I'm cursing Christiane Lauterbach and her latest issue of Knife & Fork. She reviews the new ice cream booth, Highroad Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet, at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. I went, I ate two giant scoops, I couldn't believe my mouth. So I'm returning later today.
The ice cream isn't new. It's made at a facility in the Chamblee area. And it's been retailed around Atlanta and in some national groceries, including Whole Foods, for a while, but has been completely off my radar screen. This is the company's first independent shop.
Yesterday I tried the brown-sugar praline. I expected something like the usual toffee-esque commercial ice creams. Instead, I got buttery-rich, soft pieces of real pralines. I'm guessing they are made by Miss D's New Orleans Pralines, located in a booth at the front of the market.
Being a fig addict, I also tried the fig-balsamic. Thick with chopped, fresh figs, the ice cream also exploded with vinegary tastes here and there. I can't imagine how the balsamic is contained without overtaking the entire ice cream. I tried a spoonful of mango, lime and chile sorbet whose flavors are jarring at first and then settle into one of those mouth medleys we love.
I touched on this idea in the self-indulgent, boo-hoo-I'm-leaving-Atlanta editorial I wrote in June, insofar as I said I sure wished I'd had the opportunity to eat at Bacchanalia one last time (alas, the certificate for a complimentary meal never arrived in the mail), but her approach is much more comprehensive and even includes visits to places she's meant to visit, but hadn't gotten around to until now.
The list of places she'll visit on her farewell tour (which includes favorites of her's like Morelli's, Soul Vegetarian, Sublime Donuts, Ria's Bluebird, and Sun in my Belly, and places she's wanted to try like the Optimist Oyster Bar, Gutenfleischer's Vegan Meats) made me think about the places I'd have visited on my tour had I the foresight to plan one. Incidentally, we ate out together a lot, so Ria's (for the Brisket Breakfast), Sun In My Belly (I love their nicoise salad A LOT), and Soul Vegetarian (I could and would drink their salad dressing) would have made the cut.
Additions to my tour: Carver's for squash casserole and collard greens, Mary Mac's (I don't care what anyone says) for fried pork chops, a last Monster Slice with fresh tomatoes and garlic at Cameli's (budget) and a last Gigiotto pie at Antico (splurge), and definitely a final visit to Peter Chang's in Sandy Springs for anything hot and numbing. And I really liked the burgers at Bocado, but that was actually a thing I managed to have before I left. God, their pickles.
So, whatever. Maybe you'll never leave Atlanta to join the circus. But in the interest of exercises in food fun, what spots would be included on your Farewell Tour of Atlanta? And don't be shy. I said Mary Mac's.
FYI, Miso Izakaya will be closed for lunch both days, so there will be no ramen, just Villains...muahahaha. Apparently, chefs Guy Wong and Mihoko Obunai are head back to the RamenLab in New Jersey to make some adjustments to their ramen.
Officially, the pop-up lunches are scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 27 and Fri., Sept. 28., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., providing a convenient intro to what Villains is all about.
Meanwhile, the search continues for Villains' future brick and mortar location slated to open later this year. "We are in negotiations for two locations, both existing restaurants, one in Old Fourth Ward and one in Midtown. Hopefully one will work out within a week or two and we can make an announcement," Brounstein says.
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Matt Hinton rocked from foot to foot while he read aloud from his iPhone. We were at his restaurant, Bell Street Burritos, newly located in the Irwin Street Market. He opened there last week after losing the lease on his location in West Midtown.
Hinton, a theologian and Sacred Harp musician, went into the burrito business after losing his teaching gigs at Morehouse and Spelman colleges in 2009.
He was reading to me from a C. S. Lewis novel after I asked him about gluttony, one of the Seven Deadly Sins. The book, The Screwtape Letters, contains satirical correspondence in which a senior devil mentors a newbie in the art of temptation. That includes using food to bait people into gluttony...
Read the full story by Cliff Bostock here.
A few weeks back, I saw that Mike Patrick, who runs Storico Fresco, posted to their Facebook page: "I could NOT be happier with this Southern Italian pasta. Tortelli cima di rapa, turnip greens sautéed in puglian olive oil and leaf lard, garlic, ricotta from the same region. così così così buono!" Turns out, that pasta was their weekly special, and would be available at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market the next day. You know I was there.
Read the full interview by Austin L. Ray here.
The Peasant Bistro has announced that in addition to its new partnership with executive chef Shane Devereux, Eric Brown — who worked with Devereux at the Lawrence &mdash has been selected to mind the day-to-day as Devereux's chef de cuisine. Devereux will consult for Peasant restaurants while he remains a partner at the Lawrence.
