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.

Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be

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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.


Charlotte Magazine Best New Restaurant’s Party

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Charlotte Magazine Best New Restaurant’s Party

Charlotte magazine has been producing a Best Restaurants issue and for the first time they have decided to make a party out of it. VIP is always the way to go and this experience was no different. On behalf of Culinary Local, I was awarded this chance to go to Charlotte and Eat!!! Hubby and I are always down for a roadtrip and off we went to take part in Charlotte’s Magazine  Best New Restaurant Party and we had a ball.

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Each guest was given a chip to be tossed in the bucket of their best new restaurant choice and there was plenty to choose from. Wine, cocktails and fine food all night and all while raising money for a local non-profit, Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

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Great hosts, Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson from WCNC Charlotte Today helped bring more excitement to the party as they took pics with party-goers and ate right along with us.

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People’s Choice went to 204 North which is who we choose so we were super excited about that and they served pork belly yummmmm…over yellow grits with peas. Oh my!!! One of my new loves is pork belly and I turned hubby on to it as well.

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Judge’s Choice was Aix En Provence with their salmon that had hawaiian hearts of palm.

Here is a look at all of the delicious samplings we had while at the Charlotte Magazine Party:

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For more about the 25 Best New Restaurants see here: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/January-2017/25-Best-New-Restaurants-2017/

We enjoyed meeting great new people and hope to see you all soon at some new restaurant in Charlotte!!

Have you every taken a road trip to Charlotte just for the food? 


Enjoy Chattanooga Spring Break Safari & Scavenger Hunt Now to April 9

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I do not know about you, but I seriously after tackling Mercer University, in need of a vacation. I know a lot of my co-workers were mentioning that it is Spring Break and this is actually perfect timing for me as well and the more the merrier. If you do not have plans, you may want to consider going to Chattanooga, TN where they have activities and fun for the entire family. It is less than 4 hours from Atlanta and not very expensive either. I may see you there.

See some of the fun things going on in Chattanooga now until April 9th, 2017 below:

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The inclusive Chattanooga Spring Break Safari transforms the city into a place where kids rule and adventure is everywhere. Kids and Big Kids can’t resist exploring the world with lots of hands-on activities designed just for them. The participating attractions are offering special experiences that can only be done now to Sunday, April 9, 2017.

While on Spring Break Safari in Chattanooga, kids can be a Pirate aboard a riverboat; Sword Fighter on a quest to see the Queen; Conductor and travel the rails; Speleologist deep within a cave; Zookeeper and encounter some of nature’s wildest creatures; RockQuest Adventurer on an enchanted trail; Art Explorer and uncover hidden treasures; Inventor and create new things; or an Artisanal Adventurer and learn about cooking techniques.

Families can discover more about Chattanooga on an exciting Scavenger Hunt!                                                  Coolidge-Park-Carousel

Enjoy Chattanooga Spring Break Safari & Scavenger Hunt Now to April 9

Explore the city and complete each Scavenger Hunt at your own pace. Solve the clues together or if you get stuck, you can ask someone at the attraction or check out the answers at the end of the guide. Kids will receive special prizes when they show images of the found items to employees at the attractions for both hunts.

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Be sure to get a free Spring Break Safari Guide that can be downloaded online (now!) or picked up at any of the participating Spring Break Safari attractions, Chattanooga Visitors Center located at 215 Broad Street, SpringHill Suites by Marriott/Downtown Cameron Harbor, Chattanooga Choo Choo, or The Chattanoogan Hotel. The guide includes details on the Safari Attractions and the Scavenger Hunt.

Get the full scoop on planning a Chattanooga Spring Break Safari atwww.chattanoogafun.com/spring.

Chattanooga seems like the place to be for me this year, how about you? 


Horizon Theatre: Nobody Loves You

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The world would be a horrible place to live if no one loved you. Pretty sad even. All of us need love of some type or another well don’t count on it on this new play coming to Horizon Theatre Friday March 17th, 2017. As with everything life starts out one way and ends up another….

