Decatur Restaurant Week Debuts This Fall

image010The dining scene in Decatur and Avondale Estates has really gained momentum in the last few years so it should be no surprise that planning for the first ever Decatur Restaurant Week is underway.

Scheduled to run from Sunday, September 28, through Thursday, October 2, 2014, the event will give residents and visitors the opportunity to try out some of the area’s best eats at great prices. Participating restaurants will be offering gourmet prix fixe menus ranging from $15, $25 and/or $35 and include brunch, lunch and/or dinner options for diners to enjoy. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity.

A complete list of participating restaurants and their signature menus will be available soon but mark the dates in your calendar now.

New Name, Less Lanes, More Trees: Brookhaven Plans Buford Highway Makeover

Buford Highway

Though the city has only been in existence for a few years, Brookhaven is already looking forward and planning for the area’s future.  Specifically, the city is studying how to improve Buford Highway.

The Jaeger Company, Urban Partners, and Cranston Engineering recently undertook a survey of the Buford Highway area beginning northeast at the city limits at the intersection of Clairmont Road and Buford Highway and continuing three miles southwest to the Brookhaven city limits.   Continue reading

Get Rewarded for Shopping at the Mall

Simon RewardsHeading out to the mall to take advantage of some deals this weekend? Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, has launched a new loyalty rewards program, now available at Mall of Georgia.

Simon Rewards gives shoppers the chance to win instant prizes and earn points for visiting and shopping at the mall.  Accumulating Simon Rewards points results in earning exclusive rewards and benefits, and members can also use their points toward chances to win prizes from gift cards to tablets and TVs.

“What’s great about the Simon Rewards program is that it isn’t retailer specific,” said Carol Cox, director of mall marketing and business development at Mall of Georgia. “Our shoppers can accumulate points for spending at any of their favorite mall retailers at our Simon center.”

Accessible through an app available at the Apple App Store or Android Play, at, or at the Simon Reqards kiosk at Mall of Georgia, Simon Rewards members can gain benefits in three ways:

  • Instant Win – Each day, Simon Rewards members can play Instant Win for a chance to win prizes ranging from a complementary chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A to a watch from Invicta Watches.
  • Earn Simon Rewards points – Members earn one point for every $1 spent at mall retailers. Shoppers can also rack up points by checking into the mall using the Simon Rewards app or kiosk, and by sharing with friends through social media.
  • Perks and privileges – As Simon Rewards members earn more points, they can attain Silver and Gold tiers which provide access to exclusive offers and invitations to mall events.

How do you become a Simon Rewards member? You can sign up for the free program by visiting or the Simon Rewards kiosks at Mall of Georgia or download the Simon Rewards app on your Apple or Android device.


15 Things to do Around Atlanta This Weekend (August 30 & 31)


  1. Cypress Street Pint and Plate Pig Roast- Don’t make that piggy at home! Join us at Cypress Street Pint & Plate in Midtown this Saturday for a SweetWater and barbecue infused fun fest.
  2. Dragon*Con Parade - This is one of Atlanta’s can’t-miss events of the year. Bring your family and friends to downtown Atlanta to see the best of costumes and imagination go down the city’s streets.
  3. National Puppet Slam – Want a little adult time this weekend? Head to the Center for Puppetry Arts’s 18 and older only shows sponsored by Dragon*Con.
  4. Decatur Book Festival – Head to historic downtown Decatur to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.
  5. International Food Festival and Taste of Taiwan – You don’t have to leave the country this Labor Day weekend to get a taste of Taiwanese food! Head to Duluth for the family friendly dining experience.
  6. Aurora Comedy Nights – Aurora Theatre invites audiences for a weekend of hoots and howls with Aurora Comedy Nights. With a fully stocked bar and no drink minimum, the comedy may be clean, but it doesn’t mean glasses have to be!
  7. Art in the Park – A favorite with locals and visitors alike, Art in the Park welcomes more than 175 artists showing fine arts and crafts. This outdoor event has creative fun for the entire family with features like a the Children’s Art Alley sponsored by Mt Paran North, the Chalk Spot and a variety of dining options and walking tours.
  8. Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens – Watch beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride. Saturday is filled with family-friendly events, including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone and much more. There’s something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, and a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration.
  9. Riverdale Seafood and Music Festival – This signature event, in Riverdale, Georgia, features live music, international beer stations and an alluring display of fish, crab, scallops, and other seafood to entice the palate. Everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.
  10. Labor Day Weekend Q & Brew Lawn Party at Smokebelly – Smokebelly is gearing up for Sunday fun at their Labor Day weekend Q & Brew Lawn Party starting at 5 p.m. on August 31. They’ll be roasting a whole hog, turning up the volume with live music and pouring $5 craft cocktails and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon beers.
  11. Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival - The aroma of jerk cuisine, roast fish, curry, mannish water, roti, bake and salt fish, and various other succulent Caribbean culinary specialties will tickle your senses. Add to that the pulsating sounds of Reggae, Dancehall, Calypso, and Soca.
  12. Nibble & Noshfest – Nibble and Noshfest enters its 5th year as East Cobb’s premier Labor Day event featuring food, entertainment and fun for the whole family.
  13. End of Summer Celebration – Held at Centennial High School, the festival features music, carnival games, giant inflatables, face painting, the annual twist contest for the kids and spectacular fireworks at dark.
  14. West Elm Lantern Crafting Events at Atlantic Station – Enjoy Top hat crafting at the Fishbowl in celebration of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade.
  15. Movie & Music at Emory Point: Frozen – Have a child who loves Frozen? Head to the FREE Emory Point screening of the hit film and have them meet and greet “Elsa” and “Anna.”

