Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Haute Hot Hot Hotel Happy Hours

So...I was chatting with one of my favorite girl cousins who recently moved to town from Michigan (hey Natalie!) she said "Dee where can a single working professional go to have a drink and meet some interesting folks here in Atlanta?" Now my cuz is holding it down...she has little time for late partying as parent to a teenager and really serious about being home in the evening to oversee a teenager with her questioned challenged me...where to hang out during the early evening, that is not a hook-up lounge or cruise know the kind..those places where the party doesn't start till after midnite? ...egad! i got it..there are hot lounges all over town that cater to traveling professionals, and Atlanta executives that need a quick spot to unwind before heading home on a monstrous ladies and gents i introduce you to my picks for Haute Hot Hot Hotel Bars...

Whiskey Park @ W Hotel
188 14th St NEAtlanta, GA 30361

The Lounge and Terrace @ Park 75
75 14th St NEAtlanta, GA 30309Phone: (404) 881-9898 Fax: (404) 873-4692

Savu @ W Hotel Perimeter Center
111 Perimeter Ctr WAtlanta, GA 30346-1223Phone: (770) 280-0700

Lobby @ Twelve – Atlantic Station
361 17th St Atlantic Station GA 30363Phone: (404) 961-7370

The Bar @ the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30326Phone: (404) 237-2700

Fandangles @ the Sheraton Hotel Downtown
165 Courtland StAtlanta, GA 30303Phone: (404) 659-6500 Fax: (404) 681-3701

Grand Hyatt’s Onyx
3300 Peachtree RdAtlanta, GA 30305Phone: (404) 237-1234

XO Bar @ Intercontinental Hotel
3315 Peachtree Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30326Phone: (404) 946-9060

Lobby Bar @ the Glenn Hotel
110 Marietta St NWAtlanta, GA 30303Phone: (404) 469-0700

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Male Grooming Lounges

Hey guys: You don't think I would leave you out did you? Well trust your girl..I have scoured the city for SPAS FOR MEN ONLY. These "grooming lounges" as they are so elegantly referred range from the "boys in the hood" flava of Good Phellaz to options for John Cougar fans who are looking to get a haircut in a diverse (translation openly gay) environment. The Executive and The Grooming lounge are decidely upscale, but you won't mind the extra bucks... because you'll be too busy kicked back in a recliner - reading your Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, drinking a heineken and watching their flat screen during your appts! Ahhhhhh..Atlanta truly has something for all huh?

The Lion's Den
Neighborhood: Decatur
3500 North Decatur Road, Suite 104 Scottdale, GA 30079
Roar and bring out your inner animal magnetism at this chic salon in Decatur for men. Offers a full range of spa services in a cool masculine environment.

The Grooming Lounge
Neighborhood: Buckhead
3280 Peachtree Rd NW Ste 120Atlanta, GA 30305(404) 467-7766
Definitely top notch grooming for the executive with discriminating tastes

Good Phellaz Barber Shop
1841 Chamblee Tucker Rd Chamblee, GA 30366(770) 458-2828 AND other multiple locations around town
For old school attention to service with a new school flair, check out the good fellas at GoodPhellaz barber spa

Axiom Salon For Men 1874 Piedmont Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324(404) 815-0404
great haircuts at affordable prices...service a diverse clientele

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Takeout Turkey options

Have you dreamed of filling your holiday pots with restaraunt take out and as your guests ooh and ahhh over the fabulousness of your cooking, claim it as your own? that must just be my see for past holidays i have stood in my kitchen and cooked huge feasts to feed an army...and although my family loved every minute of it, i'm usually too exhausted afterwards to enjoy the for those who want to get their restaraunt order on for the holidays ORDER EARLY...and here are a few spots that will have your holiday meal prepared, no muss and no fuss...My gift to you!!

Greenwoods 1087 Green St., Roswell 30075 770-992-5383

Paschal’s 180-B Northside Drive, Atlanta 30313 404-525-2023

Star Provisions 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta 30318 404-365-0410 ext. 131

Garden Produce & Country Store 567 Stephenson Road Stone Mountain GA 770-413-0338

Mary Mac’s Tea Room 224 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta 30308 404-876-1800

Fresh Market 2099 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30309 404-350-3211
Other Multiple locations around town

Muss & Turners 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Ste. 309 Smyrna, GA 30080(770) 434-1114

Murphy's 997 Virginia Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306-3600(404) 872-0904

Harry's Farmers Market 1180 Upper Hembree Rd Roswell, GA 30076 770-664-6300
Other Multiple locations around town

Honey Baked Ham Co. 440 Ernest Barrett Pkwy NW Kennesaw 30144 770-422-6563
Other Multiple locations around town

Kroger 2036 S. Johnson Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30319 770-455-6799
Other Multiple locations around town

Publix 6615 Roswell Rd NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328 404-843-4340
Other Multiple locations around town

Trader Joe's 5185 Peachtree Pkwy NW Norcross, GA 30092 678-966-9236

Whole Foods Market 2111 Briarcliff Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30329 404-634-7800
Other Multiple locations around town

Sweet Shops

Alon's Bakery and Market 1394 N. Highland Ave. N.E. Atlanta, GA 30306 404-872-6000

Buttersweet Bakery 625 N. Central Ave. Hapeville, GA 30354

Cafe Aromas Bakery and Cafe 138 W. Crogan St. Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Cakes from the Heart 901-G Milford Church Road, S.W. Marietta, GA 30060

Highland Bakery 655 Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30312

Matty Cakes 1830 Piedmont Ave. Atlanta, GA 30324

McEntyre’s Bakery 1184 Concord Road S.E. Smyrna, GA 30080

Sugar Kneads 4132 Atlanta Hwy.Loganville, GA 30052

Sweet N' Sinful's 114 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates 30002 404.298.9100

Yum Yum Bakery
Café 860 Duluth Hwy. Suite 152 Lawrenceville, GA 30017

Monday, November 17, 2008

Places to get your Natural Foods on we all have that inner Erykah know the one who wants to “purge” those toxins…curse that demon beef..and get your vegan on? Or perhaps you just want to prepare more organically grown meals..or you are starting a new fitness regime…or perhaps your baby needs to eat gluten free foods because of allergies….well never fear, your girl is on the are a few markets in the area that venture away from the pedestrian grocery stores (although I love me some Publix)….and well I love Whole foods…and they are awesome but… if you can support a local health foods store AND save money..hey what better way to support your community?

Rainbow Natural Foods
Neighborhood: Decatur
2118 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 636-5553

Life's Essentials Market
Neighborhood: West Side
2329 Cascade Road SWAtlanta, GA 30311
(404) 753-2269

Return To Eden
2335 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 320-3336

Trader Joe's
Neighborhood: Midtown931 Monroe Drive NEAtlanta, GA 30308
(404) 815-9210

Dekalb Farmers Market
3000 E Ponce De Leon AveDecatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-6400

Star Provisions
Neighborhood: Westside
1198 Howell Mill Rd NWAtlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410

Vegetarian Paradise
6125 Covington Highway (Next to Cajun Joe’s)
Decatur, Georgia 30035

Mother Nature’s Market

3853 Lawerenceville Highway (Next to Family Dollar)
Tucker GA 30084

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A list of Things you MUST experience in Atlanta

