Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How About Some Blues: Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Here's what you do Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Check out the Breeze Kings at Northside Tavern Thursday Night.
Da-da da-da dat.  
My dog done left me.

Da-da da-da dat.  
My lady too.

Da-da da-da dat. 
Now I gotta go.

Da-da da-da dat.  
To Heeeeeeeeeeeere's What You Do!    

I got the blues....

Welllllll, I got the blues....

Ok. Ok.  So maybe Thursday ain't so dramatic as all that.  But, Chicago Blues my friends.  That's what's you do on Thursday night.  Go check out the Breeze Kings at Northside Tavern over in West Midtown.  They're voted best Atlanta Blues band a whole bunch of times by Creative Loafing.  Check out this quote from Mike Kane at Z93FM:
"The Breeze Kings hit you on every level. Driving rhythm, blistering guitar, and the fierce attack of Carlos the Breeze Capote's harmonica. This band holds the music close to their hearts. You have to see them to understand."
Mike ain't lyin'!  They're playing at the Northside Tavern at 10p on Thursday Night.  Door is about $10.

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Here's what you do Thursday:

First:  Ever have breakfast at the hot bar at Whole Foods?  One word.  Quiche!!  Give it a try.  It's fun to be in all the hustle and bustle first thing in the morning.  Try the Whole Foods on W. Paces Ferry.  It's right around the corner from the sketch group you're about to go to.  ($7.5 per person).

Second:  So, we've been doing a little art training on Here's What You Do for a while now.  A class here and there to help you nurture your inner artist.  Even last night, you went to Blue Mark Studios and did a painting class for two.  Not sure how much "art" you got done, but that's a story for a different day.

At any rate, it's time to take it up a notch.  The Atlanta Artists Center hosts a 3-hour sketch group each morning.  A model will pose as you try your hand at portraiture and figure sketching.  Let's give that a try.   It starts at 10 and goes to 1 p.  Sounds like fun.  The fee is $12, and you need to bring your sketch pad and supplies, which you can get at Michaels.   Give it a try!

Try your hand at sketching at Atlanta Artists Center.

Third: All that sketching gets a person worn out.  Go recuperate at the Cafe Lapin in the Peachtree Battle shopping center.  A pleasant atmosphere with a pleasant light dishes that you might find in a Paris cafe.  Try the walnut chicken salad or the mandarin orange souffle.  Pair with a glass of iced tea.  Magnifique!  ($15 per person).

Lunch at Cafe Lapin.

Fourth:  It's time for a lazy afternoon.  Lunch should be over around 3 if you did it right.  :-) Take a long nap or just relax at home in the air conditioning.   If you nap, follow the perfect bed rules.  It'll be time for dinner soon.

Fifth:  Campagnolo for dinner.  From the Peasant Restaurants, this new eatery on Piedmont does Italian very well indeed.  Start with a great bottle of wine.  We had the 2010 Witness Tree Chainsaw to drink.  So good.  Check this out:
"Much brighter in color than in vintages past, the 2010 Chainsaw presents aromas of fresh berries, dried herbs and barnyard. It maintains a pure, clean mouth feel with a core of fresh red fruits. Ripe strawberries, bing and black cherries, along with subtle notes of currant are accentuated by more herbal nuances such as thyme, savory and sweet marjoram. Quite light and lively now, the 2010 Chainsaw will continue to flesh-out and broaden within the coming months. It is an ideal pairing with a multitude of cheeses, roasted game birds or grilled, flaky fish."

Ummm.  Yeah!!

We were very much in the mood for pasta, and selected the capellini and the risotto plates.    We were not disappointed.  Beautiful helpings of both.  Perfectly cooked, and just the right mix of flavor.  We shared the lamb marsala after that.  Lamb shoulder cooked with marsala wine and wild mushroom with herbs and  atop a bed of garlic mashed potato.  Making myself hungry just writing about it.  Dessert was amaretto cheesecake.  Divine.  Check out the menu here.  Valet is on 10th street at Zocalo.  They only take reservations for parties of 6 or more.  So, just mosey on down when the mood hits you.  ($50 per person).

Pasta at Campagnolo.  Excellent!

Finally:  Da-da da-da dat.  Go hang out with the Breeze Kings.  ($15 door plus about $15 for drinks)

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For two people:

Breakfast: $15
Sketching: $24
Lunch: $30
Nap: $Free
Dinner: $100
Blues: $60

Total: $229

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