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Bistro Off Broad: Big City Eats with Small Town Charm

A short walk from the downtown Courthouse in Winder is a small bistro that has big city eats, nestled in a charming small town. It’s worth the drive from Atlanta to peruse the windows of the small shops and stop in for Brunch at Bistro Off Broad. Great cocktails and sparklers, as well as delicious appetizers and hearty brunch items. Get your fork out, it’s time to take a food adventure with us.

The long bar invites you into Bistro off Broad and they have a serious wine, beer, and cocktail list, along with specialty brunch drinks. Focusing on brunch, we sampled the bottomless sparklers that included four unique mimosas and Bellinis. Get. This. When. You. Go. They were all worth a sip and it was so tough to pick one to feature, so decided to feature them all. Starting with the Raspberry Bellini, it was simply raspberry puree and sparkling prosecco that was refreshing and sweet. The Peach Bellini also combined a peach puree with the sparkling prosecco, but it turned out more tart forward and brought out the tart in the wine. In between the sweet of the two Bellinis were the Mimosa and the Poinsettia. The Mimosa had a good mix of orange juice and brut champagne, not too sweet, not too tart. The Poinsettia incorporated cranberry and brut champagne, as well, but the brut brought out the sweet of the cranberry, so it was more balanced. Take your pick, you won’t go wrong.

Once you move from the bar into the dining room, gorgeous chandeliers hang strategically over each table. They were the first thing we noticed! The second thing we noticed was the full brunch menu full of delicious eats like fresh salads, benedicts, hashes, biscuits and gravy, and everything you can think of you’d ever want for brunch. We opted for several dishes, apps, and sides including deviled eggs, wings, corned beef hash, farmer’s scramble, and Brussel sprouts.

For the apps, the wings were beautifully stacked and looked almost too pretty to dig into. You wouldn’t be disappointed though when you did because they were sweet, salty, fall off the bone good. With a sticky, spicy Asian sauce then slightly charred they had the right amount of sauce and meat. Followed that up by the Reuben Deviled Eggs that were some of the best we’ve had in all of Atlanta.  These beauties were delicately whipped savory egg filling topped with tangy onion and a meaty piece of corned beef. Underneath is a tart and tangy ground mustard that gives it a flavor pop at the end.

For the entrees, the corned beef hash combined real thick cut-corned beef, roasted potatoes, onions and peppers, topped by a runny egg. It was savory, sweet, decadent, salty, and we could go on! If you’re looking for a healthy option, may we suggest the farmer’s scramble with mushroom, corn, green beans, and scrambled eggs. Let’s not leave out the Brussel sprouts side. This is something that we always get because it’s a good food to add brightness and crunch to a meal and we could eat them every day. These were very good with the right amount of crunch, along with a smoky, onion, and savory bacon flavor. It was the right combination of flavors that we wouldn’t add anything to it! They do offer it with a sauce, but it was really good even with out it.

With that we’re throwing in the towel! Stuffed and happy. Isn’t that how all Brunch should end?

Black Walnut Cafe: Fine Dining in a Fast-Casual Setting

Black Walnut Café out of Houston, TX, has opened in Atlanta, settling near all the action in Peachtree Corners and Alpharetta. This café has a lounge where you can sit and chat with your friends, a bar where you can grab a drink and an appetizer, or you can order at the counter and sit in the dining room. Opting for the bar at the Peachtree Corners location, we got several delicious fast-casual dishes that ate like fine dining. From the Salmon to the Shrimp and Grits, as well as the hand-made cocktails, Black Walnut Café really does fine dining in a fast-casual setting.

We sampled the BWC Grand Mimosa and the Ginger Peach Lemonade. The mimosa was a good balance of champagne, orange juice, and Gran Marnier, while the Ginger Peach Lemonade mixed the sweet peach syrup, fresh sliced peaches, and tangy ginger. Both drinks were tasty! Fun fact: the bar tenders hand squeezed the juice themselves!

As far as the main entrees, the salmon was cooked perfectly to a silky quality that melted in your mouth. Contrasted to the smooth fish was the sweet and savory of the honey ginger sauce that was deep and tangy. You combine that with the crunch of the peppers and snap peas rounded out the dish with some brightness and depth! Along with the fish, we had the Shrimp and Grits that was perfectly seasoned with the right amount of spice to offset the creaminess of the grits. On top of that, the grits could have stood on their own with the addition of savory bacon and crunchy scallions. Both great dishes all the way around.

Yum.

