Valentine’s Day Greatest Hits

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Every year at this time, I usually pop up in a rant against Valentine’s Day. Long story short, we should love every day. Not because the calendar says so. I get it though, it’s complicated. Not quite that simple. You must abide by the cultural norms and overwhelm. Fair enough. Here are some greatest hits for the next couple of weeks.

Chocolat by Adam Turoni – It has been a couple of years since savannah’s chocolate master delivered up something unique and divine for your valentine. He tells me he just doesn’t decide to do something 2 weeks out. He draws inspiration from the strangest of places. He may have an idea in July that would work for Valentines Day. He may not. This year, he does.  Included this year among his huge assortment of always handmade goodness is a chocolate rose. A chocolate rose in a personal gift box. Inside of that rose?  A fresh strawberry. They come in boxes of one or two and are meant to be eaten fairly quickly. So, no, not a good idea to buy it Saturday and hold it until Wednesday. They are being made in-house every day through Valentine’s Day.  Find Adam and all of his wonderfulness in two locations downtown Savannah, Broughton Street and Bull Street. Or see it all at chocolatat.com

San Valentino Dinner with Frali – I am big fan of something different. Zag when the others Zig. You can find some great eats that way. A lot of restaurants in the area are offering specials of some sort for Valentine’s Day, but this one is a great value. Frali Gourmet (Liberty at Tattnall downtown Savannah) is offering a 5 course meal on February 14th for $55. Their handmade pastas are great and served in a lot of the restaurants you visit downtown.  They had me at Veal stuffed Tortellini with butter and sage. Oh my. Click here for the full menu and more information. Reservations are required.

De Colores Cookies y Mas Pop Up at Capital Bee Company – If you caught our episode on Holiday Sweets just before Christmas, then you met three local women working in their homes and creating some fantastic sweets along the way. One of them is Ely Rooney, a very talented young lady making eye popping cookies. On occasion, she visits with our friends at Capital Bee Company. Broughton at Price Streets in Savannah. She will be there again on February 13th. From 3 to 6:30pm. Yes, the day before you need to have something under the tree. So what better way to stop in for, maybe some honey for your honey, and have some fabulous cookies to grab as well. A one stop shop is the best kind.

De Colores cookies are unique as well as delicious

Bella Napoli Downtown – Bella Napoli is that under the radar spot the downtown crowd knows about or unsuspecting tourists happen upon. They do a nice job there. They are offering a San Valentine’s Four Course Package for $79 per couple. That includes a complimentary glass of bubbly or wine, and features a choice from two of their desserts. Bella Napoli is brought to you by the same group behind Wilmington Island’s Little Italy and Cuoco Pazzo on Abercorn Street in the Victorian District.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room – I bet you think I am crazy right? Mrs. Wilkes? For Valentine’s Day? It’s all in how you package it. The reality is most locals don’t visit all that often because of the long lines. I was there this week and there were about 20 people in line. A 15-20 minute wait. They just re-opened for the season. Now is your chance to eat it and like it without the longer than long waits. How do I tie this in to Valentine’s Day? Have your significant other take an afternoon off from work if you can. Take them to Mrs. Wilkes, then have a pedi-cab waiting for you outside for the ride to Leopold’s for 2nd dessert. (about $10-12).  Best $65 (including lunch and Leopold’s) you might ever spend on Valentine’s Day. Now who’s the romantic? Guys? Thank me the next time you see me.

See you on TV,

Jesse

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jesse@eatitandlikeit.com'

Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.

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Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.

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