Where to Celebrate Easter in Atlanta

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Easter roundup of spots to have Brunch in Atlanta. Be sure to make reservations as space fills up quickly.

 

 

 

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Horseradish Grill
Some entrees include: an Easter classic, Honey and Maple Glazed Ham with whipped sweet potatoes and braised greens, or corn crusted Georgia mountain trout with roasted butternut squash puree, brown butter brussels sprouts, and browned lemon caper. Also available is their slow cooked prime rib of beef, or shrimp and grits.
potatoes, and garlic green beans.$49 for adults and $25 for children under 12.

Lure
Executive chef David Bradley has crafted an Easter brunch menu that’s hard to beat. Enjoy classics such as the dulce de leche French toast and the creamy shrimp and grits, or err on the side of adventure with some of Lure’s unique creations including rice porridge with warm butter shrimp, grilled pork belly, ginger aged soy, scallions and a slow-cooked egg.

La Tavola Trattoria
This year, do Easter Italian-style with brunch at La Tavola Trattoria. Indulge in Easter Sunday exclusives such as grilled rabbit sausage with fried eggs, semolina gnocchi and porcini conserva and poached eggs bruchetta with pancetta, Swiss chard and Parmigiano-basil fonduta.

Petite Auberge
4-course Easter Brunch from 11:30 – 2:30 pm.
The Easter menu offers a choice of soup, salad and dessert along with one of eight entrees. Prices range from $24.95 to $39.95. Children’s menu is $9.95.

Poor Calvin’s
For $30 per person and beginning at 12:00 p.m., you and the whole family can indulge in a ham and turkey carving station, omelets made fresh to order, crawfish and lobster, various cheeses and meats, a large selection of desserts and more.

For adults, hot soup choices include Chicken Consommé or Creamy Potato and Leek Soup, while fresh salad selections include Spring Mix Salad or Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette. Entrees include lightly fried Lemon Caper Fried Chicken, sautéed Sea Bass Florentine, slow-roasted Leg of Lamb, southern favorite Jumbo Shrimp and Grits, hearty Steak and Eggs or savory Beef Stephanie (filet mignon baked in fine pastry), as well as Center Cut Prime Rib and Quiche Petite Auberge

Saltyard
Brunch is served from noon to 4. Menu items range from $6 to $22. This includes bottomless mimosas.

Serpas True Food
Easter Sunday feast is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signature items such as berry buttermilk pancakes served with crispy bacon, New Orleans beignets with confectioners dust, seasonal vegetable omelet or fried oyster eggs Benedict with Creole-mustard hollandaise and more are served.

South City Kitchen
Celebrate spring and Easter Sunday with South City Kitchen’s three-course prix fixe Easter brunch. For $32 per person, features fried green tomatoes, buttermilk fried chicken and melt-in-your-mouth apple butter-mascarpone French toast.

Whiskey Dinner at Cinebistro

Cinebistro Whiskey dinner

I’ve been a fan of Cinebistro for quite some time. They have a beautiful lobby and theatres with comfy, stadium seating and guests can pick their seats out online when buying tickets. They serve upscale food and don’t allow kids in the evenings. Sounds like the perfect place to see a movie to me. However, I was surprised to know that Cinebistro is now hosting spirit pairing dinners. I attended the first one, a whiskey pairing dinner.

Held in the lobby of Cinebistro, an intimate crowd of about 20 of us attended and got an overview of each type of whiskey paired with each course. There were 2 whiskeys per course. Whew – that’s a lot. Now, I’m no whiskey aficianado, and really feel like a learned a lot. Besides the chef explaining how he came up with the menu and each subsequent course, reps from the whiskey brands are there to answer any questions you might have. It is also terrific for those knowledgeable about whiskey as well because you can taste many rare kinds of whiskey that are not readily available to the public.

Course 1 – Irish Whiskey with Whiskey Cured salmon
whiskey cured salmon cinebistro

Course 2 – Domestic Whiskey with Pulled Duck BBQ w/ Pomegranate Bourbon Sauce
cinebistro whiskey dinner duck
We sampled both the Doc Holliday Rye produced right here in Georgia. However, the Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey stole the show. The creamy vanilla / brown sugar / cinnamon was superb. Not surprisingly, this is one of the highest rated whiskies in the country. Little known fact: The high elevation (9600 ft) results in this whiskey tasting especially delicious.

