I lived in Brooklyn, NY for about 10 years and during that time I witnessed the transformation of Williamsburg. My favorite stage of all the transitions is when the real estate prices are still somewhat affordable and the area is starting to become populated. The result is a diverse group of people lease space they are able to afford and transform it into an establishment to start working towards their ambitions and dreams. It makes for a different kind of vibe, a vibe of authenticity. Authentic as in when you walk through the door you can feel the pride, the hard work, the love which translates to quality and the magic that happens when something you have worked so hard for is being loved and appreciated. This to me is what, Majo Laprea the heart and drive behind Troupial at 2605 Whitaker Street has brought to Savannah. It’s a given that you shouldn’t miss one bite of the amazing Venezuelan specialties offered but you should take the time to really appreciate “the vibe”. Here are the top 9 things you should know before going to Troupial.
1.If you see the word Golfeados…do yourself a favor and just order it. It’s a Venezuelan sticky bun topped with “Queso de Mano” cheese.
2. Daily mimosas are offered for $5 and they are made with natural juices that remind Majo of her childhood. When we were there the selection was Mango, Tamarind & Passionfruit.
3. Troupial is 100% dedicated to producing the least amount of waste. Bring in your own coffee cup and you will be rewarded.
4. Majo’s father is Italian which comes through in the quality and unparalleled taste of the espresso based drinks. Scout recommends the Bombon (espresso + condensed milk + frothed milk) & the Mocaccino (espress + chocolate + frothed milk).
5. Majo recommends a Sunday morning stroll to Troupial followed by Tequenos, Tizana and a Cappuccino. These flavors remind her of her life in Venezuela and her family, so you know it’s going to be good!
6. They have an Arepa bar which is a cornmeal based pocket (Vegan & Gluten Free) which can be stuffed with a number of delicious offering such as cheese, veggies, beef, turkey, beans and so much more. These make for the perfect hand sized treat and Scout recommends the TBA (turkey, bacon and avocado).
7. Majo’s favorite traditional menu item is the Parico which is a veggie Arepa with scrambled eggs and locally sourced greens.
8. Also, throughout the space you will see lovely natural plants outfitted by the Kokedama Technique. These are locally made and you can get your very own by visiting @lady.kokedama.
9.If you want to know what eating breakfast in the mountains of Venezuela while warding off the chill feels like, then grab a bowl of Pisca Andina (veggie broth, potatoes, cilantro, garlic, green onion and a poached egg and heavy cream). It will warm you up and bring you comfort.