Where to Watch the Playoff Games in Atlanta

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Excerpt from Press Release #carenwestpr

In honor of the first round of NFL playoffs on Saturday, January 6th and the SEC National Championship on Monday, January 8th, it’s time to throw on your jersey and hustle to Dantanna’s to cheer on your favorite teams. Known for combining culinary excellence with the entertainment value of sports, Dantanna’s exudes the sophistication of a five-star restaurant and the entertainment of having a private box at your favorite game. With flat screen TVs throughout the restaurant and bar, no matter which team you’re cheering for, sports fans can take advantage of $15 Buckets of Miller Lite every Saturday and Monday; and $3 Jager Shots – Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Additionally, in celebration of the National Championship game, Dantanna’s has made Mondays even better with Martini Mondays, featuring $3 Three Olives vodka martinis.

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Dantanna’s has three convenient Atlanta locations, that will be open beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday January 6, and on Monday, January 8, 2018. Dantanna’s Buckhead is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326. Dantanna’s Downtown is located at 1 CNN Center #269, Atlanta, GA 30303, and Dantanna’s Sandy Springs is located at Abernathy Square, 6649 Roswell Road Unit 30, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. For more information visit www.dantannas.com or call 404.705.8873. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @dantannas.

Come taste and see and take part in all of the excitement #Buckhead has to offer.


The Santaland Diaries – Horizon Theatre

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I received complimentary tickets in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. #ad 

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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?


Live SoulFULL Review

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Received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. #ad

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Product Description:

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN LIFE-GIVING TRUTH THROUGH THE POWERFUL LANGUAGE OF MUSIC.

Live SoulFULL is a music-driven, gospel-centered, interactive Bible study that’s all about how God fulfills your deepest needs. It’s a fun, yet challenging way to help you build a strong, confident faith in knowing God as the Giver and Filler of life.

Each song and corresponding chapter work together to walk you through the Bible’s answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

praying-live-SoulFULLRecorded by award-winning Nashville musicians, the music ranges from up-tempo, roll-the-
window-down grooves to passionate, heart-stirring ballads. As you listen, read, and learn, you will discover the fulfillment and joy that Jesus offers in the midst of everyday life.
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Live SoulFULL Includes:

  • 11 Chapter study book
  • 13-song CD
  • Download code for digital copy of album
One of the coolest parts is that there are several activities for the reader to do to help them in their faith walk which include:
-Take a Selfie- challenges you with soul-stirring questions
-Reach Up- helps you connect with God through focused prayer
– Reach Out- equips you to talk with family and friends and gives you a fun way to share your faith by sharing the songs
– Sound Waves- draws your attention to specific lyrics to help you internalize the truth of God’s word found in the songs
Scott, is the author of the book and a Bible Teacher who is passionate about seeing people transformed
by the love of Father God. Ginger, his wife, is a beautiful and fun singer. So talented that she writes for
local ministries and churches.
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I found that this is a very unique and cool way to get God’s Word into your life. The challenging portions
of each chapter for me was Take a Selfie and Reach Out (especially to hard to love people) but maybe
for you it will not be as challenging. Looking at yourself has always been informative and scary:)
If you are looking for a gift for a person who loves music and wants to dive deeper into God’s Word, this
book is it. You can find more information here: Live SoulFULL including being able to download the 1st
chapter and a song.
Have you dove into LIVE SoulFULL? What was your experience?

Smokie Norful Take The Lid Off Book

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Received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion. May contain affiliate links.

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the avid inspirational reader in your life? You may want to check out: Take The Lid Off  from Christian Musician, and now Pastor Smokie Norful. His music is beautiful, the book is one to add to your library. It is a guide to help one to go from one level to the next.

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About the book:

When the pressure of life seems to boil over – and it does for everyone – Pastor and Grammy-winning musician Smokie Norful has one piece of advice: take the lid off. This concept was inspired by watching his grandmother make her signature dish of sweet rice. When the heat got too high, the pot began hissing and boiling over, like it was about to explode and create panic. His Grandmother would remind him the only way to avoid an eruption is to remove the lid. Like that pot of rice, the only way to avoid an emotional overload is to take our own lids off — that is, to stop being trapped inside ourselves and instead look to God and his grace to show us the strategy that makes us all he intends us to be, and serve him in the way he has called us to.

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This is the premise behind Norful’s new book Take the Lid Off: Trust God, Release the Pressure, and Find the Life He Wants for You (Thomas Nelson, September 17, 2017). In Take the Lid Off, Norful — who is the founder and pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center, a congregation of 5,000 members with three campuses in the Chicagoland area — outlines four steps to take to relieving the pressure and drawing closer to God in the process:

  1. Look Inward, experiencing the cleansing of forgiveness and the power of God

  2. Look Outward, seeking for others to experience the joy of living for God and have the best God has to offer

  3. Look Upward and marvel at God’s love and strength to accomplish his purposes

  4. Move Onward, devising a strategy to accomplish all God has put in our hearts to do

All 4 of these sections are very important, but nowadays most seem to be so me centered that we miss what is going on in front of us and the opportunities to help others. We are not here on this Earth just for me, mine and ours. What about them, theirs and those?

As long as you have breath, there is always a chance to do and be better. Why not chose that today?

More gift ideas coming soon:)


Tyler Perry’s BOO 2! Madea Halloween Contest. #AD #RWM #BOO2

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Tyler Perry’s BOO 2! Madea Halloween Contest. #AD #RWM #BOO2

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“This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Lionsgate. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”
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Check out the super creepy and scary trailer for Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, in theatres October 20th!

