Ringing in 2016: Tish Around Town Highlights of 2015

Hey TAT Family! Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but I had to come out of blogger hibernation to share my highlights of 2015. This was a challenging year for me with many ups and downs, but I was still able to make some lifetime memories with traveling, and attending some fun and unique events. I hope you enjoy my favorite experiences of 2015, and can add a few of these experiences to your 2016 social calendar.

Jose James Concert – Yesterday I Had The Blues
I attended quite a few concerts in 2015, but the Jose James concert was my favorite. I’ve been a huge fan of Jose James for many years, and this was my second time seeing him live and once again James and his band did not disappoint. He’s considered a jazz artist, but it’s hard to put his music into one single genre/category.   He has a very unique sound, and he’s known for blending modern jazz, hip-hop, soul and R&B into his music.

Jose sung a lot of songs from his latest album, Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, which is a great tribute to the beautiful “Lady Day”. I also enjoyed the opening act Brandon Williams with performances by Deborah Bond , Matt Cusson, Anesha & Joi Tiffany. It was a night I’ll never forget, and I am so grateful for Next Level Events for putting together such a wonderful show!

Follow Next Level Events on Facebook to stay in the loop on their upcoming shows & events.

Jose James

Jose James – Photo by David Strawn

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams – Photo by David Strawn

All Vinyl Everything (monthly event April – September)

‘Dance like nobody’s watching’ is one of my favorite quotes, and I did exactly this at “All Vinyl Everything” (AVE) Memorial Day weekend.   AVE is a monthly event from April to September where the best DJs dig into the crates and spin the hottest hits on vinyl (no laptops allowed).  Also, DJs and music lovers can buy, trade or sell vinyl at the event. AVE was established in 2012, and over the years this event has built a strong following of fun people that love good music.

Follow All Vinyl Everything on Facebook & Instagram for information on their upcoming events.

All Vinyl Everything (AVE) with DJ Applejac & my #GramFam Aisha!

Good times at All Vinyl Everything (AVE)!

Cruising the Mediterranean – Italy, Spain & France
I took a cruise through the Mediterranean, and it was simply AMAZING! There are not enough pictures or videos I can post to show the beauty of Europe. I have been to Europe a few times with friends, but this trip was near and dear to my heart because I was able to experience it this time with family celebrating a milestone birthday with my mother. My previous trips to Europe gave me an advantage to planning the perfect vacation for my family. I am a firm believer that doing a combination of land and sea through Europe is a great way to cover multiple locations and it’s easier on the pockets if planned right.

We took the Epic on Norwegian and it departed from Rome. We visited a lot of cities throughout Italy, France & Spain. The added bonus was ending our trip with a train ride from Rome to Venice. This was truly a bucket list trip, and I’m glad I could share this experience with my family.

Stay tuned to Tish Around Town for more details about my trip, pictures and tips & tricks for traveling in Europe by land & sea.

Epic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Epic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Gondola Ride in Venice with my family

My Gondola Ride in Venice with my family!

“i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” 
I had the opportunity to attend the opening of I feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah. This exhibition featured André 3000’s custom designed black jumpsuits he wore during the Outkast reunion tour in 2014. Each jumpsuit has a Twitter length unique phrase that’s thought provoking, intriguing, and some are just out-right funny. This exhibition also featured the work of filmmaker Greg Broomall and painter Jimmy O’Neal.

This event was truly a memory for the books, and the added bonus is that I got a chance to meet him. Savannah is one of my favorite cities, and the SCAD Museum is always at the top of my list when I visit. Make sure you check out the blog I wrote, A Peaceful Weekend Retreat: Savannah/Hilton Head.

I feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at SCAD!

ONE Musicfest
I look forward to ONE Musicfest every year, and this year didn’t disappoint with a great line up featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, Janelle Monae & Wonderland, Wale, SZA, Ghostface & Raekwon, Raury, Big KRIT, 8Ball and MJG, Scarface, Bun B, The Internet and much more. ONE Musicfest started in 2010 at a small outdoor venue, and now it’s considered the #1 Urban Music Festival in the Southeast with over 15,000 attendees, multiple stages, vendors and food trucks.

The founder of One Musicfest, J Carter says, “It’s our modern day Woodstock”, and I agree!

For more information on the 2016 ONE Musicfest visit the website.

Enjoying OneMusic Fest with my fellow music lovers!

Enjoying OneMusic Fest with my fellow music lovers!

