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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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! 

Macy’s Culinary Council, Chef Marcus Samuelsson Stops In Atlanta 

ATLANTA-This Friday, join Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson for a special cooking demo in celebration of his new cookbook, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem.

 

Learn from the master chef as he shares stories and secrets on how to prepare some of his favorite award-winning dishes, with plenty of scrumptious samples. Plus, enjoy performances by Harlem-based band The Rakiem Walker Project and NYC-based dance group W.A.F.F.L.E.!

 

With any purchase of $35 or more in the Home Department that day, receive a special gift and a copy of The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem, which Chef Samuelsson will sign directly after the event.

 

RSVP in advance to receive a $10 Macy’s gift card at event check-in: https://marcussamuelssonlenox.eventbrite.com #macysculture

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.

Decatur Square Nights

Today, was another I really don’t feel like cooking night. Plus I was craving another Grindhouse Killer Burger! My daughter on the hand was like really Mom?? Burgers again?? So she opted for sushi from Noodles. She chose salmon roll and eel roll. The person taking the order was very suprised about her selection. He told her that it was great to see a young person like herself willing to try eel and like it, while most adults won’t even give it a chance. She gave him the how could anyone not like eel look. He laughed.

We took the order to go so we could sit at the picnic tables in the square. But first we walked to Grindhouse Killer Burgers to pick my turkey burger up. 

 

Found some cute chalk art on the way!

So if you don’t know, we ate at Grindhouse Killer Burgers on Monday. I’m back! I couldn’t help it! Again I order the turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, cheddar, and fried green tomato. Yummy!! 

With bag of awesomeness in hand we headed back to the square to sit and enjoy our dinners.  Mines was tasty as expected. No surprises here! Sage’s sushi was great as well. She only let me have one piece though… Ha! 

   

 

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After eating, we decided that ice cream would be a great ending to this lovely evening. So we headed to Butter & Cream.  This would be our first visit. I’ve been told numerous times that their ice cream was delicious. 

After sampling a few flavors, all of which were tasty, I decided on Bourbon Toffee. Yes! It taste just as awesome as it sounds. Sage chose salted caramel. She gave it two thumbs up!
  

Grindhouse Killer Burgers…I Love You

Today, I was craving a really good turkey burger for dinner. My daughter and I were headed to Decatur, when I remembered that Grindhouse Killer Burgers had just opened a new location near Decatur Square. I quickly looked up their menu to make sure they had turkey burgers. And they did! Perfect!
  
We arrived and was greeted with a smile. The lovely employee gave us a quick rundown on the menu as requested, since it was our first visit.  I loved how easy the menu was to read, as well as all the options.  I ended up ordering a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and fried green tomatoes. FRIED GREEN TOMATOES!!  I was excited! It was a beautiful evening so we sat on the patio and waited for our burgers to arrive. Shortly, we were chopping on our burgers. WOW!! Soooo tasty! It was perfectly prepared on a toasted potato bun! Like I’m still trying to figure why hasn’t anyone ever told me how awesome this place is! Why?????  Well now I know. I’m a fan. They’re  going to be tired of seeing my face. Lol. For real…

  
Sage got a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, and avocado. You can see that she is also fan as well. Lol!! 

  
Grindhouse Killer Burgers

433 N Mcdonough St

Decatur, GA 30030

{ Chez } Montier Spring Media Dinner | An Evening of Culinary Excellence



This time a few weeks ago, I was headed to Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oil & Vinegar to enjoy the exquisite cuisine of Chef Juan Montier. When my daughter and I arrived, we were warmly greeted by Chef Montier and his family. I was really feeling the love. I knew then that it was going to be a great night. While we waited for the rest of guests to arrive, Chef Montier surprised us with a bonus appetizer. A little taste of awesomeness to get us excited about what was to come. This spoon held the most flavorful bite of food you could imagine. Curry Shrimp with golden raisins mingling in the mix. Very tasty!

Shortly after taking our first delicious bite, Chef Montier asked my daughter if she could assist him in the kitchen. She dropped everything and very swiftly and with a huge smile joined him behind the counter. With this gesture, Chef Montier gained a lifetime fan. Of course it did help that his food was amazing! Also assisting in this grand feast was his wife, Judith, and son, Austin. It was a family effort and it was beautiful to watch. Come with me as I reminisce about Chez Montier’s Spring Media Dinner.

Themed Cocktail

“Saketinis” Garnished with Lychee Fruit and Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar

We officially started our Spring Media Dinner with a very tasty cocktail! The Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar provided by Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oil & Vinegar added a nice uniqueness to this seriously good cocktail.

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Appetizer

Crab “Fingers” Tossed in a Wasabi Roumalade and Drizzled with Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

These little Crab “Fingers” were a major hit with my daughter and I. They were so awesome. I won’t tell how many I ate.

Salad

Arugula, Aparagus and Whole Bamboo Shoots with Sesame Olive Oil Ginger Dressing 

This salad made it to my top 10 list of favorite salads. You can imagine how many salads I’ve eaten just in two years of food blogging alone. A lot. There have been some very memorable ones and some not so much. This salad was an eyes roll into the back of your head kind of salad. Just a great fresh, bright, spring salad. I wish I was eating one right now.

As the main course was being prepared, our awesome co-host, chef, and fellow food blogger, Melissa of Front Porch Gourmet, gave us a tour of the Leaning Ladder. This place is where you would want go for all of your olive oil and balsamic vinegar needs. Their selection is pretty awesome!

Main Course

Yucca and Potato Encrusted Chilean Sea Bass with a Wild Mushroom Wontons in a Miso Broth with Seared Sea Scallops, Turned Carrots and Sesame Sautéed Field Greens Flanked by a Whole Roasted Crawfish Finished with a Drizzle of Garlic Olive Oil

Wow!! Did you read that description?? It just sounds so wonderful! And it was! So many layers of flavor! Delicious!!

Sweeties

Honey Sweetened Ginger and Lemon Granita Bathed with Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar

How do you end a most fabulous dinner? With a delightful dessert of course! And how very delightful it was. Notes of ginger and lemon came through to balance this amazing meal out properly.

Such a great dinner!! Chef Montier’s talents are like no other. If you would like an unique culinary experience curated by Chef Juan Montier visit www.chezmontier.com

 *I received this meal complimentary. As always, all opinions and thought are that of my own.