5 Cocktails To Celebrate Repeal Day

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition and reestablishing the right to legally enjoy a cocktail. Now that’s something to celebrate! If you’re looking for place to raise your glass to Repeal Day, visit one of the below Atlanta restaurants and they’ll be more than happy to make one for you! Grab the recipe to enjoy these featured cocktails at home and continue the celebration all month long! Happy sipping!

Photo Courtesy of Atlas

Atlas’ Winter Warmer

1oz mezcal

.75 Captain Morgan

.25 Grand Marnier

.75 lemon

.25 vanilla syrup

.25 Cocchi Torino Vermouth

.25 spiced apple shrub

Directions: Mix ingredients and place in glass. Top with hot water and garnish with orange wheel and star anise. 

Atlas

88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

(404) 600-6471

Photo Courtesy of STK Atlanta

STK Peppermint Prosecco 

5oz Prosecco

1oz peppermint liquor

1 Chocolate Bar

3 Candy Canes

Directions:Rim champagne flute with melted chocolate. Finish rim with crushed candy cane. Garnish with mini candy cane.

1075 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 793-0144

Photos Courtesy of Mia Yakel

Dantanna’s Espresso Old Fashioned

1 1/2 ounces Knob Rye

1 shot of espresso

1/4 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes chocolate bitters

Garnish with orange twist

Directions:Combine Knob Rye, espresso, simple syrup, orange bitters and chocolate bitters in a mixing glass. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over one large ice cube, or cubed ice. Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist.

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 760-8873
Photo Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza

Park Tavern’s Salted Caramel

1 oz Svedka Vanilla

1/2 oz Whisper Creek

6 oz Coffee

A dollop of Whipped Cream

A Caramel Drizzle

Sprinkled with a pinch of Sea Salt

Directions: Combine Svedka Vodka, Whisper Creek, coffee and ice into a shaker tin and mix. Strain into a glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle caramel over the whipped cream and sprinkle with a pinch of Sea Salt.

Park Tavern

500 10th St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 249-0001

Photo Courtesy of City Winery

City Winery’s Mullin’ It Over

1 bottle of dry red wine

1 orange, zested

8 dried cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

4 dried star anise

4 Tbsp honey

4 oz. brandy

Directions: Add all ingredients to stockpot and heat over low. Be careful not to boil. Continue simmering for at least 30 minutes. Strain and serve garnished with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. This recipe works great in a crock pot.

City Winery

Ponce City Market

650 North Ave NE

Suite #201

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 946-3791

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6 Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants to Visit in Atlanta

If you find yourself in Atlanta and in search of vegan food or just good food in general, check out these amazing black-owned vegan restaurants. If I missed one, please shout them out in the comments below and I’ll add them to the list!

1. Herban Fix

2. Lov’n It Live

3. Cafe Sunflower

4. Soul Vegetarian

5. Viva la Vegan

6. Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe

#NationalVeganMonth

#VeganFoodie

Black Bourbon Society Presents Bourbon, Beats & Bubbles at Gypsy Kitchen

I recently came across the Black Bourbon Society on Facebook and immediately wanted to join the group. With a lack of representation of persons of color in the bourbon community, founder Samara Rivers, decided that needed to change and form the Black Bourbon Society. The goal, to “bring African Americans who want to deepen their appreciation for fine whiskeys and bourbons through events, tasting and more.” With a community of 3,000+ bourbon enthusiast, Rivers organizes several bourbon centered events across the US. Each event features a carefully selected high quality bourbon brand that is available for tasting.

This past weekend, Black Bourbon Society was in Atlanta and was held at the Gypsy Kitchen. The afternoon’s featured bourbon was Woodford Reserve. Guest had the opportunity to taste 3 selections from the Woodford Reserve brand. A delicious spread of appetizers and welcome cocktails started the brunch off in a most delicious way.

Curated cocktails included:

Woodford Old Fashioned

(Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters)

Spice Trader

(Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Ginger Beer, Lime, Apricot, Honey, Cayenne)

Radio City

(Woodford Reserve Rye, Montenegro, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry, Black Walnut Bitters)

There were beautiful vibes all around as bourbon enthusiasts sipped on curated cocktails and enjoyed an amazing spread prepared by the Gypsy Kitchen. It was the perfect prelude to the main course. On the menu: Scramble Eggs, Bacon, Chicken Sausage, Pan Con Tomate, Cinnamon Roll, Skirt Steak, Shrimp Cocktail, Mixed Greens, and Brunch Potatoes.

The event ended with a few word from Black Bourbon Society founder, Samara Rivers, expressing her deep gratitude to her guests continued support. It was a beautiful moment sealed with a champagne toast with Korbel.

