Cooking for Mom? Great Mother’s Day Recipes

May 13, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu / 0 Comments
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With Mother’s Day tomorrow, I wanted to share a few special internationally-inspired brunch recipes that I thought might be of interest timed to the holiday and beyond. Each exotic recipe below is complemented by Nando’s beloved PERi-PERi sauce. Those looking to add a spicy spring spin need to look no further than the flavorful Zucchini and Tomato Baked Eggs, Pineapple and Sweet Potato Kebabs or Cornflake Chicken! You still have time to purchase the sauce at Kroger, Publix and Walmart.

The South African/Portuguese sauce, beloved by Ed Sheeran, Drake, Bella Hadid and more, brings bold flavor and spice to any dish via its main ingredient, the African Birds Eye Chili, a unique pepper hailing from Mozambique. Also worth noting that according to Harvard, spicy foods may even help you live longer –  making it the perfect ingredient for all mom’s out there who appreciate a little spice in their life!

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Cooking for Mom? Great Mother’s Day Recipes

Chicken, Pineapple & Sweet Potato Kebabs

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 Chicken breasts with skin on, each cut into 3

1 Pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks

2 Sweet potato, washed and cut into chunks

2 Yellow peppers, quartered

2 Red peppers, quartered

Bay leaves, to garnish

3 Tbsp Olive oil

1 Cup Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

½ Cup coconut cream

Method

1.    Preheat oven to 350°F. Skewer the chicken, pineapple, sweet potato, yellow peppers and onion onto a large skewer garnishing each end with a bay leaf.

2.    Combine the olive oil, Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce and coconut cream in a mixing bowl. Coat the kebabs with the spicy marinade and place in the oven to roast for 45 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked and golden brown.


Zucchini and Tomato Baked Eggs

Preparation Time: 8 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 Yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced

1 Zucchini, chopped into small chunks

½ Red pepper, cut into small chunks

14 oz. Canned tomatoes

2 Eggs

2 Tbsp Oil

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

1 oz. Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

Pinch of salt

Cilantro

Method

1.    On medium-low heat combine the olive oil and cumin seeds in a deep, medium skillet and stir until fragrant.

2.   Add the onions and a pinch of salt to the skillet and stir until they begin to brown, then stir in the zucchini and red pepper.

3.   Pour the canned tomatoes over the top of the veggies so that it makes an even layer and swirl Nando’s PERi-PERi on top. Let simmer for 5 minutes

4.   Crack the eggs into the skillet, ensuring enough space between them

5.   Take skillet off heat and place under a hot grill until eggs are cooked, about 5 minutes

6.   Top with fresh cilantro and serve with chunks of warm bread if desired

PERi-PERi Cornflake Chicken Strips

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 Minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

2 Chicken breasts with skin off, each cut into 4 strips

1 bottle Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

½ Cup plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper

½ Cup crushed Cornflakes

Method

1.    Preheat oven to 425°F

2.    Coat each strip of chicken in the flour mixture and dip in Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce before covering with the crushed cornflakes

3.   Lay on a slightly greased pan and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes

4.   Enjoy by dipping in more of your favorite Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks Review and Sweepstakes

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I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks are a brand of GMO-free fruit snacks available in three varieties, all of which are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit purées and real fruit juices. These fruit snacks have 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and are a good source of Vitamins A and E. Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are also gluten-free, preservative-free and made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources.  The three varieties available are Fruit Medley, Tropical, and Mixed Berry.

Snacks are a favorite in my household and the Fruit Medley fruit snacks, were the perfect substitute for my sweet tooth just less fattening:) Each box comes with eight individually wrapped snack pouches.  To see where to get them for yourself, check here.

Right now, in time for Mother’s Day, Go Organically Fruit Snacks have a great sweepstakes that ends, May 14th, 2017 at 11:59pm, see details below:

To enter:

  • Simply visit http://goorganicallymominationsweeps.com/, and share what makes the mom you are entering so special. The description will automatically enter you AND the “mominee” for a chance to win the first two tier prizes. To enter for the grand prize, you must upload a photo in addition to sharing what makes your “mominee” so special.

