Friday, March 18, 2011

Keep Warren Bruno Riding Healthy

Team in TrainingIf you've ever participated in a walk, run or biking fundraiser that takes you to your limit for three days, two days or straight up a mountainside, you know the challenge of keeping your eyes focused down the road. You bear the blisters and cramps, pressing on toward the goal of finding a cure and helping those who battle life-threatening diseases. And that's you, healthy, on a good day. Imagine the challenge of someone like Warren Bruno, owner of Ormsby's and Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highland and Smyrna. Bruno has battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma for seven years; yet, he continues to step up to the challenge of pushing himself to reach the goal and encouraging others to come along with him, financially if not physically. Bruno is training with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team in Training for a Century Ride at Lake Tahoe on June 5. If you'd like to help him reach his fundraising goal of $7,500, visit his fundraising page. Ride on, Warren. We've got your back!

It's Follow Friday; Meet our Tweep of the Week @aharleyCBS

Amanda Harley is the coordinating producer for Better Mornings Atlanta on CBS Atlanta.  The former "Today Show" intern and Clemson sports fan has traded the cold Midwestern skies of Ohio University for Atlanta's sunnier days and knows how to fill them with sports, food, events and all kinds of activities around the ATL.  She shares all this and more on Twitter (@aharleyCBS)!

St. Patrick's Day, Fadó Style

Hope everyone had an epic St. Patrick's Day!  Here are a few of our pics yesterday from the festivities at Fadó. Sláinte!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Fiesta, Fajita Style!

Sunday's have always been one of my favorite nights of the week for dining out. It's a little quieter than other nights, it's an excellent way to end the weekend, and, let's be honest, who wants to deal with dishes on a Sunday?! For all these reasons and more, I am loving Uncle Julio's new Fajita Fiesta on Sunday nights.

Served family-style for a party of two or more peeps, you can celebrate Sundays with an order of chips and salsa served with your choice of guacamole or queso; a combo of mesquite-grilled chicken and beef fajitas served sizzling on a platter alongside fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, rice, frijoles a la charra and homemade flour tortillas; and (my fave) hand-made puffed sopapillas sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar and served warm with ice cream for dessert. The best part is that all of this is only $15.95 per person ($5.95 for kids 12 and under). I'm guessing I'll be seeing you there?

Get your calendars and phones ready, it’s Prom time!

You’ve got everything—the dress picked out, hair appointments scheduled, and your date, so what’s next? Dinner at one of these perfect Prom eateries! All meals include tax, gratuity, and tea or fountain drinks.

Ray’s on the River starts with a choice of mixed field green or classic Caesar salad and offers five entrees accompanied by whipped potatoes and seasonal veggies at three price points: Gulf shrimp scampi ($35), grilled chicken breast ($35), garlic and herb roasted prime rib ($45), broiled or fried cold water lobster tail ($45) or charbroiled filet mignon ($50). Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta has the same menu, except fried shrimp and French fries instead of the shrimp scampi. Desserts can be ordered for an additional charge. Make sure you call the restaurant to make reservations. (Ray's on the River: 6700 Powers Ferry Road; 770-955-1187. Ray's at Killer Creek: 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta; 770-649-0064.)

In Buckhead, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is the place to be on prom night. The three-course prom menu ($45 per person) begins with a choice of field greens salad or Davio’s classic Caesar salad; the pan-seared organic salmon, free-range Statler chicken breast or slow-braised beef short rib for the entrée; and Davio’s classic tiramisu or warm chocolate cake for dessert. For prom party reservations, contact Davio’s Sales Manager Kellie Douzuk at 678-500-1054. (Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, NE; 404-844-4810)

If you’ve got a prom party of eight or more, come to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar to take advantage of the three-course menu for $99 per couple. The menu includes Fleming’s salad for the first course; filet mignon, barbecue Scottish salmon filet or double chicken breast with thyme sauce for the second course; and crème brûlée for dessert. Parmesan peppercorn mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus are served on the side with the meals. To make a reservation, contact Fleming’s Private Dining Director Jenny Whyte at 770-698-8112. (4501 Olde Perimeter Way in Perimeter Place Village; 770-698-8112)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

You Can Find Me On The Patio... It's Almost Spring!

springSpring is finally here after a cold and wet winter.  Kiss cabin fever goodbye and take to these fabulous patios at our fair city's restaurants.  Use our GPS -- Great Patio Sensor -- to find your way!   

