Dear Foodies,

Well, fiddle - dee dee, I finally made it to the ole south! My hubby treated me to a romantic trip to Savannah, Georgia. It was a dream come true. We stayed at Roussell’s Garden Bed & Breakfast (charming historical home with a fabulous full breakfast) and did quite a bit of antiquing. Of coarse our trip came with a list I made regarding all the dishes I wanted to taste in Savannah. In just a few delicious years, Savannah has become one of the nations most talked about culinary destinations because of its unique cuisine, which blends European, Asian, and West African influence. I’m just glad my friend Stephanie Seiba gave us a list of restaurants she highly recommended plus the best ghost tour ever — so we were prepared.

I really thought going to Paula Deen’s was going to be my number one stop but, it wasn’t. Actually, the locals have their own favorites even though Paula cooks like a Diva and markets herself better than anyone. My husband and I went where the locals and Stephanie wowed about —“The Olde Pink House” which is the oldest public dinning room in the city.

This restaurant is a historical national landmark which was built in 1771. The reason it’s called the pink house is because the soft native brick began to bleed through the plastered walls and mysteriously changed the color of the mansion from white to Jamaican pink. By the way, there have been ghost (hosts at least 3) sightings there but, that’s pretty much the norm in such and old city especially — Savannah. This restaurant use to be a private home, (owned by James Habersham Jr.) a bank, tearoom, and headquarters for one of Sherman’s Generals. Today thanks to the William Balish family who restored this grand old house we have the pleasure now of dinning there.

Why, honey, of course I’ll tell you about my magnificent experience! For a moment I thought I was Scarlett O’Hara and my husband Dan was Rhett Butler from “Gone with the Wind”. We walked into this elegant restaurant (I did make reservations the day prior) and was pleased to see our Maitre’d walking us towards a table (#12) for two next to the window facing the Reynolds Square. The interior is dignified with candelabras and historical paintings.

Romance was in the air, and the minute our seasoned wait staff gave us the menu to review, I knew it was going to be an evening to remember. We decided to order a bottle of Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($35), a wine from California which is bold and an excellent choice for the dishes we were about to order.

We started off with the grilled marinated portabello mushroom with blue cheese and balsamic glaze ($7.50) which were so flavorful, and the pan seared jumbo lump crab cake which was daintily sandwiched between two fried green tomato slices with remoulade/dijon sauce ($13.95). This was served with a side of mixed greens and sliced cucumbers along with a vinaigrette dressing.

I also ordered the mixed greens with caramelized apple, pecans and goat cheese fritter (excellent!) which came with the most delicious Champagne Citrus Vinaigrette ($8.95). I knew I had the perfect salad because all those ingredients danced wonderfully on my palette. Oh, I also had some tasty corn bread along with my salad (who said ordering a salad is boring?).

Then I heard a ghost whisper in my ear … it’s time for dessert. I did not want to upset Casper so I gave into the chocolate Grand Marnier cake ($9.00) served with fresh strawberries and a side of Romanoff. This chocolate layered cake has a little glass on the side filled with this creamy decadent Romanoff sauce swimming in the Grand Marnier and strawberries. I felt like a little kid digging in. Wine and chocolate once more … this was definitely a special occasion that will last a lifetime in my memories and on my hips! $$$

Every pound was worth it,

Madame Gourmand

The Olde Pink House, 23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 912-232-4286

Roussell’s Garden B&B 912-239-1415