Local Food On Your Doorstep: PeachDish

17 Jun
Peach Dish box

PeachDish arrives

We are pretty much in love with the idea of cooking, but not so much with the shopping and prep-work. Now that there’s a crop of new businesses offering to deliver fresh ingredients a recipe, it pretty much keeps the entire process a pants-not-required experience.

PeachDish is Atlanta’s own meal-in-a-box concept, featuring local ingredients and delicious ways to combine them before shoving them into your face. Sometimes they team up with local chefs. We’ve actually been subscribing since October of last year, but haven’t gotten around to blogging about how awesome it is. (For shame, we love supporting local businesses!)

peach dish meal

BOOM, food

It works like this: you sign up and pay $50 to get two meals for two people per week. Sign up by Monday night, and your box of food arrives on Wednesday if you’re in Atlanta.

Then, you get what we call the “TV chef” cooking experience. Where everything is already pre-portioned for easy combining. Do your own slicing and dicing, follow the directions, and ta-da–a yummy meal.

Sophie's chicken

Sophie’s Chicken, with a side of almonds and chocolate dessert in a mason jar

Of course, unlike the TV chef experience, you don’t get to put raw food in the oven and immediately pull out beautifully plated cooked food. But sometimes sacrifices must be made.

steak

Steak

The customer service is great, too: Sometimes deliveries go awry, and sometimes perishable things don’t survive their journey, but PeachDish has always been understanding when mishaps inevitably happen.

Sign up here to see for yourself: https://subscribe.peachdish.com/ Pay with your Amazon account if you so desire. Get in on the new trend of having fresh, healthy meals delivered to your doorstep (some assembly required). It’s like Ikea for your dinner.

The Little Luxury Crossover That Could: Our Week With A 2013 Buick Encore

7 Jan

buick encore 2013 steering

Right before Thanksgiving, we were privileged to participate in the Buick #ATLDistrict promotion and test drive a 2013 Buick Encore for a week. You probably saw us tweet about it. It was pretty awesome, if for no other reason than someone giving you a car for a week is always awesome. As long as the car doesn’t burst into flames, it’s awesome.

buick encore 2013

Honestly, the amount of luxury for the price was impressive. We got a fully tricked out model, and the price on that is $32,800 new. We’re still wistfully dreaming about the heated steering wheel and seats. Also impressive: big screen voice-activated navigation system (kind of nice to scream out where you’re going and get immediate directions), XM and Pandora radio with full-color display, Rainsense wipers that worked quite well, rear-vision camera (standard), forward collision alert, park assist and more.

buick encore dash

We didn’t get to test out the park assist or the lane-departure warnings, but the forward collision alerts were kind of nice–apparently they let you know when the car in front of you has slowed down to where you will hit them if you don’t take action. Although it got a little annoying on the highway stuck behind someone who rides their brakes. But the Bose sound system and noise cancellation tech really helped keep the stress levels down. (Keep calm and rock on.) Random fun feature: there’s a non-cigarette-lighter-plug in the backseat. Say whaaaaat?

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Terrible photo, but there ya go

Since we usually drive a sedan, the Encore initially felt like wrestling a yak down the street. But, like, a really responsive yak. Ultimately the car isn’t that large for an SUV–it really takes up the same width as a sedan, but the extra height is deceptive once inside. And it’s easy to get used to the size. The fuel economy is 25/33, which isn’t as good as our sedan, but is decent for an SUV. Cargo space wasn’t shabby for day-to-day stuff (taking out the trash/recycling, shopping trips)

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The car probably wouldn’t be described as “peppy” or a “sports car,” but its performance was pretty solid in the Georgia rains. Ultimately, the Encore is good for someone who wants some luxury flair on an SUV without having to drive an actual giant road-hogging SUV or pay lots of money for the privilege. The base price is just under $25,000, leaving plenty of room for some add-ons while staying under $30K.

buick encore navigation

Verdict: The Encore is underrated. If we hadn’t just bought a new car, we’d seriously consider buying one.

Don't judge, it was socially acceptable to listen to holiday music at the time

Don’t judge, it was socially acceptable to listen to holiday music at the time

Let Friday Night Be A Drag: Lips Atlanta

26 Nov
lips atlanta

Inside Lips Atlanta

Some people just know how to work a pair of stilettos. And a lot of those people are at Atlanta’s newest drag-show-themed bar, Lips, which popped up in the fringe of Brookhaven and North Druid Hills last September. We were recently invited to experience the dinner and a show performance, and left impressed with both. We enjoyed the chicken roulade (everyone admitted we were not expecting the food to be palatable), downed our share of frozen cosmos and cheered the divas who lit up the stage. (Note: Thursday night is, specifically, Divas Night.)

