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need help for a gift certificate

My one watch-out on Seed is that I've gotten some obnoxious attitude from the folks there before. Gave me a bad taste for the place.

If Roswell is not too far, I've done an online gift certificate for a friend at Table & Main. Great time of year to be out in the square!

Apr 01, 2015
jboeke in Atlanta

Monthly grocery bill in metro Atlanta

I think it depends on what you're cooking. I shop at Publix in East Cobb and have 2 small boys (5 and under) and I spend $120/week but only cook 5 nights a week. So that would be about $165 for 7 days, and if you assume my 2 kids only count for 1 grown portion, that would be $225 a month for 4 adults, 7 days = $900/mon. So I think your spend is pretty reasonable, especially for a chowhounder. I buy fresh veggies and lean meats, which cost more, and my kids like to experiment with new foods like "broccoflower" which cost more than bulk broccoli but encourage good eating habits. To reduce it, you might cook more in bulk (big batch with Costco prices and freeze it) or try to visit WalMart for dry goods.

Mar 24, 2015
jboeke in Atlanta

Buckhead with kids

Flip is a great choice for kids; even my 3 & 5 year old eat there (they will make grilled cheese if your kids don't eat burgers) and the milkshakes are awesome. Patio is nice if weather permits.
My kids didn't like Varasanos, but I think it's too fancy/upscale for little kid tastes maybe.
Buckhead Diner is a steady choice, though not new if you were here 3 years ago.
Love Seven Lamps but wouldn't call it kid-friendly.

Mar 12, 2015
jboeke in Atlanta

Westin Peachtree neighborhood

Search for recommendations on "downtown" to get a full idea of what's nearby. I second Sweet Auburn Curb Market and you can ride the new streetcar there for free for a while (though it's just as slow as walking). I would add White Oak Kitchen or Ted's Montana Grill for more 1-2 block walking options. And Fairlie-Poplar district has great lunch options, so you can search that out on this board, but most are closed for dinner.

Mar 02, 2015
jboeke in Atlanta

Atlanta trip report

Nice to hear Zocalo getting some good feedback. It's been around forever and is just a tiny place, but I always liked it.

Feb 02, 2015
jboeke in Atlanta

Atlanta - Rehearsal Dinner

I had my wedding reception at 103 West almost 10 years ago. It's a great space and very flexible, can definitely take your crowd and has great food.

Jan 30, 2015
jboeke in Atlanta

Atlanta - Rehearsal Dinner

There are lots of options around the city if you want to shuttle people, but here are some walking-distance options I could think of that would showcase Atlanta downtown.

White Oak Kitchen - beautiful interior if you want something more low key/southern casual,and lots of private space in the back rooms.

Commerce Club - top floor (49th) of the 191 Peachtree Building with beautiful views of downtown skyline. You or a sponsor or guest has to be a member of the club or broader ClubCorp national chain, which is actually not hard to find if you start asking around.

THe Ritz Carlton is nearby so that's always a good option.

200 Peachtree has been converted from a long ago Macy's store to a beautiful event space. Had a company event there not long ago; food was just okay (but that might have been corporate budget) but the space is really nice.

Jan 28, 2015
jboeke in Atlanta

We get to only have ONE dinner in Atlanta......where should we eat? PS...we have three kids...

Taco Mac is a local chain of sports bars that is very kid-friendly and has decent food. A nicer alternative but less kid-friendly from a menu perspective is 5 Season's Brewing Co.

Dec 16, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

2 nights in Atlant

Fish market is very kid-friendly. It's a big, loud restaurant so no one will flinch if they 3-year old has a tantrum (mine are 3 & 5!).
Flip Burger on Roswell at Piedmont is not far and might be a good option. They do a grilled cheese for kids and have sweet potato tots with marshmallow fluff dip. They do some seafood and veggie burgers, thought obviously meat is their main focus. And the shakes are great for your dessert craving!

Dec 10, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Ethnic Atlanta Mid-Town? Or BBQ? Or?

