Restaurant Review: Black Walnut Cafe

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Happy Tuesday pretty friends! Today I’d like to introduce you to a new restaurant in Georgia, Black Walnut Cafe. Established in 2002, this American fast casual concept appeals to everyone. Whether you want an eggs benedict, coffee, dessert, martini, a hand crafted sandwich, certified Angus pot roast or an Asian tuna salad, they have it all.

Located in Alpharetta, Black Walnut Cafe features over 100 unique made-to-order breakfast and lunch items. The menu balances familiarity and classic comfort foods with a refreshing, original flair for an experience that guests can delight in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With a menu that offers something for every appetite and occasion, Black Walnut Cafe blends the easygoing efficiency of counter service with the warmth and upscale flavor of fine dining, offering its guests an elevated dining experience that makes the most of their time, whether they’re craving a quick coffee or a leisurely retreat.

Since the opening of the first restaurant in The Woodlands, Texas, in 2002, Black Walnut Cafe has been an enduring supporter of the communities it serves. Staying true to their roots, the Alpharetta location donated all their opening proceeds to The Drake House. which provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children in the North Fulton County.

Black Walnut Cafe is open for breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers Curbside To-Go and Catering. Operating hours are 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, and 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Breakfast/Brunch menu is served until 4:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

What To Eat

With over 100 items on the menu, picking something to eat can get a little intimidating. Not to worry! I tried a few different options and have some great dishes for you to try-

CHICKEN & WAFFLE SANDWICH: Chicken tenders, waffle, garlic cream cheese, pepper jelly

BLACKENED SALMON CAESAR SALAD: Blackened salmon, croutons, Marie cheese, romaine, Caesar dressing, garlic bread

THE “NEVER-ENDING SUMMER” SALAD: Walnut spiced shrimp, strawberries, blueberries, sweet ‘n’ spicy walnuts, goat cheese, house greens, fat-free raspberry walnut dressing, garlic bread

Any of their gelatos that are made in house!

Let me know what you get!

Xo,

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One Piece Summer

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Happy Monday pretty friends! I hope you had a fun weekend. I stayed in Atlanta this weekend and spent most of it relaxing with my husband. I’m excited to kick off the week because my dear friend Christen from Letter Happy is coming to visit! She’s been one of my closest friends since college and we always have a blast together. Make sure to follow along snapchat as I show her the best of Atlanta all week {screen name peachestopearls }.

Today lets talk about one piece swimsuits. Have you noticed that they are so trendy this summer? I absolutely love them and can’t believe its taken me this long to buy a few. My current favorite is this blush Kate Spade one piece because its made of thick material and is very flattering. The bottom part is a little sheer so I recommend wearing shorts with it or getting a seamstress to add more material to it. I use it in social settings so I don’t actually get it wet. If you are looking for a little more coverage- I recommend getting the stripped version of it.

No beach trip is complete without a cute camera and a little music. I love my pink Polaroid camera because its not only cute but it takes great pictures too! And this Sunnylife stereo keeps your phone safe while you’re out by the water. You actually put your phone inside where it connects to the stereo. Perfect for the beach or the pool!

A huge thanks to the very talented Shelby from Shelby Rae Photographs for taking these pictures. We had so much fun visiting Florida together and shooting on the beach! She is currently booking weddings, fashion shoots, portraits and headshots so hurry and shoot her an email (shelbyraephotographs@gmail.com) for a special quote.

And last but certainly not least- a huge thanks to Rachel Christine from Dear Bride for doing my hair and makeup. She did such an amazing job giving me the “natural” look! I wish I could always look like this! Rachel is incredible and the best priced hair and makeup artist in Florida. Rachel travels for work so don’t be shy to contact her if you don’t live in Florida. You won’t find a better hair AND makeup artist than Rachel!

Xo,

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New Adventure: Blog Consulting

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Hi pretty peach!