Nobody Loves You, the TV show-within-the-show, follows attractive singles pairing up in weekly installments only to get booted off if—well, if nobody loves you!   When Jeff, a philosophy grad student unexpectedly snags a spot on the show, he finds himself on a mission to expose its “authenticity”.  That is until he unexpectedly makes on on-set love connection with Jenny, a prickly producer.   Along the way, we hit all the high points – tearful confessionals, the steamy Hot Tub Room, the Crush Ceremony, and explosive truths in the Minefield Tango.   “The show is a smart, contemporary comedy that looks at a timeless theme – how you find real connection in a world of forced personalities,” explained writers Moses and Alter. “Audiences who have never seen a reality TV show have still loved and connected with the musical.”  If you have ever been looking for love, or looking to laugh at strangers looking for love in the world of reality television, join in the fun at Horizon Theatre.

 

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On the set, the producers, Nina and Jenny, confirm Jeff’s suspicions that reality TV is a world of carefully designed scenarios, challenges, events, and settings to encourage particular behaviors and conflicts.

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Nobody Loves You runs March 17 through April 30 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 March 17, 2017 and are currently scheduled to run through April 30, 2017. No Saturday matinee March 18 and April 29. There is a special performance time on Sunday, April 30 at 8pm to accommodate the Inman Park Festival.

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 and four play subscriptions also available.  Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating. Tickets and information are available at or 404-584-7450 or www.horizontheatre.com.


Great Deals for Spring with AMIClubwear

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Great Deals for Spring with AMIClubwear

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Chose to make a statement in this cute dress! Just in time for the Spring if this weather here in Georgia would balance out. The dress has quarter sleeves, round neck, chevron print, elastic waistband, removable belt, and it is fitted. Get your own Seafoam Yellow Qtr Sleeve Chevron Print Dress now for less than $20.00 and the size go from S to XL.

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Wear these cute wedges with any dress up outfit you have in mind. The features includes a bold color, round close toe, scoop vamp, ankle strap with an adjustable buckle closure followed by a cushion foot-bed and finished off with a smooth finish. Usually round toes shoes are not my favorite, but these have changed my mind about round toed shoes.

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Stay classy and look stylish in this cute Sexy Black Pleaded Shoulder Cutout Aline Casual Dress! Features shoulder cutouts, sleeveless, pleaded, bold color, back zipper closure, aline, followed by a semi fitted wear. Perfect dress for weddings and after five occasions if paired with the proper accessories.

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To find these maryjane close toe shoes and black pleated dress, use the search box and you should be able to find them.

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Downtown Decatur Food Tours Experience

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What better way to explore Decatur Georgia than on a beautiful Saturday. The sun was out and everyone was greeted by our wonderful engaging and beautiful tour guide Tracy. Guests were not bored in the least. There was plenty of great eats and rich history which now I understand why they say “Decatur, where it’s Greater!!” I received a free ticket as a member of Culinary Local to write an honest and unbiased review.

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1st stop was at Taiyo Ramen and this was one of the highlights by far: steamed pork belly bun. Incredible!! I would have eaten at least 5 of these and enjoyed every one just like the 1st. Taiyo-Ramen-Downtown-Decatur-Food

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2nd stop was at a wonderland filled with all types of sweets and retro items at Rocket Fizz: Each patron received 10% off of their purchase.

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3rd stop was Calle Latina where we had a beef empanada with mango salsa. Yum.

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4th stop: Sapori di Napoli where we had a slice of margherita pizza, had an arancini, shot of limoncello (one of my favorites, but it will put you out) and a cannoli for dessert.

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Last but not least, was where I believe I was the most surprised: Splash of Olive where we were able to taste some incredible combinations that Tracy showed us. Who knew that balsamic vinegar can be so delicious.

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If you are gluten free or have any special requests, please please let Tracy know and the restaurants will make specially prepared meals for you.

There are different types of tours at different price points and because Tracy did such a wonderful job and knew what she was talking about I will be back for another tour but I will bring some guests to take part in the wonderful experience. See that door in the picture below? Remember it if you decide to take the tour:)

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No worries there were activities and so much fun to be had interacting with the rest of the group, that you will forget you actually are getting some exercise in as well.

To read more and obtain the schedule, please visit: https://www.downtowndecaturfoodtours.com/

Have you been on a food tour? What has been your favorite one?