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Carson Kitchen: Food So Good, You’ll Swear By It.

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

Carson Kitchen, the newest edition to City Center in Alpharetta, feels homey with the open-air kitchen, delivers soulful and sinfully good food, as well as thoughtful, elevated cocktails. Every single thing we tried on their menu was top notch, from the scrumptious bacon jam, to the divine deviled eggs, to the best #$%@ black rice and oxtail risotto, the tender and perfect NY Strip, and let’s not forget the How ‘Bout Dem Apples delightful cocktail. Food so good, you’ll swear by it. Trust us, you’ll let one slip. Get ready to pay the swear jar (more on that later). Fantastic food adventures ahead, enjoy the ride.

Sips like the How ‘Bout Dem Apples cocktail reminds us of the holidays. With it’s apple and all-spice forward flavor to the sweetness and smoothness on the back, it’s an all-around delicious drink. You’d forget it had whiskey in it if we didn’t mention it. They had a ton of options from tequila, gin, vodka and so many other variations, plus they have a sangria that looks tasty too. We’ll have to try more.

Then, we started the sampling with a few of the appetizers like the bacon jam, deviled eggs, and crispy chicken skins, but the best appetizer by far was the bacon jam. Imagine savory, crunchy bacon ground up and mixed with jalapeno and brown sugar and topped with melted Havarti. It reminded us of candied bacon in a bowl. This is the appropriate place to insert the mind blown emoji. It was rich, decadent, savory, sweet, spicy, and creamy all in one dip. We can’t say enough about this dish, it is an absolute must try. We WILL be back for more. In addition to the bacon jam, we had the crispy chicken skins. It was spicy, crispy, and perfectly paired with sweet honey for dipping. We got a fun tip, to dip the skins IN the bacon jam. How’d they do that? Amazing way to mix and match dishes! Another delicious bite was the deviled eggs, which were topped with salty caviar and fried prosciutto. This little number was tangy and rich with savory yolk, sour cream, and mayonnaise mixed with the right amount of salt from the caviar and fried prosciutto. Eat the whole thing at once, stuff it all in there, it’s the best balance of flavors!

If you thought the bacon jam was amazing, you must try the black rice and oxtail risotto. This dish was the best bite of the night with al dente cooked black rice and risotto, pulled oxtail and a sauce that was both savory and rich. The oxtail itself is like a pulled pork but even deeper and slightly saltier, but that’s a good thing here. Plus, this dish is impeccably plated in a bowl that looks dainty but eats like a meal. It’s every flavor on earth and is breathtaking, but what’s even better is it’s unexpected. It sounds like it would be good, but who knew this would be one of the best dishes we would have all winter? Get. This. Dish. You’re welcome.

The flavor train continues with the cocoa-espresso NY Strip. This sassy dish is one of those steaks that’s thisclose to perfection. The rub is earthy and rich with a slight chocolate flavor that mixes with the savory of the meat. Even better was the demi glaze that was literally cooked with the oxtail bone in it, so it explains the depth of the glaze. It was tangy and slightly fruity to enhance the flavor of the meat and rub. Don’t get us started on the tenderness, either. All the elements have us wondering, “where have you been all our lives?” Pairing this with the brussel sprout salad for a little cream and little green, what a delicious meal.

Have you ever had a meal so good and so overall complete that you just couldn’t help but let a little swear word slip? This is it. And yes, they have a swear jar on the kitchen bar! They say their food is so good that you will swear when you eat it and if you do, you’ll have to throw in some money. We may have lost a $20. That money is the kitchen staff’s shared bonus at the end of the year. We dig it.

4TH ANNUAL SLINGIN’ WINGS FESTIVAL – POSTPONED

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/1/20

City Springs

POSTPONED

Slingin’ Wings Festival is BACK for the 4th year for a seriously saucy wing and beer festival! Join us on TBD, for Slingin’ Wings Festival where restaurants from all over Atlanta will be slingin’ chicken wings for your tasting pleasure. Come join us for ATL’s premiere outdoor chicken wing festival!

In addition to a full day of good eats, we’ve got an awesome lineup of frosty brews, live local music, plus wing eating contests and all your favorite tailgate games. Tickets here.

