Highbrow Yum

Fontaine’s: 1026 1/2 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

I love Fontaine’s!  Every time I’ve gone, I’ve gotten consistently great service, and trust me I can really, really, really appreciate that! I’m not sure if you know this, but Fontaine’s has weekday happy hour specials– so being in law school, I have the perk of checking them out. Last year I enjoyed an awesome seafood spread of crab legs, shrimp, & oysters!  I loved it!

This year I headed back with some girlfriends. We had an awesome time: talking and munching away. Our server was great (I wish I could give her a shoutout — but I don’t know her name- she was incredibly attentive, even though we just ordered waters and gorged on the happy hour deals).

Here is what we ordered:

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Crab Legs! 

ImageShrimp Boil! I love getting them & I love making them! They’re an incredibly easy appetizer to make for a dinner party/luncheon/girls night. All you need to do is boil a tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning (per pound of shrimp) , half of lemon and other seasonings you like with a pot full of water. After the water is done boiling add your skin on shrimp! Once the water re-boils remove the shrimp from the pot on to a platter and now you have boiled-peel and eat shrimp!

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Have you been to Fontaine’s? Do you love it? Tell me what you think people!

Le Petit Marche

Check out this menu: http://lepetitmarche.net/le-petit-marche-menu.pdf

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OMG. How yummy is that menu? Also, high five on it being incredibly affordable as well. I went there with a friend this Sunday, and one of my first thoughts as  I was searching for street parking was “Wow, Kirkwood is such a cute neighborhood.”

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After entering the Le Petit Marche, my next thought was — will they seat me? and the answer is “it depends” (lol – what a law school answer). It depends because if you see an open table it’s your job to grab it, but if you look confused they’ll help you out and tell you where to sit. My friend and I were seated at a square table for four, which meant that 2 random people would soon be joining us — and yup, that is exactly what happened. I wasn’t a fan of sitting with randoms, but, luckily, I was with good company, so I barely noticed them!

There were plenty of people eating alone (so don’t feel weird about coming here alone — they even have a desk  set up for someone who wants to eat alone, look outside and eat a scrumptious brunch).

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My friend enjoyed the Kirkwood. He throughly enjoyed his meal, but I feel like he wanted something more intricate, since his own, homemade, breakfasts often resemble the above!

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I got the French Toast sandwich! I LOVED IT, and seriously ate every last millimeter of it! It was AWESOME. Being Muslim, I really loved the fact that they had chicken sausage, and will sub out any bacon for chicken sausage!

What to wear: I went on Sunday, so I saw people dressed in their Sunday Best (post church crowd), I saw people in athletic gear, and jeans and t-shirts. Wear whatever you want, but please, leave your pj’s at home.

Have you been to Le Petit Marche? If so, what did you think?

Atkins Park: 794 N Highland Ave Atlanta, GA 30306

Have you been to Atkins Park? Because of law school I had only seen the crowded bar portion of the restaurant — when I think of crowded, rowdy, bar, I do not associate it with a great restaurant attached to the other side — and this is EXACTLY what Atkins Park is!

A friend of mine LOVES Atkins Park. After being a tad skeptical, I decided I would check it out. Thank GOD I went! I LOVED the menu  and the food. The service was great and the food was well prepared. I loved my dish. I’m not one to want sweet things, but the pairings of the apple with the North Georgia trout was beautiful and the taste was delicate and not over powering. They ran out of the pot roast the night I went, so my friend ordered the special for the night (I think:  brisket with Vidalia onion and local greens.  We also ordered an awesome pimento cheese appetizer with fried green tomatoes: which I LOVE!!!!!!!

Here are few pictures of our meal:

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Thankfully, celery is healthy and has only 6 calories per stalk….

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I have a quick fact to insert about Vidalia Onions (great dinner conversation piece): did you know that in order to be a “Vidalia Onion” it needs to be grown by or from Vidalia, Georgia. These onions are trademarked by the United States Patent and Trademark office, so you can’t legally grow a Vidalia onion, or sell it without it actually being from the following thirteen Georgia counties: Emanuel, Candler, Treutlen, Bulloch, Wheeler, Montgomery, Evans, Tattnall, Toombs, Telfair, Jeff Davis, Appling, and Bacon; or portions of the following seven counties: Jenkins, Screven, Laurens, Dodge, Pierce, Wayne, and Long.

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I definitely stole a few bites of that sweet Vidalia onion and mashed potatoes.

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Loved this! Burbon soaked applies with a North Georgia Trout!

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Who doesn’t love a side of mac n’ cheese?

Have a great Monday friends! Also, comment below if you have been to Atkins or are now planning to go!

