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Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill Opens at Emory Point

By March 13, 2017 Dining Out

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On a Saturday evening several years ago, my family and I were driving around Lawrenceville, GA in search of a place to dine and happened upon Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill. The restaurant was new to us all but we were feeling adventurous and decided to try it. It turned out to be pretty amazing as you can read here.

We don’t live close to that specific location anymore but all is not lost. There are six other locations in GA (Midtown, Stockbridge, Kennesaw, Tucker, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) including a more recent one at Emory Point. I’ve dined at two of these additional locations and each time, all expectations were met. Great food. Great vibes. Read More

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That Little Something Special about My Fare Lady Macarons

By February 28, 2017 Atlanta & Beyond, Dining Out

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What do you get when you pair the culinary aspirations of a seasoned baker with a Parisian confection and desire “to harmonize people, families and cultures”? You get Charlette Bell, Macaronista and founder of My Fare Lady Macarons. At a recent tasting, I had an opportunity to learn a little about the Pastry Chef and the inspiration which makes her macarons appealing.

I have to admit that, when I learned about the event, I was pretty excited. I adore macarons and the passion that goes into making them. I realize these aren’t the easiest “cookies” to make so, when someone does it well enough to turn it into a career, it’s a pretty big deal. Read More

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Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads Opens in the Poncey Highlands

By December 26, 2016 Dining Out


This post is mostly about a cool new pizza restaurant and a tiny little bit about change. Here we go – – An older, well established neighborhood I once traveled through every school day for four years is experiencing a revitalization of sorts. It’s one of those communities where many well-seasoned homes and businesses are lived in, loved, well cared for or forsaken, then restored – repeat. I remember Plaza Pharmacy on the corner of Ponce and N Highland. My dad would go there for whatever and I tagged along. It was cool because the drug store interior felt and looked old school. There was even a retro soda fountain. The lunch counter spanned almost the entire front of the store and even had throwback mixers and such. Read More

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Twelve Eighty Inspired Dining: New Menu Tasting

By November 7, 2016 Dining Out


Twelve Eighty Inspired Dining does it again! Their new menu has been revealed and it’s just as inventive and enjoyable as the one we tried in the Spring. Steeler Fan and I joined members of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society for a tasting of the menu crafted by new Chef de Cuisine, Andreas Z. Georgakopoulos and Executive Chef, John C. Metz. As expected, the night was fabulous. We enjoyed a wonderful meal in a spirited environment thanks to the outgoing Twelve Eighty team. I considered this visit to the restaurant a treat. Here are four reasons why: Read More

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