Tish Around Taste of the Cowboys 2018

Hey TAT Family!

So, I had the pleasure of attending Taste of the Cowboys 2018 fundraising event benefiting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The event was held at the impressive Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. It was a great night of delicious food and amazing live entertainment, all in support of raising money to fight hunger in North Texas. It was a perfect event for Cowboys fans, as there were past and present players and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in attendance, and what’s a Cowboys’ event without Rowdy.

Hanging with Dallas Cowboys’ Mascot Rowdy….For the record I’m still an Atlanta Falcons fan ☺

The event was set up like a tailgate on field with 30 gourmet food stations featuring some of the best chefs around North Texas. There was a large variety of food and drinks to enjoy, as we were being entertained by two great bands. Big Joe Walker gave the crowd some bold Texas-style country music, and Jordan Kahn Orchestra kept us dancing to all the top 40 hits.

There was a silent auction with a lot of nice items to bid on during the event. A live auction, and football toss that benefited the NTFB’s Child Programs was also held. The live auction was a fun experience, with some unique items to bid on, and the football toss had people donating money, in return for a football signed by some popular Cowboys.

I had so much fun at the event – supporting a good cause, and of course tasting different food and drinks. I’m, definitely planning to attend next year’s event, and you should too.

Here are some of my favorite bites from the night.

Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market – Citrus Soy Braised Brisket Steam Bun with Green Mango Slaw

Legends at AT&T Stadium – Shrimp & Grits

Bulla Gastrobar – Chicken Paella with Mushroom, Artichoke, Carrots & Peas

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Pork Chop Bites

Tish Around Town is now an advocate for local food banks, and I hope you will join me in contributing to the fight to end hunger in the United States. Make sure you stay tuned to Tish Around Town for details on how you can be a part of this movement.

For more information or to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank, visit their website. If you are outside of Dallas, and would like to find your local food bank, go to Feeding America and search by your zip code.

By the way, Tish Around Town’s newsletter is coming soon! Yaay! I’m so excited for you to see what I have planned. But, for now, make sure you subscribe to the blog to stay in the loop on foodie news and what’s happening around town.

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Brunching Around Town – Bolsa in Bishop Arts District

Hey TAT Family!

I’m re-launching a series I started on Tish Around Town called, Brunching Around Town. Brunch is my favorite meal of the week, so I try to make sure brunch is on my radar a few times a month. In the Brunching Around Town series, I will share some of my favorite brunch experiences locally in Dallas, Atlanta, and around the world.

I decided to re-launch Brunching Around Town with Bolsa, a restaurant in the Bishop Arts District, which is located in one of Dallas’ most unique neighborhoods in Oak Cliff. The district is a close-knit community with several independent restaurants, coffee shops, bars, boutiques, art galleries, etc., that’s always buzzing morning, noon and night. So, I had the chance to choose from several restaurants offering brunch. I ended up choosing Bolsa and enjoyed every minute brunching there.

Bolsa is a farm-to-table restaurant located in the western corner of Bishop Arts District. The restaurant offers healthy and appetizing meals made from the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers and ranchers, and their dishes and cocktails are seasonally inspired.

The restaurant building is quite unique – a renovated old garage with indoor and outdoor seating, and had a laid-back and rustic feel. In addition to its parking lot, the building is surrounded by plenty of street parking, so you won’t have to stress about looking for a parking space.

My dear friend, fellow foodie and travel buddy, Kanika was in town visiting me for the weekend, so I was under a little pressure to pick a good spot for brunch. I yelped around, read a few articles, and then I settled on Bolsa. We made reservations early Sunday morning for noon, and we were seated as soon as we arrived. Our server, Andrea greeted us promptly, and she was fun and quite attentive through the entire meal. There were a variety of foods with numerous options to pick from on the menu. They had it all, from classic brunch dishes and original dishes to brunch cocktails, soups, salads, and flatbreads.

I usually start off my brunch with one of my favorite brunch beverages; a Bloody Mary, Bellini, or Mimosa. This time, I had a mimosa. Bolsa’s mimosas come by the glass or by the bottle. The glass is priced at $5, and the bottle of Sparkling Wine is priced at $15 with your choice of juice orange, grapefruit, pineapple & cranberry. I usually enjoy the bottle option mimosas over bottomless because I can mix my own drink to my liking.

