Sunday, September 30, 2012

International Sake Day: Monday, October 1, 2012

Here's what you do Monday, October 1, 2012

It's International Sake Day Monday.  Let's celebrate...
Monday is International Sake Day my friends.  Let's celebrate with a Japanese day of fun in Atlanta.  You'll go from a Japanese breakfast to a Zen Garden, to some of the best Japanese cuisine in town - with sake of course.  Kanpai!!

Did you know Kanpai is the traditional Japanese toast?  It literally means "Bottoms up."  Check out this Wikipedia article on toasts from around the world.  So interesting.


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Here's what you do Monday

First:  Tamagoyaki is a traditional Japanese breakfast.  It's kind of like a rolled egg omelet.  Here's a great recipe for it.  Try it out at breakfast with some green tea.

Note that the only thing you might not have in your kitchen is a bamboo mat for rolling the tamagoyaki.  You can get one here from Amazon.   ($5 for ingredients)

Make some tamagoyaki for breakfast - a traditional rolled egg omelet dish.  

Second:  How about a Zen Garden to consider what you will do this week.  Did you know the Hyatt in Buckhead has one?   From the Hyatt:

"Take a little time just for you while contemplating our Japanese Zen Garden, one of the most unique hotel amenities in the Atlanta area. Designed by an award-winning Kyoto architect, this tranquil sanctuary offers a gently splashing waterfall, enchanting pond and calming garden. Feel free to discover its many hidden charms and its subtle invitation to leave the world behind–if only for a moment. 
History of Our Japanese Zen Garden: 
The story Japanese Garden is a piece of feng shui away from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. It’s a wonderful place to get away from your busy schedule and unwind, relax and find some inner peace.   
The garden itself strives to maintain the authenticity of the garden principle founded in Japan. Mountainscape and riverscape are incorporated into the 32 foot elevation that the garden has. Local Georgia rocks and plants were chosen based on their compatibility with the traditional style of the Japanese Garden.  
On the lower level of the garden, take in the view of the cascading waterfall from Onyx Lounge. Experience the garden in person as you take a walk through the upper level, taking full advantage of the visual and aural feast to the senses that the garden offers.  
The water running through the garden from East to West symbolizes Luck and Prosperity.  Features of the garden include the Main Gate, bridge, Azumaya (open tea house), bamboo fence in the traditional Japanese carpentry style, Kakeni (well type basin), Karesansui (dry landscape) and of course the rock arrangements."

Head down to the Hyatt and check out the garden from the Onyx Lounge.  Then take a walk through.  On the way out, don't forget to try a sake at the lounge to celebrate International Sake Day.  $10 per person for drinks. 

Walk through the Zen Garden at the Buckhead Grand Hyatt.

Third:  Lunch time.  RA Sushi is having an International Sake Day special.  $1 for hot sake all day.  Give it a try.  Have a little sushi too.  Maybe a super crunch.  Goes so well with sake.  $15 per person.


Fourth:  In Japan, the nap is used as much as a business tool as a way to pass the time in the afternoon.  More and more businesses are encouraging 90 minute naps after lunch. Studies show the nap increases learning capability and retention.  Check it out in this article.

The Japanese have found out what all toddlers have known for centuries.  Naps make for a better afternoon.  Follow suit, my friends.


Finally:  Dinner at Nakato.  It's one of the best Japanese places in town.   First, order some hot sake.   Now Nakato has some great choices in the sake department.  Here's the list:

Nigori and Flavored Sakes 300ml 

SHIRAKAWAGO, White River Unfiltered NIGORI sake, $20

UME SAKE, Plum Sake Plum infused sake, $18

HOSHI USAGI, Star Rabbit Blueberry sparkling sake, $19

YUZU-SHU, YUZU Citron flavored sake Fukushima, $20


JUNMAI DAIGINJYO SAKE, 720 ml

YOI NO TSUKI, Midnight Moon Iwate, $130
A delightful combination of Daiginjo refinement and a bold finish


KUBOTA MANJYU,Millions of Celebrations Niigata, $185
winner of countless sake gold medals a crowning achievement from 500 years of sake making


MURASAKI NO MINE, Purple Mountain Ibaragi, $230
refined subtle sweet flavor, and smooth, clean finish


The Shirakawago is great.  If you are REALLY into the sake experience, go with one of the Junmai daiginjyo sakes.  They're the good stuff.  Have a good conversation with your server to get to the bottom of celebrating sake day right.


