Get Lots of Samples and Coupons at the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

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Get Lots of Samples and Coupons at the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

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After a wonderful night before of partying like a rockstar for my birthday, I woke up early in anticipation of attending the GFAF Expo in Atlanta GA May 20 and May 21, 2017 in which I received a 2 day pass for free in exchange for  writing a post and promoting the event.

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As a blogger, I was part of the group that had a sponsored breakfast all gluten free from BFree which was great and filled with being able to talk to the representatives one on one before the large crowds of guests started coming. Lots of pictures and laughs were had between us bloggers.  gfafexpo

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If you are unsure about becoming gluten free, this is the perfect event to attend because it gives you the chance to try samples, talk to brands about their products and take home coupons.

This expo contains workshops from wonderful speakers with knowledge about gluten free living including all areas of your life. You would be surprised to find out that even some of your health and beauty products have gluten in them and I learned it from attending one of this great expos.

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Check out Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo for more information on the next expo coming to a city near you.

To learn more, click on ⇒About Us to see the upcoming schedule, GFAF Expo’s mission and more.

Have you been to a Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo? 


How to Use A Knife – Ends Soon

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How to Use A Knife – Ends Soon

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In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant, Chef George gets a fresh start when he takes over this melting-pot-of-a-kitchen. Two rowdy Guatemalan line cooks, a wet-behind-the-ears busboy, and a reserved African dishwasher serve up drama nightly. But the heat really turns up when immigration sneaks in, looking for a wanted man.

This is one of Horizon Theatre’s best plays and I say that because it was thought provoking while still being pretty funny. Now there was some spicy language that may make some cringe, but sometimes some words get the point across a lot better than others:)

Like all of us, there are people that we know that do things and we wonder why and just think l would not do it. One of the best aspects of the play is that it made me think about other’s actions and how not to be too quick to judge and how being open about your past is sometimes a difficult thing to share with others.

Great actors, direction, set design and production. Horizon Theatre never seizes to amaze me with the set design and this one looks like a real restaurant.

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Tickets 

How to Use a Knife is still showing at the Horizon Theatre until June 25 in Little Five Points/Inman Park area. (1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues). Performances on Saturday and Sunday are still available.

Tickets start as low as $25 (plus sales tax) and are on sale now. Prices change based on availability and demand, so buy early for the best prices! Three play subscriptions also available. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating. Tickets and information are available at 404.584.7450 or www.horizontheatre.com.

Have you been to the Horizon Theatre? What has been your favorite play?


Varuni Napoli Opens in Krog Street Market

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Varuni Napoli Opens in Krog Street Market

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On a beautiful day in Atlanta, I was given the opportunity to attend a media night preview for a wonderful restaurant opening, Varuni Napoli in Krogs Street Market thanks to Culinary Local. My guest and I were not paid, but were able to try various menu items for free in exchange for our honest and unbiased reviews.

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Most of my life I have wanted to go to Italy and eat my way around the area, but due to it being so expensive, we will have to save up a little more before I can get there. In the meantime, I jumped at the chance to try an Italian pizzeria and it was in an area of Atlanta that I had never been and we had a ball.

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Guests were given a special event menu to select the items they wanted to try and we noticed that everyone from the cashier, servers, bartenders, pizza maker station and the owner, were very inviting and nice. Just their attitude made me want to come back before I even tried the food.

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Fresh ingredients, some of which were/are from Atlanta suppliers and some flown in from Italy. I am already spoiled and I know that any authentic Italian restaurant that I try from this point on, better taste just as good or I will not go back:) The crust: 4 simple ingredients and 1 of which is from Italy. Awesome restaurant and atmosphere.

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Next time you are looking for an authentic Italian pizzeria, make sure to check out Varuni Napoli in the Krog Street Market and let me know I may just meet you there.

There are 2 locations in Metro Atlanta and to find out more information about the Owner, restaurant or ingredients, click here: https://www.varuni.us/.

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Have you tried Varuni Napoli? What is your favorite pizza? 


How To Use A Knife – Horizon Theatre Company

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How To Use A Knife – Horizon Theatre Company

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How to Use a Knife is a sharp-edged comedy sizzling with spicy banter and second chances! In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant, Chef George gets a fresh start when he takes over this melting-pot-of-a-kitchen. Two rowdy Guatemalan line cooks, a wet-behind-the-ears busboy, and a reserved African dishwasher serve up drama nightly. But the heat really turns up when immigration sneaks in, looking for a wanted man. How to Use a Knife bursts with grinding suspense, crackling energy, and piercing surprises as secrets from the past come to a boil.

The title alone makes me very curious, but I am interested in what happens to this wanted man. How-to-use-a-knife

Tickets and More

How to Use a Knife runs May 19 through June 25 (Press Opening May 26) at the Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points/Inman Park. (1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues). Performances run Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8:30pm, and Sundays at 5:00pm, beginning May 19, 2017 and are currently scheduled to run through June 25, 2017. No Saturday matinee May 20 or June 3rd.

Tickets start as low as $25 (plus sales tax) and are on sale now. Prices change based on availability and demand, so buy early for the best prices! Three play subscriptions also available. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating. Tickets and information are available at 404.584.7450 or www.horizontheatre.com.

(excerpt from press release from Horizon Theatre).

Cooking Fresh Seafood with Sprouts Farmers Market

I did not receive monies for this review, however was given a gift card which did not
influence my opinion in any way. Sprouts is providing the winner with a gift card 
after winner is chosen.

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After attending the GF & AF Expo in Atlanta last year, I fell in love with Sprouts Farmers Market and I have been to their website and have bugged some of their staff to open a store in my area, but to date they haven’t:(They will though. I refuse to be denied:)

In the meanwhile, if I am near the closest store in my area, I try to stop by. Recently, after becoming a part of Atlanta Food Bloggers Society, I was invited to attend an interactive (which I did not expect) cooking demo at The Cook’s Warehouse that was hosted by Sprouts.

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To top that, the beautiful and talented Chef that was teaching was Chef Tregaye Fraser, winner of Season 12 the Next Food Network Star. Chef Tregaye is also the new host of “The Kitchen Sink” on the Food Network.

During the event, Chef Tregaye showed us how to make some fresh seafood recipes, including lettuce wrap fish tacos, which following her demo, we separated into teams and had to come up with a spin to her recipe utilizing only Sprouts branded products.

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We unfortunately did not win, but the food tasted great and we came in 2nd place which was still so cool. On top of it, everyone left with a $100 dollar gift card to Sprouts and a bag filled with some of their great products.

Sprouts paired with me and is giving you a chance to win a $25 dollar gift card by entering below:

$25.00 Sprouts Farmers Market Gift Card (Cooking Fresh Seafood)

Have you ever been to Sprouts Farmers Market? If so, what’s your favorite thing about Sprouts? If you haven’t, what are you looking forward to purchasing? Comment below.


Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be

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This post is sponsored by Horizon Theatre, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Hubby and I try to do something different every date night and this one was no different. We usually venture out somewhere and love doing it and Inman Park is one of our favorites areas of Atlanta to explore. I wanted to mention to you just in case you are thinking of stepping out to a different part of Atlanta, this is one place that should not be overlooked.

Inman Park is smack dab in what I would call the artisty district. Many opportunities to sitesee with all of the unique homes and businesses in the area not including people watching. If you love that alone this is one of the places to do that. There is no telling what you may see, from people with various forms of expression (dress, attitude, talent (singing and/or drawing on the street and more). Speaking of talent, one of the best places to see a great play that includes singing from very talented and unforgettable actors and actresses, including producers, set designers and more are found at the Horizon Theatre smack dab right in the middle of Inman Park.

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Now through April 30th, the Horizon Theatre is featuring an Off Broadway Hit called Nobody Loves You. This is a musical comedy that takes place on the set of a reality TV dating show. It does make you wonder to what degree of manipulation after seeing the play some of the reality TV shows have in it.

Horizon Theatre is in Inman Park and Little Five Points and every single play that I have had the pleasure to attend manages to be better than the last. It has the perfect setup in the sense that it is intimate where you feel that the play is just being put on for you, but the actors, producers and all of the staff involved perform as if they are on Broadway. They are just that excellent.

