Monday Mocha Break: Sweets in Savannah

If you’re up for a Mocha Break today, make it an iced mocha. There’s a lovely breeze here in Pittsburgh, but not in this apartment.

Four weeks ago I was strolling through Savannah with my husband on our honeymoon. Friends and family are still asking about the trip, what we saw and what we did, and while I know I had fun sightseeing, soaking in the town’s history and scouring antique shops for treasures, what I remember best is the food. Oooh the food. I’d have gained 50 pounds that week if it hadn’t been for all the walking we did.

We only had  a week there and we had a long list of places we wanted to stop (I think all of my picks were restaurants and all of his were forts and museums), so we made sure to avoid chain restaurants and tried not to go to the same place twice.

One place was completely deserving of a second visit:  Leopold’s.

We went for ice cream one night, noted that they also serve lunch and went back for sandwiches and tomato basil soup. Oh, and more ice cream. Besides the absolutely amazing homemade ice cream (so good that I’ve had dreams about it since then), what makes Leopold’s special is its history – originally opened in 1919, still family owned and still featuring the original soda fountain (where you can order a malt, ice cream soda, or specially made soda). And while you may or may not know the name Stratton Leopold, you might be familiar with some of his work outside of the ice cream parlor – producing movies like The Sum of All Fears, The General’s Daughter, Wolfman and Mission Impossible III. At the ice cream parlor you can see posters and autographed pictures of some of the big names he’s worked with.

For your Monday Mocha Break, check out Leopold’s website. And if you’re anywhere near Savannah, stop in to Leopold’s for a couple scoops of mocha chip ice cream.

On an ice-cream-related note, I’m experimenting in the kitchen today. Results will be posted tomorrow, success or failure!

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