The Pinewood Tippling Room located in Decatur is now serving lunch, Monday through Friday from noon-2 p.m. The new lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads and soup, as well as side items. All sandwich options include the choice of any side item.
Caja, a gourmet popcorn shop located in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center is now open. The store will will feature chef-inspired, small batch popcorn handmade daily.
Farm Burger announced that it is set to open its third location in Dunwoody the week of Sept. 24. Chef Todd Hogan will join the Farm Burger culinary team to head up the Dunwoody kitchen and add contribute his own southern-based seasonal touches.
In case you missed it, West & Mill, a new bistro and bar replacing the recently shuttered Swit Bakery is now open. With a focus on "European-inspired dishes in a modern rustic atmosphere," West & Mill is located at 1000 Marietta St.
Taqueria El Vecino reopens after renovations. According to the AJC, "The new space will feature an additional 40 seats and an expanded bar offering three draught beers, additional bottled beers and small batch bourbon and tequila."
What Now, Atlanta reports the planned opening of a 7,000-square-foot tavern named Ink & Elm, in Emory Village. The tavern is expected to open in early winter 2013.
Editor's Note: This post has been updated since publication
Spotted at the Shed Wednesday night: Kevin Gillespie, who is opening a restaurant across the street in Glenwood Park, joining Vickery's and the Matador...
Terrific dinner of massaman curry at Spoon in East Atlanta this week. And, of course, after dinner, I jetted across the parking lot to Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream where I ordered a waffle cone stuffed with maple-bacon brittle and dulce de leche. Where is the ginger-lavender? The lavender harvest just ended in Provence...
Speaking of Thai food, I also recently lunched at Little Bangkok on Cheshire Bridge. I ordered my usual favorite here, green curry, and it was bizarrely sweet. The same was true of my friend's curry...
The Peasant Bistro reports a new team of chefs. Shane Devereux, who was formerly there but moved to Top Flr and then the Lawrence, has returned as executive chef. Eric Brown, who worked with Devereux at the Lawrence, has been hired as chef de cuisine.
This is a talented duo and should make a big difference in the Peasant's cuisine. According to a news release, Devereux has simplified the French menu....
Horrors! Did you know this?
You and your family are fast asleep, but guess what? The cockroaches aren't! While homeowners snooze, the cockroaches come out of hiding, peeling away labels from cans and gnawing on them and whatever goodies they can find. Even the most impeccable housekeeper is not immune to a potential cockroach blight.
Lucky for you that Kudzu is offering a mass-murder of the bugs for $69. You'll pay more, however, if your cockroaches are German. Who knew cockroaches have different nationalities?
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Dr. Bombay's Mon., Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. Authentic Indian Dinner. A four course Authentic Indian Dinner where the proceeds go directly back to a women's scholarship program in Darjeeling, India. $20 buys you an enormous amount of food in a fun filled environment where you can give back to education. Details.
The Cook's Warehouse Brookhaven Mon., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Simple Abundance Class with Chefs from Watershed on Peachtree. Chefs Truex and LeRoy will demonstrate how to prepare Celery Root Soup with chevre and pumpernickel toast; Roasted Quail with cornbread stuffing, collard greens and quail jus; and Almond Cake with fig preserves and whipped honey mascarpone. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese. Details.
4th & Swift Wed., Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. Break the Fast with 4th & Swift. 4th & Swift invites guests to enjoy a sundown feast after a day of fasting with a special "Break the Fast" menu in honor of Yom Kippur. Highlights from the specialty three-course menu include house kippered Atlantic salmon with avocado cream cheese, toasted corn and pickled onion; crispy Brussels sprouts salad with North Georgia apples, crema, apple cider reduction and toasted pistachios and much more. Details.
Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar Wed., Sept. 26, 6-7 p.m. Craft Cocktail Class. Watch and learn craft mixing techniques from Alex DeLeon of Fig Jam as well as bartenders from Publik Draft House and Baraonda Ristorante & Bar. Details.
Calvert's "new endeavor" lies with Inman Park's favorite $4 sandwich-slingin', Jack and Coke slushie-swillin' watering hole, Victory Sandwich Bar, where he'll take on the role of Beverage Director. While there are no plans for Calvert to pick up shifts behind the bar at Victory, expect to see some new additions to the bar's cocktail, spirit, beer, and wine menus in coming weeks.
Co-owner Ian Jones says he's very excited to have Calvert on board as their new "beverage boss."
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