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Pimento Cheese: Southern Staple Served with a Twist

March 4th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Pimento Cheese - a Southern Food in Savannah

Toasted Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Photo courtesy of www.PimentoCheese.com

 

Pimento Cheese is definitely a Southern staple – it is, after all, the Caviar of the South. But would you eat it in your breakfast sandwich? With your eggs? Between two slices of Sourdough bread? Loaded with Bacon? We would!!! Seriously, until I moved to the South (Mississippi to be exact) many (many) years ago, I don’t recall ever having pimento cheese anywhere near my taste buds.  I was introduced to it while attending college and though I found it interesting, my 17-year-old Yankee palate didn’t take a serious liking to it.

 

Eat Pimento Locally:

Enter Savannah, a city teaming with exceptional restaurants, and in particular my favorite casual beer and burger place, Green Truck Pub where I learned to get my Pimento on. Green Truck Pub makes their own pimento cheese and offer it three ways: as an appetizer with house-made pickles and crostini, in a sandwich with mustard, lettuce and tomato, and my favorite way, on a burger. Order the Trailer Park, a tasty  grass-fed all natural, hormone free, beef burger from Hunter Cattle Company, topped with said pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato – and get ready to fall in love with pimento. Oh, before I forget, they have a phenomenal beer selection. They pride themselves on serving beer made in the USA in small American-owned craft breweries. I usually task my husband with our choice of beer as his palate is much broader than mine, and he has never failed me.  Iron Lion Pale Ale is an easy to drink every day beer brewed right here in Savannah at the Southbound Brewing Company (ask us about tours), but my palate runs to darker more robust beers. I usually choose the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout of Farmville, NC or Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro out of Longmont, CO which are delicious enough to be dessert.  Here’s a neat little factoid about Green Truck Pub that will make you smile: “We do simple food the hard way – by handmaking everything from ketchup and pimento cheese to salad dressing and veggie patties.”

Pimento Cheese Inspired Us:

But let’s get to the real reason for this post: Last week I stopped into Back in the Day Bakery (while CNN was filming) and ordered the Pig and Pimento sandwich and therein the inspiration for a pimento cheese breakfast sandwich was born. I devoured their grilled pimento and bacon sandwich, totally oblivious to the crew who filmed my obvious enjoyment for posterity and an upcoming story on eclectic Southern coastal towns covering where you should eat and what you should see. As I licked my fingers I thought “So Southern, so delicious, and so comforting.  I should be sharing this with my Northern friends.” But we do breakfast at the inn, not lunch, my other self said. Ah yes, so we do. Now what? I appeased her “Proper” side by adding soft scrambled eggs and calling it a breakfast sandwich.  We dressed up the plate with some roasted potatoes, a bit of kiwi, a sunny slice of orange and a burst of red with juicy just-in-season strawberries and moaned “Yes, yes, yes!”

SO… would you like to see this distinctly southern twist on a classic Pimento Cheese sandwich on our table for breakfast? Click “Like” on our Facebook page if your answer is “YES”.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city.  Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

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Savannah Restaurant Week: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

January 5th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

One of our many favorites from 45 Bistro. :)

Scallops: one of our many favorites from 45 Bistro. :)

If there’s anything you should know about Savannah it’s that we are THE city when it comes to unique, tantalizing cuisine. So to celebrate coming the 24th of January and ending February 2nd The Savannah Restaurant Week will be taking off!

This 10-day festivity pays homage to the culinary gems of Savannah and offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to anyone looking for a more intimate look what these restaurants have to offer.

What’s Included

With over thirty spectacular restaurants participating this is a MUST for anyone!

Each restaurant participating in Savannah Restaurant Week is offering three decadent courses and for only $30 a person (not including tax and gratuity) you can be apart of this delicious escapade!

Whose Participating in Savannah Restaurant Week?

Participating restaurants for The Savannah Restaurant Week are scattered all throughout the Historic District and each has their own unique charm but let’s get you better acquainted with two of our favorites:

45 Bistro is a must for those of you looking for the terrific atmosphere of fine dining and cuisine with all the comforts of family. Located inside the Marshall House Hotel, 45 Bistro has made a significant impression on the people of Savannah and all of her travelers for being an excellent model for hospitality. And of course, one of our favorite places to have some fabulous meals!

Chef Brian, Sous Chef Alfredo, and the staff of 45 will do more satisfy your appetite; they’ll win your heart as well.

A.lure is a restaurant that might make you do a double take at the menu. Originally a divorce lawyer, Chef Charles found his true calling in low country cuisine and we are more than impressed! You’ll experience an almost overwhelming array decadent dishes that will satisfy your taste buds and send you back for more! His innovative approach to contemporary low country cuisine is truly masterful and not to be missed.

