Epicenter Music Festival Photo Journal 2019

A pictorial adventure of our time at Epicenter Festival.

Fudo: Spicy, Crunchy, Sweet

Nestled in a Chamblee live-work community off Peachtree, Fudo has an intimate atmosphere and friendly service. The most amazing thing about Fudo? The number 48. We sat down and counted the number of specialty sushi rolls you can choose from when dining at the restaurant, that number is 48. This is in addition to all the hand or traditional rolls, as well. They have so many combinations, it was so hard to decide on just a few to try. Our waitress helped us pick something that we’re calling: spicy-crunchy-sweet. One spicy, one crunchy, one sweet roll that would round out the meal. Diving in… We sampled the brussel sprouts appetizer and it is one of the most unique around with a creamy garlic ponzu sauce that’s sweet and spicy along with the crispy, fried sprouts. It was just the right amount of crunch followed by sweetness and spicy. Uniquely delicious. Of the three rolls we chose, our favorite roll, still, is the Hunger Games Roll. We had this at the grand opening and couldn’t pass up having it again. It’s the most flavorful roll we’ve found on the menu with a smoky, creamy aioli topped with spicy sriracha and jalapeno that lingers in the back of your throat. No wasabi needed. On top of that, the fish are cut just right and a crunchy asparagus to give it a slight crunch. All around a solid bite that we’re going to get again! Yum. The other two rolls were delicious as well: Mono and My Idol. Immediately upon trying the mono two things stuck out: the crunch and the wasabi tobiko. The tempura crunch starts off the bite, smooth fish in the middle, then comes the spice of the wasabi tobiko. A great addition on the end to round out the flavor and goes perfectly with the pop of the eggs. My Idol was smoother, sweeter of all the rolls. Very rich and creamy, with the sweetness and crunch of the mango, then the richness of the sauce, as well as the pop of the red and white tobiko. What a great way to fill out a meal with everything from smoky spicy, to crunchy, to sweet and rich. No matter what you pick, you’ll find something original and new at Fudo. The drinks are on point and have a ton of options for those who don’t prefer raw fish or sushi. Since Fudo is in our hood, we’ll be heading back soon, shall we meet you there?

American Cut: Welcome to the New York City Experience in Buckhead

When you walk into American Cut, you’re transported to New York City’s vibrant Steakhouse scene. You can tell they pride themselves on experience from the moment you step in the door. You’re immediately treated to champagne, as well as a steakhouse vibe with modern and Art Deco touches, but don’t forget the white glove service. From tableside flambé, extensive wine list, salad chopped tableside, to poke on Himalayan salt, American Cut has the steakhouse perks of New York here in Buckhead. Let’s walk you through our food journey at American Cut. Starting with the salad, boring can be its middle name, but this time we got to see an entire double head of romaine, a large cracker and cheese crouton toast, and all its ingredients chopped right at our table. With pepper, mix of salty-sweet, and well-balanced crunch, the salad was far from boring. Beyond that, the next course was the poke on a Himalayan salt platform and some thick-cut bacon. You heard us right, poke ON Himalayan salt. this is when we realized every course has some experience that is different from the norm. This one was a pink salt platform that lent a salt to the delicious mix of tuna poke, creamy avocado, spice, and peaches. PEACHES! How did they get them to crunch like that? Plus, we don’t know what they rub on their bacon, but it’s like cocoa, coffee, cinnamon all mixed together! If you’re like us, we love bacon. This one was no disappointment. Delicious, flavorful, thick, more please. At one point in the night, we looked over and watched a chef stroll out with a big pan and start to combine butter, herbs, brandy, and light in on fire. We talked to the server about what was happening. FLAMBE. Next time, we’re getting THAT. We had filet steak with herb butter and a sea bass entrée. The best thing all night was that flaky, deeply rich, buttery sea bass. They kept the skin on which really yielded to the deep flavor and paired it with a pan-fried potato and rosemary, asparagus, and a splash of lime vinaigrette on the fish really gave it the brightness and depth. As for the filet, it had a similar succulent finish as the bacon, but more smoke flavor, butter, and chive. It was very tender for a medium well and had a nice, tangy finish from the chive. Where is my white napkin? Surrender!

ADVENTURES IN ATLANTA FEATURED IN VOYAGEATL MAGAZINE'S ATL'S MOST INSPIRING STORIES

We excited to share with our readers that we recently spoke to VoyageATL Magazine about all things Adventures in Atlanta. It's everything from who we are, what we do, how we got started, and our biggest accomplishments. Spoiler! We give a shout out to those who helped us get started, and we have two big accomplishments, one is related to a concert. So, check out the article, here is the link: http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-liz-attaway-john-attaway-adventures-atlanta-brookhaven/

It's a Polenta Party!

Last Saturday, we were invited to The White Bull to experience something we'd never even heard of, a Polenta Party. Polenta is what this southerner would equate to grits and can be dressed with similar ingredients, like cream or cheese to make it delicious. What is even more amazing is how it's served, which is down the middle of a table, still steaming! The polenta itself was creamy, ooey-gooey, a bit savory, and delicious on it's own. They don't stop there, The White Bull takes whatever meat came in that day and put it right on top. Yes, right on top, down the middle of the table! We hit the meat jackpot today, because it was fresh, thigh meat chicken and a savory pulled pork ragu. First off, the pulled pork ragu was one of the best meat concoctions we've ever put in our mouths with very tender pork paired with a deep and savory ragu. It's official, we heart ragu. Then, the chicken was the freshest we've ever had! Beyond the delectable meat, they added several vegetables on top, and yes, right down the middle of the table! Today's fresh veggies included broccoli, leaks, mushroom with peas, and asparagus. Let's stop a minute here and let me discuss the broccoli with you. This isn't your grandmother's soggy broccoli, but a crisp, tender, olive oil drizzled star. It was like they either air or flash fried the florets, which was the right balance of crunch and savor. Also, the leaks were a perfect compliment to the polenta. It gave it a little bit of a bite, a brightness you wouldn't have gotten otherwise. It could have been a very heavy meal, but the addition of the light broccoli, bright leaks, grilled asparagus, and 25 year old balsamic drizzle on top, created a good balance. If you want a truly enjoyable experience with your family or friends, this is one for the books. Make sure you like your tablemates, as this is a shareable, tabletop, interactive, experience. You only need 6

MOE'S ORIGINAL BAR B QUE: BOLD FLAVORS, ORIGINAL TAKES ON TYPICAL BBQ OFFERINGS

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We seriously love barbeque and it had been way too long since we’d been to Moe's Original Bar B Que in Midtown! They’re going into their 10th year in business, so we came down to sample a few menu items, or more like all of them! Of the meats, the ribs were our favorite. They were meaty with just the right amount of juicy fat and rub for flavor. Fell off the bone. We also really enjoyed the pulled pork that was slowly cooked for eight hours. It had the right amount of fat, meat, and savory flavor. The meat portions were also perfect. On the side, the stand out was the fried green tomato with the perfect, savory crunch and sweet, thick-sliced tomato. We also loved the Brunswick stew too, a great hearty meat, lima, potato, corn concoction that would be perfect for a cold winter night. Let's not forget to mention that the turkey was all white meat with a tasty slaw on the top, it was a good combination. The gumbo had tender okra and slightly spicy broth, and the collards had a balance of vinegar, spice, and tender greens. We love the bold flavors, and original takes on typical barbeque offerings. Moe's Original Bar B Que is located at 349 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Culture Drivers with INFINITI & UrbanDaddy Event Recap

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 hundreds of Atlantans descended upon The Stave Room at American Spirit Works for Culture Drivers, an exclusive event hosted by UrbanDaddy and INFINITI. An evening stimulating each of the senses, art, culture, food, cocktails and automotive excellence joined together during the private affair where culinary innovations by celebrity chef Roblé Ali took center stage. With entertainment in every corner, guests enjoyed a premium open bar, chef-driven food activation stations, an on-site DJ spinning top tracks, along with additional live music and hip-hop dance performances. What stuck out at this year's Culture Drivers was the remarkable food: the best was the salt encrusted salmon. It was slightly salty from the salt outside, but extremely tender and flaky on the inside. What a great bite! Plus, we got to break the salt with a mallet! The leg of lamb, onion rings, pretzel bites, and all of the food was dynamite. They always put on a good party!

The Barrelhouse Winter Mix and Mingle Recap Plus Our Faves Revealed!

Of the bites we sampled, the fried pickles were the best of the light appetizers. They were thick, with a great crunch from both the pickle and the crisp breading, topped off with a dusting of parmesan. Very good! Plus, we really liked the Brussel Sprouts that were cooked in oil and full of bacon, caramelized onions, with an Asian flair. This was our favorite side! Finally, of the burgers we loved The Barrelhouse Burger with fried egg, onion rings, and the best thing we had all night: bacon jam. The best bacon jam EVER with hints of maple syrup and bacon, together! We've been telling people about it all week.

Ribbon Cutting and Party Cap Off Fudo's Grand Opening Celebration!

Monday, January 7, 2019, imbibers and diners alike celebrated the grand opening of Fúdo in the heart of downtown Chamblee during a high-energy party and ribbon cutting ceremony with Chamblee's Mayor Eric Clarkson, Chief of Police Kerry Thompson, City Council members and owners John and Grace Lee. While mixing and mingling and checking out the new dining destination, revelers enjoyed an array of complimentary wine, craft beer and sake tastings along with a diverse sampling of chef special sushi and small plate offerings. Of the sushi rolls that we sampled, the two that stood out were the Hunger Games roll that included some fried asparagus that gave it a crunch, as well as a spicy mayonnaise and sriracha. On top of that, there was the Mega Tuna Roll that was a ton of tuna, crunch, and slight spice. Both were really good!

FIRE AND ICE SKATING, SIPS, AND SNACK WINTER SOIREE RECAP

On Wednesday, December 5th, over 75 cocktail and ice-skating lovers descended upon Park Tavern for the "Fire & Ice Skating, Sips and Snack Winter Soirée” - an exclusive VIP experience. While toasting to the season with handcrafted holiday cocktails, fresh sushi and s’mores, guests enjoyed a lively evening of great conversation and mixing and mingling in Park Tavern’s new, enchanted Neo-Victorian setting that’s adorned with charming holiday decor. While taking in unobstructed views of Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline, adventurous guests also enjoyed the brand new Fire & Ice skating experience at The Rink Powered by Pepsi.

COUNTDOWN TO IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

Is it too early to have a countdown until Imagine Music Festival 2019? We were thrilled with the impressive 2018 line-up for their 5th anniversary, the elaborate set designs of the stages this year, as well as our favorite place, the splash pool! It’s hands down the best place to people watch with main stage views. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next, but first let’s take a few moments to reminisce about 2018. As the sunset over the camp site, you could hear the festival pumping close-by, while several people were perched above their cars, outside their tents, to enjoy the spectacular sunset views. If you’re coming down the steps of the Motor Speedway, you can enjoy the sounds of the festival, to the dance of the setting sun. Magic! This September had been unimaginably hot, but with the setting sun came a cooling breeze. Festival outfits went from bathing suits and crop tops to scarves and fur, but the fun went on until the wee hours of the night. Festival poles flew, a trance-like dance was seen all-over the in-field, as laser lights flashed in mesmerizing patterns. How is it that EDM performers can perfect that right amount of beat, lights, and sound?

Punch Bowl Social's End-of-Summer Punch Bowl Round-Up

all is here, but with the weather in Atlanta, you can definitely still enjoy an end of summer, refreshing punch bowl. We went down to Punch Bowl Social Atlanta to try their end of summer punch bowl round-up, where we had a few delightful drinks like the Kings Cup, Strawberry Fields, and more. The strawberry punch was smooth unlike most gin drinks, with the sweet of the strawberry syrup and the bitterness of the lemon and salt. It was a well-rounded drink. Then, the Kings Cup was also very good with slight rum and pear flavors up-front, with a slight vinegar scrub on the back-end. It’s a good, sweet, salty, drink. As far as the food, bar far the best bite on the menu we had was the Sriracha Peanut Fries topped with carnitas and a creamy aioli. It was a layer of tender, crisp French fries, topped with a creamy aioli and spicy sriracha, pilled-high with tender carnitas. Topped with picked onions and vegetables are just icing on the cake. Why doesn’t everyone get it this way? Seriously, get it this way. We also tasted the wings, which were tender, and sweet, as well as the not-your-mother’s bologna sandwich with salty, rich Gruyere cheese, and thick, meaty bologna. Who doesn't love Gruyere? All-in-all a fun place to grab a punch bowl at the end of summer, share a few bites with friends, and take-in a game of bowling if will. We had a blast with the pinball. We’re the pinball wizards!