Growing up, the initials DD evoked memories of the Lee brother’s going all thug life with a set of baseball bats and a little bit of dynamite. Yes, Double Dragon taught me how to whoop ass and take names … all in the name of love (cue: Marian).
However, times change and people learn [Like how scoring chicks has nothing to do with how many pixelated bad dudes you can pound]. Nowadays, as a not so fledgling adult, the initials DD evoke dreams of aromatic fresh veggies against a backdrop of plate assembled art. We have David Sweeney to thank for that.
The chef/owner of Edgewood’s Dynamic Dish is easily the best argument this city has for the vegetarian diet. Time after time I’ve headed Downtown with the staunchest of meatatarians, only to find them sufficiently satiated by Sweeney’s daily expression. About a month ago, Proper Medium dropped in on Sweeney to get an idea of what goes on in his recently expanded establishment.
Truth be told, Sweeney will dip into the chicken coup every now and then … so if you absolutely refuse to eat vegetarian, just be patient and you’ll find some meat on the menu. Anywho, enjoy!
The vegan lifestyle, and it very much is a lifestyle, is something I only have a cursory knowledge of. Oysters, on the other hand, are a gourmand’s delight of the highest order. I’m not only very fond of these little critters of the sea, but I’m knee deep in educating myself as to their nuances and subtleties.
As a dear friend of mine is a vegan, I always keep an eye out for interesting notations on the topic. Last week, Christopher Cox published just such an article. Posted on Slate and entitled Consider The Oyster, Cox’s thesis is essentially that consumption of oysters does not violate the Vegan ethos.
It’s an interesting proposition and Cox contends this point not only on scientific merits, but also by appealing to a person’s sense of morality. Though, I don’t agree with veganism, I’m not anti-vegan. I am not here to say I agree or disagree with the well linked words that constitute the article (except on the point regarding broccoli – it is evil and will kill your children and stomp on their testicles).
What I am saying is that this is an interesting read. Well, that and I love oysters and encourage people to explore them in all their glory. Since oyster farms are, by and large, eco friendly and since oysters themselves can help to improve the quality of the water we drink, you know have a few more reasons to check out the bivalves of goodness.
Big ups to Atlanta Magazine’sBill Addison … who dropped this jewel on us via twitter. Apparently, Dynamic Dish, everyone’s favorite healthy eating spot, is scheduled to expand in the spring. According to Addison, DD will do away with their BYOB policy as they are due a liquor license. More interesting, is the idea that there will be a semi-standard menu in place. I’m not so sure how people will react to that point. Some people love that DD is different everyday, other’s hate it. I’m sure it’s hell on owner/chef David Sweeney and this will almost definitely help him streamline his business. Congrats to DD, and if you haven’t been … get there now!
If you are wondering why I only put up one other post today – it’s because I’ve been doubled over in painful laughter! Who knew that ordinary, American bacon does not have the structural integrity that is necessary for this application?
Anyway, what you have here is your basic flaming tube … of BACON (err… prosciutto). Ah, but we believe in the fairness of society … so Theo Gray made a cucumber lance for all my vegan buddies! Show up to your next party with this sucker and I bet you’ll get some mad love:
Today, MTV ran a bit piece on hip-hop’s ultra cool Big Boi. In the article, Georgia native Antwan André Patton (a.k.a. Big Boi) talks, albeit briefly, about where he likes to eat around ATL. He named only one spot:
“[We] do a little bit of everything," Big said. "R. Thomas is this nice little joint on Peachtree — 24-hour health-food joint, organic," he explained.
Mister Patton also mentioned how he loves to shop and visit uh… adult places… in around town.
Nice to see an Atlanta institution like R Thomas get some love. As Big Boi mentioned, this little Brookwood Hills restaurant offers up a pretty diverse sampling of health conscious cuisine. I myself have an affinity for their deluxe chips and their breakfast options. Everything on the menu is available 24-7 and is pretty solid. While they won’t win any culinary awards, R serves up a kitsch experience with consistent food. I kind of think of it as the yang to the ying of Dynamic Dish. Certainly worth a visit if you haven’t been there before.
While I was knocking out some 9-5 work a few minutes ago, I had last nights Colbert Report playing in the background. However, my attention quickly moved away from databases and spreadsheets as soon as I heard the words “meat loving American.” Take about 5 minutes and watch this schaweet clip! Mmmm… shmeat!
A friend of mine was asking me for advice on where to go for her birthday. I realized by the time we were done … that was good fodder for a post. This is by no means an attempt to offer up a “definitive” list of party grub in the Dirty. Rather, here are just a few spots that seem to work well for when you want to hang with your crew. The focus here isn’t as much on the food as it is on the experience. That said, *most* of these offer up serviceable grub. The list after the jump!
Veggieland is a solid choice for any vegetarians or for any carnivores looking for a healthy alternative. While many restaurants have come and gone over the last twenty years, Veggieland keeps chugging along. They never seem too busy, but they deliver a consistent experience in both service and quality.
Okay, well “love” may be extreme (though my one vegan friend is super cool and very easy on the eyes), but seriously – talk about a major coup for PETA. Sure Super Bowl ads get a lot of attention … but you can’t buy buzz like this.
Anyway, here is the video in question. Be sure to check out the behind the scenes clip … it takes the broccoli! See ya’ll after the game!
For those of you looking to do something different on inauguration day, head down to Dynamic Dish in Edgewood. The menu is prix fixe and will cost $35.00. As such, you will have the opportunity to try a number of items. Reservations are required, so you’ll have to call in advance if you want to go.