Savannah City Guide

Oak Trees On Liberty Street SavannahSavannah is a beautiful and history city. You can spend hours wandering the cobblestones of the Historic District admiring the Oak lined streets with Spanish moss hanging as far as the eye can see the 18th and 19th century architecture sitting elegantly just waiting to be admired.

Here is a list of some Savannah highlights you can do in three days.  (There are certainly more things to see and do but our time was limited and we stuck mainly to downtown).

Savannah Square Oak Tree Black & White1. Squares: Continue reading

The Olde Pink House – Savannah, Georgia

The Olde Pink House Restaurant EntranceBouncing along in our pedicab through the historical streets of Savannah we pulled up to another beautiful square (Reynolds Square) with a big pink mansion bursting with plants and flowers. The Olde Pink House built in 1771 was a home, first bank of Georgia and base for a Union general among several other things listed on its historical résumé.

Check out my Tastemade video of The Olde Pink House

This grand house has room upon room you can freely explore. I didn’t experience any ghost sightings but rumor has it many have.

The setting is grand but the atmosphere is all down home Southern hospitality and comfort. Tidbits about the house are shared by the staff and you are encouraged to look in every room.

The menu is quite large and full of Continue reading

Flights and Bites at Berghoff Chicago – Chicago Craft Beer Week

Berghoff Chicago Beer Flight CCBWThe Berghoff restaurant and brewery’s Flights & Bites event for Chicago Craft Beer Week last Thursday featured five Berghoff beers paired with small bites. Tim Lucas, Berghoff Sales Manager, took us through the history of Berghoff and the beers and Floor Manager Jeff educated us on the food pairings. At the end of the tasting we were treated to a sample of the Stock Ale (not available to the public yet) and it packed a punch coming in at 10.5% ABV.

The next Flights & Bites is today at 7pm – more information on tickets.

The Berghoff is full of history everywhere you look. They still have their first liquor license: Continue reading

Brunch at Nico Osteria – Gold Coast

Nico Osteria BarLocated in the Thompson Hotel Nico Osteria is a restaurant that pays attention to detail. From the perfectly lit dining room, open kitchen, just rustic enough appeal for an osteria to the beautiful tile floor and great service.  Not a surprise as this is a One Off Hospitality Group restaurant (think Avec, Blackbird, Publican, The Violet Hour). Just being in the space was wonderful although I suspect brunch is much more laid back than dinner.

The rustic Italian dishes are seafood focused – whole fish, mussels and crudo. The brunch menu continues this theme with lobster, oyster, crab and clams. I inquired about tea and our server came over to “discuss” what I would like. I appreciated the thought that he put into finding just the right tea for me. We settled on wonderful almond tea, the green almondine.

Another suggestion we took was the Meyer lemon mimosa. There are times I feel it is a shame to ruin perfectly good champagne with juice but the freshness of the juice complemented the sweetness of the bubbly.

Nico Osteria Meyer Lemon MimosaAlong with the requisite latte order we were ready to dig into brunch.

Nico Osteria LattePastry Chef Amanda Rockman delivers a warm flaky Cornetti (croissant) served plain, ham and provolone or chocolate.

Nico Osteria Individual CornettiThe escarole and gem lettuce salad is equal parts fresh and crunchy and richly decadent with a drizzling of creamy dressing and chunks of avocado coupled with chopped cara cara orange, slices of spicy pepper and topped off with Sicilian pistachios.

Nico Osteria Escarole and gem lettuce saladThe fluffy soft-scrambled eggs were perfectly creamy. The caper topped  peperonata was served with toasted focaccia chock full of green olives along side a healthy serving of prosciutto.

Nico Osteria Soft-scrambled eggs  I fell in love with the focaccia, here’s a close-up:

Nico Osteria FocacciaThe Salone Nicco right off the dining room looks like the perfect spot for a quick cocktail or night-cap. I will be returning soon to experience the dinner side of things.

Brunch at Bread and Wine – Irving Park

Bread and Wine Whiskey glazed cinnamon rollWith Easter approaching I found Bread and Wine thanks to OpenTable’s Chicago restaurants page featuring openings for Easter brunch. Housed in a former laundromat (with parking in front!) the space is a cozy wood filled room with a bar, chef’s table and small retail space stocked with wine and locally made snacks.

Welcomed warmly we were led to the patio to enjoy the rare sunny spring day. The imbibe list is full of craft beer and drinks like the Bitter Goddess perfectly sweet and sour with Avinyo Brut Cava, Cynar and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Coupled with unlimited refills of Intelligentsia and we were off to a great start. Continue reading