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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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1180 Peachtree Street Suite B

Atlanta, GA 30308

404-443-8432

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams arrive in Atlanta

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Jeni’s Ice Cream from my home state of Ohio has arrived in Atlanta and began scooping to the public today. I’d actually already moved on from the Buckeye State by the time the empire began and first learned of Jeni’s right next door to the new Westside shop at Star Provisions.

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Jeni, pictured above, has seen her empire grow into multiple Ohio shops, and has recently set up shop in Chicago. Pints can be found from coast to coast however she’s still hands on in the operation.

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The scoopers are great with pairing suggestions, I tried the above combo, the limited edition Cloverton, made with cheese from a Southern Ohio farm with an Everything Bagel topping (“Gravel” in Jeni’s parlance) – trust me, it works

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Other favorites I enjoyed included Sweet Potato with torched marshmallows, sweet corn with raspberries, dark chocolate (!!), Riesling poached pear sorbet & brambleberry crisp. I did enjoy their salty caramel, but I’d have to say that nothing compares to Morelli’s in that regard. :)

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I’m looking forward to trying their other flavors, including their whiskey eggnog that comes online in November. The Everything Bagel gravel and sweet corn & raspberries flavor are only available in October – so if you want it, you’ll have to go now. The store is open from 11-11.

Three Taverns Craft Brewery

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Three Taverns Craft Brewery  opened their Decatur doors to the public this week, and if you’re reading this early on Saturday, tickets are still available for their grand opening weekend. After years of supporting Atlanta and Athens craft beer scene, it’s great to see that Decatur has their own homegrown beers. Nearby, Blue Tarp is also open for tours on Saturdays (they’re closed today, due to their attendance at the Great American Beer Fest in Denver). In nearby Avondale Estates, Wild Heaven has announced plans to begin construction.

 

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Three Taverns Craft Brewery - Decatur | Savory Exposure

 

I’ve tried their beers previously when they debuted around town at Brick Store Pub, Single Intent and A Night in Brussels, that are available at numerous bars and restaurants around town and in bottles for retail purchase. I’m definitely a dark beer fan, especially with the cooler weather we’re experiencing, so I was happy to see that they’ve got a Russian Imperial Stout on the bill. Nathan tells me that there are plans for it to be released in large format bottles, so definitely look out for that, or stop in at the brewery. It’s a beautiful space with tons of wood and brick – a definite man cave kind of vibe.

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THREE TAVERNS CRAFT BREWERY

121 New Street

Decatur, GA 30030

404-600-3355