Taste of Atlanta Recap

I consider myself a foodie…I will try just about anything, one of my favorite things to do is to try a new restaurant in Atlanta with the hubs. Atlanta is quickly becoming the food capital of the South, and the food scene here is ever-changing and fresh. Combine trying new restaurants along with a outdoor festival setting, and you have me hooked! I had the opportunity to go to Taste of Atlanta a couple weeks ago on October 22nd. Taste of Atlanta is a 3 day food festival in it’s 15th year, serving up bites and craft cocktails from over 90 of Atlanta’s best and up-and-coming restaurants. A food lover’s dream-you get to try so many different things! Not only is there a ton of food, they are serving up live chef demos throughout the day and even offer cook-along classes.

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One of the great things about this festival is that almost every transaction is done with your wristband. Not only does it gain you entrance, but you put ‘taste points’ onto the wrist band and that’s how you purchase food. I love this idea…it is SO much easier and quicker than have to do cash, or trying to find an ATM (if you are like me and never carry cash). It made the lines move very quickly so you weren’t just standing in line waiting for food. They could just scan your wristband and you are good to go!

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To put taste points onto your wristband, you could just do it online beforehand, or put taste points on there at the festival using ‘Top-up’ stations. I thought this would be a pain, but we were able to get more points onto our wristbands within 10 minutes of walking over. Super quick. The hubs is not a fan of waiting in line, so he was happy.

Now to the best part…the food. I ate so many good things, but I’m sharing a few of my favorites below.

‘Gangsta Fries’ from Bellwood’s Social House

These fries are AMAZING. Tasty homemade fries topped with blue cheese, chili oil, chives, and bacon. Does it get any better than that? Uhm hello ultimate cheat food. Bellwood’s is over in West Midtown, and is perfect for chill Sundays. (PS-they do a great brunch too!)

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American Kobe Beef Meatballs from Davio’s

These perfectly rich and tender mini meatballs from Davio’s, topped with a sprinkle of freshly shredded Parmesan and a light red sauce, literally melted in your mouth. The texture of the meatball was perfect, which is amazing considering they made a TON. Just a couple bites of this meatball made me want to try more from this steakhouse, located in Phipps Plaza.

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Braised Short Rib over Celery Root and Potato Puree from Blue Ridge Grill 

This restaurant in Buckhead holds a special place in my heart, since that’s where my husband and I had our first official date. They are known for a great steak, but their seafood selections are always stellar. This braised short rib was something I had never had there, but would definitely order again. It was so tender and flavorful, and the puree complemented nicely without overwhelming.

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Fried Chicken Salad Slider from The Shed at Glenwood

The Shed is known for their Fried Chicken, so when I saw this interesting take on it, I knew I had to try it. It was even better that I thought it would be! Still crispy from frying, but also that creamy classic chicken salad feel. Served on an H&F bun too, so you can’t beat that. If you haven’t been to this quaint little restaurant over near East Atlanta, get on it!

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If you have never been to a food festival like this, you have to try it! It’s such a great way to explore all the food and experiences that your city has to offer. I can’t wait to go back next year and try even more new restaurants. When else will you be able to try what so many different places have to offer? Hope to see you all next year if you live in Atlanta!

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Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Flatbread with Balsamic Drizzle

Peach season is upon us! How could we pass that up?! We love using local, in-season fruits and veggies when we can, and we are suckers for a good farmers market. Basic I know. Buuut, I snagged these beautiful peaches on a trip to the Westside Farmers market this past weekend. (Atlanta readers, you should definitely check it out!) I immediately started thinking of all the ways I could use these babies, but couldn’t decide on one until I came home and the hubby said pizza sounded good for dinner. Lightbulb moment! All these flavors pair so well together, and practically scream summer. I went with flatbread, or so I’m calling it, since it doesn’t have a sauce on it like pizza does.

This balsamic glaze really is a star on its own too. You can literally put it on anything, and it makes it so much better. The tangy but sweet balsamic reduction really complements the sweet peaches in this recipe, but try it on other stuff too! You won’t regret it. Plus it’s super easy to make:

Balsamic Glaze:

-8 Oz (1 Cup) good Balsamic Vinegar

-1/4 cup sugar

-pinch of salt

Over medium heat, bring all three ingredients to a low boil, stirring occasionally. Just keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. Once the liquid is syrupy looking and reduced by about half, it’s ready to go. This should take about 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. You can store it in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the fridge.

Now, for the flatbread. It’s such a simple recipe, but it really packs a punch of flavors and presents so nicely. It’s a great dish to take as an appetizer to a party. Everyone will be impressed, promise.

Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Flatbread:

-1 pkg. pre-made pizza dough (or if you are feeling crazy, make your own!)

-1-2 peaches

-3 Oz. crumbled Goat Cheese

-fresh basil

-olive oil

-balsamic glaze (recipe above)

Preheat the oven to 400 °. First you want to grill your peaches. If you don’t have a grill, you can use a grill pan on the cooktop as well. Cut peaches in half, and remove seeds and any hard center parts. Lightly brush with olive oil so that they don’t stick to your grill.

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Grill cut side down for about 5 minutes, then turn and grill for another 2 minutes. It’s ok if they don’t feel completely cooked, they will cook on the flatbread in the oven. Grilling them just gives you a more intense peach flavor and plus the grill marks look nice too. Let cool while you roll out your pizza dough onto a greased or sprayed cookie sheet. Lightly drizzle your dough with some olive oil. I did a little sprinkle of dried basil too.

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Sprinkle on your goat cheese crumbles, then slice your peaches and add them to the flatbread.

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Bake for about 15-17 minutes, until the edges are turning light brown and the center looks cooked. Once you pull your flatbread out of the oven, lightly drizzle your balsamic glaze over the top. Chop 2-3 large basil leaves into thin slices, and sprinkle over the top of the flatbread.

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The tangy goat cheese along with the sweetness of the peaches is good. The balsamic glaze and the fresh basil really takes it over the top. So tasty. And even with all the flavors, the peaches are still the star with such a vibrant flavor.

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Let us know if you try this recipe and how it turned out in the comments below or over on Instagram. Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

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