IMAGINE RELEASES ITS FULL 2019 LINEUP AND WITH IT, A FOURTH DAY OF MUSIC

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/2/19

Thursday, September 19th to Sunday, September 22nd

Atlanta Motor Speedway

G Jones, Lane 8, Space Jesus, Blunts & Blondes, Boogie T, Squnto, Sullivan King, Kai Wachi, Kompany, and Over 50 Other Artists Join Lineup
 
TechYes / Guerrilla 360 Stage Added Featuring Full Tech House Lineup

Going to great depths to ensure that this is the most immersive Imagine Festival yet, Iris Presents has announced that Imagine will be expanding to four days, which will be accompanied by full music programming on the Disco Inferno stage, early arrival camping, and an extra day of fun. Taking place at Atlanta Motor Speedway this September 19-22, 2019, the added day will be free to everyone who purchases a 3-day ticket and available for a limited time until August 15th. Imagine has also unveiled the full lineup, in addition to several other big announcements, including a brand new stage- TechYes / Guerrilla 360 and a Saturday pool party.

The full lineup by stage, listing artists additions first includes:

OCEANIA STAGE:  Drinkurwater; Eddie Gold; Mantis and Midnite Panda.  Previously announced artists for Oceania include: Diplo; REZZ; Above & Beyond; Alison Wonderland; Zeds Dead; Marshmello; Alan Walker; KSHMR; Matoma; 1788-L; Ghastly; K?D; Leah Culver; Said the Sky and Svdden Death.

AMAZONIA STAGE:  G Jones; Jade Cicada; JuJu Beats; Scales and Zen Selekta.  Previously announced artists for Amazonia include:  Louis the Child; Tipper; Cherub; Detox Unit; Goldfish Phantoms and Thriftworks.

DISCO INFERNO STAGE:  Lane 8; Space Jesus; Blunts & Blondes; Sullivan King b2b Kai Wachi b2b Kompany; Boogie T; Squnto; Alex Lucas; Otica; Ployd; Throwdown; Vivid and White Rhino. Previously announced artists for Disco Inferno include:  laude Vonstroke & Dirtybird Players Stage Takeover; Anna Lunoe; Dr. Fresch; J.Philip; Justin Jay; Justin Martin; Nora En Pure; Rusko; Wax Motif; Grave Gang b4b set with Subtronics, HE$H, joined now by Boogie T and Squnto.

TECHYES 360:  Amine Edge & Dance; Anthony Attalla; Black v Neck; Charles Meyer; Ciszak; Clyde P; Doons; Dr Boom; Ernesto; Franklyn Watts; Galo; Greco; Hunter Reid; Lee K; Mark Starr; Ronnie Lopez; Techneekz; Tim Baresko and Treasure Fingers.

AERIA / SIX FEATHERS STAGE:  Eddie Gold b2b Midnite Panda; Big Mansions; DaddyDough; Ian Live & Friends; Julian Gray; Laser Assassins; MC Word; Nhexis; NOA|AON; Paraleven; Reliquary; Ricky Raw; Torch x Elevate Block; Previously announced artists for Aeria include:  BT; Darude; AK1200 and Reid Speed.

SILENT DISCO STAGE:  Bandikook; Chachuba; Comisar; D:RC; Deep Technicians; Deff Jeklyn; Dose Dromer; Exit 9; Fear & Lowe; JD; JStella; Kozmic; Krushendo; LaGoons; Leet; Magnesk; Mettapattern; Mike’s Revenge; Movin Keys; Octl; Riven; Shakes; Stranger Candy; Sylo; Tripnotic; White on Rice; Xenotype and Zubah. Stage takeovers by Ian Live & Native Groove.

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL OFFICIAL 2019 LINEUP TRAILER

In addition to music pulsing throughout the festival grounds and into camping, Imagine has partnered with Beatbox Beverages to host a Vegas-style daytime pool party on Saturday. All festival-goers are invited to the party and can add the pool party to their ticket.  VIP campers will automatically have the pool party included as a part of their pass.  DJs for the pool party will be announced in the coming weeks.

Finally, for those Imaginers looking to get a head start on the week, Imagine is opening up the camping grounds for early arrival on Thursday, September 19th.  Early arrival camping passes can be purchased as a part of a 4-day combo pass or as an add-on for those who already purchased their camping passes for Friday through Sunday.

For a limited time, up until August 15th, 4-day General Admission passes are available starting at $269- the same price as a 3-day pass and $289 for a 4-day pass with Early Arrival GA camping. VIP passes with express entry into the festival, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars, and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms start at $369 for a 4-day pass and $539 with a 4-day pass with camping. Payment plans are still available for a limited time. Tickets are available online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents. Visit www.imaginefestival.com for the most up-to-date information.

