Say “Te Amo” at Tacos & Tequilas!

Because nothing says ‘I love you’ like margs & queso, right?

This week I had the pleasure of previewing Tacos & Tequilas‘ $45 prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu and let me tell you, my expectations were totally surpassed. From the organic margaritas to the delicately designed seafood tostadas to the Skirt Steak, grilled to perfection, I was blown away. As a first timer at this hidden gem of a Mexican restaurant, I have definitely become a loyal fan and plan to share this place with all of my Galentines & #bae, of course.

So let’s get into it. We were serenaded with live, Latin music in the background on the heated patio with candles lit and the aroma of fresh tortilla chips filling our noses. Romantic, I know. Let’s chat about the food.

apps

tostadas

brisket empanadas

marg

First course – organic margs + apps galore. The friendly, upbeat staff at T&T set up an amazing spread of fried calamari, brisket empanadas (OMG), seafood tostadas and fried mushrooms with accompanying sauces including my favorite, a creamy cilantro blend – literally to DIE for. Oh, and you can’t forget the chips, salsa and QUESO.

chips

Next was a sampling of some of the main courses they’re offering on their Valentine’s menu: A succulent salmon filet with house-made tequila sauce, grilled asparagus, chopped mango relish and chipotle mashed potatoes; Chicken Agave, a lean chicken breast with tangy orange sauce over sautéed spinach and grilled asparagus; and the grilled skirt steak with roasted corn and chipotle mashed potatoes. DONE. So, so good and not what you’d anticipate from a typical Mexican place!

dinner

After dinner, we got *wild* with a little tequila tasting – white chocolate and almond-infused tequila, garnished with pineapple, to be exact. While I’m more of a vodka girl, it had great flavor – A bit sweet with that tequila burn we all know and love. ;)

Already stuffed, we still managed to make room for dessert because, well…

dessert

Our spread included flan, churros, brownies and crepes – all delectable and the perfect way to top off an already amazing meal.

So whether you’re planning a Galentines celebration or need a fun place to spend VDay with your boo that won’t break the bank, here’s all the deets you need to know: The $45 prix-fixe menu, offered at all three locations, includes one appetizer, two entrees (like their famous Chicken Agave or Flame Fajitas) and one dessert PLUS your choice of a bottle of wine or two house margaritas – all for $45. Because, really, who has a fortune to spend on VDay, anyways? Take that, fancy steak dinner!

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Thanks to the wonderful staff at Tacos & Tequilas for treating us like VIPs and to Liz Lapidus PR for coordinating a great event! While this meal was comped, all opinions are my own.


In case you missed it, I was also Snapchatting away about our preview night – Follow me at LAFerri for future events! Happy Valentine’s Day xx 

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Around ATL: What to do in February

We are officially through our first month of 2016 and man, did it fly by. I mean, I literally feel like it was just last night that I was drinking champagne like it was my job to ring in the new year.

I’m excited about this time of year because there’s so many fun things going on, especially here in Atlanta. Between the festivals, concerts, wine dinners and more, you can pretty much plan out every weekend for the next couple of months – and if you know me, you know I’m already three steps ahead. So – why not help you guys do the same?! I don’t want anyone having FOMO so I’ve put together a list of some of the best events in Atlanta this February. Chances are you’ll see me at, like, all of them.

Friday, Feb. 5th – Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Colletta, Avalon’s hot spot for Italian food & wine

It may be OTP, but Colletta – and Avalon itself – are worth driving the extra distance. To celebrate their 1st year in business, they’re offering a $35 3-course menu and $5 wine and beer all night. Can you say “neverending Happy Hour?” More info here.

Colletta Anniv

Wednesday, Feb. 10th – #TreatYourself with some of life’s greatest indulgences: cookies and craft beer

One of Atlanta’s favorite breweries, Sweetwater, is taking things to another level by hosting a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing to make your hump day a little sweeter. More info here.

sweetwater pairings

Saturday, Feb. 13th – Get ‘shucked up’ at Park Tavern’s Oysterfest

Complete with live music, ice-cold beer and oysters galore, this is an event you won’t want to miss. More info here.

oysterfest

Sunday, Feb. 21st – Drink more beer at Sweetwater Brewery’s 19th anniversary party

It’s no secret that Atlanta appreciates its beer, and there’s really no better place to be on a beautiful, sunny day in Atlanta than on Sweetwater’s patio with a cold brewski in hand. A $25 ticket gets you a *special* 19th anniversary glass + 10 tasting tickets. More info here.

sweetwater 19th

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 27th & 28th – …And eat more oysters at Steamhouse Lounge’s Oysterfest

For only $10 a day, why wouldn’t you? Another day filled with live music, ice-cold beers and delicious oysters. Obviously. More info here.

steamhouse fest

The Diet You Need to Try Right Now (it’s not what you think)

So, guys – I’ve decided to try out a new diet. With 2016 officially upon us, it seems like we’re all resetting our health and fitness goals to finally become the healthiest version of ourselves. But which diet train have I decided to hop on this year? Weight Watchers? Jenny Craig? Slimfast? Nope…

My 2016 will be filled with a lot of champagne!! And a lot of whole, nutritious foods, sweat sessions and self-care routines like bubble baths, lighting candles and curling up with a good book.


Yep, I’m going on The Champagne Diet. 


The last diet I went on was the Special K Diet back in freshman year of high school, where basically all you eat is cereal and snack bars filled with a shit ton of preservatives that don’t even fill you up. I mean, I dropped a few pounds but gained it right back after I got back to eating REAL food. Diets just aren’t for me.

After finishing this book in three days over Christmas vacation, (it’s a great airplane read!) I’m officially obsessed with Cara Alwill Leyba’s approach to living a healthy lifestyle. While I don’t want to spoil the book for you because I highly suggest you pick up a copy if this topic interests you, here are a few key things I took away from The Champagne Diet:

  1. Make your meals an experience. As Cara says “It’s all about cooking a delicious meal while sipping on a glass of wine in an outfit you feel glamorous in, as opposed to heating up a diet pizza in ratty pajamas.” Sure, not EVERY night, but try to do this a few times a week.
  2. The fastest way to be miserable is to compare yourself to other women. The stress over trying to look like someone else will make you fatter – YEP.
  3. Stop doing the *Cheat Day* thing. “By the time you reach that cheat day, you’re so fucking starving that you dive head first into whatever it is you’ve been fantasizing about all week long.” Accurate.  If you have enough willpower to not act in the aforementioned way, more power to you – I simply do not.
  4. Champagne can improve brain function, cardiovascular health, your sex life and your mood – duh. Don’t ask me how, but all the facts are in the book!
  5. Greasy foods and “hair of the dog” actually don’t help your hangover – I know, I know #BaconEggAndCheesePlease? But next time you’ve had one too many Moscow Mules, get it together and start ridding your body of those toxins right away with things like bananas, fresh-squeezed OJ, eggs and lemon water.
  6. Life is too short to surround yourself with anything but the best – whether it’s your job, the people in your life or the environment you live in, you deserve the best.
  7. Do something once a week that lets you be a little girly – whether it’s getting a pedicure, taking a hot yoga class or wearing pumps just because, remember that being a girl is fun!! Cheesy, maybe. But seriously, try it.
  8. “The more you can design a world that is filled with healthy, nutritious foods and calming rituals, the more you will master a sense of calm and balance in your life.” I just love this one.

Who else is ready to “eat, drink and celebrate” their way to a healthy mind and body with me? Happy 2016, babes! xx