Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Honky Tonk Ball on Halloween: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On Wednesday, it's Halloween.  Start the day with Baked Egg Eyeballs for breakfast.  Then spend the day at the A-Scary-Um, Georgia Aquariums scary Halloween.  Then, a happy, happy hour at HobNob in Ansley Park, and finally a night with the Western Sizzlers at the Honky Tonk Ball at Smith's Olde Bar.  Happy Halloween everybody!

Shemekia Copeland At Eddie's Attic: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On Tuesday, see the soulful blues singer Shemekia Copeland at Eddies Attic in Decatur. Start the day at Empire State South for breakfast. Then, do some donation research for Hurricane Sandy relief and make a contribution. Then, lunch at 
the CNN Center's Latitudes lounge. Then, Rob Simmon's Photography at the Hammond House Museum. Finish up with dinner at the Iberian Pig in Decatur and the talented Ms. Copeland. Great Tuesday.





Monday, October 29, 2012

An Optimistic Interlude: Monday, October 29, 2012

Here's what you do Monday, October 29, 2012

Hush Puppies at the Optimist.  Ummmm, Yeah!!!!!!!
It's Monday folks.  Monday, Monday.  Kind of a weird Monday.  It's the twilight between the Halloween weekend and Halloween itself.  You might be wondering how to entertain yourself in this interlude.  Here's what you do.   Have dinner tonight at the Optimist.  It's Chef Ford Fry's (JCT Kitchen, etc.) latest.  It's primary focus is seafood.  And it's really good.  Ponder this:  spicy octopus and hush puppies.  That's right, my friends.  :-)

Nestled up into that flatiron triangle between Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street on the west side, the Optimist is a brilliant use of that space.  Valet parking is ample, and a must.  After you de-car, you wander into a welcoming courtyard that is complete with a three hole putting green, chaise lounges - though it might be a little chilly for them on Monday - and, best of all, cotton candy.  That's right, pink, fluffy, gratis, cotton candy.  Now, I'm not sure if they'll have it on a Monday night.  But, give it a try.

The design concept follows along the playful, refined palette that has made the west side's top dining venues as good as they are in the last few years - the Spence, JCT Kitchen, Abattoir.  A warehouse-turned-fine dining fish camp is what you'll find inside.  A decidedly nautical theme will be a refreshing counterpoint to the Halloween Monday chill.

The Optimist's warehouse-turned-fish camp atmosphere sparkles with crisp clean design touches across the board.
There's a few choices for dining locale.  Main Dining room, with it's wooden tables, well-spaced booths, and theatrical view of the kitchen.  The main bar, with what is officially Here's What You Do's favorite bar stools.  They are the epicenter of the Optimist's nautical theme, and set the tone for the whole place. Then, there's the oyster bar.  A brilliantly welcoming approach to overspill from the dining room.  The tapas is wonderful there, and the the sights and smells of the raw seafood kitchen are the perfect backdrop.

Ok.  These are voted Here's What You Do's favorite bar stools in Atlanta. 

The Optimist has a main dining room and an Oyster Bar for those focused on tapas and being close to the mariner's bounty.  That was us on our recent visit.

We took our seats at the Oyster Bar, with little pink tapas menus in hand, and were greeted by Coby, our dining guide, friend and charmingly deep-voiced companion.  On what seemed to be an oyster bar walkabout, Coby would stop by from time to time and make sure we were ok as we tucked first into a bottle of Dark Lady of the Labyrinth, a wonderful, wonderful South African pinotage.  See what Gil Kulers had to say about it here.

Have a little Dark Lady on this Halloween-eve-eve Monday.

