Friday, August 31, 2012

Dragon*Con: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

Here's what you do Saturday, September 1, 2012.

Check out Dragon*Con on Saturday.

It's described as:
" the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!"
Now, that's gotta be fun!  This year, the highlights are:
  • The Apocolypto Disco
  • Discount tickets to the Braves games from August 31 - September 3. 
  • Autograph sessions with some of your favorite heroes and villains
  • Pop Artists Show
  • Dragon*Con Burlesque
  • A night at the Georgia Aquarium
  • The reading sessions
  • Screenings of some very hard to find movies and anime
  • Much Much More!
But, the best thing to do is the parade.  It's on Saturday at 10am, and starts at Woodruff Park at the corner of Peachtree St. and Auburn Ave.  It goes north along Peachtree St. up to Baker St.  It then turns right onto Baker and then right again on Courtland to finish up at the Marriot Marquis.  Stormtroopers, batman, the justice league, fantasy, it's all there.

Keep an eye out for the Dark Knight at the Dragon*Con parade.

Dragon*Con memberships for Saturday only are only available on Saturday, and are $50.  Full conference membership (all four days) is available for $120.  Here's the page from their site that describes the membership fees.  Registration is in the Sheraton downtown.


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Here's what you do on Saturday:

First:  You need a little fuel to get ready for Dragon*Con.  Get some coffee and a pastry at the deli at the Sheraton.  Registration is right in the Sheraton, so you're in the right place.  $10 per person.

Second:  Dragon*Con.  Register at the Sheraton around 9.  Then check out the parade.  Then head over to the Hilton Grand Ballroom to the Walk of Fame to meet some of your heroes.  Have lunch at the Con.

Batmobile!

Stormtroopers a-plenty at the Dragon*Con parade.

Third:  Nap Time.  Let's face it, the Con wore you out.  Recharge with a late pm nap.  Follow the perfect bed rules.

Fourth: Time for a little early dinner.  Head over to Apres Diem for a latte.  Bring your Con memorabilia and peruse.   If you're lucky, they'll be playing Tracy's iPod.  Tracy is one of the servers at Apres Diem.  She selects the coolest music from around the world - an infinitely smooth playlist.  Try a manhattan, or a Hendrick's gin and tonic with thick slices of peeled cucumber.  Also try the fruit and cheese plate, or the hummus.  Both excellent.  Don't forget to make a trip to the desert bar too.  The cakes are excellent.  $25 per person.


Hummus and Pita and Pinot Grigio at Apres Diem.

Finally:  The Bourne Legacy.  Matt Damon's not in it.  But, Jeremy Renner is.  And after his performance in Hurt Locker, that can't be bad.  Apparently, there was other stuff going on with Blackbriar, and Treadstone we didn't know about.  Bourne wasn't the only one fighting for his freedom.  Go find out what else was happening.  Enhanced genetics.  Rachel Weisz.  Not too shabby.  $10 per person.  The show starts at Atlantic Station AMC at 9:30.


Book Keeping:

For Two People

Breakfast: $20
Dragon*Con: $100
Apres Diem: $50
Nap: $Free
Movie: $20

Total: $190


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Big Night: Friday, August 31, 2012

Here's what you do Friday, August 31, 2012

Tony Shaloub (AKA Monk) and Stanley Tucci play Primo and Secondo, two Italian brothers trying to make it big as restauranteurs in New York in Big Night, the inspiration for Friday's Here's What You Do...
There's an old saying my friends.

"…dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening." — Art Buchwald

Art had it right.  So should you.  Here's what you do.  Grab five to eleven of your favorite people and have a big dinner.  Make it last and last.  If you want inspiration, watch the movie Big Night.  Monk before he was Monk is in it.  Stanley Tucci is in it.  Minnie Driver, Marc Anthony, Isabella Rossellini.   The list goes on and on.  And it's all about them having dinner.  But, I mean DINNER.  A meal that lasts 12 hours and can only be described as sublime.  That's what Friday night should be this week.  Sublime...