Course 3 –  Kentucky Whiskey with Chicken Fried Pork Belly w/ Pickled Mustard Seeds
Cinebistro pork belly whiskey
How do you make pork belly even more gluttonous yummy? Deep fry it, of course! This was an indulgence, yet very delicious. I enjoyed the Blanton’s bourbon whiskey paired with this dish. It had a slight citrus-honey taste. Check out the bottle (pictured below). Each of their cork stoppers (8 total) are a horse and jockey in various stages of a race. In sequential order, the re-enact a race.

Course 4 – Wild Card (Rum) with Cobia with Kumquat Butter
inebistro whiskey dinner cobiaAs far as food, this was my favorite course, though all were incredibly wonderful. The perfectly cooked Cobia with just a tad of the Kumquat butter, just about melted in my mouth.

Course 5 – “Whisky” with Ribeye
whisky cinebistro

Course 6 – Tennessee coffee with Chocolate Beignets w/ Whiskey Caramel Sauce and Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream
cinebistro dessert

I’ve been to many beer and several spirit dinners and most don’t impress me. This was different. The staff is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they are doing. I came away feeling like I gained insight into the whiskey making process AND now have another reason to visit my stepdaughter in Milledgeville (a whiskey distillery).

Blanton's whiskey bourbon bottle

In advance, the cost is $55 per person, which is a deal, considering not only the quantity, but quality of the well thought out menu. Vegetarian? With enough advance notice, Cinebistro will prepare a special menu for you. How’s that for good service?

You should plan on spending a good chunk of your evening there. We had a bit later start than was expected and didn’t leave ’til well after 10 pm. Cinebistro invited me to attend for a complimentary dinner but the opinions expressed are my own. Kudos to my hubby, Glen, for the superb pics.

#LexusEats: My Week with a Lexus Hybrid SUV

#LexusEats

One of the perks of writing and being a social media junkie like me is that you get some very creative offers. Lexus, creatively tying in Atlanta’s food scene to their marketing, has offered some ATLien foodies the chance to drive around in on of their 2014 models for a full week.

I only had one decision to make: sedan or SUV? As I’ve never had an SUV, it was a simple choice. Since this was a hybrid, it had over 450 miles with a full tank of gas.

Of course, I made sure my calendar was full for the #LexusEats week. The first day, Monday, was the least exciting with a visit to my dentist on my agenda. However, the short drive gave me time to get acquainted with the many features in the SUV. The weather was a bit chilly, so I took full advantage of the heated seats, turning the dial all the way up!

Lexus Hybrid SUV #lexuseats

Lexus RX 450 Hybrid SUV

Day two I was meeting up with a good friend for dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. After my 16 ounce margarita, I was singing along to the many channels on the satellite radio (but my dial consistently found its way back to channel 80). Eighties music forever!

By the third day, I was already accustomed to the Lexus and it’s easy to use controls. I really liked the dashboard which comes equipped with navigation system and fully integrated smart phone options for hands free dialing. It was also the first of two times that week that I used valet. It was a nice change of pace to pull up with a car that I’m proud to drive rather than one I loathe.

Lexus Hybrid SUV #Lexuseats #lexuseats Hyrbid suv Lexus

The next day, I had a lunch appointment at a restaurant with super tight parking spots. And wouldn’t you know, almost every one was taken. However, the rear camera helped me to back into the one space I found. After a night of Mexican followed up by my PB&J burger (peanut butter, blue cheese, and fig jam), I thought some healthy eating was in order stayed true to my convictions ordering a salad. I may or may not have preceded said salad with fried shrimp.

Friday, I treated my aunt to dinner on her birthday, at Ray’s on the River. To make it extra special we picked her up in this carriage and rode together to dinner. Although this SUV isn’t huge, it was ample room for two – probably even three adults to fit comfortably in the back. I had the bourbon pork chop but wish I’d ordered crab cakes, though no one else regretted their menu selection.

