October 2009 fall hapenings & halloween
Have you ever been to Scary-etta?
Most of us have spent an afternoon enjoying the sights of downtown Marietta, but have you ever been to Scary-etta? Well, it’s not really a place … it’s more like a state of mind! Scary-etta is a 90 minute, fully-narrated trolley tour through the haunts and history of Marietta. Read
Oct. 24 & 25; Sat. Oct. 31 – Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns to daytime good times on October 24, 25 and 31! Explore magical paths, sample sweet treats, meet whimsical characters and more. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out just a few highlights of Zoo Atlanta’s signature seasonal celebration! Read More
A Wild Halloween Celebration in Kennesaw
Party like an animal for Halloween at the Southern Museum in Kennesaw October 31, 1-5pm at the Southern Museum in downtown Kennesaw. Let the kids take part in hands-on activities and make-and-take crafts are sure to bring out the wild thing in you. Only after you journey to the land of the wild things will you gain entrance to our festivities. Remember to wear your costume or pajamas! This event is FREE with Museum admission. Bring in your ticket stub from the Where the Wild Things Are movie (in theaters October 16) to receive discounted admission! Read More
Trick or Treat at the Mall
Simon Kidgits Club “Boo Bash”, October 31, 2009 at Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw. The annual Simon Kidgits Club “Boo Bash” take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. near the new children’s play area. Enjoy trick-or-treating, activity booths, costume parade, and candy galore! Radio Disney will also host a costume contest in Center Court.
THE MARIETTA BUSINESS EXPO- NOVEMBER 4
Everyone is welcome to the Marietta Business Expo, sponsored by the Marietta Business Association and the Atherton Place, at the Cobb Civic Center. It has been rescheduled to November 4 from 2-8pm. Attendees will get a glimpse inside the Past, Present and Future of business in Marietta, from founding and historic businesses through modern day ventures to companies on the cutting edge and well-positioned for the future. Read More
Acworth Downtown Classic Car Cruise Night, October 31, 2009, 4-10pm Over 300 cars are expected for this fun car show and a Halloween Special cruise night. From Model T Fords to Lamborghinis and everything in between, bring out your own piece of history for hundreds to see.
featured restaurant picks
Waterstone Grill, Downtown Acworth – Shortly after being seated, Jackie, our server for the evening, suggested we do a tasting of Waterstone’s house wines. I obliged thinking, “how good is house wine?”, especially at only $5 a glass, but I was pleasantly surprised. Of the whites, the Sauvignon Blanc was the best, and of the reds, the Merlot was a clear winner. The brand, called Foxbrook, is one I’ve not heard of and Joanne told me they aren’t available for retail, one of the reasons she chose the brand. Read More
Johnny’s New York Style Pizza’s Newest Location at Ridenour on Barrett – Last week, my daughter and I went to visit another of Mike Ford’s eateries, Johnny’s New York Style Pizza, which sits west of US 41 on the south side of Barrett Parkway at 1615 Ridenour Blvd in Kennesaw. Mike and his partners had wowed us with Johnny’s next door neighbor, Keegan’s, a few weeks ago. They did a good job this time, as well. The dining room is wide open, with the kitchen all the way to the back, which is very different from most Johnny’s locations. So if you are looking for the loud, hear every cook and server conversation spot, try someplace else. Here, one can actually sit down, eat a pie and watch a game. Johnny’s is now are offering delivery in a limited area near the restaurant(Barrett Parkway and Marietta Country Club areas). So call to see if they deliver to you. Read More
