Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend in Photos

We kicked off the weekend with Shake Shack and a show. Death of a Salesman was great, horribly depressing of course, but the performances were amazing. We rarely see Broadway shows, so it felt like a special date night. On Saturday, we had a big lunch at Parm. The calamari, garlic bread and chicken parmesan sandwich were all delicious, but the huge slice of their signature ice cream cake was the highlight. Just looking at it makes me happy, as does this dog chilling in a van in Soho.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thoughts of the Week

Who'd think you could make jewelry out of straws?

I like salads you can eat with a spoon.

This makes me want to get my hands dirty.

It's like jamoca almond fudge ice cream at Baskin-Robbins but better.

A sweater fit for springtime.

Lemon cake and afternoon sunshine sound like a perfect combination.

Succulents come in the loveliest shades.

I'll take things to put on toast for $400, Alex.

There are never enough stripes.

So that if you get lost, you can just look down.

Happy Friday, everyone! We're headed to the theater tonight to see Death of a Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and dreamy Andrew Garfield. Any big weekend plans?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shake Things Up

My visit to a speakeasy got me thinking about vintage cocktail shakers. There are so many beauties out there, and they're easy to find on Etsy and eBay. Don't you think they would look great filled with flowers? You know, when you're not making Manhattans.

[spotted here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

San Francisco Eats

Discovering new restaurants and finally tasting food I've heard about is one of my favorite things about traveling. Here's what I found in San Francisco:

Bourbon & Branch is a dimly lit, cozy speakeasy that requires a password. Sounds intimidating, but just make a reservation and they'll send it to you. The drinks were incredible, the bartenders friendly and since no cell phones or photography are allowed, you're forced to relax and enjoy your libation and your company. It's actually refreshing.

Drinks were followed by an outstanding meal at Sons & Daughters. Seriously, in the top tier of meals I've eaten. I'm still kicking myself for not running back to the hotel to get my camera because my iPhone photos don't nearly do it justice. They offered an eight-course tasting menu with dishes like trout roe on a buttermilk crisp, pork belly with English peas and mint, bitter orange soup, and three delicious bread courses that were maybe the three best breads I've ever eaten. I'm still thinking about that piece of warm buckwheat toast.

On Saturday, we visited the farmers' market at the Ferry Terminal Building to try the Roli Roti food stand, something I'd seen on the Cooking Channel at least a year ago. The line was long but moved quickly. We got two porchetta sandwiches which are topped with sweet caramelized onions and arugula. It was juicy, crispy, chewy, all kinds of good.

Inside the Ferry Building, Miette has lots of tempting sweets, but I could barely think about food after that pork sandwich. I did manage to try one of their hazelnut macarons, which was delightful.

Roam Artisan Burgers was our dinner spot. They have tasty grass-fed burgers with all the fixin's, housemade sodas and killer milkshakes. The place was packed with a line out the door minutes after we sat down. It was the perfect casual dinner.

For Sunday brunch, we loved the beignets and massive (by New York standards anyway) mimosas at Brenda's French Soul Food. I'm hungry. Thanks to Kelly, Brandi and Aly for your recommendations!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Weekend in Photos: San Francisco Edition

We got back last night from our short but sweet trip to San Francisco. It was so nice to just be in vacation mode, explore a city and eat too much. The weather was perfect for the most part, although we did get a taste of that famous fog on Sunday night. We stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel on top of Nob Hill, visited the major sites, did some shopping, ate amazing food and walked and walked. These legs aren't used to those San Francisco hills. Ouch. Tomorrow, all about the food!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Savannah by Instagram

Thank you so much for indulging me in all my Savannah posts this week, including this one. Next stop, San Francisco! Hope you all have wonderful weekends!

Photos taken by me and the husband. Find us on Instagram at: natalieaerin and savethejonahs

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eat Local

One of the restaurants where I ate when I was home was Local 11 Ten. It's in a restored 1950s bank building in downtown Savannah near beautiful Forsyth Park. They rely on locally sourced meat, produce and seafood, and the dishes are thoughtfully and beautifully prepared. Tasty cocktails, Vidalia onion soup, a perfect pork chop and peanut butter ice cream were the highlights for me. The menu also has a create-your-own entree section, where you choose the protein, sauce and side, and above the restaurant is a rooftop bar adorably titled Perch. If you're ever in Savannah, I'd recommend paying this place a visit.


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