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East Coast Roadtrip: Leopold’s Ice Cream

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After doing a bit of food research online, did you know that Tutti Frutti flavour was invented in Savannah?  Who knew?  And one of the original’s of Tutti Frutti ice cream is Leopold’s Ice Cream, an institution in Savannah, Georgia.  When we arrived in Savannah, we headed to Leopold’s and you know the ice cream must be good when you see a line up out the door and down the street.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen this long of a line for ice cream so you know I’m a glutton for punishment and patiently waited for a taste of Savannah’s favourite.  I wasn’t sure what to expect with Tutti Frutti ice cream but taking one bite made me think of Spumoni flavoured ice cream.  You know, the italian ice cream flavour made with layers of cherry, chocolate and pistachio ice creams with candied fruits and nuts that no one buys other than my parents.  It really brought me back to my childhood since my parents constantly had a 2 litre tub of spumoni in the freezer and as a kid, it really wasn’t my favourite ice cream – note to all the parents out there, if you want your kid to eat less ice cream, buy spumoni :)

Leopold's Ice Cream parlour.

Leopold’s Ice Cream parlour.

Inside Leopold's ice cream shop.

Inside Leopold’s ice cream shop.

The family lineage and history Leopold's.

The family lineage and history Leopold’s.

The long line out the door and all for some ice cream.

The long line out the door and all for some ice cream.

Leopold's original Tutti Frutti and a little bonus spoonful of Butter Pecan.

Leopold’s original Tutti Frutti and a little bonus spoonful of Butter Pecan.

A single scoop of lemon custard.

A single scoop of lemon custard.

One of Leopold's original flavours, Tutti Frutti.

One of Leopold’s original flavours, Tutti Frutti.

Since we're in Georgia, we must have Butter Pecan.

Since we’re in Georgia, we must have Butter Pecan.

East Coast Roadtrip: Martha Lou’s Kitchen

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Just like the Daily (my previous post), I also discovered Martha Lou’s Kitchen from a fellow Instagrammer.  Really hard to miss, the bright pink and colourful exterior is located in the middle of an industrial neighborhood just north of Charleston’s historic downtown area.  Literally sitting on the side of the road with the railway behind it, the restaurant only has seven tables in total.  We arrived just after the lunch rush and we had to wait 15 minutes for a table to become free – well worth it for what we had in store.  The host, which I gather is related to Martha, was so friendly and inviting….even breaking into song a few times during our meal.  But what kills me the most about this place is it has ruined fried chicken for me for LIFE.  Moist and tender meat with a perfectly crispy exterior (notice the coating isn’t burnt), it was made and fried to order – all served on a TV dinner style styrofoam plate.  I ordered collard greens, because how can you not when in the south, cornbread and baked macaroni.  The baked macaroni was interesting, not made with cheese but gravy.  Then there was dessert.  I struggled to finish my fried chicken but couldn’t make a dent in my sides so for dessert, I really only wanted a couple of bites just to taste.  But the reaction from Martha Lou when I asked for a “small portion” was amazing, in a very serious tone she flat out said “no” – its all or nothing.  And the dessert of the day was peach cobbler.  Made with homemade pastry, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.  A perfect way to end the perfect fried chicken meal!

Martha Lou's Kitchen located just north of downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Martha Lou’s Kitchen located just north of downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Inside the Martha Lou's Kitchen.  There are only 6 tables in the entire restaurant.

Inside the Martha Lou’s Kitchen. There are only 6 tables in the entire restaurant.

Martha's sweet tea.

Martha’s sweet tea.

My lunch order - fried chicken, baked macaroni, collard greens and cornbread.

All for $12 US, my lunch order – fried chicken, baked macaroni, collard greens and cornbread.

A close up of the delicious fried chicken thigh, drumstick and wing.

A close up of the delicious fried chicken thigh, drumstick and wing.

Another available side, braised cabbage.

Another available side, braised cabbage with bacon.

