Saturday, August 20, 2011

HELLO from Nola

View from Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
in the French Quarter
I'm sorry we've been MIA for the past few months. But here's an update and I PROMISE to be better at updating!
So, I've (Heather) moved back to New Orleans and sister (Shawna) is still in Atlanta. So while it's sad to be apart, the good news is we can now bring you reviews from two great culinary cities. And like Atlanta, New Orleans is experiencing a burger boom, so we can test and compare!! Which is beyond exciting for me since burgers are my FAVORITE!!! But burger boom aside, I'm thrilled to be back in New Orleans, a city that loves to eat so much- we have festivals dedicated to it!

Let's talk food for a minute, I have a lot of favorite spots to eat in New Orleans but the Croque Madame et frites:grilled ham and Emmenthaler cheese sandwich and delicious french fries at John Besh's  Luke are not too be missed. I like to accompany  my brunch with the CHAMPAGNE AU PÊCHE:champagne and fresh peach purée. But the coffee is also excellent! Just thinking about the Croque makes my mouth water!

When reviewing New Orleans restaurants I think we will use a beginet scale, for those who asking what's a beignet well it's pastry made from deep-fried dough, much like a doughnut, and sprinkled with confectioner's sugar, or frostings. In other words it's a little piece of heaven right here in New Orleans!

I would rate Luke a solid four out of five beignets.

I'm so glad we finally got to catch up and hope to be back on track! Hope this finds y'all eating well and enjoying the dog days of summer!!! Until next time Bon Appetit y'all!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

That's FRESH!

590-A Auburn Avenue, NE
(corner of Auburn & Randolph)
Atlanta, GA 30312

I know I know I know...I haven't updated in over a month...unacceptable. And in the interest of full disclosure it's not because we haven't been anywhere or because I've been super busy, nope I've just been lazy. So accept my apologies and know that I'm going to try to do better!!!

So, let's talk LottaFrutta in the Historic Old Fourth Ward. As recommended by Southern Living Shawna ordered the Limonatta Gourmet Fruit Cup: a combo of fresh cut cantaloupe, coconut, cucumber, pineapple, watermelon, mango and papaya topped with fresh lime juice and spicy chile guajillo. And it's true what that sticker in the window says:

While the Limonatta was SUPER FRESH it was a bit strong for my delicate tastebuds (ha ha ha), but Shawna definitely recommends. I opted for a LottaMora Smoothie: Mora (Andean Blackberry), Bannas, Strawberries blended with your choice of Milk or Water. I choose Milk. SO refreshing and unbeliveably well FRESH. The only thing that would've made it better would be the addition of RUM! Seriously, though best smoothie ever!

LottaFrutta was a very friendly neighborhood place.  They have a great menu to choose from and it all looked delish and the best part- yep, it's all FRESH. We give Lotta Frutta four and a half peaches out five. Go get you some!!

Until the next time, Happy Eating Y'all!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Taqueria del Sol

Hello fellow foodie friends!

The next step on our fabulous food journey led us to Taqueria Del Sol, we went to the Westside location, just like our friends at Southern Living. We hadn't really spent in anytime in the "Westside" before and let me just it was sorta fab! There's lots of great home furnishing shops, restuarants and a new Anthropologie, what makes it better is it's all walkable! It was a tad chilly on our outing, but we couldn't resist peeking around- so glad we did!!!

Now let's talk Tacos!!! Southern Living suggested items: Fish & Memphis Tacos. Shawna ordered the Fish Tacos: Tilapia dipped in an egg wash, rolled in corn masa and bread crumbs and deep-fried. Served with poblano tartar sauce and pickled jalapeños. At first bite she said okay, but once she got further into the taco- the flavors came together and equaled yummy!  I ordered the Memphis-Chopped smoked pork with a spicy jalapeño coleslaw and tequila BBQ sauce. And felt the same way, at first I didn't see what the fuss was about, but when the flavors all came together, I was happy! Just because one taco didn't seem enough I also ordered the Brisket-Shredded beef brisket with pico de gallo. Simple but good. We enjoyed a trio consisting of salsa, guacamole & cheese dip. All three were delightful!

