This past Saturday, craft beer enthusiasts gathered in downtown Atlanta to celebrate women, the original brewers, at the 2nd Annual Dames and Dregs Beer Festival. The beer fest featured 40+ breweries, over 120 beers poured, including 16 exclusive pours. It’s was a good time!! Can’t wait for next year! Check out some of my photos!!
About Dames and Dregs
“An Atlanta-based experience that seeks to empower and educate the community by celebrating the female contributions to brewing, both in the present and throughout history. We strive to create an enticing, supportive, and inspiring atmosphere, featuring the hard work and talents of female-led breweries, brewers and brewery employees who are women, as well as female-led businesses and non-profit organizations within the community.”
Several years ago, back in my college dorm days, Ramen was pretty much a staple. You could almost always guarantee there would be a pack of Ramen in every college student care package. Eventually, I grew tired of the salty two-minute meal. I actually became very nauseous to the smell of it. Before long I couldn’t even bear to look at it for many years.
Fast forward 20 years, you’ll find me searching for my new favorite Ramen spot. I’ve grown to absolutely love the ramen culture. I’ve even attended a Ramen Fest, which was amazing!
A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for a random spot to check out that was nearby. My trusty Yelp app directed me to Ramen Station. Upon entering, my daughter and I were warmly greeted by a very nice young lady. She was very helpful in answering any questions, as well as suggesting additional menu items.
I ordered the VEGETABLE SHOYU, ramen with dashi broth, mushrooms, local seasonal vegetables, and shoyu tamago egg. My daughter ordered the CHICKEN SHIO, ramen with dashi (chicken broth), tender chicken breast, sea salts, vegetables, and a shoyu tamago egg. We also ordered an order of edamame.
Our food came out fairly quickly. The edamame was perfectly steamed and salted. I could have eaten two more bowls of that edamame. My VEGETABLE SHOYU Ramen was very flavorful and seasoned nicely, as was my daughter’s. We will definitely be back again!
The Ramen Station offers six different ramen bowls as well as an assortment of buns, rice bowls, poke bowls, and Japanese small bites.
No18, a cosmopolitan members’ club for businesses, featuring beautifully designed lounges, meeting rooms and high-end workspaces tailored to support all its members’ various needs, will open its door today at The Shops at Buckhead Atlanta. The Atlanta club will be the first location in the US and will occupy nearly 30,000 square feet.
No18 members will have access to: customizable workspaces ranging from open areas to dedicated desks or private offices; beautifully designed members’ lounges and state-of-the-art conference rooms; the No18 Bistro and Bar; knowledgeable and attentive staff; and exclusive access to partnered health and wellness luxury lifestyle brands, including Barry’s Bootcamp; Highland Yoga; Flywheel; The St. Regis; and many more.
Breakfast and lunch will be available for members and their guests daily with a complimentary hotel-style breakfast offered every Monday. The No18 Buckhead Resident Chef is Desmon Short, who brings more than fifteen years of culinary experience and formal training from Johnson & Wales University. “No18 will focus on local, seasonal ingredients, combined with international cuisine, and exceptional amenities promoting gracious hospitality, in a space that feels like home,” said Short. No18 will also offer members a full-service bar serving handcrafted, seasonal cocktails, wine, beer, and mocktinis.
Pricing for memberships starts at $300 per month, with permanent workspaces from $750 per month.
Overview of No18 Atlanta’s primary products:
•Standard No18 Membership: Includes daily access to work in the members’ lounges and any of the many common areas. Also includes access to the bistro and bar and the use of event space for private functions as needed. All No18 memberships include complimentary tea, coffee, and sparkling or still water. Will also enjoy exclusive No18 networking and enrichment events, and perks to leading fitness and spa facilities in the area.
•Private Desk: A dedicated, secured desk where members may leave their belongings plus all the amenities included with a Standard No18 Membership.
•Private Office: A customized office space plus all the amenities included with a Standard No18 Membership.
•Meetings & Event Space: No18 Atlanta offers five conference rooms which may be reserved at need. The venue also offers space for private events of all sizes.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant announced today they have signed a lease in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Located in the heart of Buckhead at EDENS’ Lenox Marketplace, the more than 7,770 sq. ft. space will feature Iron Hill’s signature on-site brewing facility as well as seating for approximately 250 in the bar area and dining room, plus additional patio seating. As part of their “20 by 20” initiative, to open and operate 20 locations by the year 2020, the Atlanta Buckhead location will be the company’s 18th location and their second in the southeast.
About Iron Hill
Named after the historic Revolutionary War landmark in Delaware, where General George Washington battled the British, Iron Hill is among the most enduringly successful craft brewers in the United States. Its 22-year consecutive medal-winning streak at national and international competitions is the longest by any independent craft brewery.
Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 16 locations up and down the East Coast, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and South Carolina. Each brewery/restaurant has their own scratch kitchen and craft brewery, allowing individual chefs and brewers the creativity to pair the freshest ingredients with the highest quality grains and hops. For 22 years, Iron Hill has incorporated beer in everything they do. As a result, Finn, Edelson and Davies are viewed as innovative business leaders in their home state of Delaware and in the Mid-Atlantic region. They started Iron Hill at a time when small breweries were just beginning to gain mass appeal around the country and their entrepreneurial, forward thinking helped build them into what they are to date. Each individual location has its own head brewer. Each location dedicates itself to the freshest ingredients and friendly atmosphere for all age groups – helping change overall perceptions about brewpubs one meal, one pint, one community at a time.
