The last day of any trip is always bitter. So bitter, that it has taken me an entire week to bring myself to recap our last day in Savannah. I woke up feeling, well, bitter that our trip’s last day had arrived, but one last stroll through the City Market for breakfast at Henry’s sure did help to sweeten things up. Henry’s is a relatively new breakfast and lunch spot in Savannah, and we were surprised that there wasn’t a line out the door on a Sunday morning. We were actually waited on by Henry himself! How’s that for southern hospitality?
I loved the bright teal paint throughout the restaurant.
When I booked the weekend trip to Savannah I envisioned days filled with sunshine, spring flowers, and Spanish moss—a picturesque backdrop for hours of meandering about the historic city.
Boy was I wrong.
We arrived in Savannah just before dinner last night, and we were raring to get out on the streets and begin exploring the culinary offerings of the city. Our hotel (a Priceline score at $80 per night) is very close to the City Market area, so that’s where we headed. The market area was full of people—diners, chatters, music players everywhere.
Our first stop was the Avia Lounge, which we picked simply because we were starving and it was the nearest restaurant to us. Avia is in the Avia Hyatt hotel, and I was immediately impressed with the fancy-chic décor and beautiful chandelier.
What’s up guys? Hope you had an awesome weekend! I spent mine over in Nashville for the much-anticipated Food Blog Forum! My brain hurts from the vast amount of information learned in zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..
Whaaat? Where am I?!
Ohhhh… My bad. Suffering from a bit of sleep deprivation over here!! Anyway…. This weekend I made the voyage to Nashville with Vanessa of Life Undeveloped, Brooke of Baking with Basil, and Jamie of Bibliophiled Away. I left Nashville a mere two days later with a few new friends, 17 pages of notes, 33 items on my want-to-do list, and crap ton of free swag!
Look at all this stuff!
Free stuff = happy foodies!
Our first night in town we headed over to a Taste of Nashville party at the farmers market where we were given the task of sampling everything from mustard slaw hotdogs to goo-goo clusters to vanilla vodka over blood orange soda. It was horrible.
Out of everything I sampled, My FAVORITE nibblet was the Onion Bisque from the folks at Perl. I am sending hopes and prayers that they someday offer this soup online.
Please!! I beg you!!!
We also got to see a live cooking demo with Arnold Myint. Arnold is a Nashville native who owns several restaurants in the city. He was also a Top Chef Season 7 contestant. Since I cancelled my cable to support my coffee addiction, I had no clue who this guy was until I read the marketing flyer… Regardless, it was super fun to see a professional chef at work in the kitchen. I really liked the lentil tacos he cooked up. I’m going to try to recreate them… one day. Hmmmm where did I put that want-to-do list anyway?
Saturday was JAM PACKED with forum sessions on different topics, including: PRspectives, recipe writing, blogging etiquette, food styling & photography, working with brands, blogging as a business, and social media.
My favorite of all the sessions was the food styling & photography session with Todd Porter & Diane Cu, the White on Rice Couple. Beyond being extremely informative, it further cemented my desire to become a better photographer. It also resulted in about 7 of the want-to-do’s on my list!
Look at us all ready to get our learn on! And our eat on, obviously.
Caroline, Brooke, Moi, Jamie, Vanessa (thanks to Vanessa for the people photos!)
For lunch we hit up some local food trucks for a sampling of their tastiest wares.
The weekend was pretty much scheduled out from start to finish, so there wasn’t much time left for exploring Nashville. Sunday morning I took a quick stroll in hopes I might stumble upon something interesting near the hotel.
All I found was this piece of art… and I have no idea what the heck it is.
Last weekend the BF and made like the birds and headed South(west) to Atlanta! You can check out part 1 of our mini vaca here.
Soooo where did I leave off? Oh yes, one of many two-hour naps
When we finally awoke, it was time for DINNER. We were both in the mood for some Mexican treats and after some research we agreed on Tin Lizzy’s. They have a HUMONGOUS menu and you can order things a la carte, which always makes me happy. What’s there not to love about sampling LOTS of mini niblets?
I was also happy to see that Tin Lizzy’s supports National Breast Cancer Awareness month AND that the restaurants sports a good sense of humor
After perusing the menu, the Man Candy and I developed a game plan.