And for dessert, peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

And for dessert, peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

East Coast Roadtrip: The Daily

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Following other bloggers/instagramers is awesome because you find gems like this.  And I’m always on a mission to find a good cup of iced joe (aka, coffee) and we found it here at the Daily.  Owned by the Butcher & Bee, a restaurant that sits right next to it, you know this place is going not only have good coffee but good food too.  Before going on our carriage ride through old town Charleston, we stopped by to grab breakfast.  My iced coffee was satisfying but my breakfast was surprisingly delicious and fresh, I felt like I was eating at a farmer’s market.  On a large slice of sourdough that was perfectly toasted, Z’aatar seasoned and mashed avocados were spread as the base with two slices of ripe heirloom tomatoes topped with a drizzle of good olive oil.  The ricotta toast, made with the same sourdough but topped with fresh ricotta, honey and walnuts; and the breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs and chorizo looked just as yummy!  I wish I lived here just so I could make a stop at the Daily a part of my everyday routine.

Daily

The Daily by the Butcher & Bee

Daily - inside

The beautiful interior of the Daily.

Daily - interior

Another view of the interior.

Daily - latte

Great looking latte art.

Daily - iced coffee

My order of iced coffee using Stumptown coffee.

Daily - ricotta

Ricotta toast topped with walnuts, honey and black pepper.

Daily - avocado

Avocado toast topped with Z’aatar, heirloom tomatoes, olive oil on sourdough.

Daily - tacos

Breakfast tacos filled with chorizo, scrambled eggs, cheese, cilantro and salsa verde.

Daily - cookies

Sweet goodies available at the Daily – rugelach, chocolate sandwich cookies and mini butter tarts.

Daily - pastries

Some more yummy pastries – butter croissants, brownies and bourekas.

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East Coast Roadtrip: The Belmont

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So prior to our trip, S read a feature in the Globe and Mail on Charleston.  The Belmont was listed as a hip place to grab a drink with great bartenders making great cocktails……and the writer was right.  What a great casual, low key spot.  Right on the main street (King Street) in Charleston, the bar front is very unassuming, dimly lit with only a small, simple sign.  Once in, the space is beautiful with a shiny ornate tin ceiling, walls lined with banquettes and a 1920s vibe.  The cocktails were definitely tasty and surprisingly, so was the food.  It wasn’t an extensive menu but we were hungry.  We ordered the pepperoni, smoked mozzarella and tomato sauce sandwich and for dessert, nutella and banana homemade pop tarts.  The pop tart was delicious, oozing with melted nutella and warm sliced bananas!

The Belmont in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Belmont in Charleston, South Carolina.

Belmont - inside

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Gin based cocktail.

Gin based cocktail.

Whisky based cocktail.

Whisky based cocktail.

Another gin based cocktail made with cucumber.

Another gin based cocktail made with cucumber.

Another sweet cocktail.

Another sweet cocktail.

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East Coast Roadtrip: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Who would have known that on our way to a local bar for a night cap that we would pass a brightly lit window with a line up to the door that stopped us in our tracks long enough to catch our curiosity.  And although we hadn’t eaten dinner yet, we thought what the heck, why not just go straight to dessert.  We wanted to see what all the fuss was about with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.  We went in and could tell right away that the menu of ice cream flavours was unique with names like: brown butter almond brittle, bangkok peanut and riesling poached pear sorbet.  As always, I went for something different and got a scoop of the goat cheese with red cherries (I had a craving for some cheesecake) and a scoop of the lime cardamom buttermilk frozen yogurt.  Out of the two, I would lean towards the lime cardamom flavour.  I loved the tartness of the lime and even a year later, still liking the aroma from the cardamom spice.  However, the best flavour of the night was the Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts that S ordered.  Its made with a porter beer brewed by Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Co., grass-grazed milk, almonds, cashews, peanuts and pecans that are candied with brown sugar and cayenne.  A really unique flavour.  Too bad Jeni’s doesn’t deliver to Canada.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Inside the Jeni's ice cream shop on the main street in Charleston.

Inside the Jeni’s ice cream shop on the main street in Charleston.

The menu at Jeni's in Charleston.

The menu at Jeni’s in Charleston.

So many unique flavours.

So many unique flavours.

More ice cream anyone?

More ice cream anyone?

My friend I's ice cream choices - dark chocolate and brambleberry crisp.

My friend I’s ice cream choices – dark chocolate and brambleberry crisp.

My friend S' scoop choices - wildberry lavender and yazoo sue with rosemary bar nuts.