Diner en Blanc 
Diner en Blanc also known as the “Dinner in White” was my most unique event in 2015. This event is often described as a flashmob picnic and the world’s largest dinner party. I have attended a lot of themed events, but Diner en Blanc by far exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t imagine I would be having a dinner, and dancing the night away in front of the Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street with 1,700 people dressed in all white formal attire.

Diner en Blanc is by invitation only, traditionally issued from organization leaders, members/past attendees and event volunteers. The invitation process can be a little confusing, and there are multiple phases to this process. My fellow blogger, Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life does a great job on giving you all of the details you need for getting an invitation and all of the rules you must follow as an attendee.

Diner en Blanc Guide for First Timers by Nadeen – The Sophisticated Life.

Diner en Blanc

Dinner is severed! Photo by Tiffany Powell Photography

Diner en Blanc

Sparkler time at Diner en Blanc! Photo by Tiffany Powell Photography

Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Atlanta has turned into a breading ground for festivals. There are multiple festivals every weekend so there isn’t a shortage on things to do in Atlanta, and you have a large variety of food, music and wine and beer festivals to pick from. Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe was my favorite food & wine festival for 2015. This festival features chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants and caterers, local farms, fine wines, premium micro-brews, live music and retailers in the beautiful gardens at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The price for this festival is a little more than other festivals, but it is well worth the price for the quality of food & wine, portion sizes and the countryside atmosphere.

This event takes place in early November, but the tickets usually go on sell in August or September. Follow Les Dames d’Escoffier International on Facebook or Twitter.

Serenbe

Welcome to Serenbe!

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Enjoying the festival with my fellow foodie!

Well, that wraps up 2015. It was a great year, and 2016 is already off to a wonderful start! I recently visited New York City, so stay tuned to my New York review of my bites out of the ‘Big Apple’.

Stay turned to Tish Around Town for your road map for making lifetime memories and living life in 2016. See you around town!

Leave a comment below with some of your highlights of 2015, and tell me about any plans you have for 2016.

Make sure you guys check me out on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter!

Atlanta’s Best Food & Music Festivals for 2015

photo-9Happy New Year TAT Family! As you work on setting your new year’s resolution goals, make sure getting to a festival in 2015 is on your list. Savory food, good music and great weather are the 3 essentials for a fun and memorable festival. There is not a shortage of festivals in Atlanta, and you can find multiple festivals every weekend to satisfy your social cravings for food and music.

I decided to kick off 2015 by sharing some of my favorite festivals that I strongly suggest you add to your social calendar. I feel a festival is a great way to unite with family and friends while enjoying great food, music, art and culture.   Over the years, I have attended some amazing festivals around Atlanta, and some have been very memorable, and I look forward to attending them annually.

Make sure you share this blog with your family and friends, and save this page in your favorites to stay in the loop as the 2015 festival dates are announced.  Also, stay tuned to @tisharoundtown on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) for additional festival details, ticket information and reviews on the #TATApproved food & music festivals around Atlanta.

See you around town TAT family!

Note: Click the name to access the festival website for additional information.

Saturday, 2/21 & Sunday, 2/22 – 28th Oyster Festival
Location: Midtown

Saturday, 2/28 – Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Location: Atlantic Station

Saturday, 3/14 – Suwanee American Craft Beer Festival
Location: Suwanee

April 2015 (exact date TBD) – 11th Annual Rathbun’s Anniversary Party
Location: Old Fourth Ward

Friday, 4/10 – Sunday, 4/12 – 79th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Friday, 4/17 – Sunday, 4/19 – Sweet Water 420 Fest
Location: Centennial Olympic Park

Friday, 4/24 – Sunday, 4/26 – Inman Park Festival
Location: Inman Park

Friday, 5/8 – Sunday, 5/10 – Sweet Auburn Springfest
Location: Downtown/Auburn Ave

Friday, 5/22 – Sunday, 5/24 – Atlanta Jazz Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Saturday, 5/23 – Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
Location: Downtown

Thursday, 5/28 – Sunday, 5/31 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Location: Midtown

June 2015 (exact date TBD) – Virginia-Highland Summerfest
Location: Virginia-Highland

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – One Musicfest
Location: TBD

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – Music Midtown
Location: Piedmont Park

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – Taste of Atlanta
Location: Midtown

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – A3C Festival
Location: TBD

November 2015 (exact date TBD) –Decatur Wine Festival
Location: Decatur

Sunday, 11/8 – 15th Annual Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Location: Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Whatever your flavor when it comes to music, food, art and culture, Atlanta’s festivals are sure to have something you will enjoy.

What festivals will I see you at this year?

