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TICKET TO DELICIOUS | THE GREY

December 30, 2017

 

As the end of 2017 draws near, we find it only fitting to close the year with a feast for the eyes and the belly. It’s been a wholesome year at TGL, abundant with travel to cities at home and countries abroad, memorable meal after memorable meal, and a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea thanks to repose-on-repeat in our City-by-the-Sea.

During our last #gildedgetaway of 2017, (a pre-holiday escape to Savannah), we marched our hungry selves straight to The Grey, a hub, not only for bustling waitstaff serving plates of Southern hospitality, but also a symbol for an era reincarnate. The Grey is brain-child of Savannah-ite by way of New York John Morisano, whose vision for a 1938 Greyhound Bus Terminal broke all boundaries when it transcended expectations of experiential modern day dining. Gastronomically paired with the talent of Chef Mashama Bailey, Morisano unequivocally describes the concept for The Grey as, “Delicious“.

The partners looked to NYC-based Parts and Labor Design to assume the monumental task of breathing new life into the old terminal on one of the Port City’s main arteries, a project which earned them James Beard accolades for Restaurant Design in 2015. Preserving as many original details from the terminal as possible, Parts and Labor seamlessly transport diners back to 1938 via a contemporary lens – the once ticket window now a voyeuristic view into Bailey’s open kitchen, the second-floor shower room a private dining retreat, the street front diner a casual bar with a daytime-esque menu. The shining star still twinkling in our eyes? Lighting. You read that right, lighting, every way you turn. Custom lighting so fitting to the era when we asked Morisano during our evening meal which pieces were original, we learned only several industrial pendants suspended high into the skylight, and our hands-down favorite, a petite brass and glass flush-mount en route to the first floor loo, were once seen by riders destined to other locations.

Last, but certainly not least, what restaurant in today’s world of discerning diners doesn’t deserve a top-notch identity, menu suite and collectible matches at the host stand? Cue LMNOP Creative, marrying Art Deco inspiration with sophisticated signage, illustration and typography to create ephemera worthy of more time in the limelight. Credit worthy paper goods are some of our favorite souvenirs, this visit replete with postcards, coasters, and naturally, one or two of the aforementioned matchbooks.

In the spirit of holiday giving, there’s more; we went back to The Grey less than 24 hours after our first meal, drawn to the small-but-mighty diner bar with windows as wide as they are tall (think Hopper in Savannah), yielding a one-way ticket to a different menu with classics like Pastrami on Rye or the Schnitzel Sandwich. Hence, if frequency to an establishment elicits further coaxing, we reckon you buy yourself a seat at this new/old Savannah landmark and partake of said ‘Deliciousness‘.

Images courtesy of Parts and Labor Design and LMNOP Creative.

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MIDCOAST MAINE

October 16, 2017

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There’s a reason they call Maine Vacationland. No matter the length of your stay or coordinates on the map, this postcard-perfect state grabs hold of your psyche whilst everything else melts away. Truth be told, we’ve been going to Maine for years, and easily a tradition we’ll continue for a lifetime more. An earlier Gilded Getaway found us in Portland, which in the short time since 2014 has exploded with such intensity that our travel compass is vehemently guiding us back for Getaway Guide v2.0. However, this trip had us craving a little more water, a little less land – we ventured farther up the rocky terrain, to an area the locals refer to as MidCoast.

Dotted with tiny coastal villages, each chock full of charm and character, the MidCoast region offers ocean vistas set against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Undoubtedly, one of the many reasons some of America’s most notable painters flocked to the region to capture the remarkable landscape for the rest of the world to see. Our admiration lies with time spent off the land, sailing along the coast past island after island, colorful lobster buoys as far as the eye can see. The natives are a hearty group, New Englanders through and through, some more salty than others, all eager to welcome visitors to their small slice of Vacationland heaven. Take Camden’s Schooner Surprise for example, setting sail in Penobscot Bay six months of the year, up to five sails per day. A crisp autumn breeze won’t cause this 99-year-old vessel to drop anchor, simply layer on the blankets, pack on the puffers and away you go.