What are you waiting for?!

Come on down to Savannah to experience the restaurants mentioned above and many more! The Savannah Restaurant Week only comes twice a year so hop to it!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

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Fresh, Local Food in Savannah

July 21st, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Fresh, Local Food in SavannahFresh, local food in Savannah just got taken to a whole new level with Azalea Inn & Garden’s NEW chef, a NEW private dining menu and a NEW signature cocktail for the summer months.

Folks, you won’t want to choose ANY other B&B in Savannah once you’ve given yourself the chance to explore our fresh, local food options.

The rooms are SO beautiful that the decision becomes easy. You just absolutely have to come visit us!

New Chef in the House

Please join us in welcoming Megan Jacobs to the experience of Azalea Inn & Gardens. Megan trained at Johnson and Wales Culinary School. Prior to joining our team, she worked as the Sous Chef at Vic’s on the River and as the Head Chef at Churchill’s Pub – two amazing Savannah restaurants.

Megan says, “My style of cooking is southern, local, and as fresh as the ingredients that I can get my hands on. This is especially easy at our Inn with the huge garden that the owner, Teresa and her husband, Jake, have created.”

Private Dining at the Inn featuring Fresh, Local Food in Savannah

Now with Megan as part of our team, we are so proud to bring our guests the best in FRESH and LOCAL food. No longer is your culinary delight confined to breakfast and hors d’oeuvres at our B&B. The new private dining menu we created for our guests is right up there with some of the best restaurants in town!

Our amazing innkeeper, Teresa, makes sure that our guests have a discerning selection of wines to pair with their private dining experience.

Featuring menu items like Grouper Au Poivre, Crispy Half Duck- with a Grand Marnier Ginger glaze along with Fried Green Tomato Napoleon – private dining at Azalea is the best WE’VE had in town. We think you should try it!

NEW Signature Summer Cocktail at Azalea Getting Attention

Well folks, we have SO much basil growing in our local urban garden next door in our innkeeper’s backyard. Thus, we decided to craft a signature cocktail. We like Vixen Vodka, and they liked US so much that they’re planning a visit to our B&B soon to taste the wonders. Isn’t that cool? Wouldn’t you like to do the same? Now’s your chance!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

The Savannah Food and Wine Festival in November is Coming!

June 28th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Food and Wine FestivalLadies and gentleman, make way in your schedule because the Savannah Food and Wine Festival in November is coming!

Clear your calendars as much as you can from Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17 (2013). You won’t be disappointed, and neither will your tastebuds!

 

Why We’re Recommending The Savannah Food and Wine Festival…

We consider it part of our job to know the best of what you can eat and drink in Savannah. Luckily we LOVE to eat and drink around town – who doesn’t? We’re pretty much expert level in the subject. You can check out the highlights of our exploits in the section of our blog called “Foodies and Vinophiles.” As experts, we can recommend that you visit Savannah sometime during November 11-17 to check out the Savannah Food and Wine Festival. For the food, for the wine, for the fun…

How Do I Attend the Savannah Food and Wine Festival?

Well, we recommend that you reserve your room at Azalea Inn & Gardens first, because we can’t stop yammering about how incredible this event is going to be.

After you’ve secured your B&B room you can get tickets for the Savannah Food and Wine Festival. Those tickets will be available on July 1 at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival website. Then, just start dreaming of how awesome your week in Savannah is going to be! We’ll remind you on Facebook, so make sure you’re getting Facebook updates from Azalea Inn & Gardens!

Why Will the Savannah Food and Wine Festival Be So Special?

You don’t have to attend all the events, but we think that it would make for the trip of all foodie trips. Imagine yourself in beautiful and romantic Savannah, Georgia with your friends or your loved ones, at the following events. Those are just some of OUR favorite highlights, but events last all week, so check it out!

  • Wednesday, November 13 – A Celebrity Chef Tour at the Mansion on Forsyth park, featuring a collaboration dinner brought to you by the collaborative efforts of at least 4 famous James Beard Chefs. The James Beard Foundation (JFB) has a mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. JFB is the gatekeeper for the upper echalon of excellence in food, so it’s a really BIG DEAL that they are involved.

 

  • Friday, November 15 – A River Street Wine Stroll down our historic waterfront, famous worldwide for all the fun to be had on the cobblestone walkways…Wine tastings and food pairings at all the best locations up and down River Street! We can’t wait for this.

 

  • Saturday, November 16 from 12-4pm in Ellis Square, come experience the Taste of Savannah. Entertainment, food, drinks…What else could you want on a perfect Saturday?

