Tuesday, March 11, 2014


There is nothing flaccid about this soft opening, including their cocktails. Try the Old fashion, only available after 10:00, and smoked over a burning log on the bar and served by a real urban lumberjack .

Sweet Auburn's new location in the Highland's (the old Pura Vida location) is at this point Atlanta's best kept bbq secret .Don't tell anyone about this gem as I know it is going to become the next Fox Bros and I don't want the lines to become so long it would put Tony Montana to shame.

We started with Wu tang hot wings which were not too spicy but could only be described as perfect as they were still crispy and so moist which I attribute it to the dual cooking method of roasting and frying, picking up the best attributes of both techniques.

We also had the pimento cheese wontons, which anyone from the South would appreciate. It was served with a red pepper jelly dipping sauce and exploded with cheesy goodness. Be careful, if you have no will power to allow them to cool you might want to ask your server to bring them out when their temperature has ceased to be measured in Kelvin.

For our entrees we had the lemon grass ribs which were soooo terrible I had to eat them all and then lick the plate for anxiety that the trash can would have to endure a plate of such refuse. Fear not traditional BBQ lovers, for they have everything from brisket to ribs and everything in between.
They even have a few rare items that I never see like BBQ Duck, and Beef rib which BBQ purists would never consider and I am looking forward to try my next time.

We also had the King of Memphis melt brisket sandwich topped with a fried egg. That one was my buddy's fav, including tender but flavorful brisket and buttered Texas toast.

 I asked if they had different BBQ sauces as I was disappointed that they didn't initially offer my favorite style, mustard. Low and behold like the answer from the almighty they had mustard which was made from Chinese spicy mustard and they even had the white rhino of sauces: the white BBQ, a mayonnaise based sauce. I have only heard of this sauce in stories from someone who knows someone, who knows someone, who has heard a story the Keyser Soze of sauces if you will. Try before poof it vanishes. Finally we finished our meal with a Mason jar banana pudding parfait and if you had miss one of the food items I mentioned, this would not be it! I mean how does one really choose their favorite child?
The only negative I can say about this place is that my stomach is not large enough to try everything that I wanted on the menu. Oh, parking is across the street.

 I became friendly with the owner while I was there and he sent me information about the grand opening party if you would like details favorite my blog alocalinatlanta.com

Friday, January 18, 2013

Culture Shock

This Saturday Jan, 19th at the High Museum there will be a special event Featuring the art of Thornton Dial. They say true art can evoke emotion from whomever sees them. "Dial addresses urgent issues in the realm of history and politics in the Unites States, such as war, racism, bigotry and homelessness". His work depicts and  leaves a feeling of tension, chaos and turmoil emotions that dial I am sure had at the time of conception. Dial has been compared to a southern Pollock or de Kooning focusing on texture and color.

Other than truly great art there will be drinks and spectacular music that my friend Matt Arnett was nice enough to curate. Some of the acts include Lonnie Holley, Cole Alexander, Faye Webster , Rex Hussmann , Anna & Elizabeth .. Tickets to the event are $15, $10 for members, and $5 for YPs. The event will be held from 8-12pm.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A Throwback to The Good Ole Days !

It has been awhile since I have written a post, so I decided to write about a band that is going to be in my opinion the next Amy Winehouse. Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics draw their influences from the old Motown type artist with a rock, soul and Blues vibe such as Ottis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Dyke and the Blazers. Their new Album is coming out this month and they will be hosting an album release party Friday Sep 14th at The Earl so check them out.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

FINALLY!!!! Coffee

First, before I start today’s post I want to apologize to ALL of my readers, John & Megan, for not posting sooner. I feel you at least deserve an explanation. My battery charger broke on my camera & instead of going to Radio Shack like a normal person, I decided to live up to my Jewish stereotype and buy off of eBay. I should have known it was going to be trouble when the cost to ship was more than the charger. 8 weeks later my charger FINALLY arrived. I am truly sorry that my excuse has nothing to do with blogging. With that being said it is now time for my glorious come-back to the world of blogging.

Today’s post is about truly great coffee, not the excrement that you get from a fast food coffee shop, but the kind you experience with all the complexities of a fine wine; the type of coffee worth a five minute wait. Yes everybody, I am a coffee snob. I would rather do without than drink coffee not made by a smelly hipster with at least 6 tattoos. If my barista has five pieces of body art, then that is one flaming skull short of a good cup of coffee.

