Dinner, Drinks and Dwele

photo (3)Friday night felt like a marathon of events. It was one of those nights you wish there were two of you so each could be in different places at once. It was an early start for me (6 pm) and by the end of the night I learned that nothing can substitute a much needed cup of coffee.

Little 5 Points was the first stop. It’s an artsy area not far from downtown Atlanta. Here you’ll find anything but the trend. It’s an area filled with unique boutiques carrying decade favorites like afro wigs, bell bottoms, neon tights and wool coats. There’s also independent music stores, coffee shops and little desert parlors aligning the narrow maze of blocks that makes up it’s little five points.

Dwele and James

I was headed to Moods Music for a “Meet and Greet” with soul artist Dwele. I remember first hearing of Dwele in college. I was sitting in the office of my campus newspaper when a fellow editor said, “Hey, you should listen to this guy” and after a few repeats (many actually) of the song “Subject” I pretty much became a fan that day.

When I stepped inside the record store, it was obvious I wasn’t the only one. There was standing room only in the comfy cafe like setting. Towards the front I could see Dwele sitting comfortably in a leather chair taking questions from the host of the evening. Dwele was rocking an untamed afro, glasses and a leather jacket. During the interview he covered things like his inspiration for music, his love for Detroit and also his love for his mother who happened to be sitting right up front. Awe! That’s my kind of guy, not a mama’s man, just a man who love and appreciates his moms!

At the end of the session Dwele autographed cds, posed for pictures and lucky for me, I was able to catch a shot with him. What a great start to the evening! Now it was on to the next location for the night.

Mi Cocina
I was looking forward to having dinner with friends. I had two reserved dinners for the evening. The first was at a Mexican restaurant in Midtown, Mi Cocina. I was always told that with Mexican, you can’t go wrong…

The ambiance was sophisticated, modern and lively. You could hear the enthusiastic chatter as soon as you stepped from behind the revolving glass door. I was welcomed immediately by the greeter and impressed with the classy mix of diners for the evening. I loved the mixture of professional and artsy.

There were five of us that night and while we were waiting for two more, the rest of us took a seat at the bar located on the lower level of the restaurant. The wait on a Friday night was 30 minutes (surprising to me) and right on queue we were seated upstairs to a U-shaped table for five.

Before you order, watch out for the salsa! Of course when you’re waiting for the main entree you’re going to be served and refreshed with chips and salsa. Well, at Mi Cocina they are not light on the spice. Fresh indeed but a little too much for me. However, there were a few of us that felt differently.

A drink that will go well with your main course for the evening is the Mambo Taxi! Everyone at the table agreed it was great! It’s a frozen margarita Suaza Blanco tequila and Mi Cocina’s house made sangria. All you need is one, but you’ll definitely want more of this cool and refreshing selection.

Everything was going well for the evening with the exception of when it came time for our dinner. The wait was long, extremely long and after about an hour of girl talk we began to wonder if our food was ever going to come. Our waiter respectfully took our request to see a manager. When the manager came he apologized for the inconvenience and explained that the kitchen was backed up, which was something that usually didn’t happen according to him. The great thing about it was that he would ensure we were compensated and indeed we were.

When the food did arrive, it made well for a exhaustive delay. Everything was great. I kept it simple with beef tacos and chicken burritos. The burritos are highly recommended.

Needless to say, I didn’t make it to the other dinner, but I did hit up a pub in East Atlanta…

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