Believe Movie Review

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The movie takes place in a small Virginia town whose community is slowly dying. Matthew, is now the owner of a business now no longer making money and is forced to make personnel and salary cutbacks, which manages to anger the local union and the workers.

The town gets even more upset when he threatens to cancel the town’s annual Christmas celebration and soon thereafter all heck breaks lose..

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Believe Movie Review

In his effort to save jobs, Matthew toys with slicing some salaries, but that causes the union to call for a strike. Later, these representatives vandalize his property and even send some thugs to beat him to a pulp.

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Left for dead on the other side of the tracks, Matthew is cared for and nursed back to health by a young man named Clarence that manages to see the best in everything and at times it is a little annoying but kids tend to give people more chances than adults. You will see just that in this movie.

Clarence manages to change Matthews heart and at the same time just may change yours as well. It is certainly a feel good movie and great for around Christmas season.

Have you seen Believe?


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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Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be

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


The Big Ketch Entices Guests w/The Big Easy Now Through April 30

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 (Press Release courtesy of Melissa Libby & Associates)

THE BIG KETCH ENTICES GUESTS WITH THE BIG EASY NOW THROUGH APRIL 30

A taste of New Orleans on the menu in Buckhead and Roswell

 

WHAT:

The kitchen krewe at The Big Ketch is bringing the soul of the Southern coast to Atlanta with a special New Orleans-themed menu available now through April 30. This special menu features the following:

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Available all day:

  • Crawfish Bites – flash-fried crawfish tails with Lowcountry aioli ($8.95)
  • Gator Bites – marinated gator tail bites flash-fried and served with New Orleans barbecue sauce ($8.95)

Lunch features:

  • Fried Crawfish Po’ Boy – shredded lettuce, tomato and Lowcountry aioli ($14.95)
  • Gator Tail Po’ Boy – shredded lettuce, tomato, rémoulade and a drizzle of New Orleans barbecue sauce ($13.95)

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Dinner features:

  • New Orleans BBQ Shrimp – blackened shrimp over smashed tomatoes with grilled green beans and Worcestershire-spiked creole garlic butter sauce ($21.99)
  • Seafood Gumbo – blackened shrimp and crawfish tails served over a creole seafood gumbo with seasoned rice and flash-fried okra ($22.95)

WHEN:                                

Now through April 30, 2017

WHERE:

The Big Ketch in Buckhead

3279 Roswell Road

Atlanta, GA 30305

404-474-9508

 

The Big Ketch on Canton Street

1105 Canton Street

Roswell, GA 30075

770-993-5749

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About The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? That’s the spirit behind The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill – fresh, casual seafood, prepared with a gourmet touch. Atlanta’s local beach house first opened its doors in Buckhead in 2010, followed by a second Roswell location in 2015. Known for sourcing the highest quality seafood and offering friendly service in a relaxing atmosphere, The Big Ketch is the perfect place to dine with friends and family any day of the week! For more information, visit thebigketch.com.


Summer’s Hottest Fashion Trends

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Staying cool and being on trend during the Summer is all about looking great and feeling comfortable and confident. Pack up those sweaters and scarves. Box up your boots and break out your strappy sandals, shorts, and bathing suits. We are talking about all the latest in Summer fashion trends so you can have the confidence to strut to any poolside barbecue knowing you look great and you are rocking the latest trends. These trends are inspired by Hollywood red carpet looks, fashion magazines, and trendsetters with a keen eye for glam and gorgeous.

Show Some Skin

Summer naturally means it is time to show off a little skin and this Summer is no exception. Crop tops and cut outs are all the rage this year. Little peekaboo details in dresses and shirts show just enough skin to give off a sexy, daring vibe. Backless dresses are a trend with a surprise twist sure to turn heads.

Pom Poms

This trend blossomed last year, but it is in full bloom for Summer 2017. Pom poms are on everything from handbags and babydoll tops to sandals and even jewelry. Colored pom pom puff balls add a detail element to apparel and accessories which create a festive Summer vibe.

