Tasting, Tasting 1-2

Saturday and Sunday I visited the tasting tents at the Food and Wine FestivalI miiiight have snuck in Saturday… shhhh!

The gates of heaven

The food was all good, but I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more variety.

There’s only so much fried chicken and BBQ I can consume.

Indian-Spiced Fried Chicken and Waffles = worth it

An exception to the “too much fried” rule is the above Indian-Spiced Fried Chicken and Waffles by Asha Gomez of Spice Route Supper Club.  I have GOT to check out one of her events ASAP.  Rumor has it she may be looking for a restaurant space…

Celeb Highlight: I got to meet Chef Norman Van Aken (the father of fusion… I shook his hand!).

Food Highlight: The beercheeses, and desserts (duh).

Best beer – New Heaven

The cheese spread (pun intended)

Coming to Whole Foods ATL soon!

I wish I’d done a better job remembering to photograph… there’s was just so much to eat! :)

My favorites beer/cheese/dessert:

  • Wild Heaven Craft Beers – I’d had these before, but Invocation and Ode to Mercy are the two brews offered by this new Decatur, GA-based brewery.  If you find them, drink them immediately.  It’s the best new beer I’ve tasted in a long time.
  • Sweet Grass Dairy’s Truffled ChevreDecadently delicious.  There’s no other way to describe this.  Need proof?  They are complete OUT for the season.  :(
  • The Hungry Peach’s Peach Cobbler Cupcake – Moist, flavorful, light… dignity is the only thing that kept me from devouring their whole display
  • High Road Craft Ice Cream – Every flavor was good (I shamelessly sampled everything), but if I had to cheese I’d say don’t miss the Caffeine Cacao and the French Toast (JUST like your mamma’s… in ice cream-form).  Good news for Georgian’s – they are coming soon to Whole Foods!  #godblesswholefoods

I had a great time hanging out with 2 new friends on Saturday and the Lippy crew on Sunday.  (Nathan’s wife, Chelsee = coolest chick ever.)

Me and Nathan Lippy. Our hair matches a little.


If you ever wonder if your “clean” way of eating really makes a difference, eat like I did all weekend.  Monday I woke up feeling like crap.  Too.  Much.  Rich.  Food.

I seriously almost hurled during the flight to my client meeting.

At least it was better than it would have been: I ran 5 miles Saturday morning, took an hour walk that afternoon, played 2 ball games Sunday morning, and then ran 3.5 miles.  I should re-name this blog Run-Eat-Repeat. :)

I’m trying to mini-detox this week.  It’s not working so well since I’ve been traveling, but I’m definitely eating much cleaner than I did this weekend!  Monday I drank my breakfast (not in a noon-game tailgating way) before rushing to the airport:

Some days, you just need a green smoothie.  This was one of those days.

I did my P90X Ab Ripper X (best ab workout ever, btw), followed by my 75 push-ups (are you doing yours?!).  Then chugged enjoyed this refreshing smoothie.

Mango-Almond Smoothie

  • 1/2 champagne mango
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 C fresh spinach
  • 1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp Maca
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • water (adjust to desired consistency)

Put it in a blender.  Pour into glass.  Top with your favorite crunchy treat (I love this low-sugar citrus-granola).  

Drink up!


More like what I gorged on this weekend… but whatever… :)

Even though we’re already mid-week, this may be a timely discussion question given the upcoming long weekend…

How do you detox after a weekend of indulgence?


  1. says

    “Monday I drank my breakfast (not in a noon-game tailgating way)”—->HIlarious! :)

    I am extremely jealous of your (overindulgent) weekend…I loved the Texas Food & Wine Festival we had recently…so much fun to sip and sample everything (but I am happy we had quite a variety…no fried food in sight—which might be a shock for Texas?)

    Interesting that you loved the Sweet Grass Dairy cheese…my mom grew up in the small Georgia town where it is made. I’ve been to the shop and REALLY want to do a farm tour there the next time I visit my grandmother.

    • Laura says

      That’s too funny your Mom grew up there! You should definitely do a farm tour. And let me know when. :)

  2. says

    Even though I’m not a huge cheese person (I know, don’t hate me!), I’ve had one of the Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and I really liked it.

  3. says

    After a weekend of indulgence, I try not to dwell and just go back to my regular eating habits, I find that if I think too much about what I ate.. then I obsess over it and it leads to too much negative thinking.

  4. Mark Ward says

    My body screams at me when I’ve been eating like crap. About once a year I’ll put nothing in my system but water, tea, and broth for 7-10 days. Works well for getting me back on track.

    Yes, I’m doing my pushups(by the hundreds). Your MANGO smoothie pic just put my already-outstanding day over the top. 😉 Hope you’re feeling better and that your day is amazing!!

  5. says

    Smoothie looks fantastic! I detox with lots of fruits, green veggies, and agua! For some reason, raw ginger makes me feel clean, so I juice it and throw it into my smoothies!

  6. says

    I definitely drink a smoothie every Monday to balance things out. :) I also try to incorporate as many whole foods into my diet. It’s so hard to get back on track though…”one day at a time.”

  7. says

    Jealous once again of all your eats! I can imagine though needing a variety. P.S. I loooove your hair! SUper cute!
    After a long weekend of crazy eating, I try and drink lots of juices and green drinks and eat tons of veggies..kinda clear the system :)

    • Laura says

      Thank you and welcome! :) The dress is from a local boutique called Sage. I got it there a couple of years ago.

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