Monday, April 2, 2018

What’s New on Pinterest: Spring is Here!

Spring is Here. Truly. Time to spring forward with menu ideas, swapping in-season freshness (think pea, fennel and mint soup) for winter’s rib-sticking stews. Make aheads of chickpea, tomato and basil salad, spring rolls and tomato-basil-artichoke chicken help get chow on the table fast. Turn spring’s greens into a cheery cherry tomato, leek and spinach quiche; spring vegetable gnocchi; asparagus-goat cheese soufflé; beet, avocado and grapefruit salad; or a spring pizza with egg, prosciutto and asparagus. Blend smoothies for slurpable nourishment on the way from point A to point B activities or stir sippable cocktails and teas for relaxing at home or outdoor concerts. And, we have a sweet spot for pretty desserts -- pavlova with berries and lemon curd, pastel macarons, strawberry pie and blueberry Key lime cupcakes to name a few.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

#Foodgram: Pastry and Chocolate Chef Daniel Jongsma

The sugary gems pastry and chocolate chef/lover Daniel Jongsma turns out rival jewels to those in any store or museum…excepting these are also edible. See for yourself on Daniel.83. Did we mention he’s on the Dutch pastry team (Team NL) and won a bronze medal at the World Pastry Team Championship in Las Vegas? A prize catch.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Appetizing Aperture: Lobster Rolls

Get ‘em hot, get ‘em cold. Lobster rolls, that is, enfolding tender morsels of the succulent deep-sea delicacy at Brine Modern Seafood Shack in Alpharetta’s Avalon. Order a small ($17.95) or large ($26.95) depending on the size of your craving; both come with a choice of side.

April Showers Bring Free Queso to Tin Lizzy’s Cantinas All Month Long​

Grab your rubber boots and umbrella and head over to your favorite Tin Lizzy’s Cantina location for free queso on rainy days during the month of April. Dip crisp tortilla chips into that luscious, gooey goodness…and order a couple of margaritas or cold brews to whet those whistles. Oh, queso, so there is some fine print: dine in only with $10 purchase, one per table and it has to be raining, not just cloudy with a threat of showers.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Emerge from Your Shell and Meet the Oysters at Drift Oyster 101 Workshop April 14

Crack open the world of oyster connoisseurs and collect pearls of wisdom at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in Marietta. Chef/owner Doug Turbush and sous chef Will Puryear pry open a bed of bivalve knowledge at their Oyster 101 Workshop at the restaurant on Saturday, April 14. Soak up how-tos: shuck like a pro; prepare oysters at home; appreciate oyster flavor profiles; oyster history and sustainability; and oyster etiquette. Employ tasting sheets and a tasting wheel to stimulate oyster “merroir” discussion when enjoying a selection of six raw oyster varieties along with a glass of sparkling wine for workshop “students” ages 21 and over. Class begins at 3 p.m. on the dot and concludes by 4:30 p.m. so attendees can dive right into an exclusive Oyster 101 Happy Hour marked by half-price oysters. Class size caps at 24 participants. Buy tickets now or you’ll be saying “Awe, shucks, missed that boat.” $45 per person plus small online service fee. Know before you go: Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is the first restaurant in Georgia to be an official partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Drift’s ship-shape crew is committed to procuring the highest quality, sustainable seafood available, encouraging healthy oceans for generations to come.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

gusto! Brand Ambassador Day Celebrates Guests, #SquadGoals and Tees for BOGO Offer March 31

They spread their enthusiasm for gusto! daily, raving about its fresh bowls, wraps and bold global flavors. gusto! guests are the best brand ambassadors around. On Saturday, March 31, gusto! celebrates these devotees with a T-rrific BOGO special. Wear a gusto! T-shirt to either of the restaurant’s two locations during lunch or dinner and purchase a bowl or wrap to receive a free bowl or wrap (max value $8.95). Sharing the gusto! love with a friend is encouraged (but optional). Buy a T-shirt anytime for $20 at either location. March 31 hours: gusto! Peachtree, 1935 Peachtree Road, NE, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; gusto! Ponce, 782 Ponce de Leon Avenue, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. with a DJ on the patio from 12-4 p.m.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern to Open Spirited Location #3 in Dunwoody’s Perimeter Place this Summer

Sean and Becky Yeremyan are expecting number three! The couple will open a third HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Dunwoody’s Perimeter Place (1221 Ashford Crossing) with a due date sometime late this summer. Classic, Southern-inspired comfort food and a cozy, friendly environment endear the original Midtown location and Town Brookhaven outpost to customers, and these traits will carry across the perimeter into Dunwoody. In addition to a chef-driven menu of tavern fare with Southern flair, HOBNOB offers one of the most comprehensive bourbon lists in the Southeast and an extensive selection of craft beer, wine, boozy and non-alcoholic milkshakes and signature handcrafted cocktails. The Dunwoody location will be the perfect place to stop in after a long day of work or shopping. Area businesses will appreciate what HOBNOB’s new catering menu will do to feed productive meetings. HOBNOB Perimeter will serve lunch weekdays, dinner nightly and weekend brunch as well as serving up live music and daily specials such as Slider Night and BBQ Thursdays. Sean Yeremyan says “many Brookhaven customers told me they live in Dunwoody and would love to have HOBNOB there.” Wish granted.

