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Happy Valentine’s Day

Courtesy of Anthropologie blog

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie blog

Here are a few of our favorite, simple things to get you ready for this day of love whether you’re a singleton or romancing… Enjoy!


Atlanta Food Bloggers Roll Sushi For Charity

This Is The Way We Roll by Chris Watkins 7

Saving the world one sushi roll at a time…

I’m far from a classically trained chef, let alone my mastery of bowling water is somewhere between novice and “where does the pot go?”. I just tend to prefer the portion of the process that allows me to devour the finished product, so I was quite shocked when Midtown wasabi warehouse Ra Sushi asked me to create a sushi roll.


Interview: Tim Gaddis, Cheesemonger at Star Provisions

Tim Gaddis at the helm

Tim Gaddis at the helm

Say “Cheese”

Everyone in Atlanta (and beyond) knows all about Tim Gaddis…or do they? I had the opportunity to sit down with everyone’s favorite Cheesemonger from Star Provisions for a Q&A session to find out everything from how he got his start in the business (did you know he was a police officer first?), to his current favorite cheeses, and a preview into what he has in store for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, which comes to town May 30 – June 2, 2013.


Experience Lust in Liquid Form with Vixen Vodka


Ladies. You’ve had a long week. Non-stop, on the go, hustling and bustling, you’ve accomplished more in one week than most do in a month. In between soccer practice for the kids, cooking gourmet meals for the family, and ruling the boardroom at the company——all while making sure that your make-up is flawless and no hair is out of place, you deserve a reward. You deserve…something special.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving and…




Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W.T. Purkiser


On this day when we give thanks, the operative word is to give. Many families in my hometown (and neighboring areas) have been displaced from their homes and have lost everything due to Hurricane Sandy. So on this day, we ask you to donate to those in need –  you can see a list of ways to help, volunteer and donate here… and for that kind gesture we give you thanks.


The Kitchen Table: The Best Seat in the House at Park 75

Photo Credit: Cliff Robinson Photography

Someone’s in the kitchen…with Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker

It has long been perceived that sitting near the kitchen, is not one of the better dining tables. As it turns out, the best seat in the house, is in the kitchen!


Coffee 101 with Batdorf & Bronson and Atlanta Culinary Tours

On what grounds?!

With a career in Food and Beverage management, I have enjoyed coffee, purchased coffee equipment, ground, brewed and served coffee. Behind a bar I have made Espresso, Cappuccino and caffeinated cocktails. However, I received my coffee education from ‘coffee evangelist’ Jason Dominy while attending Coffee 101 at the Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roastery in Atlanta with Atlanta Culinary Tours.


Venture Into the Heart of the City for Downtown Restaurant Week

Downtown Restaurant Week is July 21 – 29, 2012.

I know. Unless you’re a tourist, traveling salesman, or work in the Downtown Atlanta area, stopping at one of the many awesome restaurants can be a task in itself. Not knowing where to park and let’s just say the interesting characters you come across on Peachtree Street have been enough to keep me from frequenting the area in search of good eats. But after previewing a few of the many downtown restos last night (amongst a rough and tumble gang of bloggers and media of course), I have a new found intrigue and respect for these sanctuaries amidst the concrete jungle.


Good Beer and Good Times at The 2nd Annual Brookhaven Beer Festival

Reunited and it feels so good…

The organizers for the 2nd Annual Brookhaven Beer Festival really ramped things up this year. In their second romp of bringing ice-cold brew, live music, and good times to the denizens of Brookhaven, there was more space and more beer to accommodate a much larger crowd. Definitely an upgrade from last year’s inaugural melee.


‘Midnight In Paris’ Comes to Atlanta with Boucherie Dinners at BLT Steak

Meat Week Series Continues April 22-28 with ‘Beef Week’

“What is it with this city? I need to write a letter to the Chamber of Commerce.” – Gil Pender in Midnight in Paris

I first learned of “The Meat Week Boucherie Dinner” series when it launched back in February with ‘Wild Game Week’. It turns out, this was a returning series of four-course dinners featuring whole-animal cookery.  Intrigued, I waited for the launch of ‘Veal Week’ in late March to see what it was all about. Plus, any excuse for me to enjoy BLT’s famed popovers is always a good idea.


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