Tomorrow is National Tequila Day! If you’re not in the mood to go out to have Tequila cocktails, try these five easy to follow recipes. Thanks to Atlanta restaurants, Molly B’s, The Shed at Glenwood, Dantannas, PARISH, and Bully Boys, you can sip to your hearts content in the comforts of your own home.
Molly B’s Pine-Jalapeño-Rita:
Jalapeño Syrup Recipe (Batch recipe for 15 cocktails)
1/16th lbs. Jalapeños (Chopped)
.5 quarts sugar
.25 quarts water
1. Simmer jalapeños, sugar and water for 2 hours, remove from heat.
2. Add pectin, stir and transfer to blender.
3. Puree ingredients, let chill.
Pine-Jalapeño-Rita Cocktail Recipe
2 oz. Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeano Tequila
1 oz. Lime Juice
.5 oz. Jalapeño Syrup
Glassware: Rocks Glass
1. In tin combine: ice, 2oz Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila, 1oz Lime Juice, .5 oz Jalapeño Syrup.
2. Shake and pour in rocks glass.
3. Garnish with pineapple wedge
The Shed at Glenwood’s Chihuahua’s Respite:
2 oz. Sotol Reposado
4 oz. Watermelon Aqua Fresca
1/2 oz. Orange Curaçao
1.5 oz. Topo Chico
1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker tin.
2. Shake well and pout over ice.
3. Garnish with mint leaves.
Dantanna’s Maestro Margarita:
1 1/2 oz. Dantanna’s signature blend of Maestro Dobel tequila
3/4 oz. Cointreau
Fresh Sour Mix
1. Rim glass with salt before, if desired.
2. 3 oz house-made sour mix (1 part fresh lime juice, 1 part fresh lemon juice, 2 parts simple syrup).
3. Build in bar tin with ice, shake, and strain into a tall glass over ice.
PARISH’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes:
1.5 oz. tequila (pref reposado)
.5 oz. mezcal
.5 oz. lime
.5 oz. agave syrup or simple syrup
3 oz. grapefruit juice
Topo Chico or Soda Water
1. Combine tequila. mezcal, agave syrup and grapefruit juice into a shaker tin.
2. Shake well and pour into glass with salted rim.
3. Top with topo chico (or soda water).
4. Garnish with lime wedge and enjoy.
Bully Boy’s Tequila #1:
1 1/2 oz. El Jimador Reposado
3/4 oz. Ramazzoti Aperitivo Rosato
1 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Guava Agave
1. Combine all ingredients and shake well, then pour over crushed ice.
2. Top with Himalayan Lava Sea Salt.
3. Garnish with Kefir Lime Leaves & Edible Flowers.
Travel the globe at the fourth-annual Wild World Weekend, the signature two-day cultural heritage festival at Zoo Atlanta, this weekend, July 27th & 28th. The event will highlight the cultures and biodiversity of Africa, Asia and the Pacific and the Americas with live performances, demonstrations, family activities and more.
Saturday, July 27: Get into the spirit of Bollywood with Indian Fusion group Moksha Dance, and be transported to Indonesia through the dances of Sanggar Lestari. Watch the colorful authentic dances of Rosa Bulgaria Atlanta. See stories come to life with the music and movements of Alma Mexicana Atlanta, and enjoy the music makers, story weavers and dream keepers of Kuumba Storytellers. Experience the beauty of traditional Chinese ribbon dancing with Atlanta Historic Dance. Feel the island breeze with the melodic sounds of steel drum performers.
Sunday, July 28: Hear a collection of Chinese folk songs performed by Spring Music School. Enjoy an interactive Flamenco presentation with Calo Gitano Atlanta, and learn a few new steps with ¡Flamenco! Presented by Berdolé. Experience the excitement of traditional African dances with Giwayen Mata. Take a quick vacation to the islands of Hawaii and Tahiti with the vibrant Polynesian dances of Dawn Mahealani Douglas, and dance, sing, and clap along to the upbeat sounds of Mountain Top Polka Band. Listen to captivating tales from local storyteller Deborah Strahorn.
Saturday & Sunday: Create your own Origami and paper crafts with the experts from The Japan-American Society of Georgia. Romp with the Lion Dancers, learn Kung Fu, and enjoy special performances with Chien Hong School of Kung Fu.
Kid-friendly activity stations and crafts will be available on both days of the event. Check the Zoo Atlanta map for information on activities and locations. Wild World Weekend activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Plan a visit at zooatlanta.org.
Yesterday was a most beautiful day in the peach state, as Atlanta was the location of the 3rd Annual PeachFest. The event was held downtown in the newly renovated Peachtree Center, where 65+ chefs, farmers, and bartenders joined to pay tribute to the almighty peach. Peachfest guest had the opportunity to sample the best peach inspired dishes and cocktails from some of Atlanta’s most well-known chefs and mixologist.
There were so many great bites and sips. Below are my personal favorites!