Food

Dinner at O-Ku Sushi Atlanta

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For my husband’s birthday I took him a Japanese restaurant, O-Ku, it is located at West Midtown and headed by Chef Jackie Chang. Before we went, I had heard a lot about the restaurant and as me and my husband love Japanese food, we were super excited to go there! O-Ku offers skyline views of the city, creative sushi rolls, impressively fresh ingredients and cocktails, do you need any more reasons to visit O-Ku Sushi? Chef Chang, who most recently worked as the lead chef of Umi in Buckhead, hopes to blend his traditional training with his innovative takes on the cuisine.

Like the food and beverage menus, the design and decor are a blend of sophisticated and casual, with Japanese elements such as a decorative tile mural, industrial elements including exposed brick walls and steel beams.


Para o aniversário do meu marido, levei ele em um restaurante japonês, o O-Ku, que fica em West Midtown e comandado pelo Chef Jackie Chang. Antes de irmos lá, eu já tinha ouvido falar muito sobre o restaurante e como eu e meu marido adoramos comida japonesa, estávamos super animados para ir conhecer! O-Ku tem um terraço com uma vista incrível da cidade, sushis criativos, ingredientes super frescos e diferentes tipos de coquetéis, você precisa de mais razões para visitar o O-Ku Sushi? O chef Chang, que recentemente trabalhou como chefe do restaurante Umi em Buckhead, espera misturar seu conhecimento na culinária japonesa mais tradicional com uma abordagem mais inovadora.

Como os menus de comidas e bebidas, a decoração tem uma mistura de sofisticado e casual, com elementos japoneses, como um mural de azulejos decorativos, elementos industriais, incluindo paredes de tijolos expostos e vigas de aço.

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We wanted to try a lot of different things from the menu so we share everything we ordered. We started with the Big Eye Tuna Tartare ($16) and the Hamachi Carpaccio ($15), both were delicious and super fresh but the carpaccio was the best for us! After, we got some salmon and tuna sashimis ($3/$4 – 2 pc), Salmon Citrus nigiri ($6/pc) and Marmalade  nigiri ($5/pc), everything was so good and by eating the sashimis you can definitely see how fresh the fish is! To finish, we ordered some rolls, we got the Marilyn Mon Roll ($12) and the Black Magic ($21). If you are planning to go to O-ku, you should definitely go for the Hamachi Carpaccio and the Black Magic shushi, for us were the best ones we tried! For drinks we got the Hot Sake ($11/little bottle) and the Hibiscus Ginger Tea ($6), the tea is a great option if you don’t want to drink alcohol but you still want something different and delicious.


Queríamos experimentar um pouco de cada coisa do menu, então dividimos tudo o que pedimos. Começamos com o Big Eye Tuna Tartare ($ 16) e o Hamachi Carpaccio ($ 15), ambos estavam delicioso e super frescos, mas o carpaccio foi o melhor para nós! Depois, pedimos alguns sashimis de salmão e atum ($3/$4 – 2 pc), Salmon Citrus nigiri ($6/pc) e Marmelada nigiri ($5/pc), tudo estava muito bom e comendo o sashimis que você definitivamente vê o quanto o peixe é fresco! E no final pedimos os shushi, nós escolhemos o Marilyn Mon Roll ($ 12) e o Black Magic ($ 21). Se você está planejando ir conhecer o O-Ku, você deve pedir com certeza, o Hamachi Carpaccio e o Black Magic shushi, para nós foram os melhores que provamos! Para bebidas, pedimos o Hot Sake ($11/uma garrafinha pequena) e o Hibiscus Ginger Tea ($6), o chá é uma ótima opção se você não quer beber álcool, mas quer algo diferente e gostoso.

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We liked the restaurant so much, that we went there another day when our family was in town. If you love Japanese food, O-Ku is a must to go! Great tip, every Monday and Wednesday, all sushi rolls are half price 5-7 p.m.! I hope to see you soon O-Ku!


Nós gostamos tanto do restaurante que já voltamos lá quando a nossa familia estava aqui em Atlanta visitando a gente! Se você gosta de comida japonesa, vá no O-Ku e você não irá se arrepender! E uma ótima dica, todas segundas e quartas das 5-7pm, os shushi são a metade do preço! Espero te ver em breve O-Ku!