We enjoyed our tacos on a Saturday at lunch, there was a line out the door. But never fear, the line moves quickly. You go in place order & grab a seat your order will be out in a jif!!! It was interesting mix of people- so the people watching was goood stuff! And the magaritas looked sensational. Next time I'll be getting a pitcher- yea, that's right a pitcher and a DD!!!

All in all we found Taqueria del Sol to be a fun spot with good food. We will defintely make it back that way! Taqueria del Sol lands a solid 3 peaches! Enjoy!!

Until next time, happy eating y'all!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Let them eat Cake, well Cupcakes!

El Diablo Cupcake
 Never have we been more excited to try a place on the list, as we were to try The Atlanta Cupcake Factory! As recommended by Southern Living, we ordered the El Diablo cupcake (ok so we ordered a 6 pack of assorted cupcakes to savor over the Great Snow of 2011) But the first one we tried was the El Diablo. The El Diablo is a delicious dark chocolate cake that just melts but then it kicks up a notch with cayenne heat! The combination of chocolate and heat are a winning one!!! Definitely treat yourself to the El Diablo!

The cupcake goddess behind the counter was super friendly to the line of customers that was out the door. The gentleman in front of us was there on emergency mission to pick up more Red Velvet cupcakes for his young daughter's birthday, he just did not feel like his wife had provided an adequate stash. After trying the Red Velvet cupcake- I'm not sure there could ever be enough! In addition to the El Diablo & Red Velvet we also tried the chocolate-chocolate, lemon-lemon, sugar cookie/white chocolate with raspberry sauce and coconut-almond. Hey don't judge us we only ate in the name of research!!! Each cupcake was delicious- the cake part was well I hate this word but moist and the icing was to die for. We highly recommend making a trip to the Atlanta Cupcake Factory! 4.5 out of 5 peaches can't be wrong!

The Atlanta Cupcake Factory
624 North Highland Avenue NE

Until next time Happy Eating Y'all!

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Favorites

It's been a while, I know, accept my apologies the madness of the holidays overtook me and the combination of the holidays & being underemployed has left my wallet on the light side, making dining out less of an option. So while I haven't been anywhere new on the list, I thought with the end of the year upon us, I would recap some of my favorite drinks, foods, places of 2010. Many of the places are in my Nola, since that's where we spent most of 2010 and one hails from our home in Richmond, VA. Without further ado my 2010 faves!!! Oh and I should mention that for the most part they are in no particular order, so what popped in my head first!!!

Abita Strawberry Beer- "Ripe, red Louisiana strawberries are harvested at the peak of the season in the early morning chill. The scent of the juicy red Ponchatoula berries fills the air as they're picked and pressed for Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager. The end result is a light, crisp lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness." "Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location." Trust me when I say Ponchatoula Strawberries make the world a better place. When it's season, everyone stocks up on Abita Strawberry Beer and when it gets toward end of season, you stockpile to get you through until next season. And if you're like me and missed the end of season last year, you pray that a friend will take pity on you and share theirs to get you through until next season- Thank you Nikki!!!

And while we're talking Ponchatoula strawberries let's discuss the Ponchatoula Punch:, from Coquette, Strawberry Infused Vodka, Amaretto, Lemon & Soda. " Coquette is a French bistro located in the Garden District, Coquette serves bistro fare with a focus on local fresh ingredients with a menu that changes daily. The bar features seasonal house infused spirits, signature cocktails and an eclectic wine list."

If you ever have or ever plan to make a trip to New Orleans for Jazz Feast, you know or will learn the Jazz Feast experience is as much about the food as it is the music. And when the locals discuss Jazz Feast usually the first question you hear is what'd ya eat? Now, I don't eat seafood but I know the reigning favorite seafood dish is the Crawfish Monica at Jazz Feast, but my personal can't wait to eat is the  COCHON DE LAIT PO-BOY. "Cochon de lait literally translated is milk fed pig. It's actually roasted pork. The whole pig is slow roasted on an open pit. It's fork-tender, juicy and seasoned perfectly. Then, it's put on French bread to make one of the best sandwiches you'll ever eat. Look for it at the Love at First Bite booth" My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!!

