Thursday, September 30, 2010

Secret Game Day Codeword at Marlows Tavern : Gator Bait

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Watch this week's SEC game of the week at Marlow's Tavern and say the codeword "Gator Bait" to get free hummus!

Tin Lizzy's is Looking For Atlanta's Next Top Taco

Do you have what it takes to create Atlanta's Next Top Taco? Tin Lizzy's is giving you the chance to create a new taco for their menu! It's their 3rd annual create your own taco contest! They are accepting applications at all Tin Lizzy's locations from now through October 15th!

Visit Tin Lizzy's Midtown Location!
1136 Crescent Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30309
P: 404-537-5060
Sun: 11:30AM-12AM
Mon-Sat: 11:30AM-2:30AM

Ecco Sunday Share--"Vesuvius!"

The Sunday Share gatherings at Ecco are served family-style around our communal "farm" tables. Each dinner has a theme and is specially prepared for that night only. October's theme is "Vesuvius!--dine on an old-fashioned (think 79 AD) meal from Pompeii on the eve of the massive eruption."

The dinner begins at 6:30pm and is $35/person (includes tax; excludes online service fee, alcohol and gratuity).

Date From October 10, 2010 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Ecco
              40 7th Street NE
              Atlanta, GA 30308 [map it!]
Info Line 404.347.9555

Only a few tickets remain so make sure to get yours today!

Midtown Review: Facial at Exhale Spa

This isnt the best picture, but it is the only
one I have taken since the facial earlier this
week. My skin looks great thanks to
Exhale Spa!
   I'm not normally the kind of person to get facials often. Every now and then I love a good facial that I feel "resets" my face and gives me a fresh start. So Monday evening I went over to the new Exhale Spa in Midtown Atlanta to get their True Facial with a couple add on services which focuses on transcending skin into the renewed glow of youth. Now I am a huge critic when it comes to facials. I especially am not happy when I leave a place feeling like I could have done that myself without the over $100 price tag. I like to know that I am getting a truly unique experience that is worth it and not just a simple cleanse and exfloiant with some hot air in between. Well a unique experience is definitely what I had at Exhale Spa in 12th and Midtown.
   Exhale has an amazing philosophy when it comes to skin care. Rather than just quick fixing the problem, they correct the cause. And they correct in ways that encourage the natural healing processes of the body by using light, vibration, electric energy and ingredients found in nature. They don't use chemicals, sand blast your skin or peel it away. I began talking with Crystal who was my esthetician for my true facial. She told me that Exhale believes a facial is a complete sensory experience.
     My senses were definitly stimulated! The facial therapy began with aromatherapy which calmed me almost instantly. I tend to hold my stress in my forehead and my jaws and the aromatherapy almost instantly opened and relaxed them both. She began with the cleanse using the IS Clinical Cleansing Complex. It contains Salicylic acid (white willow bark) to deep clean the pores and Chamomile to sustain a calming balance. After cleansing and examining the skin, she chose to use the add on service of a Sircuit Smart Peel called Youth Accelerator. It is a pumpkin enzyme peel (and smells amazing). This allows a smoother, brighter complexion and allows for corrective products to penetrate with ease. While the peel was working on my face, she massaged my arms and hands with a Kahina Argan oil and put them in a warm compress.
   After gentle extractions she applied a cooling mask from Actifirm called Active Skin Soother. It contains Shiitaki mushroom, aloe vera and cucumber. This mask produces a cooling effect after all of the stimulation from peel, steam and extractions. After the gel mask is applied, she used another add on service of the Cool Beam light therapy. The Cool beam light therapy machine is run over the entire face. Cool Beam is an amazing tool. It utilizes 3 different spectrums of light to correct skin conditions on a cellular level. Cool Beam produces results by killing the bacteria that causes acne, deflating under eye bags and dark circles. It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduces age spots and heals broken capillaries. At the grand opening event at Exhale, they did mini-sample facials with this Cool Beam and my mom became addicted. She actually could see a difference around her eyes! So I will be purchasing one of these for her for Christmas (and hopefully she won't read this post and find out).
   After a few more facial therapy treatments using IS Clinical Pro Heal Serum and Fixzit which is a blemish spot treatment, Shaffali orange blossum moisturizer was used on the remainder of the facial skin. This moisturizer provides restoration, nourishment and hydration. The facial then ended (unfortunately.. because  I could have layed there for days) with me completely relaxed and overly satisfied.
   Exhale Spa provided that unique experience that I was looking for. As you can see, this review was one of my longest to date because there was so much detail and time put into the experience that I couldn't leave out. This truly was the best facial I have ever had and my skin is still so clear and radiant. I truly feel like I have a new surface and a fresh start to my face!

