November Newsletter: Happy Thanksgiving!

Click on image to enlarge.

Discover the Best in Free Atlanta Events!

Can you believe we have already made it back to October? It seems like only yesterday we were preparing to decorate our patios for the scariest in Halloween themes-which is something we absolutely love to do around here. May the best patio win.

With the return of Autumn, the weather has cooled down which means plenty of events to choose from to enjoy the change in season.

Atlanta is one of the greatest cities to live in-especially Midtown-since there is a plethora of events to attend and most of them free that encompass a wide variety of themes and genres.

Here is a list of a few events and festivals happening in Atlanta during the month of October:

  • Latin America Film Festival – held at the Woodruff Art Center; expect screenings of a variety of Hispanic movie features
  • Scottish Festival and Highland Games – held at Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park, this annual event see a range of activities paying tribute to Scottish heritage and culture; expect to see folk dancing, parades and athletic events accompanied by traditional Scottish bagpipe music
  • Harvest Moon Bluesfest – held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, this three-day event is Georgia’s premier blues festival. Visitors can hear live blues performances while enjoying a variety of food and drink

Where do you go for fun? Tell us about it!

Make the “Swap” all of September!

In keeping with the tradition that, Midtown Atlanta is one of the greatest locations in Atlanta to live, here is another article that supports this cause.

Did you know that September is “Swaptember”? For the whole month of September, Atlanta attractions have collaborated to offer the community a way to experience all that Atlanta has to offer.

SWAPtember offers members of participating attractions discounts at all of the others. If you’re not already a member, it’s a great time to join. Members of any of the participating attractions can show their membership card and receive all of the fantastic offers including $3 off general admission; 10% off in retail store; and so much more. Membership discounts vary by attraction.

Take a look as some of the participating venues that might interest you:

You definitely don’t have to enjoy having fun out on the town of Atlanta by digging deep into your pockets. Atlanta On The Cheap is a great place to find current information on events. So get out and enjoy yourselves!

If you currently live outside of Atlanta, and are looking for a great apartment community to move to within this location, be sure to check out Monroe Place Apartments right here in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

Get Your Dessert On!…

Cupcakes from Sweets Bakeshop

Image by Aaron Landry via Flickr

Hey Everyone!

I have a great place for you to try when your ready to explore further into midtown. Anyone who knows me, knows I love a great dessert and coffee shop.  The Bakeshop offers a relaxed atmosphere for customers who can enjoy freshly made food and drinks as a break from shopping or work.  A great place such as this always has the possibility of stirring up great conversation among friends. So get to sampling and settle into some great conversation!

Bakeshop

903 Peachtree St NE
Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 892-9322
 
Bakeshop offers customers a “fresh take on a diverse, yet simplistic, array of breads, croissants, cakes, quiches, sandwiches, salads and brewed coffees.”

Look what is being said on the Yelp reviews:

A Great Yelp Review!

 

Yumm!…One of My Favorites!

Talk about mouth-watering!

Feast your eyes on these!

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Dipping Sauce

Shrimp Rolls makeup one of my favorite dishes! I have been wanting to try making homemade summer rolls for some time, and I finally found a good recipe from Pillsbury.

INGREDIENTS
Dipping Sauce
1 jar (7.25 oz) hoisin sauce (3/4 cup)
1 cup water
2 teaspoons roasted red chili paste (from 4-oz jar)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Summer Rolls
4 oz dried thin rice noodles or rice vermicelli (from 8.8-oz package)
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup shredded carrot (about 1 medium)
10 oz frozen cooked salad shrimp (about 1 3/4 cups), thawed, drained
12 round rice paper wrappers (about 8 inch; from 12-oz package)

