Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/28/21

Featuring Four Tequilas, Four Dishes, Cocktails, and More!
Thursday, March 25, 2021 From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

It’s time to sip on some tequila at TWO urban licks! Featuring Blanco to Extra Añejo, tequila enthusiasts are invited to gather and embark on a unique tequila-tasting journey while enjoying unforgettable city views on TWO’s expansive and dog-friendly patio on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Beginning at 6 p.m., imbibers can discover four new tequilas from modern-artisanal tequila maker, Don Pilar, along with four dishes and a specialty cocktail. Created just for the occasion by Executive Chef Matt Weinstein, guests can pair their tequila with a curated pairing menu including Black Bass Ceviche, Masa Tempura Cactus, Seared Scallops, and Chili Spiced Quail. Masks are required and temperatures will be taken upon arrival. The tasting will be socially distanced to keep guests and staff safe. For ages 21 and up, tickets are $60 per person. To make a reservation or for more information, visit twourbanlicks.com or call 404.522.4622.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/25/21

Experience Famed Renaissance Masterpiece Up Close and Personal

at Westside Cultural Arts Center


Now through May 23, view Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, the internationally acclaimed touring exhibition from SEE Attractions, Inc., at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. Exhibit hours are Thursday–Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.), and tickets are available at www.chapelsistine.com.

An immersive presentation of museum-quality, near life-size reproductions of the iconic master’s frescoes that adorn the Sistine Chapel in Rome, this showcase features 34 reproductions such as “The Creation of Adam” and “The Last Judgement.” Michelangelo’s celebrated scenes normally viewed from the ground to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are re-created at eye level in their original size, allowing visitors to observe all the intricate details of these masterpieces.

“Bringing art to life in an interactive and engaging way is one of the hallmarks of what we do, so sharing the unparalleled beauty of Michelangelo’s famous works right here in Atlanta is a thrilling opportunity for us,” said Joseph Barrera, director of operations for Westside Cultural Arts Center. “We welcome our local community and visitors from all over to explore this one-of-a-kind exhibition with us. We may not be able to visit the Sistine Chapel right now, but this exhibit makes us feel as if we have.”

As seen in world-renowned venues such as the Vienna Cathedral, the Oculus at the World Trade Center and the World Financial Center in Shanghai, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition combines one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements with state-of-the-art technology, fully immersing visitors in an intriguing experience. The overwhelming impression for the observer is the details of the art, the closeness to the picture, and the modern style.

“We are honored to share this experience with art lovers of Atlanta and the Southeast,” said Martin Biallas, CEO of Los Angeles based SEE Attractions, Inc., producer of the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition. “Whether you have visited the Sistine Chapel before or are seeing these masterpieces for the first time, the intimate, one-of-a-kind view invites a new perspective.”

Timed tickets are available to limit capacity and ensure social distancing. Westside Cultural Arts Center follows all safety measures put in place by the City of Atlanta, including mask requirements, social distancing and heavily sanitizing all major touch points and surfaces regularly.

Prices are as follows:

  • Children 5 & under: Free with reservation
  • 17 & under: $12
  • Seniors, Military and College Students: $14
  • Adults: $18
  • Family 4 Pack (2 Adults + 2 Children): $45
  • Groups of 10 or more: $10 per person

Audio guides in English and Spanish are available to rent or download on a smartphone to enhance each guest’s experience. Guests who download the guide should bring their own headphones. For more information on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, please visit www.chapelsistine.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/25/21

Join your fellow cerevisaphiles Saturday, March 6, for Georgia Beer Day, the yearly celebration of all things craft beer in The Peach State. This annual event, which is organized by the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild (GCBG), benefits the GCBC and its member breweries.

As part of this year’s Georgia Beer Day, 50 breweries across the state will be offering a limited edition collector’s pint glass. In partnership with GCBG member breweries and Boelter Glassware, $1 from every glass will be donated to the GCBC to help promote, protect and further the common interests of its members and Georgia’s licensed brewing industry.

The 2021 inaugural pint glass showcases full color art by Larry Choskey and features prominent state symbols including: the Cherokee Rose (state flower), Southern Live Oak (state tree), Honeybee (state insect) and the Brown Thrasher (state bird) as the centerpiece.

