Posted by: Amy Walsh | October 12, 2010

My Portland Girl got PUBLISHED!

“>Our Portland Story is officially on the market.  An excerpt from their website, “Our Portland Story Volume 1 is part yearbook, part insider’s travel guide, and part collected memoirs, but is all about Portland by Portlanders.” 

The best part is that My Portland Girl – Natalie El-Jourbagy has a photographic and writing contribution to this book and its website.   

Fact…there is no better way to learn about a place or culture than by either living there or hearing it from the people who live it everyday. 

A few month’s ago I wrote a blog on Portland its astounding beauty, hidden retreats and dived a bit into the day and life of a Portland Girl I know.  She’s still there and you can view some of her own story and pictures on her blog.  Click Here.  Her photography is creative, fun and captures a distinctive outlook of the object, subject or location.  Good Art/Photography for me is simple, if I look at it and it captures both my attention and emotion then I like it.  That’s what Natalie’s photography does for me. 

As well as, since her gallery showing a few month’s back I have it in good mind that her photos are in high demand.  An added bonus, if you need a good story and something to inspire you for the day take a peek at Natalie’s work on her blog site.

This is one of my favorite Natalie “pics” of the week.  Visit by her personal collection and shop “Click HERE!!!”! To see more….

Posted by: Amy Walsh | October 9, 2010

Everything ATL…Smryna tid bits…

I read an interesting article recently regarding a missing  Boldini painting found in Paris.  It had been locked away in an unoccupied apartment in Paris’ 9th arrondissement for over 70 years.  The article written by Mike Krumboltz  reiterates the news from the wire,  “Entering the untouched, cobweb-filled flat in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, one expert said it was like stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty, where time had stood still since 1900.”  Imagine their surprise when they saw, lying among the items, a painting worth millions.” Click here for full article.

Although the painting is worth around $2.9 Million dollars, purchasing it might set you back a bit, it most definitely is a beautiful work of art.  I wonder if Boldini ever thought his paintings would be worth so much?  And what makes art valuable anyway? Well, economics, for one.  Supply and Demand, Quality and throw in Artist’s popularity.  Not to mention art that visibly pleasing to the eye and can touch emotional senses in some profound way.  

So where can art be found that possess these qualities…that is…and I am going to say it…economically friendly to the pocketbook?  Well, in the Atlanta area the Smryna community is on the rise.  Birds of a feather, flock together and is home of a collective gathering of artist that display and sell art at the markets, festivals, online and local coffee shops. 

Rev Coffee House is one place.  The environment is relaxing and friendly.  Rub elbows with the community as many of the returning patrons are area locals who will strike up a conversation with you.  Many patrons are artist, musicians and some are even famous but I can’t name any names.  Wednesday’s are their “open mic night” and it gets a bit crowded so go early.  Lining the walls is various artists’ work and it is captivating to view the different aspects of a creation that an artists’ has.  Periodically, the artwork changes as both new and established artist arrive on the scene giving you a variety of tastes.  The diversity of talent and people you meet there I must say is inspiring along with a high value of entertainment for, in my case, the price of a cup of coffee.  And…you never know if and when the art you buy may be worth millions one day.

Posted by: Amy Walsh | July 11, 2010

Everything ATL…A Little Frog Adventure

I Love a good frog.  And…A Good Frog is Hard to Find.   I have  collected several throughout the years each one has its own story.

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Posted by: Amy Walsh | June 20, 2010

Austin, TX

You know you are in Texas when….

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Posted by: Amy Walsh | May 1, 2010

Everything ATL…Ice Cream extravaganza

If you LOVE ice-cream here is the place to be today (May 1, 2010)

Saturday, May 1, 2010
11:00am – 7:00pm
Cabbagetown Market & Grill
198 Carroll Street
Atlanta, GA

Mike’s Ice-Cream is addictive, I’ve tried it, and compared it to other ice-creams and take it on good ice-cream authority it is AMAZING!!!!  My favorite is the “Green Tea.”  And it is all home-made.  Once you’ve tried it you will wonder why Mike didn’t come up with this idea sooner.

A little excerpt taken from Lynn and Mike’s invitation is below….
Please come out and celebrate with us as Mike’s dreams of owning an ice-cream business officially comes true on May 1 from 11am at the Cabbagetown Market & Grill!

In addition to the corporate gig, Mike is exploring his entrepreneurship side as the new co-owner of the revitalized Cabbagetown Market which is now home to “Simple Pleasures Ice Cream & Desserts”!

Without much of your encouragement and subjecting yourselves to taste-testing flavors for Mike, this reality would not be possible. We hope to share this very momentous day with all of you so please stop by – for a chat, a bite, ice-cream, or all of the above!

p.s. if you miss us on Saturday May 1, fear not as Cabbagetown Market is open on Sunday May 2 from 11am-4pm, and thereafter from Tuesdays-Sundays!

Posted by: Amy Walsh | April 25, 2010

Everything ATL…GREAT ART!!!

