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Savannah Soap Co. – A Green Laundromat

3 May

by Green Gourmet K

I am departing from our usual food-based blog theme today to share a great “green” business I came across in Savannah.

Recently I found myself in the predicament of no clean sheets and no dryer and a serious amount of pollen outside that prevented my sheets from being line-dried. As you all may know, the husband and I have been living apart while he finishes school. So he kept the washer and dryer and I bought a dinky washer on craigslist. I have been line-drying or hanging my clothes on a rack.

Drying your clothes this way is a great way to make them last longer but you do have to iron them usually and if you need a few things to shrink from the heat of the dryer then you are out of luck. I’d like to say I am just being eco-conscious and not using the dryer because of the energy suck that it is, but alas, that is not true. I miss the dryer and line drying is not so fantastic when the occasional scent of pulp mill flows into your backyard.

That is how I found myself with no clean sheets and no way to dry them, without giving myself pollen hives. I asked my co-worker where a safe laundromat was so that I could do a load of bedding. She said she’d heard of a new “green” laundromat and it looked nice. I decided to check it out.

I was dreading the laundromat, being able to wash clothes in the privacy of your own home is such a luxury. I no longer take it for granted. The laundromat is always full of potent smelling detergents, it’s usually very hot, and you have to sit and wait while your clothes do their thing. And sometimes you have to sit and wait with some unsavory characters. But this is no ordinary laundromat. In fact, it made me re-think the laundromat and how it can actually be a place where you go to save time. I washed a set of sheets, two blankets and a mattress pad in one load and the whole wash and drying cycle together took less than 45 minutes. I kid you not, their washing machines are so efficient and remove most of the water so the drying cycle literally took 14 minutes.

The Savannah Soap Co. is located off of Abercorn at 12324 Largo Drive, Savannah, Georgia. This laundromat has a drop off service or you can do your clothes yourself and choose the right size washer and dryer for your laundry. They also have washers, called “Perfect Wash,” that will add the soap and softener for you. The soaps they use are all earth-friendly, and they have a board up front to tell you which soap they have loaded up that day. You are, of course, welcome to bring your own soap and softener.

The Savannah Soap Co. also sells great green laundry and cleaning products, like the Mrs. Meyer’s line (one of my favorites!). They also carry a lot of products that are safe for babies.

Check out this organic stain pen – I had no idea this was an option but this is the kind of unusual and practical “green” products the Savannah Soap Co. carries.

You can sip on an iced tea while waiting for your clothes to do their thing.

I mean who wouldn’t feel calm and relaxed while sitting this laundromat?

Now that my husband has moved down to Savannah, and we have our washer and dryer, I still plan to return to Savannah Soap Co. to do the occasional large load of bedding or slip covers. It would be well worth the money in my book and save me the hassle of doing multiple loads of laundry when I can be in and out in under and hour.

***Soap Co. did not pay me to write any of this – in fact, they have no clue who I am. I just enjoyed their establishment and thought others might like to know.

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Bringing Slow Food to Savannah

13 Apr

by Green Gourmet K

Have y’all heard of the Slow Food movement?  Well, I had not until a couple of years ago.  The movement was born in Italy and grew into an international organization that supports good, clean and fair food for all.  Slow Food is all about eating local, seasonal food from sources that do not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health.

The Slow Food Manifesto was signed at the inception of the organization and it serves as a declaration against standardized food choices and a fast lifestyle:

“Born and nurtured under the sign of Industrialization, this century first invented the machine and then modelled its lifestyle after it. Speed became our shackles. We fell prey to the same virus: ‘the fast life’ that fractures our customs and assails us even in our own homes, forcing us to ingest “fast- food”.

Homo sapiens must regain wisdom and liberate itself from the ‘velocity’ that is propelling it on the road to extinction. Let us defend ourselves against the universal madness of ‘the fast life’ with tranquil material pleasure. Against those – or, rather, the vast majority – who confuse efficiency with frenzy, we propose the vaccine of an adequate portion of sensual gourmandise pleasures, to be taken with slow and prolonged enjoyment.

Appropriately, we will start in the kitchen, with Slow Food. To escape the tediousness of “fast-food”, let us rediscover the rich varieties and aromas of local cuisines.
In the name of productivity, the ‘fast life’ has changed our lifestyle and now threatens our environment and our land (and city) scapes. Slow Food is the alternative, the avant-garde’s riposte.