 

Are you ready to take your brand to the next level? Are you ready to learn all my secrets to obtaining a loyal, large social media followers? Or perhaps you are thinking about starting a blog and have no idea where to begin? If you said yes to these questions than I am here to help! After countless emails from fellow bloggers and small businesses asking for advice, guidance, and tips on blogging, I decided to offer blog consulting services.

 

Want to see an example of my work? Aside from my own Peaches to Pearls social media platforms I have also successfully improved Westside Provisions District Instagram account. In the last year it went from 2,200 followers (June 2015) to over 12,600 (June 2016). This could be YOU!

 

Please take a look at the different packages I am offering and feel free to email me with any questions { luisa@peachestopearls.com }. As you can see I have teamed up with two of my incredibly talented friends from Letter Happy and Shelby Rae Photographs– to bring you exclusive deals to get your brand started or to improve it! These prices are only for Peaches to Pearls clients and cannot be found anywhere else. Hurry and add them to your consult today!

 

Looking forward to working with you!

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Vendor Spotlight: Wanna Be Salon

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Happy Thursday pretty friends! Today lets talk about getting a haircut. When you move to a new city a few of things you dread the most is finding a new doctor, dentist and hairdresser. Yep, hair is that important! At least in my opinion. Trusting someone with your hair is a scary thing. For all my Atlanta friends- I am here to help! Introducing MY SALON Suite located in Buckhead.

MY SALON Suite is a high-end salon suite that allows seasoned beauty professionals an opportunity to own and operate their own business. From hair stylists to skincare specialists and nail techs, MY SALON Suite members have their own private studio that they use to service customers.

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Wanda from Wanna Be Salon. Wanda is one of the tenants at MY SALON Suite in Buckhead. She did a deep conditioning treatment and gave me a haircut. She also taught me a few facts about my hair- like the that it’s fine but I have a lot of it. She even taught me what haircuts work and don’t work for my hair type! It was a great learning experience and I left feeling picture ready!

Meet Wanda

Miss Wanda is equally talented as she is beautiful. I had such a great time getting to know her as we chatted during my haircut. She’s a Master stylist and has been in the business for over 20 years. She clearly knows her stuff! Here’s a few facts about Wanda:

– Her goal is to make sure all of her clients walk away with breathtaking color, cuts and hair extensions that are low-maintenance, versatile and suited for their personality.
– She’s freelanced at many behind the scenes events, elite black tie affairs, press releases and a slew of many more high end industry functions.
– She has traveled to different cities like Chicago and New York to attend classes, workshops and trade shows.
– Committed to excellence…a woman on the move and she prides herself on inspiring other women to follow their dreams and to LOVE everything FUN, FABULOUS, and FIERCE!

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You can book an appointment with Wanda by clicking here. You can also see her portfolio and real client reviews. Whether you are looking for a new stylist to trust, or perhaps you just need a fancy blow out, MY SALON Suite has you covered.

Xo,

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What’s Going On Atlanta?

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Charcuterie Menu with Cocktails

With a larger than life personality and the culinary prowess to match, it’s no surprise that Executive Chef Kevin Ouzts is shaking things up at The Cockentrice at Krog Street Market this summer by introducing a new dinner menu and taking their cocktail game to the next level thanks to new Beverage Director Cole Younger Just.  With an unwavering commitment to support local famers and purveyors, patrons will be delighted to find a more accessible and price-friendly menu geared towards all tastes that exudes the exceptional quality of cuisine Chef Ouzts has become known for.

Co-owned by the dynamic husband-and-wife team of Chef Kevin and Megan Ouzts, the brains behind the celebrated The Spotted Trotter brand that is now available in 17 states, The Cockentrice’s soul still centers around the art of meat cookery and charcuterie, but the new menu offers plenty of impressive options for vegetable, seafood and pasta lovers as well.  In addition to choose-your-own charcuterie and cheeses, shareable snacks ideal for the bar, table or patio include pimento cheese with bacon jam; trout mousse with grilled sourdough; pistachio hummus; and crispy chickpea fries. All available for $6.

