Atlanta’s Best Bets For Cinco de Mayo (Or #TacoTuesday & #TequilaTuesday)

In preparation for Cinco de Mayo, myself and two other bloggers (Kiwi and Talaia) took part in our first ever #TacoTourATL. Over a span of two days, we sampled tacos and cocktails from five Atlanta eateries, and it was just as delicious as it sounds. To give you an idea of where you can spend Cinco de Mayo, or even #TacoTuesday or #TequilaTuesday, I’ve created a superlative-style list featuring the five restaurants we visited on our #TacoTourATL. 

Best Taco: Mezcalito’s Cantina 

For me, simplicity is key when it comes to a great taco. That and a worthy amount of toppings. Trust me, no one likes a dry taco. With that being said, my choice for Best Taco goes to Mezcalito’s Cantina, and their shrimp taco. I loved that Mezcalito’s didn’t skimp on shrimp. Each shrimp taco came with about five large, fried shrimp and a generous helping of jalapeno mayo and cabbage.  It was delish. You can also affordably make it a meal by adding rice and beans to any order of two tacos for a total of $10. As far as drinks, Talaia and Kiwi were in absolute looove with their Basil Margarita. I opted for the pomegranate-heavy Pom Rita, which I enjoyed. 

Also, I should add that the plantains and cheese dip with chipotle from Mezcalito’s are worthy of at least an honorable mention. 

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Captain Morgan Creates A Boozy Take On The Unicorn Frappuccino With Their Loco Unicorn

Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of or seen a million Instagram photos of Starbucks’ new Unicorn Frappuccino. Given the swift popularity of this latest drank from Starbucks, it was only a matter of time before a boozy version of the Unicorn Frappuccino surfaced. And it looks like Captain Morgan is one of the first to throw their hat in the ring. Their boozy, pastel-hued concoction is called the Loco Unicorn. And based on the list of ingredients, it actually sounds pretty darn good. The Loco Unicorn is a Lushworthy combination of Captain Morgan LocoNut, coconut water, grenadine, and genuine curacao liqueur. 

You can find the full recipe to Captain Morgan’s Loco Unicorn, below. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS 

6 oz. Coconut Water
2 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
0.25 oz. Grenadine
0.25 oz. Genuine Curacao Liqueur

DIRECTIONS

Wet the rim of a 13 oz. highball glass with water and dip the glass in edible glitter to form a rim. Fill the glass with ice, and then add the coconut water and Captain Morgan LocoNut. Stir with a straw or spoon. Drizzle the Grenadine over the cocktail first so it sits at the bottom, and then drizzle the Curacao second, so it sits on the top.

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Learn How To Make Smoked Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream Courtesy Of #HomeIsTheKey

I recently had the opportunity to flex my very limited cooking skills at Sur La Table as part of an “Advanced Skills for Adventurous Cooks” class held by Habitat For Humanity’s Home Is The Key program. The menu for the class boasted a handful of intricate eats, including salt block scallops with classic beurre blanc and a beluga lentil sandal with preserved lemon vinaigrette.

Given that I’m in the business of all things Lushworthy, one of my favorites from the evening was the smoked bourbon vanilla ice cream. It was so rich and surprisingly easy to make. In case you’re interested in making your own batch of smoked bourbon vanilla ice cream, which I highly suggest, I’ve listed the full recipe below.

Also, be sure to share the #HomeIsTheKey hashtag on social media. Every time the hashtag is used (up until April 30), Nissan will donate $1 to Habitat For Humanity’s Home Is The Key program. You can also make your own donation, and learn more about Home Is The Key by visiting Habitat.org

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream, Divided
Wood Chips For Smoking
1 Cup Whole Milk
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
6 Large Egg Yolks
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
2 Tablespoons Bourbon

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Booze, Bacon & Dr. Boobies Flourish At BaconFest ATL

It’s no secret that Atlanta hosts countless food and drink festivals each year. Despite the plethora of fests, this year was my first time attending BaconFest, which was more like a bacon and beer fest. When there’s alcohol and bacon involved, there’s bound to be fun, but I was actually a little taken aback by how much fun I did have at this bacon extravaganza. 

There was beer pong, pin the tail on the pig , cooking with candy, and even Dr. Boobies. Beer pong was fun until I failed miserably. Pin the tail on the pig made me realize that the older you get, the less capable you are of handling dizziness. Cooking with candy was absolutely hilarious, and I left with a handbag half-filled with candy. And Dr. Boobies was incorrect with his guess. Nice try though.

In addition to generous servings of freshly-cooked bacon, BaconFest attendees also enjoyed unlimited sips of Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, Otra Vez, Summerfest, and Miller Lite. There was tons of bacon on deck, but I wished there were more bacon-y options to choose from. The main, two options for attendees was bacon straight up or a BLT. There was a handful of vendors on hand selling various bacon dishes though. I tried some amazing sriracha-flavored bacon jerky from Jack’s. 

Overall, a great time was had and I ate way more bacon (and candy) than I probably should have. 

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These Ciroc Summer Colada Recipes Will Ensure That Your Spring/Summer Is LIT

On April 1, the new Ciroc Summer Colada is set to hit shelves nationwide. With Ciroc Coconut and Ciroc Pineapple both serving as major hits for the vodka brand, Summer Colada is sure to be as lit, turnt, [insert flame emoji here] as a spirit can get. Although the latest boozy addition has yet to be released, I went ahead and put on my Lushworthy thinking cap to craft the following drink recipes. Check ’em out!

Lime Love

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Ciroc Summer Colada
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
Splash Of Lemon-Lime Soda (Optional)
Splash Of Fresh Lime Juice

DIRECTIONS

Combine Ciroc Summer Colada and pineapple juice in a glass with ice. Stir and top off with lemon-lime soda and lime juice. Garnish with lime wheel.

Epic Summer Punch

INGREDIENTS

1 part Ciroc Summer Colada
1 part Ciroc Mango
3 parts Pineapple Juice
3 parts Mango Juice
Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wheels

DIRECTIONS

Build ingredients in a large pitcher. Squeeze the juice of about one and a half limes. Stir and add lime wheels to pitcher. 

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4 Reasons Why The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Is Perfect For A Lushworthy Getaway

If you live in the Southeast, a trip to Nashville, Tennessee is perfect for a weekend getaway. Live music is seemingly infinite and the food is slap-ya-mama good. I recently had the opportunity to visit Nashville for a quick one-nighter to explore the city for the first time, and to also check out the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Although my time spent at the Loews didn’t surpass 24-hours, it was pretty clear how Lushworthy of a hotel it is. And here’s why…

Killer Craft Cocktails – Looking for carefully-crafted cocktails in a subtly chic setting? Mason Bar should be right up your alley. Located inside the Loews Vanderbilt, Mason Bar serves craft cocktails and sophisticated bar bites until about midnight. As a self-proclaimed Old Fashioned connoisseur, the “Mason Old Fashioned,” with its combination of bourbon, peach syrup, and bitter was perfection.

On the food end, I highly recommend the Fried Green Tomato Tacos. I usually despise tomatoes, but I do enjoy a good, fried green tomato. Yes, I understand how crazy that sounds. The tacos boasted an unexpected, but pleasant combination of ingredients, including fried green tomatos, shaved apples, goat cheese, candied pecans, and a secret sauce. Somewhat of a splurge at $9 for two tacos, but worth it.

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