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G. Garvin’s Washington D.C. Travel Tips

Every American should visit the nation’s capital. Obviously there is a great deal of history here and incredible monuments. The food scene is going strong as well. The next time you get the chance to visit D.C., make sure you’re not just seeing the historic landmarks but also going to different parts of the city to get the full experience. H Street is filled with new, hot restaurants.

Sixth Engine (pictured above)
I love this place. It’s set in an old firehouse and you can really feel it with the decor and old paintings on the brick walls. Chef Paul Madrid makes a great no-nonsense grilled shrimp dish and his black-eyed peas are super flavorful. I had an amazing time cooking for the firemen.

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G. Garvin’s Down-Home Travel Tips

G. at Hillbilly Tea

“Down-home” describes an unpretentious, laid-back Southern life. Food prepared with down-home style is simple, wholesome and delicious. The locations I visited on my down-home road trip truly represent everything great about the word. The best part about it? You bring the Southern life to wherever you live. Check out your local farmers’ market, grab some fresh ingredients and cook something special for your family and friends.

Noble Springs Dairy

I had a blast with the Nobles of Franklin, Tenn. Their farm is beautiful, and I loved hanging out with all of their goats. Goat cheese is tangy and versatile, and you can’t go wrong with it in a salad. I can see why the Nobles are popular with the local restaurants.

Hillbilly Tea

What makes Hillbilly Tea so amazing is its unique approach to tea and the dedication made to tea by putting it all over the menu. I never knew you could make so much with tea. While it’s inspirational and different, it’s still simple. Anyone can incorporate tea into sauces or baking at home.

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G. Garvin’s Atlanta Travel Tips


G. Garvin with Chef Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner at Atlanta’s The Local Three
While growing up and living in Atlanta, I’ve seen the city go through a lot of great changes. Every year another unique restaurant pops up, giving locals and tourists a chance to visit Atlanta and fall in love with its diverse culture. The next time you’re in town, I encourage stopping by a few of the local favorites to see how we have a good time.

Heirloom Market BBQ

This place is great because it truly encompasses a mix of cultures. One chef is from Tennessee, the other is from Korea. Their combined talents make for some amazing barbecue. The sauces are unique and provide a great balance to their smoked meats.

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