Food Cooked with Love Zeal Modern Eatery

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, one of the synonyms for zeal is love and that is what I tasted in every bite while dining at Zeal Modern Eatery in East Cobb.

Any time I get a chance to go to East Cobb in Marietta I jump on it and I am never disappointed. I was able to visit one of my favorite areas thanks to Culinary Local. Prior to today I had not heard of Zeal Modern Eatery and was kind of disappointed that I had not heard of it this eatery.

This was a special night of beer and bar bites pairings with the dynamic duo Zeal Modern Eatery and Gate City Beer.

5 courses and 5 chances to love or hate the pairings created by Chef Kristian, co-founder Scott Sawant and Gate City Beer. Did I love or hate these pairing? Stay tuned to find out…

1st course:

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20 Grand Cream Ale with Smoky Mahi Mahi Taco

 

2nd course:

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1864 IPA with Spicy Beef Tenderloin Monchow Soup

3rd course:

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Pitt Hopkins Pale Ale with East Coast Wahoo w/roasted corn, baby kale, andouille sausage, and shoestring potatoes

4th course:

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OTP IPA with Caribbean Jerk Barbeque Rib

5th course:

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Terminus Porter with Truffle Cheesecake Fritter

Like I mentioned before, I am not disappointed when I come to the East Cobb area and I certainly was not today either.

My vote for the best combo was the Wahoo and Pitt Hopkins Pale Ale. I LOVED IT!! and yes I wanted more of it. With every bite, I could taste the love in every bite.

Zeal Modern Eatery stays busy. Even after the pairing event, plenty of, it seemed regulars, just hung out with Scott and other staff having a grand time. To be honest, I almost felt some type of way because at first I kind of felt ignored, but after a while the atmosphere seemed to have changed and I felt more at ease. I told one of my friends that I will have to make sure to come back with some of my friends and family to check out the wonderful tasting food and to share in some of the love I felt while eating it.

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You can have a grand time as well and apparently, on the regular they have live music playing, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Check them out here (www.zealrestaurant.com) and see their other special events like half off wine bottles on Wednesday. Drink and eat up!!


ZeroWater Provides Cleaner Hydration

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ZeroWater Provides Cleaner Hydration

(Sponsored post. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps to support God4bandme.com.)

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Hydrating is important and drinking more water is part of that, as I have mentioned in my last post, there are different ways to achieve that, but the most common way is just good old water, whether it is filtered or not, flavored or not, etc.

Usually my go to water is seltzer water, but at times costs a lot of money especially to get the kind without sodium, sweetener or other additives/preservatives. There have been times during a visit to my local, Home Depot, where I would see signs about testing your water and I was always interested and intriqued.

I was given the chance to try Zero Water and this was what I was looking for. The opportunity to check my water to see if there is actually a difference from filtered and non filtered water.

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So, I dived right in and opened the Zero Water pitcher box, which included a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) Tester and so I turned on the water and put some in one of my favorite glasses and then put the TDS tester in the glass. The results were 047, so I had to see what the number was filtered……

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Different glass, and poured some water from the ZeroWater pitcher (filtered) and once again put the TDS Tester in glass and the results were (drum roll please): 001. Different from the sink and it is enough for me to take notice.

About ZeroWater

  • Only Filter Pitcher Certified by NSF to Reduce both Lead and Chromium
  • 5-Stage Filtration removes 99.6% of Dissolved Solids
  • BPA Free
  • One-handed “push to dispense” spout to fill any bottle or cup
  • TDS meter that provides a digital reading so you know when it is time to change your filter

This product is a good way to provide cleaner hydration to your families. To get your own Zerowater Pitcher ⇒ Cleaner Water for less than $35.00 for the pitcher and replacement filters can be found here ⇒ Need More Filters.

Have you tested the results of the filtered water you had recently?

Hydration Smoothies New at Smoothie King

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Hydration Smoothies New at Smoothie King

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It is truly official this year has been the worse for heat, humidity and just plain energy draining. Maybe I am just spoiled coming from the North, but it is just sometimes just too darn hot to do anything and what I have found is that water and more water is the key to surviving in this type of heat.

Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the most important things to do if you are finding yourself doing a lot of outdoor activities, working out and at times just standing out in the heat. To help keep me hydrated in particular after working a full time job and a side gig until we get up some more faithful staff, I have found myself needing more help than just regular water. I am good for wanting something sweet instead of water which of course is the best for you, but hey if you are like me and want something other than water try the Hydration Smoothies New At Smoothie King to replenish yourself after sweating in the Georgia sun.

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I had the pleasure of trying the Dragon Fruit and it was totally delicious. I could not get enough of it. I had the 32oz and it was more than enough for me. I had it as a quick pick me up and you will find that the dragon fruit according to www.smoothieking.com, it has 6 grams of fiber. Some of the ingredients were: mangos, stevia, coconut water, dragon fruit of course and juice blends. What I love about these the most are that there is no artificial sweeteners or sugars added.

Never fear, if you do not like dragon fruit, try one of the other members of the hydration line: Watermelon Hybiscus and Lemon Green Tea.

Have you tried the new hydration smoothie line? Which one(s) are you looking forward to trying?

Ooops almost forgot, here is the recipe:

At-Home Dragon Fruit Hydration Smoothie Recipe

  • Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack 1 Pack
    • “Pitaya” is another word for dragon fruit; these are organic and frozen dragon fruit cubes that can be found at Whole Foods.
  • Mango                           ½ Cup, Diced
  • Coconut Water               ½ Cup
  • Papaya Juice                 1/3 Cup
  • Ice 1 ½ Cups

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

 


Sampling The World With Wine at Wahoo! Wines and Provisions

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Sampling The World With Wine at Wahoo! Wines and Provisions

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If you are not able to make it to a winery, attending the Wine Tasting Saturdays at Wahoo! Wine and Provisions  from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm is the next best thing. You can get cheese, ice cream, wine, spices and more. The staff are so knowledgeable and this is a place where you will find the owner sharing and interacting with patrons. Hubby was my guest and we decided to stop here prior to doing some hard work on our side business. More about that another time, but yes we treated ourselves first and enjoyed our time at the Wine Tasting.

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Complimentary wine tasting at the shop traveled through France this week and every week it changes so you will not get bored. There is always room for you to attend every week and explore wine from different parts of the world. Hubby enjoyed the Muscadet and I believe my favorite was the Cairranne. They had as you can see in the picture above some meat, cheese and olives to try that pair well with the wines.

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Join The Club!
Join the WW&P Wine Club or even give a membership as a gift.
For just $50 per month (plus tax) you can join the 2 or 4 bottle, Wahoo! Wine & Provisions Wine Club. Each month you will receive your selected number of great wines along with tasting notes, wine information, food pairing suggestions and much more! To sign-up or learn more information about the Wahoo! Wine & Provisions Wine Club, call 404.687.WINE (9463).

Buy a case of wine (option to build your own) and get 10% off
Buy 3 or more cases of wine and get 15% off
Club members receive 10% off the purchase of 6 bottles – it pays to join the club!

Stay tuned and join me next time in another adventure. There is no telling where we will be:)

Have you been to Wahoo! Wine and Provisions? What is your favorite wine? 


Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set

August 9, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu, Product Reviews

Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set 

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Stopping by to share with you a new gadget for the kitchen and I will be back with a product review.

Instant vacuum freshness without pumps, motors or confusing parts; Simply press down on the lid and air is forced out via the one-way valve.
Patented valve removes excess air to reduce naturally occurring bacteria; It also releases pressure to prevent spills and splatters in microwaves.
Wave pattern on bottom of each container keeps cut fruit and vegetables elevated from water and juices.

Handy date dial allows you to record when food was first stored and monitor days kept in the refrigerator.

BPA-free, stain-resistant, shatter-proof and as transparent as glass; Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe; Satisfaction guaranteed.

Get Yours Today

 


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
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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?