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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.

Savannah’s Best Kept Secret?

November 22nd, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Foodie Destinations Azalea Inn and Gardens

Introducing our Guest Blogger, Foodie Agent 008!

Have you ever wondered what  Savannah’s Best Kept Secret might be? Is there but one secret? Personally, I think that Savannah Innkeepers know lots of secrets, I certainly do.  For instance, what is the best time to head over for some mighty fine Southern cooking during lunchtime?  Have you wondered if there really is a good ghost tour of Savannah that isn’t, well, hokey?  Where do I go for some rib smackin’ good BBQ?  I think you get the idea.  Well, yesterday, I learned another best kept secret, and I’m sharing this with you, my guests and friends.

By mere happenstance yesterday evening, an old acquaintance stopped in to fill me in on a new adventure (more on that later) that my Savannah visitors were sure to find hauntingly delightful.  We conversed for a bit, my friend and I, joined by a guest, Leigh Cort of Leigh Cort Publicity.  As Leigh picked the brain of my friend to pieces, stories of lives past and future dreams emerged.  This secret agent, however, had another story that resonated with Leigh and I – both closet foodies.  Closet foodie? What the heck does that mean?  Well, it means we love food, all kinds of food, and we go in search of the best with every venture that comes our way.   It means we share our opinions with friends, but are not secure enough in our nose and palate to wax poetic on the dishes set before us – so we stay in the closet.

Where do you find that shortcut to heaven - who is the “go to” person that knows the best of the best in the town you plan to visit?  Enter Foodie Agent 008 at  your service!  The Mission? “To find what’s worth a foodie’s time!”  Qualifications?  A former chef, entrepreneur, guide to Savannah’s past, and, quite frankly, darned easy to look at (not that it’s a requirement… but it sure fits secret Agent #008).  Foodie 008 has signed on to give my guests an insider’s glimpse into the best that Savannah diners can experience. Watch for these fantabulous insights into dining in Savannah, coming soon to the “B&B of Choice” in Savannah.

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

Adventures in Eating Outside the Savannah Historic District – Think Blue Turtle Bistro

September 26th, 2011 by kolin

Adventures in eating outside the Savannah Historic District

Blue Turtle Bistro – fresh and local ingredients in a Yummy Salad!

My wife, Cami, and I enjoy adventures in eating - we love great food and a fun atmosphere.  It is especially fun to show our visiting family and friends the best of Savannah cuisine.  This weekend we had friends from Atlanta in town for the Savannah Jazz Festival and we decided to have a night out somewhere unexpected. We don’t usually try something new with guests but they have been here quite a few times and we thought it was time to break the norm and venture outside the Savannah Historic District. There are many up and coming neighborhoods in Savannah and younger crowds comprised of mainly of SCAD students and local professionals like to veer from the downtown bustle on a Saturday night and so we decided to follow that trend, at least for the evening!Tucked away in a building on Paulsen Street at 66th in Midtown is an instant new favorite for us. The Blue Turtle Bistro features homemade hearty meals with a healthy twist. The mid-mod style inside is all at once funky, extremely chic and sophisticated. Cool blues with pops of burnt orange here and there make for a fun environment accented by the warm glow of candles on each table and along the walls. We sat with our friends in the middle of the restaurant and it still felt very intimate – the Blue Turtle Bistro had made it a point to not crowd the tables leaving ample room to move around and mingle with other locals.

The menu is simple to understand and the very straightforward presentation of each meal makes The Blue Turtle a hit with me already! I’m all for simple food, good food, and healthy food. They definitely delivered! I ordered the Seared Pork chop with Homemade Mac and Cheese and Braised Spinach. Cami had the special of the evening, Chicken Picatta with Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes, while our guests savored Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Haricot Verts, and Creamy Risotto with Chorizo Roasted Red Peppers and Manchego Cheese.

We were all eager to taste each others dinner and with the portions being as ample as they were, nobody refrained! Every morsel of each entree was absolutely mouthwatering. The Picatta sauce was bright and had just the perfect brineyness (is that a word?!) from the capers while maintaining a creamy subtle richness. My mac and cheese was velvety smooth and just sharp enough to compliment the crisp salty sear on the thick bone-in chop. We were all extremely pleased and so satisfied with our individual choices (and not at all shy about exclaiming over everyone’s choice.)

The service was prompt, friendly, and very welcoming even though we had arrived only 30 minutes prior to closing. There was a sense of real pride about the food and space that really draws you in, then the food is the real kicker that beckons you to be a repeat offender! Great ambiance, perfect company, and simple, elegant, scrumptious bistro fare is what you’ll find at The Blue Turtle Bistro in Midtown Savannah, Georgia!

For more suggestions on where to eat, sleep and indulge in all things Savannah, call our Savannah GA Bed and Breakfast, Azalea Inn and Gardens so you can see of all of Savannah and Tybee Island GA.

Adobe Road Winery Dinner at Rocks on the River, Savannah, Georgia

May 7th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Adobe Road Winery

Jake and I, my sister and sisters-in-law, Sharon, Kathi and Teresa, indulged ourselves by attending the Adobe Road Winery Dinner at Rocks on the River.    I have long believed a delicious dinner in the company of fellow wine lovers makes for a fun and interesting evening and Tuesday night was no exception.

