Cookie-Monstering in Atlanta

 

Today I ventured out of the Classic City and headed to Atlanta to do an informational interview with an account manager who works at a company I really admire. Doesn’t hurt that the agency is in the food and restaurant  industry either.

She told me about a marketplace  that was in the Midtown area, near Georgia Tech, called Star Provisions. The minute I stepped foot in the parking lot, it brought back memories of the Chelsea Marketplace I used to frequent while in New York. Star Provisions is owned by acclaimed Atlanta chef  Anne Quatrano, who is also the owner of Bacchanalia; a restaurant widely known in the culinary industry. Here, I was in new territory; I knew I  was not in Athens anymore.  And thank goodness for that.

Star Provisions is a market set up in sections. While here,  you can get meats,seafood, cheeses, wine, cookware, prepared foods and baked goods. Obviously, I headed towards the baked goods section, and found an extensive menu of goodies, including lemon bars, shortbread, brownies and fresh-baked breads. I decided to try  their  lime-cornmeal cookies and their Mexican wedding cookies. I love anything citrus, so the minute I saw lime, I was game. However, I have had Mexican wedding cookies, which taste somewhat like a shortbread cookie, and feature nuts, typically almonds or pecans. Since I don’t eat nuts that often, I can’t even begin to differentiate between an almond, walnut or pecan. Whatever nut was in it though, was very tasty. The cookie had a nice dusting of powered sugar, which complemented its buttery crumb. Did I just make up the word “buttery?” Anyways, it was  muy delicioso.

But let’s get to the star of the afternoon. The lime-cornmeal cookies. I die. The combination may be strange, but the acidity from the lime, the sweetness from the frosting and the grainyness of the cornmeal, gives the cookie such a complex, yet refreshing  flavor. The icing had an amazing lime taste, which was probably due to some lime zest within the frosting. Like the Mexican wedding cookie, the cookie itself had a great crumb to it, that almost melted in my mouth.  Easily, the lime-cornmean cookies were some of the best overall cookies I have ever had.  But the real test will be how good their lemon bars are. Next time.

Also, I would have loved to have shown everyone more pics of the market inside, but unfortunalty I was denied. I guess Chef Quatrano doesn’t want to give away any secrets. And why should she? She definelty has a “secret something”  others would want.

Until next time.

Star Provisions

1198 Howell Mill Road

Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-365-0410

Lime-Cornmeal Cookie

Mexican Wedding Cookie

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