Tish Around The Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

If you missed the Taste of Atlanta this year, you missed what could almost be described as a festival for your taste buds! The Taste of Atlanta is a staple food, wine & cocktail festival that has been around for over a decade. The 3-day food festival featured 90 restaurants, 4 live cooking stages, and the option of enjoying the VIP Experience, which included sample cocktails, craft beers and wines from around the world.

I had the opportunity to cover this event on Sunday and it was truly the highlight of my weekend. I attended the event with my brother, George who also was my photographer for the day, and my good buddy Angela, who was very instrumental in brining Tish Around Town to life.

The weather was prefect, which was a key ingredient to making Sunday a perfect day for tasting some of the best food Atlanta has to offer. Our taste buds were aroused with the smell of good food even before we entered the gates. Everything looked tempting so I knew we were in store for a tasty day. We started with getting the lay of the land, and coming up with the perfect plan for eating our way through the streets of Tech Square. The coordinators of this festival made it easy for getting around by grouping the restaurants by neighborhoods. This was a great way to experience food from a particular neighborhood or area of town.

I’ve been to a few food festivals in my day, and the one thing I can say about the Taste of Atlanta, is the food portion to food ticket ratio was perfect for tasting. The majority of the tastings were 2 – 3 tickets each, and most of the portions could be shared to allow for you to taste more food. On top of tasting the food, there were some fun interactive chef demos and food competitions featuring some of Atlanta’s best chefs.

I had a great time meeting some of my social media friends, and I made some new friends along the way. If you like trying different foods, or want to learn more about food, make sure you add the Taste of Atlanta on your list of things to do in 2015. This is a Tish Around Town approved festival, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I will let the pictures below tell my Taste of Atlanta culinary journey. See you next year!

Our firs stop was at Aja's booth.  The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Our first stop was at Aja’s booth. The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta!  #GramFam

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta! #GramFam

Jim N' Nick's BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

BurgerFi had he longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

BurgerFi had the longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N' Cheese was delicious!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N’ Cheese was delicious!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta.  Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta. Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Cafe Intermezzo's Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Cafe Intermezzo’s Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Big Pretzel!

Big Pretzel!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

Photos Credit:  George Hinchen III aka Mr. Armani 

A Peaceful Weekend Retreat: Savannah/Hilton Head

TAT fam, don’t you just want to get away sometimes? Don’t you long to just get away from the challenges and stresses of your day-to-day lives to clear your head, even if it’s just for a weekend? Well, I needed a break from the hustle & bustle of Atlanta, so I jumped in the car with my ‘Mister’ and we headed south on I-75 to Savannah/Hilton Head. 

Headed south on I-75 with my 'Mister'

Headed south on I-75 with my ‘Mister’

1st Stop Savannah
On our way to Hilton Head we made a stop in Savannah at the SCAD Museum of Art (scadmoa.org). I love visiting museums when I travel, and this is one of my favorite contemporary art museums. They always have creative exhibits that showcase a wide range of artists, photographers and designers.

The SCAD Museum is housed in a National Historic Landmark that is the only surviving antebellum railroad complex in the country. The 1953 brick structure that was once a railroad is a work of art alone. You can still see original high ceilings and some of the original brick and timber displayed throughout the museum.

SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah

SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah

Beautiful wall art at SCAD:  Each day is fresh with no mistakes in it.

Beautiful wall art at SCAD: Each day is fresh with no mistakes in it.

Sitting area in the museum with a  beautiful piece of art on the ceiling called Web_Orange #5 by Jennifer Jenkins

Sitting area in the museum with a beautiful piece of art on the ceiling called Web_Orange #5 by Jennifer Jenkins

Close up of the ceiling art Web_Orange #5

Close up of the ceiling art Web_Orange #5

2nd Stop Hilton Head Island
After touring the SCAD Museum we continued our journey to Hilton Head. We decided to stay at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (westinhiltonheadisland.com). The drive from Savannah to Hilton Head is not the most scenic drive, but once you turn off the highway headed to the resort you start to see the true beauty of Hilton Head.

The Westin Hilton Head Spa & Resort

The Westin Hilton Head Island Spa & Resort

Our stay started with a nice valet attendant greeting us and assisting us with parking and our bags. We walked into the lobby which was beautiful and very inviting, so I knew right then our weekend getaway was off to a great start. The front desk representative, Sally, was very welcoming and helpful with telling us about the resort. Our room was very spacious and included with a private balcony with beautiful views of the resort, which was a perfect home away from home for the weekend.

We decided to eat at the hotel the first night of our stay. Eating at a hotel restaurant can sometimes be a gamble, but I have found some amazing hotel restaurants in my travel, and this was no exception. We started the evening by making a stop at the bar and chatting with the bartender, David. He was very knowledgeable about Hilton Head and gave us some great suggestions on where to eat on the island.

