Hi, friends! Yes, it has been a long time since my last post, and no, I did not fail to survive the 10K I was about to run when last I posted. :-) Thanks to those of you who were kind enough to check up on me. You are too sweet!! The race went pretty well, by the way, considering the fact that I don’t run very often, and I beat my previous 10K time by just enough that I feel a sense of overall fitness progress. Since the race, I’ve been running another 10K of sorts. Work has been busy, and my weekends have been quite busy as well.
My friend, Adrienne, her brothers and I spent the long Columbus Day weekend in Savannah, GA, and I couldn’t possibly let all of the foodie photos I took go to waste! I can’t believe it has been so long. Hopefully, I can get back into some sort of regular blogging schedule. I’ve really started to miss it, and I’m going to do some serious thinking about the kind of posting schedule that might work the best for me. I will keep you “posted”! ;-)
I’ve wanted to visit Savannah for as long as I can remember, and it is, hands down, one of my favorite places– ever. I decided that I’d give you a little picture tour/travel idea post, in case you are looking for a good option for a long weekend trip. I’m primarily going to post highlights about what we ate, but rest assured, we saw many historic sites, kept the sidewalks hot while walking from square to square, and did plenty of shopping too. Without further adieu…
When we arrived in Savannah on Saturday, lunch was the first order of the day. Thanks to an article that was forwarded to me by a friend, we found a barbecue place that was literally down a little dirt path. Thank goodness for this sign!
Mac and Cheese, greens and pulled pork… YUM! Greens are one of my favorite things!! Wall’s Barbecue is not the kind of barbecue I’m accustomed to, being from the Memphis area, but I have to say that this unique Savannah version of barbecue was quite good. The sauce involves cayenne and worcestershire sauce, so it was definitely something different for me. There was also some unpictured cornbread. I had to have it to go with the greens, of course!
After lunch, we checked out the Colonial Park Cemetery, and then it was late enough that we could go and check into our room at the very hip Thunderbird Inn. It’s a retro motel. It’s funky. It’s cool. It’s also, cheap, clean and within easy walking distance of just about everything. Here’s the sign against the night sky:
I would definitely stay there again!
Once we were situated, we set out for a stroll around the city. The sky was still clearing from a big rain storm, and we were treated to this beautiful sight:
There are many beautiful old churches in Savannah, and I was so happy to have the opportunity to snap this photo. Here’s another:
We saw another beautiful sight, of a different sort, while strolling from square to square… We decided to stop at a very cool looking coffee place, Gallery Espresso, where I could not resist getting this luscious looking slice of red velvet cake:
Sorry about the lipstick on my mug. I started without you. :-) I love having a friend around to split tasty desserts like this one. Hooray for the two fork approach!! The cake was probably the best red velvet cake I’ve ever had, and the coffee was quite good as well. We made the most of our little sugar high and walked some more. Savannah is probably one of the most walkable places I’ve ever visited, and I loved that about it. Among other things, we saw Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home. Very cool! After a good amount of wandering and a bit of shopping, we made our way to our dinner restaurant, 700 Drayton.
Located in the Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton was funky, artsy and vibrant, and the food was excellent! I started off with an organic baby spinach and berry salad topped with roasted petite vidalia onions, peach roasted pecans, a big crispy brie crouton and a lovely blueberry viniagrette. The big cube is the brie crouton, and it was essentially a big hunk of fried brie. Um… Yum!
The next thing on my plate was 700 Drayton’s Morroccan spiced rack of lamb with Israeli cous cous, rum soaked rasins, artichoke hearts, olives, vidalia onions, organic baby carrots, and cardamom honey drizzle.
There was a lot going on in this dish and all of it was GOOD! I followed that up with Leopold’s “Oh Savannah” ice cream which was chock full of rum, caramel, pralines, shortbread, and nougatine.
It is a very good thing that we had made the conscious decision to do as much walking as possible during our little weekend jaunt. It certainly helped to balance at least some of our tasty vacation eats!
On Sunday, we visited a TV Food Network institution– The Lady and Son’s. By the way, if you expected lots of healthy eats in this post, this should settle that matter once and for all!
My plate at Paula Deen’s (already in progress…). Hoecakes and biscuits not pictured.
This is the kind of food I grew up eating, and it really took me back. I think the fried chicken and creamed corn alone made the wait in line worthwhile. Oh, and there was quite a wait. We got in line around 9:30 a.m. in order to get on the list to come back for lunch around noon. It is a tourist hot spot, which isn’t always my scene, but I would have been sad to have missed out on this meal. As a bonus, there was sweet tea and Almond Ooey Gooey Butter Cake!
