Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Frog's Leap Public House, Waynesville, NC

This is my absolute favorite place to visit every time Sofi and I go to Waynesville. The Frogs Leap is beyond delicious. From the drinks to the items on the menu to the wood burning hearth in the center of the restaurant, it's all fantastic. Sofi's aunt took us there for Sunday brunch, an especially delicious treat.

My meal started with a plate of local North Carolina goat cheeses, two semi soft and one harder and aged. All three equally good, just different. I personally preferred the harder cheese with a balsamic drizzle.

For drinks, being that it was about 11 in the morning, I had a mimosa (the only drink I can justify that early).

For the main course, it was just about the richest and most decadent thing I've ever had: crab cakes with poached eggs and hollandaise. Absolutely insanely delicious. Served with Mac and cheese, I could practically feel my arteries hardening...

Dessert was seriously the best part. Orange Blossom and Apricot crème brûlée. Just amazing.

 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tipping Point, Waynesville, NC

What a cool place this is! Live music, an awesome bar and a place that you totally want to come back to. That's definitely the kind of place that Tipping Point is. After a decent drive from Atlanta, this was the perfect refuge from being behind the wheel for several hours. A cold Stella and a really, and I mean really good fish sandwich.

Lemon caper aioli and really exceptional beer bartered whitefish. So good, so so so good.

 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A quick supper

A little note about dinner the other night since I haven't done one of these in a while.
Sofi and I made some delicious salmon from the simplest recipe we found on USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/weekend/food/2013/10/06/recipe-lemon-thyme-salmon/2924671/). 
It turned out so succulent and savory. Getting a huge bunch of thyme really made the difference. 
Along side that we made wild rice, that I accidentally over salted, sautéed mushrooms which were to die for, and roasted asparagus which was also completely out of this world. 
If I salted the rice a little less and cooked it a tad longer, it would have been a perfect quick weeknight dinner. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Raging Burrito

The Raging Burrito: a Decatur institution that I've somehow never visited. However, that changed tonight, as Sofi and I went there to enjoy some food and drinks after seeing a fantastic opera at her school.

The raging burrito has a fantastic garden patio out back, boasted to be the biggest in Decatur. Lovely ambiance on an early Fall evening, I especially loved the big globe lights hanging over head, as well as the mural of the Mona Lisa.

Sofi started her meal off with a margarita which she said was quite good, personally I thought it was a bit strong, but I like girly drinks, so whatever. The service was great too, prompt and attentive (a nice change from my previous experience at another local eatery...).
Sofi ordered spicy Baja fish tacos, and boy was that first bit correct. I've never seen Sofi struggle to eat anything spicy before in my life. The tacos had jalapenos (seeds and all) diced and everywhere in the tacos. A bit much if you ask her, because food needs to be spicy with flavor, not mouth-killingly hot.

 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Romeo's Pizza (Emory Village)

Short and sweet on this post.
In my opinion, (for whatever that's worth) Romeo's has the 2nd best pizza in Atlanta behind Rosa's. The pie was excellent with thyme-seasoned mushrooms, a nice attention to detail sort of thing as opposed to just throwing on a slab of mushrooms. Crust was thin and super crispy without being like a cracker, absolutely delicious.
We also has fried ravioli, which were seriously pretty good, served with wing sauce, which made no sense, but I'll let that slide.
The service was also awesome, the waitress was super friendly and the guy making the pizzas was not only nice, but seriously knows what he's doing.
Go to Rosa's, go to Romeo's. Simple as that.

 Romeo's New York Pizza on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

La Tagliatelle

I had to write a quick bit about tonight's dinner at La Tagliatelle. In summation, don't go there. Rather, go to Figo, or even Maggiano's. Perhaps even Olive Garden, because at least the service would be better. Never have I ever been to a restaurant where there server said "oh I'm sorry, I thought I brought you the check. I totally forgot about you." No tip was left and dessert was comped, but all the same, completely outrageous.
As far as the food goes, it was mostly unremarkable. Sofi had rigatoni with chorizo and I, butternut squash ravioli with mushroom sauce. Both were salty, and Sofi's pasta was not fresh, despite being advertised as such.
The décor of the restaurant was lovely, so there's a bit of a saving grace. Apart from that, however, just don't bother with La Tagliatelle. Figo is twice as good for half the price with better service.

On a positive note, Sofi and really enjoyed each others company, especially since we had so much time to talk!

 

La Tagliatella on Urbanspoon

 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Colbeh Persian Cuisine

Persian cuisine... Something that I'm not at all familiar with. Turns out its absolutely delicious, and in the case of Colbeh, comes with an amazing bar!

The meal started with Sofi getting a cocktail that was a bit on the strong and bitter side (my girl loves her strong drinks!). I on the other hand had a more mild drink, a Moscow Mule (made with vodka, ginger ale, and citrus juices).

All really good stuff, as was the appetizer. Taftoon bread with feta, mint, basil, and cilantro. Very refreshing, and a cool flavor combination. There was also a delicious salad with an orange vinaigrette that was honestly my favorite part of my meal.

As for the mains, Sofi had kale salad (which apparently is on the culinary vogue list now). It had that same amazing orange vinaigrette that I absolutely loved, plus Jicama root and some dates. Very fresh and Sofi absolutely loved it.

I personally had what I can describe as a Persian gyro. Fire grilled chicken with mint, yogurt and cucumbers. I liked it, nothing remarkably special in my mind, but was still quite good.

Dessert is where Colbeh really shined. Pistachio saffron ice cream. Heaven. Next best thing to Café Alsace. Absolutely creamy and just perfect.

Sofi had homemade baklava which was also completely amazing. A little too sweet for my taste, but still really nice. The philo tasted fresh and was very crisp with bits of walnut and honey.

Colbeh was definitely a great expirience, the service was also top notch, as was the dècor in the restaurant. Yet another great place to add to the repertoire in Decatur.