Additionally, the participating breweries below will be offering specials all day long. Please check your favorite brewery’s website and social media pages to learn more about what each is offering.

For more information on Georgia Beer Day, please visit: georgiacraftbrewersguild.org/georgia-beer-day.html.

To learn more about the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, please visit: georgiacraftbrewersguild.org.


Anderby Brewing (Peachtree Corners)

Arches Brewing (Hapeville)

Athentic Brewing (Athens)

Atlanta Brewing Co. (Atlanta)

Barrier Island Brewing (St Simons Island)

Best End Brewing (Atlanta)

Bold Monk Brewing (Atlanta)

Cherry Street Brewing (Alpharetta)

Creature Comforts (Athens)

Dry County Brewing (Kennesaw)

Eagle Creek Brewing (Statesboro)

Eventide (Atlanta)

Fire Maker (Atlanta)

From the Earth Brewing (Roswell)

Gate City (Roswell)

Halfway Crooks (Atlanta)

Horned Owl Brewing (Kennesaw)

Indio Brewing (Sugar Hill) 

Kettlerock Brewing (Peachtree Corners) 

Left Nut (Gainesville)

Line Creek (Peachtree City)

Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta)

Monkey Wrench Brewing (Suwanee)

New Realm (Atlanta)

NoFo Brew Co. (Cumming)

Pendley Creek (Jasper)

Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen (Macon)

Pontoon Brewing (Sandy Springs)

Pretoria Fields (Albany)

Red Hare (Marietta)

Reformation Brewery (Smyrna)

Round Trip (Atlanta)

Sceptre Brewing Arts (Decatur)

Schoolhouse Brewing (Marietta)

Second Self Beer Co. (Atlanta)

Service Brewing (Savannah)

Six Bridges Brewing (Johns Creek)

Social Fox Brewing (Norcross)

Steady Hand Beer Co. (Atlanta)

StillFire Brewing (Suwanee)

SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta)

Tantrum Brewing Co. (Cleveland)

The Dahlonega Brewery (Dahlonega)

The Georgia Beer Co. (Valdosta)

Three Taverns (Atlanta)

Torched Hop Brewing (Atlanta)

Tucker Brewing Company (Tucker)

Two Tides Brewing (Savannah)

Variant Brewing (Roswell)

Wrecking Bar Brewpub (Atlanta)

Fia Restaurant in The Burgess Hotel

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/23/21

Dressed to the nines, the couple breezed through the heavy double doors and made their way to the lavish Mr. B Bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. Next to the bar, the Library’s large green, tailored coach was inviting as the fire in the fireplace leapt and danced on the cold day near the end of winter. The beauty of The Burgess Hotel in the heart of Buckhead is breathtaking, you’ll forget you’re in a boutique hotel, more like in a bond movie. Adjacent to the Library, there’s a flavor-forward wood-fire grilled restaurant called Fia Restaurant. Fia, meaning little fire, is anything but that, it boasts big, larger than life flavor, as well as delicious grilled fare that is pretty unforgettable. Burgess, who owns the hotel, got the spices and flavors from his extensive travels and it really shows in his food! Everything from the savory Braised Lamb Shank, the perfectly Charred Octopus, an amazing Pork Belly bowl, sweet and savory Coconut Pecan Old Fashioned, and unbelievable Grilled Whole Branzino are literally on-fire with flavor. Let’s take a tour of the Fia menu, shall we?

Upon arriving, we were quickly greeted with a tasty signature cocktail called the Coconut Pecan Old Fashioned. This isn’t your father’s cocktail that’s for sure! They use coconut washed bourbon as the base so even though it is boozy, there is an element of sweetness to the cocktail throughout. As you sip this starts boozy, ends sweet, and a little spice from the spiced pecan Demerara. Make us another!

Of the appetizers, we made great choices with the Charred Octopus and the Pork Belly. Starting with the octopus that’s seriously tender with a smoky, light char to round out the flavor. Paired with the tangy and bright artichokes, an earthy bed of capers, salty olives, there is so much complexity on the palate. We can’t stop thinking about this healthy option! On the opposite end of the spectrum is a deep and rich pork belly dish that is chocked full of dynamic flavors. It starts with a slightly crispy outside and tender inside pork belly that melts into a sea of creamy and sharp grits. Decadent and topped with tangy pickled onions and an outstanding sweet glaze, this was so good that everything together ended up being creamy, sharp, crispy, tangy, sweet, and tender. Yum.

