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Thanksgiving Dinner at Azalea Inn and Gardens

August 20th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Just because you left town for the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a truly traditional and delicious Thanksgiving meal.  Book yourself a relaxing and stress-free stay in one of Savannah’s finest bed and breakfasts – Azalea Inn and Gardens – for the holiday and join us for Thanksgiving Dinner at 3 P.M.

Kolin, our personal chef, and I sat down today to create a Thanksgiving menu to rival even your grandmother’s.  We started with the obvious choices…turkey, dressing and Pecan Pie, and then added a little Azalea Inn style.  Seafood is a staple in the south, so we thought that we would start the meal with a Savannah favorite, Southern Style crab cakes with a basic remoulade.  Served with Beet deviled eggs and we feel like we are still keeping it semi-traditional. 

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Savannah Heirloom Tomato Celebration

August 17th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

I can’t believe it has taken me so long to write you all about a fabulous evening we had at our local Earth to Table restaurant, Cha Bella, on August 3.  I blame it on travel fatigue having just returned from a two-week jaunt from Savannah to Newfoundland to Boston and home to see family and friends. 

Cha Bella hosted an evening in praise of the heirloom tomato with an amuse bouche and three courses. The palate teaser was a small bite of tomato with a basil cream delightfully followed up with the first course choice of a “BLT” salad of roasted golden tomatoes or the soup: a puree of slow oven roasted golden tomatoes with a sliver of pecorino, tempura avocado and a cilantro pesto.  I chose the salad (a side note by the Chef indicated the salad was an homage to the all-American sandwich – but it was so much more): an assortment of baby and large heirlooms, Italian ham served crisp, baby arugula and a garlic-tomato aioli.  Loved the salad, but my table-mates were equally infatuated with the soup!

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Wine Tasting and Food Pairing: Blondes DO Have More Fun!

June 20th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Last evening (June 19, 2010) a trio of innkeepers, Teresa, Diane and Jackie, hosted the first of 12 Wine and Food Pairing evenings at Azalea Inn and Gardens.  Join us every Saturday of the month, and a lively theme will give you a hint of what is to come. Diane Rousakis, accompanied by Lindsay Melton of United Distributors, lent her expertise to the evening showcasing five wines from her portfolio in response to “Summer Whites: Do Blondes Have More Fun?” We took a slightly unconventional approach this evening presenting each wine individually, followed by its paired appetizer, an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast each wine and note how food combinations may change your perception.

Maso Canali Pinot Grigio was first up paired with (surprisingly) Onion Rings! Diane gave an easy to understand lecture on the pinot grigio grape and the particular characteristics of this blending. Everyone had the opportunity to appreciate the characteristics of the wine before sampling the onion rings, prepared by Azalea Inn and Garden’s chef, Kolin. The delicate crunch of the rings and the bite of the onion dipped into two somewhat zesty dipping sauces were a hit!

Our second wine of the evening was the Alamos Torrontes, an Argentina wine with citrus and peach notes and hints of jasmine and herbs which made it a perfect pairing for something a bit spicy. Jackie of the Zeigler House Inn served up spicy capicola ham rolled around goat cheese and micro-greens all topped with a three-pepper relish.

Next was the Martin Codax Albarino, an aromatic complex Spanish white wine, dry and crisp with flavors of ripe apples, peach, apricots, melon, grapefruit and lemon zest with a bright minerality, making a perfect match for Jackie’s next food pairing. Individual gratins of bay scallops in a white wine sauce with a golden brown crust of garlic, shallots, prosciutto and panko bread crumbs were chosen as the accompaniment to this rich and elegant wine.

California’s Central Coast was brilliantly represented by a William Hill Chardonnay paired perfectly: Crab Cakes with sweet corn and peppers with a whole seed mustard sauce (my personal favorite of the night) prepared by Diane of the Green Palm Inn. This Chardonnay has a tropical nose with toasty oak, pear and vanilla scents. Clean and soft on the palate, butterscotch and tropical fruit flavors married sublimely with the crab cakes and complimented the vanilla cream, buttered popcorn, lime and mineral finish of the wine.

The final wine of the evening, White Haven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is a refreshing palate pleaser with vibrant peach, tropical fruit and grapefruit aromas with freshly-cut herb undertones. The outstanding Shrimp Shooters with fresh Georgia wild shrimp was an inspired and unusual treat.

The evening wrapped up with a light tart filled with a ginger cream and fresh berries – and we can all thank Kolin for that good night treat!

A good time was had by all!

