Friday, May 16, 2008
Last year, Argentina became the sixth largest wine producer in the world. These 14 wineries represent the new wave of the wine industry in Argentina and, aside from a few exceptions, have never exported to the U.S. Naturally, the response from everyone in attendance was highly enthusiastic! One of my favorites from the tasting was Bodegas San Huberto's “Nina” Cabernet Malbec blend (2004) from La Rioja – full bodied with hints of cherry, it would make a great match for Fogo’s grilled meats!
We also got to speak with Juliana Arive Oroz (pictured in the photo on the right) of Vulliez-Sermet, whose award-winning Malbec I enjoyed very much as well. This is the only winery from Argentina's East Coast wine region, Entre Rios, so I was very excited to try their offerings!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
We all turn to myspace to see what’s going on where and who’s saying what. It’s become the present day party line, and hip Atlanta restaurants and gathering places such as Ecco, Trilogy, Marlow’s Tavern, Food Studio and The GLOBE are right in there with their own pages. Be a BFF and visit these pages before and after you go! It's a great way to spot upcoming events, new menus and photos of the eateries. Here are a few of our favorite myspace links:
Off the web - Kennesaw: 745 Chastain Road, NW; 770-425-8777. Alpharetta: 3719 Old Alabama Road; 770-475-1800. Vinings: 2355 Cumberland Parkway; 770-432-2526. Midtown: 950 West Peachtree Street; 404-815-0323.
Off the web - 4930 Davidson Road off Johnson Ferry behind the Parkaire shopping center in East Cobb; 770-971-4770.
Off the web - 75 Fifth Street, NW; 404-541-1487.
Fifth Group Restaurants®
Off the web – Ecco: 40 7th Street; 404-347-9555. Food Studio: 887 W. Marietta Street in the King Plow Arts Center; 404-815-6677. La Tavola Trattoria: 992 Virginia Avenue, NE in Virginia-Highland; 404-873-5430. South City Kitchen Midtown: 1144 Crescent Avenue; 404-873-7358. South City Kitchen Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway; 770-435-0700. Bold American Catering: 887 W. Marietta Street in the King Plow Arts Center; 678-302-3251.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Last night I went to VITA's Tuesday Tastings. These weekly wine tastings take place in the bar area every week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's a good thing I arrived on time, the place was packed! And for a good reason -- $15 per person includes a sampling of 5-6 wines and complimentary appetizers. Great wine, great food and great company -- I'll definitely go back soon! Not to mention, it's a great way to avoid the rush hour traffic!
Hurry because May 20 is the last day to vote! After all the results are tallied you may find you're the winner of an Ultimate Getaway for Two. Your votes enter you into a drawing to win a two-night, three-day trip to the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, plus $200 in resort credit. Plane tickets for two included. If that isn't an incentive to visit Jezebel online then I don't know what is.
I'll give you a look at my ballot:
Best Italian - La Tavola Trattoria
Best Seafood - Bonefish Grill
Best Mexican – Chipotle
Best Sushi - Aqua Blue
Best Dessert – Aria
Best Wine Bar - SIP The Experience
Best Tapas - Woodfire Grill
Best Steak - Morton’s The Steakhouse Downtown and Buckhead
Best Take Out - Whole Foods Market
Best New Restaurant – VITA
Best Power Lunch - Fogo de Chão
Best Romantic Dinner - Food Studio®
Best Neighborhood Pub - Marlow’s Tavern
Best Singles Scene – Trilogy
Best Celebrity Spotting - South City Kitchen ® Midtown & Vinings
Best Outside Patio – Ecco
Best Vibe – The Globe
Best View - Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Best Brunch – Canoe
I remember the day the Globe opened. All types of people were there, enjoying the vibe, the food, the drinks, and each other. This hasn't changed. It remains one of the coolest spots in the city. And this time of year their patio beats all others. Check out their May Sundown Sessions with enticing art and live jazz events scheduled throughout the week. Here's the breakdown:
Mondays, head on over for “Midtown Mondays” -- mojitos, margaritas and martinis are merely $5.
Wednesdays, Palette brings an evening of art and wine to the patio “gallery” with paintings by local artist Shana Robbins from 6-9 p.m. No cover. Four-by-four wine tasting (four wines, four bites) is just $15 from 5 – 7 p.m. Jazz artist Kirstin Mitchell performs with visuals provided by film-maker Robbie Land.
Thursdays, The Jacob Deaton Trio performs jazz standards and more from 7:30-11:30 p.m. No cover. Chill with $3 Peroni draft beer and $5 mint juleps and martinis after 5 p.m.
Fridays, get down for the weekend as members of Noot D’Noot and a DJ fill the night with electronic soul, funk and jazz from 8 p.m. until midnight. No cover. $3 Imperial beer after 5 p.m.
Saturdays feature The Spencer Garn Quartet “SG4” with their own style of soul, jazz, funk, boogaloo and heavy organ grooves. What will be the surprise drink special by mixologist Russell? Come find out! 8 p.m. until midnight. No cover.
No plans for this weekend yet? Here ya go: Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17, the Tenacity Trio stirs up its own blend of soulful, “make-you-feel-good” jazz and funk. 8 p.m. – midnight. No cover.
The GLOBE: 75 Fifth Street, NW; 404-541-1487.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Exclusive to Whole Foods Markets, each $29.99 bag is constructed of organic cotton and natural burlap by workers who are treated fairly in safe, clean working environments and paid livable wages and overtime. The eco-friendly bags make a fashion statement and are ideal for shopping and travel as each one folds into its own small pouch. Whenever you use the bag you'll be reminded of what you can do to help children in need of nourishment. For each bag purchased, $10 will be donated to the World Food Program's Rwanda School Feeding operation with the remainder going to cover the costs of producing the bag and program oversight by the FEED foundation. Whole Foods Market does not make a profit from the sale of these bags.
You'll find the FEED 100 reusable shopping bags at the checkout counters at all Whole Foods Market stores. For more details on the bag, visit http://www.feedprojects.org/.