The current play is Nobody Loves You which is about Jeff, a grad student in pursuit of winning his girlfriend back but ends up a contestant on a Reality TV show only to find that she is not one of the cast. He attempts to expose the show’s authenticity and low and behold he falls in love with Jenny, a producer on the show. There are lots of little surprises here and there so make sure to pay attention.

Tickets are $25 and the play with intermission is about 2 hours long, however if you get a little hungry or thirsty they have refreshments and light snacks available.

After the play if you are hungry feel free to enjoy a wonderful dinner in one of the great eats in the area, note this is not a list of all the great restaurants, but I wanted to focus on two, Cameli’s:

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One of my favorites from the first time going and I have not forgotten about it is Frontpage News: Even though I have mentioned this restaurant before, it is worth mentioning again..Great food, drinks and music

 

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Cheers and here is hoping that you enjoy my recommendations for why Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be so if you see me make sure to stop me and say hello. I am sure that I will see you at Horizon Theatre if nothing else for this play and many more.

Have you been to the Inman Park area? If so, what is your favorite aspect of the area?


Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 ATLANTA

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Disclaimer: I am an official blogger for the 2017 Atlanta Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo and I have received complimentary passes in addition to discount codes and an affiliate link for #GFAFExpo tickets. Gluten-Free

 

Things are certainly looking up more and more for me. Why you ask? Well, I am going to be able to for the 2nd year in a row be one of the Official Blogger for one of Atlanta’s hottest events, Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo.

Last year I went and please click here ⇒ #GFAFExpo Recap of the event from last year and all of the great brands and information I came back home with and to this day some of the brands I am still using because they are that great.

Since having challenges with miscarriages, I have been on a quest to see if maybe just maybe my challenges were/are due to gluten and to be honest the results are still inconclusive. I actually found out after some testing that I am more allergic to some of my favorite foods, pineapples and eggs. Go figure. I can honestly tell you I feel better as a whole when not eating gluten and that alone is worth giving it up for good. It has not been easy since I love cake, but I am willing to attempt to change for the better. Who is with me?

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Details about the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 Atlanta

Where is it: 

Cobb Galleria Centre–Exhibit Hall A
Two Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339

When is it: 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 20th, 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 21st, 2017

 

What Can You Look Forward To:
Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands
Valuable coupons at the vendor booths
Samples from the vendors are considered to be gluten free.
Discounted products available for purchase
Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle
Free reusable bag to carry your goodies and you will receive many more

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5 Free tickets for 1 free Adult Single Day Pass by entering below:

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 Atlanta Giveaway

 

 

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However if you do not want to take a chance with luck you can always get your tickets ahead of time and skip the line. You can even save money by getting your tickets ahead. From now up until April 19 you will receive an additional 30% off: Gimme Tickets Now or you wait until and between April 20th and my birthday, May 19th you will receive 20% offIs it too late tickets. See below the codes to use to get the discounts.Discount-Gluten-Free-Allergen-Friendly

30% off  w/ code EARLYBIRD (thru 4/19)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 5/19)

This is such as awesome event that you will want to stay connected and to do so please follow #GFAFExpo: 
Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on Facebook
Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on Twitter

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Have you been to a #GFAFExpo? What did you like the most about it?


How to stay Comfortable All Day with prAna

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I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

I never ever thought about sustainable clothing let alone knew what it meant until last year. After attending the Shiftcon conference last year where they featured brands who are ethically responsible, eco-wellness conference and so much more and saw that in the swag bags that there were some cool headbands included. Little did I know then that I would be able to work with the brand in this capacity and that brand was/is prAna and feel free to go here ⇒http://www.prana.com/about-us/sustainability.html to read more about their sustainability efforts.

After making my top 2 selections, I was pleasantly surprised at what I ended up with and how nice there really were in person. The brand makes clothing for every activity and adventure every day. The clothing is so soft and extremely comfortable that one can wear they literally in every capacity. They are comfortable and non-restricting that you can sleep in them. Strong enough that you can exercise and perform any outside or inside activity in them.

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I decided to dress the items up with a pair of wedges and some of my favorite jewelry pieces.

