Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

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Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

2017 was like I mentioned the year of many firsts and this year I believe hubby and I had some of the most fun. We love to shake our booties when we can and we were able to do just that this birthday with a bunch of old school songs and some new ones. Hubby surprised me with a new restaurant out of the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook, so yes ladies and gents he is handsome and knows how to have a great time at a discounted price.

As I have mentioned in my last birthday post, I had on my favorite new dress from Happy Yellow Dress and was ready for a fun night out on the town in the ATL.

About BQE:

It is not your average soul food restaurant. It’s soul food amplified! The decor and unique lighting fixtures remind you of a modern day New York speakeasy. Expect to hear cool sounds of neo soul and jazz to free your mind while you dine.

Now the day we visited, it was a Friday and there was a live band there that played for a bit that played some tunes we were able to groove and dance to and the dj was spinning some great music and as usual hubby and I were in our own world and enjoyed every minute of it.

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We had several and I mean several drinks and of course we ate good (Blackened Salmon with 2 sides), so we welcomed using the Passbook to get some money off our bills:)

So Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant can be done at a discount (Buy 1 Get 1), as well as enjoying some other great Atlanta Area restaurants by purchasing your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

Tell me the way you Party like a Rockstar at a discount? 


Best Way To Become An Atlanta Foodie Rockstar

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This post was sponsored by Dining Out Magazine Atlanta Edition. 

Eating out can be very expensive, but there is always a way to do it and save some money at the same time. Follow along and I will share with you how you can join me and I can show you the best way to become an Atlanta Foodie Rockstar. I have mentioned before how you can get an Atlanta Dining Out Passbook here for only $35.00 and today I want to share with you one of the awesome restaurants in the passbook.

As an ambassador for the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook, I was given an opportunity to attend an event at Anis Bistro and you talk about the perfect host, Arnaud Michel, pictured below, treated us to a rockstar experience. Chef sat down with us and talked about French food, how he chooses ingredients and brings them together to make such awesome masterpieces. I was able to capture most of the food in the pictures below, but some are missing because I was too busy eating:)

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This was a time of firsts, including first time having mussels in white wine with parsley to having lyonnaise potatoes with beef.  Whatever your heart desires from French cuisine, you will be able to get it at Anis Bistro.

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Perfect place for a date night and be able to try some firsts for yourself, but remember you can use the passbook and get the 2 for 1 deals yourself. Grab one here and use code G4BMPass2017 saving you $64.00. 

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Looking at the website for Anis Bistro, there seems to be some live entertainment on Thursdays so this might be the perfect first date restaurant. The ambiance will get your attention, however the cuisine and cocktails will keep you coming back for more. Great place to make a first impression and look like a rockstar doing it.

Buy your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

 I just love great food, how about you? What is your favorite type of food?


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?


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!

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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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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? 


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?


Fogo de Chão: Perfect for Birthdays

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Birthdays are one of the best reasons to celebrate and quite frankly, I found that Fogo de Chão: Perfect for Birthdays. Hubby wanted the experience of eating at a Brazilian restaurant and there I began researching which one I should take him to and after some time researching, I had to find the perfect one and it was Fogo de Chão. This was his first, but certainly not last experience of this type, so it had to be special.

Brief History:

1979 1st Fogo was born in Porto Alegre and the 2nd was born in 1987 in Sãn Paulo. 1997 Fogo expanded stateside to Texas and from there over 29 other Fogos have been born.

Looking at the pictures above you see why I say that Fogo de Chão: Perfect for Birthdays. We were treated special from the moment we walked in until the second we left. We have not had beef in a while in steak form and it was so good. We stuffed ourselves to the max. They gave us a little coaster to turn up to green if we wanted meat and if we did not we turned it over to red, but everytime we saw something new we quickly turned our coasters to the green side. It was crazy. We enjoyed the drinks, the food and the atmosphere. All of the staff were friendly and made great suggestions to us when we were not sure about the cut of meat that came to the table.

Locations: 

There are two locations in Georgia, Dunwoody and the one we visited was in the heart of Buckhead in Atlanta. They offer complimentary parking as well as self-parking. Make sure to make reservations, because there is no guarantee for walk ins.


Invigorate Car Essential Oil Diffuser

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I am a lover of just about all essential oils and every time I have a smell in my house that I do not like I am quick to use an essential oil in a vent or two and freshen up the home quickly. I was sent a sample of Invigorate, a car essential oil diffuser, for free in exchange for my honest review.

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Invigorate allows you to enjoy the smell of your favorite essential oils in your car. Very easy to use, see how below:

How to use:

  • Remove the cap
  • Apply your favorite essential oil to the wick
  • Connect the diffuser to the charger
  • Insert the charger into vehicle power socket
  • Enjoy

Benefits of Invigorate:

  • Versatile – It’s compatible with all your favorite scents, no special oils required.
  • Portable – Its compact size takes up very little space.
  • Noiseless – It uses an ultra-tiny fan to heat oils to the optimal temperature.
  • Convenient – It can run from either a USB port or your 12v (cigarette lighter).

There are several wicks included so one is able to change the scent anytime they desire. For more information, please visit www.invigorateoils.com.

Have you tried Invigorate before? What is your favorite essential oil to use?


Capers Restaurant and Bar

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There are not many restaurants that I have frequented that have open kitchens, but Capers Restaurant and Bar does and that along with the beautifully decorated restaurant and lounging area is something that will keep you coming back. There is even a piano bar there, but unfortunately no one was performing that day, but we had enough great company that we did not miss the music. Speaking of decor, next time we go we will have to ask them if they will let us have some of those blue glasses:)

Capers Restaurant Located off of Old 41 in Kennesaw, I have heard great things about Capers on Main (when initially opened) so when hubby and I were asked to attend a friend’s Celebration of Life get together, we could not resist. We arrived before the birthday girl and chose to review the menu while we waited and the first thing we said to each other is that we will have to come back. There are many items on the menu that were selections we would make and surely be happy.

Capers founded in 2004 by Steve Dudley about 12 years ago in a small house beside the train tracks off of Main Street. Known for great tasting steak, chicken and seafood. We saw first hand some of the seafood selections and they looked very moist and we heard no complaints from the members of our party.

Hubby and I had vegetarian options (capers house salad and À la carte veggies) and I found a new love, Saratoga seltzer water and we were very happy. The Kale Salad was one that I will have to reproduce. I would challenge you to not tell someone you know that does not like kale and tell them to try it. They will not be disappointed.

Have you been to Capers Restaurant and Bar? What is your favorite meal?