I am often asked about my inspiration for starting the Food is My Classroom brand. I would say that starting this new journey in my life is a culmination of activities over the past few years.
The groundwork for Food is My Classroom began years ago when I would hang out with friends at local restaurants. Loving to explore the city, I preferred to visit newly opened or independent restaurants. Luckily, many of those restaurants were on popular discount websites. To my friend’s chagrin, I would take pictures of everyone’s food and write a blurb to post on Facebook. Instantly, I would get tons of questions from friends requesting menu recommendations and asking me about my overall experience.
As a classroom teacher, I write comprehensive lesson plans each week. So composing reviews detailing my experience from start to finish wasn’t that much different. Eventually, I began posting my restaurant reviews and photos on Google Reviews. I even received inquiries from people asking for restaurant recommendations in various locales. Afterward, I started receiving emails from Google announcing that over 100,000 people saw my reviews and pictures! I even received invitations to attend conferences hosted by Google.
With posts on Facebook, Yelp, Google Reviews, and some still on my phone, I always wanted a centralized place to host all the pictures, reviews, and recommendations I’ve made. Many friends kept telling me to start a blog or website. Unfortunately, I knew very little about blogging or running a website. Nevertheless, I brainstormed ideas for a name just in case I did start something. Staying true to my profession, the name Food is My Classroom stuck out. I loved the name as a classroom is a place of learning, and exploring food and restaurants is a learning experience for me and others.
Food is My Classroom was launched on July 4th, 2019, to celebrate independence from my fears of starting this new journey. It hasn’t been a month yet, and Food is My Classroom is already exceeding expectations. Not only did I start a blog, but the brand has expanded to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Each like, comment, and share on the posts are a confirmation to my dream of starting this brand. I appreciate every one of you for sharing in this process with me. Without your support over the years, I would not have the strength and stamina to do this awesome work.
Greater works are coming! Stay tuned for the next chapter in this adventure…
Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, of Food is My Classroom here with today’s mini-lesson for National Hot Dog Day! Click on the link for more goodness 🙂
Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, of @foodismyclassroom here with today’s mini-lesson for National Hot Dog Day. My Marketing Director and I had lunch today at The Original Hot Dog Factory, a black-owned eatery with 18 choices of franks. It was soooo delicious!
See my RECOMMENDATIONS below: ⭐Corn Dog ⭐BLT Dog ⭐Taco Dog ⭐Onion Rings ⭐The Deep Fried Oreos (eat hot)
You may be familiar with the owner Dennis McKinley, because he has been seen on the 11th Season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. He is the fiancé of Porsha Williams and the father to her daughter. This is the first baby for both parents. McKinley, a native of Detroit, opened a second corporate Hot Dog Factory on Piedmont Avenue (formerly Slice) in Midtown Atlanta. McKinley is a college-educated serial entrepreneur as he also owns Cru Hookah Lounge here in Atlanta as well. The Hot Dog Factory does also offer Catering/Food Truck and Franchise opportunities.
Beef hot dogs are 100% beef.
All turkey, chicken, and veggie dogs are gluten-free.
All factory dogs can be substituted for polish, chicken or veggie at an upcharge.
Sometimes you just have a taste for a big ol’ Ghetto Burger. Well, whenever you do, head on down to Ann’s Snack Bar located in Kirkwood and order “The Best Burger in America” as said by Time Magazine. Click the link for more goodness!
Sometimes you just have a taste for a big ol’ Ghetto Burger(2 patties, bacon, grilled onions, chili, & cheese with lettuce and tomato). Well, whenever you do, head on down to Ann’s Snack Bar located in Kirkwood and order “The Best Burger in America” as said by Time Magazine.
Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @foodismyclassroom here with today’s mini-lesson. We’re checking out Greens & Gravy, which is one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants to attend for BRUNCH. This black-owned eatery is owned by Chef Darius Williams! Click the link for more goodness 🙂
Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @foodismyclassroom here with today’s mini-lesson. We’re checking out Greens & Gravy, which is one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants to attend for BRUNCH. This black-owned eatery is owned by Chef Darius Williams! Scroll down for more goodness 🙂
See my TOP 5 BRUNCH items below:
⭐Lemon Pepper Honey Fried chicken that was brined in Apple Cider vinegar for 24hrs before cooking. Served with a warm buttermilk biscuit.
