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Ray’s New York Pizza @ Tech Square

18 Sep

We recently started a little addiction to Ray’s New York Pizza located on campus and I think it’s because of the garlic knots!

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My first time ever eating a Falafel. This one was made with bean fritters, tomatoes, cucumbers, and pickles with a sesame cream and roasted pepper  spread, served in a pita bread.

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Garlic knots.

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Bruschetta; sauteed spinach, sundried tomatoes, eggplant, feta cheese, and basil baked on flat bread.

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A Greenwich Village Calzone made with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and spinach with a side of their delicious tomato marinara sauce.

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In the dessert section of the menu was a picture of this dessert called Kunafa.  It’s something I have never had before so, of course I had to order it.  It is a baked cheesecake with shredded dough crust, topped with a sweet simple syrup and pistachios.  It was amazeballs!

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The first time we had Ray’s was before the first football game.  It was so good we had to go back a week later.  On our second visit Luis and I took advantage of the nice weather and opted to sit outside. The food was quick, inexpensive, the service was great, and the Mojito was pretty darn tasty.  That could be why this place is always packed.

Another great thing about this restaurant is that it is next door to Barrelhouse, which just opened in July.  The best thing to do (or what I think is best) is to enjoy a nice meal at Ray’s then head to Barrelhouse for some interesting and unique hand crafted drinks, but more on Barrelhouse and my bourbon muddled with fresh oranges drink concoction that Brian made me another time.

Carrot Ginger Soup @ Home

15 Sep

With fall on it’s way, I have been feeling orange.  While I wait for squashes and pumpkins to come into season I will have to settle for carrots. What’s another perfect meal besides orange meals during fall? Soups! Soups are perfect for fall.

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With the weather being cooler lately, almost feels like fall.

Now I feel like baking some pumpkin cupcakes!

Pomodoro Sauce @ Home

12 Sep

Talking with my co-workers about their homemade tomato sauce recipes made me think, “why haven’t I made it before!?”.  So, off I went to the nearest store after work and grabbed a few pounds of plum tomatoes.

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After boiling the tomatoes I threw them into ice water.  It helped the skin slide right off.

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I added garlic, onions, fresh basil, and oregano.

I split the sauce in half and used the first portion over spaghetti, along with homemade garlic bread.

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The next day, I used the second half and added meat to it to make a meat sauce and sliced up some veggies to use for a lasagna. My first ever lasagna.

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Not only did Luis think it was one of the best tomato sauces he ever had, but added to the lasagna just made it amazing.  No lie, it was the best lasagna I have ever had.  I am thinking my new Sunday ritual will be to make a pot of this simple and easy sauce, jar it up and use for week day meals.  No need to buy jarred sauce ever again.  My next food goal is to turn a batch of sauce into one of my favorites; vodka sauce. Yum!

Officially Georgians

11 Sep

With Luis having a birthday in August and it now being September, that means we had to replace our license plate and say good-bye to Florida.

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We gave up our Florida driver licenses the first week we moved to Georgia.  All we had left was our plate letting everyone know where we came from, but now we don’t stand out.  We are Georigians.

We are keeping our Florida plate though, and after Georgia.. who knows? California, Texas, the State of Washington?

What will I miss most?  Cheap weekend cruises to the Bahamas and the Florida resident discounts into Disney.

Yellow Jackets vs. Western Carolina Catamounts

10 Sep

Last week was Georgia Tech’s first football game against Western Carolina. We won 63-21. It was the fifth straight season-opening win for Georgia Tech.

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We had an amazing view of the field, not bad for free tickets. I considered this my first real experience with college football and I loved every minute of it. I’ve heard that college football is nothing compared to the Dolphin games I use to attend, and they were right. The crowd’s spirit was unbelievable.

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First off it took us 20 minutes to get inside of the stadium since the student Buzz card readers were not working correctly. In those first 20 minutes of the game we scored three touch downs. When Luis and I were able to enter the stadium and find a spot, we were happy to see how close we were to the field and even had space to move around, even though I wouldn’t have minded being elbow to elbow in the crowd. The stadium was packed with gold and white spirit. Once again coming from Dolphin games that have more people in the parking lot tail gating than in the stadium (unless we were winning), it surprised me how full the stadium was and how nice our stadium is since it was our first time actually inside the stadium.

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There were some great moves on the field from both sides and some other plays that could use some more work, but being in the stand made it a great first time experience for both of us.

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I enjoyed not only the crowd, but the student videos that played on the jumbo tron during the game; one of them mocking our “engineer football team”.

Our band was great and loved their super hero themed half time show. BUT the best was the Swarm crew who kept the crowd pumped with our team mascot Buzz. I kept telling Luis it is my new goal to be a part of the Swarm team, they had the best time and I enjoyed watching them having a blast. I wonder if they keep up that spirit when we are losing?

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As tradition goes after the game when we win, the steam whistle blew 63 times. While walking home we watched the fraternities paper the trees and celebrate our win. Even though I am sure they always celebrate win or lose =)  Today we play against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who we beat last year.  Let’s see if we can do it again!

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Can I just say I love our mascot Buzz!? I love watching his tail bounce around as he we walks. I think he likes me too since both times that I have met him he gave me a hug. Love you Buzz!

Niramish @ Little Five Points

8 Sep

Ever since our little hole in the wall Indian place closed down, Luis and I have been craving some naan and the spices from the tikka masala sauce.  While visiting Little Five Points with Luis’ family over a month ago Luis’ dad noticed this restaurant, Niramish and talked us into eating there. I am really glad he did because our meal was really good and better than the other place that we use to go to.

Luis had Lamb Dharosh Bhaji and I had the Tandoori Chicken Tikka with garlic naan.  It was the best naan I have had to date, I could have just eaten the naan as my meal.  Our meal came with a refreshing lemony soup, which I do not know the name of, but it was amazeballs.  Not only are there portions large, but they are very inexpensive.

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No lie, one of the best meals I have had here in Atlanta and our waiter was the best server ever.

Little Five Points is one of my favorite places to walk around and people watch as well as wander through all the little unique shops.  And.. I guess you could say I really enjoy the wall art there too!

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I have an urge for Indian food now, can’t wait to go back and try out some other items from the menu at Niramish.

Tubing @ Shoot the Hooch

7 Sep

With cooler weather just around the corner and Chattahoochee Outfitters last weekend of the season being Labor Day weekend, Luis and I took advantage and went tubing down the Chattahoochee River, also known as Shoot the Hooch.

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1 1/4 mile of pure laziness and relaxation.  Oh and with a 45 degree water temperature it kept Luis and I awake!

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No rocky shoals to worry about, no need for a sick to push off of rocks, just a beautiful view of homes, mountains, and wildlife.

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Our slow drift down the river lasted about two hours.  I was glad that we made that our first goal of the weekend since the rest of the weekend and also all of this week has been cloudy, rainy, and cold.