Grapefruit Mimosas

We had a few others join us for brunch so we were able to try a few entrees off the menu. We ordered Steak and Egg Hash, Iron Skillet Quiche, Beet Salad and French Toast “Cakes”.

Steak & Egg Hash – potatoes, peppers, onions, shishitos, fontina & s.s.u. egg

Iron Skillet Quiche – spinach, mushrooms & chèvre

Beet Salad – local greens, candied Texas pecans & goat cheese vinaigrette – paired nicely with the Iron Skillet Quiche

French Toast “Cakes” – seasonal berries & maple syrup

Bolsa has an open kitchen concept, which I absolutely love because it gives me the opportunity to engage with the chef, as well as see what looks good before ordering. At Bolsa, I had the opportunity to see them prepare the steak hash, so I knew what I was having before I sat down.   We loved everything we ordered and had a lovely time brunching at Bolsa. I will definitely be back for brunch, and I’m also planning to come back to try their prix fixe dinner.

Location – Bishop Arts District
614 West Davis,
Dallas TX 75208
Phone: 214-367-9367
Website: https://bolsadallas.com/bolsa

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 4:30pm – 10pm
Friday: 4:30pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Where do you like to brunch at in the Bishop Arts District?

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Chat n’ Chew with Tish at Zaytinya – A Staple for Mediterranean Food

Hey TAT Family!

In this episode of the new series, Chat n’ Chew with Tish, I’ll be featuring Washington, DC Blogger, T-Mac from Fat Girl N’ Motion, who I met up with when I was on vacation in DC. I had a chat with her over dinner at Zaytinya, and it was an absolute delight. Fat Girl N’ Motion was gracious enough to let me select the restaurant for our blogger meetup, and I chose Zaytinya because it came highly recommended by a few of my fellow foodie friends and bloggers. I also wanted to try it out, before they opened their new location at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Food Bloggers – Tish from Tish Around Town & T-Mac from Fat Girl N’ Motion

Zaytinya is one of Chef José Andrés numerous restaurants scattered all over the US and Mexico. Chef Andres is an internationally-recognized chef, culinary innovator, and owner of the ThinkFoodGroup. He is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy and has a non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen, which empowers communities and strengthen their economies using the power of food. Chef Andrés was named one of “Time’s 100 Most Influential list” and has earned several awards including the “Outstanding Chef” award by the James Beard Foundation and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Zaytinya, which opened in 2002, is a Mediterranean restaurant, and I love Mediterranean food and the culture. I usually go to more casual Mediterranean restaurants, so Zaytinya was a nice change for an upscale dining experience. The outstanding restaurant offers innovative food, which is inspired by Greek, Turkish and Lebanese cuisines. It is considered one of the top restaurants in Washington, consistently ranking as a Top Dining Destination in the city, and has earned numerous great reviews from the Washington Post and other publications.

When we arrived, we decided to sit at the bar, and we were immediately attended to by the bartender, Camila, who was attentive and delivered impeccable service. She walked us through the menu, gave us great suggestions and helped us pick our meal. The menu featured excellent cheeses and spreads, seafood, poultry, beef, vegetables, creative desserts, and more, as well as unique Mediterranean wines, cocktails, coffee and tea. We settled on the Kabob Tasting Sampler, Crispy Brussels, and Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie), all of which were delicious.

Kabob Tasting Sampler, Crispy Brussels & Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Kabob Tasting Platter – lamb, kofte, chicken, adana, tomato, onion, garlic toum, harissa

After dinner, we asked Camila if we could meet the head Chef. I was secretly wishing that we would luck up and Chef Andrés would be around and available as well, but no luck. Anyway, Chef Michael Costa, the head chef of Zaytinya in DC, was available and was so gracious to come meet us. He also gave us a dish to try from his private six-course dinner he was preparing that night – a one of a kind six-course meal with a 90lb Tunis Sheep featuring meat from the entire sheep and paired with wines selected by Master Sommelier Andy Myers.

Food Bloggers Tish & T-Mac with Chef Michael Costa

Tish Around Town Tip (#TATTip): Zaytinya is popular with the locals and travelers, so if you are planning to go during the peak dining hours, I strongly suggest you make reservations.

