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It’s not a noodle, it is PASTA

Posted by AllieB on November 2, 2011

Prep your palettes, people, because this is gonna be a good one.

Last night, thanks to the charm and taste for truffles of Wonder Woman and Dani, I enjoyed one of the best meals of food I’ve ever had. Mirko is an Italian food chain that recently opened up in North Buckhead where Ribs, Etc used to be. I was a waitress at Ribs back in the day, btw, and was eager to check out the place that had taken over their landmark A-frame building.

Anyway, long story short, Sarah and Dani had been there a few times when Mirko, the owner and founder, took a liking to them. Sarah asked him, why is there nothing made with truffles on  your menu? Fair question – it’s an Italian restaurant, at least “truffle oil” should make an appearance, it seems. Mirko said, “Truffles! You want truffles! I make a delicious meal for you and your friends with all the truffles you want!” They held him to his promise, and, when I caught wind of the situation, immediately offered to attend. So, last night at 9:30, six girls and myself dined at the whim of Mirko.

To begin with: bread that, in the words of Laureo (who shall  henceforth be known as Lasso, you are welcome), “hugs your mouth,” wine, and an antipasti plate with two cheeses, two meats, artichokes, and olives. Delicious. I guess we didn’t get a picture of that.

Next: risotto with portabello mushrooms. Holy creamy goodness it was amazing. Then Mirko came around and shaved liberal amounts of truffles on top. I was trying to conserve stomach space and not eat the whole plate, but it was impossible because it was perfect.

Those big brown things are the truffles. Probably about $25 worth on that one plate.

He let us linger over that for awhile, then brought out the pasta: a cavatelli in cream sauce, and, again, lots of truffle shavings. When he served this, I asked him, “so what kind of noodle is this?” He looked at me like the lame, ignorant American I sounded like and responded, complete with vibrant Italian gesticulations, “IT IS NOT A NOODLE IT IS PASTA!” My b. Anyway, despite the thick cut of pasta and ostensibly heavy cream sauce, it wasn’t too rich at all. I could eat a bowl of this every day and be a happy girl. A fat girl with hardened arteries, but happy nevertheless.

At this point, my high-waisted jeans were starting to get a little distressed. Mirko could tell we needed a break, so he brought a new kind of wine (having consumed several bottles among us of some tasty Italian varietal) that he even decanted – oo la la. It was a 2003 Brunello di Montalcino, which, so far as I can tell, retails in stores for about $75, and probably twice that in restaurants. I think this goes without saying, but it was something of an improvement over my usual Trader Joe’s.

At this point Mirko and his friend, a young man who owns a dental practice in Roswell, had sat down with us. The Italians – they are very charming, no?

Next came the lamb. Regrettably, due to the carb fest I’d indulged in prior to this course, I was hardly able to eat a bite, but I could tell it was delish. There was a bed of quinoa with a potato cake made with peppers and onions then a lamb chop heavily seasoned in spices. The picture I have does not do it justice, so just use your imagination.

Last but most certainly not least: dessert. Dessert was a mixed berry tart served at a delightfully chilled temperature. Is this because it was frozen right before he served it? Mayhaps, but it was almost soothing after the hot, heavy previous courses. YUM.

Three hours after sitting down, the meal came to a close. I slept better last night than I have in ages: red wine + bread + pasta works better than any other sleep aid I’ve ever tried.

I should mention that not a single thing he served us, from start to finish, is on the menu at Mirko. So…if you go there, you will not be able to enjoy these delectable things. HOWEVER, it is still worth it. The prices are crazy reasonable – you can create your own pasta dish from 15 different kinds of pasta and 12 different sauces for under $11, and the fish and chicken entrees top out at $13. I’ve heard the Granny Apple and Sausage Ravioli is not to be missed. Oh, and their Italian house wine (always decent) is $20/liter. This place is kind of a no-brainer. What I can attest to is how perfectly everything was cooked and presented. Plus, he did a wonder on the gnarly interior that was once a rib joint.

