Category Archives: Atlanta

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

March 29, 2017

HOLEMAN AND FINCH DOES BRUNCH

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 >>>

Holeman and Finch Public House | 2277 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, Georgia 30309

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.

Mushroom omlette – shiitake, oyster mushroom, gruyere, grilled onion | Holeman and Finch

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!

“Up in Smoke” banhez mezcal, jimador reposado tequila, lustau pedro ximenez, bittermans grapefruit bitters | Holeman and Finch

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 ~

Ray-Bans sunglasses, Urban Outfitters dress, Bussola boots, Madewell jacket

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