Okonomiyaki Is The Only Way To End A Booze-Fueled Night In Atlanta

Forget Waffle House, okonomiyaki is how you end a booze-fueled night in The A. 

I first came across OK YAKI via a Facebook event page announcing that the pop-up restaurant would be at Atlanta eatery/late night turn-up, Noni’s over the weekend. I was interested off the bat after reading a drool-worthy description for their okonomiyaki, which is a super savory, Japanese pancake made of water, eggs, cabbage, and meat (or tofu).

It’s grilled and then topped with all kind of goodies (Japanese BBQ sauce, mayo, etc). It is DEE-lish-usssss. The pancake has a subtle crunch to it, and is tasty enough to be a standalone item, but the variety of sauces and toppings really make for a memorable dish. The okonomiyaki is big enough to be enjoyed by two, non-starving people, but you also won’t have a problem devouring this bad boy solo.

Also, the ambiance at Noni’s late at night is pretty ideal for enjoying street food from far off lands. You can usually hear the trap tunes blaring from the inside and the outdoor bar is perfect for grabbing a drink either pre or post-okonomiyaki.

You can find OK YAKI and their epic okonomiyaki at Noni’s every Friday and Saturday, from 11 PM – 3 AM. 

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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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V-Day With Bae: An Atlanta Dinner Guide For All Budgets

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Cypress Street – Photo via Caren West PR

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Wine and dine your boo or they’ll shade you.

Every year, couples flock to restaurants across Atlanta, looking to impress their significant other on Valentine’s Day. This particular feat can definitely prove costly, but it certainly doesn’t have to. In addition to their daily specials, a number of restaurants in the city will offer various, wallet-friendly promos for V-Day. 

And if you’re looking to ball out on Valentine’s Day, I’ve also got you covered on that end. 

Dinner & Drinks For Two Under $40

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Lure – Photo via Phase:3

Tin Lizzy’s – Indulge in margaritas and tacos at Tin Lizzy’s this V-Day, which also serves as a #TacoTuesday and #TequilaTuesday hybrid. And if you’re looking to save even more dough on V-Day dinner, sign up for Tin Lizzy’s Cinco Club to save $5 on your next meal. 

Calle Latina – If sangria and tacos are more your speed, Calle Latina offers an amazing special on both items on Tuesdays. You can indulge in sangria for $3 a glass and tacos for only $2 a pop. 

Lure – Alright, enough talk about tacos. If you’re looking for something a little more high-end yet still within budget, Lure is offering a dozen oysters and two glasses of Cava wine for only $20 on Valentine’s Day. Can’t go wrong with bougie on a budget.

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Red White & Brew Returns To The Georgia Aquarium On July 2

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Red White & Brew at the Georgia Aquarium was one of a handful of food/drink events I doted on in my “5 Atlanta Food & Drink Festivals You’d Be A Fool To Miss” post a few week backs. Well, this year’s Red White & Brew will take place this weekend on Saturday, July 2, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a fun event to help in kicking off the holiday weekend.

Red White & Brew attendees will be treated to unlimited sips from the likes of Abita, Terrapin, Sweetwater, and more. Wolfgang Puck Catering will also be on hand with their glorious grub. (Fingers crossed for the return of last year’s tater tot bar) You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Georgia Aquarium, during the event.

Tickets for Red White & Brew, which benefits the aquarium’s Sponsored Education Admissions program, teacher development and H20 summer camps), are $65 for nonmembers and $50 for members. This is a pretty popular event, so I highly suggest that you get your tickets ASAP. Hope to see you guys there!

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Whiskies Of The World Brings Its Boozy Expo To Atlanta

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If whiskey was a person, it’d probably be a combination of Rihanna and Ryan Gosling. I can’t quite explain that analogy, but I can assure you that it’s pretty factual. Needless to say, whiskey, as smooth as it is, has arguably the biggest personality of all the spirits.

Last week, I had the opportunity to sample this spirited spirit, and quite a variety of it during the Whiskies of the World expo here in Atlanta. The expo makes stops in a handful of cities each year and brings with it a bevy of whiskies. We’re talking upwards of 200 expressions. It’s heaven for whiskey lovers.

I’m not gonna lie to you guys, there’s only so much whiskey I can drink straight up, so after sipping on Glenlivet, Russell’s Reserve, and other potent (though delicious) whiskies during Whiskies of the World, I soon opted for some lighter sips (Crown Royal Apple, a bevy of Bird Dog Whiskey flavors, etc). I was also really hoping to get my hands on a whiskey-based cream liqueur. You know, with it being egg nog season and all, but no such luck.

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Lushworthy In The City: Whiskies Of The World & Highland Restaurant Week

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Atlanta whisky lovers, rejoice! The Whiskies Of The World expo is bringing its annual whisky tasting event to Atlanta this week. During Whiskies Of the World, which will take place on October 23 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, whisky lovers will have the opportunity to sample “200 expressions of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadian and other whiskies from around the world.” You can also expect food and whisky pairings, whisky masterclasses, whisky and cigar pairings, and more.

Tickets to Whiskies Of The World are available for purchase for $120 (general admission) and $150 (VIP). You can purchase tickets here.

All that whisky drinking is bound to make one eager for a worthy meal. Thankfully, Whiskies Of The World just so happens to take place the same week as Highland Restaurant Week. Highland Restaurant Week began last Saturday, and will end on October 25. During Highland Restaurant Week, well over a dozen restaurants in the Poncey-Highland, Virginia Highland, and Morningside neighborhoods, will offer special prix fixe menus. The prix fixe menus range in price from $10 to $35, so even us budget-friendly folks can take part.

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