Where to Find All Things Pumpkin this September

Happy September! Fall is almost upon us. And with fall comes the flavors of fall, including my favorite…pumpkin! In my book, pumpkin is the official flavor of September, October, and November. I patiently wait through all of the other seasons every year in anticipation of my beloved pumpkin spice latte. Yes it’s that serious. There are a few place that you might want to put on your all things pumpkin this September to add to your fall adventures.

Baskin Robbins

Photo Courtesy of Baskin Robbins

This month, Baskin Robbins is introducing a sweet spin on a classic with its newest Flavor of the Month, Pumpkin Cheesecake. This seasonally-inspired treat features pumpkin and cheesecake flavored ice creams with ginger snap cookie pieces and a cinnamon cream cheese flavored ribbon.

Cracker Barrel

Photo Courtesy of Cracker Barrel

Just in time for pumpkins season, Cracker Barrel has added a Pumpkin Pie Latte to their new limited-time menu. The Pumpkin Pie Latte will feature Cracker Barrel’s Crafted Coffee with sweet, seasonal pumpkin pie flavors, then topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice (available now through Dec. 1).

Dunkin’ Donuts

Photo Courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts

Pumpkin Season is back big time for Dunkin’ as they are bringing in fall with several pumpkin options to choose from: Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte,

Pumpkin Flavored Coffees, Pumpkin Donut, Dunkin’s Pumpkin Muffin, Pumpkin Ready-to-Drink Iced Coffee, and Pumpkin K-Cup® Pods.

First Watch

Photo via First Watch

What’s better than enjoying a stack of pumpkins! Well enjoying a stack of pumpkin pancakes know that your purchase will help a child get equal access to healthy foods. With 1 in 6 kids in America struggling with hunger

daily, First Watch has made it their mission to change that. So during the month of September, 10 cents

from every Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast sold will be donated directly to Share Our Strength’s Dine for No Kid Hungry. And until every child has equal

access to a healthy start, they will continue to donate 25 cents from every kid’s meal sold all year round.

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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.

5 Brilliant Ways to Use Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup is such a wonderful thing. It’s delicious in every way. Did you know maple syrup has some pretty amazing health benefits as well? It contains numerous antioxidants, fights anti-inflammatory disease, and is a healthier alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Oh yeah! Let’s just pour a little more maple syrup on our pancakes! But why should pancakes get all the fun?? Go to the store and pick up a bottle of maple syrup, then check out the delicious maple syrup featured recipes below.

For these recipes the awesome folks at Baird Farm sent me a bottle of Maple Syrup to use. This Vermont farm has been maple sugaring for four generations.
“Every spring [they] boil down sap from thousands of maple trees which grow on the mountains above [their] sugarhouse. The result, amazing pure maple syrup for all to enjoy. For more information about Blaird Farm and how to purchase a bottle of maple syrup, visit http://www.bairdfarm.com

1. Put it on bacon. I mean let’s just start this list off right!

The Queen’s Maple Bacon

Preheat 350

10 slices thick turkey bacon

1/2 cup Maple Syrup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp cracked pepper

Spray cast iron skillet with non-stick spray.

Combine maple syrup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and cracked pepper in a bowl.

Place bacon strips into mix and let set for 5 minutes.

Take bacon out on at a time allowing the excess goodness to drop off.

Place each one in skillet.

Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

When done, allow bacon to cool.

2. Add it to a cocktail. Maple Syrup is wonderful in a Old Fashioned. I think I need to make one right now.

Maple Old Fashioned

Makes 1

1 tsp maple syrup

2 oz bourbon

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Orange peel for garnish

Mix maple syrup, bourbon, and bitters in a glass.

Add large ice cube and garnish with orange peel.

3. Add it to your coffee. Ever had a Maple Latte? Devine!

Maple Latte

Make 1

1 cup fresh brewed espresso

1 tbsp maple syrup

Add maple syrup to cup of espresso.

Spoon in steamed milk.

4. A Maple Apple Galette will give you your entire life. Run to the store and get a bag of apples right now!

Apple Maple Gallete

4 servings

Preheat 375

1 ready made rolled pie crust

5 medium apples

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp flour

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp butter

Juice of a half lemon

Peel, core, and slice apples into 1/4 inch pieces and drizzle with lemon juice.

Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and flour in a large bowl.

Toss apples in spice mixture.

Roll out pie crust.

Arrange apples in a circle in the center of the pie crust. Fill center with a few chopped up apples.

Sprinkle apples with pecans and pour maple syrup even over apples.

Fold edge of crust over apples, rotating to overlap crust onto itself.

Brush crust with melted butter.

Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

5. Why not chop up The Queen’s Bacon and add it to more delicious maple syrup, then pour it over a bowl of freshly popped popcorn? I vote yes! Let do it!

Maple Bacon Popcorn

5 cups popped popcorn

1/2 cup Queen’s Bacon, chopped (recipe above)

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp maple syrup

Salt and pepper to taste

Put popcorn into a bowl.

Combine maple syrup and butter in a glass bowl and microwave until butter melts.

Add bacon to mixture and drizzle over popcorn.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Thanks Baird Farm for the Maple Syrup! Happy Maple Syrup Day!

www.bairdfarm.com

*I was given maple syrup complimentary. As always, all opinions are that of my own.

