Saturday, December 30, 2017

Appetizing Aperture: Food 101's 101 Breakfast Plate

Two eggs, home fries, smoked bacon and a hot biscuit. Start Saturday or Sunday with the 101 Breakfast Plate ($12) at Food 101 in Sandy Springs, and you’re ready to tackle the weekend chore list or set out on an adventure. Depending on your post-brunch plans, add eye-opening brunch cocktails like the 101 bloody mary, Cathead cocktail, “Wang, Tang Doodle” or “The Bold & The Beautiful” ($8-$11), brunch bubbles or go the more tame route toward javas, herbal teas and craft sodas.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Reserve Seats? Neat! Southern Proper Hospitality Restaurants Join OpenTable

To quote the late Tom Petty, “The waiting is the hardest part.” So don’t. Now you can use OpenTable to reserve seats at your favorite Southern Proper Hospitality restaurants including The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Smokebelly BBQ, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Beni’s Cubano, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. Guests can quickly and easily reserve a table online and avoid using precious time waiting for seats during peak business hours. Whether you’re looking ahead or time-strapped and checking last minute for seats, making online reservations eases any hesitations about heading out, wait-time unknown.  And, the process couldn’t be easier. Just visit the restaurant’s website and click on “reservations” to check your preferred date and time. The convenient, stress-free process is the most direct route to skipping the wait and sitting right down to dining and drinks at your favorite Southern Proper Hospitality restaurant. Yes, now time is on your side…but that’s another song for another day.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

On Your Mark. Get Set. Treat Yourself Giveaway Arrives at Cumberland Mall and Perimeter Mall

Awesome! Gift cards graced your holidays, and post-holiday sales are in full force. Put cards to work right away at Cumberland Mall and Perimeter Mall’s Treat Yourself Giveaway for the chance to win more gift cards. Here’s how: through Jan. 31, spend your gift cards to receive a chance to win one of 50 gift cards to some of the most popular stores at each mall. Shoppers at Cumberland Mall can win $50 gift cards to Buffalo Wild Wings, The Children’s Place, M.A.C., Carlo’s Bake Shop or Van’s, while Perimeter Mall shoppers may win $50 cards for Maggiano’s Little Italy, Lush, Apple Store, Monica & Andy or Zara. Drop used gift cards (along with contact info) in secure lock boxes throughout each mall to be registered for the chance to turn spent cards into more to spend. Fifty gift card winners will be chosen during the first week of February and notified via email.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ring in a Stylish New Year at Atlanta Restaurants

The holidays have been fun, but yikes! They’re not done! Now, you’re staring at the calendar (the one received as a gift), realizing New Year’s Eve is almost here and your plans are still up in the air. Rein it in, focus and circle around to our blog to see which Atlanta restaurants are planning parties, specials and popping open the Champagne on New Year’s Eve. After that, it’s just a matter of calling or clicking links to secure a spot at the table or party. Happy New Year and all the best in 2018.

Monday, December 25, 2017


Born and raised in Basque country and now based in Seattle, trained pastry chef and blogger Aran Goyoaga straddles both worlds as she tells visual stories at @cannellevanille and shares musings and recipes on her Cannelle et Vanille website. The multi-talented Goyoaga combines artistry, informal elegance and gluten-free cooking in her cookbook, “Small Plates and Sweet Treats. Visual learners will love “The Cook’s Remedy” instructional video series. Basque bases and basics covered for you.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

What’s New on Pinterest: Seasonal Spirits

Winter cold spells deserve strong, fiery Seasonal Spirits to warm those innards, fingers and toes. Bourbon-aters snuggle up to new concoctions using their trusty elixir -- hot bourbon maple apple cider, winter bourbon smash hinting of raspberries, The Nor’easter cocktail storming in with maple syrup and lime and the Hibernating Honey Bear. National Sangria Day celebrants can pour festive winter sangria with pomegranate and clementines, Honeycrisp apple sangria and cranberry or rosemary white Christmas sangria. Bubbly prosecco punch sparkles on New Year’s Eve and bowl game party tables. Hot chocolates, peppermint white Christmas and root beer floats sound like kiddie drinks, but these high-proof versions require 21 and over ID.