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Mate Factor

One of the best things about Savannah is the amazing food. Southern, fusion, experimental – you name it; they’ve got it. What makes things even more interesting is that the best food in town is usually from a small local place. I’ve discovered a few over the years and this past trip yielded a delightful new addition, Mate Factor.

This little gem was located not even a three minute walk from our Air BnB, and initially, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to try it out since it is closed on Saturdays. Fortunately, we are both fairly early risers, and we were able to grab a quick bite before getting on the road Sunday morning. One of the reviews I read online described this place as something out of a fairy tale, and I have to say the description is pretty accurate. While it looks like a cozy cottage on the outside, the inside actually holds a few small structures that give the place the feeling of an enchanted market. The cold case and ordering “cottage” are off to one side, and seating space has been maximized by creating a loft as well as lower recessed seating.  Of course we decided to sit in the loft. I started my day with an egg & cheese sandwich and a “Dandy Remix”, and Rebecca went with a cranberry orange scone paired with a hazelnut vanilla latte. I also picked up a scone and a mini sweet potato pound cake to take home for Andy. Everything was delicious, and ultimately I was annoyed with myself for not ordering a larger beverage and more baked goods.  I absolutely adored this little cafe, and it will absolutely be at the top of my “must see” list from now on. I can’t wait to take Andy there the next time we’re in town.


Savannah Weekend

Hello, friends! I am back from Savannah, and coming down off of what was a pretty incredible weekend has been a tiny bit rough. It was so much fun spending time in once of my favorite cities with one of my favorite people.

 Savannah was gracious and perfect, as always, and, even though it’s only February, they are already descending to the sultry summer weather that the south is so very famous for. Fortunately, it hadn’t gone too far; the thermostat topped out in the low 80’s, and there was a breeze coming off the river so walking around was still very enjoyable.  I got to introduce Rebecca to some of my favorite shops and places in Savannah (Paris Market) and discover a bunch of new places that make me love this place even more (Lulu’s Chocolate Bar and Mate Factor).  We definitely indulged in the touristy part of Savannah more than I ever had before. We did a trolley tour with Old Town Trolley and had an incredible time with our guide Scott who managed to impart a lot of history while keeping us all very entertained. I am already planning on taking my mom on the same tour the next chance I get. The trip wasn’t nearly long enough, and I am already trying to come up with a reason to head back. I keep crossing my fingers that some day the stars will align and I’ll be able to call this beautiful place my home, but until then, I can look back on these pictures and daydream.


Chocolat by Adam Turoni

On our recent trip to Savannah, Andy and I discovered Chocolat by Adam Turoni. According to the company website, they boast two locations in the Historic District: one referred to as The Library and the other The Dining Room. We wound up at the flagship shop, The Dining Room, although after contemplating the map, we must have walked right by The Library location at least once, if not twice during the weekend.

s7 s9 s1After a quick look around to get the lay of the land, we quickly decided that we would absolutely have to try some of the truffles from the huge glass front cabinets against the wall, and I will admit when they handed me the silver tray to place my selected pieces on I felt pretty fancy. Well, as fancy as one can in yoga pants and a tank top, but you get the idea.s As if the truffles weren’t enough, they had cleverly placed bell jars all over the shop offering specialty goods and services. s6 s5 s4 And then there was the dining room table. Piled high with books, more bell jars, and delightful stacks and trays of all manner of cocoa infused treats. s3 s2 I forgot to take a picture of it, but I also purchased the most beautiful molded chocolate piece that looked like an ornate key hole. It was dusted with edible gold powder and very Alice in Wonderland-y. s8As I am sure you have guessed by now, Andy and I now have another “must-see” place to hit on our future Savannah trips. Next time I fully intend to find and visit the second location, you know, just for the sake of finding the absolute best spot of get our candy from.


Savannah Trip

And it’s Monday again; my long weekend wasn’t nearly long enough. Our early anniversary trip was everything we hoped for, and (fingers crossed) we really hope we don’t have to wait another five years for our next visit.

s2 In true anniversary fashion, Andy and I rented the same room at the same B&B (Foley House Inn) we stayed at on our honeymoon 5 years ago.s The Essex Suite has changed little in last five years, still two fire places, a huge soaking tub and a luxuriously tall shower. We did learn, however, that the staff now refer to it as the “Bond Room”. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz stayed in the room a few months ago, and it has been thus named ever since. We did laugh a bit about not only laying our heads where Bond had laid his, but using the same bathroom. I mean, completely bad-ass *eye roll* right?s7 s8 Since we’ve spent plenty of time in Savannah over the years, we took a very laid back approach to this trip. Both Friday and Saturday were spent wandering around the historic district, people/dog watching, and ducking into our favorite shops. s3 s12 s4 s14 s15 I almost purchased this little brass crown from The Paris Market, but I decided to sleep on it, and when I came back the next day, it had already sold. I am glad that I at least thought to snap a quick picture, and since I was so disappointed, Andy bought me a glass of their amazing lavender tea. I’m pretty sure I would have ended up with tea either way, but I thought it was a nice gesture.s17 s16 s10One of the things we knew we wanted to do this trip was try out some new restaurants. Both the Treylor Park & Cafe M were wonderful, but the best place we went was Chive. Their red curry sauce is so good it’ll curl your toes. s11 s18s13 s5 s6This is going to sound a bit crazy, but one of the things I was most looking forward to was spending some quality time reading in The Chair. It may not look like much, but this chair-and-a-half is the most perfect reading spot I’ve ever found. I spent entire afternoons lounging and catching up on my reading when Andy and I honeymooned here. Exactly what I needed after all of the wedding insanity.  I only managed a couple of hours this trip, but it was still well worth it.s1 s9Such a great trip, and I can’t believe after all of the planning and anticipation that it’s actually over. Fortunately, the fur babies were incredibly snuggly when we got home, it helped to soften the blow of returning to “real” life.


The Sentient Bean: Savannah

Another great place we discovered on our vegan friendly trip to Savannah was a charming coffee shop located right around the corner from where we were staying, The Sentient Bean.

S6 S4Located right on the edge of the famous Forsyth Park. This place was clearly a popular spot with the locals; they had everything from college students curing their hangovers to informal business meetings going on. All at mid morning on a Friday.S2 Obviously, we had checked out the website before walking over, so the menu wasn’t a huge surprise, but it had a number of great options for all sorts of dietary restrictions. Even better, they had lots of fresh baked goods that change from day to day. S3 S7 Since we were going to be doing a lot of walking in the sultry summer heat, we kept things pretty light: two large iced almond milk chais, a vegan burrito for her, and a egg & cheese croissant for me. Everything was incredible, and we were both a little disappointing that we were heading out of Savannah in a few hours since it meant we’d be gone before they started serving lunch.S1 S5I’ve been going to Savannah for years, and I love that no matter how much time I spend there are always new things to see and try out. Equally cool is how different it seems depending on who I am traveling with. One of my all time favorite places.