Geared toward taste preference, the new dinner menu is broken down into easy to navigate categories including vegetables; flatbreads; fish and shellfish; and beef, pork and pasta featuring ranges of options from $8 to $38. Expanding upon The Cockentrice’s popular “Our Study in Vegetables” entreé, a fixture on the original menu showcasing the hard work of Georgia’s farmers, a slew of dishes now can be made vegetarian and are gluten free. Chorizo stuffed dates; beets and ricotta salad; long bean Carbonara; and cauliflower Thai salad with kohlrabi, chili sauce, and radish are immediate standouts.

Seafood lovers can also explore new options like crispy shrimp and Andouille with popcorn grits and okra; roasted rockfish filet with sweet corn beignets, peach chow-chow and grilled onion; and succulent char-grilled oysters with fire roasted tomato, brioche and queso fresco. Also new to The Cockentrice repertoire is the addition of seasonal flatbreads. Sizable enough to share or eat as an entrée, summer brings a grilled asparagus flatbread with melted shallots, ricotta and white raisin and a peach flatbread with arugula, gruyere and coppa. The Cockentrice is located at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. For more information, visit  www.thecockentrice.comor call 470.428.2733.  Stay connected on Twitter at @cockentrice and on Instagram at @thecockentrice

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Keeping up with the latest technological advances is one of the key challenges facing Atlanta’s food and beverage industry, especially when it comes to staffing. To help hospitality workers understand those challenges and advances, Nosh Talks, the networking organization for the city’s restaurant industry, is hosting the Restaurant NEXT Technology & Staffing Panel. This can’t-miss event takes place Monday, July 25, at Monday Night Brewing (670 Trabert Ave. NW) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Nosh Talks is teaming up with SPLIT, the platform that allows users to pay restaurant and bar bills from their mobile devices, to host the event, which includes light bites and signature beers from Monday Night Brewing. Available online through Eventbrite, tickets are $15 for industry members and $35 for non-industry guests.

“Coming from both a restaurant and restaurant technology background, I cannot overstate how important technology is in the hospitality space,” says Nosh Talks founder Karen Pagano. “There is technology for everything, from front of house to back and all the way to staffing. Questions arise about what technology is the most important, what is my neighbor using and how is it working for them. Those are some of the questions we plan to answer.”

Nosh Talks is also partnering with Culinary Agents, a professional networking and job matching website for the food, beverage and hospitality industry, to launch an Atlanta job board on the Nosh Talks website. The page will make its debut during the Restaurant NEXT event.

“Culinary Agents is bringing the best practices from some of the top restaurateurs and chefs across the country to address the talent-sourcing challenges unique to Atlanta,” says Alice Cheng, founder and CEO. “Coming together as a community to discuss and address obstacles is a great way to discover new technologies that can or already work well.”

The Restaurant NEXT discussion features the following panelists:

“Technology helps us see the performance of our restaurants in a snapshot so we can make real-time adjustments,” says Lewis. “It’s a valuable tool in providing sincere hospitality to our guests, and I look forward to a lively discussion about how all of us in the Atlanta hospitality community can best put it to work.”

The event is sponsored by SPLIT, CohnReznick, Culinary Agents, Comcast BusinessNestle WatersTalent Served and the Georgia Restaurant Association.

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Executive Chef, Owner and Charcutier Kevin Ouzts of The Spotted Trotter and The Cockentrice is hosting a class at Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market with charcuterie lovers in mind on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. Featuring a guided tasting of four cured meats paired with premium Italian wines, attendees will also discover the secrets behind artisanal charcuterie making from the acclaimed chef and charcutier known for his powerful voice in the world of meat preparation.  Open to ages 21 and up, tickets are available for $28 per person and can be purchased at Bellina Alimentari gourmet Italian market online at http://mercatodibellina.com/products/pasta-making-class-july13 or by calling 404-330-9933.  For more information, visit www.thecockentrice.com.