Dinner with Fat Girl in Motion was utterly fun. Our conversation flowed seamlessly, as though we were old friends catching up. We chatted about how she got started blogging, the DC food scene, favorite foods and restaurants, and so on. See the below Q&A to learn more about Fat Girl N’ Motion.

Tish: Where are you from, and how long have you been living in DC?

Fat Girl N’ Motion (FGM): I’m a native of Washington, DC. I’ve lived here for over 30 years.

Tish: How long have you been blogging?

FGM: I’ve been blogging for a couple of months – 6 months. I started in July 2017.

Tish: What inspired you to start your blog?

FGM: I was inspired to start a blog by my fellow foodie friends, who often asked me several foodie questions like, “Where did you get that meal from the other day?” or “Where can I go for the best brunch/happy hour?” I tend to keep this level of detail to myself depending on who’s asking. However, I came up with the idea to create a blog, so my foodie friends can stop asking these questions and alert restaurateurs/owners/staff of the industry the diner’s experience, either good, bad, or indifferent!

Tish: When did your love affair with food start?

FGM: My love affair with food started post-college years.

Tish: What is your favorite restaurant in DC and why?

FGM: My favorite restaurant is Matchbox, which opened in 2006 and now has nine locations in the DC metro area. Consistency is key when running a restaurant, and Matchbox has been able to stay consistent. Although they’ve changed their menu countless times, their authenticity has remained the same since they opened years ago. I, especially love their juicy Porcini Rubbed Ribeye entrée. You can check out my blog for the delicious details of my experience at Matchbox.

Tish: Tell me a little about you, and your blog.

FGM: Okay. My blog name is Fat Girl N’ Motion, and I’m just a fat girl who loves food, not a cook or critic. Watching a lot of Food Network programs inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and start to try out several dishes. I used to just post about my food experience on my social media profile until I started my blog. My blog helps me document and share my foodie experience. When I go to a new restaurants or try a new foods, I try to understand what/why I like the food while enjoying its comfort and then document it on my blog. I also have reviews of my favorite restaurants on my blog.

Thanks Fat Girl N’ Motion! See you next time I’m in DC for another fabulous dining experience!

Make sure you check out one of Zaytinya locations in Washington, DC, and now open at The Star in Frisco, TX.

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Tish Around Legacy Hall – Dallas Premier Food Hall

Hey TAT Family!

I found my Foodie Heaven in Dallas at Legacy Hall, the newest addition to Legacy West in Plano.  The hall, which opened in December 2017, is the first of its kind in North Texas, and like many other Texans, I had been anticipating the opening since I first read about it.

Legacy Hall is a European theme food hall that has over 30 unique food and beverage stalls offering cuisine from all over the world. It also has an in-house brewery and multiple bars, which serve specialty cocktails and craft beers.

The restaurants in the hall are miniature versions of existing and new concepts from some well-known local chefs. Chef Tiffany Derry from Bravo’s Top Chef serves her famous Duck Fat Fried Chicken with some other savory dishes at Roots Chicken Shak. Another local favorite, Celebrity Chef John Tesar from the acclaimed steakhouse Knife, who is a four-time James Beard semifinalist, also serves his famous burgers at Knife Burger in the Legacy Hall.

In addition to everything situated within the Legacy Hall, an outdoor venue called The Box Garden is under construction, and is scheduled to open Spring 2018. The Box Garden, will host live music, festivals, concerts, and other outdoor events.

I have been to the food hall a few times since it opened in December 2017. Here are the Tish Around Town Tips (#TATTip) for tackling the hall:

  • Bring a foodie buddy or come with a group – Bringing a foodie buddy is highly recommended so that you can share and try more things during your visit. This will allow you to enjoy our own international smorgasbord.
  • Bring your credit/debit card – The stalls at the food hall are cashless, so you have to pay with a credit/debit card or a Hall Pass. You can bring cash, but you will have to load it to a Hall Pass that can be purchased at a kiosk at the hall.
  • Come with an open palate – The variety of cuisines in the food hall gives you the opportunity to try a variety of international dishes along with some American favorites. China, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico and beyond are all represented in the hall, so come prepared to try them all.
  • Walk around before deciding on a meal – Make sure you take a lap around the hall before picking your meal. You can easily mix and match items from multiple stalls to create the perfect meal and enhance your experience.