My friend S’ scoop choices – wildberry lavender and yazoo sue with rosemary bar nuts.

My two scoop choices - goat cheese with red cherries and lime cardamom buttermilk frozen yogurt.

My two scoop choices – goat cheese with red cherries and lime cardamom buttermilk frozen yogurt.

East Coast Roadtrip: The Village Cafe

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This was a bit of an unexpected stop which is what I love about touring in a car, its these types of things that you tend miss if you were taking a train or plane.  Leaving Washington DC, we started to head towards our next stop Charleston but of course, we needed to stop off for breakfast/lunch.  Since we were driving through Richmond, Virginia, we decided to stop off at the Village Cafe thanks to Guy Fieri’s visit that aired on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  Located right in the middle of Virginia Commonwealth University, the cafe was lively with a great casual vibe.  It serves all the classic breakfast staples, I ordered the corned beef hash that came with 2 eggs, toast and potatoes.  I was expecting a chunkier hash, not one that was so “creamed” but despite how it looks, it tasted good.  My friend S ordered fried apples with her meal which in essence was stewed apples and cinnamon.  It was a perfect place to have breakfast and if you’re in Richmond and in need of a bite, the Village Cafe is a great spot.

The Village Cafe in Richmond, Virginia.

The Village Cafe in Richmond, Virginia.

Wall of fame inside the Village Cafe - that is, Guy Fieri.

Wall of fame inside the Village Cafe – that is, Guy Fieri.

The interior of the local favourite, the Village Cafe.

The interior of the local favourite, the Village Cafe.

You know you're in the US when a glass of unsweetened iced tea comes in a mini pitcher.

You know you’re in the US when a glass of unsweetened iced tea comes in a mini pitcher.

My order, corned beef hash with 2 eggs overeasy, rye toast and hash browns.

My order, corned beef hash with 2 eggs overeasy, rye toast and hash browns.

The Lorraine omelette made with spinach, bacon, tomatoes and swiss cheese with a side or rye toast and fried apples.

The Lorraine omelette made with spinach, bacon, tomatoes and swiss cheese with a side or rye toast and fried apples.

The classic Village Breakfast Special, 2 eggs overeasy, sausage patties, rye toast and hash browns.

The classic Village Breakfast Special, 2 eggs overeasy, sausage patties, rye toast and hash browns.

East Coast Roadtrip: Georgetown Cupcake

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Right from the get go when we started planning this trip, I was told that going to Georgetown Cupcake is a MUST!  I did know of Georgetown Cupcake as I did watch an episode or two of the famous “DC Cupcakes” on the TLC network, the reality show that is based on the owners. But, a cupcake is a cupcake isn’t it?  I admit, these cupcakes are delicious and frankly have the right buttercream to cake ratio.  And I’ve had cupcakes where I felt like I was eating pure butter as the icing but the Georgetown buttercream didn’t leave that “fatty” film in my mouth that some buttercreams leave.  Of the half dozen cupcakes we ordered, my favourite hands down was the chocolate coconut cupcake.  As soon as you bite into it, you get a punch of coconut flavour and eaten with the moist chocolate cake, it was so yummy!  The seasonal flavour for March was the cherry blossom cupcake and although it was a good cupcake made with a vanilla cherry cupcake and topped with vanilla buttercream, I was expecting a “sakura” or Japanese cherry blossom flavour which is a more floral flavour – and if you’ve been to Japan in March/April, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Nevertheless, I have no regrets – I’ll be back Georgetown Cupcake, I’ll be back!

The famous Georgetown Cupcake.

The famous Georgetown Cupcake.

The very white and clean interior of Georgetown Cupcake.

The very white and clean interior of Georgetown Cupcake.

Love the packaging.

Love the packaging.

The beautiful display of cupcakes.  So many to choose from.

The beautiful display of cupcakes. So many to choose from.

Stands and stands of cupcakes.

Stands and stands of cupcakes.

Our choices for a half dozen cupcakes.

Our choices for a half dozen cupcakes.

The deliciously looking special cupcake for the month - cherry blossom cupcake.

The deliciously looking special cupcake for the month – cherry blossom cupcake.

Inside the vanilla birthday cupcake.

Inside the vanilla birthday cupcake.

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