Also on a side note, another nifty thing about Exhale is that they provide IPOD docks in the facials rooms so that you can bring your own music to listen to while you are getting a facial. A hip hop facial could be pretty interesting...

Exhale Spa is attached to the Loews Atlanta Hotel in 12th and Midtown
1065 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday Night Global Wine Stroll

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Wednesday Night Global Wine Stroll

Bar Eleven @ Loews, Piola & Einstein's
Wednesday, September 29th (6PM - 10PM)
Register @ Einstein's - 1077 Jumiper St (6 - 10PM)

Stroll between participating restaurants offering great wines from different regions & countries along with delicious food specials.
Portion of proceeds benefits Small Dog Rescue.

Free raffle for $150 gift basket from Pur Minerals. Perfect your look with Pur Minerals award winning Mineral Makeup. Get Quick, easy, flawless results in minutes!

Food & Wine Offerings
Bar Eleven @ Loews: $6 Glasses of wine & tapas
Piola: $6 Glasses of Wine, $5 Caipirinha & limited free appetizers at the bar.
Einstein's: TBA

Cost: Advance $5, Door $10

Name will be on Will Call List at Check In - No Tickets
Get your tickets here!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This Week's "Moments on The Mile"

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Each week I will feature some "Moment's on The Mile" that I feel highlight why Midtown is so special to Atlanta! Who knows... maybe one day you will be captured as the Moment on The Mile! Feel free to email me your Midtown experiences to be featured in the weekly "Moments on The Mile."

For more information about Midtown feel free to shoot me an email! Below are this week's moments:

Many Midtown restaurants offer great "pet-friendly" patios!
(shown above Joes on Juniper)

With Fall just around the corner, Midtown offers many great restaurant
patios for you to enjoy a great meal while also enjoying the crisp, Fall weather
in the heart of Atlanta! (shown above Tap at 1180)

