End Hunger in YOUR Community TODAY

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JCT special menu TONIGHT… Make Your Reservation

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In Case You Missed It…

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I hope you had great weekend full of great dining experiences. I started my
weekend with a “French Immersion” at Atmosphere on Friday. I enjoyed
soul-food-tapas at Rare in midtown on Saturday. And yesterday I had the
opportunity to experience something I’ve been curious about… An Underground
Supper Club!

The supper club was probably the most enjoyable dining experience I’ve had since
Holeman & Finch. I’ll post about the one I attended soon. And if you participate
in others- please share!! Don’t forget to tell me about your food truck/cart
experiences too. I still need those.

Last week I posted a few time sensitive things that I thought you’d find
interesting. Links related to Hanukkah (recipes, events, etc) and information
about France-Atlanta 2010, were among them. I hope you had the opportunity to
check that out. Please let me know if there’s anything you’re interested in
seeing on Dine With Dani.

Thank you so much for the support

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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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