We paired the Dark Lady first with the charred octopus, a spicy, delightfully simple plate of a single curved octopus leg wrapped around kimchee puree and candied coriander.  To that we added wood oven roasted scallops with spiced applesauce and crispy pancetta.  The scallops were delicious.  We only wished that the accoutrements had been toned down a little - particularly the pancetta - to let the scallops take center stage.  We followed with the wood roasted dungeness crab & lobster in a lime-chile "butter bath".  Get ready to get your hands dirty.  With a whole bunch of utensils, we tucked into this mix of crab and lobster shelled goodness.  Spicy and rich.  It was perfect.  Finally, we had the seafood gumbo.  It had a mix of oysters and crab and spice, and yum.  And, I'm not talking little bits of oyster and crab here folks.  Big, spicy, whole oysters and crab claws surprise you with every spoonful.

Topping off the night was hush puppies.   At least, we think they were hush puppies.  With a New Orleans, powdered sugar kind of approach, they were more like a cross between beignets and hush puppies.  Either way.  Awesome!  Paired with what was left of the Dark Lady, they were perfect.  Check out what the Tasting Table has to say on the subject.

"We’re not the kind to pass up a beignet. So when Ford Fry offered us the recipe for “beignet style” hush puppies from his new Atlanta restaurant, The Optimist, we were fully at attention. Fry makes them with a corn triple threat of fresh kernels, cornmeal and corn flour, then dusts them with another level of sweetness: confectioners’ sugar. Though they are traditionally a side dish, Fry suggests snacking on them alongside a Salty Dog for a full-circle canine experience—no begging required."


A heavenly Oyster Bar and Tapas Menu at the Optimist.  


Seafood gumbo, baby.  Oysters.  Crab legs.  Spicy.  Good.  And, that little gift of garlic bread is so good, it could be its own dish.


Coby finished up the night for us with a gift of cotton candy from the courtyard outside.  Great way to spend an evening, my friends.  


We decided to enjoy a little nighttime putt putt in the Optimist courtyard, over our gratis cotton candy.  BTW, thanks to the random dude who took this photo for us while waiting for his car.  We really like it.


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Here's what you do Monday


First:  You gotta ease into a Monday.  It's the start of the week.  No need to hurry, my friends.  How about a little steel cut oatmeal with honey and blueberry jam.  Lovely.  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)


Second:  November is upon us.  And that means Thanksgiving.  I'm thinking some Turkey Day prep might be in order.  How about a good long look at stuffing?  What's the best kind?  Where can you get good recipes?  Should you actually stuff the bird, or make a dressing instead?  All good questions?   Do a little stuffing research to prepare.  Actually,  Rosallee Scott has done a lot of the work for you.  She's put together the Top 20 Best Holiday Stuffing Recipe Ideas.  Check it out!  You might even want to pick out your favorite, and give it a try in a Thanksgiving practice run early in November.  Start planning!


Third:  Sometimes, you just need a little deli sandwich.  Or, a big one.  Now, good deli sandwiches are kinda hard to find in Atlanta.  Not really sure why.  Creative Loafing likes Goldberg's on West Paces Ferry.  And so do we.  Give it a try.   Have the pastrami on Rye, with a pickle.  Not too shabby.

Have the pastrami at Goldberg's for lunch.

Fourth: November is also known as Movember.  Know why?  Often, men's health is neglected.  Movember was invented to combat that.  From the Movember site:
"Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Part├ęs held around the world by Movember, for Movember. "
Get ready for Movember...
Remember this?


That could be you, my friends.  :-)

Seriously, get ready for Movember by preparing for the clean shave.  Whether it's you or your fella, make an appointment for a shave on Thursday.  It's a good thing to do, even if you're not going Magnum P.I.  Check out Haute Living's list of the top 5 places for a shave in Atlanta.  All are good. We say, try Nadine's Triple Crown in Virginia Highland.  It's awesome!

If you do decide to support the cause, sign up at the Movember site.  They have a ton of stuff going on in Atlanta.  Make it happen.


Fifth:  Nap time.  You're planning for thanksgiving.  You're getting ready for Movember.  You have to be Optimistic tonight!  It's all very tiring stuff.  Take a nap to rejuvenate.


Finally:  Time to be Optimistic.  Chow down, my friends.  $60 per person.  

Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Breakfast: $10
  • Stuffing Research: $Free
  • Goldberg's: $20
  • Movember Research and Reservations: $Free
  • Nap: $Free
  • Dinner at the Optimist: $120
Total: $150

Day Map:


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 Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 4 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 4 miles  equates to about 3 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 0.5 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

4 miles of driving
pounds of carbon dioxide
0.5 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.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Scary Movie Day: Sunday, October 28, 2012

Here's what you do Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sinister.  Just one of the movies you should watch Sunday in our Halloween Scary Sunday...
So, Halloween is near.  It's supposed to be mostly cloudy today.  You're pooped from all the Halloween partying on Saturday night.  What do you do?  Here's what you do.  :-).  Have a Halloween Scary Sunday Movie Marathon.  Paranormal Activity 4.  Silent Hill: Revelation (in 3D, baby!).  Hotel Transylvania.  Finish up with Sinister.

Now, unless it's the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve, it's really hard to find four Oscar-worthy movies from one genre on any given day in the cinema.  And today ain't no exception!  You thought I was gonna go the other way on that one, didn't cha?  The reviews are all over the board for these films.  But, have some spirit - so to speak - and embrace the movie marathon for what it is.  A bucket o' popcorn-backed Halloween extravaganza...

All the films are showing at Atlantic Station's Regal Cinema.  So, you can watch, then shop, then watch, then have a drink, then watch, then...   You get the idea.

Start out with Paranormal Activity 4 at 12:10p.  This is the 4th in the series, and most agree the premise is getting a little tired.  But, if you haven't ever been on the receiving end of the shadowy figure in the mirror, this is a great way to start the marathon.

See the girl behind her?  Watch Paranormal Activity 4 first at Atlantic Station Regal Cinema.

Next, try out Silent Hill: Revelation - 3D at 3:10p.  Silent Hill is a video game adaptation.  In it, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean) have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. On the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.  Oooooooo!!


Adelaide Clemens plays Heather Mason in Silent Hill: Revelation.

Next, take a little cartoon interlude with Hotel Transylvania.  It's on at 4:55p.  Here's the synopsis:
"Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters--Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more--to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem--but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis."


Hotel Transylvania is up third.
  
Finally, finish things up with Sinister.  From the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister stars Ethan Hawke.  He plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.  It's on at 9:45p at Atlantic Station Regal Cinemas.


Sinister is the finale of our Halloween Scary Sunday.

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Here's what you do Sunday


First:  Grab a little breakfast to get you goin'.   Since you're right down there in the Atlantic Station area, start out with a little breakfast at the Silver Skillet.  It's the true diner experience.  Have the egg white-ham omelette with large O.J. and a cup of coffee.  You're good to go. ($10)

Photos of Silver Skillet, Atlanta
Try the silver skillet for The Barnicle (from Mike Barnicle, Political Commentator on MSNBC) - egg white omelet with ham.
This photo of Silver Skillet is courtesy of TripAdvisor 

Second:  Time for Paranormal Activity 4.  It starts at 12:10p.  When you're done, take a stroll around Atlantic Station and check out the shops, sites, and such.

Third:  Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.  It starts at 3:10p.

Fourth:  Hotel Transylvania.  It starts at 4:55p, so you'll have to go straight from Silent Hill.

Fifth: Maybe time for a short nap.  Hurry up and rest.

Sixth:  Take a break for dinner.  Try out JCT Kitchen.  Chef Ford puts on a regular Sunday Supper there, and it's totally worth it.  A $24 prix fixe menu will bring you a table amuse bouche, a starter, choose a meat & three sides for your entree - choose a meat and three sides, and a dessert.  The choices are outstanding.  JCT's famous fried chicken.  Pork chops with bacon jam and pork jus.  Gumbo with smoked sausage and seafood.  Mac & Cheese, locally raised vegetables like brussel sprouts or roasted root veg.  Divine.  Go sit back in the JCT ambiance, and dine.  ($40 per person).


