I’m thinking that tonight will be attempt #3 of making mozzarella. My parents sent some pictures this morning from their vacation to Positano and Capri, and I am super jealous. Check out the salumi and the butcher pics. I wish I could get the good stuff in Atlanta. Though I do hear Holeman & Finch cures and ages their meat in-house.
I will document the mozzarella making in more detail tonight, and I am thinking some pizza making is in order. Check back tomorrow for that exciting post!
So last night Katie and I made the 25 minute trek over to East Atlanta Village, where we were going to see a show at the Earl (more on that later). I recently heard of The Glenwood while reading about the new Porter Beer Bar in Little 5 Points. Reviews of PBB seemed hit or miss and someone commented on how they liked The Glenwood much better. The Glenwood is walking distance from The Earl so I wanted to give it a shot.
I was hoping for a pub with a large variety of interesting beers on tap (digging IPA’s lately), and I was slightly dissapointed in that regard (I didn’t look at the bottle list), but the food was the shiz. As an appetizer we got the Fried Blue Cheese Grits with Bruleed Butternut Squash and Pomegranite Juice. This rocked my face off.
You can see below that it was a small lightly fried grit cake, topped with the squash (which I assume they finished with a torch ala creme brulee), surrounded with the pomegranate juice along with the pomegranate seeds and chopped pecans. I don’t even like pecans but everything was amazingly balanced. The sweet sauce, the nutiness of the pecans and cheese, and the charred squash along with the overall smokiness of the dish worked in concert to give me multiple mouthgasms. Katie agreed that it was one of the best and most interesting things we’d eaten in a long time.
The entrees looked very good (I REALLY want to see what their Turducken Burger looks like), but I wasn’t feeling hungry enough so I will have to wait until next time to try any of those. Instead I got their burger (called the Salzburger) which was cooked perfectly to my request (medium), with fried pickles for topping, and some super crunchy and perfectly fried onion rings (not as spicy as mine).
Katie had a broccoli and beer soup served with a mini grilled cheese placed in the middle. Our enthusiastic waitress Autumn informed us that the soup and the grits we ordered were brand new, so she had tasted them that day and she agreed that they ruled. I plan on going back real soon, and you should check it out. In general that whole area is pretty cool and has a lot of places you could try (Midway, Holy Taco, Grant Central Pizza, La Casita) but The Glenwood brings some heat and is on “the list”.
With a full belly and a blown mind, we headed to The Earl for the show.
The Magic Wands opened at around 9:45 in the tiny, intimate venue. They were decent, but after they played for 1/2 hour or so, The Virgins came on. I had never heard them, but they were excellent. Their singer was super intense with a cool voice, and their guitarists layed down some real funky chords. They really reminded me of The Strokes but their singer was way more fervent. Check out their song Rich Girls on youtube. After the show I said to the lead singer “hey man, you guys ruled.” And he said “hey, thanks!”. I rub shoulders with hipsters and band leaders all the time.
I had high hopes for Black Kids (check out Look at Me (When I Rock Wichoo) and Hurricane Jane on their MySpace page), and they were good indeed. They played all the songs off their first LP, along with three songs I had never heard. If you missed it, sucks for you. You could drive to Athens tonight and check em out at the 40 watt.
This morning I rehydrated and made an open faced breakfast sandwich to celebrate.