Topper’s Rhum ~ The Best Rhum You Never Had

  
Recently, I was invited to a very special tasting of Topper’s Rhum by Melissa Haas of The Front Porch Gourmet. Topper’s Rhum is handmade in St. Maarten and is only available in a few states. Not including Georgia. Booo! We hope to change this as this Rhum is much needed in every bar, restaurant, and rhum loving home in Georgia. This award winning Rhum is a true sipping rhum. It’s wonderful straight and on the rocks. Topper’s Rhum is also great to cook with. Melissa was so gracious as to provide us with tasty bites made with Topper’s Rhum. Thanks Melissa!

  
But first we had a cocktail made with Topper’s Rhum! Our mixologist of the evening, Rob from Mix It Up, made the specially crafted cocktails.  I had the Much Macho Spicy Mojito made with Topper’s Coconut Rhum. It was pretty awesome!

  
After a fabulous introduction to Topper’s Rhum we began dinner.  Each course was made with a Topper’s Rhum variety.  Every course was delicious! I loved how the flavors of the Rhum came out in each dish.  Rhum is definitely a great way to add additional pizzazz to your meal.  With so many flavors of Rhum offered by Topper’s, you are bound to find something for all of your cooking needs.

  
Halfway through the dinner, we had a tasting of six varieties of Topper’s Rhum. Tastings included Coconut, Mocha Mama, Banana Vanilla Cinnamon, White Chocolate Raspberry, Caribbean White, and Spiced. WOW!! Everyone of them I would want in my personal bar.  You could really taste the possibilities in each one.  Recipes and cocktail combinations just jumped in my head. I need them all!!!

  
We completed our dinner with a beautiful dessert, Honey Ginger Ricotta Filled Squash Blossom, Rhum macerated raspberries with coulis and white chocolate dust. Yes Please!! It was made with Topper’s White Chocolate Raspberry Rhum and it was perfect! That is some really good rhum! As a delicious bonus, Melissa prepared dessert to go because we were stuffed. Using Topper’s Banana Cinnamon Vanilla Rhum, Melissa made a Southern Banana Pudding with Rhum soaked lady fingers, topped with crushed vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, and banana rhum cream. I didn’t even taste it till a couple days later. It was so amazing! I need to see about placing an order!

So we had a friendly social media competion amongst all of the bloggers. Guess who won. ME!!! I won a basket of goodies, including a bottle of Topper’s Spiced Rhum! YAY!!!! In the basket was some other goodies from The Leaning Ladder and Astor Chocolate. I was a happy camper.

  
So lets get Topper’s Rhum here in Georgia. If they are not in your town, they need to be.

  
Thanks Topper’s Rhum for a wonderful tasting. Thanks Melissa and Rob for an awesome spread of food and cocktails.

 

  

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

 

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Negroni Week Kick Off Party at Bellina Alimentari

Last night, Bellina Alimentari hosted a most fantastic Kick Off Party for Negroni Week. Negroni week was launched in 2013 to celebrate the Negroni while giving support to charities around the world. Since its beginnings, with just 100 participating venues, Negroni Week has grown to over 6,000 participating bars. Last night’s event was in support of The Giving Kitchen! One of my favorite charitable organizations. Tasty libations were provided by mixologist, Corey Phillips. Cocktails were made with Campari and Bitters 1821. Making it a great addition to the party.  Check out Negroni Week festivities near you by visiting www.negroniweek.com.

  
 

SnoGroni ~ shaved ice, gin, amaro braulio

Negroni Pop ~ grapefruit, gin, Campari, 1821 grapefruit lavendar and sea salt
  
Bocciolo lazzaroni, aperol, byrrh, lemon, orange flower water finish
   

Summer Break Adventures 05.24.16 TGM Bread + Tipple & Rose + Alice Looking Through the Glass

Today was the official start of Summer Break! We had a pretty lazy start to the day but finally got up and headed to TGM Bread to check out their Pita Pop. This lunch special includes fresh baked pita from Rob Alexander and a delicious selection of hummus tahini bowls and salatim. Today we tried the Heirloom Tomato with Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Black Pepper. So good!! You can check out the Pita PopUp every Tuesdays-Fridays, 11:30-1:30.