Atlantic Station
Atlanta Braves @ Turner Field
Tailgating at an Atlanta Falcons game @ Georgia Dome
Atlanta Hawks @ Phillips Arena
Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton
CNN Studio Tours
Georgia Aquarium
Fernbank Museum – Fridays Martinis and IMAX
Zoo Atlanta
Junkman's Daughter and Psycho Sisters- Little Five Points
Dad’s Garage Theatre Company
Catch a concert @The Tabernacle
Starlight Six Drive In
Underground Atlanta
The High Musuem of Art
Chateau Elan Golf, Wine and Spa Resort
City of Downtown Decatur
Catch a concert @Chastain Ampitheater
Martin Luther King Historic Site and Sweet Auburn
The Fabulous Fox Theater
Expo Design Center @ Perimeter Mall
The Gardens at the Jimmy Carter Center
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament @Discover Mills
Picnic at Piedmont Park
Midtown for People Watching - Grab a smoothie and a table outside and enjoy the fun
North Georgia Premium Outlets
Six Flags
Stone Mountain Park
Richards Variety Store
The Dekalb Farmer’s Market
Historic Marietta Square
The Mall of Georgia
People Watching at Lennox Mall and Phipps Plaza
Movie Tavern on Lavista Road
Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain
Callaway Gardens –the Beach and Butterfly exhibit
Segway Tours of the City
The Bliss Spa at the W Atlanta Midtown
Junkman’s Daughter in Lil 5 points
Jake’s Ice Cream in Inman Park
Northpoint Mall - Alpharetta
East Atlanta Village
Virginia Highlands
Perimeter Mall and the whole Ashford Dunwoody corridor
Sam Flax Art and Design Store
Amsterdam Walk on Amsterdam Avenue and Monroe Drive

Don't miss restaraunts for visiting Atlanta. Some attract tourists like flies, but who cares...
Ria's Bluebird for Brunch
No Mas Cantina and Design Store - Castleberry Hills
The Vortex
The Treehouse Pub
The Real Chow Baby
Fox Sports Grill
Two Urban Licks
Highland Bakery
Fat Matt's Rib Shack
Osteria 832 for Brunch - Va Highlands
Noodle - Downtown Decatur
Luckie Lounge
Loca Luna
Paizanos - Historic Duluth
Social House
OK Cafe
West Egg Cafe
Ray's on the River
Blue Willow Inn - Social Circle
Greenwoods on Green Street, Swallow at the Hollow and the The Fickle Pickle-Historic Roswell

Side trips:
Chateau Elan
Chattanooga, TN
Helen, GA
Lake Lanier
Brunswick Islands

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Perfect Party Places for Princesses

American Girl Boutique and Bistro North Point Mall 1202 North Point Circle Alpharetta, GA 888-777-0010

The Cranky Princess 988 Main St Stone Mountain (770)879-3553
the birthday parties are truly special

Miss Lila’s Tea Room 110 W. Broad St., Fairburn. 770-969-9100
the little girls get to dress up wearing dresses, little gloves and "jewelry"

Sweet and Sassy Salon Spa and Celebrations The Avenue Forsyth 410 Peachtree Parkway Suite 342 Cumming, GA 30041 (770) 781-0300

All Dressed Up Parties 678-431-8129 Dress-up parties with dresses, makeup, jewelry and craft. Includes invitiations, thank you cards and pictures. Ages 3-12.

Build a Bear Workshop. Girls build teddy bears from scratch. Fun and lots of giggling! North Point Mall * The Mall at Stonecrest * Mall Of Georgia * Arbor Place * Town Center at Cobb

Bellabee’s Workshop For girls ages 6-13. Includes four glitter-glam cosmetic products, Hollywood-style fashion accessories, Bellabee Glam Bag, Bellabee Promise Certificate and a character lesson. $15/child. 8-child minimum. Serving metro Atlanta. 770-337-8297.

Little Princess Parties Cinderella dress-up, sleep over, tea parties, teen red carpet. Stylists do hair, makeup and nails. 678-314-0556.

Razzberrie Dreamz Spa, diva, secret agent, stuffed animal and princess themed parties in your home. Ages 3-13 678-455-4151.

Sparkle Girl, Inc. Invitations, dress-up clothes, party favors, games and food for girls ages 3-12. 770-936-0912.

Sugar N’ Spice Parties. Dress-up tea parties include party attire, lipstick, bracelet making, authentic china, lace tablecloths, mini cakes, “tea,” balloons, invitations and favors. 678-641-6603.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

So many Brunches, So little time

Waterside Restaurant
Marriott Evergreen Conference Resort
4021 Lakeview Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (770) 879-9900

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Neighborhood: Alpharetta
10795 Davis Dr. Alpharetta, GA (770) 992-5566

Ray's on the River
6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW (770) 955-1187

107.5 Smooth Jazz Brunch Renaissance Waverly Hotel 2450 Galleria Pkwy NW Downtown Atlanta, GA 30303 (770) 953-4500

Nancy G's Cafe
4920 Roswell Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30342(404) 705-8444

Chequers Bar & Grill
Neighborhood: Ashford Dunwoody
236 Perimeter Ctr Pkwy NE 770 391-9383

Old Mill Restaurant
Neighborhood: Historic Downtown Acworth
4231 Southside Acworth, GA 30101
(770) 966-7835

Sweet Melissa's
Neighborhood: Downtown Decatur on the Square
127 E Court Square Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 370-1111

Paschal's Restaurant
Neighborhood: Castleberry Hills
180 Northside Dr Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 525-2023

Corner Cafe
Neighborhood: Buckhead3070 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 240-1978

Blue Willow Inn Restaurant
294 N Cherokee Rd Social Circle, GA 30025
(770) 464-2131

Green Manor Restaurant
6400 Westbrook Ave Union City, GA 30291
(770) 964-4343

Gilbert's Mediterranean Cafe
Neighborhood: Midtown219 10th St NE Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 872-8012

Osteria 832
Neighborhood: Virginia Highlands832 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 897-1414

Ria's Bluebird
Neighborhood: Grant Park 421 Memorial Dr SE Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 521-3737

Milk & Honey
1082 Huff Rd Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 492-8527

Park 75 Restaurant
Neighborhood: Midtown75 14th St Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 253-3840

Social House
1663 Howell Mill Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30318

West Egg Cafe
Neighborhood: Westside / Home Park1168 Howell Mill Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 872-3973

Neighborhood: Candler Park 1530 DeKalb Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 659-6594

Sun In My Belly
2161 College Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 370-1088

Gato Bizco Cafe
Neighborhood: Candler Park1660 McLendon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 371-0889

Neighborhood: Midtown1077 Juniper St 12th & Juniper StAtlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-7925

Neighborhood: Virginia Highlands 997 Virginia Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 872-0904

Front Page News
Neighborhood: Downtown
1104 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

Ritz-Carlton@ Buckhead – The Dining Room
3434 Peachtree Rd NE (404) 237-2700

Stella Neighborhood Trattoria
Neighborhood: Grant Park 563 Memorial Dr Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 688-4238

Cafe di Sol
Neighborhood: Poncey-Highland
640 N Highland Ave Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 724-0711

Neighborhood: Inman Park
1029 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 577-4358

Thumbs Up
Edgewood Avenue 573 Edgewood Ave SE 404- 223-0690
East Point 1617 White Way East Point 30344 404-768-3776
Downtown 826 Marietta Street Atlanta GA 404-745-4233

Neighborhood: Virginia Highlands
997 Virginia Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 872-0904

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Craving Seafood?

Legal Seafood -Now open in the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, in the Luckie-Marietta District
275 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313Phone: 678-500-3700

Atlanta Fish Market Restaurant
Neighborhood: Buckhead
265 Pharr Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 262-3165

The Oceanaire
Neighborhood: Midtown 1100 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 475-2277

Wahoo! A Decatur Grill 1042 W College Ave Decatur (404) 373-3331

Six Feet Under
Neighborhood: Grant Park
415 Memorial Dr SE Ste EAtlanta, GA 30312 (404) 523-6664

C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar
3240 Cobb Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 272-0999

Nathalie's Fish House
308 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue Suite I Downtown Decatur, GA 30030 404-378-8881

The Red Snapper Seafood Restaurant
2100 Cheshire Bridge Road N Atlanta, GA 30324 (404) 634-8947

Neighborhood: Midtown264 19th Street Suite 2160Atlanta, GA 30363 (404) 347-9781

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
5635 Jimmy Carter Blvd Norcross, GA 30071 (770) 849-0600

Blue Ridge Grill
4Neighborhood: West Paces Ferry / Northside
1261 W Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30327 (404) 233-5030

Fish Monger Seafood Grill
4969 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 (404) 459-9003

Lobster Bar
Neighborhood: Buckhead 70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 262-2675

McKinnon's Louisiane Restaurant
Neighborhood: Buckhead3209 Maple Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 237-1313

Pacific Kitchen
Neighborhood: Poncey-Highland913 Bernina Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 223-9292

4199 Paces Ferry Road NW Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 432-2663

Neighborhood: Buckhead
3280 Peachtree Rd Ste 200Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 477-5600

Steamhouse Lounge
Neighborhood: Midtown
1051 W Peachtree St Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 233-7980

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Who Says England has the Best Pubs?