Restaurant Photos – O-Ku Facebook page

O-Ku Sushi
Westside Ironworks, 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3 – Atlanta

Food

Dinner in São Paulo at Siló

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Me and my husband are back to Brazil for a couple of days, he came for work and since I was waiting for my work authorization, I decided to come with him and visit our families and friends and enjoy our time here. And what’s better than get together with the family and to eat a great food? Last weekend we went to this super nice restaurant, Siló Forneria, a modern place with apparent pipes, entrance with natural light and rustic walls, but the real highlight is that some of the foods are cooked in the wood oven and everything is absolutely incredible.

We had a big table and for the entrance we ordered the meat empanadas and the “pastéis” of shitake, that it was to die for, so incredible! For main course, I ordered the pizzetta of prosciutto di Parma and my husband the bovine rib, which were so good! The tuna with sesame crust, the entrecote and the brie risotto were other dishes served to our table, all the plates had a great presentation and tasted delicious, especially with the red wine we ordered! For dessert, we got the cacao crepe with dulce de leche that was great but really sweet.

Siló is a great restaurant to go with your family or even for a date, the food is fantastic and the decor is really nice, we will definitely come back again!


Eu e meu marido estamos no Brasil por alguns dias, ele veio para trabalhar e como eu ainda estava esperando minha autorização de trabalho (já chegou!), decidi vir com ele e visitar nossa família e amigos. E que melhor maneira de estar junto com a família e com pessoas que gostamos do que comer uma comida deliciosa? No fim de semana passado fomos no restaurante Siló Forneria que fica na Vila Nova, onde a decoração tem um mix de moderno com rústico, com tubulações aparentes, entrada de luz natural e paredes rústicas, mas o maior destaque fica para as comidas que são feitas no forno a lenha, são incríveis!

Estávamos com uma mesa grande e de entrada pedimos a empanadas de carne e os pasteizinhos de shitake, que são de comer rezando! Para prato principal eu pedi a pizzeta de presunto Parma, que é de tamanho individual e o meu marido pediu a costela bovina, tudo estava muito bom! O atum com crosta de gergelim, o entrecôte e o risoto de brie, também foram os escolhidos da nossa mesa, todos os pratos estavam com a cara ótima e realmente estavam muito gostosos, especialmente com o vinho tinto que tomamos! Para sobremesa pedimos o crepe de cacau com recheio de doce de leite que estava ótimo mas é bem doce.

A Siló Forneria é um ótimo restaurante tanto para ir com a família como para um jantar a dois, a comida é incrível e a decoração é linda, nós com certeza voltaremos de novo!

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SILÓ FORNERIA
R. Diogo Jacome, 360– São Paulo – Brazil

Food

Healthy Lunch at Upbeet

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A couple weeks ago I started hearing and seeing a lot of photos on Instagram about Upbeet, it is a restaurant that offers organic grain bowls, salads, acai, smoothies and toasts. I was really curious to know the place, so me and my husband went there to get lunch. The restaurant was full with a big line to order because you can also customize your bowl or choose one of their suggestions, although it was a line, it really moved fast and all the people working there were really nice and give you a lot of suggestions.

I end up choosing the Aloha Bowl ($11.95), that was with bamboo rice, mango, fresh jalapeños, scallions, avocado, toasted coconut, macadamia nuts, ginger miso dressing and tuna poke, I just changed the jalapeños for edamame because I don’t really like spicy foods. The mix was so good and all the tastes went so well together, definitely recommend this bowl.

My husband ordered the Oh-Mega Bowl ($13.45), with brown rice, quinoa, spinach, edamame, watermelon radish, cashews, hemp seeds, orange miso dressing and steelhead trout, this bowl was really fresh and also delicious.

To drink we had the juice refreshers (each $3.50), that have four options, the strawberry watermelon basil, charcoal lemonade, lime cucumber mint and matcha lemonade, we tried the three first and I was so impressed by the charcoal lemonade, the appearance is not the most inviting one but the taste is surprising good!

I definitely recommend checking out Upbeet and I can’t wait to go there again and try need bowls and smoothies!

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UPBEET
1071 Howell Mill Rd Suite A – Atlanta

Food

Seafood Dinner at The Optimist

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My husband’s family was in town so we got the opportunity to go to new restaurants, one of them was The Optimist and I might say that until now is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta! Not just the food was delicious, but the whole experience was great. The chef-owner is Ford Fry, is a well-known chef who owns 10 restaurants, most of them are in Atlanta, for example JCT Kitchen, no. 246 and King+Duke.

