South City Kitchen | Contemporary Southern Cuisine in Atlanta

Posted on October 23, 2013 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

It's my first time in Atlanta and before I even got on the plane I knew I wanted to eat some good Southern food once the plane touched down. So after I settled into my hotel room and unpacked I went down to the concierge desk for some assistance. I asked the guy at the desk where I could find some great Southern food. I had a pretty big list and the front desk staff were able to help me eliminate the ones that may not have been a good match.    

I decided that I wanted fried chicken! They were quick to pick two places, but he definitely preferred one place over another on my list. So, I was off to South City Kitchen. 

They brought us a basket full of warm corn bread, butter and apple butter made in house. This must be what Southern hospitality is all about I thought to myself...

Marzi and I both ordered the STRAWBERRY BOURBON SMASH Breckinridge Bourbon, Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, smashed strawberries, orange bitters, splash of soda.

To start, we ordered CHICKEN LIVERS with country ham, caramelized onions, brioche, creamed corn, garlic jus and 

the FRIED GREEN TOMATOES goat cheese, red pepper coulis, basil.

Marzi ordered the JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKE HASHover-easy egg, fingerling potatoes, tomato relish, chive hollandaise and I ordered the <drumroll please>

Buttermilk Fried Springer Mountain Chicken & Waffles. Mmmm...with Vermont maple syrup, it was so good. 

I wished I had left space for dessert, but I was absolutely stuffed. 




South City Kitchen

1144 Crescent Avenue Atlanta, GA 30309 | 404-873-7358



Posted in Atlanta, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Georgia, South City Kitchen

Jiyugaoka Bake Shop | Coffee & Tea Break In Tokyo

Posted on October 16, 2013 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

After a day of shopping and people watching we snuck into the Bakeshop for a coffee/tea break. 

Located in one of my all time favorite areas this place has an awesome indoor and outdoor eating area on the 4th floor. It was a little too windy for us to sit outdoors that day so we decided to move indoors. 

 The also offer coffee, pastry and accessory workshops there.

 On November 10th they're holding a Chemex workshop. Wish I could be there! (Photo from site)

Plenty of sweets and savories...

I noticed a lot of interesting things about their tea selection. Like how most of their teas are from the UK, Ireland and Sweden. Two out of the three are pretty old companies dating back over 200 years. Teapigs is a tea company based in the UK. I recognized their cute packaging when I was exploring the tea section near our apartment. Campbell's Perfect Tea is made in Dublin, Ireland and was originally established by J & G Campbell Company back in 1797. They use mainly East African teas. Kobbs is a Swedish tea company established in 1809 by Martin Samuel Kobb in Gothenburg. His sons, Pontus and August Kobb, joined their father's firm shortly after. Notice how they also have a special tea selection for Kids & Baby--Babycino and Kid's Cocktail. So there's really something for everyone!


I'm always amazed at how many cafes and tea rooms there are in Tokyo. I could probably spend a lifetime trying to discover them all.  





Posted in Chemex Workshop, Coffee, Jiyūgaoka, Outdoor Seating, Tea, Tokyo

Ladurée Ginza | Mitsukoshi Department Store

Posted on October 07, 2013 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

Clarissa and I left the house early in the morning and set out to Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Ginza district of Tokyo. It's like 5th Avenue, but ten times more luxurious. I'm not sure how many of you know this, but if you arrive right when the department store opens its doors, customers are in for a special treat. A true demonstration of Japanese hospitality. I wanted Clarissa to experience this in all its glory. 

As soon as the department stores open, every employee is lined up neatly waiting to greet customers. Traditionally they bow and welcome you to the store with an enthusiastic "irasshaimase!" which roughly translates to "welcome and please come in". 

Clarissa thought this was really over the top and a little strange.

We were both so excited because there was so much to see. 

Harrods The Plantation Rooms Tea Room is located on the Fourth Floor...

 and David Myers Cafe on the Sixth Floor. Ladurée Salon de The on the Second Floor. 

Ladurée Salon de The is located on the 2nd floor of the luxurious Mitsukoshi Department Store in Ginza. You'll find a little bit of Paris right there in that little nook. That's where we decided to have breakfast.

 A table right by the window with a fantastic view. 

Busy street below...

with lots to see. 


Matching china, gorgeous menu, and embossed paper napkins...

everything was so charming. Sterling silver tea pots...

 and little details like customized handle covers for the tea pots!

Clarissa ordered herself some breakfast: eggs and bacon, and a pot of tea. 

And then we ordered some desserts...

 Although it was cloudy and misting that morning, we enjoyed every minute of our time together.  


Ginza Mitsukoshi 2F, 4-6-16 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8212, Japan




Posted in Desserts, Ginza, Ladurée, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tea Room, Tokyo

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique | Jiyugaoka

Posted on October 01, 2013 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

As I was exiting the Jiyugaoka train station one day I noticed this adorable sign. Alas, it is for the TWG Tea Salon & Boutique. TWG Tea Company was established in Singapore in 2008 by Manoj M. Murjani and Taha Bouqdib.

So what's with the misleading year (1837) on their logo? The company claims it is a tribute to the "year when the Chamber of Commerce was founded in Singapore". They have many locations throughout the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates.  

TWG stands for The Wellness Group. I was kind of hoping it stood for something that sounded a bit less corporate.

They also sell hand made tea-infused sweet and savory items.  

They have a very large assortment of loose leaf teas available to purchase behind the counter as well as teabags that come beautifully wrapped and packaged.

Their tea salon was packed with ladies in the middle of the day. 

They sell very ornate, expensive silver and gold teapots and cups. I didn't sit to have tea, but I did have just enough time to pop in and snap a few pictures before the lady behind the counter asked me not to take any photographs. 


TWG Tea Salon & Boutique

1-9-8 Jiyugaoka Meguro-ku Tokyo

Tel. +81 (03) 3718 1588

Monday through Sunday 11 am - 9 pm


Happy exploring!





Posted in Afternoon Tea, Japan, Jiyūgaoka, Singapore, Tea, Teas, Tokyo

Afternoon Tea Party in East Hampton

Posted on September 25, 2013 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

It was wonderful working with The Independent and Hampton Daze Magazine on their first Afternoon Tea Party themed event. Read event description here.

Delicious mini cupcakes made in house...

The Independent exhibiting 20 years of celebrity photographs...

I provided two iced teas for the guests. One was the Love Spell which I infused with fresh raspberries, strawberries and mint.

The other one was the Summer Child which I infused with beautiful, juicy ripe peaches and fragrant mint.

And for those who were looking for something with a little bit more of a kick, Jessica (Editor of The Independent) created something a little special...

Pimm's Cup & a delicious white wine spritzer. 

Red Horse (Shopping) Plaza is located at 74 Montauk Highway in East Hampton, New York. You'll find a gourmet market, a wine shop, a spa, and a few antique shops here. 

Absolutely charming space to have an Afternoon Tea party.

Laura Anne Pelliccio (left) is the Beauty Editor for Hampton Daze Magazine and Jessica Mackin (right) is the Editor in Chief at Hampton Daze Magazine and Arts Editor at The Independent.

Outdoor seating...

 with cushy seats and beautiful benches.

I believe spas and teas go hand in hand and are a great fit for one another. It just makes sense. Both are soothing, relaxing and provide the kind of comfort that our bodies need.  

 It was a very long day and an even longer Jitney ride home, but it was all so worth it. 

I couldn't have thought of a better way to wrap up the summer. 



Posted in Afternoon Tea, East Hampton, Events, Hampton Daze, Red Horse Plaza, Teas, The Independent

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