Course #1: A “Top of the House Margarita” for the lady, A “Fall Off the House Margarita” for the man, and Queso Fundido with chorizo, grilled onions, and peppers:
This dip was delicious—though I would have preferred larger hunks of sausage… The bigger the better in my book
Come to think of it, the margaritas may have been a contributing factor to my love for this dip. What I remember most vividly is how deliciously creamy it was. The chips had some sort of seasoning — paprika and cayenne perhaps? The spice of the chips paired with the creaminess of the cheese made for a really good combination.
Course #2: A second round of marg’s plus one Santa Fe Steak Taco and one Fiesta Chicken taco. For each of us, naturally.
Good god these tacos were delicious. The Santa Fe steak taco came with grilled steak, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, cilantro and was smothered with spicy ranch and cheesy queso blanco. Despite being listed as a “healthy option,” the fiesta chicken taco packed a tasty punch. It came on a whole wheat tortilla topped with grilled chicken, corn, black beans, tomatoes, onions and cilantro. SO GOOD!
Course #3: Margarita #3 for the man…. Big glass o’ water for the lady… AND a Grilled Chicken Tin Skillet:
Right when the food arrived, Jarrod looked concerned….
“Did I seriously just order that?!”
Even though we were both ridiculously full by this point, we managed to do some damage on this skillet. The hot skillet was full of veggie rice, grilled red peppers and onions, jalapenos, some crispy tortilla strips, queso blanco, and salsa fresca….. Heaven.
After eating all this delicious food, we had to do some googlin’ and see if there are other Tin Lizzy’s locations closer to home… Sadly, the only locations are in Atlanta, but this restaurant alone is worth the drive to ATL. I promise you.
And as if that weren’t enough…..
Course #4: Dessert from Joes on Juniper! Sooo…. Joe’s turned out to be a gay bar (oopsie…. )…. Jarrod and I felt a little bit like outsiders… But who cares check out the dessert tray!
Enter my perpetual indecisiveness! Gahhh! After much debate and a few suggestions from the bartender, I nabbed the chocolate cake with white icing and took it back to the hotel with me. After we ate ourselves into oblivion there was nothing left to do but SLEEP.
Good thing we had a big dinner, because we didn’t eat breakfast until NOON on Sunday. Torture, I tell ya. Torture. I’m surprised my body didn’t experience a complete meltdown.
Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who thought the Thumbs Up Diner would be a good stop for Sunday brunch, because we waited for nearly an hour for a table!
This gave us ample time to figure out what we wanted to order. Jarrod went with the build-your-own omelet… of course. What is it with guys and their obsession for build-your-own menus???
I got my usual eggs & turkey sausage plus a whole wheat homemade biscuit, and about 3 lbs of potatoes:
I was really excited about the homemade whole wheat biscuit — but once I sunk my teeth into it I was not a fan. It was way too moist–kind undercooked in my opinion. In my mind a biscuit should be flaky and buttery with a bit of a crunch to it. This guy was DENSE. And moisssttttttt.
Oh… and there may have been a belgian waffle
After breakfast, we headed to the Centennial Olympic Park to walk around a bit.
We got there just in time for the water fountain show.
By then it was nearly football time! Jarrod did some research and found a bar with the Sunday Ticket—so we were hopeful that they’d have the Browns game on.
When we pulled up outside of Black Bear Tavern I was ECSTATIC to see a decked out Browns van parked on the street!!!
Once inside I was stunned to see a bar FULL of Browns fans! Unbeknownst to me, Jarrod had secretly scouted out a Browns bar in ATL. It’s official. My boyfriend rocks
After watching half the game and realizing the Browns were definitely not in it to win it, Jarrod decided to take me to lunch at a cool place he’d found last time he was in Atlanta.
Alon’s Bakery & Market
This place was AWESOME. It reminded me of a smaller Earth Fare with less groceries and more soul.
They also had a fully stocked bakery section:
PLUS a large selection of fresh breads, pre-made grub, and made-to-order sandwiches and paninis:
They even had a fresh-served ice cream section and a mini coffee bar in the middle complete with stools for sitting!
LOVE THIS PLACE!
We grabbed a couple of salads to share:
And a few turkey sandwiches:
This was the Peppered Turkey sandwich: naturally smoked peppered whole turkey with alfalfa sprouts, avocado, red onion, and sliced tomato served on whole wheat bread with grainy mustard and mayonnaise (AKA my sandwich soul mate).
And since the whole weekend was a major bust, we decided to try and turn things around by sitting on the patio with some dessert and some coffee.
Ok… maybe the weekend wasn’t a complete bust. 😉
P.S…. HAPPY 300TH POST TO ME!!!!