Marlow's Tavern Brings Ribs and Whiskey Back To The Table For Fall

  Today I got The Dish in my inbox, which is something I look forward to every week because it sends me some great events and restaurant news straight to my inbox! But today, I saw something very exciting because one of my favorite Midtown restaurant Marlow's Tavern is bringing ribs and whiskey back to the table!
  Seven saucy, stick-to-your-ribs selections and only five weeks to try them all . . . and that doesn't even include the sides and fire-quenching libations on the "Ribs & Whiskey" menu at all Marlow's Tavern locations! Pig out on these smokin' dishes and good old Southern sides through November 1. Fired-up plates of slow-cooked St. Louis-style Maker's Mark-glazed ribs by the half or full rack come decked out with soon-to-be-famous "two potato" potato salad, chili-slathered corn on the cob and a house-made sweet corn and jalapeño muffin to sop up your drips ($15/$21). There's plenty for the rib-shy diners in your group: Marlow's smoke-house flatbread is mounded with slow-roasted pulled pork doused in chipotle BBQ sauce with Pepper Jack cheese, vine-ripe tomato and crispy tobacco onions ($9); and for traditionalists, slow-roasted pulled pork melts into a buttery soft roll with "two potato" potato salad on the side ($9).
   A chicken hankerin' calls for "Drunken Chicken" blazed with Maker's Mark and joined by grilled asparagus, Southern-fried mac and cheese and chili-slathered corn on the cob ($13); the BBQ Blazed Cobb salad where BBQ chicken is chillin' with crisp field greens, Roma tomatoes, apple-smoked bacon, sweet corn, Gorgonzola, crispy tobacco onions and BBQ Gorgonzola dressing ($11); or the "Kickin' Chicken" verde soup with fresh cilantro, roasted tomatillos, fall sweet corn and chili cream ($6). For indecisive diners, Marlow's "Ribs & Whiskey Hookup" pairs St. Louis-style Maker's Mark-glazed ribs with "Drunken Chicken" and all those Southern sides ($22). And, about those Maker's Mark cold and wet ones we promised you . . . "A Kick from Ginger" adds a kick of Red Rock Ginger Ale; spicy pineapple cooler brings in fresh pineapple and jalapeño simple syrup; and Georgia peach lemonade mixes it up with Minute Maid lemonade, peach nectar, south Georgia cane and frozen peaches ($8-$10). Marlow's also has plenty of soothing beer and wine selections to help diffuse the bold tastes of "Ribs & Whiskey" dishes!

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Marlow's Tavern
950 West Peachtree Street

Friday, September 24, 2010

Secret Game Day Codeword at Marlows Tavern : Overtime

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta - Midtown

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Below is a compiled list of Midtown Atlanta winners of Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta! Visiting Atlanta and looking for some great southern food, BBQ, burritos, hamburgers and more? All of these "Best's of Atlanta's" are right here in Midtown for you to enjoy!

Oral Pleasures - Readers Picks
Best Restaurant For a First Date - Top Flr
Best Southern Food - Mary Macs Atlanta
Best Barbecue - Runner Up - Fat Matt's
Best Burrito - Willy's
Best Hamburger - The Vortex
Best Restaurant Decor - Vortex
Best Pizza - Antico Pizza Napoletona

After Dark - Readers Picks
Best College Crowd Bar or Club - Opera Nightclub
Best Club Event - Tambor Party at D'jango Kitchen and Saloon
Best New Club - The Shelter
Best Gay Club - Runner Up - Blake's on The Park
Best Lounge - Halo Lounge

Consumer Culture - Readers Picks
Best Barbershop - American Haircuts

Cityscape - Reader's Picks
Best Landmark - Runner Up - Fox Theatre
Best Neighborhood To Live Without A Car - Midtown
Best Annual Event - Dogwood Festival
Best Intown Park - Piedmont Park
Best Dog Park - Piedmont Park
Best Playground - Piedmont Park
Best Public Tennis Court - Piedmont Park

If you are visiting Atlanta and would like to know more about each of these places or Midtown itself, feel free to shoot me an email! I would love to help you explore Midtown Atlanta!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Midtown Review: YEAH Burger

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Do you ever tell yourself "ok this is my last taste.." and then you put your spoon down only to pick it back up two seconds later and say "just one more bite..."? Today I repeated that probably 10 times at YEAH Burger. I kept saying "Seriously, I'm more" only to find myself halfway down my milkshake 5 minutes later. Today I decided to check out YEAH Burger since I have heard nothing but good things about this place since it recently opened.
   Since I know a lot of my followers who read this travel to Atlanta on occasion, I thought I would give a general idea where YEAH Burger is located! YEAH Burger is located in West Midtown in the White Provisions area. White Provisions is one of my favorite little communities in Atlanta because it is so authentic and different (see the picture above). It reminds of an old warehouse district with a train running right through the middle under a beautiful brick bridge!
  I love a good cheeseburger. No crazy toppings or anything, just a good burger that is seasoned and made well. So today at YEAH Burger I ordered the basic cheeseburger. I decided not to do any toppings that they offer (even though they all looked really good) because I wanted to really taste the burger. I also brought my dad considering he is always on the search for the best cheeseburger (seriously... he will drive miles out of the way just to try a cheeseburger). And considering he is also a pimento cheese conoisseur, he ordered his two favorite things in the world; a cheeseburger topped with pimento cheese. As you can see, I failed to get a picture of his burger because he had already magically eaten half the burger before I even realized it. He didn't even speak for 10 minutes because his mouth was full.... talk about an entertaining lunch date of silence. But I can appreciate a good meal and let's just say he was realllyyy appreciating it. My burger was incredible and as you can see there was a plentiful amount of cheese on top which is my favorite. The burger was seasoned perfectly and full of soo much flavor! The onion rings and fries were killer as well!
  And the grand finale was my chocolate milkshake. I learned that YEAH Burger is one of a few restaurants in the country to offer milkshakes with both organic milk and organic soft serve icecream! I'm not a big sweet person so I usually only have a few bites of dessert and then I am done. But today was a rare exception, I finished the whole milkshake with the help of my dad. I think we both kept saying "you can have the rest I'm done" only to grab the milkshake out of the others hand and have a bite. And isn't it funny how before the milkshake came we were both leaned back in our chairs saying how full we were and couldn't have another bite of anything, but when this milkshake came you would have thought we had not eaten in days!!
  My only negative about YEAH Burger were the prices. A little steep for my taste. If you got a burger ($7.99...and thats with no premium toppings which are an additional $1 each) and fries ($2.49) and a milkshake ($5.49), your bill would be $15.97 for one person which is a little pricey for me. But their portions are huge and can be shared by two people and I highly recommend doing that! That makes the prices not so bad!
  So now I am off to the gym. I should have stopped the first time I said "no more," but considering I finished the rest off, I now owe the gym another hour...but it was completely worth it!

   YEAH Burger offers other options besides burgers as well such as grilled chicken breast sandwich, salads and hotdogs! See their full menu at

YEAH Burger
1168 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

Midtown Review: Pacci Ristorante Brunch

French Toast

Peachtree B&G


There is one thing I have learned about Atlanta that I never realized... brunch in this city is VERY popular! So many restaurants offer such incredible brunch options on the weekends here! Last Sunday morning I had the opportunity to try out Pacci Ristorante for a bridesmaid brunch! This was my first "brunch" in the city so I didn't know what to expect! I ordered the Peachtree B&G which is buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy. I was expecting the traditional sausage gravy biscuits that I have had many, many times before. But this dish, exceeded far beyond my expectations in the fact that it was sooo different. It was like nothing I have ever tasted before! The gravy had this spicy taste and hearty warmth to it that left me suddenly regretting my promise to my friend that I would share it with her. My friend got the french toast with cinnamon butter, fresh berries and maple syrup. After tasting hers, I realized I could sacrifice a couple of my bites to share our plates. Prepared perfectly, not soggy, still had a bit of a crunch, with the warm maple syrup complimenting the cinnamon butter without being overly sweet. It was a great start to the day without me feeling like I had just eaten dessert. I wish I had gotten to try more items on their brunch menu such as the Eggs Abercrombie with poached eggs, house crab cakes, rucola and hollandaise, or the Wagyu Flat Iron & Eggs with two eggs, wagyu flat iron, basil pesto and potato hash. They have so many incredible brunch items to choose from and at reasonable prices. (And if you were lucky enough to score the ScoutMob you can get half off). Now that I understand the obsession with brunch in this town, I am already making plans for my next brunch stop this weekend. Hopefully I can fight off my cravings to go back to Pacci and choose a new restaurant to try :)

Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Rooftop Lounge

866 West Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Adjacent to Hotel Palomar Atlanta - Midtown

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ugly Bridesmaid Dress Bar Crawl

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Midtown Restaurant Celebrates the Culmination of National Singles Week by
Putting Bad Bridesmaid Dresses to Good Use

