Monday, May 8, 2017

RT Recap Day 1 - Aloha to Atlanta


Last Monday, I landed in Atlanta for the annual RT Booklovers' Convention. I spotted several writers on my flight from Baltimore, including Laura Kaye. I sat next to Michelle (an aspiring author) who offered a ride to the hotel with her pick up driver, Siera London. Thank you, Siera, my sister in arms as a Navy Veteran!

After settling into my room, and connecting with other bloggers, we walked over to Poor Calvin's Eatery.  

The Restaurant

Established in November 2012, Poor Calvin’s is a unique oasis in Downtown Atlanta that offers a rare cuisine of Thai fusion with Southern influences. Originally from Vietnam but raised and classically trained in Germany, owner and chef Calvin Phan has brought his perspective of international culinary fusion to the front line of Poor Calvin’s. 


Owner and Chef

Chef Calvin Phan was exposed to the restaurant business at an early age, having come from a family who owned several restaurants, of all calibers, in Europe. After completing his training, Phan worked as a chef in Switzerland for two years before moving to Georgia; where he opened and ran a Thai restaurant in Statesboro for 3 1/2 years before moving up to Atlanta in November to work within a larger scale.



The food was fabulous, the company entertaining, and the waiter could have been a cover model. In fact, I invited him to mingle at the hotel and hand out his business card!  

Thanks to Kim Rocha, Book Obsessed Chicks, for the restaurant recommendation! 

For this week of recaps, I am giving away a sampling of books and swag from RT.  To enter the giveaway,

1. What would you name your restaurant?  What would be your specialty?

I would hire a Hawaiian chef to offer Pan Pacific dishes in A PINEAPPLE IN PARADISE.

2. Comments are open through Monday, May 15, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3. I'll post the winner on Tuesday, May 16.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore 
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



20 comments:

  1. Italian would be my specialty. Would name it Patty's Place.
    ladbookfan

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  2. A Little of This or That lol.

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  3. My pleasure, SOS Aloha. I'm so glad we had another chance to hang out! Thanks, #rt17

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  4. I'd have to name it GLUTEN FREE. Not clever, but everything made and served would be safe for my daughter to eat.

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  5. I've always wished I was a good baker, so I would have bakery featuring French pastries.

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  6. Not sure really

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  7. It would be Italian food & desserts. I'd call it Yolanda's after my mom.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. Dani's Place.....casual dining!

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  9. Karen's Quiche's.
    nattysmama

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  10. Hmm, it would have something to do with coffee so maybe a play on words. I have never thought of it! Now I want to think of a restaurant name and it will keep me up at night. LOL

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  11. Diane's Comfort Foods - I'd serve lots of yummy homey foods - Salads with Omelettes or Mac & Cheese, full meals of baked chicken or meatloaf or porkchops or stuffed peppers with veggies and potatoes.

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  12. A Touch of Brennan. Irish Specialties.
    PattyB43

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  13. I've never really thought about it.... Probably I'd go for a drinks and desserts place... Caffeine and Chocolate for a name?

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  14. Little Miss Molly's Tea Shop and Bakery.

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  15. just desserts and serve only desserts--yes, I know the real idiom is just deserts, but most people don't know that.

    denise

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  16. I would serve Alaska comfort food in a log cabin decor with a roaring fireplace and call it THE BRUISED MOOSE... lol

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  17. I'd name it Lagniappe, which translates to "a little something extra." We'd serve Cajun comfort food.

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  18. It would be called MOM'S HOME COOKING. I would concentrate on typical family fare, nothing too fancy. Everyday good food at reasonable prices. I would go fancy for special events.

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  19. I would name it Yoline's Kitchen; after my maternal Grandmother. It would be a Hungarian restaurant with the specialty of the house being chicken and dumplings. But of course, goulash and others would be on the menu. ☺

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