Real culture is here to be found. First of all, we can begin by cultivating taste, rather than impoverishing it, by stimulating progress, by encouraging international exchange programs, by endorsing worthwhile projects, by advocating historical food culture and by defending old-fashioned food traditions.

Slow Food assures us of a better quality lifestyle. With a snail purposely chosen as its patron and symbol, it is an idea and a way of life that needs much sure but steady support.”

I love that.  We all need to be reminded to slow down and enjoy food for the pleasure and health of it.   But Slow Food is so much more.

This is from the Slow Food USA site:  “Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”

Many cities have their own chapters and in Columbia and Charleston, SC the Slow Food chapters are a wealth of information on where to eat and buy local food.  The chapters can be adapted to the needs and culture of that city.  These organizations do an incredible job of connecting growers, producers, chefs, and consumers from all walks of life.   Many of them are also involved in basic food education and outreach.

When I moved to lovely Savannah I was floundering in my search for quality sources of local food.  I searched for their Slow Food chapter and was surprised to find they did not have one.   The website said “Savannah Slow Food – looking for new leadership,” and that was all the prompting I needed.  I emailed the Slow Food USA folks and they hooked me up with a small group of dedicated individuals that were also interested in establishing a chapter.   So off we go!

Two of the ladies who have really gotten the chapter off the ground are very talented individuals, I hope you will check out their blogs:

Inquisitive Appetite

Well Savannah

But here’s the big news . . .

Slow Food Savannah was officially established yesterday! Our big, public debut is this Saturday at the Forsyth Park Farmer’s Market.  We will be there at 9:00am and looking forward to speaking with anyone interested in supporting this new organization.  If you’re in Savannah, I hope you’ll come by.  We would love to share ideas, figure out the needs of the community, and help build connections that will support good, clean and fair food for all in Savannah.

Green Truck Pub – Best Burger in Town

3 Mar

by Green Gourmet K

I am right at home at Green Truck Pub, I am ready to move in and eat their fries everyday.  Thankfully, the owners and my wallet would likely not allow me to do this.  Have you ever walked into a place and thought “yeah . . . this is MY kind of place”?  This has happened to me a few times, once several years ago at a My Morning Jacket concert (most of the people there were laid-back, hippie types and there were an inordinate amount of tall people – I am tall so this was awesome) and then again at Green Truck.  We walked in and the vibe from the place was artsy, friendly and relaxed, and customers were lining up that fine Saturday afternoon for a delicious, hormone-free grass-fed beef burger with fresh cut fries.  They make a lot of things from scratch at Green Truck and it’s unexpected because how many restaurants do you know that take the time to make their own condiments?  For instance, the ketchup at Green Truck is made in house and is a little different, it’s not Heinz, but I like it, it definitely tastes more fresh and less sugary sweet.

I decided to go to Green Truck for the second time last night.  Now that I am doing my “protein-type” meals I am a little apprehensive about eating out but Green Truck is one place I knew I could go and not worry about it.  I ordered the Rustico burger (with beef from Brooklet, GA).  The sources of their meats and other ingredients are right on their menu.  This burger is topped with goat cheese, caramelized onions, thin slices of roasted red pepper and fresh basil.  It was delicious, even minus the large bun.  I also had their Farm Truck salad on the side with the ranch dressing they make right there in the back, no gross processed ranch dressing there.

Green Truck also has a great rotating draft beer selection, along with an extensive bottled beer list.  They have some nice wine selections too but when having a burger a beer is usually in order.  Last night I tried the Wild Heaven Belgian Style Golden Ale and it was the perfect light, fruity accompaniment to my Rustico burger.  Wild Heaven is brewed in Decatur, GA so again, another great “local” item available at Green Truck.

See the full menu here.  Their website also updates regularly with specials, like a Kimchi burger, or the latest addition to their beer selection.  If you’re in Savannah, permanently or temporarily, you must stop here for a burger, it’s worth the wait.

Roasted Vegetable Feta Sandwich on Ciabatta

14 Jan

by Green Gourmet K

One of my favorite places to go in Savannah is Back in the Day Bakery. I mentioned them in one of our first posts I think.  If you search “where to eat in Savannah” this place will come up time and time again.  When we were there last we bought some of their Rosemary Ciabatta bread.  We had some of it with herb-scrambled eggs in the morning and then the next day decided to make some sandwiches with the remaining half a loaf.  I had some vegetables that needed to be eaten and a little feta cheese and so this sandwich was born.  If you don’t have amazing rosemary ciabatta some other thick chewy bread would work and this would probably be good in a pita too.

