My Week in Food

June 30, 2014
Not going to lie, I've been having a pretty awesome summer so far!  Since I'm not working and my friend has the summer off, we have been cooking together.  This week the best thing we made was this turkey and spinach lasagna, which was incredibly tasty.  We even had to improvise by using extra spinach because we couldn't find any fresh basil at the store, but it still turned out great.  It's so nice having the extra time to cook!  I feel so much healthier when I eat a meal using mostly fresh ingredients.  Of course, I still love my sweets and did make some heath bar coffee cake for my friends, who had never tried it before.  It was gone within two days, so I guess that means they liked it.  My roommate also cooked a meal for my friend and I.  He prepared potatoes, green beans and bacon, rice, and fried cabbage.  I'd never had fried cabbage before that wasn't fried kimchi, but it was fabulous!   

Another cool thing about cooking here is that my friends have a Chop Wizard and a Nutri Bullet, which also means that now I have a Chop Wizard and a Nutri Bullet.  :)  I have been making a lot of healthy fruit smoothies.  Also, my roommate has a vegetable garden and some of the veggies are now turning ripe.  He planted tomatoes, snap peas, onions, and peppers, and a few of those things have already ended up in the meals that we've eaten.  It's safe to say that my summer is off to a delicious start.  


Speaking of all things delicious, my friends and I headed to Savannah to try out this restaurant called Green Truck Pub, which was suggested my friend's aunt.  His aunt lost over a hundred pounds and tried out the pub because she had heard about their veggie burgers.  Having been vegetarian myself for three and a half years, I appreciated that any burger on the menu could be substituted with a veggie burger.  When my friend's aunt went to Green Truck last week, Paula Deen was there eating and she got to meet her.  It wasn't an event or anything like that--Paula just likes to eat there.  I brought that up to our waitress and she said that Paula visited often and would also try to go back into their kitchen which isn't allowed, haha!

Green Truck Pub has won all sorts of awards over the years including Connect Savannah's Best Gourmet Burger, Best Veggie Burger, and Best Overall Restaurant to name a few.  Despite all the awards, the prices are still pretty reasonable with burgers ranging in price from $7 to $12.50.  The price includes your choice of either fries or coleslaw.   I opted for the "El Jefe" burger, which was topped with cheddar cheese, avocados, black bean and corn salsa, and some jalepenos as well as lettuce, onion, and tomato.  Don't judge, but I ate THE WHOLE THING, and my two friends both devoured their burgers, too.  We gave the place six out of six thumbs up.  If you ever get a chance to visit Savannah and are in the mood for a burger, I highly recommend Green Truck Pub.  


Another food experience I had this week was trying Bojangles for the first time.  This fast food chain is all over the South, and my sister's husband was in shock when I told him I hadn't ever tried their food. My friend and I went through the drive-thru for breakfast, and I got a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit which was similar to the ones at McDonald's except I thought it was a lot saltier.  I'll have to go back one day and try it for lunch, just because I am curious!


Another food related highlight was that my friend's former professor, John, invited us to meet him at the Gryphon Tea Room in downtown Savannah.  John told us that the tea room used to be a pharmacy, and that he would go there as a child and order cherry cokes.  He told us that the workers at the pharmacy used to make the Cherry Cokes in a special way.  They used to pour the Coke, take a few cherries, mash them up with their hands, and then add them into the coke.  Side note: John offered to give us a tour of Savannah and said that when he retires from being a dean that he would like to be a tour guide!  We are going to take him up on his offer and think that he would be an interesting guide.

The inside of the tea room is full of wooden bookshelves, has a mortar and pestle design (stained glass) running along the wall, and has a beautiful Gothic chandelier.  The tea room is now run by Savannah College of Art & Design and our waitress was a SCAD student who was very down-to-earth and polite.  What I liked the most about the tea room is that the waitress offered to pour our tea for us, we were provided with actual sugar cubes and honey to sweeten our tea, and that our snacks were brought out on a three tiered stand, which reminded me of having tea in South Africa!  John told us that the bottom tier should consist of savory snacks like finger sandwiches and that the snacks should get increasingly sweeter with every level.  We were served scones for our second tier and the top tier consisted of sugary pastries and desserts.   



I chose the Indian Spice Chai tea.


I'm so glad that I got to experience having tea @ the Gryphon and now I have somewhere neat to take my friends who come and visit me in Savannah! 

What was the best meal you've had all week?


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18 comments on "My Week in Food"
  1. I love trying all the food in new areas. That turkey spinach lasagne sounds delicious, checking out the recipe now thanks for sharing!

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    1. Me too! I've been dying to have some Southern BBQ!

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  2. Sounds like you're having an AMAZING time!
    I love Paula not going to lie I would probably fan girl all over her if I saw her in a restaurant. I love that she tries to get into the kitchen! HA!
    And wow the burger I will have to check that place out if I am ever near the area!

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    1. You might run into Paula yourself if you go! ;) The waitress said her sons come in often, too!

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  3. I love these peaks into your life. The food looks good, and it must be so nice to be able to eat healthy more often. That burger looks super delish! I'm starving. Your blog makes me so hungry sometimes! :)

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    1. I'm eating way better than before when I was working two jobs, but I still enjoy my splurges!

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  4. I've been loving all of your food instagrams!! It seems like you're having the time of your life, and I'm soo happy for you!
    CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU THIS WEEK!! XOXOXOX

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    1. Haha, I finally have time to make stuff! Today we're making waffles with lots of fruit topping. :D It's going to be GREAT to see you soon. I've missed you!!!

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  5. You're making me hungry! But it all sounds healthy too which is usually a hard balance!

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    1. I have been getting my fruits and veggies in here and it makes me feel a lot better!

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  6. That lasagna sounds so good!

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  7. That burger looks good. I am not a vegetarian but when it comes to meat I am very picky! I basically only eat chicken and even then I only like some parts of the chicken...the breast and the thigh, I won't have anything to do with legs and wings etc lol. I also don't like the taste of beef, especially ground beef and I don't eat pork, lamb, goat, or anything else people eat. I also don't like dark meat, meat with any traces of fat and I detest ALL seafood. Usually I go for chicken burgers or veggie dishes myself. I also have the Nutribullet and have been whipping up some delicious smoothies. I had a couple recipes up on my blog a while back.

    This weekend was a long weekend for us (Canada's Day tomorrow) my sis and I went to a park here in the city to watch the World Cup and we sat out on the patio had some drinks. We made some coconut, chocolate chip granola and some curry chicken, rice and Greek salad.

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    1. I'm no longer a vegetarian, but I'm still picky when it comes to meat as well. I'll really only eat meat if it comes from a cow, pig, chicken, or turkey. If I think about it too much or have a disgusting experience preparing it, I just can't! I'm not this picky when it comes to most other kinds of food--it's just meat (and seafood) that I get weird about.

      It has been awhile since I had curry. Now that you mentioned it, I'm craving some!

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  8. I didn't think anything could beat McDonald's breakfast... until you said Bojangles is saltier - COME TO MAMA!

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    1. My friend got something different from Bojangles and he thought the same thing!

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  9. sounds like a delish summer so far! i love when places have their own yummy veggie burgers that you can sub in for a regular burger. and i love getting afternoon tea too - that place looks so pretty!

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    1. I found out another tea room in Savannah and now want to go there and see how it compares!

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