Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Celebrate Hitchcock Month with Double Take at the Plaza: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On Tuesday, celebrate Hitchcock Month with Double Take, a new film about odd couples and double deals involving the life of Hitchcock himself.  Start the day with breakfast at the hot bar at whole foods where you'll get ready for your thanksgiving preparations.  Then shop for turkey and lamb sausage and cranberries and potatoes and...  Oh my!  Then lunch at home with some of your thanksgiving finds - gotta get in the spirit.  Finally, dinner at Goin' Coastal and Double Take.  A great Tuesday...

Here's what you do Tuesday, November 20, 2012

See a viewing of Double Take at the Plaza Theatre on Tuesday Night at 8.

November is Hitchcock Month at the Plaza Theatre.  Celebrate with a viewing of Double Take, a tale of odd couples and double deals involving the life of the master.   Here's the low-down from Wikipedia:

"Double Take is a Belgian-Dutch-German coproduction. It premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival in the 'Forum expanded' section and was selected for the 2010Sundance Film Festival in the 'New Frontier' section. Exploring the boundaries of documentary as well as art, the film is most commonly referred to as an essay film.
Double Take is a further development from Grimonprez' short film Looking for Alfred (2005).
The film contains a lot of stock footage, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock's introductory links in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series to archival newsreel footage on the Cold War period. The film investigates the theme of "doubles" (a subject often covered in Hitchcock's work) by combining new film material on Ron Burrage, professional Hitchcock double, with a story written by novelist Tom McCarthy, inspired by the short story "25 August 1983" by Jorge Luis Borges."

Sounds interesting.  The film starts at 8.  Tickets are $9.

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Here's what you do Tuesday

First:  Breakfast at Whole Foods as you prepare for Thanksgiving.  That's right.  Turkey day is on Thursday, and it's prep time!  Head on over to Whole Foods in Buckhead and get a plate of breakfast at the hot bar.  Eggs.  Bacon.  Biscuits.  Bagels.  Lox.  Cream cheese.   Coffee.   Fruit.  French toast.  Quiche.  It's all good.  Take your iPad and make your T-Day grocery list while you chow down.  $10 per person.

The hotbar breakfast at Whole Foods is pretty awesome.

Second:  Thanksgiving preparation.  Ok.  You're already at Whole Foods.  Time to make the best of it. This year, I'm in charge of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, candied carrots and stuffing/dressing.  That's a lot of shopping.  Let's focus on the stuffing recipe.  I like to try a new one each year.  This year, I think I'll go with a variant of Ina Garten's sausage and herb recipe.  Just replace the sausage she recommends with lamb sausage.  So good!  Get the recipe here.

Now, what you spend on Thanksgiving is up to you.  Whole Foods is likely to be a bit pricey, so maybe you just get your flavor ingredients there, the ones that'll have the most punch.  Fill that in with some shopping for the staples at Publix, or Kroger.  Check out this article from the Business Insider, with the straight dope on spending trends this Thanksgiving.  Did you know you can get the best airline deals on Thanksgiving day?!

Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) brings it with a sausage herb stuffing recipe. 

Third:  An early thanksgiving prep lunch.  Ok.  So, you just bought all that food at Whole Foods.  Try a little for lunch!  How about a sausage po' boy with the French boule for bread?  Dice the sausage and then saute with diced yellow onion and a little thyme.  drain the pan of grease when done and toast the bread in what remains in the pan.  So good!  Just have a little, though.  Gotta pace yourself for the rest of the week.

Fourth: Nap time.  Ok, you've done your thanksgiving prep for today.  A nap is in order.

Nap time.  It's a good thing...

Fifth: Have an early dinner at Going Coastal in Virginia Highland.  It's good to put some contrast in your meals this week.  With this big T-Day celebration coming, escape Atlanta palette wise with a little sea food.

Go Coastal for Dinner Sunday Night.
From Goin': 
"GOIN'COASTAL is a sustainable seafood joint. We feature only the highest quality seafood from sources, either fished or farmed that can exist over the long term without compromising species' survival or the health of the ecosystem. So why does this matter? 
1. With over 75% of the world fisheries either fully fished or over fished, we believe the choices we make will help to enhance the seafood marketplace for all consumers.
2. Sustainable fishing practices are not only environmentally responsible they yield the highest quality seafood.

Thank you for supporting the sustainable seafood movement by GOIN COASTAL. Now, stop surfing the web and come eat some great seafood!"

That kinda attitude toward seafood is something we can get behind my friends...

The menu at Goin' changes all the time.  In fact, it's written up new on the chalk board every day.  Some standards are the mussels, and calamari.  But go with an adventurous spirit and an empty stomach, and let the sea breeze point you in the direction of delicious.  ($40 per person).

Finally:  Double Take.  It's on at the Plaza at 8.  $9 per person.

Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Breakfast at Whole Foods: $30
  • Thanksgiving Prep: $Up to you...
  • Lunch at home: $10
  • Nap: $Free
  • Goin' Coastal: $80
  • Double Take: $18
Total: $138 plus whatever you pay for your Thanksgiving Feast.

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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 14 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 14 miles  equates to about 10 pound 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.  

14 miles of driving
10 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.

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