Friday, April 10, 2009

Quick Tip!

Thinking about dining out this weekend or heading out for a few spring cocktails? Why not save $10 and head to Marlow's Tavern! When you sign up for Marlow's newsletters you will recieve a $10 giftcard valid at any Marlow's Tavern location. So enjoy that extra drink or dessert and venture to your nearest Marlow's Tavern!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Don’t Be A Basket Case Over Where To Dine for Easter!

There are lots of "good eggs" in the way of places to meet and eat this Easter Sunday.

Aqua blue sets an Easter buffet table with high style and a generous line-up of classic Easter dishes from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Order a bottomless mimosa and toast the occasion before heading to the buffet, which will be laden with dishes to please adults and children. Fill your plate with carved leg of lamb or ham, blackened fish with lobster sauce, chicken rotini primavera in cream sauce, London broil with Marsala and mushroom sauce and roasted turkey with giblet gravy. Round it out with wild rice pilaf, sautéed vegetables, sweet potato soufflé, broccoli casserole, macaroni and cheese, smoked salmon, chilled shrimp and house, Caesar and spring salads; fresh fruit and a variety of sushi. "Morning" foods include made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, French toast, sausage gravy and biscuits, home fries, grits, artisan breads, muffins and pastries. Kids will love the chicken fingers, and there are desserts to please everyone's sweet cravings! Adults, $29.95; children ages 4-12, $9.95; children under four dine free of charge. Aqua blue: 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road; 770-643-8886.

There's a Marlow's Tavern location a hop away from wherever you are in metro Atlanta with tables set for a casual Easter brunch. Marlow's Tavern Northlake will offer two buffets from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.: the extended buffet for adult appetites and the "knee high" buffet for children. Along with tavern favorites, Easter diners will savor the prime rib carving station and omelet station. $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for children 5-12 and free for children under five. In Vinings, Marlow's guests will find crab cakes Benedict, glazed ham and crab legs on the brunch buffet priced at $19.99. Bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's are $15. The Sunday brunch menu satisfies hearty appetites as always at Marlow's in Alpharetta, Midtown and Kennesaw. Stay tuned - Marlow's Duluth will soon offer weekend brunch! Marlow's Tavern locations include Alpharetta at 3719 Old Alabama Road,
770-475-1800; Kennesaw at 745 Chastain Road, NW, 770-425-8777; Midtown at 950 West Peachtree Street, 404-815-0323; Vinings at 2355 Cumberland Parkway, 770-432-2526; Northlake at 4156 LaVista Road, 678-987-1197; and Duluth at 1950 Satellite Boulevard, 770-622-2033.

Morton's The Steakhouse in Buckhead and Downtown are open from 1-9 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Guests can peruse the full menu to choose succulent steaks, seafood and other specialties that have made Morton's famous. Morton's upscale atmosphere goes hand-in-hand with special wear your Easter dress. Morton's The Steakhouse-Buckhead: Peachtree Lenox Building, 3379 Peachtree Road, NE; 404-816-6535. Morton's The Steakhouse-Downtown: SunTrust Plaza Building, 303 Peachtree Center Avenue; 404-577-4366.

Those dreaming of a scenic Easter Sunday surrounded by nature and enjoying the fruits of the vine will find Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery the idyllic holiday setting. Did somebody say photo op? Bring the entire family up to Dahlonega for Wolf Mountain's elaborate 7th Annual Easter Brunch. $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Purchase wine by the glass or bottle to complete your special Easter meal. Advance reservations are required and can be made for either the 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. seating by calling 706-867-9862. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery: 180 Wolf Mountain Trail in Dahlonega, Georgia; 706-867-9862.
Happy Easter!

Easter Baking Ideas

I have confessed my love for Bakerella a time or two on this blog. With Easter this weekend, I have to share with you all the cute things she has been baking. From bunnies and chicks to a more modern peep, she has the most adorable ideas.

I can't cook, but I love to bake so I can't wait to show up to lunch on Easter Sunday with a few edible baskets like the ones she posted about yesterday.

Miniature Easter basket cupcakes

My pictures won't be as good as hers, but if I can snap a few before they disappear I'll share them with you guys. Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thursdays at JCT. Kitchen & Bar Feature Live Music, Cheap Eats and Patio Punch

Westside Urban Market is filled with fun on Thursdays, thanks to JCT. Kitchen & Bar. Chef/Owner Ford Fry prepares goodies for $1, including oysters, JCT. deviled eggs and pimento cheese toasts with pickled sunchokes. The restaurant's mixologist Lara Creasy prepares $24 carafes of Patio Punch, a potent libation with fresh fruit juices from local farms. A large selection of wine and cocktails including $5 special martinis, margaritas and sangria are also available. The rooftop bar at JCT. is an excellent place to unwind and start the weekend early, especially when the live music cranks up at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, but the bar keeps going from 5 p.m. until midnight.

JCT. Kitchen & Bar: 1198 Howell Mill Road, Suite 18; 404-355-2252.

Monday, April 6, 2009

This Week's Wine Events

It's wine time! Here are some great wine events going on this week:

For those of you outside of the perimeter, head to Aqua blue on Wednesday, April 8, for a five-course winemaker dinner featuring the diverse wines of Domaine Chandon. This special menu features a bounty of spring’s refreshing flavors, each course complemented by the appropriate Domaine Chandon wine for $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required; call 770-643-8886. On the menu: seafood kabob with spicy chile and lime glaze, Domaine Chandon Rose Sparkling Wine, Napa Valley NV; grilled shrimp and peach salad, goat cheese and watercress, Domaine Chandon Chardonnay, Carneros 2005; roast duck, Japanese eggplant, summer squash, fried sweet potato and smooth cherry broth, Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir, Carneros 2006; pork tenderloin pad thai, Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier, Carneros 2006; strawberry and kiwi flan; Domaine Chandon Riche Sparkling Wine, Napa Valley NV.

Aqua blue is located at 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road.

Inside the perimeter people can make their way to Woodfire Grill for wine on Wednesday, April 8. Guests can try Italian red wines from the Piedmont regions: Barolo, Barbera d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti and Dolcetto. The tasting is $15 per person and can be experienced from 6 to 10 p.m. in the bar area at your own pace or at your dinner table. Reservations are required for the wine tastings as space is limited.

Woodfire Grill: 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road; 404-347-9055.

This just in: new seating at Star Provisions!

Woot! They have put in two large tables for eating those delicious sandwiches and cupcakes at Star Provisions. I just happened on it at lunch today. You order at the counter as usual and then they bring it out to you. Awesome! They are not quite finished but people were already sitting there.