Ikea Cafeteria

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Looks great!  Tastes… not so great.  For such a deep dark chocolate colored cake, it has remarkably little flavor.  And, the mousse has a cloyingly, thick texture.  Chocolate that refuses to melt in your mouth is extremely unpleasant.

Chocolate Toffee Nut Cake

Both chocolate and cream are nearly tasteless and very heavy… oily, greasy heavy.

Never again.

From now on, we’ll stick to the $1 soft serve yogurt cones.  At least they’re edible.

Ikea

Cheong Woo Ultra Zzang Snack

Cheong Woo Ultra Zzang Snack

Wow, that’s a mouthful.

Don’t be fooled by those sesame seeds.  This is a sweet treat.

…very sweet.

1 Part Cap’n Crunch + 1 part Super Sweet Bugles Wannabe

So, we’re talking children’s breakfast cereal sweet.

Super H Mart

Mambo Italiano

Proscuitto Pizza

Topped With Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano

The crust was light and airy.  Little bubbles charred up nicely along the edges.

Frito Misto

With Shrimp, Scallops, & Calamari

The exteriors were crisp and flaky while the interiors were moist and tender, this was a nice little dish.  We also enjoyed the light, fresh taste of the tomato sauce.

Flatbread To Start

Mambo Italiano
5165 Peachtree Parkway
Suite 210
Norcross, GA 30092
770 441 3200

Ale Yeah!

Ale Yeah!

Simply put, this little gem of a place has all the beer you want to drink.  And, while you’re there, you’re sure to find something new to try.  This time we went with a couple Oud Beersel Kriek & Framboise (both under $10 a bottle).

We’ll be back for more… very soon.

Ale Yeah!
Craft Beer Market
906 West College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 371  4331

Gokul Sweets

Nut Balls With Buttery Caramel

Ok, this is just a guess.  But, we think these are labeled incorrectly.  There wasn’t a single piece of dried fruit.  These are all about the nuts.  A blend of pistachios, cashews, and almonds made up these nutty clusters.  Dried Fruit?  Who needs dried fruit?  These are little balls of awesome.

Chandrakala

Ground cardamom and nuts fill these pastries dripping with brown sugar syrup.  These were dangerously good, as usual.

Kaju Gujiya

These are a new favorite.  Gilded with silver, these tender, buttery pastries are filled with a sweet paste of dried fig and other assorted dried fruits.  So rich, one little crescent makes an incredibly satisfying two bite dessert that pairs perfectly with masala tea or coffee.

Don’t they just scream eat me?

Masala Cashews

On more than one occasion, we’ve made a meal out of these.

Seriously.

Gokul Sweets
763 Dekalb Industrial Way
#C
Decatur, GA 30033
404 299 2062

Leon’s Full Service

The Veggie Loaf

Pecan romesco sauce hides under a mountain of roasted cauliflower, shitake mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes.  These vegetables were topped with a wedge of Leon’s veggie loaf and a handful of arugula.  We still consider this to be one of our favorite vegetarian dishes.

Ictegem’s Grand Gru  —  Flemish Red Ale

Cherry and other slightly sour, tart fruit in the background become more complex and interesting with the oak.

Summer Cocktails

Grass-fed Beef Burger, Cheddar Casserole & Lightly Dressed Arugula

Our grass-fed beef burger generously topped with cheddar was quite nice.  But, much of the flavor was lost under way too much ketchup and mustard.  Next time, we’ll ask for our condiments on the side.

This humble little cheddar casserole sitting on top of a ladle full of spicy apple butter was our favorite part of the meal.  A slightly larger portion of the casserole with the dressed arugula on the side would make an incredible meal all on its own.

A Side Of Fries With Goat Cheese Fondue, & Garlic Aioli

We weren’t prepared to consume a mountain of fries.  So, we went with this side of fries.  It was an incredibly generous portion.  And, it’s more than enough for two to share with dinner or even to start.

Leon’s Full Service
131 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 687 0500

Brick Store Pub

Homemade Shortbread Crackers

Delicate, buttery, and crumbly, the melt-in-your-mouth tender crumb works well with Brick Store’s creamy pâté.

Country Chicken Pâté With Smoked Peach Preserves

Generous portions of both allow you to build each bite to your taste.   Cornichons and grainy honey mustard make a lovely distraction from the buttery richness.

Oud Beersel Framboise

Delicate bubbles and a tart bite made for a pleasant surprise.

Scaldis Strong Ale

Smooth, mellow and creamy with a perfect peppery bite.