If you missed the Atlanta Dogwood festival and the art exhibits there is still time to connect with the artist community.  If you are a facebooker look up “The Rodi Connection” in Atlanta Ga. “The Rodi Connection is a monthly newsletter designed to connect artists to opportunities in the ATL and beyond. Over 1,100 art interested people in the Atlanta area are current subscribers. The average artist will share each issue with 6 others.”

This group is a bit an underground speakeasy but now that you know…check it out!

Just to give you a taste of what’s on the ATL ART scene and what’s HOT!  One of Atlanta’s star artist, Chris Beck, has taken the art of steele welding to a whole new fabulous level.  These are incredible pieces of artwork see for yourself….

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Posted by: Amy Walsh | April 21, 2010

Everything ATL…Great Food

If you are looking for some great food in Atlanta that is authentic and won’t break your budget.  Here are some notable places that are a little less known but are high on list of fabulous food.

Cuban  If you love Cuban food.  The best place around is Papi’s.  Traditional Cuban Food at a great price.  It’s very casual and very Cuban.  If you speak Cuban Spanish…then…bring it!   The customer service is friendly.  The local bartender may strike up a conversation with you while welcoming every patron in the place.  As well as make you a speciality drink or mojito.  You feel like you just ventured into another world that we Americans are less privileged to.  That is Cuba.  El alimento es fabuloso (The food is Fabulous!)  Located at 216 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA.  Also, check out their website and menu for additional locations.  Click HERE! 

Chinese  The Royal China.   This place is a well kept secret but the best “Dim Sum” around.  If you are curious about what “Dim Sum” is well you are in for a treat.  Dim Sum is a Chinese tradition.  It is about the relationship or the gathering of family and friends to enjoy a meal and the time to just be together.  Dim Sum is small portions of food that servers cart by your table allowing you to choose what you want.  It’s pretty fast.  As soon as you are seated carts start coming by.  You will notice it’s organized and an efficient way to serve food.  No waiting like in traditional restaurants.   Dishes range from rice, noodles, dumplings, veggies, egg tarts etc…you eat while enjoying chinese tea and conversing with friends or family.   English speakers are welcome you don’t have to speak Chinese.  If  you do deceide to venture there some of the food you may not recognize so here is a tip.  My favorites….Sticky rice, pork buns (which is a b-b-q sandwich chinese style), gylon or dou mou (chinese vegetable like spinach), shrimp noodle (long noodle with shrimp inside),  and you will find fried round tarrow root that is fabulous.  Tarrow root has a sweet, potato taste.  For dessert my favorites are egg tarts (they are high calorie), Yellow Bean Bun and Red Bean sesame balls.  There is also,  Do Fu Fa which you will see someone push around what looks like a large round vat.  In it contains tofu they serve it by skimming off the top portion of the tofu and drizzling honey over top.  It is a sweet delight. 

The Royal China  is located “Dim Sum” is only served between 11AM- 2PM.  3295 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Atlanta, GA 30341 (770) 216-9933

French Au Rendez-Vous Click HERE! for menu and location.  Very off the beaten path is a Fabulous French Cousine place called Au Rendez-Vous in Chamblee, GA about 10 minutes from Lenox Mall in Buckhead, GA.  Be warned it is CASH ONLY!  and it is worth it.  Once you veer off from the commercial world of chains and office buildings you will find yourself in a seemingly residential area.  No worries you in the right place.  You will come to a 4 way stop sign and see a dry cleaners and right next door “Au Rendez-Vous”  Locals flock the place keeping their secret close at heart.  Their crepes are to die for. 

Vietnamese Grill Fusion  COM in Dunwoody, GA.  If you like something different with a lot of flavor this is the place to be.  About 20 minutes north of Atlanta, 5 minutes from Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody is Vietnamese Fusion.  My personal favorite is the make your own spring rolls with beef and asian veggies.  A number of dishes from spicy or not pick your delight from soups, rice, meats veggies it is all different and it is good.

COM is located 5486 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Atlanta, GA 30338 (770) 512-7410

Southern Cookin’  If you are just looking for some good ‘ol Southern Cookin’  I would suggest visiting my grandmaw but since she may not be able to accommodate thousands of people, even though her southern hospitality would provoke her to try, might i suggest “Mary Mac’s Tea Room.”  It is right close, as we southerners would say, to Papi’s grill.  Mary Mac’s is southern all the way and it dates back to 1945 post WWII era.  If you’ve never tried Pot Likker (said like Pot Lick-er) now is your chance.  They’ll give a small cup portion to taste with corn bread.   They are also known for their country fried steak, black eyed peas, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, collards.  But venture out into shrimp and grit land if you have never had them because they are wonderful.  For more information and menu Click HERE for Mary Mac’s Tea Room. 