Of the two I'd go to Antico. Small and crowded, nothing fancy, but SOOOO good.

Dec 03, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Where to buy Porcini Mushroom Powder?

Just to close this out, I couldn't find it anywhere but online and didn't want to pay $30 for a pound of it. So I ended up throwing a package of dried porcini from PUblix in my food processor and letting it grind down as small as possible. There was enough to do the recipe 2 times (one practice, once this week for Thanksgiving) and because it was a long, slow braise, any larger pieces were soft and did not ruin the recipe. But it was a great flavor for a vegan dish, so I'm happy it worked out.

Nov 24, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

i-75 eats

In Atlanta, I'd go to Local 3 if you want to stay really close to the hwy, or Muss and Turners if you want to venture a bit further. Both are owned by the same group and have great food, but Muss & Turners is more sandwiches and Local 3 more hot food. Both will keep you a bit outside the city center too, for ease of access.

Nov 20, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta
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Where to buy Porcini Mushroom Powder?

I'm bringing the vegan entree for Thanksgiving this year and wanted to make Richard Blais' Carrot Osso Buco. The recipe requires mushroom broth and porcini mushroom powder. I plan to make my own broth, but am having trouble sourcing the dried powder and honestly don't want to mess with buying a coffee grinder to make it myself. Anyone have suggestions on where I could buy a couple of ounces? I'd like to do a trial run this weekend before the big event, so really want to buy it locally (not buy 1lb. online!).

Nov 18, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

You can get cheaper ones that are greaseproof paper but will brown at 450deg after about 30mins and can crumble. Actual parchment is higher quality and will go up to 500+deg, but I just use the cheaper ones. Half the time its for cooking bacon or frozen french fries so I don't need the parchment quality. And the convenience of precut sheets is so much better than rolls!

Nov 04, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

I like the thought and care that comes with your thinking of a kit that you made yourself. It's much more personal than just a gift card. I've had 2 babies in the last 5 years and I think a kit is great because you get sick of sandwiches and takeout and want homecooking. Maybe a bean or chicken soup mix (just add meat as desired) for the crockpot, just throw it in a doubled freezer bag? Or tortilla soup? Something hearty for cold weather, and she can grab a rotisserie chicken and a can of refrigerator biscuits to go with it. Another idea is healthy snacks. When you're breastfeeding (if she is) you need lots of snacks through the day. I always had trail mix or nut bars or something like that to munch on between meals.

Hello Atlanta, I need some help tracking down 2 spots. The first is bbq. There is a mostly take-out spot not far from Windy Hill exit off I-75. Does anyone have a name for me? Next, I had fabulous birthday cake from a bakery in Marietta. Any ideas? Thanks

Marietta Diner does HUGE birthday cakes...we're talking 8" tall, old school diner cakes in a display case.

Oct 31, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

lunch near Marriott Marquis

Finally made it to White Oak Kitchen for lunch and thought I'd add to this thread for others in the future. Carolinadawg was right about the service - SLOW even at an empty lunch service. And not just the food, but the waiter was even slow in visiting our table. I suspect our guy was new, so maybe they have high turnover based on low traffic? I was really surprised to hear they'd been open 2 years since I work just 3 blocks away and only heard about them in roughly the last 12 mons. Anyway, I think everyone was pleased with their food though there were a few comments about portion size vs price (a value issue). I had the vegetable plate and it was very good. Rather than a collection of sides, it was a nice saute of lots of in-season produce (purple potatoes, carrots, greens, cauliflower) all together in one dish. The only disappointing thing was that the waiter said the chef basically makes it up based on what's on hand that day or that service...so he couldn't even tell me "today its blah blah" because it changes by the hour. Made me feel a bit like I was eating leftovers...not good marketing. The shrimp beignets were a tasty starter with a nice spicy white BBQ sauce, but i would call them more fritters or battered shrimp than beignets. A bit misleading in the title there. Sandwiches were very tasty according to my tablemates, and we shared a side of some really well done greens (debate at the table whether they were mustard or collard greens). All in all, a very nice, regional option, but too pricy and slow for a local for lunch. They must cater to the conference crowds. But the bar looked great with the big windows and view of the street, plus a big patio, so we might be back for happy hour instead.

