The last couple weeks have been a bit chaotic, and it all started with a recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed a few latte photos, a shot of a cute bakery I visited, and the random picture of a totally adorable Giant Panda. Yup… that was Atlanta in a blur. I wanted to give you guys a little more of a close-up look though, so I could share some of the awesome (food) places I got a chance to visit. This is a food blog after all, and if you’re here, well… I’m assuming that you like food . :)
I forgot to grab my camera on a couple of the days (always kicking myself for that), so some of these photos were shot with my iPhone, and others with my camera.
La Mongerie is this cute French-themed bakery that I pretty much fell in love with the moment I walked in the door. Look at the inside of this place and tell me it’s not cute, please. If you decide to go here, come hungry, because breakfast is filling! I had a Caramel Latte with the works – whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and that extra dose of caramel at the bottom that makes the last sip the best. Breakfast was Carmelized Peach French Toast – thick slices of bread with a little bit of that burnt sugar taste, topped with thick slices of peaches. I almost never have a breakfast like this, but when you put “caramelized” in the name, I’m all in.
I got to try a few other dishes too – perks of coming with family – and everything else I tried was awesome as well. They serve these big bowls of granola with greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and a honey drizzle on top. I probably could have eaten that every day if I wasn’t too busy eating the unhealthier choices like french toast (sigh). Not pictured is what may have been the most ridiculously amazing thing on the menu – Red Velvet Pancakes. They were thick, soft, perfectly cooked, and loaded with chocolate chips. Heaven.
My favorite place was Little Tart Bakeshop and Octane Coffee, two businesses that share the same location… because coffee and baked goods should always go hand-in-hand, am I right? The place had a really cool modern industrial vibe, and everything we tried was seriously superb. The Caramelatto is Octane’s version of a Caramel Latte, and speaking from the perspective of someone who’s had her fair share of caramel-flavored coffee drinks, they get creds for this one. Our food choices were the Strawberry Galette, Pain au Chocolat, Crème Fraîche Quiche with Local Veggies, Blueberry Buttermilk Buckle, and Granola with Greek Yogurt and honey. Everything was worth raving about, but I’d be here forever if I did that. What I will tell you is that the Pain au Chocolat rivaled all the ones I tried in Paris; it was buttery, flaky, and soft, with dark chocolate that was top notch. And the quiche? Hands down, best I’ve ever had in my life.
Our next breakfast stop was Highland Bakery, and if you’re into pancakes, don’t even look at the menu; just order the Sweet Potato Pancakes. They were super fluffy, soft, and light, and they reminded me of pumpkin pie. What made them over-the-top good was the caramelized brown sugar syrup. It was ah-mazing. I also highly recommend the “burrito de Huevos” which was literally everything a breakfast burrito should be, all wrapped up – loaded with beans, spicy, and full of flavor. Our other picks were the Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Blueberry Crumb Cake, and Granola/Yogurt/Fresh Fruit (yup, we like our granola). Since they had a dessert case that was staring daggers at me the moment I walked in the door, and since I’m a dessert fiend, I got a cream cheese brownie to-go, too. If you’re a dense, chocolate-y brownie lover like me, you’d like it. :)
I was dying go to the Atlanta Cupcake Factory after it was rated the #1 cupcake bakery in America by Kitchen Daily. I’m picky about cupcakes, but I thought their’s were pretty incredible. Of course I got the chocolate cupcakes, one with Bailey’s frosting and the other with a rich chocolate frosting and salted caramel drizzle. The frosting makes these cupcakes! It’s loaded on to the point where biting into one gracefully was pretty much impossible, but I wouldn’t have asked for it any other way.
Our last bakery stop was Condessa Coffee; they’re all about food made from local sources with organic ingredients. I had an Almond Butter and Jam Sandwich on Wheat, a combination that I’d never thought to try before, but I really liked it. It just tasted homemade, you know? And it’s served with sour cream, which sounds really weird, but was actually a strangely good addition. Their Homemade Granola was awesome too, with a deep, toasted flavor and crunchy texture. We also tried the Veggie Quiche; it was cheesy and loaded with vegetables. Even their Caramel Latte was made with homemade syrup and you could tell in the taste. And you’ve gotta love the latte art!
If you plan on hitting up the Atlanta area anytime soon, I hope you get a chance to try some/all of the places out! And P.S. – I’m not as big a pig as I probably just made myself sound in this post. I DID NOT eat all this food alone!
See you next time with an actual recipe, something a little more involved than DIY Peanut Butter. ;)