Today I woke up with the goal of having a brew that was from a country to which I have no desire to visit. Living in the highlands, one would think that task could be as easy as jumping out of bed
and walking to the corner, but this is not so. Today I decided to take a seven minute detour to a coffee shop that I have frequented several times before with clients: Condesa Coffee, located in the wonderfully eclectic Old Fourth Ward. The neighborhood that has brought us such treasures as Rathbun’s, Serpas, and Sugar Coated Radical.
Matt, my barista, who’s more like a Java chemist measuring and scaling and pouring with such certainty, was knowledgeable about all of the coffees they offered, giving me the names, where they were from, and the flavors they evoked. He was like a coffee stalker knowing everything short of the bean’s turn-ons and the foods they like to eat. With all of the scales I almost felt like he should have given me my coffee behind the restaurant in the alley way. Matt almost lived up to all my expectations of a good Barista except I couldn’t smell him from across the counter, but no one’s perfect.

The coffee he recommended was from Papa New Guinea, which is a place I have no desire to go (so mission accomplished). It had notes of chocolate; was complex, rich, and velvety. The method I choose was a pour-over, which uses gravity to push the water through the beans. They put the filter on top of a ceramic funnel cup and put the fresh ground beans in it and poured hot water till the scale reached the precise weight. The coffee was perfection, the only way I drink it.

The menu looked great and the pastries were from H&F Bread CO, which has yet to disappoint, but breakfast on a weekday is sooo passé. All in all, I give Condesa my coffee seal of approval, which is not easy to earn.
TIP: If you like rich thick Coffee try the Aeropress it’s not on the menu, and it is very good.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Atlanta Sunday Brunch Market

Sorry it has been so long since I posted but I am having issues with my camera
I should be back up and running soon, but until then here is an even brought to you by the
Atlanta Underground Market brunch on Sunday, Jan 29th, 12.00-3pm at:

Atlantic StationOld Pier 1 Store (next to Dillards)1381 Market St., NWAtlanta, GA 30363

There will be a 'food porn' exhibit by the Southeastern Photographic Society .There'll also be Bloody Marys, Mimosas, wine and beer right at the entrance