The Old Mill, Acworth – Now, this wonderfully restored building produces some of the finest Southern and comfort food around. The staff, under managing partner (and Acworth Mayor at the time of this post) Tommy Allegood, and well-known Chef Larry Epps, works like a machine with a heart as they quickly attend to the needs and desires of their visitors. Read More
Tandoor – An Authentic Indian Place in the Middle of East Cobb This place is literally a hole-in-a-wall. It’s in a strip mall. It’s cafeteria style. There’s no waiter service. You go up the counter and place your order. What it lacks in ambiance and decor, it makes it up big time in food. This is the best Indian/Pakistani food in the city. I was totally impressed by the taste, quality, and value of food. Read More
Cafe Q Sichuan Cuisine – An Authentic, Fantastic & Inexpensive Sichuan Treat – This Chinese family owned and operated authentic Sichuan joint has only been open barely two weeks yet they seem to already attract a bevy of Chinese customers. The chef came to Alpharetta by way of Mississippi where he used to own a Chinese restaurant for years. After 8 years here, he decided to open an authentic Chinese restaurant specializing in Sichuan cuisine. Read More
DiGusto Italian Grill, Kennesaw – Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Di Gusto Italian Grille in Kennesaw. Located at 3150 Cobb Parkway NW. A family owned and operated restaurant, Di Gusto offers a family oriented setting with a touch of date-worthy romantic flair. Read More
Soba Bar and Bistro – on East Piedmont in East Cobb – Soba Bar and Bistro is exactly what East Cobb needed in the exact location it needed it. There are not many non-chain restaurants in East Cobb, and even less with superior decor, food and service. Open for about 2 years, Soba is a freestanding building located off of Piedmont Rd near Roswell Road in the Publix Shopping center just across the street from the YMCA. Soba’s cuisine is Asian – with an offering of sushi, Chinese and Thai. Read More
The Marietta Fish Market, Marietta – Marietta Fish Market has brought Gus Tselios and his family of restaurants full circle. With this addition in December 2008, Mr. Tselios has satisfied our need for Southern home cooking, pasta, a good steak, and now a wide variety of fish. The menu at MFM is large enough that finding a dish to fit one’s taste is relatively easy. Read More
Barbeque Street, Kennesaw– Then, suddenly, and with little warning, the Bell’s decided to sell. We were heartsick with fear that our family dinner refuge would no longer be the same. Malcolm, the new owner of Bell’s Barbecue Street (the name Bell’s was dropped as soon as people got used to Barbecue Street), put us at ease, somewhat, when he visited our table one night. There have been a few changes, here and there, but nearly a decade later, we can’t see very many They now also have a second restaurant in Cartersville. Read More
SANTA BABY……I WANT IT ALL!!!!!!!!! – Brace yourself…Never mind that our pumpkin has yet to be carved and your Thanksgiving meal seems eons away….The Holidays are upon us. “There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting and caroling out in the snow”. YIKES!!!!! Yep. So pull out your Bing Crosby cd’s, pour yourself some eggnog, and before things REALLY get crazy; take stock of your holiday wardrobe. Make THIS the year you avoid that dreaded annual ritual…You know the one: You’re standing in your closet in your undies and alternately trying on and discarding items- too small, too dated, too old, too young, too sexy, not sexy enough…..and, of course, you’re already 30 minutes late for the evenings soiree! Read More
food & wine
Sushi 101 – Sushi keeps growing in popularity everyday and today even some of my friends that thought that raw fish is for bait now are eating and enjoying Sushi. If you are a Sushi beginner, its language can be overwhelming to you, so we’ve tried to put together a quick guide to sushi including the various types and what are the various types of rolls and the English names for the types of fish in them.