The Cold Shoulder

One way fashionistas are staying cool this Summer is with off the shoulder tops and dresses. They are must haves for trendsetters in this Summer. Strapless, single shoulder, cold shoulder, or even an off the shoulder with sleeves, any variety of shoulder detail accentuates the look of a hot summer dress or flowy top. The details are all in the embellished neckline and exposing your gorgeous shoulders.  

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Ankle bracelets

Your ankles have been jealous of all the love you have been showing your wrists, ears, and neck. They want to be adored with the latest jewelry trends too. Good thing this Summer the ankle bracelet is making its comeback. So flex your foot and strap on a pretty little bracelet, your ankles will be grateful you did, and your friends will all be jealous of your great style.

Block heels

Step out this Summer in the latest of the revived 90’s trends. First, it was the choker, and now it is the block heel. Summon those retro feelings and slip your pretty pedicured feet into a shoe with a big chunky heel. Dress shoes, sandals and more casual footwear will all be donning a chunky block heel this year.

Blush is Back

Over the past several years we have heard a lot about contouring, bronzers, and highlighters, and while those are still hot in the beauty department, this year it is all about the blush. Blush is no longer taking a backseat to all the other beauty products in your bag. According to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, “Whether applied with a heavy-hand and a nod to disco or subtly blended from cheek to temple blush was meant to be seen on the spring runways.”

No matter what fashion trend you channel this Summer, make sure to embrace your personal style. Let the world be your runway and show off your sense of confidence. When you own a unique look, you share a point of view with the world. If you are looking for a place to flaunt all the latest fashions, why not head to the pool. An ideal location for pom pom sandals, ankle bracelets, and off the shoulder coverups and bathing suits, the pool is this Summer’s number one accessory.

Better, yet why not head to a pool in your backyard? If you have ever considered owning an above ground pool, now is the time to jump in head first. Rec Warehouse is the Southeast’s largest seller of above ground pools, hot tubs, spas, and saunas and they are located right here in Atlanta. With three convenient showrooms in Kennesaw, Jonesboro, and Norcross, Rec Warehouse has a professional staff ready to help provide you with the assistance needed to install the crystal clear blue waters of your dreams.

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The President of Rec Warehouse, David Doebler, has been in the pool business almost since he was born. He learned the ropes from his father and uncle who started the business in the 1970’s and since has successfully lead Rec Warehouse to sell over 250,000 above ground pools. With his expertise and your personal style, you are bound to create a space for the ultimate Summer getaway – relaxation, entertainment, and cool Summer fun.

Show off all the latest trends in fashion and entertainment when you invite your friends and family over for afternoons in your backyard oasis.  


Marietta Square Gem Piastra

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Marietta Square Gem Piastra

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.


Valentine’s Special: Constellations at the Horizon Theatre for a Special Price

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Valentine’s Special: Constellations at the Horizon Theatre for a Special Price

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For all of you lovebirds that want to do something different for Valentine’s Day, instead of that boring box of chocolates and flowers, how about including a great theatre experience? Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta is giving a great deal:

The sweet deets:

Valid Friday, February 10th through Friday, February 17th, 2017.

Two Tickets, reserved seating, two drink vouchers and a special treat!! $70/couple on weekdays and $80/couple on weekends.

 

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Hubby and I had the awesome opportunity to see this play on opening night and it is one of the best that Horizon Theatre has put on. If you do not mind, wanting to curse the actors out at times or crying with them, all because they were that darn good, you will not want to miss this. My emotions were all over the place and so was the rest of the audience. This spellbinding, romantic journey takes a touching and thoughtful look at one couple as it exists in parallel universes.

Hailed as “A singular astonishment” by the New Yorker and “Sexy, sophisticated, and gorgeous” by the New York Times, Horizon’s Constellations runs January 27-February 26. Suzi Award-winning director Justin Anderson, voted Creative Loafing Atlanta’s best stage director in 2016, helms this intimate duet. (Horizon Theatre Press Release)

So you have time to enjoy this great play, however for the Valentine’s Week Special starting on the 10th of February, you do not have much time. Get the tickets now. This is a great deal and they will go fast.