Breaking News: National Coffee Day is Actually Indeed Everyday

It’s National Coffee Day but we all know that’s everyday! I’ve had an amazing caffeinated year thus far. Check out some of my highlights and continue to follow along on Instagram at @missluvleelocs.

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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.

The Great American Lobster Festival 2018| Detroit, Michigan

The Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival landed in Detroit, Michigan today. The Great American Lobster Festival kicked off their 3 day festival in a most delicious way. I was excited to be in attendance to take part in the Lobster Meal Experience. And oh what a delicious experience it was.

The Lobster Meal Experience

The festival was presented by Lobster Gram, who flew in live lobster from the cold waters of the East Coast. This lobster was AMAZING! It tasted so sweet and fresh. I enjoyed the whole lobster and lobster roll meal options. Yes, I’m greedy! Each came with potatoes and a piece of corn. So TASTY!

About to smash this lobster!

In addition to the Lobster Meal options, guests of the festival could also enjoyed lobster creations from several vendors. We’re talking Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Fries, and Lobster Tacos! While noshing on your lobster be sure to stop and enjoy the live music line-up. This is even is family friendly so bring the kids! Did I mention that the Great American Lobster Festival is free to attend? Yes! Admission is free! You do have to options of purchasing The Lobster Meal Experience, which I highly recommend, or you can purchase food tickets to get food from any of the amazing vendors.

Loaded Lobster Fries!

If you are a big fan of lobster, definitely make your way to Detroit this weekend to get a taste!

For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.americanlobsterfest.com.

*Big thanks to The Great American Lobster Festival for inviting me as your guest. I had an amazing time!

The Great American Lobster Fest is Heading to Detroit, Michigan – September 14–16, 2018

The Great American Lobster Fest, the Midwest’s largest Lobster and Seafood Festival, is coming to Detroit’s iconic Hart Plaza for the first time this September 14, 15 and 16 from noon to 10 p.m.

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The three-day seafood celebration will feature lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters of the East Coast courtesy of Lobster Gram, family-friendly games and activities, unique arts/craft shopping, cold beverages and more. There will also be plenty of non-seafood items available to please any palette. Other festivities include a rocking live music line-up with more than 14 bands and musical acts throughout the weekend. Headliner performances announced for each evening are Ben Sharkey on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.; the Killer Flamingos on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. and Thornetta Davis on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Proceeds raised at this family community event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. This event is free to attend with a $5 suggested gate donation. Tickets start at $29 for the Lobster Meal Experience and go up to $79 for the VIP Experience now through August 15. Prices will go up to $34 and $89 respectively on August 16.

For more information visit www.americanlobsterfest.com.

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About The Great American Lobster Fest:

The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest Lobster and Seafood festival. Originating in Chicago, Illinois, it has hit the road this year to celebrate its 5th Anniversary and is now featured in 3 Midwest cities; Omaha, Nebraska (past, June 29 & 30, July 1), Chicago, Illinois (Labor Day Weekend) and Detroit, Michigan (September 14, 15, & 16). The fest features live music, live lobster and libations all weekend long from noon – 10 p.m. Tickets range from free (general admission) to special VIP Experience packages. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or pre-ordering lobster meal tickets, visit http://www.americanlobsterfest.com.

AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead #ACHotelCollaborate

Atlanta influencers were invited to use the beautiful AC Hotel as the backdrop for their photos while sipping on signature cocktails. Here are a few snap from the evening. Be sure to make AC Hotel your destination the next time you’re in Atlanta

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Location: AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead

3600 Wieuca Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30326

Visuals: Amber Howell

Viva Tequila Festival at Atlantic Station 9.15.18

ATLANTA, GA The inaugural Viva Tequila Festival (www.vivatequilafestival.com) will be held at Atlantic Station, September 15, 2018 from 11am-6pm with an exclusive after party from 6pm -9pm.

Viva Tequila Festival welcomes food, art, music and small batch, hand-crafted tequilas of Mexico to the streets of Atlanta’s own Atlantic Station.  The festival is thrilled to introduce our official, non-profit sponsor, the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, (GOCA), an organization dedicated to “increasing awareness and educating Georgia’s women, their families, and the healthcare community about the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.” A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit GOCA. (www.gaovariancancer.org)

Viva Tequila is also proud to announce a community partnership with the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and The Georgia Hispanic Business Center (https: // ghcc.org).

Atlanta’s finest participating restaurants will be paired with the world’s finest boutique tequilas to create Signature Bites and Sips designed to dazzle your palate. The festival will educate attendees on the history of the agave plant, tequila cultivation, proper sipping technique and its’ development on the global market. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to stroll through Atlantic Station’s Pinnacle Pad and sample prepared bites from some of city’s finest restaurants as they display their respective culinary talents. A complete list of the restaurants can be found on the Viva Tequila website.

Moreover, Viva Tequila Festival presents a unique marketing opportunity for its participants. Restaurants and tequila sponsors will be featured on “The Tastemaker Talks” Live with Sean O’Keefe, a new Facebook Live show highlighting Atlanta’s most influential brand ambassadors and tastemakers. As a leader in the events industry, and the producer behind Viva Tequila, Sean O’Keefe (www.seanokeefeevents.com) will be bringing his wealth of culinary knowledge and event design expertise to the forefront. “This show is an exciting option to introduce the sponsors and cross promote the brands, further increasing their reach and exposure for the duration of the festival campaign this summer. “ says O’Keefe. All participating brands will be eligible for inclusion in the “The Tastemaker Talks” series.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for small business owners for the “Mi Pueblito Craft and Artisan Showcase” a lively marketplace for vendors whose wares reflect the dynamic and rich culture of Mexico. Mi Pueblito, designed in the style and feel of Olvera Street in Los Angeles, will allow local artisans to sell their crafts and merchandise in the midst of the festival.

The price for general admission is now $55 and $150 for VIPs. VIP guests will enjoy intimate conversations with the Tequila makers in the sophisticated VIP lounge and have access to the Viva La Noche after party, complete with live music performances. Each ticket includes six delicious bites to be paired with six tequila sips. Each bite is a small dish, each sip is a small-pour, handcrafted cocktail created in conjunction with the restaurant’s chef and bartender. All bites and sips will be created solely for Viva Tequila and are unique to the feel of each restaurant.

All adults aged 21 and older are welcomed. Tickets can be purchased at www.vivatequilafestival.com and Eventbrite.

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Coffee Shop Love: Buteco [Atlanta,GA]

Today my daughter and I stopped by Buteco in Atlanta to check out their espresso offerings. First of all, it’s a super cute place. Love the vintage Brazilian vibes! The inside is pretty cozy, but they have plenty of space outside to enjoy your coffee, cocktail, or delicious food.

Yes! They offer much more than just coffee! They also offer an authentic Brazilian food and cocktails. On this trip I just order a Dirty Chai, which was wonderful. My daughter went for an Ice Chai Latte, which she gave 2 thumbs up. I’ll definitely be back to check out the rest of the menu!

Buteco

1039 Grant St SE

Ste C-10

Atlanta, GA 30315

www.butecoatlanta.com