Archive for February, 2011

Free Wine with Dinner tomorrow evening

B. Matthews Eatery always has great food and some of Savannah’s best specials. Tomorrow evening  (4 pm to 9 pm), Feb. 17,  they’re offering a free bottle of their house wine with the order of dinner for two (that does mean two entrees). Just be sure to mention this post from their email.  For more info, call 233-1319.  Enjoy!

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Cooks and Books in Hilton Head

I rarely mention anything that’s going on outside Savannah, but when I heard mention of cooks and books…. my two favorite things (well, to be accurate I should say cooking and reading), what can I do?  Delectable food tastings from local restaurants and Lowcountry authors are the highlight of the annual Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry’s 5th Annual Cooks & Books. Set for Sunday, February 20, 2011 from 11:30 – 3:00 pm. at the Hilton Head Westin. An afternoon of culinary delights and entertainment will be hosted by Sonny Dixon of WTOC-TV Channel 11 in Savannah. Admission to Cooks & Books is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The ticket includes unlimited tastings, access to the Lowcountry authors, the chefs’ competition, “The Heat Is ON” and the opportunity to vote for a favorite tasting in “The Peoples’ Choice.”

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A food and wine evening too good to miss!

More than 200 wines, and great food dished up by Savannah chefs and restaurants. Silent and live auctions. Will benefit the Hunter Army Airfield 75th Ranger Regimen Assoc. to help wounded soldiers and their families.  $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Sunday, Feb. 27,  5 pm to 8 pm at Savannah Technical College. More info: 980-5050. Tickets avail. at:  Johnnie Ganem’s, Habersham Warehouse, Habersham Center, Jeff’s Beverage Depot, and others.

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Spice up your Valentine’s dinner

Here are some fairly common tidbits said to be aphrodisiacs:

Nuts and sesame seeds have an amino acid called L-arginine that enhances blood flow throughout the body.

  • Chocolate (70% or more cocoa) releases pleasure-enhancing endorphins in the brain. Researchers studying chocolate found it to contain phenylethylamine and serotonin, which are both “feel good” chemicals. They occur naturally in our bodies and are released by our brains when we are happy or feeling loving or passionate. It produces a euphoric feeling, like when you’re in love.
  • Oysters have zinc which produces more hormones in men and women. Recently, mussels, clams and oysters have been found to contain D-aspartic acid and NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) compounds, which may be effective in releasing sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen.
  • Licorice candy for women increases circulation throughout the body and can increase blood pressure. The smell can also be very stimulating.  
  • Chilies have capsaicin, which increases circulation and releases endorphins that make you feel good. Eating chili peppers generates physiological responses in our bodies (e.g., sweating, increased heart rate and circulation) that are similar to those experienced when having sex.
  • Garlic   (Just make certain you BOTH eat it!) increases circulation. Long ago, Tibetan monks were not allowed to enter the monastery if they had been eating garlic because of its reputation for stirring up passions.
  • Ginger has been deemed an aphrodisiac for centuries because of its scent and ability to stimulate the circulatory system.
  • Ginseng is another long-touted aphrodisiac. Recently, the Journal of Urology reported, “the Mean International Index of Erectile Function scores were significantly higher in patients treated with Korean red ginseng than in those who received placebo.”

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Next Solar Social of Solar Champions is Tuesday, Feb 15, from 5:30 to 7 pm at SOL Fusion, 1611 Habersham.  Not only have the Socials been filled with good conversation, good excuses to partake of Happy Hour specials and tasty treats, but they have succeeded in implementing Solar Ready at Sustainable Fellwood. Hopefully, according to founder Jack Star, there will soon be other major developments in the region. Specifically the Eastside housing development, Hitch housing development, commercial evelopment on Hutchinson Island, and commercial and residential development at Savannah River Landings. There is still time to have an impact on these major projects.  So come toast the sun, eat, drink and be merry, and plan for the future!  For more info, call Jack at 233-4288

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Beer Dinner at Crystal Beer Parlor

Wine dinners are popping up all over Savannah these days, but Beer Dinners remain rare.  No surprise, though, that the Crystal Beer Parlor is having one…this place is almost synonomous with BEER!  Best to make your reservations soon…. Feb. 23, 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Parlor.  Call now to get more details and make your reservations: 912-349-1000

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An Evening of Oysters and Wine

Get ready for the Tybee Island Wine Festival with this pre-party event!  Marlin Monroe’s will host a wine tasting and plenty of oysters on April 15th from 6-8pm.  Non-seafood stations will be on hand for the land lovers!  Tickets are $30 before March 1st and $35 after.  For tickets visit:  http://tybeewinefestival.com  Discounted tickets are available for people who wish to attend both events.

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