Friday, July 29, 2011

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

TweepYa gotta love DrPrincessJulia's joie de vivre -- finding something fun-loving and positive in every situation. The Atlanta physical therapist and Gator fan doubles as Mrs. Lioness on Weddingbee when she's not tweeting at @DrPrincessJulia or blogging.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant Hosts Totally Tubular “Ladies ‘80s” Party on July 30 to Benefit Team in Training

If you’re ready to get ‘Footloose’ and dance like you’re the star of Flashdance, than put on your best acid wash jeans, tease your hair and join the “Ladies '80’s” party at Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant on Saturday, July 30. This particular theme night steps out at 7 p.m. as a Totally 80s fundraising party for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Atlanta Chapter of Team in Training. Top 80s tunes and classic 80s cocktails will flow -- think Long Island Iced Tea, Mai Tai and Blue Hawaiian at $5 each for the ladies. Pull on some 80s garb and count on Fadó to hand out some 80s accessory party favors to complete the look. Costume contest with a $100 prize, raffle (donations requested for participation) and a silent auction will all go toward drumming up funds for the Atlanta members of Team in Training. Ultimately, the monies go toward finding a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma. Fadó keeps the party going with a DJ starting at 10:30 p.m. And don’t forget, if you round of five or so of your friends and get to the pub before 10:30 p.m., each of you receive $10 in Fadó bucks good for Saturday night!

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant: 273 Buckhead Avenue; 404-841-0066.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ecco Pairs Its European Menu with Fine Wine at the Zind-Humbrecht Wine Dinner

Fifth Group Restaurants Mediterranean-influenced Ecco is hosting a Zind-Humbrecht Wine Dinner on Thursday, August 4 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. The dinner includes a four-course menu paired with a variety of latest Zind-Humbrecht wines. The Humbrecht family has long winemaking traditions that have been passed down from father to son since Europe’s Thirty Years War in 1620.

The four-course menu begins with an onion and bacon tart with farmer's cheese, speck ham and smoked rainbow trout paired with 2009 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling, 2009 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris, 2009 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc and 2009 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurtztraminer. The second course brings forth roasted pork belly, rye spatzle, cucumber and cherries paired with 2007 Zind-Humbrecht Brand, 2005 Zind-Humbrecht Hauserer and 2005 Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg. Seared duck breast, foie gras, Sungold tomatoes and ginger make up the third course, paired with 2005 Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl VT, 2004 Zind-Humbrecht Hengst, 2005 Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg and 2007 Zind-Humbrecht Goldert Muscat. The meal ends with a course of Alsatian muenster and pickled watermelon rind.

Only $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Seating is limited; call 404-347-9555 today for reservations.

"I don't know what is more mind-boggling: the quality of Zind-Humbrecht's wines or Olivier Humbrecht's complete dedication to quality. This tall, powerful and intellectual man may well be the finest winemaker in the world. It is the wine of genius." --Robert Parker (Wine Advocate)

Ecco: 40 7th Street, NE; 404-347-9555.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Take Time to “Linger and Learn” at South City Kitchen this Thursday

South City Kitchen Vinings gives you all the tips you need to be a top summer chef at this Thursday’s "Linger and Learn" cooking demos at 5:30 p.m. During the interactive class, “students” will learn how to prepare (and of course, get to taste!) pickled Georgia peach salad with arugula, pecans, goat cheese and pecan vinaigrette; summer ceviche Georgia shrimp with Roma tomatoes and cucumbers; chilled roasted tomato soup with house made crackers; seared sea scallops in Romesco-style pan sauce; and Georgia peanuts and okra.

They’ll get to pair these Georgia summer dishes with summer-perfect wines including Crios Torrontes Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chard, Vietti Arneis Stephen Vincent Crimson, Janasse Cotes du Rhone, Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon, Paul Mathews TNT Pinot Noir, Byron Chardonnay Chehalem Inox Chard, Eroica Hangtime Arroyo Pinot Noir, Le Cengle Montevina Barbera and Nopa Vinho Verde Cims de Porerra. Only $30 per person, including tax and gratuity! Limited space; buy tickets today at

South City Kitchen Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway SE; 770-435-0700.

It's Lovely in the Park with RA Sushi

Going fishing for fun with Moonflowers and Moonshine in the Atlanta Botanical Garden?  Awesome!  Hook up with friends and snag some delicious tastes when RA Sushi provides the hors d’oeuvre for Cocktails in the Garden from 6 - 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.  Full cash bar (actually, there’s no moonshine), complimentary appetizers.  Guest admission is $18.95; free for ABG members.  Guest passes accepted.  And, hey, if you want to keep the party going, RA Sushi is only a few blocks away and open until 1 a.m. for an after the garden party party.

Return to nearby Piedmont Park Green Market on Saturday morning, July 30 when Bryan from RA Sushi leads the chef’s demo at 11 a.m.  Market hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for your oohing, aahing and buying pleasure. No squeezing the tomatoes.

RA Sushi:  Peachtree Street at 1010 Midtown; 404-267-0114.

Scoop Up The Fun at Spice Market this Wednesday

Few of my Favorite Things AtlantaIce cream lovers, scoop up this doubly sweet tweet-up at Spice Market's Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Try several delectable new ice cream creations and sample other complimentary light bites with your hosts Laura of @favthingsATL and A Few Of My Favorite Things Atlanta blog as well as Melissa Libby & Associates' own @AtlantaDish.  Come out and say hello!

Spice Market, in the W Atlanta Midtown, is home to "The 90 Degree Freeze" promotion this summer. When the Weather Channel confirms the outside temp is 90 degrees or above, Spice Market churns out complimentary ice cream to patrons with a $5 minimum purchase. These are not your grandma's flavors either: Vietnamese coffee, banana cashew, and fresh mint ice cream and mango, passion fruit and coconut sorbets.  (Dine-in guests only, one ice cream per person, not valid with any other offers.)

Monday, July 25, 2011

School Employees Get A Delicious Deal Before Back-To-School Rush

The recently opened Buckhead restaurant, Smashburger, is honoring school employees with a delicious deal during their last week of summer break. Starting today, Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29, any school employee that brings in their employee badge, card or pay stub will receive a free side item when they purchase a burger, chicken sandwich, salad or hot dog. Smashburger sides include Smashfries, french fries, sweet potato Smashfries, haystack onions, fried pickles, veggie frites, beefy chili, chili cheese fries and a small wedge salad. This offer is limited to one per person and only valid during store hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., during the selected dates. The only thing better than a Smashburger is a FREE side with your Smashburger!

Smashburger: 2625 Piedmont Road NE Atlanta, GA 30324