Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

 There are SO MANY NEW SPOTS in Boston. Have there always been this many new restaurants? Or is it because I am so busy planning a wedding and this upcoming winters ski trips (come on snow!!) that I can't keep up?

In new happenings on Lansdowne street, may I introduce Cheeky Monkey Brewery meets a revamped Lucky Strike Social. A shiny new energetic brew pub offering house and guest beers, plus shuffleboard, billiards, ping pong and an eclectic, entertaining, (why yes an incredibly cheeky!) array of monkey decor and light-bulb sinage is now joined with an energetic, super fun Lucky Strike bar and arcade. After a ping pong game and sampling the globally inspired fare downstairs, we headed up to play arcade games for hours on end while sipping Double Play IPA and Monkey Business Amber. What a great addition to the Fenway Neighborhood!

3 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215

Monday, November 27, 2017

Savannah Fun

Savannah impressed on so many levels. It is picturesque, quaint and charming by day, spooky and haunted with serious underground/prohibition vibes by night. The food and drink scene here is so terrifically refreshing and unique. Love love love you, Savannah, Georgia!

The Atlantic102 E Victory Dr
Our ladies weekend kicked off with dinner at The Atlantic - a neighborhood eatery + imbibery set in an old gas station. We were seated in a funky booth with a trapezoid shaped table tucked between the crowded dining room and bustling bar. 

 Can I tell you how incredibly charmed I was with the bathrooms? (Mirror selfies, globe light sconces, a perfect sink, blue tiled floors, bright orange lockers). Of course, after I spent way too much time in there my girlfriend Eden who shares my love of cool spaces knew why. She immediatley asked, "Do they have fun bathrooms!?" 

The cocktails and wines were served in chic sets of curvy glassware, pictured above is Amalie with gin, vermouth blanc, lemon + bitters. The food was mostly hits and a few misses. I don't remember everything we shared, but pictured above is the duck breast over watercress, cabbage, blueberries + wild rice in a turmeric vinaigrette. Below: ratatouille kebabs with pesto.

The ALLEY CAT Lounge | 207 West Broughton Street Unit B
 Enter through the alley into the depths of a basement lounge and you're greeted with a newspaper menu where a page is dedicated to each type of spirit, plus one for the old fashioneds, another to punch bowls, and can't forget a horoscope cocktails section! The Alley Cat Lounge is a must visit in Savannah; an underground cocktail den sure to impress.

Drinking: ACL 1806 Old Fashioned - bourbon, demerara, angostura + orange bitters, lemon twist

The GREY | 109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Occupying a refurbished 1938 Greyhound bus depot, it's no secret that the owners painstakingly restored the art deco space to its original luster. The Grey captures the retro charms of the time and further elevates the experience with polished service and modern Port City southern food. I was enamored with this restaurant - definitely my #1 choice.

Pictured: Foie + Grits - green grapes, red wine gravy, onion / Country Pasta with pork belly, parmesan + black pepper / Quail - ras el hanout, arugula, benne seed / Beer Battered Shrimp with green goddess, cilantro, pepper relish 

[photos 1+2  credit - her blog also has some great SAV guides]

The Olde Pink House | 23 Abercorn Street
Our last dinner was at Savannah institution The Olde Pink House serving traditional meets inventive low country cuisine in an 18th century Colonial Mansion. It was definitely the fanciest meal and my sweet girls surprised me with a bottle of Veuve Cliquot to celebrate my being engaged! We shared Blackened Oysters with watermelon radish and a pear, apricot + green tomato chutney. I enjoyed Crispy Lobster Tails with sweet chili dijon, bacon buttermilk mashed potatoes and butter beans.

The Brice | A Kimpton Hotel | 601 East Bay Street

Perfectly organized shelves of books on books on books, interesting gallery walls, a sharply decorated lobby, a comfy courtyard and a serene pool with retro vibes, The Brice Kimpton is a welcoming boutique hotel set on the far end of historic River Street. When Tricia and I arrived, the concierge promptly offered us wine. "Two?!" he question before he swiftly appeared with not two glasses, but two bottles of white wine. How's that for Southern Hospitality?!
Everywhere else I would recommend, plus the outtake photos. (We sure do get around!)

House of Mati Hara - prohibition cocktails + 1920s flappers - your hotel should know the password.
Leopold's Ice Cream - really, really good ice cream. My favorite flavor of all time Coffee Oreo did not disappoint! 
Treylor Park / Hitch - Two spots, we went to Hitch only. Casual, modern space, good pop in for lunch.
Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront - visit the Rocks on the Roof bar on the 5th floor.
Baracuda Bob's - grab a beer on draft and peruse River Street - visit Savannah's Waving Girl! 
b. Matthews Eatery - terrific breakfast and brunch eats + cocktails. Lucked out with 4 bar seats after we were told there was an hour plus wait. 
Savannah Tap House - Sunday Football calls! We watched the Patriots game here. Great crowd, beer selection + bar food.
Jen's + Friends - cozy bar featuring hundreds of martinis - every flavor you could imagine from rice krispy treat to birthday cake to bananas foster.