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Monday, May 9, 2022

My Crafted For Action x New Belgium Beer Dinner at Oreatha's is coming!

 My Crafted For Action + New Belgium Beer Dinner is this Thursday, May 12 at Oreatha's in ATL!
Come treat yourself!
Featuring New Belgium ales and a lager, I am hosting a dope dinner at Atlanta's own Oreatha's (2287 Cascade Rd., SW Unit C, Atlanta,GA 30311this Thursday during the Crafted For Action brewers conference! Get your ticket here:


Crafted founder Jen Price says on Instagram...
We had a great time meeting with Chef Lucke at @Oreathasatthepoint and the menu ideas he put together to accompany the New Belgium flight are OUTSTANDING!

Beer aficionado @realalesharpton will lead us through four courses along with Chef Lucke PLUS a surprise pairing at the end.

…and I couldn’t host a beer dinner in Cascade Heights without adding history to the menu. So Erika, founder of @CascadeConnect_atl will be there with nuggets of history paired with each course.

It’s going to be incredible. There are a few tickets left.

Come Through!




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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Mother’s Day Sips and Eats for 2022 in ATL!


is just one of the many events.

Cheers Y’all!

I just received this info regarding cool happening in Atlanta for Mother’s Day on May 8th! Whether it’s getting her sip, grub or styling on, I am digging a lot of these suggestions sent straight from the source. Be mindful that a lot of these are time-sensitive and you should make reservations ASAP! I included each location's website for easy booking.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone deserving this shout out!

Holler!

Mother’s Day 2022 Culinary Events & Restaurant Offerings

Sunday, May 8

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2nd Annual Hatters High Tea with B.M. Franklin & Co. and Bella Cucina

Sunday, May 8, Noon-3pm

This Mother’s Day, Buckhead Village’s venerable hat-making company B.M. Franklin & Co. will join forces with Bella Cucina to host their second annual Hatter's High Tea event, celebrating all the mothers and powerful female figures in our lives. Guests will have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of haberdashery, including feathers, lace, flowers and vintage hardware, to create a one-of-a-kind custom headpiece alongside the classically trained artisans from B.M. Franklin & Co., all while indulging in High Tea service and exceptional hand-crafted bites from Bella Cucina. Grey Goose Essences Vodka will also be on hand to provide a little spark for each participant’s tea and creativity. The event will take place at Bella Cucina, and tickets are $195 per person.

Mother’s DayDrink Specials at Live! at The Battery

Sunday, May 8

Guests visiting The Battery on Mother’s Day can toast to drink specials, including a $10 S&S Bloody Mary and $5 mimosa, at Live! at The Battery.


Mother’s DayBrunch at Hampton + Hudson

Sunday, May 8, 10am-2:30pm

The Inman Park restaurant will welcome families to celebrate moms over brunch! They’ll offer food and drink specials including the A Mom-entary Spritz with blanc vermouth, mint, lavender, rhubarb & Le Gran Courtage Blanc de Blancs. Plus, moms will receive a mini bottle of Le Gran Courtage Blanc de Blancs to enjoy along with a small floral arrangement (while supplies last).


Wine for Momsat Pielands

Sunday, May 8

With the purchase of a meal, moms will receive a complimentary glass of wine at the Virginia-Highland pizza spot.

 

Juniper Cafe’s Mother’s Day Menu

Sunday, May 8, 11am-8:30pm

On Mother’s Day, Juniper Cafe will serve a special family-style menu ($45 per adult, $25 per child) for the holiday all day long! It will feature apps like Crispy Okra, their famed Vietnamese Hot Fried Chicken & Biscuits, sides like Napa Cabbage & Jicama Slaw and a dessert per person – either a slice of Chocolate Mud Pie or Blueberry & Lemongrass Pie. Kids will be able to enjoy crispy chicken tenders and a seasonal fruit bowl. The menu will also be available a la carte. Reservations are available here.

Juniper Cafe’s Mother’s Day Pie Sale

Orders Due by Thursday, May 5

Juniper Cafe is selling pies to go for Mother’s Day. Pre-orders are now being accepted on their website here. The deadline to order is Thursday, May 5, and pickup at Juniper Cafe can be selected for Saturday, May 7 or Sunday, May 8 between noon and 6pm. Options include:

Blueberry Lemongrass Pie – classic blueberry pie filling with lemongrass-infused butter pie crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie – fresh strawberries, slow-roasted rhubarb, almond shortbread crust

Chocolate Mud Pie – rich chocolate filling, dark chocolate crust, topped with Cafe Negra whip

 

Prosecco for Moms at Nina & Rafi

Sunday, May 8

With the purchase of a meal, moms will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco!

