Archive for July, 2011

Diana Vreeland

“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”

— Diana Vreeland


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Hey friends, feeling hungry? Let me help with that. Here’s another restaurant review for the travel website UpTake.com. Today’s target: the Highland Bakery.

The Highland Bakery offers a fix if you are jonesing for some fresh honey wheat or an amazing cupcake or tart, but this old brick building and the restaurant therein needs to be on your list of places to go for a delicious lunch, brunch or breakfast.

Not-So-Secret Neighborhood Treasure: Highland Bakery

Don’t let the name Highland Bakery fool you. Yes, you can get your bread and sweets fix here if you are jonesing for a loaf of fresh honey wheat or an amazing cupcake or tart, but this old brick building and the restaurant therein needs to be on your list of places to go for a delicious lunch, brunch or breakfast.

Located in the Inman Park neighborhood, it’s not too far away from Midtown and downtown Atlanta, so it’s a good option for those needing sustenance in the middle of the work day. And the menu has enough to please even the most finicky cat.

We’re in the process of packing up the office for a move (only a couple of blocks away, but still, it’s a move), and around 12:30, it was decided that lunch was in order. Britt and Willie, who have been to the Highland Bakery before, made the call and I was happy to tag along. The bakery is in a long, old brick building, which adds to the charm of the place, but let’s not kid ourselves, it’s all about the food here, so let’s get right to it.

Walking in, you’ll see that even though it’s lunch time, more than half the patrons are eating breakfast dishes: pancakes, omelets, and several different varieties of eggs Benedict. Britt said the Fried Chicken Benedict was the best ever, and even though the crab cakes Benedict sounded good—two lump crab cakes, eggs poached medium, and sautéed spinach, covered in Hollandaise and served on a toasted whole wheat English muffin with choice of potatoes or grits—I bowed to the pressure and went with that.

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Karl Popper

“No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.”

— Karl Popper

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Elizabeth Hardwick

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.”

— Elizabeth Hardwick

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Being from California, I know that I am a little out of my element on the subject of barbecue. If California, anything cooked on a grill is “barbecued.” That has got me in trouble here in the South, where barbecue is a serious subject. Still, I think I know good ’cue when I taste it. Check out this review of Jim ‘N Nick’s Southern Kitchen I wrote for the travel web site UpTake.com:

The Mr. Jim’s Deluxe Combos with pork spare ribs and beef brisket at Jim “N Nick’s Southern Kitchen.

Smokin’ Good BBQ: Jim ‘N Nick’s Southern Kitchen

OK, so here’s a tip for when you sit down at any of the 27 Jim ‘N Nick’s Southern Kitchens throughout the South—pay attention to just how many of those sweet, little cheese-corn muffins you jam into your gaping maw while waiting for your meal.

I speak from experience, as on my first visit to the Alabama-born barbecue chain, I could barely eat half of my entrée, if that.

The Jim ‘N Nick’s near my place has been open for going on two year, I’m guessing, but I had yet to have eaten there. An oversight I intended to remedy ASAP. That day came recently on a Saturday evening with Johanna before heading off to a movie (“Bridesmaids” was a laugh-riot, by the way… if only I reviewed movies, I’d say more).

When you first walk into the bright, clean dining room, you are hit with the smell of smoke—not the hmmm… something’s burning kind of smell but the ooh, that smells good kind of smoke. After being seated, we barely had time to open the menu when we were served the first of many baskets of these small corn muffins. Having never been here before, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into and popped on in my mouth. OMG! I could probably make a whole meal of these things.

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Aldous Huxley

“A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.”

— Aldous Huxley

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OK, so I’m going to just come out and say it, although it’s really an absurd statement: the best steak I have had in a long time was served at a restaurant inside of a combination bowling alley-kids arcade in the middle of nowhere Georgia. Yeah, really. If you’d like to know where, read my restaurant review on the travel web site UpTake.com:

The Cajun rib-eye Caesar salad at Coach’s Corner at the Stars and Strikes in Dacula, Ga.

Coach’s Corner Calls a Winner: Stars and Strikes, Dacula Ga. 

Alright, here’s the back story: My mom came from California a few weeks ago for a visit with me and the kids. One afternoon we all went to Stars and Strikes in Dacula—a spot on the map somewhere between Atlanta and Athens—with the intention of bowling a couple of games, letting the kids go nuts in the arcade for a while and having a kid-friendly dinner.

Now, if you’ve ever been in a bowling alley before, you probably have an idea of what fare that might be available: room-temperature pizza, wrinkly hot dogs, stale pop corn, etc. Even under the best of circumstances, bowling alley food is not the best to be found.

But this was a day for the kids, and they’ll eat just about anything, so I figured we’d all make due.

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