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Countdown to Savannah: The Nitty Gritty

Written by bugalu

In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.

With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.

Grits Go International

It is time to get down to the nitty gritty ... about grits!

A Savannah reporter said that grits are as international as the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. He obviously has not met our Slow Travel crowd ... because we prove that everything is international. Including grits!

A little history about the grit, which is a ground kernel of hominy, a variety of corn meal. In the South, it has long been a staple at the breakfast table. More recently, grits are becoming a trendy accompaniment to up-scale cusine.

Southern Living (THE magazine of the south) has refered to grits as the redneck risotto. If you think of it that way, it adds a little class ... or does it? It is similar in many ways to polenta, which is also a corn meal base that is so popular in Northern Italy.

Stone ground grits are cooked slowly and have a rich corney flavor and smooth texture. They can be cooked with broth or with cream, adding spices or cheese for flavor.

While you are in Savannah, you are sure to have a chance to try some grits. Whether it is at Lady and Son's 4-storied temple to grits, Uncle Bubba's Oyster House or at the Crab Shack. Some favorites are baked cheese grits, grilled grits, and a coastal favorite, shrimp and grits.

If all of this talk of grits is still not enough to get you to try our southern favorite, you can spend the afternoon shopping at True Grits-a great little gift shop in Savannah!


All About Savannah: Links to many information pages about Savannah (where to eat, where to stay, places of interest, getting around town, and more)

Author: Bugalu was born with a travel bug, raised a military brat. She happily settled in Alabama, and married into the WhistleStop Cafe family, the one in Fried Green Tomatoes. She works as a practitioner and stays busy blogging, cooking, writing cookbooks, and helping with a family business.

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