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

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

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 

A Peaceful Weekend Retreat: Savannah/Hilton Head

TAT fam, don’t you just want to get away sometimes? Don’t you long to just get away from the challenges and stresses of your day-to-day lives to clear your head, even if it’s just for a weekend? Well, I needed a break from the hustle & bustle of Atlanta, so I jumped in the car with my ‘Mister’ and we headed south on I-75 to Savannah/Hilton Head. 

Headed south on I-75 with my 'Mister'

Headed south on I-75 with my ‘Mister’

1st Stop Savannah
On our way to Hilton Head we made a stop in Savannah at the SCAD Museum of Art (scadmoa.org). I love visiting museums when I travel, and this is one of my favorite contemporary art museums. They always have creative exhibits that showcase a wide range of artists, photographers and designers.

The SCAD Museum is housed in a National Historic Landmark that is the only surviving antebellum railroad complex in the country. The 1953 brick structure that was once a railroad is a work of art alone. You can still see original high ceilings and some of the original brick and timber displayed throughout the museum.

SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah

SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah

Beautiful wall art at SCAD:  Each day is fresh with no mistakes in it.

Beautiful wall art at SCAD: Each day is fresh with no mistakes in it.

Sitting area in the museum with a  beautiful piece of art on the ceiling called Web_Orange #5 by Jennifer Jenkins

Sitting area in the museum with a beautiful piece of art on the ceiling called Web_Orange #5 by Jennifer Jenkins

Close up of the ceiling art Web_Orange #5

Close up of the ceiling art Web_Orange #5

2nd Stop Hilton Head Island
After touring the SCAD Museum we continued our journey to Hilton Head. We decided to stay at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (westinhiltonheadisland.com). The drive from Savannah to Hilton Head is not the most scenic drive, but once you turn off the highway headed to the resort you start to see the true beauty of Hilton Head.

The Westin Hilton Head Spa & Resort

The Westin Hilton Head Island Spa & Resort

Our stay started with a nice valet attendant greeting us and assisting us with parking and our bags. We walked into the lobby which was beautiful and very inviting, so I knew right then our weekend getaway was off to a great start. The front desk representative, Sally, was very welcoming and helpful with telling us about the resort. Our room was very spacious and included with a private balcony with beautiful views of the resort, which was a perfect home away from home for the weekend.

We decided to eat at the hotel the first night of our stay. Eating at a hotel restaurant can sometimes be a gamble, but I have found some amazing hotel restaurants in my travel, and this was no exception. We started the evening by making a stop at the bar and chatting with the bartender, David. He was very knowledgeable about Hilton Head and gave us some great suggestions on where to eat on the island.

We started dinner by ordering the Charleston She Crab Soup and the Duck Duo Salad as our appetizers. We loved both of the appetizers, but let me say this, the She Crab Soup was the best I’ve EVER had (yes I said EVER), and it’s worth a visit back to Hilton Head just for the soup! The entrees were delicious too. My ‘Mister’ had the delicious Lump Crab & Shrimp Linguine and I had the Filet Mignon. Dinner was perfect, and I can now add Carolina Café at the Westin Hilton Head to my list of favorite restaurants.

Charleston She Crab Soup with lumps of crab meat

Charleston She Crab Soup with lumps of crab meat

Duck Duo Salad with lemon, toasted pinenuts, goat cheese, port reduction, white balsamic vinaigrette

Duck Duo Salad with lemon, toasted pinenuts, goat cheese, port reduction, white balsamic vinaigrette

Filet Mignon with truffled risotto, grilled asparagus & demiglaze

Filet Mignon with truffled risotto, grilled asparagus & demi glaze

We spent the majority of the time relaxing, so we didn’t take full advantage of the activities and amenities at the hotel. We did get out to walk the beautiful grounds each morning on the trail. The Westin Hilton Head has a beautiful pool with a bar/lounge area overlooking the beautiful beach. You can also play a round of golf, tennis and relax at the spa located on the grounds of the hotel.