Deviled Eggs are just one of the dishes you might find at the Sunday Supper at JCT Kitchen.

Finally:  Sinister.  It starts at 9:45p.  


Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Breakfast: $20
  • Paranormal Activity 4: $20
  • Silent Hill: Revelation: $20
  • Nap: $Free
  • Dinner at JCT: $80
  • Sinister: $20
Total: $160

Day Map:


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Carbon Footprint:
Today's full day plan can take up to about 7 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 7 miles  equates to about 6 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 1 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

7 miles of driving
pounds of carbon dioxide
1 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.



Friday, October 26, 2012

An evening with David Sedaris at the Atlanta Symphony Hall: Saturday, Oct 27, 2012

Here's what you do Saturday, October 27, 2012

Have An Evening With David Sedaris at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on Saturday Night.   This happy fellow is an illustration from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modern Beastiary - Sedaris' latest.

He wrote Me Talk Pretty One Day, Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice.   He wrote Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames.  To call him a prolific and successful writer is an understatement.  And, Atlantans love him.  In fact, one of Here's What You Do's favorite recommendations is to see The Santaland Diaries at the Horizon Theatre each Christmas.  Santaland was Sedaris' breakout performance, when he read in on NPR back in 1992.   Horizon has been putting on the production for 14 years now, and we love it!

Spend an evening with David Sedaris at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on Saturday Night.
From Index magazine:
"David Sedaris is a tight little package, pardon the expression. Small and compact, polite and business-like with journalists, there isn't the slightest hint of the devastating satirist that narrates his books, writes his plays, or reads his diary entries aloud on NPR. Unless you tease it out of him. Once he loosens up with a kindred spirit, he'll lapse into that southern Kmart cashier, or the handcuffed wife beater on Copswith such precision that you know they aren't much of an exaggeration. They come from his suburban childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, a locale he found himself dropped into when his family relocated from upstate New York when he was seven. He has ultimately made hay out of his life as an outsider, both as a Greek-American and for growing up gay in an especially gay-hostile corner of the world. His sharp observations of the people who populate his books and plays (the latter of which are co-written with sister Amy), from homo-mocking schoolteachers, to failed mimes and foul-mouthed Greyhound bus passengers, give his writing a hilarity that only true-life experience can impart, but also carry a familiar pang of disappointment and humiliation. There is the sense in both Barrel Fever, his 1994 collection of short stories, and naked, an autobiographical collection of more shorts published last March, that many of the characters' bitter humor comes from an inner conviction of being misborn into the wrong life. They are ignored, abandoned and disenfranchised, and painted in great detail against a background of cul-de-sacs, grocery stores and golf courses. They form a territory unexplored in most contemporary fiction, a genre Sedaris has created by default: Suburban Gothic."

An evening with David Sedaris is being held at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Saturday night.  It promises to be quite an evening as Sedaris discusses his latest, "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk".  The evening is being presented by WABE-FM 90.1 FM and National Public Radio News.   The show starts at 7:30.  Get your tickets at Ticketmaster.  They're around $50.


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Here's what you do Friday

First:  Get the egg and cheese ciabatta at Panera Bread.  Love, love, love this sandwich. It's surprisingly good.   Have it with a hot cup of coffee. ($ - $5 per person)

Second:  Catch up on your reading.  You can't go to Sedaris without being adequately prepared.  Start with Me Talk Pretty One Day on your iPad.  Get the audiobook on iTunes for $14.95.  It's a collection of essays, all read by Sedaris - some even live!  




Third: Saturday is the first annual Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo.  This event is a festival created to celebrate the love of kite flying and family fun. This is the inaugural year and features kite flying, kite demonstrations, kites for sale, music, food, and a children's costume contest.  The festival is from 11a - 6p at Piedmont Park.  Grab lunch there while you're checking out the kites.  


The 2012 Atlanta Kite Festival and Expo is happening Saturday at Piedmont Park.  


