Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

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Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

2017 was like I mentioned the year of many firsts and this year I believe hubby and I had some of the most fun. We love to shake our booties when we can and we were able to do just that this birthday with a bunch of old school songs and some new ones. Hubby surprised me with a new restaurant out of the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook, so yes ladies and gents he is handsome and knows how to have a great time at a discounted price.

As I have mentioned in my last birthday post, I had on my favorite new dress from Happy Yellow Dress and was ready for a fun night out on the town in the ATL.

About BQE:

It is not your average soul food restaurant. It’s soul food amplified! The decor and unique lighting fixtures remind you of a modern day New York speakeasy. Expect to hear cool sounds of neo soul and jazz to free your mind while you dine.

Now the day we visited, it was a Friday and there was a live band there that played for a bit that played some tunes we were able to groove and dance to and the dj was spinning some great music and as usual hubby and I were in our own world and enjoyed every minute of it.

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We had several and I mean several drinks and of course we ate good (Blackened Salmon with 2 sides), so we welcomed using the Passbook to get some money off our bills:)

So Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant can be done at a discount (Buy 1 Get 1), as well as enjoying some other great Atlanta Area restaurants by purchasing your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

Tell me the way you Party like a Rockstar at a discount? 


Come Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with Southern Proper Hospitality

July 6, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu / 0 Comments
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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with Southern Proper Hospitality

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WHAT:

Fried chicken lovers, rejoice! National Fried Chicken Day is July 6 and several Southern Proper Hospitality restaurants are celebrating with signature fried chicken dishes. Stop by your favorite spot for a kickin’ chicken meal or visit them all for a full day of fried deliciousness. Fried chicken dishes to gobble down include:

  • The Southern Gentleman: Fried Springer Mountain Half Chicken, baked mac-n-cheese, braised collards
  • Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails: Southern Fried Chicken Breast, buttermilk mashed potatoes, tiny green beans, Andouille red eye gravy
  • Smokebelly BBQ: Nashville Hot Chicken, boneless fried chicken breast tossed in Nashville hot sauce or simply Southern fried
  • Gypsy Kitchen: Gypsy Fried Chicken, adobo marinade, romesco, tamarind yogurt

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WHEN:

July 6, 2017
Hours vary by location.

Participating Restaurants:         

Gypsy Kitchen

3035 Peachtree Rd. NE

Atlanta, GA 30305

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Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

800 Mayfield Rd.

Alpharetta, GA 30009

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Smokebelly BBQ

128 E. Andrews Dr. NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

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The Southern Gentleman

3035 Peachtree Rd.

Atlanta, GA 30305

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ABOUT:         

Committed to providing genuine hospitality and named by Restaurant Hospitality as one of the “25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in America,” Southern Proper Hospitality is a privately held collection of Atlanta restaurants that values innovation, creativity and attention to detail. For more information, visit sphospitality.com.

Press release and pictures courtesy of Melissa Libby & Associates.

How do you celebrate National Fried Chicken Day? 


2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Recap From A Newbie Foodie

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floral-displayThis post was sponsored by Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in exchange for my honest good old time and recap of the event.

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has been one of the most talked about foodie events every since I have been in Atlanta. I have wanted to be in the place for years and 2017 was the time. This year certainly has been the year of first and attending this event was no different. It took place from June 1st-4th and was hosted at Loews hotel in Midtown.

As media, I dearly wanted to bring my sidekick and best bud, hubby, but I could not, but next year it is on!!! I already told him, we will have to get us some tickets. Due to my work schedule, some events I was asked to attend I could not, but shhhhh, I had to take off to be there Friday and it was worth it.

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2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Recap From A Newbie Foodie

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It started off with a mini parade that stopped right across the street from the Loews hotel. I was taking pictures from the Grilling Terrace and people came over and asked what I was doing and I showed them the parade led by the creators of this great event. They were surprised.

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As media, I was allowed to attend just about any learning experience that I can squeeze into and that is just what I did. My first one was Dock to Dish (pictures) which all of the classes seemed to last an hour with 45 minute breaks in between to get you where you needed to go and have enough time for environmental breaks.

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Each day, there were different learning experiences, dinners/events as well as connoisseur events. The tasting tents are on all 3 days of the festival and the tents opened at 7:30pm which was cool and it was close to the hotel, so you could walk or even take the shuttle that was provided for guests. You talk about exciting and scared at the same time, that was me. It was such an experience, one that I would recommend everyone if you are a drinker and a foodie, then you would love it.

