Dive Land Park

Dive Land Park
(Glencoe, Alabama)

It’s a little diving oasis.

Dive Land Park
401 Websters Chapel Road
Glencoe, Alabama
256 492 4455

Happy 4th!!

…And, nothing says Happy 4th! like a great big wiener

Happy 4th of July!

BLVD — Tortoni Ice Cream

Classic Tortoni
BLVD Tasty Ice Cream

We must start by saying there weren’t all that many cherries, cookie crumbs or almonds in our pint of ice cream.  As a matter of fact, the pieces of cherry that we could find were quite small.  And, the almond pieces were the tiniest of specks.

But…

And, this is a GIGANTICALLY HUGE but…

We couldn’t stop eating this ice cream!

We just kept passing the pint back and forth between the two of us.  We couldn’t be bothered to get bowls and a spoon for each of us.  Oh no!  That would be one less spoonful for the bowl fetcher.  We devoured over half of the pint with one spoon before reason took over.

Love… love… LOVE it!!

Calories don’t count when you eat standing in the kitchen, right?

And, hey, look!  There are 4 WHOLE grams of protein per serving, too.  That’s a good thing.  We almost made a meal out of this glorious pint of ice cream.  We did feel guilty enough to have salad for dinner to make up for our wicked ways.  (Totally worth it, too.  We don’t regret ice cream filling in for most of our dinner that night one little bit.)

Pasture-Grazed Hormone Free Milk & Cream

BLVD Tasty Ice Cream

Whole Foods

Rabbit On The Run — Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co.

Rabbit On The Run
(Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co. Cold Brew Concentrated Coffee)

We wouldn’t say this coffee will be a favorite of ours.  But, we do love the bottle.  If you’re in a pinch (maybe you’re at the office with no time to brew a fresh pot of coffee), this will give you an instant coffee fix that requires zero prep.  Is it better than a pot brewed for the office?  It’s possible.  Then again, maybe not, it really depends on your office.  For a powerful iced coffee, add ice and the milk of your choice.  For those that like a weaker coffee, add a big splash of water or two first.

Still, this coffee concentrate could make a versatile fridge staple.  Conveniently chilled, bottled and ready to use, just add a splash to your favorite coffee cocktail.  Or, even better, you could use this as a cooking or baking additive.  But, then again, it’s summer.  Why bake when you can make ice cream!

Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co.

Pure Taqueria

Crab Fritters

For a to-go order, the chili sauce should really be used much more sparingly.  Or, better yet, package it separately.  This sauce made a horrible mess. The inside of the bag and the to-go box was covered in sauce.  Luckily, we opened the bag on a kitchen counter and minimized the mess.   And, the fritters were quite soggy from all that sauce by the time our meal made it home.  If not for that chili sauce, we think these would have been quite tasty.  They were just absolutely drenched in sweet sauce.

The Lamburguesa

It’s a lamb burger topped generously with goat cheese, roasted pepper relish, chile de arbor aioli, and lettuce.  Served with a small-ish side of pepper spiced fries, the burger made the journey home nicely.  The fries weren’t as lucky.  They were tasty, but, soft and soggy.

The lamb was closer to medium than medium rare.  But, it was tender and full of flavor.  Every ingredient on this burger added another noteworthy layer of flavor.

We tried to choose food that would travel well.  And, it should go without saying, we’d much rather eat at the restaurant.  Sometimes, life gets in the way of a good meal.  The moral of this story?  Just stick to the burger and torta options when you have to take food to-go.  Considering our alternatives for the night, this beat fast food by a mile… a very long and generous mile.

We’d easily choose to eat this meal over fast food… any day.

Pure Taqueria
3589 Durden Drive
Atlanta, GA  30319
770 452 7873

The Brickery

The Brickery Chips

Since we like to be brief.  Let’s be.  It’s all about these chips.  We’ll be back for these super brittle, dark golden brown chips.  And, that return visit will be soon.

Period.

