Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Here's what you do Thursday, July 19, 2012.

Forty two years ago, my parents took the very brave step of getting married in London.  Brave because my dad was white, and my mom black, and mixed race marriage was just not done.  Over in the United States, couples in certain states had to drive to other states just to get married, because mixed race marriage was illegal where they lived.  As we go back and forth on same sex marriage today - a similar struggle - it's especially fitting to look back at this rough chapter in our collective history.  How you gonna do that?  Well, the star event in this day plan is "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."  Made famous in 1967 when Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracey starred in the movie version, the play will be presented at Georgia State's Rialto Center for the Arts at 8.  

The play is directed by Todd Kreidler, and stars Tory Kittles (CSI: NY, Steel Magnolias), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show, Steel Magnolias), Tom Key, Tess Malis Kincaid, Andrea Frye, Afemo Omilami, Bethany Anne Lind, David De Vries, and Elizabeth Wells Berkes.  Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $20 for students.  Get your tickets at Ticket Alternative.

Here's what you do on Thursday:

Mangoes. Are. Awesome!!
First: Do a little hangin' on the deck and have breakfast.  There so, so much fruit in season right now.  Do fruit and cup of tea.  Go with cherries.  Ranier cherries are awesome.  You can get 'em at Whole Foods or Publix.  Also, have some mango.  Did you know mangoes are high in fiber, vitamin a, vitamin c, and are low in calories.  There's even talk that they are good for your libido.  Nothin' wrong with that!

Second: Yoga, baby!  Body and Brain yoga in Vinings is just the ticket.  They do Dahn Yoga, which is a holistic version focused equally on physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.  Register for an intro session if you're a beginner.  From the session they'll make a plan for tailored to you. It take about an hour, and prices range from $15 to $30.

Lunch at Canoe and watch the summer drift by.
Third: Lunch at Canoe.  Sit on the patio, have a beautiful meal, and watch the lazy Chattahoochee go by.  It doesn't get much more refined than Canoe.  I met Chef Carvel the other day.  She's a force of nature. Self taught.  Smart as all get out.  Beautiful, and so awesomely nice!  Try the jumbo lump crab cake, or grilled Atlantic salmon.  Oh, and have their iced tea.  They bring it with simple syrup and a tiny paddle to stir.  Get it?  ($20 per person).

Fourth: Nap.  Every day deserves a nap.  Follow the perfect bed rules, and dream!

Fifth:  Get your pre-play dinner on at Baraonda.  Go early, so you have time to enjoy before the play.  Say, 5:30 or 6.  Try the Cozze (mussels) to start, and have the pizza.  It's sublime.  Try the Capricciosa, or the Americana.  Get a good bottle of wine for you and your person.  Maybe the Banfi Superiore Chianti.  I'm making myself hungry writing this!  ($ - $35 per person).
Baraonda brings great Italian food, and great ambiance.

Finally:  Go find out who's coming to dinner.  Show starts at 8.  Get there by 7:30 and relax and enjoy!  ($ - $35 per person).

Book Keeping

For two people:

Breakfast: $10
Yoga: $60
Lunch: $40
Nap: Free :-)
Dinner: $80 + $5 for parking
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: $70 + $5 for parking.

Total: $310

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