I Ate 32 Wings Today…Tales of a Hungry Girl in Atlanta

Today was the 3rd Annual Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown. If you have a love for wings, this was the place to be. If you have a love for adventurous flavors, this was the place to be. Basically you should have been there!

The sold out event featured 32 southern chefs, each putting their take on the all mighty chicken wing. After attendees tasted all of the wings, they then voted on their favorite.

There were soooo many amazing wings! Just when you thought you definitely tasted your favorite, the next chef blows your mind with another delicious wing! I personally had several favorites.

My most favorite was from Funk Seoul Brother with their Hot Honey Butter Korean Fried Chicken with Smoked Cashews and Mu Radish Bourbon Pickles. Oh what a tasty bite that was!!

The winner of the showdown was Canoe’s Chef Matthew Basford with his Sichuan Spiced Wing with Gochujang Honey Mustard. That was a tasty wing too!! Congrats Chef!!

Well I left a very happy and full girl! Can’t wait till next year!!

#ShanaWasHere

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Atlanta’s City Winery Celebrates Tomato & Vine During the Month of August

Atlanta’s City Winery is hosting a monthlong celebration of tomato and wine pairings in The Barrel Room Restaurant during Tomato & Vine. Beginning, Wednesday, August 1st through Friday, August 31st, Executive Chef Nicholas Anderson invites guests to explore rich, robust tomato dishes, one of wine’s oldest culinary companions, along with hand-selected pairings by Beverage Director J.R. Smith. Each will week will feature a special tomato-based appetizer, entrée and accompanying wines. For more information or to make a reservation visit, citywinery.com/atlanta and http://blog.citywinery.com/atlanta/city-winery-celebrates-tomato-vine-this-august.

City Winery’s Tomato & Wine Menu

Week 1 – August 1st-5th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Gazpacho $8

Wine: Sweet & Simple White 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $9

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

Week 2 – August 6th-12th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Cucumber Salad $8

Wine: Estate Blanc 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $9

Entrée: Open Faced Pork Belly BLT $14

Wine: Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette Valley, OR $11

Week 3 – August 13th-19th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Carpaccio $10

Wine: Rosé of Syrah 2017, North Coast, CA $10

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

Week 4 – August 20th-26th

Appetizer: Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes with Homemade Boursin $6

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Lake County, CA $9

Entrée: Open Faced Pork Belly BLT $14

Wine: Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette Valley, OR $11

Week 5 – August 27th-31st

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Chevre Napoleon $12

Wine: Rosé of Merlot 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $10

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

For more information, call (404) 946-3791 or visit citywinery.com/atlanta. City Winery Atlanta is located at Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave NE, Suite #201, Atlanta, GA 30308. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @citywineryatl and Facebook at www.facebook.com/citywineryatl.

ATL Airport District Restaurant Week March 18th-26th 

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The 2nd Annual ATL Airport District Restaurant Week started yesterday with a pretty amazing line-up. During this week, residents of the Atlanta metro area and visitors will be able to explore several restaurants in the airport district who are offering prix-fixe menus at special prices. Thursday night I was invited to preview a few of the participating restaurant on a special blogger tour. I was especially excited for this opportunity, as I had never been to any of these particular restaurants. I’m all for new experiences!

Our tour started at the Georgia International Convention Center. Here, we checked in and we’re treated with a nice selection of craft beer from Beer Girl Growlers & Bottles. Located about 7 minutes away from the airport in Hapeville, Beer Girl is your one stop shop for your favorite craft beers, wine on tape, mead, and sodas by the glass. Check them out when your in the area!!

Our blogger welcome also included my new favorite cupcake, Kupcakerie. This cupcake that was presented to us was so moist, so amazing, and had just the right amount of sweetness. The icing was even good! Kupcakerie is located in downtown East Point. During ATL Airport District Restaurant Week they will be offer a delicious discount of 20% off their entire lunch menu! Be sure to check them out!!

Next, we hopped back on the blogger shuttle and headed to Chairs Upstairs! This restaurant and bar was our next stop for American eats and such. Upon sitting we were immediately greeted with beer. Yes! The first was a Pineapple Sour from Ace Cider out of Sebastopol, CA. I wasn’t really a fan, but I’m not really a fan of sours in general. Sour fans at the table seemed to really enjoy it though.