Chicago is the next stop for the Black Bourbon Society, featuring Makers Mark. Click HERE for tickets!

For more information about Black Bourbon Society and future events, visit www.blackbourbonsociety.com.

Amorino Opens Second Atlanta Location

Enjoy a taste of Paris at Amorino‘s newest Atlanta location at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Here you will be delighted with gelato and sorbets “churned everyday in typical Italian fashion” using “only the freshest free range organic eggs and the highest grade whole milk.” No artificial flavor are allowed here! When you experience your first bite, you know you’ve tasted something special.

Last week I was invited to the boutique for a preview tasting. Amorino is probably most known for their Amorino Rose, gelato shaped to look like a flower. I wanted that! For my creation, I chose mango, lemon, and raspberry sorbet and had it topped with a pistachio macaroon. Oh what a wonderful treat that was! Delicious. Fresh. Amazing. There are so many more flavors to choose from. In addition to gelato and sorbets, you can also enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, crepes, and waffles. You’re favorite is waiting for you!

Amorino Gelato

3035 Peachtree Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30305

True Food Kitchen [Best Bites Lenox Square Mall] 

One of the first places I visited when I moved to Atlanta back in 1995 was Lenox Square Mall. My roommate and spent many of afternoons there just people watching while eating our frozen yogurt. You never knew who you would see. Lenox Mall was a very popular place to visit. Today, it remains as one Atlanta’s top destination for Atlanta locals and visitors alike. Not only does the mall offer a wide variety of shopping options, it also has some nice dining options as well.

True Food Kitchen at Lenox Square Mall

I was recently invited to experience True Food Kitchen for a tasting of their menu. Located near the main entrance of Lenox Square Mall, this “health-driven seasonal restaurant”, is inspired by its co-owner’s, Dr. Weil, anti-inflammintory diet.

 

“True Food Kitchen believes in selecting and preparing simple and delicious foods to help people achieve and maintain optimal health. “

 

As soon as you walk through the doors you know you’re going to experience something amazing. The restaurant alone is beautiful. From its large patio space, perfect for those Atlanta summer nights, to its open kitchen concept, you get a very welcoming feel.

I took along fellow blogger and daughter, Sage, for this menu tasting. You can read about her experience from a kid’s point of view HERE. We started off our meal with some fresh housemade juices. Apple Carrot Ginger Tonic. Absolutely amazing! Kale Aid. Right on! Honey Beer Ginger Beer. Yes Please! I’m definitely in love with all of them. What a great way to start a tasting!

Apple Carrot Ginger Tonic

Next up was the Farmer’s Market Crudités. When our waitress brought it out, our eyes got so big. It was beautiful! Amazing how a bowl of fresh raw vegetables with dip can get you so excited. I was more than pleased with this selection. We also had the Edamame Dumplings, which was basically devoured by my daughter. She loved it!

Farmer’s Market Crudités

With the strong suggestion from our lovely waitress, we were next present with one of their popular menu item, the Ancient Grains Bowl. This bowl was a healthy food fanatics dream. It was adorned with miso glazed sweet potatoes, turmeric, charred onions, snow peas, grilled portobello, avocado, and hemp seeds. I also added shrimp to the bowl. So good!! I am very confident in saying that even if you wasn’t a healthy food fanatic, you would still enjoy this bowl!

Ancient Grains Bowl

If there’s pizza on the menu, you already know I’m ordering it! We decided on two of their selections, the Butternut Squash and the Chicken Sausage pizzas. I know what you’re thinking, Butternut Squash on a pizza? Right, I thought the same thing. But let me tell you, it was tasty. It was really tasty in fact. With the smoked onions, kale, vegan almond ricotta, and dried cranberry, you have quite a flavor explosion happening in your mouth. Definetly something you’ve never had, but need to experience.

Butternut Squash Pizza/Chicken Sausage Pizza

We also had the opportunity to preview on of their spring menu items, now available in their restaurants, the Flamed Torched Avocado Salad. THIS! This was amazing! When it came out I was already stuffed. I planned on tasting it and taking the rest home for later. It never made it out of the restaurant!! I couldn’t stop eating it!! It was sooooo good. It’s light. It’s flavorful. And it’s healthy. You can’t go wrong. If you don’t try anything else this spring, try this.

Flamed Torched Avocado

What an amazing experience! I enjoyed every thing beautifully presented to me at True Food Kitchen. This restaurant comes highly recommended by me as a place to get healthy, delicious food.

Click on the photo below to check out Sage’s review of True Food Kitchen!
Sage Loves 2 Eat

True Food Kitchen

3393 Peachtree Rd, NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

 
* I received this experience complimentary. Thank you True Food Kitchen! All opinions are that of my own! 