We walked the seven blocks to the restaurant arriving just in time for the serving of the first course which was deftly set in front of us by a rather handsome young man in untraditional waiter garb – jeans and collared shirt – while a traditionally garbed waiter (black pants white shirt) poured our first glass of the evening.  Seared sea scallops over spring vegetable dumplings in a shellfish broth and topped with crispy prosciutto was balanced brilliantly with Adobe Road’s 2009 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc.  This is nothing like an Australian or New Zealand Sauv Blanc with its bright citrus and grass hints, but was smoother, more velvety -attributed perhaps to the 6-month aging in old chardonnay oak barrels – whatever the reason – you will find it on the Azalea Inn and Gardens in-room wine list for your delight and enjoyment.

It tuned out that the young unconventionally dressed waiter was actually the 33-year-old winemaker for Adobe Road Winery, Michael Scorsone who also happens to be a graduate of one of American’s top culinary schools, The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York!   Michael shared the story of Adobe Road Winery - owned by renowned sportscar racer and entrepreneur Kevin Buckler and his wife, Debra – and the passion each member of the team brings to the wine.

Michael chose the 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir as the partner for the second course of peppercorn crusted Atlantic Tuna with caramelized fennel stromboli and a baby Forelle pear.

House cured pork with Anson Mill grits and spring mushrooms

Seated to my left I was delighted to find two wine greats of Savannah, Diane Rousakis of Ultimate Wine Distributors (who hold the key to Adobe Road) and Tim Rutherford, reknowned foodie and wine aficionado while across the table was Claude Auerbach of FORM.  The right end of the table was held down by Paul Ganem of Johnnie Ganem fame and his gal pal Judy.   Our chatter was briefly interrupted by the arrival of the third course of crispy house cured pork over a bed of Anson Mills grits with spring mushrooms.  Michael offered the characteristics of the Knights Valley “Bavarian Lion Vineyard” Cabernet Franc 2006 earth tones and cranberry on the nose while the palate is teased with a sort of cigar box base with nutmeg tendencies.  I for one cannot discern fully these subtle nuances of noses and palate overtures but  my sides note reads “Wow!”

Now with two courses remaining, I wondered if Michael would continue to tantalize my tastebuds and keep his scorecard at a perfect 10!  The pairing of Adobe Road Winery’s Knights Valley “Bavarian Lion Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 with Chef Jonathan Massey’s peppercorn roasted filet with creamy local ramps and crispy potatoes delivered the ultimate compliment of the evening and earned a “Double WOW!” of excitement from my family of dinner companions.   There is no wonder that this wine earned a well-deserved 91 from Wine Spectator.  I believe I heard Paul Ganem sharing with those seated closest to him that this wine could be found on the shelves of his store  – or there will be until I get to the store!

Finally, as with all good things, the evening was coming to an end, and there was but one final wine and one more course.  Chef Massey assembled a Black Mission Fig bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and a sticky pecan sauce to accompany the Russian River “Bacigalupi Vineyard” Petite Syrah, served up in a mini-cast iron skillet.

For more suggestions on where to eat, sleep and indulge in all things Savannah, call our Savannah GA Bed and Breakfast, Azalea Inn and Gardens so you can see of all of Savannah and Tybee Island GA.

Cheap Eats = Good Eats in Savannah

May 4th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah GA Second Line

the Second Line restaurant

Psst… do you want to know where to find Cheap Eats that are actually Good Eats in Savannah?   We have the inside scoop on new as well as tried and true dining establishments in our delicious city that won’t pluck your wallet clean of green.  At least once a month we make an attempt to experience a new restaurant, revisit an old favorite, or give the proverbial second chance to a place that fell off our list of “good eats”.   Yesterday, with sisters-in-law in tow, Jake and I discovered a new delight, Second Line, located on the west end of Bay Street quite close to our fav antique store, Jere’s.

Featuring Authentic New Orleans Po’ Boys, and though it is difficult to think clearly when I contemplate my college years, I must tell you that this is as close as you can get without traveling to NOLA.   The owners began work on the Factors Walk space last spring, jumped through the required hoops, built tables out of reclaimed wood (old telephone cable rolls) and painted a wall mural of a familiar New Orleans scene – a “second line,”  a reference to the impromptu percussive rhythms of the row of mourners behind the band in a New Orleans funeral procession and later the line of dancing, parasol-toting, kerchief-waving celebrants who form up behind participants in the city’s renowned jazz parades.

It was difficult to single out just one Po’ Boy and being frugal, we each ordered a sandwich and shared our bounty.  I chose the Muffaletta, Jake the “Debris”, Kathi had Meatball and Teresa chose a hot Ham and Cheese – all were served on French Bread and dressed to suite our tastes, kexcept mine which was served on Italian Bread.  My favorite was Kathi’s meatball sub, followed closely by my own Muffaletta though the Debris (hot roast beef, ham and turkey shavings in their own house brown gravy was singularly guarded by Jake.  I found the hot ham and cheese to be tasty with remnants of childhood comforts in its simplest form.