We started dinner by ordering the Charleston She Crab Soup and the Duck Duo Salad as our appetizers. We loved both of the appetizers, but let me say this, the She Crab Soup was the best I’ve EVER had (yes I said EVER), and it’s worth a visit back to Hilton Head just for the soup! The entrees were delicious too. My ‘Mister’ had the delicious Lump Crab & Shrimp Linguine and I had the Filet Mignon. Dinner was perfect, and I can now add Carolina Café at the Westin Hilton Head to my list of favorite restaurants.

Charleston She Crab Soup with lumps of crab meat

Charleston She Crab Soup with lumps of crab meat

Duck Duo Salad with lemon, toasted pinenuts, goat cheese, port reduction, white balsamic vinaigrette

Duck Duo Salad with lemon, toasted pinenuts, goat cheese, port reduction, white balsamic vinaigrette

Filet Mignon with truffled risotto, grilled asparagus & demiglaze

Filet Mignon with truffled risotto, grilled asparagus & demi glaze

We spent the majority of the time relaxing, so we didn’t take full advantage of the activities and amenities at the hotel. We did get out to walk the beautiful grounds each morning on the trail. The Westin Hilton Head has a beautiful pool with a bar/lounge area overlooking the beautiful beach. You can also play a round of golf, tennis and relax at the spa located on the grounds of the hotel.

Beautiful walking trail at the Westin Hilton Head

Beautiful walking trail at the Westin Hilton Head

Beautiful pool area at the hotel

Beautiful pool area at the Westin Hilton Head

While there we also dined at the Skull Creek Boathouse (skullcreekboathouse.com) in Hilton Head. This is a pretty popular place for both tourists and local residents. They have a fun casual atmosphere with a large patio overlooking the water. We enjoyed the live band and cocktails while we waited on our table. The seafood was fresh and very tasty, and the bill didn’t break the bank.

We wrapped up our weekend by making another stop in Savannah on our way home. I couldn’t go to Savannah without seeing my Grambling alumni, DeShawn and her beautiful family. We met for brunch at Soho South Café (sohosouthcafe.com) in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah. We had a great brunch packed with old stories and a lot of laughs. After brunch we took in the beautiful scenery and architecture of Savannah before hitting the road.

Soho South Café in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah

Soho South Café in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah

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We enjoyed brunch with my Grambling Alumni (#GramFam), DeShawn ‘Star’ and her beautiful family

I left the stresses of Atlanta for an amazing weekend and returned to Atlanta rested and refreshed. Make sure you keep Savannah/Hilton Head in mind if you are looking for a quick affordable weekend getaway.

Photos Credit:  Yours truly,  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media & Westin Hilton Head website

Brunching Around Town With Tish – Murphy’s

Murphy's delicious mimosa!

Murphy’s delicious mimosas!

Hands down, brunch is my favorite meal! On any given Sunday around town you can find me enjoying brunch. There’s something about having the option of breakfast, lunch or a mixture of both that gets me excited about the meal. My love for brunch has inspired me to start a series on Tish Around Town called Brunching Around Town. In this series, I will cover my favorite brunch spots around Atlanta.

There are countless places in Atlanta to have brunch, so I decided to start the Brunching Around Town series with Murphy’s, which is a favorite to many in Atlanta. Murphy’s describe their restaurant as a perfect combination of upscale comfort food, gracious service, a cozy setting and excellent value. I totally agree!

I have a little confession. I have lived in Atlanta for over 14 years, and Murphy’s has always been on my list of places to try until last month, and now you can’t keep me away from this place! My first visit was with one of my brunch buddies, then a second time with my ‘Mister’, and I’m already thinking about going back again.

Both of my dining experiences were amazing, and I was lucky enough to get the same fabulous server, Lorne, both times. My brunch usually starts off with one of my favorite brunch beverages: a mimosa, bellini or bloody mary. I tried both the mimosa and berry bellini and they were equally delicious. Another added bonus about Murphy’s is they have a bakery, so you are served a variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves to snack on before your meal.

Variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves.

Variety of fresh breads with homemade preserves.

I usually gauge a brunch spot on how they prepare the classic breakfast dishes, so I’m always looking for a tasty waffle, pancake or French toast. I tried a few things on the brunch menu but I really enjoyed the Hazelnut Crusted French Toast & Corned Beef Hash. Some of the other popular brunch dishes are the Eggs T. Murphy, Crab Cakes Benedict, Southwest Frittata & Chilaquiles, to name a few. Is your mouth watering yet?