Do Blondes Have More Fun? A Wine and Food Pairing in Savannah, GA

June 7th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

WINE AND FOOD PAIRING at

AZALEA INN AND GARDENS

Featuring:

Maso Canali Pinot Grigio, Italy
Alamos Torrentes, Argentina

Martin Codax Albarino, Spain
William Hill Central Coast Chardonnay, California
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

 

Delightful food pairings by

Zeigler House Inn’s Jackie Heinz

Green Palm Inn’s Diane McCray

Azalea Inn and Gardens’ Kolin Podell

 

Presentation by Wine Experts

Diane Rousakis

Lindsay Melton

 

Cost: $25 per person or $40 per couple

Complimentary with a 3-night stay

 

RSVP: 800-582-3823 or via email

no later than

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Alligator Soul debutes Lunch Menu – Wow!

October 14th, 2009 by Teresa Jacobson

Alligator SoulLast Monday, three innkeepers and a husband met at Alligator Soul to admire the new logo and sample the newly-opened-for-lunch menu.   Chef Chris DiNello shared with Savannah Foodie’s Tim Rutherford:  ”Our focus is on express gourmet Southern-style lunch for under $10. The menu will be short, light and diverse. Diners should expect changes on a regular basis because I’m using ingredients that are fresh, local and predominately organic.”

Alligator Soul’s world class cuisine and ambiance is well-known in the bed and breakfast circles, and a favorite of these three innkeepers and one of our top choices for dinner recommendations.  Could Maureen and Chris, the co-owners, meet our expectations and their own?

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Sisters and Mother’s Day

May 21st, 2009 by Teresa Jacobson

My sister, Sharon, surprised me with a mid-week visit to celebrate Mother’s Day.  We don’t see each other often enough though she only lives a few hours away, so she and her partner, Dana, drove up from Jacksonville on Wednesday morning to share the day with me, in the absence of my own children, all living in California. They arrived about noon, and as I was still working, I sent them off to see Savannah by trolley with the promise to join up as soon as possible. I finally caught up with them close to 5 p.m. down on River Street at a local bar, sipping a brew. After helping Sharon finish hers off, our next venture of the evening was in search of a great bottle of wine and bit of food to go with. I chose a local wine bar, Bacchus, which was just round the corner from where we were.

Though 5:30 is a bit early for a crowd, but I did notice two of my favorite wine-guys as we entered, both of whom work for competing distributors in the Savannah area.  Casey steered us toward a B.R. Cohen Cab and entertained us all with the story of Bruce Cohen, manager of the Doobie Brothers, and his successful venture into wine. It is easy to see that Casey has a passion for wine and sharing his knowledge and this choice was a great way to begin a sisters evening together.

Alligator Soul has always been one of my favorites for pairing of food and wine; I love both and am at my happiest when I don’t have to ponder the perfect accompaniment to my dish.  Mo, the owner, and her Chef, Chris, offer a Chef’s Tasting Menu of either three or six course, with or without paired wines. We each chose the three-course tasting, with wine, but first the amuse bouche (to amuse the mouth) that starts every meal at Alligator Soul and changes with the day. I cannot now remember what it was, but it doesn’t matter – I was delighted to begin the tasting.

First Course was Poached Halibut and shrimp in a jalapeno miso broth with oyster mushrooms, carrots and green onions, paired with Writer’s Block Roussanne 2006, Lake County California. Second course was a BBQ trio: Guava glazed BBQ ribs with a bourbon smoked ribeye spring roll and a crawfish collard green spring roll paired with Mauritson 2005 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. The third course was a smoked duck breast (hot-dog style) wrapped in spinach and fried potato with roasted lamb chop, zinfandel reduction with red onion relish – oh my! The wine? ONYX, a 2006 Shiraz West Coast South Africa. Our young server inquired whether we might like dessert – which we politely declined.

We are not that temperate – we already had plans to go to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar just a short walk away and indulge in dessert and martinis.  I had my favorite Espresso Martini, and then chose the trio of Creme Brulee and stopped just short of licking the little ramekins.  My sister had a glass of wine and chocolate peanut butter cake, while Dana realized that the driving was best left to her and she ordered coffee and and a strawberry cake, I think?

As near as I can recall the ride home was uneventful – we did, after all, arrive!  The next morning we went to Mom and Nikki’s for breakfast before they headed home.

It was the nicest mother’s day treat my sister could have given me – her company, great food and wine, and love.  Sharon told our other sister, Pat, everything we did that night.  Pat was shocked – her comment “We couldn’t get her to stay out past 9:30 this past New Year’s Eve, I can’t believe it!”  To which Sharon replied, “We were home and in bed by 8:30.”

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