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This Wednesday, April 23, stay out of the kitchen and let the chefs of Atlanta feed you! For the 22nd year, Dining Out For Life, are partnering with local restaurants to raise money for Open Hand Atlanta. Dozens of our favorite restaurants are donating between 25% – 50% of their proceeds to Open Hand to provide nutrition for thousands of our neighbors. Below are our recommendations for dinner!

Muss & Turners

 

Abattoir

 

Chai Pani

 

Salt Factory

 

The General Muir

 

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Love Is In The Air: The 6 Best Date Night Spots In Atlanta

 

Spring has (finally) hit Atlanta! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and something is in the air…nope, not pollen. It’s love! So whether it’s your 1st or 50th date, here are you best bets when you want a night on the town with your sweetie.

Table and Main

Right off of Canton Street in Historic Roswell, you’ll find an unassuming former home that now houses some of the best Souther cuisine you’ll ever taste. Our advice? Grab a seat on the gorgeous softly lit patio, and get googly-eyes with your paramour over the sounds of crickets while sipping bourbon cocktails.

Barcelona Wine Bar

Sharing is caring, right? Well, you’ll certainly impress your partner when you demonstrate all those Kindergarten era lessons while sharing tapas like albondigas and olives. And if you head over for a Sunday funday, you can enjoy 1/2 off bottles of vino!

Canoe

Situated right on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, this restaurant is, in one word, stunning. Not as stunning as your date obviously (hint: be sure to mention that), but stunning nonetheless. Nosh on rabbit, sip on champagne and dream about your future riverside home.

H. Harper Station

Let’s say you are on a ‘is it or isn;t it’ group date/setup. Head over to H. Harper Station, order a punch for everyone to share and just wait for the sparks to fly. With a wall full of bourbon (literally) and the bartender’s intricate mustache, ice breakers should never be a problem.

The Porter Beer Bar

Are you dating a beer geek? Are you trying to impress your date by pretending to be a bar geek? Then, get thee to The Porter! With over 800 beers and world class menu, this is the spot when you want to experiment…with beer. And bonus: there are no tv’s to distract your ADD boyfriend during Braves season.

The Optimist

Just before it gets so hot we all stick to our car seats, and there’s still a nice breeze in the air, be sure to take your honey to The Optimist. Or more importantly, the Oyster Bar at The Optimist. Outside, you’ll find a little putt putt green. And inside? Inside you’ll find a huge selection of both East and West coast oysters and punch. After you’ve  impressed him/her with your sweet, sweet putting skills you can head inside for Shrimp a la Plancha and one of the most underrated burgers in town.

Carri-Fresh Jamaican

As Atlanta emerges from the insanity that was the 2013-14 Winter, we’re craving some sunshine and good times. Nothing captures that feeing better than the food of Jamaica. With fresh empanadas, jerk chicken and an ice cold Red Stripe, it’s impossible to not hear steel drums and feel the beach beneath your feet when chowing down on this island’s cuisine.

And Carri-Fresh Jamaican transports you there instantly. Union City is the farthest thing from the beach, but when you sit down to a plate of jerk chicken, you’ll feel instantly happy. And for you herbavores out there, they have you covered. Their collard greens are described as tasting just like butter, with the perfect texture and taste.

So, if you’re in Union City and you get the itch to escape, be sure to drop in to Carri-Fresh, order a Red Stripe and let them transport you.

Sobban

From the husband and wife team that brought Atlanta the acclaimed Heirloom BBQ, come a diner with a taste of Korea and the Deep South. This is an ‘only in Atlanta’ kind of spot with comfort food you’ll crave for days. From beef dumplings to Korean fried chicken wings. This is Sobban.

Joy Cafe

Tucked away on Pharr road, you’ll find a little cafe that will be on your mind long after leaving. Everything from generations old meatloaf sandwiches, to a Milk & Cookies Pie and a whole menu dedicated to grilled cheese heaven. And it’s all made from scratch by Joy herself.

