Grilled Idaho Trout

And Edamame With Sesame

White Chocolate Grill

An airport chocolate bar and…

Purple Mountain Coffee

Sean Brock — Heritage

Sean Brock — Heritage

So beautiful…

What’s the best way to kick off this holiday season?

Reward yourself first.  You deserve it.

The Charleston Light Dragoon’s Punch

Sean Brock’s Cracklin’ Cornbread

Sean Brock’s Chocolate Chess Pie


Northern China Eatery

Mandarin Pie

So crispy and piping hot, it took every ounce of our patience to wait.

Golden brown in places and soft, tender nooks hide in other spots.  Then inside, buttery tender pork, green onion, chive and… is there finely chopped shrimp, too?  So incredibly good, we’re ready for more.  Now.

Not all chili oils are created equal.  But, this one was a winner.

An Interesting Assortment of Breakfast Options
(Served All Day)

We’ll have to try those lamb soups…

Hot Pot With Fish Fillets

A spicy option for $1, hell yeah.

Napa cabbage maintained a nice bite.  It wasn’t overcooked or overpowering.

Hand Cut Noodles With Seafood In Red Sauce

Tentative tastes of hot broth were rewarded.

Those gorgeous noodles hiding beneath the surface were our reward.

We’ll be working our way through this list.

Northern China Eatery
5141 Buford Highway NE
Suite C
Doraville, GA 30340
770 458 2282


Makan’s Ramyun

Bowl one…

And, here’s bowl two.

Sharing?   That’s just crazy talk.  We both wanted our own bowl.  And, we weren’t disappointed.  The powerfully rich broth was a complex union of deep, dark meaty stock and bean paste.  The combination made each of the two better by association.

Both bowls were full of noodles with a lovely bite.

And, the eggs were softly boiled to rich custardy yolk perfection.

Korean Fried Chicken Bao
& A Vinegary (Swift Kick To The Taste Buds) Kimchi

Both dishes were fine, but, not favorites for us.  We’ll be returning again and again for Makan’s Ramyun.  (We ordered these first.  And, we barely had time to blink before we were nibbling on kimchi and our warm and fluffy little bao.  On a quiet weekday, this was very fast food.  If we were in need of a quick bite, we’d definitely look here before we resorted to those sort of places that shall not be named.)

Boxer Rebellion

A couple sips in someone remembered to snap a shot of their after lunch cocktail.

This will definitely be one of our favorite holiday season cocktails.  This was a bit sweet, but, not too sweet with gorgeous complexity.  And, as it was meant to be, bourbon makes it all better.

Love it!

On a quiet (work free) afternoon, we couldn’t resist grabbing a cocktail.

Makan Cocktails

Charred oak rye, POM, honey, and lemon… that will surely be next.

Open doors invite you into this patio space.  It has us wishing for an early spring.

Last week’s gorgeous fall colors are fading fast.  But, this day was a beautiful (and delicious) memory.

130 Clairemont Avenue
Suite 100
Decatur, GA 30030
404 996 6504

Jang Su Jang — Jjampong

Jjam Pong Noodle Soup
(Or, Jjampong)

With Hand Cut Noodles

It’s official.  We finally love soup.  And, wow, this was an incredibly memorable one.  It wasn’t listed on the menu…

It’s the first one posted on the far left.

Roughly translated, this is one of the best spicy seafood noodle soups with hand cut noodles that you will ever be fortunate enough to taste in your lifetime. Oh, those noodles… we left very happy.

(Or, Yukgaejang… Or, Yukejang)

This was delicious in its own way, yet, completely different.  Possibly a touch spicier than the other soup, the flavor reminds us of pot roast.  But, that would be a pot roast done in spicy Korean style.  But, then, at the last minute you decided you were in the mood for a giant bowl of steaming hot soup filled with tender shredded beef.  (Or, maybe, it’s a bit like a spicy ropa vieja swimming in spicy Korean broth without the peas and peppers.  Then, you add in all of the lovely Korean spices and vegetables.  Scratch that, this was significantly tastier than both of those things.)  Tender shreds of beef, mushroom and noodles fill this bowl.

A rich blend of spices, green onion, egg strands, beefy chili broth touched with oil and tender, slippery noodles support and elevate both beef and noodles to a higher plane.


…so many small dishes

This was a lovely use of konjac.  Roasted sesame seeds and sesame oil beautifully take charge of this simple dish.

Another one of our favorites hid in the back.

We finished with a soothing cup of tea.  This was a great way to keep warm and cozy.

