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Kurogama Cream (Sweet Black Sesame Spread)

Sonton Kurogoma Cream
(Sweet Black Sesame Spread or Black Sesame Jam)

Creamy smooth and sweet…

…very sweet

We’d go so far as to say it was startlingly sweet.  We weren’t expecting that.  We were expecting a barely sweet, creamy black sesame paste that was deep, dark and full of roasted sesame flavor.  Instead, the sweetness reminds us of the super sweetness that is nutella.  But, here, they substitute black sesame paste for chocolate and hazelnut butter.

We still love it.  It just took a moment to readjust our expectations.

Spread it on toast, a buttery ritz crisp, a pretzel, or a cookie.  It all works.

Love it!

(No, really, we’re serious.  We might love it even more than we love nutella.  And, that’s not faint praise.  We really (REALLY!) love nutella.  It’s a certain someone’s  kryponite.  Ok, so, we probably don’t love it more than nutella.  But, it’s in the same ballpark.)

Tomato Japanese Grocery
(In the same building as Sushi Yoko)
7124 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross,  GA 30071
770 263 7838

The Local 7

The Little John Burger

Perfectly cooked egg, bacon and burger, this was another great one.  Hot and crispy sweet potato fries too?  Sometimes, it’s easy to make us happy.

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon American Hop3 IPA

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Someone’s in a hurry to eat.  Even sharing this, one person made a meal of these and a couple Moscow Mules with Cock ‘n Bull ginger beer (Love it!).

Train Spotting at Local 7 

The Local No. 7
2316 Main Street
Suite A
Tucker, GA 30084
770 674 1782

Thai Restaurant of Norcross

Seafood Salad

Shrimp, scallops, squid, basil, jalapeños, scallions, romaine, minced garlic, onion and carrot slivers in a light dressing of rice wine vinegar and fish sauce, we still love it.

All of the seafood was tender and full of flavor.

Spicy Seafood in Basil Sauce

We enjoyed the generous quantity of seafood, shredded basil leaves, and a good dose of heat.

Basil Beef

Thai Restaurant of Norcross
6065 South Norcross Tucker Road
Norcross, GA 30093
770 938 3883

Thai Star

Pad Char

Crispy pieces of catfish mingle with green peppercorns, fresh green beans, eggplant, basil, Kaffir lime leaves, ginger, hot and sweet peppers.

Plenty of Crispy Catfish

Seafood In Green Curry

Shrimp, scallops, mussels and super tender squid rings…

…combine that with a platter full of vegetables.  Zucchini, summer squash, green beans, basil, sweet and hot peppers are all accounted for in this lovely dish.

Lovely and delicious, we’re happy.

Thai Star
(ThaiStarGa.com)
5370 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30071
770 326 9991

Murphy’s

Gorgeously Grilled Artichoke

Tender and smoky, these were delicious.

Blood Orange Margarita

This was a fresh balance of blood orange juice, orange liqueur, orange bitters and a very healthy kick of tequila.  It was a perfect early day cocktail.

But, next time?  It’ll be Murphy’s Manhattan.

Wild Shrimp Scampi

Wow, just wow.  Simply put, these shrimp were too good for words.

These extravagantly plump and tender shrimp were topping a bed of fluffy risotto, field peas, asparagus, kale and spinach.  If the shrimp are always this divine, we could eat this dish every day for the rest of our lives.

Wild Salmon Over Wild Rice Pilaf

This was another winner.

Blackberry Julep

Murphy’s blend Angel’s Envy bourbon, fresh blackberries, mint and soda, add ice and you have captured summer.  Fresh, sweet (but, not too sweet), tart and alive, what more can you ask for?  It’s a grown up liquid dessert in a julep cup.  More, please.

Lemon Meringue Tart With Raspberry Sauce

Murphy’s lovely blackberry julep was the perfect cocktail to share with this lemon tart with silky smooth meringue and raspberry sauce.

Murphy’s
(Murphy’s Atlanta Restaurant)
997 Virginia Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
404 872 0904

Thai Star

Tod Man Pla

Minced Fish Cakes With Cucumber Salad

Spicy Eggplant With Shrimp & Sausage

In this case, looks are not deceiving.  This was delicious.

Loaded with both shrimp and sausage, this was a special of the day that we’ll be eager to try again.

…and again …and again

Mussaman Curry
(Tamarind Curry)

Tender slices of chicken dominated this rich dish.  Potatoes merely played a supporting role.  But, the sweetness of the coconut milk balanced beautifully with the gentle heat of Thai Star’s curry spices.  Rich with coconut milk, onion slices and deep roasted peanuts,  we enjoyed every bite.

Without a doubt, we’ll be back.

Thai Star Restaurant
(ThaiStarGA.com)
5370 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30071
770 326 9991

Sushi Mito

Hotate

Toro

Nama Sake

Unagi

Very Memorable Unagi

Ikura

Volcano Roll

This dish brings back memories.  One of us was enjoying her very last semester’s rush of finals, it was a time to relax and enjoy.  And, it was our first real formal date at a seriously nice (on a college student’s budget) restaurant.  We were complete novices to world of sushi.  (And, more than likely, we always will be.)  We were dipping our toes into the world of sushi and sashimi.  And, we were loving it.  We were visiting our current favorite sushi spot in Miami.  We decided to branch out on the menu and try a specialty roll or two.  When it arrived at the table, we’d never seen a maki roll with a broiled topping.  We both looked at each other.  We were a little surprised.  But, we were eager to try this new thing.  And, that new thing looked almost identical to this photo (above).  So, we have to love this dish.  We just can’t help ourselves.

Nothing compares to the gloriously sweet rush of the sea that scallops provide.  But, the delicious richness of uni, ikura, toro, and unagi (Loved it!  It’s gorgeous and quite delicious, here.) come very close.

On this day, Toro had a market price of $18 for two pieces.

Unadon

Next time…

To the day…

And, we didn’t even try.  Sometimes, perfect memories just happen.

Sushi Mito
6470 Spalding Drive
Suite P
Norcross, GA  30092
770 734 0398

Las Brasas

Las Brasas Chicken

What a great weekday meal!

Potatoes With Huancaina Sauce
(Papas a la Huancaina)

Sauce with Huacatay
(Aji de Huacatay)
(AKA The Hot Sauce)

On each visit, the chicken was beautifully cooked and delicious.  Add the aji de huacatay, it’s nothing short of divine.

One Dinner

Another Dinner

Two dinners in two weeks, both orders of chicken were tender, full of flavor and moist.

Sweet Potato Fries

On each visit our sweet potato fries were made to order.  Served piping hot, they never made it home.  We devoured each and every fry in the car on the way home.

And, each of the to-go boxes were overflowing with fries.

Menu

Sides

Las Brasas Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken
310 East Howard Avenue
Decautur, GA 30030
404 377 9121

Community Q BBQ

Community Q Ribs

Gorgeous and equally delicious, again…

With Smoked Sweet Potato & Collards

The chicken was smoky and tender, too.  Yep, again.

Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich
(And, More Smoked Sweet Potatoes & Kale)

Someone really likes the smoked sweet potato and kale dish.  Sadly, all three of our portions were mostly sweet potato with only a random leaf of kale here and there.  It was still tasty.  But, we were both craving more kale.  We’re starting to wish the kale would make a starring role as its very own side dish.

Community Q BBQ
1361 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
404 633 2080