Olympus — Morehead City, NC

The Olympus — Morehead City, NC

Olympus Dive Center
713 Shepard Street
Forehead City, NC  28557
252 726 9432

Not Your Father’s Root Beer — Small Town Brewery

After a long day, it’s time to eat and drink…

Served ice cold, this was a sweet way to refuel.

The sweetness provides a very heady kick.  But, this root beer ale incorporates a powerful blend of spices to add a pleasant bitterness to balance out all of that sugar.  In the end the sugary sweetness and vanilla dominates this root beer.  But, it’s in a good way.  This would make one incredibly delicious root beer float with a scoop of home made vanilla ice cream.  We’ll be doing that once or twice, without a doubt.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer
(Small Town Brewery)

Before hitting the road, a little side trip to find a source to buy a few more bottles was a priority.  We had to bring a 6 pack (or, to be completely honest, we brought home more than one) home with us.

Small Town Brewery

(Found at Lowes Foods)

It’s a beautiful day.

It just doesn’t get any better than this.


Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA

Let’s just say the Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA was the highlight of our meal.

5161 Peachtree Parkway
Suite 630
Peachtree Corners, GA  30092
678 353 6180


Masti Indian Street Eats


They’re a fun little nibble to keep you busy while you browse the menu.

Aam Pana

Thirst Quenchers


It’s really all about that Masti Sauce.

Next Time:  Deconstructed Samosa Chat

Chicken Masala Sliders

They’re a fun mess to eat.

A Glimpse At The Menu

Masti Sauce In The Middle

Served with Fries And Coleslaw

The hot and super crispy fries were devoured covered in Masti Sauce.

Butter Chicken Tacos

These were an even bigger hot mess to eat.

Iced Masala Tea

This was a perfect way to end the meal.

… or not

Just when we thought we were done…

We were offered a taste of a paan cocktail they were working on.  It’s a cocktail version of the wrapped betel leaves stuffed with digestive aids and sweet herbs.  This sweet taste was rich with almond milk and a lovely blend of sweet, refreshing herbs.  Blended in such an intoxicating way, we left guessing at the variety of herbs.  And, we nibbled a few sugar coated fennel seeds and dried mango on our way out the door.

We’ll definitely be back.


Masri Fun Indian Street Eats
(Masti Atlanta)
2945 C North Druid Hills Road
Atlanta, GA  30329
470 236 2784

La Mei Zi


Crab Roe with Napa Cabbage?  We’ll definitely be back for a taste.  We weren’t expecting a buffet.  We’re not fans of the buffet, in general.

But, this was good…. really good.

Sadly, we weren’t all that hungry when we arrived.  We were intending to try a little bite or two off the menu.  But, the buffet was offered so enthusiastically and eagerly.  We couldn’t resist.  The sesame chicken was extremely rich, yet delicious.  We both enjoyed the eggplant.  And, the spicy tofu with scallions and celery was incredibly satisfying for a tofu dish and quite tasty.  After the first bite or two, we were wishing that we were ravenous.  In the end, there were just many dishes that went untasted.  But, we can’t wait to return.  Smoky, rich plum juice and tea are offered to drink with your meal.

Charming place and the staff was lovely, love it!

La Mei Zi Asian Bistro
(La Mei Zi GA)
5150 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA  30340
770 676 0225

Nam Phuong — Bo Tai Chanh

Bò Tái Chanh

Bo Tai Chanh

Slivers of beef, a blend of chopped herbs (mint, cilantro, Thai basil, and at least one mystery herb), roasted peanuts, red onions, white onions, sweet red pepper slices, sweet yellow pepper slices, deep fried garlic and shallots top shredded iceberg lettuce.

And, we must say this is a great use for iceberg lettuce.  The added crunch is lovely.

Bò Lúc Lắc
(Bo Luc Lac)
Vietnamese Shaking Beef

We swear it just gets better.  Every time we order this dish at Nam Phuong, we’d swear it was better than the last.  There’s a gorgeous color on the outside of each beef cube with perfectly medium rare interiors.

Goi Du Du Tom Thit
Gỏi đu đủ tôm thịt
(Papaya Salad With Shrimp & Pork)


And, it’s crunchy fresh delicious perfection… as always.

From start to finish, this was one seriously divine summer meal.

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

Bittermens’ & Bar Keep

Bittermens’ Xocolatl Mole Bitters

Joaquín Simó for Death & Co., New York City
(Courtesy of Bittermens’ Website)

2 oz Ron Zacapa Solera 23 Rum
½ barspoon Sugar Cane Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Lemon Twist
Absinthe Rinse (or Herbsaint or Ricard)

Fill a double old fashioned glass with ice and a small amount of Absinthe. Stir the Rum, Sugar Cane Syrup and bitters in an ice filled shaker glass. Dump the ice from the old fashioned glass and rotate the glass to ensure that the rinse coats the entire inside of the glass. Strain into the glass.

Bittermens’ Bitter

Bar Keep Apple & Lavender Bitters

True Outlaw
(Courtesy of Green Bar Craft Distillery Website)

1½ oz TRU organic gin
¾ oz FRUITLAB organic orange liqueur
1 oz organic fresh lemon sour
6 dashes BAR KEEP organic Lavender bitters

Shake and strain into coupe.

Green Bar Craft Distillery
Bar Keep

Both brands (and prices shown) are available at Earth Fare.

(On a side note, Earth Fare has a decent beer selection, too.)

El Boulevard

Oxtail Stew

With Black Beans & Rice

Stewed Beef With Red And Green Peppers

Passion Fruit (In Front) & Soursop Juice

The options vary on a daily basis.

El Boulevard Restaurant & Lounge
1200 Rockbridge Road
Norcross, GA 30093
470 255 2198

Branch House Tavern

The Smok Stack Burger

Pulled pork, cheddar and slaw top the smoke stack burger.  And, we enjoyed the option of a baked potato (even if we were way too stuffed to actually eat it) with our burger.

Karaoke on Wednesdays, if you’re in the area and that’s your thing.

Branch House Tavern
5466 McEver Road
Flowery Branch, GA  30542
678 828 8345