Atlanta: Underground and Marvelous

Happy Monday lovelies!

Gosh, I am totally blown away by the excitement coming from you guys over yesterday’s panCOOKIES! Can’t wait to get in the kitchen this week and see what I can whip up for next Sunday!

I hope you all had a MARVELOUS weekend!

Of course, I just HAVE to link up to Katie’s MIMM because this weekend was fantastic!

I mean, how could it not be when it was spent with these beauties:

Me, Laura, and Allie

Allie and I arrived in Atlanta early Friday night. It was about a four and a half hour drive from Nashville but you wouldn’t have thought it took more than a couple of hours with the way we were jabbering the entire time! 😉

Laura had big plans for us for dinner that night…she’s spoken highly of Push Start Kitchen, an underground supper club (um, how cool does THAT sound?) many times so Allie and I definitely knew we were in for a treat, but I had no idea just how much I would LOVE it!

I want to save all the food pics from my trip for my What I Ate Wednesday post, but here’s a glimpse of the setting for the night:

I couldn’t get over the fact that the chef and his wife run the whole thing out of their home! It was so perfectly set…great mood lighting (aka bad foodie lighting), nice music, and a beautiful tablescape…

The table, which was absolutely gorgeous with it’s rustic finish, was arranged for a
dinner for sixteen.

 I loved all the little accents…simple yet charming!

We started off with a warm cocktail of rum-spiked black tea with honey syrup and masa cakes served with tomato aioli…which were only like little pillows of Heaven dipped in creamy, life-changing nectar of the gods!*

Note: That is NOT an exaggeration. 

As we were mingling and waiting for the other guests to arrive, we were able to catch a glimpse of our first course!

And here’s a little tease:

The menu for the night!

Two words: FOOD COMA 😉

Zach, the amazingly talented chef, his super cute and VERY pregnant wife, Christina, and me.*

Sorry for the incredibly horrible iPhone photos :-/

The next morning, the three of us eased out of bed, enjoyed our morning ACV cocktails courtesy of our host/bartender ;), and relaxed a bit before it was time for me to whip up a batch of Snickerdoodle PanCOOKIES!

Made even better topped with Nutzo and crack sauce!

Then it was off to Atlanta’s first annual Vegan Festival!

They had a TON of vendors from companies all supporting animal rights…there were booths with t-shirts, jewelry, supplements, desserts, you name it! Of course, if you know us, you know…we were just there for the food! 😉

Delicious VEGAN food!

The rest of the afternoon we spent walking around shops in Atlanta enjoying the MARVELOUS weather!

And some more “snacking” when we stopped in at Bella Cucina

I’m such a sucker for free samples!

And I totally fell off the wagon on the pantry challenge as soon as I saw these pickled plums!

You would too if you read the ingredients!
 Pitted dried plums, apple cider vinegar, cane sugar, coriander seed, mustard seed, arbol chili, bay leaf, and orange peel

For the record, it’s delicious! 😉 

We also stopped in this little chocolate shop with the CUTEST displays, no samples there (which was probably a good thing since we were stuffed to the brim already) but I couldn’t resist a couple of pics!

Isn’t that macaron tree the cutest?

We ended our shopping for the day at the granddaddy of all farmer’s markets:

Seriously, this place was HUGE!

And they also didn’t allow any pictures (grumble)…but I just HAD to sneak a couple once I found myself in the mustard aisle mecca:

I’m not even kidding you, my blood pressure went up when I saw all of this! Lol

Annnnnnnnd well…I had already fallen off the wagon…

Hey, I could have done a LOT worse! 😉

The prices were so incredibly cheap! I got the hemp protein for only 15 bucks and c’mon, you gotta be proud of me for only coming home with ONE jar of mustard! Lol

Dinner that night (which again, I’ll only tease you with for now), at Barcelona, included a sweet treat, but that’s not just any dessert…

That’s FREE dessert!

From this VERY hot bartender! 😉

Ummmphffft!

The next day we just chilled a bit, enjoyed some peanut flour/cottage cheese quesadillas made by our gracious hostest…

Yum!

And ended with lunch at Dulce Vegan!

Then, sadly, it was time for Allie and I to head back to Tennessee…

Our attempt at sad faces! Haha!

But not sad for long because we all know…

This weekend is DEFINITELY happening again!

And maybe next time, Lee won’t be out of town while we’re there! 😉

What did YOU do this weekend?

Have you ever tried a masa cake?
I swear my life has been forever altered since that first bite! Lol

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