Nov 03

Cabbagetown's Chomp and Stomp (11/5)

Hooray for fall!  Hooray for chili!  Hooray for Cabbagetown!  Hooray for Chomp and Stomp weekend!  (It’s really as simple as that.) 
 
One of Atlanta’s greatest festivals is this weekend, y’all!  :)
 
Here’s the Q+DD on Chomp and Stomp: 
Cabbagetown’s blue collar history is well-known in Atlanta.  Once an old mill workers’ neighborhood, the area now is more known for its trendy boutiques and bohemian lifestyle.  Chomp and Stomp combines Cabbagetown’s roots with traditional blue grass music and a chili cook off.  Enjoy the pleasant fall air and traditional music of the area while eating some competition-worthy chili.  If you are so inclined, there is also a 5k race that kicks off the festival. This event is just another reason why Atlanta is known as the hostess city of the South!
 
Timing: Saturday, November 5, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$$$: Only $5 per Spoon for Chili!
Location Info: Cabbagetown is WHERE, exactly??
Music Scoop: Let’s get our stomp on, shall we?!
2010 Winners: Chili Masters 
 
This is such a fun event w/ so much personality that you WILL NOT want to miss!  (Sadly, I’ve been out of town for it over the past two years…  Tragic.) 
 
But, here are a few of our pics from Chomp and Stomp ’09:
 
It’s supposed to be gorgeous this weekend, too!  Be there or be square, Atlantans.  And FYI, get there early – sometimes the chili runs out. 
 
Happy Chomp and Stomp weekend! 
 
xx, L

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Nov 03

Cabbagetown’s Chomp and Stomp (11/5)

Hooray for fall!  Hooray for chili!  Hooray for Cabbagetown!  Hooray for Chomp and Stomp weekend!  (It’s really as simple as that.) 
 
One of Atlanta’s greatest festivals is this weekend, y’all!  :)
 
Here’s the Q+DD on Chomp and Stomp: 
Cabbagetown’s blue collar history is well-known in Atlanta.  Once an old mill workers’ neighborhood, the area now is more known for its trendy boutiques and bohemian lifestyle.  Chomp and Stomp combines Cabbagetown’s roots with traditional blue grass music and a chili cook off.  Enjoy the pleasant fall air and traditional music of the area while eating some competition-worthy chili.  If you are so inclined, there is also a 5k race that kicks off the festival. This event is just another reason why Atlanta is known as the hostess city of the South!
 
Timing: Saturday, November 5, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$$$: Only $5 per Spoon for Chili!
Location Info: Cabbagetown is WHERE, exactly??
Music Scoop: Let’s get our stomp on, shall we?!
2010 Winners: Chili Masters 
 
This is such a fun event w/ so much personality that you WILL NOT want to miss!  (Sadly, I’ve been out of town for it over the past two years…  Tragic.) 
 
But, here are a few of our pics from Chomp and Stomp ’09:
 
It’s supposed to be gorgeous this weekend, too!  Be there or be square, Atlantans.  And FYI, get there early – sometimes the chili runs out. 
 
Happy Chomp and Stomp weekend! 
 
xx, L

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Dec 01

Gotta Love Agave.

One of the first restaurants I visited when I moved to Atlanta from Austin almost six years ago is still one of my favorites.  Agave sure knows how to make this southwestern girl feel right. at. home.

Established in October 2000 and set in the historic Cotton Mill general store, Agave has frequently been named the Best Southwestern Restaurant in Atlanta.  

More about Agave’s history HERE. 

I love this restaurant for many reasons, but in particular I am passionate about a specific menu item: STUFFED MOUNTAIN TROUT TOMATILLO.  It’s an Idaho trout stuffed with crawfish, mushrooms (which I typically don’t eat), onions + basil over Spanish rice w/ a roasted tomatillo sauce + freshly cut cilantro.  I’ve tried many, many of Agave’s entrees over the years (also love the Sashimi Pan Seared Tuna), but the trout is my hands down favorite.

The menu will make your mouth water.  Check it out here:  TOLD YOU SO

If the menu isn’t enough to put this restaurant on your radar, allow me to introduce you to their extensive Tequila + Margarita List:  DON’T MIND IF I DO…

Impressive, huh?  Very appropriate, too, for a restaurant named after the base ingredient for my old friend, Mr. Tequila.

Agave Tequilana

I mean, Mr. T and I are just tight like that. (Here I am hanging out w/ one of its relatives in El Paso.)