WHAT: Artisanal Charcuterie Making Class with Chef Kevin Ouzts at Bellina Alimenatri

WHEN:Wednesday, July 13, 2016

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bellina Alimentari 

  Ponce City Market

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

 

TICKETS:       Tickets are $28 per person for ages 21 and up and can be purchased online at: http://mercatodibellina.com/products/pasta-making-class-july13.

CONNECT:     Visit The Cockentrice online at www.thecockentrice.com and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheCockentrice, Instagram at @thecockentrice and Twitter at @cockentrice. Follow Executive Chef Kevin Ouzts on Twitter at @spottedtrotter and on Instagram at @thespottedtrotter.

ABOUT THE COCKENTRICE:

A celebration of charcuterie and meat cookery, The Cockentrice melds traditional and modern cooking techniques plucked from the rich heritage of the Southern United States and beyond.  Open in Krog Street Market in Atlanta, Ga. and owned and led by Executive Chef Kevin Ouzts, the new American charcuterie restaurant features a decisive menu utilizing the preeminent ingredients he has become known for at The Spotted Trotter. With on-site butchers purveying the finest pastured meats and cheese mongers partnering hand-in-hand with premium local dairies, it’s The Cockentrice’s mission to pay tribute to the farmers and its fiercely supportive food community by making food the right way with every dish.  The restaurant also has an expansive patio and a full bar featuring craft cocktails, local brews, wine and more. The Cockentrice is located at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.  For more information, visit thecockentrice.com or call 470.428.2733.

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The Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be the beneficiary of the Deep South Wine & Music Festival taking place August 26 – 28 at Deep South Farm in the scenic mountains of Ellijay in North Georgia. The festival will feature a weekend filled with wine tastings, nouveau mountain cuisine and live music at three picture perfect locations: Deep South Farm, Engelheim Vineyards and Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery.

The festival will begin Friday, August 26 with a Dinner in the Vines, a fine wine tasting and intimate dining experience at the Engelheim Winery, where the owner will guide guests through perfect pairings of their wine specialties and food crafted by Gerard Monte and Hector Rosano of Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering. On Saturday, VIP patrons and sponsors will experience an exclusive hour of culinary delights from chef Laura Rogers of C. Parks Catering & Events, as well as wine and a special live music performance in Deep South Farm’s open and rustic barn. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., The Grand Wine Tasting will include sampling and sipping on local food and wine while listening to live music played on a festival stage from headliner Gretchen Peters, Athens, Georgia-based country group, LAUGHLIN, Nashville newcomer Taylor Loren and high-energy bluegrass band, The Accomplices. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a Bluegrass Brunch at Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery.

“Research has shown that music enriches the lives of many Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers. The sound of music helps them remember and reconnect with the memories that have been lost to the disease,” said Leslie Gregory, president & CEO – Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. “The proceeds from this event will play a role in supporting the North Georgia region, helping to fund programs and services for local families who are facing the deadly disease,” she added.

The owners of Deep South Farm have been closely affected by Alzheimer’s disease and were happy to lend their name to an event hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association. “This group have been long-time advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association and are happy to have this event on their farm to raise awareness and funds to fight and end Alzheimer’s,” said Gregory. “We are thrilled to see this wine and music event come to life and know that the proceeds of such a fun event will be reinvested in the community to help those living with the disease.”

