Eating my way around Savannah 

I recently joked that I vacationed with my stomach on my recent trip to Savannah.  While true in the fact that we did plan out where we were going to eat there were other things I had on the agenda.  Seeing my Uncle , taking a haunted tour in an old hearse , a surprise visit with my husband’s uncle and some of the more typical tourist things. But it did feel like we did a heck of a lot of eating. So much so when I got home and check the old scale because my clothes were fitting funny, it confirmed we ate well.   Next post will be about my reset I am doing to shed that travel weight and he stress eating I did for a few weeks prior.

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Naan Appetit

102 US-80, Pooler , Ga

First, in Pooler Ga, just outside of Savannah there is a great spot for Indian food.  Naan Appetit is the name.   It’s a small spot in a sorta strip mall with what looked to be a small Indian grocery attached to it.  We stopped in at lunch on a weekday and enjoyed a really nice inexpensive (compared to my favorite placed in CT) buffet lunch.  I didn’t get any pictures of the food but trust me it was really good. What I loved is they use local fresh ingredients and you can tell. They have a tandoori oven that use too. I didn’t try the Tadoori chicken but my husband said it was delicious.  It looked moist and had that beautiful coloring you want. The naan bread was excellent and clearly in house made.  It was an amazing value for our money.  What did catch my attention was their blackboard painted wall with a bit old “Namaste Y’all” that made me giggle.

 

 
FIVE OAKS TAPROOM

201 W. Bay St, Savannah

Now while in Savannah we stayed most of our trip in the Hotel Indigo on Bay St. Beautiful renovated hotel but what I got very excited about was they had a restaurant/bar in the hotel that boosted it had an amazing executive chef who loved cooking with seasonal local ingredients with a menu that changes.  The Five Oaks Taproom is worth the visit if you are not even staying at the Hotel Indigo.  We ate a few meals there and often stopped at the bar part for a nightcap and snack before going back to our room.

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My first meal there was a kale salad with pork belly croutons , chèvre, dried cranberries , dressed with a vinaigrette.  It was may attempt to eat healthy.  Pork Belly is healthy right?

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The next morning for breakfast we stopped in before heading out on our adventures and I enjoyed croustinis with prosciutto with balsamic vinegar, grapefruit juice and coffee. I am not a sweets in the morning type of gal .  I debated a mimosa with this but decided against it. My mistake for sure. Vacation mode hadn’t hit me yet.

FLYING MONK NOODLE HOUSE

5 W. BROUGHTON ST. 

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Flying Monk Noodle House was not on my planned list of places to eat but after the one chilly day on our trip that it rained and we got caught in the downpour without an umbrella (who packs an umbrella for a vacation??) I was having a craving to slurp noodles.   This place fit the bill.  I got my iced Thai tea and ordered the White Elephant, which the chef’s chicken soup with a Laos flavor.  The house made thick noodles were amazing as was the broth. The menu had lots to choose from. You need to bring your appetite as the portions are huge. Also be prepared to get to sit very close to others. Not a bad thing since everyone was friendly and happy to be slurping noodles too.

Elizabeth on 37th

105 E. 37th, Savannah

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Last year watching Andrew Zimmer eat his way around Savannah , it was his experience at Elizabeth on 37th that caught my attention.  It was March when we booked our trip and as soon as it was booked I was looking this place up.  I read lots of reviews and decided how often do you get to eat in an old southern mansion?  I booked our reservation.  It was the meal that I looked forward to for months.  I am happy to share it was worth the wait.

I will say the mansion looks like it has seen better days and could use a little love on the outside. I am not sure if their historical society is anything like ours and it could be they are in the works but are held up by red tape.  The inside was beautiful. You could easily forget what year it is.  The waitstaff all wear crisp white shirts, black ties and black slacks. We had two waiters, lots of silverware on the table to confuse me, and a simple one page menu all again made with locally sourced in season ingredients.So don’t look online and plan your meal.  The menu might be different. Or you could do what happened to us. We ended up ordering completely of the chef’s specials that night.   Fresh baked bread was brought to the table and they had a beautiful wine list.    We ordered appetizers, entree and shared a dessert because before our appetizer we were surprised by a smaller appetizer of mussels with sort of chipotle seasoning and then a frisée salad arrived before dinner with watermelon and feta and a light vinaigrette.