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I do have some suggestions/recommendations if you are attending the event that may help you.

My recommendations for the event:

  • Stay hydrated – If you are a drinker, then by all means, grab water and keep grabbing it. I did not grab enough and I regretted it in the end. I was a bit happier than I should have been if you catch my drift, but also for the fact that it is outside and you do not know what the weather will bring you need to keep water in you with all of that sun beating down on you.
  • Sanitation (Toiletries) – Due to the tasting tents being outside, unless you are real cool with the restaurants nearby and use the bathrooms there, you might need some tissue and hand sanitizer. I know I almost needed both for sure.
  • Dress to impress – Lots of people here if you want to be seen, however make sure to be flexible when it comes to shoes. I am not sure about you, but I do not like to have my heels in grass and with the Tasting Tents at Piedmont Park that is exactly what was going to happen, so I wore flats.
  • Don’t drink and drive– Go with a designated driver and/or have someone drive you home (Uber).

 

What was your best moment of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival?


Best Way To Become An Atlanta Foodie Rockstar

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This post was sponsored by Dining Out Magazine Atlanta Edition. 

Eating out can be very expensive, but there is always a way to do it and save some money at the same time. Follow along and I will share with you how you can join me and I can show you the best way to become an Atlanta Foodie Rockstar. I have mentioned before how you can get an Atlanta Dining Out Passbook here for only $35.00 and today I want to share with you one of the awesome restaurants in the passbook.

As an ambassador for the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook, I was given an opportunity to attend an event at Anis Bistro and you talk about the perfect host, Arnaud Michel, pictured below, treated us to a rockstar experience. Chef sat down with us and talked about French food, how he chooses ingredients and brings them together to make such awesome masterpieces. I was able to capture most of the food in the pictures below, but some are missing because I was too busy eating:)

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This was a time of firsts, including first time having mussels in white wine with parsley to having lyonnaise potatoes with beef.  Whatever your heart desires from French cuisine, you will be able to get it at Anis Bistro.

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Perfect place for a date night and be able to try some firsts for yourself, but remember you can use the passbook and get the 2 for 1 deals yourself. Grab one here and use code G4BMPass2017 saving you $64.00. 

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Looking at the website for Anis Bistro, there seems to be some live entertainment on Thursdays so this might be the perfect first date restaurant. The ambiance will get your attention, however the cuisine and cocktails will keep you coming back for more. Great place to make a first impression and look like a rockstar doing it.

Buy your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

 I just love great food, how about you? What is your favorite type of food?


Varuni Napoli Opens in Krog Street Market

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Varuni Napoli Opens in Krog Street Market

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On a beautiful day in Atlanta, I was given the opportunity to attend a media night preview for a wonderful restaurant opening, Varuni Napoli in Krogs Street Market thanks to Culinary Local. My guest and I were not paid, but were able to try various menu items for free in exchange for our honest and unbiased reviews.

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Most of my life I have wanted to go to Italy and eat my way around the area, but due to it being so expensive, we will have to save up a little more before I can get there. In the meantime, I jumped at the chance to try an Italian pizzeria and it was in an area of Atlanta that I had never been and we had a ball.

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Guests were given a special event menu to select the items they wanted to try and we noticed that everyone from the cashier, servers, bartenders, pizza maker station and the owner, were very inviting and nice. Just their attitude made me want to come back before I even tried the food.

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Fresh ingredients, some of which were/are from Atlanta suppliers and some flown in from Italy. I am already spoiled and I know that any authentic Italian restaurant that I try from this point on, better taste just as good or I will not go back:) The crust: 4 simple ingredients and 1 of which is from Italy. Awesome restaurant and atmosphere.

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Next time you are looking for an authentic Italian pizzeria, make sure to check out Varuni Napoli in the Krog Street Market and let me know I may just meet you there.

There are 2 locations in Metro Atlanta and to find out more information about the Owner, restaurant or ingredients, click here: https://www.varuni.us/.

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Have you tried Varuni Napoli? What is your favorite pizza? 


Cooking for Mom? Great Mother’s Day Recipes

May 13, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu
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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

PR release (picture and recipes) from Missions Media LTD.


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.