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Vines to Wines Academy #wine tasting at Bermudas #GreenwoodSC #LakeGreenwood #connectlakegreenwood

This Foodie Friday is all about WINE!!!

I attended a Vines-to-Wines Academy wine tasting at Bermudas (The Links at Stoney Point) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We were tasting white wines and this is a list of what we tasted and my opinion of each. We had a scorecard that we use to measure how we felt about different aspects of the one and I found this really helped me to be able to explain in wine characteristic terms what I thought of it.

Here are my notes:

Wine name: Riesling
Producer: Loosen Brothers, Germany
Vintage: 2014
TOW Opinion: I thought this was lightly sweet and very aromatic. It was a light body with a fresh taste to it. I would say it was very flavorful with hints of lemon, lime, and green apple. It had a medium finish.


Wine name: Sauvignon Blanc
Producer: Kim Crawford, New Zealand
Vintage: 2016
TOW Opinion: This one was also aromatic with fruity, citrus fresh aroma. I thought it was dry and medium body. In terms of acidity, it was tart with a powerful shark bite to it. The flavors tasted were grapefruit and melon, with a long finish.

Wine name: Chenin Blanc
Producer: M-A-N family wines, South Africa
Vintage: 2016
TOW Opinion: This had a moderate aroma intensity and smelled sweet with Honey notes. It was a medium sweet wine with a crisp taste. I tasted flavors of quince, apple, and citrus. Other people said they tasted tropical fruit. It had a medium finish.

TOW Final Word: My favorite was the Sauvignon Blanc. I loved the fresh citrus flavors and even though it was tart, it was not bitter.

If you get a chance to attend a Vines to Wines Academy wine tasting, you should go. It was very informative and helped me understand the nuanced flavor of wines.

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Italian in Savannah GA #FoodieFriday

This Foodie Friday is about a restaurant in Savannah GA.

Cuoco Pazzo
Cucina Italiana
606 Abercorn Str , Savannah GA

To be honest, the only reason why we pick this Italian restaurant in Savannah was because it was in walking distance from our bread and breakfast inn and we were hungry. We looked at their menu before hand. Hubs wanted spaghetti and meatballs and that should’ve been simple. I did not see simple spaghetti plate on the menu and Hubs pointed it out.

I said, “What Italian restaurant does not serve simple spaghetti with meat sauce? That is like Italian 101.”

Well I got my answer.
Cuoco Pazzo does not serve spaghetti and meat sauce or meatballs for dinner. They serve it at lunch, but not for dinner.
Talk about being annoyed.

I asked if we could order a side of spaghetti and a side of meat sauce. They only had marinara sauce. Not meat. Yeah, Hubs would not go for that.
I asked if they had angel hair pasta. The only two pasta options they had were spaghetti and pappardelle.

“Do we need more time before we order?” asked the server.

Absolutely. While my mind was still reeling from the fact that they do not have spaghetti and meatballs, we decided to order Capricciosa flatbread. This had tomato sauce, ham, artichoke, mushroom, and mozzarella cheese. Also to be noted, this was the only flat bread with meat.

At this point, the mood and our table was not good. Neither of us ordered what we really wanted and we were too hungry to go elsewhere.

We had an added complication: it was 7 PM on Christmas Eve. If we got in our car and drove around downtown Savannah who is to say anything else would even be open?

The server told us at the flatbread was “excellent” and “out of this world “. He even said it was the best he ever had because it was cooked in a brick oven.


The reality was that it was not that impressive to me. The middle of both of our flatbreads was soggy. Hubs ate the toppings only. I ate two of the four pieces, leaving some of the crust because it was too soggy and tasted like raw dough. The server asked if Hubs did not like his flatbread, and I told him the crust was soggy.

They offered to make a new flat bread for us to take. We said we did not want it, but they insisted.

TOW Final word: A lot of people were very satisfied with the food, but we wish we had had another option. I wish the kitchen could have been more flexible or at least offered more than the limited options for dinner. Service was great though. Check out their menu online and if it appeals to you EXACTLY as written, you will probably like this place.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe- Midtown Atlanta #foodiefriday

Welcome to the first FOODIE FRIDAY edition 2017!