Sometime in early spring 2010 I attended the Louisiana Road food Festival and fell in love with the Natchitoches Meat Pies! To be honest with you I had heard folks talk about meat pies and had always turned my nose up, until I tasted. "The Natchitoches meat pie is a regional dish from northern Louisiana, United States. It is one of the official state foods of Louisiana[1].Ingredients include ground beef, ground pork, onions, peppers, garlic, oil, and a pie shell. Natchitoches meat pies are often fried in peanut oil because of the oil's high smoking temperature. A number of restaurants in the historic district in Natchitoches serve meat pies, and frozen pies are available from grocers in northern Louisiana.

This has a savory meat filling in a crescent-shaped, flaky wheat pastry turnover. It is similar to a Spanish picadillo beef empanada. Varieties are throughout the colonies of the Spanish Empire. The Natchitoches meat pie is nearly identical to the traditional ground beef empanada of Argentina." Thank  you Wikipedia for the description!!!

Next stop on my list is the Cafe Con Leche at my favorite restaurant in Richmond, VA. Kuba Kuba, I love everything about Kuba Kuba- it's got a great neighborhood feel, wonderful wait staff and the food is consistently delicious. And then there's the Cafe Con Leche- iced or hot it's all good- but treat yourself and get it with the sweetened condensed milk. Wish I had one now!!!

I couldn't make a list of 2010 without including my amazing fries dipped in Peanut Butter, served up at Leons Full Service in adorable downtown Decatur, GA. I think about them often!!!

Speaking of yumminess in the Atl, my new favorite cocktail: The Grapefruit Rosewater Martini served up at Cafe di Sol in Poncey Highlands area of Atlanta. I'm not a huge fan of grapefruit, but dare I say this drink was darn near perfect. It's on my must have again soon list!

While we're still in the Atl, let's talk Flip Burger Boutique on Howell Road- O.M.G. so good it's almost a sin. "Fine dining between two buns" is right on. The burgers are amazing.. a must try even in a town full of top notch burger restaurants! Oh and do yourself a favor and order the Onion Rings also!!!

I'll be honest, I was never a fan of Grits. That is until I tried the Grits at Refuel

It's tough to narrow down what you love the most, when you live in great food cities, and I could go on forever about the foods, drinks & places I love. But in the interest of keeping your interest I'll just touch on a few more spots in New Orleans.

Chef John Besh's (who I'll admit I have a TOTAL crush on) Luke on historic St. Charles Avenue has the best Croque Madame et Frites. Shawna, swears by the Shrimp & Grits at Luke, so much so that she's nearly stopped ordering Shrimp & Grits from anywhere else!
Start off with a Champagne Au Peche and you'll be enjoying my favorite brunch cocktail.

If you are looking for heaven in the form of an Almond Croissant, look no further than O'Delice French Bakery, uptown 6033 Magazine Street. I. DIE. just thinking about it.

No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a trip to Commanders Palace- there's a reason this place is an institution- I'm just sayin. I have been to Commanders for brunch, lunch, dinner and I have to say the brunch is always my favorite.Although the 25 cent lunch martini's sure do make a good time. The Eggs Couchon De Lait is my brunch choice: Smoky braised pork debris over black pepper and rosemary biscuits with soft poached eggs, winter mushrooms & bourbon-bacon fat hollandaise. Don't forget to order the Bread Pudding at Commander's it may be the city's best! Never miss an opportunity to eat at Commanders- it won't disappoint!
When you find yourself strolling through the French Quarter go ahead  go down Bourbon and keeping going until you reach my favorite bar- Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar on the corner of Bourbon & St. Phillip. Do yourself a favor and order a big cup of HAPPY in the form of the Voodoo Daddy- it's a slushee or Slurpee all grown up and will be sure to leave you with a smile.

Which brings me to my almost favorite, Clancy's- a true uptown neighborhood establishment. Clancy's is tucked away in a neighborhood (my old neighborhood) and it's the stuff legends are made of. It's a true New Orleans experience, professional wait staff, stiff drinks & consistently five-star food. I always get the Boston Salad, the Stilton Filet & Lemon Icebox Pie.  Clancy's is a New Orleans classic. It's service and food rivals that of the any restaurants in the Quarter. Yet, its ambiance is as relaxed and comfortable as any neighborhood restaurant in Uptown New Orleans. Clancy's is a favorite place of locals and is off the traditional tourist track; but, well worth the trip.