DIRECTIONS
1. In medium bowl, mix dipping sauce ingredients. Cover; refrigerate while continuing with recipe.
2. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package. Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix lettuce, cilantro, carrot and shrimp.
3. Sprinkle water over 1 paper towel; place on cutting board. Fill a 10-inch pie plate with water. Place 1 rice paper wrapper in water 45 to 60 seconds or until pliable but not completely softened. Gently remove wrapper from water, shaking to drain excess water; place on damp paper towel.
4. Starting close to 1 edge of wrapper, form a row of about 1/4 cup noodles. On noodles, arrange about 1/3 cup of the lettuce mixture. Starting with edge covered with fillings, roll up wrapper over fillings, stopping after first turn to tuck in sides. Continue to roll up, tucking in sides. Repeat with remaining wrappers.
5. Place rolls, seam sides down and without touching, on platter. (If rolls touch, they will stick together.) Serve immediately with sauce, or cover with moist paper towels and refrigerate up to 2 hours. To serve, cut each roll in half diagonally.

Enjoy!

Music Midtown, 311 Call Center, and the Streetcar Are Coming to Atlanta

Montage of Atlanta images. From top to bottom ...

Image via Wikipedia

Three big news items we’d like to cover today:

We’re sure you’ve heard…after five years, Music Midtown is finally returning to Atlanta. September 24, the long-time Atlanta music festival will return to Piedmont Park after a six-year hiatus. Headlining bands will be Coldplay and The Black Keys. Other bands scheduled to perform include Cage the Elephant, The Constellations, Young the Giant, Band of Skulls, The Joy Formidable, Manchester Orchestra, and more. We’re excited to have a significant music festival back in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 16 for $55. But how would you feel if Music Midtown ruined your wedding? An Atlanta couple who had booked part of Piedmont Park for September 24 started a Facebook group protesting about the surprise event that would conflict with their wedding. Fortunately, it was reported this week that the City, Piedmont Park, and Live Nation helped find a new venue for the wedding, and cheers were heard all around.

This week, it was reported that Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $3.3 million to fund an “Innovation Delivery Team” that will develop a 311 call center allowing the city’s citizens to dial 311 to find the right department for a service, freeing up 911 and other phone lines and improving customer service for Atlantans unsure of how to report information to the city. Additionally, part of the grant will help to fund anti-homelessness and anti-panhandling initiatives that will serve to reduce the incidence of both in Atlanta.

Finally, the Federal Transit Administration has announced that work can begin on the Atlanta Streetcar Project. The electric streetcar system will run 2.6 miles through the heart of downtown Atlanta, with access to residential, cultural, educational, and historic centers, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the World of Coca-Cola, and the Georgia Aquarium. Additionally, it will provide easy access to the new residential and dining districts popping up on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward and at the Pencil Factory on Decatur Street, offering easy transit to Georgia State University and MARTA.

With all this buzzing development, it’s an exciting time to be in-town!

Springtime Funtime at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival!

Photo taken in Atlanta area

Image via Wikipedia

Spring has sprung and that means the native dogwoods will be in bloom with the annual festival surely to follow.

The 2011 Atlanta Dogwood Festival is coming April 15th, 16th, and 17th! Free admission!

There is so much to see and do at the festival: Over 250 Artists, Live Music and Entertainment, Kid-friendly Activities and Food & Wine Tasting Events. As always, the festival will be held at Piedmont Park. Shop and buy local artwork!

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is an award-winning event that provides an outlet for both local and national musicians, pageants, artists and so much more. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival!

Who Has the Best BBQ in Atlanta?

Feast Your Stomach On This!

I really enjoy the taste of slow cooked BBQ! One of my favorite places to eat in Atlanta is Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! This year, Fat Matt’s is celebrating 20 years in business. Winning several awards for their cooking, they continue to be one of Atlanta’s favorite hot-spots featuring great BBQ, live blues nightly and a casual setting for the whole family to enjoy. Fatt Matt’s is located in Midtown Atlanta right around the corner from Monroe Place Apartments!

Atlanta's Best BBQ! Who Will Win?

This weekend Atlanta is hosting its own Bar-B-Que Festival at Atlantic Station! “More than 50 professional and backyard teams from across the region will gather to cook up their best Q and compete for more than $12,000 in cash prizes, trophies and of course bragging rights.” Yumm!!

Where do you go for BBQ?

%d bloggers like this: