The Santaland Diaries – Horizon Theatre

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The Santaland Diaries – Horizon Theatre

We can all use a laugh or two around this time of the year with all of the pressure and stress the holidays bring. I was so happy when I was given the chance to see the longest running play that they have, The Santaland Diaries now showing at the Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points in Atlanta.  For 19 years this play has ran at the theatre and this year they have Topher Payne, playwright and screenwriter, to play Crumpet.

Another hit with audiences, The Santaland Diaries takes place during Christmas time in Macy’s department store and it is the story of a man’s take on being an elf in one of the busiest cities in the world, New York City. He tells the story from start to finish of how he became an elf and his experiences and they are hilarious. Just imagine, everything you are thinking in your head you speak and is acted out freely. This play has so much humor, that even as the actors are acting they had to compose themselves so that they did not laugh with us. Awesome group of actors and I stress that Horizon Theatre never ever disappoints!!! Great theatre experience all around.

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About the Play

Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues.

Sardonic, satirical and sarcastic, the merry misanthrope recounts the tale of his stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf named Crumpet. Adapted from David Sedaris’ best-selling book Holidays on Ice, this holiday tale is a modern classic, made famous when it aired on National Public Radio. (from Horizon Theatre)

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Tickets start at $25*

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Upgrade to VIP for $15. VIP tickets include reserved seating and a complimentary holiday beverage. Platinum VIP tickets are available for $100 and include front-row cocktail table seating, complimentary holiday beverages and scrumptuous treats. Special discounts for groups of 10+. Call 404.523.1477 x111 for more information.

Have you ever seen The Santaland Diaries? What did you think?


Lovely New 2017 Fall Menu at Twelve Eighty

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Thank you Woodruff Arts Center for sponsored me and a guest as a member of Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Blogger Society in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Outside-of-Twelve-EightyDowntown Atlanta has many many gems and Twelve Eighty is one of them. I have been to the High Museum which is part of the campus, but did not realize or had heard of Twelve Eighty prior to this event. Hubby and I were waiting for our work day to end so that we can get to the restaurant. You see, we used this as a date night, but on someone else’s dime. Best kind if you ask me:)

Arriving about an hour early, we had a chance to scope out where all of the media/bloggers were going to be and I knew based upon the décor in the room and with everyone being greeted by key players at Twelve Eighty and not to mention the champagne, Yes, champagne,  that we were in for a treat.

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Chef-De-Cuisine-Andreas-Georgakopoulos-Twelve-EightyChef Andreas greeted us and prior to each new dish coming out, took the time to explain what it was and what inspired him to create the dish. Everyone received a sample and it was 4 courses all served with a cocktail and last but not least dessert, created by Pastry Chef, Derrell (see picture below).

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1st course: Pimento Deviled Eggs, Shrimp & Andouille Skillet with Skinny Ginger Margarita

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Pimento-Deviled-Eggs-Twelve-Eighty2nd course: Roasted Beet & Burrata, Crusted Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad with Blackberry Mojito

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Beet-Burrata-Ahi-Tuna-Twelve-Eighty3rd course: High Museum Pastrami, Roasted Turkey & Pepperjack with Twelve Eighty Cocktail

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Roasted-Turkey-Pepperjack-Twelve-Eighty4th course: Scallion Crusted Atlantic Salmon, Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Pom Collins

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Dessert: Almond Cake Soaked in Dolce De Leche Cream, Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee and Chocolate Baked Custard w/espresso cookie

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About:

Twelve Eighty – Inspired Dining boasts a menu featuring local, farm-to-fork offerings for everyone to enjoy. The global cuisine with a southern twist offers a wide array of choices which includes fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, full entrees and several gourmet side choices. Wine, beer and hand-crafted cocktails are also available to be a part of your dining experience.

For more information and to see how you can try these delicious Fall Menu items, visit: Twelve Eighty and make your reservations now.

If you have been to Twelve Eighty before what is one of your favorite menu items?


Buttermilk Sky Pies Remind Me of Grandma

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(As a Dining Out Atlanta Passbook Ambassador, I received free samples in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the product. #ad #affiliate)

Buttermilk-sky-piesThis is the season to eat more food including more delicious pies. All kinds of pies, sweet potato (no comment:)), dutch apple, buttermilk, pecan, coconut, etc. There are many great things that I have inherited from my mom, her looks (what can I say:)), her cooking abilities, with the exception of baking, I do not know what happened there, but she got it honestly from her mama. It must have skipped me because baking pies or even other sweets it is just not for me. I can cook all day and I have my specialties, but sweets nope. Not one of them.

Being so far away from my mommy, I do not get to have the tasty sweets that she makes around this time of the year and I miss that. A couple of weeks back, I was part of the fun with some other foodies, to take part in an Ambassador Mixer, at Buttermilk Sky and I was very surprised. I had not heard of it prior to that day and they laid it out for us. Beautiful décor and scrumptious pies, so much so that I said, Buttermilk Sky Pies Remind Me of Grandma and that is saying a whole lot. I mentioned earlier in the post, coconut pies, earlier this week mommy and I were talking about how Grandma used to make them and she passed the recipe to my mommy and when I tasted the Buttermilk Pie, it reminded me of her. Many great memories were had at her house, eating joking and laughing.

With every bite you taste the time and most of all love that is put into each pie. All very different but all very good and everyone is bound to find their favorite. In the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook, currently there is a deal for a buy 1 get 1 free mini pie, which is a great way to sample their pies. The passbook is only $39 dollars and it is a steal when you think about all of the bogo deals you find in the book for great restaurants in the Metro Atlanta Area. The book retails for $99, but with my code, G4BM18, the price is reduced to only $39. They are perfect if you are looking for a gift idea that pays for itself over and over again.

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Have you tried Buttermilk Sky Pies? Let me know your experience. You will not be disappointed. Don’t forget about getting the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook and use code, G4BM18 to get your hand on so many bogo free deals including brunch.


Sampling The World With Wine at Wahoo! Wines and Provisions

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Sampling The World With Wine at Wahoo! Wines and Provisions

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If you are not able to make it to a winery, attending the Wine Tasting Saturdays at Wahoo! Wine and Provisions  from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm is the next best thing. You can get cheese, ice cream, wine, spices and more. The staff are so knowledgeable and this is a place where you will find the owner sharing and interacting with patrons. Hubby was my guest and we decided to stop here prior to doing some hard work on our side business. More about that another time, but yes we treated ourselves first and enjoyed our time at the Wine Tasting.

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Complimentary wine tasting at the shop traveled through France this week and every week it changes so you will not get bored. There is always room for you to attend every week and explore wine from different parts of the world. Hubby enjoyed the Muscadet and I believe my favorite was the Cairranne. They had as you can see in the picture above some meat, cheese and olives to try that pair well with the wines.

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Join The Club!
Join the WW&P Wine Club or even give a membership as a gift.
For just $50 per month (plus tax) you can join the 2 or 4 bottle, Wahoo! Wine & Provisions Wine Club. Each month you will receive your selected number of great wines along with tasting notes, wine information, food pairing suggestions and much more! To sign-up or learn more information about the Wahoo! Wine & Provisions Wine Club, call 404.687.WINE (9463).

Buy a case of wine (option to build your own) and get 10% off
Buy 3 or more cases of wine and get 15% off
Club members receive 10% off the purchase of 6 bottles – it pays to join the club!

Stay tuned and join me next time in another adventure. There is no telling where we will be:)

Have you been to Wahoo! Wine and Provisions? What is your favorite wine? 


Blackberry Daze Will Put You In A Daze

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Blackberry Daze Will Put You In A Daze

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Three weekends in a row, Blackberry Daze has dazzled the audiences so that they cannot help but share with others and not only share, but come back again for seconds.

Blackberry Daze Will Put You In A Daze so much so that you will lose track of time. After a few minutes of the show, I thought that I was embodying all of the female characters at one time or another. Each of them faced something that I could relate to and especially the end and trust me you will want to see the end and probably join in:).

I cannot give it away but this play was nonstop action so much so that I found myself making gesters like it was me in the play doing the acting. This was the most involved that I had ever been in one of Horizon Theatre’s plays. You are drawn in from the beginning.

One of my favorite love to hate characters in the play was played by TC Carson, the gentleman that played Kyle Barker in Living Single and he did a magnificent job. His voice is incredible and so are all of the other actors. You will not be disappointed at all.

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A Bit About The Play:

It is the end of The Great War, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler (played by TC Carson of Living Single fame), weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. Award-winning writer/director Thomas W. Jones II is back with his musical adaptation of the novel Blackberry Days of Summer in this emotionally charged stage musical with unforgettable stories of love, hope, survival, and redemption.

Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8:30pm and Sundays at 5pm at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points/Inman Park (1083 Austin Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30307) through August 27. Tickets start at $25 and are available at www.horizontheatre.com or 404-584-7450.   The play is made possible in part by production sponsorship from Macy’s.

Have you been to Horizon Theatre to check out one of their plays? If so, which one?

 


Blackberry Daze At The Horizon Theatre

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Blackberry Daze At The Horizon Theatre

After a successful world premiere at MetroStage in Washington D.C., the exciting and bluesy new musical Blackberry Daze whirls onto Horizon’s stage in Atlanta this summer beginning July 14th. Nominated for a Helen Hayes award for the most outstanding adaptation of a play or musical, Thomas W. Jones II returns for his 13th season to direct this compelling and romantic journey to the heart of the south. A whirlwind whodunit of family secrets and passions, Blackberry Daze inspires with original blues, jazz and gospel music by William Knowles.  Adapted from Ruth P. Watson’s 2012 novel Blackberry Days of Summer, don’t miss this musical mystery-romance in the key of the blues!

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It is the end of The Great War, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler (played by TC Carson of Living Single fame), weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. Award-winning writer/director Thomas W. Jones II is back with his musical adaptation of the novel Blackberry Days of Summer in this emotionally charged stage musical with unforgettable stories of love, hope, survival, and redemption.

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This play combines mystery and romance, two of my favorite genres coming together to make what promises to be a great and unforgettable time.

Dates:  July 14-August 27, 2017

Days and Times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 3 PM and 8:30 PM, and Sunday at 5 PM.  No Sat matinee July 15th

Prices:   Tickets start at $25. Discounts can be given for groups of 10 or more. Prices change based on availability and demand, so buy early for the best prices.  Internet convenience fee added to all online orders.  No refunds, exchanges allowed with 24 hours notice.

Tickets and info:  www.horizontheatre.com or 404-584-7450.

Press release and pictures courtesy of Horizon Theatre.

Are you ready for this bluesy mystery? 


Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

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Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

2017 was like I mentioned the year of many firsts and this year I believe hubby and I had some of the most fun. We love to shake our booties when we can and we were able to do just that this birthday with a bunch of old school songs and some new ones. Hubby surprised me with a new restaurant out of the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook, so yes ladies and gents he is handsome and knows how to have a great time at a discounted price.

As I have mentioned in my last birthday post, I had on my favorite new dress from Happy Yellow Dress and was ready for a fun night out on the town in the ATL.

About BQE:

It is not your average soul food restaurant. It’s soul food amplified! The decor and unique lighting fixtures remind you of a modern day New York speakeasy. Expect to hear cool sounds of neo soul and jazz to free your mind while you dine.

Now the day we visited, it was a Friday and there was a live band there that played for a bit that played some tunes we were able to groove and dance to and the dj was spinning some great music and as usual hubby and I were in our own world and enjoyed every minute of it.

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We had several and I mean several drinks and of course we ate good (Blackened Salmon with 2 sides), so we welcomed using the Passbook to get some money off our bills:)

So Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant can be done at a discount (Buy 1 Get 1), as well as enjoying some other great Atlanta Area restaurants by purchasing your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

Tell me the way you Party like a Rockstar at a discount? 


Happy Yellow Dress Brand Sure To Turn Heads

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Post sponsored by Happy Yellow Dress and all opinions are all mine.

2017 and this is another great year and another year older. With this year, I have decided to try a lot of new things. Some of which worked out well and some not so well, but this one was one that worked out perfectly.

My birthday, is my day to do whatever I wanted and my hubby treats it like it is a holiday:) To celebrate it in perfect style and with class, I chose to wear a dress by Happy Yellow Dress  and pair it with an equally as classy brand, Liz Claiborne.

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Happy Yellow Dress Brand Sure To Turn Heads

Hubby surprised me with 4 Liz Clairborne purses and one of them, a tan crossbody satchel that has gold lettering that I paired with gold sandals.

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My dress, Lana (just so happened to be named after one of my favorite people), was the dress of choice and it was not a mistake. This beautiful vintage style dress evokes images of Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. This fabric is our very own print! So you’re sure to be the most unique gal at the party!  And I was the most unique gal in the place!!! It fit perfectly. 

Now about that Liz Clairborne purse:) I have found a similar one for you if you are interested and information is found below and it is only $30.00.

 

Do you have a favorite outfit that turns heads? If so, what is it?


2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Recap From A Newbie Foodie

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floral-displayThis post was sponsored by Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in exchange for my honest good old time and recap of the event.

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has been one of the most talked about foodie events every since I have been in Atlanta. I have wanted to be in the place for years and 2017 was the time. This year certainly has been the year of first and attending this event was no different. It took place from June 1st-4th and was hosted at Loews hotel in Midtown.

As media, I dearly wanted to bring my sidekick and best bud, hubby, but I could not, but next year it is on!!! I already told him, we will have to get us some tickets. Due to my work schedule, some events I was asked to attend I could not, but shhhhh, I had to take off to be there Friday and it was worth it.

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2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Recap From A Newbie Foodie

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It started off with a mini parade that stopped right across the street from the Loews hotel. I was taking pictures from the Grilling Terrace and people came over and asked what I was doing and I showed them the parade led by the creators of this great event. They were surprised.

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As media, I was allowed to attend just about any learning experience that I can squeeze into and that is just what I did. My first one was Dock to Dish (pictures) which all of the classes seemed to last an hour with 45 minute breaks in between to get you where you needed to go and have enough time for environmental breaks.

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Each day, there were different learning experiences, dinners/events as well as connoisseur events. The tasting tents are on all 3 days of the festival and the tents opened at 7:30pm which was cool and it was close to the hotel, so you could walk or even take the shuttle that was provided for guests. You talk about exciting and scared at the same time, that was me. It was such an experience, one that I would recommend everyone if you are a drinker and a foodie, then you would love it.

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I do have some suggestions/recommendations if you are attending the event that may help you.

My recommendations for the event:

  • Stay hydrated – If you are a drinker, then by all means, grab water and keep grabbing it. I did not grab enough and I regretted it in the end. I was a bit happier than I should have been if you catch my drift, but also for the fact that it is outside and you do not know what the weather will bring you need to keep water in you with all of that sun beating down on you.
  • Sanitation (Toiletries) – Due to the tasting tents being outside, unless you are real cool with the restaurants nearby and use the bathrooms there, you might need some tissue and hand sanitizer. I know I almost needed both for sure.
  • Dress to impress – Lots of people here if you want to be seen, however make sure to be flexible when it comes to shoes. I am not sure about you, but I do not like to have my heels in grass and with the Tasting Tents at Piedmont Park that is exactly what was going to happen, so I wore flats.
  • Don’t drink and drive– Go with a designated driver and/or have someone drive you home (Uber).

 

What was your best moment of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival?


Best Way To Become An Atlanta Foodie Rockstar

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This post was sponsored by Dining Out Magazine Atlanta Edition. 

Eating out can be very expensive, but there is always a way to do it and save some money at the same time. Follow along and I will share with you how you can join me and I can show you the best way to become an Atlanta Foodie Rockstar. I have mentioned before how you can get an Atlanta Dining Out Passbook here for only $35.00 and today I want to share with you one of the awesome restaurants in the passbook.

As an ambassador for the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook, I was given an opportunity to attend an event at Anis Bistro and you talk about the perfect host, Arnaud Michel, pictured below, treated us to a rockstar experience. Chef sat down with us and talked about French food, how he chooses ingredients and brings them together to make such awesome masterpieces. I was able to capture most of the food in the pictures below, but some are missing because I was too busy eating:)

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This was a time of firsts, including first time having mussels in white wine with parsley to having lyonnaise potatoes with beef.  Whatever your heart desires from French cuisine, you will be able to get it at Anis Bistro.

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Perfect place for a date night and be able to try some firsts for yourself, but remember you can use the passbook and get the 2 for 1 deals yourself. Grab one here and use code G4BMPass2017 saving you $64.00. 

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Looking at the website for Anis Bistro, there seems to be some live entertainment on Thursdays so this might be the perfect first date restaurant. The ambiance will get your attention, however the cuisine and cocktails will keep you coming back for more. Great place to make a first impression and look like a rockstar doing it.

Buy your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

 I just love great food, how about you? What is your favorite type of food?