I’ve been wanting to try the Optimist for awhile now. It’s an Atlanta staple and while not on the list of must-eat places, (as a member of Ford Fry’s empire, I don’t know why it’s not on the list), I’m embarrassed when I say I haven’t been there yet. Also Wesley True, their Executive Chef, is on Top Chef this season, so there’s that. We finally went last week with some friends.
Joe and I were in Nashville last week for work. Awhile ago my friend Jessica (the chef at KR Steakbar) suggested we try out Sean Brock’s Husk restaurant the next time we were in Nashville. So before driving up last week I made a reservation. Thursday night we left the boys with a friend and jumped over to the old (small) plantation(ish) style home for a late dinner.
Kevin Gillespie of Top Chef fame has his newest venture, Gunshow, and it’s only a mile and a half from my house. Joe and I have been wanting to go for awhile and when we discovered that two of our friends have also been dying to try it, I immediately made a reservation.
A week or so ago my dad invited me to attend a meal cooked by Hugh Acheson. Acheson teamed up with Seeds of Change to bring awareness to flavors that were becoming extinct to the culinary world. He was going to cook a three course meal for 70 some people with ingredients that were going extinct and no one knew what he was cooking.
Visiting a new city for the first time and determine what to do, see and eat can be overwhelming. I’m hoping to make it a little bit easier by sharing one of my favorite discoveries of Santa Barbara, and it’s my own backyard (a mile from my house) — Rori’s Artisanal Creamery.
How do you find good french bread in Paris when you’re surrounded by so many options, on every street corner. Any neighborhood in American probably has one bakery nearby. In Paris, bakery’s are like Starbucks — they’re on every street corner. My husband and I did some taste testing and we’re happy to report the best one in Saint Germain.
If you haven’t checked out my husband’s new book project yet, Goodbye Paris, I feel bad for you. People nominate “adventures” for him to do, we do them and then he writes about them. Mostly it’s fun. Except for when we have to get to Père Lachaise Cemetery only speaking French with no directions. Then I hate it.
The problem with going to Paris is you think, “Oh, I am totally going to to lose weight. The French are SO skinny and I will walk EVERYWHERE.” But what you forget is how delicious the French pastries are and how truly impossible it is to say no. Every morning here, I wake up and tell myself I’m cutting out sugar. Sometimes it works, mostly it doesn’t. So I decided I would chalk it up to doing some blog research on some of my favorite chocolate and pastries here in Paris.
I first met Jeff Goins in 2007 when I took a trip around the world with a group of people. Jeff joined us for a couple of weeks in Chiapas. Over the past ten years we’ve become good friends and this year, we all decided to rent a house together in Portland for the World Domination Summit with a group.
Then, the six of us spent five days eating and drinking our way through Portland. And let me tell you, Portland + Food + Great People is a winning combination.