And then there's Irene's, Irene's is sort of hidden in the French Quarter, on Saint Phillip. It's warm and always crowded, the crowd is eclectic. The atmosphere is truly New Orleans. The waitstaff is the BEST. By the end of the meal we had our waiters card, wine recommendations and hugs. And then there's the food- words fail to describe. We basically turned over the ordering to the waiter at his insistence and never has my belly been happier. I've never loved New Orleans more than when sitting in the quintessential New Orleans restaurant Irene's. Go & enjoy- just don't be in a hurry, you may make reservations for 8, but not get seated till 9- trust me it's worth it, sit, have a cocktail & enjoy the piano. This is the Big Easy.

You'll note there's not website for Irene's or Clancy's. These are old school establishments, you can google search them for reviews, but I say just GO and let me know when you do, I'd love to join you or at least hear all about your adventure!!

There area  so many other places I wish I could tell you about, but my memory & time don't always cooperate. What I've find is every city has an abundance of local places that showcase the spirit of that city, you just have to be patient and enjoy the journey finding your spots.

2010 was an incredible year, I can't wait to see what 2011 holds. Be safe out there and enjoy! Wishing y'all a New Year filled with good health, love  & great food!

Happy New Year Y'all!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010


Hey y'all!

Let me start off with an apology for the very very delayed posting. I'm still recovering for the Thanksgiving fest! Thanksgiving brought our family from Richmond, VA.  For those we don't know we have a brother Jon who is married to a lovely little lady Amanda and they have 4 AMAZING (so what if I'm bias?) kids, here's the line-up: Will 10, Grace 8, Ella 6, Jack 2. And of course Momma Shields also joined us in the Atl.

I tell you all this background information because these were our first official SPOTLIGHT guests. Now here's where it gets fun, we explained to Will, Grace & Ella our Atlanta food challenge and they jumped right on board. Will & Grace both love BBQ, so what better time to hit one of our 20 places to eat in Atlanta, Fox Brothers BBQ! And to add a twist Grace, 8 asked if she could write the blog review for Fox Brothers so I'm happy to post Grace's review:

"Fox brothers best food in Atlanta ribs yummy kids food corn dog and chicken fingers grilled cheese sandwich wow wow wow the service is awesome our waitress was so nice her name is Charlie I love that name!!! Fried pickle amazing you must come here!!!"
      Special guest!!


Pretty impressive for a first time review, right? I told you they were AMAZING kids!

Now that I've presented Grace's review, let me tell you my take on the Southern Living recommendation of the Fox Bros "Burger", here's the menu description:

"Chopped brisket topped with bacon,tomato, red onion,pickles, melted pimento cheese,and jalapeno may on buttered, toasted, sesame seed bun."

Now to be perfectly honest, I am not a pimento cheese fan, but as part of this challenge, we are trying the foods exactly as recommended, so here I go...

OMG- pimento cheese never tasted so good. The combination of the flavors made this "burger" were spot on! I would have never ordered this on my own, so thank you Southern Living! This sandwich is very hearty to say the least, I didn't even make it half way through- so if you don't have an extra heavy appetite I would recommend sharing or if you like to eat like the Shields- order a few different things from the menu to share. I doubt you'll be disappointed!

As Grace mentioned before, Charlie our server was super cool, very helpful and patient- even letting Ella go rogue with order of a salad with just lettuce, shredded cheese and ranch. Ella said it was the best salad she ever had! HAH.

If you are looking for good fun in a relaxed atmosphere check out Fox Bros. BBQ!(

Based on your experience we give Fox Bros. BBQ a solid four peaches.

Until next time- Happy Eating Y'all!

p.s. For those of you wondering what happened to Jon, Amanda & Jack during this review- they were enjoying a little R & R after a long day of traveling and family fun!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Take a gamble...

Hey y'all! Another super weekend in the Atl. The weather was perfect for getting out and exploring the city. We must admit we veered off our twenty this weekend, but it wouldn't be an adventure if we stayed on one path!