 

Mother’s DayBrunch at Lazy Betty

Sunday, May 8, 11:30am-3pm

Usually open for dinner only, the Candler Park restaurant will be serving Mother’s Day Brunch this year, with seatings at 11:30am and 3pm. Guests can enjoy a five-course tasting menu for $125/person, plus $80 for wine pairings. Highlights include Egg Custard with caviar, Foie Gras French Toast with wild onion soubise, shaved foie gras & aged balsamic and White Asparagus with smoked salmon, truffle hollandaise & crisp potato. Reservations are available here.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch at Lapeer Steak & Seafood

Sunday, May 8, 11am-2:30pm

This Mother’s Day, Lapeer is hosting a special brunch service featuring a coastal inspired four-course menu with highlights including Creamy Shrimp Remoulade, Filet Mignon served with cheesy eggs, blistered spring Vidalia onion & chimichurri, Shrimp & Grits, Crispy Marble Potatoes, Broccolini with a cheesy mornay sauce and Bread Pudding for dessert. The menu will be available for $55 per person on Sunday only. In addition to brunch service, all Mothers will receive unlimited free mimosas, and Chef’s Pick oyster platters will be available by the dozen for $25.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch at Taverna

Sunday, May 8, 10am-3pm

Taverna will be offering a selection of brunch specials including Cannelloni Della Mamma with chicken, mozzarella, ricotta & alfredo sauce, Mero with Hawaiian sea bass, spinach & lemon butter sauce and Tortino Della Nonna with shortbread pastry, lemon custard, pine nuts & almonds, plus a round of beverage specials including $3 Mimosas and Aperol Spritzes.

 

Mother’s DayBrunch at Southern Gentleman

Sunday, May 8, 11am-3pm

Southern Gentleman will be offering a special four course prix-fixe menu with highlights including a Warm Mushroom Tart with pimento cheese, Griddled French Toast with strawberries, whipped mascarpone, sorghum syrup & coconut granola, a Smoked Country Ham Frenchie with white cheddar mornay & poached eggs on toasted brioche and Buttermilk Pie for dessert. The menu is available for $59 per person ($29.50 for children), excluding tax and gratuity on Mother’s Day only. View the full menu here.

 

Brunch Specialsat Gypsy Kitchen

Sunday, May 8, Beginning at Noon

Gypsy Kitchen will offer a Bohemian escape this Mother's Day with a Chef’s Pick list of specials featuring Spanish Tortilla, Tuna Crudo, Shrimp Crab Louie, Smoked Salmon Benedict and an Orange Blossom & Honey Panna Cotta in addition to the regular menu.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The first Georgia Craft Brewers Festival is about to commence April 2nd!


I can’t front, I’m definitely excited about Georgia Craft Brewers Guild’s first official Georgia Craft Brewers Festival that will be pouring more than 250 beers crafted by 60-plus GCBG member breweries at Atlanta's Atlantic Station April 2! (They concentrated it to be solely on the 2nd.)

We all know how Georgia gets down and how I make sure the world knows that the Peach State has something to say in that industry! Here is all the info below direct from the Guild’s official press release. The only thing left to do is book your tickets here!

It should be one of the most significant and memorable events the Georgia beer scene has ever hosted. And of course, I will be in the house!

Holler!



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The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild announces first ever Georgia Craft Brewers Festival

The celebration will feature 60+ member breweries, special VIP event, collaboration beers & more

The Peach’s State’s only festival dedicated solely to Georgia’s independent craft breweries arrives at Atlantic Station April 2.

Hosted by the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild (GCBG), the event is much more than a festival - it’s a celebration of the state’s thriving craft beer industry.

“Our local breweries are what make our communities great places to live, work and visit, and this event is the perfect opportunity to showcase our statewide community, all while enjoying delicious beer,” says Joseph Cortes, executive director of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. “These small businesses generate more than a billion-dollar economic impact annually for the state, local communities and the tourism and hospitality industries, and this festival is all about highlighting the tremendous impact they have.”

