Valentine’s Day is a big day not just for romantic couples, but for the restaurants too. It is estimated that more than a quarter of American adults will dine out, making this day one of the busiest days in the kitchen besides Mother’s Day. And this year it is on a Friday night.
How are you going to spend your Valentine’s Day? Many Atlanta restaurants have been trying to figure out just how to win their diner’s hearts and their reservation. They’ve thrown out the prix fixe menu in favor of these alternatives.
If you want just desserts: Indulge in an “off menu” dessert experience at Osteria Mattone. Six dessert courses will be served in the restaurant’s intimate wine cellar. The reservations are first come, first serve and available Thursday February 13 to Saturday February 15 at either 7:45 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Email email@example.com.
If you want to win together: Old Vinings Inn is looking for the couple with the most romantic proposal story. Submit your photo
The Shed at Glenwood is hosting a family-style pop-up dinner on Feb. 23 featuring guest of honor Lolis Eric Elie, story editor for the HBO series Treme and the author of “Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans” (Chronicle Books, $29.95).
Elie, a founder of the Southern Foodways Alliance, also authored “Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country.” He’s a former business reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and was a columnist and reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
If you missed the four seasons of Treme, which concluded in December 2013, it was a compelling chronicle of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Besides the city’s rich music culture and Mardi Gras Indians, chefs, food and drink were major preoccupations of the series.
Featured chefs and mixologists for the evening include chef Todd Richards of The Shed at Glenwood and upcoming barbecue spot The Pig & The Pearl, chef Duane Nutter of One Flew
Today marks the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. We felt it was only necessary to celebrate with the “water of life.” That translates from the Russian word “zhiznennaia voda,” AKA vodka. We aren’t talking about “sex on the beach” or “vodka cranberry” wells, we’re talking about the authentic Russian-style liquor served to the vodka purists. Throughout your time watching the games, don’t forget to have one of these Russian vodka drinks in hand.
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All three of these bars are shaking up your history lesson with “Putin’s Patience.” This concoction features Stoli vodka, maraschino, crème de violette and lemon juice. A hint of floral, a bittersweet cherry tang and a kick of vodka.
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Freud said there were two essential human instincts — Eros and Thanatos, sex and death. But BoccaLupo chef-owner Bruce Logue proves there is a third: Noodleos, a compulsion deep in our souls that tells us to bury our faces in bowl after bowl of his delicious pasta.
Logue understands the primeval pleasure of pasta like no other cook I know. All pasta. He appreciates the chewy tug of dried macaroni that you chase and spear with your fork, the silk of fresh fettuccine that you twirl and inhale, the crisp edges and steamy pockets of baked cannelloni. His menu — a few antipasti, a few desserts, an entree special or two but pasta, pasta, pasta — is a love song to the endless possibilities that start with flour and water.
In her four-star review of the Inman Park restaurant last September, Jenny Turknett said that BoccaLupo “had the makings of Atlanta’s next great restaurant.” It’s already there if you’re just taking into account the sheer pleasure you get from eating
Watershed fried chicken at lunch
Starting today, Watershed on Peachtree’s famous fried chicken will now be on the menu on Wednesdays at lunch and dinner, with lunch service beginning at 11:30 a.m. Chef Joe Truex told Atlanta Magazine,“We’re frying them in the morning anyway—we start the process right before noon—so we figure, why not turn it loose?” As always, Truex recommends getting there early or risk losing out.1820 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, 404-809-3561, watershedrestaurant.com.
Lovies BBQ open on Piedmont Road
Atlanta’s legions of barbecue lovers have a new spot to try. Lovies BBQ recently opened on Piedmont Road, with dine-in and takeout service and a focus on “the highest quality local ingredients matched with old, traditional cooking techniques.” Look for a simple menu of smoked meats, including pulled pork, chicken and ribs, Brunswick stew and sides such as greens, mac-and-cheese, fried Brussels sprouts and house-made potato chips. 3420 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and today we offer a twist on your traditional champagne by mixing in tea. Before your mind wanders to Southern gallons of sweet tea, rest assure this is not the case. We chose to use Teavana’s Valentine’s Day “Strawberry Blush Rose” tea for a concoction of fruity berries and bubbly champagne. You can sub out another tea for this one, but stick to a lighter oolong variety. The Strawberry Blush Rose has hints of strawberries, rose buds, rhubarb, white grapes and soft vanilla.