General Admission Tickets are $12 and include:
• Entry to all festival areas
• Access to food vendors, live music, and bars.
• (4) Wings Vouchers to get you started (additional wings available for sale ~$1/wing)
• People’s Choice voter’s ballot

Wing Lover’s Tickets are $31 and include:
• (15) Wing Vouchers
• Slingin’ Wings Souvenir 16oz tumbler

Looking for more than a taste? Not to worry! Each restaurant will be selling additional wings (~$1/wing), plus we’ll have a variety of local Atlanta restaurants serving up their full menus (and full-sized portions) available to purchase.

2020 Participating Restaurants:
Hudson Grille Brookhaven | Taco Mac | Wild Wing Cafe | WNB Factory – Chamblee | Three Dollar Cafe Chamblee  | HOBNOB | Alcohol Infused Wings | Soul Truckin Good | Around the Way Gourmet | Rickettes world Famous chicken fish & Barbecue | Amanda’s BarbeeQue and Catering Services L.L.C | …. More To Be Announced!

Wing Contests:
Slingin’ Wing Eating Contest
Slingin’ Wing Contest (wing toss)

A portion of event proceeds will benefit Releash Atlanta, a 501c3 not for profit charitable organization that works tirelessly to save dogs from high kill shelters throughout the state of Georgia.

DAD’S GARAGE BIG STUPID PARKING LOT CARNIVAL 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/1/20

Saturday, March 28th at 3 pm

Dad’s Garage

Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival is one part festival and one part theatrical weirdness that you’ll only find at Dad’s Garage. In addition to plenty of beer, rides, and delicious food, attendees will get to interact one-on-one with our improvisers in games and carnival booths like “Redneck Wine Tasting,” “Wheelchair Obstacle Course,” “Bad Caricatures,” and “Improvised Erotic Fanfiction.”

The fun and magic of improv comedy steps off the stage and into our festival, and guests of the Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival will get the chance to experience our brand of comedy in a completely new way.

2020 Carnival Ticket Tiers:

  • $12 – Merrymaker tickets include Carnival admission, rides, and all your favorite Dad’s Garage improviser-run booths. Beer and food available for purchase onsite.
  • $40 – Ringmaster tickets include everything from the Merrymaker tier, plus unlimited (UNLIMITED!!!!) beer!
  • $100 – VIP tickets include everything from Ringmaster tier, plus VIP-exclusive indoor lounge with hospitality area, bag check, private bathrooms, and a swag bag full of limited edition Carnival merchandise. Limited availability.

Ticket link here.

THE BATTERY ATLANTA SERVES UP MARCH EVENTS 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/1/20

Atlantans will feel particularly lucky at The Battery Atlanta this spring! The destination’s chef-driven restaurants are serving up can’t-miss specials this March – from nights that kids eat free to daily deals on adult beverages to late night bites, the one-stop destination offers a diverse table of tastes. Throughout the month, restaurants and retailers are preparing for the arrival of spring with floral fun and shamrock shenanigans. Visitors can mark their calendars for events at Live! at the Battery, Sugarboo & Co. and more. Plus, March Madness fans can plan ahead to visit Punch Bowl Social, Yard House and Live! at the Battery for access to the big screens.

The Battery Atlanta Cornhole Spring League
Every Tuesday at 6 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 season’s final tournament. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

Wellness Series: Yoga
Every Monday, from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Start the week off stress-free at an outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente. As part of the Wellness Series at The Battery Atlanta, this free event is open to all ages to relax and unwind on the Plaza Green. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring water.

Select Retail/Restaurant Promotions:

Singo Night at PH’EAST
Every Monday at 8 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy a weekly music party at the newly opened Asian food hall and indulge in flavors of the far east. Music lovers can test their knowledge in this version of bingo that is played with song titles and compete to win for $5 off their tab.

Wine Down Monday at Garden & Gun Club
Every Monday
Wine lovers will banish the Monday blues with half-off bottles of wine at this intimate spot offering genuine Southern hospitality.

Kids Eat Free Tuesdays at Goldberg’s Deli
Every Tuesday
Bring the kids for an after-school treat! Families can take advantage of a free kids’ menu item with the purchase of one adult entrée at the New York style deli and restaurant.

Family Dinner at Gio’s Chicken Siciliana
Every Wednesday
Kids can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée and enjoy a classic Italian atmosphere – quaint, relaxing and kid-friendly.

Champagne Thursdays at Cru Food & Wine Bar
Every Thursday 3 p.m. – midnight
Patrons enjoy 50% off bubbly when they purchase by the bottle. Guests are also invited to eat their fill of fresh artisan cuisine from the extensive lunch and dinner menu.