Us + Mirko

So that happened. Should any other local restauranteurs be interested in making a delicious meal for me, I can promise you an all-star write-up like this one.

Top Chef: Texas starts tonight!!! I love Top Chef. Recent seasons have been decidedly lackluster, but I’ve got high hopes for this one.

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This thing doesn’t make me any money; sometimes I am lazy

Posted by AllieB on November 1, 2011

Hello, I’m back. You can step away from the ledge/put away the noose – I’m back.

Let’s see – where were we….

I went to Taste of Atlanta. It was fun! We had some very tasty treats, with one of the faves being the meatball slider from from No. 246 in Decatur (owned by same peeps who own JCT), which I’d already heard great things about from K, and I am very proud of myself for really taking advantage of my city. Not only did we spend several hours at the festival, but we retreated to the rooftop retreat at the Hotel Palomar-now-Renaissance Inn in Midtown and enjoyed a cozy fire pit and very tasty jalepeno margaritas. I think that’s what they were.

from top: hilarity with a cityscape; El’s snazzy bedazzled clips from Medusa; couch closeness with Caro


Jessica Simpson…is going to be a mommy. She did not sell this information to any tabloid – probably because people who were going to pay her were like, nevermind we all have eyes that can see – and Respect for the way she chose to finally come forward: as a mummy. Get it – wordplay! Who knew she had it in her.  Also, is she due tomorrow because that is a sizable baby bump. I just don’t get why she didn’t come forward sooner…if people kept calling me fat yet I knew it was because I was giving birth imminently, I think I’d speak up.

Kim Kardashian is getting a divorce…I love how no one’s even pointing fingers at who did what wrong – this was clearly a business plan, plain and simple, and now they’re free to carry on with their lives, just several million dollars richer. I wonder what Kim will do with all the gifts she registered for. I still cannot get over the fact that she registered for gifts – she really ought to be ashamed of herself. Whatever, I don’t like Kim at all. She looks like a wax figure of herself and her rear end is truly confounding. Kim, you’re fired (from BBT).

I’ve said it before – about blogging again after not blogging for awhile and how it is not at all like riding a bike because it’s quite difficult to get back into the swing of things…welp, case in point. I always recover though. I’m nothing if not driven.

Did you see how I added a Pinterest sidebar?? I freaking love Pinterest. Click thru on “more pins” to see my carefully curated masterpieces.

On this day in 2010: I wrote a post called Bookshelf Porn. The end.

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This is happening

Posted by AllieB on October 21, 2011

The world of celebrities has been a hot topic on BBT this week, and for that I apologize.

Jessica Simpson is pregnant. At least that’s what OK Magazine is saying. She was holding out for someone to buy exclusive rights to the news of her pregnancy for $500,000 before she’d willingly confirm it. Yep, she runs a billion dollar company, and that’s what her unborn child is worth: a measly half-mil. On behalf of the fetus, I am indignant.

The jig, as they say, is decidedly up. (The Scoop)

I think I’m going to go to the Taste of Atlanta this weekend – with weather like this, I’d be cRaZy not to. I’ll take some pics with someone’s iPhone and share them next week – the variety of restaurants and their respective menus look amazing.

For the record, bowling last night was awesome and I really hope it becomes a standard wintertime activity. Competitive/Game-time Allie joined us only briefly, and, after I dominated the first round, I was able to settle down into breezy mediocrity for the duration. In addition, people told me I was “annoying to bowl with” so I read between the lines and decided to take it down a notch. Also, Midtown Bowl has surprisingly delicious food…Caro got a grilled cheese on whole wheat that looked awesome, and the fried okra was more than decent. Who knew. Plus, they have jello shots. Tell me again why we don’t go here more often?? Oh yeah – the bowling shoes….I GET IT. I HAVE BIG FEET.

Happy Weekend! Baxter, out.

