Halloween Fun

My girl Chanel threw the best pre-Halloween party! Literally thought of everything, including the most fabulous throne chair for us to pose in front of. The decorations were amazing and we did a potluck style food and drink table. Her candy charcuterie board blew us all away!

Did someone say happy hour plus sweet treats?

But… what about the costumes..Also, playing dress up at 36 is just as fun as it is at 5 😉

Which outfit was your favorite? Mine is clearly the blue Greek Goddess outfit, but my black top and silver pants with the pink skull is pretty fantastic too! AND I will say I NEVER wear horizontal stripes, but hello, this dress looks aMAZing on me. Let me know in the comments what you liked best!!

Devils Backbone

Tis’ the season, am I right? Devils Backbone is a brewery out of Virginia, who recently launched a canned cocktail line. To smooth the transition from summer to fall they sent me everything (literally) that I needed for the perfect picnic! Check out this amazing picnic blanket and all the ingredients for an adult s’mores pairing.

So what all did they send me for the perfect picnic (that you can easily put together too):


Picnic Blanket
Orange mini cooler (like the old playmate ones we all have)
A mini grill to roast my marshmallows over (plus the goods to make a flame)
Skewers for the marshmallows
Chocolate bars (classic Hershey’s & a dark chocolate with orange peel)
Graham crackers
Marshmallows (classic Jet-Puff plus a pre-roasted pack of vanilla marshmallows)
Glasses for my cocktails
A mini cutting board + knife
Orange and limes
Cute hats that say “ready to drink” (the theme of these CANNED cocktails)
Mason jar tea-lights (mini string of lights that are solar powered)
Straws
AND THE MAIN EVENT: the canned cocktails!
Orange Smash (which is my current favorite), vodka, orange and other citrus juices. It’s 10% ABV, so be careful!
Vodka Mule – yep, you guessed it, vodka, natural ginger & elderflower (7.5% ABV)

Ok, so you can see that they clearly thought about every detail to properly launch this cocktail and give me the best picnic experience! The weather is perfect for picnics right now and I highly recommend you check out their ready to drink canned cocktails. I brought them over to my girlfriends place last night for Wine Wednesday (we made pizza and it was actually Tuesday, lol). After we ate we went across the street to build a fire. We ate s’mores and drank the cocktails, and if you read all the above then you know I was sipping on the Orange Smash, my girlfriend Nellie was loving the Vodka Mule! Give them a try and let me know in the comments what you thought!

smoked meatballs

Smoked Meatballs

You really can smoke anything these days. I’m showing you two versions of smoked meatballs. Meatballs for carnivores and for vegans. 

What you see below: ingredients for each type of meatball (vegan and then carnivore), what it looks like when they’re mixed up, individual meatballs, on the rack and in the smoker and the last shot is the smoked meatballs in pans with sauce ready to be put back on the smoker again.

Ingredients:
Vegan:
Impossible meat
Beyond meat spicy sausage
Egg substitute: 1:3 ground flax seed & water
Nutritional yeast
Almond flour
Dried basil & Italian herbs
Pepper
Red pepper flakes
Garlic

Carnivore:
1 pound ground chuck
0.5 pound Hot Italian sausage 
0.5 pound Veal
2 Eggs
Italian bread crumbs
Parmesan 
Ricotta
Dried basil & Italian herbs
Pepper
Red pepper flakes
Garlic

For both:
Mix all ingredients in bowl.
Form balls with about 1.5 tablespoons of meat.
Space them out on a greased wire rack.
Heat your smoker up to 275*

Smoke the meatballs for 35-45 minutes or until the internal temperature is about 160 (for both meatball versions)

Pull the meatballs off and place them into a small pan and cover them with marinara sauce. Place them uncovered back onto the smoker for about 15 minutes.

Then cover the meatballs with foil and smoke for an additional 30-40 minutes.

Final product, plus the smoke ring on the carnivore meatballs. I was so tired and hungry by the time we plated these that I accidentally grated parmesan on my vegan meal – lol! I served my vegan meatballs over quinoa and my hubby’s meatballs over handmade, local angel hair pasta.

We make double the batch so we can freeze the extras for quick meals. We just leave them in the bags and put them in a pot of water on the stove at medium to medium high temperature.

Serving Suggestions:

Dinner:
Top the meatballs on top of angel hair pasta and more marinara. Sprinkle Parmesan (or nutritional yeast) on top with some fresh basil.

Lunch:
Toast a French baguette 🥖 about half way. Slice it down the middle & lay in your meatballs. Top with marinara and provolone cheese. Broil at 400* for 10-15 minutes.

Pull it when the cheese is nice and melted and slightly brown.

