Food: Teela Taqueria

This place is, hands down, our favorite place for tacos in Atlanta – Teela Taqueria. It’s a casual joint located just off Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, perfect for a quick dinner when you really don’t want to cook, but, it’s also a great place to meet friends and always a place we take our visitors! Baring in mind, Mexican food wasn’t really on our radar until we moved Stateside, I think we’ve adapted to it very well indeed.

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Inside it’s a little dark, but it has all the bright colors of Mexico – oranges, reds, yellows, greens. There are cute cushions on the benches and tables painted to look ‘rustic Mexican’ if that’s even a thing! It has a great, vibrant atmosphere that’s perfect for couples, friends and families alike.

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Food: Pizano’s, Chicago, IL

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When you’re in Chicago you simply have to eat pizza and not just any pizza, deep dish pizza! The city is famous for it and who am I to say no to pizza? This expat thing is all about exploring and trying local delicacies and this definitely has to be a good one. So, literally hours after landing in the windy city, we could be found in a pizza place, waiting for our deep dish!

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Food: Fox Bros. BBQ

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BBQ – it’s a southern staple and we have found the best place in Atlanta to sample it! If you live here and you’ve never eaten BBQ then you’re seriously missing out and if you’re a native, I think you would probably ousted by your friends. BBQ is a way of life and finding a good spot to indulge in it is heavenly. Our favorite spot – Fox Bros. BBQ.

Imagine the best ribs you’ve ever eaten and make them ten times better and you’re still not at the level of Fox Bros. I though we’d tried some amazing BBQ before heading here but I was totally and completely wrong, This place knocks it out of the park and seriously rocks!

As you drive up to the restaurant you can smell the meat that is being smoked and it smells heavenly. When you walk in, it’s a typical BBQ joint, nothing too fancy, no fancy chairs and tables, cool pictures and drawings on the walls and that all important kitchen roll on every table!

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The menu has your usual suspects on it – ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken that can either be ordered as a plate or in some sort of sandwich. There’s a good selection of appetizers and of course the usual BBQ sides, we’re talking mac and cheese, collard greens, cornbread, coleslaw, brunswick stew – you know what I’m talking about.

We usually start with some wings and they are some of the BEST wings I have ever tasted! I don’t know what they do with them but they’re crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy inside. They’re obviously smoked BBQ style which makes them that little bit tastier. We usually get the BBQ sauce on the side along with some ranch – perfect! Sadly though, we tucked into them so quickly that I forgot to take a picture! Whoops!

Now, here’s my usual order – a combo plate with ribs and either pulled pork or brisket with mac and cheese and cornbread as my sides and let me tell you, it is heaven on a plate! The brisket literally falls apart as you try to cut it, the pulled pork has just the right amount of crispy-ness to it and the ribs, well, they are out of this world! The rub they put on is delicious. They’re the best ribs I’ve had in Atlanta so far.

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We have to talk about the sides too. Mac and cheese is one of my all time favorites, I mean, who does’t like pasta with a cheese based sauce covered in more cheese? Right? This one definitely doesn’t disappoint either. It has a good portion of cheese on top and just the right amount of creaminess, I could eat it by the bucket load! Then there’s the cornbread. Usually, I’m not a huge fan of this stuff, I find it pretty dry. But here, they put cream cheese in the middle along with some jalapeños which help keep it moist and add some extra flavor. It is the only place I ever order cornbread!

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After stuffing my face with these delights and pinching some from the German’s plate – hey, a girl has to try every side on the table – I usually waddle out of the restaurant with a take-out box in hand because I just couldn’t fit it all in and we wouldn’t want that tasty BBQ to go to waste now, would we?

So there you have it, our favorite spot for BBQ in Atlanta. Seriously, if you’re ever in the area, take a trip here, it’s definitely worth it!

Me, Myself and Atlanta is an unsponsored blog. I was in no way compensated for this review, I just wanted to show the place some love! All views are my own and those of my very grateful belly!

Food: Making our own pizzas

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As you all know, the German celebrated his birthday the other week and we spent the weekend in Savannah. Lucky that we did because his birthday present was a little heavy to take on a plane.

The German’s favourite food in the whole, entire world is pizza. He could eat it every single day and not get bored. In fact, before he met me I think he really did eat it every single day and, if I go back to the UK and leave him home alone without any pre-cooked dinners in the freezer he definitely would eat pizza every single day. So, with this in mind, I bought him his very own pizza recipe book, a pizza stone and a pizza peel so that he could make his own pizzas from scratch. Turns out it was a blummin good present and he was a happy birthday boy so, last weekend, we decided to try it out.

