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Favorites from Taste of Atlanta 2013

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend Taste of Atlanta. Spent most of my Saturday working a grand opening event in Athens and got back to Atlanta just in time to spend the last 2 hours at the festival. The streets were lined with tents from over 90 restaurants, offering a variety of eats, drinks and treats for a few tickets a piece. There were definitely some themes happening this year, like ceviche, ice cream, gumbo and fried food. In search of something new and interesting, I only tried places that I haven't been to before.

My favorite dish of the day goes to Chai Pani for their Kale Pakora:  Indian-style savory kale fritters made with curried chickpea batter, served with green chutney and sweet yogurt. I've had kale chips before, but this was a completely new flavor combination!

I'm not a big steak person, but have been wanting to try BLT Steak for a while now. They were offering New York Strip Steak with Spicy BBQ Corn on this cute naturally made "boat" plate. No fork, mind you, but it was still tasty.

My second favorite dish was the Baked Heirloom Apple Crème Brûlée with Porter Caramel from Glenn's Kitchen. Like apple pie had a baby with crème brûlée...incredible!

Also, not related to the above, but did want to mention that if you love craft beer and ice cream, you need to try Frozen Pints Craft Beer Ice Cream! I had a taste of the Pumpkin Spice and loved it. They're a local Atlanta company and have a bunch of flavors. Now you can drink your beer, and eat it too!

What were your favorites from Taste of Atlanta this year?


Benefits of Face Brushing

You've heard me talk about Body Brushing and all the wonderful health and beauty benefits that come along with it, but what about Face Brushing? You can brush your face and neck and get the same type of benefits as body brushing delivers! Facial brushing removes dead skin and stimulates circulation , which firms and improves skin tone . Your skin will become softer and smoother ! It's like a mini facial massage every time you brush, a fabulous way to spoil yourself during your daily facial cleaning routine. In order to do the face brushing sequence you need a small natural-fiber bristle brush . The important thing to look for when selecting the appropriate face brush are natural plant fiber bristles. Do not use the type with plastic bristles because it will not have the same effect. I'm excited to announce that T-Tapp now sells  face brushes ! In addition to the Body Brushing Sequence,  Teresa Tapp created a special Face Brushing Sequence that has been proven

Benefits of Body Brushing

Body brushing is incredible for the skin and healing of the body. Europeans have been body brushing for centuries...maybe that's why they look so fantastic! This blog post will go into some education about What is Body Brushing? Body Brushing is also known as skin brushing and dry brushing . It's done using a natural bristle brush, like the T-Tapp Body Brush pictured above ($11.00, ). Teresa Tapp, creator of the T-Tapp Workout and author of Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes , has developed a specific body brushing pattern that's proven to be effective for all ages and a variety of health and beauty concerns. Teresa's pattern involves brushing the entire body from the feet all the way up to the neckline. Once finished go back and brush the areas that need a little extra attention, such as the butt, thighs and abdomen.  It's best to body brush first thing in the morning , when the increased blood flow will help wake you up and the body is in a natur

Amazing Eats at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Last night I had the most fabulous meal with my sista at Pappadeaux in Atlanta. She's been keeping this place a secret from me! We get there around 8pm and find out that she knows the hostess from way back. (Our buzzer literally went off after about 5 minutes when there was over a 40 minute wait for a table. VIP!) The first thing that we ordered was the most delicious dip I have EVER put in my mouth, hands down! Lump Crab & Spinach Dip with crispy garlic cheese bread ...OMG. I could eat that by itself and call it a night. I saw a woman with this drink and had to order one for myself. It's called a Swamp Thing made from a mix of raspberry and melon liqueurs blended with frozen Hurricane & Margarita . Fantastic! Brain freeze though. I hate to admit that even though I'm a Florida girl, I've never had oysters before . She was shocked and insisted that we order some. Her favorites were the Oysters Baton Rouge - oysters on the half shell baked with a Parm