Big, beautiful Forsyth is always fun to shoot at, but more so when it's not overrun with people. I'm going to take credit and pretend like I had something to do with the park being mostly empty for our shoot, but really it's all about positioning the background correctly to give the illusion....
FYI, it's not a real trip to Savannah if -someone- isn't doing a Forest Gump impression. Here's Tyler's, we're just missing our boxuhchoc-lets.
Tyler also imitated a mini-man meltdown and demanded his time on the swings. A great morning enjoying the (mostly) empty park...
...deserves Bluegrass Brunch! Off to Tybee Island to the Social Club meet up with my dear pals Kurtis and Sarah, and some seriously amazing food. This is one of my favorite places on the entire big ol' planet, and I promise if I ever find out you've gone to Tybee and NOT eaten there, I'll disown you.
It is this absolutely charming little joint is self-described as a surf bungalow-meets-safari-plantation-setting...laid back and casual, surprisingly delectable food pairings, and was just named as one of Georgia's top ten best bars. There's always something fun going on here; about a year or so ago I was chucking eggs back and forth in the parking lot for egg toss and I've been to the hilariously amazing Disco Bingo.
These folks were the same group that played at Jeanne and R's rehearsal dinner! So awesomely talented, and the moment I figure out who they are, I'll give you a link to their jams. Also from Jeanne and R's weekend of amazingness were Jill and Aaron who had beaten us out to the island and were mid-brunch munch.
First bites: fried chicken, biscuit, gravy, greens. And why not take the bite off last nights hangover quietly mumbling in my head with a blood orange sangria? And a scorpion topped mezcal mimosa cocktail?
Aaron and Kurtis fed each other half the scorpion. Precious. Back to brunching out! Breakfast skillet with eggs, guac, sweet potatoes, beans, and salsa.
This...this magical creation is cola-baked ham stuffed in to french toast with a big ol' slab of melted cheese on top. Eat your heart out, monte cristo lovers. And then the shrimp and grits, ohhh, this dish makes my toes wiggle and my belly sing. Buttery, creamy, spicy and loaded with shrimp, exactly what the doc ordered for this Sunday afternoon.
Jill and Aaron had to fly home, so we said goodbye to those fine folks and scuttled over to Fish Camp, Kurtis' new joint that was just opening last time I was in town in June. Found a nice stack of Savannah Scouting Guides sitting just inside the door, always fun to see my photos on paper!
On to sippin' scotch and grabbing shots! I have an absolute field day getting to run around photographing here; I never get to do as much food photography as I'd like, but I always get my fill hanging with Kurtis and Sarah!
I've loved to cook for ages, loved to eat for even longer (duh.), I read Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential when I was in high school, and it was this magical, gritty window in to a world I'd love to be a part of. I tried my hand at the long hours in a sweltering kitchen; it wasn't really my forte, but a love of all things kitchen creative has always stuck with me.
I -might- have geeked out a little getting to be back in the kitchen watching Chris and Kurtis do their magic.
Octopus and duck getting their sous-vide on.
Amazing to watch the ingredients on the left turn in to the masterpiece of color and flavor on the right.
A true experience and playground: mix, match, and experiment with textures, flavors, and visuals. Pecans, marinated shrooms, pomegranate, caviar, reconstituted basil seeds, roasted grapes to name a few of the elements...what a delicious adventure!
Next up, crab cakes with nori powder, pickled radishes, and cured meyer lemons (from Kurtis' own tree!). I love the subtle color kicks on this plate, especially the nori along the edge of the plate.
More vibrant colors! Duck breast, swiss chard, root veggies. Throw in duck fat cracklins and you've got a plate as bright and rich as autumn itself.
To finish things off, oysters + bacon + the lightest, crispiest baked topping imaginable and a cheesecake with Frangelico whipped cream and mint that was so decadent, my mother snarfed the entire plate down before I got more than a nibble in.
The rest of the evening was spent enjoying full bellies and brainstorming new projects while running outside to snag more pictures. I love how cozy Fish Camp looks just after dusk!
My mom was ready to adopt Kurtis and bring him right home to Maryland by the the time we were ready to head back to the mainland. Thanks for such a perfect day, Sarah and Kurtis!
Off to a quiet little bonfire with Angel and Brian, my dear little cusses before heading back to our apartment; minutes closer to the end of this sublime weekend so well spent with good friends, good food, and great celebrations!
Love to all of my Savannah friends who are always so hospitable, and apologies to anyone I missed on this trip down--I'll get you next time. See you soon! -M