So, we are gonna recommend Barcelona for your revelry.   Tapas.  Spanish wines a plenty.  Big benches outside next to a roaring fire.  You really can't go wrong.   Get a big table.  Get there around 6.   Think of it as Happy Hour and Dinner all combined into one big night.

Get a table outside by the fire.

Barcelona brings the bar!  Try out some of the Spanish wine.  We recommend Volver.

Have the mushrooms and goat cheese, the calamari, the pig ears, the manchego cheese, the lamb chops, the seasonal vegetables - whatever they may be, the albondigas, the olives.  You know what!  I'm just gonna past the whole menu.    It's all good!   For wine, try the Volver.  Just love it.  Also.  Remember that on Sundays that the wines are 1/2 price.  Makes for a very good Sunday.

carne y pescado
charcuteria
6.50 for one or 17.50 for a selection of three



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Here's what you do Friday,


First:  So, you're going to eat a whole feast tonight.  So, you want to keep meals light otherwise.  How about just some yogurt and blueberries for breakfast?  Have Dannon Pure Blueberry yogurt and Driscoll's organic raspberries, both available at Publix.  The yogurt is made from 9 natural ingredients only, and tastes fantastic.    Raspberries are a great source of vitamin C and fiber.  Driscoll's grows their raspberries in Central and Southern California, Central Mexico, and Baja.  They have a wonderful texture paired with the yogurt and bring a unique and welcome sweetness to breakfast. ($10 at Publix).


Dannon Pure Blueberry Yogurt and Driscoll's raspberries for breakfast.  The yogurt is 9 natural ingredients and tastes really good.


Second:  Do a little research on tapas.  You gotta be prepared, and it's just so interesting learning the Spanish approach to food, wine, sleep, love.  Well, almost anything.  They have some wisdom my friends.  Check out this link from our friend Rick Steves on Barcelona.  Or, this one from Katie on Tapas.  Or, check out this video that teaches you a starter's tapas vocabulary.



There's also this blog called Learning Spanish is Fun.  They have a great page on tapas.  Learn all about it!  But my favorite is the siesta.  Check out this wikipedia article on the history of the siesta.

There are some things that connect us all.  Sleep is one.  What could be better than a siesta under a mango tree? 

Third:  Lunch time.  Check out this blog.  Dinner is the Evening.  They have a one on one connection with Art Buchwald's famous line.  And it inspires some really great recipes.  I'd say try to make the August Salad and the Bacon Things for lunch.  Pair with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.  You're good to go! Groceries will be about $25 with wine.

August Salad.  Grapes and Cantaloupe and Avocado.  Oh my!

Those Bacon things are da bomb!!!  Have them with the August Salad above for lunch.

Fourth: Watch Big Night!  If you already have a copy, you da man!  If not, then you can get one at Amazon, or on iTunes, or NetFlix.  Rental on iTunes is $3.99.  Get in bed, ready for your siesta, and enjoy!

Fourth:  Siesta time.  Get ready for the big night.  Follow the perfect bed rules.

Take a siesta.  Ernie would recommend it...
Finally:  Big Night!  Head on over to Barcelona with your dearest of friends and get the night going!  About $50 per person.

Book Keeping

For two people

Breakfast: $15
Tapas research: $Free
Lunch: $25
Big Night: $4
Nap: $Free
Barcelona is the Evening: $100

Total: $144

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday is iPad Day: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Here's what you do Thursday, August 30, 2012

Let's do iPad's, Atlanta style on Thursday!

We've recommended Hemmingway, and Ayn Rand, and the Economist, and the New York Times, and Julia Child, and all sorts of other reading material on Here's What You Do?  But, what should you read it on?  Well, the iPad is the way to go.  As an all-round technology tool, it's hard to beat.  With an iPad in hand, you really don't need much else in terms of computing.  It's our recommendation for taking on the world and winning - Here's What You Do Style.  So, let's get you outfitted with your very own iPad and show you what you can do with it in Atlanta.