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To shop the look, please click on the item below and receive an additional 15% off (excluding sale items) by using MOMSG4B

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About prAna

prAna, an ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life, and vitality of the spirit, started out in 1992 making clothing that worked well for climbing and yoga. It turned out that the clothing worked well for lots of other passions too, so prAna added new products with “purpose” in mind and scoured the world for design inspiration. prAna creates versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day.

They also participate in business with like-minded folks who want to promote conservation and create positive change. Sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp, and recycled poly along with Fair Trade, and Renewable Energy initiatives are just a few of the things that prAna supports.

prAna is so awesome that they are offering all of my readers a 15% discount off your entire order (excluding sale items) by using my unique discount code: MOMSG4B. So I invite you to visit their website: www.prana.com and take a look at what they have that you may like. For all of you yoga lovers they have mats and other accessories to meet your needs.

Have you tried prAna before? If so, what have you ordered and how well did you like it?


My Man’s Essentials

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After just getting back from visiting family and taking care of some business, we found that packing in a hurry for trips is not where it’s at. Trust me, if you do not, you will leave something behind. Totally should pack ahead of time and I will say kudos to those of you who pack ahead of time and make lists. My mommy makes list all of the time and honestly, I have made fun of it in my head until this last trip. It certainly would have come in handy this time. As some of you know when flying Spirit you have to pack lite and they mean it or it is a hefty price to pay if you do not.

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Anyway, what we found is that we left some essentials, in particular, my man left one particular item that sometimes makes or breaks him…

That one item is cologne. Yes cologne or some form of “smell good” is what he would say, so for him I have decided to write this, My Man’s Essentials and hopefully it will help someone else or just give you a chuckle.

His essentials: straight edge razor to keep his face looking neat, his wave brush to help keep his waves tight and some smell good (can’t be funky).

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Well as I mentioned there was one item that we forgot to pack and it was the cologne and the funny thing was is that it happened right after I had obtained the sample of POLO Red Extreme by Ralph Lauren for him from Influenster. It was the perfect size for him to take, but oh well. I gave the box to him and he was very surprised that I gave him the box (usually 90% of the boxes are for me:))

He opened the box the scent came in and tore open the smaller box that had the scent in it and was pleasantly surprised. He put it on and I smelled his neck and yes I was a happy camper. It is woodsy and spicy both of which I like to smell on him. I can tell by the look in his eye that he is looking for me to get him some more POLO Red Extreme by Ralph Lauren. See you soon and thank you for stopping by.

Influenster provided this cologne for free, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

 


Marietta Square Gem Piastra

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On a beautiful Tuesday night in the Marietta Square I was able to take part in a wonderful wine and food pairing. In the heart of the Marietta Square, Piastra Restaurant is one of those hidden gems. I have been to the Marietta Square many times and have never been to the restaurant until that day thanks to Culinary Local.

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I felt that I was a VIP with all of the participants of the Italian Varietal Dinner were in a separate room off to the back. I met Chef Greg and the representative from Cliffhanger Wines and they both are/were a wealth of information. Chef shared why and how he chose his selections of food for the parings and the guests learned about the different types of wines and the grapes used to make certain wines.

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Here is what you missed:

Course 1:

Cliffhanger Vineyards Pinot Grigio

-Yellowtail Carpaccio, Vidalia Onions, Radish, Red Peppers

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Course 2:

Stemmari Nero D’Avola

-Torta Di Funghi – Mushroom “Pie”, Roasted Shallots and House Made Ricotta

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Course 3:

Cliffhanger Vineyards Proprietary Red Blend

-Charred Octopus with Toasted Almond and Black Olives over Spaghetti Squash

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Course 4:

Tolloy Pinot Noir

-Boar Sugo with Goat Ricotta and hand rolled Fazzoletti

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Course 5:

Castello Di Querceto Vin Santo del Chianti Classico

-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Sour Cherries and Almond Brittle

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It was a generous amount of excellent food and wine for a very reasonable price and everyone left saying that they will be back for more. My favorites were Courses 4 and Course 5, but all of them were good. This was a great time for my try something new segment because I had never had boar or octapus.

So if you are looking for beautiful and great tasting food and beverage selections at Marietta Square Gem Piastra, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/piastrarestaurantmarietta/ for more great events and speaking of which, the next event is this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.