My husband’s dishes I didn’t get pictures of but his soup appetizer is what stands out in my memory. He had ordered pea soup with crabmeat and mushrooms I believe. The dish came and we were able to see the crabmeat and mushrooms as that was all that was in the bowl along with some other things. It was beautiful but we looked at each other like , “did we miss understand it was soup?”  That was when our waiter came over and poured the pea puree over this beautiful plate. My husband loved it and we had a good laugh with our waiter.

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My scallop appetizer was incredible.

 

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For dinner I had a fillet of soul with morel and trumpet mushrooms and what caught my attention was a goat cheese flan.  Say what? To know me,  is to know I am goat cheese lover. Oh I eat canything goat honestly.  Let’s be honest here.  So this was a must try. It was heavenly. I can’t even share how light and fluffy but rich that was.

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Dessert was a cheesecake but with a twist, goat cheese and fresh strawberries. I’ve never had cheesecake with goat cheese and I am telling you I need the recipe.   It was rich and creamy but had a sweetness to it. Close to one of the best desserts I have ever eaten.

They offer a lovely dessert wine list as well as hot beverages.  I really didn’t want to leave but I left feeling satisfied and pampered.   I’d love to go back again.

THE ALLEYCAT

207 W. Broughton Street, Unit B , Savannah (entrance in the alley)

On the advice of a local who told us about this place and the next, (Thank you Brian) our nextstop worthy of mention was down an alley.  No really look.

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Then in a backdoor, down a flight of stairs and we arrived in what felt like to me a hidden gem of a bar with the owner behind the bar.  He asked us if we wanted to see a menu. My husband said he wasn’t looking for food , to which the bartender smiled an said , ” No food man, we just have 33 pages of booze”.  He put what looked like a newspaper in front of us and gave us time to browse.  It was set up by the type of liquor you like with all kinds of interesting drinks and stories to go with it. I’ve never seen such an extensive drink menu.

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What got me is I never once saw the bartender look up how to make a drink.  I ordered a elderberry martini and sat back , relaxed and read the boozy paper.

While I heard a speakeasy was opening up in a more touristy part of town, I really think this is a gem of a place if you like a good cocktail,  well worth the trip down that alley.

CHIVE SEA BAR AND LOUNGE

4 West Broughton Street

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After our trip the ALLEYCAT we walked a few blocks over to CHIVE.  This again was on the advice the same local , Brian, had suggested.   If it’s later in the evening I suggest you get reservation.  We came in a little early and they had a table open.   The decor is 1920’s Art Deco and has a real hipster vibe.  I loved it. If that’s not your cup of tea don’t let that scare you off. The food is worth it.  The menu is mostly seafood and has a sort of asian and southern comfort flair.

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After our oysters, I enjoyed a crab stuffed stripped bass that had a sort of curry like sauce on it, that rested on a bed of risotto. It was incredible.  No fake crab meat in that stuffing as I had a beautiful piece of clawmeat sticking out of my bass.   Lovely wine list, old fashioned cocktails, great staff, beautiful decor add to the amazing menu, you got a winner. You can walk dinner off by window shopping down Broughton Street.

TWO CRACKED EGGS

202 East Bay Street, Savannah 

No pictures but a great little spot for breakfast, which is served all day, or lunch.  I am going to say that htey had the best biscuits I have had in years and years. The waitress also boasted that their jam was homemade. I had to try it. I comapare all homemade jams to my grandma’s who lived in Macon , Ga and this was almost tied. It was really good. Great staff, fun relaxed atmosphere and a great view of the river.  I felt like i had breakfast in someone’s home. Chef even came out and talked with everyone.

THE DISTILLERY 

416 W. Liberty St. , Savannah 

I wish I had taken pictures of this place.  We went there twice and you’d think I would have gotten at least one picture. The place is all brick walled and is set in a pre-Prohibition distillery.  They have a big sign that tells you what theydont serve so don’t  go in there looking for PBR or Coors. You are not going to find it. What they do have is 20 or so taps of local good craft beers that change.  I had a peach beer the first visit that was so incredible but the next visit that peach beer had been replaced by another that was different by good.  Great food, many dishes cooked with local brews as well. I loved that.    We enjoyed a rather odd play on nachos. Wontons fried to be chips and then topped with seared tuna and wasbi. Sounds odd but really good.    A gentleman at the end of the bar ordered the only dessert they had. A deep fried moon pie with generous scoops of ice cream to go with it.  It looked incredible but a must share.