WHO: Deadwood Saloon

WHAT: Deadwood Saloon and Maid of (Dis)Honor Blane Bachelor, Atlanta author and syndicated advice columnist, are hosting the First Annual Ugly Bridesmaid Dress Bar Crawl on Saturday, September 25. This unique event gives women the opportunity to show off their ugliest bridesmaid dress and party with their girlfriends in honor of National Singles Week (week of September 20).
The evening begins at 7 p.m. at Deadwood Saloon where guests can register for the bar crawl and great prizes. At this time, bar crawlers can also meet Blane Bachelor and get a copy of her new book, On Being a Bachelor: Thoughts on Dating, Mating and Relating (purchase an advance copy at ; Deadwood Saloon will offer food and drink specials throughout the night to anyone wearing a bridesmaid dress. The bar crawl continues to the following Midtown locations, all of which will offer drink specials throughout the evening to those dressed in bridesmaid attire:

· RA Sushi
· Rí Ra Irish Pub and Restaurant
· Vickery’s
· Front Page News

Those participating in the bar crawl will want to head back to Deadwood by 10 p.m. for prize drawings that include a signed copy of Blane’s book, Deadwood gift certificates and more. From 10 p.m. on, Deadwood will have karaoke and a DJ spinning 80s tunes all night long. The kitchen at Deadwood will also be open late.
WHEN: Saturday, September 25
Bar crawl: 7 p.m. – close
Raffle drawing: 10 p.m.

WHERE: 66 12th Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Phone: 404-671-4290

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Bakeshop Cooking Classes

Bakeshop is bringing back their popular cooking classes with Chef Jonathon St. Hilaire starting Tuesday September 21st! The cost is $40.00 per person and reservations can be made by calling Bakeshop at 404-892-9322.

Cooking Class Schedule:
September 21 - Mastering The Art of The French Baguette
October 19 - Croissant and Danishes
November 9 - Flatbreads Made Easy
December 7 - Tarts

There are also sample bites and libations included to make this cooking class even more tasty :)

Midtown Market and "Farmer's Happy Hour" at Empire State South

Every Wednesday from 4-7pm, the Midtown Alliance will host the Midtown Market at 999 Peachtree Street. All kinds of market items will be featured such as TaylOrganics Farm Fruits and Vegetables, Bella Cucina Pasta and Sauces, Bakeshop Breads, Empire State South Coffee Stand, King of Pops, Whynatte, and even Inman Petworks Natural Pet Food! There is lots more featured each week so make sure to check Midtown Alliance's website for weekly updates to see who is participating!

Follow Empire State South on Twitter!

"Plates On Peachtree" Tickets - Vote For Your Favorite Midtown Picture To Win

Last week I held a contest for two people to win "Plates on Peachtree" tickets at the Midtown Festival of Arts! Followers submitted pictures of their favorite things to do in Midtown for a chance to win tickets to "Plates on Peachtree". Below are some of my favorite pictures that were submitted from Midtown followers on Twitter for you to vote! You can email me at or write me on Twitter ( to place your vote! Let me know which number picture you like the best! Winners announced Thursday!

#1 - @CoryAnna - Chk out my fave lunch spot at Front Page News... :) Perfect for this BEAUTIFUL day!!

#2 - @LivingLargeLisa - Loving the great weather,majestic skyline and happy vibe at the sexy Hotel Palomar sky lounge!

#3 - @HiThisIsLiz - The best thing to do on @MidtownMile is to get glammed up to go dancing Saturday nights.

#4 - @GardenersGoods - I LOVE spending time in the new piedmont park dog park w/ my fiance and pup Molly.

#5 - @SoxPrincessATL - I love great food on the patio of marlows!


#6 - @VLights - Just opened my graphic design business at Colony Square.

