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Summer is officially here!

I don’t know about you but summer has proven to be amazing so far! Of course, it was officially summer on Friday and a very busy day for me!

On Friday, I had a business meeting at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails in downtown, Atlanta near the business and hotel district. It is located directly across the street from the Hyatt and the Suntrust Building. I’ve heard mixed reviews but their menu looked amazing, so it was a perfect setting for the first day of summer. White Oak has a great atmosphere with a pretty cool patio for its corner downtown location. I started off with their appetizer of Pimento Cheese, which should be called pimento cheese fried green tomatoes, in my opinion. This fresh plate of fried green tomatoes are layered with their homemade pimento cheese and finished with a strawberry jam glaze. I wasn’t so sure about the strawberry jam glaze but after sampling all of the ingredients together it worked wonderfully! This appetizer is large enough for two and I highly recommend it.

Since it was a lunch meeting, I decided to keep it light with a Beet Salad. Honestly, my two favorite things together next to PB&J are beets and goat cheese, so it was a no-brainer!  The salad included sweet and savory, red and yellow beets, spiced pecans, and herb goat cheese over a bed of mixed green that were tossed in a white balsamic vinegar. It too was delicious! This style of salad could be found at any restaurant in the city but what set it apart here is how fresh the ingredients were. I could TASTE the difference and it made the meal that more special to me.

My only negative about White Oak Kitchen for lunch is the service is terribly slow! We were there for two hours!! Yes, two hours for fried green tomatoes, a beet salad and a beef burger with french fries. None the less, if you have time to kill, definitely check out White Oak Kitchen in the heart of downtown.

White Oak Kitchen

The lovely cornbread with homemade jam and butter.
Their lovely cornbread with homemade jam and butter.
Pimento Cheese Appetizer with Fried Green Tomatoes
Pimento Cheese Appetizer with Fried Green Tomatoes
Beet Salad with pecans and herb goat cheese
Beet Salad with pecans and herb goat cheese

Friday was also my good friend Michelle’s birthday! So Friday night, she hosted a fun painting party at Dunwoody’s Canvas By U. It was my first BYOB painting thingy and it was surprisingly super fun and a bit stressful. I would get so mad each time I made a mistake or painted over the line! However, it was my friends birthday and there was plenty of wine so it made for a hilarious night!

Canvas by U

A Happy Birthday Girl!
A Happy Birthday Girl!
The Birthday Girl was focused!
The Birthday Girl was focused!
A few of the ladies get their pose on!
A few of the ladies get their pose on!
We had a blast!
We had a blast!

On Saturday, I joined my frugal fashionista friend, Brittney Greene for a fun afternoon of grocery shopping from local farmers at the Piedmont Park, Green Market. It was my first visit to the lengthy Green Market that had everything from food trucks to a large variety of vendors. We were preparing for a detox that started on Sunday and had a solid plan of action of the ingredients we needed. I scored kale, rainbow chard, heirloom tomatoes, cabbage, and squash for under $15 before heading to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market! There are a few gems at this market that include the a special blend of  premium teas from Just Add Honey and an delicious mix of iced coffee from local business, Blue Donkey Coffee.

When shopping at a local market here are a few helpful tips:

1. Walk to each vendor before purchasing anything and size up the condition of the produce!

2. Negotiate! If you purchase more than two produce items from the same vendor, ask for a discount to save a few dollars. It works 90% of the time!

3. Bring cash! There are a few vendors that accept cards but it is a rarity.

Arrive with a list of what you need so that you won’t spend more then your budget. Let me know of some special finds at your local market in the comments section. Try to include a link to the website, so someone else can check it out! Have a fabulous week!

Brittney Greene by the Green sign!
Brittney Greene by the Green sign!

Cheers to Summer!!

~T~

 

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