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Here's what you do on Thursday

First:  Fuel up.  You gotta be ready for large technology purchases my friends.  This requires coffee and a good breakfast.  Today, make breakfast at home.  A quiche is a good way to go.  Quiche is probably the easiest breakfast food you can make that seems the most sophisticated.  Try out this recipe for bacon and spinach quiche from Paula Deen.  That lady sure knows how to bring the tasty. ($15)

Start out the day with a Quiche from Paula Deen

Second: Buy your iPad.  So, we looked around Atlanta and the larger web.  And, it seems like the best deal is Microcenter up on Powers Ferry.  There, you can get a previous version iPad2 for $359, plus tax, etc.  Now, the current version iPad (also known as iPad3, though not officially called that by Apple) is $499 from the Apple Store at Lenox.  Note that both of those iPads are 16GB, which is probably plenty unless you're planning on storing lots and lots of music and movies.  Also note that neither include cellular capabilities.  That means you need to be attached to a wifi network, which you can find in your house, in most coffee shops and stores, hotels, airplanes, etc. etc.   We've found in the past that having the wifi version is often all you need.

The bottom line is that we are talking a significant difference in price between the iPad2 and iPad3.  But what's the difference between them, and can you live with it?  This blog gives a very good summary of all of the differences.  The big differences are:

  1. The display - this is clearly the biggest difference.  The iPad3 has a retina display, which means your eye literally can't make out the individual pixels on the screen because the resolution is too high.  That makes for smoother displays of everything.  Books, magazines, movies, etc. etc.  This is where you really have to consider if it's worth it to spend the $.
  2. 1. Display 10 Differences Between iPad 2 and The New iPad 3
    The display on the iPad3 is what Apple calls a retina display.  Much higher resolution than the iPad2.
  3. The camera.  If you're like us, you take lots and lots of picture and videos.  The choice of camera is huge in that case.  The big difference between the two is the resolution of the camera, which is 720p in the iPad2, and 1080 in the iPad3.  Bottom line, the images and videos taken with the iPad2 are pretty good, and you can live with them.  The iPad3 improves significantly by ramping up resolution across the board.  It's up to you, but the extra cost might help you decide.
6. Camera 10 Differences Between iPad 2 and The New iPad 3
The camera on the iPad3 is significantly improved compared to the iPad2.

So, head on over to either Microcenter (for the iPad2) or the Apple Store (for the iPad3), hunker down, and make your purchase.  DO get applecare, or Microcenter's special protection program if you're getting the iPad2.  The iPad is such a technologically advanced device.  Packed with delicate stuff.  It just gives you peace of mind.  Cost is $99-$199 depending on what you get.

Third: Personalize your iPad.  Ok.  You have your new iPad.  Now it's time to make it your own.  Start with a good case. The iPad does come with a cover, but if you're going to take it seriously, you gotta go for a full case.  Trick it out!  Here's a great blog on the best cases out there.  It gives you a really good cross section of what's available.  Plastic. Leather. Ultra thin.  Ultra cool.  Louis Vuitton.  Star Wars.  It's up to you.  Check out this cool Coach iPad clutch.  It's $168.  Works well for men or women.  It's listed in Esquire mag's best ipad case list

An iPad Clutch from Coach.  Pretty stylish my friends.


Now, if you're a Here's What You Do author, you really do need to have a keyboard for your iPad.  It's a must.  The Logitech Ultrathin ($90) and the Boxwave Elite ($50) fit the bill nicely.  See below.  They make crafting Here's What You Do content a breeze.

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
The Boxwave Ultra Slim Elite Keyboard Folio.


