Essence Of Peach
Compared to other versions of kombucha that we’ve tried, Wonder Drink’s essence of peach kombucha was incredibly mild. The ever-present vinegary bite tells you that this is kombucha. But, it’s more like a nibble than a true bite. If you can overlook the sharpness, there’s almost a bellini-esque freshness to this one. If it’s possible to have a favorite kombucha, this one would definitely top our list.
And now for something completely different:
AustiNuts Wasabi Peanuts
In true Austin style, these were some of the weirdest wasabi peanuts we’ve ever tasted. The wasabi powder on the outside was fiery hot, while the shell encasing the peanut was Jordan almond crisp and sugar sweet. So, for an instant, your mouth feels like it’s on fire with the heat of the wasabi powder. Then, as you crunch into the sugary shell, the heat instantly mellows. You’re left with a confusing whisper of wasabi teasing your tastebuds as you crunch the sweet, candy coating and roasted peanut. Interesting? Yes. Good? Maybe. We can’t decide.
Alon’s Bakery & Market
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
678 397 1781
La Calavera Bakery Croissants & A Mini Chocolate Babka
Look at all of those beautiful layers.
Delicate, bubbly flakes on the exterior yield to soft, fluffy layers inside.
Chocolate, Plain, Gruyère & Bacon, Chocolate Glazed Babka, Whole Wheat
Cranberry Pecan Sourdough, & One Giant Chocolate Babka
La Calavera Bakery’s Croissant
The Gruyère & Bacon
The Chocolate Hazelnut
Puffed full of air, yet so tender… look at those delicate, buttery layers.
The Mini Chocolate Babka
Oh Calavera Bakery, what a sense of humor you have! Mini! Ha! Their babka could only be called mini compared to their mammoth full-sized babka. This mini babka was similar in size to a cinnamon bun. Gilded in chocolate, what a beauty! It was impossible to resist. Two people could easily share one of these with a cup of coffee and be satisfied. There are decadent amounts of creamy chocolate laced with cinnamon hiding in those doughy folds.
We carefully packaged our babka and devoured barely one quarter of the loaf the next day for breakfast. Still tender and delicate, the layers of chocolate kept our loaf beautifully moist. Another two slices made a delicious midnight snack. And, we still have over half of our giant babka left to eat.
This was an incredible first visit. We can’t wait to try each and every item La Calavera has to offer. Next time? The Mushroom Swiss Croissant and one of their gorgeous ciabatta, we hope. We’ll be showing up early… and hungry.
La Calavera Bakery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday — 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday — 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday — 10:00am – 5:00pm
Or… until they’re sold out! If you’re going late in the day, you’ll want to check out their Facebook
This is one little gem of a bakery that you’ll want to discover.
La Calavera Bakery
747 East College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 725 1519
Shrimp & Grits
So rich and creamy, those grits possess real substance and density. Normally, we wouldn’t think of density as a positive food attribute. But, in this case, it was. There was a dense, creamy custard quality that was extremely memorable in the best possible way.
Crab Cake Benedict
Tender and delicate, both eggs were beautifully poached.
The noon-time full house quieted down around 1:30ish.
Counter Culture Coffee
And, there’s a small selection of wine to browse as you wait for your table.
Three Blind Mice
1066 Killian Hill Road
Lilburn, GA 30047
770 696 4139
Another Alon’s Bakery Breakfast
Apple Raisin Bran Muffin, Chocolate Babka, &
Another Divine Baguette
Loaded with finely diced apple pieces and plumb raisins, this muffin fills two needs. It’s healthy and tasty.
We started with a healthy bite. So, we felt free to follow it up with a bite or two of rich chocolate babka.
Alon’s Bakery & Market
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30345
678 397 1782
1394 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
404 872 6000
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
Old 4th Ward Blend
Batdorf & Bronson’s Whirling Dervish Blend
How do you know you’re drinking a good cup of coffee? Ask yourself one simple question. Does it feel like a crime to add cream and sugar? Is that a yes? That’s some seriously good coffee.
Batdorf & Bronson coffee?
It’s a bright, beautiful world filled with so many shades of good. Each and every blend is a unique shade of freshly roasted goodness. Every bag of whole bean coffee that we’ve ever purchased has been roasted within a handful of days. And, the first wave of flavor hits you with the scent of those freshly roasted beans.
Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
419 West Ponce De Leon
Decatur, GA 30030
404 687 1100
Smoked Chicken Wings
Those spicy pickles deserve equal attention. So good, we polished them off too quickly and instantly craved more.
The Georgia Sampler
Ribs, pulled pork…
…brisket and pulled chicken, it was all tender, smoky meat goodness.
Wrapped in aluminum foil, some of the charm (and moisture) gets lost enroute.
Also, thoughtless packaging and an overstuffed to-go bag crushed our Brunswick stew. We expected more from a barbecue joint that relies on to-go business. This could’ve been a disaster.
Close to half of the liquid from the Brunswick stew was found on the bottom of the to-go bag. The plastic bag caught most of the spill, thank goodness.
Heirloom Market BBQ
2243 Akers Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
770 850 1008
770 612 2502
The Bronx Bomber
Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Sopressata, Salami, Roasted Red Peppers
& A Drizzle of Vinaigrette
It was a delicious monstrosity of a sandwich on a super soft, fluffy hoagie roll.
The Wacky Salad
This salad was a version of their cranberry salad with dried cranberries, broccoli, walnuts, toasted ramen noodle bits, romaine with a vinaigrette on the side. Yes, it was a little bit odd. But, it was also surprisingly good. All the flavors worked well together. The sweetness of the dried cranberry, the toasty ramen, the rich walnuts and a touch of bitterness from the broccoli, it was a unique harmony of flavors that mingle well with each other.
Bleu House Tuna Melt Special
This wasn’t a standard tuna melt. The bread wasn’t buttered or grilled. But, the generous allotment of cheese was nice and melty. We loved it.
Marinated Vegetables On The Side
Next time, we’ll be getting the marinated olives.
Even when the sky’s gloomy and grey outside, it’s bright and friendly on the inside. So, there must be a next time.
Just look for the little blue house.
Monday – Friday: 11am to 3pm
Bleu House Cafe
23 Holcomb Bridge Road
Norcross, GA 30071
770 209 0016
Pork Schnitzel & Fried Egg
Both the egg and the schnitzel were nicely cooked. But, the schnitzel was more than a little bit bland.
(Duck Fat Fries, Local Cheese Curds, & Chicken Gravy)
Literally swimming in chicken gravy, this might’ve been acceptable. But, that chicken gravy was excruciatingly bland.
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee
The coffee was the highlight of our meal… by far.
Bantam & Biddy
Bantam And Biddy
1050 Crescent Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30309
404 835 6450
Long Island Iced Tea In a Fishbowl
How do you set the mood for a movie set in the 80′s?
Step #1: Order Over-sized Long Island Iced Tea
Coconut Chicken Tenders
Step #2: Order Coconut Chicken Tenders And Chicken Pesto Pizza
Can you believe this is still on a menu anywhere??
This was perfect 80′s flashback food for watching The Wolf of Wall Street. We set the mood beautifully. But, as expected, it was perfectly horrible to consume. Fun? Yes. But, would we order it again? Not here, that’s for sure.
Buffalo Trace Manhattan? We hope that’s better.
Light Button For Service At Any Time During The Movie
What was the best part of the meal? Kahlua Mudslides!
What about The Wolf of Wall Street? Genius, pure genius.
Studio Movie Grill
3850 Venture Drive
Duluth, GA 30096
770 299 7100
Braised Pork Belly
Served with sautéed bamboo shoots (far right) and cabbage.
Stir Fried Noodles
With Chicken, Mushrooms, Black Fungus, Cabbage,
Green Onions, & Cilantro
Passion Fruit With Lychee Jelly
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
770 300 9798