The 2016 Deep South Wine & Music Festival Schedule of Events follows: 

  • Friday, August 26 – Dinner in the Vines
    Engelheim Winery – 6:30 p.m.
    Wine pairing with a four course meal
    $125 per ticket
  • Saturday, August 27 – VIP Tasting
    Deep South Farm – 6:30 p.m.
    Celebrity Chef, culinary delights, wine & music
    $125 per ticket
  • Saturday, August 27 – Grand Wine Tasting
    Deep South Farm – 7:30 p.m.
    Variety of wines, local food & live music
    $75 per ticket
  • Sunday, August 28 – Bluegrass Brunch
    Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery Noon
    Variety of wines, local food and & live music.
    $50 per ticket
  • Weekend Pass
    Entrance to Dinner in the Vines, VIP tasting, Grand Wine Tasting & Bluegrass Brunch
    $300 per ticket

To learn more about the Deep South Wine & Music Festival and purchase tickets, visit www.deepsouthfest.org.

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On Friday, July 15, Canoe is going whole hog and serving up a Whole Hog Summer BBQ featuring beers from Wild Heaven and Monday Night Brewing. Unlike other whole hog dinners, Chef Matthew Basford will be roasting up a Georgia Ossabaw Hog from Hamthropolgy, a farm featuring Registered Ossabaw Island Pork from a natural, free-range, non-GMO herd, and serving it up alongside seasonal sides, like Chef Basford’s Peruvian White Bean Baked Beans, Grass Fed Beef Brisket Mac and Cheese and Bulgogi Watermelon and Peach Salad.

 

The Whole Hog Summer BBQ will start at 6:30 p.m. and guests will begin the evening with appetizers and brews in the garden. Passed appetizers will include Big Green Egg Smoked Brisket Rolls, Roasted Sapelo Island Clams with chipotle butter, and

Grilled East Coast Oysters.  Canoe’s Whole Hog Summer BBQ is a ticketed event and tickets are available for $65 at Brown Paper Tickets. Spots and tickets are limited. For more information, please call Canoe at 770.432.2663 or visit the website, canoeatl.com. Canoe is located at 4199 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.

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JULY 14| VENKMAN’S| “WHO YA GONNA CALL?”

In celebration of the release of the new Ghostbusters film, which will premiere July 15, Venkman’s is airing the original 1984 cult classic film in-house on Thursday, July 14th.   Guests are invited to revisit the film and enjoy drink specials that would make the original ghostbusting team proud – $5 large, boozy Ecto Cooler cocktails. The screening is free and the film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dinner reservations for the film are available at venkmans.com. Following the screening, there will also be open karaoke on Venkman’s stage. Venkman’s is located at 740 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, Ga. 30308.

venkmans.com | 470.225.6162

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JULY 15 | WHOLE HOG BEER DINNER ON THE RIVER | CANOE

On Friday, July 15, please join us on the banks of the Chattahoochee River for a Whole Hog Dinner featuring beers from Wild Heaven and Monday Night Brewing. Chef Matthew Basford will be roasting a Georgia Ossabaw hog from Hamthropolgy, a farm featuring registered Ossabaw Island Pork from a natural, free-range, non-GMO herd. For $65, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind Summer BBQ, complete with seasonal sides. Appetizers and brews will start at 6:30 p.m. in the garden. To buy your tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2565002.

4199 Paces Ferry Rd. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30339

canoeatl.com | 770.432.2663

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JULY 16 | VENKMAN’S | PUPPET BRUNCH

The always – delightful puppet brunch returns to Venkman’s this month! Bring your kids to Venkman’s for a delicious brunch and a light hearted show on July 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Enjoy All Hands Productions’ version of “The Reluctant Dragon” as they utilize colorful moving-mouth hand puppets and rod puppets to tell a story about friendship and understanding.  Tickets are $5 and serves as your brunch reservation. Additional arrangements are not required once tickets are purchased. For more information, please call 470-225-6162.

740 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

venkmans.com | 470.225.6162

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JULY 19| WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE | 20 for $20

Join us for our 20 for $20 Tuesday Wine Tasting on July 19, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wine tastings feature 20 tastes for $20 along with chef’s choice light bites. Get ready to add diversity to your wine cellar with whites, reds and rosés from various regions around the world. Please note tax and gratuity is not included. Don’t forget to RSVP for your spot by emailing rsvp@watershedrestaurant.com.