Taverns that offer more than just bar food.....

Pub 71
4058 Peachtree RdAtlanta, GA 30319Phone: (404) 467-8271

Atkins Park Restaurant and Tavern
794 N Highland Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30306Phone: (404) 876-7249

The Grove Restaurant and Tavern
2761 LaVista Road Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 321-4448

Edgewood Corner Tavern
464-A Edgewood Avenue Atlanta, GA 30312(404)577-2310

Charlie Mopps Public House
5830 Roswell Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30328Phone: (404) 845-0713

Limerick Junction
822 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 874-7147

Twain’s Billiards and Tap
211 Trinity Place Downtown Decatur, GA 30030 404-373-0063

Marlow's Tavern
2355 Cumberland Parkway Suite 10 Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 432-2526

The Albert
918 Austin Ave Inman Park 30307 (404) 872-4990

East Point Corner Tavern
2783 Main Street East Point, GA 30344 (404)768-0007

488 Flat Shoals Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30316 (404) 522-3950

The Corner Pub
4627 E College Ave Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 377-0603

Universal Joint
906 Oakview Rd.Decatur, GA 30030Phone: (404) 373-6260

Melton's App & Tap
2500 N Decatur RdDecatur, GA 30033-6117Phone: (404) 634-9112

The Vortex
878 Peachtree StAtlanta, GA 30309Phone: (404) 875-1667

Charlie G's 11th Street Pub
1041 W. Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 724-9060

Righteous Room
1051 Ponce De Leon Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30306-4219Phone: (404) 874-0939

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
273 Buckhead AveAtlanta, GA 30305Phone: (404) 841-0066

Monday, August 4, 2008

Give in to the Cupcake Craze!

West Egg Cafe
1168-A Howell Mill Rd.Atlanta, GA 30318Phone: (404) 872-3973
the red velvet is to die for and the cocoa cola cupcake is delish..One of my faves!

Chocolate Pink Pastry Cafe
905 Juniper StAtlanta, GA 30309 Phone: (404) 745-9292
Definitely not cheap but the desserts are sheer perfection...

Buttersweet Bakery
625 N Central Ave Hapeville, GA 30354
(404) 767-9884

Atlanta Cupcake Factory
624 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta GA 30306 678 358 9195
Avoid the red velvet..but the strawberry was good..

Sugar Kneads Bakery
4132 Atlanta HwyLoganville, GA 30052 (678) 639-1134
Cheapest cupcakes in town =...75 cents! and they are this place...

Sweet Pockets
Inside the Irwin Street Market in the Old Fourth Ward660 Irwin St SEAtlanta, GA 30312Phone: (404) 584-2826
Cute little minatures are great when you don't want to break the bank or your waistline...

Belly General Store
772 N Highland Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30306Phone: (404) 872-1003
Love the multi-colored buttercream cupcakes..huge muffin tops fill you up quickly…

Matty Cakes
1830 Piedmont Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30324Phone: (404) 917-2253

The Little Cake Bakery
3792 Roswell Rd Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 841-8856

Sugar Mamas Cupcakery
You can place large orders by phone in or if you want to sample these delicious yummies visit Aurora Coffeshop in Lil 5 or Va Highlands

Highland Bakery
655 Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 586-0772
Monstrous cupcakes…

Rhodes Bakery
1783 Cheshire Brg Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324 (404) 876-3783
Family owned bakery which has been satisfying Atlantians since 1953

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Satisfy your Sweet Tooth!

The Cookie Studio 747-C E. College Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 373-8527
omigod..the cookies are delish..and they have a full array of brownies, cupcakes and treats to set your sail

Greene's Fine Foods 141 E. Trinity Place Downtown Decatur 30030404-378-2001
Willie Wonka would be so proud! This is one of the best comprehensive candy stores in the area...let's face it, Atlanta has so much to offer but for some reason there are not alot of options to get your candy on...well the wait is over...this newly opened treasure trove of chocolate has all your heart's desires, including homemade fudge and a little nook for reading if you want to snuggle up for awhile...enjoy!

Candy's Corner Confectionery Main Promenade Stone Mountain Park
this is my favorite part of stone mountain..they have it all..from homemade fudge to old fashioned faves for the kids like ring pops and lemonheads, this spot is so must stop by whenever you come to Stone Mountain

The Southern Candy Company @ The Underground..they have it all...chocolate covered pretzels, fudge and chocolate covered strawberries are all here in this little slice of heaven in the Underground

Cakes by Coco 5019 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain 30083 404-499-2253
stop by this unassuming location on Memorial Drive near TJ Maxx and you will experience some of the best cake since your mamas...the caramel and juicy lemon are especially to die for...cake sells by the "chunk" (a big square hunk) or whole cakes can be ordered. prepare to become addicted!

Gerald's Heavenly Cheesecakes, Desserts, and Catering 2021 Peachtree RdAtlanta, GA 30309 866-710-3561
The website will make your mouth water at the luscious desserts…No storefront company that delivers to your door!

Desserts by Latrell Bakery 581 Edgewood Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312 (678) 705-3409

Sugar Kneads 4132 Atlanta HighwaySuite 107Loganville, GA 30052 cheapest cupcakes in town! the buttercream is yummy..

Blue-Eyed Daisy Bakeshop 9065 Selborne Lane (inside Serenbe), Palmetto 770-463-8379 Try the coconut cake…

McEntyre’s Bakery, Inc, 1184 Concord Rd SE Suite 1, Smyrna770-434-3115 the pecan pie..Like homemade!

Rexall Grill 3165 Buford Highway NW Duluth. 770-623-8569 Try the peanut butter cake, fudge cake, coconut cake and cobbler! Um good!

A Piece of Cake in Buckhead and Roswell 404-351-2253 For red velvet cake they make a fluffy, moist, fine-crumbed version that's bright red like it oughta be and smacks of cocoa flavor. And the white chocolate cake with cream cheese icing almost made me fall out of my chair it was so moist and delicious. I'm in

Sweet Auburn Bread Company, 234 Auburn Ave., N.E. 404-221-1157 Anything baker Sonja Jones makes with her signature sweetpotato recipes are perfection. Just ask Bill Clinton who raves about her sweetpotato cheesecake!

Caryn's Cakes 1050 Marietta St, Suite CAtlanta, GA 30318
404 -89 SWEET (404-897-9338)
Her wedding cakes are amazing and her specialty cakes and their creative designs will take your breath away...check out the gallery of pictures...

Southern Sweets, 186 Rio Circle, Decatur. 404-373-8752 Tucked deep in an industrial park near the Dekalb Farmer's Market, Southern Sweets serves up the city's best desserts--including rustic fruit pies, towering coconut and rich old-fashioned chocolate cakes and luscious pecan tarts. Don't miss the caramel cake and pecan tarts!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Massages that Make you Melt

DeKalb Medical Center: Wellness Center
2665 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 501-2222
Yep the hospital has a full wellness center that provides a full menu of spa services and one of the cheapest 1 1/2 hour massages in town... I love the deep tissue and hot stone massage!

Attune Massage
Poncey-Highland 644 N Highland Ave Ste #124 (404) 702-5275
Dale rents office space inside the Highland Inn...tranquil..great pregnancy massages

The Art of Touch
Midtown 244 14th St 30309 (404) 602-4054
Tranquil peaceful surroundings in adorable restored home..Ask for shannon or sara

Garden View Massage
215 Church St #109 Downtown Decatur (404) 377-9854
THE place for therapeutic and trigger point massage...not a spa like atmosphere..definitely Massage Therapy...Michael was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of Atlanta School of Massage

The Buckhead Massage Company
3108 Piedmont Road NE Ste 200Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 495-0751 The ladies at Buckhead Massage Company give thoroughly relaxing massages in a warm inviting space in the heart of Buckhead. Make sure you tell them how much pressure you want as these lovely ladies are quite

Urban Body Studio
730 Ponce De Leon Pl NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 201-7994
Pilates and yoga take center stage at a cool wellness space in Midtown with added on-site salon and massage therapists. See Rome for a back and foot massage that will blow your mind! Will uses aromatherapy and heat therapy to give an amazing massage.

