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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?


Couple’s Massage From Hell

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Lights dim with candles flickering, the soothing sounds of a waterfall in the background, my and my hubby started to prepare to enjoy what we thought was going to be a relaxing couple’s massage at the Renova Spa in one of the cutest hotels in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Riu Reggae.

After a 1st night of relaxing, eating and drinking with family and friends, we decided to go for a couple’s massage at 8:00 am the next morning and we were excited, very excited and it started off well..

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We were greeted by the smiling therapist and told to remove our clothing down to the undies and on the website, you can if you want, be naked because no one was going to see anything more than the top part of your buttocks so we stripped got under the towels provided and then began the…….

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They covered our eyes and apparently part of this massage included a facial and our eyes were covered so they thought the entire massage. The massage proceeded with no issues, and as mentioned initially our eyes were covered, but mine were not completely covered and I noticed while on our backs they the two therapists whispered to each other (Natasha to Shannique). The music started skipping and Natasha fixed the music and Shannique had left the room for some reason. We continued on and within 10 minutes time, I noticed that Natasha (while they both were massaging our right legs), lifted his towel, looked over at Shannique showing her his private parts as well. I immediately raised up and said, “What was that?!!”

They both looked at me, as to say what are you talking about and said nothing, just looked at me funny and my husband, not realizing what had happened said, “What is wrong?” and I said, “We will just finish.” and we turned on our backs shortly thereafter. I wanted to try and finish the massage knowing that I was upset, thinking that maybe I imagined it, but I did not drink, I was not high or anything. I was very much so alert. I had to remember that I was not in America, where things would have ended differently. Seriously, it would have been ugly.

We got dressed and I explained to hubby what I saw and we hurried and put on our clothes so that we can speak with the manager. We filled out the comment forms (they switched them up on us come to find out after some investigation that I did on Facebook). Natasha Dawkins gave me her form and Shannique Milling gave him my form. I cannot believe they even asked for a comment knowing what they have done.

Before we filled out anything, I told him to take a picture so I can have their names for later when I report them. He told the therapists that he was violated and I said, “Your coworker exposed him to you.” Shannique said, “Your eyes were covered.” I said, “No they were not, I saw her lift up his towel and show you his private parts.” Shannique said, “I am very professional and have been doing this over 6 years.” Natasha Dawkins (the most disrespectful unprofessional so-called therapist) said nothing, but stood there looking like what are you talking about. I did not dispute it any longer knowing that there were lying. We left and Shannique opened the door for us and gave us the complimentary wine that everyone gets after receiving services from Renova Spa.

We immediately went to the hotel front desk and was told from Jhamelle (supervisor on duty for Riu Reggae hotel) that he would get in contact with Chevelle B., a supervisor from the Riu Montego Bay location which was next door. Jhamelle seemed apologetic and was in shock. He contacted Chevelle and we were told that at 12:30 pm, June 11th, that Chevelle would be over but apparently she could not leave and we finally spoke with her at 2:00 pm.

To date, we were told by LaToya M., manager from both locations that she was sorry and reimbursed us but we did not hear anything else other than the two were suspended for the day but that was all. Needless to say, this ruined the rest of my trip because left and right I would think about it and it would hurt me and tears would come to my eyes.

They need to be fired and have their licenses revoked. Please help share this with others.

Have you or your mate ever had a Couple’s Massage From Hell?


Ibotta Luster Premium White Deals

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Great evening all. I am writing you today just to give you a heads up about a wonderful deal. If you love to save money and I do not know too many people who don’t, but for a limited time only (June 9th), you can get up to 12.50 cash back by purchasing one of the following when you use the Ibotta app:

Now through June 9th users can save on:

  • Luster Pro Light Kit – Earn $7.00 cash back
  • Luster 2 Minute White Kit – Earn $2.50 cash back
  • Luster Power White Toothpaste – Earn $1.50 cash back
  • Luster NOW! Toothpaste – Earn $1.50 cash back

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Luster Premium White is distinguished by having no messy strips or trays, no inconvenient or expensive office visits, and best of all, no tooth sensitivity thanks to breakthrough technology and premium ingredients including stabilized peroxide.

