If you’re like me, you get excited after a long, cold winter when the temperature begins to climb and the days start to lengthen in anticipation of summer. Along with blooming flowers and bountiful vegetable gardens, summertime provides the perfect backdrop for backyard barbeques and impromptu dinners with friends over a bottle (or two) or good wine.
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Dust off your Seersucker suit, your favorite bow tie, and ladies, don’t forget your over the top hat, it’s Kentucky Derby weekend. The Kentucky Derby is a southern tradition, celebrating the running of the thoroughbreds,reaching back to 1875. A classic parade of southern culture, style and Kentucky cuisine. It’s always a great occasion to muddle some fresh mint and yell for your favorite horse and jockey.
Not long after we moved into our current house outside of Atlanta, we started sharing things with the next-door neighbors: cups of sugar, random garden tools and bottles of wine. The concept of Tuesday wine developed as a shortcut way to borrow some decent, but inexpensive wine for a mid-week dinner. You know, when you’ve just pulled a steak off the grill, realized that you’re slap out of wine and can’t stand the thought of getting back in the car for just a bottle of wine? Tuesday wine fits the bill perfectly – not necessarily something you’d let age in the wine cellar (as if we had one) but good enough for a random Tuesday. The following is a review of two reds I picked up recently for just such an occasion.
I’m about to break our number one rule and review a restaurant after a single visit. I know the rule is to always give a place a second chance, but I’m making an exception in this case. I will preface this by saying, Padriac’s is not bad, it’s just not good enough to eat there again, considering other eateries in Vinings. I know its harsh, but if you’re just in need of a drink or an appetizer then Padriac’s will suffice, but if your looking for something to feed your “Southern Hunger” then this, over priced pub, is probably not for you. Here’s what we thought of Padriac’s in Vinings,GA .
If your the last person in Atlanta to have not experienced lunch at Taqueria del Sol, go ahead right now and get your car running while you read this. This place has been a locals favorite for 10 years and hopefully many more to come. The service is always friendly, and the ingredients always taste fresh and delicious. For the lunch plate I always suggest the Fried Chicken Taco, Carnita Taco, and a bowl of Shrimp Corn Chowder. The tacos are always seasoned just right with bright flavors, warm soft tortillas and the meat fillings are never dry or tough, always tender and perfect.