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $500 Visa gift card and 3 boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Runners Up: A bouquet of flowers and 3 boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Giveaways: 1 box of Go Organically Fruit Snacks

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What ways are you honoring your Mom this Mother’s Day?

 


Atlanta Dining Out Passbook only $35.00

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I am an Atlanta Dining Out Ambassador, #affiliate and will receive a small commission with your purchase at no addition cost to you.

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Now if you are anything like me and love #BOGO deals, live in the Metro Atlanta Area and love food then check this out. DiningOut Magazine has this great Atlanta Dining Out Passbook which gives you access to 2 for 1 entrees at over 60 restaurants in the Metro Atlanta area!

Atlanta Dining Out Passbook only $35.00

All you need to do is present the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook, that has the with coupons included, at participating restaurants and you will receive 2 for 1 entrees. My birthday is in less than two weeks and yes indeed, I have eyeballed a couple of places that I would like to visit and this is the perfect way.

Happy Birthday to Me. I love 2 for 1 deals.

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The passbook usually retails for $99 but I have a great offer for all of you! Use the coupon code G4BMPass2017 to purchase the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook for only $35! The passbook is valid through November 30, 2017 and you must present the entire passbook (its a small paper booklet) at restaurants. You can USE THIS LINK to see the entire list of participating restaurants and to purchase your passbook now!

Some of the participating restaurants are:

Food 101, Freight Kitchen, Tierras Alto, Guaco Joes, Henry’s, Hook Line & Schooner, Hudson Grille, Ice Martini and Sushi Bar, Industry Tavern, Joe’s on Jupiter, Kouzina Christos, Loca Luna Restaurant and Bar, Lovie’s BBQ, McCray’s Tavern and many more.

And out of this list, I hope to visit at least 4. Hint Hint. How about you? What is your favorite restaurant in Atlanta? 

 


Cooking Fresh Seafood with Sprouts Farmers Market

I did not receive monies for this review, however was given a gift card which did not
influence my opinion in any way. Sprouts is providing the winner with a gift card 
after winner is chosen.

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After attending the GF & AF Expo in Atlanta last year, I fell in love with Sprouts Farmers Market and I have been to their website and have bugged some of their staff to open a store in my area, but to date they haven’t:(They will though. I refuse to be denied:)

In the meanwhile, if I am near the closest store in my area, I try to stop by. Recently, after becoming a part of Atlanta Food Bloggers Society, I was invited to attend an interactive (which I did not expect) cooking demo at The Cook’s Warehouse that was hosted by Sprouts.

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To top that, the beautiful and talented Chef that was teaching was Chef Tregaye Fraser, winner of Season 12 the Next Food Network Star. Chef Tregaye is also the new host of “The Kitchen Sink” on the Food Network.

During the event, Chef Tregaye showed us how to make some fresh seafood recipes, including lettuce wrap fish tacos, which following her demo, we separated into teams and had to come up with a spin to her recipe utilizing only Sprouts branded products.

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We unfortunately did not win, but the food tasted great and we came in 2nd place which was still so cool. On top of it, everyone left with a $100 dollar gift card to Sprouts and a bag filled with some of their great products.

Sprouts paired with me and is giving you a chance to win a $25 dollar gift card by entering below:

$25.00 Sprouts Farmers Market Gift Card (Cooking Fresh Seafood)

Have you ever been to Sprouts Farmers Market? If so, what’s your favorite thing about Sprouts? If you haven’t, what are you looking forward to purchasing? Comment below.


Diabetes Health: Switch It Up Recipe Book

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I have received this recipe book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This 
post has affiliate links, and if the product is ordered I receive a small commission at
no additional cost to you.

Many of us have someone in their circle that has Diabetes, and honestly it may be ourselves, but you find that you gt tired of eating the same boring food. If you want to find new and exciting ways to change it up, well Chef Corinne Trang has the perfect book for you, Switch It UpSwitch-it-up-book

I am not diabetic, but have been told that the numbers are close and if I do not change up that I can easily cross the line. I have and had many family members and friends that are/were diabetic and some have the same cry. I do not know what to cook or my food is not as tasty and good, but Chef Corinne has a solution to that.

