The Atlanta food scene continues to amaze me. I recently checked out Escorpion Tequila Bar and Cantina in Midtown. The cocktails were complex and original, all staying true to Mexican flavors and ingredients, and completely refreshing in the midst of the prohibition trend. Shown here is one of my favorites, the Mali Nali : Blanco tequila, Pineapple, Lime, Green Chartreuse, & Rosemary. More to come.

The Atlanta food scene continues to amaze me. I recently checked out Escorpion Tequila Bar and Cantina in Midtown. The cocktails were complex and original, all staying true to Mexican flavors and ingredients, and completely refreshing in the midst of the prohibition trend. Shown here is one of my favorites, the Mali Nali : Blanco tequila, Pineapple, Lime, Green Chartreuse, & Rosemary. More to come.


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Feb 17
9:00 am
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Me and some friends tried out The Chocolate Bar in Decatur, GA on Saturday. The concept is, you guessed it, chocolate desserts and dessert martini’s and cocktails. Shown here is their signature martini, The Chocolate Bar, with vodka, bailey’s irish cream, and 75% tanzanian couverture (hard chocolate coating the base). It was a perfectly made creamy concoction with delicious glassy ice shards floating on the top. Curious, I tasted the other drinks at the table, and they all tasted fairly similar. There’s no adventurous flavors or real risks taken here, but it will indeed satisfy your sweet tooth.We also sampled an assortment of their truffles and an ancho chili chocolate cupcake. Overall, I have to say, I enjoyed their non-chocolate offerings so much more. The curry popcorn was light with just the right amount of flavor, and their ginger lemon martini rocked my socks off. Next time I’m going to try their chocolate wings!
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Me and some friends tried out The Chocolate Bar in Decatur, GA on Saturday. The concept is, you guessed it, chocolate desserts and dessert martini’s and cocktails. Shown here is their signature martini, The Chocolate Bar, with vodka, bailey’s irish cream, and 75% tanzanian couverture (hard chocolate coating the base). It was a perfectly made creamy concoction with delicious glassy ice shards floating on the top. Curious, I tasted the other drinks at the table, and they all tasted fairly similar. There’s no adventurous flavors or real risks taken here, but it will indeed satisfy your sweet tooth.

We also sampled an assortment of their truffles and an ancho chili chocolate cupcake. Overall, I have to say, I enjoyed their non-chocolate offerings so much more. The curry popcorn was light with just the right amount of flavor, and their ginger lemon martini rocked my socks off. Next time I’m going to try their chocolate wings!

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Jan 16
10:00 am
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You can’t go to Mexico without drinking the tequila. This is my first ever tequila bandera. Americans make a mockery of tequila. We throw it back to try to hide the sting and get drunk asap. In Mexico, they sip high quality tequila with meals, savoring the flavors of the agave or mezcal plant. Shown here is the standard bandera. One shot glass tequila (Jose Cuervo Tradicional, now available in the States), one shot glass lime juice, and one shot glass sangrita (mix of tomato and orange juice, sometimes spicy). You sip these alternatively. You would be surprised at how enjoyable tequila can be!
Photo credit: Lush Lady 

You can’t go to Mexico without drinking the tequila. This is my first ever tequila bandera. Americans make a mockery of tequila. We throw it back to try to hide the sting and get drunk asap. In Mexico, they sip high quality tequila with meals, savoring the flavors of the agave or mezcal plant. Shown here is the standard bandera. One shot glass tequila (Jose Cuervo Tradicional, now available in the States), one shot glass lime juice, and one shot glass sangrita (mix of tomato and orange juice, sometimes spicy). You sip these alternatively. You would be surprised at how enjoyable tequila can be!

Photo credit: Lush Lady 


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Jan 6
10:00 am
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Cerveza Victoria. From Wikipedia: “was first brewed by Cervecería Toluca y México starting in 1865, but Modelo acquired the brand when they bought this company in 1935. The beer is a Vienna-style, but is an amber color and lighter than the other Vienna beers brewed in Mexico”.
Once available only in Mexico, it debuted in Texas and Chicago in 2010 without too much popularity. I’m not quite sure why as it is a refreshingly smooth beer. If you are lucky enough to spot a bottle at your local Mexican grocery, please try it!
Photo credit: Lush Lady

Cerveza Victoria. From Wikipedia: “was first brewed by Cervecería Toluca y México starting in 1865, but Modelo acquired the brand when they bought this company in 1935. The beer is a Vienna-style, but is an amber color and lighter than the other Vienna beers brewed in Mexico”.