The money raised from the festival will go to support and help promote and advance the common interests of GCBG’s members and Georgia’s independent, small breweries.

“Since 2015, the number of craft breweries in Georgia has grown from 45 to over 130,” says Cortes. “Yet, despite that, Georgia is still one of the most restrictive states for breweries to conduct business. The proceeds from the festival will help us continue to advocate on behalf of our members and the brewery community as a whole.”

On Saturday, April 2, ticket holders will enjoy a full day of all things Georgia craft beer, including 60+ GCBG member breweries that will be pouring 250+ homegrown beers. Additionally, Saturday festival-goers will also get to try all the collab brews created exclusively for the festival.

In addition to delicious beer, there will also be a number of Georgia wineries present, as well as popular local food trucks, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit: georgiacraftbrewersfestival.com.


The festival announcement comes following the GCBG’s 2022 Georgia Beer Day, which took place on March 5.

The annual observance, which is organized by the GCBG and benefits its member breweries, is a daylong celebration of Georgia’s vibrant craft beer industry. This year, 70 breweries across the state participated and sold a limited edition full-color collector's pint glass to help raise funds for the GCBG and its members. As a result of the glass sales, the Guild raised over $15,000.

To learn more about the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, please visit: georgiacraftbrewersguild.org.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Steer Me! 2022 is coming strong with these autos!

The 2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe is extra dope.

Cheers Everyone!
As I continue to contribute to different media sources to inform you on the latest whips to consider driving off the lot with, this next installment definitely packed some serious wow factor. Check 'em out!


Acura TLX Type-S
Off the rip, Acura stepped their game way up with the redesign of this Acura TLX spots sedan in 2021 with its more sloping, closer-to-the-ground placement, and overall more aggressive sporty feel with the welcomed trunk lid spoiler and sinister grille. The version reviewed was presented in a gorgeous Tiger Eye Pearl to further justify the constant head turning from onlookers.
It’s an animal under the hood, too, with a roar backed by 355 horsepower coming from a 3.0L turbo V6 engine with SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive). It’s sitting on 20-inch alloy wheels with Brembo front brakes, and quad exhaust finishers, plus the interior’s posh Ultrasuede sport seats and loads of tech features seal the deal starting at $53K for this version.
Inside amenities are also impressive with ventilated leather sport seats, remote start, a banging ELS Studio 17-speaker sound system, WiFi, and other pampering thanks to the highly recommended Tech and A-Spec packages.
I see you, Acura! This is definitely a standout whip this year.
What the sticker says: The redesigned 2022 Acura TLX Type-S starts at $53,300 MSRP.
For more information, visit Acura.com.
Photos courtesy of Acura.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir FWD
Buick has truly stepped their game up in the luxury segment with this impressive 7-passenger SUV. The Enclave Avenir’s stunning exterior with a curvaceous body flaunts a sleek grille complemented by the LED headlamps, roof rails, and hands-free liftgate. It also sits on 20-inch aluminum wheels with a classy pearl nickel finish.
Inside, this carmaker cuts no corners as well, putting great detail into the flowing dashboard; heated and ventilated front seats; gear shifting with an all-new push-button design; a panoramic sunroof; and cushy seating all inside a remarkably spacious cabin. The ride is smooth balanced by a responsive 2.0-liter, turbo engine. (There is also a 3.5-liter option for more power and a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.)
Graciously, the Avenir provides a plethora of driver-assistance packages coming standard including the celebrated OnStar technology along with the Buick Driver Confidence Plus program providing enhanced automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and the very popular HD surround vision for optimal awareness. The Technology II package boasts a rear camera mirror with washer, adaptive cruise control, and enhanced auto parking assist.
Yes, the freshly designed Enclave Avenir starting at $39,850 is here and the perfect leader to make a statement for Buick’s new generation of vehicles.
What the sticker says: The redesigned 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir FWD starts at $39,850 MSRP and was reviewed with extras including the Technology II package, massage seating with enhanced lumbar support for the driver, and panoramic sunroof for $45,505.
For more information, visit Buick.com.
Photos courtesy of Buick.