Original recipe that we tweaked to our likening above:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TFvEWBxjsQo Malcom Reed is a great source for smoked meats! We love his YouTube channel for smoked recipe inspiration. 

Tag me in your posts on Instagram when you make these (@salutin@salutinthecity)

Pasta making class with Chef Pat

Chef Pat is amazing. Funny as hell, tattooed up, hails from Italy via New York. His food is AMAZING. Literally his pasta, meatballs and pizza (which I order once a week). He can do no wrong in the kitchen, in my humble opinion. If you’re in Atlanta you can try his tasty food at The White Bull in Decatur, and Grana in Morningside-Lenox Park area. They host several types of fun dinner nights like polenta parties and pasta making classes! See below for my experience. Next time I’m in Italy I plan on visiting Chef Pat’s grandma and making pasta with her too!!

This is the process. I was surprisingly a natural at making the ferricelli (the thicker rolled pasta) and the scialatielli (thicker linguine style pasta).

Literally I made at least half of that tray of ferricelli, so naturally I had to pose with it!

It’s like playdough

So, apparently I’m a natural at rolling out the dough and creating the small ferricelli pasta!

the pasta man himself

Flattening out the scialatielli!

The final product! It’s definitely more fun eating pasta after you make it from scratch yourself! We topped the ferricelli with homemade tomato sauce and beef, and the scialatielli with shrimp, jalapeños and a creamy white sauce.

I really want to do this again soon! Have you ever made pasta from scratch at home or at event like this? Let me know! I want to try it at home but I haven’t quite mustard up the confidence. Encourage me!

Hot Cocktail Spots | ATL

Fun, low light spots to grab sexy cocktails with your people!

Clermont Hotel Lounge

Seedy past & seedy future.. The Clermont hotel lounge is on the main level when you walk in. They also have a beautiful rooftop bar and a classic Atlanta strip club in the basement. It’s one of those, you have to go at least once, spots in Atlanta. The lounge though, where you can grab this cocktail is a 50’s moody vibe with vintage Playboy’s laid around the bar. Go!

Bar Margot | Four Seasons Hotel

Swanky decor, sexy cocktails, and the perfect location to grab cocktails with your crew.

Little Trouble

Follow the neon lights. Originally meant to have a speakeasy vibe, the entrance guides you in with a large red & blue neon sign with their logo. Blade runner vibes & low lights make this spot one of my favorites for a cocktail (or more).

Little Spirit

This is all I’ll say, fun cocktails, the sex panther (IYKYK), tupac and biggie.

Ticonderoga Club

This spot is tucked away in one of our (Atlanta’s) best food halls, Krog Street Market. It’s small and dark moody decor make for the perfect spot to shy away and grab a few drinks.

Each one of these spots is sexy and low light. The cocktails are on point and you can easily sneak away into a corner if you don’t want to be seen. 😉
Where are you going first?

Breakfast Sammies

Breakfast sandwiches are a little love of mine. Eggy & cheesy + bread or cream cheese & smoked salmon + more bread.. you get the trend. Dairy plus carbs, you can’t go wrong.

Victory C.C. (Formally DAC)

Think gas station style biscuits (buttery and salty) but much level flavor! Egg and cheese pictured here but they also have bacon and sausage.
Victory Coffee & Calamity was formally call Dekalb Athletic Club, they changed the name in the Summer 2020)

Emerald City Bagels

Smoked salmon, cream cheese & red onions on a poppyseed bagel is my go to, they were out so I opted for the everything bagel this day but still, so drool worthy!

Sama Food for Balance

Does a savory, gluten free chickpea flour pancake taco count as a sandwich? I’m saying yes, the Pitta Taco is filled with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, coconut mint raita, avocado, fresh greens. Refreshing and light!

Bar Bacoa

Spanish inspired, fried egg & pork sammie with potatoes on the side (naturally)

8arm

Crab meat and fish roe on a toasted bagel!

Btoo’s

I know, I know, it looks like a waffle..with a salad, & you’re right, it is. HOWEVER, look closer, on the right side of the waffle, it’s sliced open and stuffed with avocado and smoked salmon! HOLY FUCK!

Russ & Daughters | NYC

The absolute best smoked salmon bagel anywhere, hands down, fight me on it. I will go here over any other spot in NYC. LOVE!

What are you eating first?? and yes, I know, I have a thing for bagels. That post is coming soon too!

Millennial Toasts Toasts

Sometimes I think I’m not a millennial but then I remember I’m making avocado toast for lunch for the tenth day in a row, lol! Our city fully embraced the toast trend and I’m here for it, check these spots out! Plus a bonus spot in San Francisco that is V Instagram-able (& so tasty).
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Cold Brew Bar

Avocado Toast – sour dough bread with soft boiled egg.

