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The Olde Pink House | Brand Experience Project

by Jamie Sanford on June 27, 2013

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I am excited to share my experience with The Olde Pink House in Savannah, Georgia today on the blog. It’s a bit of a different look at brand experience.

Reservation

Dad called me at work to let me know that he and Mom were able to coordinate their time with my work schedule while in Savannah, and would come see me to have dinner together. I immediately started searching online for somewhere delicious and southern, and went with googling “best restaurant in Savannah.”

Once I saw that picture of The Olde Pink House, I was interested.

Then I got a look at this menu and I was definitely in. I was particularly interested in the “goat cheese stuffed artichoke fritters” and I ended up NOT ordering them. This is just the huge appetizer list.

So, I went ahead and booked a reservation using Open Table, which I have an account with, so this was very simple.

My major complaint about the website is that it is not a separate entity from the attached hotel, the Planters Inn. In addition, the very large header is completely blocking the content, and my Dad was confused by this multiple times while we were talking about the menu. There is too much scrolling to get past this big header each time.

Dining Experience

These photos are all from Instagram, and some are quite dark. My iPhone could not handle the ambiance, but I will share them anyway.

Here’s Mom and Dad in front of The Olde Pink House.

We got there early and so went to the fantastic bar in the back of the restaurant. Lots of wood – and unfortunately a TV. Mom and I definitely would have preferred a TV-free, classy bar experience, but at least the drinks were amazing. I had a Pink Lady and Mom had a Cosmopolitan. Very delicious.

We got up to our table, on the top floor, in what I believe was a bedroom. Check out the lovely chandelier and the dental crown molding!

We had an amazing server named Megan, who was incredibly gracious and helpful. We even tried samples of 3 different wines before committing to a bottle – which worked out really well. The Kaiken Ultra 2010 Malbec was really great. After much lingering over the menu – we decided to share 3 appetizers. Scallops, Shrimp & Grits, and a cheese platter. Pictured above are the scallops and shrimp.

This is the cheese platter, which was outstanding. 3 kinds of cheese, a spread of balsamic reduction, fresh berries, and a piece of honeycomb. Absolutely fantastic. The 3 of us shared all of these appetizers, and they were sized perfectly for it. I would love to go back, and try to have a tapas experience, ordering nothing but appetizers.

For my entree, I chose the Caramelized Vidalia Onion & Sweet Potato Ravioli w/Savory Pecan Cream Sauce. Again, the picture is unfortunate, but this was very delicious. My only complaint was that the flavors were a bit muddled? The cream sauce with the crunch of the pecans was a triumph.

Dad had the fish of the day, with an apricot sauce that looked lovely. I don’t eat fish, so I did not try it. Mom had the Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast, Blackberry Bourbon Glaze, Sweet Potato with Pecan Vanilla Butter and Collards, which I did try, and was SPECTACULAR. I was sort of sad I hadn’t ordered it, but we didn’t want to order the same thing.

This is my praline basket, which has ice cream in it, with fruit and chocolate sauce. I actually don’t remember what Mom and Dad ordered, I was too busy enjoying the hell out of this, because it was stunningly good. The sweetness of the praline paired with the creamy ice cream was a delight.

Here’s a better picture of the praline basket. Thanks to Lucy W who posts on Yelp.

The actual experience in the restaurant was really spectacular. Our service was outstanding, the food was delicious, and I really look forward to going back. Given how full it was on a Wednesday night, I have a feeling that the proprietors are not that concerned about their website which could benefit from some updating.

No report card for this experience, but definitely a 9/10. I highly recommend a night out at The Olde Pink House if you will be in or around Savannah soon!

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Polish Project #40

by Jamie Sanford on October 18, 2012

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144. OPI Obscurity (from the Go Goth minis)
145. OPI Hi Pumpkin (from the So So Skullicious minis)
146. OPI A Rose From The Dead (from the So So Skullicious minis)
147. OPI Mourning Glory (from the So So Skullicious minis)
148. OPI Candlelight (from the So So Skullicious minis)

OPI Obscurity.

OPI Obscurity.

Back to an Instagram photo for this polish. I actually do not own any other black matte polishes, so I wanted to give this mini a shot.

Thoughts: The application was a bit rough, but I really dug the finish. It totally chipped the day after I applied it with no protective covering, so I guess maybe I will look into obtaining some matte topcoat.
Verdict: It’s unique so I am keeping it. I really like this matte finish.

OPI So So Skullicious.

OPI So So Skullicious.

OPI So So Skullicious.

OPI So So Skullicious decals.