1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309

watershedrestaurant.com | 404.809.3561

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JULY 23 | MAX LAGER’S WOOD-FIRED GRILL AND BREWERY | OLD 320 BEER FEST

Max Lager’s, the granddaddy of Georgia brewpubs, is throwing the first ever Old 320 Beer Festival on Saturday, July 23 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. More than 20 breweries from around the region will come together at Max Lager’s in downtown Atlanta to celebrate craft brewing and sample some of the most interesting beers available.  Admission will include unlimited beer samples, appetizers provided by Max Lager’s and live music during the festival. Tickets cost $40 prior to the event and $50 at the door, with tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets here. Valet parking, deck parking and easy MARTA access are conveniently available.

320 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308

Maxlagers.com| 404.525.4400

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JULY 24 | OSTERIA MATTONE| SUMMER WINE TASTING

Join us on Sunday, July 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. for a Summer Wine Tasting at Osteria Mattone. Daniel Pernice will walk you through some of his favorite summer wines, discussing flavor profiles and ideal pairings. Guests will enjoy a variety of wine to taste, along with Salumi & Formaggi. To buy your tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2565767

1095 Canton Street, Roswell, GA 30075

osteriamattone.com | 678.878.3378

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JULY 28 | ONE EARED STAG | CREATURE COMFORTS BEER DINNER: THE SEQUEL

On Thursday, July 28, Creature Comforts will bring back their coveted beer lineup to One Eared Stag for another even bigger beer dinner with Chef Robert Phalen. Diners are invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. for drinks and amuses-bouches, with the seated dinner beginning at 7:30 p.m. The dinner will feature five courses from Chef Phalen paired with a variety of offerings from Creature Comforts and beverage director Mikey Kilbourne, along with participation from 18.21 Bitters. Fans of Creature Comforts can expect rare, limited-run brews in large-format bottles, a brand new seasonal release and a beer cocktail. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (404) 525-4479. The five course dinner with beer pairings will cost $85 per person.

1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307

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Summer Blues

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Happy Tuesday pretty friends! I hope you are having a lovely week thus far. Today I started my 3-month unlimited summer sessions at Westside Pure Barre. Talk about kicking my behind! Nothing like a good workout after you’ve been on vacation for a week! Need a little motivation? Follow me on snapchat so we can help keep each other motivated with fun workouts and delicious recipes {peachestopearls}.  I’ll also be sharing some big news on there later this week! Yeah!

For todays post I am wearing another beautiful piece from Empire South Boutique. Empire South is named for Georgia, the ‘Empire State of the South’, and is a combination of fun southern fashion and affordable, practical trends.This blue dress is no longer avalable online but you can get a very similar one here. I love how comfortable and easy to wear this dress is! And how pretty is the embroidered detail on it?

Since the detail is so pretty on the dress I decided to keep the jewelry simple. I paired it with comfortable, nude wedges and my little cork clutch from J.Crew. This is an extremely comfortable look that can be worn to run errands or to lunch with the girls!

My friends at Empire South believe in making fashion affordable and have been generous enough to share a 15% discount code for all Peaches to Pearls readers. Use promo code PEACHES15 on all full priced items. This top is only $32 so hurry and snatch it up before it sells out!