Fourth: Lunch Time!  What's the best first meal to have with your iPad?  That's right.  Sushi.  If you purchased at the Apple Store, you're just down the hall from Prime.  Take a seat at the outside tables that overlook the main hall of Lenox Mall.  Order some sushi and a glass of champagne to celebrate, and pull out the new iPad to get rolling.  Try the sashimi, or the super crunch.  It's all good.  ($25 per person).

Have some sushi at prime.


Fifth: Read Here's What You Do on your iPad.  Ok.  Shameless plugging.  But, the mobile version of Here's What You Do is really great.  It's a very simple interface provided by Google's Blogger.  And it looks great on that huge display!  Especially all our lovely photos.  Check out some of our older posts and enjoy!


Sixth:  Take a nap with your iPad.  Follow the perfect bed rules.  Here's an idea.  Get a book on tape, narrated by James Earl Jones, or Morgan Freeman.  Let that be your lullaby.  Oh yeah...

Seventh:  Dinner time.  iPad Style.  So, who's using iPads most creatively in Atlanta?  We wanted to find out.  Apparently, there's a place on the Westside at the Kind Plow Arts Center.  It's called Do At the View.  And they are embracing tech like nobody's business. Here's how they describe themselves:


Imagine a restaurant so advanced that it combines
the arts of  music, food and science….

Imagine indulging in a gourmet “SYMPHONY”
of flavors while being surrounded by
four walls that transform at the blink of an eye…

 Imagine a powder room with no mirrors…
  Imagine a restaurant so “IN TUNE” with
technology that it satisfies your
appetite with the touch of your fingertips…

 Imagine a restaurant where paper
menus are a thing of the past…

 Imagine do…

We’re doing pizza, musically inspired!

do
ARE YOU READY?


Do at the view brings you great pizza, iPad style.

Ok, so we don't know about all that.  But, go check it out.  It sounds like a lot of fun.  iPads instead of menus.  Transforming walls. As a Georgia Tech grad, all I can say is, Awesome!!  Check out this picture of their menu below.  We hear the food is pretty darn good too.  Do!  Here we come!  The place opens at 5:30 on Thursday.  Dinner should run about $30 per person.

Order your lunch, iPad style, at Do at the View in Westside.

Finally: Listen to some blues.  But the iPad can't come.  At Blind Willies, they go deep.  And one of our favorite artists is Heather Lutrell.  She'll take you there.  Check this out from ReverbNation:

"If you’re like us, you prefer your music home grown, and not manufactured.
Well, musicians don’t get much more home grown than Heather Luttrell, who grew up traveling the country with her father’s band. Music began as a vital part of her childhood; it eventually became an integral part of her soul.
For nearly a decade now, Heather has dedicated her life to sowing her music among the masses, cultivating a dedicated following from the ground up."
Check her out at Blind Willies at 9:30 tonight.  Cover is $7.  Expect about $8 for a drink.  You might wanna leave the iPad at home for this outing.  Don't wanna spill any whiskey on it.



Book Keeping


For two people:

Breakfast:  $15
iPad Shoping: $359 - $499 plus tax, plus Apple Care.  Considered an investment.
Personalizing you IPad: Up to you - part of the investment.
Lunch: $50
Catching up on Here's What You Do: $priceless
Nap: $Free
Dinner: $60
Blind Willies: $30

Total: $155

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Here's what you do Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias pair up for a joint performance at Philips Arena on Wednesday at 7:30.

Jennifer Lopez.  Good.  Enrique Iglesias.  Good.  Put 'em together.  It's gonna be fun.  On Wednesday night, their joint tour is hitting Philips Arena.  Be there.  From the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Access Atlanta:

"Package tours are often reserved for acts that might not be able to sell out a large venue solo.
But the pairing of Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias seems more about an opportunity for two old friends to share a marquee. After all, Iglesias sold out the Gwinnett Arena last fall and the celebrity of no-longer-“American-Idol”-judge Lopez all but guarantees a strong turnout.
The duo brings their joint project to Philips Arena on Wednesday as the tour that began last month begins to wind down (it wraps Sept. 2 in Orlando)."