Next, order dinner.  A good bet is the Skokado, which is Five seasonal chef’s choice items served in a shokado box set. The menu consists of a sashimi platter, tempura assortment, chawan-mushi, sunomono (vinaigrette dish), and a slow cooked dish.  The course menu is served with miso soup and steamed rice.  $40.  It's all you need.
40.00

In the mood for sushi?  They have a great selection.  Try some sashimi with the hot sake.  Goes perfectly together.   

The meal should be about $60 per person.

Have Dinner at Nakato.   Enjoy the sushi with some high dollar sake.  

Book Keeping

For two people:

Breakfast: $5
Zen Garden and Sake: $20
RA Sushi: $30
Nap: $Free
Nakato: $120

Total: $175

Day Map:


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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 15 mi. of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  That equates to about 12 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 2 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

15 miles of driving
12 pounds of carbon dioxide
2 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at Slate.com.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Musician Break Out at Eddie's Attic: Sunday, September 30, 2012

Here's what you do Sunday, September 30, 2012

Help out the ASO musicians on Sunday as they battle their current lock-out over salary negotiations.
Times are tough my friends.  Nobody knows that better than the musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  They've been on "lock-out" since August 25th, as they negotiate with the Woodruff Arts Center over their collective bargaining agreement.   Check out more details in this article from the Midtown Patch.

On Sunday, Eddie's Attic is hosting a Musicians Breakout, where ASO musicians will come to play chamber music and raise funds for the musicians and their families.  Doors open at 6.  The show starts at 7.   Tickets are $20.  $10 for students.  You can reserve a table for 4 for $100 right up front.  Go out and support.


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Here's what you do Sunday


First:  CBS Sunday Morning.  We've recommended it before, and we're doing it again.  CBS Sunday Morning runs from 9-10:30, and it's the best hour and half on TV.    Tune in for captivating stories that help you break away from the monotony of the media.  A mix of today's news, documentary, and good old-fashioned story telling, it's a joy to sit in bed on a Sunday and learn.  $Free

CBS Sunday Morning has been collecting Sun Art for Decades.  They display it at interludes throughout the show.


Second:  Brunch.  Have a little brunch at home to ease into the day.  We recommend simple tea and steel-cut oats for breakfast.  It's a light, healthy breakfast that'll get you ready for the day to come.   Try out Alton Brown's recipe. Alton is an Atlanta local, you know?  His highly informative shows on the food network get us in touch with our inner chemist/chef.  According to Wikipedia:

"Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into pieces. They are commonly used in Scotland and Ireland to makeporridge, whereas rolled oats are used in England, other English-speaking countries, and Scandinavia. They are sometimes named after the grade of cut, e.g.pinhead oats; steel-cut oats from Ireland are sometimes called Irish oats."
By all accounts, a healthy breakfast, round it out with fresh blueberries and raspberries, and a cup of hot Twinings Irish breakfast tea.  Dress the tea with milk and sugar to taste.  ($ - $5 per person)

Third:  How about a little workout after brunch?  Ok.  Not too much of a workout.  You can rent a tandem bike at Skate Escape for $12 for an hour.  Take a ride in Piedmont Park - which is right across the street.  It's a ton of fun!

Rent a Tandem Bike at Skate Escape, and take a ride in Piedmont Park.


Third:  Nap time.  Sunday is a lazy day.  Make sure to catch up on your ZZZs.

Fourth:  Sunday tea.  A Sunday tea is in order after your nap.   Try the afternoon tea at the Four Seasons.  It's served on Sunday from 3-4.  You have to make reservations, so get on that immediately.  The Four Seasons has the best service in town for all meals, and tea is where they shine the most.  Order from the array of teas, and sit back and enjoy your selection.  Have some of the scones, sandwiches and deserts provided in a three tier tray.  The menu varies based on what's in season, but you can be sure it'll be fantastic.   Note that Four Seasons doesn't publish the price for tea, but it'll be pricey.  It's worth it though, for that special someone and you to indulge and feel totally pampered.

Scones, sandwiches, and desserts.  All served with tea at the Four Seasons.