It’s important to choose your friends wisely, you know…

Anyway, I always suggest Agave when asked for a restaurant recommendation, but I hadn’t been for dinner in quite a while.  Slick + some of his colleagues + I dropped in last week + I was quickly reminded of how much I really enjoy it there.  Slick ordered the Spicy Tequila Anejo Shrimp + his colleagues ordered the Sunburned New York Strip Steak + Agave Cayenne Fried Chicken (which was a big hit at the table).  Naturally, I got the trout…and I didn’t share.

If you haven’t been to Agave before – GO.  Don’t forget about this amazing Atlanta staple.  The tequila will be waitin’.

xx, L

Agave Restaurant
242 Boulevard Southeast
Atlanta, GA  30312
404.585.0006
www.agaverestaurant.com

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Nov 04

An Atlanta Weekend Hootenanny!

This weekend, my college girlfriends are coming to town for a visit!  And, I’m SO unbelieveably excited! 

(not pictured: mich (flounder))

We’ve been getting together a few times a year ever since we graduated from Texas, mostly for weddings (as pictured above), but since no one’s gotten married this year, we planned a little reunion weekend instead + are going to Dahlonega to visit the Georgia Wine Country!  My total + complete heaven…

Dahlonega. Hello!

It’s going to be so nice + relaxing!  :)

If we weren’t planning to be in Dahlonega, we would DEFINITELY be spending Saturday @ Cabbagetown’s 2010 Chomp + Stomp Chili Cook-Off + Festival + 5K Run! 

Cabbagetown’s Chomp + Stomp was created to celebrate the heritage and local flavor of the neighborhood, as well as benefit Cabbagetown Park.  Slick + CK + I went last year and had so much freaking fun!  It really is very deserving of its Creative Loafing Award for “Best Intown Hipster Hootenanny” (greatest word ever?  i’m thinking so…)!

Chomp + Stomp 2009

Chomp + Stomp 2009

More info on Chomp + Stomp here:  EAT UP!

Whatever you’re doing this weekend – bring a thick jacket!  It’s getting really chilly in the A!   Burrrrrrrrr! 

xx, L

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Feb 18

…and I don’t eat meat because I’m a veterinarian…

So, I had been DYING to try Dynamic Dish since I heard about the all organic, all vegetarian restaurant and yesterday at lunch, Christine made my veggie dreams come true!

Though I consider myself a carnivore, truthfully, my diet is largely vegetarian. I’ll often opt for the meat-free option on the menu and my protein of choice is definitely fish. I love soy, I love vegetables, and I can be very, very weird about chicken.

Additionally, I spent two years of my life dating a strict vegetarian and I can tell you first-hand how difficult it is to find a satisfying, delicious vegetarian restaurant.

I kid, I kid!

So obviously I was amped about DD. Every time I turn around someone (vegetarian or otherwise) is talking about how amazing it is and I am here to tell you that it’s worth the hype.

The Q+DD on DD (wow.) can be summed up in their mission statement:

Our mission is to provide fresh, nutritious meals for the modern/urban lifestyle. We offer food made of natural and organic ingredients, obtained from local and multi-cultural, natural resources and create tasty, imaginative meals that have a positive result on the well being of all ages.
~ David Sweeney


It’s this teeny little restaurant off Edgewood
, and very simple in it’s décor. Currently, the art on the wall is that of local artist Jeff Hyde:
The menu changes daily and consists of only handful of choices which they broadcast via Twitter. Yesterday, C got the crimini mushroom soup with croutons + chervil and the salad which was mixed Georgia greens with pear, red onion, radicchio, and spiced pumpkin seeds. Both were DELICIOUS. I opted for the smoked trout salad sandwich with avocado and cucumber on “forbidden rice loaf with a side of dandelion, apple + pumpkin seed salad. AMAZING. Our server educated us on “forbidden rice loaf,” even showed us a little piece of literature but since I left that there, I can’t remember a thing. What I can tell you is this: it was fabulous and hearty and its made by some kind of short grain rice at Georgia’s first certified organic bakery, Magnolia Bread Company.

We were feeling so virtuous about our choices that we decided to reward ourselves and split a lemon cupcake and an almond coconut cookie dipped in chocolate. YUM.

It should probably be noted that the hours are a little quirky:

Tuesday 11-3
Wednesday 11-3
Thursday 11-3, 6-10
Friday 11-3, 6-10
Saturday 11-3, 6-10
(saturday is organic pizza night!)
sunday + monday = closed

But the verdict? I loved Dynamic Dish. I can’t wait to go back. It’s so good that even the biggest carnivore would appreciate. Oh, and its BYOB! You know how I love that.

xx, L

P.S. Please do not be overly concerned about my iron intake. I rounded my day out with a cheeseburger and fresh garlic fries at Bocado that evening. More on that later…

Dynamic Dish
www.dynamicdish.net
427 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-4344
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