Budget Gourmet: Duck breast



4-12 oz boneless duck breast halves
4-teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar


Using a sharp knife, score skin of duck breasts in crisscross patterns. Sprinkle duck breasts on both sides with 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and chill

Heat 2 large skillets over medium heat. Add 2 duck breasts, skin side down. Cook until skin is crisp and golden for about 7 minutes. Turn duck breasts over and cook. Remove from heat. Let duck rest for 5 minutes.

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Kingston Plantation Named in Meetings Focus’ Best of the South Awards

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – September 29, 2014 – Kingston Plantation, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, is named among the Best in the South by Meetings Focus. Each year, Meetings Focus polls its users–made up of meeting planners who hold events around the world–to determine the best hotels and resorts for meetings and events in North America.

The properties are judged on the quality of meeting space; guest rooms; services and amenities; food and beverage; tech and bandwidth support; recreational facilities/activities; helpfulness of staff; and overall value and experience. Properties are divided into the same regional categories as the magazine: West, East, South and Mid-America.

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Buy Two Get One Night Free at Kingston Plantation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – September 25, 2014 – Kingston Plantation, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, is offering an attractive deal to extend your beach vacation. Guests who reserve two nights in the two-bedroom plantation villas or the two-bedroom accommodations in the North Hampton and South Hampton condominiums will receive one night free.

This promotion is available while inventory lasts and is subject to availability. Guests must stay three consecutive nights to receive the third night free. This offer is not valid with any other discounts or on holiday weekend. For reservations, call +1 800 876 0010 and reference the promotional code “BUY.”

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Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Resort Names in USA Today 10Best Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – August 4, 2014 – Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Plantation was listed among the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Myrtle Beach by USA Today 10Best.

The website selected hotels based on the upscale accommodations and first-class amenities, and the hotels are listed in no particular order.

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Kicks! Quicks | Cafe Amalfi provides perfect Myrtle Beach view, menu

myrtlebeachonline.com – July 2, 2014 – The time has come to enjoy summer and all it offers. We who are fortunate to live near the ocean know that this time of the year is best spent kicking up sand on the beach and jumping into pools, all of which can create an appetite. When you wash off the sand, relive your surfside day with a fabulous view and a fine dinner at Café Amalfi.

Tucked away on the mezzanine level of the Hilton, Café Amalfi serves up an amazing view of the pool and the endless Atlantic year-round as well as a unique sophisticated and award-winning menu. The dining room is decorated in soothing shades of sand and blue perfectly echoing the vista out the wall-to-wall windows. The wine list is extensive, or you can sip an icy summertime cocktail as you watch the waves. The stomach rumbles, however, and attention soon turns to the menu.

As befits a seaside restaurant, seafood is front and center on Café Amalfi’s menu. Sadly, I’m not a fish eater but I thoroughly enjoyed the Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon—my husband especially appreciates the discarded Salmon part. As a native New Yawka, I had been unfamiliar with fried green tomatoes and a few attempts had left me unconvinced until the crispy tomatoes with bacon relish and avocado mayonnaise at Amalfi made me a convert. You can never go wrong with a classic either, especially one with a twist like the Chilled Shrimp and Avocado Cocktail with a tomato compote.

The sea-centric entrees include Southern favorite Shrimp and Grits in tasso gravy, Cioppino a fish stew brimming with scallops, fresh fish, clams in a tomato broth and Pan-Seared Flounder served with a tasty ham hash. Mahi-Mahi is, according to those who know, deservedly award winning and served with corn maque choux (translation: a delightful vegetable medley).

The menu offers plenty of options for those of us not of the fish persuasion too, including my husband’s go-to choice of either a 10- or 14-ounce prime rib or my favorite filet with roasted potatoes. Even my vegetarian daughter can savor the views while she savors Penne Primavera or rich Mac and Five Cheese, minus the optional scallops or shrimp, of course. Daily specials are also available. We have never made it through dessert as the beach always seemed even more inviting after admiring it through dinner and we were anxious to get back. Maybe we’ll go on a rainy day and try the Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet Cake or any of the other sweet temptations.

As nearby part-time residents, my husband and I take advantage of Café Amalfi for a special night out or showing off our ‘hood to visiting friends and family. We’re always impressed with the consistently professional and very friendly service of our waiters, in particular Sophia and George. In fact, all the staff really seems to love their jobs and with an “office” that special, who can blame them? A private oceanfront dining room is also available for groups of 10-20 people. The prices are moderate to high but include the ambiance, excellent service and – one more time – that view. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch.

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Kingston Resorts’ Vintage Twelve Chef Keeps Customers Coming Back For More

Resort Tailors Menus to Customers’ Palates

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – June 12, 2014 – Kingston Resorts’ Chef Caitlin Brady is always looking for the freshest ingredients, trying new products and talking to customers to see what they want. Continually she refines offerings, not only based on what’s fresh, but also what’s hot. Current trends include gluten-free menus and ones that elevate kids’ dining experiences at the 44-seat restaurant with scenic views along the Atlantic Ocean.

At Vintage Twelve, Kingston Resorts’ sleek upscale restaurant in Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort, a gluten-free menu is available to all guests. It includes an assortment of fresh salads, pimento cheese or shrimp creole appetizers and a selection of entrées featuring naturally raised meats and fresh fish or seafood caught from Murrells Inlet, S.C.

“We specialize in local fare both from the farms and from our fisherman,” said Brady. “The majority of our offerings are creative twists on Southern fare making it fresher, healthier and even more delicious. Our local farm and seafood partners allow us to share these offerings with our guests. Some crops were a little delayed from the cold winter, but we’re so pleased to have an abundance of fresh peaches and triggerfish to add to the menu this summer.”

For kids, the menu goes beyond chicken fingers and fries to also offer fresh fish, flatbread pizza, peanut butter and jelly or grilled chicken. These healthier items are paired with local vegetables, fresh fruit or potato wedges. “When kids learn healthy eating at a young age, they develop better habits that will follow them through life,” said Brady.

The adjacent Kingston Shores has also opened two new restaurant venues that are more  casual and fun for the summer season. These include Royale Playa, a poolside restaurant  at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, which offers nachos, tacos, salad, Mexican beers and crowd-favorite margaritas. The Frozen Whistle is a new ice cream shop adjacent to Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort that serves shakes, scoops and sundaes.

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