Next, a parade of food came out that was an Instagrammers dream! Because of the dim lighting of the bar, the photo shoot was taken outside. Click! Click! Click! We had some beautiful Smoked Wings, Spinach Artichoke Dip & Chips, Breaded Cauliflower, and Asparagus. All real tasty! My favorite was the Spinach Artichoke Dip. It was soooo cheesy! When we were leaving people were just standing over the bowl still trying to eat it like it was their last meal. Lol! With our delicious food we also had a beer tasting of Nerd Alert from Monday Night Brewing and a Milk Stout from Arches Brewing. Chairs is known for their extensive “craft beer selection, pool tables, brisket, and chairs.” Stop by during ATL Airport District Restaurant Week  and enjoy 20% off the entire lunch menu!

Our next destination was to a somewhat hidden gem. Behind a few buildings, across a parking lot, we finally came to a door. A door that clearly said STOP. Like a huge sign that was an actual Stop sign! It was pretty shady but everyone happily opened the door and walked in.

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When we did, we were transported to a speakeasy called the The Duck Club. Upon arrival everyone was given a perfectly crafted Old Fashioned cocktail. Very nice! Our bite selection included some amazing Loaded Bleu Cheese Potato Chips. Wow!! Those are definitely worth the trip to College Park. Check them out! During ATL Airport District Restaurant Week and enjoy 20% off the entire dinner menu!

Next door was the next stop on this wonderful blogger tour. This stop was an extra exclusive first look at Radial Cafe’s newest location in College Park. First look as in they were still gutting it out! Still owner and chef, Frank Bragg, provided us with a pretty amazing spread of food. Complete with candlelight and cocktails. I was a major fan of the Superfood Salad and Vegan Oatmeal Cookies! They are expected to open in mid April, serving delicious, locally sourced foods. So be sure to pay them a visit!

Last stop on the blogger tours was to  The Corner Grille. This locally owned and operated College Park gem is here ready to serve you with some delicious American food with Cajun influences. Yes please! We were given and interesting take on a Moscow Mule. Instead of using vodka, they use Sake, calling it the Tokyo Mule.  I loved it! Our tasting was of their delicious Maryland Style Crab Cake and Mango Sorbet. Tasty! Real tasty!! You can get this during ATL Airport District Restaurant Week for just $19 during lunch.

The ATL Airport District Restaurant Week preview Tour was pretty great! Definitely take advantage of these awesome special and explore what the Atl Airport District has to offer. Visit ATLDistrict.com for a listing of all the participating restaurants!
* I received this tour complimentary. All opinions are my own.*

Atlanta Brunch Festival 2017 #GoodTimes

 

Yesterday, I attended the Atlanta Brunch Festival along with several other Atlanta residents. It was a huge turnout! When I arrived, I headed to the VIP tent to start the brunch festivities off with a Spicy Bloody Mary. I was little disappointed to get to the Pimp Your Bloody Mary Station and there were no olives or peppers or picked veggies. Just some sad celery, more Bloody Mary mix, A1 sauce and hot sauce. Sigh. My dreams of an Instagram worthy Bloody Mary were crushed. My drink was quite tasty nonetheless. 


This year, the VIP tent had bites by Buttermilk Kitchen, Southern Bistro, Smoke Ring, Marlow’s Tavern to please to brunching guest. It was a beautiful day in Atlanta! Lots of sun and not too cold. Oh! The Photo Bus was there too! Y’all know I love a photo booth! My crew and I had the best time. But then again, we always do.  Did you attend the Atlanta Brunch Festival? What was your favorite brunch bite?

Friday Night At The Atlanta Fair


The Atlanta Fair is in town!! I can’t remember the last time I even been to the fair! Well I went tonight and had a most awesome time! I brought Sage and our partners in crime Leslie and Din to join in on the fun. We had sooooo much fun!! The rides were great. A few kinda scary but I survived! Yay! 

We got on almost all the rides tonight. Sage got on a Ferris wheel for the first time. She screamed the whole time. Lol!!! I was a little uneasy about the ride to but I’m kinda a chicken when it comes to high rides. Lol! My eyes were closed most of the time. There was a few pretty intense ride like the Spaceship 2000. It was also my favorite. It’s that ride that you get in and it spins around so fast that you stick to the walls. That was fun! Lots of laughs were had tonight. What a great night! The Atlanta Fair will be up till April 2, 2017. Grab some tickets and take your family! 