What Can Alpharetta Expect from Avalon’s Phase II?

AvalonNext week North American Properties will go before the City of Alpharetta Planning Commission’s board seeking approval to move forward with the second phase of the development’s construction. What does Phase II consist of? We have the answers.

An additional 90,000 sq ft of upscale retail shops and restaurants is proposed for Phase II. Avalon has already signed Lily Pulitzer, Brooks Brothers and Peek Boutique, who will be joined by 12 more retailers and three restaurants in this phase of development.

The 276 additional rental homes over retail that are part of Phase II a little more than double the amount of for-rent housing available at Avalon. As part of it’s application to the Planning Commission, Avalon has asked that the residential buildings be allowed to be up to 8-stories tall.      Continue reading

Reward Yourself During SWAPtember in Atlanta

Swaptember 2014Are you a member? 18  metro-Atlanta attractions have collaborated to offer their members the ultimate way to experience all that Atlanta has to offer. Throughout the month, members of those attractions receive up to $10 off a membership purchase or discounted/free admission at other cultural institutions and attractions in Atlanta throughout the month. Exact deal details vary by participating attractions which include:

Weekly Bites: Atlanta’s Restaurant News (August 27, 2014)

The Pig and the PearlThe Pig & The Pearl, Atlanta’s new smokehouse and raw bar at Atlantic Station, is excited to announce new daily specials for guests to enjoy. Diners can visit the restaurant Sunday through Thursday to enjoy the following:

  • Sunday Supper – A special three-course menu for $30 per person. The menu will change on a weekly basis.
  • Monday Wing Night – Beginning Monday, August 23, Springer Mountain Chicken will sponsor a $1 wing night, from 4 p.m. to close.
  • Monday-Thursday – A $1 oyster special is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. of the chef’s weekly selection.
    (image courtesy of The Pig and the Pearl)

For a limited time, Tin Drum Asiacafé will be offering , “Smokin’ Korean BBQ” featuring flavorful dishes throughout the fall. Running through Sunday, October 19, the Tin Drum menu will have two Smokin’ Korean BBQ Steak Bowls:      Continue reading

Tin Drum Asiacafé Debuts Korean BBQ Promotion

Tin Drum AsiacafeFor a limited time, Tin Drum Asiacafé will be offering , “Smokin’ Korean BBQ” featuring flavorful dishes throughout the fall. Running through Sunday, October 19, the Tin Drum menu will have two Smokin’ Korean BBQ Steak Bowls:

  • For those who are curious about traditional Korean barbecue, the Seoul Steak Bowl features Korean barbecue steak, traditional soba noodles, red pepper and daikon salad, bean sprouts and fresh spinach sprinkled with sesame seeds. Consider it “soul food” for those familiar with Seoul, and a classic example of the flavors of Korean barbecue for beginners.
  • For the more adventurous eaters, the Kickin’ Kimchi Steak Bowl is Korean barbecue steak, steamed rice and Tin Drum kimchi topped with a fried egg and a dash of seaweed. For $1 more, customers can wash down the spicy barbecue flavors with Tin Drum’s new sweet ginger peach tea—a perfect fusion of Southern and Asian flavors.

Every Wednesday, the bowls and a fountain drink (or tea) are available for a special price of only $6.

But the celebration of fall doesn’t stop with Korean barbecue flavors. One lucky customer will win a large Big Green Egg Grill and Deluxe Grill Kit, and one local business (per Tin Drum location) will win a catered lunch for up to 20 people, with all the Smokin’ Korean BBQ fixings. Customers can enter to win either sweepstakes during the duration of the Smokin’ BBQ promotion on Facebook. Tin Drum will also use Facebook to feature daily giveaways and goodness.