Hazelnut Crusted French Toast with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and powdered sugar

Hazelnut Crusted French Toast with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and powdered sugar

Southwest Frittata with pork chorizo, potatoes, onions, peppers, pepper jack cheese, crisp tortilla strips and sour cream

Southwest Frittata with pork chorizo, potatoes, onions, peppers, pepper jack cheese, crisp tortilla strips and sour cream

Sunrise Frittata with honey cured ham, potatoes, onions and swiss cheese with a side of bacon

Sunrise Frittata with honey cured ham, potatoes, onions and swiss cheese with a side of bacon

Check out Murphy’s if you are in the mood for a great brunch that will cater to your comfort food taste buds. Also, Murphy’s has a wine bar with over 350 wines in stock with consultants on hand that will help you pick out the perfect bottle to take home.

Location:
Neighborhood: Virginia Highland
997 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30306
Phone: 404-872-0904
www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Atlanta?

Photo Credit:  Yours Truly

Tish At The Movies – Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jimi:  All Is By My Side

Jimi: All Is By My Side

A good movie directs what you see. A great movie affects how you feel. I had the privilege of attending the advance screening of Jimi: All Is By My Side, starring Outkast’s André Benjamin aka André 3000. This revealing biopic, from Academy Award-winning writer and director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), covers the pivotal years of 1966 – 1967, right before Hendrix played the Monterey Pop Festival.

André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix

André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix

In the film, we follow Hendrix’s career from playing as a backup guitarist in New York, to being discovered and making his mark on the London music scene. The film also reveals the man behind the musical genius, providing a glimpse of his life including the complex relationships with the women who were very instrumental in his career. Set in the heart of the 1960’s, the film is fully dressed for that era. Everything from authentic 60’s fashion, popular music of that time, and even the set design made me feel like I had stepped back in time.

André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix) & Imogen Poots (Linda Keith)

André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix) & Imogen Poots (Linda Keith)

André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix) & Hayley Atwell (Kathy Etchingham)

André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix) & Hayley Atwell (Kathy Etchingham)

I really enjoyed watching André’s transformation into Hendrix on screen. I have watched footage of Hendrix in past interviews and performances, and André fully enveloped Jimmy Hendrix adopting his mannerisms, dialect and even his style of guitar playing. He drew me in as if I was watching Hendrix for 2 hours.

André -vs- Jimi

André -vs- Jimi

André -vs- Jimi

André -vs- Jimi

The film opens Friday, September 26, 2014 in limited theaters. Make sure you get out opening weekend to support this great independent film.

Film Synopsis from Darko Entertainment:
In “All Is By My Side,” there’s rock music.  Then there’s Jimi Hendrix.  “All Is By My Side” captures the energy, the charisma, the mind-boggling talent of a legend whose musical influence still resonates around the world today.  Based on actual interviews and archival materials, “All Is By My Side” brings authenticity and poignantly reveals a Jimi Hendrix behind the legend.  At its heart a love story, “All Is By My Side” is about a man growing up, falling in love and becoming Jimi.

Cast: André Benjamin (Jimi Hendrix), Hayley Atwell (Kathy Etchingham), Imogen Poots (Linda Keith), Ruth Negga (Ida) and Adrian Lester (Michael X).

Photo Credit:  Yahoo Images

At The Table With Tish – 10th & Piedmont

10th & Piedmont in Midtown

10th & Piedmont in Midtown

I truly believe that a life well lived should include new, interesting and fun experiences with people who also have that same zest for life. It is this passion for life that motivated me to create At The Table With Tish, hosted by yours truly, is my version of a Supper Club. It is a gathering of new and old friends that enjoy experiencing new foods, fabulous adult beverages and great conversation. I wanted to launch this event at just the right time, and Midtown Restaurant Week provided the perfect opportunity and I knew exactly where to go.

At The Table With Tish

At The Table With Tish

I picked 10th & Piedmont for their fun atmosphere, great food and craft cocktails, but I can’t leave out their International Vodka Bar with over 150 vodkas to choose from. I’ve been to 10th & Piedmont a few times, and each time I have a great dining experience, so I wanted share this with my followers. I was blessed to have 18 people attend with various backgrounds and social experiences, which made for a night of stimulating conversations and tons of laughter.

The evening started with cocktails and introductions. 10th & Piedmont has a large menu of cocktails and vodka flights to pick from. They also have a Vodka Passport Program that will allow you taste vodka from all over the world. We had a few people to signup for a passport and enjoy the vodka flights, which featured 4 different vodkas chilled on ice. Imagine that!

