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Beating the Post-VDay Blues in Savannah

February 16, 2011 by

The day of love has come and gone and you find yourself in a funk.  SNAP OUT OF IT!  Don’t you know Savannah is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States?!  The greatest thing about our gorgeous city is you don’t need money to enjoy it.  There are over 20 squares filled with greenery, fountains, monuments, and more.

The weather is perfect.  Grab your honey’s hand and just take a stroll: it won’t cost a thing and the memories you make will be priceless as well!

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!)

Joey Does Savannah: A Brief Tour of Savannah Georgia with Old Savannah Tours

February 8, 2011 by

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 Black Heritage Festival

February 1, 2011 by

When the Gullah people settled in the lowcountry in the 1700s, I bet they never imagined their influence would carry all the way into the 21st century, but The Savannah Black Heritage Festival is in its 22nd year and definitely keeping the culture alive.  The Gullah cherished storytelling, cuisine, music, folklore, and crafts, which can all be found at the fest, running February 1st through the 13th:

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.

Savannah’s Own Lady Chablis

January 24, 2011 by

If you’re familiar with Savannah, you’re familiar with the book and/or movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: the story of Jim Williams weaved with love, lust, and murder in our historic city. In the thick of MGGE is The Lady Chablis Deveau, a woman with a filthy mouth and a secret truth. We recently got to meet The Lady:

She was very sweet, despite her on-stage persona.

…and get a brief taste of the shows she puts on at Club One monthly:

Doing her thang!

Singing.

Working the crowd.

Collecting tips.

While The Lady is only there once or twice a month, Club One has multiple drag shows weekly: 11:30 pm Thursdays, and 10:30 pm and 12:30 am Fridays and Saturdays.

And if you missed The Lady while she was in town on the 22nd, don’t fret, she’ll return: February 19th, March 12th and 17th (for St. Patty’s Day, of course), April 9th and 30th, May 21st, June 25th, July 23rd, August 13th, September 9th, October 8th, November 5th and 26th, and December 17th.  All dates (except September 9th), she’ll have shows at 8 and 10:30 pm.

And if you can’t catch any of her shows, “two tears in a bucket…”

Live Wire Music Hall presents Frontier Ruckus January 22, 2011

January 22, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Frontier Ruckus is an indy-folk-rock band that sounds like The Avett Brothers meet Neil Young with a female background vocalist.

www.wagatailpresents.com for more information and to secure tickets.

Wall Street Journal Recommends Savannah in January!

January 19, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Historic lodging, B&BWhen is the best time to be in Savannah?  Well, it depends, but the Wall Street Journal  says see Savannah in January.  A featured article on Savannah, entitled “Southern Revival”,  held a delicious quote: “Savannah is still…Savannah, only with more facial scruff, less blue hair wash. January’s a pleasant time to get to know her, little black dress with biker boots and all.’  It immediately brings to mind the funky lively spirit that the students of SCAD bring to the city, as well as the free-spirited nature of all her transplants (of which I am one).  Were I a few years younger, I would dare to wear biker boots with anything chic and feel perfectly comfortable in our vibrant downtown night scene.   

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Cooking Class in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia

December 18, 2010 by

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful – if you are in a cooking class in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia.  The fire I’m speaking of was under the pot of gumbo I was making at a cooking class I recently attended.  We have been experiencing an unseemly cold snap here in Savannah, and have been searching for warmer inside activities. We discovered an answer only a short jaunt from the inn at a 3-hour cooking class with a re-known chef and 10 other foodies.  It was, to say the least, a blast!

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