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.

It’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!! So Cheesy, Yet So Right!

In honor of one of my favorite days, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, I made this most delicious sandwich. I’ve had my share Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. It was a family favorite, growing up in Ohio. My Mom would make them to with a pot of homemade soup on those brutally cold winter days. Mmmm. So good and comforting.

And then there’s the cheese factor. In LOVE cheese!! It’s like the best thing ever!  The hardest part about making this sandwich was deciding on a cheese. So there I stood at the farmers market staring at a multitude of various cheeses. My first impulse was to get smoked Gouda. It’s one of my favorite cheeses. But I wanted to go for a softer cheese. So I went with Muenster cheese. It’s awesome when used as a melting cheese. I also grabbed sliced Coby Jack cheese to go with it. I chose Italian bread for my sandwich because it toasts up beautifully. For added pow, I got a tomato to slice up and also add. With all ingredients in hand I headed home to make this soon to be devoured Grillled Cheese Sandwich. 

  

Cheesy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

makes 1 (not for sharing!)


2 slices Italian Bread

1 slice Muenster Cheese

1 slice Coby Jack Cheese

2 slices tomato

unsalted butter

Butter one side of each slices of bread. 

Layer cheeses and tomato on the unbuttered side of bread.

Top with other slice. Buttered side up.

Heat non-stick or cast iron skillet. 

Place sandwich in skillet. When bread is golden, flip over. Once the other side of bread is also golden, the cheeses should be nice and melted. 

Remove from pan and enjoy!

National Pancake Day at IHOP Returns! Yes!!


What’s better than a stack of buttermilk pancakes from IHOP? Well a free stack of course! Today, IHOP is holding its 11th Annual National Pancake Day, offering a free stack of pancakes from 7am-7pm at participating restaurants. When you stop by to get your pancakes be sure to also leave a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! I’ve already stopped by and got my pancakes and left a donation! What are you waiting for??