Kimochi Body N Sole Sanctuary
736 Ponce de Leon Ave., Ste. H (404) 685-8500
Take advantage of the specials that entitles you to bundle massges for a lower rate...

Zen Massage Center
6427 Roswell RdAtlanta, GA 30328Phone: (404) 252-9494 Terrific budget option...1 hour Swedish Massage is 49.95 memberships....

Monday, July 14, 2008

Neighborhood Hot Spots - Compilation of my Faves

Historic Virginia Highland is one of Atlanta's most popular neighborhood for shopping, dining and nightlife. It consists of seven distinct commercial "villages" alternating with short, walkable blocks of charming bungalow homes. Charming sidewalk cafes, cocktails at lively night spots, and innovative cuisine at progressive restaurants and bistros. In addition there are world class salons, boutiques and antique shopping, full service day salons. See all there is to see and do at

Historic College Park
Yum! i love The Feed store (the fried green tomatoes), Noodle, and the Pecan. A stone's throw away is Evans Bake shop and Thumbs up Diner; and in Hapeville don't miss Buttersweet Bakery, Jamaica Cove and the ubiquitous Chic-Fil-A dwarf house for (drum roll please) FRIED SWEET POTATO PIES. Did I say yum? Yum!! Come take a stroll when coming back from a long trip at Hartsfield or when you have a day to while away...Historic College Park thanks for making the So'side shine!

Historic Duluth is a collection of unique shops, restaraunts and living spaces that create a quaint walking experience and delicious food. Experience historic duluth at

Historic Norcross is a quaint section of Norcross off N. Cementary and Buford Hwy. It is absolutely charming and chock full of delicious restaraunts including Station Cafe, Mojito's cuban cafe, Northern Star Coffehouse, Paizano's and many others. There are fun shops to browse and a great park across the street for kids. A great way to while away an afternoon!

Little Five Points or “Lil 5” as it is affectionately called is one of Atlanta’s most eclectic neighborhoods. It is a bohemian mix of one of a kind businesses, eating establishments, art and theater. Check out this cool hotspot at

East Atlanta Village - Atlanta's newest bohemian hip hangout spot..chock full of restaraunts, galleries, coffee shops and tatoo parlors. all mix to give a laid back, let's be 20 something and figure it all out over coffee or a plate of nachos..i love east atlanta village. everytime i go i discover something different. located the few square blocks where glenwood intersects down glenwood a bit further and discover Glenwood park. great hangout for lunch and house browsing as they have great brownstones for sale...

Downtown Decatur is a fun mix of gorgeous homes, businesses, restaraunts and unique shops. There are endless dining options to include big name restaraunts like Ted Montana’s, Ruby Tuesdays, Mick’s and Crescent Moon as well as Mom-and Pop restaraunts with delicious food. The boutiques are fascinating and there always festivals and things to do on the weekends. See all Downtown Decatur has to offer

Historic Stone Mountain Village is a great way to spend a day shopping for antiques, collectibles, fine art, and speciality gifts. Along the way stop for a smoothie at Continental Coffee and Sweets, catch a slice at Mama Mia’s Pizza, or make like a southern belle and enjoy a leisurely lunch of fine Southern cuisine at Sycamore Grill. Historic Stone Mountain Village is easily accessible off HWY 78 and directions can be found at

Marietta Square is one of the newest revitalizations and a fun way to spend an afternoon. From outdoor cafes like Three little Bears to fine dining at Steffans off the Square, antiquing and shopping it is the hippest spot to be in Marrietta. See for yourself at

Historic Roswell is one of my newest discoveries as myself and my young un’s love the Fickle Pickle, Relish, Swallow at the Hollow and Greenwood’s on Green Street. If you follow Canton Street, there are all types of speciality, gift and book shoppes, boutiques, art galleries and tearooms. They even have a Krispy Kreme to indulge in...Have a day of fun at Historic Roswell off Alpharetta Street at

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I got ya' Scattered Smothered AND covered –Spots to satisfy a late nite craving

Waffle House
Ubiquitous 24 hour chain in metro Atlanta . Look for the yellow lights off virtually every exit in the area. Get the All star- a big bang for your buck!

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
1812 Peachtree St NWAtlanta, GA 30309 (404) 872-2942
Just off Peachtree Street in midtown, this 24 hour health concious eatery could use a good cleaning. But if it’s late and you close one eye who cares…Look for the odd array of landscaping including pinwheels and the big statute out front..

Marietta Diner
306 Cobb Pkwy S., Marietta , GA 30060 770-423-9390
Big shiny diner with an 8 page menu to satisfy every taste bud.

Majestic Diner
1031 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta , GA 30306-4215 (404) 875-0276
Local landmark serves as a pit stop for late night partiers looking for anything from breakfast food to burgers.

Georgia Diner
1655 Pleasant Hill RdDuluth, GA 30096-4619Phone: (770) 806-9880
Extensive menu with satisfying comfort food to include breakfast and Greek and Italian specialities. My kids love the pancakes!

Atlanta Diner
2071 N Druid Hills Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30329-1845 (404) 633-0024

Cafe Dupri
3135 Piedmont RdAtlanta, GA 30305 (404) 846-2773
Hip urban spot owned by you know who. 24 hours on the weekend. Don't miss the big breakfast, shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. One of my fave spots in the city!

Landmark Diner
60 Luckie St (404) 659-1756
3652 Roswell Rd NW(404) 816-9090
620 Peachtree StAtlanta GA (404) 477-9601
2277 Cheshire Bridge (404) 636-8240

Atkins Park Tavern
794 N Highland Ave NE , Atlanta , GA , 30306
Serving bar food till 3:30 am

Monday, June 30, 2008

Groovy Lunch Spots around the City

Green Tomato Buffet1275 Powers Ferry Rd SE Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 618-8451

Mon - sat 11-8
Cool cheap lunch spot that has my fave southern veg..Fried green prices...

Parish Foods Fine Goods
240 North Highland, 404-681-4434
Breakfast is served as early as 7 am Mon-Fri...Order sandwiches, salad during lunch hours...Brunch is served on the weekends upstairs in the dining room from 10-3

Café Circa464 Edgewood Ave Atlanta
oh my the appetizers, entrees and desserts are absolute yum..warning you may not want to go back to work after this delicious meal...

590 Mimosa Blvd Historic Roswell, GA
(770) 650-7877

The Old Tucker Fountain2329 Main St., Tucker, GA
Phone 770-493-8880

Jake's Ice Creams & Sorbets660 Irwin StAtlanta, GA 30312
(404) 586-9972
Try the fried green tomato blt and chicken sandwich. And don’t dare miss the ice cream. My toddler loves this place!

Fuji Ya Japanese Restaurant4135 Lavista RoadTucker , GA 30084
Fun hibachi restaurant, Japanese seafood and steak, and full sushi bar. Very cheap lunch prices

Buckhead Bread Company & Corner Café3070 Piedmont RoadAtlanta, GA 30305
(404) 240-1978
Expensive but good. Great bakery!

5th Earl Market
309 E College AveDecatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-5477

205 E Ponce De Leon Ave Decatur, GA 30030
(888) 580-3672
Large portions and hip design are the highlights at this Americanized Asian noodle shop
Le Petit Marche'
Neighborhood: Kirkwood 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr Ste 108Atlanta, GA 30317(404) 371-9888

Broil Out
5975 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 843-0333
Mu Lan Chinese Restaurant
824 Juniper Street Midtown 30308
(404) 877-5797

2884-B N Druid Hills Rd Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 315-6262
Toco Hills eatery welcomes pizza lovers with wood-fired pies and creative gourmet toppings.

Havana Sandwich Shop
2905 Buford Hwy NE
(404) 636-4094
Hole-in-the-wall Buford Highway lunch spot works its main-drag mojo on Cuban sandwiches.

Just Loaf’n
313 Boulevard
This new neighborhood restaurant (right around the corner from Six Feet Under) serves up New Orleans seafood specialties, from gumbo to po’ boys.

Casa Vieja
3652 Shallowford Road, Doraville
Authentic Columbian food that has old favorites from Cuban and Puerto Rican kitchens

Solstice Cafe
562 Boulevard S.E., Atlanta
A hip, caffeine-fueled cafe in Grant Park, serving bargain breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Alon's1394 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306-3354

Food 101 Morningside
4969 Roswell Road, Suite 200 Sandy Springs, GA
1397 N. Highland, Atlanta

Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe
5920 Roswell Rd Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 250-3737

Chicago Nancy's Pizzeria
265 Ponce de Leon (Cross Street: Penn Avenue NE)Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 885-9199
Midtown pizza joint dishes up pies to those in need of a fast fix.

BLEU House Cafe108 N Cemetery St Norcross, GA 30071
Mon-fri 11-3

Oakhurst Grill350 Mead RdDecatur, GA
(404) 270-9575

The Varsity61 North Ave NWAtlanta, GA 30308-2166
(404) 881-1706
An Atlanta institution!

Las Palmeras
368 5th Street (Cross Street: Durant Place NE) Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 872-0846
Hidden in a Midtown neighborhood, this low-priced Cuban restaurant is well worth seeking out.

Fellini's Pizza2809 Peachtree Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30305-3135
(404) 266-0082 Cross Street: Rumson Road
Sit on the outdoor patio, crowdwatch and have a pie. Great atmosphere!

Duck's Cosmic Kitchen111-D New St.,
East Decatur Station,
Decatur GA

111 MLK
111 Martin Luther King Jr DrAtlanta, GA 30303 404-523-0109
Atlanta’s best hidden secret!

Zocalo Taqueria
465 Boulevard

Carver's Country Kitchen
1118 W Marietta St NWAtlanta, GA
(404) 794-4410

768 Marietta St. Suite A (Cross Street: Bankhead Highway NW) Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 522-5655
Hip Thai eatery cooks up curries and more on the Westside.

Souper Jenny
56 E Andrews Dr NWAtlanta, GA 30305-1316
(404) 239-9023
In spite of the East Andrews street address, it's easiest to park in the lot off Cains Hill Place. Traveling north on Roswell Road, turn left onto Irby, right again onto Cains Hill, left into lot opposite Churchill Arms.

Ann’s Snack Bar
1615 Memorial Drive S.E. Atlanta, GA 30317 - 2001 Phone: (404) 687-9207
Ann Price has been making her special brand of burger at this humble cafe for almost 30 years: hand-slung patties of ground beef cooked over onions and stacked with cheese, bacon, chili or all the works (aka the ghetto burger!). Her dressed-up hot dogs, such as the chili cheese split, also get heaps of praise

The Rusty Nail Pub
2900 Buford Hwy NE (Cross Street: N Druid Hills NE)Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 325-3326
This comfortable neighborhood hangout does all the pub-style faves--BBQ, burgers, wings and plenty of beer choices.

Oz Pizza
2805 Main Street (Cross Street: White Way) East Point
(404) 761-7006 A Funky little pizza joint that serves some of the bes pies in town – hands down!

Caffè Antico
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory
University 571 South Kilgo Circle Atlanta, GA 30322
Located on the third floor of Emory's Michael C. Carlos Musuem; Offers seasonal menus of salads, sandwiches, and entrées as well as healthful grab-and-go options. Killer dill chicken salad, serves Starbucks coffee.

Sun in My Belly
2161 College Avenue Atlanta, GA 30317
Little 5 Points/Candler park
Phone: (404) 370-1088

Chanterelle's646 Evans St. (West End)404-758-0909

Taqueria Del Sol1200B Howell Mill Rd NWAtlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-5811

Taqueria Sundown Café2165 Cheshire Bridge Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 321-1118

Rhea's Take Out Foods
1210 Canton StRoswell, GA 30075-3619
(770) 992-8638
One of the best and cheapest hamburgers in the city!

The Loop Pizza Grill
3537 Chamblee Tucker Road Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 220-2666
Embry Hills Shopping Center

Bombay Grill2165 Savoy Dr Chamblee, GA 30341
(678) 530-9555
Tip: Indian Buffett-$9.95

Cafe Bombay2615 Briarcliff Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30329
(404) 320-0229

Southern Sweets186 Rio Cir Decatur, GA 30030-2229
(404) 373-8752
One of the best bakeries in the city! Serves lunch in the quaint cafe

314 E Howard AveDecatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-2000

Zesto Drive-In Burgers544 Ponce De Leon Ave NE (Cross Street: Ponce de Leon Court NE)Atlanta, GA
(404) 607-1118

2625 Piedmont RdAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 844-0444

Muss & Turners1675 Cumberland Pkwy Ste 309Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114 Cross Street: South Atlanta Road
One of the best Deli’s in Atlanta

Blue Ribbon Grill4006 Lavista RdTucker, GA 30084
(770) 491-1570

Camille's Sidewalk Café
3499 Chamblee Tucker RdAtlanta, GA 30341
(770) 455-0500

Bellini's Pasta & Pizza5525 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 668-0558

Belly General Store
772 N. Highland Ave

Six Feet Under415 Memorial Dr SEAtlanta, GA 30312-2264 (404) 523-6664
2nd Location
685 11th Street (off of Northside Drive);Opens 3/26

La Fonda Latina (Cuban)
923 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306-4211
(404) 607-0665

Friday, June 27, 2008

Mama Mia Itsa Pizza!

Shorty's 3701 Lawrenceville HwyTucker, GA 30084 and (770) 414-6999
2884-B N Druid Hills RdAtlanta (404) 315-6262Super cool little authentic pizza restaraunt serving a variety of menu options in Tucker. Once you go, you will be back!

Mellow Mushroom Pizza 1679 Lavista Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30329-3414 Phone: (404) 325-0330
Old standby with locations all over atlanta

Quattro 1071 Piedmont AveAtlanta, GA 30309Phone: (404) 881-0000 Best kept secret of a little slice of a pizzeria on the edge of Piedmont Park

Mama Nikis 1715 Howell Mill Road 404-350-0514 Voted one of Atlanta's Best Pizza..Try the garlic pretzels

Rosa's Pizza 62 Broad St NW 404-521-2596 Closest thing to NY style pizza here in the A-T-L. you will stand in line with a zillion Ga state students but it's worth the wait. delicioso!

Blue Moon Pizza 2359 Windy Hill Rd SE Ste 100 , Marietta , GA , 30067 Flavorful thin-crust pies have the locals raving about this hip pizza parlor in Marietta.

Capozzi's New York Pizza 2960 Shallowford Rd Ste 101 , Marietta , GA , 30066 Local pizza and pasta shop serves New York-style pies in a friendly environment.

Rosa's Pizza 62 Broad St NW , Atlanta , GA , 30303-2323 The preferred pizza joint for the downtown lunch crew.

Chicago's Nancy's Pizza 265 Ponce de Leon Ave , Atlanta , GA , 30309 Midtown pizza joint dishes up pies to those in need of a fast fix.

New York Pizzeria 3354 Chamblee Tucker Rd # D, Chamblee(770) 457-4466 It ain't fancy but its a great neighborhood option for folks in Chamblee

Fritti 309 N. Highland Ave. , Atlanta , GA , 30307 Sexy Inman Park pizza joint offers authentic Italian snacks for hip urbanites.

Cameli's Gourmet Pizza Joint 699 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Ste 12 , Atlanta , GA , 30308 Exceptional pies make this pizza place one of Midtown's best-kept secrets.

Everybody's Pizza 1593 N Decatur Rd NE Health-food consciousness blends with gourmet aspirations at this groovy intown pizza parlor.

Baraonda 710 Peachtree St NE Apt 210 , Atlanta , GA , 30308Stylish Midtowners snack on Euro-style pizzas at this romantic trattoria.

