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Fat Tuesday

Okay so this post is a tad bit late…like a week late but I have committed to writing it and so I shall.

This year National Pancake Day fell on Fat Tuesday…how cool was that. Every year I participate in IHOP’s fundraiser for The Children’s Miracle Network with my kids.  They give away a short stack while collecting donations for the group.  My date that morning was my oldest child, Akeem. Nothing like some Mother-Son time : )

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We enjoyed a lovely breakfast together and helped a good cause while we were at it.

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Now the start of my day was good…pancakes and family..I’d say that was an excellent start to Fat Tuesday but it got better as the day went on. You see I was to have lunch with one of my inner circle( what I call my handful of TRUE friends).  Now I know some of the most fun loving, life enjoying people and Nykki Burkes is one of them.  For our lunch together I made Panko-Parmesan Encrusted Cod with a Brown Rice Pilaf and Steamed Broccoli. Now I tried to share the ease of making this dish with her but she was more interested in eating it than actually learning how to make it…gotta love Nykki

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We chatted about new things, old things, lives she saved while flying and all the things that make being a flight attendant great and …..not so great. She had made some great plans for the rest of our day and I was looking forward to it. We decided to add one more to person to the mix (another inner circle member) my sister-in-law Sandy.  We were definitely going to have fun whether we wanted to or not. Our first stop on Nykki’s agenda was a restaurant in the Inman Park area of Atlanta named Parish. I loved it from the moment we pulled up to the building. It’s the only remaining building from a 1890’s pipe factory. It had been restored to show off the building’s  great structure and turned into a restaurant.

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We went to Parish to enjoy some wine and that we did….along with a tasting from their small plates.We sampled the Pan-Fried Pierogis, the Black Truffle Grilled Cheese and the Rosemary-Garlic Fries.  Let’s just say I’m definitely looking forward to a return visit. Learn more about the restaurant, their menu and extensive wine list at Parish

Sparkling Rose` Wine

Sparkling Rose` Wine

 

Pierogis

Pierogis

Black Truffle Grilled Cheese

Black Truffle Grilled Cheese

Rosemary Garlic Fries

Rosemary Garlic Fries

Our next stop on the Fat Tuesday train was Kat’s Cafe for Comedy Night.  We had a wonderful host who kept in real and had us laughing all night.  The drink special for the night was the Summertime Martini so we had a round or two…not bad for a special but Sandy ordered a Juke Joint and she said it had a nice kick to it. What we learned….drink special aren’t as strong as the other drinks they make( if you’re into strong drinks).  We, of course, ordered something to eat…..the Bayou Pizza.  It was soooo good. The toppings included tilapia, shrimp, onions & bell peppers with the right amount of spiciness…I would order that again.  Check out Kat’s Cafe they have something going on every night of the week.

Bayou Pizza $ Summertime Martini

Bayou Pizza $ Summertime Martini

Well my Fat Tuesday was a blast with great people.  Sandy & Nykki can’t wait until next time.

 

 

 

 

The Chef In Pearls

Cassandra Mason is a Lifestyle Chef and Gourmet Cooking Instructor who enjoys demystifying the art of cooking for One. You can catch her live demonstrations across major social media as @TheChefInPearls.

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