If you are using loose-leaf tea, you’ll need to use a steeper.
Strawberry Blush Rosé Recipe
1. Boil 16 ounces of water.
2. Add 1/2 cup sugar into a tea steeper and pour in water. Stir to dissolve sugar
4. Add 1/2 cup of Strawberry Blush Rosé tea.
5. Steep for 3 minutes.
6. Stain brewed tea over a pitcher.
Hello, good people of Atlanta. Here comes a minor post about two decent but not great sandwiches.
At left we have the “Korean” at 7 Hens, the Decatur sandwich shop that serves a variety of internationally themed chicken schnitzel sandwiches and appears to be the prototype of a hoped-for franchise operation. I like the place well enough, and my kid loves it, so we go now and again.
I thought the latest offering would be right my wheelhouse. Fried chicken strips, kimchee and a slathering of galbi sauce? Yes please. Unfortunately, it all turned mushy and goopy fast, and the chicken lost its all-important crunch. The over-marinated, falling-apart cucumbers I chose for a side didn’t help. I’ve liked other stuff here better.
Next up, the “Rebel Reuben” at Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in Dunwoody. Sliced turkey breast joins sweet cole slaw, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on grilled pumpernickel bread. It was fine – something I might order again
During the “snowpocalypse” last Tuesday afternoon, several Atlanta businesses shut down, causing a mass exodus on the roadways. We share the story of Farm Burger in Buckhead, where four employees voluntarily decided to spend the night in the restaurant instead of dealing with traffic. The result? According to owner George Frangos, their sales were 30% higher than an average Tuesday night and Wednesday lunch/dinner shift.
The Managers: Nick Hardin (NH) and Mishma Slaughter (MS)
The other two employees: T Lee and Salil
Nick, you were going to have the employees stay at your apartment in Brookhaven, but what changed your mind?
NH: When I discovered I parked on the top level of the parking deck, I didn’t want to chance driving my car down the ramp under those conditions. Our logic was: why not stay here? Everyone that was stuck at the restaurant was due to work the next morning anyway, and we figured there wouldn’t be many restaurants open.
Mishma, you said you abandoned your
As usual, Budweiser came up with a couple of the best-reviewed Super Bowl commercials, including its heart-tugging dog-and-horse showcase “Puppy Love” spot.
And as usual, smaller craft breweries couldn’t compete with the kind of cash big beer companies like Budweiser’s Belgian-based owners AB-InBev shelled out to be on the big stage.
But Marietta’s Red Hare Brewing Co. did manage to release its newest commercial in time to poke fun at some of the other beer ads shown on Sunday night.
For a locally-produced spot, it looks pretty darn good, too.
What do you think of the Red Hare BeerLove commercial?
— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food & More blog.
I guess I was one of the lucky ones. I was near my office in Dunwoody on Tuesday afternoon when it started to snow. But I got a bad feeling. I was coming down with a case of the cruds, my kid’s school would surely let out early, and the meeting I was supposed to attend seemed skippable. “If you don’t mind, I’m going to head home early,” I told my supervisor over the phone from the car. No problemo, she said.
The two-hour-plus commute back to Decatur wasn’t fun, but little did I know what was coming. Unlike my colleagues who spent the night in the office or on the road, I had it easy. I lay under the covers with a box of Kleenex and a laptop and reported on those restaurants and bars that closed up early and those that stayed open. Mostly I retweeted. It wasn’t the lord’s work, but it seemed to strike a chord with people around town.
Why do people so desperately want to go out to eat in a snowstorm? Isn’t that the time to cook?
When I was a kid