What is Boo 2 About:

Madea and the gang are back for this hilarious sequel, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.  Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

What is the Rating:

PG-13 For sexual references, drug content, language and some horror images.

Like Contests?:

One winner will be picked to receive a Boo 2! T-shirt (random sizing) and Boo 2! Stencil Kit. Note:  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again.  Starts 10/16 and ends 10/26!!

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SOCIAL: #Boo2

What Halloween movies are you looking forward to watching this year?


6th Annual Atlanta Chili Cook Off October 7th

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Fall brings cooler weather, sweaters, more warm food and drinks including CHILI!!! Atlanta is the place to be for exciting events and this one will not be disappointing for me because I am a chili creator and eater. I am not sure if you heard of it, but it is the Atlanta Chili Cook Off in Brookhaven celebrating it’s 6th year. I will be eating my weight in chili this day:)
I have received 2 passes to attend the event for free in exchange for sharing my opinion about the event before, during and after.
Event Details
6th Annual Atlanta Chili Cook Off in Brookhaven
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Brookhaven Park – 2660 Osborne Rd, Brookhaven, GA 30319
  • Taste Chili & Brunswick Stew from 75+ Restaurant & Amateur Competition Teams (chili peppers up)
  • Live Music Atlanta Retro Band, Martay Partay & DJ Suspense (strike a pose)
  • Kidzone with Free Admission for Kids 12 & Under (aww I wanna play)
  • Cold Shock Top, Goose Island IPA, Bud Light, Budweiser Beer, Wine & Electric Vodka Lemonade (so cook)
  • Portion of proceeds benefit Atlanta Fundraising Foundation & Brookhaven Park Conservancy (totally cool)
  • $2,500.00 in Prizes & Awards for Top Amateur Teams, Restaurant Teams, Most Spirited Team & People’s Choice!  Come win bragging rights, plaques, medals, prizes and more! (cannot wait to see who wins)
TICKETS
General Admission: Unlimited chili tastings starting at 1:00 P.M.
VIP: You get a whole hour ahead to enjoy Unlimited Chili Tastings, Open Bar, Commemorative Spoon, Swag Bag & more. (A limited number of tickets will be available…this will sell out.)

 

See highlights below of the pics from 2016. Photo Credits: Armus Media Group

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Crowd-Chili-CookoffLook at the crowd, this event is sure to sell out. You still have time, so get your tickets here: Chili Awaits Ahead

Have you been to the Atlanta Chili Cook Off before? What was your favorite part?


Matthew West All In CD Review and Giveaway

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Matthew West All In CD Review and Giveaway
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Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew currently has a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives.

What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

After listening to the album, my favorite song is The Beautiful Things We Miss and it because it made me think about all of the time I missed out on being with loved ones because my view and focus was off. The things that matter are eternal things not this temporary stuff that gets us off track. That is one thing about this album, it makes you think and hopefully get you to do some introspection and see if you can honestly say if you are all in or not.

All In video:

To purchase your own CD ⇒All In or you can take your chance and enter to win a copy below. 

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           Matthew West All In CD Giveaway

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for including me in this promotion!  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.”

#flyby #allin


Food Cooked with Love Zeal Modern Eatery

September 4, 2017 / Entertainment and Travel, Foodie, Main Menu
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According to the Oxford Dictionary, one of the synonyms for zeal is love and that is what I tasted in every bite while dining at Zeal Modern Eatery in East Cobb.

Any time I get a chance to go to East Cobb in Marietta I jump on it and I am never disappointed. I was able to visit one of my favorite areas thanks to Culinary Local. Prior to today I had not heard of Zeal Modern Eatery and was kind of disappointed that I had not heard of it this eatery.

This was a special night of beer and bar bites pairings with the dynamic duo Zeal Modern Eatery and Gate City Beer.

5 courses and 5 chances to love or hate the pairings created by Chef Kristian, co-founder Scott Sawant and Gate City Beer. Did I love or hate these pairing? Stay tuned to find out…

1st course:

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20 Grand Cream Ale with Smoky Mahi Mahi Taco

 

2nd course:

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1864 IPA with Spicy Beef Tenderloin Monchow Soup

3rd course:

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Pitt Hopkins Pale Ale with East Coast Wahoo w/roasted corn, baby kale, andouille sausage, and shoestring potatoes

4th course:

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OTP IPA with Caribbean Jerk Barbeque Rib

5th course:

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Terminus Porter with Truffle Cheesecake Fritter

Like I mentioned before, I am not disappointed when I come to the East Cobb area and I certainly was not today either.

My vote for the best combo was the Wahoo and Pitt Hopkins Pale Ale. I LOVED IT!! and yes I wanted more of it. With every bite, I could taste the love in every bite.

Zeal Modern Eatery stays busy. Even after the pairing event, plenty of, it seemed regulars, just hung out with Scott and other staff having a grand time. To be honest, I almost felt some type of way because at first I kind of felt ignored, but after a while the atmosphere seemed to have changed and I felt more at ease. I told one of my friends that I will have to make sure to come back with some of my friends and family to check out the wonderful tasting food and to share in some of the love I felt while eating it.

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You can have a grand time as well and apparently, on the regular they have live music playing, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Check them out here (www.zealrestaurant.com) and see their other special events like half off wine bottles on Wednesday. Drink and eat up!!


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?