2017 GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE RECAP

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/5/17

On Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, 2017, the 15th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival welcomed thousands of music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for two days of nonstop fun. Presented by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the festival kicked off with the annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K on Saturday morning and featured an impressive lineup of live music throughout the weekend on two stages, which included unforgettable performances from Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Blair Crimmins, Grant Green Jr., Michelle Malone, James Hall & The Steady Wicked, Front Porch Session Players, and the Matt Wauchope Trio. Always a favorite, guests sipped, shopped and strolled through the expansive artist market, enjoyed a larger than life Kids Zone and took advantage of the exclusive Beacon Atlanta VIP Lounge.  Open to all ages and free to attend, the 15th annual Summer Shade Festival also had a diverse selection of local food trucks with offerings for all tastes, and imbibing offerings including Monday Night Brewing craft beer, Bold Rock Cider, and Frida Kahlo Tequila and Status Vodka cocktails and more.

Bezoria: May the Shawarma Be With You

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/28/17

Shawarma, Falafel, hummus, and vegetables all come together for a delightful Mediterranean feast at Bezoria. With the right amount of marinated, thinly sliced meat, the chicken and steak shawarmas were tender and good enough to eat without any assistance from the delicious sauces or even the crispy vegetables. Also, we hate to admit it, but we’ve never had Falafel (what!) and it was worth the wait to try it from Bezoria. Chickpeas are high on the list of favorite foods, so frying them up in a fritter is right up our alley. Not disappointed. Fried right with the perfect amount of chickpeas and batter. Let’s not forget the veggies, either. From pickles, grilled vegetables, cabbage slaw, to cucumber salad mix them all up or have them one at a time, there is definitely something you’re going to like. Our favorite was the spiced onions, marinated, spiced, chopped, whatever was done to those onions, and we’re in love. The perfect topping for a delicious, fresh, Mediterranean feast! It was food. for. days.

Beyond the good, fresh food is that Bezoria has a fun sense of humor and atmosphere. They have a sign that says, “May the Shawarma be with you.” An obvious nod to the Star Wars phenomenon, but also something fun that ties their food to pop culture. Fun! Plus, the décor is industrial with a touch of Mediterranean whimsy. Also, our favorite place in the whole restaurant is the bathroom. I know, right? You go in for one thing and stay for the dance party. They have a ton of colors dancing in an all-white bathroom. It’s so much fun. See the video here.

All-in-all what a fun trip to Bezoria. We’d recommend it to anyone that loves Mediterranean fare and enjoy finding and exploring new foods. We’re going to try the Midtown location next, keep an eye out on social media.

May the Shawarma be with you!

 

Chuy’s: It isn’t Happy Hour, It’s Nacho Hour!

Posted by Liz Attaway, 4/10/17

 

With only a few locations in Atlanta, you probably didn’t know that Chuy’s started in 1981 and that the Aker’s Mill location off Cobb Parkway is the 83rd. They are all over the Southeast! From the THOUSAND hard carved fish floating overhead at the bar, those framed dog photos, tin palm trees, to hubcaps lining the ceiling, one of the most interesting things about Chuy’s is its patchwork decor. On top of that, they handmake their margaritas, sauces, and flour tortillas. Speaking of sauces, the first thing you should do when you get to Chuy’s is to familiarize yourself with their signature sauces, or as I call it “land of #allthesauces.” I really enjoyed the Ranchero and if you like spice, the Green Hatch Chile. It has so much flavor with the chiles, fire roasted to perfection, and spice on the back-end. Beyond the sauce, is the Nacho Car from 4 to 7 pm each weekday. But, don’t call it a happy hour, call it Nacho Hour. Load up on beans, meat, queso, pico de gallo chunky salsa, and unlimited chips.  UNLIMITED. FREE. Ok, with a purchase but you go to happy hour for a drink, so of course, you’ll stay for the nacho car.

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My favorite thing at Chuy’s are the refried beans, which are creamy, savory, and slightly salty. I know that may be odd, but they are! Everything is good at Chuy’s from the tacos to the fajitas, margaritas, and flautas. I had the skinny margarita and it was delicious because they fresh make them with agave, lime, and tequila. That’s it. There isn’t any sour mix, which makes it seem so fresh! As far as the meal, started with the flautas and they were just the right amount of crunch, sauce, tender chicken, and spice. I followed that up with the fajitas, which were both tender and flavorful, with just enough spice. Add that to their homemade flour tortillas that were probably just made 5 minutes ago, guacamole, and toppings, and you got a wonderful meal.