After enjoying these two starters, we had to go big for the Braised Lamb Shank and the Whole Grilled Branzino. The Braised Lamb Shank was served with a decorative cone on it and revealed to us when placed on the table. Beyond the fun presentation, the lamb fell off the bone and slathered with the hefty, rich, and lightly tangy sauce.  The flavor was so bright, tangy, and yet ended smooth that went to so well with the sauce and rice. Plus, we knocked it out of the park ordering the Brussel Sprouts on the side. Some of the most tender sprouts we’ve had with a great little char were fantastic! The sweetness of the pear that was vibrant and light mix so well with the char and the earthiness of the sprouts. Now, the best bite of the night had to be the Whole Grilled Branzino. We don’t know exactly what spices were on the charred and crispy skin, but they were so well balanced and savory that it made every bite different and fun! The fish was perfectly cooked and served whole paired with a cabbage-y light salad with a bright and lemony sauce. Now, that’s how you season, cook, and grill fish with tender fish up front, crisp skin, and every flavor profile seasoned on the outside. Wow!

To finish up our experience, we opted for the Chocolate Cake. What’s better than ending a fantastic meal with a little chocolate? This one was rich and mostly dark chocolate with hint of raspberry paired with some light and fluffy cake. Would go so well with an after-dinner aperitif or even a good little cup of espresso.

At the end of the evening, the bar was dotted with a few guests and the library’s fireplace glowed from across the hotel. The perfect end to the perfect evening. What would you like to try?


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/22/21

The new hospitality venue offers local craft beer, food and unparalleled views at two of the most exciting golf holes at TPC Sugarloaf during Georgia’s only PGA TOUR Champions event 


Spectators at this year’s Mitsubishi Electric Classic can catch a bird’s eye view of the action at The Perch, a new open-air covered “hopsitality®” venue presented by Axis Companies.


The Perch gives fans unobstructed views of the 10th green and 11th hole as 81 PGA TOUR Champions professionals compete for a $1.8 million purse at TPC Sugarloaf, one of the region’s most celebrated courses. 


“Whether you’re an individual looking for an ‘elevated’ experience or a business that wants to entertain clients, The Perch is the perfect place to take in this year’s tournament,” says Monte Ortel, executive director of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. “It’s a unique social experience that will let fans feel like they’re part of the action while enjoying specialty offerings from our venue partners Slow Pour Brewing Company, Stillfire Brewing and Tequila Mama.” 


Suwanee’s StillFire Brewing and Lawrenceville’s Slow Pour Brewing Company will be pouring delicious craft beers throughout the weekend at The Perch. In addition to standard offerings, StillFire Brewing will release Par 3 Pilsner and Slow Pour Brewing Company will release its Living is Easy sour, both brewed exclusively for the tournament. Additionally, Tequila Mama will serve fan-favorites from its scratch-made multicultural menu. 


In response to COVID-19, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic is implementing all State of Georgia and PGA TOUR health guidelines at The Perch, as well as throughout the tournament. 


Tickets for The Perch are $125 per day and include two beers and lunch. Liquor, wine and additional beer will be available for purchase inside the venue. All children over the age of two must have a ticket to enter. The venue will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday of tournament week. 


Limited single day tickets to The Perch can be purchased HERE, and additional ticketing options are available at: https://www.axs.com/events/397431/mitsubishi-electric-classic-tickets?q=mitsubishi.


For more information, visit: https://www.mitsubishielectricclassic.com.

More about the tournament:

This preeminent golf tournament features icons of the game, including Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie 


Georgia’s premier PGA TOUR Champions event is set to return to Duluth this May, featuring the same exciting level of play on one of the region’s most storied courses.


The tournament, which debuted in 2013 and continues to build on Atlanta’s rich golf heritage, is a family-friendly affair where spectators can see their favorite seasoned players in-person and enjoy social events throughout the week, making it an environment that all can enjoy. 


