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.
If you’ve found yourself in a last-minute bind when it comes to a gift for dad this Father’s Day, let the gift of booze be your saving grace. Last week, I took part in a live Tips And Sips video workshop with Maker’s Markin honor of Father’s Day. My favorite part of the workshop was when Pamela Wiznitzer (National President of the United States Bartender’s Guild) showed us how to make two, different Old Fashioneds. I personally love Old Fashioneds, so it was pretty cool learning how to make one from an expert.
And since dads love simplicity, I am hereby declaring the Old Fashioned the official (but mostly unofficial) cocktail of choice for Father’s Day. So, grab yourself a bottle of Maker’s Mark for dad, and check out this Old Fashioned recipe from Pam Wiz.
Pam Wiznitzer’s Old Fashioned
2 parts Maker’s 46
3 dashes bitters of choice (i.e., Angostura or 18.21)
Simple syrup of choice (i.e., cinnamon or tea-infused)
Citrus of choice (orange, lemon or grapefruit)
In a rocks glass, muddle choice of syrup with choice of sliced citrus. Add ice, Maker’s 46 and bitters. Stir and enjoy.
I’m a thirty-something, so I definitely understand the allure of sipping Rose at a sparkly rooftop bar or visiting a chic eatery for a craft cocktail. But at the end of the day, I LOVE DIVE BARS! Why do I love dive bars? Well, there’s a number of tantalizing reasons. Let’s start off with the most frugal: drinks are cheap. There’s usually a solid Happy Hour, and on top of that drinks are usually cheap to begin with. Also, I love shenanigans, And drunken shenanigans have no limit at dive bars.
Sadly, my love for dive bars isn’t as popular among the 30+ crowd. But for those curious, I’ve created a mini guide to help you maneuver your way through just about any dive bar. So, let’s dive right in! (See what I did there?)
Have No Expectations
If you want to expect the best, that’s cool. I like your optimism. But be prepared for shoddy bartenders, “Real Housewives” level drama, and dogs just casually chilling at the bar. (See below for proof of the latter)
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.
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.
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!
6 oz. Coconut Water
2 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
0.25 oz. Grenadine
0.25 oz. Genuine Curacao Liqueur
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.
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.
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