Here are a few things I tried on my culinary journey through the food hall:

Roots Chicken Shak – Southern Cooking

The Duck Fat Fried Chicken & Fries

Note:  Make sure you checkout my blog on my fun cooking experience with Chef Derry – Cooking & Cocktails with Chef Tiffany Derry!

Red Stix Yakitori & Banh Mi – Asian Street Food

Yakitori-Grilled Meat Skewers – Beef, Chicken & Pork

FaQ’s – Authentic Mexican

Chicken Flautas

Enter The Bao – Chinese

Beef & Pork Belly Baos

Sea Breeze Lobsta & Chowda House – Seafood

Lobster Roll or as they say ‘Lobsta’

Main Bar

Craft Cocktails – 1st Froze´ made with frozen Rose´ wine, 2nd Prime Thyme with vodka, thyme, elderflower liqueur, honey, lemon, 3rd Bramblin’ Man with vodka, blackberries, mint, bitters, lemon, honey

Press Waffle Company

The House with nutella, cookie butter, fresh cut strawberries and house made whipped cream

Glazed Donut Works

Classic Chocolate Donut & Crème Brulee Donut

Legacy Hall is located at Legacy West:
7800 Windrose Avenue
Plano, TX 75024

Legacy Hall is open every day of the week:
Sunday: 9AM – 10PM
Monday to Wednesday: 7AM – 11PM
Thursday: 7AM – 12AM
Friday: 7AM – 1AM
Saturday: 9AM – 1AM

Have you been to the food hall?  If so, tell me what you think and what food you tried.

See you around town!

All Photos by Tish Around Town

Tish Around Park & Palate Grand Taste 2017

Hey TAT Family!

So, I had the opportunity to attend the event Park & Palate Grand Taste. I had run across the event on Facebook, and it piqued my interest because it was being described as one of the hottest culinary events in Dallas. That’s a pretty bold statement, so I had to go check it out.

Park & Palate is the annual fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park that showcases the region’s most popular chefs, as well as wineries and spirits from around the world. The two-day culinary event had a unique theme – “Pillars and Protégés,” which featured well known pillar chefs and up-and-coming protégés making collaborative dishes to showcase.

The event was held at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, which is 5.2 acres of urban green space built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It’s a beautiful park with a lot of fun activities and great views of the city skyline, and the perfect backdrop for this event. Attending the event allowed me to kill two birds with one stone because visiting this park was on my Dallas To-Do List.

The event kicked off Friday night with, “Down To The Root,” which featured two chefs, a pillar and protégé, from each major city highlighting the best of Texas cuisine. The night was also filled with live music and dancing. I attended the Saturday afternoon event, “Grand Taste,” which featured more than 60 chefs and 30 wineries, plus spirits, craft cocktails, and beer. My beautiful Mom was my foodie buddy for this event. The Grand Taste was from 2.pm – 6.pm so we arrived a little after 2.pm.

TAT Tip: When attending a food festival, it is better to arrive on the earlier side so that you can get the majority of the tasting done before the crowd shows up.

Park and Palate Grand Taste

Selfie with Mom, my foodie buddy for the day

We first walked around to get the lay of the land, and then we started on our culinary journey. The majority of tastings were delightful and pleasing to our palates. You can tell the chefs took pride in working together to curate the perfect tasting for this event. On top of the great food, there were also countless selections of wines and spirits to pair with the tastings.

Lobster Roll

Empanada & Pork Belly

Some of my favorite wines

The entry process was easy, and there were also no long lines at stations. However, it was an unseasonable 90-degree day in October, so we had to take a few breaks to get out of the sun, and luckily there were plenty of cool seating under the trees and umbrellas.

I, definitely, recommend this event, and it is now on my radar as an annual event I have to attend. My Mom is a newbie to the foodie events but she had a blast, and she will also be back next year too. This festival is well worth the money for the quality of food, the portion sizes and the plentiful pours of wines and spirits. I have been to a lot of food festivals and foodie events, and this one ranks pretty high on the list as a new favorite.

