Feb 04

Puppy Love at the Westin Buckhead (2/15)

Lauren and I are going to this on the 15th with our puppies – wanna join us??

Puppy Love
Saturday, February 15, 2014
2-4 p.m.The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
3391 Peachtree Road NE
 

Puppy Love at the Westin Buckhead

You and your four-legged love are invited to attend our annual Valentine’s event at the Westin Buckhead brought to you by the 1873 Society Club, Atlanta Humane Society’s junior board. Mix and mingle in the hotel’s pet-friendly event space with specialty cocktails and light bites while your canine companion enjoys doggie treats and games.

The event is FREE to attend (valet parking is also complimentary), but proceeds from the cash bar and raffle will benefit the Atlanta Humane Society. Please RSVP to rsvp@lizlapiduspr.com by Wednesday, February 12.

We hope to see you there!  Don’t forget to RSVP!  :)

xx, L

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Categories: Buckhead,Events,Holidays,Pampered Pooches,What we're Doing

Jan 28

Love for Buckhead’s St. Cecilia.

Atlanta’s newest restaurant that quickly earned a prestigious spot in my Top 5 Favorites!  Have you been yet??  All the cool kids are going…  Here’s a peek inside the hottest new restaurant that took over the old Bluepointe space (ickkk).  It looks SO much better now, right?!

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Anyway, I visited St. Cecilia over opening week to celebrate my birthday and had the most fabulous meal.  I’ve been telling everyone that will listen how pleased I was with the menu, atmosphere, and service.  All were fantastic!  I wanted to eat everything – and I kinda wanted to be BFFs with my server.  Way to go, Ford Fry!  You really do know what you’re doing.

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What I was most impressed with, though, was the salumi plate.  It is, without a doubt, my personal favorite in town: prosciutto di parma, soppressata, coppa, calabrese, and house rabbit terrine served with quince mostarda and warm piadini.  Amaze.

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You have GOT to try this place!  And don’t forget to order the salumi plate!  I’ll wave to you from the bar.  #coolkids

xx, L

St.Cecilia

St. Cecilia
3455 Peachtree Road 
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
404.554.9995
http://stceciliaatl.com/ 

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Categories: Buckhead,Where we're Eating

Jan 27

Attention Pie Eaters!

Buckhead’s New York Prime is mostly known for its delicious filet and massive lobster offerings.  Those are definitely noteworthy, don’t get me wrong, but I personally think NYP should be primarily known for THIS:

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The greatest banana cream pie I’ve ever had.  It will make you cry tears of joy.  You will want to high five the people you’ve never met sitting next to you.  You may even break out into song.  You will never want to eat another pie ever again.  It’s THAT good.  If you like bananas, if you like pie, if you enjoy life – this is the pie for you.  This is NOT an exaggeration.  Go just to have this for dessert!  Like now, go now!  

xx, L

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New York Prime
Monarch Tower
3424 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
404.846.0644
http://www.newyorkprime.com/ 

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Oct 18

Old School Supper @ La Grotta Ristorante

Gorms kidnapped me a few weeks ago for dinner at one of her favorite spots – a spot that she was positive I’ve never been to: La Grotta Ristorante Buckhead.  She was right.  It was absolutely not on my radar.  I’ve passed it for years on Peachtree St. driving in between Midtown and Buckhead, but it did not appeal to me to eat in a restaurant below an ugly condo development (sorry I’m not sorry).  However, due to such snobbery, I’ve been missing out on an Atlanta tradition since 1978 that has been voted “Best Italian Restaurant” by Atlanta Magazine for the past 18 years.  So, that was pretty shocking news to me.

Anyway, I did not enjoy walking through the condo building to get to the elevator to take us down to La Grotta, but it was nice that they had valet and I was perfectly fine once we arrived.  It had much more atmosphere than I was expecting AND it was packed with Buckhead-folks.  Needless to say – I was even more shocked.  It was kinda like being on a set in The Sopranos, but filled with friendly people wearing Vineyard Vines.

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Gorms and I got the sweetheart table + they sat us next to each other so that we had a view of the entire restaurant.  It was pretty adorable.

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Our dinner was REALLY good, too!  I was very impressed!  Here’s what we feasted on:

We started off with a little taste from the chef.  (Thanks, Chef!)

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Then, we moved on to the really good stuff…

Carpaccio Di Tonno Con Avocado e Caperi: ahi tuna carpaccio, avocados, citrus vinaigrette, fried capers, cherry tomatoes.

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Prosciutto Di Parma con Melone: shaved prosciutto ham w/ fresh melon, mint, aged balsamic

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Linguini Neri con Calamari: black linguini, calamari, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, garlic, white wine cream sauce  (My favorite dish of the night.)

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Then, Chef Antonio came out to chat with us about our entrees to make sure we were ordering correctly.  What a nice fellow!

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And he talked me into the Cappellini con Pancetta, Gamberetti, Olive Nere (which I had removed), Aglio, Pomodoro Fresco, e Mascarpone – translated – cappellini prepared with pancetta, shrimp, calamata olives, garlic, fresh tomatoes, and mascarpone cheese.  The serving was enormous, so I got to bring some home to Kevin.  We both very much enjoyed the lovely dish.

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Gorms and I finished off our meal with the Torta di Cioccolato e Nocciole – chocolate hazelnut mousse cake.

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I was pretty full to say the least…

I really enjoyed my first experience at La Grotta, and I truly look forward to going back.  I’m also going to try not to judge restaurants solely on what I perceive their atmosphere to be, because I am more than a little embarrased that I’ve lived in Atlanta for almost 10 YEARS and have just now visited La Grotta!  Shame.  On.  Me.

xx, L

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La Grotta Ristorante
2637 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30305
404.231.1368
http://www.lagrottaatlanta.com/Buckhead.htm

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Jul 30

Tea for Two at the Ritz: Lady Date

I love spending as much time as possible at the Ritz Carlton.  Whether it’s staying at one of the Ritz properties or dropping in for a drink, I try to hit up the RC as much as I can.

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So when my lovely maid of honor came to visit a few months ago and it finally was not a wedding or baby-related weekend of celebrations for us, I made sure that our schedule was filled with fun and relaxing Atlanta stops.

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Neither one of us had been to afternoon tea in a while, so we asked our favorite RC concierge extraordinare, Jessica Gorman, to set us up with a little Sunday afternoon rezzie in the RC Buckhead’s Lobby Lounge.

Now let me tell you WHAT.  It was fab.  Totally fab.  And I truly use the word “fab” sparingly!  (Exclamation points are used almost every other sentence.  “Fab” is reserved for the truly fab.) 

Here’s the Q+DD from the RC: Traditional Afternoon Tea is a gracious way to spend an afternoon with new friends, old friends and best friends. Tea is served in the English tradition, with loose tea steeped in individual teapots and poured through sterling silver strainers into bone china teacups. Tea selections include black, red, green and white teas as well as herbal infusions.

And it doesn’t stop there!  We feasted on delicious tea sandwiches, pastries, bubbles, and strawberry service to accompany our lush RC surroundings and great conversation.  Here’s a tiny peek at some of our favorite treats:

Amy and I had the loveliest time.  I highly recommend booking afternoon tea for you and your girlfriends soon!  And it does not have to be for a special occasion!  It could be just for fun or maybe even in anticipation of Downton Abbey’s return!  (OMG, I can’t wait…)

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Traditional Afternoon Tea: Seatings at 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday.  (Strawberry Service only on Saturday and Sunday.)  Check out the menu HERE + don’t forget your pearls!

xx,L

Ritz Carlton Lobby Lounge – Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
404.237.2700
www.ritzcarlton.com

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