Jennifer Lopez puts on a show of about 14 songs featuring favorites like "Waiting for Tonight".  Enrique Iglesias follows with a set of about 12 songs.

You can get tickets from all the major sites.  Best we found is Stub Hub starting at $23.  They range up to $405 right on the floor.  $75 per person should get you good seats, plus parking.  The show starts at 7:30.


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Here's what you do Wednesday:

First: Breakfast at Panera.  Up and at 'em.  Go have an egg and cheese on ciabatta at Panera Bread.  Love, love, love this sandwich. It's surprisingly good.   Have it with a hot cup of coffee, and read USA today, or The Economist if you have a copy. ($ - $5 per person)

Have an egg on ciabatta breakfast sandwich at Panera Bread.


Second:  A trip to the Zoo.  Groupon has a coupon going right now for admission for two for $20.   Go see this guy below, and the pandas and the giraffes, and so much more! 

See this guy, and pandas and giraffes, and so much more at the zoon.


Third:  Fish Tacos at Six Feet Under for lunch.  Six Feet Under in Grant Park is a pub and fish house.  They bring great beer and great fish dishes to the table, literally!  A great raw bar, and shellfish bar get you started.  Try out the catfish tacos for lunch.  Three soft flour tortillas stuffed with grilled catfish, mixed cheeses, jalapeños, tomatoes, cabbage & cucumber wasabi sauce. Served with a side of salsa verde and homestyle chips.  Have them with a local draft beer.  The beer selections vary weekly, so make friends with the bartender and ask for a recommendation.  $15 per person.  

Try some catfish tacos at Six Feet Under in Grant Park.



Fourth: Take a nap.  You have a big show to get ready for tonight!  Follow the perfect bed rules.

Fifth:  An Early dinner.  The best bet is to get down to the Philips Arena early and lay back and have dinner before going to the show.  Try out McCormick and Schmick's right there within the same building.  They've been bringing the food seafood for decades, and they'll do it again on Wednesday night.  Shellfish is called for.  Try a half dozen oysters with saltines and plenty of cocktail sauce and horse radish.  Scallops have been on my mind lately.  Try out M&S's seared sea scallops.  They come with sun dried tomato pesto, lemon butter, crab potato hash, and sauteed spinach.  Yum!  Wash it down with a really good cold beer and you're ready for the show.  $50 per person.

Have the scallops at McCormick and Schmick's for dinner.


Finally:  It's time for Jennifer and Enrique!  Head down to Philips Arena at around 7.  Enjoy the show!

Book Keeping:


For two people:

Breakfast: $10
Zoo: $20
Lunch: $30
Nap: $Free
Dinner: $100
Jennifer and Enrique: $150

Total: $310



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Monday, August 27, 2012

Cooking at Anthropologie: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Here's what you do Tuesday, August 28, 2012


So, we recommend a whole bunch of great recipes on Here's What You Do.  But, you gotta have the right kitchenalia - it's a word! - to make it happen.  Here's what you do.  Try out the chef's section at Anthropologie.  Sure, their stores seem to flow with effortless whimsy as your eyes move from dresses to candles to ottomans and bedding.  But the chef's section is where it's at today.  Check out this set of copper pots from Ruffoni.  Did you know copper pots are just absolutely great for creating sauces, sauteeing, etc?  It's because the copper absorbs the heat quickly and spreads it evenly.  Check out this article on copper pots.  Plus, they look pretty darn cool on your pot rack!

Copper Ruffoni pots from Anthropologie.  Just what the Here's What You Do chef needs.