Menu------- Lebanon bologna and turnip hash, topped with fried egg and turnip greens sauteed in a blood orange sangria vinaigrette, with candied blood orange peel on top- Bleu Bacon Twists (crescent roll wrapped pretzel rods, stuffed with applewood smoked bacon, tomato basil wine jelly, and bleu cheese crumbles)- Double bacon/double cheese cups—eggs, smoked bacon, Gruyere and White Cheddar cheeses, fresh thyme, and parsley baked in a made-from-scratch mini pastry cup- Roasted salmon and grits—roasted salmon stuffed with feta, cream cheese, spinach, and green onions placed on top of a savory grits toast- Raspberry swirled cheesecake—Chambord-infused raspberry swirled mini cheesecake with a chocolate cookie and toffee crust . topped with a swirl of Chantilly cream and a fresh raspberry- Cappuccino doppio —double shot espresso chocolate mini with a mascarpone cream cheese frosting topped with a sprinkle of hazelnut cocoa powder and an espresso bean- Bloody "Maria" mini—a Bloody Mary made with fresh tomato juice, clam juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, fresh horseradish, and Silver Patron tequila baked as a mini cupcake, topped with cream cheese and garnished with a celery heart and a red cherry tomato- GF Arepa a la llanera, Queso Guayanes, (artisanal venezuelan cheese)shredded beef and fried egg.- GF Arepa with Riverview Roasted Pork, Caramelized onions.- GFArepa with winter Vegetables, roasted Butternut squash, eggplant, collar greens, caramelized onions, black beans and topped with Nata a Venezuelan cream Fresh- Papelon con Limon- Banana Split crepe- Lemon Curd crepe- Sweet Envy Chicken crepe- Curry Steak Sirloin crepe- Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Fig Empanadas- Crab, Spinach and Artichoke Empanadas- Portobello Mushrooms, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, and Goat Cheese Tamales- Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Bites- Spicy Barbecue Chicken Bites- Cheddar Apple Bites- Caramelized Banana French Toast Bites- Sesame noodles w/wout red pork- cucumber salad- "pig candy", featuring Pine Street Market's applewood smoked bacon.-- Gluten-Free, Vegan Pancakes with choices of: - Grapefruit-Juniper Berry Jelly - Apple-Jalapeno Jelly - Raspberry-Lime Syrup - Honey-Garlic Syrup- Vietnamese Banh Mi Sliders with lemongrass pork or beef and Chinese Pork and Ginger Dumplings,with Riverview Farms pasture-raised and grass-fed meat and Holeman & Finch bread.- Cocktail vegetable cookies - Bloody Mary (tomato cookie with lemon vodka filling with hints of celery) - Mimosas (orange carrot cookie with a prosecco filling) - Margarita (jicama cookie with a tequila lime filling rolled in fleur de sel) - Straberry Margarita (beet cookie with tequila straberry filling)- Almond Beet and Grapefruit Fennel classic thins- Pink Velvet Mini Cupcakes.- Mac&cheese quiche- Sweet peas, caramelized onions & turkey quiche- Tomato feta quiche- Turkey Taco: made with extra lean, hormone free ground turkey, topped with a romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrot garnish, 7 pepper citrus salsa, sprinkle of Romano cheese- A Dijon Talipia Taco: made with a coarse ground Dijon & Fresh Dill, brown sugar mayo, and topped with a romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrot garnish.- Mexican Fideo: made with a vermicelli noodle, all white meat hormone free chicken breast chunks, assorted veggies, simmered in a seasoned fat free Organic chicken broth. (similar to a pilaf)- Lime-Kissed Fruit: make with assorted melons and kiwi, mango, papaya, and blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, topped with a lime, honey, and poppy seed, glaze.- Vegan Zucchini Bread- Cranberry Nut Brown Sugar Pound Cake- Drunken baby cakes - Carrot cake w/spice rum - Red Velvet cheesecake Benfi Rosa Regale -Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce -Chocolate cake w/a Balsamic Port Wine reduction chocolate truffle frosting- Prosecco cupcake with a blood orange curd filling and mascarpone icing- Vanilla bean chai cupcake with a honey ginger cream cheese icing- Mexican hot chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache (vegan)- Beef beignets- crawfish beignets- pork beignets- Alligator Spring Rolls- Buffalo Mountain Oysters- "Dads nads" - beer battered bull testicles- Egg and Sausage Gravy kolache- Smothered chicken on cheese grits kolache- Spinach kolache(vegetarian)- Joe's Special kolache- Monte Christo French Toasted Kolache- Monte Christo vegetarian French Toasted Kolache- Potato and Bacon Pie (gluten-free)- Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Pie (gluten-free and vegetarian)- Mini Carrot and Pineapple Muffin Bites (gluten-free and vegetarian)- Cafe con Leche- Smoked gouda cheese grits, topped with braised beef, tomato choka and sauteed onions, served with warm pita points- Carolina crab dip- Apple and cheddar stuffed zeppoles with caramel rum sauce- Panettone french bread with panchetta crumbles, frittata di zucchini with a tomato relish- Sausage balls brazed in arribbiata sauce served on polenta with a drizzle of sweet basil syrup- Caramel ice cream with Toasted Pecans- Pecan Pie A' La Mode ice cream- Key Lime Pie Ice Cream- Sweet Potato French Toast Balls with Orange Mimosa Syrup- Creamy Grits with Collards & Smoked Turkey Ham- Fried Shrimp & Grits Ball- Smoked Salmon & Plantain Quiche with Tomato Onion Jam- pomegranate salmon salad with tequila candied walnuts and fresh cranberries over mixed greens served with a pomegranate vinagrette- smoked pork fajitas with mango pico de gallo and mango chipotle sauce, I also make my own cilantro lime hot sauce to accompany it- Beer Pretzels Stuffed with Ham and Cheese- Beer and Artichoke risotto- Smoked Salmon Bread Cake- Kasukas / Fur Coat (potato-beet-herring salad)- Gorgonzola, Shiitake and Baby Portabella Bread Pudding (not Estonian dish)- Bread Soup (Boiled Rye Bread Pudding with apples, raisins, craisins and dried blueberries, served with sour cream)- home made puff pastries, sweet and savory- Savory Cabbage Pie on Ricotta Crust- Ful mudammas , middle eastern fusion breakfast., made out of flava beans, diced tomato, onion, garlic and olive oil served with pita bread.- Ethiopian chicken taco., chicken marinated with ethiopian red wine and spiced served with tortilla and toppings.- Filipino - Vegeterian Lumpia (cabbage, carrots, tofu & Portobello mushrooms) & Lumpia (cabbage, carrots, ground beef)- Filipino Empanada – chicken or beef (with carrots, peas, potatoes and raisins)- Filipno Tocino Sliders – sweet cured pork belly or pork loin served on homemade Pan de Sal roll with garlic butter, fried egg and Achute (pickled green papaya & carrots)- Filipino - Adobo hot wings ( wings served with a sweet and spicy Adobo glaze served with Achute -pickled green papaya & carrots) and garlic egg fried rice- Filipino - Ube cupcake (purple yam cupcake topped with cream cheese mascapone frosting)- Filipino - Leche flan chiffon cake (custard cake)- Filipino- Sagot at Gulaman – iced beverage with tapioca balls and grass jelly- Filipino – Melon sa Malamig – iced shredded melon drink- Turkey sausage and gravy over a biscuit- shrimp n grits- English Bacon Butties- Scotch Eggs- Malt Vinegar & Salt Pork Rinds- Senegalese lamb sliders (grilled ground lamb)- Senegalese roasted Chicken sliders (Savory herbs and Dijon marinated)- "Mbourou Fass": Senegalese style French Toast- "Bissap" Hibiscus flower Juice- VIRGIN "Bissallini"- "Sweet Kick" Ginger Juice- VIRGIN Gingerosa- Cuban Elena Ruz Slider pressed Cuban sandwich with citrus roasted turkey, cream cheese, and our balsamic strawberry jam on a homemade media noche roll. Served with sea salted plantain chips- Cuban Pastelitos flaky guava pastries- Cuban Mini Key Lime Pie made with freshly squeezed key lime juice, topped w/ fresh whipped cream- CubanArroz con Leche creamy Cuban rice pudding- Banh Mi Sliders with Lemongrass Pork- Chinese Pork and Ginger Dumplings- Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls---

