Zinburger Dunwoody Preview Night

A belle is back and here to stay y’all! We’ve had a LOT of transition the past couple of years, but have tried to stay active on our IG at least. At any rate, both belles are back in the A shawty and ready to get back to bihness! I recently moved back from a 3 year stint in NY and am so happy to be back “home.” Don’t worry…we have some amazing content to share with y’all.

Our loyal readers may remember that we covered Zinburger’s Opening Night in ATL a few years ago. Well, now Zinburger is opening a new joint in Dunwoody tomorrow, and we were invited to the VIP night.

I must say the vibe is nice at this Zinburger. The location feels larger than the one in Lenox Mall, but a belle isn’t quite sure. What we can tell you is that this location does NOT have a rooftop! It looks that way, but looks can be deceiving y’all.

Various salads, sides, and sliders, milkshakes, and pies were served. Somehow we missed the tater tots, Bars of Zin milkshake, but maybe next time.

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A belle loves to support charity, so we opted for the Gold Card to support Camp Twin Lakes. What a nice option!
Chinese Chicken Salad
Napa Salad (this was the fave at our table)
Chopped Wedge Salad (very refreshing!)
Sweet Potato Fries…ooh wee!

We really enjoyed the Samburger, El Diablo, Kobe, and Zinburger. My fiancé tried the Ahi Tuna and seemed to like it as well! Our fave milkshake was the cookies and cream which had the right amount of sweetness and cookies. The truffle fries + sweet potato fries were a hit as well…especially since we’ve never had sweet potato fries.

And of course, the wine was good. I tried a Malbec and Tempranillo which were tasty. The cocktails were AMAZING! We were fans of all of them…especially the Zingria (Sangria) and Pineapple Daiquiri.

We are happy this location is opening because it’s close to both of our homes + the Lenox location has been going down in our opinion. Every time we come there’s always a bad experience, so a belle is giddy the Dunwoody location is opening, and the staff seems super accommodating.

We look forward to visiting Zinburger Dunwoody soon! Don’t forget they open tomorrow!

What type of burgers do y’all like?

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Brings the Fun Out!

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Give a girl booze and good food and she is bound to have a great time! Friends, y’all know that a belle loves some good food and wine. When you couple these things with southern delicacies and a festival, you most certainly have our attention! Unfortunately, Tamika couldn’t make it, but I brought along our new intern, Khalia. We had so much fun at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF), which brings together happy people, great food and wine.

The AF&WF celebrates southern culture, food, and drink. It is an awesome event to attend to try new foods/spirits you haven’t had before. The festival welcomes other cultural influences such as Indian, Chilean, African, etc. with its various foods and wines. In addition to the tasting tents, there are also culinary experiences, where you can see star chefs and mixologists display their unique talents.

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Held in Midtown, the festival was replete with tasting tents, classes, dinners, AND more! If you’re really into food and wine, then this is the festival for you…right in the heart of Atlanta.

I had the opportunity to try spirits I do not normally drink; this included moonshine, whiskey, and rum. The kind of stuff that puts hair on your chest…haha. Some of a belle’s standout favorites at AF&WF were barbeque chicken with Big Green Egg barbeque sauce, grit frittatas (who knew?!), sea-salt caramel gelato, and an AWESOME salad by Lumiere French Kitchen. Chef Tom Condron knew what he was doing with that salad babyyy!

Have a gander at my Watermelon Lime Patron popsicle…yes Patron! It was a King of Pops popsicle at that! This festival is not froo froo at all because as you can see…cotton candy was there!

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Whisper Creek had this yummy strawberry rye whiskey. I don’t even drink whiskey, so if I say it’s good, please trust my tastebuds.

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I’d definitely suggest saving for AF&WF because the tickets can get pricey if you want to enjoy the FULL experience like a true VIP! However, the price is definitely worth it. Until next festival friends!

Disclosure: We received tickets to AF&W, but it does not affect a belle’s opinion.

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Foodie Fun: Melting Pot

So a belle heard that the Melting Pot was one of the best spots to have a foodie experience in Atlanta, so we had to try it. The sis and I visited the Midtown location, which is in the heart of the city, not too far from one of our fave places–the Alliance.

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Melting Pot has an intimate atmosphere that is perfect for a girls night out. The sis and I felt so special as we were tucked away in a cozy booth trying to decide on our selections. We opted for the four course feature, and I decided to try some drinks.

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Although you see my smile, I didn’t know how this drink would be y’all! I was so scared to try this Fiery Pineapple Margarita, as I am a tried and true belle. If I try it AND it’s true, I don’t like to leave it. But y’all know, variety is the spice of life, and I shole enjoyed this tasty drink that was outfitted with cayenne….YES cayenne pepper! The sweetness of the pineapple and the hint of chipotle gave me life chile!

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Interestingly, fondue is the star of the show and started off the first course. We chose a new selection as our cheese fondue. It consisted of fontina, kase butterkase (a German cheese), and goat cheese. When I tell y’all this cheese had us over the moon I mean it honey. Artisan breads and fruit were served alongside the cheese; Tamika and I went in on this creamy delicacy!!