Pretzels

Brush off that salt and buttery bite-sized pieces make another vehicle to consume every last bit of the mason jarred pâté.

Cast Iron Raclette

Gorgeous deep golden brown potato slices are buried under that mountain of cheese.

St Bernardus Abt 12 Quad

Rich powerful flavors with a touch of barely sweet malt and dried dark fruit

Gulden Draak 9000 Quad

Dark caramel, fruity and almost too rich, we might give it another chance.

Fish & Chips

A few fries had already been nipped at this point.

Brick Store Pub
125 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
404 687  0990

Vosges — Blood Orange Caramel Bar

Vosges Blood Orange Caramel Bar

There are simply no words to express the absolute perfection of this bar.  The chocolate is deep, dark, rich and complex.  While the right bite of bitter citrus from blood orange and Campari tempers the sweetness of syrupy smooth caramel, it’s easily the closest thing to a perfect candy bar we’ve ever tasted.

…candy bar

That term is an insult.  This is a bar of fine chocolate with perfectly layered flavors.  The richness of the chocolate guides the way for soft, creamy caramel that hides a dose of bitterness that makes your tongue tingle with curious interest and pleasure.  Then, it finishes with the light floral flourish of hibiscus.  The hibiscus adds its own touch of subtle tartness that keeps the flavor of this chocolate bar a unique thing onto itself.  This combination of flavors and textures is nothing short of edible artistry.

Vosges

(We bought our bar at Alon’s Dunwoody location.)

Raspberry Crumble Bar

We’d love to tell you about this crumbly cookie bar filled with raspberry jam.  But just one tiny bite in, it hit the floor.  Our little devil dog scarfed it up in one quick piggy bite.  She clearly loved it.  We could tell by the way she lapped up every crumb of the floor.

Alon’s Bakery
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30345
678 397 1781

King Of Pops

Coffee & Donuts

Rich, creamy coffee dotted with a Krispy Kreme donut hole…

pure genius!

It was love at first bite… or was it the second.

The coconut banana was a perfect summer day option, too.  But, we both agreed.  The coffee and donut pop was the real winner.

Other Flavors On This Hot Summer Day:

Raspberry Lime
Hibiscus Margarita
Blueberry Lemonade
Coconut Banana
Mango Habanero
Chocolate Sea Salt
Peach ‘n Cream

Check out their website for hours and locations:

King of Pops

(Our favorite location:  Decatur Square)

Beautiful Restaurant

The Beautiful Restaurant

3 Short Ribs

That’s the generous portion served at The Beautiful Restaurant.

Short Ribs in Brown Gravy

This is pot roast’s richer, tastier cousin.

Incredible beef flavor was the hallmark of every bite.  But, what really appealed to us was the fork, tender beef.  This short rib was braised the perfect amount of time to allow the beef to reach that succulent melt-in-your-mouth tenderness.  But, it wasn’t braised long enough for the flavors to escape the meat.  We’ve all tasted that piece of beef that falls apart into shreds and lacks flavor from a cook’s neglect.  That was most certainly not this dish.  This was divine comfort.

Fried Chicken

Crisp, crumbly breading surrounds tender thigh meat.  They were completely sold out of white meat.  And, we could understand why.  This chicken is good… really good.  We’ll be adding this restaurant to our list of fried chicken favorites.  This place might not top the list.  But, it’s a very worthy addition.

Sweet Potato Casserole & Macaroni ‘n Cheese

Sweet ground clove, plenty of sugar, raisins and marshmallows touched with golden brown edges, this was a dessert masquerading as a vegetable.  But, we both loved it.

Mac & Cheese And Stuffing With Gravy

Creamy, custardy and cheesy, that’s one of the ways we like our mac & cheese.  Meanwhile, the cornbread stuffing has a pudding-like quality that reminds us of spoon bread.  Topped with brown gravy, this is richer and tastier.

Broccoli & Rice Casserole

Super duper cheesy, the broccoli is really an afterthought.  But, who doesn’t love cheesy comfort food casseroles?

Potato Salad

Eggy, tangy, creamy, and mildly sweet, this potato salad had us craving backyard barbecue.  It was chock full of crumbled hard boiled eggs, pimento and relish.

Southern Style Corn Muffins

Moist, crumbly and perfuming the air with the scent of sweet corn, loads of fresh cornmeal made this great muffin what it is.  This perfect specimen was dense  from the cornmeal rich batter and ever so mildly sweet.  There’s no doubting the Southern roots of this muffin.

The Beautiful Restaurant
2260 Cascade Road Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30311
404 752 5931