Fourth:  Nap time.  Nothing like it on a Friday afternoon.

Fifth:  An early dinner at Lure.  It's one of our favorite seafood places in Atlanta.  And for good reason.     They have fantastic sea food.  Belly up to the Bar and talk to Brent.  Great guy, and maker of the "Say What!"  Our hands down fav drink over there.  Have some mussels and call it a night.  Great day my friends.  $30 per person.

Lure is a great way to get ready for the show.

Finally:  An Evening with David Sedaris.  Enjoy the show.  About $50 per person for tickets, plus $10 for tickemaster services fees, and $10 for parking.




Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Panera Breakfast: $10
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day: $15
  • Kite Festiva: $20 for lunch
  • Nap: $Free
  • Lure: $60
  • Totem: $130
Total: $ 235

Day Map:


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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 13 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 13 miles  equates to about 10 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.  

13 miles of driving
10 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.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's Totem: Friday, October 26, 2012

Here's what you do Friday, October 26, 2012


See Circque du Soleil's Totem on their opening night at Atlantic Station.

Circque du Soleil's latest show, Totem is coming to Atlanta.  Opening night is Friday, October 26.  The reviews for it are amazing.  Check this out from the Boston Globe:
"For “Totem,’’ [director], Lepage has concocted a loose narrative about the development of the human species from its amphibious state to the age of space exploration. We’re meant to think about life’s origins and about the unpredictability of evolution, but not too hard. As usual with Cirque, the story line is mainly a pretext for showcasing the virtuosity of its astonishing acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, hoops dancers, balance-beam artists, and other performers."
Sounds pretty darned awesome.  I know I'm goin'.  Now, since it's opening night, might be tough to get a ticket.  At the time of writing, Stub Hub was out completely for opening night.  But, there were some tickets available at GoodSeatTickets.com.  $100 each.  Hurry, Hurry, Hurry if you want to get them!  Show starts at 8.  It's at the big tent just to the North of Atlanta Station.  Park at the Atlantic Station parking lot, close to the cinema.  That'll get you pretty close.  $100 per person, plus $5 for parking, plus maybe $20 for drinks and snacks.



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Here's what you do Friday

First: Breakfast time.  Breakfast at home is a great idea.  Time for a new recipe from.  Imagine this.  A banana french toast panini.  Check it out!  Try your hand at this recipe for breakfast.  $10 for ingredients.



Make a banana French Toast Panini from the Food Network for breakfast. 

SecondFeed your soul at the High Museum.  Named after Atlanta's High family, the High is Atlanta's top spot for art appreciation.    After a good breakfast, it's a pleasure to stroll around the Richard Meier designed main building and look at their collection.  It's appropo, no doubt, that one of their current exhibits is "Choose Me," a series of photographic portraits of presidential races from Arthur Grace.  From the High, 
"Arthur Grace (American, born 1947) is an award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer who has covered stories for some of the most reputable news sources of our time. This installation highlights selections from a project Grace undertook for Newsweek magazine, which culminated in his book Choose Me: Portraits of a Presidential Race, featuring the candidates of the 1988 campaign, including George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Al Gore, and Michael Dukakis."
nd delightful. This will be the largest exhibition of KAWS’s work to date.
Then candidate George H. W. Bush participates in a debate for the election of 1989.  Bush won, and become president in 1989.
Admission is $19.50, $16.50 for students, $12 for children 6-17, $0 for kids below 6.

Membership at the High has its privileges, including free admission to view the art exhibits, free admission to some entertainment events, membership level previews of exhibits, a subscription to the museum magazine and many other perks.  We highly recommend it.  Think of it this way, if you go three times to the High this year, your membership is paid for ($65 for general membership).


Third:  Lunch at the High's Cafe.  It's such a pleasant environment.  Why not stay a little longer and have a salad or a club sandwich?  Sit in the cavernous main hall, or even outside amongst the sculpture, and enjoy.  $10 per person.