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We both had house salads,which were your basic salads, so no complaints here. Moving along to the GOOD stuff 😉

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Everyone should smile a little with a Sunshine Sangria between courses. I love sweet drinks and this drink was that and then some. It was almost too sweet that I forgot liquor was in it! One thing about The Melting Pot is their presentation. Can’t you see how pretty this drink is? The fruit was fresh as well which was a GREAT thing!

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Didn’t I tell ya about the presentation? Even raw food looks purty! The Melting Pot has various cooking styles that include broths, wines, and various seasonings. We chose the Coq au Vin, a burgundy wine that is infused with various herbs and spices. I had the Land and Sea and Tamika had the French Quarter meal (minus the spice of course). After placing the food in the pot, alongside veggies like potatoes and broccoli, we chatted and waited for the food to cook. Our taste buds did not steer us wrong!

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Tamika raved about the andouille sausage and I was in love with my food. I killed those mushrooms! We received various dipping sauces that complemented the meats quite well. We were both in awe at the curry like sauce that wasn’t spicy. Trust that our tastebuds went into overdrive!

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The fourth course was TRULY the star of the show….DESSERT! The sis and I argued over who would choose the chocolate. I won since Tamika chose the cheese. We settled on a rich chocolate with toffee in it. When I tell ya this chocolate was high quality and unbelievable, I mean it!! I love sweets so I was dancing as I ate my chocolate fondue. Rice Krispie treats, Oreo crusted marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, brownies, blondies, and pound cake were served with the fondue. I really enjoyed the brownies 774

The service was wonderful…absolutely wonderful! Tamika and I enjoy going to places where they KNOW the menu, treat you like family, and go over and beyond! Our night ended with 2 roses for 2 special belles! If you’re looking for a great place to dine that serves up good food and a killer ambiance, then The Melting Pot should definitely be on your radar!

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*Disclosure: Our meals were provided & this doesn’t affect a belle’s opinion in any way.

Eats & Treats: The Meddlesome Moth

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Friends, some time ago we took a weekend trip to Dallas and oh did a belle have a ball. While touring museums and walking around Dallas’ eclectic art district we worked up quite an appetite.

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Texas 1101The sis and I visited The Meddlesome Moth, (in Dallas’ design district) which came highly recommended by locals! We were told that if you’re looking for good local food in Dallas then The Moth (as it’s fondly called) was the place to be! As it turns out, we kinda knew the Executive Chef David McMillan whose wife Denise is a close friend of ArtBLT.

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The ArtBelles with Plush Creations Founder, Denise McMillian!!! xo

The music-themed stain glass is absolutely beautiful! Can you believe that David rescued these from being destroyed? They add a layer or warmth and soul to this beautiful space.

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Fresh bread anyone?

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We decided to go for brunch and met our sweet friend Denise on a Sunday morning. Tamika and I shared the honey sampler (Flight of the Honey Bee), which is an assortment of various honeys and artisan breads. One of the breads tasted like pound cake and brought me back to days in Birmingham where I ate my grandma’s famous pound cake! We found out that the breads are made fresh in house.

Tamika had Homemade Cream Bisquits & Gravy, which was a sausage biscuit. Everything is freshly prepared. Y’all this was one of the fluffiest biscuits I’ve ever tasted! Y’all know I had to try her food and mine. What true foodie wouldn’t?

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I had Challah French Toast and bacon. The french toast was served alongside pure maple syrup (the GOOD stuff) and seasonal fresh berries. Talk about some good eating! I’ve never had Challah bread, but the french toast was thick in consistency, yet so soft and moist. Have a look at it below along with what Denise had!

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Oatmeal with fresh berries and nuts! Yummers!

A belle chowed down on this delicious brunch! We spoke to David who told us how the restaurant uses seasonal ingredients and makes most things in house. The food was fresh and wonderful! We’re going to share some recipes soon from David, and our list of top places to visit while in Dallas–So stay tuned. If you’re ever in the Dallas area stop by The Moth! You won’t be disappointed.

What do you like to eat for brunch?

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Book Love: Couture Chocolate Anyone?

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Friends, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and a belle wants to get you right for those of you who are booed up.

We had the opportunity to review this great book, Couture Chocolate, which will put you on your chocolate game in no time! Authored by William Curley, who is a four time winner of the Academy of Chocolate’s Award, this book covers how to change ordinary chocolate into extraordinary masterpieces.

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Y’all know we believe food is fashion, so prepare to be awed as you learn how to make patisseries, cakes, truffles and more. I’m squealing as I think about what we’ll be making and showing y’all in the coming weeks!

If the above chocolatey pleasures are not couture enough for you chic home cooks, this book covers how you can make dope chocolates with exotic ingredients like wasabi, Japanese black vinegar, and more. How’s that for foodie fashion?

Dinner and a movie is great, but how about doing something different? Couture Chocolate shows how you can take V-Day inside and create some couture sweets that are both tasty and fun. Also, if you are planning on cutting different fruits to dip into chocolate try this new gadget called the Any Sharp. Remember that you always need a sharp knife to make your cutting easy. Let us know how you like both of these items!

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

Disclaimer: This item was sent to a belle for review… This most certainly doesn’t affect our opinion in any way!