 

  • Sunday, November 17 from 12-3pm – This event is the official Savannah Food and Wine Festival finale. It’s a champagne jazz brunch in honor of Savannah’s own jazz great, Ben Tucker (who passed away tragically this year). Jazz and Bubbles Brunch, yes please!

 

You will not be disappointed when you book your next trip to Savannah November 11-17, 2013 for the Savannah Food and Wine Festival. This B&B is excited, and we hope you are too!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best food experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Where to Find Good Red Wine in Savannah

March 8th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Teresa Jacobson, Savannah Wine ExpertHello wine lovers from around the country, and the world! Today we’re talking about where to find good red wine in Savannah.

Savannah is where Azalea Inn & Gardens Innkeeper Teresa Jacobson has settled down to make a home, both for herself and for those like you that want to visit Savannah. Do you know what that means? Well, she’s bringing her love of wines to you, the amazing guests at the most charming B&B in town.

That’s right, I’m bragging.

As an unofficial sommelier in the city and an unabashed admirer of the red wines that lend the robustness and complexity to the palate, Teresa’s guide to the good red wine in Savannah is the one to follow.

The thing is, when you stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens there is a large variety of wine available for purchase. Teresa has tasted them all over the years so they come with her bonafide personal stamp of approval. From as low as $10 to as high as $65 for those of you who want to experience a red wine oozing with character, we’ve got you covered at our Savannah bed and breakfast.

Why should YOU trust Teresa’s palate? Let me let you in on a little secret…

About 20 or so years ago Teresa lived in San Diego, California where Temeculah Valley Wine Country is only an hour away. Wine tastings ensured Teresa and friends hours of enjoyment but weren’t exactly affordable. So, when one of their favorite vineyards started announcing plans for an upcoming 4-course wine paired dinner, Teresa said: WE CAN DO THIS.

And do they did. 4 friends each took a course and selected 2 wines to match. They had no idea what the other courses were, so the tasting courses were surprisingly unpredictable yet altogether satisfying and absolutely delightful. You never knew what you were going to get, but the gettings were GOOD and a love for wine blossomed.

When the East Coast called her back to be near her son and daughter in law (who were thinking of going to SCAD), the woman named INNKEEPER OF THE YEAR loaded up a truck with cases and cases of the wines she loved. Pack your favorite outfit and start planning an amazing Savannah wine vacation. With Teresa as your guide, the results will be (as they have been before) surprisingly unpredictable yet altogether satisfying and absolutely delightful.

The good red wine in Savannah is waiting for you…and not just because Teresa effortlessly brings the charm of Temeculah Valley wine country to meet the unreserved Savannah hospitality that makes our city great!

 Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best red wine in Savannah, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Spend Your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with Us

November 15th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Thanksgiving is coming so soon! If your family is spread far and wide, you can spend your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with us! We are starting preparations for the festivities already. Thanksgiving is so special for us, because we sure love to cook and we have A LOT to be grateful for.

 

You are officially invited to stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens for a top notch Thanksgiving celebration in Savannah. On Black Friday you’ll be able to shop until you drop because you know our oh-so-comfy bedsheets and bathrobes are here waiting for YOU.

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Savannah, GA Rocks at The Jinx

August 4th, 2012 by kolinpodell

Whats on at the Jinx Bar, Savannah GAThe Jinx club and bar, a.k.a. “the CBGB of the South”, is Savannah’s premier spot for crowd’s of all ages to rock to local and traveling bands. If you’re looking for awesome drinks from local long time bartenders that make you feel like you’re just enjoying a fun time in their basement, we at Azalea Inn and Gardens head to The Jinx. There is something going on every night of the week in the funky skulls and darkness atmosphere. Karaoke, Rock and Roll Bingo nights, live concerts, and Hip Hop Hop night are just a few of the weekly events that draw in the wide array of clientele.

The recent filming of the 2013 movie, “CBGB”, happened mostly at The Jinx and surrounding buildings. Top actors such as Rupert Grint and Justin Bartha had a great time there calling out bingo numbers or simply enjoying the relaxed atmosphere after a day of filming. The location manager for “CBGB”, Charley Baxter, even planned on having the wrap party for the movie at The Jinx.

The owner, Susanne Guest Warnekros, got her inspiration for The Jinx directly from CBGB. She is proud to host traveling bands in the area. Her staff goes a long way to welcome weary bandmates, housing them on couches and providing home cooked meals. The Jinx was also home to many bands during the latest Savannah Stopover Festival. The whole feeling of The Jinx is a real down home place to rock, drink, meet locals, and have an all-out great time.

 

Savannah Street Food

July 6th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

 

Love Savannah Street Food at Fire!