2022 Subaru BRZ Limited
Whether you’re a fan of Fast & Furious flicks, or just feel the need for speed without breaking the bank, Subaru is renowned for their aggressive speedsters like the WRX, but the BRZ sport coupe is garnering a booming fanbase since its debut in late 2020. Reviewed with a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission with rear-wheel drive, this attractive, second-generation model gets an impressive 228 horses and 15-percent boost of torque out of its larger 2.4-liter, DOHC four-cylinder BOXER engine. Besides the boost in power, the enhancements of the 2022 BRZ include a completely redesigned body, upgraded Subaru Starlink 8-inch multimedia system with integrated center information display, a lower center of gravity, five settings of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), a front fender air outlet, and an integrated rear spoiler to list a few alterations.
Coming in both Premium and Limited trims, the latter was reviewed in a gorgeous “Sapphire Blue” complemented with 18-inch matte gray wheels for the sexy street appeal; heated front seats lined with “Ultrasuede” upholstery and red-stitch piping; and a plethora of safety options to keep the confidence on high. Note that while Subaru claims this coupe to be a 2+2, the backseat lacks considerable legroom, making this the ultimate car for couples, so date nights and terrorizing tracks with your homie will provide some of the fondest memories. There is also a six-speed automatic transmission which also includes Subaru’s signature EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and paddle shifters, so the choice is yours. Welcome back BRZ! 
What the sticker says: The 2022 Subaru BRZ Limited is $31,455 MSRP.
For more information, visit Subaru.com.
Photos courtesy of Subaru.

 
2022 Canyon 4WD AT4 Crew Cab
For those who are all about no nonsense and straight-up getting things done whether it’s construction, farming, camping, or whatever life calls for, this compact pickup gets the job done. Coming in 4WD, the maneuverability is top notch, plus there’s a roomy cabin to comfortable fit five passengers, and a user-friendly infotainment system with WiFi availability. The heart is a responsive 3.6-liter, V6 engine pushing 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, with a towing capacity of an impressive 7,000 pounds.
Already loaded with standard features, the standout option is the Off-Road Performance Edition package ($3,195) only available in the AT4, which includes 17-inch gloss black aluminum wheels; a suspension leveling kit; front and middle skid plates; and other features to broaden you driving experience. The BOSE premium sound system gets a thumb’s up as well to make a laborious day more enjoyable.
Truck it!
What the sticker says: The 2022 Canyon 4WD AT4 Crew Cab starts at $40,200 MSRP; $46,700 fully equipped as reviewed.
For more information, visit Gmc.com.
Photos courtesy of GMC.

 
2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe
BMW took a little break before launching the newly designed, second-generation M440i xDrive Gran Coupe, but successfully legitimized the built-up hype. The “M” represents optimal performance, providing a muscle-flexing 3.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine powered by 382 horses; the 8-speed automatic transmission complete with Sport and Manual shift modes; steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters; and Launch Control for exhilarating takeoffs to enhance the sport experience. The “XDrive” signifies BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive capability, plus the technology to distribute power to the wheel promising the most control and dynamics.
Other noteworthy standouts of this five-passenger coupe include a new grille; 18-inch, M aerodynamic bi-color wheels with all-season run-flat tires; an extended moonroof for optimal stargazing; and folding rear seats for extra cargo space. What’s truly trending is the Brooklyn Grey the review car was dressed in, but the Aventurin Red Metallic exhibited in this article is a very popular exterior paint choice as well.
The posh leather cabin goes high tech with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch central information display coming standard in the “Live Cockpit Pro” arrangement. The music bangs thanks to a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo system, and everyone is comfortable with dual-zone climate control, a WiFi hotspot, and ambient lighting to set the mood to name a few of the numerous amenities.
Starting at $58K, the Cooling and High Performance Tire Package ($2,400); Driver’s Assistance Pro Package ($700); Driver’s Assistance Pro Package ($1,700); and Premium Package ($1,750) are worth the extra spending if you want to get everything BMW wants to showcase in this stunner. If you’ve got it, go full throttle and live life in this bad boy.
What the sticker says: The 2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe is $58,200 MSRP and $67,625 including all the aforementioned packages.
For more information, visit Bmwusa.com.
Photos courtesy of BMW.
 

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Friday, February 11, 2022

It’s the Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ 2022 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Fun Guide!

The Illuminarium is just one of the many spots to get your chill on VDay weekend.

You’ve only got a few days left, so guest lifestyle writer Andrea Janise and your homie Ale’s got your back.