Jang Su Jang
3645 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30096
678 475 9170

Ping’s Place — Beef Noodle Soup

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
(Hong Shao Niu Rou Mian)

Hong Shao = Red Roasted Or Braised (In Soy)

Niu Rou Mian = Beef Noodle Soup

Beef Shank & Tendon
Topped With Beautifully Pickled Greens And Herbs

It’s all about that beef.

If the beef shank and tendon were braised in soy, it was done with remarkable skill.  The intensely dark concentrated beefy richness of the broth is what we remember most vividly.  The silky, tender beef and tendon only magnifies the pure meaty beef flavor.  And, the tendon was so incredibly tender.  It doesn’t quite melt under the pressure of your bite.  But, it does mingle with a soft chew and it adds even more silky smooth texture to an already densely flavored broth.

One of the best soups we’ve ever been fortunate enough to taste?  Oh, yeah!  It’s something very special.

Pan Fried Dumplings, Too

Even knowing that we’d both have noodles left over for midnight snacking, we couldn’t resist an order of dumplings pan fried to a crispy golden brown.  Yup, they were delicious, again.

Ping’s Place
2300 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
404 819 3288

Pumpkin Pie Donut

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Donut

So, let’s say you stop visiting a place for a very long time.  You know that it’s a place that you don’t enjoy it.  But, you forget exactly why.  This “creme” filling was an instant reminder.  They can’t call it buttercream.  Why, you ask?  Well, you see there’s no cream present.  The unbearable density of the vegetable shortening and sugar smacked frosting “creme” was simply too unpleasant to put into words.  And, let’s not even mention the way it refuses to melt in your mouth.  Nah, forget that.  Let’s mention it.  That thick super slow melting “creme” could be the basis of a horror movie… “It lingers!”  Just don’t do it.

Thanks for the unforgettable reminder, Dunkin’ Donuts!

Main Street Grill & Barbecue

Fall Colors, Always Amazing

Hurricane Falls

Suspension Bridge

It was right about here.

That’s where we started wishing that we’d eaten more than a doughnut and coffee for breakfast.  When we finally made it to Main Street Grill & Barbecue (closest restaurant to Tallulah Gorge State Park) about an hour later, we were ravenous.

Fried Catfish

After one little bite, we were fighting over these gorgeous fillets.

Lightly breaded, yet super crisp and hot out of the fryer, this was some incredibly good catfish.

The pulled pork was fine.  It had a nice smoky flavor.  But, there was a decidedly stewed (not smoked) quality to the texture of the pork.  It was the sort of texture that made us believe the smoked pork was left to stew in pot with its own juices for awhile.

It’s in a great location for hungry hikers.

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Main Street Grill & Barbecue
110 Main Street
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
706 839 1445

Jaemor Farms

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Four large sandwich cookies for $4.99, these were soft, sweet and filled with a super sweet buttercream frosting… not a marshmallow filling.  We were really hoping for marshmallow.

Pecan Hand Pies

There were hand pies with fresh fruit and dried fruit fillings.  Peach and apple were available with both types of filling.

They probably won’t win any beauty contests.  But, they were literally bursting with pecans.  We’ll be back to try these on our next road trip.

Fresh Pecans — $4.99 Per Pound

BBQ, Too

Not a cloud in the sky, this was a great way to spend a piece of our gorgeous day.

Giant Pumpkins Everywhere

Real and inflatable, there was a wide variety of pumpkin types, color and size hiding behind every corner.  If you want to pick your own in the pumpkin patch, don’t wait until the Saturday before Halloween.  It was a very popular day to visit.

Hayrides, Corn Field Maze, Apple Cannon, Boiled Peanuts…

Happy Halloween!

Jaemor Farms
5340 Cornelia Highway
(Highway 365)
Alto, GA  30510

Lotus Vietnamese — Pho

Crispy Lotus Root With Salt & Pepper

These dense, crispy rounds and half rounds offer a savory richness that kept us coming back for more.  We’re sure to be craving them in the very near future.

Actually, we’re up for a mini road trip right now.

Bánh Bèo Huế

We could go for more of those, too.

Herbs, Sprouts & Lime Wedges

Phở Đặc Biệt

Pho Dac Biet
(With Filet Mignon, Brisket, Flank, Soft Tendon, Tripe & Meatballs)

Here, the beef stands out vividly.  Rich with flavor and meltingly tender, we devoured every tender sliver.  The delicate broth added depth and dimension.

Phở Hải Sản

Shrimp, squid, fish balls, and krab(with a K) were all present.

Jasmine Tea To Finish

So many offerings, we’ve enjoyed every meal.

Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine
2550 Pleasant Hill Road
Suite 408
Duluth, GA 30096
770 622 9693