Monthly Archives: August 2013

Breaking News: Someone Figured out How to Make Tilapia Flavorful at Twist Buckhead, Atlanta

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While late night dining with several people this past Friday, I decided to stray away from the tapas menu at Twist. Wanting something on the lighter side I decided to give the Blackened tilapia with tomatoes. To my surprise it was great. Although tilapia has no flavor profile, the Chefs at Twist were able to sear the fish to perfection and combine a great mix of seasonings.

Twist (Phipps Plaza)
3500 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404)869-1191

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Pasta Fagioli and “Richness” at Carpaccio Bal Harbor, Miami

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Soup is the last thing that comes to mind when you think of Miami, but since I wasn’t in the mood for an entrée and their appetizers seemed kind of hefty as the trays carried by the waiters passed by, I decided to give the soup menu a go. After goggling “Pasta Fagioli” I decided to give it a try. I must add that I am not a fan of white bean soup or should I say bad white bean soup since the first and last time I tried it was at Bistro Nikko in Atlanta.

But I digress; was rather good. It was well seasoned and even better when you use drop the bread in.
On the other hand, the Ferrari Curano Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc by the glass was incredibly mediocre; to give the wine the benefit of the doubt, it may have gotten stale form being in their fridge for several days.

Now about the ambiance, centered in front of the esteemed Bal Harbor shops. The patio gives you lovely scenery of palm trees and the valet opening doors for kids being driven in Ferraris and beach blondes wielding Hermes Birkin Handbags while sipping champagne, even the restaurant maître d’ wears a Hermes belt.

Carpaccio (Shops of Bal Harbour)
9700 Collins Ave
Ste 139
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

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Mixed Grill a Meat Lovers Delight at Barcelona Wine Bar Virginia Highlands, Atlanta

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If you love meat Barcelona is your destination. The Barcelona mixed grill or Argentine Churrasco is a great mix of poultry, pork and steak. Very pure grilled smokey flavor not overwhelmed with seasonings.

Barcelona Mixed Grill
Two or more, 24.50 per person
NY Strip, Chicken, Pork Chop,
Gaucho Sausage

There are other mixed grills on the menu that contain fish or duck.

The and wine list or should I say book of wine filled with wines from South America. There has to be over 100 wines to choose from which is great for half off bottles of wine on Sunday! Also, please try the red wine sangria (in photo) it won’t let you down!

On any given night of the week (perhaps not in the past few weeks due to the relentless rain) patrons waiting for a table will crab a cocktail and converse on the sidewalk in front of the outdoor patio. Please make reservations if you are not in the mood to elbow your way to a seat at the bar or stand on the sidewalk for 45min while waiting for a table as it is usually standing room only after 7pm Wednesday through Saturday:

Barcelona Wine Bar
240 N. Highland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404)589-1010

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The Funky Chicken Sandwich Grilled on The Big Green Egg Muss & Turner Smyrna, Atlanta

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I stumbled upon this place while on my way to a blind date, but I digress. The Funky Chicken (I shouldn’t quite call it a sandwich as it is made on a French Bun) is brined then grilled on the Big Green Egg with smoked bacon, provolone cheese and truffle aioli.

The flavor they were able to pack into this grilled chicken breast was nothing short of amazing.

Muss & Turner’s is a Marketplace and Cafe reminiscent to a Joan’s on 3rd if you’re from LA or Star Provisions Market if you are familiar with the West Midtown area of Atlanta.

They are not limited to sandwiches and potato salad, they boast a full wine and beer list as well as a dinner menu. I have not been there for dinner service but if I were to make a prediction based on The Funky Chicken, I would give them a try!

To make dinner a little more enticing: They offer a Tuesday night wine tasting with artisian cheese ($15) and Thursday night beer tasting.

For info and event times:
http://www.mussandturners.com

Muss & Turner’s
1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114

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The Recipe Snatcher

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For the next few weeks or so I will be taking recipes from fellow bloggers, cook books and television personalities and preparing them myself and documenting the outcome.

There are times where a few things may need to be tweaked in a recipe such as the amount of people to be served and substitutions.

I am no Bobby Flay, Mario Batali nor will I be taking pictures with a $2000.00 camera and putting the pictures through Photoshop. These will be authentic pictures taken with non other than my iPhone camera.

*And of course I will include a link to the recipe author.

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Tickets On Sale for Atlanta BBQ Fest Atlantic Station, Atlanta

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The biggest BBQ Festival in Atlanta Lands at Atlantic Station September 13th through 14th. New comers as well as resident BBQ restaurants will plant their stations and fill you up with their smokey concoctions.

$6.00 – General Admission (Advance Price)
$10.00 – General Admission (Day of Show)
$85.00 – VIP BBQ & Bourbon Experience – Saturday Only

The VIP Ticket gets you access to Saturday’s Fox Bros BAR-B-Q pig pick’n feast from 12pm-4pm as they serve farmed Berkshire Hog, sides a commemorative glass and your choice of 20 Top Shelf Bourbons (Only 10 samples per ticket). Also, you get to rest your feet access with VIP seating restrooms.

ONLY 100 VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE SO GET YOURS TODAY!

General Admission Tickets only cover admission and food is to be purchased upon entry. Vendors will only be accepting cash make sure you make a stop at the ATM because there will not be any on the premises.

The Special Event Area at
Atlantic Station
20th Street & Fowler

http://www.atlbbqfest.com

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Brunch at Campagnolo Midtown, Atlanta

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I love Brunch! It’s the most exciting part of Sunday it’s the perfect reason for Bloody Marys and Mimosa; so I while Scout Mob Surfing I stumbled upon Campagnolo and its 50% off deal, as most people would assume that if a restaurant has a “coupon” it must not be that great! Well you would be incorrect my friend! This is one of the best Brunch destinations in Atlanta!

Catch them while they are still on Scoutmob and have a Mimosa for me!

My Recommendations:
Tomato Bisque
Campagnolo Breakfast
Eggs Benedict
$5.00 Bloody Mary with $3.00 refills

Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar
980 Piedmont Ave Ne
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 343-2446

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Portabella Mushrooms at Bluemoon Pizza Various Locations, Atlanta

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These portabella mushrooms topped with goat cheese and fresh basil this is a must try for an appetizer or for anyone that avoids meat.

For hours and locations:
http://www.bluemoonpizza.com

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Fried Potato Salad at King and Duke Buckhead, Atlanta

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I was not expecting this when the waiter told me to try the potato salad. This definitely put potato salad on its head. I was actually impressed. King and Duke has a great ambiance and is a twist on modern American restaurant. Make sure you make a reservation, it gets pretty crowded after 6pm.

King and Duke
3060 Peachtree Road Northwest
AT WEST PACES FERRY ROAD
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404)477-3500

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Hush Dinner is having its inagural dinner party September 18th in Buckhead at an Undiscolsed Location

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Hush Dinner is a new Dinner Club that is hosted by wine enthusiast Bea Lewis. This
dinner series will host 6 Participants at 7 pm at various restaurants in the
Atlanta Area! The great part of this Dinner Club is you are ONLY responsible
for your food! Bea picks up the wine tab for all guests! The purpose of this
dinner series is to review and critique restaurants in an open forum all while
having a memorable social experience!

ONLY 6 participants per dinner; all other RSVP’s will be on waiting list for future
events.

Venue will not be disclosed until 24 hours prior to the event to attendees.

Venue will be a casual/modern American restaurant in Buckhead. Again you are only
responsible for your food; wine will be covered by Bea!!

RSVP or for any questions: hushdinner@gmail.com

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