I don’t like posting recipes using ingredients that are not in season (meaning not locally available) but at least a few of these items will likely be available in your grocery store in the organic section.  I drafted this post in late fall and in Georgia locally grown squash and zucchini seem to always be available, except maybe right now in the dead of winter.  In our garden last year the squash was the one plant that was always producing more than we could keep up with.  I look forward to growing my own tomatoes, basil and zucchini this year.

Has anyone else started planning their spring garden?  We hope to have some more posts soon about vegetable gardening and composting.  I am not a master gardener by ANY stretch of the imagination but I’m pretty sure if I can do it anyone can.

Ingredients

Olive oil – 1 tsp to drizzle on the bread and 1 tbsp to drizzle on the vegetables

Red or Yellow Bell Pepper – 1/2

Zuchini – 1 small-medium

Red onion – half

Fresh basil

Cherry or grape tomatoes

Salt & pepper

Feta cheese (favorite grocery store brand of feta: Vigo)

1 clove of garlic – sliced longways

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Slice your vegetables about 1/2 inch thick and lay on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper.  Put them in the oven for about 15 minutes – your oven time may vary so check after 10 minutes.

Slice your bread, rub it with a clove of garlic, and lightly drizzle with olive oil and toast.

Pull those vegetables out of the oven.  Now it’s time to assemble your sandwich.  Layer the vegetables, feta cheese, sliced tomatoes and basil.  Eat!

Back in the Day Bakery

5 Dec

by Green Gourmet K

Old fashioned cupcake from Back in the Day

When I initially moved to Savannah I did a little online research to find out the best places to eat and hang out.  Back in Day Bakery came up time and time again.  Locals and tourists alike – people love this place!  It is easy to see why too.

When the husband came into town a couple weeks ago we went by there to try one of their cupcakes (they are known for their old-fashioned style cupcakes).  I tried a classic, white cake with chocolate frosting, and of course husband snagged the last red velvet with cream cheese frosting.  These cupcakes were delicious!  I have tried a few cupcakes in my day (hello Magnolia Bakery in New York City and Cupcake in Charleston, SC).  The cake part was light and airy and the chocolate frosting was smooth and flavorful.  I confess I did not get to try the red velvet because sometimes the husband does not share too well with others, especially when it is something very delicious.

The decor is very fun – old fashioned kitchen items have been collected and decorate the whole space and some items are even for sale.  The staff all wear retro style aprons and since I love aprons this was a detail that really caught my eye.

Red velvet cupcake from Back in the Day.

While there we perused the lovely case of breads they have and bought a rosemary ciabatta.  It was insanely good!  This was the real star of the day for me.  I loved the cupcakes but that bread was heavenly.   When I go back, because I most certainly will, I will get some photos of the interior and the breads.

Goodbye South Carolina, hello Savannah, GA!

5 Dec

by Green Gourmet K

Bubbly for one to celebrate my new job in a new town.

I love South Carolina, yes I do.  I especially love the coast of South Carolina.  It’s where my heart is, along with many people that are important to me.  But unfortunately it is not where the jobs are or where my current paycheck comes from.  So I moved to Savannah, GA where I was offered a job that is right up my alley.  Non-profit jobs do not pay much though so I am still, after 3 years of law school and graduate school, watching my pennies.  I’m also confronted by a new task – living and cooking alone, for one, solo, all by my lonesome.  Yes, I am married but my dear husband is still finishing school and I needed to take a job wherever I could find one.

He and I love living together so this has been a challenge.  We also love cooking together.  We usually drink wine and help each other make a meal and chat while doing it.  It’s a great way to spend some time together.  Now I am on my own though (except when he comes down on weekends) so I am learning to cook for one again.  Cooking for one can be a real blessing – I don’t have to please anyone but myself.  So I want to eat cucumbers in yogurt, I can do that without getting any weird looks.  Then again, I don’t have anyone to please with my cooking, which is part of the fun of it.  I have a feeling it will not be long before my new co-workers are forced to eat my attempts at baking.  Some of my recipes, for the near future at least, will likely focus on small meals that can be made for one to two people.

Dogs love broccoli too.

Here’s one good thing about moving to a new city though – a whole new restaurant culture to explore.  I’ve already been to a couple new favorites – Zunzi’s, Back in the Day Bakery, Gallery Espresso – and I can’t wait to try a few more.  I’ll post as I do.