Chefs serving savory bites

Chefs serving delicious desserts

Having a mini photoshoot in front of the We Rosé wall

My new foodie friends

Dallas TAT Family, make sure you add Park & Palate to your social calendar for next year, and for my out of town followers, this would be a great event for a Fall weekend trip to Dallas. The weather in Dallas is usually beautiful in October, and you can also catch a Cowboys game or some other fun events that same weekend

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Klyde Warren Park Newsletter, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay in the loop on the next Park & Palate, and all of the other fun events at the park.

What are some of your favorite food festivals to attend in Dallas or other cities?  I will travel for good food so I just might make a road trip!

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Cooking & Cocktails with Chef Tiffany Derry – Tish Around Town

Hey TAT Family! It’s been a minute since I posted a blog. I’m sorry, I’ve been AWOL. I recently moved back home to Dallas, TX to embark on a new chapter of life, and took a few months to get reacclimated to the city and explore the social scene. Anyway, I’m back now, and can’t wait to start exploring the tons of great restaurant and events in Dallas and sharing the details with you. Don’t worry TAT Atlanta family, you’ll definitely continue to see posts about Atlanta, as I will be back on a regular basis to see family and friends, and to attend some of my favorite events.

So this summer, I had the opportunity to attend ‘Cooking & Cocktails – An Afternoon with Tiffany Derry’ hosted by RVC Promotions at The Brixton Shops at Legacy. The thing is I’ve been a fan of Chef Derry since her time on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 where she was voted “fan favorite” and also was among the final four in the season. Not only that, she was also a finalist on Top Chef: All-Stars. Over the years, I’ve also watched her on Bar Rescue and Hungry Investors on SPIKE TV. So, when I saw the post for this event, I knew I had to attend so that I could finally meet my Foodie Best Friend (in my head), and taste her food in a fun, intimate setting.

Chef Derry giving cooking tips & tricks

The event was the perfect Saturday afternoon sharing good food, drinks, lots of laughs, and the opportunity to meet some new foodie friends. The event was a 3-course cooking class, with each course paired with a different cocktail. The class was very interactive, and Chef Derry did a great job walking us through the recipes in detail and answering questions from the audience. The recipes for everything she cooked were also given to us, so I will be trying some of these delicious dishes at home in the near future.

1st Course: Pork Belly with Watermelon Salad Cocktail Pairing: Rock N Mules – Western Son Vodka Mule

2nd Course: Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes & Kimchi Vegetable Medley Cocktail Pairing: Live and Let Rye – Red River Rye, Black Walnut & Aztec Chocolate Bitters

3rd Course: Peaches & Cream Cocktail Pairing: Foxy Lady – Western Sons Apricot Vodka, Peach Schnapps & Peaches

Each course was simply amazing, and you can definitely taste Chef Derry’s Southern roots in her cooking. I enjoyed each course, but the second course was my favorite. The beef short ribs were so tender and full of flavor, and I’m still dreaming about those mashed potatoes. My favorite drink served was the ‘Live and Let Rye’ from the second course. I have been expanding my cocktail palate by trying more dark liquor drinks, and this drink was a perfect combination of whiskey with a sweet chocolate undertone.

The event was a reminder of my love for food and learning about food, and it gave me the inspiration I needed to get back to writing for Tish Around Town. If you enjoy trying different foods or love to cook, I strongly suggest you attend a cooking class and demonstration instructed by a chef. I have learned a lot of cooking tips and tricks during these type of classes over the years.

It was great meeting with Chef Derry after the event

Selfie with Mitzi, my fellow foodie buddy

Make sure you visit one of Chef Derry’s restaurants around Dallas. The Cupboard – Grab ‘N Go by Tiffany Derry is located in the Uptown Urban Market, and you can enjoy sandwiches & wraps, local artisan goods, salads and fresh sushi.

Also, checkout Root’s Chicken Shak located in Legacy Hall at Legacy West in Plano where Chef Derry is featuring dishes inspired by her mother’s Southern cooking. You’ll find her famous duck fat fried chicken on the menu along with some other savory dishes.  For more information on Legacy Hall, see my blog, Tish Around Legacy Hall – Dallas Premier Food Hall.

Root’s Chicken Shak – Duck Fat Fried Chicken & Fries

Thanks, RVC Promotions for curating a great foodie event, and thanks to Western Son Distillery for the awesome drinks!