What exactly is street food? And where do you find it in Savannah? Street food is a concept familiar to world travelers who seek a local flavor during their travels to regions such as Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is similar to our fast food joints with the exception that these are mobile restaurants, not fixed buildings and the food is local, seasonal and generally very fresh (though you may feel some concern regarding the safety of said food in foreign countries). In Savannah there are exceedingly few food street vendors to be found except during festivals, but there is a grass-roots campaign that hopes to change that.  In the meantime, there are a few restaurants with “street food” flair! My three favorite “Street Food” restaurants are Fire, Taco Abajo and the Subdogs Hot Doggery. Today let’s talk about Fire.  Located at 13 E. Perry Lane with weekend hours from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., it is perfectly situated for Theatre goers as well as late night revelers but caters to the downtown weekday lunch crowd with ease. Order from the counter, grab a seat in the trendy tangerine and aqua space and though certainly not fast, the food arrives within a very reasonable “got to get back to work” time.

Jake and I stopped in on one of those rare Friday’s when he returns from a week on the road at a decent time. I had a bowl of Gang Dang Gai, a curry based of chicken, rice and vegetables that was so deliciously comforting that I allowed Jake but a single bite. He ordered the fried fish sandwich which he declined to share, but that’s okay, I was comfortably full with my Gang. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and would definitely return.

Reserve your room today at Azalea Inn and Gardens and receive our secret list of Savannah’s must-dine places. We are the only bed and breakfast in Savannah with a pool, an evening social and our own parking lot!

What’s Not to Love at Sage Restaurant

May 31st, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Azalea Inn & Gardens insists “Go now!”

Jake and I aren’t often in the same state let alone the same city, but when the opportunity arises we seek out new food adventures to recommend to our guests and to satisfy our own palates! I was lucky enough to sample the menu at Sage a few weeks ago during a “for the trade” wine tasting and I must say, what’s not to love at Sage Restaurant?  On that occasion the menu was small plates  with tastes of several regular menu items – bibb lettuce with plum balsamic tomato reduction,beef kababs over orzo lemon salad, chili-rubbed tuna, and completed with luscious Tiramisu.  I knew at lunch’s end that this was a place I would return to with my husband to savor the Spanish and Mediterranean inspired cuisine.We showed up for lunch last Friday and were seated pretty quickly in the small street level dining room. Our waiter was very attentive and efficiently delivered the day’s specials. As is often our habit, we asked our waiter for his recommendations on the specials while also sharing with him what choices we were leaning toward. His recommendations were right on target for us with the Grilled Skirt Steak over Bibb Salad with a plum-balsamic reduction for me while Jake opted for the chef’s BLT. Lunch with ice tea for two and tip came to just under $30.

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45 Bistro – A Surprising Revelation

March 20th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Azalea Inn & Gardens endorses 45 Bistro Savannah Georgia

45 Bistro bar is magnificent!

I have been avoiding this restaurant for quite a while, nearly seven years to be exact, simply because of its location. I couldn’t possibly send my guests to a hotel restaurant because, well, because usually they are just okay and I take my vocation seriously. You would think that the opinions of two of my girlfriends would sway me, but until last night, not a chance.  45 Bistro turned out to be a surprising revelation nestled on Broughton Street in the first floor window front of a historic hotel.

So with apologies to my Wine-Chick friend, Lori, I tried dinner last night with another friend and fellow innkeeper, Shannon. Shannon must know every bartender in town and is enthusiastically greeted by one and all. I felt very privileged to be walking in her shadow. Bistro 45 is divided into the bar, dining room, and three private rooms which are used for various functions from intimate family dinners to wedding parties. We opted to sit at the bar (what a magnificent room) where bartender James remained attentive to us as well as the other groups scattered about the bar. He never failed to keep our wine glass topped off as Shannon and I discussed upcoming Savannah events and our individual B&B inns.

I left the ordering to Shannon and was not disappointed. First up was Roasted Ruby Beets – Belgian endive, praline walnuts, stilton cheese and roasted golden and ruby beets marinated in a champagne vinaigrette.  I LOVE beets and these did not disappoint. Next was GRILLED hearts of romaine with garlic croutons, shaved parmesan and their house made Cesar dressing. I don’t think I will ever have an ordinary Cesar salad again – grilled split romaine is the way to go. Our final course was a shared plate of Duck Two Ways – a succulent pan-seared duck breast and confit thigh topped with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, roasted beets and natural jus reduction.

When all was said and done we had consumed a bottle of wine, licked our plates clean, and converted a reluctant dining partner into a believer.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best food experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazineacclaimed as a “World’s Best City” in July 2011.

Call us today at 800.582.3823 or reserve online by clicking here.

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