Holiday Roadtrip, Part 2: Savannah

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We made our way to Savannah, Georgia for the night and stayed in the Historical Downtown District. Although we were only there less than 24 hours, I had a blast shopping. There are blocks upon blocks of shopping downtown. I’m really picky about my “downtowns” and always have high hopes, and Savannah certainly delivered. Besides shopping, there’s some serious historical sites in Savannah. Many of the buildings date back to the 1700s, including the brick-paved roads that were reused from ships from all over the world. We didn’t make time for any historical tours but heard high reviews of the “hearse ghost tours” and Paula Deen’s historical tours.

 

And of course we stopped by her restaurant, Lady and Sons. We didn’t eat there (I obviously would be allergic to everything they serve) though we wouldn’t have made it through the line anyway. Looks like they’ve redone the setup a bit because it appeared to be by reservation only, filtering through their gift shop.

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There were several boutiques I would recommend–so many that I can’t write about them all. I was good and didn’t buy much, but our favorite place was the Savannah Bee Company. Seriously, it was like we were in a trance from the moment we walked it. The store was setup to make it simple for you to choose some honey of your liking. They had a bar featuring sample honeys, beverages like a honey latte, and best of all a cool dude that was talking about the honey. It was weird because such a large group had gathered watching him talk and move around, and everyone was silent and glued to him like under some spell. He broke out a honey comb, sliced up a fresh green apple, and explained how traditionally the honey comb is best-eaten sandwiched between two apple slices. Then we got to taste. Yummy! Everyone was buying honey combs, including us, and after we walked out of the store I asked my husband how much it cost. When he told me $23 I couldn’t believe that he did it, and neither could he! I guess we were under some kind of honey spell.

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Our Savannah fun didn’t end there. Although we went to healthier places to eat, they were still our favorite meals from our whole trip. We drove a little ways to Kasey’s Gourmet Grille, where I had read that they’re friendly to us folks with allergies. They didn’t really have many items clearly labeled as gluten-free, but all we had to do was ask our waiter. He went above and beyond helping me to eat dairy-free and gluten free, but it was because the chef was whipping up special concoctions based on menu items. I felt bad but the waiter simply said, “He’s got nothing better to do.” Ha ha, I guess a true chef enjoys creating a special masterpiece for his guests.

 

I had the almond-crusted goat cheese served with a cranberry chutney and garlic aioli. I ate the plate clean. Then I had some chipotle shrimp that was the best in my whole life. Wish I could remake it! I also had a salad, but it didn’t compare to the other plates.

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We also went to Kayak Kafe for lunch the next day. Again, they’re menu isn’t clearly labeled for food allergies but it was easy to avoid them. I order the tilapia tacos and could’t believe how good they were. They were made with fresh masa corn tortillas and yummy veggies. I tried to remake them our first night home, and didn’t do to bad. I followed this recipe for the tilapia, threw in some fresh veggies and avocado, steamed some corn tortillas and called it a night.

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Jenny

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