August 10, 2014

Random August Awesomeness

Some random pics and thoughts as I clean up pics off my phone and desperately search for something more interesting to write about. The last few pics from our second summer trip to Charleston include the shrimp roll with Geechie frites on our return trip to The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island. Really liking the new Obstinate Daughter.
Fish fry at Leon's Oyster Shop. Another welcome newcomer to upper King Street from Brooks Reitz and company.
And, back in the A: While visiting my buddy Eric at Le Caveau Wines in Chamblee I stopped in for lunch at Southbound, the new restaurant in the ongoing gentrification of the area of Chamblee along Old Peacthree Road. The grouper BLT above was solid, but perhaps unremarkable. A crispy kale and quinoa salad was the star (sorry, no picture). The space is beautiful, though, and judging from the booming Wednesday lunch crowd, Southbound is a welcome addition to the area.
Decatur: Chicken Cordon-Bly and the cheeseburger at Pinewood Tippling Room. The food at Pinewood has been really solid on my last two visits. Early on, I thought Pinewood had a lot of work to do in the kitchen, and it seems they have really made some improvements in that area.

Back at home, I was pleased with how this smoked beet salad looked and tasted. I played with a recipe from John Currence's recent book, Pig, Pickles & Whiskey. Smoked beets on the Big Green Egg were a revelation alone, and the addition of charred peanuts and buttermilk and goat cheese crema all worked well. Tasty summer salad right there.
Ribs on the BGE. Not much else to say about this.
Two wines from one of my favorite biodynamic, no sulfur-adding, geeky, purist producers, Thierry Puzelat, from the Loire Valley. Eric keeps a good bit of Puzelat in stock at Le Caveau. If you are looking for something different than supermarket swill that's been manipulated to taste like cherry coke, try this stuff. Like, when's the last time you drank Pineau d'Aunis? Unless you said you've never drank Pineau d'Aunis, you're probably lying. Until next time...

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