The adventure started with the dough. Turns out this baby needs 18 hours to prove – 18 hours? I knew it would take a while but I wasn’t thinking 18 hours! Anyway, we made it the night before and waited for the yeast to do its stuff and make the little ball of dough double in size…and it did!

It was pizza time. The German had chosen a sausage and fennel pizza (fennel seems to be a favourite of his lately) so we started with a basic tomato sauce by literally squishing some tomatoes and made the ground pork into sausage meat by adding some ginger, fennel seeds, garlic and chilli flakes. This thing was looking good.

We chopped up the rest of our ingredients (well I did, chopping isn’t really the German’s forte) and we were ready to go:

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First we needed to shape our bases. The German wanted to do the Italian thing and shape them in the air on his hands – he tried, but he needs a little more practice, so after a little bit of air shaping he continued on the counter top and managed to make some good circles! We put the toppings on and these things were ready to go…the only thing we were about to struggle with was getting them from the counter top to the oven…disasters.

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We have a pizza peel but, once half of the pizza was on the peel the other half didn’t want to move. We ended up having to squish the pizza a little to get it on the peel and then onto the pizza stone that had been heating up in the oven but we made it and 12 minutes later our first pizza was ready – success! This thing looked good!

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We then had another struggle to get the second pizza off the counter top and into the oven – does anybody have any tips on how to do this? It seems we really need them. We did use a lot of flour – probably too much if I’m honest – but it still didn’t work! Help is greatly appreciated. Eventually we did it but sadly, whilst the pizza was in the oven the pizza stone broke! It literally cracked into 2 pieces. We managed to patch it together and use it for the pizza but, it’s safe to say, it will be heading back to the store this week.

Next came the taste test, after one bite we realised we did bloody well! They were amazing! Very tasty indeed. The German was pleased with his efforts – I think pizza making will be happening a lot more often in the Richter house. He’s already eyed up another couple of pizzas in his book he wants to try.

Have you ever made your own pizza? What’s your favourite topping?

Food: Chow Bing in Buckhead

I’ve always been a lover of Chinese food (who isn’t, right?) so when I was invited to a blogger dinner at Chow Bing in Buckhead to sample their menu I obviously jumped at the chance!

This, however, isn’t your regular chinese. We’re not talking chicken and broccoli with boiled rice or sweet and sour pork with some greasy noodles, this place serves up fresh, healthy food and fast.

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Chow Bing’s modern and industrial decor.

Conveniently located on the same strip mall as the ‘Disco Kroger’ in Buckhead, this place has got chinese food sussed. There’s no orange goop, laden with MSG, colourings and other fake ingredients, Gary Lin uses locally sourced, fresh produce, all-natural, humanely raised meat, none of that MSG garb and far less oils and corn syrups that you find in your typical American chinese restaurant. As a Brit living in a land where super-sized chicken breasts and brightly coloured, radio-active looking icing is the norm, this is a breath of fresh air.

Sichuan Wings / Wonton Nachos / Chicken Dumplings

Sichuan Wings / Wonton Nachos / Chicken Dumplings

Along with some fellow bloggers from the Association of Food Bloggers, we tried a selection of appetizers, including the wonton nachos, the chicken dumplings and the chicken tenders. Out of the three, my favourite was the chicken dumplings, they were so tasty! Although the nachos had an amazing spicy cilantro sauce on them and the chicken tenders a refreshingly light breading. We also tucked into the Sichuan wings that are described on the menu as ‘tongue-numbingly hot’ and believe me, they were the hottest wings I have ever tasted! Don’t get me wrong, they were good but if you’re not a fan of hot food, I’d give these babies a wide berth!

Chow's Chicken Box / Roast Pork / Kung Pao Chicken

Chow’s Chicken Box / Roast Pork / Kung Pao Chicken

After tucking into the appetizers I opted for the roast pork House Bing Platter, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Instead of the usual chinese roast pork which has a pink ring around it and is sometimes pretty dry, Gary slow roasts the pork for several hours, giving it a crispy edge and retaining the moisture. It was super delicious! Another item on the menu that caught my eye was the Chow’s chicken box, this is a combination of just about everything on the menu on one plate, it’s definitely unique!

Oh, and lets not forget the drinks! Chow Bing has a fully stocked bar and also serves bubble tea. I went for a coconut rum tea and it was so tasty! Think being transported to the Caribbean with a kick and you’ve just about got the party in your mouth that this drink provided! I’ll definitely be ordering another next time I head there.

