Last week I spoke to WSB-TV (channel 2 in Atlanta) about two of the Series Shows at the Rialto Center for the Arts. The first being Bale Folclorico da Bahia (Nov 1 & 2) and the second being The James Brown Project: Get on the Good Foot (Nov 9).
I am so excited about BOTH of these shows. I’ve seen Bale Folclorico twice and they are AMAZING! I love Brazilian dance, I love African dance. And Bale Folclorico da Bahia is that historic fusion of both. And when they perform at the Rialto, it’s a PARTY! Be prepared to dance at the end!!
The James Brown Project just premiered in New York at the Apollo. The Rialto is the second theater to show it. Its a celebration of James Brown’s influence on dance choreographed by 6 artist from around the world and performed by Philadanco. I saw the FIRST ever preview of the show a few weeks ago. And I cannot tell you enough how amazing it will be.
Both of these shows get me excited, so I was pleased to talk with WSB-TV. And I’m pleased to present you some options for discounted tickets! And PS- get there early the pre-shows are amazing! And the post-shows are great fun! I love the Rialto!
Video autoplayed so here is a link to my interview. http://bcove.me/ylx5mlq9
Yet again, I missed the deadline to get media credentials, but I’ll be there this year, with my camera in tow. I hope the regulars change their menus this year. PS- buy your tickets in advance if you can and get your additional food tickets as soon as possible. The lines get crazy long.
I love almost any kind of restaurant week. Its a way to try some of the city’s restaurants best dishes. Coming soon is Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week and I cannot wait to try at least one of the places I’ve never been.
I don’t spend a lot of time dining in Buckhead, but AJA is almost always an option when I get hungry while shopping. Located across from Phipps Plaza on Lenox Road, this Asian fusion spot serves all of my favorite Asian dishes and few extras. Part of the Here To Serve restaurant group, I am HAPPY to collect my Friends of Tom points when dining here.
The low lighting, loft-like space, modern Oriental decor, house music blaring through the speakers along with the varied menu secures this spot’s reputation as the go-to for modern Asian cuisine in Atlanta.
Aja has more than one dollar signs to represent the price point, but there are some great bargains on the menu. The $5 noodle bowl is a great way to dine on the cheap. A small order of chicken fried rice to-go may or may not have saved my life when i was in a pinch last year. And the Vietnamese summer roll can hit the spot for a midday nosh as well.
But never forget that you are in Buckhead, so ordering more than one thing can definitely add up. Especially when you throw in cocktails. The drink menu doesn’t excite me, but the bartenders are pretty good. So a cocktail is usually in order when i dine there.
A reservation is likely only needed for dinner during peak hours. But the bar area is much bigger than most places, so you can easily relax there while you wait. I hope to see you there soon. Let me know what you loved.
I’ve been here a several times. In each visit, I’ve had something good and something bad. So I guess that’s what has shaped my opinion of P’Cheen: Hit or Miss. There are some AMAZING dishes, but there are some that I was angry for trying.
There are two things that P’Cheen offers that must be tried: (1) The moonshine. I’m a southern girl, so moonshine was a fairly frequent topic amongst certain family members. I tried a homemade batch many moons ago and nearly cried. But today, they are smoother with the same strength and better flavors. The Apple Pie does not disappoint. (2) The crab mac n cheese. Yup, if you read this blog, you already know how serious I am about my macaroni! And here, P’cheen’s Chef Alex Friedman delivers.
Just as a side note: the specials can be a bit sketchy or maybe they are just never my thing. So I stick with what I believe in now: The wings, macaroni, brussel sprouts and moonshine.
The spot is pretty small so make a reservation for Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as for Sunday brunch. I’ve never checked out the lounge evenings with the DJ or live music, but I imagine its pretty cool. I enjoy the atmosphere. So even if you aren’t there for a meal, you can enjoy yourself.
BF made a valentine’s day reservation at Legal Seafood. A spot that boasts classic seafood dishes at a moderate price. That was my most recent visit. I’ve been there three times and I’ve never found anything particularly spectacular on the menu. I’ve never felt cheated by portion or bad preparation. But I’ve never been blown away. I’m not crazy about this place, but I would never say skip it if you want to try it. So to those who want to taste legendary dishes like the clam chowder, I say knock yourself out! You’ll likely be pleased with it, but I don’t want anyone to make the mistake of thinking this is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta. Its just… okay…. That’s all. Enjoy.
BF once lived in South Florida and his favorite eatery was a fast food chicken joint called Pollo Tropical. And upon learning that one had opened in Atlanta, he decided to introduce me. Uh… LOVE.
I know you think I love everything (and in truth I probably do love a lot of restaurants). So, okay, maybe I really like Pollo Tropical. Grilled chicken, black beans, rice and plantains…Who’s not down for that? This caribbean-latin spot has some popular caribbean dishes and a few originals like the “tropi-chop”, a bowl of rice, beans, meat, tomatoes and more.
If you’re ever in the cumberland mall area and looking for something fast, tasty and inexpensive, stop by the Pollo. You might be pleasantly surprised by fast food. They also cater!
For my last birthday, my friends got dressed up to meet me for dinner before we hit the club. This year I chose my favorite Spanish Tapas restaurant, a little spot nestled in the Decatur Square: The Iberian Pig.
For years, I’d passed this place until a fellow lusophone asked me to meet her there for lunch, mad men style. After tasting my first Iberian Old Fashioned, I was intrigued. And then I discovered the best charcuterie in Atlanta, hooked. Spanish potatoes, pork cheek, calamari, scallops, etc. My mouth waters just thinking about it. Minha Tia Rosana tells me that all the meat, cheese and wine will make me “a gordinha“, but it doesn’t cross my mind in the moment. It all tastes so good.
Of everything I’ve eaten there, my favorite things would have to be the lamb ribs and the churros. The lamb ribs have a sticky, sweet and savory sauce that has me scraping the plate and licking my fingers on the sly. No matter what I start with, the ribs call my name! DINEWITHDANI SAYS they are the BEST LAMB RIBS IN ATLANTA. And the churros are so light and sweet, they melt in your mouth! They are the perfect way to end a meal.
Be sure to make a reservation if you’re going during peak hours. Thursday through Saturday dinner hours are crazy. Without one you could be in for an hour plus wait. The bar area is teeny tiny so you shouldn’t expect to hang out there during that time. During warm weather, there is limited outdoor seating.
I heart Iberian Pig. I hope you will too. I’m there probably every two months at least. I like to mix it up!