Friday, January 28, 2011

Dreaming of Texture

I dream of winning a shopping spree in Z Gallerie. It is consistently filled with things that are exactly my aesthetic. This week, while shopping for a client, I was in love with the textures filling the store. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yeah for the Westside!

We live on the Westside of Atlanta and we couldn't be more thrilled with all the restaurants who are choosing to locate their businesses here. Hands down our favorite is Yeah Burger. Thank you Shaun Doty!

We truly can't get enough of it. Their food is great in many ways. Great tasting of course but even greater because their food is natural and organic and without hormones, antibiotics, pesticides. And add another degree of greatness for serving whole wheat breads and gluten free options!!

The veggie burger is amazing. I tell you this as a person who never goes to a burger place and doesn't order a big, juicy, meaty burger. I wouldn't have ordered this one had I not been with someone who did and made me take a bite. The bite sold me and now it is my order every time. It is deliciously moist and made with organic South Carolina Sea Island red peas. I will admit that I add the topping of Bacon Jam because this stuff can't be missed and I eat the Veggie burger cause I love it not because I am trying to avoid meat. I finish mine off with a side of Gluten Free Onion Rings with Yeah Sauce.

Brandon swears by the Bison Burger. It is exactly what the best burger you've ever had should taste like. He prefers his oozing with bleu cheese and bacon and a side of Fried Pickles.

The hotdogs are great too and a hot dog I can feel good about my kids eating. Of course, they are all natural and nitrate free and served on organic, perfectly toasted buns.

The Boylan orange soda is a big hit with my little ones which is free of high fructose corn syrups.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Big Ketch

Pretty much the highlight of our year is the sleepy week we get to spend in Seagrove on Highway 30-A each April. We love a week of beach air and fried seafood! Brandon eats a years worth of Po Boys in five days. So, when I saw the Groupon for Big Ketch a few weeks ago, I snatched one up.

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill is a new restaurant in Buckhead on Roswell Road. Their website promises fresh seafood in an atmosphere that combines Rosemary Beach, East Hampton, and Nantucket and calls themselves Atlanta's Beach House. These are pretty big boots to fill in a landlocked city.

We went on the Sunday afternoon following the big ice storm in Atlanta. We were a bit disappointed that they were out of the Lobster Rolls we had already chosen from the online menu at home. We quickly regrouped and ordered things that their trucks had been able to deliver and understand that fresh seafood can be held up by inclement weather. The restaurant was beautifully simple and did look like we were stepping into a sleepy beach town dive with a touch of elegance.

The first sign that our dining experience would be great was the usual complimentary bread basket was replaced with a tin bucket of boiled peanuts instantly transporting me to the 6 hour car ride that we take to get to Hwy 30-A that is rarely without a stop for these salty treats.

Next, Brandon ordered raw oysters which were right out of the ocean fresh. And then a shrimp, lobster, crab salad Po boy that was delicious. I had the shrimp Po Boy with Kettle chips. The best thing about the meal was the hushpuppies which were the best I've had outside the Seagrove Market.

After all we were dining with a half price coupon, so we ended the meal with a piece of Napa Valley cake at the suggestion of our waiter. It was delicious and rich and the perfect end.

We seriously thought we had landed at the beach for the afternoon and we are eager to return to try the Lobster Roll and get a few more of those hushpuppies. Check it out if you need a quick getaway to the salt and surf.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dreaming of Spring

This cold weather has me dreaming of Spring. And here is my online wishlist for the season:

1. E is for Eiffel Tower: A France Alphabet by Helen Wilbur ( $14)
2. Latimer Tiny TOMS Classics ( $60)
3. Woven Chain and Fringe DipDye Bracelet ( $78)
4. Pedestal Cake Stands ( $25)
5. Girls Tile Print Bikini ( $30)
6. Painted Sticks by Ginette Lapalme (
7. Roarke NYC Le Charlot Ikat Necklace ( $425)
8. Bird Napkin Rings ( $20 for 4)