Toasty

Unicorn Toast! Toasty is in San Francisco so naturally the toast is sour dough. They use food coloring to die the cream cheese (choose your colors) and then top it with sprinkles and an edible flower! Delish!

Muchacho

Salmon toast with pickled red onions

Cold Brew Bar

Smoked salmon toast on sourdough bread with Arugula, and yes they get two posts because they’re amazing. One of my fav coffee shops, great coffee and delicious food!!

Bar Margot

Inside the Four Seasons Atlanta, this crab toast is lightly toasted bread, a spreading of avocado, stacks of crab meat, radishes and greens!

Cooks & Soliders

Caña Klasikoa is a Pintxos style toast, pulling inspiration from Northern Spain. This is goat cheese, roasted tomato, green pepper, red onion, and pistachio on top of mountain bread

Bar Mercado

Chef’s bites, complementary with your cocktail during happy hour. This shrimp toast hits right with your cocktail!

Which one would you try first? Let me know in the comments!

Atlanta Sandwiches

For lunch, I always want a sandwich, so here are some of my fav spots to grab one in the city of Atlanta!
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Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks

Classic Cheesesteak, done Dave’s way (extra toppings)

Suzy Siu’s

Boa buns are sandwiches in my world, and these lobster boas… holy fuck

Alon’s Bakery

This is one of my absolute favorite places to grab lunch, sweet treats or a quick dinner to take home. These are the Tuscany sandwich (my all time fav) and the Tunisian tuna sandwich (little spice).

Tavern at Phipps

Stackssss of a pastrami on rye – Looks amazing right? Sad side story, they stopped throwing cocktail napkins at patrons. (super fun tradition that the bartenders would throw cocktail napkins at attractive women, but a few Karen’s got offended for not having them thrown at them, so they stopped all together, thanks Karen).

Ticonderoga Club

Clam roll – this is amazing! The clam is lightly fried and as you can see it’s stacked high! The bread is light and basically serves as a vessel to hold your clam up!

Fred’s Meat & Bread

Cheesesteak, the best in Atlanta, better than what Philly has to offer per Alton Brown 😉

Ladybird

Oyster Po’boy on deck.. on the deck, overlooking the Beltline and enjoying the home of the three day weekend.

Victory Sandwich Bar

Don’t call them sliders, they’re tiny sandwiches, and they’re delicious. Pictured are my fav, the victory at sea. & yes, those are anchovies!

Hattie B’s

Nashville Hot Chicken, enough said.

Gu’s Dumplings

Yep, the dumpling spot has some fire sandwiches, a tofu and a chicken (pictured) po’boy with Schezuan flavors!

Petit Chou

Salut..Veggie sandwich with portobello mushrooms, tomato and arugula!

Atlanta Unique Eats – Savory

Looking for some unique savory eats in Atlanta? Check these out when you’re in town, in no particular order:
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Bakey Bakes

Thunderbiscuits – a soft boiled egg inside of the most buttery chive biscuit. You’ll die and go to heaven and then cry after the last bite because it’s over.

Gunshow

It doesn’t even matter what this dish is (it’s goat carnitas) because it’s most likely not on the menu now. This spot is known for its experience. 6-8 chefs, each make two dishes. They bring the dish around to each table, show it off & tell you about it. If you want it, they leave it with you and you eat, if not they move on to the next table. The menu changes every 6 weeks and features what’s in season.

Poke Burri

Sushi donuts and sushi burritos?? They have a secret menu, and if you order my secret sushi burrito the “salut” you’re in for a real treat! (hint, it’s spicy!)

Superica’s Golden Tacos

Tacos Dorados de Camaron AKA “golden shrimp tacos” arbol chile salsa, cabbage & avocado. The golden taco means a fried taco… holy hell! drooling!

District M

A5 Wagyu beef.. the best quality meat on the market, barely seared and melts in your f*cking mouth.

Banshee

Scallop crudo topped with fish roe – OMG, this is one of my favorite dishes. Raw scallops are so buttery, taste amazing and the fish roe adds the perfect amount of saltiness.

Poke Burri

They’re so unique that they deserve two posts. This is their sushi pizza!! It’s a secret menu item that you need to order 24 hours in advance. The crust, is it’s own sushi roll! Amazing!

White Bull

Sea bass Crudo – ugh yes please. Raw sea bass under a bed of red cabbage and covered with sesame seeds!! Simple ingredients yet amazing.

Wrecking Bar Brew Pup

Smoked trout pate topped with salmon roe inside of a blood sausage pastry! Just try it and thank me later.

Momonoki

Fishballs covered in fish flakes (they literally move on their own).

What do you think? Was there a dish that stood out that you really want to try? Or do you have a unique savory dish I need to try ASAP? Let me know in the comments!