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Reminder: Foodies and Fashionistas, March 31

29 Mar

If you haven’t RSVP’d for Foodies and Fashionistas yet, what are you waiting for? The cutoff is March 30–email rsvp@thereynoldsgroupinc.com or call 404.888.9348. And then get ready for drinks, nibbles, and fabulous spring fashion from Lola’s, Meringue, Mitzi & Romano, Emerlyn and Ester, Sheree A’Dore and more. Get your multitasking hats ready: Shopping while eating isn’t easy, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

-Foodies and Fashionistas at Market. March 31, 5:30 to 8pm. 3377 Peachtree Road.

What’s In Store: Diane von Fustenberg Home

10 Mar

Images via Bloomingdales.com

Diane von Furstenberg started conquering women’s closets in the 70’s with her iconic wrap dress–now she’s tackling the rest of your house with her new bedding and dining goods. The wide variety of duvet covers and sheets range from colorful patterns to feminine florals and butterflies to subdued neutrals. Her dinnerware is similar–there are bold, asymmetrical shaped plates as well as simple mango wood pieces with gold leaf flourishes.

Images via Bloomingdales.com

Prices for bedding are more similar to what you’d pay for one of her dresses, but the dinnerware is more affordable. The mix of neutral pieces with colorful ones means that you can probably find something worth investing in no matter what your taste may be. What more could you expect from a woman who has been in the fashion industry long enough to see bellbottoms come back in style three times?

Diane von Furstenberg Home. Available at Bloomingdale’s and online.

Eat It: Shamrock Shake Spottings in Georgia

4 Mar

Image via pavonefoodandbev.com

Not all mint milkshakes are created equal. McDonalds’ Shamrock Shake, a St.-Paddy’s-Season-only beverage, has such a crazy cult following, it has its own flippin’ fansite. Not every restaurant serves ’em, but they have already been spotted in several areas in Atlanta. Celebrate the weekend with some gloppy green goodness.

Sightings:

443 Moreland Avenue Atlanta, GA 30316 (near I-20)
S. Cobb Drive Smyrna, GA
920 Windy Hill Road Smyrna, GA 30080
5025 peachtree parkway, norcross, ga
Grasslands hwy 9 alpharetta, GA
10975 State Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Jimmy Carter Blvd. exit off of 85

McDonalds’ Shamrock Shake. At select Atlanta-area McDonalds restaurants.

Free Stuff Alert: Experience 30 Days of Asheville In Atlanta

4 Mar

Image via Exploreasheville.com/30days

Now you can escape to Asheville without leaving Atlanta or spending a dime. Wait, what? No, seriously, every day in March features a different free event dedicated to making you want to take a day trip to Asheville, NC. Today there’s a free lunchtime concert at Lenox Square by Jen and the Juice, tomorrow is a seasonal cooking class with Chef Mark Rosenstein at The Viking School and Sunday is free hot air balloon rides at Atlantic Station. Yes, free hot air balloon rides. First come, first served.

Check out the website to see what else you can do on a weekend getaway to Asheville. And give it a test-drive in Atlanta first. It’s only fair.

30 Days of Asheville. Throughout March, across Atlanta.

Get Out: Atlanta Fair Opens

3 Mar

Image via AtlantaFair.com

Nothing says spring in the South quite like a thick dusting of yellow pollen on your windshield the opening of the fair! And us city folk don’t have to drive to south Georgia to find ferris wheels and cotton candy–it’s coming to Turner Field on March 4 and staying until April 3. You’ll find roller coasters, rides that go upside down, rides that swing back and forth, rides that go round and round and round… for pictures, click here.

Admission is $1 for kids at all times and can go up to $8 for adults, depending on the day and time you want to go. Unlimited ride armbands are $20, or you can get 28 tickets for $25 and divide them amongst yourselves. Bring cash for admission, but no worries, you can charge your ride tickets.

Atlanta Fair. At Turner Field, March 4 until April 3.

