A Food Orgy

Yesterday was a perfect day in Savannah with crisp blue sky, gentle breezes and temperatures in the high sixties. A perfect day for a trip to the beach. The General and his bride had planned this outing a week ago with a friend who is concierge at a local hotel. It was her day off and what could be better than to welcome in the season by having lunch in clear view of the ocean?

A minor disappointment set in when we discovered that our favorite little hangout was closed. Our guest, being in ‘the business,’ suggested a place that a lot of her guests were raving about. Stingray’s is a joint on Butler Ave. that boasts good seafood and beer. It has a decidedly Key West feeling to it and it lived up to its reputation. The seafood was perfectly prepared and we had a chance sit outside and enjoy the day.

Later, we ended up at one of our favorite spots for some iced tea and a dessert. North Beach Grill is snuggled in between dunes adjacent to Fort Screven and across from Tybee Lighthouse. What a great spot!You can actually see the big cargo ships entering and leaving the Savannah River from your table.

We started chatting with our waiter Matthew who happens to be the manager. He had just returned from the Fiery Food Show and it turns out that he and his partner have a line of hot sauces. Although we didn’t go to the FFS we know many of the people who were there exhibiting. As the conversation grew, next thing we knew we had 4 bottles of their hot sauce to take home and try. They call their hot sauces the “Highway 80 -Sauce of the South.” Interesting enough, Highway 80 goes all the way across the country from the tip of Tybee Island to San Diego, CA…..sorta like Route 66 but longer!

We got a lesson in the different flavors. Rob, Matthew’s partner, told us that they were not as interested in the heat of each individual sauce as much as they were interested in enhancing the flavor . The General likes that idea. Hot sauce for just heat does nothing for me. Flavor with an additional kick of heat is what I enjoy. This is the exact opposite of past experiences where most people just use food as a prop for the hot sauce and the heat of the sauce becomes the main event. Ugh!

The General can’t wait to give an update on how we use the different flavors: Mango Habanero, Jalapeno Tomatillo, Jabanero Sweet Onion, and Thai Curry. Rob explained that one of them can be even used as a dressing for salad and another is good on eggs. Stay tuned for The General’s experimentation.

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Our guest was staying for dinner, so a stop at the seafood co-op was in order. She had never had steamed oysters, so I bought some from Apalachicola Bay. I must say that I have perfected the process so they come out perfect every time. The ladies enjoyed every last one. Served with garlic butter, there was no chance a vampire would cross our threshold!

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The General doesn’t know when to quit…especially when he has an audience…I went on to prepare boiled shrimp, grilled scallops (a disappointment), saffron rice and butter beans.

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The food orgy ended with three foodies well sated.

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