It was a cold and windy day in Atlanta. Somehow I managed to forget my coat and ended up in just a shawl. Go figure. Rochelle goes ahead to meet up with our host while I paid the on street parking fees. As I hurry to make it inside, I have a quiet moment to take in the approach to today’s spot. It’s hard to miss Ocean Market. It has huge red doors to greet you. As you walk in, the atmosphere is warm and inviting and not just from the heat. It became very apparent where that warmth generates from once I got to meet Chef Shane McIntosh. He was so joyful! I am a firm believer that happy people make happy food.
We sat with him to conduct an informal interview to find out more about the chef and the establishment. Chef Shane got his start in the kitchen washing dishes like so many chefs before him. He was fortunate to have a mentor who took him under her wing. She encouraged him and gave him a job in the back of house. When she saw he needed more, she turned him over to a French chef where he gained his French training. After leaving restaurant life, Chef Shane started Ocean Catering, where he was able to capture Delta Airlines as a client. The contract allowed him the opportunity to take his family to Paris. There he fell in love with the Parisian lifestyle as it pertains to food, and wanted to bring it back to Atlanta. Hence, the birth of Ocean Market.
It wasn’t an easy birth for Ocean Market. Chef Shane had to fight with the city, drug dealers and the growing homeless population occupying the shelter around the corner from his store front. It seemed no matter what he did, it was a constant battle until finally he had to close the doors. At that time, he was losing customers which meant he was losing money. Once the shelter was closed, it brought about a big change in the area that held his store front. He took this as opportunity to re-open Ocean Market. On March 9, 2018, the doors to Ocean Market was once again open for business. He shared with us plans he has for the space include opening up for lunch meetings, visual artist showings and possibly serving wine in the near future.
Now I couldn’t very well write about Chef Shane and Ocean Market without telling you about his food. He was gracious enough to provide us lunch. Let’s just say that I will be back. I had the Smoked Turkey Club sandwich: in-house smoked turkey, thick cut country ham, applewood bacon, roasted red pepper aioli and a side of hand cut chips. This is no deli meat sandwich! It’s all fresh everything, including the chips. Visit them for your next lunch break. Can’t make it to them? They are gearing up to offer lunch delivery right to your office soon. They have options so visit their Facebook page to keep up-to date on all things Ocean Market.
God willing I will have figured out how to upload the audio for this interview. Then you can listen to all he shared with us. Until then I want you to make your way over to Ocean Market so you can make some new memories. I know I have many I made while there.
Until next time,
~The Chef In Pearls
P.S. Thank God for my techie kids. If you want to hear our interview with Chef Shane listen below:
Jeesh that thing is long.
April is high tailing it out of here and May is patiently waiting her turn. How did the time fly away from me so fast? I have been really busy this month. So busy that I haven’t written about not one thing I have done. I hang my head in shame…bad Chef In Pearls. I have been naughty and I kindly ask for your forgiveness.
Thank you for so graciously forgiving me. So since you have forgiven me I will provide you with a roundup of all I did this month.
Iris van Herpen
Let’s start with my first visit to the High Museum in Atlanta. It was a mother/daughter outing to take in all the wonders of fashion Iris had to offer us. Iris van Herpen is a fashion designer like no other. I want you to think couture that is outside of the box now multiple that thought by…I don’t know…infinity. There you have Iris van Herpen. She doesn’t just make dresses out of traditional fabric. She created clothing from things most would not even conceive of making clothing from. She collaborates with engineers, architects and so many more to create fabrics made of metal threads to dresses created through 3-D printing to everyday leather sculpted. Even when they told her it couldn’t be done she told them it could. What an inspiration!
Back at The High
As if one day at the museum wasn’t enough I went back two days later to check out the rest of the exhibits. Thanks to the Atlanta Haitian Consulate for sponsoring this day with free admission to the public. We got to view all the exhibits with special attention to Basquiat because he was Haitian. His work cut short by an early death but still well received by most. We got to experience a little Haitian culture while on the museum plaza. There was food to sample, dancing, music and so much culture. On the other side of the Basquiat exhibit was the Vik Muniz exhibit. I really enjoyed his works because a lot of the mediums he worked in were food. He worked in sugar, chocolate, peanut butter and jelly and so much more. I love people who can see things in new perspectives. His work reflected that
Music In Focus
I was able to attend the Music in Focus exhibit by Carolyn Grady at the Southwest Atlanta Arts Center. It was a trip down memory lane as I saw pictures of musicians I grew up with. It was such a delight see art from another angle. She presented her photo work in a way that almost made them seem to pop of their canvas. All the work was black and white and printed on metal. It was like having each artist standing right their with you. I really love how she did that.
C.I.P. Ladies Lunch
Last but not least,The C.I.P. Ladies Lunch. It was the second meal of the year…Faux N.Y Strip(grilled Salmon, check out the Youtube video on how to create this dish right here), Indian Inspired Grilled Chicken Strips, Tri-Colored couscous with Sweet Peas & Mushrooms, Roasted Squash, Carrots and Asparagus and Tossed Salad. For dessert I taught the ladies how to make a Strawberry/Blackberry Compote that was served over Frozen Yogurt and Birthday cake. You read right we had another birthday celebration at this lunch. Only difference was that it was three different birthdays being celebrated and I had to allow Publix to make this birthday cake. They got an opportunity to be the first ones to purchase the new spice boxes I plan to roll out on the site. It included the major spices and the recipe card to use them. Be on the look out for them…coming soon. As always I want to thank the gift bag sponsors T.S.P, Naughty Goddess, Fab 222 and Botanical Bliss for the gifts they provided for the ladies. Don’t miss out on the next meal in September…From Dusk to Dark. It will be outdoors with a full tapas menu, wine and a few surprises for the evening. You can purchase your early bird tickets now right here
Life got a little carried away with me this month. I did make time for some memories though. I plan to to do better with posting…scout’s honor. May here we come even better than ever. Now get ready to go make new memories of your own in May.
~The Chef In Pearls
Yup I said it. I finally found a Mexican restaurant that I truly enjoy. Now don’t get me wrong I eat Mexican food at other places but they never truly satisfy me the way I have longed for. Tacos and Tequila is the first Mexican restaurant I have gone to that makes me want to stop writing and head over there for dinner, right now. I won’t do it even though I really want to (no really I want to).
I visited their Ponce de Leon Location and was greeted very warmly. As we were escorted to our table I was taking in the over all look of the restaurant which was inviting and very clean (they even received a score of 100 on their inspection score). Our waiter Mateo took the time out to talk to us about the choices of margaritas we could have. We even learned about the restaurant’s specially created tequilla. I’ll have to try it the next time I go which I hope is soon. We ended up having the 20 oz. Skinny Girl Margarita (don’t judge me). We were offered the gratuitous chips and salsa that was actually good. The salsa was not chunky but instead a smooth blend of what tasted like roasted peppers. It wasn’t too hot but carried the right amount of heat for me. Mateo took our orders I had the Beef Brisket Chimi Rica and Jada (my partner in crime for the day) had Chicken Enchiladas. I cannot describe Jada’s meal but my meal was the bomb.com. A Chimi Rica is a flour tortilla filled with meat, in my case beef brisket, deep fried and covered in queso. My dish was served with refried beans, seasoned rice and guacamole. I have never had Mexican food that was this well seasoned and flavorful. The service was fast and the food delicious. I would definitely visit them again. We left feeling completely satisfied and full. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who happens to be in the metro Atlanta area. Check out their website here
If you get a chance, check them out and go forward make memories.
So its that time of year again. Mark your calendars. The Chef In Pearls will be hosting her Summer Edition of the Ladies Lunch. Sunday June 7, 2015 from 3-6 pm. We will be taking a trip to the Greek Isles for this luncheon. You don’t need a passport just a fork. Visit www.TheChefInPearls.eventbrite.com to purchase your tickets. In addition to a wonderful lunch you’ll also receive a gift bag. As an extra bonus Atlanta Touch Therapy will be in attendance offering a special rate for 1/2 hour massage for attendees. So come along for an afternoon of good eats, good company and a good time. Let’s make new memories together.
So while perusing a Facebook group dedicated to people who like cooking, I came across someone’s picture of a pot pie they made. It instantly brought me back to my childhood, where my Mom had a freezer with individual boxes of pot pies for us (something for lunch she wouldn’t have to slave over and we liked them). We even had a choice of what kind we could eat, chicken or turkey. I loved them. One it wasn’t Jamaican food ( it was food I could relate to with the other kids in school) and two I had come to love pie crust( little did I know at the time that was an inferior product compared to what I would later learn to make).
(In my Gollum voice) I must have the pot pie. So what I would have a late lunch. It would be well worth it. And so my journey began into making an individual chicken pot pie for myself. First things first, I needed to make the pic crust and get it in the fridge so that the fat and flour could make happy time together while chilling out (if you want a truly flaky dough you must use butter and shortening to achieve it). Then I proceeded to chop vegetables and dice chicken breast for the filling and….. And well 2 1/2 hours later I was enjoying (with a slightly burned tongue) Chicken Pot Pie.
I wanted to add something else to the pantry list, flatbread. I usually keep naan in my freezer. Naan or nan or khamiri is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread. It is typical of and popular in West, Central and South Asia. I keep them for times like today where i needed a quick fix for lunch.
On my last supermarket visit I decided to try Flatout’s Artisan Pizza Crust. I thawed one added sauce, spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, garlic and cheese (all leftovers from yesterday’s frittata) placed it on a lightly greased baking sheet for about 10 minutes.
Voila. ….lunch. Cut & plated and added some wine. It’s all about the pantry baby.
The Crab Bisque at Nordstrom’s Bistro Cafe has me wanting more. It’s the kind of soup that leaves you scraping the bottom of the bowl. I had a cup with my lunch today. Can we say ”YUM”? It’s served with what they call a gazpacho and a parmesan crostini. The gazpacho was a brilliant addition to the soup. The acidity of the tomatoes helped to cut the richness of the soup making it the perfect blend. If you’re lucky enough to have a Nordstrom’s near I highly recommend stopping by the Bistro Cafe and ordering a bowl (not the cup) of Crab Bisque.