Xo,

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Restaurant Review: Firebirds

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Happy Monday pretty friends! Lets kick off the week with a new restaurant review- introducing its Georgia debut, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. Located directly across from Avalon, Firebirds focuses on steaks, seafood, chicken, and ribs cooked over wood-burning grills.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is a collection of polished-­‐casual restaurants known for its bold flavors, warm hospitality and inviting atmosphere. Specializing in classic American cuisine grilled over an authentic wood-­‐fired grill, Firebirds heightens the guests’ experience with unexpected delights such as chilled salad plates, meticulous table manicuring and refreshed frozen martini glasses. Firebirds’ scratch kitchen features a variety of offerings infused with bold flavors, including items such as its Wood Grilled Salmon and Chile Rubbed Delmonico grilled over local hickory, oak or pecan wood. With its mission to “Serve, Enrich and Exceed,” Firebirds prides itself on providing real value to its guests. Consistent community involvement and partnerships with organizations such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, with over a half million dollars donated to ALSF through the sales of fresh-­‐squeezed lemonade, are also a large part of how Firebirds weaves itself into the fabric of the local communities it serves. Most restaurants treat kids’ fare as an afterthought.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to try out the new Firebirds last week. When we walked in we immediately felt we were transported to a western steak house. Our friendly waitress welcomed us and told us about their famous steaks and southwest rubs. We started out with their famous Lobster Dip, which had chunks of fresh lobster in it. Delicious! Being meat lovers, we both ordered two of their most popular dishes- the prime rib and the Chile Rubbed Delmonico. Both were cooked to perfection {medium rare} and were packed with flavor. We enjoyed both steaks but the Delmonico was phenomenal. Hands down one of the best pieces of meat we have ever had! I strongly recommend getting the Delmonico steak or even giving the Delmonico burger a try!

For dessert we went with a classic warm brownie with vanilla bean ice cream. Can’t ever go wrong with this delicious dessert!

Firebirds stands apart from other family restaurants because they prepare each dish to order, using the highest-quality ingredients. And by partnering with the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program, they have designed a kids menu to help parents make healthy choices for their children when dining out. So next time you are planning a family outing, remember to keep Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in mind!

Xo,

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Artist Spotlight: Kendall Kirk

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Happy Thursday pretty friends! Today I want to tell you about an incredible local artist I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know- the lovely Kendal Kirk. I met Kendall a few weeks ago and immediately loved her kind, southern personality.  Originally from Jackson, MS, Kendall moved to Atlanta a few months ago. Her art- colorful, beautiful and timeless- is about to take Atlanta by storm.

Kendall has been painting ever since she could remember. She works with a palette knife and oil paints for most of her subjects and explores with acrylic paints as well. Her greatest goal is to capture vivid color, contrast and variety in her subject whether it be a figurative piece, a landscape or the occasional abstract. She loves how a piece of art can complete a room and be a constant reminder of something you love.

How beautiful is this piece she made for my new home? When I saw it I gasped because I was taken back by its beauty. Just look at those soft pinks, peaches and pops of green! Want the same exact piece? No problem- Kendall not only sells art she’s already made, she also specializes in custom made pieces. She would love to work with you and can contact her HERE.

I can honestly tell you that you won’t find a better priced artist in Atlanta. I have been doing a lot of research on finding perfect pieces for my condo and Kendall can’t be beat! Whether you are looking for a new piece for your living room, or perhaps you are looking for the perfect wedding gift, Kendal Kirk creates something for everyone.

A huge thanks to the very talented Shelby from Shelby Rae Photographs for taking these pictures.  She is currently booking weddings, fashion shoots, portraits and headshots so hurry and shoot her an email (shelbyraephotographs@gmail.com) for a special quote.

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Restaurant Review: O-Ku

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Happy Tuesday pretty friends! Today I wanted to start out by saying thank you for following along my foodie adventures. As many of you know I am passionate about food and sharing everything about it- places to eat, recipes to make, nutrition facts- all things food!! I appreciate you taking the time to stop in and read my food posts! I hope you learn something new or get inspired to eat at a new restaurant every time you visit my blog. Speaking of something new- lets dive into todays restaurant.

 

Last week I had the pleasure of trying out Atlanta’s hottest new sushi restaurant, O-Ku. Inspired by its sister restaurant in Charleston, O-Ku Atlanta provides a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. It offers rare and unique dining options along with traditional sashimi and specialty rolls, sourcing seafood from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii alongside local and seasonal ingredients.