The sandwiches at the Second Line were all under $10 and wonderfully filling when topped off with Sweet Tea and provided the necessary energy to get us through the walk back to Azalea Inn and Gardens, a mere 7 blocks of square-strolling beauty.

Meatball Po’Boy

Muffaletta Po’Boy

For more suggestions on where to eat, sleep and indulge in all things Savannah, call our Savannah GA Bed and Breakfast, Azalea Inn and Gardens so you can see of all of Savannah and Tybee Island GA.

606 East Cafe in Savannah

February 10th, 2011 by Cami Nicole

I can’t tell you how much a love a good lunch spot, and 606 East Cafe on MLK is just that. It’s quirky with fun murals on the walls, kitschy accessories scattered about, and waitresses sporting t-shirts that say “Diva.” I experienced 606 for the first time with my friend Michael.  I had the Philly Cheesesteak (made with pepperjack cheese – AWESOME) and Michael had cheese sticks (also tasty).

Shortly thereafter, Kolin and I ordered some carryout from them and were (for the most part) not disappointed!

The pasta salad was creamy, which I normally steer clear of, but this was one of the best pasta salads I have ever had (no joke!).  The tuna melt was disgusting, but the buffalo wings spelled redemption.  I will definitely by returning!  (And if someone in charge reads this, I totally want a diva tee!)

Savannah Restaurant Week: Chart House

February 3rd, 2011 by Cami Nicole

This week in Savannah is known as Oglethorpe’s Feast, more commonly called Restaurant Week. 

 

From January 28th through February 6th (I know, that’s 10 days, but we’re not known for our math skills), 11 upscale restaurants are offering a 3-course meal for only $30! 

While we try to stay away from chain restaurants, Kolin and I decided to try the Chart House during this Feast.  This place was so fancy, they even put our name on the menu (I apologize for the quality of the pictures; I only had my cell phone)! 

"THE SAVANNAH CHART HOUSE WELCOMES THE PODELL PARTY"

 

We started with bread and butter along with some tasty appetizers: 

Fried Green Tomatoes

 

I am a HUGE fan of fried green tomatoes and hadn’t had a bad one in Savannah…but these fried green tomatoes had way too much going on to be enjoyable; the taste of cilantro overpowered the tomato. 

Caesar Salad

 

The ceasar salad was smothered in homemade dressing and tasted delicious. 

Clam Chowder

 

The clam chowder went down smooth with its creamy texture and light flavors. 

Then it was time for the entrees: 

Short Ribs

 

Kolin ordered the spare ribs with mashed potatoes.  The ribs were cooked perfectly with a tasty Cabernet demi.  The potatoes, however, were dry and lacked flavor. 

Hemingway Snapper

 

I chose the parmesan-crusted Hemingway snapper, topped with jumbo lump crab meat and drizzled in lemon shallot butter.  Seem like a mouthful?  It was.  The flavors were to rich to enjoy, but the rice that came on the side was fantastic. 

Dessert finished off the meal: 

Pecan Pie

 

Kol enjoyed the Southern classic pecan pie while I chose the rich mud pie: 

Mud Pie

 

The meal had its ups-and-downs and taught us to stick to our guns when it came to only eating at local restaurants.

Savannah’s Sugar Daddy

January 26th, 2011 by Cami Nicole

No, I’m not talking about a rich old man taking care of Savannah; I’m talking about Sugar Daddy’s, a chic restaurant on Jefferson near Broughton:

Kolin (Azalea’s tasty chef, as well as [did I mention?] my husband) and I decided to check Sugar Daddy’s out the other night.  I dig the look and feel of the place with local art on the walls and familiar jazz coming from the speakers.  As a lover of all things bubbly, I jumped on the inexpensive champagne flight:

Yes, please! Can I have 6 more?!

I enjoyed it:

(maybe a little too much?)

…and Kolin did as well:

He’s a bit more classy than I am when it comes to the bubbly.

We started with bread and cheese, as well as the Ciabatta Margherita:

So far, so delicious.

For our main courses, Kolin chose the special that night, sun-dried tomato pesto-topped Marlin with asparagus and mashed sweet potatoes:

And I went with the Duck Confit Panini and mini side salad:

While the meal started with a tasty bang, the main courses left us a bit disappointed as they were both overcooked.  Thankfully, there’s always room for cheescake:

Mmmmmm.

So, what’s my advice for you, avid Savannah tourist?  Definitely make a stop at Sugar Daddy’s for drinks, appetizers, and dessert to spice up a week night.

4th Wine and Food Pairing: Best Yet!

September 19th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Menu

By Gosh, I think we might have it!  Mix 5 great wine finds with 5 perfect matches, shake gently and add 10 enthusiastic wine enthusiasts. Final result: An incredible evening of wine and food, conviviality and fun.  Last night was the fourth in our series with the theme “Red Blends Rule” and Lindsay Melton of United Wine Distributors was perfectly prepared to present our wines and comment on our matches.

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