Onions, Herbs, & Mustard Seeds…
White Bean Hummus & Pita
The Olivia Burger
Sweet Potato Chips
Pan-Fried Snapper, Brussel Sprouts, & Whipped Celeriac
River Sunset & Four Count
Coosa Mountain Trail Ale
Ale List For April 25+
It’s time for another visit.
Twain’s Brewpub, Billiards & Tap
211 East Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030
404 373 0063
Bánh Xèo With Herbs, Lettuce, & Pickled Vegetables
Street food with a moutain of herbs? We’re in.
Cilantro, basil, mint, tender lettuce leaves, shredded carrots, cucumber slices, and pickled daikon shreds wait to be wrapped up in tasty bundles.
(Vietnamese Crepe With Shrimp & Pork)
It’s stuffed with bean sprouts, shrimp, and little bits of pork
Salt & Pepper Shrimp
Papaya Salad With Shrimp Crackers
It’s salad perfection… again.
This was another beautifully composed and hearty bowl of mi quang on yet another visit to the Buford Highway location.
We loved it all… again.
4051 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
404 633 0776
(Handmade In Aragon, Spain)
These dark chocolate hand dipped candied cherries are divine. Do you love a chocolate covered cherry? But, do you think to yourself, “I wish there was significantly less sugar and syrup.”? If so, these are for you. The saccharine sweet syrup is completely gone. This is all candied cherry and chocolate. There’s no syrup in the center at all. Imagine this. Let the syrup and moisture of something similar to a Luxardo cherry evaporate. Then, dip that cherry in chocolate.
(Handmade In Valencia, Spain)
And, there’s roughly 5 ounces per package.
Mitica – Forever Cheese
Fried Scallops, Oysters, Shrimp, & Hushpuppies
The seafood is all good. Who needs the breaded fries? We sure didn’t.
The oysters and scallops were simply out of this world. So fresh, tender, and sweet, we could eat them all day, every day, forever.
…even if the beer and cocktails come in plastic cups.
Crackers Bar, Grill, & Tiki
502 NW 6th Street
Crystal River, FL 34428
352 795 3999
Notice: Do Not Handle or Harass The Seahorses!
Scalloping, it’s what to do in Crystal River.
…when you aren’t snorkeling with manatees (November thru March), scuba diving, canoeing, or kayaking.
(Note: By June, most (a small population remains for most of the year) of the manatees have swum on to clearer pastures. They only swim in to Crystal River in the winter to enjoy the warm, shallow water.)
Bird’s Underwater Dive Center
(Dive training at all levels… including cavern & cave specialists)
Blue Grotto Cabins
Fire pit, check.
Small and cozy, it’s like summer camp for adults.
The mini-fridge is essential. It’s a 20 minute drive to the nearest (and we think only) grocery store.
Blue Grotto Spring
It’s hard to see. But, this water is gorgeously crystal clear.
Just follow the dirt road…
Welcome to Florida’s Prehistoric Underground Spring
From the top…
Walk down the fairly steep (yet sturdy) and narrow stairway that’s built for smaller feet.
Then, after a long hot day…
Who knew the occult would be this sweet?
Haemool Dolsot Bab
(or, Haemul Dolsot Bap)
Sizzling hot, the seafood (the weak spot) hides under the vegetables.
The perfectly crisp rice was the highlight.
Each meal comes with a portion of kimchi and sprouts.
Hae Mul Pa Jeon
Sul Lung Tang
Incredibly Fresh Lychee ($6.99 lb)
Beautiful and delicious, these were our after dinner treat for a week.
Guatemalan Mangos (2 for .99 cents)
Very ripe and quite nice, but, these weren’t our favorite. The round canary melon ($1.49) was a bit mediocre, too. But, we also found an oblong-y oval (Crenshaw) melon in the same bin (also for $1.49) and it was honey sweet melon perfection. Note to self, always stick to the Crenshaws!
Super H Mart
2550 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
678 543 4000
Green Tea Shaved Ice
Sweet green tea shaved ice hides under sweet red beans, vanilla ice cream, cubes of chewy Korean rice cakes (tteok, or ttuk, or dduk), corn flakes and almond slivers.
Some are packed and ready to go. Or, you can choose your own assortment.
Black sesame rice donuts were our favorite of the bunch.
(…Even if the use of black sesame was a bit skimpy.)
Grab a little plate or tray and choose your rice cakes.
(Rice Cakes, Coffee, & Tea)
2180 Merchants Way
Duluth, GA 30096
770 476 9303
Super thin and crisp, we couldn’t stop eating these.
Take care, you might just make a meal out of the chips and salsa.
Both were very tasty. But, the salsa verde disappeared first.
Refreshing and light, the time passes easily.
Campechana De Marisco
Gulf Shrimp, Crab, Octopus, & Avocado
Tostadas were a bit heavy and greasy. But, who needs them? The shrimp and crab demand our full attention.
Gulf Red Snapper
Absolutely divine, the crispy golden bits on the outside add an airy, light crunch. But, it was the perfectly cooked interior that stole the show. So silky tender, delicate and moist, perfection can be the only word for this beautiful fish.
The Revolver & Vampire Weekend
Linger and enjoy.
The El Felix
1130 Avalon Blvd
Alpharetta, GA 30009
678 248 5239
(Green Mango & Dried Shrimp Salad)
This lightly dressed salad lets the unique taste and texture of green mango shine.
Beautifully bitingly fresh, this is just the thing we want to eat as the temperature rises.
Tender bites, all.
Chinese Style Sausage & Fried Egg
It’s just what we were craving.
Com Mai Vietnamese Cuisine
1455 Pleasant Hill Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
770 564 2292
Maduros, Croquetas, Masas de Puerco…
Empanada Stuffed With Picadillo
Crispy, flaky… delicious…. period.
Did we mention those maduros?
They are deep dark crispy caramel-y golden perfection.
Masas De Puerco
Fork tender? Hell, yeah.
Tender beef and sautéed onions… We have just two words.
Homesickness = Cured
We ordered a small feast. And, Tico’s delivered one to our table.
It’s all good.
That gorgeous cake was one with the milk. But, it wasn’t soupy or soggy. It was everything that tres leches should always be. It’s dense, but not too dense, sweet (but not too sweet), creamy, and cake-y. It’s just moist, fudge-y golden cake topped with cream. If you had a Cuban grandmother, this is exactly the way she’d make it. Oh how we both wish we had a Cuban grandmother! Oh well. We’ll happily fill that void with Tico’s Cafe the next time we’re wishing we were in Miami.
And, please take special note, Pan Tostado holds a place of honor on the menu. It’s just as it should be. All is right with the world at Tico’s.
Tico’s Cuban Cafe
3421 Ridge Road
Buford, GA 30519
470 238 3889