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Skyler’s — A Not So Hidden Gem?

When first one, then two, friends both food lovers, told me they’d had a fabulous dinner at Sklar’s, I was at first surprised, then intrigued. I’d heard of the place, probably walked past it a hundred times on Bay St., but paid little attention. So now, I called around to other restaurant-going pals to see if anyone else had ben there. Not many had, but those who’d actually gone there had nothing but praise. I discovered that the place is owned by a couple–he a born and raised Southerner from Atlanta, she from Vietnam. And that they often meld their cuisines together . For instance, a petite filet mignon with an a sauce that hints of Asian flavors, friend shrimp with a light as air tempura batter…Every one I talked to mentioned the crab cakes, much lighter than the traditional ones, and someone mentioned a delicious lemongrass-flavored chicken.
Several people also mentioned that the service leaves much to be desired, but the food makes that almost irrelevant. I’ll be checking it out one day soon!

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Mustard of Another Kind

Years ago, my sociology professor invited a few of us students out to dinner. I don’t recall the reason for this, I don’t even remember his name, but I have always remembered one thing he said during the evening. “The only things spending a lot of money on are fine Scotch, fine caviar and fine mustanrd.” I understood the scotch and the caviar, but I was baffled by the mustard part. As far as I knew, mustard was the yellow stuff you put on hotdogs at ball games. Over the years, I discovered Grey Poupon Dijon, which is the only mustard I ever use since Except, of course, for the rare hot dog. But a couple of days ago, my husband came home with a jar of Savora mustard from Papillote. Try it, he said. So I opened the jar and put a dab on a cracker. Then I put more on the cracker and ate the whole thing. Delicious! A bit of Foodie Heaven, in fact. Since then, I’ve tried it on all sorts of things–cold cuts, meat loaf, turkey, roast beef. “Since 1899 the only condiment with 11 spices and aromatics” says the jar. All I can say is that it’s lovely, with a flavor that hints of sweetness and spice, with a woodsy undertone and hints of herbs….maybe rosemary and thyme. This little potion is good on everything, including those plain crackers onto which I’m still ladling it. Try it, folks, you’ll love it!

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The Elusive Quiche of Chef Herve

Papillote’s makes a lot of good eats, including plenty of delicious quiches. Some weeks ago, however, the Daily Specials included a quiche that sounded extra wonderful to me – one with smoked salmon and asparagus. My husband did as he often does and went downtown late in the afternoon and picked up one of these quiches, plus a few other goodies. That night, it was love at first bite. The blended flavors of asparagus and smoked salmon are a mixture made in heaven. The crust of this quiche is the lightest, most delicate I’ve had in many a year.

  I vowed to keep a close eye on the Specials menu so as not to miss this one. More than a week passed before it reappeared, and I asked Jack to go and pick one up. He did. Alas, they had already sold out.  I guess I wasn’t the only one to fall in love, I said. Next time it appeared, Jack called in advance to ask them to save one for us. They had already sold out. 

It was at least two more weeks before it reappeared on the menu.  Then, yesterday, there it was again. This time, we called and called and called. The line was constantly busy. Jack was going downtown anyway, and I pushed him to go early, so he showed up by 4 pm. No more quiche. But today, the chef had made some more. The minute I saw these elusive quiches on line, I called out to Jack. “Pick up the phone and call. They have more quiche!”  Jack called. Papillote was already sold out. It was only 2 pm!  If I ever get another of these deliciously vanishing quiches into my mouth, I’ll let y’all know.

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Conviviality + Oysters = Smiles

One of the most popular networking events of the year is the annual Annual Oyster Roast Business Connection, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Business Connection. ”””””This, the 3rd annual event, will be this  Thurs.,, Mar 21, 530PM,  at Tubby’s in Thunderbolt  $10 Members, $25 Guests, Contact:  Cally D’Angelo   www.savannahchamber.com    Have fun, everyone!

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Tonight’s the Night for Drinking Green

We’re not talking about Irish green this evening, we’re talking about sustainability, green living. Green Drinks is meeting at 5:30 – 7:30 at Dub’s Pub, 225 West River St.

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On the Way to St. Patrick’s Day!

This time of year, thoughts turn to Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew, Fish and Chips, Bangers & Mash, and of course, Irish Whiskey and Irish Ale.  All of which seem to suggest Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, Murphy’s Law Pub, and although it’s Scotch, not Irish, Molly MacPherson’s.  Kevin Barry’s tops my list with its corned beef & cabbage or its Irish Sampler which will give you portions of several Irish dishes…in abundance!  Fish and Chips are good at Murphy’s, and the Scottish eggs at McPherson’s are top notch. So get really Irish for the rest of the week and take them all in !  You’ll love it!

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Chicken Pot Pie of Another Kind

My reaction to Chicken Pot Pie is generally a yawn. If I must, I mutter to myself if it’s served to me. But someone told me about the one that Chef Herve at Papillote was serving and that definitely sounded like something I had to try.  And after all, so far, Chef Herve has never let us down. This turned out to be a spectacular dish!  Chicken, tender white meat,  wide, thin slices of exceptionally sweet carrots, celery, onions and grapes, were anointed with a lovely curry sauce!  then topped with a delicately crisp puff pastry crust.  It’s a Special, so watch for it, beg for it if you have to, but try it, you’ll love it!

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