May 23, 2017

BARTACO’S 10th SECRET TACO

Bartaco’s at it again with their 10th off-the-menu taco, a whole crispy soft-shell crab, mmm mmm!

~ tempura battered soft-shell crab, placed atop a tomatilla chow chow and drizzled with lemon aioli

This taco is LEGIT! Just like with that Holeman and Finch soft-shell eggs benedict we had, I had to get past the fact I was eating the bones of a creature but as long as I didn’t think about it, pure flavor joy was happening!

They hooked us up real good with some spicy corn, plantains, tuna poke and a variety of tacos ~ needless to say but I’ll say it anyways…we left STUFFED!

No. 10 secret taco get’s a sitting ovation from D!

Claw!

Even though I knew it’d be a feast, I wore my new Madewell high-rise jeans (don’t ask me why..) paired with some other newbs-a Mango cactus top from Spain, my Kelsi Dagger slip-ons, Raybans also from Spain and Brixton hat.

Thanks to the friendly and fun staff at Bartaco for making our experience A++

If you’re lucky enough to live close to one, or in my case TWO, hit up Bartaco for IMO the best secret taco yet!

May 12, 2017

THE TAVERN AT ATLAS

Nestled under the St. Regis in Buckhead, the Atlas lives up to the prestige of the area with an upscale dining experience complete with an extensive art collection.

Celebrate the best in seasonal American cuisine with fine dining in our main dining room. Our expertly trained team of chefs and staff will guide you through an unparalleled culinary experience inspired by the capital of the South.

The restaurant’s impressive gallery of 20th century artwork has been selected from The Lewis Collection, one of the largest private art collections in the world.

Hello lovely!

A see-thru glass shelving unit separates the bar and main dining area filled with knickknacks and high end spirits

Felt like I was back in Europe!

We visited specifically to check out the newly launched Tavern.

This all-new dining experience features a perfectly-portioned small plate menu from Executive Chef Christopher Grossman and seasonal hand-shaken cocktails with expanded seating in our newly-renovated lounge and library.

Wearing my new Mango sunglasses I picked up in Spain and an Anthropologie dress so comfy it’s perfect for all the indulging!

Bartender Carl’s take on a tequila sour, A+++

ISLAND CREEK ROASTED OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL: Chorizo Jus, Cilantro, Cracklin’ | ROSEMARY ROASTED RUBY BEET TARTARE The Woodsman & Wife Cheese, Toasted Pecans And Walnuts, Beet Chips

Top to Bottom | ATLAS SLIDERS: Ground Wagyu, Smoked Gouda-Pimento Cheese, Tucker Farms Green Leaf, Toasted Brioche Bun | GEORGES BANK PAN-SEARED SEA SCALLOP: Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon Chips, Avocado Mousseline, Romaine, Buttermilk Vinaigrette | PETIT LOBSTER POT PIE: Nueske’s Smoked Bacon, Pearl Onion, Brandy, Puff Pastry, Wilted Romaine

Sadly can’t find this drink anywhere on the web but I recall it having champagne and vodka and thyme, I think… Regardless, can’t go wrong with any Atlas cocktail!

BLACKBERRY-YUZU MOUSSE: Dark Chocolate Blackberry-Yuzu Mousse, Yuzu Whipped Ganache, Mint Rum Gel, Yuzu Pearls, Blackberry Crémeux

TAHINI PANNA COTTA: Lime-Juniper Sponge Cake, Tahini Crumbs, Compressed Pineapple, Lime-Juniper Ice Cream

How a meal at the Tavern at Atlas will leave you feeling:

Dustin and I will definitely be going back for either a fancy meal in the main room or another chilled out but still fancy dining experience outside. Thanks for hosting us Atlas!

This post was done in partnership with Caren West PR

May 3, 2017

STRAWBERRY COCKTAILS TWO WAYS

Hey Southerns, you know what season it is, well, besides Spring?

STRAWBERRY SEASON! 

After eating the best strawberries I’ve ever had in my life in France, I came home pumped to experiment with local strawberries because lets be honest, grocery bought one’s just are NOT the same…

Blogger friend, Kenan agrees and went to Ponce City Market’s Farmers Market (held on Tuesdays) to grab from local growers, King of Crops.  She showed up at my house with the cutest basket full, some even still had their stem.  After hammering out ingredient details we got to creating with our partner for this post, Dixie Vodka.

**keep scrolling for recipe!**

Having Kenan there to bounce flavor combos off of and being able to pick her foodie brain was awesome! Learned a few things too like that Meyer lemons are less acidic and more floral than regular lemons and that sugar draws out the juices of strawberries. Converted and noted!

She had brought lavender so we def wanted to use that for one and since the mint vodka was already flavored we opted to use with our plain vodka drink and made a simple syrup.

Strawberry + Lavender Champagne Cocktail with Dixie Vodka

1 oz strawberry puree with Meyer lemon juice (see note)
1 oz lavender simple syrup (see note)
1 oz Dixie vodka
1 oz club soda (optional)
2 oz dry champagne
lemon twist or strawberry for garnish (optional)

Stir together puree, lavender syrup, and vodka in a champagne flute or coupe. Top with chilled club soda and champagne. Garnish with lemon twist or strawberry.

For puree: Wash and hull a quarter pound of strawberries (about 1 cup). In a food processor or blender, puree berries with freshly squeezed juice of 1 Meyer lemon (2-3 tablespoons). Yields about 6 oz. of puree, enough for 6 cocktails. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator; best if chilled before making cocktails.

For lavender simple syrup:  Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon dried lavender, and cover. Allow to cool to room temperature, strain out lavender, and chill in an airtight bottle or jar. (For easy cleanup, use a mesh tea ball for the lavender.)

~Recipe written by Kenan Hill in partnership with Lady Flashback and Dixie Vodka~

Sit in window that faces city jungle, kick back cocktail and enjoy (responsibly!)

The second drink we made was really fun with a salty strawberry rim, but you’ll have to visit Kenan’s site to get it ;)

How pretty is that salt?!

Look close and you can see Flynn’s new collar, it’s a little bow tie!

Didn’t really expect to show the whole cart because there’s all this random party supplies tucked in but I actually like how this photo turned out.  You’ll see these appear soonish in a Moroccan themed post I have in the works.

Have fun getting your strawberry party on y’all and be sure to pair it with Dixie Vodka!