Tech Chef at GA Tech

Tech Chef at GA Tech

After a full week, you would think I’d take it easy, right? Heck no! I headed out bright and early on Saturday to be a judge at Tech Chef (GA Tech’s version of Top Chef). As I circled round and round looking for parking to no avail, I envied students enjoying their cushy life on campus. I sampled shrimp risotto, whole fish with ginger sauce, and a delicious sweet potato ginger pie. Those kids can cook!

Hunger run walk atlanta #teamtweet #lexuseats lexus car review

As my week with the Lexus was coming to a close, I ended it on a truly fun note. I participated with some friends in the Hunger Walk / Run event in downtown. If you are fit but not a runner (or NOT an early riser like me) this is the charity event for you. It didn’t start until 2 pm and was a short 5k around downtown. Our team (#TeamTweet) raised over $1200 for Atlanta Community Food Bank! It was such a beautiful day I had the sunroof open all the way as I cruised home.

I drove just over 600 miles in the week I had the Lexus. As my week driving the Lexus hybrid drew to a close, I was, understandably, a bit sad to give it back. It had been a pleasure driving it around Atlanta.

Hold the Meat: 3 Vegetarian Restaurant Dishes I Love

I love meeting new foodies and breaking bread together. One of the funniest moments I had when meeting a new foodie friend was over pizza at Ammazza. As I stuffed a slice loaded with meatballs and sausage into my pie hole, he extolled his love of the many terrific vegetarian restaurants around Atlanta. I responded with “That’s terrific but I’m not sure why you’re telling me.” (all us Indians aren’t vegetarians). Even in the dimly lit restaurant, I could see the red on his face. I just laughed it off.

Although I don’t think I’ll ever cut out meat completely from my diet (a girls gotta have a cheeseburger every once in a while right?), I have made an effort to cut back on how much meat I consume. But that’s not to say you can’t have a vegetarian meal at a restaurant and leave feeling very satisfied even if you are a carnivore like me. Here are several dishes I’ve had that were incredible.

Vegetarian Platter at Aladdin's, Sandy Springs

Vegetarian Platter at Aladdin’s, Sandy Springs

Vegetable platter at Aladdin’s Mediterranean- It comes with Falafel, cucumber salad, dolmas, rice, baba ghanouj and hummus. It is so filling you could even split it with another and leave full.

Kale Pakoras at Chai Pani

Kale Pakoras at Chai Pani

Kale Pakoras at Chai Pani – The kale trend has certainly peaked. Kale chips, kale smoothies, kale slaw, you name it – it’s been done to death. While these fried chunks of goodness may not be fantastic for your health, they sure do taste good!

La Tagliatella Pizza

Eggplant Pizza at La Tagliatella

La Tagliatella Pizza – Though the midtown location might have recently closed, they do have another location in Emory. While the spot is known for handmade pastas, my favorite is their namesake pizza, with thin sliced eggplant drizzled with honey and balsamic.

 

Pioneer Chef Darryl Evans Honored at Le Cordon Bleu

Chef Darryl Evans

Chef Darryl Evans

Edna Lewis foundation and Le Cordon Bleu celebrate Chef Darryl Evans. Evans was one of the foundation’s former board members who passed away in late February. He was the first African American gold medalist in the Culinary Olympics. (Yes, there is a Culinary Olympics).

Chef Darryl was most recently the executive chef for the City Club of Buckhead but worked at the Four Seasons and Villa Christian. He was most known as one of the premiere black chefs of our time, not only in Atlanta but all over. Check out this article on Darryl Evans by John Kessler.

To celebrate Chef Evans, the Edna Lewis Foundation will be hosting two events at Le Cordon Blue: a casual affair on April 12 and a multi-course upscale soiree on April 13. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chef Darryl Evans Culinary Scholarship program.

April 12
What:
Wine Tasting, Bites and Dessert
Where: Le Cordon Bleu 1927 Lakeside Parkway, Tucker, GA
When: Saturday, Apri 12,, 2-5 pm
Cost: $35

April 13
What:
5 Course Dinner prepared by by Chefs from Across the country
Where: Le Cordon Bleu 1927 Lakeside Parkway, Tucker, GA
When: Saturday, Apri 13,, Cocktails: 6:30, Dinner, 8:00
Cost: $125

To buy tickets to one or both events visit: Edna Lewis Foundation