Category Archives: Dreaming About

Holiday Gift Idea Confirmed by New York Magazine

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Last week I blogged about a wonderful Thanksgiving gift that my sister presented to me. This week, she sent me a New York Magazine article outlining just how great of a gift macarons can be. (you don’t have to convince me of that!)

Check out the article below, and if you want to give your friends and family something special, go with French pastries. You will be loved.

NY Mag Article link

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J’ Chanceux Macaron

Look at this beauty of a gift my sister got for me:

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She showed up at Thanksgiving dinner with a neat, little box of tasty macarons. For those of you who have not been introduced to the hamburger-shaped French pastries, they are “a traditional French pastry, made of egg whites, almond powder, icing sugar and sugar”. (wiki)

As told by Darby,” a new bakery opened with the cutest little lady owner – and she makes macarons’. That bakery is called J’ Chanceux Macaron and has only been opened for a few weeks.

info, held up by Darby

We did a taste testing in her apartment the next day. We got through them all, but since we were stuffed, never declared a winner. Looking back, the flavor that left a lasting impression on me was the coffee. It was sweet, but had a tinge of bitterness that added another dimension to the dessert.

Macarons are one of my all-time favorite treats – small enough to taste a few, crunchy with a melt-in-your-mouth outer layer, and a touch of cream.

If you live in New York City, go try out J’ Chanceux and give the little lady a chance.

Octopus News at La Pietra Cucina

Big changes for all octopus lovers over at La Pietra Cucina. The restaurant has recently received larger and more tender varieties of octopi. The new octopus product is directly represented in the lovely soup appetizer – Braised Octopus & Chick Pea Soup with escarole and olivastro. In the past, the soup had a nice amount of thinly sliced, shaved, and chopped octopus (see pic here). Now, the octopus shines through in large chunks that peek through the luscious, rich broth.

Take a look for yourself and then go test out the extra chunky soup at La Pietra Cucina (while it lasts).

I'm chunky and beautiful

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La Pietra Cucina
One Peachtree Pointe,
1545 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA
http://www.lapietracucina.com

Sushi House Hayakawa……Again?

It has become quite clear to me that my eating at, thinking about, photographing, and spending money at Sushi House Hayakawa has become a bit much. And, to add fuel to the fire, I’m heading back there tonight at a friends request (and because it is absolutely delicious, fresh, and reasonably priced). In order to refrain form repeating content on this infant of a blog, I will quickly highlight some of the new bites of Japanese food that have entered my belly.

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ikura, ikura, galora


Sushi rice topped with chopped seaweed and ikura (salmon eggs). Simple, but intensely flavored with the sweet (from a soy/wine marinade), briny egg goo. When this arrived, I asked for a plate upgrade and got a few plops of uni (sea urchin).
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oh how a lil uni can change a dish


It tastes as good as it looks – superb.

I’ve covered parts of my trio in the past (think Would You Eat This? and Dreaming About), so here is the big picture:

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salty ikura with creamy uni, sour umeboshi flavored jellyfish, spicy wasabi raw octopus


It’s my version of a well balanced combination platter.

Lauren ordered a couple of rolls and I helped eat them:

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spicy tuna


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I'm special tonight!


The special roll had shrimp tempura, crab, tobiko (flying fish roe), eel sauce, wasabi mayo – while the size of each roll made it difficult to tackle, the taste made up for it.

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blow torching


As always, the personable Chef Hayakawa, provided some entertainment with his blow torch act.

After tonight, I will most likely decrease my frequency of visits to Sushi House Hayakawa – if only to up the anticipation/appreciation ante.

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Sushi House Hayakawa
5979 Buford Hwy. Red & Green Steakhouse Shopping Center A-10
Atlanta, GA 30340
http://www.atlantasushibar.com/

Happy Birthday to mi madre

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she's at least 25 years old today!

As a true chocolate lover, here is the evolution of a molten chocolate cake dedicated to the mother hen.

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proper and neat


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broken open to reveal all it's glory


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time to dive in...

Love OctoSquid & Perez

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Birthday Smiles 🙂

Dreaming About: Shaved Ice

The craving has hit again!
Whether it’s the bean and tapioca variety:

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massive

the mixed fruit variety:

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more manageable

OR both (if you can’t decide and you want a little bit of both and you are not willing to sacrifice one for the other and you are counting on your dining companions to help out):

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get ready to climb Mount Everest

Cafe 101 does not allow customization in their shaved ice creations, but they make sure you leave full……of ice.

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Café 101
5412 Buford Hwy
Doraville, GA 30340
770-458-8883
http://www.cafe101atlanta.com/

Dreaming About…..Roasted Acorn Squash

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lunch of champions

Getting back into the swing of food after a few days of soup I crave soft, smooth, mushy textures. Dairy is off limits, so I can’t dig into a pint of ice cream. Plus, in times like these hot trumps cold. Enter the acorn squash. The sweet yellow/orange flesh covers all my post illness bases. Lunch is served. If you would like to partake in this oddball meal, visit Savor Gourmet.

Post-Script: Savor also serves a mean, meaty sandwich and an addicting, lime-y black bean salad. The potato salad could use help in the presentation department.
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Savor Gourmet
Peachtree Battle Shopping Center
2355 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
P: 404.869.0070