Now, you can find the copper pots in the gifts section on Anthropologie's web site here.  They aren't cheap ($1098), but copper pots are a lifetime investment.  You do get free shipping.  We didn't find any coupons for the pots specifically, but you do get 15% off if you get an Anthro card.  And, Tuesdays at Anthropologie are mark-down day according to Retail Me Not.  So, even if you do buy on-line, go check out the Anthropologie stores here in Atlanta and look for some bargains.  The stores really are a lot of fun.  Stores are at Lenox Mall, Perimeter Mall, and the new, gorgeous store on the West Side.  It's huge!

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Here's what you do Tuesday:


First:  It's definitely a cook at home day.  Try out one of the recipes from Bon Appetit's most interesting breakfasts in the country list.  Today we recommend the shrimp and grits.  If you're an Atlanta cook, you have to know how to make this dish.  Get on it!  ($20)

Shrimp and Grits.  It's one of Bon Appetit's most interesting breakfasts in the country.  Make some at home and enjoy.



Second: Put on on your shopping shoes and head on over to Anthropologie.  Try out the new one on the West side.  It's beautiful.

Westside Anthropologie.


Browse at Anthropologie.  There's a lot to see.

Third: Lunch at Taqueria del Sol on the west side.  You might have to wait in line, but it's worth it.  Have fish tacos with extra lime, and get a glass of spanish wine, a tempranillo. When you're done, head across the parking lot to Star Provisions and browse.  Pay special attention to the cheese shop.  They know what's up.  ($ - $15 per person).



Fourth:  With your new pots on the way, it's time to brush up on some recipes.  A must have is Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  Remember Julie and Julia?  Julie (Amy Adams) cooks all 524 recipes from the book in 365 days, and blogs about them as she goes.  Watch the movie if you haven't already.  Meryl Streep does an amazing job.  Get a copy of Mastering the Art, and add it to your permanent collection on a shelf in your kitchen.  It's $22.54 on Amazon for the hard cover, and worth every penny. 

Get Julia Child's Debut Cookbook and Opus

Fifth: Nap.  You've Shopped.  Now it's time to drop.  Follow the perfect bed rules.

FinallyMiller Union for dinner. Start off with a drink the bar at Miller Union.  It's the right thing to do.  Have a bourbon.  On the rocks.  You can't go wrong.  Then, head to your table and start with a bottle of red - a pinot, or maybe a rioja, loving Spanish wine right now.  Take the recommendation from your server for which one.  Good idea.  Then, have the farm egg as you settle in.  It's the right blend of flavors to get you going.  Have the watermelon, salad too.  So fresh.  So good.  Then, the low country boil, or the vegetable plate, or the duck breast.  All melt in your mouth.  I don't envy you the task of choosing.  For desert, try the chocolate olive oil cake.  Anything with fig jam.  Is. Awesome!  The full menu is below.  Do some homework.  Go prepared.  ($50 per person).

Miller Union Dinner Menu

Miller Union Kitchen

STARTERS

feta snack…. 6
seasonal soup of the day…. 6
farm egg baked in celery cream with rustic bread…. 9
field pea hummus, housemade lavash …. 6
sorghum glazed pork belly, peach puree, fennel & red onion slaw … 12
cornmeal johnny cakes, tomato braised pulled pork, serrano-lime slaw …. 12
field pea, snap bean & tomato salad, arugula, sherry vinaigrette ….9
watermelon, tomato, feta, arugula, basil & mint….10
smoked housemade sausages, pickled vegetables, grilled bread, grain mustard…. 11
grit fritters with country ham & thomasville tomme…. 5

ENTREES

griddled poulet rouge, okra, tomatoes, field peas & mint….27
grilled pork loin, griddled grits, peach chutney, watercress & fresh peach…26
low country boil with shrimp, andouille, potatoes, corn & padron peppers ….. 25
pan seared duck breast, sweet corn, butter bean & country ham succotash…29
housemade pork sausage, farro verde, eggplant puree, summer vegetables ….24
scamp grouper, shaved summer squash, fennel & cherry tomatoes, basil pistou …. 30
steamed clams, creamed rice, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, snap beans….. 24
grilled new york strip, eggplant, potato & pepper hash, peanut romesco…39
black bass fillet, okra, tomato & sweet corn maque choux…28
seasonal vegetable plate ….. 22

