Friday, April 29, 2011

End of the week tidbits

Friends and family, I hope everyone has had a lovely week and survived the recent raging storms unscathed.  A few photos from the past few days before the weekend...

I finally made this sardine recipe and it was so easy and so good I'll definitely be making it again.  And with Dekalb so close and inexpensive (2 fish for a dollar!) there's not reason not to.

Random but surprisingly awesome lunch.  Fried egg on rye, topped with bacon jam from Yeah Burger and vidalia onion mustard.  Pickled green beans on the side.

Finally cleaned my desk!  Picture composition kind of sucks, but I'm still amazed that I can see the top of the table again.  Mid-century chrome lamp recently purchased at Decatur Estate for $19 (score!).

As its the end of the semester, we've been bouncing around different area coffee shops to get work done.  My new favorite is Parish, which our friend Adam had recommended to us.  With its ample seating, decent coffee & baked goods, reasonable pricing, not-overwhelming music, and brightly-lit outdoor space and open air feel... well, obviously I'm a fan!  Also, its kind of tucked away off Highlands so you don't get any street noise or distracting traffic.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cyclorama = cycling mural + diorama

Thug lyfe.
When Wm was in town, we went to several Atlanta attractions.  The weirdest by far was the Cyclorama.  The Atlanta Cyclorama is a 10,000 lb painting of Sherman's Battle of Atlanta.  Painted in the late 19th century, the Cyclorama was one of many grand-scale paintings that toured the country, though it is one of the few remaining today.  Measuring 42 feet by 358 feet, the Cyclorama is considered the largest painting in the world.

Back of the building housing the Cyclorama.  Believe me, its pretty big.
Today it is situated in Atlanta's Grant Park.  The Cyclorama is on a rotating dais which moves slowly around an audience while a recorded narrator speaks.  The narration is punctuated by spotlights to highlight figures on the painting.
photo from Cyclorama website
Forgive the blurry cellphone picture (photography wasn't allowed - shh don't tell!).  I tried to capture the moment an eagle soaring in the painting was highlighted and named (I've since forgotten the eagle's name).

And less I forget, the diorama.
Photo from Cyclorama website

Photo from Cyclorama website.

As legend goes, the actors from Gone with the Wind [I'm not linking this one on principle.  If you aren't already familiar with the film, don't expect me to educate you (because "frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!").  Go to your nearest struggling video store, get a copy, and set aside a good 4 1/2 to 5 hours for viewing.] visited the Cyclorama shortly after it was installed in Atlanta.  Clark Gable, cheeky fellow that he was, remarked after viewing it that it'd be much improved if he were in it.

Well, they obliged.
Clark Gable, KIA.

Atlanta folks, if you haven't already seen the Cyclorama, take the nearest opportunity to check it out.  It is historic, kitsch, nostalgic, and totally bizarre.  A must-see!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Food Highlights from Wm's visit

Alex's good friend Nick Wm H-M. (for realz) visited us last week in a trip that resulted in each of us gaining 10 lbs.

We went to Waffle House...
Double buttermilk waffles with pecans...
plus, 3 egg & cheese biscuits...
and large hashbrowns, smothered and peppered.
After that we had our Seder.

We also went to Farm Burger...
(pictures courtesy of Nick and his sweet camera)
Farm Burger with bacon
from another angle

boiled peanuts
For dessert, Atlanta's answer to shaved ice: Suno.
original flavor shaved ice with red bean & mango.
While it wasn't as amazing as the real thing in Taiwan, Alex and I were nevertheless completely engrossed.

The last full day of Nick's visit was a doozey.

We started the day with matzoh brie
For lunch, we visited Hankook, a Korean taqueria we'd heard good things about.

Daeji Gogi Sliders
Sesame fries (a MUST-order)
bulgogi taco
fish taco
 Hankook is in a small building with an even smaller parking lot. While we were there we witnessed a hit & run.  All part of the Atlanta experience, am I right?

After Hankook we stopped at Star Provisions to ogle the amazing merch.  Didn't take any pictures, but I was very tempted to get the silver julep cups, exotic salts, and a braided buffalo penis treat for Didi.  

After Star Provisions, we headed to Flip Burger for dessert/a mid-afternoon snack.  
chocolate mole shake.
strawberry shortcake shake
Flip Burger is owned by Richard Blais, who won the most recent season of Top Chef, Top-Chef All-Stars!  Alex and I were rooting for this home-town-hero all the way, and were gratified to hear he's investing his winnings into a new Atlanta restaurant.  A waiter at Flip Burger told us plans are underway for a hot dog restaurant in the Highlands, conveniently walking distance for us.  Here's hoping the milkshakes are heading to the Highlands as well!

After a trip to the High Museum to see the Cartier-Bresson exhibit (fabulous) and selections from the Vogel Collection (there's a cute documentary about the Vogels that details the backstory of these amazing and unassuming collectors), it was back to the Howell Mill area for dinner at Abattoir.

duck "ham" with ramps.
amazing steak.
rabbit leg stuffed with rabbit sausage.
fresh baguette hot from the oven (we went through several of these)

chocolate chess pie with toffee brittle and creme fraiche.
coconut tres leche with dulce de leche ice cream and a burst of meringue.
Not pictured: Abattoir's home-brewed ginger beer (it burns!  in a good way!)
and how full we were after this day.
Every part of our meal was amazing from start to finish.  Abattoir is one of the few restaurants we've been to in Atlanta that I felt delivered from start to finish (and oh, what a finish!  It'd be worth going back just for those desserts).  

Thanks Nick for being such a great guest and indulging with us!  

More to come this week (maybe next week) on some of the actual sights we saw while Nick was in town.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter...

...Donnie Darko style.

Taken by our friend Nick.  This house is in our neighborhood.  They are not messing around.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sums it up

This photo pretty much defines Alex and I as a couple.

Delicious spread before us, and engrossed in food & Words with Friends.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Shalom, ya'll, Part II.

The classic post-passover dish, Matzoh Brie!  The leftover Matzoh from Passover is "scalded" (brie means scalded) in boiling water to soften it to a noodle-like consistency.  After it is adequately softened, the matzoh is mixed with a combination of egg, milk, salt, and sugar, and soaked.  It's very similar to French toast.  Then the whole thing is fried in a pan and served either savory (with salt and pepper) or sweet (powdered sugar is a popular topping).

We went the sweet-route, with a selection of spreads and toppings.  Pictured starting at top right and moving clockwise: maple syrup, meyer lemon curd, rhubarb strawberry compote, pecan butter, and strawberry balsamic jam.

Orchids and terrariums

When I went to the Botanical Gardens last week, they were selling "gently used orchids."

We totally cleaned up.

Excuse the blurriness of these pictures.  Lighting was bad, and my camera is a point and shoot.
Now I'm feeling like Nero Wolfe.

I also did a terrarium tutorial for a friend last week.  
We might have gone a little overboard.

Once you get started with terrariums, its hard to stop!  And this time of year the fancy succulents are appearing in Southern garden stores (though if you live in California, apparently they grow like moss - plentiful and underfoot year-round).