Whether Cupid’s arrow hit you in the backside or not, check out some of these restaurant specials and gift ideas during my annual Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for 2022!

This time, I have lifestyle writer and, well, wifey Andrea Janise providing some dining gems, staycations, and events she curated a list for. I ‘m up first with a more beer-centric route brew lovers would dig and one joint I just thought was right up my alley. We will include the descriptions straight from the source accompanied with Andrea some personal intros and commentary for a personal touch. Sound good?

Now read on to see if any of these might get some love from you.

Cheers!

Ale + Andrea

Ale Says... 

Dope Gastropub The Southern Gentleman goes prix-fixe on Feb. 14!

Ale says: Southern Gentleman is a chic gastropub nestled in the upscale shopping district, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The beer selection is consistently solid, and the food speaks for itself. And have that wallet ready, because the surrounding stores will peak the interest of you and your significant other if especially fashion is a big deal to you. This VDay special sounds like a good one that’s decently priced, too.

The Southern Gentleman says: The Southern Gentlemen is offering a decadent prix-fixe menu for $79 a person on Feb.14. It will be love at first sight with an amuse of warm brie fondue with toasted sourdough and truffle. Next, choose between a seared yellowfin tuna toasted benne, Gulf shrimp remoulade, ruby beet salad with pistachio praline and creamy goat, or local mushroom soup. Entrée choices include a roasted king salmon, Ruby Reds Gulf shrimp, short rib pot roast, pressed pork shoulder and a spring pea gnocchi with local mushrooms. For dessert, guests can choose between a milk chocolate genoise or the fromage blanc cheesecake with a cookie crust and strawberry cream.

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Chef Jimmie Jackson’s five-course Afro-Caribbean culinary experience on Saturday, February 12th.

Ale says: Chef Jimmie Jackson is not only an award-winning chef who has his own line of jerk-style spices and catering company called Jimmie Jerk Chicken, but his pop-ups around Atlanta and beyond justly sell out regularly. Check these two Afro-Caribbean-themed engagements in East Atlanta on Saturday, February 12th which come in two time slots and promise to be another successful and festive evening to wow palates. Reserve your seats here.

Chef Jimmie Jackson says: Here’s an intimate engagement of the senses climaxing with an indulgent 5 course Afro-Caribbean culinary experience.

Immerse yourself Valentine’s weekend this Saturday, February 12th at Rich and Pour Opulence Lounge. This limited engagement event will tantalize the senses with an intimate ambience, sultry sounds and aromatic delight emanating from our kitchen where a Taste of Love is created with a touch of opulence for your indulgence. Our Valentine’s menu is a 5-course Afro-Caribbean affair curated by Chef Jimmie Jackson, owner and visionary of the ever-popular Jimmie Jerk Chicken (Jjcjerk.com). This exclusive engagement is limited to only 10 table reservations. We invite you to join us for one of our two dining experiences Saturday night. Enjoy early evening dining from 7-9pm or a late-night experience from 10-12am.

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Red’s Beer Garden gets it poppin’ with S’more Love! 

Ale says: It’s never a dull moment when hitting up Red’s Beer Garden thanks to a cooler filled with an awesome selection of craft brews for retails, taps pouring brews to enjoy on site, games, and a spacious backyard sipping area to complete the visit. Oh, and they’re good people. Well for VDay, they are letting you keep the party going at your home with their At-Home S’more Kit now available for online ordering for a mere $25.Peep what all the contents are below. Not mad at the two four-packs included!

Red’s Beer Garden says: Red’s Beer Garden has dessert covered for Valentine’s Day. Besties and lovers are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with Red’s Beer Garden’s At-Home S’more Kit. The kit includes s’mores supplies for two, roasting sticks, date night card, a four-pack of Flying Embers Pineapple Chili Hard Kombucha and a four-pack of Wild Leap Rollin’ Deeper Cinnamon Roll Stout. Online ordering starts February 1, 2021. Kits are $25. Pick up at Red’s Beer Garden. To order, visit toasttab.com/redsbeergarden. Red’s Beer Garden is conveniently located in Benteen Park at 1328 Boulevard SE Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information call Red’s Beer Garden at 770.637.2299 or visit redsbeergarden.com. Stay connected on Instagram @redsbeergarden and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/redsbeergarden.

