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All Skate!

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Our good friend Caren West sent me this marvy press release on the opening of an ice skating rink in Piedmont Park, our city’s best place to play.

Let’s get all the details from Caren:


The Rink at Park Tavern, a new covered ice skating rink located in the heart of Midtown in Piedmont Park, will open to the public on Monday, November 22, 2010. To celebrate its arrival, Park Tavern is hosting a special Breakfast with Santa at The Rink from8 to 10:30 a.m. that morning. For $10 kids can enjoy sweets from Santa’s bakery, cereal and fruit juices. Parents can bring a camera, but there will also be a professional photographer available to snap pictures with Santa. Park Tavern’s new homemade hot chocolate and new frozen hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Parents will also be able to purchase bagels, coffee and gourmet Danishes. Breakfast with Santa does not include the cost of skating or skate rental. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Rink at Park Tavern will also host a second Breakfast with Santa for kids on Friday, November 26 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Kids can also enjoy Frozen Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Santa on Tuesday, November 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.


Located in the spacious Garden Tent in Park Tavern, The Rink will feature modern amenities for day and night skating including a brand new rink created with harvested rainwater that is 85 feet long and 40 feet wide. Skaters will stay warm under a beautiful heated tent with a state-of-the-art sound system; while observers can enjoy rink-side dining, homemade hot chocolate, specialty cocktails, house-brews, ½ price wine bottles every Wednesday, 1/2 off sushi nightly from 10 p.m. to midnight, holiday decorations, and much more. With original woodwork, Stone Mountain-granite walls, stack-stone fireplaces, granite bars, new leather furniture and a natural slate floor, Park Tavern’s lodge-like feel will only enhance the overall experience.

Accommodating approximately 200 skaters, The Rink at Park Tavern will be open for evening skating experiences daily beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday November, 22, 2010 through Monday, February 14, 2011 and will offer four sessions on weekends and when kids are out of school on holiday breaks at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Each skating session is 3 ½ hours with ½ hour breaks to resurface the ice with harvested rainwater. At 9 p.m. each night, The Rink at Park Tavern will only be open to ages 21 and up.  The Rink is also available for private skating lessons, parties and even marriage proposals. Park Tavern will also host number of specialty events throughout the season. For the most up to date event calendar, specialty packages, and venue rental information, please visit

xoxo, Patti

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Remembering Citrus High School

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

You know what warms my heart?  By now, I’m sure you know that it’s Eric and my crazy dogs. But my friends come right after that. And tantamount to that is getting to see old friends after a long absence. I always consider this a precious gift.  One of those precious gifts recently came in the form of seeing childhood friend, Maureen. Bestie John, Eric and I met up with Maureen at Park Tavern in Atlanta while she was visiting our city with Carly, the daughter of another of our classmates (honestly, where has the time gone?)

I picked Park Tavern for their view of Piedmont Park and the city. There really is no better view in town.

Our Beautiful Atlanta

Reminiscing Inside!

Take It Outside

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

The weather is really warming up and that means al fresco dining! If you live in Atlanta, like I do, that means the first day there is no visible chill in the air and the sun is out.  My favorite spots for catching some rays and tippling a cocktail or two are as follows (in no particular order):

1. Front Page News, Little Five Points. This sweet outpost of New Orleans cuisine never ceases to inspire me.  Their outdoor patio, with the big, gurgling fountain is one of the nicest getaways within the city. Hedges shield you from the traffic on Moreland Avenue and the drinks are always tasty, served by the friendliest bartenders. For a special way to start your weekend, hop on over to FPN for their fabulous brunch, complete with Bloody Mary Bar.

2. Krog Bar, Inman Park. Need a vacation?  You can go to Krog Bar and pretend you are in the Mediterranean. The most perfectly chosen wine list compliments the menu of small plates wonderfully.  If you are lucky, you will arrive on a day when Pastry Chef Kirk Parks has whipped up some of his adorable mini ice cream cones. This is absolutely a see and be seen scene, but it is so totally chill you won’t mind.

3. Park Tavern, Midtown. Park Tavern is the epitome of where you should take out of town guests when they visit. The view of Piedmont Park and midtown Atlanta is unparalleled. They have renovated since the last time I visited, but I am meeting a childhood friend there on Friday night, so I will let you know about the cuisine. They used to have chicken fingers coated with Cap’n Crunch, but I don’t see those on the online menu. Boo hoo. I loved those. But now they have sushi!

Beautiful Park Tavern View

4. Six Feet Under, Grant Park.  If you like your neighbors quiet, they don’t get any more quiet than Oakland Cemetery.  The rooftop patio overlooks the mausoleums and headstones of Atlanta’s most favorite final resting spot (Margaret Mitchell is buried here). The beer is ice cold and the fish tacos tasty.  A really great space with lots of chairs for all your drinking buddies.

5. FAB, Downtown. Step into FAB (short for French American Brasserie) and find yourself transported to France immediately. Without a doubt the most gorgeous dining room in Atlanta, the rooftop patio wows. FAB is brought to you by the owners of Brasserie Le Coze, which closed in 2006, much to the disappointment of many francophiles. But never fear, they are back and better than ever. Before you indulge in the decadent cuisine, pop upstairs for an aperitif and take in the view of downtown. Simply gorgeous.

There’s a fine start for your al fresco adventures. Write me a little comment and tell me your favorite spots?

xoxo, Patti