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  • The Low Fat Chick 9:03 pm on May 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AFWF, , festival, food, georgia, 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 1:12 pm on January 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chocolate, georgia, vineyards,   

    Traminette and Dolce Bello Wines 

    As an Atlantan, two weeks ago, amongst the constant rains, I had an itch to explore the local culture. Discovering wineries in North Georgia and making a quick reservation, I patiently waited for two weeks to pass. Yesterday, the time came for me to venture a short hour and a half to Yonah Mountain Vineyards in North Georgia. Seeing the vineyards and countryside is what I craved to rejuvenate my mind and spirit.

    Driving up to the vineyards under perfectly blue sky was peaceful, but as my sleek mustang approached the stoned, hilled driveway to the vineyards, I was rather glad I purchased four new tires the day before. Once up over the hill, a drove of green countryside preceded me. In January with 55 degree weather, it was exhilarating to see vast greenery. The wine cellar entry was not much, as it mimiced a basic barn, but once I entered this small establishment, seeing the barrels of wine was exciting.

    After getting a tour introducing us to three upcoming wines, I ventured up the street, just escaping getting lost on a long country road, to the tasting room. Very pleasantly decorated, I dove into the first of 10 wines. My top choices were the Serenity Cellars 2010 Traminette and the Serenity Cellars Dolce Bello. The Traminette was a full bodied white wine with a citrus aroma layered with flavors of grapefruit, papaya and Granny Smith apples. The grapefruit flavor was most distinct on my tongue, and so I purchased a bottle of this to take home at only $18.  The Dolce Bello was the grand finale, which was much agreed after tasting. All tasters gasped as the fanciful flavors of dark chocolate and fruit awoken our senses. Highlighted with blackberries, blueberries, and rich chocolate, I was instantly captivated by this rich dessert wine. I did not purchase a bottle to take home because at $45 a bottle, this was clearly a fantastic gift and not for my shear enjoyment alone in my home. The Dolce Bello is meant to entertain a crowd, and with this, I look forward to purchasing during the holidays. This was truly an unforgettable wine and such an elaborate local experience. It feels magnificent to not have to travel far for such foodie pleasure.

    • david clark 7:18 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Dear LFC, Just tried the Dolce Bello (compliments of my dear sister) and completely agree with your assessment, as the blackberry & chocolate tones were most pronounced. I’m not evaluating your self-esteem, but feel you definitely should treat yourself first. The membership at the winery is free and yeilds substantial savings. Thanks for the interesting and well-written article.

      • The Low Fat Chick 2:39 pm on December 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hi David! Thanks so much for your kind words. So glad you liked the article. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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

    • 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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