Skip to main content

A Soggy Savannah Supper

I have already posted about the weather we've been having here lately. Every afternoon around 4pm, clouds gather and it storms. Saturday there was flooding all over the place.

Di and I left her house in search of lunch, and on the way home got caught in a pretty violent afternoon storm. We decided to stop at some friends' house since they were on vacation, we had a key, and it was raining so hard we couldn't see out the windshield.

We had food from a Savannah restaurant called Zunzi's. I forgot to take pics of our food, but it was AMAZING. I ordered the grilled salmon on a baguette, and Di ordered the felafel. We halved the sandwiches so we could taste both. Not only was it a ton of food and very inexpensive- it was also some of the best takeout I've EVER had. The felafel was made on site (none of the dry mix foolishness) and the sauces were perfect. My salmon was moist and went perfectly with the light sauce and chewy french bread.

Anyhoo- back to the weather...

We ate our lunch at our friends' house, thinking it would stop storming soon and the water would drain off the streets.

Well, it did stop storming, but the water had no intention of going anywhere fast. We eventually abandoned the idea of driving home at all, and walked to Di's house (about a mile and a half).

Here are some pics I snapped along the way...






As you can see, it was a bit wet.

After walking/wading home, we discovered we had no power. We played a few rounds of progressive rummy(sp) before our brains were fried (plus it was pretty dark). Suzanne got home from work around 5pm, so we decided to head downtown to eat dinner at Vinnie Van Go-Go's (the best pizza joint on the planet).

While waiting for our table (in the rain), we noticed some teeny little birdies begging for food out in City Market...



A rainbow appeared in the sky and I tried to capture it in a pic, but it doesn't really show up:



First thing out of the gate, I ordered a Spodee- a rot gut red wine mixed with Sprite. I know it sounds awful, but it really matches the surroundings. Here is a pic of us showing some love to the spodee...



I then ordered my slice- mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and ricotta cheese. The slices are HUGE and I ate every crumb of it.



As we were eating, I noticed a sign on the back of the bar taps that sums up the way I feel about Vinnie's....

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Carrot Cake!!!!!!

I made my very first ever from scratch homemade cake at 7,500 feet above sea level today. I have made many homemade cakes before, but that was back home in Savannah, which is practically 2 feet below sea level.

After many dismal failures (including box mixes) I have finally made a cake from scratch that turned out decent. No- better than decent. I think this is the best cake I've ever made. No joke.

It all started when my fried Emmy posted on her blog about receiving as a gift from her hubby, a copy of "The Joy of Cooking." By the way, you should go read her blog. She is nauseatingly multi-talented. She cooks and knits beautifully, as well as a bunch of other stuff I learn about every freakin' time I read her blog. So go over to her blog right now.

Anyhoo...she read the high altitude instructions and cranked out a beautiful red velvet cake that made me drool. After reading that, I decided it was time to stop being a wuss about baking at high altitude and try a…

The Best Pizza Dough for Mimi

This picture does not include a picture of my pizza dough.  But it was taken at my favorite pizza place in the world- Vinnie Van Go-Go's in Savannah, GA.

I have toiled in vain to make a homemade crust that is in any way similar to Vinnie's.

I'm not going to say I've done it, because I haven't.  But what I can say is I think this version is the closest I'll ever get.

For 10 years I have played around with basic pizza dough recipes, trying to find one that yields a thin, crispy crust, with bubbly edges.

I think there are two things that make this possible... very high heat (most home ovens can't get hot enough) and 00 Italian flour (it makes such a soft, pliable dough).  To manage the heat problem, I usually cook my pizzas on the grill, and let it heat to at least 600 degrees.  Hopefully one day my husband will build the wood fired pizza oven of my dreams.  And to manage the flour issue, I order my flour from Amazon.

Here's the basic recipe and process:

Cucumber Pico de Gallo

Normally, when I make pico de gallo, I use tomato, red onion, and jalapeño.  This week, the garden is spewing forth dozens of cucumbers, so I'm throwing those in as well.
There really isn't a recipe for pico... you just throw whatever you want in there.  I'll list what I used, but I also won't give amounts.  If you don't groove on onion, use less.  If you don't like cucumbers, don't use them.  Do whatever makes you happy!
Cucumber Pico de Gallo
6 lemon cucumbers, diced (I don't seed mine) 6 roma tomatoes, diced (I squish out the jelly stuff so the mixture doesn't get too soupy) 1 small red onion, minced 1 small jalapeño, minced Fresh lime juice Red wine vinegar Olive oil Salt
Mix everything up and let it sit at least 30 minutes before you attack it.  If you have the willpower... I never do!