Pita Pop Up ! Yummy!

While we were sitting and enjoying lunch I was scrolling through Instagram and saw that Tipple & Rose had some passes for the advance screening of Alice Looking Through the Glass.  I gave them a quick call to make sure the passes were still available. And they were! Yay! So on to Tipple & Rose we went. 

I’ve been wanting to visit this tea shop for awhile. A few of my friends has already been there and loved it. As soon as I walked through the door I could see why. It was so cute!! I loved everything about it. We walked to the back of the teashop to ask about the movie passes. I was destracted by all of the tea displayed on the counter. So many to choose from! We had plenty of time before the movie so we decided to sit and enjoy a cup of tea. Actually we enjoyed a pot of tea. Lol. Sage ordered a pot of Vanilla Chai and I had a pot of Peach Ginger. Both very tasty. We sat and enjoyed our tea and the lovely ambiance until it was time to head to the movies.

 

Sipping Tea! I love this picture!
 
But first we took a couple photos!!

 

I love that i can see Sage’s refection as she takes my photo.
  
Vintage Coca-Cola sign in North Highlands.
  
It was definitely a good day!
 
We still got to the theaters a little early so we took some more pictures! Lol!!

 

Hanging with the Mini Me!
  
Atlantic Station has alot of great places to pictures.
 
Ok. Now we headed to the theater to see the advanced screening of Alice Looking Through the Glass starring, Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, and Anne Hathaway. I really enjoyed it and so did Sage. Alice Looking Through the Glass is in theaters, May 27th. Go check it out! 

 

Penelahpe’s Culinary Services Presents..A Spring Taste 

Are you ready for the next installment of the Penelahpe’s Dinner Party Series? Wait! What? You missed the last one??? So sorry to hear that. Well I’ll go ahead and get up to speed with what you missed. Fortunately for you, there’s a dinner party next week. So it’s not too late to experience the awesomeness that is Penelahpe’s Culinary Services. 

  

Led by Chef Leslie Gordon, Penelahpe’s Culinary Services put together an unforgettable night of food, cocktails, and great company. Upon arrival, guest were greeted with the specialty cocktail of the evening, Spring Bliss. This wonderful cocktail was made with Blood Orange Italian Soda, Lime and Silver Tequila, with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Thyme rim.  A great all around spring sipping cocktail. And a delicious start to a fantastic evening. The night’s beer sponser, Down Home Brewing Company, provided the perfect beer to accompany each course. Check out the rest of the menu!

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Spring Bliss
   
Summer Set Clams and Popcorn with Citrus Salt
 
Arugala Salad with Shitake Mushrooms and Spicy Lime Vinaigrette. Beer Paring: DHB Summer Set Pilsner
 
Mango Sorbet Cleanser Beer Pairing: DHB Bittersweet IPA
 
   

Spinach Ramen with Smoked Paprika Chicken, Hot and Sour Shrimp, Fried Tofu in Smoked Garlic Chili Sauce. Beer Pairing: DHB O’l Heffe Wheat
 
  
Green Tea Cheesecake with Sea Salt Crust
  

Penelahpe’s next dinner party will be a midnight dinner in loving memory of Chef Gordon’s father. It’s going to be awesome! So don’t miss out! Tickets can be purchased by clicking photo below! CLICK IT!! See y’all there!

 

Fun in the Photo Booth!

Beer Sponser  Down Home Brewing Coompany
Down Home Brewing Coompany

 
 

Social Media Guest Winner, Ashley!
 
  
  
  
  

Hogs & Hops 2016

Today Atlanta Beer Festivals held their Hogs & Hops festival at the Historic Old Fourth Ward Park. This part food, part beer festival has become a favorite among Atlanta festival goers. Today was the most perfect day to be out enjoying tasty bites and awesome craft beer. Check out the photo story below for all of the highlights.

 

Always a good time volunteering with these awesome people.
 
Hops & Hops souvenir cup.
 
 
More awesome volunteers!
    
Cilantro Uno ~ Crispy Fish Taco
  
Photo opp with Cilantro Uno’s very own Handsome!
  
Mexican Street Corn ~ Venkman’s
  
The Geek Band provided some great music and these awesome geek glasses I have on.
  

