French Immersion… Dine for $30 through Dec. 12

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Love French food?

Never tried French food?

This may be exactly what you’ve been looking for!! France-Atlanta, a collaboration between the French Consulate and Georgia Tech, is a project aimed at promoting the relationship between the American Southeast and the European Nation. A series of lectures, performances and more make up the end of year program.

This week marked the beginning of what I’m calling “French Immersion“. Some of Atlanta’s best known French restaurants will offer a $30 prix fixe menu from November 29- December 12. Atmosphere, Au Pied de Cochon and Petit Auberge are a few on the list.

I haven’t decided what restaurant I’ll be checking out, but I’m super excited about trying something new. Tell me about your experience too!

Shout out to Harvey Daniels III for sharing this information.

http://www.france-atlanta.org/IMG/pdf_Brochure_France-Atlanta.pdf

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Happy Hanukkah! December 1-9, 2010

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This year Hanukkah begins a bit earlier than usual. Today marks the beginning of the nine day holiday celebration for the Jewish community. I won’t go into detail about the holiday itself or traditions (mostly because i don’t know), but I wanted to share some recipes I found and links to community events as well… For more details visit: www.jewishatlanta.org or www.atlantajcc.org

Again, happy holidays to everyone and very special Happy Hannukah to my dear friend Michael Zouroudis.

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Atlanta Wine Class for two, only $35 @ Groupon!

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I know you’ve heard of this site! Get deals on great items… Today’s deal: A wine class for two only $35 today! Click the link below, join for free and learn a little more about wine. There are always awesome food and wine specials.

http://www.groupon.com/r/uu12902599

You join and I get a bonus. Send your link to your friends and get bonus too!!

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SALE ENDS SOON… Gifts For the Chef in Your Life

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Here is a link to shopping site that I use frequently. They offer a limited stock designer items. The sale usually ends after a week or whenever they run out of the item. I’m giving you all the link because every now and then they offer cookware, flatware, stemware, cutlery, etc that would normally cost a fortune(!) at great accessible prices.

Check prices here before you head out on Black Friday… http://www.gilt.com/invite/missstyles. When you join, I get a notice. And when you buy, I get a bonus. Same goes for you and your friends.

The Gilt Group is well respected in the fashion world, but I love them for more than just clothes. Home decor, vacation packages and so much more make it a site I visit daily.

Right now, check out the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Cutlery available now in the Home section.

Get your Christmas shopping done online. And spare yourself the frustration of traveling to Atlantic Station, Lenox, Perimter, North Point or wherever you go that makes people like me feel claustrophobic.

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WATCH THIS… How to Deep Fry a Turkey

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My Uncle Stan deep fries a turkey for EVERY holiday! I’ve never watched him do it, but I imagine he’s got it down to a science by now. I found this video on Good Morning America… If you are planning to deep fry a turkey this year for the first time… or even second time- PLEASE watch this video first. And then go back and watch my “Fire safety” video.

If the embedded video won’t play, use this link… http://www.hulu.com/watch/195898

Take Aways:

(1) NEVER do this inside your house, in your garage, on your deck, near your kids or pets, or just behind your house… Execute well away from everything you love!

(2) NEVER Trust the fill line, always test it yourself with water before you fill and light the pot. See video for example.

(3) Place the bird in the fryer properly (cavity down) so that the oil will drain when you pull it out.

(4) Kids and cameras are often NOT a good combination, but I have to admit I laughed.

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WATCH THIS… What To Do If You Set Your Kitchen on Fire!

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This may be your first time hosting a holiday dinner and you want everything to be perfect. Please remember that 1 in 8 households will have a kitchen fire at some point during the year! So the video below shares some great tips for what NOT to do when you encounter one.

Take Aways:

(1) Do NOT throw water on a grease fire!

(2) Do NOT throw flour on a grease fire!

(3) Most clothes are combustive, so choose your cooking clothes carefully.

(4) Have a fire extinguisher and a phone handy!

(5) Let firefighters do their job!

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Thanksgiving Options for the Lonely or Stressed

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Thankfully, majority of my family is in Atlanta. And a great deal of my extended family is in Georgia. So when the holidays come around I never have to think about where I will spend it or what I will eat and do. We generally meet at someone’s home to enjoy the mother of potluck dinners! Deep fried turkey and dressing (not stuffing!), collard greens, green beans (sometimes casserole), vegetable medley casserole (a secret family dish), macaroni and cheese and Mexican cornbread—just to name a few.

But if you aren’t lucky enough to have a family to share this holiday with—or maybe you can’t be with the family you do have—you do have options. There are several restaurants in the Atlanta area open for Thanksgiving dinner. And even if your family gets together, these prix fixe menus may be just what you need to save sanity, money and time!

http://tiny.cc/cfcy7 Check out the link for more details on where to go! Some faves of mine from this list: South City Kitchen, Nakato, McCormick and Schmicks, Fire of Brazil and Craft Atlanta.

Still wanting to create your own feast at home without the hassle? Here are a few more options. My first choice: WHOLE FOODS. You can order a turkey along with health conscious but tasty sides and pick them up on Thanksgiving morning! They’ll be open for a few hours to allow holiday pick ups and last minute purchases. PUBLIX and KROGER—or whoever your local grocer is may also offer this option. http://tiny.cc/4qv86

Remember, thanksgiving should be a happy time. Don’t let the stress of hosting ruin it for you.

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In Case You Missed It…

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Good Morning,
I hope you had a great weekend. I definitely did. I had dinner with singer Angelique Kidjo!! It was for work, but still it was a great experience. http://tinyurl.com/2esnhh8

So obviously, last week was a busy one. I didn’t post so much about food, but I made a few changes at Dine With Dani. First, the “Subscribe” page has been updated to include unsubscribe. Second, the “Tools” page now includes a recipe finder from Food Network. And third, the “Share” function on each blog post includes a few more sites and apps so that you can share the info with your people.

I went to a few tried and true spots. And I’ll be sharing those experiences with you this week right here at http://www.dinewithdani.com.

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions. And for up to the minute updates and links that I think you’ll love, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @DineWithDani.

Thank you so much for the support,
Danielle Styles

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WATCH THIS… Child Nutrition in America

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As you know, I am very serious about ending Food Insecurity in America– especially where children are concerned. Here is a video to drive that message home. It also includes a bit about child obesity. For us, food is something we can enjoy and talk about as leisure, but for some its a luxury. Learn what you can do to help.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH… Strip, the restaurant

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Atlantic Station has some of the most high traffic restaurants in Midtown. And this gentrified, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood has another one of my favorite lunch spots: Strip (part of Here To Serve Restaurants) is located directly between the movie theater and Rosa Mexicano.

I recommend Strip because they offer 3 daily $10 specials. (1)  Miso soup, crunchee roll, cheesecake, (2) Small salad, cheeseburger, cheesecake, (3) Small salad, chef’s special, cheesecake. I vote for the chef’s special. My last visit was steelhead served over southwest chipotle linguine with black beans and corn. DEELISH. Lunch-date Jonesy was completely jealous, even though she devoured her juicy cheeseburger.

from H2S.com

One of the things I love about Strip is the variety of seating options. Downstairs has the long bar, the dining room, the patio and a private room. Upstairs you’ll find the sushi bar, the lounge, the deck and a small dance floor (depending on the night). And further upstairs you’ll find another rooftop bar.

Strip may not be my favorite restaurant, but it’s cool. It is consistent and the food is pretty good. Try the lobster sliders. And when enjoying their fabulous drinks, try to remember that the underground parking is only free for the first two hours.

Strip on Urbanspoon

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