Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chamblee: Heart of India

I had a nice dinner at Heart of India. It is located on Chamblee-Tucker Road, on the segment tucked in between I-85 and I-285. The North Hills strip mall packs in a surprising variety of restaurants. The menu is north Indian, with a variety of meats as well as vegetarian entrees. One interesting feature is a series of tofu dishes, something that I am not used to seeing at Indian restaurants.

My meal started with papadum, served with two light sauces, one mint and the other coriander.

My meal also came with a light mulligatawny soup.

My main dish was channa masala. I asked for a heat of 10---"let's see what you can do" were my words. The result was spicy but came nowhere close to making me cry. Of course, they may have dialed it down assuming that I wasn't used to hot food. The dish was tasty and very much hit the spot.

Heart of India

New Farmers Market

I visited the new farmers' market on Buford Highway. It's located near the southern end, perhaps a mile south of Clairmont---my best local reference is the bowling alley.

Most of these markets skew toward one or a few ethnicities. This one definitely serves the Hispanic market, although it has the usual selection of items from everywhere. Here are some random observations:

* A pretty good deal on organic peaches.

* A wide variety of interesting produce that I've never cooked with before.

* What I assume must be lard labeled as "pork oil," a strangely accurate description.

* Fresh chiccarones.

* A large selection of woks next to a large selection of pans with largely Spanish labeling.

* Some really huge pots and an excellent selection of tortilla presses.

* And they handed out fresh popcorn at the exit!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ginger Cookies

On a whim, I made a batch of ginger cookies. I hadn't had any in quite some time, but I was looking for something on which to spread some leftover chocolate ganache. My first thought was vanilla, but then I started to wonder how that chocolate would taste spread over a ginger cookie. The answer is, in case you're wondering, great. And these cookies taste great by themselves, too. I used the recipe from the King Arthur Flour's Baking Companion. The result was spicy without being overwhelming and very moist.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Grub Burger Bar

I just enjoyed a good meal at the new Grub in North Druid Hills. It's at North Druid Hills and LaVista near the new Fresh Market. As you can see, the decor is upscale casual. The crowd tonight was hopping, a mix of college kids and families.

I ordered a veggie burger with a whole wheat bun and really enjoyed it. The patty itself was tasty and with good texture. The topping was a mix of feta cheese and vegetables. The flavors all came through nicely and didn't compete with each other.

Here is their sauce selection. One of the sauces was a Dr. Pepper sauce, one was mustard, one ranch, I don't remember the other one.

And here are a few excellent onion rings I managed to beg. The coating is very crispy and holds together very well---you don't have to worry about the crust falling off as soon as you take your first bite.

Grub Burger Bar

Monday, August 24, 2015

Eating Around Georgia Tech: Bartaco

I finally made it to Bartaco. A lunch meeting with Moin gave me the opportunity. I was slightly surprised, given tacos as a feature item, that the decor was island themed, but the room was certainly pleasant. The service is a little complex, with a couple of different types of cards that one can post, but the service itself was very gracious and helpful.

We ended up ordering two rounds. For the first round, I ordered two tacos---one chicken, one cauliflower---and a pork tamale. I liked my tacos but I loved the tamale: great filling with rich, steamy masa. On the second round, Moin ordered another taco and a vegetarian tamale. His verdict was the opposite of mine, with his clear favorite being the shrimp taco.


An Ode to Cobbler

I pulled this bubbling delight out of the oven last night. I was tempted but I knew that I would burn my lips off if I ate it right away. So I waited until breakfast.

Pie is my usual morning pastry but this peach cobbler helped me to appreciate the pleasures of cobbler. I bought some rather hard peaches at the store, let them sit for a few days, and then boiled them to remove the skins. The topping is a slightly wet biscuit. Cobbler isn't that much easier than pie to make but it is at least a little easier. The thick, rich biscuit on top gives a very comforting feel in the morning. The peaches, although inexpensive and of only modest quality, were sweet, juicy, and nicely textured. I look forward to tasting this cobbler for several more mornings.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lilburn: Alcove Coffee

I just enjoyed another visit to Alcove Coffee. It's located on the edge of Lake Lucerne, just off Stone Mountain Highway. In case you're wondering, this is the same Alcove that used to be located at Northlake.

As you can see, the view of the lake is wonderful. My capuccino was excellent, as always, both pretty and flavorful. I also enjoyed a delicious piece of pound cake.

Alcove Coffee