Friday, June 18, 2021

The 2021 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

If you're balling, why not this Escalade?!

Hook Pops Up!

After doing a lot of digging, I discovered some standouts that would make that special dad, husband, uncle, brother or whoever grin ear-to-ear for my annual Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide. Besides my two cents, I include the descriptions shared directly from the providers for additional information when applicable. And if you still need more options, be sure to check out last year’s Ultimate Gift Guide for even more great choices, including colognes, hats, watches, and cars… I got ya covered!

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Take pops ‘clubbing’!

After such a successful concept excelling overseas, the high-tech Puttshack folks have made Atlanta’s newest West Midtown multi-use complex, The Interlock, their first US location. From the golf balls having actual microchips in them to keep score while playing on their innovative courses throughout the 25,000-square foot venue, there’s beats, eats and sips to seal the deal. It’s like a club with, well, clubs. Note that it’s family friendly most of the time; just check the hours online for when the carding happens. It’s dope!

They Say: On Sunday, June 20th, treat Dad to his ideal activity, hitting a hole in one! Any king of the green will enjoy a day or evening at Puttshack, the newest tech-infused mini golf spot in Atlanta and first in the US. Located at The Interlock in West Midtown, this 25,000-square foot venue is the complete Father’s Day experience and ideal activity for the entire family.  With competitive mini-golf courses, creative cocktails, and a wide variety of decadent dishes, Puttshack is sure to be a Father’s Day he can’t “fore-get”.  Puttshack is located at 1115 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318.


Book It.

I had the amazing experience in partaking in a beer-pairing dinner hosted by the multi-talented, nationally renowned Chef Matthew Raiford who passionately shared his life’s learnings which formed the backbone of his amazing cookbook, Bress ‘n’ Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes From A Sixth-Generation Farmer. The stories and numerous recipes in this hardback will help any dad not only step out of his culinary boundaries, but also get an invaluable understanding of the Gullah Geechee culture.

They Say: Heirloom recipes, ancestral land, and a landmark cultural exploration, Bress ‘n’ Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes is the breakthrough cookbook from Chef Matthew Raiford. Here, Chef Matthew, with collaborator Amy Paige Condon, explores the ancestral recipes of Gullah Geechee cuisine and the story of a community brought together by food. The phrase “Bress ‘n’ Nyam,” Gullah for “Bless and Eat,” captures the essential spirit of this important cultural and culinary exploration into Gullah Geechee tradition. Filled with delicious food, endearing stories, and important history, Bress ‘n’ Nyam is as nourishing for the mind as it is for the appetite. Chef Matthew’s exploration into his family history, the roots of Southern cuisine, and his place as the custodian of his great-great-great grandfather’s legacy is a vital study into an essential American cuisine. Bress ‘n’ Nyam is poised to be as culturally impactful as it is culinarily enlightening. As Chef Matthew says, “The legacy is in the soil.”


If you haven’t been to West Midtown Atlanta’s award-winning Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, get your late pass and head over there to treat yourself to delectable comfort food of the South with, hey, a twist! Restauranteur and celebrity Chef Deborah VanTrece’s debut cookbook The Twisted Soul Cookbook: Modern Soul Food with Global Flavors compiles nearly 100 recipes, stunning photography and chapters of storytelling which will collectively bring every reader along VanTrece’s amazing journey starting with her Kansas City upbringing. This vibrant book is sold both online and at her Twisted Soul restaurant.

They Say: Deborah VanTrece's Kansas City roots, wide travel, and celebrated career in Atlanta have gifted her with a uniquely rich way with food--keeping soulful recipes fresh and fun while honoring cultures, ingredients, and tradition. In her first cookbook, the Twisted Soul chef makes clear that soul cooking has always been as seasonally driven as la cucina povera, as versatile as California cuisine, and as impressive as French technique. The Twisted Soul Cookbook offers almost 100 fresh salads and side dishes, generous main courses, exciting seafood, rich desserts, and brilliant pantry staples to enhance everyday cooking, including dressings, relishes, and sauces. VanTrece is an able teacher and storyteller, guiding the reader through techniques both simple and sophisticated.


Hot Wheels!

Dads have to roll in style, right? Ball out and consider rolling off the lot with the 2021 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Premium Luxury which is exactly that: Luxury. This three-rowed vessel comes with a 6.2-liter, V8 engine; 4G LTE WiFi; a rear-seat entertainment system including wireless headphones; and a banging 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference sound system while sitting on 22-inch wheels. The four-wheel drive capability makes it a lot easier on the maneuvering as well. The “Super Cruise” option drives the Escalade by itself on certain highways, plus there is the 16.9-inch infotainment screen with HD surround vision, and the panoramic sunroof to list just a few of the numerous highlights. This opulent SUV starts at $85,995, but there is a plethora of customization options for pops to choose from.



Dad, put your ‘Big Boi’ pants on!

Already considered one of the best music venues in the South (let alone Atlanta), Terminal West now has a highly anticipated sibling is about to make its debut in a BIG way. I’m talking about Outkast co-member, actor and entrepreneur Big Boi kicking in the doors of the Reynoldstown-based complex, The Eastern, with his crew on September 1st!  Have pops be a part of history, grab him a couple tickets, and kick it with “Daddy Fat Sax.” It promises to be an unforgettable evening. Get your tickets here before they’re gone! Oh, and maybe make sure he pregames at the phenomenal Three Taverns Imaginarium adjacent to The Eastern for a brew or three.

They Say: The Eastern venue boasts a multi-tiered floorplan which offers unrivaled sight lines, top of the line sound and lights, spacious floorplan, and rooftop which includes a covered performance space, bar, restaurant and open-air seating.




No father would turn down something to truly help him relax and get his “wooooosah” on. Sign him up for Utopia Foot & Shoulder Massage’s Father’s Day Package between Friday, June 18th and Sunday, June 20th in Grant Park. For a mere $70, he will get a 60-minute foot and shoulder massage, 15-minute scalp massage, foot detox salt and Mary’s essential oils. Book here and instantly become his favorite. Gift cards are also available for future appoints as well.


Styling for a cause.

I came across this awesome concept developed by fellow Cornellian Jordan Ar and had to show love. Jordan’s ArtistsUntold, LLC is a Black-owned online retail platform that showcases the apparel and fine art of Black and other underrepresented artists for monetization at no cost to them. Hit up the website and find product that will truly have pops stand out while supporting burgeoning talents who could use the love. 

They Say: ArtistsUntold is a Black-owned online retail platform that provides up-and-coming Black and underrepresented artists with the opportunity to promote and monetize their artwork through apparel and fine art sales. Creating art is expensive enough, so we provide our platform at no cost, leaving the artist with an income stream that allows them to buy that new paint brush set, 64-inch canvas, or camera lens. ArtistsUntold’s collection of elevated streetwear features art by up-and-coming Black and underrepresented artists to promote and monetize their work. Artists receive a direct portion of each sale.



Now listen here!

Want to keep dad active? I found the answer with these lightweight, fast charging MPOW Flame Solo True Wireless Earbuds which not only comfortably hug the ear, but also provide a stylish look in matte black. With noise-cancellation capabilities and high-quality sound plus some bass boost, pops can customize his listening experience with the “twin” or “mono” mode capabilities; basically, you can go full noise-cancellation or keep one ear open. With one-step pairing, these waterproof and sweatproof MPOW earbuds will keep a 7-hour battery life, and you can get 28 hours of battery life in total with the portable USB-C charging case for non-stop listening for a day in change.


Be sure to hit up my Ultimate Gift Guide for more ideas on guaranteeing a happy Father’s Day, birthday, or whatever the occasion is.






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