Thursday, April 28, 2011

Midtown Restaurants Offer Brunch Buffets and Special Menus for Mother’s Day

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Old picture of my mom and I at Auburn, Love her so much :)


The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel is celebrating moms with a Mother’s Day Pancake Play Date in the Briza kitchen this Mother’s Day.  This special event gives children the chance to don a chef’s hat, grab a whisk and get their hands dirty making a custom creation on the griddle for mom.  Briza Executive Chef Janine Falvo and her team will help the kids master their technique, and a bounty of both healthy and indulgent ingredients will be on-hand to inspire creativity.  Children will get the chance to make and decorate buttermilk and red velvet heart-shaped pancakes just for mom.  This special event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is priced at $45 for adults and $25 for children ages 13 and under.  This includes an inspired three-course brunch menu, as well as an opportunity for Moms to relax as their kids create their own culinary masterpieces.  Reservations can be made by 678-412-2402.  Briza is located at 866 West Peachtree Street, NW. (via Melissa Libby PR)

JCT. Kitchen and Bar salutes moms with its Sunday Supper for $36 per person from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mother’s Day.  Owner and Executive Chef Ford Fry’s special menu starts with a selection of warm biscuits, house made jams, deviled eggs and country ham.  The next course features the “farm stand” salad and is followed by the “meat & three” portion of the menu where guests can select one meat entrée and three savory sides.  The meal ends on a sweet note with a slice of JCT.’s GA Strawberry Cake.  JCT. Kitchen & Bar is located at 1198 Howell Mill Road, Suite 18; 404-355-2252. Melissa Libby PR)

Both locations of South City Kitchen are celebrating Mother’s Day with a brunch menu full of Southern favorites.  The three-course meal is priced at $25 for adults and $12.50 for children under the age of 12 (plus tax and gratuity).  South City Kitchen Vinings is located at 1675 Cumberland Parkway (770-435-0700) and South City Kitchen Midtown (404-873-7358) is located at 1144 Crescent Avenue.  Mother’s Day brunch is available at both locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (via Melissa Libby PR)

Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food is making Mother’s Day really special this year with the Plato de Madre ($27.95), a delicious dish that includes a mesquite grilled medallion of salmon served over tequila cream sauce alongside crab-stuffed shrimp and Uncle Julio’s homemade rice.  This mouthwatering meal is available on Mother’s Day only.  Uncle Julio’s has two Atlanta-area locations.  Buckhead: 1860 Peachtree Road, NW; 404-350-6767.  Sandy Springs: 1140 Hammond Drive, NE, Building K, Suite 100; 678-736-8260.  For more information, visit Melissa Libby PR)

Straits Restaurant - From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy the Mother's Day Special Sunday Brunch for only $24.99. Your mom can dine on Straits Imperial Scramble, Shrimp, Chicken and Steak. Don't forget the Southern Style Cheesy Grits.
793 Juniper Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

Dogwood Restaurant - Thank your mom for always being there with The Dogwood Logan Grits Bar, which includes: Pulled Pork BBQ & Sweet Pepper Chow Chow, Pimento Cheese and Beer Battered Fish & Malt Vinegar Gastrique. The Buttered Royal Red Shrimp is a great entree to show her that you love her.
565 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

La Tavola - Mother's Day Brunch from 10am - 3pm - see menu here.

Ecco - Mother's Day Brunch 11am-2pm. - see menu here

Mary Mac's Tea RoomCome join us at Mary Mac's this Mother's Day. Click here to see our special Mother's Day menu, and our Mary Mac's Tea Room Cookbook makes a great gift". Make your reservations now by calling (404) 876-1800.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Put Your Best Foot Forward With Midtown Walks!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Midtown Atlanta's New Craze - Mobile Food Trucks

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Food trucks are extremely popular on the West Coast and are just now turning their wheels in Atlanta causing quite the excitement and buzz. The Yumbii food truck that focuses on Korean tacos was the first one in Atlanta to receive the first mobile food truck permit in August 2010. Since then, there has been non-stop chatter about bringing more of this craze into the city. So when I found out that a parade of food trucks would be heading to Midtown Atlanta every Thursday, I quickly cleared out my calender.
   I set out around 11:45am to explore the food trucks that were lining up in Midtown Atlanta. I quickly became filled with excitement as hundreds of people were walking up and down the Midtown Mile. This is what I have always envisioned as what Midtown could be. I felt like I was dropped in New York (with warmer weather of course) for the day with all the hustle and bustle that was happening here in Midtown Atlanta.
   We first walked towards 10th and Peachtree where food trucks such as The Pickle serving south of the border style dishes and Tamale Queen were parked.

We continued to walk down the Midtown Mile till we reached the Woodruff Arts Center where many more food trucks had parked to serve their dishes to the hundreds of people pouring in. Food trucks such as Yumbii which seems to be Atlanta's most popular truck to date, had a line all the way up to Peachtree of fans just wanting to get a taste of their famous Korean tacos.

Another notable food trucks appearing in Street Food Thursdays is Yum Yum Cupcake which is Atlanta's first licensed cupcake truck! Yum Yum Cupcake served up six different kinds of cupcakes ranging from chocolate cake with espresso butter cream to vanilla cake with raspberry filling and white chocolate butter cream (aka heaven). 

Since it was a rather warm day in Atlanta, Westside Creamery and King of Pop's proved to be two popular "cool spots" in today's food truck craze! Unfortunately, the woman in front of me got the last popsicle. So I guess I will be traveling back next weekend to get a taste of these popsicles!

Other notable food trucks included a hot dog food truck cleverly named "The Pup Truck" that served hot dogs with all kinds of toppings of your choice reasonably priced from $3.00 for a plain dog to $4.00 for a dog with all the fixings.

The final food truck was the Good Food Truck. They serve up a special type of creative street food using waffle cones and international rice crispy treats containing Southern comfort food mixed with Asian, Mexican, and Indian flavors. 

Quick Tip: Make sure to get out there early! The food trucks serve from 11am till food runs out and some of the trucks had food running out at 12:15!

Today just gave me a little "taste" of what Midtown could be for Atlanta and why street food carts could be the gateway for this. A vibrant city with so much buzz and action could be what Midtown provides for Atlanta. The Midtown Mile truly felt alive today and I was so happy to be a part of it.

Street Food Thursdays
-Every Thursday from 11am-2pm
-Woodruff Arts Center
-Corner of 10th and Peachtree Street

Support the Atlanta Street Food Coalition whose mission is simple: to campaign for safe, affordable, and legal access to street food in Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding metro area.

Follow me on Twitter at @MidtownMile!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's Going On At Ri Ra Irish Pub In April?

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For an insider’s view of Ireland, join your hosts Cyril Kenny, David and Jay on the Rí Rá Craic Tour of Ireland taking in Kilkenny, Waterford, Doolin and Galway and find out what The Craic really means. For only $1390 including flights (ex Boston) and accommodation, you’ll see a side of Ireland that you won’t see anywhere else, the real Ireland.
Ask your server or bartender for more details or contact Evan at (207) 221 5413 or email:

Shepherd’s Pie, Cottage Pie,
What’s the Difference?

Includes your choice of side salad: Garden or Caesar
Everyone loves a delicious hot pie, but which one? In Ireland we tend to favor the Shepherd’s Pie, fresh ground lamb mince, peas, carrots, onion, and fresh herbs, in a savory gravy with creamy mashed potatoes.
Here in the USA the Cottage Pie has more fans - minced beef, peas, carrots & onion with fresh herbs in a rich beef stock.
Served individually with a crisp, browned mash potato crust, whichever you choose it’s sure to be delicious.

April's Drink Specials

Smithwick’s - $3 for 16oz

Irish Shandy
Harp & Smithwick’s.

Ri Ra Cosmsmopolitan
A contemporary classic with house vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice, shaken and served with a twist of lime.
with house vodka - $5
with Smirnoff - $7

Ri Ra Maggie - From $5
Danny Herrera’s original recipe with house tequila, fresh lime and triple sec, shaken and served in a cocktail glass with salt encrusted rim and fresh lime slice.
with house tequila - $5
with Jose Cuervo Gold - $7

Jameson & Ginger - $6
Jameson Premium Irish Whiskey served tall on the rocks with ginger ale and fresh lime wedge.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Street Food Comes To Midtown Beginning April 7th

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