Get Out: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

2 Mar

Image via atlfoodandwinefestival.com

The event might not be until the end of May, but you’re going to want to buy your tickets and start carving out some spare room in your tummy now–the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is coming. Ticket packages range from $75 to $2,500, including an option for “Foodsters”–21- to 29-year-old emerging food and beverage lovers. (You can’t love food before age 21?) The four-day event is dedicated to the best of the best of Southern food from past to present. Expect programs paying homage to moonshine, farming and “Sunday Suppers” as well as the scene’s hottest chefs and mixologists showcasing what they do best. Industry leaders in attendance include sugar-lover Warren Brown, Boston’s Todd English, Miami’s Michelle Bernstein, Cajun connoisseur John Besh, Charlestons’ Lee Brothers, rocking chef Nathan Lippy and Texas’ Tim Love. With so many Southern flavors and cultures on the schedule, you’re going to want to postpone any Memorial Weekend bikini time until well after the 4th of July.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. May 19 to 22. Midtown.

Get Out: Foodies And Fashionistas At Market

1 Mar

If you’re the kind of person who likes a little help with your shopping to make sure you don’t come home with something heinously s0-three-seasons-ago, head on over to the Foodies and Fashionistas event at Market on March 31. The entire downstairs of the trendy Buckhead restaurant will be transformed into a shopping mecca with the help of boutiques like Emerlyn & Ester, Estella’s, Lola’s, Mitzi & Romano and Sheree A’Dore. Plus, nibbles and cocktails from the restaurant. In case you need more motivation, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the 1873 Society, which works to prevent animal cruelty and overpopulation in Atlanta.

Just don’t mention that fur was all over the runways for fall 2011…

Foodies and Fashionistas at Market. March 31, 5:30 to 8pm. 3377 Peachtree Road.

Eat This: Cupcake Lounge Opens In Grant Park

8 Feb

Images via Thrillist and CupcakeLounge.net

Cocktails? Good. Cupcakes? Better. Cocktail-infused cupcakes? Oh hell yes. Trendy cupcake peddlers keep popping up everywhere, offering tempting delights bigger than your fist, but Cupcake Lounge in Grant Park is something new, infusing top shelf liquors into smaller-sized delights for $4.50. Because being a glutton isn’t chic.

But owner Tajuansar Diallo offers more than just tipsy treats–get a standard cupcake for $2.75, plus soups, sandwiches and more in an atmosphere that encourages hanging around for more. Plus, Diallo uses family recipes for her confections, so don’t expect her delights to taste like the same old tired desserts at your grocery store.

Now you can combine your post-dinner-date-night dessert and drinks into one stop. Efficiency is sexy, right?

Cupcake Lounge. 415-C Memorial Dr.

Now Open: Cafe Intermezzo Drops Decadent Desserts Downtown

4 Feb

Image via CafeIntermezzoCarnegie.com

The reigning king of dessert awesomeness according to Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta lists, Cafe Intermezzo’s downtown location is now open, serving up 125 kinds of pastries with 800 kinds of coffee, beer, wine and more in the Carnegie Building, the new home of a Courtyard by Marriott. And if that isn’t enough, there’s also free wifi. And if THAT isn’t enough (good grief, you’re picky), there’s a coupon online for $10 off a purchase of $20 or more (not including alcohol).

Bon Appetit.

Cafe Intermezzo Carnegie. Now open daily from 6am to midnight. 141 Carnegie Way.

Get Out: Winter Beer Carnival Tickets Now On Sale

27 Jan

Image via event website

Start lining up your designated drivers: The Atlanta Winter Beer Carnival is scheduled to return for its second year on February 19, and tickets are on sale now. Regular admission is $35 in advance (or $40 at the door, provided the carnival doesn’t sell out prior to the date again this year) or if you want to get in an hour early and extra beer selections and your own restroom, it’s $60 for the VIP treatment. Designated drivers can join in for $20.

Not only does your ticket buy you unlimited access to over 100 beers, but also the ability to play carnival games while drinking beer. Like giant versions of Operation and Swing-the-Hammer-Ring-the-Bell type stuff. We are looking forward to counting the number of times we hear, “Hold my beer and watch this!”

Bonus: Carnival food will be available to buy. Because what beer-drinking, carnival-gaming experience would be complete without fried and sugary concoctions?

Not one we want to be a part of, that’s what.

Winter Beer Carnival. February 19, 3pm – 7pm. Spring St. and 8th St.

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