Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend and it’s Your Party!

Whether you’re throwing your bash in your own backyard or on the beach, make it a memorable one with a huge pot of Low Country Boil. It’s among the easiest dishes to prepare and nearly everyone’s favorite. Just go to www.savannahbest.com/cooking/cooking.htm, scroll about halfway down the page and you’ll find the recipe for this memorable feast. Cheers!

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Spice Up Your Culinary Life AND Your Health!

Adding just a few of these to your diet can have a huge impact on your health!
 
Ginger:   May guard against seasickness morning sickness, and
nausea from chemotherapy, also reduces inflammation
Cinnamon:   Supports healthy blood sugar levels and protects
against colon cancer
 
Rosemary:   May help reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk, protects the
liver, and defends against cancer
 
Cumin:   Supports healthy blood sugar levels and cholesterol/lipid
levels
 
Turmeric:   Reduces excess inflammation, protects against cancer
risk, and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Bar-Food’s specials always awesome

We can pretty much always count on a great special on Tuesdays at Bar-food.  Tomorrow it’s $1 sangria. But this trendy little Habersham Village eatery is outdoing itself to kick you off the Memorial Day weekend. This Saturday, May 29, there will be one dollar well drinks. Have fun, y’all!

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Conversation, Conviviality…and a Hookah Bar

C-spot’s monthly get-together will be this Wednesday, starting at 5:30 at The Mirage on Broughton Street.  Drink specials and tasty treats will be on hand.  Of course, you can hang around for dinner later, and, starting at 10 p.m., the Hookah Bar!

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Sugar Daddy’s is sweetly promising

The recently opened Sugar Daddy’s Wine and Food Bar is the latest eatery to join the popular “small plate” trend in the downtown area.  On Jefferson, right off Broughton, the location couldn’t be better. With an extensive wine and beer list, plus a full bar and good food, this place should be a hit. Two of us have sampled on a couple of occasions. Naturally, we tried the ubiquitous Duck Confit Panini, moist, tender and aromatic with garlic and thyme, just as it should be. On another occasion, one of us tried to salmon salad–fresh greens, highlighted with red grapefruit segments and other delicacies. The Local Jumbo Shrimp was good, too, although I think the term Jumbo might be subject to conjecture. The shrimp rested atop a bed of fresh off the cob, nicely seasoned corn. The corn was lovely, but it was hard to see why the chef chose to be so stingy with its quantity when corn is among the least expensive of veggies. Desserts provide sweet decadence.

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Ladies Night at The Melting Pot

Call your girls and book your reservation for May 24th!  $22 per lady gets you any cheese fondue, salad and chocolate fondue.  Ladies Night kicks off at 5pm.  The Melting Pot is located at 232 E. Broughton St.

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Cuban Cuisine Shines on Whitaker

Despite our economic quagmire, a flock of ethnic or otherwise niche-filling new eateries blossomed in the downtown area in recent months. Most are moderately priced, serving moderately good food.

Carlito’s Cuban Cabana (Whitaker just North of Broughton) shines like the brightest star in a cloudy firmament. Their authentic Cuban cuisine is delicious and affordable, with lavish portions.

For instance, fried pork chunks (Masas de Cerdo Fritas) might sound, to the uninitiated, like a pretty prosaic dish.  Fasten your seatbelts!   This is one of the great pork dishes of Latin cuisine.

Long-simmered chunks of pork loin, aromatic with citrus, cumin, herbs, onions and more, are lightly fried in olive oil just till crunchy and crispy on the outside, yet tender on the inside.  This is good eats at its best!

Fried grouper is another outstanding Cuban specialty.  Here, a large filet is delicately fried with hardly a hint of breading. If you are a fish lover, and perhaps even if you’re not, this hefty portion of fresh from the sea fish will set your taste buds to smiling.

Nearly all of Carlitos’ entrées come with black beans, rice (white or yellow), and sweet fried plantains.

If you simply want a sandwich, you can’t do better than Carlito’s Cuban sandwich.

Buen Provecho!

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