Once available only in Mexico, it debuted in Texas and Chicago in 2010 without too much popularity. I’m not quite sure why as it is a refreshingly smooth beer. If you are lucky enough to spot a bottle at your local Mexican grocery, please try it!

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Jan 5
10:00 am
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Lush Lady is going international! I just got back from an amazing trip to Mexico City where I went to be with my husband’s family on New Years Eve. I learned so much about food and drinks that I felt like I was on my own personal episode of No Reservations. I have some things to share with you and I’ll start with my favorite. 
Micheladas are a beer beverage originating in San Luis, Mexico. They are similar to our Bloody Mary’s and considered a hangover cure. Below is the recipe I learned from Billy and Bernie, my favorite new cousins, and should be adjusted to your own taste.
 Michelada+ Glass full of ice+ juice of 1.5 fresh limes+ 2 pinches salt+ 4 dashes Jugo Sazondar or soy sauce + 8 dashes Worchestire sauce+  couple dashes hot sauce such as Valentina+ 1/2 cup Clamato + 1/2 beer (preferably light beer)
Photo credit: Lush Lady

Lush Lady is going international! I just got back from an amazing trip to Mexico City where I went to be with my husband’s family on New Years Eve. I learned so much about food and drinks that I felt like I was on my own personal episode of No Reservations. I have some things to share with you and I’ll start with my favorite. 

Micheladas are a beer beverage originating in San Luis, Mexico. They are similar to our Bloody Mary’s and considered a hangover cure. Below is the recipe I learned from Billy and Bernie, my favorite new cousins, and should be adjusted to your own taste.

 Michelada
+ Glass full of ice
+ juice of 1.5 fresh limes
+ 2 pinches salt
+ 4 dashes Jugo Sazondar or soy sauce 
+ 8 dashes Worchestire sauce
+  couple dashes hot sauce such as Valentina
+ 1/2 cup Clamato
+ 1/2 beer (preferably light beer)

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Jan 4
2:10 pm
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I got talked into buying the Vodka 3 brand vodka at the liquor store this weekend by a sales rep. It’s vodka distilled from soy. They market it as a healthier choice, as the vodka does not turn into sugars/carbs in your body since it is made from soy and not wheat. I’m not sure how much truth there is to the claim, but it is a nice and smooth vodka at the $20 price point. 
Photo credit: Lush Lady

I got talked into buying the Vodka 3 brand vodka at the liquor store this weekend by a sales rep. It’s vodka distilled from soy. They market it as a healthier choice, as the vodka does not turn into sugars/carbs in your body since it is made from soy and not wheat. I’m not sure how much truth there is to the claim, but it is a nice and smooth vodka at the $20 price point. 

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Dec 20
9:00 am
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I give you the Champs-Ilysee cocktail at Balthazar: Hennessy, Chartreuse, lemon and bitters.
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I give you the Champs-Ilysee cocktail at Balthazar: Hennessy, Chartreuse, lemon and bitters.

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Dec 15
9:00 am
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There’s a lot to be said for a good Bloody Mary. We found this restaurant/wine bar Aria in the West Village and were drawn to the twinkly lights outside. Inside, we were blown away by a goat cheese plate, gnocchi, and spicy shrimp kabob over marinated artichokes.. and these Bloody Mary’s. For me, it was just the right amount of horseradish that made it. Well done Aria.
Photo credit: Lush Lady

There’s a lot to be said for a good Bloody Mary.
We found this restaurant/wine bar Aria in the West Village and were drawn to the twinkly lights outside. Inside, we were blown away by a goat cheese plate, gnocchi, and spicy shrimp kabob over marinated artichokes.. and these Bloody Mary’s. For me, it was just the right amount of horseradish that made it. Well done Aria.

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Dec 5
9:10 am
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