Finally:  ASO Musician's Breakout at Eddie's Attic.  Go enjoy some of the best classical musicians in the country, and support their current struggle.  $20 per person.

Book Keeping:

For Two People

CBS Sunday Morning: $Free
Breakfast: $10
Tandem Bike: $12
Brunch: $about 100.  Not published by Four Seasons.
ASO Breakout at Eddie's Attic: $40 plus $20 for drinks.

Total: $222


Day Map:




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Carbon Footprint:



Today's full day plan can take up to about 15 mi. of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  That equates to about 12 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 2 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

15 miles of driving
12 pounds of carbon dioxide
2 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at Slate.com.

Fall Festivals A-Plenty: Saturday, September 29, 2012

Here's what you do Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday is the day for Fall Festivals.  So many to choose from...

Atlanta loves a festival.  And, Fall might be our biggest festival season of all.  This Saturday, there are so many, we had a hard time choosing.  So, we'll bring you the top three.

Summerhill Fall Festival.  It's their first one ever.  And it promises to be awesome.  From the festival organizers:
"The first annual Summerhill Fall Fest features a music stage, artists market, doggie zone, food and brews. Held on on Ami Street in Summerhill, the neighborhood located between Grant Park and Turner Field, attendees can enjoy the festival before the Braves face the Mets that night. The fest hosts the first ever BYOBW (adult) race in Atlanta. Be sure to arrive before 8:30 a.m. and "Bring Your Own Big Wheel." Visit the website for more details on the BYOBW race."

Get your big wheel ready for the Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race at the Summerhill Fall Fest.


Little Five Fest:  The whole Little Five neighborhood is in...   And there's so many DJs and bands, it's real hard to keep track.  All of Little 5 is gonna be bumpin' this weekend.  From the organizers:
"The Little 5 Fest returns with a roster of the most eclectic independent music that Atlanta has to offer, and this time it's going big. Pretty much the entire neighborhood has signed on: 7 Stages, Aurora Coffee, Clothing Warehouse, Criminal Records, Elmyr, the Five Spot, Java Lords, Star Bar, and Tijuana Garage host nearly 100 acts including Distal, Jackie Chain, Ponderosa, Reptar, and more for a day-long celebration of all things rock, electronic, hip-hop, cosmic, and crunchy.  — Chad Radford"

Basically, everything starts at 1p.  But check the schedule.  It's $10-15 at the door.  Go check it out.

Little Five Fest is on this weekend!

Riverview Landing Fall Festival:  Saturday is the second day of this annual festival.  Riverview Landing is a new mixed-use development, nestled on the Chattahoochee just outside 285 on the West side.  Embracing a European approach to development, Riverview is focused on a central village with restaurants and shops.  Go a little further out and you find an escape from the city, complete with nature trails and, indeed, river views.  Go check it out.  From the organizers:
"Riverview Landing hosts its second annual Fall Festival and Urban Hoedown. Friday night activities include opening bands Sealions at 7 p.m. and Turf War at 8 p.m., followed by the Constellations at 9:30. The fete continues on Saturday with more than 40 vendors, a people's choice barbecue contest, face painting, hay rides, a corn maze, and more live music."
Riverview recommends a $5 donation for Saturday.




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Here's what you do Saturday:

First:  Pick a Festival.  Any Festival.  It's really hard to recommend a particular one.   Whichever you choose, have lunch, enjoy the music.  If you make it to Summerhill, totally take a big wheel and get in the race.  You might come away with a prize!  Prices vary from free to $15.  Hard to beat that for a full day of fun.

Second:  Nap time.  Ok, a good festival will tire you out.  Get a good late afternoon nap in to recover.

Third:  The annual Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bipolar Research Roots and Blues Benefit is Saturday night at 7.   From the organizers:

"Tinsley Ellis, Kim Wilson, Gina Sicilia and Dave Gross, Virginia Martinez with original Sean Costello Band and guest Jon Justice, and Truett Lollis will perform. The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is uniquely focused on the needs of musicians with bipolar disorder. The Fund supports and conducts research on bipolar disorder and creativity while promoting awareness, providing education, and serving as a resource for these musicians and their support systems in order to foster acceptance, functioning and health."
Tickets are $25.  You can get them at the door.  There's a silent auction at 6, and the show starts at 7.  Food and Bev is available for purchase.  Have a blast!

