US Tradition states that the 1st Wedding Anniversary should be a paper gift. The 2nd Wedding Anniversary should be cotton. And the 3rd? Leather.
Not for a food enthusiast! So how did my husband and I celebrate our 3rd Wedding Anniversary? With a slew of delicious and decadent Southern foods, of course! Our actual anniversary was on Tuesday, so on Tuesday night my husband surprised me with a babysitter so we could go to a little spot in historic Buford (GA) called Rico’s World Kitchen. We had talked about going there before because they featured a few Filipino dishes (my husband is half Filipino), but I had no idea that we were going for our anniversary!
We started off with some lumpia - a Filipino egg roll. Not Southern you say? Well, the Phillipines is an island nation in the south of Asia! A tasty and crunchy start to the meal. The item I really enjoyed was my entree. I ordered the fried green tomato and portobello mushroom sandwich. For someone who loves fried green tomatoes, it was simply heavenly! Layers of lightly battered fried green tomatoes, thick slices of juicy portobello mushroom, a smoky slice of gouda,and a zesty remoulade sauce served on a toasted french bread so big I had to save half for another meal! All this and I forgot to mention that the side I ordered with it was none other than my favorite . . . eggplant! It, too, was battered and fried like the tangy fried green tomatoes. Some of you may be wondering: does she realize that everything she has eaten so far was fried? Uh, yes. I am well aware but I let that slide considering we were celebrating here! Hee, hee!
My husband got a mojo sandwich. Oh my goodness was that pork juicy and flavorful! That was the best pulled pork/mojo! Just saturated with amazing moist flavors. Although we were full, we decided to order dessert anyway. After hearing their tempting cake selections we decided to go for the banana pudding cake and take a chance on the avocado key lime cake. All I could think, however, was that this thing could go either way! I mean I was picturing a key lime cake with chunks of avocado baked in! I was a little nervous about our very green selection, but you never know til you try it, right? Naturally the banana pudding cake didn’t disappoint, but the avocado key lime cake was such a lovely surprise! It didn’t really taste strongly of avocado, but it was so moist with a great consistency. Not too dense, but pretty rich. Good job, babe . . . wonderful anniversary dinner!
But for us, one night was not enough. Friday we took our daughter to the doctor for her 15 month check up and I took a few personal leave hours to end the day with a late celebration with my husband. We went to the Flying Biscuit for breakfast. If you are in Atlanta and haven’t tried it, you MUST either go early to beat the lines or take the time to wait it out because their “creamy dreamy grits” are everything the name says! I’m not a huge fan of grits. I can take them or leave them, but these I will never pass over . . . EVER. Best. Grits. Ever. But I think what made it even better was that I ordered a dish called . . . called . . . called something Benedict because the dish was so good it wiped the full name from my memory! Fried green tomatoes on top of the creamy dreamy grits, topped with a soft fried egg, light and fresh salsa, and another favorite – goat cheese! Heaven, heaven, heaven! I had to stop myself from eating more before I made myself sick. I didn’t even touch my whole wheat biscuit (which I chose over the white biscuit) so I took my leftovers and biscuit home for dinner. Dee-lish!
Oh, but it doesn’t stop there because when we went downtown to ikea we discovered that the gourmet food trucks were parked at Atlantic Station so hours after the amazing breakfast, we had a mid afternoon lunch at the food trucks! It was here that we discovered decadence on wheels at the Ibiza Bites food truck.
I chose their daily special – Lobster Mac and Cheese while my husband got chicken and waffles.
Every bite of the lobster mac and cheese either saturated my taste buds with a creamy mix of the mac and cheese with luscious lobster or the sweet crunch of the corn sprinkled atop the dish. My husband said his chicken and waffles were good, but I stuck to my creamy goodness. The other thing we ordered was a side of sweet potato fries . . . that could change your life! I cant even begin to tell you how they transformed this tasty side dish into something truly beyond expectations. They may have looked unassuming, but these sweet potato fries demanded the spotlight once tasted! These sweet potato fries were cut not too thin and not too thick, but just enough to get a crisp crunch on the outside with a soft, almost creamy center sprinkled lightly with salt and joined together with a web of melted marshmallow. Each bite was the perfect combination for sweet and salty with the juxtaposition of crispy and tender. It’s so worth the effort to track down this food truck for the sweet potato fries alone!
The finale for our Foodie Anniversary are in a little green box in our kitchen. Gigi’s Cupcakes decorated with icing as high as the cupcake itself. One wedding cake, one tiramisu, one sweet potato, and one canolli. That’s the way to end a fabulously decadent and indulgent Foodie Anniversary.
Now quick! Someone get me a treadmill!