Explanations, Reviews, and Recipes!
Wow I have been gone a long time. I know, no warning, no explanation, I am horrible! Well let me fill you in real quick. I had some business I needed to take care in the old dirty south. Actually I used to live right outside Atlanta and I went to visit friends, family and yes take care a few things I left behind when I moved up to the north country. It was a bit hectic, I had a lot to do and people to see and not a whole lot of time to do so. But over all it was a nice time except for the flight back (which I will get to later) and even had some time to go out for a bite and a show at an Atlanta landmark!
My good friends Mark & Becky took me to Shakespear’s Tavern. We had a wonderful time. We saw a Hamlet and it felt authentic, like this is how it was supposed to be played. The players mixed in some humor in the otherwise dark tragedy and I have to admit the “authentic” english fare made it that much more fun. I took some photos but I had my flash turned off so the pics did not come out so great. But I have to say the food, which was served caffiteria style at the back of the theater, was quite good. They also offered a good selection of beer and wine. Over all if ever in the Atlanta area I recomend this. It’s something a little different than the regular touristy stuff and clubbing the city has to offer, plus it is kid friendly!
Afterward we were still a little hungry, after all we were there for over 3 hours. On the way home we tried out a late night sushi restaurant located in Buckhead called Bluefin. We split a few rolls and a great sashimi appitizer of white tuna in a light yuzu/ponzu vinagrette and a small seaweed salad. They had a nice saki list, though not much to chose from for 1 person. But over all it was very nice and they are open and serving a full menu till 2am!
However, we were not exactly drinking much that night considering the night before we had all gotten together with our pal Amity and belly danced the night away at a fantastic Mediterranean joint in Alpharetta called Cafe Efendi. If you ever get the chance I recomend the Iskander and Adana kebab, oh and the Baba Gannuj! Fantastic night, from what I remember!
Lastly, before I left we held a BBQ where Becky and I went crazy with the food. I am waiting for our friend Mark (another Mark) to get me the pictures and I will tell you all about it. We had everything and that girl Becky can cook! The 2 of us in the same kitchen was insane but the guests sure liked it! We ate and drank our fill then they sent me on my way to go back home to Vermont.
So my ride home left me sick and sitting on a plane for hours. It’s not a long flight but the computer system went down in Baltimore so that left us and many other planes stranded just sitting on the tarmack. I didn’t land in VT til after midnight and couldn’t wait to drive the hour home to get to bed!
By the morning I was not feeling any better and desided I needed a nice gental elixer to soothe my turbulant tummy. I whipped up a Sweet Ginger Tisane. This is a great alternative to tea. It works hot or cold over ice and dare I say with a boost of vodka on another occation. This set my tummy staight and it was very tastey to boot!
6 cups water
1/4 cup peeled and chopped fresh ginger
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
6 tablespoons dark honey (or to taste, I used about 4 T. and that was enough for me)
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
Combine the water, ginger and lemon juice in a sauce pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add the mint, and let steep for 5 minutes.
Filter the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing down lightly on the ginger and mint. Discard solids.
Stir in the honey and serve hot or iced, garnished with a lemon wedge and some extra mint if you like!