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Ringing in 2016: Tish Around Town Highlights of 2015

Hey TAT Family! Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but I had to come out of blogger hibernation to share my highlights of 2015. This was a challenging year for me with many ups and downs, but I was still able to make some lifetime memories with traveling, and attending some fun and unique events. I hope you enjoy my favorite experiences of 2015, and can add a few of these experiences to your 2016 social calendar.

Jose James Concert – Yesterday I Had The Blues
I attended quite a few concerts in 2015, but the Jose James concert was my favorite. I’ve been a huge fan of Jose James for many years, and this was my second time seeing him live and once again James and his band did not disappoint. He’s considered a jazz artist, but it’s hard to put his music into one single genre/category.   He has a very unique sound, and he’s known for blending modern jazz, hip-hop, soul and R&B into his music.

Jose sung a lot of songs from his latest album, Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, which is a great tribute to the beautiful “Lady Day”. I also enjoyed the opening act Brandon Williams with performances by Deborah Bond , Matt Cusson, Anesha & Joi Tiffany. It was a night I’ll never forget, and I am so grateful for Next Level Events for putting together such a wonderful show!

Follow Next Level Events on Facebook to stay in the loop on their upcoming shows & events.

Jose James

Jose James – Photo by David Strawn

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams – Photo by David Strawn

All Vinyl Everything (monthly event April – September)

‘Dance like nobody’s watching’ is one of my favorite quotes, and I did exactly this at “All Vinyl Everything” (AVE) Memorial Day weekend.   AVE is a monthly event from April to September where the best DJs dig into the crates and spin the hottest hits on vinyl (no laptops allowed).  Also, DJs and music lovers can buy, trade or sell vinyl at the event. AVE was established in 2012, and over the years this event has built a strong following of fun people that love good music.

Follow All Vinyl Everything on Facebook & Instagram for information on their upcoming events.

All Vinyl Everything (AVE) with DJ Applejac & my #GramFam Aisha!

Good times at All Vinyl Everything (AVE)!

Cruising the Mediterranean – Italy, Spain & France
I took a cruise through the Mediterranean, and it was simply AMAZING! There are not enough pictures or videos I can post to show the beauty of Europe. I have been to Europe a few times with friends, but this trip was near and dear to my heart because I was able to experience it this time with family celebrating a milestone birthday with my mother. My previous trips to Europe gave me an advantage to planning the perfect vacation for my family. I am a firm believer that doing a combination of land and sea through Europe is a great way to cover multiple locations and it’s easier on the pockets if planned right.

We took the Epic on Norwegian and it departed from Rome. We visited a lot of cities throughout Italy, France & Spain. The added bonus was ending our trip with a train ride from Rome to Venice. This was truly a bucket list trip, and I’m glad I could share this experience with my family.

Stay tuned to Tish Around Town for more details about my trip, pictures and tips & tricks for traveling in Europe by land & sea.

Epic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Epic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Gondola Ride in Venice with my family

My Gondola Ride in Venice with my family!

“i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” 
I had the opportunity to attend the opening of I feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah. This exhibition featured André 3000’s custom designed black jumpsuits he wore during the Outkast reunion tour in 2014. Each jumpsuit has a Twitter length unique phrase that’s thought provoking, intriguing, and some are just out-right funny. This exhibition also featured the work of filmmaker Greg Broomall and painter Jimmy O’Neal.

This event was truly a memory for the books, and the added bonus is that I got a chance to meet him. Savannah is one of my favorite cities, and the SCAD Museum is always at the top of my list when I visit. Make sure you check out the blog I wrote, A Peaceful Weekend Retreat: Savannah/Hilton Head.

I feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at SCAD!

ONE Musicfest
I look forward to ONE Musicfest every year, and this year didn’t disappoint with a great line up featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, Janelle Monae & Wonderland, Wale, SZA, Ghostface & Raekwon, Raury, Big KRIT, 8Ball and MJG, Scarface, Bun B, The Internet and much more. ONE Musicfest started in 2010 at a small outdoor venue, and now it’s considered the #1 Urban Music Festival in the Southeast with over 15,000 attendees, multiple stages, vendors and food trucks.

The founder of One Musicfest, J Carter says, “It’s our modern day Woodstock”, and I agree!