10 & Piedmont Vodka Passport

10 & Piedmont Vodka Passport Program

Flavored Vodka Flight - Absolute Berri Acai / Chambord Black Raspberry Sky Blood Orange-National / Rain Cucumber Lime

Flavored Vodka Flight – Absolute Berri Acai / Chambord Black Raspberry Sky Blood Orange-National / Rain Cucumber Lime

Basil Lemon Fizz - Ketel One Citroen vodka, muddled fresh basil and lemon, house-made ginger syrup, soda water

Basil Lemon Fizz – Ketel One Citroen vodka, muddled fresh basil and lemon, house-made ginger syrup, soda water

10th & Piedmont was gracious to provide our group with some delicious appetizers before dinner. Some people ordered from the 3-course restaurant week menu, and some ordered from the sharable dinner menu. This allowed the group to enjoy a variety of food from the two different menus. Looking around, I was reminded of a big family dinner. The food was so delicious that the group couldn’t help but share. They were passing dishes and sharing with each other, which is a spin on the traditional Supper Club.

Southern Pot Stickers provided by 10th & Piedmont

Southern Pot Stickers appetizer provided by 10th & Piedmont

10 & Piedmont Signature Chicken & Waffles

10 & Piedmont Signature Chicken & Waffles

Jerk Mahi Mahi with coconut ginger rice topped with tropical pineapple salsa

Jerk Mahi Mahi with coconut ginger rice topped with tropical pineapple salsa

Chocolate Soufflé made fresh to order

Chocolate Soufflé made fresh to order

The night was amazing and I owe a huge thanks to the staff at 10th & Piedmont and the attendees for making the event a success. Thanks to Bill for assisting me with coordinating the dinner, and to Sheneka for your attentive & personable service.

It was truly a night to remember; part of a life well lived.

Follow me on social media for the next At The Table With Tish and other meetup events!

Make sure you check out 10th & Piedmont weekly specials:
Monday – ½ price wine bottles
Tuesday – Sharable Experience for 2 (salad, 3 sharable entrees & dessert for $25)
Monday – Friday 5pm to 7pm – Happy Hour Menu 50% off

Location:
Neighborhood/Area: Midtown
991 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404.602.5510
http://www.communitashospitality.com/10th-and-piedmont/

10th & Piedmont is part of Communitas Hospitality. The other restaurants in this group are G’s Midtown (formally known as Gilbert’s) & HOBNOB.

Ayanna was one of the winners of the private wine tasting hosted by yours truly

Ayanna was one of the winners of the private wine tasting hosted by yours truly

Buttons showing her Vodka Flight

Buttons showing the table her Vodka Flight

The newlyweds came to join us

The newlyweds came to join us

Thanks Aisha for bring Carla

My #GramFam Aisha and her friend Carla

My fellow blogger Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life

My fellow blogger Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life

Love thy neighbor, The Johnsons

Love thy neighbor, The Johnsons

Angela enjoying the Chocolate Soufflé

Angela enjoying the Chocolate Soufflé

Photo Credit:  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media and 10th & Piedmont

The Best in College Football Now Has a New Home

Opening day of the College Football Hall Of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

Opening day of the
College Football Hall Of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

The new College Football Hall of Fame is now open! The Hall of Fame is centrally located in downtown Atlanta next to Centennial Olympic Park, which is near other tourist attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Skyview Ferris Wheel, and the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This area is truly becoming a tourist’s dream with so many things to do within walking distance from downtown.

I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Hall of Fame as a guest of my bestie, Cherie Kirkland, who is the granddaughter of legendary coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University. You can’t mention college football without mentioning the many accolades of “Coach Rob”, as he was affectionately known. He’s the winningest coach in NCAA Division I with 408 wins, 165 losses and 15 ties, and the 2nd winningest coach in college football.  As a proud alumnae of Grambling State University, it warmed my heart to see how the Hall honored the legacy of Coach Rob in multiple exhibits throughout the venue.

