Category: Event

Foodies Unite…. The Annual Smorgasbord of the City



from tasteofatlanta.com

The 9th Annual Taste of Atlanta was October 23 and 24 at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta. More than seventy of Atlanta’s best restaurants presented their best and most popular dishes to Atlanta-area foodies.

Most prominently sponsored by Caddilac, Whole Foods Market and Bailey’s Coffee Creamers, the outdoor festival of food offered the best street food.

I stopped by as many booths as my tummy would allow, but I still don’t think I ate as much as I would have liked. A few highlights:

  • Il Mulino brought a porcini mushroom ravioli that kept a line at the booth.
  • Mediterranean Grill reminded me how much I love them with their Gyro (yeero) with rice and pita bread.
  • California Dreaming’s very meaty she crab soup changed the game… seriously.
  • The shellfish bisque from New York Prime was so buttery and rich that we scraped our bowls.
  • Homemade grapefruit sorbet and homemade vanilla ice cream from Lakeside Grill made me want to visit their booth again and again.
  • Der Biergarten offered a roasted suckling pig served with homemade barbeque sauce and mango salsa.
  • Roasted Chicken with Brussel Kim Choi from Top Flr was spicy goodness in my mouth.

Spots who didn’t bring their A-game on Sunday:

  • Holeman & Finch (generally gets a RAVE from me)
  • Noon (fried pickles?)
  • Sambucca (Ceviche was NOT on point)

The best part of Taste for me was the Robert Mondavi Discover Wine booth. After showing ID, filling out a CRM card, guests were treated to 6 different wines from the Robert Mondavi Vineyard. While we walked around the shaded booth, signage demonstrated regional influences, the history of the vineyard and other reason to love the wine.

I cannot wait until next year. I suppose I’ll take pictures of my experience there. Forgive me. But please check out the website for the list of participants. I intend to use it as a guide for what restaurants to visit.

Ghouls and Geeks… The L5P Halloween Parade

I’m really excited about this weekend. I have a lot of things to do. First and foremost, write my second blog post J. Second, the Little Five Points Halloween Parade this Saturday. Third is the AIDS Walk on Sunday. And fourth is another blog post. Must do better.

from L5Phalloween.com

Anyway, I haven’t attended the L5P Halloween Parade in a few years, but I’m looking forward to grabbing a few drinks before and dinner after. Little 5 Points has some of the coolest shops and dive bars in Atlanta. The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club is basically a neighborhood institution. Hippies, bikers, artists and yuppies alike stop by for a drink at this bar located right in the middle of the frenzy that is Little 5 Points. And of course my [relatively] normal friends and I will likely be among them.

I expect the crowd will be insane since the parade starts on Euclid. But if we’re in the mood to brave the mob, we may stop by Front Page News, The Vortex or The Corner Tavern. All low key spots to grab a beer and a burger.

I’ve never participated in the AIDS Walk. I’m happy to support the cause, but truthfully the meeting spot of my team makes me even more excited for brunch at either Blake’s or Flying Biscuit. Brunch is actually my favorite meal of the day. Eggs and alcohol are an awesome combination that make for a happy Sunday. The “Brunch” issue of Dine With Dani is coming soon.

If I don’t see you, have a great weekend. And let me know where you ate! I love to try new restaurants. WARNING: If you’ve never been to Little 5 Points, remember that it’s an alternative-artsy-hippie-rock haven. Tattoos, piercings, bright hair, heavy eyeliner, dr. martens, American apparel, rag-o-rama and incense abound. Enjoy.

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