“The tournament has something for everyone,” says Monte Ortel, executive director of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. “Serious fans look forward to the household names who compete, and casual viewers enjoy the multi-day social atmosphere. Additionally, players love it because they’re intimately familiar with TPC Sugarloaf since the course was home to the PGA TOUR’s AT&T Classic from 1997 to 2008.” 

The 54 hole tournament will feature 81 PGA TOUR Champions professionals vying for a $1.8 million prize purse and to improve their standing in the Charles Schwab Cup points list. The full field will be announced over the coming weeks. 


Past champions include World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer (2013); Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez (2014); Olin Browne (2015); Woody Austin (2016); Stephen Ames (2017); Steve Flesch (2018); and Scott McCarron (2019), who used his Mitsubishi Electric Classic victory as a launching pad towards his first Charles Schwab Cup. 

“While we’re proud of the caliber of player we attract, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic is much more than a golf tournament,” says Keijiro Hora, president and CEO Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings Inc. “This event is very much charity-focused, and we’re proud that our giving remains in Gwinnett County and the surrounding metro Atlanta areas to help positively impact the local community.” 

Since its first iteration in 2013, the annual tournament has raised over $2.5 million dollars for local charities, including primary beneficiaries, Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Additionally, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic offers participation in the Birdies for Charity program, providing additional local non-profit organizations with an opportunity to raise additional funds to support their missions. For more information on Birdies for Charity and to make a pledge/donation, visit: mitsubishielectricclassic.com/charity/birdies-for-charity/.


In response to COVID-19, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic is following all State of Georgia and PGA TOUR health guidelines to ensure the safety of athletes, fans, staff and everyone else involved with the tournament. A full list of safety protocols will be released in the coming weeks. 


This year’s tournament is the first in a five-year partnership extension between Mitsubishi Electric and the PGA TOUR Champions. The extension includes the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, as well as status as an official marketing partner with the PGA TOUR.


To purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.axs.com/events/397431/mitsubishi-electric-classic-tickets?q=mitsubishi.


For more information, visit: https://www.mitsubishielectricclassic.com.


The White Bull

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/16/21

Our Foodie Unicorn

On a gray, cold, overcast day with freezing rain in the air, we headed to Decatur Square to enjoy a meal at one of Atlanta’s best restaurants, The White Bull. This is one of those places that you dream about as a foodie and a reviewer. You know we were counting the days to go and try Chef Pat Pascarella’s amazing creations and when that day arrived, we were blown away by so many dynamic plates. They have everything from the fantastic Cold Chicken Sandwich, the savory Poutine, fresh Half Chicken entrée, some earthy Burrata and Beets, smoky Smoked Trout, rich Brussel Sprouts, and some buttery Bread and Butter. It was worth the wait.  Alright, let’s not leave you in suspense; we’re ready to get down to the details.

With a diverse array of starter dishes and share plates, The White Bull has some spectacular bites. With all of them so good, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but probably the simple smoky smoked trout was the stand-out with a mellow fish spread with the perfect amount of smoke, charred bread, and tangy pickled onions. It was a ton of flavor, salty, savory, smoky, charred, and tangy. Also, we really enjoyed the Burrata and Beets with its naturally earthy and savory flavors with a hint of sweetness. We loved the addition of the anchovies for a natural salt and savory source to pair perfectly with the creamy cheese and roasted earthiness of the beets. Don’t let the anchovies scare you, they’re a great way to amp up the flavor without the sodium! From the sweet and tang of the sauce to the earthiness of the Brussel Sprouts, we loved these morsels! Plus, along with the creamy and sharp cheese paired with bacon bites for a dash of savory, these are some of the best sprouts in the city. John’s favorite starter was the Bread and Butter, a masterful piece of light and airy focaccia with melty butter and topped with piney rosemary. We found it was perfect for dipping in the main entrée, the Half Chicken or plain with some good, old fashioned butter. Warm and hearty.

Of the menu, the most brunchy of the entrees had to be the poutine. A heaping pile of crunchy, warm, and tender potatoes topped with wonderfully cooked beef brisket, then on the bottom, the savory and garlicky gravy with onions was the perfect combination. On top, mild and light cheese and the savor of the fried egg complete this amazing bowl. The best part is on the bottom, so get as much of the ingredients in the savory gravy and take one big bite. You’ll end up with a creamy, savory, crunchy, tangy, and rich bite. Plus, for the price, this is a TON of food, you’ll want to share!