There are several tasty recipes included and one the Curry Split Pea Soup (pg 38-9). Little prep and cooking time, and perfect for those ones with busy lives. I have included, with permission 1 great recipe:

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APPLE CRANBERRY PECAN CRISP

SERVES 12

SERVING 1/2 cup

PREP 20 minutes

COOK 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

8 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

12 ounces fresh cranberries

3/4 cup sugar, divided use

2 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1 cup crushed raw or roasted unsalted walnuts

4 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Autumn’s colorful and glorious foliage comes around and I think crisp with one of the most delicious combinations, apple, cranberry, and walnuts. On the tart side with not too much sugar added, this crisp relies on the natural flavors of the fruit. One of the easiest desserts to make, it is also a perfect breakfast, including fruit, nuts, and rolled oats.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F for 20 minutes. In a large rectangular baking dish (9 × 12-inch), add the apples, cranberries, and half the sugar and toss well. In a medium bowl, add the rolled oats, flour, remaining sugar, walnuts, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Mix well and scatter over the apples and cranberries. Bake until the apples are soft, the juices surface, and the topping is golden, about 50 minutes, covering midway with aluminum foil, if necessary.

EXCHANGES / CHOICES

3 1/2 Carbohydrate

2 Fat

Calories 315

Calories from Fat 110

Total Fat 12.0 g

Saturated Fat 1.1 g

Trans Fat 0.0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 0 mg

Potassium 280 mg

Total Carbohydrate 51 g

Dietary Fiber 6 g

Sugars 29 g

Protein 5 g

Phosphorus 135 mg

“©2017 by Corinne Trang. Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association. Switch It Up is available at ShopDiabetes.org, in bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733. Food Photography: Corinne Trang”

About the Author
Corinne Trang is the award-winning author of nine cookbooks, including 2013 Nautilus Award-winning Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook, as well as Essentials of Asian Cuisine and Authentic Vietnamese Cooking. Trang is a frequent television and radio guest and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Early Morning Show, Martha Stewart Living, PBS, FOX News, ABC, CNN, Lifetime, Discovery, Food Network, Sirius, Business Talk Radio, NPR, and Bloomberg. She has written for numerous publications including: Saveur, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, Island, Gourmet, CookingLight, and Bon Appetit, and has taught and lectured internationally. For more information, visit www.corinnetrang.com.

 


Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be

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This post is sponsored by Horizon Theatre, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Hubby and I try to do something different every date night and this one was no different. We usually venture out somewhere and love doing it and Inman Park is one of our favorites areas of Atlanta to explore. I wanted to mention to you just in case you are thinking of stepping out to a different part of Atlanta, this is one place that should not be overlooked.

Inman Park is smack dab in what I would call the artisty district. Many opportunities to sitesee with all of the unique homes and businesses in the area not including people watching. If you love that alone this is one of the places to do that. There is no telling what you may see, from people with various forms of expression (dress, attitude, talent (singing and/or drawing on the street and more). Speaking of talent, one of the best places to see a great play that includes singing from very talented and unforgettable actors and actresses, including producers, set designers and more are found at the Horizon Theatre smack dab right in the middle of Inman Park.

Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be

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Now through April 30th, the Horizon Theatre is featuring an Off Broadway Hit called Nobody Loves You. This is a musical comedy that takes place on the set of a reality TV dating show. It does make you wonder to what degree of manipulation after seeing the play some of the reality TV shows have in it.

Horizon Theatre is in Inman Park and Little Five Points and every single play that I have had the pleasure to attend manages to be better than the last. It has the perfect setup in the sense that it is intimate where you feel that the play is just being put on for you, but the actors, producers and all of the staff involved perform as if they are on Broadway. They are just that excellent.

The current play is Nobody Loves You which is about Jeff, a grad student in pursuit of winning his girlfriend back but ends up a contestant on a Reality TV show only to find that she is not one of the cast. He attempts to expose the show’s authenticity and low and behold he falls in love with Jenny, a producer on the show. There are lots of little surprises here and there so make sure to pay attention.

Tickets are $25 and the play with intermission is about 2 hours long, however if you get a little hungry or thirsty they have refreshments and light snacks available.

After the play if you are hungry feel free to enjoy a wonderful dinner in one of the great eats in the area, note this is not a list of all the great restaurants, but I wanted to focus on two, Cameli’s:

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One of my favorites from the first time going and I have not forgotten about it is Frontpage News: Even though I have mentioned this restaurant before, it is worth mentioning again..Great food, drinks and music

 

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Cheers and here is hoping that you enjoy my recommendations for why Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be so if you see me make sure to stop me and say hello. I am sure that I will see you at Horizon Theatre if nothing else for this play and many more.

Have you been to the Inman Park area? If so, what is your favorite aspect of the area?


Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 ATLANTA

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Disclaimer: I am an official blogger for the 2017 Atlanta Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo and I have received complimentary passes in addition to discount codes and an affiliate link for #GFAFExpo tickets. Gluten-Free

 

Things are certainly looking up more and more for me. Why you ask? Well, I am going to be able to for the 2nd year in a row be one of the Official Blogger for one of Atlanta’s hottest events, Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo.

Last year I went and please click here ⇒ #GFAFExpo Recap of the event from last year and all of the great brands and information I came back home with and to this day some of the brands I am still using because they are that great.

Since having challenges with miscarriages, I have been on a quest to see if maybe just maybe my challenges were/are due to gluten and to be honest the results are still inconclusive. I actually found out after some testing that I am more allergic to some of my favorite foods, pineapples and eggs. Go figure. I can honestly tell you I feel better as a whole when not eating gluten and that alone is worth giving it up for good. It has not been easy since I love cake, but I am willing to attempt to change for the better. Who is with me?

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Details about the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 Atlanta

Where is it: 

Cobb Galleria Centre–Exhibit Hall A
Two Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339

When is it: 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 20th, 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 21st, 2017

 

What Can You Look Forward To:
Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands
Valuable coupons at the vendor booths
Samples from the vendors are considered to be gluten free.
Discounted products available for purchase
Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle
Free reusable bag to carry your goodies and you will receive many more

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5 Free tickets for 1 free Adult Single Day Pass by entering below:

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 Atlanta Giveaway

 

 

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However if you do not want to take a chance with luck you can always get your tickets ahead of time and skip the line. You can even save money by getting your tickets ahead. From now up until April 19 you will receive an additional 30% off: Gimme Tickets Now or you wait until and between April 20th and my birthday, May 19th you will receive 20% offIs it too late tickets. See below the codes to use to get the discounts.Discount-Gluten-Free-Allergen-Friendly

30% off  w/ code EARLYBIRD (thru 4/19)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 5/19)

This is such as awesome event that you will want to stay connected and to do so please follow #GFAFExpo: 
Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on Facebook
Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on Twitter

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Have you been to a #GFAFExpo? What did you like the most about it?


Atlanta is my home now

April 12, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu, Product Reviews
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I am a proud transplant from Michigan, the “D” in particular and very proud of it, but have found a new love, Atlanta. There was a time in which you would be able to listen to me and tell that I was not from Atlanta, but not so much anymore. In fact, people say that also about my hubby which is awesome. Atlanta is a great place and I do not mind being associated with it.

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One of the things that I love from Michigan are the great professional sports teams that they have there and the great inexpensive food choices. I found after moving here that I am not missing out on either one by moving here. There are great professional sports teams in Atlanta, like the Falcons which were in the Superbowl, the Hawks who are currently in the championship and the Braves that will start their season this week in their new stadium.

Speaking of great food choices, Church’s Chicken, has been one of my staples and I was happy as can be when I saw that I can get the same great tasting okra in Atlanta as I did back in Detroit. Almost everytime and I mean everytime I go to Church’s I have to have okra. It is a no brainer.

Being from out of state like I mentioned, it was good to see that this company is involved right in the community in which they have their businesses. Check out below how much Church’s stays true to its roots in Atlanta.

Take advantage of the Church’s meal deals going on now:

Atlanta Meal Deal: 8pc Shrimp and 5 hush Puppy Bites at $3.99
Atlanta Meal Deal: 2pc Fish and 5 hush puppy bites at $3.79

 

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Yes, my meal from Church’s Chicken today included okra (of course), daily 2 piece special and I snuck in some Hush Puppy Bites all of which satisfied me and left me full. I had to sneak in a box of chicken strips too for my dinner which I will be putting on my bed of salad fixings to make my salad a more hardier meal.

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Again when you get a chance check out what Church’s Chicken is doing for our community, because #ChurchslovesAtlanta just as much as we love them.

 


The Big Ketch Entices Guests w/The Big Easy Now Through April 30

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 (Press Release courtesy of Melissa Libby & Associates)

THE BIG KETCH ENTICES GUESTS WITH THE BIG EASY NOW THROUGH APRIL 30

A taste of New Orleans on the menu in Buckhead and Roswell

 

WHAT:

The kitchen krewe at The Big Ketch is bringing the soul of the Southern coast to Atlanta with a special New Orleans-themed menu available now through April 30. This special menu features the following:

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Available all day:

  • Crawfish Bites – flash-fried crawfish tails with Lowcountry aioli ($8.95)
  • Gator Bites – marinated gator tail bites flash-fried and served with New Orleans barbecue sauce ($8.95)

Lunch features:

  • Fried Crawfish Po’ Boy – shredded lettuce, tomato and Lowcountry aioli ($14.95)
  • Gator Tail Po’ Boy – shredded lettuce, tomato, rémoulade and a drizzle of New Orleans barbecue sauce ($13.95)

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Dinner features:

  • New Orleans BBQ Shrimp – blackened shrimp over smashed tomatoes with grilled green beans and Worcestershire-spiked creole garlic butter sauce ($21.99)
  • Seafood Gumbo – blackened shrimp and crawfish tails served over a creole seafood gumbo with seasoned rice and flash-fried okra ($22.95)

WHEN:                                

Now through April 30, 2017

WHERE:

The Big Ketch in Buckhead

3279 Roswell Road

Atlanta, GA 30305

404-474-9508

 

The Big Ketch on Canton Street

1105 Canton Street

Roswell, GA 30075

770-993-5749

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About The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? That’s the spirit behind The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill – fresh, casual seafood, prepared with a gourmet touch. Atlanta’s local beach house first opened its doors in Buckhead in 2010, followed by a second Roswell location in 2015. Known for sourcing the highest quality seafood and offering friendly service in a relaxing atmosphere, The Big Ketch is the perfect place to dine with friends and family any day of the week! For more information, visit thebigketch.com.


Marietta Square Gem Piastra

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On a beautiful Tuesday night in the Marietta Square I was able to take part in a wonderful wine and food pairing. In the heart of the Marietta Square, Piastra Restaurant is one of those hidden gems. I have been to the Marietta Square many times and have never been to the restaurant until that day thanks to Culinary Local.

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I felt that I was a VIP with all of the participants of the Italian Varietal Dinner were in a separate room off to the back. I met Chef Greg and the representative from Cliffhanger Wines and they both are/were a wealth of information. Chef shared why and how he chose his selections of food for the parings and the guests learned about the different types of wines and the grapes used to make certain wines.

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Here is what you missed:

Course 1:

Cliffhanger Vineyards Pinot Grigio

-Yellowtail Carpaccio, Vidalia Onions, Radish, Red Peppers

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Course 2:

Stemmari Nero D’Avola

-Torta Di Funghi – Mushroom “Pie”, Roasted Shallots and House Made Ricotta

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Course 3:

Cliffhanger Vineyards Proprietary Red Blend

-Charred Octopus with Toasted Almond and Black Olives over Spaghetti Squash

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Course 4:

Tolloy Pinot Noir

-Boar Sugo with Goat Ricotta and hand rolled Fazzoletti

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Course 5:

Castello Di Querceto Vin Santo del Chianti Classico

-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Sour Cherries and Almond Brittle

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It was a generous amount of excellent food and wine for a very reasonable price and everyone left saying that they will be back for more. My favorites were Courses 4 and Course 5, but all of them were good. This was a great time for my try something new segment because I had never had boar or octapus.

So if you are looking for beautiful and great tasting food and beverage selections at Marietta Square Gem Piastra, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/piastrarestaurantmarietta/ for more great events and speaking of which, the next event is this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.