Tinsley Ellis and host of others will perform at the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research Benefit on Saturday Night at the North Atlanta High Center for the Arts.  

Book Keeping:

For two people:

Festival: $about 50 depending on which one.  Includes food and drinks.
Nap: $Free
Sean Costello benefit: $50 plus $40 for drinks and food.

Total: $140


Day Map:



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Carbon Footprint:


Depending on the festival you choose, today's full day plan can take up to about 27 mi. of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  That equates to about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 4 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

27 miles of driving
20 pounds of carbon dioxide
4 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at Slate.com.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Daddy's Dyin... Who's got the Will?: Friday, September 28, 2012

Here's what you do Friday, September 28, 2012

Beau Bridges starred in the movie version in 1990.  Now, OnStage is putting on a production of Daddy's Dyin... Who's got the Will in Decatur.  Friday is opening night.  

Friday night is opening night for Onstage Atlanta's production of Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? From Onstage:

"Buford Turnover might be going to heaven, but his family is going to hell. From outrageous Southern playwright/director Del Shores (Southern Baptist Sissies, Sordid Lives) comes the hit dark comedy about a family looking to strike it rich off their dying father. When Buford suffers a series of strokes, his offspring -- some pure-hearted, some greedy -- gather for the deathwatch. They include chief caregiver Sara Lee and her Bible-thumping sister Lurleen, sexpot Evalita and Buford's boorish only son Orville. A fast-paced and fun play filled with comedy, tension, heartfelt moments and interesting characters."

Showtime is 8p.  Tickets are $20 prepaid and $23 at the door.



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Here's what you do Friday

First: Ok.  We haven't done anything from the best breakfast list on the Food Network for a while.  Let's try Ellie Krieger's breakfast english muffin pizzas!   Don't they look great?  Get the recipe here.  $10

Try English Muffin Pizzas; One of the best breakfasts from the Food Network.



Second:  Friday is closing day for Monika Meunier's show, French Inspirations, at the R. Alexander Gallery.  Simple and beautiful, with a sense of whimsy contrasted with a depth that's hard to put your finger on, her work is worth taking a look at.  From the gallery:
"Meunier’s works present collectors with idealized versions of the beautiful region which surrounds her studio. Towering amid cypress and olive trees, are the local sights that inspire her constantly. She brings her landscapes to life with scenes - the sun is always shining and the flowers always in bloom. Meunier uses only oil paints and carefully applies them to canvas with her palette knife. She has a distinctive style that presents landscapes in sweeping texture and vibrant colors – rich red earth, the bright violet lavender fields and the calming blue coastal waters."

Monika Meunier, a contemporary french artist, is presenting at the R. Alexander Gallery.  Friday is Show Closing, so get there while you have the chance!
It's free to go take a look.

Third:  Lunch at the Palm!  R. Alexander is in Buckhead.  A Buckhead lunch is a great idea!  And few do it better than the Palm.  Legendary across the country, the Palm does the best shrimp cocktails, crab cakes, and they have a not too shabby filet to boot.  Settle into one of their booths, order a glass a prosecco and order the shrimp cocktail.  Follow it up with the wasabi and panko crusted ahi tuna steak. So good!  $40 per person.

Nothing wrong with Lunch at the Palm!

Fourth:  Nap time.  A lunch at the palm merits a nap folks.  Siesta!

Fifth:  An early dinner in Decatur is a good idea.   How about the Iberian Pig.  It's the perfect way to get ready for the play?  It hustles.  It bustles.  It's got amazing cocktails, and wonderful tapas.  From IP, on the meaning of their name:
"The Black-footed Iberian Pigs that roam Spain create some of the most sought after cured meat in the world, Jamon Iberico. Only recently imported into the United States, we are one of the select few restaurants in the country that serves the acorn fed Iberico ham from Spain. To preserve the integrity of Jamon Iberico, we slice the ham in view of our guests on a imported mechanical proscuitto slicer from Italy. Served with toasted ciabatta and espresso aioli, this item is truly a signature of the restaurant."
Start out with an Iberian Old Fashioned.  Then a small plate.  I love, love, love the manchego mac & cheese.  Also try out the cabrito carbonara.  So, so good.  Be adventuresome, and give it a try.   ($40 per person).

Have Sunday Dinner at the Iberian Pig.
Cabrito Carbonara.  Slow roasted goat, chitarra pasta in carbonara sauce with Benton's bacon, fresh cream, and poached egg.

