Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Highland Bakery > Small Town Feel in the Big City



Highland Bakery, in Atlanta, GA is my go-to spot for fresh prepared baked goods, breakfast, and lunch.  Its convenient location in the Inman Park/Old 4th Ward neigborhoods and close by acces to I-85, makes it the perfect spot to drive by and pick-up goodies on my way out of or back into town.  Yesterday, on route to the airport, my Mom & I stopped in for a bite to eat.  Bustling with patrons, we placed our order with our server and enjoyed our cappuccinos.  At the same moment that Mom noticed other diners receiving their food who had ordered after us, our server came over to our table explaining that there was some mistake on his part of entering our order into their kitchen.  He couldn't be more apologetic about the error and assured us our dishes were being prepared and on their way out for us to enjoy.  Our omelettes arrived hot and filled with tasty veggies and cheese.  Our second mishap soon arose when Mom's omelette was made with cream cheese rather than the cheddar cheese she requested.  Apologizing again for his mistake, our server took away her dish to prepare a new omelette.  


Once freshly prepared and delivered to the table, everything was delicious - from our cappuccinos, to the muffins, to the grits, and the eggs!  To our surprise, the manager came to our table to apologize again for the wait on our food and incorrect ingredients.  She expressed how customer service is their priority and not only took Mom's omelette off our order but an additional 20% off the entire bill.  We were both so taken aback at the graciousness of the restaurant!  Highland Bakery is not in need of customers  (in fact, week-end breakfast is jammed with seating wait times), so Mom and I were very impressed on the sincere attitude of the HB staff and how seriously they take customer appreciation.  Needless to say, Highland Bakery continues to set the bar high not only with their delicious food but clearly, their attention to the positive dining experience of their patrons.


One of my favorite baked goods that Highland Bakery offers is their Red Velvet Cake and Cupcakes.  Last year, in the patriotic spirit of July 4, I ordered the regular size Red Velvet Cupcakes (they offer a mini version as well), and asked if the baker could add blue stars made from icing, on to the white icing of the cupcakes - I loved the idea of the red cake, white icing, and blue stars - all in honor of the July 4 holiday!  Such a fun treat for our guests.

Check out the video link below for more behind the scenes baking at Highland Bakery.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Off to Naples, FL in Search of Mid Century Furniture & Accessories

I'll be away from the blog for the next couple of days, while I search Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota, FL for interesting Mid Century furniture and accessories for new inventory.  Fingers crossed I come home with lots of great vintage items!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Trendspotting > Ikat

Ikat, a weaving and dying process, is a traditional method of fabric print making associated with South American and East Asian cultures.  Recently, I've spotted Ikat prints emerging in the form of fresh and contemporary home furnishings and fashion accessories.  Check out the following images pulled from the latest issues of shelter magazines.


Ikat Bowls, Anthropologie / $14.

Elle Decor, May 2010.

Ikat Quilts, ABC Carpet & Home (second row center) / Elle Decor, June 2010.

Ikat Diamond Print Scarf, Piperlime / $25.

Ikat Top, Jules Reid (top right) / Town & Country, July 2010.

In Style, July 2010.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Grilling > Tips & Accessories

The Fire Bucket BBQ, $80.

The perfect on-the-go BBQ Grill...  Check out the details as suggested in The NY Times article - Bucket Grills for Portable Cooking.

"Grilling at the beach or on a picnic will be easier with the new little bucket grills that are showing up this season. This one, fire-engine red like an official sand bucket, has a 10.2-inch grate and a liner that holds the charcoal and lets the ash drop to the bottom of the pail. Fill it with coals, perhaps with some newspaper underneath to speed up ignition, before heading out, so it’s ready to get to work on the hot dogs or burgers."


"The Fire Bucket BBQ is $80 at Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, 365 State Street (Bond Street), Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, blueribbongeneralstore.com. Sur La Table has one, also red, with collapsible legs but no liner, $30, surlatable.com; and Broadway Panhandler sells a galvanized metal version, also with legs, $34.95, broadwaypanhandler.com"


Watch Steven Raichlen, grill master and author of numerous BBQ and grilling books, share his insights into grilling meats and veggies over wood, Argentinian style.  Check out Raichlen's PBS show - Primal Grill - to see more amazing recipes, tips, and techniques for grilling....  covering everything from hamburgers to cedar plank salmon to smoked BBQ.

 
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Into the Woods Armed With Sophistication & Style

Whether you're foraging for delicacies or fishing for your meal, on your next adventure into the woods, keep in mind the following...   Tips and techniques for spotting safe to eat forest produced treats, outfit yourself with the suggested durable and stylish gear, and take note of the easy to pack and serve provisions for your outing.  Tents have their place, but outdoor inspired architecture can be oh so inviting for both you and your traveling companions.  Check out the following images of some of the homes that have inspired me -  a low country style home, a contemporary country home, and a lakeside retreat - all 3 designed with respect to the lay of the land and equally exist quietly among their surroundings.

Food & Wine Magazine, July 2010.


Cottage Living Magazine, October 2008.


Town & Country Magazine, June 2010.


Elle Decor Magazine, March 2008.


Garden & Gun Magazine, June/July 2010.


Metropolitan Home Magazine, July/August 2008.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Yesterday's Post is a Jumping Off Point for Today's > Braithwaite Style

Yesterday's blog post included a Scout Mob deal @B Braithwaite, the delightful & dreamy baby and childrens store here in Atlanta.  Braithwaite style is my inspiration for today's post because I knew I had saved back issues of shelter magazines with published photos of the work of interior designer and co-owner of B Braithwaite, Nancy Braithwaite.  Nancy's attention to detail and refined design eye are apparent in both her store's interior and clients' homes.  Included are images from B Braithwaite co-owner Chaffee Braithwaite Heilman's bungalow, here in Atlanta, published in the March 2008 Cottage Living Magazine; Nancy's older daughter, Kiery's wedding, with every last detail - down to the red stars on the slippers provided to guests - hand selected and/or custom designed by Nancy, published in Southern Accents, July/August, 2003; and an example of Nancy's residential work for a client, published in Veranda Magazine, complete with custom designed furniture by Nancy Braithwaite.


Cottage Living, March 2008 - Chaffee Braithwaite Heilman's Home.


Southern Accents, July/August 2003 -  Kiery Braithwaite's Wedding, Atlanta, GA.


Veranda Magazine - Residential Work of Nancy Braithwaite.
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