RAW ingredients 

18C 16th St, Tybee Island, Ga

Just to set the record straight, I stopped eating Sushi a few years ago after having nightmares several times after eating it. I’ve talked to other people and have heard a number of reasons but I just decided to my husband’s sadness, I was not going to eat it again.  Untill we went to Tybee Island.  We had walked around, gone down to the pier and it was hot out. My tummy was hungry and we had walked down 16th street and my husband said “Oh sushi!”  Then remembering wI wont eat it let me know they had bubble tea.  We kept walking.  The other suggestion we had from others was a place for fried seafood. The heat made that sound less appetizing.   Cold raw fish sounded way better.  Nightmares, eh, we were flying home that night and I am sure that alone would have me not sleeping well.    Besides, I really wanted sushi.  I said to my husband I wanted to go to Raw.  He questioned my sanity as we walked quickly back. A big smile on his face.

We did order some things that were cooked. so does that rules it out as sushi right? But everything we had was excellent. While you order at the counter this is not fast food, it’s made to order so be patient if you go.   The prices were amazing as well, or so said my hubby who eats sushi out with friends or our youngest daughter. I loved the flavors.  I am also happy to report, no nightmares.  Yay!!       Maybe for me it was eating next to the big chalkboard wall with all the Alice in Wonderland drawings.

 

ELIZA THOMPSON HOUSE- BED AND BREAKFAST

5 West Jones St, Savannah 

Not a place to eat, really, unless your staying there.  It’s a beautiful place.  I spent a good time relaxing in the courtyard.  They offered a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 that was delicious and had hot horderves as well as wined and cheese.  Later in the evening they offer an array of desserts with tea and coffee at 8:30pm.    In the morning we woke to only step out into the courtyard to enjoy a buffet breakfast with all kinds of wonderful things from fresh fruit to Georgia grits.

 

SERVICE BREWERY

574 INDIAN ST. 

I enjoy going to breweries with my husband.  When I saw Savannah had a few near where we were staying I decided it was a must on our list of things to do.  Then I read the laws these brewieres have to work with.  It’s insane.  Just trust me and google it. Now I was told by one of the guys working that day that laws are changing in the fall and they will be able to serve pints and will even have food trucks visiting. Apparently owing a food truck in Savannah is another nightmare but that is changing too.

 

What got me is this a Veteran owned and Veteran brewed company.  They are really proud of that and the product they are putting out.  If your able to try the Oyster Stout or the Savannah Banana do it.   Gunny Bunny was my other favorite. Actually don’t think I tried anything I didn’t like. I only wish I could have taken a few six packs back on the plane home with me or at least could buy it here in New England.

I am sure I missed something on our trip to Savannah that we ate. Like I didn’t mention the Six Pence that we stopped at halfway on our haunted Savannah tour. If you want a different view of Savannah definitely ride around the city in the back of an old used hearse. Like Spooky Steve told us the coffin rollers make for a good foot massage.

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Well, I think the picture of Spooky Steve’s hearse is a good way to end a blog. I mean sort of fitting for the the end.

If you have been to Savannah I’d love to hear your favorite places to eat. Just post them in the comments below!

 

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Farmers Markets start to bloom

So this spring I thought I might get  my garden back and grow some of my own produce.  It’s been a bit of a while since I had a really nice garden going. What I didn’t plan on was that I have some very invasive mint growing in one garden bed and that the family of rabbits living under my shed that I find “oh so adorable ” would be eating things before I could get to them.   So the kale is gone along with a few other things. My radishes didn’t come in like I hoped and well I am having a good laugh. I will have a small crop of peas if all things work out right and my rainbow chard looks beautiful. Of course the raspberry bushes I have had for to many years to count and we cut back to nearly nothing , have come back with a vengeance.

What’s going very well is the pots on my little deck outside my kitchen. Herbs and tomatoes I have growing there, It’s my little zen spot so maybe it’s the energy along with the lack of wildlife having a snack.  I will be trying a trick one of the chefs in the kitchen I work in shared with me to keep the creatures at bay. If it works I’ll share.

Thankfully the farmers markets all start up locally this week. I am a farmers market junky. Which is good. I have a neighbor I ran into at the local farm/garden center who saw I was buying tomato plants and he laughed said he just picks up the produce when they sell them at the farm store. Easier that way. I laughed and put my plants in my car. After this spring start, I almost see his point.

Happily I had Saturday off this past weekend with great excitement I looked forward to going to the local farmer’s market. I decided to even go without a list and see how much good stuff I could find and then make a menu for the week around my haul.  I was surprised at what I found. My favorite farmer just had plants at the moment. But new to the market (to me anyhow) was a certified organic farmer with produce at really great prices. I think everyone was excited and there was a line which I happily waited in and picked up all that I could along with hubby holding items,  and was shocked when he said it was all under $20.

