The Junior League of Atlanta | 19th Annual Tour of Kitchens March 19th & 20th

Next month, The Junior League of Atlanta will hold its 19th Annual Tour of Kitchens. The event, held on March 19th & 20th, is a 2 day self-guided tour through 14 of Atlanta’s most beautiful kitchens. Each home features an Atlanta area kitchen designer sure to inspire your culinary adventures. A map of the homes can be found here

Also featured on the tour, will be culinary demonstrations by some Atlanta’s top chefs. It will certainly be an event not miss. All proceeds help in The Junior League of Atlanta’s mission of “promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.” 

To purchase tickets to The Tour of Kitchens, visit www.jlatlanta.org.

 

Design Galleria and KDB

 
Hammersmith, Inc

   
Lefko Design + Build
 

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TEAM HIDI 4.0! 

  
Sunday, I had the extreme pleasure of volunteering with one of my favorite organization in Atlanta, The Giving Kitchen. The Giving Kitchen is non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta area restaurant workers who face unexpected hardships. Sunday’s event, Team Hidi 4, is The Giving Kitchen’s largest fundraising events. 

  
More than 50 of Atlanta’s best restaurants and bars come together to help The Giving Kitchen’s to make this event a success every year. In addition to delectable bites and dreamy cocktails, we were also serenaded by the sweet sounds of the Yacht Rock Revue. I had the most awesome time!

  
  
    

   
   

  

  

  

  

   

  

  

  

  

    

And of course Smilebooth was there providing the photo booth fun!!

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

Red Hare Brewing Company Root Beer Can Launch 

  
This past Saturday, Atlanta braced for a would be winter storm. Although it was very cold and there were some morning snow flurries, it was definitely not a snow day situation. In fact, over 900 craft beer enthusiast braved the frigid temperatures, to attend Red Hare Brewing Company’s Root Beer Can Launch Party. I was really looking forward to it and was really happy the roads were not at all slippery. 

  
Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent microbrewery located in Marietta, Ga. They started selling beer in 2011 and in the following year, became the first craft beer brewery in Georgia to can their beer. I first became familiar with Red Hare in 2014, when I volunteer at the Red Hare Chase 5k & 15k. That was so much fun and it was my first taste of their craft beer. I became a fan and still am a fan to this day. 

My most favorite is the Watership Brown Ale. It’s just plain good. Today they featured a specialty cask, Jacked Rabbit Coffee Lager, which was so deliciously awesome! Very tasty! Not only is their craft beer great, but they brew a fantastic root beer. And now, it’s available in a can to be enjoyed in the comforts of your own home. Yes!  

 
 
I wound definitely say that the Root Beer Can Launch was a success. It was packed! Everyone was having a grand time. Admission to the launch included a case of root beer, a limited edition root beer glass, limited edition tshirt, 6 beer pours, and a root beer float. Oh! And the incredible sounds of The Real Deal Blues Band! So much awesomeness!!

   
  

 
The Patty Wagon was also on site serving up some good eats to complement the brews. I had the turkey burger. Yummy! 

  
We had a great time! As usual my friend Leslie and I found some cool people to take selfies with! It’s never ever a dull moment with us! 

   
   

Visit www.redharebrewing for more information about the brewery and upcoming event!
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It’s National Cheese Day!!

IMG_2359-0.JPGCheese is a concentrated dairy food made from milk. It is also know to be the BEST THING EVER! Obviously I’m a fan of the cheese. Did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of cheese? I have lot more cheese to discover! My most favorite cheese is Smoked Gouda. Its just a great tasting cheese. It goes well with and in almost everything. I like it in my grits.
If you are also a cheese lover you should check out the Atlanta Cheese Festival. It takes place October 9, 2015 at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I went last year and it was pretty amazing. I will definitely be there this year.

What’s your cheese of choice?