Oct 30, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Tips from the commercial kitchen for the home kitchen

Pan liners!!! Precut sheets to fit your sheet pans are the best invention ever! You can get them at Restaurant Depot in the half size for home-use. It's better than foil, nonstick, and will virtually eliminate cleaning pans. Worth the effort to store the giant box of them.

Oct 24, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking
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Solo dining - downtown

I'd go to Ray's in teh City. You might blow your $20 budget but great seafood and a nice bar for solo dining. Easy to be casual or fancy.

Oct 20, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Need recommendations for 2 day trip in Atlanta! (all meals)

You have great lunch options down along Broad St. in the Fairlie Poplar district, 2 blocks south of your hotel. Most are only open for lunch, so don't plan dinner there. I like Dua for Pho (sit in the basement where there's more space, not in the upstairs crowd) or Blossom Tree for Korean food (on Peachtree in the same block). But you could even grab a great NY-style deli sandwich at Ruben's and eat at one of the outdoor tables on the street or in Woodruff park since it's gorgeous out this time of year. The cafe in the Ellis is okay, but a bit overpriced and slow service.

Oct 08, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

toddler party in the park

I think she used a small flower pots, and then bought little toothpick flags to put in the top.

Sep 25, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking
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Breakfast near the Ga. Dome?

That's a tough spot for walking options for breakfast. It's probably worth the short cab ride (~2mi) to West Egg or Silver Skillet. The only walking options I can think of are Landmark Diner (a greasy Greek diner) or Corner Bakery (national chain) and neither is worth the ~1mi walk.

Sep 04, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

toddler party in the park

Recently went to a 4-yr old party with a beach theme and she did a great job with star-shaped cut out sandwiches for kids (PB&J but we all know each other and no allergy risk) and chicken salad on croissants for parents, goldfish and pretzels in bowls to snack on, grapes all halved in little Dixie cups for portions and little hands. Then she made rice krispie treats in the shape of sand castles and had mini cupcakes. It was very kid-friendly and turned out great. SImple is best.

Restaurant in Sandy Springs area

We always liked 5 Season's Brewing - still SAndy Springs, right at 285 and Roswell in the Prado. Casual and good.

Aug 01, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

cake to the Westin, looks unimportant

I second Piece of Cake. Simple, high quality cakes and cupcakes. You can't go wrong, and several locations aroudn the city.

Aug 01, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Any recommendation breakfast between airport and le meridisn hotel

For hole in the wall, probably White House in Buckhead (exit Lenox Rd from I-400). http://whitehouserestaurant.net/
For something Southern but less greasy and not a chain, perhaps Buttermilk Kitchen on Roswell Rd.
http://buttermilkkitchen.com/

Jul 14, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Dinner near the Omni

If you head a couple miles up Marietta St. (past GA Tech camplus) there are great options like The Optimist, Miller Union, and JCT Kitchen. Not a lot in walking distance, but these options are about 2mi. away. For breakfast I love West Egg in that same area.

Jul 10, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

WANTED: pretty, bite-sized, filling, different cold or room temp stuffings for devilled eggs

Yes! there's a local caterer here in Atlanta that mixes jalepeno pimento cheese into their devilled egg filling and it's AWESOME!

Jul 07, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking
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Desserts that can stand up to summer heat

What about a trifle? Thinking cold berries and cream on a hot day would be awesome! Then you just grab some coffee cups from the breakroom and everyone can help themselves. Just keep it in the freezer until it's lunchtime.

Jul 07, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Anniversary Dinner In Chinatown - but not Chinese [San Francisco]

THanks for the help on part of town. Google Maps failed me on the neighborhood definition! :)

Jul 07, 2014
jboeke in San Francisco Bay Area