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Taco Tuesday at One Midtown Kitchen

Tuesday, March 21st at 8 pm

Location: One. Midtown Kitchen

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/2/17

We wish all Tuesdays could be #TacoTuesday

There’s something about the low lights and rich decor that makes One. Midtown Kitchen inviting, yet surprisingly casual and fun. Pair that with their new taco Tuesday and you’ve got the right mix of that swank and casual. We got the pork belly, calamari, and mushroom tacos that were all delicious in their own way. The pork belly was tossed in buffalo sauce and topped with pico de gallo. It was the right amount of fried pork belly crunch, spice, and sweet from the tomato. It was our favorite. The calamari and mushroom were both also good with the calamari tossed with black garlic, cilantro, and topped with avocado. It was creamy and tart at the same time. The mushroom had definitely been marinated and then topped with an aioli and pickled spicy jalapenos. On top of the three tacos, there was a Tecate to help that buffalo sauce and pickled jalapeno spice! It was a good deal for $13. Taco Tuesday with us soon, anyone?

Link to One. Midtown Kitchen’s site here.

RECAPING THE FRYE HOLIDAY CAROLING EVENT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/26/16

FRYE Atlanta Holiday Caroling Event with The Whiskey Gentry

On Saturday, December 17, 2016 over 700 shoppers celebrated the spirit of the holiday season at FRYE’s Atlanta store at Ponce City Market during its second annual rockin’ holiday caroling event with The Whiskey Gentry. From 1 to 4 p.m., locals and visitors alike experienced a high-energy, live acoustic show outside the store while enjoying hot drinks from American Spirit Whiskey, Wild Heaven craft beers, and cookies from Atlanta favorite Farm to Ladle. Shoppers also enjoyed complimentary on-site customization with a purchase from acclaimed chain stitch embroidery collective Ft. Lonesome. Perfect for holiday gifts, guests also raved about Frye’s Holiday Collection, which includes an array of exclusive hats, scarves, gloves, belts and more for men and women.

 

The Frye Company’s Atlanta flagship store is located in Ponce City Market at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @thefryecompany | #fryeatlanta.

 

To learn more about The Holiday Collection, visit Frye online athttp://www.thefryecompany.com/modern-icons

 

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FRYE Hot Cider Toddy Recipe:

2 oz American Spirit Whiskey

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz Demerara, Ginger, cardamon syrup5 oz Apple Juice

Garnish with cinnamon and clover

 

Amalfi Pizza

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/13/16

You would think you were walking into a little Italian trattoria with the authentic terrace and gardens, not a local Atlanta restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Located in the old Daily’s upstairs spot, Amalfi Pizza looks down on the little Italian ambiance below. Specializing in Neapolitan pizza and authentic Italian cuisine, the layout of the restaurant and cuisine centers around their two large, 6,000-pound wood-burning brick ovens that were imported from Italy! That being said when you walk in you immediately notice the open air and prominent kitchen area where you can sit and watch your (and others) pizzas being made right in front of you! That’s the highlight of Amalfi is to enjoy the pizza making experience along with the good food. They have a variety of pizza including the margarita that had a good balance of cheese and sauce, with simple yet good ingredients. Beyond the pizza, they have salads like the beet salad with arugula and a helping of beets, as well as appetizers like Bruschetta and meatballs. For those of you interested in a dinner unwind, the wine list we sampled was top notch, as well as, a great beer and cocktail list. And if you want an after-dinner cocktail head to Red Phone Booth below and be kind to your server at Amalfi, they will have the phone number to some of the best cocktails in Atlanta! Hint.

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24TH ANNUAL JEFFREY FASHION CARES RECAP

Monday, August 29th at 7pm

Location: Phipps Plaza

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/20/16

Arbiter of style and acclaimed retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky kicked off Atlanta’s fall social season on a stylish note at the 24th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares on Monday, August 29, 2016. One of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country; the philanthropic affair featured a pre-show cocktail reception, silent and live auction, and a dazzling runway show – giving fashion lovers an intimate look at Fall’s hottest runway trends.  For the second year in a row, Jeffrey Fashion Cares returned to the recently renovated Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead where attendees slipped into a completely transformed and private environment in the Monarch Court as Kalinsky and his team once again embarked on their mission to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for the event’s beneficiaries, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF).

 

For 2016, Kalinsky once again joined Event Chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams in producing an unforgettable evening for Atlanta’s most stylish.  Attendees mixed and mingled at pre-show cocktail reception while they bid on an array of luxury items including timeless jewelry, watches, and must-have handbags. After guests took their seats, a high-energy live auction featuring once in a lifetime experiences led up to a stunning runway show featuring Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers such as Lanvin, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.   Last year’s sold-out event raised $700,000 for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF).