Tips:- Wear comfortable shoes - you'll be spending most of your time standing and walking- Come early! We never know how many people will come, so food does run out or we may fill up the space and can only let people in as others leave.- There are signs saying 'vegetarian' , 'vegan' and 'gluten-free . If you eat anything, just ignore them. It only means that this vendor has at least 1 item fitting into that category, not that this is all this vendor has.- If you eat Gluten-free, please keep in mind that not all vendors are aware of what GF exactly is, so they may have GF dishes that are not marked that way- Since we're primarily set up for eating on the spot, a lot of vendors aren't prepared for take-home. So, if you think that you might want to take something with you - bring a plastic container- Come hungry!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Authentic Mexican Food @ Chicago Supermarket

Driving down Buford Highway there are plenty of Mexican restaurants and all of them are good in their own way, and I am sure everyone has there own spots, but I am sorry mine is better. Chicago Supermarket located just inside the perimeter is my favorite Mexican eatery. Upon walking in one might think they have been swept away to Mexico. It has the loud mariochey music blairing over the home speakers on the wall the floors look unkempt, and there is not a gringo in sight.
Walking to the back of the market one will find a counter. I am sure I have messed up the procedure every time I go there, but I just order from whoever seems to understand my gringonized Spanish.
On this particular day I brought one of my past clients who is a little more opened minded. I ordered for us in my bad Spanish. Dos carne asada tacos (which was amazing) Lenguina taco, (which is beef tongue that was simmered in spices for several hours and just melts in your mouth) a pollo tamale (which normally I don't like but they make theirs in a style that is more traditional to the coast, which is done wrapped in banana leaves and has just the right amount of spice), and finally there Quesadilla with carne asada (in the words of the locals increíble). I also ordered mexican coke which has cane sugar instead of corn syrup and a bottle of water. I talked to the Mexican lady Rosa who prepared our meal, and she told me everything was made in house including the tortias.
The grand total for this feast was $13.99. It was magnificent Mexican meal and the price put the meal over the top. Anyone who knows me knows my love for a good deal.
Tip: Come on weekends there is more of a selection.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ria's Caramelized Banana Pancakes

The other morning I was meeting with a future client who expressed their love for Pancakes. So what better place to take them to than Ria's Bluebird NY Times pick for the best pancakes in America.
I am not the biggest pancake fan. In fact in the morning I want something hearty like an omelet or eggs benidict. However Ria's pancakes truly live up to their reputation, and are probably the only pancakes that I would drive out of my way to eat.
Due to my hatred of what I consider morning desert. I asked to split the pancakes with my client. We ordered the caramelized banana pancakes( as seen in above picture). I also ordered a side of breakfast sausage and some morning potatoes, from the waitress who looked like she could have been a hells angel's old lady.
The food comes and the pancakes are magnificent each Delicious bite is one step closer to a palatable climax. The syrup that was poured over top was the perfect mix of butter to syrup ratio almost as if Auguste Escoffier poured it himself. However the potatoes and sausage are just the opposite. A true Yin and Yang in one meal. The swine is dry like they precooked it and left it sitting under a heat lamp for several hours and the potatoes are undercooked and not well seasoned. The true heaven and hell experience on one table.
A lesson learned, stick with what a place is famous for, and one will never go wrong. Ria's is the best pancakes I have ever had and the only one worth eating in my opinion. I would defintely go back. Tip: Weekdays are far less crowded.