In a city where restaurants come and go, Atlanta’s Eight Sushi Lounge graciously celebrated its one-year-anniversary with a celebration held last week. In addition to attending Eight’s anniversary affair, I’ve enjoyed dinner at the restaurant on several occasions, and it’s absolutely amazing. A combination of excellent service and smack-your-mama-worthy grub make it an easy contender for Atlanta’s top restaurant.
At the Eight Sushi Lounge anniversary party, which went down last Tuesday, guests nibbled on signature bites and enjoyed a selection of craft cocktails. Also on hand for our sipping pleasure was Eight’s private label sake.
You can find photos from the anniversary, below. And congrats to all those involved in Eight Sushi Lounge’s much-deserved success!
With D’USSECognac being kind enough to host their D’USSE Lounge here in Atlanta for the Falcons vs. Saints game last week, you would think that the Falcons would be considerate enough to actually win! Sheesh! Although that tragic game put a swift end to the Falcons’ perfect record, I can say first-hand that D’USSE and their friends at Cohiba Cigars sure know how to throw an amazing football fete.
Attendees at D’USSE Lounge, which took place at Scales 925 in downtown Atlanta, enjoyed a variety of D’USSE cocktails including The Perfect Pour, Sidecar, and The Vintage. I loooved the Sidecar! For whatever strange reason, cognac is on the intimidating side for some drinkers. If you happen to fall under that category (no judgement here), you should start off with a cocktail like the Sidecar whenever you’re ready to take the plunge into the wonderful world of cognac. It’s delicious.
I’m not much of a cigar smoker, but those partaking in a few puffs of the Cohiba cigars offered at D’USSE Lounge seemed to enjoy themselves.
Check out a few pics from the affair below, courtesy of Harrison & Shriftman.
Each year, near the start of fall, the Georgia Aquarium hosts Aqua Vino, one of the biggest events of the year. The annual event is held to help in raising funds for the Georgia Aquarium’s animal research and conservation effort. I had the opportunity to attend Aqua Vino this year, which was hosted by television personality Alton Brown, and I have to tell you, it’s quite the place to be if you’re a food or wine lover. And if you’re both, then consider Aqua Vino a little slice of heaven.
The Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world, already makes for a magical venue. Combine the ambiance of the aquarium with a live jazz band, perfectly-placed decor, and it kinda feels like you’ve been transported to a place a tad more exotic than the city of Atlanta. I enjoyed quite a few sips and bites during Aqua Vino, and despite being the beer, wine, and cocktail lover that I am, I have to say that one of my favorites came in cupcake form thanks to Georgetown Cupcakes.
And because I was a tad busy sipping on the finest of wines and munching on the tastiest cuisine Atlanta has to offer, I didn’t snap too many pictures. Thankfully though, I did get my hands on a few pictures, courtesy of the Georgia Aquarium. Check ’em out below. And if you’re interested in offering your support to the Georgia Aquarium, you can find more info on their website.
Atlanta’s movers and shakers had the opportunity to #FlyBeyond last week thanks to UrbanDaddy and Grey Goose Le Melon’s “Fruit Of Kings” event. I had the opportunity to attend the exclusive fete, which was held last Tuesday (July 29) at Whiskey Blue in the W Buckhead, and I was really excited to finally have the opportunity to try the new Grey Goose Le Melon. Created using the Cavaillon melon, Grey Goose Le Melon was used in all four of the cocktails featured at “Fruit Of Kings.” I’ve listed all four below and I’ve also gone ahead and included their ingredients in case you want to mix them up at home.
Melon Mule – Grey Goose Le Melon, ginger beer, and fresh lime.
Melon Royal – Grey Goose Le Melon and lemon-lime soda.
Fizz – Grey Goose Le Melon, Manzanilla Sherry, orgeat, fresh lemon, and soda.
Southern Sip – Grey Goose Le Melon, fresh grapefruit juice, ginger beer, Benedictine, melon ball and sage.
I have to say that I was really surprised at the addition of ginger beer to two of the Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails. I’m still on the fence about the “Melon Mule,” but the “Southern Sip” was a much smoother sip (pun intended). And as a big fan of Grey Goose’s “Le Fizz” cocktails, my hands down favorite from the “Fruit Of Kings” event was the “Fizz” cocktail. Sweet, fizzy, boozy goodness! My kind of party.
In addition to a variety of Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails, guests were also treated to tunes from DJ Don Cannon and had the opportunity to sample a handful of melon-inspired bites. Speaking of which, I’ve clearly been sleeping on the delicious combination that is melon and smoked salmon. Delish!
Check out a few pictures I snapped from the “Fruit Of Kings” event below.
New York City wordsmith Nas has a lot to celebrate this month. He served as one of the headliners at the Coachella arts and music festival over the weekend. This month marks 20 years since he released his classic debut, Illmatic. (All you need to do is peep this IG pic to understand my excitement about that feat) And lastly, the rapper’s Time Is Illmatic documentary will open this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. And to celebrate all of Nas’ accomplishments, Hennessy V.S held an intimate brunch at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California on Sunday (April 13).
Among those in attendance at Hennessy and Nas’ boozy brunch (because booze and brunch go together like Jay and Bey) were actors Lance Gross and Damon Wayans, and So So Def’s own Jermaine Dupri. During the brunch, guests sipped on a bevy of Hennessy cocktails including the “Desert Cooler” while noshing on waffles poolside. Okay, I actually have no idea what they ate, but I think it’s safe to say that waffles were included in the mix.
You can check out a few pics from the event below, courtesy of Hennessy V.S.
For quite sometime now I’ve toyed with the idea of hosting my own Happy Hour meetup series, and after putting it off for a bit I finally decided to host the first ever #MeetMeAtTheBar Happy Hour meetup last week. The meetup took place at Cook Hall (inside the W Atlanta Buckhead) during their Punch Out @ 5 Happy Hour, and lucky for us the day’s Happy Hour special was a $5 Hurricane Punch.
In addition to sipping on Hurricanes, we also nibbled on Cook Hall’s $5 Snacks throughout the evening. During Punch Out @ 5, all of the Snacks at Cook Hall are priced at only $5. And I have to say that their Popcorn Shrimp (normally $12) is hands down the gem of their Snacks menu in my opinion. It consists of fried shrimp and actual, real life popcorn and the entire dish is then drizzled with the most amazing Ranch dressing I’ve ever had. Seriously, they need to bottle the stuff and sell it pronto.
Those in attendance at #MeetMeAtTheBar also won gift bags featuring Lolita martini glasses, Kiehl’s mini gift sets, and Lushworthy t-shirts.
Thanks to everyone who came out and a special thank you to those at Cook Hall, specifically their team of bartenders and Shannon R! And for those of you who weren’t able to make it out, you can expect another #MeetMeAtTheBar at a new location in the very near future.