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Today we are featuring, Tim Rutherford, who writes about food and wine — and consults a variety of food and beverage clients on everything from event marketing to operations and menu development. His website, savannahfoodie.com, covers the local food scene and supplements his 5,000 circulation weekly e-mail newsletter.
The almost simultaneous occurrence of the the 1996 Olympic sailing venue and the release of John Berendt’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” sparked a resurgence of tourism to the Hostess City — and fueled Savannah’s growing reputation as a culinary destination. If you have never visited Savannah before you should know that a first stop for many visitors are the pioneers, the restauranteurs who have persevered.
Nate and Heather Wells began married life by spending a year honeymooning throughout Europe and the States. They feared opening the chapter on kids meant closing the one on travel. Now with three sons, they have found this doesn’t have to be so. They write about their ongoing adventures at TheFamilySuitcase.com.
It is tempting to get distracted by Savannah’s distinct references in popular culture. Bonaventure Cemetery in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Paula Deen’s cooking, and Forrest Gump’s park bench may all be perfectly worth your while; however, our family’s recent visit revealed an even richer experience than we anticipated. As my brother-in-law-cum-Savannah local puts it: “Savannah still represents the elegance and sophistication that the old south was all about. It is pure southern charm.” A walking tour is a great way to experience the truth behind this description.
Why, why Georgia, why? Peaches, history, sunshine…what else do you need?! Georgia’s warmth with lull you into a state of relaxation you have never known. These deals will take you to the most southeast point in the state for a historical trip to Savannah or simply a nice beach vacation on Tybee Island. Pack up your bags and get ready for a trip down south.
The Barnard Apple Suite is a historic vacation rental renovated with eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Wake up to sunny Savannah to enjoy a cup of coffee in your private courtyard before walking the historic downtown area with your pup.
This organic vacation rental has an old charm of its own. An ideal location for exploring Savannah, this quaint apartment is located on a peaceful street two blocks from Forsyth Park where you can spend the afternoon by the fountain.
Located on Georgia’s Tybee Island, this beach view home is perfect for your next family vacation. Sleeping up to 13, this rental has incredible balcony views of North Beach and historic Tybee Lighthouse.
by Barrie Cleveland
California Winery Advisor
The French have been arguing for decades to persuade Americans to stop calling our sparkling wine “Champagne.” They postulate, rightly, that Champagne comes from that sacred region innorthern France where the bubbly was first created, and should not be confused with the various sparkling wines made from Temecula to Topeka.
According to legend, a blind French monk named Dom Pierre Perignon had the first taste of Champagne, around 1700, when he tasted wine that had mistakenly gone through a secondary fermentation.
The secondary fermentation took place when the wine, that had finished its normal fermentation, still had some residual sugar left in the juice. Within the closed bottle or cask, the fermentation started again, and with no place for the resulting carbon dioxide togo, it was absorbed into the wine, creating those tiny bubbles.
Dom Perignon supposedly came up from the cellarand exclaimed, “I have been drinking stars!”
by Joanna Eng
If you headed to the Gulf Coast or had your own Carnival celebration this year, the whole shebang probably involved lots of colorful plastic beads. Mardi Gras beads are tons of fun, but they can also create a lot of waste. Rather than throwing them away or letting them collect dust on your dresser, never to be used again, try some of these methods of reusing, “upcycling,” or even crafting your own beads.
Where to donate beads
If you’re in New Orleans, you can head to local nonprofit Arc of Greater New Orleans after the party’s over. They’ll take your used beads and re-sell them at next year’s festivities to raise money for their mission to serve people with intellectual disabilities and delays. There are four different bead drop-off locations.
Elsewhere, consider giving your beads to children’s after school programs or senior centers or recycled art supply centers, or anywhere else where colorful crafts are likely to bring people joy.