(you knew it was coming as soon as i mentioned i was going to savannah, didn't you?)
one of the main reasons i wanted to visit savannah (aside from the trees draped in spanish moss, the abundance of beautiful squares, a nearby beach, and amazing southern accents) is that it's the home of paula deen! i've watched her show far more than any other 24-year-old i know, so the first thing i had to check off of my savannah to-do list was eating at her restaurant. luckily, bethany & gianna were up for it, and a friend in atlanta's mom told us to ask to eat at the bar if they weren't taking reservations anymore. ka-ching! within 15 minutes of getting into town, we were in!
my lunch consisted of some very vegetarian-friendly (though not heart-healthy) fare: garlic cheddar biscuits, a salad with poppyseed dressing, collards, candied yams, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes, and, of course, a heaping portion of macaroni & cheese. everything was washed down by some of the most delicious sweet tea i've ever had (and believe me, i've had a lot) and followed by chocolate chip butter cake for dessert. i forgot to take a picture of dessert because i wolfed it down so quickly... seriously. i don't think i've ever eaten that much food in one sitting in my life, and honestly, i think my digestive system is still recovering. but damn, it was good!
here's some pictures of my PD experience:
speaking of paula, a few weeks ago i tried out her recipe for grapefruit cake with grapefruit cream cheese frosting (click link for the recipe!).
i'd made something similar for easter last year, but the middle of the cake collapsed (oops), so we plopped a heaping pile of mixed berries on top and it still tasted delicious. this time i prepared for the worst and bought strawberries, but the cake came out perfectly - light, summery, and non-collapsed - so i just decorated with the berries. tasty and beautiful, no?!