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

Trips

Staying at Secrets Akumal in Riviera Maya

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With the coastline full with high-end resorts, fine dining and luxury spas Riviera Maya is the ultimate getaway. As soon as you set foot on the white sand and dip into the crystal clear turquoise water, you will never want to leave!

Me and my husband decided to go to Mexico for a super special occasion, my cousin and also one of my bridesmaids, was going to get married over there! And what better opportunity than be part of this special moment, take a week off and also enjoy yourself?  We stayed at the Secrets Akumal, we choose to stay there because the wedding was at the hotel and we definitely don’t regret it!


Com o litoral repleto de resorts, ótimos restaurantes e spas de luxo, a Riviera Maya é o lugar perfeito para um refúgio de praias paradisíacas. Assim que você pisar naquela areia branca e mergulhar na água turquesa cristalina, você nunca mais vai querer sair lá!

Eu e meu marido decidimos ir ao México para uma ocasião mega especial, minha prima e também uma das nossas madrinhas do casamento, ia casar lá! E que melhor oportunidade do que fazer parte desse momento tão especial, tirar uma semana de folga e além de tudo, aproveitar muito? Ficamos no Secrets Akumal, optamos por ficar lá porque o casamento foi no hotel e eu definitivamente não nos arrependemos!

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It is an adults only hotel and also all-inclusive! The hotel is so beautiful and also more importantly, the service was wonderful.  We were greeted with champagne upon arrival and the staff made us feel right at home.  Several people have asked about the food because I guess all inclusive resorts are typically not known for their cuisine, and I have to say, the food was absolutely a highlight! The hotel has 7 restaurants and I was so impressed with each one.  Me and my husband loved the breakfast at The Market, lunch at the Seaside and I also loved the Mexican restaurant and the sushi spot, but to be honest all restaurants have amazing food, if you have time, go to each one of the restaurants. And the best thing in the end, you don’t need to pay the bill!!


É um hotel apenas para adultos e também all-inclusive! O hotel é lindo e super importante, o serviço foi maravilhoso, fomos recebidos com champanhe no check in e a equipe fez nos sentirmos em casa. Várias pessoas têm perguntado sobre a comida, porque eu acho que a maioria dos resorts que são all-inclusive, a cozinha não é o forte, mas tenho que dizer, a comida foi absolutamente incrível! O hotel tem 7 restaurantes e fiquei impressionada com cada um deles. Eu e meu marido adoramos o café-da-manhã no The Market, almoço no Seaside e eu também adorei o restaurante mexicano e o de sushi, mas para ser honesta todos os restaurantes são ótimos e se você tiver tempo, vá cada dia em um dos restaurantes. E a melhor coisa, no final você não precisa pagar a conta!

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The resort is truly made for relaxation. If you’re looking for adventure, they offer some excursions, snorkel and things you can do at the hotel, but honestly on the beach or by the pool is where you wanna be! The resort also has a spa that is amazing and it offers a big variety of massages.

The resort is beautiful, the food was great, but most notable for me was the impeccable service. Everyone I met at the resort, from the landscape team to the concierge were so welcoming, friendly and went above and beyond from check in to check out. I hope to see you soon Secrets Akumal!!


O resort é perfeito para relaxar, mas se você está procurando mais aventuras, eles também oferecem algumas excursões, snorkel e outras atividades no hotel, mas honestamente na praia ou na piscina é onde você vai quer estar! O resort também tem um spa que é incrível e oferece uma grande variedade de massagens.

O resort é maravilhoso,  a comida foi incrível e o serviço impecável. Espero te ver em breve Secrets Akumal!!

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Hotel: Secrets Akumal
Accommodation: Resort –  All-Inclusive
Prince Range: $$$
Food

Special Date Dinner at Atmosphere Bistro

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Me and my husband love to go to new restaurants and as foodies, enjoy amazing foods. Always when we drove by the Atmosphere restaurant, we always said that we needed to go there one day and on a Friday night we finally went! We both love the French Cuisine and we were super excited to enjoy an amazing dinner there.

Located in the heart of Morningside/Piedmont Heights, Atmosphere Bistro is a cozy and cool spot for a date night. The elegant ambiance, the ingredient driven menu and the excellent service, create the perfect storm for a delicious and authentic French dining experience.

For a starter, we ordered the Foie Gras Poêlé ($25), that was so delicious, just to think about it, my mouth start watering! For main course, I ordered the Coquilles St-Jacques à La Crème de Truffes ($31), that is sautéed scallops, wild mushroom raviolis, asparagus, corn, truffle parmesan emulsion and organic arugula, that was amazing, I totally recommend this dish! My husband got the Osso Bucco with Veal Jus and White Bean Ragout, that was also delicious!