Southern B-B-Q  Now, if you are looking for some good ‘ol Southern BBQ FAT MATTS RIB SHACK is it.  Click HERE for location and directions.  People come from miles and miles just for a pulled pork sandwich, a little jazz and a beer.  Order a slab or half slap with cold slaw or pork beans and you have yourself a southern pig pickin’  This place is noted for it’s down home laid back atmosphere and people line up outside the door on a weekend night to get in an order.  Not to mention Fat Matt’s will ship an order overnight.  I’ve heard stories about people so addicted to Fatt Matt’s Ribs they’ll drive down from the Carolinas or further pack a few slabs in a cooler and then drive back to where ever. 

Southern B-B-Q Real Down Home Style  Ok so Fatt Matt’s is located in Atlanta.  For the more acquaint DEEP SOUTH B-B-Q “Fresh Air BBQ” speaks for itself.  Click HERE for more information.  This BBQ and tangy sauce is sooooo gooood!  The location is about an hour south of Atlanta in the woods but for the best you have to travel sometimes to remote locations.  But not to worry enjoy the drive and southern hospitality.  Places like this welcome everyone and don’t be surprised if passers by wave and greet you with a smile.   

There is more to come in the way of Everything ATL….Bon Appetite!!!!


Looking for something to do in Atlanta, GA????

Atlanta Highlights for April.

Atlanta this weekend (April 17th) has more to do than you can think of.   If you are traveling to Atlanta just beware of the additional traffic this is a “Heavy” weekend.  From document shredding day to the Dogwood Festival. But if you can’t make it! Here are some additional venues you may want to take a look at.

Atlanta’s Dogwood Festival April 16, 17 & 18  Click Here for more information.

Agatha’s Mystery Theater has “First Bite at Twilight”  April 17, 20, 21.  Looks like a destined treat for vamp fans.  Dracula meets Edward in a sense.  Click Here  for more info.

Shakespeare’s Tavern “Taming of the Shrew” April 2010.  This is great entertainment with meal at low-cost.  Click Here for more information.

Diana A celebration! Till 06/13/10 an exhibit and tribute to the life of Princess Diana at the Georgia Aquarium Click Here for more information. This is a traveling exhibit venue location is subject to change.

Dialog in the Dark at Atlantic Station.  This is interesting.  Allows people to experience tasks in the Dark April 17, 19, 20, 21.  Click Here for more information.

Woodruff Arts Center.  John Portman:  Art and architecture. Sunday April 18.  Click Here for more information.

The Atlanta History Center is presenting Civil War accounts, artifacts, video, photographs and more April 17, 19, 20, 21.  Click Here for more information.

Freaknic is in the ATL this weekend in case you didn’t know.  CBS Atlanta has video.  Click Here for more information.

Fox Theater.  Tyler Perry’s “Laugh to keep from Crying” at the Fox Theater is April 17-18.  Click Here for more information.

Decatur, GA.  John Gorka, Sunday April 18, a writer since the  ’80s will be in Decatur, GA at Eddie’s Attic 515 N Mcdoungh Street, Decatur, GA 30030.  Click Here for more information.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s exhibit Nature Unleashed.  April 17, 19, 20, 21 Click Here for more information.

Center for Puppetry Art’s – Jim Henson’s Life and Legacy Tour.  April 17, 24, 25 and May 1.   Click Here for more information.

Turner Field.  Atlanta Braves Vs Colorado Rockies Sunday April 18th. Click Here for more information.<!– /.time

Coming up in May….”Screen on the Green” at Piedmont Park.    Beginning May 27 th with “National Treasure.”            June 3 “Transformers:  Revenge of the Fallen”             June 10 “Dreamgirls”            June 17 “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope    

This Spring/Summer should be pretty busy!!!!

Posted by: Amy Walsh | February 24, 2010

Portland, OR

One of my best friends, Natalie, went to Portland, Oregon.  She loved it so much…she stayed.   From reading her blog and seeing her beautiful pictures I see now why she didn’t come back.   I snagged a photo from her living photo gallery to share, hope you don’t mind Nat.  Her photos are featured in the book “Our Portland Story” due for print soon and she has had showings at “The Tribute Gallery.”    Also, coming soon her photos will be hanging at “Element Restaurant and Lounge.”   All mentioned locations are in Portland, Oregon.  Natalie’s photography illustrates beauty, heart and soul.  She captures Portland through the eyes of a person living an adventure in an enchanting city.    As a bonus, her photo’s are for purchase.  You can contact her on her blog site for more information. PortNatalia

I did a little additional research of my own to see what the local scene is all about.  Here’s what I found…

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Posted by: Amy Walsh | February 23, 2010

New York, NY

What’s not great about New York City.  I just checked the airfare and for about $188 + tax Spirit Airlines has the best round trip deal from ATL to New York -all airports (as of 02.23.2010)  and there are plenty of available dates for the next couple of months. 

New York in the Spring is breathtaking.  Warm weather, beautiful sites, great dinning, culture, and awesome shopping.   NYC Fashion Week is Feb 11-18, 2010.  If you missed it…here are the “5 Biggest Trends from Fashion Week.”    There was a Leg Warmers (remember those from the 80’s) trend sighting too.

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