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My husband and I also found a farmer with meats. Guess it is a turkey farm but they also have sheep and goats. You say goat meat to me and I get excited. I picked up mutton sausage and goat stew meat for some meals this week.

My brain began to create dishes as we hit the local ice cream truck with it’s amazing and odd flavors. Yes, we were eating ice cream before 11am. It’s how I adult.  My hubby and I found a shady spot next to a local resturaunt that was on “Chopped” that was cooking up breakfast goodies  from items they purchased at the stands  at the farmers market (Rainbow Gardens if your curious is the place) and I realized I needed some bread from the local bakery to round things out.  A loaf of honey flax seed bread went into our bag and we were off. By the time we drove the 10 mins drive home I was read to write out my menu and run to the local grocery store to complete my shopping.

I’ll be sharing the recipes that are simple, from what I am making with my farmer market finds.  First up was the mutton and beautiful purple and dark green kale.

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Mutton Sausage & Kale One Pot Saute.

  • 1 pound of mutton sausage , casings removed
  • 1 large bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of red quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • sage
  • red pepper flakes (for serving)
  • lemon wedges ( for serving)
  1. In a large skillet head olive oil. Add onion and saute till soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 min or until you can smell it.
  2. Add the mutton sausage and break up in the pan. Cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add quinoa to the pan. Stir and and then add water. Give a good stir. Place lid on pan and lower heat. Cook for 25-30 mins on low until water had dissolved and quinoa is cooked.
  4. Add chopped kale to the pan and fold in until the kale is wilted. Season with salt and pepper and sage to liking.
  5. Serve with red pepper flakes and lemon wedges and a crusty bread. Enjoy!

 

Next up how I used that alien looking root vegetable, Kohlrabi. It’s got a lot of great uses.

If your cooking with farmers market finds I’d love to hear from you. Or if your nervous about how to use something you saw or bought let me know. I’d love to help.

 

 

 

 

You can follow me on Instagram (shellyscookery) to find out what I am up to between posts and what’s cooking in the kitchen or check out the local food adventures I am up to.

 

The simple things; Citrus Avocado & Salmon salad.

  • I love fresh simple easy meals.  I love complicated meals too. You know the kind that take a day of cooking on a lazy Sunday afternoon. But as the days get longer and warmer cooking simple fresh meals seems almost more rewarding than an afternoon of slow cooking.

Recently one of my meals looked like this. A simple crab salad served on a crissont with baked organic sweet potato chips and a glass of rose grapefruit  wine. Nothing fancy or hard to make but I think honestly it was just the atmosphere that night. Peaceful, slow,  and relaxed. I could have been easy to toss things on paper plates and eat standing in the kitchen that night. But I made sure to take time to make things pretty. Just like I would enjoy if I had gone out to eat on a Friday night. image

 

 

A few nights later my husband and I shared in getting dinner cooked up. We had gone out and picked out the salmon together and had a nice visit with our fish monger. Enjoyed a day together and then working on our own projects and then came together to cook and enjoy the evening.  While the meal was light, I felt more full as I tucked into my salad and enjoyed the conversation with my husband and two sons. It’s nice to reconnect like this. My tummy was full but so was my heart and soul.

That’s what mealtime should be about. A time to sit, relax , reconnect and catch your breath. Feed your body but also your soul. For some that’s beautiful plates, candles, . It might be having family gathered around the table. Stop and think what a really good meal means to you. From the food and drink to the atmosphere.

So here’s the simple salad my husband I cooked up. You can have dinner on the table in less than 30 mins.

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Citrus Avocado & Salmon Salad

  • Baby spinach
  • Avocado
  • Grapefruit
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Green Onions
  • Salmon fillet
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar (optional)
  1. Wash the baby spinach.  Chop the green onion. Take the skin off the grapefruit and segment it into a bowl.  Cut lemon and lime into wedges.
  2. Slice the avocado into slices and then squeeze lime wedges over the avocado to keep from browning and give it extra flavor.
  3. Season salmon with a little salt and pepper and cook on either cedar plank that has been soaked or cooked on a well oiled grill untill done.
  4. To plate up the dish place baby spinach on a plate, then grapefruit, avocado and top with piece of the salmon fillet. Sprinkle on green onion.  Dress the salad with juice from the lemon wedges. Or you can use a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil.