Chef’s Tasting With Bold Wines at Piastra and One Hope Wines


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Have you ever wanted to drink wine while helping out a good cause? One Hope Wines donates half of its profits to charitable causes around the world. a6

I had the pleasure of attending One Hope Charity Dinner – hosted by the talented Chef Greg Lipman. Each dish brought out was paired by one of the One Hope Wines. Imagine tasting smoked Argentinian shrimp with compressed melon and a salad of prosciutto – my favorite dish so far! This was paired with a light and airy Lodi Rose Wine. Every bite left me wanting more.

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Loren Browne is a travel writer who uses her bubbly personality to feature the best bites around the world. She has been featured on CBS for her travels & the Food Network for her love of food. She is the founder of Dating With Passports – where she reviews the best date ideas around the world. She has visited all seven continents and 40+ countries before the age of 30. Combining her biggest passions: love, food, and travel, she continues to explore the world and share the best experiences to enjoy. HuffPost Contributor. Yelper.





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Craving clams? Try one of these top Atlanta restaurant picks for the best clams around.

Atlanta’s great seafood restaurants may surprise you. Whether you like your clams them by themselves or as part of a delicious seafood stew, here are a dozen spots just in time for Clam Day on March 31.

  1. BeetleCat – This ship-themed restaurant features a lovely clam dish in its own unique sauce: beer, garlic aji amarillo butter. The clams pair perfectly with the tiki-themed cocktails.
  2. Double Zero – This Italian spot, in its new location in Decatur, serves clams in a tomato-fennel broth with smoked trout, cherry tomatoes and shaved fennel.
  3. Eight Sushi – Looking for clams with a twist? Try the surf clam with yuzu sauce at Eight Sushi.
  4. La Tavola – The lovely Virginia-Highland Italian destination offers a zuppa di pesce with clams, shrimp, fin fish, calamari and spicy tomato-shrimp brodetto.
  5. Lure – Get your clam fix with the Cassiucco Seafood Stew at this Midtown hot spot. The hearty stew is prepared with Georgia white shrimp, swordfish and clams.
  6. The Optimist – This Westside spot has three options: 1) Opportunist Plateaux; 2) Refuge Plateaux; and 3)The Starving Man Plateaux. These include a mix of oysters, lobster, crab, shrimp and clams.
  7. Piastra – Planning on hanging in Marietta? Head over to the Marietta Square and have the Tagliatelle Vongole at Piastra. This includes house-made pasta with little neck clams in a white wine broth with herbs. There also is Brodetto Seafood Stew with a mix of seafood including clams plus a spicy pork belly sausage.
  8. Portofino – The black spaghetti is made with Sapelo Island clams, white wine and pancetta. Portofino is not only a terrific date spot but has a lovely brunch, too.
  9. Ribalta — A simple yet elegant dish is the clams and spaghetti at this Midtown restaurant. It’s the perfect second course to share with your sweetie, the first being one of Ribalta’s incredible pizzas. Tip: The restaurant will validate parking for up to two hours in the deck next to it.
  10. Saltyard – Right off Peachtree Road in Buckhead this American style tapas restaurant features creative dishes like the lemon linguine made with Sapelo Island clams, parm broth and herbs.
  11. Saltwood – Located inside the Loews Hotel, Saltwood’s menu is surprisingly bold for a hotel restaurant. More traditional items are also available like the low country boil with sausage, clams and other seafood.
  12. Under the Cork Tree –They call them “almejas” at this Spanish tapas restaurant in Sandy Springs. I just call them delicious.

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram.