Beef Stew with Red Gold Tomatoes

Beef Stew with Red Gold Tomatoes

I learned to make Beef Stew the other night! My husband is a classically-trained chef, and I was excited to learn a new recipe from him. We made his own recipe, but it was similar to this Beef Stew Recipe at Red Gold.

We used Red Gold tomato paste and added some Red Gold tomatoes for an extra delicious tomato flavor. It was so easy to make, and soooo yummy! I highly recommend trying this recipe. Let us know how you like it if you try it!

Red Gold has a Grilling Sweepstakes, too, where you can win a Big Green Egg here. Have fun cooking this summer!


Mother’s Day 2015 Events and Restaurants in Atlanta

Mother’s Day 2015 Events and Restaurants in Atlanta (and more)

Atlanta Botanical Garden Mother’s Day Tour
The 31st annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 9 –10. Benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the tour spotlights 12 private gardens in metro Atlanta, including Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Midtown, Decatur, and Dunwoody. Tickets for the self-guided tour, held each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., are on sale online, at the Garden, and at select area retailers. They are $25 in advance (Garden members $20) and $30 on days of the tour, and are valid both days. For more information visit atlantabg.org.

Georgia Aquarium Moms Get in Free - On Mother’s Day, Mom should relax, put up her feet and not worry about a thing all day! While that may never happen, Georgia Aquarium still wants to treat all Moms with FREE admission* and special gifts on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Mom will receive complimentary Total Ticket admission with purchase of one child’s admission… or adult or senior admission (we know that “children” come in all ages!)   Mom’s free ticket can be picked up at the ticketing window when you arrive. All other admissions in your party, may be purchased in advance online, saving you even more money than walk-up ticket pricing. When your party arrives, mom will receive a special Mother’s Day card from Georgia Aquarium containing other gifts and discount offers while supplies last.

IKEA Restaurant - Sunday, May 10, 2015 Mother's Day Brunch
All-You-Can-Eat 9:30am-6pm (revised hours, to be corrected on our website before the weekend) Show mom your appreciation this Mother's Day by treating her to a delightful day out, All-You-Can-Eat, Mother's Day Brunch. Join IKEA for this spread of mummy tummy pleasers. TICKETS are on sale now in the restaurant and Swedish Food Market. Adult $15.99 (IKEA FAMILY Members $11.99) Kids 12 & Under $4.99 (IKEA FAMILY Members $2.99).

ONE. midtown kitchen is opening early! Enjoy a Mother’s Day worthy brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. If treating your Mom to dinner is your family’s tradition, ONE will serve dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. To make your reservations today, call ONE at 404.892.4111 or visit onemidtownkitchen.com.

TWO urban licks Join TWO urban licks for a fiery Mother’s Day brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Is brunch too early or you? Mother’s Day dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Make your reservations today, call 404.522.4622 or visit twourbanlicks.com.

TAP Feast on TAP’s brunch menu along with added chef specialties. They will be serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where moms will receive a complimentary mimosa. If brunch isn’t your thing, join them for dinner from 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information, visit tapat1180.com or call 404.347.2220. 

PARISH will be serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Mother’s Day. Raise a toast to Mom! Mother’s Day dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. To make your reservations, call 404.681.4434 or visit parishatl.com.

Cooks & Soldiers - http://cooksandsoldiers.com/
This Mother’s Day, experience all the flavors of the Basque region with a meal fit for a queen at Cooks & Soldiers. Start the day off with some of Spain’s best pinxtos before diving into the small plates and postres to share. The restaurant will be serving from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 404-996-2623 for reservations.

Double Zero Napoletana - http://www.doublezeroatl.com/
This Mother’s Day, brunch specials will feature pork belly benedict made with pickled vegetables, calabrian hollandaise and Many Fold Farms hour egg, steak pizza with scallions, roasted tomato, garlic, mozzarella, crispy potatoes and egg, bourbon French toast served with orange marmalade and maple and a pastry basket including a freshly made assortment of muffins and croissants. The restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 404-991-3666 for reservations.