On our road to The White Bull, we’ve had some great chicken, fantastic, phenomenal even, but one thing we remember about Chef Pat is that he has the absolute best chicken you can find in the city. We sampled it at a Polenta party back in early 2019, and it showed back up again in the Half Chicken dish. Fall off the bone tender and immaculately cooked chicken, skin on to lock in the juices, this dish is mind blowing good and you just can’t match the freshness.  Alone, this chicken is the star of the show, but you add the accoutrements of the sweet, hearty grits, savory garlic sauce, and charred broccolini and you’ve got THE flavor spectrum. Rich, savory, hearty, creamy, smoky, earthy, do we need to even go on? Pro tip, make sure to get the chicken off the bone and roll it around in the sauce, grits, cut off some broccolini and dig in. Put this on your must try list.

The waitress told us that her favorite menu item was the Cold Chicken Sandwich, and after her ooh and ahh-ing we were sold. It has to be good if she loves it that much? She was spot on, this practically perfect chicken sandwich in every way, has it all. The crisp of the fried chicken hits you on the front of the palate then the flavor changes and you get the creaminess of the mayo, the crunchy pickles, and the savory of the hearty bacon jam slathered on top. The flavor is so rich, deep, and complex that you don’t know what ingredient you like more. The combination of flavors is striking, and you will NOT be able to stop eating it! Needless to say, put this on your list too!

What’s a fantastic experience without an amazing cocktail? We got the Wollman Sour that was reminiscent of red wine up front but as you drink it sweetens as the egg white hits your palate and ends up being creamy and sweet. Rustic and earthy then sweet, so delicious.

At the end of our meal, the sleet was coming down pretty good outside, so we sat a while and watched another group order food for the table and talk about how good the food is, we concur! Everything is top-notch. What would you like to try?


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/10/21

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Announces Full Lineup and Reimagines Annual Event for a Virtual World

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), one of the most influential Jewish film festivals in the world, continues to cement its status as an innovator. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, AJFF has pivoted to all-virtual programming and reimagined the entirety of its landmark festival, which is set to take place Feb.17-28. In addition to watching movies from the comfort and convenience of home via a Virtual Cinema, audiences will also enjoy three nights of drive-in movies at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and The Home Depot Backyard, plus in-depth and expanded Q&A conversations, a “Virtual Lobby” to connect with other moviegoers, a curated and custom “Festival-In-A-Box” for Opening Night ticket holders, along with other special experiences.

AJFF has also announced its full 2021 lineup, providing audiences a robust selection of diverse and high-caliber films for which the festival has become known. This year, more than 500 films were submitted for consideration, with 38 feature and 16 short films selected – including three World premieres, eight North American premieres, three U.S. premieres, and one world premiere local film. The film selection covers a range of genres, with everything from introspective biographies like Howie Mandel: But, Enough About Me; topical themes like On Broadway or Atlanta: The City Too Busy to Wait; side-splitting comedies like Shiva Baby; LGBTQ+ stories like Kiss Me Kosherpowerful dramas like Asia; and so much more. The full lineup and schedule are available at AJFF.org.

“In a year of firsts and unprecedented challenges, AJFF has worked tirelessly to reimagine the annual festival in a way that preserves the most cherished qualities of this annual celebration of community and the cinematic arts,” said AJFF Executive Director Kenny Blank. “Though the experience itself will be undeniably different, the power of these films to connect and inspire us is more deeply felt and appreciated than ever. Our hybrid edition embraces all of the opportunities that virtual affords us while continuing our commitment to bring audiences ‘together through film’ in new ways.”

The 2021 AJFF will feature a number of new offerings and experiences, including:

Extensive At-Home Viewing Options:
For a full 12 days, AJFF’s diverse lineup of narrative and documentary shorts and features are accessible to viewers from the comfort of home. Powered by CineSend, AJFF’s Virtual Cinema will allow audiences to access the best in Jewish cinema from a smart TV, home theater, tablet, or mobile device.  Requiring only a single ticket per film for each household, viewers will have a flexible 48-hour window to watch festival films at their convenience. Each film has a limited capacity of views, so audiences are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. General admission for virtual screenings is $16/household ($14 early bird pricing), and for special events, which include Opening and Closing Night, admission is $36/household.

