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Savannah Restaurant Week: Chart House

February 3, 2011 by

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 26, 2011 by

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 19, 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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Azalea Inn sips and sups at a Wine Portfolio Tasting

September 5, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Rocket Bar WineMy favorite “Wine Chic”, Lori Mohr, sales rep for Ultimate Distributors here in Savannah, invited me to their Fifth Annual Portfolio Tasting, an extravaganza of importers and Vineyards that Ultimate (and Lori) represent. The party started at 1 pm but duty kept me at the inn until after 2 – but don’t worry about me – I didn’t miss a sip!  Twenty-four tables of wines were spread about the tasting room representing all corners of the earth and because I don’t believe in spitting (I am a girl, after all!), I had to carefully plan where I would tantalize my taste buds.  I immediately eliminated any wine I have in our private collection, or any wine I have tasted previously, and planned an attack by white then red.  

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Wine and Food: A Perfect Pairing

August 24, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Three months ago we began a series of monthly wine and food pairings mostly so we could support our habit – an addictive love of great wine and food paired with the company of friends, old and new!  On the third Saturday of every month until we have satiated our need, we invite you, our guest, to join us for our pre-dinner “teaser” of perfectly paired wine and foods.  

The party starts at 6:00 p.m. and for the next hour and a half our guest speaker will share a vast knowledge of the wines, regions, and varietals.  Hopefully, our culinary talents will provide you a marriage of wine and foods that will open up possibilities for you. 

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Azalea Inn and Gardens

August 20, 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 17, 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 20, 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 7, 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 14, 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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