Cousins Maine Lobster Atlanta.

When we went to Atlanta Street Fest, the food truck festival, a few weeks ago the winner of the entire event was Cousins Maine Lobster. The festival had more attendees than they expected which made lines extremely long and we weren't able to get to this truck during that day. Mike and I have never needed an excuse to go try good food so when we heard that they were announced winner we knew we needed to track them down and give it a try. Which we did, the very next day. Lucky for us they park it right in Roswell (which isn't too far from us) every week and there's never a long line. We love it so much we've been back for more! I've never had lobster rolls before this and I never too much cared for lobster but these lobster rolls have made a believer out of me. Also, not pictured, the lobster tots are pretty bangin! 

Atlanta Street Food Festival 2015.

Summers in Atlanta are filled with so much to do and admittedly, we don't take advantage of it enough. However, when I noticed that tickets for the Atlanta Street Food Festival were up on Groupon I sent out an invite in my 'Sisters' group chat and we all decided we were in. Along with our men we headed into the city for all the food truck delicacies we would handle. Or so we thought. While the food we had was amazing, lines were absolutely bananas! I'm talking waiting in line for forty minutes to two hours long! I just don't think they were ready for the turn out but in addition to what we were able to eat it made for some great people watching! 

Some of the trucks we tried were Yumbi, Freckled and Blue, the Queen of Cream ice cream truck, and of course the King of Pops truck (they were the desert of our poptail hour at our wedding!). None of them disappointed! The winner of the Street Fest was actually Cousins Maine Lobster and although we wanted to try them the lines were daunting and it wasn't worth it at the time but Mike and I did track them down to try them the next day and I'll share that soon! Spoiler alert: it was AMAZING!

^ Sweet Water Blue. The perfect way to set the tone for the day! ^

^ Sweet Water Blue. The perfect way to set the tone for the day! ^

^ Yumbi was actually the first food truck I had years ago! ^

^ Yumbi was actually the first food truck I had years ago! ^

^ We discovered the shoes made the perfect drink holders! Sadly, I can not take credit for this discovery, but it's genius! ^

^ We discovered the shoes made the perfect drink holders! Sadly, I can not take credit for this discovery, but it's genius! ^

Needless to say I'm already trying to find out what we're going to do next! Any local festival you're attending in your city this summer?

Summer Cocktail Series: Electric Relaxation.

These posts are quickly becoming my favorite for obvious reasons. Dreaming up drinks and then taste testing said drinks can make even the most average day quite marvelous! Mike and I are on a beach right now celebrating our first wedding anniversary but got those of you in the states this is the perfect drink to kick the celebration off right for the 4th. 

This weeks drink we named Electric Relaxation. It packs a punch but is still very smooth. It's teal color makes it that much more fun to drink and a pineapple on the rim with a colorful straw is the perfect way to present it to your guests this summer! These would be great at a barbecue served as desert or at a girls night before heading out for dancing. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 6 oz vodka of choice
  • 8 oz blue curacao
  • 4 oz coconut rum of choice
  • 6 oz of pineapple juice
  • 8 oz sprite

This one is even easier than last week. Put all contents into a blender and go! For another variation you could freeze the fresh fruit in advance and then add ice to make it more of a frozen drink! Enjoy!

Summer Cocktail Series: Gypsy Juice.

Summer is officially here and while it's a season known for swimming and backyard barbecues I also like to think one of the perks is the socially acceptable day drinking! The days are almost always sunny and there are few things more relaxing than an ice cold beverage. One of my favorite things to do is come up with different cocktails for Mike and I to enjoy and every now and then I make something really good! So, I decided that when I do, I'll share!

First runner up is a drink we've coined Gypsy Juice. Every college frat house has it's version of Jungle Juice. An elixir of sorts that combines all different kinds of alcohol and fruits in some type of large bin. You soak the fruit for hours and then enjoy! Gypsy Juice is Jungle Juice's mature aunt that went to prep school and was an equestrian but snuck away to a beach bonfire once or twice and had the time of her life. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bottle of blood orange Italian soda (we got ours from Whole Foods)
  • 1 carton of strawberries 
    • Muddle (or squish) 4-6 strawberries then added
    • Slice then add the remaining strawberries
  • 2 grapefruits juiced
  • 1 pineapple diced
    • 1 1/2 cups muddled then added
    • Add the remaining pineapples diced
  • 2-3 cups of lemonade (we prefer the Costco kind, so tart and perfect!)
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum (to taste, we just dumped a lot in the pitcher)
  • Vodka of choice (to taste, we just dumped a lot in the pitcher)

It's too simple for words to make. Add all of the above ingredients into a pitcher and let it sit for a few hours and/or overnight if you have the patience! If you make it, let me know how you liked it! And of course, drink responsibly!

Sur La Table Date Night.

One of my favorite things to do with Mike is cook. It's always a nice little reminder of how well we work together but with an added bonus, delicious food! After our first experience with Sur La Table's Date Night courses we knew that this would be one of our favorite get together and unwind things to do. The teachers are amazing and the recipe's are easily duplicated at home. Which is key because how much would it stink to fall in love with a dish (which you will) and feel defeated because you can't recreate it yourself? We made this salmon dish a few days later and I have made the crostada a few times for Mike. Yes, I am now classifying myself as a professional pastry chef. I think that's allowed after two successful desserts.

And as testament to my new found culinary skills, behold... the crostada! Sur La Table even gave me my props on Instagram so you know it's real.

Spodee Floats.

Spodee Wine has has solidified it's spot as a favorite in this house. It's wine with a kick and what we call in the south, hooch! You may remember that Mike and I made Spodee (Red) chocolate cupcakes a few months ago. They were delicious and probably one of the things I've made Mike that he's undeniably loved. Spodee released a White version of their tasty drink and sent us over a bottle to try! Now that we are officially into fall I figured summer needed one last send off so we made Spodee floats!

We mixed 1 part Spodee White with 2 parts cream soda and then topped with ice cream! For fall, I think we will try Spodee Red floats substituting cream soda for coke. Seriously, so good. And who can say no to floats?! We surely can't.

*This is a sponsored post by Spodee Wine but the opinions are all my own.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams ATL.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is quite possibly the most talked about dessert spot in Atlanta right now. I know I can not scroll down my Instagram timeline with out seeing raves about the creamy concoctions they are whipping up. And by concoctions I mean sweet treats like ice cream sandwiches and ice cream flavors that make your taste buds holler! Mike and I couldn't keep hearing about this place and not try it out. Coincidentally, I had an engagement shoot in Westside Provisions District so we took that chance to dig in!

There was a bit of a line but boy it was delicious! Every flavor was incredibly decadent. I had the roasted strawberry buttermilk and sweet cream biscuit with peach jam. I had never in my life had any dessert that tasted like the warm buttery biscuits your grandma makes. Seriously, way too good. Mike enjoyed the goat cheese with cherries and dark chocolate. Both were very good (duh! I had to try too) and the dark chocolate tasted less like ice cream and more like fudge. I seriously recommend finding the closest Jeni's and giving it a try!