Drive-In Screenings at The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:
Against the spectacular backdrop of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, AJFF invites audiences to enjoy the throwback fun of drive-in movies at the 11-acre greenspace of The Home Depot Backyard. Accommodating over 200 vehicles nightly for this premium experience, the AJFF drive-in includes three special evenings of film on Feb.18, Feb. 20, and Feb. 21. Kicking off with AJFF’s Young Professionals Night, followed by two campy, kitschy Hollywood classics: Mel Brooks’s sci-fi spoof Spaceballs and the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, this exciting venue provides guests the ability to watch on the big screen while remaining safely socially distant. Each drive-in pass can be purchased for $40 and accounts for parking for one car, regardless of how many people are in the vehicle, so bring the whole family along! Food trucks will be on-site serving delicious bites, to enjoy from the comfort of your vehicle.

Expanded Q&A Offerings Featuring Filmmakers, Actors + Experts:
AJFF has long been recognized for fostering dialogue and building bridges of understanding between audiences of different faiths and backgrounds. This commitment continues in 2021, with an expanded program of virtual Q&A conversations. A record number of filmmakers, actors and other guest speakers will partake in Q&A programs, recorded especially for AJFF audiences and accessible to watch online throughout the 12 days of the festival.

Virtual Lobby Over Lunch:
AJFF is also launching a “Virtual Lobby,” featuring a series of lunchtime Zoom sessions for the community of moviegoers to join a facilitated discussion, taking a deeper dive into five conversation-starting films of the festival.

To enhance the at-home viewing experience, ticket holders to Opening Night will receive a specially curated “Festival-In-A-Box.” Full of fun comfort items to help create a perfect, stay-at-home viewing experience, the box is full of tasty and cozy surprises.

Tickets go on sale on Jan. 26 for members and on Feb. 10 for the general public.

Vin 25 in Roswell

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/8/21

In a quaint cottage just off the hustle and bustle of Canton’s food district in Roswell, Vin 25’s heated patio glows with firepits and the chatter of diners can be heard down Plum Street. We visited for Roswell Restaurant Weeks, but beyond that, this little slice of heaven is the perfect spot for an intimate date night, a glass of wine with your bestie, or just for a relaxing meal on the patio. Their stellar menu boasts large plates like succulent salmon to amazing charcuterie and fromage boards, unique wines like the Albarino Reserva from Uruguay, craft cocktails, and a whole slew of small plates. Just thinking about Vin 25 is making us hungry, let’s dig in.

Just because Vin 25 sells as a wine bar, doesn’t mean you can’t sip on a tasty cocktail. We sampled the La Rosa and it was a real treat from the mix of lemon, tequila, and sparkling rose. But what really makes this cocktail is that bit of spice from the prevalent amount of black pepper. It gives it just that little edge to elevate it from good to great. Now, being that Vin 25 IS a wine bar, we had to try something different, so we paired our salmon with the wine pairing recommended, the Barbera. A mild red wine out of Italy that is lighter bodied and more reminiscent of a pinot noir. Not too fruity, but not too bold, this one went so well with the earthiness of the foraged mushrooms and Brussel sprouts on the main course. We also were treated to the Albarino Reserva out of Uruguay, which is a white varietal that reminds us of in between a Vinho Verde and a Pinot Grigio. It was tart with a slight acidity but mellows out on the back of the pallet for a smooth finish. What a wonderful wine!

As we mentioned, we went for Roswell Restaurants Weeks and got the 3-course meal that included Winter Squash Toast, 60 South Salmon, and Buttermilk Cake. On top of that we got gigantic charcuterie and fromage board! The board consists of 5 rotating meats and cheeses that can range from Tomme, which was John’s favorite, to Red Dragon from Whales, which was Liz’s favorite. What’s Red Dragon? It’s an aged cheddar that contains grain mustard seeds. Delicious. On the meats, we sampled two types of salami, prosciutto, and more. Who knows what will end up on the board next time! Hope it has the honeycomb and the bacon jam, those were very welcome accoutrement to the meats and cheeses presented! One of the better meat and cheese boards around, if you ask us.

