Macon, Georgia 2017

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Macon Beer Company

My parents have lived in Macon, Georgia for a few years now, so with this visit they were able to show us around and take us to some of their favorite places.

First stop: Macon Beer Company. They only open their doors every Saturday and third Thursday of the month, so I’m happy we were able to go! On their website, they describe themselves best:

Macon Beer Company is a production brewery located in historic downtown Macon, GA. We have a unique perspective on brewing that comes from our Brew Master, who happens to also be a Professional Chemical Engineer. Our innovative recipes and techniques result in beer quality beyond industry standards. We have wild ideas and overly technical methods, but that’s simply a manifestation of our passion to make your mouth happy.

 

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Also located next door to a grave shop

 

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Ready to go inside

 

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But first a quick photo with my dad

 

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Welcome

 

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Entrance to the tasting room

 

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Ready to go in

 

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T-shirts for sale

 

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Macon Dreams was my favorite! A peach beer!

 

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The bar

 

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Decisions, decisions…

 

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Close up of the beer and taps

 

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Cheers!

 

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Many, many kegs on site

 

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We also headed to Just Tap’d to fill a few growlers with local beer to take back home. With so much beer available in Belgium, I’d love a place like this to refill and try new beer.

 

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Just Tap’d

 

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Inside

 

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You can also eat and drink inside, not just take your beer to go

 

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Luckily you can have a taste before buying!

 

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So many taps

 

For dinner one night we headed to The Rookery for burgers and milkshakes, a classic combination that I wish would be popular here! I also discovered that alcoholic milkshakes are a thing!

 

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Outside waiting area

 

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My parents

 

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With a 45 minute wait, we had drinks outside – my whisky cocktail

 

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Inside

 

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Koen and mom

 

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Dad and me

 

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The Billy Carter milkshake: banana ice cream, peanut butter, Jack Daniels, and a slice of bacon

 

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The Jerry Reed Burger: pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, and sriracha mayonnaise, served with battered fries

 

Another evening we went to Jim Shaw’s Seafood Grill for some southern-style seafood with my grandparents. I had the surprise of dipping my sweet potato fries into a white sauce only to find out it was marshmallow cream!

 

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Jim Shaw’s

 

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Ready to go in

 

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The entrance

 

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Fisherman lamp next to their awards for Best Seafood Restaurant in Macon

 

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Waiting for our table

 

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Tybee Island Blonde for a taste of Savannah

 

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Pimento Cheese Fritters

 

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Fried pickles

 

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Oysters

 

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Koen’s grilled scallops

 

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My grilled shrimp and sweet potato fries with marshmallow sauce

 

One day for lunch, Grandma took all of the girls out to Brasserie Circa. This was one of my favorite meals while in Macon. The food and drinks were delicious! Brasserie Circa an American meats French style bistro. There are a lot of classics – both in sandwiches and cocktails!

 

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Parking the car outside the restaurant

 

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Grandma

 

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Tamar

 

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My Moscow Mule

 

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Hummus topped with Spanish paprika served with pita points

 

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Grandma with her crabcake

 

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Close up of the jumbo crabcake with lemon caper mousseline sauce and wilted spinach

 

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Mom with her chicken burger

 

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Closeup of the chicken veggie burger: a patty made from chicken and sauteed vegetables, with gruyere and a vidalia onion/dijon spread on a brioche with sweet potato fries

 

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Me with my lobster club

 

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Close up of my lobster club: fried lobster tail, avocado, bacon, and remoulade served on a brioche bun with sweet potato fries

 

For Valentine’s Day, Koen and I went on a double date to Natalia’s with my brother Grayson and my sister-in-law Tamar. Natalia’s is well-known Italian restaurant in Macon. I don’t recommend going on a special day like we did, because the restaurant was packed and we had a set menu (we had look ahead of time and nothing I originally wanted was on the menu that night). At least the ambience was cozy!

 

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Natalia’s

 

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Red for Valentine’s Day

 

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Grayson and Tamar

 

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By this point my brother was tired of me taking so many photos

 

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My forever Valentine ❤

 

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My starter: Grilled duck with fried polenta and a cherry sauce

 

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Koen’s starter: Smoked fish trio

 

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My main: Chicken marsala

 

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Koen’s main: Veal Milanese

 

One more lunch out in Macon at The Mandarin, a self-proclaimed Chinese bistro. The food reminded me of the Chinese food I grew up eating. It’s funny how reference points change over time. In Belgium and the Netherlands, Chinese food has more of an Indonesian influence. But of course, Chinese food anywhere adapts to the tastes of the country it’s in. As my dad will happily tell you, when you order lunch at The Mandarin you receive a ton of food!

 

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The Mandarin

 

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Inside

 

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Little Prince

 

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Hope having a look at the menu

 

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The beautiful ceiling

 

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Wonton soup

 

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Szechuan chicken with a mountain of rice, chicken wing and an egg roll

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