This week, Dan and I went to check out the latest in soda fountain technology – the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. I had heard a lot of buzz about them and really wanted to try one. We headed over to Firehouse Subs where they have an amazing number of drink options. Check out the menus! We loved the Cherry and Raspberry Coca-Cola options, and the Cherry Limeade! There are over 70 options for diet drink preferences, too. Once you go Freestyle, I don’t think you would ever go back.
These futuristic-looking soda fountains are appearing in even more in Atlanta restaurants lately. You can find them at various Burger King, Moe’s, and Taco Mac locations, and a Coca-Cola Freestyle truck visits other venues. To find the one nearest you, use the zip code finder on the Freestyle website here - Coca-Cola Freestyle
These Coca-Cola Freestyle machines are just cool and unique enough that they’re worth checking out. Not only are they sexy, but they are also fun to use and have something for everyone – imagine a world where no matter what you’re craving or feeling, its readily available at your fingertips Each Freestyle machine has a full-color touch screen that allows you to choose over 100+ different brands, including flavors and sodas not available anywhere else; there is literally something for everyone. From sodas and energy drinks to flavored waters and juices, the Coke Freestyle machine has it all. http://www.coca-colafreestyle.com/
Enter to win Stoney River Sonoma County Wine Country Sweepstakes! It is simple opportunity to enter in for a chance to win a well-deserved trip and other prizes. The sweepstakes ends in exactly two weeks so there is still ample time to enter the sweepstakes and to get a great meal at Stoney River!
By going here and entering your email address, you will be entered to win a four-day, three-night, all expenses paid trip for four to Sonoma County wine country.
In addition, 50 additional runner-up packages will be awarded. Those packages will either be dinner at Stoney River Steaks for one year, a Foley Wine Dinner for four guests, Decanter and four Stoney River Glasses, one magnum of Foley Family Wine, and two $50 Stoney River gift cards.
To better one’s chances of winning, you can also receive three additional entries into the sweepstakes by entering the code number from a Stoney River guest check on the website. Readers can receive five additional entries by joining Stoney River’s Red Canoe Society (again, all they have to do is enter an email address, except this time, they’ll enter it here).
The sweepstakes end Oct. 31, so hurry!
Dan and I tried the new Perimeter location of The Capital Grille a couple of weeks ago. I had always wanted to try it, but it is often hard for us to get to Buckhead or downtown locations since we live OTP. Now that The Capital Grille is at Perimeter right next to Seasons 52, we can get there easily. How convenient!
What did you order? How was your food?
sampled the Stoli Doli cocktail, their specialty drink which is straight pineapple-infused
Stolichnaya Vodka. He really liked it. There was a gigantic container filled
with pineapple slices and Stoli Vodka on the bar. We didn’t try wine this time,
but The Capital Grille is renowned for their wines and has “5000 Bottles on
Wine on the Wall.”
We started our meal with bread and salads. The bread basket was impressive with an assortment of Onion Bread, Poppyseed Rolls, and Lavash. Lavash is a is a soft, thin flatbread popular in several countries such as Turkey, Iran, and Armenia. It is gaining in popularity here as well.
tried the Mozzarella and Tomato Salad, a caprese salad with balsamic vinegar,
which was a very large portion, and tasted wonderful. Dan tried the Spinach
Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing with tender, baby spinach leaves, onions and mushrooms with warm
signature bacon dressing and chopped egg and smoked bacon sprinkled on top. He
really loved this salad.
entrees, Dan ordered Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized
Shallot Butter. It comes with caramelized shallots, seasonings and coffee rub. Dan
really enjoyed his steak, and Dan knows steaks since he is a chef. He had the
Parmesan Truffle Fries as well. I tried the Filet Oscar, which is an 8 oz Filet
Mignon, served with steamed asparagus spears, colossal lump crabmeat, and
drizzled with housemade Béarnaise. I had never had the Oscar treatment before,
although I had heard a lot about it from Dan. I thought that it was very
decadent and delicious.
dessert was a Coconut Cream Pie. “A
delightful vanilla flavored crust is layered with luscious whipped and coconut
pastry cream. A caramel rum sauce topping makes it even more irresistible.” It
really was very delectable, and I had never had anything similar before.
Describe your impressions of the
service. Was anything exceptionally good (or bad) about the quality of service
helped by a couple of servers who were very attentive and pleasant. We never
wanted for anything, and our water was always filled.
do you think of the décor and atmosphere?
at The Capital Grille is upscale and chic. As the website mentions, “Rich African mahogany paneling and
warm lighting from one-of-a-kind art deco chandeliers set the tone for a
comfortably elegant evening.” This would be perfect for any business lunch or
Do you consider this a good value for
the money you spent? If no, why not?
The prices are on point, and you do get the quality you pay for.
This restaurant is best for...
Lunch or Dinner, Family Outings, Special Occasions, Romantic Evenings. The Capital Grille is a very popular, classic, and elegant institution in Atlanta.
Returning for its 11th year, Taste of Atlanta
gears up for a landmark weekend in Tech Square. Anxious epicureans can
get gourmet at the city’s most anticipated culinary event on October 5-7.
With a distinct recipe for success, Taste of Atlanta offers an array of
diversions for the culinary curious. From fan favorites to new
experiences and more, the festival brings the annual action to back to
Midtown for a tasty trek.
On Friday, October 5, The Big Grill: Grills Gone Wild fires
up the weekend. Attendees can enjoy all-inclusive access to the city’s
best grilled grub, chilled cocktails, beer and wine. Yacht Rock Schooner
will perform while attendees sample bites from some of Atlanta’s most
renowned chefs including Ford Fry, Kevin Rathbun, Jay Swift and more.Tickets for the Friday night fete are all-inclusive and can be purchased by visiting http://tasteofatlanta.com/bigGrill.php.
On Saturday and Sunday, more than 80 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants and most exciting chefs serve up their specialties at this year's festival. From
international cuisine to under-the-radar eats, Taste of Atlanta
spotlights the incredible energy and diversity of Atlanta's shining food
scene. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit http://tasteofatlanta.com/restaurants.php.
Festival highlights, featuring participating restaurants, include:
·Barcraft Competition – It’s back! Guests can channel their inner
mixologist and sample cocktails from Atlanta’s best bartenders as they
compete for the top spot. Open to VIP ticket holders only.
·Family Food Zone – Step right up for demos
and cooking lessons from national and local chefs in an interactive
environment. Returning to the lineup this year, the Top Chef Kids
Competition offers hands-on experience for chefs in training.
·Inside the Food Studio – Experience the fascinating world of the professional chef to discover secrets of the craft. Returning for its third year, this intimate experience is
hosted by Tom Sullivan. Patrons can enjoy beverages and bites while
learning valuable cooking skills and insight into the Atlanta restaurant
scene. Whether highlighting the most unique condiments or Atlanta’s top
spots for midnight munchies, this behind-the-scenes look offers
unrivaled insight into the professional kitchen.
·Grill Dome –Kamado Grills are bringing the heat to this year’s festival.
With demonstrations throughout the day, local grill-masters can watch
as chefs cook up their specialties on these amazing ceramic grills.
·The Kitchen Workshop – Hosted by Mara Davis, The
Kitchen Workshop is a hands-on cooking experience offering patrons a
unique and enriching opportunity to learn how to create delicious dishes
in their own kitchen. A wide range of classes and instructors provide
the ideal interaction for patrons to enjoy themselves and learn
interesting twists on basic cooking concepts and techniques.Open to VIP ticket holders only.
·Home Plate Main Stage – This year, get ready for a throw down. Renowned chefs battle
it out and go head-to-head on the main stage. These culinary craftsmen
tackle secret ingredients, themed challenges, unique recipes and more.
·Barnes & Noble Bookstore –
Stroll through this tent to pick up the latest copies of today’s most
popular cookbooks and other food-related titles. Check out the cookbook signing schedule to meet notable chefs like Adam Roberts, Kathleen Flinn and more.
of Atlanta founder Dale DeSena takes great pride in the fact that the
festival has so much to offer for everyone’s distinct appetite. “Most people hear ‘Taste of Atlanta’ and they think they’ll get lots of great food – and they’re right!” says DeSena. “We love when people also discover how educational the festival is. With
the addition of The Kitchen Workshop this year and the continued
success of Inside the Food Studio, we’re one of the few festivals that
really encourages the attendees to engage with the chefs, the food and
the programming. We are so proud to serve the city in this
capacity and to show the world the amazing restaurants and chefs that
help define Atlanta. We can’t wait to transform Tech Square into foodie heaven once again this year!”
Taste of Atlanta ticket information:
·General admission tickets
(includes 10 taste coupons) are $25 in advance; $35 at the gate. Kids
ages 13 and under receive FREE admission (excluding taste coupons) when
accompanied by a paid adult.
·VIP tickets (includes 15 taste coupons and access to Wine+Beer+Cocktail Experience) are$75 in advance; $85 at the gate.A limited number of VIP tickets are available, and the first 300 ticket holders each day receive a festival gift bag.
are used to purchase food from participating restaurants. Menu items
are valued at one, two or three taste coupons. Additional taste coupons
are sold in increments of 10 coupons for $10 or 20 coupons for $20.
are sold at locations throughout Atlanta, including select Whole Foods
Market outlets. Advance tickets must be purchased by midnight on October
5. For more information, visit http://tasteofatlanta.com/tickets.php.
About Taste of Atlanta:
of Atlanta is a three-day festival that attracts food lovers from
throughout Atlanta, the Southeast and beyond to enjoy tastes from more
than 80 restaurants from all over the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Guests
can sample delicious dishes; sip robust wines, craft beers, and
innovative cocktails; be entertained by demos from celebrity chefs; and
enjoy interactive sponsor experiences and family-friendly entertainment,
all while uncovering the incredible dining treasures the city has to
offer. Join us Friday through Sunday, October 5-7 in Technology Square.
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So sit back and let us do the dirty work. When you want to go out to eat in Metro Atlanta, consult our blog and you won't wind up having an unpleasant experience and hating yourself or your loved ones for it. Thanks for visiting. Hope you enjoy it, and Bon Appetit, Y'all!