Upstairs or downstairs, Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican Food in Sandy Springs has a double dose of fresh air with upper- and lower-level patios overlooking Peachtree Dunwoody Road.  

The huge patio fronting Uncle Julio's in Buckhead sweeps a vista of Atlanta's longest landmark, Peachtree Road.  Add margaritas, chips and guac and paradise is found. 

See what's new in patios when Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Perimeter Place Village opens their newly revamped patio this Sunday, March 20.  Fleming's is easy to get to, just off Ashford Dunwoody Road and across from the Dillard's end of Perimeter Mall.   

Aqua blue's patio is crisply set with white tablecloths and dashes of blue glassware.  A metal roof covers the expanse so guests can dine or drink outside even during spring showers.  What an ideal spot to dig into Aqua blue's Crabfest this spring!   

Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna is another restaurant that's recently performed patio spring cleaning and renovations.  Settle in for a drink and some chow and be inspired to tackle your own spring tasks.  Ultra-efficient types, kick back and toast your innate efficiency.   

RA Sushi's spacious patio throws a curve, curling around the building's exterior and giving so many sidewalk views! Actually, the patio is on the sidewalk -- distinguished by a low railing, heaters, subdued lighting, umbrella-topped tables and RA Sushi's wild and crazy drinks and delectable sushi and sashimi rolls.   

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse has patio expansion plans in the works.  Located in Buckhead's fashionable Phipps Plaza, this one's a must for people watching, shopping breaks and popping over after work.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Festival Just For Crabs?! I'm Hungry!

Atlanta commutes can make you crabby. Let it roll off your shell by taking any frustrations out on crab legs and claws during Aqua blue's Crabfest, where good and crabby days are filled with delicate crabmeat prepared a myriad of ways. The "crab-tastic" menu is available through April 18 and features she-crab soup ($7); jumbo lump crab cakes with avocado, mango, chili aioli, rice wine vinegar and wasabi honey mustard ($15); soft-shell crab rolls made with thin asparagus, crab cake, sweet herb, futomaki, soy paper and red tobiko and served with wasabi honey mustard and fresh lemon ($14); chilled Florida stone crab claws (market price); drunken crab legs ($30); and large Florida stone crab claws served with green peppercorn cocktail and traditional mustard sauces, tri-color tiny potatoes, corn on the cob slather and jicama slaw (market price).

Aqua blue: 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell; 770-643-8886.

Bob for Jäger and Show Off Your Jigging Skills at Ormsby's This St. Patrick's Day!

Jäger, Jameson, and jigs - oh my! Ormsby's is the place for leprechauns over the age of 21 to play on St. Patrick's Day. This Thursday, guests can bob for Jägermeister and enjoy $5 Imperial Pint Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Irish Car Bombs and Michael Collins. At this point, you'll feel free enough to do a jig in the Irish dance contest for the chance to win some house cash. Ormsby's kitchen is also turning out some Irish favorites including corned beef and cabbage with soda bread and traditional shepherd's pie made with lamb. Ormsby's is open until 3 a.m. so stay until the top o' the morning if you'd like!

Ormsby's: 1170 Howell Mill Road, NW; 404-968-2033.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Don’t Miss Chef Tracey Bloom in Action this Month

With the weather finally warming up around Atlanta, farmers market season is about to be in full bloom! Come out to High Meadows School for their Indoor Farmers Market from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 and shop, hop into family fun activities, and see what Ray's at Killer Creek Executive Chef Tracey Bloom is chopping and stirring at the chef demo. You can sign up for her cooking demonstration by emailing Bloom's demonstration is sponsored by Harris Family Heritage Beef from Georgia's own White Oak Pastures. Admission to the event is free; however, you can bring a canned good to donate to North Fulton County Charities. High Meadows School is located at 1055 Willeo Road in Roswell.

Also, don’t forget about the upcoming "Top Chef" dinner at Ray's at Killer Creek on Sunday, March 27. The five former cheftestants- Arnold Myint, Tiffany Derry, Kenny Gilbert, Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Ray's at Killer Creek Executive Chef Tracey Bloom - are putting together a six-course meal with wine pairings. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.; $150 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity). Only 200 spots are available so reserve your spot today online or by calling 770-649-0064. A portion of the proceeds benefits AFLAC Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Ray's at Killer Creek: 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta; 770-649-0064.