My bestie, Cherie Kirkland and I.  #GramFam

My bestie, Cherie Kirkland and I. #GramFam

The Hall of Fame is truly a must see! It is a three-story building with 50,000 square feet of interactive and engaging exhibits and a 45-yard replica indoor football field. Upon entering the Hall you are greeted with the beautiful Helmet Wall displaying over 700 college football teams. The fun begins when you select your favorite school during registration and it lights up on the Helmet Wall. I was so impressed with the state-of-the-art interactive multimedia exhibits, and get this: all your interactive activities done that day will be saved on your pass, so you will be able to view, download and share your pictures and videos recorded during your visit. How cool is that?! Here is a summary of the exhibits featured in the Hall:

  • The Quad: Anchored by the Helmet Wall presented by Southwest Airlines displaying the helmets of more than 700 college football teams, the Quad is the entry point to the Hall of Fame
  • The Playing Field: A 45-yard replica football field where guests can try their hand at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone
  • Chick-fil-A Why We Love College Football: An immersive experience that showcases what makes college football so great by combining the heritage of the game with the technology of today
  • Game Day Theater: Treats guests to an ultra-high definition, 4K feature film, “The Game of Your Life”
  • Coca-Cola Fan’s Game Day: Chronicles what it’s like to experience a college football game from the perspective of the game’s biggest fans
  • Kia Building a Champion: This gallery goes beyond the game day field to show the sacrifices and commitment made by today’s student-athletes and college coaches
  • AT&T Game Time: From the rivalries that make the game great to the split-second decisions that engrave moments into college football history, this gallery explores the intensity, passion and fun surrounding the game
  • Chickfil-A and National Football Foundation Building Leaders: Pays tribute to those who have achieved accolades on the field and have gone on to make a difference off of it
  • College Football Hall of Fame: Captures the stories and accomplishments of the players who broke records and won our hearts, cementing their legacy in a one-of-a-kind experience that pays homage to the tradition and heritage of the game
Check out the beautiful mural and Helmet Wall.

Check out the beautiful mural and Helmet Wall.

Find your favorite college team and see game highlights and photos on the interactive video monitor wall.

Find your favorite college team and see game highlights and photos on the interactive video monitor wall.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone

The Hall of Fame can be enjoyed by all ages. My favorite exhibit was the Coca-Cola Fan’s Game Day gallery, which features the experience that mascots, bands, cheerleaders and tailgating bring to the game. I had a blast singing the Grambling fight song in a karaoke challenge against some of the other college football fans.

Make sure you add this attraction to your Atlanta bucket list!

And…Go Tigers!

I had a great time hanging with my new friend Fumbles.

I had a great time hanging with my new friend Fumbles.

Location Neighborhood/Area: Downtown

250 Marietta St., N.W
Atlanta, GA 30313
404.880.4800
www.cfbhall.com

Hours of Operation
Sun.-Fri.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Cost Adult –  $19.99
Kids (3- 12) – $16.99
Seniors (65+) Military, Student – $17.99 (available at the box office only)
*Kids under 3 are free

Photo Credit:  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media
Summary of Exhibits provided by College Football Hall of Fame Fact Sheet

Best Mexican Food In Town – Nuevo Laredo Cantina!

Welcome to Nuevo Laredo Cantina!

Welcome to Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Hola señoritos and señoritas! Hands down Nuevo Laredo Cantina is by far the best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta. Yep, I said it– the best, and obviously I’m not the only one who knows this to be true.  They have been voted “Best of Atlanta” by Atlanta Magazine since the first year they opened in 1992. The owner, Chance Evans has a simple formula: serve the best, most fresh, authentic Mexican fare at a reasonable price by an attentive staff in a casual environment.

Nuevo Laredo is located off the beaten path in an industrial park on the west side of town. The décor is simple with red checkerboard tablecloths, pictures of Hollywood stars on the wall and authentic Mexican artifacts and other items the owner collected from his trips to Mexico. If you go during peak hours expect a wait, but you can always pass the time outside on the patio or at the bar with some great margaritas.

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Downstairs dining area

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Wall of Hollywood stars

I was at Nuevo Laredo last Friday night with my family to celebrate my brother graduating with his Masters in Accounting from Georgia State University–the other ‘GSU’. (For those of you that don’t know, I’m a proud alumni of Grambling State University, the real GSU). Back to the blog…Mexican food is a favorite with my family and being from Texas I grew up eating Tex-Mex along with authentic Mexican food (and yes there is difference). I consider myself a connoisseur of Mexican food so it took me a few years to finally find the best Mexican food in Atlanta. I have to thank my friend Cordell for sharing this jewel with me years ago.

My siblings, George & Perchell

My siblings, George & Perchell

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The Benoits!

We started our meal with their delicious chips and salsa. And what’s a celebration without margaritas? Our refreshing margaritas coupled with the warm chips and authentic salsa was like a fiesta in our mouth! We bypassed having appetizers because the entree portions are filling and the food comes out fast.

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Warm chips & salsa

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Margaritas!

