Archive for December, 2012

Papillot closed for three weeks

Chef Herve and Ann-Marie are off  to his native France for a three- week vacation.  “I’m counting the minutes and seconds till we leave,” said Ann-Marie a few days ago.  We wish them a wonderful time, a wonderfully happy new year!  And we at Savannahbest are counting the minutes and seconds until Papillot’s re-opening on the 23rd of January!

 

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For a super lucky year!

In most of the world, there are special dishes to eat on the first day of the New Year, which are said to bring good fortune in the 12 months ahead.  And in a great deal of the America, this food is some form of beans, greens and pork.  The beans are said to bring luck, the pork to give you health, and the greens to offer money.

 

Beans and Greens for New Year’s Day

 

Kielbasa, Chorizo, or Andouille sausage.  1 whole sausage, cut in pieces

Beans – 1 can each  black eyed peas, lentils, red kidney beans

 

Greens –  2 large bags frozen mixed greens

 

1 quart each beef broth and chicken broth

 

1 or 2 lg. cloves garlic

 

1 med. Sized onion, halved

 

Directions:   The sausages are usually sold fully cooked. If not, after cutting them up, microwave till close to fully cooked.  Cut sausage into one or two-bite pieces. Place in large soup pot. Add beans, greens, broth, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for an hour.  Enjoy a wonderfully lucky year filled with good fortune, health and wealth!

Will serve 6 hungry people.

Note:  I use three kinds of beans because each was the favored one in one of the places I’ve lived—Red kidney beans in New England, Lentils in Italy, and Black Eyed Peas here in the South.  But obviously, you can use any or some or all of them as you wish.

 

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Wild White Georgia Shrimp equals Good Eats

If there’s anything better to eat than Wild White Georgia Shrimp, it is more of the same. And when prepared at Cha Bella, 102 E. Broad St/. with their own lovely risotto, it is even better!  The other night, I had a lavish plate of this lovely dish. The risotto is made with several local vegetables mixed in, including bites of the sweetest, best sweet potato I’ve had in a long, long time, plus some spinach on the side.  Since Cha Bella is all local, all organic, the menu changes frequently. Better get on over there while it’s still on the menu and indulge in this. You’ll never regret it.

 

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Fun tonight at Blowin’Smoke’s Thirsty Thursday

Indulge yourself at Blowin’ Smoke every Thursday, with Happy Hour specials that last all night. Choose your poison with Sangria, Margaritas, Bloody Marys, Well drinks, Draft Beers and plenty more.  Have fun!

 

 

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Champagne Tasting

Circa 1875 Restaurant is hosting a  Laurent Perrier Champagne Tasting, 7 pm tomorrow, Dec. 12.  $45 for the fine champagnes and heavy hors d’oeuvres.   48 Whitaker Street, Savannah.  Reservations;   912) 443-1875, $45 includes heavy hors d’oeuvres.

 

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Green Drinks Tonight

This evening, Tues., Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Green Drinks at Cha Bella, everyone’s favorite Green Drinks locale.

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Christmas wishes from Alligator Soul

Maureen Craig, owner of Alligator Soul, and Chris DiNello, executive chef an co-owner, threw another of their marvelous Christmas parties for friends and family. Not only were the food and wines lavish, but the good wishes of the owners were equally genuine and equally lavish. Here, all of us at SavannahBest.com, are grateful to them for helping to put Savannah on the culinary destination map! And for bringing contented smiles to the faces of so many of our readers who loves them as much as we do!

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