Oh yeah, what should you wear to Atkins Park? Preppy, casual, bar chic, bar trendy. Do not wear clubbing clothes, or a short tight black dress — you’ll look awkward – or like you are trying too hard. Also don’t dress TOO casual. Example: if you decide to wear a t-shirt, khakis & rainbows — you will look like a fool.

101 Posts!

I did it! I made it to a 101 posts (almost as cool as “101 Dalmatians” — a movie that I almost FORGOT). When I started this blog  my goal was to develop a blog which addressed questions of dressing professionally in graduate school, for interviews, networking events & work. Unfortunately, and fortunately, my blog took a turn for food. I guess  your true passions end up shining bright. I still love make up  and clothing (all things material) but I also love cooking and my relationship  with food.

I am sure you can think of a great meal you had with friends, a boyfriend, your husband, your parents, sister, brother, and enemy. You associate food with certain memories. For example, I was just thinking of ramadan and how I made a very dear friend of mine a chili ragu from scratch and we both ate it when the sun came down or when my mother came into town and we had Cafe Bombay with a dear friend of mine. I remember feeling excited and all jittery — the food was great and so was the company!

My former boss from the summer would always take me out to eat at the best places around town, and it’s something I cherish and value. Over lunch he would express to me thoughts on personal matters & work. We had the BEST burger at Bocado. I have since gone back 4 times and have gotten it each and every time. He taught me certain values for when I become a practicing attorney — like tell your clients upfront what situation they’re in, settle the case if it’s a bad case & play fair and square. Although basic principles, these are issues that can be over looked when hiding “simple texts” in discovery or when more money could be made by NOT settling.

Okay here are some events that occurred between post 1 to post 100:

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We had okay appetizers provided at  Emory for the Great Gatsby Casino Night!  Also for being okay, I definitely had 10 sliders!!!!! LOL My law school best friend is to my right!

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Seafood Bonanza!  I wanted to make my friends a special surprise dinner. We enjoyed this so much that after I finished my 2nd year of law school we had “Seafood Bonanza Part II” and it was great!!

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My boss gave me this recipe (which I posted here) I LOVED IT! As soon as I got home from work I started cooking away and were literally done within 20-30 mins!

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Nuevo Laredo: my favorite Mexican restaurant in ATL. The wait is always an experience & the food is always worth it!

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This awesome, AWESOME, BARA CHIRASHI BOWL at RA Sushi (I’ll be updating this with a full post about my experience there). Spoiler Alert: I LOVED IT — definitely go there for lunch!

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One of my friends took me to this awesome Chinese place in Sandy Springs! I LOVED IT! The food was so fresh, the atmosphere was nice. It was a great day. We went for Chinese food, and then had to literally jet over to the mall so I could pick up this cardigan that was on sale at Express and then we picked up Cinnabon. Such a fun evening!

Have a great day friends. Thanks for following me, supporting me and for reading my random banter. I appreciate each and every single one of you!

-Maheen

Rosebud Burger (Short Rib and Brisket meat)!

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I went into work this past Wednesday and had a great time listening it to a great client meeting with my boss. The client has is a band (incredibly talented) and their father has quite the life story (so wants to figure out a book deal). After the client meeting, my boss suggested we go  and grab some lunch– he suggested Rosebud. If you can remember from a previous post, I had a great experience at RoseBud in October for my birthday! The food and service were great, and, once again, Rosebud did not fail to deliver.

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This time I wanted to get the LOBSTER QUICHE! Unforunately, they were sold out! Fortunately, I decided to try the Burger– and O.M.G. IT WAS SO GOOOOOD. I enjoyed half of it as Rosebud, along with a pasta salad. I enjoyed the 2nd half of it for lunch the following day (and it was still amazing)! The burger is juicy, and I devoured every drop of the bbq sauce and I love the caramelized onions and the slice of homemade cheddar (which reminded me of Brie)

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My Boss is on the Atkins diet and is trying to get healthy and lose weight for the upcoming holiday season. I admire his commitment to good health. He watches what he eats & runs, yet still gets to enjoy all of the great Atlanta food and drinks. He truly lives a balanced lifestyle.

He ordered a “Dude It’s a Salad”. He LOVED it!

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it comes with a Bison burger. Bison meat is leaner than beef and has a higher iron content than beef! It’s truly great meat for my health  conscious friends.

I hope you check out these two dishes at Rosebud. Tell me what you think!

Cafe Alsace

Have you been to Cafe Alsace? I recently went there and I ordered the lunch special, which was a crepe filled with lamb, feta and grains(?) with a side of a mushroom (cream based) soup. Yum.

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I enjoyed my meal (not the best meal — but still yummy) and I loved the soup  (I’m a sucker for soups).