The Caesar Burger

We would have liked a bit less sauce and much more lettuce.  And, if we’re being picky, we’d prefer romaine.  Since they’re calling this a Caesar (Salad) burger, romaine makes sense…  right?  This was a saucy hot mess.  Admittedly, it was a tasty mess.

With these chips to devour, the burger was playing second fiddle, anyway.

Crabcakes

These might not be the prettiest crab cakes that we’ve ever eaten.  But, they’re seriously loaded with fresh, sweet crab.

Broccoli & Sweet Kugel

On the right, that’s incredibly rich, buttery dessert kugel.  Yeah, we’ll be back for some more of that home-style comfort kugel.  We know this wasn’t our first visit to the Brickery.  We have vague memories of a visit from a few years ago.  But, make no mistake, we won’t forget about The Brickery this time around.

The Brickery Grill & Bar
6125 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA  30328
404 843 8002

Alon’s

Grainy Mustard Fingerling Potato Salad

Someone made a meal out of it.

Lamb On Rosemary Focaccia

As always, the flavor of rosemary works beautifully with lamb.  But, these olive oil rich loaves make for a nap-inducing lunch… not great for a weekday.  Unless you’re starving, this’ll be a sandwich for sharing at lunch time.  Or, it’ll make a very hearty dinner.  Still, it’s a tasty sandwich.

Alon’s Bakery & Market
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA  30346
678 397 1781

Las Costas Nayaritas

Coctel De Camaron Y Pulpo

Plump, tender shrimp hide beneath the sweet sauce.

Huachinango Frito

Even with such a deep golden brown, it’s still moist and tender inside.

Sometimes, this arrives with the meal.

Fruit Punch-y Sweet Sangria With Oranges Slices & Cherries

After a pitcher of super sweet boozy sangria, these fish are incredibly interesting.

We left happy… again.

Las Costas Nayaritas Mexican Seafood Bar & Grill
1555 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA  30096
678 788 8888

Primizie Gouda & Late July Habanero Bacon Chips

Primizie Smoked Dutch Gouda & Garlic CrispBread Chips

The flavors were “fine”.  But, these crispbreads/chips have a hard, crisp crunch with an unpleasant denseness to that “thick-cut” chip.  What do they mean by crisp breads?  These are not pita chips as we were expecting.  Instead, they’re quite like a thick wheat flour tortilla-like triangle.  They’re a bit too greasy for our taste, too.

We don’t see another bag of crispbreads in our future.

Serving Size = 1 Ounce = 9 Chips

Late July Bacon Habaanro Corn Tortilla Chips

These are equally “fine” bordering on “eh”.  Smoky “bacon” … Yeah, ok, if you say so.  There is a smoky flavor.  But, it’s not a flavor that either one of us enjoyed.  And, for something with habanero in the name, they’re more than a little bit tame.

Not a fan.  Period.

Late July Jalapeño Lime

These were BY FAR the best of the bunch.  Next to the other two, it wasn’t much of a challenge to be the best.  They do have a nice light, crispy bite with delicate (in a very good way) use of lime.  But, they’re a bit forgettable.  We might buy these again… eventually.

In the end, these were still too greasy for our taste.

Why comment on two very mediocre chips and one “ok” chip?  Sometimes mediocrity needs to be noted.  We don’t want to forget that we’ve been there and done that… with these three chips.  (These chips were found at Whole Foods & Sprouts.)

Bubba Jax Crab Shack

Shrimp & Sausage Boil

With corn and boiled red potatoes, we were absolutely starving and we devoured every bite.

Shrimp & Bacon Grits

This beats any fast food chain on the highway by a mile.

It’s a cozy little shack hiding behind a great big tree.

The restaurant formerly known as Stumblers?  We’re guessing.

Bubba Jax Crab Shack
(AKA Stumblers)
1407 West Hill Avenue
Suite K
Valdosta, GA 31601
229 253 0181
229 469 4368