Athens Pizza 1341 Clairmont Rd , Decatur , GA , 30033Greek cuisine outshines the pizza at this popular Decatur joint.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Adventures for big kids

Starlight Six Drive-In 2000 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA

Malibu Grand Prix 5400 Brook Hollow Pkwy Norcross

Six Flags White Water 250 N Cobb Pkwy, Marietta

ADRENALINE CLIMBING 460 Brogdon Road #100, Suwanee 770-271-1390

NexGym at the Mall of Georgia - Fully functional sports gym geared for 6-14 year olds! gaming, organized sports, and all type interactive activities to get our kiddies moving. Awesome concept..

Movie Tavern at Northlake Festival 4043 LaVista Rd Tucker, GA (678) 680-5782

Junction Lanes 141 Newnan Station Drive Newnan, Georgia 30265 770-683-2695

Dave and Buster's
4000 Venture Drive Suite 15 Duluth , GA 30096 770/497-1152
Marietta 2215 D&B Drive Marietta , GA 30067 770/951-5554

Planet Q-Zar 3750 Venture Dr., Duluth770-497-1313
Unbelievable laser tag fun for older kids...

Jillian's Discover Mills Mall 5900 Sugarloaf ParkwayLawrenceville, GA 30043 678.847.5400

Medieval Times 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy Lawrenceville inside Discover Mills Mall (770) 225-0230

ESPN Zone 3030 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta

Stone Mountain Park Hwy 78 E (Exit 8) Stone Mountain

Wild Animal Safari 1300 Oak Grove Road Pine Mountain

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games 11000 Alpharetta Hwy Roswell

Lake Lanier Islands 6950 Holiday Rd Buford, GA

Water Parks!

The Beach at Clayton County International Park
2300 Hwy. 138 SE, Jonesboro770-473-5425 www.thebeachccip.comTues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Adults, $10; children 3-12, $8; 2 and under, free; parking $3

Lake Lanier Beach and WaterPark
7000 Holiday Rd., Lake Lanier Islands770-932-7200 www.lakelanierislands.comTues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Adults, Mon.-Fri., $27.99; Sat.-Sun. $29.99' Children 42" and under, $17.99; under 3, free. Cool off in style with Georgia’s largest wave pool, an exciting three-story “FunDunker,” waterslides galore and a half-mile long sand beach. There’s also a Kiddie Lagoon and Wiggle Waves child-sized wave pool for your smallest kids to enjoy.

Red Top Mountain
50 Lodge Rd. SE, Cartersville 770-975-0055
Open daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Free admission; parking, $3.The park’s Lake Allatoona is a great place for watery adventures. The sandy beach is ideal for swimming, and the lake is great for fishing and boating. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent on-site. Other attractions include hiking trails, miniature golf, tennis courts and picnic pavilions.

Robin Lake Beach
Callaway GardensHwy. 18, Pine Mountain. 800-225-292
Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.Adults, $13; children, $6.50; under 6, free.Relax on a one-mile stretch of white sand beach while the kids chill out on Iceberg Island, which contains climbing walls, trampolines, aqua totters and slides. Other activities include miniature golf, table tennis, shuffleboard, volleyball, paddle boats and the “Flying High” Circus, which has daily performances (except Wednesdays) throughout the summer.

Skull Island at Six Flags Over Georgia 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell 770-948-9290 Hours vary.Adults, $39.99; children under 48", $29.99; under 3, free. In advance from Publix: free children’s admission with purchase of adult admission.Drop anchor at Skull Island for an interactive water adventure. Attractions include three giant water-dumping towers, six waterslides and a variety of water blasters, sprayers, fountains, jets, water wheels and pumps.

Sun Valley Beach 5350 Holloman Rd., Powder Springs 770-943-5900 daily; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.Adults, $17.95; children 2-11, $14.95Dive into one of the largest pools in the Southeast or relax on Sun Valley’s sandy white beach. Attractions include 11 waterslides, a dolphin fountain, a showering umbrella, lumber jack log roll, diving platforms and swinging ropes. Bring a picnic, light up the grill or buy lunch at the concession stand.

White Water Park 250 Cobb Pkwy., Marietta 770-948-9290 Opens daily at 10 a.m.; closing times vary.Adults, $36.99; children under 48”, $26.99; under 3, free.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cool Coffee Bars

Well if you are like me and my teenage son, we love to lounge in coffee bars...I mean who doesn't like to roll in somewhere in jeans and flip flops, get a latte, a dessert treat and catch up on the latest Creative Loafing or take advantage of Wi-Fi..all in a cool laid back environment where no-one gives a rat's patootie what you look like..The list I'm about to give you privvy to is no Starbucks honey...These are Atlanta orginals and great places to get your hot coffee and chill on...Happy sipping!

Lattitudes Coffee Lounge & Bistro 501 Dekalb Industrial Way Decatur, GA 30030
404 298 8787 i'm feeling this new little spot right off L'ville modern vibe and yummy treats + a good cup of joe..yeah baby!

Urban Grind 962 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA 30318 404.724.0605

Alcove Coffee 4135 Lavista Road Suite 550 Tucker, GA 770.621.3636

Jake's Ice Creams & Sorbets 660 Irwin St Atlanta, GA 30312 404.586.9972

Tilt Coffee Shop 274 Walker St SW Castleberry Hill 404.688.4284

Joe's Coffee 510 Flat Shoals Ave SE , Atlanta , GA 30316
Lattes and laptops reign at this homey East Atlanta coffee shop

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar 419 W. Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur 30030 404.687.1100
Cool airy vibe and enough coffee to please even the most discerning coffee snob. try the mini-donuts!

JavaVino 579 N Highland Ave NE , Atlanta , GA 30307 Coffee and wine go hand in hand at this neighborhood nook in Poncey Highlands.

San Francisco Coffee Roasting 1192 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta , GA 30306 Neighborhood coffee hotspot favorite shines with superior home brews and plenty of comfy nooks.

Northern Star Coffeehouses 45 South Peachtree Street Norcross, GA 30071 770.409.4009 Exposed brick make this loft like space in Downtown Norcross way cool along with wine tastings, local artists paintings and indoor and outdoor seating

Aurora Coffee 992 N Highland Ave NE , Atlanta , GA 30306 Indie coffeehouse mixes urban design with serious java moxie.

Java Monkey 205 E Ponce De Leon Ave Ste 5 , Decatur , GA 30030 Coffee and cake are a hit at this cyber cafe-wine bar combo in downtown Decatur.

Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge 1009-B Marietta St NW , Atlanta , GA 30318 Fuel for your day: Recharge at the Westside's urban coffee haunt.

ChocoLate Coffee 2558 Shallowford Rd NE Ste 201 , Atlanta, GA 30345 Local neighborhood cafe caters to coffee connoiseurs or those in need of a quick caffeine fix

Inman Perk Coffee 280 Elizabeth Street NortheastAtlanta, GA 30307 404.523-7774
Cute little place to relax in Inman Park

Thursday, June 19, 2008

First Date Spots

Fellas/Ladies, Can we talk? Have you ever booked a restaraunt for a first date and your date bores you's why I suggest you give it a test drive first at these spots can chat, get your drink on, have dessert, listen to live music, look at a nice view or people watch..and if you need to rise up, then you can with no buyers here are my faves for spots to get to know that special someone..Don't get me wrong..All these spots below are the bomb..But they are more for getting to know your date...Then if you are really feeling them then do your homework and check my list of Top Restaraunts When you are Dating that Special Someone..That way you can save the big bucks for those special evenings with the one you want to take home to!

Rare- Soul Tapas Restaurant 554 Piedmont Ave (404) 541-0665
wow..thank goodness for spots like rare! after a short hiatus the rising star of the Lorenzo Wyche family has re-opened and we all breathe a sigh of relief that this rare soul food tapas spot is back to cater to the discriminating tastes of Atlanta's urban elite. your date will def be impressed! CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS

Rooftop - The Glenn Hotel - Marietta Street
Get there before 9:30 as it gets crowded. The DJ spins Wed-Sun starting at 8 pm. Sexxy!