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VIỆTVANA Phở Noodle House at Ponce City Market Presenting The “Pho’K Valentine’s Day” experience

Ale says: I love me some ph (pronounced “fuh” like “fuhgettaboutit!” y’all) and VITVANA Ph Noodle House definitely got my attention. When it comes yo a different VDay experience, I’m feeling this one.

VITVANA Ph Noodle House says: VITVANA Ph Noodle House founders Khanh Dang & Dinh Tran want to share their love for ph and all things Vietnamese cuisine with customers on Valentine’s Day, introducing people to their newest location at Ponce City Market in the newly expanded Asian Street food hall. VITVANA will give love to everyone who shows up with a special promotion: A free “bubbling with love” milk tea with any purchase of their “Ph’K”ing delicious ph. And they invite people to hashtag their experience at #phokvalentinesday

VITVANA’s ph-centric menu at Ponce City Market will be available all day, and customers can come anytime on Feb. 14 to receive their sexy bubble tea when they purchase a sensuous ph. The new location is tucked behind Anthropologie, near the new location of JJ’s flower shop, with an entrance across from the ticket booth for Skyline Park. Find it here.

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Now check out Andrea Janise’s curated list of events, staycations, and dining specials!

Andrea Janise says: Looking for something unique to do on Valentine’s Day? Whether you are going on a romantic date, celebrating with your friends or spending time out with the family, an interactive activity is always a fun option on this special day. Get ready to make some memories at these locations:

Illuminarium

Visit the visually stunning Illuminarium located on Atlanta’s Beltline- Eastside Trail. Illuminarium’s Valentine’s Day Packages include:

·         Night Under The Stars on Sat., Feb. 12 with seating from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Event is 21+ only with valid ID. Enjoy three-course dinner, complimentary champagne and photo package starting at $150 for admission for two.

·         Brunch in the WILD on Sun., Feb. 13 with seating from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Take part in the WILDEST brunch for one day only! Guests of all ages will enjoy entrée + side, choice of specialty drink, photo package and the Safari Guidebook. As guests nosh, WILD, the immersive experience, will be shown in its entirety. Tickets for this all-inclusive package are $50 per person.

·         Illuminarium After Dark on Mon., Feb. 14 from 7 – 11 p.m. For tried-and-true cupids, Illumiarium offers date night offerings sure to wow your Valentine on the special day. Both WILD After Dark and Bar at Illuminarium are 21+ only with valid ID and both packages will include a complimentary glass of champagne.

Illuminarium.com/atlanta

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Puttshack

Looking to take a date night to the next level on Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day or any time of the year? Tee up, eat up and drink up at Puttshack. Conveniently located at The Interlock in Atlanta's bustling West End, Puttshack welcomes couples, singles, families, friends, and groups to enjoy a high-energy, tech-infused mini golf experience. While putting interactive, themed holes that include beer pong, skee-ball, trivia and more, guests can indulge on craft cocktails, mocktails, and globally inspired cuisine. Without having to manually keep score, Puttshack is an ideal destination for a little adventure and to focus on the one’s you love while having a great time. Puttshack opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday. After 8 p.m., admittance is limited to 21 years and older.

Puttshack.com

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StayCation Time!

Andrea says: Planning a staycation? Valentine’s day is the perfect day to book a hotel room at one of Atlanta’s amazing hotels or take a quick road trip and travel somewhere nearby for a boutique lodging experience. Schedule some “away from the office” time with your sweetie at one of these locations:

Epicurean Hotel, Atlanta Georgia

Visit Atlanta’s newest food centric hotel and treat your sweetheart to a romantic overnight stay. Perfect for a couple in need of a getaway, Epicurean is offering a Valentine’s Day package that includes overnight accommodations, complementary valet parking, a $50 dining credit at one of their in-house restaurants, and a romantic dessert delivered to your room. They also throw in a late check-out to give you extra time to enjoy with your loved ones. Visit Epicureanhotelatlanta.com for more information.

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Hotel Simone - St. Simon’s Island, Georgia

This adults-only space is St. Simon’s Island newest luxury lodging and stunning, modern boutique hotel that offers a peaceful coastal escape from the hustle and bustle of island tourism. With 24 luxurious suites available, the environment is intimate and the quality of service and attention to detail are unmatched. Hotel Simone is the ideal destination for your next romantic getaway. Escape the everyday and save up to 20% OFF when you book 3 nights or more on St. Simons Island. For more information, visit Hotelsimonessi.com.

