The Best Things We Ate, March 2016
Okay, we may already be in the second week of April, but I haven’t forgotten about our “Best Things We Ate” series from March. It’s just that there’s been A LOT of exciting developments happening around these parts (stay tuned for some awesome announcements!) and I’ve been away from posting a smidge longer than planned. Rest assured, we’re back to regularly scheduled programming and the wait will be well worth it!
So without wasting any more time, let’s get into it!
THE BEST THINGS WE ATE IN MARCH 2016:
Lobster Tacos at Nobu (Palm Springs)
March started out with a bang with our annual trip to Palm Springs for the Indian Wells tennis tournament. This year, the tournament was crazy packed so we found ourselves watching tennis mostly from the champagne tent and Nobu ((no complaints here!)). We may have even dined across the sushi bar from Rafa post-match, as if Nobu could get better. Though the sushi here is spectacular–I’m amazed at the quality they can turn out for crowds of this size and in a pop-up space (it has drastically improved every year since they opened)–the lobster tacos stole the show this year. They were decadent and yet refreshing, tender and yet cripsy. Expensive and yet worth every penny.
Quick Roasted Cauliflower Chimichurri
Clearly I was obsessed with chimichurri last month. I made chimichurri sauce from scratch here, slathered it over shrimp here and, perhaps my favorite use of the addictive sauce, bathed crispy, roasted cauliflower with it here. I just love making batches of delicious green sauces (keep an eye out for salsa verde and pesto coming soon!) to keep in my fridge for quick dinners at a moments notice.
Warm Feta with Strawberries at Venkman’s (Atlanta)
I’ve found my new favorite restaurant in Atlanta, and it’s not what you’d think. Live music venues aren’t normally known for their food, but Venkman’s goes far beyond simply elevating traditional bar fare. Chef Nick Melvin’s food is so good, I’d eat here no matter if there was a show or not. His surprising combinations, which often have an Asian lilt, were simply spectacular and the vibe at this Old Fourth Ward hotspot is right up my alley: eccentric and offbeat, yet refined and thoughtful with great tunes, delicious cocktails and stellar food to boot. I dig it. Go for the warm feta with strawberries and beets, spread atop the most perfectly buttered toasts–a fantastical creation that lingers long after the last bite.
Smoked Salmon Latkes at The General Muir (Atlanta)
I think I may be physically incapable of hearing the word “brunch” and not thinking The General Muir. The Southern-meets-Jewish delicatessen is my go-to Sunday spot, and I can always find something delicious to eat, whether I’m in treat-yo-self-mode indulging in my 20 percent plan (go for the pastry basket or pastrami and egg sandwich!), or sticking to my 80 percent anti-inflammatory diet. Pictured above: a healthy breakfast of perfectly crispy potato latkes with buttery smoked salmon, peppery arugula and crisp green apple.
Blueberry Acai Smoothie
It’s no secret that I’m addicted to green smoothies and am always trying out new recipes. But this blueberry acai version has been on heavy rotation the past few months as it’s super simple to make, plus it gets an awesome boost from collagen protein, which is incredible for healing your gut and promoting healthy skin.
Kaiseki Tasting Menu at Nakato (Atlanta)
You know those meals when you go in with zero expectations? Or maybe you even expect it to be bad. And then it blows you away! That was Nakato for me. The Japanese restaurant has shared its street with strip clubs and gas stations on Cheshire Bridge for decades, and I thought of it as nothing more than a simple hibachi spot. Never have I been more glad to be so wrong. During my meal there, I had the joy of reliving one of my favorite meals of our honeymoon in Kyoto–an authentic kaiseki (hyper-seasonal, multi-course, chef’s choice tasting menu) dinner. Seated on tatami mats, barefoot and with sake in hand, we had a parade of seasonal Japanese dishes, from chawanmushi to monkfish liver, otoro tuna sashimi and sweet shrimp nigiri, hand delivered by kimono-clad servers. I was immediately transported back to our ryokan in Kyoto. Pictured is their nine-point appetizer.
What was the best thing you ate in March?
Please share your favorite meals and dishes in the comments below!
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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