It was so refreshing to eat a chinese and not be faced with a thick, goopy (if that’s even a word!) substance all over it, packed with MSG and bright colours. If you’re into healthy food without the additives and colorings then Chow Bing is definitely the place to go.

*This is an unsponsored blog. I was invited to the restaurant by the Association of Food Bloggers and received a complimentary meal, however, all views in this post are my own.*

Food: 5 of the Best Atlanta Restaurants

Eating out is big here in the States and since moving to Atlanta we’ve done it LOTS! After trying out a good selection of restaurants in this fab city I thought I would share some of my favourites with you…there’s a long this so here are the first 5! What can I say? This girl likes her food!! There will definitely be more of these lists making a blog appearance as we carry on eating our way around Atlanta!!

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1. Table & Main – Roswell
If you’re looking for authentic Southern food then this is the place to go! We first tried this place out when my brother and sister-in-law were visiting for Becky’s birthday and it was beautiful! The cute traditional building complete with a porch (you know how I want a house with a porch, rocking chairs and a swing!) had already won my heart and that was before we tasted the food! The German and I opted for the Preservation Plate full of seasonal goodies which I then followed with the fried chicken. I have 3 words to describe it ‘Oh My Lord!’ It was just amazing! I’m talking half a chicken piled on your plate coated in some amazing seasoned breadcrumbs – just divine! I obviously had it with a side of mac n’ cheese – it had to be done! If you go there you HAVE to try it! They do good desserts too as well as cocktails – we can’t forget those!

2. 6 Feet Under – Grant Park

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Catfish, calamari and hush puppies with zucchini fries!

This place serves up a heart attack on a plate but it’s probably the best heart attack on a plate you’ll ever have! It’s located across the road from Oakland Cemetery – the oldest cemetery in Atlanta, and if you sit on the patio upstairs you can literally look straight into it and at the huge gravestones! It sounds pretty creepy but I can assure you it isn’t! It’s described as a pub and fish house and, as well as serving up a good selection of draft beers (something that always makes the German happy!) it also serves up some of the best deep-fried fish in the city of Atlanta! I’m talking catfish (a southern classic!) oysters, shrimp (or prawns if you’re a Brit like me!) calamari, scallops, cod – the list is endless and each and every one of them is amazing! (Alright, I haven’t tasted them all but I’ve had a good chunk of them and they were all very tasty!!) The baskets are the best! They come with hush puppies (another southern classic I’ve discovered!) and a side of your choice – I went for the zucchini fries and they were delish!!! It’s no good for your waistline but it’s sooooo good for your taste buds!

3. Noche – Virginia Highlands
This tapas restaurant has 4 locations – Virginia Highlands, Brookhaven, Johns Creek and Vinings, we visited the restaurant in Virginia Highlands and we weren’t disappointed! Inside it was a cosy, modern hide out that was pretty busy that’s for sure! We had a table reserved so we were ok – I reckon it needs to be done if you don’t want to be waiting for ages! So, obviously this is tapas which means lots of little dishes – something I love! I really enjoy trying different things (this stems from Pa Cook when I was little!) and often get food envy if the German has something that is nicer than mine! Sharing everything means I get the best of both worlds and no food envy – result! I think we may have sampled the goats cheese fritters, the meatballs (always got to be done at a tapas restaurant!) some paella, probably some sort of potato dish along with some other tasty morsels and each and every one was delicious!! If you’re after tapas – this is the place to go! We really need to go back there sometime soon…

4. 5 Seasons Brewing – Sandy Springs
This is another restaurant with a few locations – the one we tested out though is in Sandy Springs. It’s a firm favourite with the German, simply because it brews its own beer! Yep, this place has its own brewery and produces, among others, German style beers, another reason why it’s a winner with that German of mine! Along side that beer is the food – any place that does good beer and good food is a keeper! We’re talking typical pub food, including good old fish and chips from England and a ploughman’s with a German twist including bratwurst and potato salad along with pizzas, sandwiches, or course burgers and fried chicken! I’ve had a pizza before (very tasty!) and last time I had one of the specials – Georgia trout – and it was cooked to perfection! When my brother came over he had the crispy alligator (it tasted like chicken, like every ‘different’ meat does!) and it got full marks – I think the gulf shrimp and cheddar grit cake sounds tasty too! I know what I’ll be trying next time…

5. One Star Ranch – Buckhead

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Ribs, coleslaw and fries!