Pros:

  • hole in the wall joint
  • intimate
  • perfect for lunch
  • owner had pretty blue eyes, was polite and nice (also has an accent- LOVE)

Cons:

  • one person working the room.
  • had to wait a considerable amount of time until my glass was refilled w/water
  • did not inquire about what I wanted to drink

What should you wear when dining for lunch:

  • don’t wear your gym clothes
  • don’t need to dress up
  • don’t wear stilettos
  • midtown attire would look odd here!
  • sun dress, business casual, or school clothes

Venue great for:

  • first casual date
  • cheese platter with girlfriends
  • latte’s with mom or dad

Restaurant Shout Out: Rosebud

Loved my experience at Rosebud. The waitress was incredibly kind, along with the supporting staff. I ordered the crab cake benedict soft poached eggs, remoulade & hollandaise and my friend ordered fried oysters & grits (w/o bacon & extra oysters for my Kosher/Halal friends), benne seed chicken gravy & poached egg.

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Both items were good. Not giving this place 5 stars, since I thought the potatoes were TOO salty (over seasoned) and the benne seed chicken gravy was a tad to tart and sweet. I’d give it 4.5 stars. I’m definitely going back — also definitely ordering a side of grits, since they were perfect!

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This place is trendy so dress up. Ladies feel free to wear a maxi when the weather is hot. Fellas please no graphic tees, or punk-ish street wear — I would stick to khakis and a polo or jeans and a plain v-neck — feel free to dress business casual!

Brunch: Poor Calvin’s

This Sunday I went to Poor Calvin’s located at 510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

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Poor Calvin’s is an American-Thai Fusion restaurant and on Saturday and Sunday they do a fusion brunch as well. Unfortunately, Poor Calvin’s website expired, so I can’t post a link to their website: but I can post some pictures of what what I ordered/devoured!  I was lucky enough to go with a good friend and we did relationship perks, which means we both ordered our favorite dish (in this case– the one item that looked the most appealing) and split them!  So naturally for brunch we ordered something sweet and savory (yummmmmm).

In this situation, my friend Mavara and I were on the same page for our two favorite items on the menu:

Sweet item: Thai Crepes: Strawberries, Nutella, Thai Roti, Green Tea ice cream, berry glaze and fresh cream!

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I hope you can check it out. It would make me incredibly sad if such a great venue closed down.

Chinese Food: Chong Qing Hot Pot (Atlanta)

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I was recently on Instagram when one of my friends posted an awesome picture of “hot pot.”  I soon googled it, and realized that I think I would LOVE it, so naturally I googled “Best hot pot in Atlanta” and this Yelp! review appeared: http://www.yelp.com/biz/chong-qing-hot-pot-atlanta.

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I soon messaged some friends in hopes of tasting this foreign delight, and not to my surprise they also were excited to check it out.

We headed over to the venue late Saturday evening around 8ish, and it was in a Chinese Strip Mall next to a ViP Chinese Buffet restaurant.

Chong Qing Hot Pot is located in a food court and only accepts CASH. There is an ATM machine there, but it’s one of those machines that charges you a service fee.

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(Lamb Spicy Hot Pot)

On to the food: I was lucky enough to try a sample of things since I ordered a variety of things with a few friends. We ordered a beef hot pot (not spicy)  and a lamb hot pot (spicy). Being the spice addict that I am I really enjoyed the spicy broth over the non-spicy broth. I tried dan dan noodles, orange chicken, & egg drop soup. All of it was good ….and all of it was, surprisingly, well priced (each item was under $10)!

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(Dan Dan noodles)

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(Chili Chicken –actually not sure what this is!)

I will definitely go back to this food court and I will definitely sample some of the other Chinese food vendors in the food court too — specifically the Chinese BBQ vendor!

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Have you been here? If so, what did you think?

Nuevo Laredo

If you’re ever craving Mexican and are IN or NEAR Atlanta, I suggest you listen to the hype and head on over to Nuevo Laredo. Nuevo Laredo has the BEST MEXICAN food in ATLANTA. I am serious.

The mounds of people waiting over forty mins for a fish tacos (my favorite), brisket tacos, enchiladas, tamales, etc., are not in line for the ambience or lackluster/understaffed service, but they’re solely in line for the authentic mexican food.

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The fish taco, which is my personal favorite,  is made with an overflowing amount of salmon in each taco, the plate is about $15 and comes with two fish tacos, rice and beans.

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Upon being seated, each table is greeted with some yummy bottomless salsa, my favorite hot sauce (Elyucateca), and fresh bottomless chips!

I hope you get a chance go to, definitely show up an hour before you actually want to eat, since the wait to be seated is always longer than expected — and please leave your young ones (6 and under at home).

Bye!