 

Reminiscent of traditional Japanese culture, O-Ku’s menu is comprised of signature starters, contemporary Japanese entrées and seasonal traditional sushi that reflect the uniquely designed space. The beverage program is built around quality ingredients that celebrate Japanese culture and Atlanta’s best purveyors with a sophisticated blend of specialty cocktails along with premium sake, wine, and local beer selections.

 

I can honestly tell you that O-Ku is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in Atlanta. From the moment you walk in you can see that O-Ku is different from other sushi restaurants in the city. You can choose to sit downstairs, at the sushi bar or even outside on their spacious rooftop and bar overlooking the Midtown skyline. If you are hungry I recommend sitting downstairs since the rooftop has a limited menu. I also recommend requesting Simon to be your waiter. He was extremely knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations.

 

What To Try

A few dishes I recommend trying on your next visit-

What to drink:

Sugar + Spice: habanero infused vodka. high west double rye. smoked pecan. passionfruit. lemon. sugar rim.

What to start with:

Salmon Tartare: wasabi guacamole, yuzu tobiko, truffle micro greens

Otoro Spoons: otoro tartare, uni {sea urchin}, soy, scallion, caviar

What to order next:

Crème de la Crème: otoro, truffle shavings, caviar

Yakiniku Wagyu: seared wagyu beef with bbq sauce, scallion

Black Magic Roll: squid ink rice, lobster, masago aioli and scallions

 

I hope my suggestions help you on your next visit to O-Ku. Since they fly all their fish in from Hawaii and Japan, anything you order will not disappoint. And make sure you take advantage of their sushi happy hour Mondays and Wednesdays! Whether you are looking for a fresh new sushi spot or you are looking for a place to grab drinks with a view, O-Ku should be on the top of your A list.

 

Xo,

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Whole Wheat Tomato Peach Toast

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Happy Fourth of July weekend friends! Today kicks off a brand new summer series on the blog- foodie Fridays!! I will be teaming up with my partner in crime, Shelby from Shelby Rae Photographs, to bring you nutritious, easy summer recipes. Key word being easy- we promise not to show you anything complex or time consuming. We will also feature seasonal fruits and vegetables so you can buy them at your local farmers markets! Lets dive into our first recipe- whole wheat tomato peach toast.

Two summer staples in my kitchen are peaches and tomatoes. I just love how juicy and flavorful these two get during the hot summer months. They are also two versatile ingredients that can be used in savory or sweet dishes. They both are also packed with nutrients, especially tomatoes. Tomatoes contain antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, thiamin and lycopene, which is a carotenoid pigment that has been linked to helping prevent cancer. The health benefits of tomatoes doesn’t stop there- a few other benefits of eating tomatoes include improved eye sight, good stomach health, and reduced blood pressure, as well as relief from skin problems and urinary tract infections. Furthermore, tomatoes can increase digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels, prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation. Pretty amazing that something so delicious can also be so good for us, right?

Peaches are also healthy- they contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. Peaches are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber. Is that just peachy!

Healthy Whole wheat tomato peach toast recipe

Ingredients {serves 3}

6 pieces of whole wheat toast, sliced

3 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced

2 large peaches, sliced

6 basil leaves

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon mayonaise {optional}

Directions

  1. Begin by prepping all your ingredients. Wash and slice tomatoes and peaches. Wash basil leaves.
  2. On a medium/high heat skillet, place sliced peaches for five minutes or until lightly grilled.
  3. Toast your bread.
  4. Optional: spread mayonnaise on each slice of toast.
  5. Stack basil, tomatoes and grilled peaches on toast.
  6. Drizzle honey over toast. Enjoy!

Chefs Note: When picking out whole wheat loaf, make sure the very first ingredient is always whole wheat grain. A lot of companies will be misleading and call multigrain bread “whole wheat” when it is not.

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