The Corner Grille

Most think of College Park only when choosing a place to park their car before a flight. But this is a town that has some serious culinary chops. And Corner Grille is one of the best. A little taste of N’awlins and a whole lot of love go into the menu that satisfies no matter what time of day you’re eating.

Preview – Episode 403

This week on Atlanta Eats we stop by Greater Good BBQ in Buckhead, a family owned barbecue joint with a mission to serve “good” barbecue any way you like it. Then it’s off to Alpharetta where locals keep coming back to Kozmo a chic OTP gastro-pub. Finally it’s Sprig in Oak Grove with a farm fresh menu that never disappoints at this neighborhood gem.

 

If you’re not hungry….and thirsty, you’re not paying attention!

 

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5 Easy Steps to the Ultimate Date Night..At Home! | Mom Thyme

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The first few years my husband and I were together, our date nights were what we looked forward to most each week. We dined at trendy restaurants, sipped on fancy cocktails, it was fabulous! Fast forward a few years later, add a baby, two crazy dogs, work schedules with long hours, and, well, date night has changed just a bit…

I’ll admit, between finding a babysitter, securing a dinner reservation, and fighting Atlanta traffic, sometimes scheduling a date night can be a bit stressful! So, what’s a busy mom to do when she wants a fun date night without all the hassle? Easy, swap “date night out” for “date night in” and enjoy a low key evening at home! Here’s how:

  • It’s All About the Ambiance – You can easily transform your home into a great date night place with just a few simple steps (after you put the kids to bed, of course!). Pick up all those toys in the living room, turn on some lively music, and light some candles (this is the perfect time to pull out those candlesticks you received years ago as a wedding gift!). And, for goodness sake, turn off the TV!
  • Cocktails, anyone? – Does your date night at a restaurant usually start with a glass of Prosecco or a dirty martini? Well, do the same at home! If you and your husband love Moscow Mules, learn to make them yourself and buy some copper mugs to serve them in. A great cocktail always sets the tone for a fantastic evening!
  • Make it “Hands-On” – Whether it’s shucking oysters, dicing tomatoes for bruschetta, or arranging a charcuterie/antipasto platter, start “date night in” with tasty appetizers that you can make together. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be fun!
  • Eat What You Like – Do you prefer fish and he likes steak? Cook both! It may sound like additional work, but you’re going to have the grill fired up anyway (be sure to keep an eye on the cooking times for each). Serve your entrees with side dishes that pair well with both meals (e.g. mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus) for a stress free dinner you’ll both enjoy.
  • End on a Sweet Note – A great date night should always wrap up with stimulating conversation and something sweet! But, don’t worry about making a dessert from scratch, buy a sweet treat from your local bakery or specialty store that’s meant to be shared.

As you can see, with just a little planning you can still have a great date night without leaving the comfort of your own home! Below is my go-to recipe for Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, a terrific side dish for “date night in” and the perfect accompaniment to any chicken, fish, steak, lamb, or vegetarian meal. Enjoy!

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Makes 4-6 servings

3 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled

Kosher salt

1 ½ cups milk

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ cup sour cream

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes and place them in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with cold water and add enough salt so that the water tastes quite salty. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the potatoes fall apart easily when pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan, making sure it doesn’t boil. Set aside until the potatoes are done.

As soon as the potatoes are tender, drain them in a colander. Using a handheld mixer, break the potatoes up and, at a low speed, slowly add the hot milk/butter mixture to make the potatoes very creamy. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and the sour cream and pepper and whisk to combine. Taste for seasoning and serve hot.

Recipe and picture courtesy of Ina Garten, Food Network

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Preview – Episode 402

This week on Atlanta Eats it’s husbands and wives delivering the goods! First up it’s Joy Café in Buckhead where this happy couple teach us what home-made food is really all about.  Then we stop by Corner Grille where Julian & Annette deliver a taste of New Orleans flavor in historic College Park. Finally it’s Sobban in Decatur where the combo that introduced us to Heirloom Barbecue is at it again bringing Korean tastes to Southern diner classics.

If you’re not hungry….and thirsty, you’re not paying attention!