The Iberian Pig - http://www.theiberianpigatl.com/index
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Iberian Pig for special meal right in the heart of Decatur. Enjoy iconic dishes such as the jamón Ibérico benedict and the tortilla Española or enjoy your picks from the new spring menu. Call 404-371-8800 for reservations. 

Sugo - http://www.sugorestaurant.com/
Celebrate Mother’s Day family style at Sugo. To celebrate this special day, Sugo will be opening at noon. For more information or for reservations, please call 770.817.8000.

THE SPENCE  A special a la carte brunch will be served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Special offerings include our featured mimosa and bloody mary bar. To make reservations for this special day, call 404.892.9111 or visit thespenceatl.com.

LOBBY BAR AND BISTRO Brunch courtesy of Lobby Bar and Bistro - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.            $39.95 for adults                $19.95 for children ages 5-12       Children under 5 are complimentary       (Tax and gratuity are additional)  To make your reservations today or for more details, please call 404.961.7370.   *Menu details available upon request.

ROOM AT TWELVE - Brunch at ROOM at Twelve -    11 a.m. – 3 p.m.                                $39.95 for adults $19.95 for children ages 5-12             Children under 5 are complimentary       (Tax and gratuity are additional)  To make your reservations today or for more details, please call 404.418.1250.

F&B Atlanta is redefining happy hour with the debut of its $25 all-you-can-eat mussels special. Join the local French favorite for endless orders of flavorful mussels, a refreshing Hoegaarden beer and an order of pommes frites for just $25 every Tuesday, beginning Tuesday, May 12. Executive chef Philippe Haddad and owner Fabrice Vergez have come together once again with this new offer.

Book - The ZiNG! Thing “Points South”, the first book in a family of exploratory episodes in regional cuisine, is officially available nationwide. Authored by Trish Rogers, founding partner with Oregon winery R. Stuart & Co, and Todd Rushing, a partner in the nationally acclaimed, Atlanta-based, Concentrics Restaurants, The ZiNG! Thing “Points South” book utilizes the Zing! principles using the actual chemistry in wine and food pairing. The Atlanta book signing will be held at The Neighborhood Café at Parish on Saturday, May 9th from 5-7 pm. Guests will enjoy ZiNG! and not-so-ZiNG! food and wine pairings while meeting and mingling with the authors. The Zing! Thing “Points South” is available for purchase on Amazon for $14.99. 

W Atlanta Downtown on May 14, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in their Living Room with DJ sets by REE DE LA VEGA and art exhibit by Monique Monet, to help raise money and awareness for HRC's initiative. The event is free and donations to the HRC marriage equality are welcome. A portion of the proceeds from the bar sales will also be donated to HRC’s fight for marriage equality in all 50 states.

Tickets to Taste of Atlanta 2015 Just VOTE for your favorite finalist. After thousands of entries we present the Tasters Vote finalists!  One of these restaurants will win a complimentary tent at Taste of Atlanta 2015. Vote for your favorite up to one time per day through May 12th. As a "thank you" each entry earns you one chance to win a pair of Taste of Atlanta tickets.


Back in the High Life Again

Hey Atlanta Foodies! Sorry we've been gone so long. I miss it! I'm getting back in the high life again -- love that song!

You see, I am a very creative person who requires lots of creative time, and I had a baby two years ago. That baby is the best thing that ever happened to us, but the past two years have been spent entirely on learning to be a mom. Now I have got the hang of it, I'm ready to get back to blogging. I also highly recommend the amazing blog written by our friends, Marie and Grant Goggans called "Marie, Let's Eat!". They are awesome!

I will start posting again next week. Looking forward to it! Have a great weekend! :)



Tin Can Fish House - The Best Oysters!

Tin Can Fish House in Sandy Springs is one of our favorite restaurants.  They feature fresh seafood with a coastal theme. Tin Can has a great laidback atmosphere, and the food and beer are delicious! Here is their oyster menu. Yum!

