Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Taste of Atlanta

So, the hubby and I went to Taste of Atlanta this weekend. There were lots of vendors with what looked like some really good food. Overall, there were only a few things that I could find fault with. First, the website does not make it clear how the "taste coupon" thing works. I was under the impression that my 10 taste coupons that came with my very expensive ticket would be good at 10 different vendors. No. Some vendors required 2 and 3 taste coupons for some of their dishes. In turn, my husband and I were very selective about what we used our coupons on. We also combined our coupons so we had 20 taste coupons together and just split the samples between us. So, we got around that minor annoyance pretty easily.

Second, we got an email from Ticket Alternative encouraging us to take MARTA to the event and catch the shuttle to Atlantic Station from the Arts Center MARTA Station. Since parking at Atlantic Station would probably be scarce, we decided that this would be a good idea. Wrong! In typical MARTA fashion, they chose this weekend of all weekends to perform track maintenance. So, the trains were running every 24 minutes (according to them) and there was single tracking between certain stations which means there was a risk we could be put off a train and sent to the other side of the track to await another train. We were supposed to meet our meetup group at 4:00. We left the house at 2:15 and did not get to the event until about 4:20. Thanks MARTA for your usual bad service! Of course, we missed our group but we still enjoyed the event.

Of all the food we tried, there were a few stand outs, most were mediocre and a few were really bad. The standouts were Six Feet Under and Thrive. The seafood gazpacho and "rat toe" from Six Feet Under were the best dishes we sampled. The Chicken Ginger pot stickers from Thrive came in a close second. The Dr. Beeks salad from Doc Greens was pretty good too. The worst was the Lamb Lollipop from Sambuca...absolutely no taste whatsoever and the sauce was pretty gross and the duck tacos from a restaurant I can't remember. They were really awful. The taco shell tasted like soap and it completely overpowered the duck.

Overall, a great experience followed by a bit of shopping afterward. The ride home on MARTA was a lot smoother than the ride to the event.

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