4 Resolution-Friendly Burgers You Need To Try At Burgerfi

It’s a new year and everyone is making those famous New Year’s Resolutions. New job. New house. New love. New you. Many get on the healthy eating bandwagon, hoping to make better eating choices. With so many healthy lifestyles to choose from, it definitely helps to have some delicious options.

BurgerFi – 5475 Windward Pkwy Alpharetta, GA 30004

BurgerFi has a few menu additions to please even the pickiest of palettes. I stopped by last week, to try out a couple of their Build a Better You Resolution-Friendly Options.

KetoFi Burger

a protein-packed burger featuring two all-natural Angus beef patties topped with bacon, a fried egg, drizzled with mustard and served green style (wrapped in fresh, crisp lettuce).

KetoFi Burger [Photo: Amber Howell]
This burger was perfectly seasoned and very tasty. I personally was not a fan of the lettuce, but then again I’m not a fan of lettuce. I just took it off. I did, however, enjoy the Angus beef patties, bacon, and a fried egg on top. It was like an elevated breakfast situation. The fries were great as well!

Vegan Beyond Burger

a plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like traditional beef. Featuring a Beyond Burger Patty, topped with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and American cheese. You can also enjoy it vegan style without mayonnaise and cheese.

Vegan Beyond Burger [Photo: Amber Howell]
I’ve been a fan of Beyond Meat products for quite some time, so I was very excited to see it as one of BurgerFi’s Build a Better You Resolution-Friendly menu options. If you’re celebrating Veganuary this month definitely stop BurgerFi and pick up this delicious vegan burger.

More resolution-friendly options include:

Grilled Chicken Sandwich: a free-range, all-natural chicken breast, topped with lettuce, tomato and drizzled with a honey mustard BBQ sauce.

Green Style Burgers: drop the bun and go green, enjoy any burger wrapped in fresh, crisp lettuce.

A Little Treat

I couldn’t leave without indulging in a frozen treat! It was adorned with brownies, chocolate sprinkles, and chocolate sauce, topped with whipped cream. You gotta have whipped cream on top!

Very Happy Girl! [Photo: Amber Howell]
For more information about BurgerFi’s Build a Better You Resolution-Friendly Opinions and the nearest location, visit www.burgerfi.com.

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*I was invited to Burgerfi to enjoy this complimentary meal. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

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Atlanta Loves Tea Quest Part 1: Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot

I’m always excited for January’s National Hot Tea Month. I love discovering new teas and tea companies. This month, four Atlanta tea shops teamed up to give the city a fun tea quest. Tea lover are invited to pick up an Atlanta Loves Tea Passport at one of four participating tea shops: Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot, Just Add Honey, Urban Tea, and Tea House Formosa.

Visit each tea shop and order their Specialty Tea of the Month. Keep your receipts and submit your completed passport to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot for a chance to win a prize. But you’re already a winner because you’re supporting these amazing local business.

My first visit was to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot in East Atlanta. They’re Specialty Tea of the Month a Mint Matcha Latte. It was wonderful! Their lovely tea expert, Jasmine, made sure our first Jayida Ché experience was a most pleasant one. She was very knowledgeable about the teas as well as their benefits. Jasmine prepare my Mint Matcha Latte in the biggest mug I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think I would be able finish it, but it was so good! I drank every last drop! Make sure you pay Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot this month and every month after that.

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January is #NationalHotTeaMonth! I was excited to find out about a tea quest going on in Atlanta this month. My first stop was to @jayidacheteaspot to try their Mint Matcha Latte. It was wonderful! Shout out to Jasmine for making my first visit to Jayida Ché Herbal Tea a very pleasant one. Pick up your tea passport at a participating tea shops @jayidacheteaspot @justaddhoney @urbanteaalpharetta & @teahouseformosa and order their Specialty Tea of the Month. After visiting all four tea shops, turn in your passport for a chance to win a special prize! 📷 @amber_truly #shanawashere #atlantateashop #teashoplove #tealove #matchalatte #cupofawesome #atlantablogger #organictea #shoplocal #locallove #atlantalovestea #atlnhtm

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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

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

Sunday Brunch in East Cobb | Red Sky Tapas & Bar

There is one thing about Atlanta that’s true, brunch on the weekend is a serious thing. If you’re looking to escape the city and explore a bit, make your way to East Cobb, where you’ll find Red Sky Tapas & Bar. On Sundays, Chef Brian Kennington will delight your taste buds with an amazing brunch menu that will have you plotting your next visit. His carefully created menu offers you a selection of traditional and non traditional items. There is literally something for everyone on this menu! Here are a few drool-worthy photos to get you excited about your visit to Red Tapas & Bar.

Fried Devil Eggs

These lightly battered and deep fried hard boiled eggs were totally different experience. In the center hide a delicious filling. They were quite amazing. There was a sriracha mayo to balance out all the unique flavors.