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YOU are very creepy

Posted by AllieB on October 20, 2011

You know what makes me uncomfortable? Besides the obvious responses of close-talking, Michael Flatley Lord of the Dance, and really really really – like, really – short people, the thing that makes me most uncomfortable is the COMMENTS section on large-scale websites. Take NYMag, for instance. Their Fashion segment, The Cut, posted a picture of Jennifer Aniston at some event recently in some very short low-cut shiny dress. She looked great (pregs???), but great. It commented on the labels she sported and that was about it….but then…the comments.

MAGSTOCK: If she was pregnant, her boobs wouldn’t be so empty and lo. Pregnancy makes your boobs round, full and beautiful. Not what she has there..

QUALITO: She looks like a aging mother of three, who’s lost all her money at the Vegas casinos, so she finds the nearest Filene’s Basement or Ross For Less, and buys the cheapest low-cut outfit she can find and then hits the lounge at the MGM Grand. No need for bra or panties. They’ll just get in the way of business.

REMAINING_ANONYMOUS: Short OR low-cut, not both. The dress would be much better IMHO with a boat neckline and if she stood with her arms in such a position that would highlight the dolman sleeves.

Join me in my discomfort, won’t you? These are but three of 33 comments – most of them snarky, judgmental, and straight up creepy. Who ARE these people??? I imagine that at least 100% of them live in their parents’ basement and are actively involved in local Cuddle Parties. SNL did a skit this fall aptly named The Comments Section where they brought three homely and socially awkward people on stage, exposed their blogging comments, and then sucker punched them all in the stomach. Ha.

Fortunately, despite rising in the WWW ranks from 9,623,940 to 6,176,867 in the last week (holla), BBT doesn’t get many weird ass comments. One person got really mad at me for making fun of Hilary Duff’s novel – really? – but besides that, nada. This is good, given how uncomfortable they make me.

THURSDAY! It’s f’ing cold, but at least it’s Thursday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANI!!!! And to P, but I’m guessing P doesn’t hit up BBT all that much. Tonight we’re going bowling to celebrate, and I’m very excited because I LOVE bowling and am really good at it about 1 out of every 3 times. I have very fond memories of the bowling league of 2k6. Baberham Lincoln was our team name. Questionable. Don’t forget socks!

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Bars of the jail and restaurant variety

Posted by AllieB on October 19, 2011

Lindsay Lohan Is Being Forced to Work at the Morgue

Idiot. She’s such a hot mess she makes Tara Reid look like Jackie O. I’m not even following this story anymore, but I saw the headline on Twitter, and I had to click through. Oh, this just in: she’s going back to jail. Nevermind, she can be bonded out. WHATEVER I don’t care anymore. Or maybe just brush every once in awhile. SOMETHING! (People)

Moving along to less manic/more hygienic subjects: Elise shared with me this gold mine of a resource, and I was almost tempted to keep it to myself for awhile but that goes against my oath as a blogger, so…here it is: GoBYO. This nifty website tells you, within a specified zip code and range, all of the restaurants that offer BYOB, as well as their corkage fees. I don’t know how accurate it is, because – por ejemplo – I’m pretty sure Thai Silk doesn’t charge anything, and they say they charge $10. I don’t think I’ll be the one marching into Antica Posta with my $9 bottle and checking what their fee is, as they would probably shove me out the side door before anyone in the restaurant saw such a ragamuffin clientele.

The good news is that it’s not just Atlanta! Other regions included are: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, NYC, LA, Philly, San Fran, South FLA, and DC/Baltimore.

Like I said, I cannot attest to its accuracy, but they got their info on Houston’s right, so that’s something.

 Revenge comes on tonight at 10 on ABC! Record it. You really might want to catch up on previous episodes before you dive in, not so much because you’ll be lost, but because you really want to watch every minute of this program.

ALSO, correction: Homeland comes on at 10 on Sundays, not 9. It’s after Dexter. I’m not sure I can even delve into the twisted world of Dexter.

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