 Tin Can Fish House Oysters

Oysters in the RAW           1/2 dozen 8      dozen  15

Mignonette ½ dozen 9.5 dozen 16.5
with shallots, red wine vinegar

Bloody Mary ½ dozen 9.5 dozen 16.5
vinaigrette, shot of tobasco, horseradish and vodka

Rockerfella ½ dozen 11 dozen 18
with cream of spinach, a garlic sauce and bread crumbs

Greek ½ dozen 11 dozen 18
Cream of Spinach and Feta cheese

Baked Oysters ½ dozen 11 dozen 18
In garlic jalapeño butter topped with parmesan cheese


Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

I can't wait to read this book. I am interested to know what people think of it. This man became famous from Hot Pockets and manatee jokes. With quotes like "I consciously try not to take food advice from thin people," and "Steak is special. Steak has its own knives," I know it is going to be a hilarious and interesting read. Hooray for Jim Gaffigan sharing more comedic thoughts about food!


Yummy Gummy Candy! Goody Good Stuff!

We were lucky enough to sample the range of Goody Good Stuff gummy candies last month.

We were extremely pleasantly surprised. We are sort of gummy connoisseurs, and these are some of the best gummies we've tried. That includes German gummies and Japanese gummies.

My favorite flavors were Summer Peaches and Strawberry Cream. You can find them at 7/11 or online at Goody Good Stuff

Here is some more info about the candies - 

Goody Good Stuff is an all-new natural gummy candy range that is made with a plant derived bio-gum technology, which eliminates the need for animal-based gelatin, which most traditional gummy sweets use.


Willy's Mexicana Grill

Mom and I took the baby to Willy’s Mexicana Grill for lunch after his pediatrician appointment. We tried the Merchant’s Walk location by Trader Joe’s in Pine Straw Place.

What did you order? How was your food?

We ordered Cilantro-Garlic Steak Burritos and Char-grilled Chicken Burritos. Burritos come with rice, choice of pinto or black beans, salsa, cheese and one of the following items: sour cream, roasted red peppers, corn salsa or grilled green peppers & onions. I enjoy picking out which ingredients I want for my burrito.

The burritos are HUGE, and delicious! I love their hot sauce which is provided in a big squeeze bottle at all of their tables. The prep seemed really fresh. You also get tortilla chips and salsa, and there is a sauce bar as well. They had a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine – always a fun beverage option. I got Raspberry Coke.

Describe your impressions of the service. Was anything exceptionally good (or bad) about the quality of service you received?

Very friendly service. Oh my goodness, I forgot the cookies. The chocolate chip cookies are to die for. Cheap, too.

What do you think of the décor and atmosphere?

The décor is very casual and modern. It goes perfectly with their laidback food.

Do you consider this a good value for the money you spent? If no, why not?

Willy’s is definitely a good deal – you get a ginormous burrito, and chips, too.

This restaurant is best for...

Fun, filling Mexican food and burritos as big as your head. Great family restaurant!

More info about Willy’s –

“Willy Bitter created Willy’s after visiting San Francisco and encountering the mission-style burrito. He loved the flavors and knew he had to bring this burrito back to share with the Atlanta area. With a passion for making great Mexican food, Willy and his team opened the very first Willy's restaurant in 1995, and the company has since grown to include more than 20 locations in the metro Atlanta area, one in Athens, Ga., and one in Gainesville, Fla. You can read more about the Willy's story here.

“Willy's makes salsa and guacamole fresh every day. Willy's menu includes signature burritos, quesadillas and tacos featuring ingredients such as marinated adobe and sinaloa chicken, cilantro-garlic steak, sinaloa tofu, veggies and all the fixings. Salads and nachos with grilled chicken or steak are also offered, and Willy's signature margarita is available at select locations.” 

You can find a complete list of locations at www.willys.com/locations. For more information on Willy’s visit (www.facebook.com/WillysMexicana) or find them on Twitter at twitter.com/WillysMexicana.

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