Friday, August 22, 2008

Simply Fabulous Popcorn Truffles Explode With Flavor

These bite-sized, frozen confections will dispel any notions that popcorn must be served piping hot to be hot. POP! (Passion over Popcorn) is best served ice cold in its sweetly salty, European chocolate-coated state. Choose yours filled with dark or white chocolate and Swiss caramel or try POP! wrapped around Key lime, lemon, peach or strawberry fruit fillings and white chocolate then coated and drizzled with more white chocolate. Give or receive: each cooler box of POP! contains 15 balls and costs $29.99 plus shipping and handling. Not convinced yet? Check out a few images of us enjoying these tasty treats! As you can see in the photo below, I find them irresistible.

The three sisters in 3 Sisters Creative Specialty Foods donate 5 percent of their profits to YNOT Grace, Inc., a nonprofit organization offering at-risk individuals a chance at positive personal and professional development.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ricky Sparkman from Sparkman's Cream Valley in Moultrie, GA is featured in the most recent slide show at Whole Story (Whole Foods Market's blog). I first found the milk during the Eat Local Challenge at the Buckhead Whole Foods Market. I completely agree that their milk is by far the best I've tasted. Their all-jersey cows are happy because they use no hormones and put comfort first. Sparkman's also bottles their milk in cornstarch containers that are biodegradable. Be sure to watch the slide show!

Midtown Restaurant Week Means Deals for You and Me

As you undoubtedly know by now, Midtown Restaurant Week kicks off this Saturday (August 23) for a week of incredible dining opportunities. Thirty-three stellar Midtown restaurants are offering special three-course menus for $25 (alcohol, tax and gratuity not included). It is an great time to visit old favorites or check out some of those new restaurants on your list.

My plans include visits to Beleza, Dogwood and Ecco. Where are you going?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Riesling and Eggs? You Betcha!

Who would have guessed a game of free word association between a chef de cuisine and a beverage director could be so delicious? Last night Ecco hosted an wine dinner, themed Riesling and Eggs, which was born from pairing these two things, which would not ordinarily be associated. Each course of the wine dinner was the artistic taste explosion that I have come to expect from Ecco and the beverage distributor sitting next to me commented that the wines were so obscure that several had to be flown in from Germany, specifically for our dinner.

The food was a creative twist on classic favorites, such as the ravioli with housemade ricotta and whole yolk (definitely my favorite dish of the evening), paired with Von Buhl, Sekt, which was my first taste of sparkling Riesling. Pictured above is the main course, pan-roasted sturgeon and caviar. Overall, the evening was full of great food, great wine and great company. I look forward to the next dinner.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We Unwrap The DailyCandy Word of the Week: Mean Cuisine

This week’s sweet morsel from The DailyCandy Lexicon is a noun phrase for a tiny portioned, disgusting tasting, frozen food.

A suggested usage: When cruising the grocery aisle, steer clear of the mean cuisine and head, instead, for the field-fresh, local okra.

Monday, August 18, 2008

On the Homefront, Wolf Mountain Wines Flow At Whole Foods Market - Buckhead Wine Tasting

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery is nestled in the mountains outside Dahlonega - a mere hour north of Atlanta. On the night of Tuesday, August 19 their wines are being served even closer to home at Whole Foods Market-Buckhead. Enjoy Wolf Mountain's Old World-style varietals and tastes of Whole Foods Market savories from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Café. Sip, contemplate, discuss... of course you can purchase your favorites to take home!

Whole Foods Market - Buckhead: 77 West Paces Ferry Road, NW; 404-324-4100.