Fall 2016 will be an over the top season, literally. From New York, London, Paris and Milan, we are bringing you an oversized, puffed up, perfect selection to lift your look for autumn. We have the biggest trends of the season, suitable for every occasion.

We’re showcasing cashmere, leather, glossy brocades, and liquid silks–producing silhouettes that reflect a powerful, yet refined attitude. Fall will be portrayed through a monochromatic palette with color blocks to set the mood; including lemon yellow, royal blue, and shades of red.

Elegance is an attitude as well as an appearance. This year, however, the theme mirrors more casual lifestyles, relevant for today’s busy women. The selection has been carefully chosen from our favorite designers of the coming season.

The basic look will be an oversized street style. It will be highlighted by designers Vetements and Marques Almeida. We continue to see the exaggeration in fit and tailoring to complement the puffiness of this comfortable trend.

Along with this new image, we have a found a velvet goldmine, showcased by designers using this rich fabric as a revival of a revered fabric chosen by royalty.

Celine impresses us with wearable garments, conceptual shapes, tunics worn over flared pants, with variations of outerwear as well. Brandon Maxwell empowers women with striking sexy, sculpted silhouettes that accent today’s evening wear.

Our key elements of oversizing are seen in parkas, capes, bomber jackets, furs and shearlings for a splendid season this fall.

FRYE Celebrates Arrival of The Modern Icons Collection During a Special Event Hosted by Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/19/2016

Loyal shoppers and newcomers alike descended upon The Frye Company  at Ponce City Market last Thursday, September 15th to celebrate the arrival of the highly anticipated Modern Icons Collection during a private event.  Hosted by actress and modern icon Lauren Cohan, best known for her role as Maggie Greene on the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, guests were treated to Richland Rum cocktails, Wild Heaven Emergency Drinking Beer and local bites from The Mercury as they shop the new collection. With over 200 guests in attendance, Lauren remained tight-lipped about the highly anticipated Season 7 of The Walking Dead while she mixed and mingled, posed for pictures and talked about her love of fashion and Frye’s current collection and fall looks. Featuring a new range of men’s and women’s boots inspired by Frye’s heritage boot design, The Modern Icons Collection  simultaneously honors the original icon while being undeniably unique and of the moment.

To learn more about The Modern Icons Collection, visit Frye online athttp://www.thefryecompany.com/modern-icons

The Bootstrap – Signature Cocktail of the Night Recipe:

2 oz Richland Rum
.5 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Aperol
.75 oz Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Peychauds Bitters

Shake, Strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with a Granny Smith Apple.

Glendalough Whiskey Tasting at Ladybird

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/20/2016

We have found our new favorite place in Atlanta! With a sprawling outdoor space full of lounge chairs and picnic tables, as well as that summer camp feel, The Ladybird is THE place to hang out in Atlanta! Now, let’s talk about the Glendalough Distillery out of Ireland brought their A-game with several cocktails mixed with their Whiskey. The best one and maybe the best cocktail We’ve ever had? The Blackbird Punch. All the flavors balanced out the sweetness of the whiskey and the tartness of the black tea. We had to have seconds. We also can’t speak enough about the food either. We tried the Navajo Fry Bread, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and the Collard Green side. Everything was very good! We’ve never ever seen Navajo Fry Bread on a menu. Please, whatever you do, go and try it. It’s that good. Finally, as a memento we got to take home two hand-carved shot glasses wittled in front of us.

 

A special thanks to 451 Marketing and Blue Hominy PR

O’Leary Fine Wine Tasting at STK with Mr. Wonderful

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Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/17/16

We got invited to hang out with Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, of ABC Shark Tank on Tuesday, March 7th. There to promote his brand of wine, O’Leary Fine Wine, STK pulled out all the stops with wine tasting of both the chardonnay and cabernet, as well as light bites. The chardonnay was full-bodied with a light hint of oak, but nothing overpowering. Chardonnay isn’t always our favorite but this one was just enough buttery and the right balance of oak. As far as the light bites, we adore STK’s steak, so we were thrilled they had some to sample. They also had a mushroom and goat cheese sample that was so delicious with that hint of real goat cheese and the smooth mushroom finish. As for Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, he is very approachable and really enjoyed talking to everyone one-on-one. He also had no problem socializing and talking up his wine, which he had the utmost enthusiasm. It was nice to meet a TV personality that was down-to-earth and simply wanted to chat with you about anything from your business, to his business, to his wine.

 

A special thanks to Caren West PR for the invite!