We just got back from a little jaunt to Charleston and Savannah. (Jaunt is such a fun word, isn’t it? It sounds so much ritzier than vacation.) The past several vacations we’ve taken have been planned around other things–family visits, house hunting, business trips, and conferences. So it was super nice to pick a place that we wanted to go and not have any obligations once we got there.
The downside of taking a vacation in July is the heat. Maybe heading further south wasn’t the best idea at this time of the year. By the time we got to Savannah, it cooled down to the mid-90s, but in Charleston, it was so hot that there were hardly any tourists out and about. Or maybe we were the only ones dumb enough to walk to everything when the heat index was 105 degrees. The highlight of Charleston was visiting a tea plantation on Wadmalaw Island. I’ll be posting about it next week!
I just adored Savannah and my husband wants to move there–I think he was only half-joking. We did a trolley tour of the city, which was nice because you could get on and off at different points of interest. Normally I don’t like that sort of thing because it’s hard to appreciate a city when you’re driving by all the sights, but the on-and-off part made it much more appealing.
I’m still a little bit terrified of bringing my good camera out with me. When I see other tourists with their expensive cameras dangling from worn out straps around their necks, it makes me nervous for them. So unfortunately, my food pictures didn’t turn out too great. But if you’re looking for vegetarian restaurants in Savannah or Charleston, here are some of the places we went:
Sesame Burgers and Beer [Charleston] // I got a massive black bean burger topped with shiitake mushrooms, grilled zucchini, caramelized onions, and a red wine reduction. They make their own ketchup here too!
Patat Spot [Charleston] // I would be super happy if one of these opened up around here. We went to Patat Spot twice–they sell fries and falafel, but the fries were my favorite part. The first time I got the Viva Italia, topped with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese and the second time, my husband and I split an order of fries with sate (peanut) sauce and Indonesian ketjup. And now I always want to eat fries with peanut sauce…
Saigon [Savannah] // We split a tempura eggplant appetizer and then my husband got a stir fry and I got a portabella curry dish. And then we had the leftovers for breakfast the next day.
Kayak Kafe [Savannah] // I got Tofu & Vegetable Quesadillas and my husband got Seared Tiger Tofu tacos. I’m totally going to try to replicate these at home.
Goose Feathers [Savannah] // This was right by our hotel, so we kind of had to get Peach Whoopie Pies for breakfast. We had no choice! None!
Thrive [Savannah] // Thrive is a little cafe that sells prepared foods to take home. We stopped here after going to the beach–we were too sandy and salty to go to a sit-down restaurant, so we brought our food back to the hotel.
And of course, I couldn’t go on vacation without doing some shopping (especially for kitchen stuff!). Among the highlights:
The Salt Table [Savannah] // You can order from this store online! So you can buy crazy flavored salt too! I have no idea what I’m going to do with all this salt, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
The Paris Market [Savannah] // …where I found this strange big-eyed doll in the clearance section. Obviously, I had to buy it.
Savannah Bee Company [Charleston/Savannah] // I drink tea a few times a day and I always sweeten it with a little bit of honey. And Savannah Bee Company has honey made specifically for tea! But my favorite honey is the Winter White Honey. It’s thick and creamy, more spreadable than pourable. And it’s delicious!
Charleston Cooks! [Charleston] // I bought a few tools and props here, including these Le Creuset Mini Cocottes. They’re a special color made just for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.
The Spice & Tea Exchange [Savannah] // Okay, I really don’t know what I’m going to do with bamboo flavored rice, but I had to get it. Bamboo! Rice! It’s green!
Low Country Gourmet Foods [Savannah] // This was one of those oil and vinegar stores where you can taste all the products, and after much deliberation, we left with bottles of Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar.
…and then on the way home to North Carolina, we saw this:
So tell me, do you buy food and cooking tools when you go on vacation too? Or am I completely alone in this?