one of my favorite meals in savannah was at the grey. the name comes from the restaurant’s former life as a greyhound bus station, and the interior decor is mid-century modern bus station chic.
sorry i only have 1 picture of the interior – i was too focused on the delicious food. the restaurant website has some great shots if you want to see more.
a chocolate store modeled after a library? literally my two most favorite things in the world. i visited many charming shops in savannah but this was hands down my favorite.
all the individual chocolates were behind glass cases from which you serve yourself.
sorry for the long string of food-related posts. i have been on a shopping ban (no clothes or accessories) since january 1st, for reasons i will describe later. all the purchases i have shown in 2018 were made at the end of 2017, and now i am out of new items to blog about. one of the good things about not mindlessly shopping is that you have a lot of time to focus on other things – like cooking.
winter is still cold in nyc, so i am roasting everything i can find. this recipe for roasted squash with brown butter and a hazelnut gremolata turned out beautifully.
it has been helpful to have healthy, filling snacks around as life and work get busier. i tried these, and they ended up being delicious. instead of the pumpkin seeds, i used some extra granola that i had around.
my only regret is that i baked them all at once instead of freezing half of them uncooked. keeping frozen muffin batter is one of my favorite tricks because then you can have fresh muffins whenever you want. all you need to do is oil your muffin tin, fill the cups, freeze, and then decant the frozen cups into another container.
one of my favorite places in nashville is the pancake pantry, a nashville institution. no matter the weather, there is a line around the corner of tourists and locals alike who can’t wait for a delicious, unpretentious, down home breakfast. i love ordering a half order of the sweet potato pancakes (you get 3 instead of 5) and a side of eggs. i found myself missing home lately so did my best to recreate my favorite breakfast at home.
i used this recipe.
the lack of fresh produce around this time of year gives me a great excuse to continue my baking adventures. i used this recipe for hazelnut cookies and added chocolate chunks. the chocolate was a key addition. i may have even eaten a few for breakfast.
the best thing about winter is that i don’t feel bad staying in and hibernating. hibernating usually turns into baking, then eating, and then sleeping.
i used this recipe to make pecan bars, and they turned out to be easy and delicious.
i have been knee deep in organizing my iPhone photos, and i realized i never posted these from our wonderful trip to carmel. we went to the post ranch inn in big sur for my birthday dinner, and the setting, food, and service were all impeccable.
it got dark too early to catch the full sunset, but the little sliver of what was left was still breathtaking.
i was lucky to spend my birthday weekend at the beautiful carmel valley ranch in carmel valley, california. the property was spectacular, and the staff was welcoming and lovely. i sadly didn’t get a shot of our room before our things exploded all over it, so let’s start with the view from our balcony.
one of the property’s many hiking trails
the sunrise from our balcony
amazing outdoor tub
our room’s two-way fireplace
pumpkin pancakes. the hotel’s food so absolutely delicious.