day of eating in detail.

Mimi Franco moved to Charleston in 2014 after growing up in a half Italian, half Jewish family just outside of New York City. 

I grew up a creature of habit, eating the foods I watched my grandparents make ... and a lot of bagels. When I moved to Charleston in 2014, I considered myself “not a foodie,” but a lot can change in seven years.

I had never before lived in a place with so much variety and so much food temptation. My first few years here, I was a graduate student who lived on Cannon Street. It took serious self control not to spend all of my money on lunch at Five Loaves, dinner at R. Kitchen or drinks at Fuel. I got into the groove of preparing my own healthy meals at home.

Seven years later, I now live on James Island with my fiancé, where we try to maintain a habit of cooking at home Sunday through Friday before treating ourselves on Saturday. Try is the key word.

For breakfast and lunch (they usually end up as one meal), I rotate Greek yogurt with granola and berries, with some form of scrambled eggs and smoothies.

I have tried nearly every bagel in Charleston, and I can say that the one that most closely rivals a New York City bagel comes from Bagel Nation on James Island. If I’m treating myself downtown, I’m usually enjoying a quiche from The Harbinger after a workout with friends at Rhapsody Fitness. In fact, I love The Harbinger’s quiche so much, I occasionally WFH (Work from Harbinger) so I have an excuse to get it.

My favorite lunch is a homemade mezze plate. It’s a super easy and healthy plate: bell pepper slices, roasted cauliflower doused in local New Primal buffalo sauce, grilled chicken with tzatziki and some cheese or kalamata olives.

Lately in Charleston, it’s been easy to eat dinner at home since every restaurant seems to be booked out of reservations. On weekdays, my fiancé and I usually rotate tacos with Siete seasoning and tortillas, classic steak and salad, and my favorite dish: za’atar chicken and a big Greek salad drizzled with dressing brought down from my favorite Greek restaurant back home.

If I’m prepared enough to make the reservation in advance, it’s likely to Butcher & Bee to feed my Mediterranean-loving heart, Lewis Barbecue or Bowens Island if we have family or friends in from out of town. If it's a special occasion, we love visiting Wild Olive.

I’m also a huge fan of local breweries. If you haven’t tried Brewlab’s rotating sour beers, you have to make a stop there on your next trip downtown.

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Reach Parker Milner at 843-830-3911. Follow him on Twitter @parkermilner_.

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