It’s Star Wars Day! #MayTheFourthBeWithYou

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Today is Star Wars Day! In 1977, Star Wars was introduced to the public and since then, fans of the movies have loyally stood by its side. Star Wars is the fifth largest grossing movie series, generating 4.38 million dollars in box office sales. I remember The Empire Strikes Back as my first experience seeing a movie on the big screen. I’ve been a fan ever since!
I searched for some Star Wars Day activities today around Atlanta. The Disney Store had a very small event to include 30% off their Star Wars Collection. They also gave out some Star Wars Coloring pages as well as some very cool bookmarks! IMG_0784.JPG
Also since today May The Fourth, The Free Art Movementf in Atlanta was heavy. Atlanta artist dropped free art all over the city. Clues were given on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag, #fafatl (free art for Atl ) . Today I found 2! I was so excited! The first one was found and claimed by someone 5 seconds ahead of me. I watched him get it as I tried to get across Cobb Pkwy. But he was nice enough to also drop some art before leaving!

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R2D2 (@octlanta)
I also made my way to Cool Beans Coffee Roasters and claimed another #fafatl piece. While I was there I got a Yoda Latte with honey. Tasty!

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Sith Lord by (@angrynerdz)

If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play. -YODA

Revlon #LOVEISON Pop Up Shop

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Today was the first day of the Revlon #LoveIsOn Pop Up Shop at Atlantic Station. Guest were able to shop and experience the latest Revlon beauty products. Complementary makeovers and manicures were also available. I took advantage of the complementary manicure. I chose the color In The Money in Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel Collection. This collection gives you a flawless salon-quality color with life-resistant wear. As an added bonus. 1-2 coats of the polish over bare nails is all you need. Top it with their Diamond Top Coat to seal your beautiful manicure. I was very happy with the selection of colors. It was very hard to decide on one so I chose an accent color in Full House. After my #LoveIsOn Experience I was photographed for a chance to be featured in Time Square! Nice! IMG_9255.JPG

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The BMW Ultimate Driving Experience Comes to Atlanta

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This past weekend BMW stopped in the Atlanta area for the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience. Drivers were invited to the Atlanta Motor Speedway to get behind a wheel and experience the innovative and technology of the BMW brand. I was very excited!!

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After checking in, I was given the run down on the day. Driving orientation was in 45 minutes, so I was able to take advantage of some the other stations at the event.

First up, the BMW Hill Descent Control demo.

Hill Descent Control (HDC) holds the vehicle steadily at a pre-determined speed, helping with the job of brake control so that the driver can concentrate completely on steering. This makes the potentially difficult task of driving down a steep hill or over rough ground easy.

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Check out the video footage here!

Next, the Skid Pad/Traction Control Demo.

Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) allows more wheel slip and thus a more dynamic driving style with higher wheel traction and DSC controlling stability. A small amount of spin on the drive wheels improves traction when pulling off from a standstill in snow or on loose terrain.

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In this demonstration, the driver explained the importance of the feature especially on wet or icy road conditions. First we drove without the Traction control activated on a slippery surface. We were then doing donuts! It was fun at the time, but imagine you were on a highway with cars driving toward you. Scary! The the driver activated the Traction Control. We the went on the slippery surface the same as we did before. No donuts! The car sensed the road condition and took over. Nice!!

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See video footage here!!

I had a few minutes left so I decided to test drive on of the BMWs. There were 21 to choose from! And if you had the time you were able the drive all of them! I test drove the BMW…..
I felt the power behind the wheel. I was a little intimidating, but I quickly got over it! I want one now.

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It was nearing time to go inside for the driving orientation so I headed to the show room. Inside there were several beautiful BMWs on display for your viewing pleasure. Take a look!

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Now for the highlight of day! In orientation drivers were given tips on driving the vehicles safely. After a 15 minute spill we were taking to the track!

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We were put in groups depending on the car you chose at registration. My BMW of choice was the X4. We hopped in the car and was driving to the tract. There we were introduced to our copilots for the next 2 hours. Next we were paired with one of the instructors.

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The instructor drove us around the tract first to give a rundown on driving around it. There was a method to getting around those corners. The second time the instructor ran the lap at a very high speed. Whoa! I was holding on super tight! Now it was my turn. I was cautious the first time around, but but by the third time I was getting used to it. Then we switched drivers. I drove 4 more laps after that, getting better each time. Then we had a timed two lap completion. Whoever had the quickest time around the laps without knocking over cones won. I came in first amongst the women drivers!! Yay!! I had such an awesome time!
While we were driving the course BMW was so nice to record and make a little commercial with the footage.

Check out the video here!!

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