Best of Dragon Con Wednesday Through Friday 2019

Fandom. Nerdom. Fanatics. Whatever you want to call it descended on downtown Atlanta as the first few days of Dragon Con came and went, but thank goodness it's Friday. Welcome home to Dragon Con 2019! Wednesday is the new Thursday with the welcome home party and even a T-REX dance party in the Hilton. Thursday is quickly becoming the new first must-do night with their fun late night parties like the End Game Neon Party and late night tunes, like The Tomb Tunes. There's also $6 Mai Tais at Trader Vic's! Finally, Friday is the first full day full of panels, parties, and more. Let's check out all the Friday shenanigans in depth!

Bistro Off Broad: Big City Eats with Small Town Charm

A short walk from the downtown Courthouse in Winder is a small bistro that has big city eats, nestled in a charming small town. It’s worth the drive from Atlanta to peruse the windows of the small shops and stop in for Brunch at Bistro Off Broad. Great cocktails and sparklers, as well as delicious appetizers and hearty brunch items. Get your fork out, it’s time to take a food adventure with us.

Black Walnut Cafe: Fine Dining in a Fast-Casual Setting (Atlanta Locations Closed)

Black Walnut Café out of Houston, TX, has opened in Atlanta, settling near all the action in Peachtree Corners and Alpharetta. This café has a lounge where you can sit and chat with your friends, a bar where you can grab a drink and an appetizer, or you can order at the counter and sit in the dining room. Opting for the bar at the Peachtree Corners location, we got several delicious fast-casual dishes that ate like fine dining. From the Salmon to the Shrimp and Grits, as well as the hand-made cocktails, Black Walnut Café really does fine dining in a fast-casual setting. We sampled the BWC Grand Mimosa and the Ginger Peach Lemonade. The mimosa was a good balance of champagne, orange juice, and Gran Marnier, while the Ginger Peach Lemonade mixed the sweet peach syrup, fresh sliced peaches, and tangy ginger. Both drinks were tasty! Fun fact: the bar tenders hand squeezed the juice themselves! As far as the main entrees, the salmon was cooked perfectly to a silky quality that melted in your mouth. Contrasted to the smooth fish was the sweet and savory of the honey ginger sauce that was deep and tangy. You combine that with the crunch of the peppers and snap peas rounded out the dish with some brightness and depth! Along with the fish, we had the Shrimp and Grits that was perfectly seasoned with the right amount of spice to offset the creaminess of the grits. On top of that, the grits could have stood on their own with the addition of savory bacon and crunchy scallions. Both great dishes all the way around. Yum.

Amour Vert In-Store Celebration Event Recap - June 2019

Just in time for summer shopping, Atlantans and visitors alike gathered at the Amour Vert store at Ponce City Market for a special event featuring Machete jewelry on Thursday, June 27th. Based out of San Francisco, the coveted brand is known for their sustainable, versatile and thoughtfully designed clothes and accessories. Guests mixed and mingled, enjoyed complimentary Cathead Vodka cocktails, City Winery wine made by winemaker, Travis Green, bites by Ocean Catering Co., and were the first to explore the Spring and Summer collection. Guests also learned that with every purchase of an Amour Vert tee, the effortlessly sustainable company will plant a tree in North America with their trusted partner American Forest. To date, Amour Vert has planted over 220,000 trees. For more information, visit Amour Vert’s Atlanta flagship store at Ponce City Market on online at https://amourvert.com.

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.