This March, guests can, expand their imaginations with LEGO® builds and explore the many cultures of the community with international treats and games—all while soaring high on the Tower Ferris Wheel, indulging in classic carnival snacks and more! A complete list of March activities is as follows:  

March lineup:
School Spirit Night: Tuesday, March 21 – Wesley International Academy families are invited to join the Atlanta Fair’s School Spirit Night on Tuesday, March 21! After a long day of learning, students are encouraged to stop by the Atlanta Fair for thrilling rides, exciting games and activities and tasty fair treats! As an added bonus, $1 will be donated to the school’s charity of choice for every completed School Spirit Night waiver. For more information or to get involved, visit atlantafair.com.

LEGO® Day: Saturday, March 25 – Returning for another year for carnival creativity, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta will be on-site for an afternoon of building on Saturday, March 25! Guests are invited to visit the LEGO® Day booth to participate in build contests, LEGO® character visits, photo opportunities and more! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta annual pass holders will also receive FREE admission from 1-5 p.m. with proof of membership. Be sure to share the memories, builds and fair favorites on social!

Reading for Rides Day: Sunday, March 26 – Calling all bookworms! The Atlanta Fair is once again celebrating Reading for Rides Day by encouraging local students of all grade levels to join the challenge! Guests who bring a completed book report to the front gate upon arrival on Sunday, March 26 will receive FREE gate admission, a blue ribbon souvenir and extra bonus prizes. For more information and access to the online book report, visit atlantafair.com.

International Fair Day: Sunday, March 26 – Take a trip around the world! The community is invited to be immersed in the city’s many cultures on Sunday, March 26. Guests can look forward to an afternoon of diversity and charm with food samplings, activities, games and more!

Parental Escort Policy in Effect
Children under the age of 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on Friday and Saturday evenings. One adult may escort up to four youth. All guests must be able to present a valid Georgia or government issued photo ID.
Click the photo below to see more fun from the Fair!!

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Greta Buccellato {5Church Atlanta}

Photo Credit: Gannon

Thursday, I traveled down to Midtown to meet another competitor in the High Museum of Art’s mixology competition, Highball. Greta Buccellato will be representing 5Church Atlanta as she presents a delicious cocktail inspired by the beauty of lavender. As I arrived to the restaurant, I stepped through the doors and was instantly in awe at how amazing it was. There was writing all over the ceiling. I didn’t know what it said, but it seemed pretty intense. Later I was informed that over the course of 3 months an artist very patiently wrote the entire Art of War book on the ceiling. Wow! With such a dramatic atmosphere, you can’t help be inspired in some way.

When Greta arrived, I instantly felt like I had met her before. The previous week was extremely busy for me. I had attend two other competitions last week, one of which was one she had participated in. I had actual took her picture that night with her beautiful cocktail. With that I was excited to start the interview. 

Marietta, Georgia native, Greta Buccellato, started bartending 9 years ago drawn to the life of money, alcohol, and a nonstop party. She started her career in dive bars around town, constantly fine tuning her skills, leading to her current home at 5Church. When she’s not mixing craft cocktails at 5Church, you can find her “in the kitchen, f@$king around with herbs and syrups” making soaps for online store, Southern Pandemonium. This mixologist never stops creating! Snag a ticket to Highball to get a taste of her latest creation! 

Rapid Fire Q&A

What time did you get up this morning?

4:30 AM
What did you have for dinner last night?

Baked chicken.
1st alcohol that touched your lips.

Zika

Name a cocktail you make for someone you want to impress someone 

Old Fashioned

Describe your job in one word.

Creative 

Describe your job in one cocktail.

A Straight Shot

Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.

Charlie Chapman

What would you make?

Atl Alchemist

Popcorn or potato chips?

Potato Chips

If you could drink one cocktail every day for the rest of your life what would it be?

Shots of gin.

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Element of surprise 

Ginger ale or ginger beer?

Ginger beer

Mimosas or Bloody Mary?

Mimosas 

If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be?

Butter Pecan 

Favorite menu item at 5 Church.

Charred Octopus 

Best midnight snack.

Chili Cheese Dog

Disney Princess you would like to make a drink for?

Rapunzel

5 words to describe yourself.

Quiet,Creative, Impathetic, Awkward, Giver

Advice for aspiring bartenders.

YouTube! Watch YouTube tutorials.  And find a mentor.


What: Highball
Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When: February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm
Tickets: http://www.high.org

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