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Good Laughs

In Concerts, Night Life, Uncategorized on January 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Last night we were pleasantly entertained by the comedy of Chris Paul and Huggy Lowdown of the Tom Joyner Morning Show.  We went to see them last year and thought they were hilarious.  So, when we heard on the radio that they would be in town again, we decided to give them another visit.

Appearing at the Punchline in Atlanta, both of these guys had us laughing to the point where eating and drinking was often not an option if you wanted to keep yourself from choking or spitting.  If you ever listen to the TJMS, you will often hear Huggy giving his witty remarks about celebrities, gossip, news and recent events.  Weekly, he also crowns a “Bamma of the week”, honoring the person who Huggy felt engaged in the week’s most ridiculous antics, statements, or the like.  Chris Paul can also be heard on the TJMS often summarizing the NFL games of the week with lyrics to a late hit.  The two together are an amazing back-to-back performance of side-splitting laughter.

(not the greatest iPhoto but we think it’s great that they greet all of their fans and take the time to pose for a picture.  These two are definitely not Bammas!) 😉

Although there will probably only be one performance left, by the time this is posted, be sure to look for the two to appear in a comedy club near you.  We guarantee that they won’t disappoint you.  The best thing about these two is that their comedy is relative to everyone’s life and style.  They make you feel like they were your old high school or college classmates who were just the common jokesters in your friendship circle.  They’re just down to earth funny!  And, more importantly, neither of them have an overuse of foul language or crass humor that give any moments of discomfort or awkwardness for those in the crowd.  You know how some comedy shows can be where you may fear sitting in the front row or you’re hoping that your hair and clothes are okay so you don’t get targeted into the routine.  While Huggy has a little audience participation, his witty style may actually wish you were the one who he sought for the punch line.

So, be sure to Google these two to see when and where they come to your town.

Because laughter is good for your soul!  That’s What’s Up!

Do (Dough) Pizza

In Night Life, Restaurants, Uncategorized on January 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM

If you’re looking for a modern, casual, chic place that makes you feel like you’re definitely in the age of modern technology, then Do is where you need to be.  It doesn’t hurt that the menu is a delightful melody for your taste buds and provides an excellent variety of pizzas, salads, appetizers, drinks and delicious desserts.  Although you might be singing one of the most popular songs from the “Sound of Music” (Do, a deer, a female deer….) for hours after leaving (or maybe that was just me :s), you will also be singing some of your favorite songs that surround the walls and fill the air of the restaurant.  After all, with the help of your iPhone/iPod and the “Remote” App, you get to select and/or vote your favorite songs directly into the DJ booth without ever leaving your seat.  We thought that was pretty cool as it allowed you to have interactive input into your audible environment.  (Here is a picture of our iPhone voting on the songs we want the DJ to play)

Every table is equipped with an iPad for perusing and selecting items from the menu.

No more wondering if the server got your order right.  And, no more pressure from the server to see if you’re ready for them to take your order as they stand over you with a pen and a pad.  At this pizza place, you are in control.  You have the ability to look through the menu at your own leisure and you even have the chance to review your selections before final submission to the kitchen. 

Don’t worry if you have questions, as you aren’t completely on your own.  There is also a button to summon your server should you need a human contact.  (So, you don’t have to push “1” for English followed by a number of other prompts only to arrive at an automated message).  Customer service is not lacking at Do and the servers make every effort to help you overcome you fascination with your dinnertime play toy so that you can place your order correctly.  And, when you’re finished with your meal and you’re ready to go, just enter your valet ticket number into your iPad and your car will be ready at the door.  Now THAT’S customer service!

The environment is definitely modern, sleek and chic.  The white furnishings are the simplicity of stylish and profound lighting that sets the perfect ambience for a unique and enjoyable dining experience.  The walls surround you with the video of the songs that fill the air.  And, the food delights you with simple yet savory Italian blends. With the crust of the pizza as a flatbread combined with fresh toppings, you don’t leave Do feeling as heavy and full as you would other pizza establishments.  And, with the lack of gluttony as you bite into your last slice of pizza, there’s plenty of room for selecting one of their delicious desserts.

We started our night with the Chipotle Shrimp Flatbread, a great combination of spice, sweet and simple deliciousness.  The salsa was so fresh; they had to have made it as soon as our order was submitted.  We also had the do-prese salad, which was also fresh and crisp with every bite.  For our entrées, Kenya chose the “Maestro” pizza, which is the house specialty pizza with garlic sauce, spinach, shrimp and cheese.  Admittedly, this was good but not as great as Dennis’ pizza selection, “Composition” which includes their pizza sauce, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers and cheeses.   The rating of the Composition over the Maestro was simply because their sauce was so good and was, of course, absent on the Maestro. Kenya picked off the “forbidden meats” and enjoyed the sauce and vegetables of the Composition.  Next time, maybe the “Melody” will be her selected choice.  Last, but not least, we treated ourselves with dessert. 

Unfortunately, we did something we usually don’t do: we got the same menu item.  We both ordered the “Romance”.  But, it was only because Dennis made it very clear that he would be eating his alone.  😉  The desserts are very personal and suitable in size.  I guess we could have shared, but honestly, we’re both glad we didn’t.  I’m not really sure how that could have happened because neither of us left any evidence that the dessert ever existed.