Noche Tropical at El Super Pan
Every Friday, from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 
Bienvenidos! Guests can welcome the weekend with a flavor-filled bash of dancing that features Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Reggaeton curated by DJ Cesar. Guests can sip on tropical drinks and indulge in a menu of Cuban sandwiches, seafood cocktails, signature skewers and more!

Freedom Fridays at PBR Atlanta
Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
Firefighters, military and members of public service are eligible to enjoy a free VIP table and drink specials at PBR Atlanta – the dance and night club that offers a bar atmosphere, plus a mechanical bull.

St. Patrick’s Day Takeover at Live! at the Battery Atlanta – CANCELLED
Saturday, March 14 from 5 – 11 p.m.
Party like the Irish at this St. Patty’s Day celebration! The afternoon will feature shamrockin’ bands, games and Irish cuisine and cocktails. Tickets available at eventbrite.com.

Charcuterie Class at Sugarboo & Co.
Thursday, March 19 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Participants will learn how to make a classic appetizer board, a spring-themed board and a dessert board that complement wine pairings for easy and elegant entertaining. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

Retro Basketball Theme Party at Sport & Social – CANCELLED
Friday, March 20 from 8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Guests will rewind to an era of short shorts and slam dunks just in time for March Madness. Party-goers are encouraged to dress in their best costumes or rep their sports team apparel while enjoying specialty drinks, costume contests, giveaways and more.

Prima Vera Floral Workshop at Sugarboo & Co.
Thursday, March 26 from 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ladies are encouraged to register for a fun-filled night of modern, whimsical floristry with Prima Vera. Lights bites and bubbly are included, as well as shopping the collection at VIP discounts. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

Park Tavern Oyster Crawfish Festival 2020

Date: Saturday, February 29th

Time:  2 pm

About: For the past 17 years, thousands of music and food loving festival goers gather annually at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park to celebrate the Oyster Crawfish Festival. Offering a day of Mardi Gras inspired fun on Saturday, February 29, 2020, Park Tavern will once again serve up approximately ten thousand pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish that are flown in the night before along with live music from the fiercely soulful band, The Dirty Guv’Nahs, an acclaimed six-piece brotherhood from Knoxville, TN known for their electrifying rock and roll performances.  Athens, GA-based Stop Light Observations and the quirky, indie hip-hop group, Little Stranger, will get the party started and warm up the stage as guests sip on signature cocktails and cold brews from a souvenir cup and dive into platters boasting 1.5 pounds of piping hot and perfectly spiced boiled crawfish served with new potatoes, corn and sausage.  Additional festival food offerings include Bluepoint and Gulf freshly shucked oysters on the half shell, buckets of steamed oysters with drawn butter, and a fried station with fried oysters, shrimp, and chicken baskets. The Oyster Crawfish Festival begins at 2 p.m.  While the event is an ages 21 and up event, children ages 20 and under may be accompanied by a parent.  Children 12 and under do not need to purchase a ticket while young adults ages 12 and over can purchase an admission ticket for $10.  General Admission tickets are available beginning at $30 and include entry to the event and all day entertainment.  VIP tickets are available for $60 and grants access to entertainment, private bars, upscale seating, a lounge area with fireplaces, and access to premium indoor restrooms.  The event is rain or shine.

More Information:

https://www.bigtickets.com/events/parktavern/oyster-crawfish-2020

The 2020 Travel and Adventure Show Atlanta

Date: Saturday, February 29th and Sunday, March 1st

Time:  Varies by day

About: The nationally acclaimed Travel & Adventure Show is descending upon Atlanta this March for its first time ever at Cobb Galleria Centre on Saturday, February 29 and March 1, 2020.  Attendees will have an opportunity to explore endless vacation options, plan trips with travel experts, attend dozens of educational seminars with renowned experts, dive into faraway cultures at the Global Beats Stage, win trips and more.Guests will also have the opportunity to meet travel celebrities including Samantha Brown, host of PBS’s “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love”, Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter, Producer, Josh Gates, host of Discover Channel’s “Expedition Unknown”, and many more.  Advanced pricing: $9 for a one-day adult ticket / $16 for a two-day adult ticket (promotion ends February 28, 2020 at 11:59pm ET) Tickets are available starting at $12 for a one-day pass and $20 for a two-day pass on site. Active men and women in the U.S. armed forces are invited to present a military identification prior to the event or at Will Call for free admission for up to four members of their family. 

More Information:

http://travelshows.com/shows/atlanta/