Category Archives: Food

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

April 27, 2017

8ARM

Back in March my girlfriends treated me to a dinner at 8arm, a relatively new (Est. 2016) hybrid coffee spot-restaurant-bar, in the heart of Atlanta off Ponce De Leon.  I had been wanting to try it out for many reasons one of which was supporting my pal Sarah Dodge who bakes all the pastries and breads in-house.  In addition to knowing Dodge I was also familiar with one of the owners, Nhan from my time living in Castleberry Hill back in 2008 with his adorably small sushi restaurant, Wasabi.  We ate there all the time until I moved across the city (5 miles is far in Atlanta you guys…) Lastly, another reason it struck my interest was having lived across the street at Ford Factory lofts for three years and always thought that space was so good but not being used properly as a Vespa and motorcycle shop. Now, converted into 8arm, that sweet location is getting great use and a lot of foot traffic because, yall, this place is a gem!

Here’s some shots I took before my gals arrived-

Now offering coffee service 7 days a week!

Indoor dining

In addition to the inside seating area, they’ve opened the patio seating right outside with a walk up converted shipping container turned bar.   They nailed the on trend accents with the monsteras and palms with baby pink lining!

Now onto the meal, but first:

My favorite, a classic margarita! They added a little twist , incorporating the salt in it rather than on the rim, was a nice touch.

So the menu changes really frequently but they always stick to American/Japanese-inspired simplistic dishes.  Of course hanging with the ladies I totally blanked and didn’t write down everything we ate (fail) but trust me, it was damn good so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

You can take us everywhere, we’re very classy!

More information on the chefs, history, etc check out these Eater articles and be sure to give it try!