Donsuemor Madeleines

Donsuemor’s elegant little French cakes with their distinctive shell shapes arrived safely to the Northside Woman office, and we were eager to test them out. They were soft, moist and came in three flavors: Traditional, dipped in chocolate, lemon zest , and we also received some French almond cakes.The buttery mini-cakes went perfectly with my morning coffee … and my afternoon coffee! They are available online from the California-based bakery,

A great gift idea for Mother’s Day or any other special occasion.

Trade Root

Located in The Whitley Hotel (the old Lenox Ritz Carlton) in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, Trade Root specializes in Mediterranean-inspired recipes, and Northside Woman was offered the opportunity to sample their menu. Our host, Nathan Dewitt, made us feel right at home from the start with the restaurant’s signature cocktail, The Whitley Cup. Its refreshing blend of mint, pineapple and ginger was a great way to cleanse our palates. Our tasting menu contained an array of fabulous dishes, from zucchini cakes and red quinoa salad to lemon-poached Georgia trout and braised pork cheeks. We capped everything off with The Whitley Chocolate Cake. All of the Trade Root samples were amazing, and I have to admit some were items I might never have selected off the regular menu. Stop by and check it out if you’re in the area,!

Beautiful Briny Sea

A sample of Beautiful Briny Sea Salts was recently delivered to the Northside Woman office. Not many of us are cooks, so I decided to take the challenge and try out the distinctive salt blends myself.

Testing out the product on some of my favorite things to grill (veggies and fish), I was amazed by the bursts of flavor these salts added. Just a touch was needed too!

The Beautiful Briny Sea company is based in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and sells a dozen small-batch salt blends as well as sugars. Impress your “foodie friends” and buy them some of these great-tasting salts as a hostess gift! Find them online at

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