Tag Archives: Atlanta

Wordless Wednesday: A Drive Home through the City

5 Dec

Journey Home From Work

Trains that seem to never move

Winter settling on the city

Gallery

My Heart through a Filtered Lens

17 Oct

Chowing Down with the Motley Crew

8 Oct

I had to share this for Meatless Monday even though I ate this yesterday ūüôā

We were a motley crew on our 11 mile training run – one with a bum ankle, one feeling sick and run-down, and another with fatigue. But we finished and were able to enjoy this wonderful, well-deserved brunch at the Highland Bakery in Atlanta. Pictured below is what I got: Tofu Scramble with Soysauge and Oven-Roasted Potatoes, accompanied with a Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte.

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Wordless Wednesday: Running through Atlanta

3 Oct

 

Unforgettable Saturday Night: Alabama Shakes

2 Oct

Last Saturday started off as such an ordinary night. My husband and I went out to dinner and ate at one of our favorite Atlanta restaurants, La Fonda. We got the usual – fish tacos for my hubby and veggie tacos for me. Then we were off to the Masquerade to see Alabama Shakes, thanks to my best friend who offered us the tickets. Little did I know that I was going to end up on stage the whole night. Yes, on stage, next to the band.

See, my friend who got us backstage has been in the music industry since college. She has stories that start off like “This one time when we were touring with Sugarland…” So, naturally she’s a pro at acting cool with being on stage with the band, meeting the band, answering their requests, etc., etc. As she so eloquently puts it, this is not her first rodeo.¬† I, on the other hand, was geeking out. I was star struck, asking questions like, “Oh, so this is what an encore looks like behind the scenes?” It was absolutely, undeniably an amazing and unforgettable experience that will go down in the books for me.

I got to see what the crowd looks like from the entertainer’s point of view. What an intimidating sight – more than 4,000 people staring at you, expecting you to sing your heart out and perform for them.

The picture above shows a shot of the crowd, where I usually stand at concerts. And here’s a picture of Alabama Shakes from where I was standing on Saturday night.

I also got some footage of their most popular song, Hold On. It’s a little shaky on the camera-work, but you can get a feel for how soulful her voice is and how awesome they are live.

Running for a Cure and Eating Like There’s No Tomorrow

21 Mar

I don’t know if my cheeks or legs hurt more. I ran a half marathon this past weekend with Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and I smiled from the start to the finish line. Here’s a picture to prove it – this is me and my mentor running together at mile 12, still smiling!

How could I not smile when I had supporters like these guys cheering for me on the sidelines?

Notice Kevin’s shirt in the picture above?¬† It says “I support those who do 13.1 for others.” He got so many remarks about his shirt – people loved it! And here’s another one of Kevin and my dad with their sign at the race.

It was truly an unforgettable experience. I was so happy to have raised $2,590 for such a great cause, as well as train to participate in my first half marathon (and to finish in a decent time too – 2:36!). Thanks to my donors, I was one of the top ten fund-raisers of the event!

I ran in memory of my Aunt Toni and my friend Emily Morrill. I wish they could have seen all that purple supporting LLS.

You’re probably wondering what this has to do with a food blog. Well, I’m getting there. Just one more picture of me and my friend with our medals.

Later on in the day, after I rested and ate a bunch of food, my friend and I met up at Wrecking Bar Brewpub for a celebratory beer and some more food. I felt like I was eating for 2 that day! Wrecking Bar was offering $5 off for runners because we couldn’t partake in the St. Patty’s Day festivities the night before. We, of course, took advantage of this offer. Plus, Kevin and I have frequented this restaurant in the last few months because we love it so much.

We got their Spinach and Artichoke Dip to start, and as a main course I got the Pearl Barley Risotto and Kevin got the Seitan Veggie Gyro with their Brussels and Butternut Hash. My friend got the Wild Mushroom Flatbread and one of their salads. Why didn’t I take pictures of this awesome food?! Probably because I was too busy devouring it…

It’s honestly some of the best food I’ve ever had in Atlanta. Not to mention, their beers are outstanding and brewed right there at Wrecking Bar. They change up the beer selection every so often, which makes it new and exciting each time we visit. The brews were exactly what we needed to quench our thirst after running 13.1 miles!

Chinese Eggplant with Green Peppers and Mushrooms

12 Nov

I’m not sure about other regions in the US, but in the Atlanta area it’s hard to find Chinese eggplant in the local grocery store.¬†I had to venture over to the Dekalb¬†Farmers¬†Market¬†to get this¬†special vegetable. The Dekalb Farmers Market is a contradiction in itself: it brings me both joy and misery at the same time.

The happiness part: it is the land of exotic produce. You want fruit that looks like a porcupine?  They got it!  You want a vegetable from another country?  They have it!

The gloom and doom of it all: it is¬†overwhelmingly crowded constantly, and¬†causes great anxiety to someone who likes to get in and out of the¬†grocery store.¬†You have to¬†be¬†as¬†patient¬†as a saint, and keep in mind that you’re there to get the most exquisite¬†food in the Atlanta area.

The Dekalb¬†Farmers Market not only sells unheard of groceries, but they also prepare food of their own. Everything I’ve tried¬†has been outrageously good.¬†If you live in the Atlanta area and haven’t been, take a moment to stop by¬†and remember¬† – to just breathe.

Chinese Eggplant with Green Peppers and Mushrooms

Ingredients:

Rice

  • 1 cup uncooked whole grain rice
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 Tbsp. butter

Chinese Eggplant with Green Peppers and Mushrooms

  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium¬†green bell pepper, cut in 1 in. chunks
  • 3 medium Chinese eggplant, cut in 1 in. chunks
  • 8 oz. package of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha

Directions:

Cook rice as directed. In a separate medium pan, sauté onion, garlic and green pepper in vegetable and sesame oils over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender.

Add Chinese eggplant, soy sauce, vegetable broth, red wine vinegar, and Sriracha to pan; sauté for 5-10 minutes, or until eggplant is slightly soft.

Add mushrooms to the pan; sauté for 5-10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Once rice is finished, add green peas and butter.

Combine rice with Chinese eggplant mixture and serve.

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