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  • The Low Fat Chick 9:03 pm on May 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AFWF, atlanta, festival, food, , midtown,   

    Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, Tasting Tent 


    The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is here! I volunteered to help out at the festival and tomorrow I will spend a crisp, Sunday morning happily working with fellow foodies.  As a way of saying thank you for volunteering, I received a complimentary ticket to the tasting tent, and today, on a perfect 80 degree day, off I went to midtown Atlanta venturing down Ponce de Leon in my lime green Volkswagen beetle with the sun roof open, windows down, and all of nature’s best flowing in the wind. Only 15 minutes from my home, the drive is always pleasant because I pass through one of the most beautiful historic areas of Atlanta.

    When I arrived at the tasting tent, I first went to the Delta Airlines booth, which had a variety of light, crisp wines. I sampled a few but, in my mind all I wanted was food. I surveyed the area and took note of the different types of food conveniently placed in sectioned areas. So, of course, my first stop was the mecca of pork. Pork is my favorite meat and the ultimate food, just like Anthony Bourdain believes. After I finished inhaling anything pork related, I ventured off to the areas of desserts, fresh farm food, and all of the above. The variety was great, but there was a lot of wine and spirits. Having to drive home and it being the afternoon, I passed on the additional alcohol.

    But, I gotta tell you, there were some memorable moments of true yumminess. My top favorite and most memorable tastings go to Taqueria del Sol for their soft taco with crispy nacho pieces in the middle, Cookie Underground for their amazing veggie cookies, and Parish for their beef bacon sandwich with a tomato relish.  I will definitely be visiting these restaurants and stores to try more of their amazing dishes. All in all, it was a lovely, spring time experience attending the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. Next year I will try attending their cooking classes and other events, because if the tasting tent is a lot of fun, I can only imagine what the additional events have in store.

    Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    May 10 – 13, 2012

     
  • The Low Fat Chick 10:34 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , atlanta, , hash, muffins, pancakes   

    Southern Inspired Food at Rosebud (Atlanta, Georgia) 

    I have begun spending more time with friends in preparation for my sister, her family and my mom moving to Virginia this summer. When they depart, I will be solo in Atlanta, with the exception of my aunt, so it is vital for me to continue to appreciate friends. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed an audacious Friday night with my friend Helen, and I chose for us to go to Rosebud, located in the quaint Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta, for dinner. A newbie to this restaurant, the first impression was superb, as the night was so full of activity that we waited over an hour to be seated for dinner. Neither of us was troubled by this, as it was obvious Atlanta loves Rosebud, which has been featured on the Food Network. The television hype was properly being lived up to, as we were captivated dining on Duck Meatballs and Crab Cakes with Asparagus, clearly made with fresh local ingredients.  Fresh, fresh, and fresh, was the name of the game and Rosebud was the master of completing the plays.

    A month later, I attended brunch at Rosebud on a flawless pre-spring day, with my visiting friend Lisa. Wanting her to fully revel in vacation time, I chose Rosebud after not being able to forget their perfectly salted Duck Meatballs. Again, we waited over an hour to be seated, but this bothered us none, as we recognized the restaurant wore an upbeat, afternoon vibe coupled with a friendly hostess. When we finally were seated, we savored Braised Beef and Sweet Potato Hash, and Whole Wheat Pancakes.  The hash was pleasingly light and full of fresh local root vegetables and autumn greens. The pancakes made with Anson mills organic flour were topped with a buttery maple syrup and vanilla-sage butter.  Both dishes left us feeling satisfied, along with the precursor of Sweet Corn Muffins with homemade preservers.  While both visits to Rosebud required a wait, as I will make reservations next time, each visit was time well spent. With its contemporary, southern-chic décor, and a menu full of fresh cuisine, I will be returning for a third visit to Rosebud.


    Rosebud

    1397 North Highland Avenue
    Atlanta, GA 30306
    http://www.rosebudatlanta.com

     
  • The Low Fat Chick 10:23 am on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: atlanta, crostini, , , shitake mushrooms,   

    Midtown’s European Café (Atlanta, Georgia) 

    New Year’s Eve is a night where droves of Atlantans party eagerly, but for me, eating at a local café and celebrating my true love for food was above all ideal.  In cultural disarray, my foodie time spent in Spain frolicked with my affection for cuisine in Paris.  I clearly wanted to bring in the New Year European style and in the tradition of Spain eating small bites of food, better known as tapas, but in a Parisian café. Après Diem in Midtown, locally met these desires, as I dined on multiple plates, inclusive of Lobster Crostini and Grilled Marinated Salmon.

    Amongst the tapas I ordered, the subtle crunch of the Lobster Crostini as the bread gently grazed my tongue was most elating.  The fresh spinach was married impeccably with pan seared lobster, tomatoes, shallots, and shitake mushrooms.  The crisp splash of vodka butter sauce transformed the spinach into a delicate consistency which melted in my mouth. Anyone whose lips graced this crostini would straightaway fancy this spinach, and turn those opposed to spinach into a devotee. While an avid cook at home, I do not often cook spinach but this dish inspired me to make a change.

    After being enamored by Lobster Crostini, I picked up my knife and delved into the Grilled Marinated Salmon. The first bite happily tickled my tongue due to the light, but profound marinated flavors. While many restaurants in Atlanta serve salmon, the flavors of this dish divinely complimented the Lobster Crostini. The salmon portion was quite filling, which I discovered after devouring many forkfuls, in between bursts of crostini bites. The combination of these dishes clearly met my desire for quality, café cuisine.

    Bringing in the New Year at Après Diem was a pinnacle moment where I had the pleasure of retreating to my European travels with local cafe food, all at the mere suggestion of my dining companion. With the friendly staff, European ambiance, and distinct menu, visiting this café again would be a delight.

     

    Après Diem
    931 Monroe Drive
    Atlanta, GA 30308
    http://www.apresdiem.com

     
    • Responsibility199 4:31 pm on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my, vodka butter sauce… sounds so rich it ought to be traded on the commodities market alongside gold and pork bellies.

      • The Low Fat Chick 9:20 pm on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        LOL! I completely agree. It was so decadent. 🙂

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