Mizumi Ramen

Mizumi Ramen

Spicy Ramen (#4)

Red Ginger, Green Onion, Bean Sprouts, Egg…

Cha-Shu, Sweet Corn, Agaric, & Sea Sedge

Lovely and delicious… period.

Tonkotsu Ramen

Cha-Shu, Spinach, Egg, Sweet Corn, & Bamboo Shoots

Incredibly rich pork broth, this was a very hearty meal on a frigidly cold day.

Kaki Furai

Deep Fried Oysters With Dipping Sauce & Lime

Soothing green tea made a perfect ending to our meal.

Takoyaki… Next Time


With spicy ramen tempting us, it’ll be a challenge to sample the other options.  But, we’re up for a tasty, good challenge.

Mizumi Ramen
1611 Satellite Blvd
Suite 11
Duluth, GA  30097
678 682 3400

Georgia Aquarium & Der Biergarten

As the birth of a new Beluga whale nears, divers (sitting quietly near the middle of the bottom) begin to make an appearance in Cold Water Quest.  If you’re thinking of getting an annual pass to the aquarium, now is the time.  The baby Beluga is expected to make an appearance this spring.  Since this will be Maris The Beluga’s second birth (The statistic for a Beluga whale’s second birth is roughly 50/50.), everyone at the aquarium is cautiously optimistic for Maris.

A Manta Ray In Ocean Voyager

Ocean Voyager never fails to amaze.

We could wander around for hours.

You’re sure to see something new with each visit.


…or just observe

Watch the Ocean Voyager Web Cam for a couple minutes, it’s great way to forget the stress of the work day.

Georgia Aquarium

Then, grab a drink and a bite within waking distance…

Der Biergarten Restaurant

Beer List

Spaten Marzen

It can be Oktoberfest year round.


Giant Pretzel Served With Three Mustards


Bitter Orange Hefe

Campari, Grand Marnier & Konig Hefe… lovely.  Really.  But, we’re so ready for spring.

Piping hot with an intensely crisp, buttery exterior, we were very pleasantly surprised.


Pan Fried Spatzle With Bacon And Onion

Gegrillte Forelle Mit Senfsauce

Grilled Trout With Brown Butter Mustard Sauce And Asparagus

It might feel a bit like Epcot… but, it’s definitely better.

Der Biergarten
300 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30313
404 521 2728

Hapeville Dwarf House

The Counter

Look!  You can get mac & cheese with your spicy chicken sandwich.

Hapeville Dwarf House
461 North Central Avenue
Hapeville, GA  30354
404 762 1746

Nam Phuong — Salt & Pepper Shrimp

Salt & Pepper Shrimp
(Without Heads & Shells)

Tender, lightly breaded and full of flavor, these shrimp were delicious.  The seasoned bed of lettuce, onions, shallots, green onion slivers, chives, and deep fried garlic added beautifully to the mix.

Green Papaya Salad

Delicious at Nam Phuong, this is one of our all time favorite dishes.  It always has been and it always will be.

Better than our last visit?  We really think it was.  We’ll have to return soon to test this theory.

Nam Phuong
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA  30093
770 409 8686

Woo Nam Jeong — Stone Bowl House

Dolsot Bibimbap With Spicy Squid

Times two, we’ve both loved this dish for years.

A very generous layer of spicy squid cover the rice.

Slivers of mushrooms and onions play supporting roles beautifully.

Mix and devour.

The crispy golden brown rice at the bottom of your stone bowl offers another savory and textural bonus.

(Eomuk Japchae)

All of our favorite small dishes are represented here.

Gamja Jjorim

Sigeumchi Namul

We’ve been loving it for years.  And, we still do.

Woo Nam Jeong — Stone Bowl House
5953 Buford Highway
Suite 107
Doraville, GA  30340
678 530 0844

Liquid Marijuana

Liquid Marijuana

And, A $10 Burger

It’s a pretty decent one, too.

Liquid Marijuana
makes 1

1/2 ounce rum (or spiced rum, if you like)
1/2 ounce Blue Curaçao
1/2 ounce Midori Melon Liqueur
1/2 ounce Malibu rum
big splash sweet & sour mix
big splash pineapple juice

Combine all in a rocks glass and add ice to fill.  Then, close your eyes and pretend you’re at Bayside in Miami.  Or, maybe you prefer a flashback to spring break and a cruise to the Caribbean?  That works, too.

Elegant?  No.  Sweet fun?  Yes.

Nam Phuong — Mì Quảng

Mì Quảng

Topped with roasted chicken chunks, roasted peanuts, delicious and crispy shards of black sesame rice crackers…

Chả lụa (or giò lụa, or Vietnamese pork loaf slices), tender shrimp…

And, tucked under those peanuts there’s a glimpse of finely diced deep fried pork.  Those crunchy little bites magnify all of the other flavors beautifully.

Quail eggs, too?  Two, seriously!  This isn’t just a meal it’s a feast in soup form.

Love it!

Do you need another reason to love this genuinely genius bowl of all things delicious?  Turmeric rice noodles add just a little something extra.  It’s an extremely subtle background flavor.  That deep golden turmeric adds an elusive hint of savory goodness layered in there with all it touches.

Did we mention that we love this dish?  We did?  Oh, well, it deserves repeating.

We love it!  Mmhmm, we do.

It’s hidden on the Daily Special page.

As always, a plate full of herbs and sprouts make us happy on a cold winter day.

Bún bò Huế

Bún bò Huế

…You know that song, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, or “Wimoweh”?

Well, it’s the same.  But, it’s different.

Roughly, it’s boon bo weh.

Now, is that song stuck in your head, too?

My job here is done.

Nam Phuong
4051 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA  30345
404 633 0776

The Illinois

The Illinois
Imperial India Pale Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Good balance, full bodied, spicy, complex citrus-y bitter (in a very good way) edge

We both enjoyed every sip.  And, we’d buy it again.

2014 favorite?  It was definitely one of them.

Goose Island Beer Company

Taqueria Los Hermanos

Quesadillas De Camerones
Shrimp Quesadillas

This lunch dish was served with a spoonful of pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and shredded lettuce on the side.

Burrito Al Tamarindo
Chicken Burrito With Tamarind Chipotle Sauce

Taqueria Los Hermanos
4418 Hugh Howell Road
Suite B3
Tucker, GA  30084
678 937 0660

Liberté Yogurt

Liberté Yogurt
Peach & Passion Fruit

Finally, truth in advertising….

We really love this yogurt.  It might just be yogurt perfection.  If not outright perfection, Liberté comes seriously close to it.  The blend of peach and passion fruit balances the sweet with the tart.  And, the yogurt itself is incredibly smooth, creamy and rich.  It’s a real indulgence that we wouldn’t feel guilty sampling every day.

Love it!!

Liberté Yogurt

Whole Foods