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Buddy V’s Ristorante

When he decided to open his very first restaurant, The Cake Boss chose the one and only Venetian Palazzo in Las Vegas. Using family recipes and his own world-famous desserts, he has built a restaurant that is truly destination worthy.

Lagasse’s Stadium

Where else would you expect to find the #1 sports bar in the world except for Las Vegas? And Emeril Lagasse built it in a way that will leave you stunned and wanting more. Bringing his passion for Cajun cooking and love of sports, you’ll seriously consider moving in to this one-of-a-kind spot!

Bouchon

Thomas Keller is a chef that can be described in one word; genius. Having already built the nations most acclaimed restaurant, The French Laundry, he set his sight on taking over Vegas. In it’s tenth year, Bouchon is proof that he has accomplished his task, and then some.

Steak Shapiro Joins The Regular Guys to Talk Vegas

This week it’s Atlanta Eats on the Road in Las Vegas! Host Steak Shapiro sat down with The Regular Guys to talk Vegas and give a taste of the episode.

If you’re not hungry….and thirsty, you’re not paying attention!

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It’s Vegas, Steak’s Got You Covered…..A Must Read….

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This weekend, Atlanta Eats is taking the show on the road and heading to Vegas! I sat down with the man, the legend, the honorary mayor of Las Vegas,  Steak Shapiro to give you the ULTIMATE guy’s guide to Sin City.

 

Krista: What is the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a restaurant in Vegas?

Steak: Don’t make yourself crazy! If you’re staying at a really nice hotel on the Strip, it probably has a bunch of 5 star spots. I stay at the Venetian and I never leave because they have great restaurants (Cut, Bouchon, Carnevino) and I don’t want to deal with booking a car service or waiting in monster cab lines. Vegas has more great food in one tiny area than any place in the world!

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K: How can I put together the perfect group for a trip to Vegas?

S: First you need a ringleader who is comfortable and embraces the responsibility of not only making plans but trying to keep people on a program.

You need the party animal; always available for one more drink by the pool, in the club, at the tables or heck, over breakfast. You don’t want to be that person, but you always want to know they are there

You want the Mr/Mrs ‘life is freaking great!’ to provide a positive energy at all times.

And you want Mr/Mrs deep pockets. Need I say more? Vegas can be costly…

 

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K:What are you insider’s tips to Vegas?

S:The best place to gamble and win is always the less crowded hotels. For a great chance to win money and experience, truly ‘old school Vegas’ you need to be downtown. The energy downtown is really coming back. And you can’t go wrong at the Golden Nugget or at Binion’s Casino. Or really, Fremont Street in general.

 

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K: What would be you last meal in Vegas?

The classic Rat Pack, old school steakhouse is Michael’s at South Point. Huge velvet chairs, a 50 seat dining room, lobsters and steaks that could sink a battle ship.

 

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K: Ultimate Date Night/Boy’s Night in Vegas is?

Date Night: Cut at the Venetian is Wolfgang Puck’s #1 restaurant by a mile. Romantic, classy, the finest service. If you don’t get lucky after dinner here, she’s either really drunk or your marriage is in trouble.

Boys Night: Carnivino at the Pallazo is a Mario Batalli crown jewel of awesome steaks and delicious italian. Belly up to the stretch bar with TVs before dinner and get the martinis flowing. After heading into the dining room, order 4 pastas for the table to start. Move your way to two massive porterhouses and multiple sides and hammer out a few classic desserts. Tip your waiter $50 cash before you even start and let him know that we should never see an empty glass at the table for the next three hours.

 

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Pasta! | Mom Thyme

Atlanta Eats | Mom Thyme

 

The first time I cooked spaghetti squash for dinner I was a bit skeptical. It was the second week of January and one of my New Year’s resolutions was to cook healthier meals for my family. The grilled chicken, fish, and roasted vegetables were great those first few days, but I was really missing my favorite comfort food of all-time, spaghetti and meat sauce.