Saturday errands led us to the question, what's for lunch? We had just finished up trying out a dog park, so with Izzy the wonder doodle in the car with us, we couldn't go in just anywhere. So Shawna came up with the brillant idea of trying some local street food! I know many of you are probably thinking- seriously street food- isn't that reserved for late night indulging after you've hit the watering holes? But we're not talking about about a somewhat questionable hot dog that you'd only eat at 2AM when your judgement is impaired. We're talking street food extraordinaire!!!

For those who watch Bravo's Top Chef, you may remember Hector Santiago. On the weekends you can find Hector Santiago's burrito stand, located on N. Highland Avenue. The stand opens at Noon and rolls until they run out. Go early and treat yourself to a heavenly burrito!!!As described in the AJC: "The namesake menu item is a fat burrito filled with shreddy, stewy, spicy chicken in red chile. But this is no Chipotle-style tube-o-starch. Santiago begins with a grilled-charred flour tortilla, sheer and bubbly, and fills it with plenty of saucy chicken, a bit of tomatillo salsa, a bit of Mexican crema, and a fresh garnish of paper-thin carrots, radishes, onions and cilantro." OMG never has a burrito tasted so good. The spicyness of the chicken against the crisp coolness of the carrots, radishes and cilantro is a culinary treat. Did we mention the burrito is HUGE? We split the burrito, which was more than enough for two.It was the best $10 we spent all weekend!

The crowd at the stand was very diverse, folks from all different backgrounds, ages, couples, singles, families- some stood around enjoying their burritos, others grabbed a seat on the curb and some like us took the burritos home. We enjoyed ours on the porch while enjoying a picturesque Saturday.
The combination of the gorgeous fall day and the gourmet street food lands Hector Santiago's burrito stand our highest rating: Five Peaches!!!!!

Sunday found us enjoying another lovely morning, we took Izzy for a leisurely stroll and enjoyed the colors of the fall in Inman Park, hit our local coffee shop the Inman Perk- chatted with some neighbors about how much we enjoy the neighborhood and all it is has to offer! We attended a great service at Inman Park United Methodist Church, our day was off to a fantastic start. After the service we decided to check out Candi's for Breakfast in our neighboring neighborhood the Old Fourth Ward. We were greeted immediately and seated outside. The staff was very friendly, but somewhat frazzled. But it was Sunday and we were in no hurry- we both ordered water and coffee- coffee was good. Candi's for Breakfast is known for their stuffed biscuits. Shawna has been craving eggs benedict, so when she she saw Southern Benedict which takes fresh homemade biscuits topp'ed with ham and golden fried eggs, then dresses it up in a tart and creamy hollandise sauce- she was oh so excited! I opted for French toast and turkey bacon.  The server was friendly but clearly overwhelmed. We saw many folks getting up and going inside to get what they needed- hotsauce, sugar, etc. But we still held out hope- while waiting for the food we read the Sunday paper, finished our coffee, I finished my water, updated some pictures on my facebook page and surfed the web on my phone.

Finally food arrived, Yippee... my french toast came out with no butter or syrup. Shawna couldn't wait to try her food and much to her surprise when she bit into the food- it wasn't what she had ordered. Eventually our waitress came back, I asked for syrup and Shawna explained that there must have been a mix-up with the order. After waiting at least 5-10 mins. I finally got syrup and then Shawna got her food. Ready to dig in. The french toast was fine, it probably would have been really good if it had butter and was served hot. Shawna's Southern Benedict, was one of those dishes where you didn't really like it, but it was kind of interesting so you ate some of it to figure your true feelings. True Feelings after three bites= NOT GOOD. Unfortunately for our taste, it was over seasoned and had TOO much going on. When the check came, the waitress didn't charge us for Shawna's breakfast, she was super sweet and apologetic, the bill was only about $8.00. Candi's for Breakfast is located in a funky and artsy space in Irwin Street Market, it was very cozy & cute inside and everyone who worked there was SO nice. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre at best and it took forever. Sadly, based on this experience we give Candi's for Breakfast one and a half peaches.

Stay tuned for the holiday week which will bring our first SPOTLIGHT guests and our next spots on the twenty must try places in Atlanta!

Happy Eating Y'all!!