The first course for the 3-course meal was the Winter Squash Toast. This seasonal vegetable toast had so much flavor! Just imagine the creamy and sweet winter squash purée melts into the crunchy toast and as you bite you go from creamy and sweet to savory of the bacon, tart of the currant vinaigrette, to tang of the pickled onions. Did we mention this one was bursting with flavor? It’s so complex and really tasty! The second course was the 60 South Salmon.  This one is a beautiful plate and just as beautiful tasting. The English pea purée is creamy and a little earthy that pairs perfectly with the tender salmon. Sitting in the middle of the salmon, the brussel sprouts are cooked just right and mixed with foraged mushrooms. This rounds out the flavors of earthy, crispy, and a richness. Such a good dish, and a great portion! Must try. The third course was the Buttermilk Cake.  Not too sweet, not too rich, this moist and delicate cake has a warm and buttery caramel on top of a boozy Rumchatta cream. Those dynamic flavors are well balanced with the addition of strawberries for tartness and almonds and pecans for a crunch.

What’s better than good food is always good company, we enjoyed talking to Mac, the GM, and our waiter about all things wine and beer. They have an amazing staff, stellar menu, and top-notch drinks. We can’t wait to sit on their amazing patio when the weather gets warmer. We’ll have to get the Albarino Reserva again and try a new bite or two. What would you like to try?


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/4/21

Southeast sports and entertainment hub hosts Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and the Big Game!

The Battery Atlanta has lined up a heartwarming mix of events and offerings the community is sure to love this February. From noshing on special Valentine’s Day menus at El Super Pan to sipping cocktails fireside at BURN by Rocky Patel to escaping to the Omni Hotel or Aloft Atlanta for a staycation, The Battery Atlanta provides guests with unlimited possibilities for a wonderful winter. Recently opened concepts Fat Tuesday, 26 Thai Kitchen at PH’EAST and WXYZ Bar at Aloft Atlanta will be at the top of every must-visit list. There’s no shortage of dining options to get ready for the big game! Football fans can check out Punch Bowl Social, Yard House, Park Bench and Live! at the Battery for a curated game plan. Music lovers can visit the Coca-Cola Roxy this month for live, socially distanced performances from Jamey Johnson & Randy Houser, as well as Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac tribute.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.

Outdoor Activities:
Inspired ATL

Saturday, Feb. 20 from noon-2 p.m.
This community event on the Plaza Green will focus on personal and professional growth, featuring an optional 45-minute workout led by founder and health coach Kellie Bernardi, local vendors, networking, raffles and more! Tickets are available here.

Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente
Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., starting Feb. 22
Start the week off stress-free with a limited capacity, outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente on non-event days at the Plaza Green. Pre-registration and event participant waivers are available online. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring water. A live stream on Facebook and past sessions on YouTube are also available to fitness fans virtually on event days.

Cornhole ATL Winter League
Tuesdays from 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the winter season’s final tournament on Feb. 23. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Now Open:
Fat Tuesday

The daiquiri concept specializes in sweet, fruity and ice-cold blended cocktails! Guests can conveniently walk-up to the counter-serve space and grab their favorite libations to-go – just in time for Mardi Gras. The shop is located across from El Super Pan on the corner of Battery Walk and Legends Place.

26 Thai Kitchen at PH’EAST
The newest vendor at the Asian food hall is serving up authentic Thai food from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:
Mardi Gras at Live! at The Battery Atlanta

Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
Guests can choose between Show Me Your Beads and VIP Mardi Krewe packages that grant access to all French Quarter-themed venues: Sports & Social, PBR Atlanta, Tavern and Coors Banquet Bar. The event includes fortune tellers, caricature artists, live entertainment and drink specials – all night long! Purchase tickets and review safety measures here.

Let’s Celebrate Love at C. Ellet’s
Thursday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 14
The restaurant’s menu of love will make this Valentine’s Day celebration exceptional with exclusive offerings, including crab puffs, prime rib and a decadent chocolate mousse for dessert, along with other steakhouse favorites. Call 678.996.5344.

Date Night Package at Good Game powered by Topgolf Swing Suite
Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14
Couples can score a Valentine’s Weekend Date Night Package ($150) that includes 90 minutes in an interactive suite and a prix fix dinner for two. Call 404.614.4619 to reserve a spot!