UTOPIA Martini & Tapas Lounge 840 Marietta St NW (404) 898-8788 the decor is amazing..prepare to be dazzled...

Harlem Bar 262 Edgewood Ave NE (404) 588-0014 go early and stay late at this tiny slice of a new york brownstone in Sweet Auburn..the food is delicious...sometimes can be long waits for menu orders, but worth the wait...gets crowded after 9:30 pm

I love this place! My #1 spot for shooting pool, kicking back with a group of friends, listening to some of my fave local bands (Quinn and Friends/Indigo Sunset) and looking at the great eye candy...Pick your nite thursday-sunday based on the live entertainment.

Cafe Circa 464 Edgewood Ave (404) 477-0008
a winning combination of laid back sophisticaion and cool urban appeal has livened up Edgewood avenue... founded by a few brothers from morehouse..don't miss the desserts and appetizers for noshing..and the peach cobbler is awesome..i love this place!

FOX Sports Grill - Atlantic Station
Great place to check out the game and get your giggle on at the bar..if you are feeling your date move across the street to Strip..good strong drinks :-)

M Bar Castleberry Hill
all the sexy people come to this hip castleberry hill boutique lounge to nosh, drink and hang out..nice vibe, cool ambience and hot people watching...oh and the M is for their signature margaritas, martinis, mojitos, mimosas and music ...turn on your sound and check out the website to get a taste of just how smooth the M Bar is...enjoy!

Churchill Grounds 660 Peachtree St (404) 876-3030
Monday's Afro Sounds and Thursday's Latin Jazz are other good nights to go. Top rate talent play at this sophisticated little club on the weekends…

Brookwood Grill 880 Holcomb Bridge Rd Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 587-0102
Noisy enough that if you and your date are not feeling each other you can still enjoy your food, the ambience and roll out and still have had a good time because of the surroundings...

Martinis at IMAX- Fernbank Museum's IMAX Theatre 767 Clifton Road
Friday's Martinis & Imax is a hot ticket in town, so before you show up for a sold-out show, call (404) 929-6400 to reserve tickets.

Londzell's Jazz & Blues Cafe 2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd Ste 309 (678) 795-9100
The food is average but the music is swinging baby…friday nites are happening...

Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View 210 Peachtree St NW Phone: (404) 589-7506
this slowly revolving restaurant and bar--an Atlanta destination for must-impress occasions--offers unparalled views of the city. Some patrons stop by for a cocktail at the bar; others settle in for dinner.

Vino Libro 933 Garrett St Atlanta, GA 30316 Phone: (404) 624-3644 Hip black owned wine bar in the super cool Glenwood park. If you're really feeling your first date, take them next door to Vickery's for dinner..killer appletinis

Cafe Intermezzo 1845 Peachtree Rd NE Phone: (404) 355-0411 Cozy spot for after drinks, dessert and a little (ahem) foreplay :-)

The Chocolate Bar 201 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Suite C Decatur, GA (404) 378-0630 Romantic after dinner spot for satisfying your sweet tooth

Grape Atlantic Station 264 19th St Atlanta, GA 30363 (404) 815-0090 Enjoy live jazz on Thursday nights…sit on the patio for serious people watching..i love the hummus!

Chef Rob's Caribbean Cuisine 5920 Roswell Rd Ste 117 Sandy Springs (404) 250-3737 Inventive caribbean food in a cozy laid back "it's all irie" vibe..the carribean egg rolls are amazing

Gladys Knight & Ron Winan's Chicken & Waffles 7301 Stonecrest Mall (770) 482-6766 Weekdays and dinner are good days to go..expect long waits on the weekend..try the soul food sautee with chicken

The Real Chow Baby 1016 Howell Mill Rd Ste A (Cross Street: 11th Street NW) (404) 815-4900 All you can eat stir fry made to order….you fix it anyway you like and the cooks will whip it up on an open flame…no takeout so go hungry...

Special Spots to take your Boo

Goldfish 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE Atlanta (770) 671-0100
The scoop: Inside are high ceilings, vibrant murals and a sheet of water cascading behind an elegant sushi bar. The restaurant hums with activity but also offers quiet corners for more intimate dining. A Seafood lovers delite!

Blue Ridge Grill 1261 West Paces Ferry Road (404)233-5030 The scoop: Comfortably sophisticated and startlingly realistic replica of an upscale hunting lodge. Pricey but very well done Classic Southern and American dishes.

Redfish Creole Bistro 687 Memorial Dr SE Atlanta (404) 475-1200
The scoop: Fairly new, Louisiana-inspired restaurant. Cajun-Creole mix of classics such as gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, etouffee, heavy on the seafood.

Horseradish Grill 4320 Powers Ferry Road NW Atlanta (404) 255-7277 A rehabbed horse stable with cozy rustic charm is the scene. Solid New Southern food is a winner. The restaurant's popular brunch is served Sundays from 11am to 2pm.

Aria 490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE Atlanta (404) 233-7673Cross Street: Maple Drive
The scoop: A seductively dark bar leads to the expansive dining room, a hip mix of yesteryear architecture and droll postmodern art. "New American"includes twists on old favorites like short ribs, pork soft-shell crabs, and fish. Dessert is delicious!

SAGE on Sycamore 121 Sycamore Street Decatur Square (404) 373-5574
The Scoop: Turn of the century storefront in Downtown Decatur is home to this casual bistro. Eclectic New American menu. Wednesday night is live jazz!

Wisteria 471 N Highland Ave (404) 525-3363 The scoop: Intimate VA Highland eatery is attractive and comfortable. Yummy Southern-influenced menu changes seasonally,

The Capital Grille 255 East Paces Ferry Road
The scoop: National chain looks like a gentleman's club: a smoky bar, dark wood paneling, and deer heads mounted throughout the dining room, all with a stunning view of downtown Atlanta. Steakhouse with comfort food side dishes.

Grace 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy Norcross, GA (678) 421-1720 The scoop: Tucked away in the Forum at Peachtree Corners, elegant dining and a seasonal menu makes for an irresistible formula. Contemporary American cuisine with a strong suit of seafood.

Nava 3060 Peachtree Road Atlanta (404) 240-1984
The Scoop: Trendy upscale Southwestern restaurant. Food can be hit or miss but the atmosphere and drinks are good.

South City Kitchen 1675 Cumberland Pkwy, Smyrna, Ga 30080 770.435-0700
The Scoop: This 2nd location of the wildly popular Midtown icon, is a new Southern restaurant serving fun delicious food like Buttermilk fried chicken, lima bean hummus, goat cheese fried green tomatoes. the Desserts are amazing!

Kyma 3085 Piedmont RoadAtlanta (404) 262-0702 The scoop: Stylish interior makes for a special nite at this upscale Greek restaraunt.

Tierra 1425B Piedmont Ave NE (404) 874-5951
The Scoop: Tiny cottage serves a hip, diverse crowd the menu explores the flavors of Central and Latin America. Try the luscious très leches cake, refreshing lime ice cream or the seasonal (usually fig or mango) tart.

Sambuca Jazz Café 3102 Piedmont Rd NE (404) 237-5299(404) 237-0207 The scoop: Sambuca creates a luxurious atmosphere with plush seating and swinging music: jazz, blues, modern, world, straight ahead and vocals. The impressive surroundings lend an air of class to a night of dining and drinking. After work, this is a prime people-watching spot for the Buckhead business crowd. The eclectic cuisine menu is diverse from seafood to Middle Eastern appetizers and thick cuts of red meat. Dine on Friday and Saturdays and skip the $10 cover

Village Tavern 11555 Rainwater Drive Alpharetta, GA 30009-8696(770) 777-6490 This sister restarant to my hometown fave in Bham is excellent..the service is impeccable..the ambience is snuggly to include a fireplace and the know your girl would not post it if the food was not AUHMAZING...try the crab dip..and brunch is great too..Alpharetta stand up and take a bow..the Village tavern is a great addition to the neighborhood

Dante's Down the Hatch 3380 Peachtree Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30326 (404) 266-1600
The scoop: This is a fun place complete with a full-scale cutaway of a sailing ship. The menu is quite electic with Fondue being the highlight. Live jazz is the big draw and the bands perform six days a week.

