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Monday, September 4th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

I have been remiss. Busy is not an excuse.

From now on, I promise to post at least 4 times per week. Even if it’s just a photo.

This weekend Eric and I had breakfast at Gato. I probably shouldn’t be sharing this because it’s one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets. So if you want to find more info, you are going to have to Google it yourself.

I had The Slam which was cheesy eggs with duck fat potatoes, bacon and a glorious ginger cilantro sauce. OMG.

Eric had the Huevos Rancheros. I seriously could go back again today. But I won’t. So you can have my seat at the bar. ūüôā

The Slam

Huevos Rancheros

Today, we are going to cook out and mow the lawn. Not in that order. What are you up to?

xoxo, Patti

Happy New Year! Start With A Good Breakfast

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

How are you feeling? Did you over indulge last night? Never fear, Caren West is here – with a great suggestion on where to drag your weary bones for a nourishing breakfast to start 2011 with.


Beginning at 11 a.m. on January 1, 2011, Diners Can Enjoy an Expanded Menu of Lunch and Brunch Items Day and Night

Begin 2011 with a hearty brunch at¬†Diesel Filling Station in the Virginia-Highlands all day and night. On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2011, starting at 11 a.m. Diesel will serve a special “breakfast all day” menu featuring a diverse selection of its signature brunch and lunch items. The expanded¬†menu includes the new Benedict Explosion – a bacon explosion topped with cream cheese on an english muffin, drizzled with honey and topped with a poached egg and hollandaise; and,¬†favorites like the vegetarian biscuits and gravy made with veggie sausage; the popular Death Muffin; filet and eggs; french toast; make-your-own omelets and much more. ¬†Couples can also enjoy¬†brunch for two for $25, which includes two brunch entrees and a choice of a Bloody Mary or mimosa pitcher or a bucket of tall boy beers. For diners in need of a little hair of the dog, Diesel will offer a variety of Bloody Marys including its signature Bloody Mary that is made using a secret recipe only owner Justin Haynie knows. Diesel’s New Year’s Day brunch menu is below.

Brunch for 2    $25
Choose 2 Brunch Items
$2 for Spankee & Filet
Choice of Bloody Mary or mimosa pitcher or a bucket of tall boy beers.
The Diesel    $7
2 eggs any style, potatoes, grits, or fruit and choice of meat with toast, biscuit or english muffin.
Damn Yankee    $9
Skillet potatoes, ham, bacon, grilled onions, cheddar cheese and a touch of maple syrup (trust me, nothing beats the taste sensation when maple syrup collides with ham) topped with 3 eggs over easy.
DAMN! Spankee    $11
Damn Yankee ADD sausage, gravy, baked beans & a biscuit.
Biscuits & Gravy    $7
2 Biscuits and (veggie) sausage gravy served with 2 eggs any style.
Eggs Benedict    $9
Fried green tomato benedict with ham and spinach served with pots, grits, or fruit.
Superstition Sampler    $6
Hoppin’ John (black eyed peas), collards, cabbage, corn beef & corn bread. Knock it all out it one dish!
‚ÄúMake Your Own‚ÄĚ Omelet¬†¬† ¬†$8
Fluffy omelet with choice of two ingredients and a cheese. Served with pots or grits & biscuit.¬†Extra Topping .75¬Ę.
French Toast    $8
French toast with fresh fruit compote and two eggs any style.
Fried Egg BLT    $7
Fried egg and bacon BLT with Cajun aioli served with potatoes, grits or fruit.
Filet & Eggs    $12
Steak (med rare) and two eggs any style. Served with pots, grits, or fruit and a biscuit.
Loaded Bagel    $4
Everything bagel with cream cheese, tomato and red onion.
Benedict Explosion    $9
Bacon explosion topped with cream cheese on an english muffin drizzled with honey. Poached egg & hollandaise served with your choice pots, grits or fruit.
Death Muffin    $6.66
Bacon explosion, topped with cheddar and a poached egg on an english muffin with a fruit compote spread and served with pots, grits or fruit.
Wings    $10
Ten wings served HOT or Sweet Tequila with ranch & carrots and celery.
Three Pepper Hummus    $8
Fresh hummus served with a platter of veggies and warm pita triangles.
Caesar    $5
Romaine topped with croutons & shaved parmesan.
House    $5
Mixed greens, tomato, onion, cucumber, ‚Äėshrooms, red peppers, carrots, cheddar & parmesan.
The Wedge    $5
Iceberg wedge with tomato, bacon & house made blue cheese.
Smoked Turkey Club    $8
Turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato & onion. topped with swiss & cajun aioli on sourdough.
Toasted Veggie Sub    $9
Marinated portabella, roasted tomatoes & roasted red peppers with pesto & mozzarella.
BBQ Pork Sandwich    $8
Slow cooked over a two-day process, homemade sauce and jicama slaw.
‚ÄúMake Your Own‚ÄĚ Burger¬†¬† ¬†$10
100% Angus beef patty with your choice of three toppings – additional toppings 75¬Ę.
*Black bean Patty upon request.
‚ÄúMake Your Own‚ÄĚ Chicken Sandwich ¬† ¬†$10
Grilled or blackened chicken breast with your choice of 3 toppings – additional toppings 75¬Ę
‚ÄúMake Your Own‚ÄĚ Dog¬†¬† ¬†$9
1/3 pound all beef hot dog with all the toppings you want or get it Chicago-style with peppers, tomato, onion, pickle, disco relish, celery salt & mustard.
Biscuit, eng. muffin or toast    $1
2 eggs    $2
Link Sausage    $2
Veggie Sausage    $2
Applewood Smoked Bacon    $2
Black Forest Ham    $2
Gravy (Veggie Sausage)    $1
Grits    $2
Home Fries    $3
Fresh Fruit    $3
Hollandaise    $1
Cream Cheese    $1
Grilled Tomatoes    $2
Beans    $2
Bagel & Cream Cheese    $2
Cheese    $.50
Cucumber    $3
Beer Goggles    $5
Fris Vodka shot, tomato juice back.
Diesel Bloody Mary    $7
Infused BAKON Vodka, house blend of spices, splash of Zing-Zang rimmed with spicy salt.
Pitcher  $20
Gentleman’s Mary    $9
Hendricks Gin, red wine, house mix. Sopshitication in a cup!
New Year Special    $11
‚ÄúDouble Down‚ÄĚ – 20 oz. onfused BAKON Vodka double, house blend of spices, splash zing-zang, rimmed with spicy salt and all the appropriate toppings.
This is the Bloody Mary of the GODS!
Mimosa    $5
Bubbly & OJ, the perfect hangover cure.
Pitcher  $15