When you go, make sure you also go to the space age bathroom.  Although bathrooms are not a normal part of our reviews, Do is also not your “normal” restaurant.  There is no mirror that hangs above the sink but instead there is, of course, an iPad that you are welcome to check your make-up or your hair.  And, if you are really feeling inspired, you can even take your picture and leave it there for others to see.  I guess this is the modern way of putting graffiti on the walls to say that you “were here”.  😉

Take a look at the menu and see all that the restaurant has to offer.  Take note of their musical lingo of menu items that creates the perfect harmony of Do (Dough) with the melodic ambience of the restaurant.

We can’t wait to go back in the spring or summer where we can take advantage of their outdoor space. But, we definitely plan to return before then for a casual dining hang out.

NOTE:  The restaurant is only open Thursday through Saturday.  A bummer, yes, but maybe if they get enough traffic, there will be a big enough demand to open on the other days.  They’ve only been open since May, 2011 so we’ll give them a chance.

HOURS: Thurs 5:30 PM – 1 AM, Fri-Sat 5:30 PM – 2 AM
LOCATION INFORMATION:  955 W. Marietta St. Atlanta, GA 30318 | (404) 541-9060

Harmonious Pizza.  Do.  That’s What’s Up!

Karaoke Fridays!

In Night Life on September 16, 2011 at 12:01 AM

It’s Friday, September 16, 2011 and on this day, President Barack Obama will enact a major piece of legislation by signing “The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act”.  This law introduces major changes into our United States patent laws such as harmonizing the United States with the rest of the world as a “first-to-file” country.  Other immediate and impactful changes include rules related to best mode, patent markings and other really intricate, nerdy details that you wouldn’t care about unless you were an intricate nerd like Kenya.  So, to spare you the mundane particulars, let’s just say this is a major reform.  President Obama hopes that such changes will incentivize research, especially within Corporations and Universities, to enhance the job market and economy while advancing technologies and gaining more proprietary threshold in the United States.  In addition to this being pretty historic, (considering there hasn’t been a major patent reform since the 1950s) it may be one of the few bills the Senate has passed in a bipartisan 89-9 vote AND without amendment (H.R. 1249).

If you’re still awake after reading the above, maybe you can celebrate this bill signing or a major reform in your own life by going to one of our favorite Friday night spots in Atlanta: J. R. Cricket’s, Smyrna on South Cobb for Karaoke night fun with Sir Charles Peterson! Oh, you haven’t karaoke-d until you have done it here.  It’s like Showtime at the Apollo meets American Idol tryouts!  And, the best part is, it is nothing but pure fun!  There’s no judging, no pretentiousness and no embarrassment.  You don’t have to know how to sing, you only have to know how to let loose and have a good time.  In fact, if you don’t know how to sing, it may be all the better.  And, if you sing a popular song, no one would know whether you could sing or not anyway because the entire bar will be singing so loud with you and the song, that nothing will matter.  Invite your friends to meet at 9p at JR Crickets and let the weekend begin!

Stilettos! Get your girls and sing together, “Ladies Night” by Kool & the Gang or “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child.  Ties! Gather your boys and do your “Pretty Boy Swag” by Soulja Boy or “End of the Road” by Boys II Men.  Or one of ya’ll can step out and woo us with some Luther! 😉  That’s what we’re talking about!

Whatever you do, don’t be shy and have fun!  Leave your pretentious behaviors behind because it’s all good when you’re here.  Everyone gets a round of applause and there’s no Sandman to sweep you off the stage.  Just let your hair down and let the mic rip!  With a great selection of food and drinks, we think it’s the perfect place to unwind and finish the week!

Karaoke! That’s What’s Up!

Live Classic Jazz: Churchill Grounds

In Night Life, Restaurants on August 1, 2011 at 12:01 AM

http://churchillgrounds.com/

Whether you’re a jazz fanatic or just looking for a great place to listen to live music, we think you can find it at Churchill Grounds.  Located next door to the Fox Theatre on Peachtree, this is a quaint little spot that can take you back to the days of the Cotton Club.  We found ourselves here on a Friday night after dinner and enjoyed the classic sounds of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and other great legends come to life thanks to Thad Wilson and his jazz orchestra.  http://www.myspace.com/thadwilsonjazzorchestra

Make sure you visit the Churchill Grounds website as the bands that come to perform change at least weekly.  You will be required to pay a $25 admission and then put in an order of at least $10 a set.  We ordered drinks, however, they do have small plates if you’re interested in taking in a small bite while watching the show.

In this day and age of auto tunes and digital music, it’s nice to just get out and hear some trumpets and saxophones blow in your face.  We even got a little blues and jazz crooners who sang a few lyrics on the microphone.  We listened to a song that was probably banned back in the day as the lyrics talked about a woman that belonged to someone else but she was at the man’s house to “do him” too (and maybe others).   Oooh, so racy!  However, there seems to be something more tolerable about listening to such lyrics from the alto filled sounds of a man crooning in a suit than when presented by a tatt-ed up, pants on the ground twenty-something rapper.  Hypocritical?  Probably.  But, it’s the truth.

Don’t be surprised if you don’t see this place at first glance.  As many times as we’ve gone up and down Peachtree and even gone into the Fox Theatre, we never even knew this place existed until our friend introduced us.  There are no flashy signs or bright notices to signal where the front door is, however, once you go, you’ll know and will want to re-visit.  Whether you go for a nice date night, just for some drinks or for an after dinner affair, we’re sure you’ll love this spot!

Live classic jazz!  That’s What’s Up!