Like many of you, I’d heard people talk about spaghetti squash being a great substitute for pasta, but categorized these individuals as A) health nuts who probably didn’t like carbs in the first place, or, B) crazed dieters so hungry for “real food” they’d think anything was good. Wow, was I mistaken! Since that very first dinner of spaghetti squash and meat sauce (browned ground turkey + marinara sauce), it’s now a meal my family looks forward to each week. And, it’s so good, we don’t even miss the pasta!

If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash before, you’re going to be amazed at how much it resembles real spaghetti (you can even twirl the “strands” around on your fork!). However, I don’t want to set false expectations, spaghetti squash does not taste exactly like pasta. It has a sweet, delicate flavor all its own and, like pasta, is absolutely delicious when tossed with your favorite tomato or cream based sauce. A friend put it best when she said that spaghetti squash simply takes the “role” of pasta in a pasta dish.

One cup of cooked spaghetti squash has 42 calories, 10 grams of carbs, and is chock full of nutrients like Vitamin A and potassium. So, with swimsuit season right around the corner, what are you waiting for? Try my method below for baking spaghetti squash and let me know what your thoughts.

And, if you already have a favorite recipe that uses spaghetti squash, please write in and let me know about it – I’d love to hear from you!

Spaghetti Squash 101: How to Bake a Spaghetti Squash

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Pierce spaghetti squash with a knife and bake for 50 – 55 minutes (or, until spaghetti squash is soft). I like my spaghetti squash a little more “done”. Cook for less time if you prefer it “al dente”.
  • Cut your spaghetti squash into two even halves and scoop the seeds out with a spoon. (If you’d like, you can save the seeds and roast them later like you would pumpkin seeds.)
  • Using a fork, scrape the strands of spaghetti squash into a bowl.
  • Toss spaghetti squash with your favorite tomato or cream based sauce. Or, simply toss with butter, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

 

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Celebrity Passport to Flavor

Atlanta Eats is partnering with Celebrity Cruises to bring you the opportunity to win passes to the biggest and best food, wine, and events in the area.

1 lucky winner will receive 4 VIP tickets & VIP parking to see Alabama in concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

More info on the Alabama concert & general information about the venue here

Winners will be chosen next Wednesday, April 23rd and notified via email

Sign up below for a chance to win tickets to this event. By providing your e-mail address, you are opting-in to receive information from Celebrity Cruises.

 

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Preview – Episode 401

This week it’s Atlanta Eats on the Road in Las Vegas! We dine in celebrity hot spots right on the Vegas strip. First stop world famous Legasse Stadium, where the famed chef Emeril Legassee takes it up a notch for game time. Then we visit culinary genius Thomas Keller at Bouchon for his take on classic French bistro fare. We wrap it up with non other than The Cake Boss himself Buddy Valastro and his first ever restaurant for old style Italian recipes at Buddy V’s on the strip.

If you’re not hungry….and thirsty, you’re not paying attention!

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Guys, It’s BBQ Shrimp in Heaven That You Just Can’t Pass Up in 7 Things.

7 Things I'm Sure Of | Atlanta Eats

 

 7 Things I am Sure About: Season 4 Premier Edition

 

1.  That the tastiest collared greens I may have possibly ever eaten can be found at the new BBQ joint on Roswell Road near Chastain, Greater Good BBQ. Get ready for a delicious spicy kick which will have you guessing what is exactly in there. You’ll find out their secrets when we feature Greater Good on the show during Season 4.

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2. That nobody loves being The Cake Boss more than the Cake Boss as you will see when I visit his brand new restaurant in Vegas, Buddy V’s during the premier of Atlanta Eats Season 4 /On the Road. After watching the 6 minute segment you will get a great sense why Buddy connects with most of America. and probably find yourself thinking about meatballs and spaghetti for dinner.

 

 

3. That there is absolutely nothing wrong with staying in Downtown LA if you are hoping for some great meals. Just spent 3 weeks there filming my new Food Network show and had 4-6 great meals within walking distance of the hotel……..everything from out of this park seafood at the Water Grille to the insanely popular Bottega Louie’s for pizzas, pastas and small plates or the old school favorite LA deli Langers with pastrami that has relocated New Yorkers weeping.