Big Sky Buckhead Launches New Brunch Menu Curated By Executive Chef Luis Damian As Part Of Their Toast Brunch Series 


Sunday afternoon vibes are best enjoyed with a delicious brunch with a patio situation and bottomless mimosas. That’s exactly what I experienced today as Toast Brunch Series relaunched their event with an 5 course menu tasting at Big Sky Buckhead. The Chef driven menu was beautifuly curated by Executive Chef Luis Damian. He proudly shared his talents to a group Atlanta’s most influential bloggers and presented us an afternoon of little brunch awesomeness. With an empty stomach and open palette, we welcomed every drool-worthy course. 

Big Sky Buckhead Brunch Atlanta
Crispy Buttermilk Ginger Marinated Chicken Tender Topped with Runny Sunny Side Up Egg & Creamy Pimento Cheese, On a Buttery Housemade Bacon-Jalapeño Biscuit
Corn Beef with Sunny Side Up Egg On Top Of A Tostado
 
Big Sky Buckhead Brunch
Tres Leches French Toast with Mixed Berries
Atlanta Brunch
Breakfast Burrito ~ Chorizo, Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Chihuahua Cheese, Covered with Guajillo Sauce, Topped with Sour Cream

Big Sky Buckhead Atlanta Brunch
Steak & Eggs ~ Adobe Marinated Beef, Tomatillo Verde, French Fries Topped With Over Easy Egg

Hungry yet?? 

Next Sunday, grab a patio seat at Big Sky Buckhead and enjoy the fabulous brunch life with these and many other amazing dishes. Sunday brunch runs from 12:00am – 3:30pm! Don’t forget bottomless mimosas til 4pm! 

Big Sky Buckhead

3201 Cains Hill Pl NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

* I received this Brunch experience completely. All opinion and comments are that big my own. 

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Ben Yabrow {Himitsu}

Photo via Instagram @himitsu

A couple nights ago, my friend and I went to an unfamiliar place in Buckhead. Neither one of us had heard of this Himitsu. I did some research and found that it was a Japanese Sushi and Cocktail Bar. Nice! I was excited I was able to get a reservation as well as the opportunity to interview another competitor in the High Museum of Art’s mixology competition, Highball. 

Before that could happen, we had to find the place. GPS was not letting us be so great. Finally we were guided in the general direction, “go through the courtyard.” That we did and still couldn’t find it. It was super cold last night too! We asked someone and nope, they had never heard of Himitsu. Just as we had given up in frustration, a very sharp dressed gentleman was walking very quickly up the walkway. We asked him. Yes! He was going to Himitsu!  He walk up to a building that we had passed several times and put in a code. At that point, I had a feeling that this was the person I was there to speak with. So I asked if he was Ben. And he was Ben! We confirmed our reservation at the door, then proceeded to the bar.

I formally introduced myself and told Ben the details of why I was there. First we order some cocktails. I asked if you knew what he was making for Highball. He said didn’t have all the components but could recreate it with what he had.  As he gathered everything to make the cocktail, I enjoyed watching the other bartenders making beautiful cocktails, the romantic atmosphere with the sounds of hip hope quietly playing in the background. It’s a really too spot. 

Ben was ready to wow me, but it didn’t know that yet. His cocktail for the Highball is inspired by the dessert. I’m not going to spoil the rest by telling you exactly what that means, but please be assured that this cocktail is something that you have never tasted before. The presentation is pretty awesome too. His international travels and apprenticeships under some of the best in the industry was strongly reflected in this amazing cocktail. At one point I asked why he gravitated towards bartending. He answer, “it was a way to show my creative side.” Well Ben, I definitely appreciate your talents. 

Come see Ben in action this Saturday at the High Museum of Art for Highball! Do not miss it!!


Rapid Fire Q & A

Hometown?

Marietta, GA

What time did you get up this morning?

9:30

What did you have for dinner last night?

Kyma

1st alcohol that touched your lips.

Green Apple Smirnoff

Describe your job in one word.

Rewarding 

Describe your job in one cocktail.

Daiquiri 

Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.

Earnest Hemingway

What would you make?

Other than a daiquiri? A corkscrew#2

Popcorn or potato chips?

Potato Chips

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Supersonic hearing.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?

Mint Chocolate Chip. Not because I like but it’s a flavor that people either love or hate.

Ginger ale or ginger beer

Ginger Beer 

What color is your toothbrush?

Teal and white.

Cocktail that represents Atlanta.

Whiskey Peach

Mimosas or Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Favorite menu item at Himitsu.

Sakura

Best midnight snack.

Ramen 

Advice for aspiring bartender.

Find someone to work under. Study a lot. Stay humble.

What: Highball
Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When: February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm
Tickets: http://www.high.org