Meeting Up and Coming Chefs

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting 2 awesome Chefs at an event sponsored by Slick Greedy. Slick Greedy are a culinary conglomerate who sponsors events highlighting upcoming African American Chefs in Atlanta. During the event the chef prepares samples of there food while food enthusiasts ask the chefs questions, talk about their food and just getting to know the personally. The Eat and Greet event overall was great. Very intimate homey environment, sort of like a big family dinner. I will be discussing the chefs and their foods below.

Chef Tay (www.instragram.com/goodeatz_atl)

Chef Tay is a is based in Atlanta and cook just about anything from vegan, vegetarian, seafood and everything in between. During the event chef Tay prepared a few dishes, I tried the salad topped with Salmon and Seafood Macaroni.

undefinedI know I am on the verge towards veganism but I just had to highlight the Seafood Mac and Cheese. This had to be one of the best Mac and Cheese I ever had. It was cheesy, full of flavor, full of seafood, and decadent. It was sooo delicious that I had to steal seconds!!! I would highly recommend her food, you will not disappointed!

Chef Kristis (www.instagram.com/kristis_cobbler)

Chef Kristis grew up with severe food allergies which prompt into cooking vegan food. Chef is based in Atlanta, Ga specializing in vegan desserts, she is best known for her vegan cobblers ( who knew cobblers can be vegan).

undefinedSo I tried two of Chef Kristis’ mini cobblers, strawberry and blackberry. I do have to admit that I am not much of a sweets person but the cobblers where delicious. What I love most about the mini cobblers is that they were not dense, the ingredients were simple and fresh.

They are two awesome Chefs and highly recommend you try their foods. You can place an order through Instagram by DM. Please support, you will not regret it ;).

Vegan Spicy Black Bean Chilli

As mentioned in an earlier blog, I am doing a 30 day Vegan Challenge. I wanted to share a vegan black bean chilli recipe that I have created using my favorite cooking device THE CROCK POT!! Below will be all the ingredients I used to make this chilli. Hope you Love It!!!

  • Ingredients:
  • 12 Roma Tomatoes ( cut in fourths)
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 stalks of greens onions chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers chopped
  • 1 cup of black bean ( can be from a can, I boiled them in water til soften which would be about an hour
  • 1/2 cup of water ( or vegetable stock)
  • 3 Tbsp of chilli powder
  • 3 Tbsp of cumin powder
  • Half of a savon packet ( latin seasoning can from farmer marke
  • Goya ( latin season can get from local grocery store)
  • black pepper

  • First I put in the extra virgin oil, green onions, garlic and serrano peppers in the crock pot.
  • Then the tomatoes, 1/2 cup of water and the drained black beans.
  • Next was all the seasonings : chillin powder, cumin, savon, goya, black pepper
  • After putting in all the ingredients in the crock pot I get a big spoon and mix everything together, from the bottom up. So the every ingredient has some seaoning on it
  • I put the crock pot on high for about 4 hours ( or you can put on low for 8 hours)
  • Voila You have delicious black bean chilli packed with flavor

What I LOVE about this chilli is that it will last for about week ( meal prep) and it goes with any thing. I can eat this by itself, with chips, in a taco etc ( in the picture I paired it with white rice). AND ITS GOOD FOR YOU!!! What more can you ask for!!!

Mangos Caribbean Resturant

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Ga. There known for serving authentic Caribbean food ( I would say leading more towards Jamaican) and very popular among college students, Georgia State University is literally down the street. I had Mangos years ago and their food was amazing, I remembered having the Oxtails ( when I ate meat) it was tender and Delicious. My roommate and I decided to get some lunch from Mangos the other day. Here was my food experience!!!

Kingfish

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I ordered the Kingfish, the entree came with 3 sides: rice, cabbage and plaintains. The fish is fried and you can choose one of 5 sauces to have on the fish : escoveitch (pepper sauce), steam, brown stew, curry or butter sauce; I chose escoveitch sauce. So we ordered our food to go ( I had to wait 20 minutes for my food) and brought it back to the house. First of all the fish was slightly overcooked, it was chewy but still edible. What saved the fish was the escoveitch sauce. The sauce is very spicy and but still has great flavor( I could taste vinegar, salt, pepper etc). If you can not take heat I recommend not getting the sauce because it will slap the shit out of you ( literally). As for the sides the rice was under cooked ( a little firm in the middle) but both the cabbage and plantains were good enough. Overall I am very disappointed in the meal since the main components of the entree ( fish and rice) were not cooked perfectly, especially since I had to wait 20 minutes. I do not know what happened today.

In case you wanted to know my roommate got the chicken with brown stew with rice, cabbage and plantains as sides and she loved everything. So it was only my food they messed up :(.

New Orleans Cuisine!!!!

Last weekend I spontaneously went to New Orleans, LA to celebrate a friends birthday and went to the OTRII tour ( I had nose bleed seats but great concert). The food was amazing, I probably gained like 20lbs but it was worth it!!!!! Last year my friends and I went to New Orleans to celebrate my 30th and we were in more of the tourist area. This time around we were out of the tourist area and gained more of an authentic experience and cuisine. Here are some of the foods I had the pleasure of eating!!!!!

 

CAFE PORCHE & SNOWBAR: Smothered Shrimp and Grits 

Now I have eaten a lot of shrimp and grits in my day ( live in Atlanta sooo..) but this has got to be the best Shrimp and Grits I ever had!!! The Shrimp is so fresh, delicate and cooked just right. You can actually taste the body of water it came from ( that is a good thing). My favorite part is that they did not skimp on the shrimp ( some places only give like 4 shrimps). The broth is a fish broth has great flavor that is complimented the fish. The grits is creamy, soft and well seasoned. What I like is that the shrimp, broth and grits are individually seasoned and but doesn’t not over power one or the other. The service was great, very attentive. The food came out pretty quickly.There is a little bit of heat in the dish but it is not overpowering at all. If your wondering about the snowbar my far had a snow cone and she loved it. Best of all it is a B.O.B ( black own business). So if your in New Orleans check this place out, I know I will definitely be back!!!!

 

ORLEANS MARKET PLACE CAJUN SEAFOOD

Now this place is the shit!!!!!!!! You get a lot of seafood with affordable prices. So on my first stop ( yes I went there twice) I got a half a pound of shrimp and 1 potato and I corn. The shrimp does have the head and the outer shell, so you do have to work to get to the shrimp but it is worth it!! The shrimp has an old bay seasoning flavor ( but is 10 times better) and has some heat. The head of the shrimp has a lot of flavor so suck in those juices and you will be in heaven. The potatoes and corn also have the old bay type seasoning and packs some heat. On my second stop I got a half a pound of shrimp and a pound of crawfish. The crawfish has the same seasoning as the shrimp but is twice as spicy. My mouth was on fire, my eyes were watering but I could not and would not stop eating. All the seafood is fresh. This place is not fancy by any means. They give you the food in a bag and I don’t think they had any eating utensils. There is usually a long going out the door!!! But great seafood!!!!

 

CAFE DU MONDEBeignets

Last year was the first time I tried Café Du Monde beignets and they were light, airy sweet ( the powdered sugar definitely added to the flavor) and taste but not overly sweet. This year the beignets are completely different. The beignets were very doughy and dense( it was sort of like biting in a doughnut)  but still had sweet flavor. I am not sure if they changed the recipe of not but it was definitely different. I think it would of been really good if it came with maple syrup. The beignets were served in orders of threes for under $3.00.