Beautiful walking trail at the Westin Hilton Head

Beautiful walking trail at the Westin Hilton Head

Beautiful pool area at the hotel

Beautiful pool area at the Westin Hilton Head

While there we also dined at the Skull Creek Boathouse (skullcreekboathouse.com) in Hilton Head. This is a pretty popular place for both tourists and local residents. They have a fun casual atmosphere with a large patio overlooking the water. We enjoyed the live band and cocktails while we waited on our table. The seafood was fresh and very tasty, and the bill didn’t break the bank.

We wrapped up our weekend by making another stop in Savannah on our way home. I couldn’t go to Savannah without seeing my Grambling alumni, DeShawn and her beautiful family. We met for brunch at Soho South Café (sohosouthcafe.com) in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah. We had a great brunch packed with old stories and a lot of laughs. After brunch we took in the beautiful scenery and architecture of Savannah before hitting the road.

Soho South Café in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah

Soho South Café in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah

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We enjoyed brunch with my Grambling Alumni (#GramFam), DeShawn ‘Star’ and her beautiful family

I left the stresses of Atlanta for an amazing weekend and returned to Atlanta rested and refreshed. Make sure you keep Savannah/Hilton Head in mind if you are looking for a quick affordable weekend getaway.

Photos Credit:  Yours truly,  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media & Westin Hilton Head website

Brunching Around Town With Tish – Murphy’s

Murphy's delicious mimosa!

Murphy’s delicious mimosas!

Hands down, brunch is my favorite meal! On any given Sunday around town you can find me enjoying brunch. There’s something about having the option of breakfast, lunch or a mixture of both that gets me excited about the meal. My love for brunch has inspired me to start a series on Tish Around Town called Brunching Around Town. In this series, I will cover my favorite brunch spots around Atlanta.

There are countless places in Atlanta to have brunch, so I decided to start the Brunching Around Town series with Murphy’s, which is a favorite to many in Atlanta. Murphy’s describe their restaurant as a perfect combination of upscale comfort food, gracious service, a cozy setting and excellent value. I totally agree!

I have a little confession. I have lived in Atlanta for over 14 years, and Murphy’s has always been on my list of places to try until last month, and now you can’t keep me away from this place! My first visit was with one of my brunch buddies, then a second time with my ‘Mister’, and I’m already thinking about going back again.

Both of my dining experiences were amazing, and I was lucky enough to get the same fabulous server, Lorne, both times. My brunch usually starts off with one of my favorite brunch beverages: a mimosa, bellini or bloody mary. I tried both the mimosa and berry bellini and they were equally delicious. Another added bonus about Murphy’s is they have a bakery, so you are served a variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves to snack on before your meal.

Variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves.

Variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves.

I usually gauge a brunch spot on how they prepare the classic breakfast dishes, so I’m always looking for a tasty waffle, pancake or French toast. I tried a few things on the brunch menu but I really enjoyed the Hazelnut Crusted French Toast & Corned Beef Hash. Some of the other popular brunch dishes are the Eggs T. Murphy, Crab Cakes Benedict, Southwest Frittata & Chilaquiles, to name a few. Is your mouth watering yet?

Hazelnut Crusted French Toast with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and powdered sugar

Hazelnut Crusted French Toast with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and powdered sugar

Southwest Frittata with pork chorizo, potatoes, onions, peppers, pepper jack cheese, crisp tortilla strips and sour cream

Southwest Frittata with pork chorizo, potatoes, onions, peppers, pepper jack cheese, crisp tortilla strips and sour cream

Sunrise Frittata with honey cured ham, potatoes, onions and swiss cheese with a side of bacon

Sunrise Frittata with honey cured ham, potatoes, onions and swiss cheese with a side of bacon

Check out Murphy’s if you are in the mood for a great brunch that will cater to your comfort food taste buds. Also, Murphy’s has a wine bar with over 350 wines in stock with consultants on hand that will help you pick out the perfect bottle to take home.

Location:
Neighborhood: Virginia Highland
997 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30306
Phone: 404-872-0904
www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Atlanta?

Photo Credit:  Yours Truly

At The Table With Tish – 10th & Piedmont

10th & Piedmont in Midtown

10th & Piedmont in Midtown

I truly believe that a life well lived should include new, interesting and fun experiences with people who also have that same zest for life. It is this passion for life that motivated me to create At The Table With Tish, hosted by yours truly, is my version of a Supper Club. It is a gathering of new and old friends that enjoy experiencing new foods, fabulous adult beverages and great conversation. I wanted to launch this event at just the right time, and Midtown Restaurant Week provided the perfect opportunity and I knew exactly where to go.

At The Table With Tish

At The Table With Tish

I picked 10th & Piedmont for their fun atmosphere, great food and craft cocktails, but I can’t leave out their International Vodka Bar with over 150 vodkas to choose from. I’ve been to 10th & Piedmont a few times, and each time I have a great dining experience, so I wanted share this with my followers. I was blessed to have 18 people attend with various backgrounds and social experiences, which made for a night of stimulating conversations and tons of laughter.

The evening started with cocktails and introductions. 10th & Piedmont has a large menu of cocktails and vodka flights to pick from. They also have a Vodka Passport Program that will allow you taste vodka from all over the world. We had a few people to signup for a passport and enjoy the vodka flights, which featured 4 different vodkas chilled on ice. Imagine that!

10 & Piedmont Vodka Passport

10 & Piedmont Vodka Passport Program

Flavored Vodka Flight - Absolute Berri Acai / Chambord Black Raspberry Sky Blood Orange-National / Rain Cucumber Lime

Flavored Vodka Flight – Absolute Berri Acai / Chambord Black Raspberry Sky Blood Orange-National / Rain Cucumber Lime

Basil Lemon Fizz - Ketel One Citroen vodka, muddled fresh basil and lemon, house-made ginger syrup, soda water

Basil Lemon Fizz – Ketel One Citroen vodka, muddled fresh basil and lemon, house-made ginger syrup, soda water

10th & Piedmont was gracious to provide our group with some delicious appetizers before dinner. Some people ordered from the 3-course restaurant week menu, and some ordered from the sharable dinner menu. This allowed the group to enjoy a variety of food from the two different menus. Looking around, I was reminded of a big family dinner. The food was so delicious that the group couldn’t help but share. They were passing dishes and sharing with each other, which is a spin on the traditional Supper Club.

Southern Pot Stickers provided by 10th & Piedmont

Southern Pot Stickers appetizer provided by 10th & Piedmont

10 & Piedmont Signature Chicken & Waffles

10 & Piedmont Signature Chicken & Waffles

Jerk Mahi Mahi with coconut ginger rice topped with tropical pineapple salsa

Jerk Mahi Mahi with coconut ginger rice topped with tropical pineapple salsa

Chocolate Soufflé made fresh to order

Chocolate Soufflé made fresh to order

The night was amazing and I owe a huge thanks to the staff at 10th & Piedmont and the attendees for making the event a success. Thanks to Bill for assisting me with coordinating the dinner, and to Sheneka for your attentive & personable service.

It was truly a night to remember; part of a life well lived.

Follow me on social media for the next At The Table With Tish and other meetup events!

Make sure you check out 10th & Piedmont weekly specials:
Monday – ½ price wine bottles
Tuesday – Sharable Experience for 2 (salad, 3 sharable entrees & dessert for $25)
Monday – Friday 5pm to 7pm – Happy Hour Menu 50% off

Location:
Neighborhood/Area: Midtown
991 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404.602.5510
http://www.communitashospitality.com/10th-and-piedmont/

10th & Piedmont is part of Communitas Hospitality. The other restaurants in this group are G’s Midtown (formally known as Gilbert’s) & HOBNOB.

Ayanna was one of the winners of the private wine tasting hosted by yours truly

Ayanna was one of the winners of the private wine tasting hosted by yours truly

Buttons showing her Vodka Flight

Buttons showing the table her Vodka Flight

The newlyweds came to join us

The newlyweds came to join us

Thanks Aisha for bring Carla

My #GramFam Aisha and her friend Carla

My fellow blogger Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life

My fellow blogger Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life

Love thy neighbor, The Johnsons

Love thy neighbor, The Johnsons

Angela enjoying the Chocolate Soufflé

Angela enjoying the Chocolate Soufflé

Photo Credit:  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media and 10th & Piedmont

The Best in College Football Now Has a New Home

Opening day of the College Football Hall Of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

Opening day of the
College Football Hall Of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

The new College Football Hall of Fame is now open! The Hall of Fame is centrally located in downtown Atlanta next to Centennial Olympic Park, which is near other tourist attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Skyview Ferris Wheel, and the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This area is truly becoming a tourist’s dream with so many things to do within walking distance from downtown.