I had my teeth whitened once and it was quite the experience. I loved the results, however I could not afford to keep it up, but this is the next best thing for a lot less money:)

I love saving money especially when it is on products that I purchase anyway and this is one product that I would purchase more often if I can either catch it on sale and/or with ibotta cash back deals. Plus, you can earn an additional $.50 bonus with the purchase of a Luster Premium White whitening kit (Pro Light or 2 Minute White) and a toothpaste (Power White or Luster NOW!).

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Have you used a teeth whiting system before? If so, do you still use it?


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? 


Special Things You Can Do For The Man In Your Life

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From birthdays, Christmas’, to our fast approaching Father’s Day, there is always a reason to celebrate the man, or men (hey, dad’s and grandpa’s need to be celebrated, too) in your life! After a while, it gets tedious to get special gifts, or do special things for those men in your life and we end up getting meaningless gifts that will be thrown in the trash after a few years to come. Well, I am here to change that today! I want to share with you all special things that you can do for the man in your life, because he really does deserve it. Here are my very best ideas for special things you can give, or do for your man:

1. Take him on a vacation

This is definitely the most expensive option in this list and it is not for everyone, but hear me out! If you can afford it, taking him on a surprise getaway is an amazing idea. According to The Huffington Post, the more vacations you take, the happier you will be. I know the traditional saying is “happy wife, happy life,” but I think it goes both ways – if you have a happier husband or boyfriend, you are sure to be happier, as well. Going on vacation will you happier, less stressed, more relaxed and it will put you in a better mood overall. If I need another reason to convince you to go on a vacation, then let it be the fact that you get to go, as well. 😉 Make sure you do not plan the trip for yourself, though. If your man loves adventurous trips, but you love sitting on the beach, make sure you don’t choose a beach trip! Keep in mind that this is for him, not you!

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2. Give him a day of rest

Everyone needs a day of rest! A great idea for this is to call out of work for him without letting him know, if possible. Turn off his morning wake up alarm and let him sleep in! Start the morning with breakfast in bed, then let him do his favorite things throughout the day – you can let him run the show! Make sure not to let him lift a finger, though! If there is a chore that needs to be done, do it for him. If you choose to do this, a perfect day would be a Friday or Monday. Friday is a great option because you would get his weekend off to a great start! Monday is also a great option because everyone dreads a Monday. Not getting up early, when you think you have to would be a fantastic start to the week! Rest is becoming a lost practice and the more we need it, the less it is actually happening and instead, we fill our calendars to keep ourselves busy..

3. Give him a gift that will last a lifetime

Giving a gift that will last a lifetime is as special as an item will get. When thinking of a gift, you want to make sure that it is high quality and from a reputable source. While there are many fantastic gift ideas that will last a lifetime out there, one of my favorite ideas is a sword from Swords of Northshire. Swords of Northshire offers Samurai Swords, Ninja Swords, Knives, Custom Swords and Accessories. They are a reputable source for swords for a few different reasons. First of all, they have fantastic reviews. If you check out their website, you will see for yourself. They also have wonderful customer service – they not only have a customer service telephone number, but you can also reach them through email and live chat, as well. On top of both of those reasons, they also hand forge their swords in the town of Longquan. Longquan is located in China in the Qinxi mountainous area. Longquan has over 2,600 years of sword making experience (it can be traced back to 770-476 BC), when the town was founded, making longquan swords are the most traditional ancient weapons of China. When purchasing a sword through Swords of Northshire, you know that your sword will go through the most tedious, perfected forging process in Longquan, ensuring that you receive the best product possible.

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4. Give him something that he has wanted for a while

It seems like we are constantly going through life wanting something new, each day, so I am positive that you have heard your man point out something that he has been wanting. It could be something small, or something on the larger side, but as long as he wants it, you are good to go!

5. Have a fancy dinner

Food is one of my biggest passions, so you know that a fancy dinner is the way to my heart. Search for fancy recipes and make your own dinner at home, or take him out to a special restaurant in your area. If you make him dinner at home, set the mood by playing some light music, opening a bottle of wine and lighting some candles. If you go out to dinner, I am sure the restaurant will set the mood of romance for you!

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No matter what you decide to do for the man in your life, if it comes from the heart, it is sure to be special. If you are still having a hard time deciding what to do after all of these tips, just take time to really think about what he needs and wants and you will get your answer! Don’t forget to check out Swords of Northshire if you think your guy could be interested in a sword or knife!


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).

Nobody Loves You in Piedmont Park

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If you did not get a chance to see NOBODY LOVES YOU when it was at the Horizon Theatre you have your chance now:
Horizon’s hit musical comedy is back – but OUTSIDE IN PIEDMONT PARK!

For the last two years Horizon Theatre Company’s energetic hit musicals AVENUE Q and THE TOXIC AVENGER were huge successes when we played to sell-out crowds under the trees and stars in Piedmont Park. We are back for a third time! This time with our hilarious musical comedy NOBODY LOVES YOU!

Nobody Loves You in Piedmont Park

The game of love is on! Tune into “Nobody Loves You,” the TV show-within-the-show that follows attractive singles pairing up to find love. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, snags a spot on this reality dating show in trying to win back his ex, he finds himself breaking the rules to expose its “authenticity.” That is until he unexpectedly falls into an onset love connection with Jenny, an enticingly prickly producer. Along the way, we hit all the reality TV high points – tearful confessionals, the steamy Hot Tub Room, the Crush Ceremony, and explosive truths in the Minefield Tango. Take a behind-the-scenes ride through this hilarious musical comedy about the intimate and gut-wrenching quest for love while millions of viewers watch!

So come laugh and party with us in Piedmont Park this summer (in The Promenade area near the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Sage Parking Garage).

Bring your own picnic or purchase from onsite food trucks and concessions/bar. Audiences can bring their own food, water, and soft drinks – but no alcohol or glass. Wine, beer, water and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Grounds open for picnicking at 6pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Dates:  June 14 – June 17, 2017

Days and Times: Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 PM.

Prices: FREE General Admission Tickets, $15* Reserved Seating Section Tickets (close to the stage), $35* Reserved Table Seating (close to the stage).  *Plus sales tax/small service charge.  All tickets available now. No refunds or exchanges. PURCHASE ONLINE ONLY.

Tickets and info: www.horizontheatre.com

Info only: 404-584-7450

MADE POSSIBLE BY THE LORIDANS FOUNDATION

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Cooking for Mom? Great Mother’s Day Recipes

May 13, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu
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With Mother’s Day tomorrow, I wanted to share a few special internationally-inspired brunch recipes that I thought might be of interest timed to the holiday and beyond. Each exotic recipe below is complemented by Nando’s beloved PERi-PERi sauce. Those looking to add a spicy spring spin need to look no further than the flavorful Zucchini and Tomato Baked Eggs, Pineapple and Sweet Potato Kebabs or Cornflake Chicken! You still have time to purchase the sauce at Kroger, Publix and Walmart.

The South African/Portuguese sauce, beloved by Ed Sheeran, Drake, Bella Hadid and more, brings bold flavor and spice to any dish via its main ingredient, the African Birds Eye Chili, a unique pepper hailing from Mozambique. Also worth noting that according to Harvard, spicy foods may even help you live longer –  making it the perfect ingredient for all mom’s out there who appreciate a little spice in their life!

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Cooking for Mom? Great Mother’s Day Recipes

Chicken, Pineapple & Sweet Potato Kebabs

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 Chicken breasts with skin on, each cut into 3

1 Pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks

2 Sweet potato, washed and cut into chunks

2 Yellow peppers, quartered

2 Red peppers, quartered

Bay leaves, to garnish

3 Tbsp Olive oil

1 Cup Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

½ Cup coconut cream

Method

1.    Preheat oven to 350°F. Skewer the chicken, pineapple, sweet potato, yellow peppers and onion onto a large skewer garnishing each end with a bay leaf.

2.    Combine the olive oil, Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce and coconut cream in a mixing bowl. Coat the kebabs with the spicy marinade and place in the oven to roast for 45 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked and golden brown.