Back on solid ground and as one would expect, the local fare epitomizes the freshest catch. Naturally, there’s seafood and lobsters galore, but what’s more exciting to a discerning palate is the new roster of restaurants that beautifully balance the bounty of land and sea. Nina June, recently lauded by Bon Appetit as one of 2017’s best new restaurants and of famed NYC restaurant lineage by way of Chef Sara Jenkins, does exactly that, all while overlooking a storybook setting below. Looking for a light lunch bite or packing for a picnic? Head to Main St. Markets in Rockland, pick up a handful of provisions and drive south to Owls Head State Park.

In these parts, we highly recommend a daily dose of Vitamin Sea, good for the soul and whatever else ails you.

If you’ve been following along on our recent travels, we declared an unabashed love affair with a certain New Orleans eatery. From the dream team that brought us Grand Banks, (i.e., a floating slice of heaven on the Hudson,) Seaworthy sits on equally hallowed ground. Brothers (and New Orleans natives) Miles and Alex Pincus, along with Adrien Gallo and Kerry Heffernan (all of Grand Banks lineage), partnered with famed Ace Hotel group to craft a new seafood destination in a town that knows a thing or two about the local catch.

Nestled in a historic, Creole townhouse, the NY-based interiors team at Home Studios reimagined a space that feels far from old salt and more maritime meets the mainland. Leather banquettes in blues as rich as the deepest ocean waters invite guests to lust over towering trays of the freshest catch and linger over craft-made cocktails. Rough wood floors with a perfect creak, wax-drenched tapers on many a mantle, and patinated walls that showcase tales of the sea via antique photos and paintings. On the third floor, an intimate dining room for private parties and social soirées. Truth be told, we’ve been drafting a list of excuses reasons we need to venture back to throw a seafaring shindig in this cozy cottage-like space.

It goes without saying, oysters are the trophy-piece at this NOLA restaurant, with special attention to wild-caught and sustainably harvested varietals from coastlines across the country – Gulf, East and West. Under Heffernan’s culinary direction, the team also spotlights a diversified menu of coastal species, often using underutilized seafare to support more sustainable fisheries. When it comes to ‘the Roll’, we’ll admit, we’re slightly biased. However, Seaworthy’s Gulf Coast Roll, a combination of gulf shrimp, blue crab, lemon and cucumber, gives our Northeast staple a solid run for the money.

On a long-weekend Gilded Getaway in the Big Easy, we dare to admit, we followed our sails to this chic ‘lil spot on more than one occasion. When time is tight, a double dip is sure sign of a worthy find.

Menu Musts

Cocktail | Sherman’s Cup

Assorted Oysters | At least a dozen (okay, maybe two)

Small Plates | Blue Crab + Fried Oysters, the Pork Belly too!

Large Plates | Gulf Coast Roll + Red Snapper

Sides | Hijiki-seasoned French Fries

Dessert | Espresso Crème Brûlée (Served with a side of beignets, why thank you.)

 

Seaworthy | 630 Carondelet Street | New Orleans, LA 70130

Images courtesy of Seaworthy and Roland Bello.

When prepping for a Gilded Getaway Guide, there’s a substantial amount of legwork that goes into building an itinerary. Infrequently do we simply succumb to the powers that be – there’s recommendations we’ve collected, articles we’ve bookmarked and tear sheets we’ve filed away for that special moment when the flights are booked and the bags are packed. With our recent trip to New Orleans, we had a hearty list of hotspots, mostly eateries (because yes, we love to eat), a scheduled tour, and a mere handful of shoppes that had been on our radar. For our final list, head to our recent post, capturing the best of our time in The Big Easy and what we considered to be the gold standard in this southern city.