SIDES

fried okra….. 6
summer succotash with country ham….. 6
sliced tomatoes ….. 6
summer squash & fennel, lemon vinaigrette….. 5
snap beans & basil ….. 5

DESSERTS

caramel-brownie ice cream sundae, cherries, pecans….. 7
chocolate-olive oil cake, fig jam, pistachio ice cream ….7
peach-hazelnut tart, streusel, bay-peach granita….7
roasted pineapple cake, coconut crumble, lime sherbet…. 7
vanilla pot de creme, muscadine-pear jam, peanut cookies ….. 7
scoop of the day ….. 3
cheese of the day with accompaniments …… 6
cake cutting fee: 2.50 per person


Book Keeping:


For two people:

Breakfast: $20
Shopping:  $Up to you.  The pots are an investment
Lunch:  $30
Book: $22.54
Nap: $Free
Dinner: $100

Total: $173


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

A benefit dinner for girls in India to attend university: Monday, August 27, 2012

Here's what you do Monday, August 27, 2012

Go to Dr. Bombay's on Monday night and enjoy a 4 course Indian dinner in support of The Learning Tea, and organization that sponsors girls in India to pursue their university education.

You know?  There are some amazing, amazing people in Atlanta.  Katrell Christie is one of 'em.  She's the multi-talented lady that owns and runs Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party, a tea house in Candler Park.  She squeezes that into her schedule next to art restoration, world travel, and a host of other things.  Most recently, she travelled to India and was inspired by the children she met there.  So much so, that she founded the Learning Tea, a group whose mission is to support girl's education in India.  The group has established a "tea house" in Darjeeling in which the girls live and learn.

On Monday go to a dinner at Dr. Bombay's to support the girls.  These dinners are their primary source of financial support.  100% of the proceeds go directly to the girls.  It's $20 per ticket.  Doors open at 6:30.  Dinner starts at 7.

Katrell Christie's Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party in Candler Park  is hosting a dinner  held by the Learning Tea to help girls in India pursue their university education.


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Here's what you do Monday

First:  We always start Monday's slow.  Breakfast should be something simple.  How about some toast and fruit?  You know, plums are in season?   Red and purple plums, and sourdough from Whole foods.    Did you know there are 2000 varieties of plums, 100 in the United states alone?  Check out this article at Serious Eats.  Use creamery butter and plum jam for the toast.  So good.  Check out this article on the advent of creamery butter.  Very interesting.  ($15)

Plums are in season.  Make them part of breakfast.  

Second: Go check out the Paper Dolls Prepare for Summer show at the Defoor Centre.  Form the Centre:
"Atlanta GA – Defoor Centre prepares itself for hot summer fun with the summer all girl show, called The Paper Dolls, a group of emerging artists from all over the Atlanta/Athens area plus Venezuela! These talented girls will be up from June to end of August, showing off their colorful designs of life, love and being a girl in the South!"
Doors open at 10am.  Admission is free.

See some art at the Defoor Centre

Third:  Lunch at Canoe.  We love Canoe.  Wonderful place to watch Monday float by.  Sit on the patio, have a beautiful meal, and watch the lazy Chattahoochee.  It doesn't get much more refined.  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).

Lunch at Canoe and watch the summer drift by.

Fourth:  Nap.  Get rested before dinner.  Follow the perfect bed rules!

Finally:  Dinner at Dr. Bombay's.  Don't forget to have some Darjeeling tea to finish the night off.

Book Keeping:

For two people.

Breakfast:  $15
Defoor: $Free
Canoe: $40
Nap: $Free
Dinner: $40 + whatever you'd like to donate.  :-)

Total: $95

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