For more information on the 2016 ONE Musicfest visit the website.

Enjoying OneMusic Fest with my fellow music lovers!

Enjoying OneMusic Fest with my fellow music lovers!

Diner en Blanc 
Diner en Blanc also known as the “Dinner in White” was my most unique event in 2015. This event is often described as a flashmob picnic and the world’s largest dinner party. I have attended a lot of themed events, but Diner en Blanc by far exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t imagine I would be having a dinner, and dancing the night away in front of the Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street with 1,700 people dressed in all white formal attire.

Diner en Blanc is by invitation only, traditionally issued from organization leaders, members/past attendees and event volunteers. The invitation process can be a little confusing, and there are multiple phases to this process. My fellow blogger, Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life does a great job on giving you all of the details you need for getting an invitation and all of the rules you must follow as an attendee.

Diner en Blanc Guide for First Timers by Nadeen – The Sophisticated Life.

Diner en Blanc

Dinner is severed! Photo by Tiffany Powell Photography

Diner en Blanc

Sparkler time at Diner en Blanc! Photo by Tiffany Powell Photography

Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Atlanta has turned into a breading ground for festivals. There are multiple festivals every weekend so there isn’t a shortage on things to do in Atlanta, and you have a large variety of food, music and wine and beer festivals to pick from. Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe was my favorite food & wine festival for 2015. This festival features chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants and caterers, local farms, fine wines, premium micro-brews, live music and retailers in the beautiful gardens at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The price for this festival is a little more than other festivals, but it is well worth the price for the quality of food & wine, portion sizes and the countryside atmosphere.

This event takes place in early November, but the tickets usually go on sell in August or September. Follow Les Dames d’Escoffier International on Facebook or Twitter.

Serenbe

Welcome to Serenbe!

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Enjoying the festival with my fellow foodie!

Well, that wraps up 2015. It was a great year, and 2016 is already off to a wonderful start! I recently visited New York City, so stay tuned to my New York review of my bites out of the ‘Big Apple’.

Stay turned to Tish Around Town for your road map for making lifetime memories and living life in 2016. See you around town!

Leave a comment below with some of your highlights of 2015, and tell me about any plans you have for 2016.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 – At The Table With Tish: Turkish Experience At Sivas

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Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7pm

At The Table With Tish: Turkish Experience At Sivas
Belly Dancing – Turkish Music – Fruit & Ice Hookahs
$35 Per Guests + Tax + Tip (drink not included)

Course #1 – Appetizers

Ezma – Tomato and pepper salad mixed with walnuts, onion, sumac herbs

Babaganush – Delicate spread made from charcoal-grilled eggplant mashed with tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and yogurt

Course #2 – Entrée (served with Greek salad & rice or bulgur, tzatziki sauce & pita bread)

Choose One: 
Sivas Kebab – Grilled spicy ground lamb & beef
Chicken Kebab – Grilled chunk soft chicken meat
Beef Kebab – Grilled chunk soft beef meat marinated with Chef’s special sauce
Greek Kebab – Sliced Greek gyro meat
Mixed Grill – Kebab sampler – Sivas, Chicken, Beef and Greek Kebab
(Vegetarian) Veggie Grill – Grilled mushroom, green peppers, zuchini and eggplant
(Vegetarian) Moussaka – Grilled eggplant, potatoes, zucchini, pepper and onions serve with béchamel sauce on the top

Course #3 – Dessert 
Baklava – Layered fillo dough with fresh walnuts and syrup in traditional Turkish style

Location: 
Sivas – Grill, Hookah, Bar
794 Juniper St Atlanta, GA 30308

Parking: Complimentary parking is available across the street behind the building on Juniper & 5th Ave

Atlanta’s Best Food & Music Festivals for 2015

photo-9Happy New Year TAT Family! As you work on setting your new year’s resolution goals, make sure getting to a festival in 2015 is on your list. Savory food, good music and great weather are the 3 essentials for a fun and memorable festival. There is not a shortage of festivals in Atlanta, and you can find multiple festivals every weekend to satisfy your social cravings for food and music.

I decided to kick off 2015 by sharing some of my favorite festivals that I strongly suggest you add to your social calendar. I feel a festival is a great way to unite with family and friends while enjoying great food, music, art and culture.   Over the years, I have attended some amazing festivals around Atlanta, and some have been very memorable, and I look forward to attending them annually.

