Savannah Adventures || July 2016

Holy moly, where to start!? July was crazytown for me. I loaded up my little car and hiked my booty down to Savannah at 3 a.m. after a helacious hail storm for the first solo fine art show I've had since June of 2012. After running around like a mad woman on no sleep and pre-show jitters, I had a fantastic opening on July 22nd at the Butcher for Raðljóst - a solo exhibit showcasing some of the shots I'd gotten from my two adventures in Iceland earlier this year. The show runs until October if you're in the Savannah area and would like to check it out! 

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I was so dang excited that I barely took any photographs - no, seriously, there's like four and they're not very good - but I did have SO many wonderful people come out to see my work. It was such a great experience to see my photographs hanging and getting to talk about something I've been obsessing over for this whole year. 

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To say I'm surrounded by amazing people is kind of an understatement. I have the wonderful fortune to have open doors and warm beds in many places all over this good earth, but I always find myself returning to Georgia. Savannah particularly boasts some of the best southern hospitality around, and my friends down there are no exception. Seriously, major shoutout to everyone that came out to my show and gave me so much love and positive feedback (and ceramic mugs and flowers and knit cowls for my next trip back to Iceland, thanks Mitzi and Stephanie and Original Mary!). 

But I've gotta give extra big ups to Kurtis and Sarah, who not only put a roof over my head, but food in my belly (and at my art show!) and an unending supply shenanigans and creative inspiration. We celebrated like rock stars on Friday after the show opening (by drinking champagne on docks and jumping off the back pier)...

...and then we celebrated *with* rock stars on Saturday (by drinking champagne on stage with the Wu-Tang Clan and then chilling with Matt from Cage the Elephant).

In between and after all that celebration and fun, I got yet another front row to the magic that Kurtis and his amazing crew pull out of the kitchen on the daily over at Tybee Island Fish Camp.

Like fresh Fanny Bay oysters; fat and sweet and just the slightest bit of brine.

Orange wine. That's right, wikipedia that magic and learn a little somethin' somethin' about this vino that's equally as delicious and complex as it is gorgeous to look at.

Will is the mastermind behind the big, beautiful marble bar at Fish camp, and he whips up one hell of a Shandy - and all of the other delicious cocktails that...I can't seem to remember the name of, which makes them extra tasty, no? That gorgeous dish in the middle there is crudo with red snapper, smoked trout row, pomegranate, sliced strawberries and figs, and drizzle of EVO; light and cold and the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It doesn't look half bad, either.

A little rosé and the Santa Ana Smoky Lemon cocktail (which kind of tastes like a sexy adult version of Froot Loops).

Shrimp + Lobster Risotto, made with a hearty barley and absolutely worth a 700 miles drive for a warm dish of it.

And a fruit + roasted pistachio parfait and a Moscow Mule nightcap to finish off this tasty little blog. How cool are those dessert spoons?

Are you salivating yet? Good. Get your booty over to Fish Camp (but make sure you make a reservation!) and tell those crazy-amazing kids I say hello. -MEJ