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 Foxhall Resort, Douglasville, Georgia

For those seeking a full weekend away with their loved one, Foxhall is the perfect place to unwind and relax with smores by the fire or simply enjoying the lake view. Cozy up on Valentine’s Day in the charming lakeside villas or serene cottages and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Pheasant Blue, Foxhall’s gourmet restaurant, is cooking up a 3-course menu, priced at $80 with specialty cocktail offerings and Foxhalls’ Carnegie Deli cheesecake. Pheasant Blue’s Valentine’s dinner is available only on Feb. 12, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and reservations are required. Save 20% on lodging. (Enter code SAVENOW20). Visit Hoxhallresort.com for more information.

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 Dining Out!

Andrea says: Dining out is at the top of everyone’s list on Valentine’s Day and these local restaurants are pulling out all of the stops for a romantic evening. For those looking to gift their Valentine with fine dining and a sweet treat for dessert, check out these restaurants.

C & S Seafood and Oyster Bar

Celebrate Valentine's Day at C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar. Chef Tony Manns has curated a special pre-fixe, three course meal featuring Chateaubriand steak and Colossal Lobster Tail for two ($199) as an entree, Creamy Lobster Mashed Potatoes ($45) for your side, and a Passion Fruit Trifle ($15) for dessert. Available at both Sandy Springs and Vinings locations.

Candsoysterbar.com

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The Garden Room

Located in the St. Regis Hotel, The Garden Room is ringing in Valentine’s Day with Chef Freddy Money’s unparalleled dining experience. Celebrate the romantic weekend with standard a la carte options including share plates like fruits of the sea including oysters, chilled lobster tail, octopus ceviche, jumbo shrimp, cocktail sauce and mignonette; mains like oysters, Chilean sea bass, gnocchi, lobster roll, black truffle pillows, and Westholme Wagyu Striploin; and desserts like “Smash Me” featuring chocolate Cremieux, coconut ganache and dark chocolate mousse or “The Forbidden Fruit” featuring apple composition. To make reservations, book as early as possible by calling 404-600-6471 or visit Open Table.

Thegardenroomatlanta.com

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9 Mile Station

Located on The Roof of Ponce City Market, 9 Mile Station has some of the best views in the city. This Valentine’s Day, guests can treat their special someone to an unforgettable experience dining in an all-inclusive igloo. From Saturday, February 12 – Monday, February 14, each igloo will include one bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, a five-course menu with wine pairings for each guest, a dozen roses and expedited entry to The Roof via a private elevator. Be sure to make a reservation to ensure availability.

9milestation.com

Happy VDay everyone! Kick it hard and enjoy!

Ale + Andrea

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Steer Me! The His/Her edition of impressive whips to consider for 2022!


The 2022 Lexus ES300h Ultra Lux provides amazing value.

Hey Everyone!

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and all that! Here are some more impressive vehicles I enjoyed reviewing throughout 2021 that you should consider that are 2022 editions. I included a many of them in the new app called TheCut that I happily contribute to as well. I also have lifestyle Andrea Janise providing her perspective below. 

Keep coming back because I will be adding more to this post. 

Cheers!

All photos courtesy of automakers. 

Volkswagen takes us to the future with the ID.4!

Reviewed by Andrea Janise

Volkswagen took a gangster leap into the future with their brand-new ID.4 model adding a gem to their lineup. This progressive electric vehicle kicks in the door of the crossover SUV segment with its curvy, futuristic frame combined with Volkswagen engineering’s universal EV setup leading to a definite standout for environmentally conscious drivers. On the head-turning tip, the ID.4’s exterior is accentuated with a black roof complete with silver roof rails, panoramic fixed-glass, and an electric sunshade; 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires; and the automatic LED package is complete with inclement weather lights for optimal visibility.

Inside the cabin, besides the various advanced tech enhancements rivaling Blade Runner including the “intuitive start” where everything turns on as soon as you enter the driver’s seat when having the key fob in handVolkswagen makes comfort a top priority. The V-Tex leatherette seats; heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel; a center console with USB data and charging ports; multi-color adjustable ambient lighting; and heated front seats with 4-way lumbar support and massage capability collectively make every errand a blessing. Safety gets a serious nod too including an advanced airbag protection system, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), and travel and lane assist. The most highlighted perk, of course, is the savings on gas mileage at a EPA estimated range of 260 miles with a full charge which further justifies why the ID.4 EV was voted 2021 World Car of the Year. You want the future? Here it is.