I definitely recommend Atmosphere Bistro for a special night and I assure you, that you will eat one of the most amazing French meal that you ever had!


Eu e meu marido amamos conhecer novos restaurantes e apreciar comidas deliciosas. Sempre que passávamos de carro na frente do restaurante Atmosphere, achávamos super charmoso e sempre dizíamos que tínhamos que ir um dia lá e na sexta a noite resolvemos conhecer o restaurante, como amamos a comida francesa, estávamos super animados para ter um jantar maravilhoso lá!

Localizado no coração de Morningside/Piedmont Heights, o Atmosphere Bistro é um local acolhedor e incrível para um jantar a dois. O ambiente elegante, o menu delicioso e o excelente serviço, criam um ambiente perfeito para uma deliciosa e autêntica experiência francesa.

De entrada pedimos o Foie Gras Poêlé ($25), que estava incrível, só de pensar me dá agua na boca! Para pratos principais, eu pedi o Coquilles St-Jacques à La Crème de Truffes ($31), que tem vieiras salteadas, raviolis de cogumelos, aspargos, milho, emulsão de trufa  e rúcula orgânica, que estava delicioso, recomendo muito você pedir este prato, você não irá se arrepender! E meu marido pediu  o Osso Bucco with Veal Jus and White Bean Ragout que estava incrível também!

Com certeza recomendo o Atmosphere Bistro para uma noite especial, você terá uma das mais surpreendentes refeições francesas que você já teve!

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Photos – Facebook Page of Atmosphere Bistro

ATMOSPHERE BISTRO
620 Piedmont Ave NE – Atlanta

Food, Lifestyle

Lunch in Miami at Suviche

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Launched in 2010, Suviche is the perfect combination of Japonese and Peruvian cuisines, with four locations in Miami including Wynwood, Brickell, Miami Beach and most recently Las Olas, the restaurant offers a variety of flavorful sushi rolls, ceviche and Peruvian specialties. Two locations, Wynwood and Las Olas, also have a Pisco Bar. Why the name is Suviche?  “Su” denotes the sushi portion of the menu, and “Viche” is because it has a lot of kinds of ceviche in the menu. We went o the Wynwood location, the patio was so cozy with swing sets, couches and a big Wynwood type mural, a very inviting decoration.

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We were there for lunch and we end up choosing to orderd dishes to share, we got the Naural Ceviche, white fish  Traditos, Nectar Roll and Tropical Roll, everything was so delicious and fresh! For dessert, we ordered the classic Peruvian Suspiro Limeno, a kind of dulce de leche-meets-custard combination topped with meringue and sprinkled with cinnamon.

We loved everything about Suviche, the decor was so cool and the food was delicious! I wish we have one in Atlanta! But for sure is a great excuse to go back to Miami!

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SUVICHE
2751 N Miami Ave – Miami

Food, Trips

Trip to Miami Beach

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For the Labor Day weekend, me and my husband decided to enjoy the last few weeks of summer and hot weather, what better place to go than Miami Beach? For us, it is a sort flight, less than two hours, so we got plenty of time to enjoy there. We stayed at the Pestana Hotel in South Beach, which had a great location and tons of Brazilians working and staying at the hotel!

We were there to enjoy the beach and rest, not really to tourist or to explore the city, but one place that is great and worth the visit is the Wynwood Walls that has great graffiti murals, in fact, there are more than 40 walls and doors that have been painted by several well-known artists around the world like Shepard Fairey, Os Gêmeos, Invader, Kenny Scharf and many others.

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One thing we always like to do in our trips is to discover new restaurants and to taste the flavors of the city. Miami has a lot of Cuban, Mexican and sea food restaurants, so we got the chance to go to some of them and I am going to put a list of my three favorites!

1.DiLido Beach Club: located at the Lincoln Road, it has a beautiful view of the ocean. It is great for lunch time, it offers fresh and delicious wraps, we ordered the Ahi Tuna Tartare and the Lemon Chicken and a fruit smoothie. The restaurant also serves salads, sea food and great cocktails.

2.Havana 1957: it is a Cuban restaurant, and they have some locations, we went to the one on the Lincoln Road where is a street with great restaurants and shops. The staff are welcome and the food is great! For appetizer, we ordered the Tostone which was delicious and for main courses, the Lechon Asado that had a lot of flavors and the Pan Con Bistec, that was ok. For drinks we got the traditional and the passion fruit mojito that were amazing! If you are thinking of having diner at Havana 1957, specially during weekends, it is better to do a reservation.

3.Suviche: it is a great ceviche and sushi restaurant and I will do a post just about this restaurant soon!

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