And last, but by no means least on my list so far is the One Star Ranch in Buckhead. From the outside, this place doesn’t look very special  but believe me, it is not to be overlooked!! Inside there are licence plates stuck all over the walls along with dollar bill notes that people have signed – it definitely gives it an atmosphere and makes the place look loved! Add to that the fact that the BBQ that comes out of this place is out of this world and we’ve got a winning combination!! We’re talking juicy ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, turkey, beef ribs and sausage along with some amazing sides like coleslaw, baked beans, Brunswick stew, cornbread and of course fries! It’s not the cleanest meal you’ll go out to eat (you’ll use a lot of the roll of napkins on the table!) but it’s definitely one of the tastiest! The best BBQ in ATL if you ask me and it’s won awards to prove it! It’s all served on plastic plates with separate sections for the BBQ and sides – I think it’s very authentic! Oh and you can’t forget the margaritas that come in pint glasses! Oh yes, nobody can look at a pint of margarita and say no! And, as luck would have it I’m heading here later…BBQ incoming!! Sorry wedding diet!!

* This is an unsponsored blog. I did not receive any payments for any of these reviews – all thoughts are my own and from the pit of my very grateful stomach!

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Food: Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, Atlanta, GA.

If there’s one food you have to try when you come to America is BBQ and by BBQ I obviously mean ribs!! Juicy, fall off the bone, saucy ribs! Yum! So, after a tip-off from a friend, the German and I headed here:

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Yep, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, and a shack it was! The sign outside says this place is ‘world famous’ but I’m not sure just how true that statement is! From the outside it doesn’t look that spectacular, and, I’m not going to lie, had we not been tipped off about this place I probably would have driven straight by and given it that ‘doesn’t look too great’ look! How wrong I would have been!

So, we trotted in to get us some ribs! I was excited (you know how obsessed I am with food!) and it smelt good – well it smelt good before you even walked in the door thanks to the smokey smell outside but inside it was even better! This place was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, and than it looks from the outside! I imagined an actual restaurant where you sit down and someone takes your order but I was wrong! It was packed! There was some live music which probably didn’t help (well it did for bringing in the punters for the restaurant but not for 2 little expats wanting some ribs!) basically you place your order at a window then find a seat wherever you can:

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See I told you it was tiny! So after checking the area for space and realising there wasn’t any, we decided to do a take out and eat our ribs at home! So we checked out the menu on the wall:

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It had everything you would expect from a southern rib shack – ribs (obviously!) pulled pork, chicken, baked beans, Brunswick stew, collard greens and of course mac and cheese!  (A southern meal just wouldn’t be complete without it right?) There was one thing missing from the menu that I thought was a staple everywhere in America – fries, or chips if you’re from the UK like me! This was ok though – I could definitely live without them with a menu like that! The German and I decided on a full slab of ribs with a side of coleslaw and that delicious beauty that is mac and cheese! I LOVE that stuff! We placed our order at the window and waited for it to be ready – checking on its progress as we waited:

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See, I told you this place was tiny, even the kitchen is small!! It’s everything you’d want from a southern rib shack though – we had to shout our order in because the place was loud, the smell was amazing and the atmosphere was fab! I was definitely looking forward to tucking into those ribs once they were ready! Suddenly our name was called and we were presented with a brown paper bag, full of rib goodness! We were off! I cradled our meat baby all the way home, my mouth-watering at the same time! Finally we made it back and plated up the juicy ribs and we weren’t disappointed:

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Just look at that delicious slab or ribs right there! Making your mouth water right? I could eat that again right now and it’s only 8am! They were delicious! They fell off the bone (exactly how they should be, right?) the sauce was just the right temperature when it came to spiciness and they hit the spot perfectly! The weird bit was the fact they were served with slices of bread! This may be a southern thing but I wasn’t expecting that when I opened the greasy package! I wasn’t complaining though! Oh and here are those tasty side dishes we opted for:

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Along with some extra rib sauce of course! My favourite was the mac and cheese, (who doesn’t love the creamy, cheesiness?!) the German preferred the coleslaw, perfect match if you ask me! We polished it all off, every last bit – well I gave some of my bread to the German but I ate the most important things – the ribs and the mac and cheese!! Amazing! I did fall into a little bit of a rib coma afterwards though!

Please Note: This is an unsponsored blog, I did not receive any payments or endorsements for this review, all views are from the pit of my very grateful stomach!