I usually gage a Mexican restaurant based on how they prepare the classic dishes (guacamole, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas etc..), so I ordered one of my favorites, the carne asada and brisket tacos, which are traditionally prepared with lean flavorful meat, fresh cilantro and onions. My sister and brother both kept it simple by ordering the beef tacos and nachos. Mario changed it up and ordered the Chicken Santa Fe. They have a vast number of entrees so your choices are endless. Some of the other popular dishes include: Brisket Barbacoa, Chicken Mole, over-stuffed poblano Chili Rellenos, Lobster Tacos, and Enchiladas. No matter what you choose, you’ll be satisfied.

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Carne Asada & Brisket Tacos with fresh cilantro and onions

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Chicken Sante Fe – 8oz chicken topped with monterrey cheese, Mexican caviar, fresh avocado and cheese

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Beef Nachos

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Beef Tacos with beans & rice

Make sure you check out Nuevo Laredo if you are looking for authentic, home-cooked Mexican food in a fun casual environment with great service. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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My favorite server Magaly

Location
Neighborhood/Area: West Atlanta
1495 Chattahoochee Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: 404.352.9009
www.nuevolaredocantina.com

Photo Credit:  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media

I want your feedback and comments. Have you been to Nuevo Laredo Cantina? What is your favorite Mexican food restaurant?

Serpas is “True Food”

Serpas

Serpas located in Old 4th Ward

Welcome to the first blog post of Tish Around Town (#TAT)! I’m really happy to start sharing my social experiences with you. My goal is to share my social world, and hope that you see something that can enhance and bring joy to your social life.

Picking the subject for my first post wasn’t an easy task. I have so many things I want to share, so many experiences I want to tell you about, but I had to narrow it down. I decided to start with a restaurant and though I was struggling to decide between some of my favorite restaurants, my confirmation came when I went to Serpas two weeks ago.

My partner in crime, Cherie, asked me for some suggestions for our friend Jamie’s birthday celebration. When selecting a restaurant food, service and ambiance, are the three things I look for. I suggested Serpas, Rathbun’s Steak, KR SteakBar, The Optimist and Sotto Sotto, which are some of my favorites (I will cover these in future blogs). She selected Serpas because it’s one of her favorites, and their menu can easily cater to both the foodie and non-foodie alike, which is a perfect selection for a group dinner.

Serpas is located in Atlanta, GA in the ‘Old 4th Ward’. It’s an old area with rich history that share the historical home of Civil Rights great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. Now, this “old” ward has a new facelift and Serpas is a part of this revitalized charm. Once you arrive, you can enjoy the complimentary valet parking, and then you’re just steps away from a savory meal.

When you walk in you’re greeted with a new school design with old school charm. An exposed brick wall makes the restaurant feel homey, yet chic. The open kitchen invites your senses to embrace the sounds and smells of food that are sure to please.

Our night started with a few drinks and selfies with my husband (my “Mister”) and Cherie at the bar while we waited on the group. Serpas has an amazing bar and because they change their drink menu a few times a year, you can always find something new to try. We tried the Country Mule, which was a great play on the traditional Moscow Mule.

Selfie with my mister & Cherie.

Selfie My Mister & Cherie at the bar

Country Mule

Country Mule – Tequila, Vodka, Honey, Ginger Beer, Grapefruit Juice

Our group arrived, and we were seated at our table. The meal started out with ordering a few appetizers to share. At Serpas, you can expect everything on the menu to look appetizing, and we narrowed our selections down to three: calamari, salmon chips and duck egg rolls. The appetizers were just amazing! We enjoyed all of them, but everyone really enjoyed the salmon chips the most.

Calamari

Calamari

Salmon Chips

Salmon Chips

The crab and mushroom-stuffed trout, the rib-eye topped with crab meat, and the duck breast were the three favorite dishes at the table. I had the rib-eye, and it was cooked and seasoned to perfection.

Trout

Trout stuffed with crab & mushroom

Rib-eye

14 oz Rib-eye topped with crab meat

Duck Breast

Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast

Serpas delivered excellently across the board. Well prepared food, great service and amazing ambiance is why Serpas is at the top of my list. Executive Chef/Owner, Scott Serpas, a New Orleans native, has used his many years of experience in the industry to create a perfect culinary dining experience. When you want a true culinary experience, come to the place where they give you “True Food”.

Make sure you check out Serpas for dinner or Sunday brunch. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Location
Neighborhood: Old 4th Ward
659 Auburn Avenue, #501
( Studioplex)
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Phone: 404.688.0040
www.serpasrestaurant.com

I want your feedback and comments. Have you been to Serpas before? What are some of your favorite restaurants?