Tucked at the bend of Magazine St. in the Lower Garden District, Sunday Shop was worth the walk at the end of a long and hot, (did we mention hot?) day in NOLA. In their own words, “Sunday Shop is a carefully curated lifestyle shop led by a team of approachable and knowledgeable interior designers.” Carefully curated? How ’bout darn near perfect. Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen, the design duo behind Logan Killen Interiors have mastered the mix in their relatively new retail space, complete with a courtyard and an offering of coffee.

Perhaps it’s the French influence on La Nouvelle-Orléans, but there is definitely a certain je ne sais quoi of interior inspiration unfolding at Sunday Shop. For the owners, they wanted a shoppe that would house all of their favorite things – an extension of their interior design studio, not to mention a perfect vehicle for clients and interior enthusiasts to add the finishing touch to any room. Lucky for us, the result mimics a laundry list of our own highly-desired brands and wares.  Just the right amount of vintage, with a dash of southern sophistication – antique rugs and textiles, furniture and furnishings, apothecary too. Meticulously merchandised like a well-outfitted home, these ladies have a vision that warrants a stiff dose of anti-desire. Cursed by the carryon, we left with only a vintage stoneware bowl, and a wishlist a mile long.

In need of inspiration? Check out their ‘grams, a photo reel not only of wares in shop, but also enviable environments and fun-filled frivolity. Interiors more your fancy? Spend some time at Logan Killen Interiors, whose work must just provide the perfect excuse for your very own Gilded Getaway House in the Garden District.

 

Our Sunday Shop Wishlist:

Antique French Escargot Plates to make the Captain’s favorite dish.

19th c. French Bread Board to raise the bar on cocktail hour charcuterie.

African Kuba Cloth to add to our collection of historical textiles.

Ukrainian Bed Coverlet for keeping warm on chilly New England nights.

Vintage Quilt for summer picnics in the City-by-the-Sea.

 

Sunday Shop | 2025 Magazine St. | New Orleans, LA 70130

All images courtesy of Sunday Shop and Logan Killen Interiors. 

NEW ORLEANS

June 18, 2017

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It’s no secret, New Orleans has had its share of trials and tribulations. But like any great city grounded by its historical roots, layered with a resounding pride of the locals, it will make a comeback, and some may venture to say, find itself emerging head and shoulders above where it was before. When mentioning a visit to New Orleans, usually three things come up in conversation – the music, the food, and yes, the never-ending party. Hence, we knew we were in for good tunes, even better eats, and the rest is as they say, history.

Itinerary confirmed, we sensed it would be darn near impossible to have a less-than meal in NOLA. And while there’s crawfish and cajun aplenty, we had a mission to find the pulse of newer eateries in The Big Easy. With coastal fare a staple in our daily diet, the Crescent City did not disappoint. We fell head-over-heels for one of the most adorable seafood haunts we’ve ever laid eyes on. (In fact, she was so memorable, we’ve decided to dedicate a separate post to her entirely.) High atop our destination list? Balise, a corner gem in a Creole townhouse on Carondelet. Barely a foot across the threshold, you’ll witness the work of our pals at Stitch Design Co., whose discerning eye for details left no stone unturned in complementing the equally amazing food of James Beard award-winning Chef, Justin Devillier.

In cities like New Orleans, the best found spots are typically discovered off the beaten path. In a concerted effort to avoid the aforementioned fête interminable, we decided to trade the hubbub of Bourbon St. for the quiet charisma of the Garden District. Lead by Katrina of NOLA Architecture Tours, (who just so happens to be a native New Englander), we soaked in side streets chock full of Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian homes, many with humble secret gardens, all oozing with Southern charm. Not to be missed in this beautiful ‘hood? Loomed, a New-Orleans based textile brand that had us filling our carry-on with all the pretty pestamels. Lest you forget, you can also find their wares at Sunday Shop, a short walk away in the Lower Garden District.

All-in-all, our most recent Gilded Getaway had something for everyone – well-crafted cocktails, oysters by the dozen(s), did we mention there was a Marsalis too? Heading to NOLA? Bring your sunnies (or pick some up at local shoppe Krewe), find some shade and settle into your own gentle, slow and easy-going way of life.

 

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