Finally:  Daddy's Dyin.  Head over at 7:30 to get comfortable.

Book Keeping:

For two people:

Breakfast: $10
R. Alexander Gallery: $Free
The Palm: $80
Nap: $Free
Iberian Pig: $80
Daddy's Dyin: $40

Total: $210

Day Map:


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Carbon Footprint:


Todays full day plan takes about 27 mi. of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  That equates to about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 4 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

27 miles of driving
20 pounds of carbon dioxide
4 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at Slate.com.



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Researching a Trip to Spain at the Woodfire Grill: Thursday, September 27, 2012

Here's what you do Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wines of Bodegas Alvear of Montilla-Moriles in Southern Spain.  These will assuredly be part of an upcoming trip.
A trip to Spain is in the offing my friends.  Some time toward the end of the year.  It's time to research.  What better way to do it than to check out all things Spanish that Atlanta has to offer?!  Over the next few months, we'll be focusing on Spain.  A recipe here, a dance class there.  It's gonna be fun!  And when the time comes, we'll be ready.  Wanna come?

The first event in our research plan is the September Wine Dinner at Woodfire Grill.  It's Thursday night at 6.  Woodfire's wine director and sommelier have hooked up with the Spanish Winery Bodegas Alvear of Montilla-Moriles in southern Spain to bring us a five-course meal paired with five different sherries.   The evening begins at 6 with a reception featuring Cava.  That's followed by a dinner at 6:30.  Cost is $95, plus tax and grats.  Reservations are required at their event page on Facebook.

Woodfire is Kevin Gillespie's place.  Kevin, of Top Chef fame, is a truly inventive master in the kitchen.  The food will delight and inspire you.  Trust us.

Kevin Gillespie's Woodfire Grill is the stage for the Spanish sheery inspired dinner.


Now, more about Bodegas Alvear and Spanish sherry.  First.  Where is it?  Check out the map below. Montilla is in the Andalucia region in South Central Spain.  Apparently, the Alvear family has been producing this wine for centuries, and has had quite an impact on the region politically, socially, economically.  You name it.   From the Alvear Web site:
"Throughout its 284-year long history, Bodegas Alvear has managed to hold on to its family traits, passing ownership from parent to child so that currently the business is in the hands of the eighth generation. 
Over the years, each one of the family’s successive generations has contributed its very own grain of sand to the business; both in the bodega’s strive towards state-of-the-art technology, as well as in its determination to preserve its architectural heritage. 
This historic bodega has successfully managed to combine and put into practice the extensive experience of a privileged land and a dedicated family in order to produce exceptional wines."



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The wines are based on the Pedro Ximenez grape.  From Alvear's site:

"Alvear is one of the most prestigious and internationally renowned bodegas in Andalucía, boasting extensive vineyards that are located in the most famous estates in the Sierra de Montilla y Moriles (Córdoba). 
This privileged land’s star grape variety is Pedro Ximénez, which is thought to have originated in the Rhine region, and is used by the bodega as the unique base wine for its sweet, Fino, Oloroso and Amontillado wines.

The Pedro Ximénez grape variety
Bodegas Alvear, Montilla Moriles
 The Pedro Ximénez grape variety is not only the star of DO Montilla-Moriles but also of the wines and vineyards owned by Bodegas Alvear. Legend has it that it was brought from the Rhine by a solider serving in the Spanish army in Flanders, who consequently gave it his name. 
In general, the bodega’s vineyards are cultivated on exceptionally chalky soils. The region boasts two very distinct soil types: white ‘albariza or albero’ soils which are very chalky, porous, poor in organic material and produce low yields, and where the grapes are subject to a longer and more balanced ripening process; and ‘ruedo’ soils that are red in colour due to the presence of iron oxides, and which, in contrast, accelerate the ripening process. 
After the initial vinification process the wines are subject to the miracle known as ‘ageing under a velo de flor’; a natural biological process whereby a cream-coloured cap or ‘velo de flor’ of yeast, indigenous to the region, develops on the top of the wine. The action of the yeast bestows extraordinary aroma and flavour to the wine, which is quite distinct from when it is first produced as a base wine. In order to encourage the development of the native yeast strain optimum temperature and humidity conditions are maintained in the bodega and the wine casks or butts are filled to about five-sixths, leaving enough free space at the top for the ‘velo de flor’ to develop. Wines subject to a longer ageing process, usually until the nutritional capacity of the ‘flor’ has been exhausted, are called Amontillado wines, which acquire a deep golden colour."