Chareau Elan – It is probably the most recognized wine in Georgia. While winemaking is certainly not Chateau Elan’s “bread and butter,” the resort provides an exceptional food and wine experience that can be combined with other sensory pleasures including spa treatments and night time golf! Chateau Elan provides an enriching and relaxing weekend get-a-way and it is only about an hour’s drive from most of us here in the Metro Atlanta area. Read More
Taste of Atlanta 2009: Recap – With this year’s change of venue, my main concern was parking. But I really didn’t have any problems snatching a free spot on Spring St., about half a block from the back entrance, which was really nice. I noticed a few new things this time and most were an improvement from last year’s event. There was even one restaurant from West Cobb, Gabriel’s Desserts on Whitlock. Read More
drink it your way – Coca-Cola Freestyle – If you are looking for something fun to do with the family or if you’r just a soft drink nut like me, you’ve go to see the newest soft drink dispenser from Coca-Cola, the Coca-Cola Freestyle. The are in test throughout Atlanta and there is one right in the middle of West Cobb at the Burger King at Dallas Highway and Barret Parkway. Chose from over 100+ diffenent variations of your favorite Coca-Cola brands. For a complete list of brands, locations and more picktures, Click Here
Flat Creek Lodge – Luxurious Hunting, Fishing & Spa Getaway – Nestled among the pines near Swainsboro, Georgia, Flat Creek Lodge welcomes visitors seeking a rustic getaway that never skimps on luxury. Begun as a hunting and fishing resort suitable for the most discerning sportsman or sportswoman, Flat Creek Lodge has grown over a little more than a decade to include a fine dining restaurant, a spa, a Japanese bathhouse and even an artisanal cheese dairy.This beautiful rustic but luxurious resort is only about 200 miles from West Cobb. Just go to Google or Mapquest for directions. Click to read more
Outdoor Dining Worth the Drive – There isn’t much I love more than spending time outdoors when the weather is so perfect. To that end, here is a list of some restaurants / bars around the Atlanta area with great patios, perfect to enjoy the coming fall evenings. Click to Read More
A Taste of Europe at Patak Meats – Austell – Austel – A haven for meat aficionados, Patak Meats, located in Austell, just a short drive from West Cobb, brings a taste of Europe to North Metro Atlanta. Open since 1981, Patak has a strong following of regulars who frequent the shop for its large selection of fresh European meats, from Italian sausage to Canadian bacon, in addition to specialty cheeses, chocolates and other ethnic foods. Read More
people to know
Roger “Hurricane” Wilson – Kennesaw’s Traveling Blue’s Man – There’s a certain hesitancy that any individual takes on when booking new entertainment. There are pages full of bands and acts who can strum a few chords, play the intro to “Freebird,” and treat you like a steppingstone they are using until they “hit it big.” There’s no more fearful time in a pub owner or recreation director’s life than when they are watching that night’s opening act set up, wondering if this will be the night the house empties when the band starts to falter. Enter Roger “Hurricane” Wilson from Kennesaw, Georgia. With a solid resume, a polished skill set, and the manners and demeanor of a southern gentleman, he’s what’s right with the music business these days. Read More
Malika Harricharan – Kennesaw’s Own Slumdog Turned Restaurant Blogger – With the popularity of the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, Indian culture has begun to slightly seep into American culture. The story of Jamal who comes from the slums in India and works his way up to being a millionaire is an uplifting and positive story. Kennesaw resident and professional restaurant blogger, Malika Harricharan was born in Mumbai, India. She has had quite a journey from her humble beginnings in India to where she is today. Read More
STRAND HAPPENINGS – If, you haven’t had the treat of seeing a play, movie or a special event at the newly remodeled re-opened Strand, the last quarter of it’s inaugural year offers offers audiences lots of diverse offerings including: the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of Cinderella, a fashion show featuring female business leaders, and a two-week line up Halloween flicks, a blue festival and lots of great classic films. Click for the line-up
Let’s Go See a Play
Schedules for The Strand and Theater in the Square in Marietta, Acworth’s Theatre on Main and the Town Lakes Arts Center in Woodstock.. Click for schedules
WC Interior Design Columist Jan Britt chosen to host her own TV on Staging – I feel honored to be chosen to be a host on a new Comcast/Zeel TV show called Staging Pro’s. The crew from Zeel TV and I already went to the homeowner’s house a few weeks ago to check it out. I went through the house and gave Jean the homeowner staging ideas to help sell her and her husband’s house faster. Because of my experience not only as an interior decorator but also a professional stager I can transform each room of her house into a house that the majority of the Marietta and Atlanta’s population would love. Staging a house is about illusion and detail while doing it on a budget. Read More
Due West United Methodist Church Holiday Market – Holiday Market, Bake Sale & Silent Auction: Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Admission is FREE! More than 40 vendors selling unique holiday creations, decorative items, embroidery, creative children’s gifts, original jewelry, crafts, hand painted treasures, gift baskets and more! A Silent Auction will offer items from local restaurants, get-a-ways, golf packages, sports memorabilia, and many other fabulous gifts! Due West United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta, GA 30064. For more information, call Karen Coffeen at (770) 590-0982.
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