OPIs: A Rose From the Dead, Candlelight, Hi Pumpkin, Mourning Glory.

The brush in the OPI minis leaves a bit to be desired. However, the brush for Candlelight was the worst one. Luckily I didn’t actually use it for painting my nails.

My application of the OPI So So Skullicious polishes, and a decal from the set as well.

The packaging on this set is amazing. I took so many pictures because it really is fantastic. The Day of the Dead theme they have going on is really fun, and I love a decal, so this was calling to me right from the start. I decided to try using all of the polishes at once, and I’m still trying to improve my skills with the dotting tool. I think these dots are much better (and much flatter) than previous attempts, and the colors are really great.

Thoughts: Even with a big coat of topcoat, the black had a big chip the day after I painted my nails. However, I like all of the colors – particularly Hi Pumpkin and Candlelight since I don’t have anything else that look like those.
Verdict: These get to stay. If nothing else, at least the small bottles take up less space on the shelf.

How does everyone feel about Halloween manicures, or holiday-themed nails overall?

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Polish Project #29

by Jamie Sanford on September 13, 2012

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112. Sally Hansen LCD
113. Sally Hansen Wavelength
114. Sally Hansen Hue

Hello, my little pretties. These are all Sally Hansen Hi-Definition nail colors, and were all obtained during the CVS Clearance Sale. They were something crazy like $1.60 each. I totally bought them during my nail-bargo, but I didn’t care because THE SAVINGS!

You’ll notice I’m using a nail wheel here. This is because these polishes are made of clear nail polish and magic and tend to change based on the polish you use underneath. For this reason, I knew I was always going to keep them all, because it’s going to provide lots of fun testing time. But you can see that painted straight on, they are pretty similar to how they look in the bottle. LCD is less pigmented than Wavelength and Hue.

Blurry, but you can see the blurple flecky shimmer happening in this picture of LCD.

Here’s Wavelength by itself. There are flecks here too, but they look more textured in this image than they are in real life.

Looks like Hue had the same problem.

Thoughts: These all stay. I plan to continue with manicure posts when I’m done with the official project (which is totally soon!) and these will definitely be fun to keep experimenting with. It’s too bad they are discontinued!
Verdict: As stated, they get to stay on the shelf!

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Polish Project #18

by Jamie Sanford on August 22, 2012

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15. OPI Show It and Glow It (previously tested in this post)
77. Sinful Colors I Miss You
78. OPI Excuse Moi
79. Sally Hansen Gem Crush Razzle Dazzler

Welcome to the world of better images. I finally pulled out my DSLR so this should be improving. These are in order as listed above.

I tested all of these using OPI Pink Flamenco as the base. From the top: Razzle Dazzler, Excuse Moi, I Miss You, Show It and Glow It.

Thoughts: Another successful test of putting glitters over a solid base. Of course, I Miss You and Razzle Dazzler are meant to be topcoats (Razzle Dazzler is actually sort of the drug store version of Flurry Up which I LOVE), so that helped, but Show It and Glow It as well as Excuse Moi had good application and WAY better staying power over a solid base. You can see that the pink jelly-ish base of Excuse Moi changed the whole look of the nail and pretty much canceled out the Pink Flamenco. My biggest problem with this whole thing is that I don’t have the accuracy in glitter polish application to completely cover the base color, which is frustrating.
Verdict: I Miss You is going into another battle with other random glitter topcoats that don’t blow me away. Everyone else can stay.

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Concert movies count as movies right?

The Palladia network was showing Pink’s Funhouse Tour Live in Australia and so I watched it.

Here’s the trailer for the DVD:

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14. Pink, Funhouse Tour Live in Australia (Not available to stream on Netflix)

I’m assuming that many people who aren’t into pop music would write Pink off as one in a group of female pop stars.  However, you don’t have to go too far beyond that to find out that she is a pretty fantastic singer and songwriter.  This show takes it to a whole new level, as you find out that she’d be just as great as a member of the circus.  Her aerial abilities are demonstrated throughout the show, and amazingly, she sings while she’s doing it all!

Here’s a video of Pink, performing “Sober” while flying around, hanging upside down, etc.  Amazing.  This is from a European stop on her tour.

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So I would definitely recommend a viewing of this to anyone who wants to see a really great show.  Pink sings, has personality, dances, has personality and showcases her amazing body.  I liked her a lot before, she seemed to buck the system just enough so that she is still successful but in such a way that she still gets to be herself.

Get to watching this!

The Pink, Funhouse Tour Live in Australia DVD is available from Amazon for $25.98.

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