Revisiting last weekend's trip to Atlanta through pictures made me smile real big again. It was packed with places to see and goodies to eat. I was staying at a dear friend's house and we took time to cook traditional meals from her country and catch up with everything going on in our lives. I spent a good chunk of time with Tami, Chris and Broderick sampling some fine fares in the city. Last but not least, I almost blown up my insulin levels by following Shameeka on two Sugar Coma tours of some of the finest and hippest sweet joints in Atlanta.
I am in no way obligated to talk about the tours (I was invited to both morning and afternoon tours) and the trip but I must. I want to, if only to thank all these wonderful bakers and pastry chefs who have welcomed us and spoiled us so well during the day. They set aside precious time to talk about their journey, their careers, their craft and their products. Their generosity extended far beyond all the samples set out for us in their shops. Atlantans, I sincerely hope you will patronize many if not all of these sweet spots. You won't be disappointed.
Instead of a lenghty description of each eatery we hit, I'll just go through my food charged weekend through pics and brief captions. I'll try anyway...
That's my friend Tami. I think she is one of the most beautiful people I know. Inside and out. She is the one who instigated my coming to Atlanta and I can't thank her enough for the wonderful time I had.
Elderflower gimlet at Abattoir. I had two of them. I also started seeing two of everything slightly faster than anticipated.
Beside a little service miss (really slow service and fish entree not cooked through for Tami) the rabbit rillettes were excellent. Chris's duck meatballs were bathing in the most succulent broth I have had and I just wanted to go to bed with that goat cheese mousse and berry compote. Seriously.
So happy to see Broderick from Savory Exposure during this trip, here enjoying his pork tasting plate. Abattoir's chocolate pot de creme will make you fall off your chair. Tami almost did!
The first Sugar Coma tour started around 9 a.m with a breakfast stop at No Mas Cantina. A memorabilia, merchandise filled restaurant where we sampled savory and sweet breakfast items. Great food, great coffee. Lots of gluten free choices.
Next stop was Cacao. Wow. Just wow. Exquisite shop. Talented chocolatiers. These ladies don't just make chocolates. They source the best beans and bring chocolate to a new whole level of delectable.
Joli Kobe is probably the bakery that reminds me the most of home. The pastries and desserts are French influenced with a Japanese twist. Red bean filling, matcha buttercream, lovely macarons and other classics. The display of samples was enough to make my head spin. But there was lots more to do, see and eat...
The Cookie Studio was next on our tour. Such a great staff and I love that the bakery devotes time and resources to a great cause. If I were in the area, I'd probably stop there everyweek for giant cookies and friendly smiles.
Our last stop was Sweet N' Sinful (opening picture) and I have to say that the sugar was working deep in my vein and I was pretty much capping out on my intake for the morning. I did not sample anything there but from everyone's oohs and ahhs, I trust that all the cupcakes and sweet bites were delicious.
Salt was in sight. Lunch. I was so ready for it that I did not take any pictures but trust me, Black Tie Barbecue did it right. Wonderful smoked salmon and the best bok choy I have ever had. And then we were off for tour #2...
I loved listening to Patrick executive pastry chef of West Egg Cafe. We've had similar journeys to pastry and it is thrilling and invigorating to hear this much passion in someone. We stopped at their not yet open - still under construction location which holds lots of promises for people in the area. I loved that they do American classics like Red Velvet and Black Bottom Cupcakes and they do them to perfection. No fluff, just hands down good. That's how I like to roll too.
Can't tell what I loved more about our stop at Bakeshop. The unassuming name reavealing a downright hip joint? The tables set up with a communal feel? The variety of sweets to choose from? The breads and viennoiseries executed to perfection? I admit that last bit always makes me happy as a Frenchie, eheheh! To sum it up: just go. No matter what you get, you won't be disappointed.
Do not let yourself be intimidated by the ultra sleek and modern look of Noon Midtown. Everything inside screams "welcome and eat me" from the donuts provided by Sublime to the little morsel of chocolate cakes and millionaire bars. It all goes down real easy with a hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows or a liquor spiked coffee like I had. I swear I did not know! No wonder it went down so easily...
Our last stop was Little Cake Bakery and I have to say that at this point I was all sugared out. I actually had a little moment in the car (and what a ride we had) when I looked at my phone and the thought of adding one more twitter update kinda sorta made me wish for fresh air instead. As Tami brilliantly said it: "A pickle on a crouton sounds awesome right now". Even more brilliant were the owners of the bakery for giving us a sample box to take home and eat at leisure instead. Loved that.
Thank goodness for Bocado and a lovely meal of savoury items such as roasted brussel sprouts with capers and parmesan, gnocchi with sausage and kale and yet we could not resist their lovely persimon cake for dessert.
Thank you Shameeka for inviting me to be part of this wonderful enterprise. The Broke Socialite does it right. Be proud. Atlanta is lucky to have you.
Full Discloure: I was gifted tickets to both Sugar Coma tours and all meals that were not included in the Sugar Coma tours were at my own expense.