Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Garden of good and evil, indeed!

When it comes to food, let's just say Savannah has got the "good and evil" combination covered. It's all so tasty and yet so high in cholesterol!
As mentioned in my previous post, I spent the past weekend in Savannah. LOVED IT! We seriously ate and drank our way around the city. Some of the weekend's highlights? Coffee and beignets at Huey's, a "ghost tour/pub crawl," listening to Nina Simone's daughter sing at the jazz festival in Forsyth Park, my friend getting booed off the stage at a karaoke bar, people-watching in City Market, an afternoon trip to Tybee Island so we could dip our toes in the water, an interesting conversation with an angry Czech man at a bar on the river, strolling through the beautiful squares and touring some of the historic homes and a fabulous lunch at Soho South Café (try their tomato basil bisque and brie sandwich). Also high on the list of, well, highlights was our dinner at Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady and Sons. While the process of making reservations was a royal pain in the tuchus, the meal was so, so worth the wait. We ordered the "Southern Buffet," which included fried chicken that literally melted in the mouth, uber-cheesy mac and cheese, some of the best mashed potatoes I've ever had the pleasure of eating, green beans, collard greens, yams, black-eye peas, a salad bar and more. I'm salivating just thinking about it. The meal also included dessert (I tried the dee-lish banana puddin,' while another friend ordered the peach cobbler.) All I have to say is, it's a good thing we decided to then walk from one end of the city to another, because without that post-meal activity, I don't know we would have ever been able to move again. The food was that rich...and that yummy. Oh and P.S., I also saw some people eating a spectacular chicken pot pie that I just might have to order next time I visit the restaurant.

Anyhoo, I'm bummed we had to leave, but in the interest of maintaining my waistline, it's probably a good thing.

So while I can't recreate the perfection that was our Paula Deen meal, I can try to pass on some sucralose-sweetened, low-cal recipe variations. Here you go!

Delicious Banana Pudding

Black-Eye Pea Salad

Double Crust Peach Cobbler

Also, in the hope of selling you all on visiting the wonderful City of Savannah, here's a video I found on YouTube. Enjoy!

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