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

May 7, 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 4, 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 10, 2011 by

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 3, 2011 by Cassandra Nicholson

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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