White Oak Kitchen
270 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
|Pork stuffed plantains|
|Chicken empanadas--definitely a HIGHLIGHT of the tapas.|
|Photos courtesy of Google.com|
So what kind of fun did all of you get into this past weekend?
So what did you guys do over the weekend?
A great time was had by all.
Have a great weekend!
So how was everyone's Memorial Day weekend? Mine was great. Great meaning VERY chill. Went to one backyard barbecue and the rest of the time just hung out with my little family. I did try a new restaurant in my 'hood for the first time, and was pretty pleased. It's called Doc Chey's Noodle House (the Grant Park location). I guess it's like an "Asian fusion" kind of spot, i.e. you'll find some Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese offerings on the menu. I had a spicy basil noodle Thai dish with shrimp and the hubs had spice Szechuan chicken with brown rice (he's on a health kick. lol). Anyway, everything was muy delicioso and we'll definitely make this one of our regular spots. Plus, kids eat free on the weekends! Can't beat that! They have a lovely patio by the way.
|The shrimp were buried under the noodles.|
|Szechuan chicken & brown rice|
|That face says it all on how he feels about my camera in his face.|
|The baby is huge. lol|
Until next time...
This weekend was pretty low key for me. Sunday, me and the fam were out and about and had a really nice outdoor lunch at one of my fave "kinda' restaurants" called F2O (Fresh to Order). There are several of these around town. I say "kinda" because the food and interior is what I consider as full restaurant quality, but it's one of those places that you place your order at the counter, they give you a number, you go seat yourself, and they bring your food out to you, and that's it. Anyway, they have one of the best salmon paninis and their wild mushroom soup is to die for. Obviously that's my plate you see. And just a quick shot of my boys! Please disregard Cruz's milk mouth.
Lastly, I was wondering if any of you have tried Target's little "gourmet" frozen pizzas they sell by Archer Farms? Well, I tried the spinach & goat cheese as you can see. They are usually sold out in my local store, actually. I have a fetish for goat cheese which is why I went with this one, but they have other varieties. I have to say, this pizza was pretty darn good, especially for a $3.99 pizza. The only thing I would change are the "disks" of goat cheese--it makes it look factory made. lol They should try making it look more like dollops instead. I'll definitely keep one or two of these in the freezer for quick fixes in the future.
Well, hope you all had great weekends! What did you do?
So here are the basics. If you're a newb to Vietnamese cuisine, there are probably 3 things you will be told to try first:
1. Bubble tea - which is some kind of blended drink with tapioca balls sitting at the bottom. Those are the "bubbles". I got an avocado bubble smoothie, and it was delish. I don't like to eat/drink the balls though.
2. Spring rolls - I'm sure everyone has had a spring roll in their lifetime. These had shrimp in them and were fairly tasty. They are just very simple and mild in taste. The peanut dipping sauce was definitely the star of that show!
3. Pho - Last but not least, the popular dish "Pho". It is basically a noodle soup with various meats. I got the Pho Tai which contained flank steak and eye round. It was DELICIOUS! And you can't tell from the pic above, but that bowl was HUGE and I'd ordered a medium bowl.
Verdict is: We will definitely be back!!
So after that we hit up the park, but before we got there, we caught a glimpse of Baton Bob on the street! He is definitely one of Atlanta's sweethearts! A Baton Bob sighting is always a treat! As you can tell from his name, he is usually twirling a baton--but this time he had pom poms along with tartan wear. Maybe for St. Patty's day? He gets tons of honks & heckles from the cars driving past. No one is sure why he does what he does--but HE GETS THE PEOPLE GOING. lol
We eventually made it to the park and had a lovely time walking around and seeing SO many people out enjoying the weather. Spring is definitely here.
|I luv to see a man pushing a stroller, by the way.|
Oh and as for SUNDAY:
|Nerdy girl swag.|
Mojitos with the girls! [Don't think an explanation is needed for that.]
All in all, it was a great weekend! What did you all do?
|The birthday boy! He feels some kind of way about being splashed across my blog...but I do what I want.|
|I started out with this really cute (and sweet) pear cocktail. I forgot the name but it was made up of Pear Grey Goose vodka, Pear Schnapps, topped off with moscato.|
|Hubs had the "special" of the day a duck breast with brussel sprouts and potatoes. I forgot the name of the dish or specifically how it was prepared, but those are the components. It was SPECTACULAR.|
|Hubs wasn't that interested in the dessert offerings, so we decided to have more drinks for "dessert". Here, I'm drinking the peach sangria. Quite tasty, I must say.|
All in all, it was a nice time.
Me and the hubs had a quick little "date night" last night while my father-in-law visiting from the Bahamas is here. We only stepped out for a couple hours to share a chill moment with each other and to be able to have an uninterrupted conversation (which is scarce, thanks to a 2.5 yr old). We went to one of my favorite restaurant/lounges here in Atlanta called Apres Diem. They are (surprise surprise) owned by the same people that own Carpe Diem, the place I posted about previously. Whereas, Carpe is more of a real restaurant in the traditional sense--Apres has a more "lounge-y" feel, i.e. lights a little dimmer, DJ spinning, couches, candles, etc. Anyway, nothing spectacular--just a few quick snaps. I had a raspberry tart martini (or two), and we shared a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. It didn't disappoint!
|The pumpkin cheesecake.|
|The martini and the wash-n-go hair. ;)|
Oh yea, so this is Halloween weekend! So what are you all going to dress up as? Are you dressing up? My friends and I are all set to go, and I plan on having a good time at a Halloween party tonight. As you can tell from a previous Halloween post, we like to dress up and partayyy. Hopefully, I'm not having too much fun that I forget to take pics. Stay tuned!
|Starting things off right--bread, jalapeno calamari and an awesome craft beer. We're beer snobs, BTW.|
|Lamb shank for the man, steak frites for the lady--and "B-52" cheesecake to share.|
|No explanation needed.|
|C'est moi! Yes, I cut the bangs again.|
|My handsome man.|
Oh yea, the food was pretty good too. ;^) If you're in ATL--check it out.
|Nice couches--see the iPad?|
|iPad bathroom "mirror"--let me demonstrate. haha|
|Another interior shot|
For more info (menu, address, etc.) Go here: http://www.doattheview.com/