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San Diego, California

 

 

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Twelve Months. 365 Days. One year. I honestly can’t believe that time has moved so quickly since I made the decision to try life out west.

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I’ve always loved visiting friends in San Francisco, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Sonoma/Napa and here in San Diego and thought it might be a nice home base for awhile.

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I’ve had an amazing time watching The food scene grow since launching the blog and it seems odd to pivot and concentrate on a different locale but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

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Hopefully you’ve been able to keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram and if not, please do! I’ve been having quite a bit fun with Pinterest as of late as well.

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It’s been fun exploring a new city and giving pointers to friends who have come out west for vacation. I still have plenty of stories to tell about Atlanta my adopted hometown. Stay tuned, we’re just getting started!

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2014 preview

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It’s that time again! The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns for its fourth year to the grounds in and around the Loews Hotel in Midtown Atlanta.

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Chefs from around the South will return for cooking demonstrations, create special dishes at dinners around the city and serve crowds at the popular tasting tents May 29th-June 1st.

 

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Modeled after popular events held for years in Miami and Aspen, the Atlanta event champions Southern chefs over television personalities common at other events. If you’re looking for Giada or Guy you’ll have to head to South Beach.

 

Many chefs featured as part of the festival’s advisory council over the years have become famous in their own right and have won James Beard awards and hosted television shows.

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Please check this link for photos from past years. Although I posted a few mobile photos on the blog last year, I have a number of shots from my “big boy” camera that I never had the chance to post, and you’ll find them on this page. I can’t wait for another round this year.

 

If your time is limited and can’t make it to the tasting tents or the seminars, be sure to check out the About South dinner if tickets are still available. It was without a doubt my favorite meal of 2013. Tickets for events range start at $55 and can be purchased at the AF&WF website. Cheers!

 

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Duck, Duck, Goose book by Hank Shaw

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I’d like to think that I’m a bit of an adventurous eater but I’m admittedly a bit safe when it comes to my cooking. I’m pretty comfortable with chicken, pork & beef at home but I love to order duck when I see it on a menu, whether it’s a fine dining menu or at a Chinese restaurant (Ming’s!).

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A few years ago in San Francisco, I struck up a conversation with one of the few male bloggers in attendance with me at BlogHer Food & his approach to cooking & sourcing food doesn’t involve picking out meat from styrofoam packs at the grocery store. His award winning blog Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook describes his hunting & foraging exploits across the country & internationally and he’s been featured on television with Andrew Zimmern.
His second book published by Ten Speed Press is in stores now and he’ll be hosting a dinner January 19th at Holeman & Finch with all the duck & goose that your heart desires, and he’ll be signing the book as well. I’ve got a copy and it’s beautiful. Tickets are available online, take a peek at the menu below.

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Upscale Magazine Features Savory Exposure

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A couple of months ago I was approached by Upscale Magazine to share some Atlanta food picks for their national publication geared to an African-American audience. Their categories were fun and I had a great time working with them. I’m joined by bloggers in selected cities nationwide and my portrait was snapped by my friend Chris Watkins.

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The feature hasn’t hit their website yet but I’ve included the page with my picks below. Check out the print issue for picks from Chicago, NYC and Southern California!

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Article 14, a handsome restaurant and bar at the bottom of the King and Spalding building opened a year ago and I’d been given a chance to check it out then. Y’all know that I like to keep it positive around here, and sadly there really wasn’t much that I’d be able to recommend. Drinks were mixed poorly and I should’ve known better than to order something with pimento cheese grits. Lesson learned. When my friend and barkeep Arianne Fielder moved over to the restaurant she urged me to try it out again.

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I’m happy to report that the situation is much approved, and with Arianne behind the bar, you know that you’ll get a great cocktail and plenty of choice whiskeys on the bar menu. They’ve got a number of bar snacks, including the okra chips with smoked tomato aioli (incredibly crunchy as they’re dehydrated) and the duck confit sliders with grilled figs and arugula are fun.

 

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My main order of business that day was to shoot some cocktails for Sartorial Exposure, the first of those cocktails, the Asheville Smash, is live on the site right now.

Oh, and the seared scallops with curry vinaigrette are mighty fine as well.

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