Fourth:  Nap time.  Gotta get your beauty rest. 

Fifth:  Now, a circque show can be two hours or more.  So, have an early dinner at Antico Napoletana.  Go at 6 to make sure you have time to get to Totem. 

First, Antico doesn't sell wine, but they freely allow you to bring it to dinner.  Go get a good bottle at Mac's on your way.  Mac's has a highly educated staff of wine guys that can really help you out.  Try to get a good brunello, sangiovese, or valpolicella.  Also, get some plastic wine glasses with stems.

Atlanta's hottest pizza place, Antico brings a whole new dimension to rustic dining.  Here's what you do.   First, find parking.  On Thursday night, you have a good chance of getting a spot either in their small parking lot in front of the place, or across the street in the gravel lot.  If that doesn't work out, try parking on Ethel.  Make sure not to go too far into Home Park (east on Ethel).  You need a permit.

Antico Napoletana, Artisanal pizza with a whole lot of charm
Walk into the non-descript store front and order your pizza at the counter.  Then, walk on back into the pizza kitchen where they have wood benches and high tables.  Find a seat, pour some wine, sit back and take in the smells, sights, and sounds as the team of pizza chefs go about their work of making your pizza.

Antico makes pizza in the verace artignale style (true artisan).  They use refractory sorrento stone pizza ovens rolling along at 900 degree temps to slightly char the thin crust pies, which are topped with hand crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella di bufulata cheese from Campania, the best extra virgin olive oil, and lots of different toppings, all from Napoli.  Try the margherita - add pepperoni to it for some spice.  They'll bring you your pizza as soon as its ready.  Dig in!  Get your wine on.  Get ready for the Gentry.  ($ - $20 per person including wine)

Finally:  Totem time.  Try to get to the show around 7:30 to take your seats and look around the pavilion before you go in.  It's pretty cool, and they have some great memorabilia.  Bet you might even be able to find at least a part of your Halloween costume.

Book Keeping

For two people:
  • The High: $40
  • High Cafe: $20
  • Nap: $Free
  • Antico: $40
  • Totem: $225
Total: $ 325

Day Map:


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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 5 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 5 miles  equates to about 5 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 1 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

5 miles of driving
pounds of carbon dioxide
1 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.



Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Atlanta Botanical Garden: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Here's what you do Thursday, October 25, 2012

Six great chefs of Atlanta will compete Thursday Night in the Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Botanical Gardens, 7-8p.  Pumpkins are sold in a silent auction at the end of the night to benefit the Garden.

As we build up to Halloween, the events are getting better and better.  Tonight, go to the Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  From the Garden:

"Local celebrity chefs square off and put their pumpkin-carving prowess to the test during Fest-of-Ale. The chefs have 25 minutes to carve an award-winning masterpiece out of a giant pumpkin, and audience applause declares the winner.
Emceeing the contest will be John Kessler, celebrity restaurant critic for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 2012 competing Chefs include:
  • Two-time defending Champion Tony Alberto, Chef and Visual Artist, Mabuhay Atlanta Master Art Studio
  • 2009 Champion Chef Victor Dagatan, Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
  • Chef Andrew Miller, Gwinnett Technical College
  • Chef Max LeBlanc, Sun in My Belly
  • Chef Greg Paine, Avante
  • Chef Emily Phillips, Added Touch Catering
Following the competition, the carved pumpkins are sold in a silent auction benefiting the Garden. Also, don't miss the wackyScarecrows in the Garden!"

The contest is from 7-8.  It's part of tonight's Fest-of-Ale event, which is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids under 12.  Go check it out!


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Here's what you do Thursday

First:  Film time.  Go Check out Diana Vreeland:  The Eye Has to Travel at Tara at 4:30.  From the producers:
"An intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever. During her fifty year reign as the "Empress of Fashion," she launched Twiggy , advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion's most eloquent proverbs such as "the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb." She was the fashion editor of HARPER'S BAZAAR where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor in chief of VOGUE followed by a remarkable stint at the Met's Costume Institute where she helped popularize its historical collections."
"You're not supposed to give people what they want.  You're supposed to give them what they don't know they want yet..."   Diana Vreeland

The film is $10 per person.



