Almond Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Almond Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup melted organic unrefined coconut oil + 2 tbsp

1/2 cup organic raw agave nectar

2 organic eggs

1 cup mashed ripe bananas + 1 ripe banana sliced in half, length wise

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon butter nut extract or vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour

1/2 cup toasted almonds

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius). Place 9×5-inch cast iron loaf pan in oven with 2 tbsp of coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, beat the 1/3 cup coconut oil and agave together with a whisk. Add eggs and beat well. Add mashed bananas and milk. Whisk.

3. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. With a large wooden spoon, stir in the flour, just until combined. Gently fold toasted almonds and chocolate chips.

4. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan. Top with halved banana.

5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

6. Slice & Enjoy!

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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.

PARK TAVERN PRESENTS ALL-DAY ROSÉ BRUNCHFEST HOSTED BY JEZEBEL MAGAZINE’S 20 MOST ELIGIBLE ATLANTANS SUNDAY AUGUST 5, 2018

Atlanta! Who’s ready for Rosé and brunch on Sunday afternoon? I am! This Sunday head to Park Tavern for endless bottles of rosé during their All-Day Rosé Brunchfest. The event is hosted by JEZEBEL Magazine’s 20 Most Eligible Atlantans on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Brunch enthusiast can expect all things delicious. Menu items include; savory breakfast bowls served with fluffy scrambled eggs and cheese, crispy bacon, tomatoes and avocado; tater tots smothered and covered; toasted bagels served with cream cheese, cured salmon, and capers; a Krispy Kreme station with all the fixings including: whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate; a biscuit station with county ham and sausage; and much more.

You can’t go to a Brunchfest and not have A proper brunch cocktail. Patrons can also enjoy libations such as a selection of rosé, mimosas, Bloody Marys served with fresh cocktail shrimp, craft beers, full bodied wines, signature handcrafted cocktails and more, while enjoying a high energy live music performance by NAKD.

Before the rosé all day festivities begin, yogis are invited to a complimentary Namaste and Rosé All Day yoga class with Westside Yoga’s founder, Amber Barry, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fitness enthusiasts in attendance will receive $10 off a single General Admission or VIP ticket at the door.

For ages 21 and up, General Admission tickets are available beginning at $15 and include entry to the event, entertainment for the day, and two food or drink tickets. The All-Day Rosé VIP experience includes early entrance, all-day access to the Rosé Olmstead Room, an indoor bar featuring leather seating, air conditioning, indoor air-conditioned restrooms, six selections of bottomless rosé, and two food or drink tickets for $45. Additional food station tickets will be available for purchase for $8 each. To purchase tickets, visit, https://www.xorbia.com/events/parktavern/RoseBrunchfest2018. This event is rain or shine. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com.

WHAT:All-Day Rosé Brunchfest at Park Tavern Hosted by JEZEBEL Magazine’s Most Eligible

WHEN:

Sunday, August 5, 2018

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Park Tavern in Piedmont Park

500 10th St NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30309

For more information, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404.249.0001.

Stay connected on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ParkTavern and on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter @parktavern.

Black Bourbon Society Presents Bourbon, Beats & Bubbles at Gypsy Kitchen

I recently came across the Black Bourbon Society on Facebook and immediately wanted to join the group. With a lack of representation of persons of color in the bourbon community, founder Samara Rivers, decided that needed to change and form the Black Bourbon Society. The goal, to “bring African Americans who want to deepen their appreciation for fine whiskeys and bourbons through events, tasting and more.” With a community of 3,000+ bourbon enthusiast, Rivers organizes several bourbon centered events across the US. Each event features a carefully selected high quality bourbon brand that is available for tasting.

This past weekend, Black Bourbon Society was in Atlanta and was held at the Gypsy Kitchen. The afternoon’s featured bourbon was Woodford Reserve. Guest had the opportunity to taste 3 selections from the Woodford Reserve brand. A delicious spread of appetizers and welcome cocktails started the brunch off in a most delicious way.

Curated cocktails included:

Woodford Old Fashioned

(Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters)

Spice Trader

(Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Ginger Beer, Lime, Apricot, Honey, Cayenne)

Radio City

(Woodford Reserve Rye, Montenegro, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry, Black Walnut Bitters)

There were beautiful vibes all around as bourbon enthusiasts sipped on curated cocktails and enjoyed an amazing spread prepared by the Gypsy Kitchen. It was the perfect prelude to the main course. On the menu: Scramble Eggs, Bacon, Chicken Sausage, Pan Con Tomate, Cinnamon Roll, Skirt Steak, Shrimp Cocktail, Mixed Greens, and Brunch Potatoes.

The event ended with a few word from Black Bourbon Society founder, Samara Rivers, expressing her deep gratitude to her guests continued support. It was a beautiful moment sealed with a champagne toast with Korbel.

Chicago is the next stop for the Black Bourbon Society, featuring Makers Mark. Click HERE for tickets!

For more information about Black Bourbon Society and future events, visit www.blackbourbonsociety.com.

Brunch in the City: Brim House

Yesterday I had an amazing time with my daughter. We started our day at the Renaissance for a Succulent Workshop. I’ve been seeing these cute little plants everywhere and thought this would be a fun class for us to take. Upon arrival, we were greeted and guided through our succulent class.

We first chose a container for it, then a succulent. It was hard to choose a succulent because they were all so cute! After much deliberation, Sage and both chose what was called hens and chicks. We then filled our containers with the soil provided and then add the succulents.