Stoney River Legendary Steaks 5800 State Bridge Rd (Corner of Medlock Bridge Road) Duluth (770) 497-6676 10524 Alpharetta Hwy (Corner of Holcomb Bridge) Roswell, GA 30076-1429 (678) 461-7900
The Scoop: Stoney River looks and feels like an upscale lodge. The steak is delicious and the seafood is delectable. And the bread is wonderful! Bring your money, honey, cause it shole ain’t cheap… This is one of my favorite steakhouses!

Lenox Grill 3393 Peachtree Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30326 (404) 442-8891
The scoop: The old fashioned diner is yet upscale and an easy choice for dining at Lenox Mall, relaxed yet elegant, the food and the service is consistent. American comfort dishes are inventive and satisfying.

Steel Restaurant & Lounge 950 West Peachtree St Ste 255 Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 477-6111 Steel's Pan-Asian menu is served in a wow! inducing setting of swanky teak wood and modern interior.

Aqua Blue 1564 Holcomb Bridge RoadRoswell, GA 30076 (770) 643-8886 Shimmering aqua light washes over this visually dramatic suburban restaurant. The menu offers cuisine from around the world...The sushi bar rocks!

5 Seasons Brewing 5600 Roswell Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30342 (404) 255-5911
The scoop: Five Seasons is more than a place to knock back beer. An elegant interior beckons with softly lit tables and an expansive dining area. The menu encompasses dishes from around the world. The grilled pizza is not to be missed. After dinner, kick back and relax in the laid-back downstairs bar, which has darts and pool tables.

Blackstone 4686 South Atlanta Rd Vinings, GA 30080 (404) 794-6100
The Scoop: An obscure location on the back edge of an Atlanta Road strip mall is an unlikely location for this upscale, yet easygoing Smyrna steakhouse.

River Room Restaurant & Tavern 4403 Northside Pkwy NW Ste 150 (404) 233-5455
The scoop: Located in the Post Riverside complex between Buckhead and Vinings, this tucked away spot is a popular choice for daters of all ages.The seafood selection is dreamy!

Ten Degrees South 4183 Roswell Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30342-3715 (404) 705-8870
The scoop: If you’re looking for a WAY different dining experience, this is it! The dining rooms, which are separated by a fireplace, feature earth-toned walls, ceiling fans and indigenous artwork and tapestries. The only restaraunt of its kind in Atlanta serving South African cuisine.
Dishes here are packed with intriguing flavors. Squid comes in peri-peri sauce, Bobotie spring rolls feature sweetened ground beef in a fried wrapper, served with fruit chutney, Durban chicken curry. Try Diane's Delight, a buttery sponge cake served warm with ice cream. Definitely a gastronomic adventure!

Oceanaire Seafood Room 1100 Peachtree St NW (404) 475-2277Cross Street: 12th Street
The scoop: Lavish seafood restaurant with the prices to match. Some of the freshest seafood in atlanta. First stop for impressing that someone special!

Two Urban Licks 820 Ralph McGill Blvd (404) 522-4622 Cross Street: Freedom Parkway The Scoop: This sexxy restaraunt hums with activity but at the same time casts a spell with its subtle mysterious interior. Bulbous red lanterns and flickering wall sconces cast a spell, and helps to pull together the entire vibe of the funky warehouse feel. LIve blues nightly.The restaurant is tucked away from the road. Follow Somerset until you pull all the way up to the valet platform. New american menu. Dress to impress!

Paschal's Restaurant 180 Northside Dr SW Unit BAtlanta, GA 30313 (404) 525-2023
In short: Castleberry Hill fine-dining establishment complete with white linen tablecloths serves up Soul food and seafood specialties. Paschal's is a grander restaurant than its namesake predecessor located nearby. Dress appropriately.

Bistro VG 70 W Crossville Rd Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 993-1156
nice place for a casual date...gorgeous patio and great bar..try the desserts...

Feast 314 E Howard Ave Decatur (404) 377-2000(404) 377-2747 Feast offers Mediterranean dishes and a cozy vibe. The Mediterranean-inspired food is offered mostly as small plates and thin-crust personal-sized pizzas. Stick with the dessert specials from Southern Sweets Bakery.

Carpe Diem Bistro 105 Sycamore Pl Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 687-9696
The scoop: Ultra-stylish eatery is located elegant, industrial space makes a dramatic statement. From the entryway, stairs lead down to a striking dining room with soaring ceilings and lots of glass. Banquettes line the walls, while sleek mahogany-stained tables fill the room. In contrast, low-slung couches cluster around coffee tables in the intimate bar area. Service is friendly, if somewhat flaky. The well-rounded menu works for sampling. Fried calamari is well executed: tender, not chewy, with light breading and a piquant marinara for dipping. A mound of crispy shoestring fries, served with garlic-parsley sour cream, is perfect for sharing. Entrees are hit-or-miss. Tender, flavorful filet of beef isn't cooked to order. Wood-grilled chicken breast is dry, but nicely sauced in a rosemary au jus. Grilled sashimi tuna steak delights; served rare, it's topped with a spicy Thai-influenced sauce. For dessert, order the molten chocolate cake.

Sweet Devil Moon 980 Piedmont AvenueAtlanta, GA 30309 (404) 347-3600Cross Street: 10th St The scoop: THIS IS A NEW LOCATION. THEY MOVED FROM MEAD STREET. scoop: This neighborhood tapas bar has the look and feel of a hip lounge. The menu is short but a diverse selection of Latin favorites and the cocktail menu, including Sangrias and Margaritas is sure to please.

Woodfire Grill 1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324-4922 (404) 347-9055
The Scoop: Dinner nightly. Does not serve lunch. A large wood-fired oven dominates the dining room done in warm, coppery tones. The open kitchen is usually manned by chef Michael Tuohy. The diverse menu, which focuses on fresh organically grown local ingredients, changes daily. Try the woodfired pizza.

Killer Creek Restaurant 1700 Mansell Rd Alpharetta (770) 649-0064
The scoop: The usual chophouse design is refreshingly updated along with a mouthwatering menu of steaks and seafood. Desserts are outstanding and enormous. Killer Creek holds theme nights. Tuesday is scotch and cigars; Wednesday is ladies' night, with discounts on appetizers and gift drawings; and Thursday is beach night, with ocean-inspired drinks and song. The Sunday brunch is worth making the drive!

One. Midtown Kitchen 559 Dutch Valley Rd NE (404) 892-4111
The Scoop: Theatrical, urban and designed to impress, this striking restaurant is situated on the edge of Piedmont Park. The menu centers on fresh, seasonal ingredients, with special emphasis on small plates. Take advantage of the complimentary valet.

The Cafe at East Andrews 56 East Andrews #10 Atlanta (404) 869-1132 The scoop: Stroll leisurely through a European-style courtyard complete with a picturesque fountain and make your way to the welcoming wood-paneled dining room. Serving New American fare, with delectable seafood selections.

Nino's Cucina Italiana 1931 Cheshire Bridge Rd (404) 874-6505
The Scoop: They have the distinction as Atlanta's oldest Italian restaraunt. Cozy and family owned, the menu resonates with Italian favorites. Don't miss the Dessert pastry cart!

Hudson Grille - 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody RdAtlanta, GA 30346770.350.0134 Perimeter Mall Newly opened bar and grill occupies the former Garrison's space at Perimeter Mall. A sports enthusiasts mecca with more than 70 giant plasma TV screens, the menu is abound with tried and true bar food like wings and burgers, salads and a decent array of entrees including seafood, pasta and steaks. Good desserts from Metrotainment Cafe bakeries

Wahoo! A Decatur Grill 1042 W College Ave Decatur (404) 373-3331
The scoop: Situated near the train tracks, this neighborhood joint exudes a cozy,rustic feel. Wahoo's menu features fresh catches with changing daily specials. For an extra special experience request a table in or outside on the patio...Delicious and romantic!