#43 and #63

February 20, 2010


Turns out that 23 of the items listed in Atlanta Magazine’s 67 Things Every Atlantan Must Do! are restaurants, and even more than that have to do with food.   

 #43 on the list is “Belly up the The Brick Store Pub’s Bar.”

On Mardi Gras, Anna, Kimberly (and TJ) and I bellyed up.  And, it was worth every minute bite of it!  The Brick is located in the very adorable downtown Decatur.  The styling has the feel of an authentic old English Pub.  Mind you, I have never been to an authentic old English Pub, but I am certain that when I do, it will be exactly like The Brick.

Just reading the beer descriptions and the dinner menu will bring a tear to your eye, and everything that we tried definitely lived up to the description.


 Fresh Creamy Pasta


Curry Rice


And, handmade pretzels.


We also completed #63 on the list, which happens to be a regular stop for me…

“Eat Global at Your Dekalb Farmers Market.”  The Dekalb Farmers Market is not your traditional local farmers’ market.  It is a ginormous indoor international grocery store.  In fact, it is more like the largest produce stand you have ever experienced attached to the largest butcher shop you have ever seen, attached to a fantabulous seafood market, attached to a gourmet cheese shop, attached to a fresh bakery.  Oh, and don’t forget about the florist, gourmet coffee shop, deli, and pastry bar!!!!!

#43 Belly Up To The Brick Store Pub’s Belgian Bar 

#63 Eat Global at Your Dekalb Farmers Market

In joy, troye



A couple of weeks ago, a friend mentioned a restaurant/ pub located in downtown Decatur.  When she described it to me, she told me that it was one of the 67 things to do in Atlanta according to Atlanta Magazine. I was intrigued.  Hmmmmm…67 things to do in the city that I only grew up a little more than an hour from.  What have I been missing out on here?????? 

So, I grabbed a copy of The Atlanta Magazine and decided I want to try to do the things on “the list.”  I don’t want to go all “Julie & Julia” here, but I do think that it would be fun to complete the list and write about it.  There are things on the list that I’ve done many times before like #34, “On July 4, run the Peachtree Road Race…” or #63 “Eat global at Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market.”  There are other activities that I have done, but without the twist that the magazine added, such as #1″Climb Stone Mountain in the dark.”  I have trekked to the top of Stone Mountain but never in the dark.  Or, take #57, “Taste the Beverly- and other exotic drinks at the World of Coca-Cola.”  I toured the Coke Museum located in Atlanta many times as a teenager, but they have since built a new facility, so I’ve never actually been to this particular World of Coke. 

There are plenty of things on the list that have been on my wishlist of things to do for a long time like #58, “Get your pour on at SweetWater,” a local brewery.  And, there are other things on the list that probably won’t happen for me, like #5 “Drink a PBR at the Clermont Lounge” or #40 “Dress Yourself (like a gentleman).”

As much as possible we will do these things as a family or at least The Man and I will try them out.  Again, in an effort not to get all Julie & Julia, I am not putting any time limit here either.  I thought we would shoot for the next year, but there are events listed in the article that have already occurred this calendar year.  So, stay tuned as I journey through this list.  It should be fun (for me at least), and I’ll try to keep you posted as to the things you should definitely try for yourself or the things that you should mark off of your list of things to do in Atlanta.

In joy, Troye

Homemade Cream Cheese

February 13, 2010

Making your own cream cheese is so easy, super scrumptious, and inexpensive. This is the softest creamiest cream cheese evah!!!
All you have to do is get a quart (or two- because believe me, you are going to love this stuff) of full fat plain yogart. Do not skimp and go for the low fat- and don’t even get me started on the low fat craze. In fact, The Man just told me that he needed to go back on a low fat diet so that he would gain some weight. Ha!!!! This time I am using greek yogart, but regular yogart makes creamy deliciousness as well.
Spread cheese cloth over a bowl, and dump the yogart on top. Allow the liquid to drain out, and voila… what you have left is cream cheese. For certain varieties of yogart, you may need to tie the cheese cloth to a wooden spoon and place it across the top of a deeper bowl to allow more liquid to drain. I have not had to do that yet, but may need to with the greek yogart.
The liquid that is left is whey. It will last in your fridge for 6 months and is perfect for soaking grains with excellent health benefits. Your cream cheese will last in the fridge for 2 months (if you don’t eat it in a week).
After you make your cream cheese, I highly recommend making some caramel popcorn and dipping it into the cheese. I think I’ll go have some now.
In joy, troye


February 2, 2010

D: Mommy, I’m connecked.

Me: You’re connected?

D: No, Mommy, look, I’m connecked. I don’t have any clothes on.

At lunch with my dad for his birthday…

D: Mommy, why do you keep calling Papa Daddy?

And, then later…

D: Mommy, how old is Papa?

Me: I think he’s 39. Why don’t you ask him?

My Dad: I’m 67.

D: Wow, that’s a lot of money!!!

Mindful Menu Monday

February 1, 2010

Here is our menu plan for the week:

Sunday- chili with bread

Monday- Girl’s Night, and I still have no idea (I am typing this at 10am on Monday morning). Great plan, huh?

Tuesday- Sweet Potato Quesadillas, recipe from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingslover

Wednesday- Ezekiel Stew- stew recipe using whole grains traditionally used to make EZ bread, with cornbread and salad

Thursday- Baked Chicken, Millet Casserole, and salad

Friday- Pizza and family movie night (sundried tomato, feta, spinach, mushroom pizza)

Saturday- open

Here is my chili recipe- with plenty of liberties. It is different every time I make it:

Brown 2 lbs ground beef with 3-5 cloves minced garlic in large stockpot. Sometimes I grate raw carrots and add at this point to pump up the nutrition. In small bowl, stir together 1 can tomato paste with 1 cup water. Once combined add to meat mixture along with 2 tbsp chili powder, 1-2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp oregano. Stir together. Roast a jalapeno pepper on your stove (if you have gas stove top) until black, then dice and add to meat mixture. Add 1 can diced tomatoes (I prefer Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes). Reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour or more. Add 1 diced onion about 45 min into this hour.
Add 1/4 cup masa corn flour to 1/2 cup water in bowl, and combine thoroughly. Then stir into meat. Add beans to your liking (I’ve used kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, or a combo of the three).
Heat an additional 15 minutes.
This is a very hearty chuncky chili. I also like a bite to my chili, so you can adjust the spices to your liking.

In joy, troye