Zucchini and Tomato Baked Eggs

Preparation Time: 8 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 Yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced

1 Zucchini, chopped into small chunks

½ Red pepper, cut into small chunks

14 oz. Canned tomatoes

2 Eggs

2 Tbsp Oil

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

1 oz. Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

Pinch of salt

Cilantro

Method

1.    On medium-low heat combine the olive oil and cumin seeds in a deep, medium skillet and stir until fragrant.

2.   Add the onions and a pinch of salt to the skillet and stir until they begin to brown, then stir in the zucchini and red pepper.

3.   Pour the canned tomatoes over the top of the veggies so that it makes an even layer and swirl Nando’s PERi-PERi on top. Let simmer for 5 minutes

4.   Crack the eggs into the skillet, ensuring enough space between them

5.   Take skillet off heat and place under a hot grill until eggs are cooked, about 5 minutes

6.   Top with fresh cilantro and serve with chunks of warm bread if desired

PERi-PERi Cornflake Chicken Strips

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 Minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

2 Chicken breasts with skin off, each cut into 4 strips

1 bottle Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

½ Cup plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper

½ Cup crushed Cornflakes

Method

1.    Preheat oven to 425°F

2.    Coat each strip of chicken in the flour mixture and dip in Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce before covering with the crushed cornflakes

3.   Lay on a slightly greased pan and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes

4.   Enjoy by dipping in more of your favorite Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

PR release (picture and recipes) from Missions Media LTD.


Go Organically Fruit Snacks Review and Sweepstakes

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I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks are a brand of GMO-free fruit snacks available in three varieties, all of which are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit purées and real fruit juices. These fruit snacks have 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and are a good source of Vitamins A and E. Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are also gluten-free, preservative-free and made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources.  The three varieties available are Fruit Medley, Tropical, and Mixed Berry.

Snacks are a favorite in my household and the Fruit Medley fruit snacks, were the perfect substitute for my sweet tooth just less fattening:) Each box comes with eight individually wrapped snack pouches.  To see where to get them for yourself, check here.

Right now, in time for Mother’s Day, Go Organically Fruit Snacks have a great sweepstakes that ends, May 14th, 2017 at 11:59pm, see details below:

To enter:

  • Simply visit http://goorganicallymominationsweeps.com/, and share what makes the mom you are entering so special. The description will automatically enter you AND the “mominee” for a chance to win the first two tier prizes. To enter for the grand prize, you must upload a photo in addition to sharing what makes your “mominee” so special.

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $500 Visa gift card and 3 boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Runners Up: A bouquet of flowers and 3 boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Giveaways: 1 box of Go Organically Fruit Snacks

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What ways are you honoring your Mom this Mother’s Day?

 


Atlanta Dining Out Passbook only $35.00

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I am an Atlanta Dining Out Ambassador, #affiliate and will receive a small commission with your purchase at no addition cost to you.

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Now if you are anything like me and love #BOGO deals, live in the Metro Atlanta Area and love food then check this out. DiningOut Magazine has this great Atlanta Dining Out Passbook which gives you access to 2 for 1 entrees at over 60 restaurants in the Metro Atlanta area!

Atlanta Dining Out Passbook only $35.00

All you need to do is present the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook, that has the with coupons included, at participating restaurants and you will receive 2 for 1 entrees. My birthday is in less than two weeks and yes indeed, I have eyeballed a couple of places that I would like to visit and this is the perfect way.

Happy Birthday to Me. I love 2 for 1 deals.

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The passbook usually retails for $99 but I have a great offer for all of you! Use the coupon code G4BMPass2017 to purchase the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook for only $35! The passbook is valid through November 30, 2017 and you must present the entire passbook (its a small paper booklet) at restaurants. You can USE THIS LINK to see the entire list of participating restaurants and to purchase your passbook now!

Some of the participating restaurants are:

Food 101, Freight Kitchen, Tierras Alto, Guaco Joes, Henry’s, Hook Line & Schooner, Hudson Grille, Ice Martini and Sushi Bar, Industry Tavern, Joe’s on Jupiter, Kouzina Christos, Loca Luna Restaurant and Bar, Lovie’s BBQ, McCray’s Tavern and many more.

And out of this list, I hope to visit at least 4. Hint Hint. How about you? What is your favorite restaurant in Atlanta?