Leader Board Captures Champion Spots for Masters Golf Tournament Viewing and Specials

We “fore”-see a week of highly focused pros and incredible skills playing out at the Masters Tournament over the week of April 2-8. Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones like Umi executive chef Fuyuhiko Ito cruising toward Augusta National Golf Club to follow golfers on practice or final rounds. If not, instead of puttering around in despair, pull on your golf shirt or cap and venture to Atlanta eateries teeing off Masters-themed specials and just-like-being-there viewing options.   
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland encourages golfers and duffers to “witness a tradition unlike any other with a tavern unlike any other.” A Masters-themed food and drink menu drives the course April 5-8, flagging egg salad, pimento cheese, bar-b-que, chicken breast or turkey sandwiches ($5-$6); fries, sweet potato fries or field greens salad ($3); Miller or Stella Artois drafts ($4-$5.50) and golf-y cocktails including John Daly, Sand Wedge, Transfusion and Green Jacket ($6-$7). The Masters Tournament will play out on all televisions, volume on. To open tournament week, Atkins Park is tapping into a special Masters draft beer at 8 p.m. Monday, April 2.
All three Henri’s Bakery locations -- Westside, Buckhead and Sandy Springs -- are teeing up a $7.99 Masters special, available April 5-7. Grab the same kind of lunch items tournament attendees can claim at Augusta’s tradition-laced golf club: a pimento cheese or egg salad sandwich, Arnold Palmer drink and a green shortbread cookie.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Egging You on to Make Easter Meal Reservations

The hunt is on for prized places to honor Easter over brunch, lunch or dinner on Sunday, April 1. Dig into our dining destination-filled basket for egg-ceptional restaurants offering special menus, buffets and some Easter Bunny sightings. Feast on roasted meats and an eggs-traordinary salad bar, dining indoors or out on the patio, at Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse in Buckhead and receive a complimentary slice of carrot cake for dessert when enjoying Easter brunch from 1-3:30 p.m. ($34.50 per person) or Easter dinner ($44.50 per person). A few more options, already in our basket (well worth repeating), are 5Church Atlanta in Midtown's Colony Square, classy American Cut in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and elegant Livingston Restaurant & Bar in Midtown’s historic Georgian Terrace Hotel. Bring appetites and smartphones/cameras for lovely Easter photos. Go ahead and hop over to our blog list – and remember to crack open the reservation links or phone numbers to save your seats or you might be dining on Peeps and jelly beans instead of succulent roasted meats and garden-fresh salads.

Babalu Lunch Special Tackles Weekday Hungries for $7.99, $8.99 or $9.99

All morning long, thoughts race toward tacos. And something you can stick a fork or spoon into, like leafy greens and bean mix or a thick soup. Truth be told, your appetite feels bigger than your wallet. Babalu Tapas & Tacos in Midtown serves a delicious solution -- a lunch special available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at price points of $7.99, $8.99 or $9.99. Full-filling news: each option includes a side of either the soup of the day or the fan-favorite of Babalu chop salad, which boasts healthy romaine, black beans, Anaheim peppers, red onions, grilled corn, tomatoes, toasted pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese tossed with a house lime vinaigrette. Choose between enchilada of the day, half portion of Babalu chop salad or two tacos. For $8.99, select tacos of the day, chicken satay or a black bean burger. Up it to $9.99 and choose something like a Cubano Torta, a Baba burger or a fresh and delicious grilled shrimp/strawberry salad. Babalu’s taco list boasts seven different tacos pleasing meat, seafood and veggie lovers alike. Save the day and lunch bunch dollars by spreading the word!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tea Leaves Reveal Spirited Revival Tea Time Happy Hour Wednesday-Friday

Spot on! Revival Tea Time at the bar is back. While away two of the happiest hours of the day, 5-7 p.m., every Wednesday through Friday. Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Decatur restaurant tweaks British tea time in a uniquely Southern hospitality-ish way with spirited drinks and snacks (heartier than petit fours). Stopping by after work is just your cup of high-test tea. And if Tea Time segues into a dinner of Revival’s Southern cuisine, we say, “Cheers, y’all!”

High Time for Whispering Angel Rosé Spring Season Launch at The Regent Cocktail Club March 29

The Regent Cocktail Club invites its rooftop patio friends to “Spring into Rosé All Day” from 4 p.m. until midnight on Thursday, March 29. See the world through Whispering Angel rosé-filled glasses, priced at $10 each (regularly $15/glass) and nosh on passed hors d’oeuvre at this spring season launch hosted by Paul Chevalier, national fine wine director at Shaw Ross Imports (importer of this fine dry rosé from Provence, France). Lilac Wine pours out live music from 6-9 p.m. then DJ EU mixes and spins tunes from 9 p.m. until midnight for guests. The classy, open-air cocktail lounge above American Cut steakhouse in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta raises the bar by providing a Peachtree skyline view along with bubblies, wines, brews and handcrafted cocktails. R.S.V.P. at