Make sure you share this blog with your family and friends, and save this page in your favorites to stay in the loop as the 2015 festival dates are announced.  Also, stay tuned to @tisharoundtown on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) for additional festival details, ticket information and reviews on the #TATApproved food & music festivals around Atlanta.

See you around town TAT family!

Note: Click the name to access the festival website for additional information.

Saturday, 2/21 & Sunday, 2/22 – 28th Oyster Festival
Location: Midtown

Saturday, 2/28 – Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Location: Atlantic Station

Saturday, 3/14 – Suwanee American Craft Beer Festival
Location: Suwanee

April 2015 (exact date TBD) – 11th Annual Rathbun’s Anniversary Party
Location: Old Fourth Ward

Friday, 4/10 – Sunday, 4/12 – 79th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Friday, 4/17 – Sunday, 4/19 – Sweet Water 420 Fest
Location: Centennial Olympic Park

Friday, 4/24 – Sunday, 4/26 – Inman Park Festival
Location: Inman Park

Friday, 5/8 – Sunday, 5/10 – Sweet Auburn Springfest
Location: Downtown/Auburn Ave

Friday, 5/22 – Sunday, 5/24 – Atlanta Jazz Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Saturday, 5/23 – Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
Location: Downtown

Thursday, 5/28 – Sunday, 5/31 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Location: Midtown

June 2015 (exact date TBD) – Virginia-Highland Summerfest
Location: Virginia-Highland

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – One Musicfest
Location: TBD

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – Music Midtown
Location: Piedmont Park

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – Taste of Atlanta
Location: Midtown

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – A3C Festival
Location: TBD

November 2015 (exact date TBD) –Decatur Wine Festival
Location: Decatur

Sunday, 11/8 – 15th Annual Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Location: Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Whatever your flavor when it comes to music, food, art and culture, Atlanta’s festivals are sure to have something you will enjoy.

What festivals will I see you at this year?

Tish Around The Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

If you missed the Taste of Atlanta this year, you missed what could almost be described as a festival for your taste buds! The Taste of Atlanta is a staple food, wine & cocktail festival that has been around for over a decade. The 3-day food festival featured 90 restaurants, 4 live cooking stages, and the option of enjoying the VIP Experience, which included sample cocktails, craft beers and wines from around the world.

I had the opportunity to cover this event on Sunday and it was truly the highlight of my weekend. I attended the event with my brother, George who also was my photographer for the day, and my good buddy Angela, who was very instrumental in brining Tish Around Town to life.

The weather was prefect, which was a key ingredient to making Sunday a perfect day for tasting some of the best food Atlanta has to offer. Our taste buds were aroused with the smell of good food even before we entered the gates. Everything looked tempting so I knew we were in store for a tasty day. We started with getting the lay of the land, and coming up with the perfect plan for eating our way through the streets of Tech Square. The coordinators of this festival made it easy for getting around by grouping the restaurants by neighborhoods. This was a great way to experience food from a particular neighborhood or area of town.

I’ve been to a few food festivals in my day, and the one thing I can say about the Taste of Atlanta, is the food portion to food ticket ratio was perfect for tasting. The majority of the tastings were 2 – 3 tickets each, and most of the portions could be shared to allow for you to taste more food. On top of tasting the food, there were some fun interactive chef demos and food competitions featuring some of Atlanta’s best chefs.

I had a great time meeting some of my social media friends, and I made some new friends along the way. If you like trying different foods, or want to learn more about food, make sure you add the Taste of Atlanta on your list of things to do in 2015. This is a Tish Around Town approved festival, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I will let the pictures below tell my Taste of Atlanta culinary journey. See you next year!

Our firs stop was at Aja's booth.  The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Our first stop was at Aja’s booth. The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta!  #GramFam

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta! #GramFam

Jim N' Nick's BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

BurgerFi had he longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

BurgerFi had the longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N' Cheese was delicious!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N’ Cheese was delicious!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta.  Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta. Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Cafe Intermezzo's Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Cafe Intermezzo’s Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Big Pretzel!

Big Pretzel!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

Photos Credit:  George Hinchen III aka Mr. Armani