Not only are succulents the cutest addition to any room, it is also very easy to care for. Just water and water again when the soil dries out. So easy and just look how cute it is!

After our succulent workshop, we headed over to Brim House to check out their new brunch menu. Y’all know I’m a super fan of Brim House! My daughter had been dying to eat here, so I decided today was a good day to do so. She thought Brim House was quite fancy. And it definitely is! I was pretty excited about this brunch menu. I already knew it was going to be amazing.

It was pretty hard to choose, everything on the menu sounded so delicious! I finally decided on the Seafood Scramble. Sage ordered the Chicken and Sweet Corn Waffles. Let me just tell you, we ate every single morsel on these plates. I couldn’t get over how delicious both dishes were. I mean CHEF AARON LAWSON must be in the kitchen just sprinkling magic dust all over the place. Because those Sweet Corn Waffles were quite magical.

That Seafood Scramble was perfectly seasoned. Magical. Brunch was a delicious success. Even more successful than I had expected. I will return to experience the rest of the brunch menu and to partake in their bottomless mimosa and bar when I don’t have the Mini Me with me.

Brunch at Brim House can be enjoyed Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.

Brim House

444 N Summit St

Toledo, OH 43604

Flavor Your Life With Authentic European Extra Virgin Olive Oil  

I love to cook with olive oil. In fact,  I use it every day. It’s pretty much a staple in my pantry.  Recently some concerns have been raised about the authenticity of olive oil here in the US. That’s right, FAKE EVOO!! This happens when olive oil is extracted from one country and then shipped to another, then is blended with oil from other places before being packaged. Unfortunately, some olive oils are severely diluted with other low grade oils. Even worse blended with outdated olive oil. Yuck. 

As a Mom’s Meet Blogger, I am excited to partner with the Flavor Your Life campaign, in support of their mission. Supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, this campaign’s goal is to educate North American consumers about authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from the European olive, by pressing without heat or chemicals. To guarantee the freshest and purest oil, EVOO is nearly free of acidity. With a high smoke point of 400 degrees F, EVOO is versatile in the kitchen, as it can be used to sauté, bake, and even deep fry. 

Why choose European? For centuries, farmers in Europe have evolved hundred of varieties of olive trees. This connection between the people and optimation of olive trees with the changing environmental conditions and terrains of the land has resulted in the finest extra virgin olive oil in the world. 

To check for your olive oil’s authenticity, look for the country or countries of origin on the label as well as best buy date and lot numbers. You can also look for the European Union PDO certification (Protected Designation of Origin – also know as DOP in Italian) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication – also known as IGP in Italian). – flavor-your-life.com

Today, I used Zucchi’s 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my recipe. Zucchi is a 200 year old company that has been managed by seven generations of the Zucchi family.  Zucchi’ point of difference is their taste, quality, and traceability (with QR code) and the Italian Art of Blending. I loved the flavor profiles of all the varieties I received. AMAZING!! I could totally see myself just dipping some freshly baked bread into a bowl of this awesomeness. It really is that good. I thought any one of these varieties would be perfect for this dish. This recipe is super easy and can be made in 30 minutes! 

Sweet Potato, Carrot & Kale Hash

6 servings

Ingredients

6 cup sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

2 cups fresh carrots, peeled and diced

2 cups onion, diced

2 cups kale, chopped and lightly sautéed 

1/4 cup Zucchi 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp Shawarma seasoning

1 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss.

Transfer to a large skillet and spread evenly.

Put in oven and bake of 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft.

To learn more about the Flavor Your Life Campaign and European Extra Virgin Olive Oil, visit flavor-your-life.com.

* I received this product complimentary from Mom’s Meet to use and post my honest opinions.  Compensation was provided for this post and may contain affiliate links. 

Big Sky Buckhead Launches New Brunch Menu Curated By Executive Chef Luis Damian As Part Of Their Toast Brunch Series 


Sunday afternoon vibes are best enjoyed with a delicious brunch with a patio situation and bottomless mimosas. That’s exactly what I experienced today as Toast Brunch Series relaunched their event with an 5 course menu tasting at Big Sky Buckhead. The Chef driven menu was beautifuly curated by Executive Chef Luis Damian. He proudly shared his talents to a group Atlanta’s most influential bloggers and presented us an afternoon of little brunch awesomeness. With an empty stomach and open palette, we welcomed every drool-worthy course. 

Big Sky Buckhead Brunch Atlanta
Crispy Buttermilk Ginger Marinated Chicken Tender Topped with Runny Sunny Side Up Egg & Creamy Pimento Cheese, On a Buttery Housemade Bacon-Jalapeño Biscuit
Corn Beef with Sunny Side Up Egg On Top Of A Tostado
 
Big Sky Buckhead Brunch
Tres Leches French Toast with Mixed Berries
Atlanta Brunch
Breakfast Burrito ~ Chorizo, Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Chihuahua Cheese, Covered with Guajillo Sauce, Topped with Sour Cream

Big Sky Buckhead Atlanta Brunch
Steak & Eggs ~ Adobe Marinated Beef, Tomatillo Verde, French Fries Topped With Over Easy Egg

Hungry yet?? 

Next Sunday, grab a patio seat at Big Sky Buckhead and enjoy the fabulous brunch life with these and many other amazing dishes. Sunday brunch runs from 12:00am – 3:30pm! Don’t forget bottomless mimosas til 4pm! 

Big Sky Buckhead

3201 Cains Hill Pl NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

* I received this Brunch experience completely. All opinion and comments are that big my own.