Second:  A little dinner.  Grab a quick bite at the Nook on Piedmont Park.  They were voted best veggie burger at this years Battle of the Burger.  Go check it out.  $10 per person.

Third:  Time for the Pumpkin Carving Contest.  Enjoy!


Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Diana Vreeland: $20
  • The Nook: $20 
  •  Pumpkin Carving; $40
Total: $ 80

Day Map:


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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 9 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 9 miles  equates to about 7 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 1 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

9 miles of driving
pounds of carbon dioxide
1 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, October 23, 2012

Apples & Oranges, A new play at the Alliance Theatre: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Here's what you do Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Apples and Oranges is a new play adapted by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) from Marie Brenner's Apples & Oranges, My Brother and me, Lost and Found.
Ever had a conversation with your now grown brother or sister about an event that occurred in childhood, and the two of you have completely different recollections of the event?  So much so that it doesn't even sound like the same event?  That very common sibling recollective dichotomy is the subject Apples and Oranges, a new play adapted by Atlanta native  Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) from Marie Brenner's partly auto-biographical novel, Apples & Oranges, My Brother and Me, Lost and Found.

Patricia Richardson plays Marie and Tony Carlin plays her brother Carl, whose recent diagnosis of cancer brings the two together and allows them to re-discover their differences and their inexorable bond.

The play is on at the Alliance Theatre at 7:30p.  Get there at 7:00 to comfortably take your seats.  Tickets are $40.  Get them here.


Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) and Tony Carlin (The Best Man) play brother and sister in Apples and Oranges. 

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Here's what you do Tuesday

First:  Time for another scrambled egg recipe in our scramble series.  This time, let's take advantage of the trailing summer by making scallop scrambled eggs with bacon.  Here's a great recipe from Simmer Down, a great blog with great slow cooked food all around.  $10 for ingredients.

Scallops with bacon in slow cooked scrambled eggs for breakfast.  Yum!

Second:  Let's catch up on our reading.  Ken Follet's latest, Winter of the World, is currently on the New York Time best seller list.  The second in the Century Trilogy, Winter focuses on how five interlinked families fare as they move through World War II.  It's a history lesson that you don't even know you're getting.  Check out this review from the Chicago Sun Times.  You can get it for $19.99 on ITunes.



Third:  Lunch at HD1.  It's hot dog time folks.  Richard Blais, Atlanta's vaunted culinary son, opened HD1 last year to great acclaim.  Gourmet hotdogs are the solution to our economic times, and just so much fun!  Try the Red Haute, or the Fremont St.  Get a glass of bourbon on the rocks.  Woodford Reserve.  Goes nicely!  ($ - $15 per person)

Fourth: Nap time.   Sometimes, it's just time for a nap.





Fifth:  It's Two Buck Tuesday at Takorea for dinner.  Do the math folks.  $2 for a tasty Korean Tako plus $2 for a Tecate = a great lunch on a Tuesday.  Takorea says it's:

"A high energy restaurant and bar bringing together the great flavors of Korean and Mexican street food. An affordable and fun way to explore new foods with an ever changing menu presented by Chef Tomas Lee. Big deck, fun dining room, funky private dining space."

They got that right!  ($8 per person, if you have two tacos and tip)




Finally:  Apples and Oranges.   Get to the Alliance Theatre at 7 to get your seat comfortably.



Book Keeping

For two people:

  • Breakfast: $10
  • Winter of the World: $20
  • HD1: $30
  • Nap: $Free
  • Takorea: $16 
  •  Apples and Oranges; $80 plus $5 for street parking.
Total: $ 161

Day Map:


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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 9 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 9 miles  equates to about 7 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 1 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

9 miles of driving
pounds of carbon dioxide
1 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.