I don’t know about you, but that’s making me HUNGRY! Yummy!

xoxo, Patti

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A Most Glamorous Brunch

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Sex And The City 2 has opened and what better way to celebrate the girls than by starting with brunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead? I know, I’ve been spending a lot of time at The Ritz, but I am sure Carrie Bradshaw would approve. I donned my girliest outfit ever – pink frilly top, Liz Claiborne garden skirt, sweet sandals and a very pink beaded purse. I might have looked more fluffy pink cupcake than glamour girl, but it suited the occasion.

The Perfect Skirt For A Brunch With Friends

Pair my sugary apparel with bestie Holly and the most dazzling brunch buffet known to Western Civilization and we were on! A red carpet was awaiting our arrival at the entrance to The Ritz-Carlton. Opening the door we were enveloped by the sounds of a tuxedo-clad pianist in a lobby dripping with crystal chandeliers. Jaw dropping, to say the least.

Holly and Me, Glamming It Up

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Breakfast for Breakfast, Part II

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Yesterday you saw me use up leftover ribs and potatoes in a tasty breakfast hash. Today I will recount Sunday’s breakfast – Chilaquiles.

Never heard of it? It was our favorite way to start the day on several of our trips to Mexico. Let me share with you.

Start with tostados (you can also use tortilla chips – leftover from last night’s cookout, perhaps?) Usually the next ingredient added is refried beans. I had some in the pantry, but totally forgot that they were in there. Eric made a homemade tomatillo sauce (salsa verde). Then the cheese – queso fresco would make your dish authentic, but we used cheddar. Top with an egg, sunny side up and finish it with a dollop of sour cream and maybe a bit of avocado. If you are feeling fancy, garnish with a bit of cilantro. Devour with mucho gusto!

Muy Delicioso!

xoxo, Patti

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Breakfast for Breakfast, Part I

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

This past holiday weekend we just threw caution to the wind and indulged. My favorite indulgence is breakfast.

On Friday night I had cooked some ribs and we had some leftover (how could that even be?) So I decided to shred them and use the leftovers in a breakfast hash the next morning (we also had leftover potatoes – what?)

After shredding the ribs, chopping the potatoes and cutting up some onion, I lightly oiled my skilled and put the potatoes and onions in first, so they could get good and browned. And they did. Next up, the rib meat.  Now, while I was making the hash, Eric cooked eggs Рsunny side up to go over the hash (I told you this was pure indulgence!)  Lastly, gobble down like greedy badgers.

Cooking The Hash

Doesn't That Look Delicious? It Was!!

Now you have enough calories to run the marathon. Or just shop a lot. Either way.

Follow up the next weekday with Resolution Fruit Salad. And water. Maybe a celery stalk for lunch.

Tomorrow, Sunday’s breakfast – it’s a doozy!

xoxo, Patti

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