Red Sky Tapas & Bar East Cobb Marietta Brunch Fried Deviled Eggs [Photo Credit: Amber Howell]

Lobster Sliders

Reminiscent of crab cakes, these hand-made lobster cakes are a sure palette pleaser. Chef Brian explained his entire made from scratch process to make this delicious apricot burre blanc…omg it was good! Not too sweet, airy and creamy. Sweet honey sauce on the side for an extra flavor experience.

Red Sky Tapas & Bar East Cobb Marrieta Georgia Lobster Sliders BrunchCrab Sliders [ Photo Credit: Amber Howell ]

Buffalo Chicken & Waffles

A brunch favorite with a twist. The chicken tenders having a sweet beginning, with a slight kick of spice on the end. The perfect amount of zesty honey glaze on each bite. The Belgium waffle was light and fluffy. A perfect pair.

Buffalo Chicken & Waffle [Photo Credit: Amber Howell ]

Deep Fried French Toast

Classic French Toast fried to perfection, topped with chocolate sauce. Soooo many flavors! It was absolutely delicious!

Deep Fried French Toast Red Sky Tapas Marietta Georgia Brunch Deep Fried French Toast [ Photo Credit: Amber Howell ]

Red Sky Tapas & Bar also offers 1/2 wine specials on Sundays.

Red Sky Tapas & Bar

1255 Johnson Ferry Road,

Suite 16

Marietta, GA 30068

* Thank you Red Sky Tapas & Bar for hosting us for this delicious brunch.

Viva Tequila Festival at Atlantic Station 9.15.18

ATLANTA, GA The inaugural Viva Tequila Festival (www.vivatequilafestival.com) will be held at Atlantic Station, September 15, 2018 from 11am-6pm with an exclusive after party from 6pm -9pm.

Viva Tequila Festival welcomes food, art, music and small batch, hand-crafted tequilas of Mexico to the streets of Atlanta’s own Atlantic Station.  The festival is thrilled to introduce our official, non-profit sponsor, the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, (GOCA), an organization dedicated to “increasing awareness and educating Georgia’s women, their families, and the healthcare community about the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.” A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit GOCA. (www.gaovariancancer.org)

Viva Tequila is also proud to announce a community partnership with the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and The Georgia Hispanic Business Center (https: // ghcc.org).

Atlanta’s finest participating restaurants will be paired with the world’s finest boutique tequilas to create Signature Bites and Sips designed to dazzle your palate. The festival will educate attendees on the history of the agave plant, tequila cultivation, proper sipping technique and its’ development on the global market. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to stroll through Atlantic Station’s Pinnacle Pad and sample prepared bites from some of city’s finest restaurants as they display their respective culinary talents. A complete list of the restaurants can be found on the Viva Tequila website.

Moreover, Viva Tequila Festival presents a unique marketing opportunity for its participants. Restaurants and tequila sponsors will be featured on “The Tastemaker Talks” Live with Sean O’Keefe, a new Facebook Live show highlighting Atlanta’s most influential brand ambassadors and tastemakers. As a leader in the events industry, and the producer behind Viva Tequila, Sean O’Keefe (www.seanokeefeevents.com) will be bringing his wealth of culinary knowledge and event design expertise to the forefront. “This show is an exciting option to introduce the sponsors and cross promote the brands, further increasing their reach and exposure for the duration of the festival campaign this summer. “ says O’Keefe. All participating brands will be eligible for inclusion in the “The Tastemaker Talks” series.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for small business owners for the “Mi Pueblito Craft and Artisan Showcase” a lively marketplace for vendors whose wares reflect the dynamic and rich culture of Mexico. Mi Pueblito, designed in the style and feel of Olvera Street in Los Angeles, will allow local artisans to sell their crafts and merchandise in the midst of the festival.

The price for general admission is now $55 and $150 for VIPs. VIP guests will enjoy intimate conversations with the Tequila makers in the sophisticated VIP lounge and have access to the Viva La Noche after party, complete with live music performances. Each ticket includes six delicious bites to be paired with six tequila sips. Each bite is a small dish, each sip is a small-pour, handcrafted cocktail created in conjunction with the restaurant’s chef and bartender. All bites and sips will be created solely for Viva Tequila and are unique to the feel of each restaurant.

All adults aged 21 and older are welcomed. Tickets can be purchased at www.vivatequilafestival.com and Eventbrite.

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Coffee Shop Love: Buteco [Atlanta,GA]

Today my daughter and I stopped by Buteco in Atlanta to check out their espresso offerings. First of all, it’s a super cute place. Love the vintage Brazilian vibes! The inside is pretty cozy, but they have plenty of space outside to enjoy your coffee, cocktail, or delicious food.

Yes! They offer much more than just coffee! They also offer an authentic Brazilian food and cocktails. On this trip I just order a Dirty Chai, which was wonderful. My daughter went for an Ice Chai Latte, which she gave 2 thumbs up. I’ll definitely be back to check out the rest of the menu!

Buteco

1039 Grant St SE

Ste C-10

Atlanta, GA 30315

www.butecoatlanta.com