Wine, Dine & Be Mine Valentine’s Weekend with CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14
Sweethearts can indulge in a reminiscent four-course prix fixe menu ($60) available for dine-in or to-go or opt for a special take-home Valentine’s for Two package deal ($110) on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating. Call 770.485.9463.

Sweetheart Sunday Brunch at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
Sunday, Feb. 14
CRÚ’s chefs have sweetened the deal with a three-course prix fix ($30) with $2 mimosas and bellinis. This menu is also available for to-go with an optional Mimosa Kit add-on ($25).

Special Valentine’s Day Sunday Piano Show at Park Bench
Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The famous dueling piano bar is hosting a special Valentine’s Day show! All ladies will receive a complimentary rose and glass of champagne. Table reservations available here.

Rumours at Coca-Cola Roxy
Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.
Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute is returning to the legendary concert venue located in The Battery Atlanta for a live, socially distanced show with special guest The Neon Queen – an ABBA tribute. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.

Jamey Johnson & Randy House – County Cadillac Tour at Coca-Cola Roxy
Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. 
Country music stars Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser will perform a special acoustic set together. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.

Mac’s Chophouse: Brunch on the Square

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/1/21

On a beautiful sunny weekend in the middle of winter, staring out the big windows at Mac’s Chophouse is the best view of the beautiful Marietta Square. You’d never know gazing down there it was cold enough to wear a heavy wool coat, the warm sun shown into the dining room, feeling almost like summer. Beyond the beautiful second story views, Mac’s Chophouse has impeccable service and even better brunch dishes. Lazy Susan in the middle, we got a hodgepodge of brunch staples like the wonderful Chicken and Waffles, creamy Eggs Benedict, and the big “bring-your-appetite” Lazy Susan sampler. Then, we took a moment to sip on the Black Thai Affair and a mimosa to perfect the day. Let’s dig in.

Our wonderful waiter didn’t skip a beat in recommending a cocktail, he immediately pointed to the Black Thai Affair. This gem of a cocktail starts out with a slight booze and then finishes with a creamy, frothy, citrus bite. The best part of this cocktail has to be the peppercorn thai basil syrup that gave it a peppery nose that lingered into the sip and on the back of the throat. It was such a wonderful unique addition to jazz up the entire drink. Must Try.

Moving on to the food, we saw they had pork belly appetizer and just had to at least try it.  Perched a top a bed of perfectly crisped Brussel Sprouts, the belly was the right amount of fat and meat, plus well-seasoned. To top it off, a drizzle of barbecue sauce for a little bit of a tang. All together the earthiness and crisp of the sprouts paired well with the savory meat and the tart of the sauce. Get everything in one bite! Moving to our brunch items, we got the Eggs Benedict and opted for the ham, you could also get crab cakes. This duo was rich egg and tangy hollandaise resting on a crisp English muffin and hearty, thick and meaty ham. We’d recommend getting these with the cheese grits and mix them together. OMG, now that’s amazing.

Of everything we got, the chicken and waffles were almost too good to believe. Starting with the crisp and tender chicken topped with candied bacon, all sitting on a warm and fluffy waffle. Don’t forget to drizzle on a generous amount of maple syrup for the best possible bite. It has all the flavors from savory, crunchy, sweet, and rich. Beyond this amazing dish, the Lazy Susan Sampler was another bright spot, and something we’ve not seen on any other menu. It was a hodgepodge of delicious brunch items like a salmon bagel, creamy and cheesy grits, all the brunch meats you can imagine, a slice of dreamy crème brulee French Toast, a waffle, crispy potatoes, and scrambled eggs. It doesn’t get any more complete than this really as you get a good bit of everything on the menu. The favorites from the sampler had to be the amazing cheesy, tart, and creamy grits, along with the perfectly cooked and thick crème brulee French toast slathered in maple syrup, and the little salmon bagel.  Remember to bring your appetite, you’ll need it for this one.

As the waiter took the lazy susan away, we peered back out the window and watched people stroll through the Marietta Square, one couple hand-in-hand, a few young ladies giggling, and a biker stopped to check his watch. We agreed at that point, the food was just as good as the view. We can’t wait to try more at Mac’s Chophouse.