⭐Skillet Macaroni & Cheese
⭐Toasted Sour Cream Pound Cake with fruit, fresh mint, and vanilla bean mascarpone
⭐Braised Collard Greens (w/smoked Turkey) served with Watermelon Chow Chow
⭐Buttermilk Chicken Biscuits with aged cheddar and country white gravy. Served with 2 eggs made your way.
Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here with Lesson #2: OLG (Old Lady Gang) Restaurant. This popular restaurant is located in the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood near the Atlanta University Center. Click to read my full review!
⭐ Materials Needed: 1. Patience: There is very limited parking in the rear of the restaurant. There is one shared lane for entrance/exit, so let the attendant help you. Otherwise, you can try and find street parking. 2. Cash: The parking is not free. There is an attendant to collect your $10 in order to enter. 3. Camera: You may run into Kandi Burruss-Tucker or Todd Tucker (owners), one of the other family members from RHOA, or any local celebrity in the city of Atlanta. 4. Reservations: I would not leave home without it! Only the Peter St. location offers Open Table.
⭐ Observation: Opening (Appetizers) – Deep Fried Whipped Deviled Eggs: I went into my first bite with much hesitation as the description didn’t sound appealing. But, I fell in love at first bite. These were soooo good!
– Mama Joyce’s BBQ Rib Tips: The rib tips were overly coated in BBQ sauce, but they were tasty. A couple of the rib tips were tough because they were the end pieces.
During (Entrees) – Mama Sharon’s Chicken & Cream Anglaise French Toast: The chicken was well seasoned and fried to a perfect southern crunch. The french toast were just okay, but that Maple Syrup was so yummy that it woke the french toast right on up.
– Kandi’s Honey Glazed Blackened Salmon (w/red mashed potatoes & Mama Joyce’s Green Beans). This was the highlight of the night for me. The salmon was cooked perfectly. The mashed potatoes were creamy and I loved the use of red potatoes. But, the true star of the plate were the green beans. They were ‘thee best’ green beans I have ever had in my entire life. Like ever!!!
-Mama Joyce’s Side Salad: Fresh salad that was large enough to share. Beautiful greens and colorful veggies.
-Side Selections: I added on some sides for the table to taste. I ordered mac-n-cheese (very good & cheesy), Kandi’s yams (they were excellent, but they are done soufflé style even though it says yams on the menu), and the Turkey Collards (full of flavor and meat).
Closing (Desserts) -n/a
⭐ The Glows [Pros] 1. OLG has become so popular and productive that they have opened up a 2nd location in East Point and they even serve inside of State Farm Arena which is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) & The Atlanta Dream (WNBA). 2. OLG offers reservations on Open Table. They can be made via their website or your Open Table App. 3. OLG offers an upstairs and downstairs bar. 4. OLG also has an outdoor rooftop patio which is great for parties and catered events. 5. OLG employs many young college students from the area, from talking to many of them, which I think is awesome. What college student doesn’t need extra money, right? 6. The atmosphere of OLG is VERY lively, trendy and of all ages with a moderate noise level. Although much is happening in the restaurant, you can still hear the conversation of those that you are dining with. 7. Much of the time the owners and/or one of the family members are onsite meeting, greeting and taking pictures. They are super friendly. And, how often do we ever get to see the faces behind the places we frequent, especially when they’re celebrities. So, that’s pretty dope! 8. The restaurant is family-owned and you feel that in the ambiance & core concept of the decorations as well. The restaurant is saturated with cute simple decor and MANY real family pictures that we all take as our family grows and ages. Very homey! 9. The food was absolutely delicious. They bring cornbread with a signature sauce to the table, for sharing, and it is sweet like cake. We had at least 3 baskets of it because it is addictive. 10. OLG uses a texting system to notify you that your table is ready. So, make sure you don’t miss that text because you only get so much time to return to the hostess station before your table is given to the next person on the list. 11. The biggest compliment I can give them is…..I will visit again!
⭐ The Grows [Cons] 1. The parking is an absolute nightmare, but one should know that this is the NORM in all major cities and Atlanta is no exception. 2. They allow reservations yet there is still a significant wait. Of course they allow walk-ins which may push those with reservations back. 3. There is extremely limited seating for those who are waiting (inside or outside) to be called & seated by the hostess. 4. The staff is fairly young which seems to be evident in the ‘off task’ behavior (talking/texting) when the restaurantis busy. 5. The space is very tight. You and your neighbor will be really good friends by the time you leave. 6. I went to OLG with friends and family. OLG didn’t have a sling for the baby’s car seat. They flipped over a booster seat but it was rocking so we had to place it up to the wall for stability. 7. The wood floors are VERY slippery. I witnessed a few close calls several times. Also, there is a small, hardly visible, ramp near the hostess station. You don’t expect to feel a slight drop when it appears to be no differentiation in the floor. Be careful!
⭐Evaluation: [The Score] Grade A+
⭐ Teacher’s Notes 1. Old Lady Gang is located in Atlanta’s historic Castleberry Hill Neighborhood (Fulton County). Castleberry Hill is well known for being the backdrop of the TV Series “Walking Dead”. 2. This review is based off of my experience after visiting on 2 seperate occassions to try more of their options. 3. Mama Sharon is Todd Tucker’s mother who passed away in 2014. 4. I was able to get several pictures with Kandi’s mom, Joyce, Aunt Nora and Aunt Bertha. The entire Old Lady Gang! We even song for them. It was such a fun experience! 5. The East Point location does not offer reservations at this time and the State Farm Arena location is only open based on the schedule of the arena. 6. RHOA is the acronym for The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which airs on Bravo.
It’s your favorite teacher 👩🏽🏫, Adriena, of Food Is My Classroom here with today’s mini lesson on satisfying your sweet tooth 🦷. I found this black owned 24hr. shop at Sublime Doughnuts 🍩 at Briarcliff. Check out my review!
Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, of Food Is My Classroom here with today’s mini-lesson on satisfying your sweet tooth. I found this black-owned 24hr. shop called Sublime Doughnuts off of Briarcliff. They also make fresh coffee, hot chocolate, & a variety of gelatos.
See my TOP 5 doughnuts below: ⭐Honey Glazed Cinnamon Swirl ⭐Reese’s ⭐Fresh Strawberries & Cream ⭐Red Velvet Cake ⭐A-Town Cream
Hey students! Welcome to my blog, “Food is my Classroom.” Today we’re here in Atlanta, Ga. for a late lunch of some vegan burgers at Slutty Vegan ATL on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Click the link for more goodness!
Hey students! Welcome to my blog, “Food is my Classroom.” Today we’re here in Atlanta, Ga. for a late lunch of some vegan burgers at Slutty Vegan ATL on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Slutty Vegan ATL is a new & trending black-owned restaurant owned by Pinky Cole.
Update! Ms. Cole recently announced plans for a second location in Jonesboro, GA and a third location in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta. The restaurant is also slated to begin filming a reality television show and is now entering the world of franchising!
So, follow me into the classroom and let’s get slutty!
⭐ Classroom: Slutty Vegan ATL, 1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310
⭐ Classroom: Slutty Vegan ATL,
⭐ The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]
⭐ Materials Needed:
Patience: the lines are loooong
Extra Cash or Cash App: for the street vendors that sell water and cocktail to those standing in line.
Comfortable shoes: there is NO place to sit.
Shades: to block the sun because depending on the time of day, the sun is directly in your face.
Prior Knowledge: it is best to know which burger you want already. Those listed on the board at the door only show a few choices, not the entire menu online.
⭐ Observation: Opening (Appetizers) -n/a
One Night Stand Burger: The burger was a major let down. It was a bit overcooked, and they use bagged chopped lettuce, which is disrespectful to a burger. It had a weird taste to it. I prefer whole leaf lettuce! The vegan bacon on the burger was to die for though.
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie: This vegan pie really shocked me! The filling was so tasty with a flaky pie crust. It tasted no different than any other sweet potato pie.
⭐ The Glows [Pros]
The line moved relatively fast once your order is placed and you step foot inside.
The “server”, Miesha H, was super friendly and helpful with making suggestions to newcomers.
The workers were hype, and having a good time! This made your experience pleasant.
The sweet potato pie was very DELICIOUS!
The place is frequented by college kids, tourists, and locals.
⭐ The Grows [Cons]
They need a 2nd location that has seating.
They need fans in the summer. It was hotter inside than outside and very smokey. (And, heat lamps for the winter coming too.)
They limit the number of meals you can buy to two.
They don’t open before 4 pm.
They only sell Pelligrino for $2 and regular water for $1. No other drinks are available.
The burgers and dessert are considerably overpriced, but not overbearing.
They should switch to whole leaf lettuce on the burgers.
⭐ Evaluation: [The Score] Grade📋 B
⭐ Feedback [Comment & Share]
📸 and 📽 Adriena Long
⭐ Teacher’s Notes✏: Being called a “Virgin” is celebrated & means that it is your 1st time at the restaurant. No disrespect!