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Is Carrageenan Safe?

Carrageenan is a food additive derived from seaweed which is added to may “organic” foods.  I have seen it, for example, on the ingrediant label for the Applegate Organic smoked turkey I have been buying.  Recently I learned that there is evidence that Carrageenan causes inflammation.  As you know, inflammation

Pork Chop with Fried egg on top
Atlanta Restaurants

So Ba

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Background: It was my friends 25th birthday recently, and we were pondering dinner destinations when So Ba was mentioned.  I had never tried So Ba, and I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food, so I was all in.  Settled on the back end of the East Atlanta Village,

Pork with poached egg on top
Atlanta Restaurants

The Iberian Pig

The Iberian Pig rocks! We took a party of seven there to celebrate Jesse’s 35th Birthday, and what a perfect choice it was. The menu is largely tapas, so we were able to share many small plates at an extremely reasonable price. Although the menu has several large plate selections,

Spicy Tuna Roll
Atlanta Restaurants


Background: Genki took over from what was Everybody’s Pizza in Virginia Highland.  Since then, they have not received much press negative or positive.  I have always passed by and noticed the openness of the dining area.  The front has a bar where you can eat, and people watch, but I

Grilled Amberjack with vegetables
Atlanta Restaurants

The Optimist

Background: The Optimist is a recent player in the Atlanta restaurant scene, and has quickly risen to the top of the “must eat” lists around the city. The great part about the Optimist is that it actually lives up to its reputation.  Settled in on the West side of Atlanta,

Gluten Free Recipes

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad Recipe: This is a wonderful quinoa salad for a side dish or to keep in the refrigerator for snack time. I recommend cooking the Quinoa a few hours before assembling the salad so it has time to cool. Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Quinoa (Rinse under cold water before cooking)

Gluten Free Recipes

Sea Bass Recipe

Background: Ever since my trip to Greece about two years ago, I have increased my seafood diet ten fold.  Eating seafood in Greece is far too easy.  The fresh fish and other delicacies are always at hand, and prepared to your liking.  Here in Georgia, we do not have quite

Voodoo Burger from the Vortex in Atlanta
Atlanta Burger

The Vortex Burger

Unique Burger Experience: The Vortex burger is a one of a kind, and if you live in Atlanta, you know all about them.  The Vortex has locations in both Midtown and Little Five Points, and both provide unique attractions and great food. Located in the heart of Little Five Points,

Thai Salmon with Curry
Atlanta Restaurants

Surin of Thailand

Aaron and I were hungry and we decided to see if we could find a parking spot near Surin of Thailand, located in Poncey Highland, within a mile of home.  Well, there was a parking spot right smack dab in front of the restaurant.  So we decided to re-visit this

tortillas, oil, butter
Gluten Free Recipes

Homemade Chips Recipe

Today I discovered just how easy it is to make homemade chips.  These chips are baked and are Gluten free! Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take the best corn tortillas you can find (or make your own).  Cut them into quarters.  Brush both sides with a healthy high heat-able oil. 

easy guacamole recipe picture
Gluten Free Recipes

Easy Guacamole Recipe

  People have been asking for my easy Guacamole recipe for years.  It is so simple – and so good. Ingredients:  2 just ripe Haas Avocados, 1/4 – 1/2 cup diced sweet onion, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or your own mix of garlic powder and sea salt), 1/2

Farmer's Market Peppers
Atlanta Markets

Buford Highway Farmer’s Market

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An International Cornucopia: There is no better place to take the honor of our first market post like the Buford Highway Farmers Market.  This amazing farmer’s market, located on Buford Highway, just outside I-285, is a cornucopia of foods from all corners of the earth.  You enter this huge market