I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Hall of Fame as a guest of my bestie, Cherie Kirkland, who is the granddaughter of legendary coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University. You can’t mention college football without mentioning the many accolades of “Coach Rob”, as he was affectionately known. He’s the winningest coach in NCAA Division I with 408 wins, 165 losses and 15 ties, and the 2nd winningest coach in college football.  As a proud alumnae of Grambling State University, it warmed my heart to see how the Hall honored the legacy of Coach Rob in multiple exhibits throughout the venue.

My bestie, Cherie Kirkland and I.  #GramFam

My bestie, Cherie Kirkland and I. #GramFam

The Hall of Fame is truly a must see! It is a three-story building with 50,000 square feet of interactive and engaging exhibits and a 45-yard replica indoor football field. Upon entering the Hall you are greeted with the beautiful Helmet Wall displaying over 700 college football teams. The fun begins when you select your favorite school during registration and it lights up on the Helmet Wall. I was so impressed with the state-of-the-art interactive multimedia exhibits, and get this: all your interactive activities done that day will be saved on your pass, so you will be able to view, download and share your pictures and videos recorded during your visit. How cool is that?! Here is a summary of the exhibits featured in the Hall:

  • The Quad: Anchored by the Helmet Wall presented by Southwest Airlines displaying the helmets of more than 700 college football teams, the Quad is the entry point to the Hall of Fame
  • The Playing Field: A 45-yard replica football field where guests can try their hand at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone
  • Chick-fil-A Why We Love College Football: An immersive experience that showcases what makes college football so great by combining the heritage of the game with the technology of today
  • Game Day Theater: Treats guests to an ultra-high definition, 4K feature film, “The Game of Your Life”
  • Coca-Cola Fan’s Game Day: Chronicles what it’s like to experience a college football game from the perspective of the game’s biggest fans
  • Kia Building a Champion: This gallery goes beyond the game day field to show the sacrifices and commitment made by today’s student-athletes and college coaches
  • AT&T Game Time: From the rivalries that make the game great to the split-second decisions that engrave moments into college football history, this gallery explores the intensity, passion and fun surrounding the game
  • Chickfil-A and National Football Foundation Building Leaders: Pays tribute to those who have achieved accolades on the field and have gone on to make a difference off of it
  • College Football Hall of Fame: Captures the stories and accomplishments of the players who broke records and won our hearts, cementing their legacy in a one-of-a-kind experience that pays homage to the tradition and heritage of the game
Check out the beautiful mural and Helmet Wall.

Check out the beautiful mural and Helmet Wall.

Find your favorite college team and see game highlights and photos on the interactive video monitor wall.

Find your favorite college team and see game highlights and photos on the interactive video monitor wall.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone

The Hall of Fame can be enjoyed by all ages. My favorite exhibit was the Coca-Cola Fan’s Game Day gallery, which features the experience that mascots, bands, cheerleaders and tailgating bring to the game. I had a blast singing the Grambling fight song in a karaoke challenge against some of the other college football fans.

Make sure you add this attraction to your Atlanta bucket list!

And…Go Tigers!

I had a great time hanging with my new friend Fumbles.

I had a great time hanging with my new friend Fumbles.

Location Neighborhood/Area: Downtown

250 Marietta St., N.W
Atlanta, GA 30313
404.880.4800
www.cfbhall.com

Hours of Operation
Sun.-Fri.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Cost Adult –  $19.99
Kids (3- 12) – $16.99
Seniors (65+) Military, Student – $17.99 (available at the box office only)
*Kids under 3 are free

Photo Credit:  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media
Summary of Exhibits provided by College Football Hall of Fame Fact Sheet