After our massive lunch, we hopped in the car and headed to Tybee Island. I would like to think that my climb to the top of the lighthouse burned off at least a few bites of that Mac and Cheese! :-)
It was such a gorgeous day! After climbing the lighthouse, we hit the beach for awhile. It was so warm, and the water was perfect!
Monday was a day of grazing as we walked along the riverfront and nibbled on this and that (can you say “pralines?”). In addition to checking out the stores along the riverfront, we toured the historic Owens-Thomas House. It was a beautiful home, and the history was fascinating!
A visit to the Savannah Bee Company was high on my list of things to do, so we headed that way in the afternoon. Is it bad to have biscuits and honey for lunch? :-)
The store was glowing with all of the beautiful honey, and it was a sweet visit– quite literally. We were treated to a honey tasting, and it was so much fun to sample all of the different varieties side by side. It’s amazing how different each honey really tastes when compared with the others. The variety of colors is a good indicator.
Just to sweeten the deal, we couldn’t resist trying honey lattes. I had mine made with the Sourwood honey. It is sort of maple syrup like, and soooo delicious! I had the same on my biscuit. ;-)
Sigh. So good. After that, we walked through Savannah’s City Market, and checked out some of the local artwork. We also grabbed dinner at a place at the market that was recommended by a friend of mine who spent several years living in Savannah– Vinnie Van GoGo’s. The presence of the Savannah College of Art and Design lends a delightful artistic flavor to many parts of the city. I love the vibe, and I loved the artist inspired name of this pizza place!
We split a salad and each had a slice.
I opted for a slice with sausage and mushrooms.
I loved the casual “college town” atmosphere at Vinnie Van GoGo’s, and I’m so glad my friend recommended it! This really hit the spot. We followed our dinner with a walking ghost tour. It was a lot of fun and it fit in well with our plan to walk as much as possible.
We had a Tuesday afternoon flight back to D.C., but we made the most of our Tuesday morning. I’m still amazed at how many things we did in such a short time. Because it is so easy to walk from one place to the next, it’s easy to do a lot of things in just a few hours. First, we decided to have breakfast at the Gryphon Tea Room. We had spotted it earlier, and I’m glad we decided to check it out.
Located in a turn of the century pharmacy, the tea room features cozy dark wood cabinetry and vibrant stained glass panels in the walls and the ceiling.
Most importantly, I had an awesome pot of cinnamon orange tea and some mouthwatering fruit and apricot scones!
Y’all know how much I love tea… and baked goods!
I wish this tea room was in my neighborhood. I’d be a regular!!
After our breakfast, we set out to tour the Green Meldrin House. Sherman stayed in that house during his time in Savannah during the final months of the Civil War. We also visited E. Shaver Booksellers, where I bought, what else– a book about the civil war!
We started to get hungry again while at the bookstore, and we decided to go and find that last “must eat” place on our list: Harris Baking Company. We had looked for it earlier, but it had eluded us. Armed with the assurance that it really was where it was supposed to be, we went back. Luckily, it eluded us no more.
Have I mentioned that I love baked goods? :-) Harris Baking Company did not disappoint. They had me with the samples at the register! I ordered a salad and this awesome sandwich with turkey and peppered bacon.
The bread was amazing, and the freshly made pickles were a nice touch too. I also needed a couple of cookies, including a pecan praline cookie, for the flight back.
Of course, we managed to squeeze in a visit to one of the Telfair museums before we headed to the airport, and I got to see a few paintings by one of my favorite American artists, Frederick Frieseke. Did I mention that we did a lot in a short time? I’m not a traveller who likes having a very tight schedule or a detailed agenda, and even I have to say that I never felt rushed or stressed about getting from one place to the next. It’s just so much easier when you (and your feet) are in charge of the travel.
So that’s it! I do hope you enjoyed my little recap. Savannah is full of gorgeous sights and amazing food. Thanks to the seriously copious amounts of walking, I didn’t come back with extra vacation weight either– much to my surprise. I now see the real value of active vacations, and I will definitely seek out those sorts of trips in the future. I know it isn’t fully reflected in this food focused post, but believe me when I tell you that the beautiful historic homes, weathered monuments, verdant squares and southern hospitality made this a memorable trip too. How nice that it was rather close to home. I’d love to go back sometime, and I’m just sorry I waited so long to go.
Where is your favorite place to travel that’s close to home??
Now I need to go and pack a lunch for tomorrow. I haven’t been cooking much, so it could be a challenge. Luckily, yesterday was Merry Produce Wednesday, and I had a nice fresh box of produce waiting for me when I got home from work. I see a salad in my future… Ciao for now, and I’ll try not to be such a stranger!