What the sticker says: The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is $45,190 MSRP

For more information, visit Vw.com.

Photos courtesy of Volkswagen.

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2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige

Genesis continues to shine in all facets with their 2022 sedan and SUV

The highly anticipated, all-new GV70 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige has lived up to the hype in virtually all facets. Eyes will be glued to its sleek body design and stealthy LED lighting presentation, this compact luxury SUV provides two engine choices—a turbocharged, 2.5-liter four-cylinder version, and the reviewed twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6—with both using an eight-speed automatic transmission. The latter engine labeled the Sport Prestige trim pushes 375 horses, plus the AWD capability makes maneuvering sharp corners a breeze.

The interior is already plush including a panoramic sunroof, but the strongly suggested Select Package (Nappa leather, ventilated front seats; Genesis digital key; surround-view camera system; and banging 16-speaker Lexicon audio system) and Sport Prestige package (21-inch alloy wheels, carbon fiber trim, 12.3-inch digital cluster, three-zone climate control) are highly recommended for the full Genesis experience.

Simply put, this is easily nominated as one of the top debuts of the year. It’s fire!

What the sticker says: The 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige is $52,600 MSRP.

For more information, visit Genesis.com.

Photos courtesy of Genesis.

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2022 Lexus ES300h Ultra Lux 

Lexus brings a lot of bang for the buck with this ES300h Ultra Lux!

For the ultimate luxury hybrid sedan experience, the 2022 Lexus ES300h Ultra Lux is among the top autos of the segment in features, looks, and value. After getting used to the ignition’s silent start, drivers will dig the cloudlike ride powered by the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering a responsive 215 horsepower regulated by three driving modes—Eco, Normal, and Sport—complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters still rolling at a wallet-friendly 44 mpg combined gas mileage.

The posh cabin’s experience is embellished by a 12.3-inch color display with navigation and voice command including Amazon Alexa; wireless charging; WiFi; quilted heated leather upholstery; a woodgrain steering wheel; Apple/Android CarPlay; and theateresque 17-speaker, 1,800-watt Mark Levinson audio package to list a few of the generous amenities. This sedan sits on 18-inch “Split V-Spoke” alloy noise reduction wheels, and flaunts a stunning, refreshed grille to stand up to the bank-breaking exotic cars it pulls up on. To ease the mind, Lexus is consistent in maintaining safety through their revered 2.5 pre-collision system, 10 airbags with Smart Stop technology, pedestrian detection, lane departure and steering assist.

An overall safe, comfortable, and impressive option for hybrid enthusiasts ranked the highest of the ES 300’s four trims—base, F Sport, Luxury, and this Ultra Luxury—its price tag under $55K fully equipped makes this whip a strong consideration. Oh, and the Nightfall Mica blue this was reviewed in was a good look. Lexus keeps it poppin’.

What the sticker says: The 2022 Lexus ES300h Ultra Lux is $51,080 MSRP and $54,450 including the triple beam headlights, Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package and destination fees.

For more information, visit Lexus.com.

And Ale bonus:

2021 Lexus RC350 FSport AWD

Speaking of Lexus, if you want to save some money and stick with a 2021 model, have a family, want to stay in the luxury segment, and still want an engine with some punch, consider the 2021 Lexus RC350 FSport AWD. This SUV in the revered FSport trim is all about performance and handling. The 3.6-liter, V6 engine flexes with 311 horsepower, and the driving experience is enhanced with all-wheel drive, the custom FSport Handling package complete with sport-tuned adaptive suspension, and all the amenities that come with it like the aluminum pedals, to the racing-style heated wheel, signature grille, moonroof, and 19-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels. Add the theateresque Mark Levinson 17-speaker, 835-watt sound system included in the highly recommended Navigation package, and everything from taking the kids to soccer practice to hitting the track brings an exhilarating experience to every passenger. Keep an eye out for the hybrid versions as well.

The 2021 Lexus RC350 FSport starts at $51,350 and reviewed with options including the Navigation/Mark Levinson Package ($2,725) and triple beam LED headlights ($1,160) total $57,580.

 And again, Happy New Year!











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