Expect standard Vegas-style performances with lots of energy, sequins and mascara to the tunes of Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga and more. Expect to tip generously. Expect good food and strong drinks. Expect a cover charge around $5-$7. Expect to need reservations. Expect to see dancing in heels.

Because it’s a woman’s world.

Like VH1 in the 90's.

Like VH1 in the 90’s.

Your Holiday Solution: Alice + Olivia Trunk Show

20 Nov
Alice Olivia trunk show

Image via Tootsies

We’ve all experienced that what-to-wear panic…there’s an event coming, we’ve known about it for weeks, and yet we’re still frantically crawling the mall at the last minute looking for something to wear. Because nothing in the closet looks “right.” But neither does anything on the racks. This time, it’s because the holidays are here, and we’re not the only ones who need something for a holiday party.

Fret no more.

Tootsies is hosting an Alice + Olivia trunk show. If you’re not already familiar, you may need the full disclosure that we’re kind of fans here. But truly, Stacey Bendet’s dresses are the ultimate effortless chic. Statement dresses that don’t scream “look at me, I’m a statement dress!” Mostly because of flattering cuts and subtly glamorous materials.

Stop by Tootsies at the Shops Around Lenox Nov 21-23 during regular business hours to shop the hottest holiday dresses, and find something that suits you. (And avoid the overcrowded mall entirely.) Because you already have enough stress in your life.

Now, what to do for New Year’s…

-Alice + Olivia Trunk Show at Tootsies. 3400 Around Lenox Dr. November 21-23.

Pop-Up Shopping: Indie Craft Experience

13 Nov
Image via ice-atlanta.com

Image via ice-atlanta.com

Don’t you wish someone would make a brick-and-mortar Etsy-style store that has great holiday gifts for everyone? On Friday, your wish comes true: the Indie Craft Experience is popping up in Candler Park from Nov. 15-Dec. 30, giving you items from more than 50 vendors to fill your holiday wish list. Think: jewelry, home goods, art, paper goods, bath and beauty, food and even goodies for pets (.

Stop by for the launch party between 7-9pm on Friday and get a bag ‘o swag if you’re one of the first 100 people in the door.

Too Damn Cute: Starbucks x Alice + Olivia

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Image via Starbucks

There is a soft spot in our hearts for Alice + Olivia–Stacey Bendet’s designs are fun and sexy in an effortless way every season.

This holiday season, she’s teamed up with Starbucks to offer cute gifts for the season, a teddy bear and a matching tumbler. Retailing from $20-$40, this just may make us reconsider our love for Dunkin.

Now Open: Zeal Restaurant

30 Oct

Last week, Zeal Restaurant opened in Marietta, in an inconspicuous shopping center on Johnson Ferry that also houses Red Sky Tapas, Aurelio’s Pizza, Bagelicious, Ali’s Cookies, and other fantastic, I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-Marietta restaurants. Zeal takes the place of Empress of China II, which shuttered this past May.

Oooh, look at the fancy glasses.

Oooh, look at the fancy glasses.

The menu features farm-to-table fare from executive chef Eric Mulville–items like ribeye, jumbo shrimp, scallops, catfish and more. The bar boasts a wide selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles, including selections from local breweries like Wild Heaven, Sweetwater and Terrapin. The ambiance is a kind of “squeaky-clean rustic” look, but when it comes to eateries, squeaky-clean is always a bonus. Overall, the restaurant has a feel that is sort of reminiscent of nearby-neighbor Seed, but based on the popularity of Seed it seems like there can be more than one. The menu is supposedly “designed for sharing,” although we’ll see how that goes over time. (Sharing is caring, but touch my steak and I will cut you.) Also impressive: the comfy couches in the lounge area and large patios (which may be less impressive when the temperature isn’t 70 degrees).

Fried grits. Yes.

Fried grits. Yes.

Consumed and enjoyed: goat cheese grit fritters, ribeye with blue cheese grits, grilled catfish and strawberry cheesecake. The steak wasn’t the best ever, but it was still good. The cheesecake was surprisingly creamy.

Mine.

Mine.

Verdict: worth the trip OTP, if only for something slightly different because you’ve already tried all the other farm-to-table joints ITP.

This cheesecake is legit.

This cheesecake is legit.

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