Andalucia is sounding pretty darned good!  See you at Woodfire at 6.



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Here's what you do Thursday

First:  The Spanish start out the day with strong coffee.  Let's follow suit.  Check out this video from Alton Brown on making coffee.  He really, really knows what he's talkin about.  Pair it with some toast with bread and strawberry jam.  You're good to go.  ($10 for ingredients).



Second:  This month's Delta Sky mag has a feature on Barcelona.  They cover everything from hotels to restaurants to nightlife.  Check out this eatery guide.  But, apparently, THE source for keeping up with what's going on in the club and restaurant scene is Le Cool magazine.   We'll be reading that for the duration, and certainly for this morning.  Pull it up on your iPad and take a read with a good cup of coffee.  Don't have an iPad?  Get the iPad scoop here.  Note that Le Cool is in both English and Spanish.  The plan is to slowly learn the language, so that when we are in Spain, we can get the down low from Le Cool in Spanish with the best of 'em.  More to come on the best way to learn the lingo.  Stay tuned...

The new W in Barcelona is a grand shimmering sail of a building, a true wonder.

Third:  A tapas lunch at Eclipse di Luna in Miami Circle.  Eclipse started the tapas craze in Atlanta, and they're still goin' strong.  Have two sangrias at Eclipse and say Tapas three times fast.  Tee hee...  Try the Quesos Espanolesa (spanish cheeses), Borrego a la Parrilla (lamb sirloin with roasted tomato sauce, fresh watercress and herb sald), or the paella.  ($ - $25 per person.)



Eclipse Di Luna in Miami Circle on Piedmont.



Fourth:  Nap.  You're in for a five course meal soon.  Get your siesta goin'!

Fifth:  Bodega Alvear at Woodfire Grill.  Time for some serious research.  :-)  $95 per person plus grats and tax.  Starts at 6.  Make a Rez!

Finally:  Ok, so Blues might not be exactly Spanish.  But, I bet the Spanish can relate, and so can you!  Go see Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins  at Blind Willies.  She's awesome.  One of the few African American women blues guitar players out there, and a legend.  From Wikipedia:
"Sandra Pointer-Jones writes, "Beverly Watkins is a pyrotechnic guitar maven whose searing, ballistic attacks on the guitar have become allegorical tales within the blues community."[1] George Varga, reviewing her debut CD, observed that Watkins “sings and plays with enough poise and verve to make musicians half her age or younger consider alternative means of employment.”"
Check out this clip!



She's on at Blind Willies at 9:30 and 11:00 on Thursday night.  Cover is $7.  Have a drink, dance, and flow.


Book Keeping:

For two people

Breakfast: $10
LeCool: $Free
Eclipse Di Luna: $50
Nap: $Free
Dinner: $190 +  $10 for tax and $40 for tip
Blind Willies: $14 + $16 for drinks

Total: $330

Day Map:



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Carbon Footprint:


Todays full day plan takes about 20 mi. of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  That equates to about 16 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 3 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

20 miles of driving
16 pounds of carbon dioxide
3 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at Slate.com.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

War Horse at the Fox: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Here's what you do Wednesday, September 26, 2012

See the widely acclaimed War Horse is playing at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday night at 8p.  

It's a truly remarkable site.  A full scale puppet of Joey, a World War I war horse.  Joey transcends his machined gear and leather strap construction and comes to life, and shows us the majesty and frailty of World War I struggle.    The Handspring Puppet Company directors presented the art of the puppetry at TED 2011.  Check out this video.  It's just fascinating.



On Wednesday night, the widely acclaimed War Horse will be presented at the Fox Theatre.   From the Lincoln Center, where the show had its New York premiere:
"WAR HORSE travels from the verdant English countryside to the fields of France and Germany at the outbreak of World War I. A boy's beloved horse has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, the horse serves on both sides of the war, and survives an odyssey that leaves him alone in no-man's land. The boy, now a young man, cannot forget his horse, and embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.  
WAR HORSE is a magnificent drama, filled with stirring music and beautiful songs. But it is more than just a compelling tale. This is a show of indescribable grandeur and sheer inventiveness -- perhaps the most magical production ever staged for the Beaumont. There are breathing, galloping, charging horses on the stage - their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. They are life-size puppets strong enough for men to ride. And that's just one element of this imaginative epic. 
Winner of 2011 Tony Awards for: 
Best PlayBest Direction (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris)Best Scenic Design (Rae Smith)Best Lighting Design (Paule Constable)Best Sound Design (Christopher Shutt) 
Special Tony Award to Handspring Puppet Company."
The bottom line is that if you only go to one play in Atlanta this year, this is the one.  The show is on from the 25th to the 30th.  Tickets are available at Vivid Seats.  At the time of writing, we saw six Orchestra, row DD seats for $112 each.  Those are great seats!

Tickets range from about $70 to $150.  Good seats in Orchestra Row DD are about $112 on Vivid Seats.


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Here's what you do Wednesday


First:  Have breakfast at home today.  How about pancakes?  How about banana pancakes?  How about banana pancakes with Amaretto?  Oh yeah!  Here's a great recipe from JustBestRecipes - one of my favorite new sites.  Great way to start the day.  ($15).

Banana Amaretto Pancakes for Breakfast.

Second:  Do a little reading.  What event started World War I?  I didn't remember either until I started reading Fall of Giants by Ken Follett last week on a trip to Alaska.  Follett tells the story of WWI by way of a cast of characters from English aristocracy to Welsh coal miners to German spies to Russian peasants.  It's perfect preparation for War Horse.  You can get a copy for $9.99 on iTunes.

Catch up on your WWI history with Ken Follett's Fall of Giants.
Third:  Lunch at Bistro Niko.  It's a great place for a leisurely French lunch.  On the ground floor of the super fancy Sovereign building, Bistro Niko won't disappoint.  The service there is phenomenal.  White apron waiters cheerfully lead you through the lunching extravaganza and put you at ease.  Sit at one of the tables outside.  Try the smoked salmon with creme fraiche and chive tarte, or the steak tartare, or even the escargot if you're in the mood.  Share a bottle of pinot noir with your companion and take in the Atlanta afternoon.  ($ - $30 per person).

Bistro Niko for lunch.  A chive tarte is always a good choice.


Fourth:  Nap.  It's always best to have a lot of energy for a broadway show.  Recharge.

Fifth:  Early dinner at Ecco.  Ecco is just a few blocks from the Fox.  Here's a secret.  Some very good restaurants in Midtown are super busy during the week with business folks, but business drops off on the weekend.  Ecco is one of those.  They're one of the best restaurants in town, and you won't feel like a sardine.  Get a romantic table in the dining room, or you might even want to sit at the bar and talk to Eric, or any of the other bartenders, they're lively folks.  Ecco is a hot spot for celebrity siting, for meeting new people, or for just getting your drink on.  Their menu is filled with carefully chosen charcuterie, cheeses, pasta, flatbread, and complex and wonderful entrees.  Their fried goat cheese balls are on the 100 things you have to eat before you die list in Creative Loafing.  Drizzled in honey, they taste like heaven.  And, you can joke all night about having goat balls.  Try the charcuterie here too.  Mortadella (pork and pistachio sausage), Porcini (pork salami with porcini mushrooms), and Finocchiona (pork salami with fennel seed).  For the less meat-interested, try the cavetelli, or the Hake.  Wonderful.  For dessert, try the cheesecake.  A chevre-based cake, with red wine-honey fig, lavendar, and fennel.  ($ - about $80 for two people if sharing, $120 if not)

Chevre Cheesecake at Ecco - a very good birthday cake indeed.

Finally:  War Horse.  The show is at 8, so get there at 7:30.  Take your seats and marvel.  $112 per person plus about $12 for parking.  Park in a lot on 3rd street, about a block from the theatre.

Book Keeping:

For two people:

Breakfast: $15
Shopping: $up to you.  :-)
Lunch: $60
Nap: $Free
Dinner:  $80
War Horse:  $224 plus $12-16 for parking.

Total: $395.

Day Map:


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Carbon Footprint:

Todays full day plan takes about 26 mi. of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  That equates to about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 4 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

26 miles of driving
20 pounds of carbon dioxide
4 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at Slate.com.