Category: Sunday Lunch Blog

Sunday Lunch Blog : Arepazo Latin Foods

Sunday Lunch Blog : Arepazo Latin Foods

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

Arepazo Latin Foods 904 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC

A couple Saturdays ago (9-24-16) a new Latin restaurant opened near my house in Cayce. I made plans with Kara (of the First College Ministry) on Sunday to go that Monday for lunch. My only previous experience with Colombian/Venezuelan cuisine was when I got talked into cooking a Colombian meal for the weekly free International lunch a few years ago at the BCM when I worked in College and International Ministry. The only information I had was what two Columbian exchange students told me that their mothers said to do and Google to fill in the rest. I was told that I managed to make it fairly authentic, but have never had anything to compare it to. Until now!

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Sunday Lunch Blog : BIG Food Truck Rodeo / Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles

Sunday Lunch Blog : BIG Food Truck Rodeo / Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

BIG Food Truck Rodeo at FIRST / Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles Food Truck

Last Sunday we had a bunch of church community fun with the BIG Food Truck Rodeo. Several trucks lined up on Washington Street near our parking lot to serve delicious food to us after church. I had been eyeing the food truck list for days (of course) and was most excited about Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles. I’ve always heard good things about them, but have never made it over to their restaurant. BIG was my chance!

Kiki's Chicken and Waffles Truck
Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles Truck

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Cooking – Turtles

Sunday Lunch Blog : Cooking – Turtles

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants or stores that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

 

This is a historic moment for the Sunday Lunch Blog. We have filmed our first couple of cooking segments and are ready to share the first one with you. None of us had ever filmed a cooking show before, so this was quite the experiment as we fumbled around the kitchen with cameras, microphones, and lights. And then, oh yeah, you actually have to cook. While this isn’t exactly award winning film production, it was a big learning experience. Thanks for your patience! Should you happen to enjoy these “how-to” segments, we’ll continue to make them and get better as we go. In this segment, we start off simple, and I show you how to make turtle candies. They’re quick, easy, and great to bring to a party. Let’s get to it!

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Sunday Lunch Blog : International Lunch/Red Bowl Asian Bistro

Sunday Lunch Blog : International Lunch/Red Bowl Asian Bistro

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

International Lunch at BCM (819 Main St.) / Red Bowl Asian Bistro – Village At Sandhill Columbia, SC 

This week I got to have a homecoming of sorts when Aaron and I joined our International Minister, Ryan Dupree for the weekly free International Lunch at the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) building on Main Street within campus. Before coming to FIRST, Thursday lunches were a regular part of my life since International Ministry was a big (and fun!) part of my job when I worked at the BCM. While the lunch is hosted each week at the BCM, the lunches are provided by CMI (Columbia Ministries to Internationals), which is pretty much a group of ministries in Columbia who like to minister to Internationals. First Baptist is a part of that, and this week, we provided the food and volunteers.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Black Bean Co.

Sunday Lunch Blog : Black Bean Co.

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

Black Bean Co. – 701 Gervais St. Columbia, SC

This is probably going to be one of my least popular lunch blogs because I’ve chosen a place that encourages veganism. If you’re like me, the term “vegan” almost seems like a bad word or something that sounds like torture. But hang in there because this isn’t as bad as your meat-loving self might think. And *spoiler alert* there is actually meat involved. This might all look healthy, but I promise that it is delicious as well. And if you are a health nut, you’ll really like it.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Lucky Hot Dog Cart

Sunday Lunch Blog : Lucky Hot Dog Cart

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

Lucky Hot Dog Cart – 1423 Main St. Columbia

This week I hadn’t gone out to eat much, but needed a place to go for the blog. I wanted to try something knew, so Aaron suggested that we go down to the hotdog stand a block or two over. Now you might already be tuning me out, thinking, “Ugh, I don’t even like hotdogs,” but hold on with me for a minute. The hotdog cart that we normally see across from Starbucks wasn’t there, so I spotted another cart with a big red and yellow umbrella just down Main Street across from the Marriott. We decided to venture that way. We were glad that we did.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Blue Marlin

Sunday Lunch Blog : Blue Marlin

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

Blue Marlin – 1200 Lincoln St. Columbia

Over here in the Music and Media Department, we’re a bunch of busy little bees and sometimes our boss, the Honorable Reverend Steve Phillips takes us out on the town as a reward for good behavior. This week was one of those times. After much deliberation, we decided on Blue Marlin for lunch. I was happy because not only to do I like Blue Marlin, but they have been on my list for this blog. Blue Marlin has been a great supporter of our Celebration of Liberty and it is frequented by many First Baptist members, especially for Sunday lunch. It’s time that we gave them a little shout out as well.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Main St. Public House

Sunday Lunch Blog : Main St. Public House

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

 

As a single adult, finding good community can be a bit of a challenge. Many activities in our culture center around young families, and one can often feel like a fish out of water when one is not a part of such a family.  Continue reading →

Sunday Lunch Blog : Tazza Kitchen

Sunday Lunch Blog : Tazza Kitchen

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

 

I hadn’t seen my friend Amy in a while, so naturally, we made plans to catch up over dinner. I enjoy introducing people to new things, so I suggested Tazza Kitchen since she had never been there. Tazza is one of my favorites in Columbia, but it seems that not a lot of people that I know know about it. I’ve never had anything bad there and even their simple green salad, which is basically lettuce, a few herbs, and a vinaigrette dressing, is divine. I think it has to do with Tazza’s commitment to use locally sourced food. Good ingredients + good recipes = great food.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : M Vista

Sunday Lunch Blog : M Vista

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

 

A few years ago when I worked in international ministry, I attended a Chinese event where Michelle Wang, owner of M Vista and six additional restaurants, gave her testimony … in Mandarin. Fortunately, I had a friend translate for me the entire time. I remember being very impressed by her story.

When I received the opportunity to put together this blog for First Baptist, visiting one of Michelle’s restaurants was a no brainer. I knew with her that I wanted to dive a little deeper, not only into her food philosophies, but into her journey to becoming a Believer in Jesus. When I messaged Michelle about getting together to talk food and Jesus, she was out of the country, but excited to get together. Just two days after her return, we were in M Vista (chosen because of its proximity to the church) making this segment of Sunday Lunch Blog. More than sharing about her restaurant though, Michelle was excited to share about her faith. When the cameras were off, Michelle told me that she really wants to encourage people and share Jesus with them.

This Sunday Lunch Blog will not only have some food pictures with it, but some videos as well. We hope you enjoy!
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