Brunch Happiness – Blueberry Pecan Pancakes

Late this morning, I had a taste for some pancakes. Like really really bad! I wanted pancakes with these wonderful pecans the lovely folks at Schermer Pecans sent me earlier this month in celebrations of National Pecan Month. I wanted fancy pancakes, but was being kinda lazy. With that, I reached for the Krusteaz Pancake Mix. Just add water! Yes!  Deciding to only be slightly lazy, I opted to fancy up the pecans a bit by toasting them. Threw some butter in a hot pan and added those beautiful Schermer Pecans to it. Cooked them until they were perfectly toasted and tossed with a  little Himalayan salt and set them aside to cool. Next, I mixed up the Blueberry Pancake Mix up and added those delicious toasted pecans to it. Heated up that cast iron griddle and a few minutes brunch happiness commenced. I totally was in my happy place this morning. What’s some of your favorite quick go to brunch dishes?

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#Brunch 🍴 Did you know this month is #NationalPecanMonth? It is! I was very excited to receive a special delivery from @schermerpecans! A box full of pecans!! Yessss! And let me tell you, these pecans are AMAZING!! Today they are the stars of these Blueberry Pecan Pancakes staring at you. Yummy!! Thank you Schermer Pecans for the delicious opportunity to experience your pecans and for celebrating National Pecan Month with me! #sponsored #schermerpecans . . . . . . #brunchtime #brunchlife #pancakes #pecans #pecanlove #eatlocal #eatlocalgrown #georgiapecans #shanawashere #foodie #foodiegram #foodblog #foodblogger #atlfoodie #goodeats #eeeeeats #feedfeed #getinmybelly #georgiagrown #exploregeorgia #brunchvibes #saturday

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Psssst! It’s still National Pecan Month!!

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. 

Atlanta Brunch Festival Returns March 11, 2017


Atlanta Brunch Fest is back for the 2nd year, this time at Atlantic Station on Saturday, March 11th. The event will be held from noon to 5 pm with advanced entry for VIP ticket holders at 11 am. We will have over 30 restaurants providing delicious samples of brunch items, including locations like Buttermilk Kitchen, Einstein’s, Hampton and Hudson, and more. Beverages available include mimosas, Bloody Mary’s (with Absolut Vodka), SweetWater beer, and a selection of wines. We will have live music and a DJ. Music line-up and food options are posted on the website and the beer list will be added soon. 

LOCATION:

Atlantic Station 
PRICE:

Tickets are now on sale. VIP tickets are $65 advance and $75 after March 2nd. No day-of event tickets will be available for VIP. General Admission is $15 in advance, $20 after March 2nd and $25 day-of. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added. More details and the link to tickets can be found at our event website: http://atlantabrunchfestival.com/
ON THE NET:

http://atlantabeerfestivals.com/

Twitter: @ATLbeerfest

Facebook.com/atlantabeerfestivals

Instagram: @AtlantaBeerFestivals

Tupelo Honey Cafe Brings Good Ole Southern Eats To Georgia

A few weeks ago,  I attended a most fantastic media dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe‘s newest location in Sandy Springs, GA. It would be my second visit in the last few weeks. This one even more delicious.

We serve fresh, scratch-made, Southern comfort food re-imagined. At Tupelo Honey, when we play with our food (and we think it’s okay), the result is scrumptious.

While waiting for the rest of the guest to arrive I sipped on some Proscecco and chatted with Caroline and Grace from Phase 3 PR. I was also introduced to Tyler, who made sure everything was perfect. As guest arrived they ordered drinks from their carefully crafted cocktail menu. I started with the Peach Mai Tai. Soooo good!

Blues & Brews Happy Hour

Sunday – 1/2 off all bottles of wine

Monday – $5 frozen cocktails

Tuesday – $5 draft cocktails

Wednesday – $3 select draft beers

Thursday – $4.50 snacks & bites


From there delicious parade of southern food did not stop. It was wonderful! Check out the awesomeness that is Tupelo Honey Cafe.

Farmer’s Market Pickled Plate

{Tangy pickled carrots, cauliflower, green tomatoes, okra, green beans and cucumbers served with ancient grains}

Appalachian Johnny Cake

{ Classic cornmeal flatbread with a mountain twist, with slow roasted pork and smoked jalapeño barbecue sauce, corn jalapeños slaw and topped with fresh jalapeño.}

Don’t Judge My Okra Obsession

{ Blistered and lightly spiced okra served with scratch made garlic buttermilk ranch.}

Southern Burrata Bruschetta

{ Soft Burrata mozzarella with kale and pecan pesto over heirloom tomato and micro greens.}

Watermelon Salad

{ Sweet watermelon over spicy arugula with honey yogurt dressing, topped with country ham and candied basil.}

Creole Scallop Sofrito

{ Two scallops with a smoky and spicy tomato Creole sauce, atop a petite kale salad.}

Appalachian Shrimp

{ Sorghum chili-glazed, wild caught American shrimp over a fluffy Appalacian corn soufflé and sautéed garlic kale.}

Fried Chicken Tower

{ Available on Sunday & Wednesday! Only 30 made a night! Get there early!!}

Carolina Mountain Trout

{Seasoned & Pan Seared with brown butter.}

Brown Butter Pecan Pie with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Glamping S’mores Cake
What an awesome dinner! Every single bite was amazing! And the cocktails are the best! Tupelo Honey Cafe is definitely a current favorite of mines. I cannot wait to bring my parents here when they visit!!

 

Tupelo Honey Cafe

4600 Roswell Rd Bldg C Ste 110

Sandy Springs, GA 30342

404-649-6334

 

Big THANK YOU to Tupelo Honey Cafe for the delicious eats and warm hospitality. And THANK YOU to Phase 3 PR for the media invite.

 

*I received this dinner complimentary. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.