Do you have a friend whose favorite place is the kitchen or the bar? Today’s gift guide is for the foodie in your life. I’ve hand selected items that they can use while in the kitchen or at the grocery store. Each item is under $100, so you won’t break the bank either.
Also don’t forget today is the last day to enter my latest giveaway!
Fourth of July is tomorrow any many of you are headed out of town on your first road trip of the summer. Road trips can be short or long distances but you always need an in car bag filled with snacks, music, and reading material (if you aren’t driving) to get through the trip. I’ve made some great suggestions below on how to pack your road trip essentials.
1. Pack Fresh Fruit- Packing fresh fruit is an easy snack to grab while you are driving. Fruit like bananas, apples, and oranges don’t need to be refrigerated, so they make the perfect car snacks for long trips.
2. Make a Playlist- Download your favorite tunes on a play list ahead of time to jam out to on your trip. Either burn it on a CD or add it to your Ipod. There are also some awesome already created play lists on Spotify.
3. Pack Magazines and Books- I also have a stack of books or magazine whenever I take a trip to keep me company while I’m not driving. Check out my summer reading list.
4. Pack Healthy Snacks- Ditch the trip to the convenience store for the bag of chips and soda. Instead bring bottles of water and snacks like KIND Bars for a more nutritious option.
In honor of your next summer road trip the nice team at KIND Snacks has decided to give away three gift packs (worth a value of $75 each) to three lucky Eat.Drink.Shop.Love readers. The winners will receive a variety of flavors to try like the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, and the Blueberry Vanilla & Cashew.
Kind bars recently released two new flavors Dark Chocolate Chili Almond and Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt. I love Kind bars because they are all-natural, gluten free, and delicious. They are perfect for a summer vacation, post workout snack, or your next afternoon treat.
To enter, leave a comment below telling me what’s your must have road-trip essential item and fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is open until July 8 at Midnight, and the winners will be contacted shortly after.
Yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather. So I decided to come home and make a pot of soup with everything I had in my fridge and pantry. There is something about a bowl of soup that always makes you feel better. This Kale, Farro, Lemon & Chicken makes for an excellent hearty dinner.
This Saturday world-renowned Chef Marcus Samuelsson and owner of Red Rooster in Harlem will be at Macy’s at Lenox Square in Atlanta to share his favorite appetizer and snack recipes for the Big Game on Sunday.
I’ll be attending and you are invited too!
Marcus is a part of Macy’s Culinary Council, he and other top chefs will be at Macy’s in Atlanta, Boston, and New Orleans this weekend sharing their favorite ways to entertain.
If you live in Atlanta check out the details below about this weekend’s event. For information on other events in a city near you visit Macys.com.
This weekend I had the chance to visit Atlanta’s newest craft restaurant Seven Lamps, located right across from Lenox Mall. Since its opening last month I’ve heard a lot of great things and I couldn’t wait to try it. Seven Lamps invited me and a friend to dinner this weekend to experience their menu.
The restaurant is just what Buckhead needed. The whole concept behind the restaurant is to share. The space is filled with family style tables and a list of great small plates and appetizers. The intimate environment is perfect for a girls night out or a double date. The menu focuses on sharing and the portion sizes for small plates aren’t shy. The chef hand makes the pastas, sandwiches, and uses all fresh ingredients.
We started off by sharing four of their small plates while enjoying a few drinks.
For small plates and appetizers, we shared the smoked ruby beets, the savory kale crepes, amazing buttered lobster buns, and a appetizer sized pasta. The crepes were my favorite dish of the evening, I could really have just ordered those along with a glass of wine.
During dinner the chef served everyone in the restaurant Hammock Hollow Lettuces, a plate filled with breakfast radish, pickled onions, chives, and a honey vinaigrette.
I wasn’t feeling well that night so instead of ordering a cocktail I opted to try one of their housemade sodas. I got the tropical winter: a fruity drink with juniper, kiwi, pineapple, and agave nectar. Which was very delicious! My friend ordered a red derby cocktail which is made with burboun, blood orange, savannah bee honey, and tarragon. In addition to their cocktail menu, they also have a wine list.
By the time it came to order and entree we were stuffed, but we decided to try their wood roasted pork chop with topped with brussel sprouts. I’m not usually a pork eater but this was one of the best pork chops I’ve had in a while. The chop is seared to perfection and topped with pancetta and a dried fruit jus.
I’m definitely making a trip back to Seven Lamps in the near future try a few items on their dessert and lunch menu. The restaurant has a dessert cocktail called the Crunch Punch, an infused whiskey drink made with the new peanut butter crunch cereal that I am dying to try.
The next time you are in Atlanta, make sure to stop by Seven Lamps to experience their menu. Check out photos from my evening below.
Looking for other things to do in Atlanta, check out the rest of my Around Atlanta series.