Fried Green Tomatos ~ Smoke Ring
  
Relaxing and enjoing the beautiful weather
  
  
Pecan Pie Ice Cream ~ Queen of Cream
  
  
Roasted Chicken Bao ~ Pijiu Belly
  
  
Selfie!
   
Listening to the sound of The Geek Band!
  
Atlanta Beer Festivals added a few new volunteers. I think they got the hang of this!
  
Chill Mode
 

 

National Beer Day + Monday Night Brewing + UberEATS + Flip Burger Boutique = An Awesome Thursday Night

What do you do when it’s National Beer Day and you just happen to have a coupon for a tour and tasting at one of your favorite local breweries? You grab your beer buddy who also has this same coupon and get down to Monday Night Brewing is what you do! It was the perfect weather to sit on their patio and enjoy a tasty craft beer.
  
I was very excited that their new release, Slap Fight was available to taste as I hadn’t had a chance to try yet. I started with that! Not only is the IPA a great tasting beer, the can is awesome too! I love the color of it and the image on it is just hilarious! We also received a souvenir Slap Fight glass to take home! 

  
 

 
I also had their Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt from their Clip-on Series. So tasty!! I couldn’t leave without having my current favorite beer, Fu Manbrew. The perfect Spring/Summer beer! It’s just an all around great tasting beer. It was the perfect companion to my dinner tonight! Thanks to an awesome promotion by UberEATS, dinner was free!! UberEATS delivers food from some of Atlanta’s best restaurants right to you. Tonight’s promo was $25 dollars towards your meal. Yes! I ordered my food from Flip Burger Boutique, since I really wanted one of their Turkey Burgers.  I also ordered Sweet Potato Tots, Kale Slaw, and Sweet Potato Pecan Salad. Yummy!! For all of that, I paid 5 cents out of pocket! Best Dinner Ever! 

  
  

How did you celebrate #NationalBeerDay?

Lady Locavores Celebrates International Women’s Day 

In honor of International Women’s Day, Community Farmers Markets held its Lady Locavores event last night at the Garner Girls Specialty Foods and Culinary Studio.  The event celebrated amazing  woman chefs, artisans, and farmers in the Atlanta community. Food and drinks were prepared by woman chefs and mixologist using locally  sourced produce from female owned farms and artisans. It was a beautiful night as we celebrated these divine queens in all of their glory. I was truly honored to be amongst such inspiring women. 

 

Participating Chefs

Chef Beee ~ Quiche & Tell 

Chana Masala & Daal

  

Kenan Hill ~ Kitchen 1240 

White Bean Soup with Chorizo Turnips + Kale

  

Chef Carla de Rosa ~ Living Food Institute 

Shredded Rainbow Chard – pickled beets, shredded carrots, onions, garlic, salt, nutritional yeast, cashew cheese 

 

Chef Virginia Willis

Blackeyed Pea Soup with Mustard Greens

 

Chef Lis Hernandez ~ Arepa Mia 

Cachapa – Venezuelan Grilled Sweet Corn Cake, with 12 hour slow roasted pork, and Guayanes cheese

  
*Chef Hernanez was nice and made me a few without the pork, pictured below. So good!! I could have eaten 50 of them!

  

Chef Linda Harrell ~ Cibo e Beve

Rigatoni with Gorgonzola Sauce

Unfortunatly I didn’t get a picture of her delicious pasta. I’ve scrolled through my pictures about twenty times. Still no photo! Ahhhh! It was very tasty too!

Chef Liz Garner ~ The Garner Girls

Poundcake with Berries and Fresh Whipped Cream

 

Sarah O’Brien ~ Little Tart Bakeshop

 Fruit Tart 

  

AND to wash all of this delicious food down, three superstar mixologist were there making some amazing cocktails. 

  
Kellie Thorn ~ Empire State South

  
Mercedes  O’Brien ~ Gunshow

  

Ashley Dowling ~ Octopus Bar

  

The evening was complete with an auction of  items from locally owned businesses. 

   
   
  

Awesome food, cocktails, and company. Goodtimes!! All proceeds from Lady Locavores went towards Community Farmers Markets Culiniary Education Program.

More Pics!!

   
    
 
   
    
  

 
  

  

  
    
 

Behind the scenes!