Bartaco’s at it again with their 10th off-the-menu taco, a whole crispy soft-shell crab, mmm mmm!
Warmest thanks to all of you who reached out with Happy Birthdays and for being so encouraging about my opening up in that last post. Meant the world and I felt stronger the second I posted it! <3
Nowwww, back to your regularly scheduled pretty photos and outing recaps >>>
This past Saturday I partnered with Holeman and Finch to spread the word about the revival of their weekend brunch / lunch menu thanks to Chef Spencer’s inventive plates and twists on traditional favorites. If you’re a local or Atlanta enthusiast you’re probably already going “oh yea, Holeman and Finch…Mmmmmmm their burger is legit” well I can tell you, their other items should be just as famous!
Since it was my birthday afternoon and we had no other plans but to soak up all the foods we took our precious time and sat at the bar before moving to a table. We started with Bloody Mary’s and to my delightful surprise, they make their own mix that is now bottled!
Didn’t get into Bloody Mary’s till a few years ago since the tomato juice always hurt my tum (went through a phase with bad issues like ulcers) but now I can treat myself to them. And since they are basically a salad and lots of vitamins, I tell myself it’s in the name of health! ;)
As for the meal we told the kind staff that our (my) only dietary restriction is beef, I don’t do it, so we let them just surprise us! First came this ridiculous charcuterie board. Some of the portions were from Georgia others from various Southern states but sadly, I don’t recall, but it’s always changing so you’re in for a legit treat no matter what!
Ok, now lets talk about this soft shell crab benedict.
Truthfully I never eat soft shell crab because the fact you’re chomping down on tons of tiny, soft bones always freaked me out. Until Saturday when that allllll changed! I went in full steam and didn’t stop but once to take the below pic of that perfect egg. This dish was a game changer for me, a life changer even. In the last couple years I’ve upped my seafood intake and there aint no turning back now!
If the benedict wasn’t mind-blowing enough they brought out this colorful quail and seared foie gras dish. QUAIL AND FOIE GRAS. Whaaaat. Another two things that aren’t normally on my radar but I went for it! I mean how could you not with that pretty dish?!
Growing up my family (yep, including me!) hunted birds deer, turkey, pesky rodents -youuu get it- we killed animals for sport and/or to eat. So I grew up eating game. But honestly don’t recall ever loving it. And now as an adult exploring other protein options, I’ve been giving it a try. The most recent time was in Colorado at a fancy game-serving restaurant called Gas House. I had elk and was sadly not the biggest fan. In my opinion it tasted too much like beef and I just don’t like something about that taste.
Now, having tried this Georgia quail that was kept simple with what seemed to be a salt and pepper rub, I’m a changed woman! I was delightfully surprised that it had so much meat on it. First time eating quail I didn’t feel like I was doing a ton of work for little reward. Since I’m new to the foie gras I tried a few small bites alone and then another with some veges (is that sacrilegious? sorry!) and it was good! I’m new so maybe I’ll graduate to “it was great” but for now, these 31 year old tastebuds have some graduating to do.
Heck yes those are edible flowers on an omelette! And dang straight we made room for this baby! Though to be real, we took home a bunch of leftovers and dined like a king and queen again the following day!
Mezcal drink on the menu, yes please!
To make things fit even tighter the sweetest staff brought me this lil birthday cookie brownie warm and gooey “best seller” with a candle which I blew out and wished the same wish I always do, but obv. can’t tell ;)
Get this! Dustin doesn’t eat chocolate, ever. We had to have a cake option on our wedding day for him because he doesn’t like the stuff. HE TRIED THIS! I felt so special :D But wasn’t surprised after each of those courses being that fantastic, he knew they knew what was uP!
What I wore ~
Can’t brag on this place enough! A must visit for weekend brunch / lunch or weeknight, casual or romantic-it suits all occasions!
This Sunday we are off to Madrid, followed by Barcelona then Paris. Yall, it’s hitting us that we’ll be traveling for 15 days straight, longest trip yet, ADD emotions go something like this:
“OMG OMG OMG! oh crap, that’s a long time to pack for, PARIS! k, still need this/this/that/this. or should i wait to buy there? zaraaaa. what comfy shoes to bring? hope we see all the things we wanna fit in! first time traveling with inlaws. hmmm. it’ll be finnnnnne. champagne tour! crap, i gotta start packing.”
Yaaaaa. As always, follow along on IG to keep for real up to speed <3
For our Valentine’s celebration we got fancy in our neck of the woods hitting up The Optimist in Atlanta’s Westside. Truth be told, we went earlier than we normally would so that I could capture everything. Dustin totally gets it though I’m not sure the people around us knew what was up… The atmosphere and presentation are just too stinkin pretty to experience a third time and not finally get some shots!
I wore a shirt I picked up while buzzed shopping in Santorini late one night. Def paid wayyyyy too much for it but I couldn’t get over it’s unique construction *keep scrolling for better view ;)
The restaurant has lots of seating options to accommodate whatever type lunch or dinner you’re trying to experience whether it’s hopping over for $1 oysters or throwing down to celebrate a holiday or special event. I’d like to go and hang on the oyster bar side which is less formal but equally as stylish as the big open side.
Ford Fry’s The Optimist brings a seaside fish camp experience to landlocked Atlantans. From fresh oysters from the Alabama coast and Maine sea scallops to whole roasted Georgia trout, guests enjoy high-quality, sustainable seafood from the country’s best suppliers. Tucked in an old ham-aging house, The Optimist serves up beer, wine, and handcrafted cocktails with hickory-roasted fish and raw oysters, while beach-food classics like hush puppies and lobster rolls transport you to your favorite coastal haunts.
First things first. WE LOVE MEZCAL. Yep, that needed all caps, it’s that much love. Both of us could drink it neat but when it’s offered in a cocktail-even better.
Much like our marriage, we shared everything <3 Started with oysters from the South and East Coast and Spanish octopus.
Look at that beauty └໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७┘ What… I didn’t keep that shell to take home and show Flynn (our cat)…and definitely didn’t put in with other shells and stones…
Not going to act like I’m some kind of rising food blogger chef star I’ll just say, nom nom nom! And add that the crispy grilled end was the tastiest part!
This mahi and snapper ceviche was an explosion of flavor every*single*bite. I voted it and the lobster the best I’ve had of both ever and that’s saying something since I’ve had them in both Mexico and Greece! (humble brag much….)
Didn’t save room for dessert so we settled with a nightcap then went home and watched Lady Gaga music videos (sharing our glorious singing along skills on IG story) and sipped on champagne. Life is good with this one <3 *looking at you Dustin!
And because I couldn’t get dolled up (for me this is dolled, I’m pretty casual most days!) and not get Dustin to risk his life in a busy cut-through, here’s some more photos of my look:
See you again soon you delicious and beautiful restaurant youuu :*
and see you on Instagram <3
see the full digital copy here!
as I mentioned previously, there are more photos from my Grant Park adventure with Betsy I’d like to share. on a recent visit to the Anthropologie on Howell Mill I scored a denim jumper for a mind-blowing $34! I’ve mostly styled it casually but thinking some leather wedges would also compliment this garment nicely.
since these photos were taken my hair has already gone through some color change. the ombre has actually gotten lighter as the toner has subtly faded-I suppose this is from salt water, chlorine and SUN. I’m loving it even more! though I need a hair cut pretty badly I’m thinking I’ll hold off for a bit and see what the color does before snipping away any length.
speaking of deals, on our last day in FL we hit up the Orlando outlets where I got some really great pieces from Loft, Forever 21, 7 for all Mankind and Banana Republic. excited to style them up and share here on the blog!
hoping you have a good week!