CITY WINERY ATLANTA’S AFTERNOON WITH BLACK BEVERAGE ARTISANS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/2/19

Tasting features exclusively black-owned wineries, breweries, and distilleries
 
Saturday, August 31st from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City Winery celebrates black-owned wineries, breweries and distilleries on Saturday, August 31st during An Afternoon with Black Beverage Artisans.

Beverage Director, James Brim, has curated a tasting menu featuring some of the best African American-owned and produced beer, wine, and whiskey.

Attendees will wander the spacious patio, sampling from companies such as Brown Estate Wines, Mouton Noir Wine, McBride Sisters Wine, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, Khonso Brewing, and Atlanta’s own Down Home Brewing.

Sommeliers will be on hand to guide the experience. Guests will enjoy music courtesy of a DJ until 6 p.m., when Wine Down Weekends (free live music) begins on the patio.

Cheese and charcuterie are included.

Tickets are $40 available here.

Line Creek Brewing Co 1st Anniversary Extravaganza

Date: Saturday, August 3rd

Time: Noon or 2 PM

About: This Saturday, August 3rd, we’re turning one! We will have 20 beers on tap, three food trucks, and live music from Matt Moskal, The Band ONE, and The Geeks! Admission is FREE beginning at 2 pm, so come help us out-party last year’s Grand Opening celebration with more beer, more people, and more fun! If you’re interested in our VIP experience, check out the event link below. This grants you entry from 12-2 pm, a tour with our Head Brewer and team, a bottle of our Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, a glass & a free beer, plus first access to limited anniversary merch and bottle releases! The bottle choices include: Triple Coffee Vanilla, Toasted Marshmallow, and Maple, Bacon, Coffee, & Chocolate. VIP is $40.

More Information:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-anniversary-extravaganza-tickets-63990402015

Monday Night Brewing Tie One On 2019

Date: Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th

Time: 2 pm, varies

About: It’s time to Tie One On. We’re celebrating 8 years of Monday Night Brewing with our annual two-day, blow-out party at the Monday Night Garage. We’ve had so much fun brewing, drinking, having conversations and forming relationships with you on this wild ride, and we hope you’ll join us as we cheers to the future and celebrate the journey so far. Day 1 (Saturday) is for 21+. Event is from 2pm-10pm. VIP entry begins at 12pm. Day 2 (Sunday) is for everyone—kids, families, and dogs included. Kids under 18 get in free. Event is from 12pm-7pm. Tickets range in price from $25 for GA to $70 for VIP.

You can expect:

+ Tiki vibes and the juiciest IPAs, featuring a tropical oasis with our mobile Hop Hut at the helm.
+ Live music all day Saturday, culminating with a special Beach Boys-inspired set from Moontower.
+ A unique tap list of over 50 (read: more like 60) of our very best beers. Plus, specialty casks paired with each food station. Casks will be available both Saturday and Sunday.
+ BBQ stations from around the world, including Korean BBQ, barbacoa, and classic Texan presented by DAS BBQ. (There will also be vegan options!)
+ A game room featuring foosball, shuffleboard, cornhole and more from Venture Shuffleboard; as well as giant Jenga and Connect Four from Atlanta Sport and Social Club.
+ The release of our anniversary beer, Tie 8 On—A 13.4% strong ale with Ugandan vanilla. Blended from 8 barrel aged beers hand selected by Brewmaster Peter Kiley and Barrel Program Director Tim McDonnell.
+ Activities for the kiddos all day Sunday, including face painting, bubbles by the Georgia Bubbleman, chalk drawing, and sand castle building.
+ A pop up doggo zone on Sunday featuring treats from Taj Ma-Hound Gourmet Dog Treatsand leash making by Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe.
+ Brewery tours.
+ Atlanta United FC on the big screen on Saturday.

Don’t miss the Saturday VIP Experience!
This ticket will allow a limited number of guests access to the beers and event a full two hours early and includes:
+ First access to 50+ unique, limited beers
+ Two take-home Tie 8 On bottles
+ Limited edition anniversary glass
+ Reusable bottle share tote
+ 10 beer tickets
+ Limited edition 8 year screen printed poster
+ Brewmaster tour

1 drink ticket is valid for 8oz of core/seasonal beer, 4oz of specialty. Additional drink tickets available for purchase on-site for $3 each (8oz of core or 4oz of specialty per ticket).

More Information:

https://www.freshtix.com/events/tieoneon8