As appetizers we ordered the “Opportunist” Plateaux for the table, it had oyster, king crab, shrimp and ceviche, everything was super fresh and delicious. They also served a very tasty bread that was similar to a brioche.

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For main course, I ordered the Georges Bank Scallops that was one of the best scallops I have ever had, just to think about it my mouth start watering! My husband ate the Redfish which was also really good, the Whole Grilled Fish and Cioppino were other dishes served to our table, all the plates had a great presentation and tasted delicious.

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It is a little bit pricy but for a special occasion is the perfect spot! They serve a super fresh and delicious seafood, the decor is beautiful and the service was great!

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Photos – Andrew Thomas Lee

THE OPTIMIST
914 Howell Mill Road – Atlanta

Trips

Road trip to New Orleans

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Last year, the first time I came to Atlanta to visit my husband, he took some days off, so we decided to do a road trip, and the first stop was New Orleans!!! It was a long drive, about 9 hours, we stopped twice breaks and still not that close to Atlanta but it is worth it, if you don’t like the long drive just take a plane over there it is way faster, about 1 hour and a half.

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We arrived in the end of the afternoon, and we checked in our hotel, the French Market Inn, that had an incredible location on the French Quarter but not on the busiest street so during the night wasn’t loud like other streets.  We stayed in a Petit Room of the hotel, we prefer to book this room than the Interior Room because the latter did not have a window, but it was not a good deal, the room we stayed was more expensive than the other one and the window was so tiny, it really didn’t make any difference if we would chosen the Interior Room. But the rest of the hotel was pretty good and we really liked it, was just this detail that we were not happy about.

We were so hungry and tired when we arrived that we wanted to grab some dinner close to our hotel. When we travel we always look at Trip Advisor to see good restaurants in the city, we ended up at Napoleon House and I had the famous shrimp Po-Boy and my husband got the Jambalaya, it was a pretty good dinner in a nice place for a good price.

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When we travel we like to learn about the city and the history of the place we are visiting, for us the best way to do that is in a tour, in Europe, the free walking tour is very common, you pay in the end whatever you decide the tour was worth. Here in US some cities have it, New Orleans is one of them, we found one company, the Free Tours by Foot and booked to do the day after we’d arrived. The tour was great, we learned about the history of the city, visited a lot of places like the Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street and other places also got some tips on where to go, to eat and explore the city further.

The famous Bourbon Street, had some restaurants, bars and striptease clubs and it is really tourist although not what we were looking for, it is something to see and walk by but not to spend the night. By a tip of our tour guide, he recommended the Frenchmen Street, there are a lot of bars and almost all of them have some Jazz or Blues band playing, it was so nice, that we went back to Frenchmen street every night.

If you like Jazz music, you cannot go to New Orleans and not go to the Preservation Hall, it is music venue in the French Quarter founded in 1961 to protect, preserve, and perpetuate Traditional New Orleans Jazz. It is a small room made entirely of wood, the band plays for about 45 minutes, it is a great atmosphere and a place to you really listen to the authentic jazz.

Another places that I recommend to go and grab something to eat is Cafe Du Monde, to eat their famous beignets and go to the French Market, you should try the fresh crawfish and oysters, and some aligator meat. If you stay longer, you can also go to a swamp tour feed marshmellows to the aligators (as we did!), a steamboat ride and a tour to the Garden District.

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Food

Date Dinner at 5Church

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I just moved to Atlanta a couple weeks ago and as a foodie I love to discover new foods and restaurants. Last Saturday, my husband and I went out on a date dinner at a super nice place, the 5Church in Midtown.

The restaurant has two floors, one inside, and the other an outdoor terrace with a bar. The weather was great so we decided to stay on the terrace that had great atmosphere and a nice view.

For a starter, we ordered a Margarita Flatbread, which went so well with our white wine, the day was really hot and the wine was a great refreshing.

For the main course I ordered the Shrimp and Grits, that was a little spicy and had an amazing mix of flavors. My husband ordered the Prime Steak with the wagu fried rice and chimichurri sauce which was also delicious.

After dinner it started raining, so we took cover and enjoyed the shuffleboard they had on the terrace. That was a lot of fun to finish the evening!

The food, the atmosphere and the service was great, we would definitely come back again!

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Photos – Courtesy of 5Church Atlanta

5Church Atlanta

1197 Peachtree St NE #528 – Atlanta