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4.That Braves fans are going to be saying that every dime they are paying Freddie Freeman this year and moving forward is well worth it while saying quite the opposite when considering BJ Upton.

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5. That a trip to the Buckhead Diner on a Sunday afternoon with the family for some cornbread rolls, chips with bleu cheese and veal meatloaf may not be great for the waistline but will be just perfect for your soul…..

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6. That the definition of paradise for a sports fan is undoubtedly Emeril LaGasse’s Stadium at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas also featured in this week’s season premier of Atlanta Eats. How about chicken wings and quesadillas on steroids, Emeril’s signature barbecued shrimp right out of his New Orleans restaurants and a real live sports book to wager on games with. Throw in massive desserts, the biggest TV’s you ever cozied up to and oh yeah, they got black jack tables and craps games happening all around you..

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7. That the dining scene in College Park is hot and only getting more el fuego. Cozy restaurants with incredible bbq, seafood and Southern specialties made our trip there for Season 4 to cover The Pecan and Corner Grille a no brainer. I love watching a community like this really separate themselves with their own identity and only two blocks away from the 2nd biggest convention center in our city means more biz is on the way.

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Hop City

Touring the world with the U.S. Coast Guard allowed Kraig Torres, the owner of Hop City, to drink his way across the world. And for that, Atlanta thanks him! In 2009, he brought his passion, or maybe obsession is the right word, for beer to the West Side. From bottles of every type that fill your dreams, to Growler Town, this is truly a beer lover’s paradise.

To say that Kraig Torres loves beer, is VERY serious understatement. But, thankfully for us his love is only matched by his generosity. His goal is to share the passion for beer with Atlanta. Opening on the West Side in 2009, his was the first of it’s kind. Sure, we had grocery stores stocked with macrobrews and liquor stores with a selectrion of craft brew, but nothing like Hop City.

When you walk in to Hop City for the first time, you’ll have remind yourself to keep walking. You’ll stop in your tracks with eyes wide and mouth slightly open. Beer…so much beer. And yes, it will be overwhelming for most of us. That’s why Kraig and his incredible staff of self proclaimed beer geeks are there to help. Say you want something that tastes like Christmas, or need to impress that neighbor that thinks he knows everything there is to know about beer. Hop City’s staff will guide to whatever your heart, and taste buds, desire.

Oh, and did we mention Growler Town? Oh yes, and town is not an exaggeration. One of the first places in Atlanta to serve growlers, Hop City has 60 taps of delicious beer all for you. Now, what exactly is a growler? Well, it’s a 64 oz jug that allows you to take home beer, straight from the tap! That’s right, draft beer…at home! Genius! And the best part? And we’re not talking Miller Lite, either. The delicious nectar that flows from these taps are a mix of local and rare. Many are not even available in bottle! So, sit back and allow yourself to be transported to Heaven, er Growler Town!

Sweetwater Brewery

From North Carolina to the banks of the Mississippi, the South is getting a taste of West Coast style beer from the folks at Sweetwater Brewing. The love these guys have for beer is obvious the moment you put that pale ale to your lips. So pull up a seat and grab a glass because Sweetwater is about to serve up your new favorite brew.

Founders Freddy and Kevin met while attending the University of Colorado and immediately fell in love with the brewing world. After they finished academia, they began their real education, brewing beer, at The American Brewers Guild in California. When they headed to Atlanta in 1996, it was apparent we were desperate need of some West Coast Style brew.

And boy, did they bring it. With the help of friends, family and a few bars willing to give them a chance, Sweetwater began quenching ATL’s thirst with their brews Sweetwater ESB, Sweetwater Blue &, Sweetwater 420. And, we were never the same. Bringing their style of aggressive and hoppy ales to the South is something the beer community will always be thankful for.

Since they’ve opened, Sweetwater has grown in the shadow of the city and is now our largest brewery. They have hosted the World Beer Cup, won Small Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival and received countless accolades from critics and consumers alike. Recently completing a brewery expansion, they now have a 25,000 square foot brewing facility and distribute over 700,000 cases per year. And with all of that, they’ll still be our beloved hometown brewery.