#7 -  @ThePeopleSeason - A brunch of steak & eggs (then Bocce in the beautiful windswept court) at Empire State South

#8 - @ARBall - fave thing in midtown is #DogwoodFest and the ppl it brings, like this cute resident selling lemonade!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

2010 Fall Friday Lunches

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2010 Fall Friday Lunches start back tomorrow thanks to Midtown Alliance. Local Midtown restaurants will feature some of their most popular lunch options for under $10! Pick up your lunch every Friday at the intersection of Peachtree Street and North Avenue from 11:30am - 2:00pm at the Bank of America Plaza. Live music from musicians such as Sam Thacker, Jay Memory, Piedmont Winds, Morningside Chamber Musicians & DAVE 92.9 FM.

Fall Friday Lunch Lineup:
September 17 - Noon Midtown
September 26 - TAP
October 1 - Parish
October 8 - Ri Ra Irish Pub
October 15 - South City Kitchen
October 22 - Pacci
October 29 - 5th Street Cafe
November 5 - Dogwood
November 12 - Fresh To Order
November 19 - Empire State South

Check out for weekly menus and music information!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wine Dinner and Fundraiser for Bert's Big Adventure at Dogwood Restaurant

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Who: Bert and Stacey Weiss

What: Wine Dinner and Fundraiser for Bert’s Big Adventure
Where: Dogwood Restaurant
565 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
When: September 17, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.

On Friday, September 17 you’re invited to join Bert and Stacey Weiss at Dogwood restaurant for an exclusive five-course wine dinner and fundraiser to benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, a non-profit organization that takes chronically and terminally ill children on an all expenses paid trip to Disney World each year. Each of the five courses have been specially selected by acclaimed Dogwood chef, Shane Touhy and is paired with a complementary wine. The event is $125 per person and seating is limited. To make your reservation, please call 404.835.1410 today.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Win a Ticket to Midtown Festival of The Arts "Plates on Peachtree"

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Want To Sample Some of Midtown Atlanta's Best Restaurants?
I am holding an incredibly simple contest to give away two tickets to "Plates on Peachtree" September 25th and 26th.
Participating Midtown Restaurants and Tastings Include:
Ecco- Duck Rillettes
La Tavola - Beef Ravioli with Thyme, Marrow Butter and Red Wine Reduction
South City Kitchen - Green Tomato Vichyssoise with Shrimp and Roasted Corn
Park 75 - Lobster Corndog with P75 Mustard and Sweet Corn Ice Cream
TAP at 1180- Chilled Shrimp with Saffron-Poached Apples
Gordon Biersch - Shrimp and Chicken Potstickers
Ra Sushi - Tootsy Maki, Spicy Tuna Roll, Salmon Nigiri & Shrimp Nigiri
Noon Midtown - Mini-Meatloaf Sandwich
Bakeshop - Creamy Chocolate and Pistachio Flan
Pacci - Creamy Polenta with Braised Pork Belly, Wild Mushrooms or Bolognese
....and many, many more!
**How To Win A Ticket?**
Simply Tweet a Photo from your phone or camera to @MidtownMile on Twitter showing your favorite Midtown Atlanta experience! Whether it is lunch or dinner at your favorite restaurant, seeing a show at the Fox Theatre, relaxing in Piedmont Park, or shopping on the Mile, tweet a photo to @MidtownMile describing your photo and why you love Midtown!
@MidtownMile's followers on Twitter will then select their two favorite photos to be the winners of the tickets! All photos must be submitted by Sunday, September 19th and winners will be announced Thursday, September 23rd!
Good luck and happy tweeting :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Deadwood Saloon's Opening Event

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Deadwood Saloon's Opening Party is Wednesday, September 15th from 7-10pm. FREE appetizers, $2 Bud Lights, and $3 Absolut cocktails.

Wanna get your hoedown on? RSVP to to reserve your spot today!
Deadwood Saloon: 66 12th Street in Midtown; 404-671-4290.
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