Monday, January 14, 2013

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Unite!

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So we went down to Savannah for the weekend to attend the SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. It was a big conference, and there were a lot of people there I knew! Growing up in Peach County, though, might have a little to do with that!

We drove down on a Thursday night, and my mom went with us. I haven’t left Leighton over night yet, and we thought it would be just as easy to take the kids along with us. I’m not one of those who doesn’t like to leave her kids for an adult weekend away, but at this point it sure is a lot easier to feed Leighton myself. I’m gonna leave it at that!

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Thursday night when we got in, we ate at Alligator Soul. Oh MY soul. It was divine. And the funny thing is that out of ALL of the restaurants in Savannah, I picked this one. And this is the one at which my aunt’s stepson works! I just picked it from TripAdvisor!

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We LOVED our entire experience at Alligator Soul. The food is pricey, but we thought it was worth it (and supper was on someone else for Saturday night!). We hesitated to take Blair with us because the restaurant is in the fine dining category. Thankfully though the place was pretty loud, so she didn’t stand out a bit! And Leighton slept through the whole thing! They didn’t have a children’s menu, so we were going to let Blair eat off of our plates. But they brought her a HUGE bowl of fries and chicken tenders.

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To begin, we had an amuse bouche of barbeque and salad on a crustini. It was yummy. We had the gator tail appetizer. I had the grouper special over sweet potatoes with a sweet raisin crust. It was divine. Brad had a steak with shrimp, and my mom had the shrimp and grits. The shrimp were melt in your mouth good! The chicken fingers were even good!

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For dessert, we had lavender creme brulee. It was good, but I sure like my vanilla bean. The banana benets were also out of this world. It was a perfect start to our Savannah weekend!

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I had class almost all day Friday, but I ran back to the hotel to feed Leighton once. Mom took the kids on a walk through town, and they had fun. The weather was beautiful. We were at the Hampton Inn, and the walk to River Street was not 10 minutes. It was perfect.

After I got done with Food Safety School, we got ready for supper. We went to Belford’s.

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The restaurant was not prepared for us although we had custom menus for our private event. Service was super slow. The food was pretty good though, and we had a nice time visiting.

I had school again on Saturday afternoon, so we spent some of the morning after breakfast playing.

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We went downtown before lunch to enjoy the beautiful day. We ended up in a sweet shop of course!

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The pralines were so delicious!

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I’m not a taffy fan, but this little contraption was neat!

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We toured a boat that was tied up below River Street. It was the home of a communal living group who meet others who live like them on boats.

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Blair got a snack when we went back. She had to smell it of course. She smells everything.

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We grabbed lunch and headed back to the hotel. After lunch, Brad and I went to class. We spent a few more minutes in the trade show, and then we checked out and went home! It was a great weekend and a great conference! We learned a lot!

1 comments:

Katie said...

my parents go to this every year! My dad works for GA Pacific and they have a booth. I had to work this year, but we hope to go next time. My parents always have fun!