Monday, March 18, 2013

Weekend Shots

What a wonderful St. Patty's weekend! I celebrated with an early birthday party from my family since I  won't get to see them on my actual birthday. My Mammol had a super cute and festive St. Patty's set-up! She and my mom painstakingly made me some iced petit-four cake bites and they were delicious. We paired it with Graeters mint choco chip (OMG good) and some lime sherbert. Love spending time with my family!

Next I headed to a local Irish Festival to hang with one of my best buds, Jessica. It was bittersweet as we remembered and celebrated the life of her father, Dave. He truly loved St. Patty's Day and was absolutely there in spirit.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Atlanta Hyatt

Last week I visited the beautiful and historic Hyatt Atlanta (est. 1967). Jim Morrison called the elevators "Victorian rocket ships"-- an appropriate and creative description. A recent renovation created an ideal blend of vintage and modern design. Music-inspired photography and artwork decorate lobby walls and range from close-ups of guitar pics and record collections to abstract art inspired by the Allman Brothers. Hotel bar Twenty-Two Storys (the height of the hotel) features dark woods and a make-your-own burger menu (try the falafel). For breakfast at hotel restaurant Sway, I had a mushroom/goat cheese/spinach omelet, homemade tomatillo salsa, and an amazing cup of grits with cheese. This is a great Atlanta hotel!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Pizza + Beer = Awesome

Last weekend, Mom and I attended the premier pizza and beer pairing event hosted by Pure Pizza. I've raved about this awesome establishment before, but as a reminder, Pure Pizza is housed in the 7th Street Public Market, and makes pizzas with as much local and organic ingredients as possible. As an added plus, they use sprouted grains in the pizza crust, and even offer a gluten free option. Triple C Brewing Company provided the beer for this fabulous event, and I can't say enough good things about both businesses. 

Guests were allowed to choose their own seats; Pure Pizza staff set up some adorable tables with mason jars full of cucumber water and plenty of tasting glasses for the beer. They upcycled old tomato cans (large) and used them as pizza stands (creative!)

The beer was served generously throughout the event--pitcher style. We started light and worked our way up to the darks. My absolute favorite is Triple C's Smoked Amber. The menu went like this: (appetizer) thin and crispy garlic breadsticks with marinara and Golden Boy Ale, (salad) local arugula with parmesan and hot peppers, (pizza #1) chicken, hummus, roasted red peppers, onion, and tzaziki sauce and Light Rail Pale Ale -- Note: Pure Pizza was very hospitable and made me a vegetarian version of both pizzas, (pizza #2) steak, potatoes, rosemary, onion, and alfredo sauce with Smoked Amber -- Note: OMG this was good, (dessert) chocolate panna cotta with mint and raspberry and Up All Night Breakfast Porter. Needless to say, we left feeling completely stuffed! This event was so fun, and the company was even better. Peter Reinhart, chef, pizza connesiuer, and co-owner of Pure Pizza, made an appearance to introduce the food. Cheers!