It’s Tuesday, folks. And with that being said, I’m sure Happy Hour is much needed for the majority of us. If you happen to live in the Atlanta area, do yourself a favor and check out Happy Hour at Mi Cocina in Midtown at least once. During their Happy Hour, which takes place Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 PM, you can purchase their Mi Cocina Margarita and Mambo Taxi for only $5.
The Mambo Taxi is made using Sauza Silver Tequila, lime juice, housemade Sangria with Pinot Noir, Brandy, and fruit juices. Yes, my friend, the Mambo Taxi is a margarita/sangria fusion! Shout out to the genius who came up with that combination, because it’s both delicious and potent. I had the opportunity to try one, which quickly turned into two, at a media event recently, and I’m already plotting my next visit to Mi Cocina.
Mi Cocina’s Happy Hour menu also features $5 bites, which consists of Flautas de Pollo, Nachos Locos, and more.
If you live in Atlanta, chances are you’ve visited Buckhead’s Andrews Entertainment District at least once. The complex is home to several bars, restaurants, and other nightlife spots, including the newly-opened Burn Social Club. Burn Social Club has dubbed itself “a modern day supper club,” serving craft cocktails and smaller bites like sushi and flat bread pizzas.
With famed, cocktail-slinger Tom McGuire behind the bar, the cocktail menu at Burn Social Club is pretty major. From an Old Fashioned that’s served over smoked ice cubes to a Rum Punch that’s made using clove-vanilla syrup, the cocktail selection at Burn Social Club is not to be played with.
During my visit to Burn, I had the opportunity to sample the “Mary Pickford” and the “Buckhead Bramble.” Sadly, the “Buckhead Bramble,” which was made using vodka, sparkling lime, wine, and Creme de Mure, was on the underwhelming side. It was much sweeter than I thought it would be, and wasn’t very memorable overall. The “Mary Pickford” on the other hand was my kind of drink. Although it boasted only a handful of ingredients, the flavors meshed well together and helped in creating a subtly sweet cocktail banger.
I had a few favorites from the food menu at Burn Social Club. First up was the BBQ Chicken Flat Bread Pizza. I’ll merely describe the pizza as being “off the chain” (that’s a good thing, by the way). Their carrot cake was amazing. I’m not even that big of a carrot cake fan, but I would definitely order that piece of dessert-y goodness again. I wasn’t a fan of the oysters. I’ve had tastier at a more wallet-friendly cost. (A half a dozen West Coast oysters at Burn were $15) Presentation also left a lot to be desired.
For both fitness enthusiasts and those on the path to a healthier lifestyle, hitting the gym can be a laborsome task. Group workouts have increased in popularity and indulging in post-workout cocktails and bites, ones low on the calories, of course, has become an exciting new trend in fitness.
Presented by Lushworthy.com and Vibe Ride, Cycle & Sip (#CycleAndSip) will give attendees the opportunity to tone up with a cycling class at Midtown Atlanta’s Vibe Ride. To conclude the event, those in attendance will indulge in calorie-conscious cocktails and light bites while mingling with other Cycle & Sip attendees. Attendees will also be treated to giveaways from Athleta and Lushworthy.com.
“With Lushworthy.com turning four-years-old this month, I’m very excited to take part in this unique Happy Hour with Vibe Ride,” Danielle Harling, owner of Lushworthy.com said. “I have a handful of tasty, low-calorie cocktails in mind for Cycle & Sip, and can’t wait to sip and mingle with attendees!”
The premier Cycle & Sip is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 23 from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM. Tickets for Cycle & Sip can be purchased for $25 at bit.ly/cycleandsipjuly.
This year will serve as the fourth time I’ve attended the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, so I’ve definitely learned a thing or two over the past few years. And with the 2015 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival kicking off this weekend, it seemed only right to share a handful of tips with you guys.
Don’t Stay Thirsty, My Friend – Whether it’s the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival or some hipster music fest in the middle of nowhere, staying hydrated is always key. There’s plenty of free water at the festival, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be properly hydrated.
Sign Up For Classes/Seminars Ahead Of Time – Not sure if this is an option for everyone, but if you can, be sure to sign up for festival classes/seminars, online. The festival has welcomed bigger and bigger crowds each year, and I’ve noticed that quite a few classes sell out before doors even open for that particular day.
Hey, Bag Lady – This tip is primarily for the ladies. I highly recommend wearing either a cross-body bag or a mini backpack to the festival. Trust me, you’re going to want to have your hands free during the tasting tents. There’s nothing like having to hold two souvenir glasses, a tasting tents map, three GooGoo Clusters, and your Marc Jacobs satchel.
Mixing And A Mingling – The cool thing about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is that it welcomes people from across the country, and at this point, probably even the globe. Don’t be scurred, try and meet a new friend or two while you’re enjoying the festivities.
Pace Yourself – I was definitely guilty of not pacing myself my first two years at the festival, specifically at the tasting tents. There’s just so many tasty options, and you want to try them all! Just take a breath and relax. The food is not running away and there’s plenty of it for everyone, so please do pace yourself.
Don’t get me wrong, BYOB paint classes are cute and all, but eventually they get kinda been-there-done-that. There’s only so many times you can paint a bottle of wine and a bunch of grapes or a boxy cabin sitting beneath snow-capped mountains. There is good news though for those of you in the Atlanta area. They’re holding another Drank ‘n’ Paintclass in the city this week, January 22 to be exact.
Unlike other boozy paint classes, Drank ‘n’ Paint is a street art painting class. In addition to your admission to the two-hour class you’ll also be able to check out the “Hard In The Paint ATL” art exhibition and partake in a mild turn up during “Snap Or Die,” the official Drank ‘n’ Paint after party.
There are a variety of ticket options for Drank ‘n’ Paint. You’ll have to check out their website for more details on that, but for $30 you’ll receive admission for one to the paint class, art exhibit, after party, and a free specialty cocktail or glass of wine.
Drank ‘n’ Paint begins at 6 PM on January 22 and takes place at Department Store on Edgewood Ave.
Lushworthy history has been made here in Atlanta thanks to the opening of the Old Fourth Distillery. Located on Edgewood Avenue, the distillery is mere blocks away from The King Center, and serves as the city’s first distillery since 1906. Yes, nineteen-friggin’-oh-six.
Old Fourth Distillery has been open for a little while now and they’re finally opening their doors to the public this week. Tours will take place every Thursday at their distillery in Old Fourth Ward. Unfortunately though, due to Georgia’s dated liquor laws they’re only allowed to give tour attendees a 0.5 oz sample during tours. But on the plus side, their tours are free, and hopefully in the near future you can grab a craft cocktail made using Old Fourth Distillery spirits from a neighboring bar (think Soundtable, Noni’s, Mother, etc.).
I had the opportunity to attend a media tour at the distillery this week and despite the intimidating machinery there’s a lot of charm to this place. It’s filled with refurbished material: old church pews, granite countertops from an old elementary school, etc. And I have to say it does distill (err, instill) a lot of Atlanta pride.
For more information on the Old Fourth Distillery and details on how you can attend one of their tours, visit Old4th.com or check out their Facebook page.
Oh, and check out a few pics I took at the distillery during the media tour, below.