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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sugar Coma OTP...followed by crashing on the couch for the rest of the evening!

I have to share a few highlights from my amazing adventure at Sugar Coma OTP, hosted by The Broke Socialite, with special help from Events by Canvas.  For those of you who haven't heard, The Broke Socialite does...some Tantalyzing tours!  For this particular one, she was in Atlanta conducting a "bakery crawl", however she has additional events in other states...and she does more than just bakeries ("Freeze"-icecream and "Graze"-Tapas, just to name a few).  When I saw the details of this event in Points North Magazine, I knew I had to grab one of my best friends, Bridgette, with Adoption Discovery and make my reservation!!

Lots to tell, so I think I'll just dive right in!

We started out meeting and greeting over lunch at Relish.  My personal favorite was the Pimento Cheese Fritters with Hot Pepper Jelly!!  However, the Spinach Salad, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Fried Blackeyed Peas, and Crab Sandwich were all very tasty! Oh, I almost forgot, the desserts begin with Krispy Kreme bread pudding topped with Espresso whipped cream...now that is going to be hard to beat.  Keep in mind, we are all trying to pace ourselves for the sweets to come!


First stop after lunch was All Y'alls Wine and Gourmet, Relish's sister store located in the same building.  Here we were told all about their gourmet foods and spirits.  Then, we were offered samples of a dessert wine and non-alcoholic Cucumber Lemondade.  Whoever thought of adding cucumber to lemonade discovered a fresh, refreshing delight!

Next Stop, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Shop, where enjoying life and doing good for others walk hand in hand.  This coffee company was started in order to allow the coffee growers of Rwanda to receive above fair trade prices for their hard earned coffee crops.  To know that you can come, do what you already do... that is, sit back, relax and enjoy your coffee...and support others who are across the world is truly amazing!  Not to mention, the coffee was DELICIOUS...and this coming from an avid, Bold Coffee Connoisseur!!  If your not a coffee drinker, don't fret, you can still "do good" and support them, by ordering some of their non-coffee beverages.






Now that we have rinsed our palette, our next stop is Lulu's Bakery!  Upon entering, we saw two beautiful show rooms that showcased elegantly designed cakes, cupcakes and cookies.  At first glance, you can't help but think there is no way they can taste as good as they look...WRONG!!  Everything was even better than it's gorgeous appearance!  My personal favorite at this location was the Strawberry Cupcake, but many would argue that you can't beat those chocolate chip cookies!  No fighting here though, we were enjoying ourselves so much on this tour, that we continued to devour the espresso brownies, shortbread cookies, and melt in your mouth chocolate peanut butter balls...and discuss the lingering perfection as we headed to our next location.





On to Cuzi Fresh Cafe!  This place has more to offer than just dessert.  They offer a variety of fresh, healthy options, such as soups, salads and sandwiches...all with a great relaxing atmosphere, which also includes Wi-Fi.  We sampled a collection of desserts, including bread pudding, cannellonis, chocolate stuffed pastries, and more!!  This place has so much to offer, you won't know where to start!  We are starting to fill full now, but we have MUCH more to go, we are barely half way finished.


My most highly anticipated stop, Kozmo's Gastropub, is next...and does not disappoint!  If you visit their website, you will see why I am so excited to try this place for the first time.  This place looks like it will be right up my self-proclaimed "foodie" allie!  When we arrive, the bar is set up with glasses that we later discover will become white chocolate raspberry martinis.  The dessert table is already beautiful, and the Picturesque desserts are just arriving.  I can't even name all the desserts, I was to taken aback by their beauty, but I will do my best to at least give you a general idea.  We had Jack Daniels Mouse (in shot glasses, of course), Pineapple Dessert Spoons, what I like to call (but I know they called it something else) Egg Custard with Toasted Meringue on top (probably my favorite), Creme Brulee, Flourless Chocolate cake with Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookies...I know there was probably more because they just kept bringing it out!!  We felt like treasured guests...who left dragging ourselves to the bus discussing how we did not want to SEE a bathing suit for a VERY long time!!  (and we sure wouldn't mind a savory treat right about now.)


Our next stop, Douceur de France, was a little ways away, which gave us a quick breather for all the goodies to settle...not too mention we are really laughing it up on the bus, as we have gotten to know and made fast friends with each other.  Once we arrive, our beautifully accented host, Chef Luc Beaudet, gives us another break by demonstrating how to make a Strawberry Shortcake.  I never knew you could make Whipped Cream into such a beautiful frosting...then again, I doubt I COULD get it to look this good.


At the end of the demo, a tray of goodies is passed around, as the Chef goes to the back to cut the Shortcake.  I chose a Cappuccino Eclair...FANTASTIC!!  I hear they only serve them on Saturday.  It was a delight!!  I was so glad I chose it.

For our last stop, we were headed to one of my personal favorite restaurants, the only one I was familiar with ahead of time, Sugo!!  I tried to tell everyone before we arrived how delicious it was, but it was only after they tried it for themselves that they started making plans to come back.  When we arrived, the bar was set up with Chocolate Martinis, but Sugo being Sugo...they had more in store!!!  This restaurant is family owned...and when I say family owned, I mean FAMILY!!  The whole family is involved, and when you are there, they treat YOU like FAMILY!!  Just the kind of place I love to frequent!  Anyway, back to our surprise...they, knowing they were the last stop of the day, wanted to give us a little something they knew we had been longing for...a SAVORY dish!!  We were presented with a, shall I say, DEC-A-DENT BACON wrapped date!!  It was Fabulous...the perfect end to a perfect tour.





From there, we waddled to our Atlantic Limousine Tour Bus where our fabulous driver, Craig, was waiting patiently...and we headed back to Relish where we could get in our cars, head home, and crash on the couch for the rest of the evening, with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.

To see some awesome pictures from Mary Rebecca, our very own paparazzi who made us feel like celebrities, and captured some great memories.  Check out the afternoon tour (mine) or the morning tour!

**Coming up on Entertain In Style...my beautiful, birthday tablescape created by my Sister In Law, Charlene**.

7 comments:

The Broke Socialite said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Niki. I am glad you and Brigette had a great time. Y'all are a hoot. I hope to see you again soon.

Mary Rebecca said...

Hey Niki!

It's your friendly paparazzi, Mary Rebecca!

Here are links to photos from both tours. [just in case your are curious about the morning one]

:)

Anonymous said...

Niki, this sounds simply fabulous. I'm so glad Points North was able to point you in the direction of this decadent event ... and that you shared the experience so I could live vicariously through your delicious descriptions!

Wishing you the best,
Bre Humphries
Managing Editor
Points North magazine

Andrea said...

Love your Sugar Coma OTP post! Almost like being there again, without crashing from the massive sugar intake.

Anonymous said...

What a review! I want to go next time.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Looks yummy!

Your Southern Peach said...

Nikki,

Thanks for visiting my blog and checking out my construction party! I sure had fun with it.

Good meeting you at Lavish and I look forward to looking around your blog. You're very creative!