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Post-election eats

November 10 -  If you need to eat – or drink – your feelings after this week's nail-biting midterm elections, we've got some excellent suggestions that don't include your actual fingernails. Please pace yourself, though, because everybody needs to vote again in the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff.

But, this isn't a political newsletter, so let's eat! Just wondering, what was your go-to snack while watching the election results? Let us know!   

This week, we've got Flaco's Tacos aguachiles recipe, wine pairing suggestions for Thanksgiving, fine dining events at Atlas, and much more.

The Rough Draft team
Flaco's Tacos Aguachiles Recipe 

🇲🇽 Try your hand at this delicious Mexican recipe at home!

Israel Hernandez and his daughter, Alexis Hernandez, started Flaco’s Tacos Catering in 2020. Together, the two create authentic Mexican dishes that stay close to their roots. 

This week, the two have shared their aguachiles recipe. Originally invented in Sinaloa, Mexico, aguachiles have become an essential part of traditional Mexican cuisine, according to Alexis. The dish is similar to ceviche, with a couple of unique twists

🌮 Click here for the full recipe. 

 ✅ Voting is still open for Best of Brookhaven with categories including beauty, food & drink, home services, shopping, and more. Presented by Reporter Newspapers, Explore Brookhaven, and the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce.
Women + Wine: Thanksgiving pairings

🍷  Women + Wine's Sarah Pierre and Katie Rice write in their latest column that Thanksgiving is a wine shop's equivalent to the Super Bowl.

"Choosing wines that pair well with people’s dinners is really a favorite part of our jobs and Thanksgiving allows us to really flex," they said. 

For November, they caught up with Kate White (pictured), certified sommelier and field wine manager for Savannah Distributing, for some of her favorite Turkey Day wines. Chardonnay, Chablis, and Gamay are on the list!

➡️ Read the full column here. 


📍 Both Katie and Sarah host wine tastings every week at their respective shops. Mark your calendar and visit VinoTeca on Fri-Sun beginning at 1 p.m. and Three Parks Wine Shop Wednesday evenings and Fri-Sun afternoons. 
Atlas offers two November fine dining events

🍽️ Atlas will hold two fine dining events in November.

The restaurant, located at the St. Regis Atlanta, will continue its Four Hands Collaborative Dinner series and start a new dining experience called Atlas Away. Both dinners will feature cuisine from Atlas’ Executive Chef Freddy Money along with Michelin Star Guest Chef Nicolai Tram, from a restaurant called Knystaforsen in Sweden. 

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work alongside Chef Tram,” Money said. “Working together, collaborating on food and shared experiences, will no doubt produce a dining experience unlike any other, and I’m excited for the opportunity to share that with guests.”

The inaugural Atlas Away dinner will be held on Nov. 19 from 3-7 p.m. The Four Hands Collaborative Dinner, which traditionally features Money and visiting chefs from around the world, will be held on Nov. 16-18 from 5-10 p.m.

➡️ Click here for information about the menu and tickets. 
VIỆTVANA rebrands as coffee concept 

🍜  VIỆTVANA Phở Noodle House will open on Nov. 18 under a new name.

The Vietnamese restaurant, located at Square on Fifth at 848 Spring St. NW, is planning to rebrand under the name VIỆTVANA Coffee House. The company has plans to grow this cafe concept into multiple locations across the metro Atlanta area and the southeast. 

The coffee house will offer a more cafe-style experience with a simpler menu, with grab-and-go baked goods, boba tea and coffee for purchase. However, patrons who love the noodle dishes and banh mi from the old VIỆTVANA will still be able to purchase some old favorites. 

“We wanted to continue with the simpler menu and add Vietnamese pastries to our offerings.”VIỆTVANA“Our customers love the menu so much,” said Khanh Dang, who is one part of the husband and wife team who founded  

➡️ Click here for more information. 

Quick Bites

🍔 Whataburger is opening an “Atlanta” location in Kennesaw on Nov. 28. 

🍺 Sample Wild Heaven's Cause Beer and learn more about Second Helpings Atlanta, the local nonprofit working to reduce food waste. Fri., Nov. 11, 5-7 p.m. at Wild Heaven West End.

🌮 Over the next six months, the Mexican street-food restaurant Rreal Tacos will open two locations in Chamblee and Sandy Springs.

🍩 Miami-based doughnut shop Salty Donut will open three locations in 2023: one at Krog District, one in Buckhead, and one in West Midtown.

🍻 Marietta’s Schoolhouse Brewing will open its second store next to the General Muir at Emory Point on Nov. 11.

🍦 Roswell is getting a new addition to its historic downtown: Cherried Mary’s, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, opened this week on Canton Street.

🥞 Just Brunch Breakfast Bar has opened in Duluth, featuring vegan options along with classic brunch favorites.

🥗 Salad bar Chopt opened its sixth Georgia location in East Cobb on Wed., Nov. 9. To celebrate, they held a Chopt Gives Day on Nov. 8, and all proceeds went to the local nonprofit HOPE Atlanta.

🍺 USA Today has named Urban Tree Cidery  (pictured) "The Number One Cidery in the USA.”

😝 Bomb Biscuit Co., which was stationed at Irwin Street Market, is now open on Highland Avenue in the former space of Field Day restaurant.

🍫 Asheville-based chocolate company French Broad has just opened a shop on the first floor of Ponce City Market.

🥐 Hell Yeah Gluten Free Bakery is planning to open a new location in Adair Park alongside a vinyl store.

 ✅ Voting is still open for Best of Brookhaven with categories including beauty, food & drink, home services, shopping, and more. Presented by Reporter Newspapers, Explore Brookhaven, and the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce.
Look, Listen & Savor

🎧 In the latest episode of Atlanta Go, AJC Food, Dining, and Living editor Ligaya Figueras joins reporters Yvonne Zusel and Henri Hollis to dish the secrets on Atlanta’s best Fall dining.

🥘 On Sunday, Nov. 13, join the highly praised Midtown Atlanta Food and Cocktail Tour on a journey through Atlanta’s best local cuisine. The walking tour, which splits into groups of ten for a more personal experience, features a four-course meal and craft alcohol pairings. Get your tickets here!

🥑 Head over to East Point on Nov. 25 for a full course meal of raw and cooked vegan foods, all made by Teena Myers of the wellness company Mystic Roots. To wet your palate, on the menu are collard green wraps, rosemary onion cornbread muffins, and a raw vegan dessert—get your stomachs ready!

🦃 Thanksgiving isn’t for everyone. If you’re one of those people who’d rather not exert turkey-roasting energy, check out this list of restaurants in and around Atlanta open on Thanksgiving from Eater Atlanta. The list will be continuously updated until Nov. 21, so check back for more options.

Punk Food: Leftie Lee's Korean corn cheese milk bread bun

Chef Vivian Lee has shared her love of food in bake sales and pop-ups as Foodcation Forever, but now she's ready to open her first brick-and-mortar space. Leftie Lee’s will focus on baked goods and sandwiches with a strong Korean influence, and techniques that showcase Lee’s diverse culinary experiences. 

Lee’s ‘punk food’ dish is the Korean corn cheese milk bread bun. This pastry showcases her love for milk bread – a squishy white bread with a delicate, cotton texture – and Korean BBQ staple corn cheese topped with crisp prosciutto. 

➡️ Find out more about this pastry and Chef Lee here. 

➡ Punk Foodie offers this weekly column about Punk Food, a moniker for a cuisine without defining or distinctive ingredients, techniques, and dishes, and born out of the increasing infusion of the diverse cultures and experiences that live in our city. Go deeper via Punk Foodie’s weekly guides and pop-up calendar
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