Best Things We Ate, August 2016
Welcome back to the “Best Things We Ate” series!
Oh man, you guys. August was a DELICIOUS month! Partly because I was traveling for most of it, and a lot because, with the move, we’ve had an embarrassing amount of takeout and restaurant meals over the past two weeks. I’m honestly ready for a Whole7 (a week of eating Whole30) to reset, though I’m too excited to be down in Inman Park where amazing restaurants abound right outside my front door to go on a cleanse right now. Maybe in October (why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?!).
Related: 15 Things I Learned from Whole30
I know here on R+R we’re all about clean eating with a dose of moderation, but August is proof that I’m a human being, not some anti-inflammatory robot, and I don’t always eat a perfect diet. Sometimes I fall off the wagon, too. Life gets in the way, you get busy, you’re on vacation and honestly, that’s okay. So long as you get back on track. In all seriousness, I do plan to get back to my squeaky clean eating plan this month, but I honestly wouldn’t change the meals and experiences I had in August either. Food brings me so much joy and sometimes you just have to embrace the joy and live your life. So, without further ado,
Here are the best things we ate in August:
Have y’all heard about Staplehouse? It’s the Atlanta restaurant that Bon Appetit just named the best new restaurant of the year. And I couldn’t agree more. It’s hard to tell you something that hasn’t already been said about this tragic-to-triumph story, so I recommend watching this video (I dare you not to ugly cry while you do) and then promptly booking a reservation at Staplehouse. If you don’t do anything else I tell you, get the chicken liver tart–it’s easily one of the best bites in the country right now.
In mid-August, one of my close friends had her bachelorette party in Charleston and I couldn’t have been more excited. Of course to celebrate her upcoming wedding, but also to eat in one of my all-time favorite food towns. Our first stop was breakfast at The Westendorff, a hip diner-style cafe serving up some delicious chicken migas/heuvos rancheros/chilaquiles (I honestly can’t remember which exact Mexican egg specialty this dish was). Whatever it was, I wish I could eat this for breakfast every day.
Okay technically, this is should be filed under best things we drank (that would be a long list!), but regardless, the Frose (yes, that’s frozen Rose) at The Luminary in Atlanta is my hot summer kryptonite. OMG, this tastes exactly like those frozen lemonade treats you’d get at a baseball game as a kid, only it’s topped with rose and is easily one of the most refreshing cocktails there is. Be forewarned, these go down wayyyyy too smooth, so pace yourself. But definitely plan on drinking two.
It’s hard for me not to go to Xiao Bao Biscuit, The Ordinary and Husk when I’m in Charleston. But fortunately, this pink snapper special at Magnolia’s more than consoled me during our most recent visit. Perfectly cooked, and served over the most luscious blue crab rice with crispy spinach, I was in seafood heaven, as one always is when visiting C-town.
More incredible seafood filled up my August days, this time at a special dinner hosted by Rappahannock Oyster Company at Restaurant Eugene. It is my #1 goal in life to learn how to cook fish as perfectly as this salmon was cooked. Totally buttery and medium-rare in the center with crispy skin that tastes better than the best potato chip. Served over crunchy summer vegetables, this was one dinner I could eat again and again and again.
I am so excited to be down in Inman Park, but if there’s one thing I’m going to miss about living in Brookhaven it’s the Vietnamese food on Buford Highway. Nam Phuong is hands-down the best in Atlanta, and I was so thrilled when I discovered they serve traditional Hanoi bun cha recently (for the uninitiated, be sure to check out my guide to Hanoi Eats here). The pork was so tender and sweet, the perfect complement to the fresh vegetables and bright herbs, tangy fish sauce and comforting noodles. To see more of my favorites at Nam Phuong, check out this video I filmed for WHERE magazine.
And don’t forget about the amazing dishes we ate here on Root + Revel, like this Dairy-Free Tuna Salad Pesto. Start your morning right with this Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie or this Vanilla + Honey Overnight Oatmeal Chia Pudding. And finish the season out strong with my favorite summer dinner, White Wine Shrimp Pasta with Pesto.
What was the best thing you ate in August?
Share your favorite dishes in the comments below!
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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