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

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.

Taco Tuesday at One Midtown Kitchen

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?

RECAPING THE FRYE HOLIDAY CAROLING EVENT

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.

Amalfi Pizza

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.

24TH ANNUAL JEFFREY FASHION CARES RECAP

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).

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

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.

Glendalough Whiskey Tasting at Ladybird

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.

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

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, 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.

Monday Night's Once Upon A Dream Prom

It was like a throw back to the simpler times of impressing the boys, wondering what to wear to class, and cramming for that important exam. Prom. There were several highlights of the Once Upon a Dream Prom: one being the parade of mullets. We didn't expect there to be more mullets than in Daytona Beach and Pensacola combined! Also, the barrage of 80's clad tuxes and dresses were hilarious and that's the angle we'll take if we do this again next year. Side pony tail, please. All-in-all a fun night of dancing, sipping Monday night beer, and taking in the sites.

New Menu Preview at STK Atlanta

We found ourselves in the midst of STK Atlanta's new menu preview for Winter, and we enjoyed every minute of it. Every. Minute. We tried everything from steak to swordfish to tuna, as well as desserts, appetizers, and cool new cocktails. Here are a few of our favorite things. The entrees were really dynamite with a triple threat: swordfish, tuna, and steak. Liz's favorites was Swordfish and John's was the steak. Both stellar. Of the other elements: the beet salad was delicious and the chocolate cake was the overwhelming favorite of the desserts.

The Joy Formidable at Park Tavern

On Sunday, September 6th at Park Tavern. One of our favorite bands right now is the rockin, grunin', and all-out fun band, The Joy Formidable, from Whales. To our delight, they played a free and intimate concert at Park Tavern where we could hear everything from their big hit, Whirring to Cradle to This Ladder Is Ours. If you've never heard them, they have a fresh, electronic sound that mixes grunge and rock elements with some of the best guitar and drums to come out in the new Millenia. The highlight of this detour was, of course, meeting Ritzy, the lead singer of the band! She had a beautiful accent and had some nice things to say about Atlanta. #girlcrush! The other highlight was getting to see our favorite Atlanta band, Today the Moon, Tomorrow The Sun play with one of our favorite rock bands!

DragonCon 2015

Thursday, September 3rd to Monday, September 7th. All-in-all, DragonCon 2015 was a success all the way around. The Highlights by day: opening night there was an Amish group that would yell "knees" when they saw a girl's bare knees. This is something I've never seen at DragonCon. Well, done. Friday was #forcefriday and an AT-AT stormed the Marriott Marquis lobby, not to mention Felicia Day is as darling as she appears to be on TV. Did you know she wrote a book? She's a renaissance woman. On Saturday, the Sleepy Hollow panel didn't disappoint with Tom Mison being called "super hot Jesus" and Nicole Beharie coming in late to the joke.