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Restaurant: The Flying Biscuit Cafe

Location: Midtown Atlanta

We arrived Sunday about 12:30pm for Brunch.
I now realize this is the busiest time in all the best brunch restaurants in Atlanta.

This day, it did not matter. I was determined. I might have been starving and hangry (yes this is real), but we would wait the quoted hour to have a delicious brunch in a restaurant I have passed by countless times. Fortunately we didn’t wait the entire hour. We were seated in about 30-40 minutes.

I ordered the Egg-stravaganza. 2 eggs (fried hard), bacon (turkey or pork option- I chose pork), grits (I substituted their breakfast potatoes), and French toast.

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I loved everything about this meal. EVERYTHING. The biscuit was flaky and buttery. The jam that was with it tasted like it was made in house. The breakfast potatoes had hints of herbal seasoning. The pork sausage was seasoned and cooked just right. Delicious!

TOW Final Word: it is worth the wait to eat here. You will not be disappointed. The food exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait to go back, especially for the biscuits.

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Fox Bros Bar-B-Q #atlanta #bbq #foodiefriday

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Since I love BBQ, a friend told me that I have to try this place in Atlanta called Fox Bros Bar-B-Q.

As far as I was concerned, I had a fave BBQ spot in Atlanta already, but he convinced me that I should try Fox Bros.

When we went, it was raining and the place was packed. It was surprising that we were able to find a parking space.

We put our name on the list to get a table. It was a 45 minutes – 1 hour wait. We were told we could order takeout and it would be ready in 15 to 20 minutes. We opted for that. We were hungry and ready to get to the hotel.

Between the two of us we ordered ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and a side of jalapeños cornbread. For dessert, I had some of their banana pudding.

My fave BBQ join in ATL is Daddy Dz, but I must admit the BBQ here is just as good.

It is a major plus that I could eat the pulled pork without sauce. It was not dry and was full of the smoky flavor associated with the slow cooking process. 

The macaroni and cheese used shell pasta instead of elbows which was unconventional but still tasty. The shells held more cheesy goodness. 

The banana pudding was good but I wish i could have had more cookies on the side. I don’t like soggy cookies in my banana pudding.

They have so many delicious sounding items in the menu, I feel like I have to return so I can order some of the other stuff. Stuffed jalepeno poppers? Jalepenos stuffed with pulled pork and cream cheese.  Yum!!!

Do I recommend? Yes! It’s worth going to try their BBQ. You won’t be disappointed. Be prepared to wait or order take out.

How to get there:

1238 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta GA 30307
404.577.4030
http://www.foxbrosbbq.com

900 Wall – Review #BendORrestaurants #foodiefriday

Foodie Friday is back in 2016! Finally!!!

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I think I am on the Chinese New Year calendar. January was a blur for me. New Year starts now 😜

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900 Wall – Bend OR
I heard good reviews about this place so I decided try it out.

All you need to know is : I cleaned my plate.

**drop the mic walk off stage**
Yea it was that good.

I ordered the salmon and shrimp over cucumber, avocado, and red onion with a cream sauce. Delicious. I thought it would not be filling, but I was wrong. If I had not been in an upscale restaurant, I might have given into the temptation to lick the plate.

I ordered two appetizers: deviled egg and quinoa tofu fritter. The deviled egg was fine. I needed a little comfort food at the time (I was grieving, but that’s a story for another time).

You know how every dish cannot be a home run? Thankfully in my case, it was the quinoa tofu fritter and not the main dish that was a little basic. I did not take a picture of it because it did not even look appealing. Taste wise: it was not bland, but it lacked something. Even now, I cannot put my finger on what it lacked. Maybe the best way to describe it is that the flavors were flat.


My recommendation: go to this restaurant and whatever you order off the main menu is bound to be good especially if you get the seafood. The appetizers can be hit or miss.

On a side note, I saw a guy that looked like Mr Miyagi from Karate kid. I surreptitiously took his picture.


Mr Miyagi look alike, if you see this post and you want me to take down your picture, let me know in the comments. If you are the real Mr Miyagi (I don’t believe Wikipedia saying you died), you were great in Karate Kid!!! Wax on, wax off.