Twice the Dine

Alisa's Birthday

I just heard three words that can change every woman’s life…

“You’re gaining weight.”

Have I become a glutton?!?

Actually, I’m just a southern lady who appreciates good food, good conversation and great company. Let’s just say this past weekend I enjoyed all of the above.

Fun times indeed!

RA Sushi

When I was invited for happy hour earlier in the week, I could have sworn I would be stepping out on a Friday evening. Instead, I was invited to meet on Saturday at Ra Sushi.

Quite intrigued, I agreed to meet for drink and “dinner” rolls. On a typical Friday night, Ra Sushi is a pretty happening spot. Located on the corner of Peachtree and 10th, the restaurant is walking distance to several of Atlanta’s most popular night clubs and Loews hotel.

I’ve passed by many times, noticing the patrons dining on the patio watching people like me head to their nightly destinations. I love Sushi, but my Fridays are not usually reserved for dining, yet.

The happy hour special offers drinks and your favorite rolls at a great price but this place wasn’t my favorite. All sushi isn’t created equal and Ra Sushi is better for sightseeing.

Two Urban Licks. Tiff

Two Urban Licks

There are just some restaurants you have to try. Two Urban Licks falls into that category.

Perfect for a first date, a birthday celebration or a larger gathering, Two Urban Licks impresses.

My friend Alisa decided to celebrate her birthday this year (something she rarely does) and this restaurant proved to be the perfect spot.

The large sized venue with it’s swanky guest, lively chatter, impressive décor and great menu selection was a girl’s night out dream.

The salmon chips were a sensational starter and the steak bistro was divine.

No dining this weekend. I’m on a diet.

Cami Cakes

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Tipps’ Peep Show

Tif at 200

I was just telling a friend how I wanted to dress up and I wasn’t thinking of Halloween.

I was thinking of ball gowns, daimond rings and stillettos. I had my chance, but I didn’t wear the dress – not yet.

When I received an invitation to attend T.I.’s birthday party during the BET Hip Hop awards weekend, I immediately replied yes. The event was held one of Atlanta’s premiere event venues. I knew instantly this would be a classy affair.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Tip Peep show

We arrived at 200 Peachtree at 11:30. Outside were invited guests, photographers, hopeful fans and passerbyers wondering what all the buzz was about. Luckily there wasn’t a line. Since guests were confirmed before the actual event, the process of getting in was pretty seamless.

Once inside I was taken back by the decor and set up inside. The 200 Peachtree building is usually known as an upscale wedding destination, and upon seeing the spacious room with crystal chandelliers, high ceilings, panelled floors and open bar areas I could honestly agree as to why a bride would want to marry here.

The place was fit for King.

T.I.

This is where rapper “King of the South” comes in.

T.I.’s “Tipps Peep Show” had something else in mind, turning what is usually used for elegance into something more exotic.

I didn’t understand at first, until I realized that there was a curtain rising above my head and the people taking pictures weren’t getting shots of me.

All around the room were different booths, comouflaged in black. Upon specific times satin curtains would slowly rise and to our surprise (or interest) a little “show” would take place right before our eyes. Since I’m not sure I’m authorized to spill all the details, I’ll let you use your imagination for some of it and for the rest, I’ll share.

There were at least 5 booths. Think estasy. Think erotic. Think class. All of it was intriquing and tasteful. I spent time at each booth being caught up in scenes that reminded me of a popular novel I was just reading not long ago. Have you ever heard of 50 Shades of Grey…

Well, I imagine that Christian Grey and Clifford Harris could have a few things in common other than suits and ties.

Speaking of ties…

After walking around and getting a peep at each display, I found myself beginning to really have a great time. The music was pretty mellow until T.I. showed up and then things went up a few degrees. The man of the hour came in looking as polished as ever and with him of course was wife Tiny.

Tiff and Nelly

A few of his friends stopped by. I head P.Diddy was in the building and rapper Nelly could be seen casually standing near the DJ booth. He was kind enough to take a photo with me. Notice my smile.

The night wrapped up nicely and my friends and I all had a blast.

Tipps peep show

As for my ballgown…I am looking forward to wearing it soon.

Social Cravings

Social Cravings Tiffany

Last Thursday was great.

It was one of those occasions when I was looking forward to doing something different. Although Atlanta is always buzzing with creative things to do, you can’t help but sometimes fall into a routine.

That’s why the Social Cravings event held at Aurum Lounge was a welcomed relief from the norm.

Social Cravings is a monthly event that welcomes food connoisseurs to taste and dine in a unique atmosphere. Local chefs display creative concoctions from their restaurant menus or personal recipes in front of curious guests while giving instructions and tips on how the create the selection for themselves. At the end of each display, guests are allowed to sample each of the chef’s demonstrations.

This month Chef Ray Stallings headed the display. Alongside Chef Stallings was V103 Atlanta Radio Personality Egypt Sherrod who served as emcee for the evening.

Social Cravings Egypt and Chef Ray

The room was comfortably packed and you could even spot a few noteworthy guests such as R&B singer Algebra Blessett and Nicci Gilbert from TV One’s R&B Divas, to name a few.

I had a great time. The food was delicious and the crowd interactive.

This was my second time attending the Social Cravings and it’s definitely an event worth stepping out for. SC is held monthly, so be on the lookout for the next Chef to present their favorite appetizer or entrée right before your eyes. It’s also not so bad if there’s good music, a flashing camera and a few good friends there too.

Social Cravings with Friends

What’s the “Scenario?”

Scenario.Bar

I don’t normally hang out on a Sunday night but for Super Bowl Sunday, I made an exception.

After enjoying great company with some lady friends at a house party during the game, we decided we’d head out for a little dancing afterwards. Blame it on Beyoncé and the reunion of Destiny’s Child during the halftime performance for our ambitious desires to bring out our best moves.

Someone suggested that we try a new spot. My girlfriend gave me a quick profile of the place and since we were already buzzing with excitement, I decided to go.

Away from the city tucked in a shopping Plaza off Roswell road, exists a discreet lounge and bar called Scenario.

Pulling into parking lot I had my doubts. There was Publix grocer right at the center of the plaza and I thought to myself, “I don’t know about this?” But seeing the lines of occupied parking spaces outside made me think twice. Obviously, there was something going on and it wasn’t grocery shopping.

When my girlfriends and I parked our cars and began heading inside, we noticed a white Ferrari parked at the far end of the lot closer to the entrance. We made a bet among ourselves to find out who was driving that car. It was innocent girlfriend humor…I think.

That night there wasn’t a cover and the security guard at the door gave us a simple head nod as his approval. We walked straight in, which was a big plus for me. No wait, no hassle and free entry. This was turning out to be my kind of spot.

Once inside I took a minute to observe the scene. There was a sophisticated and sleek bar off to the left, a hard wood dance floor, and modern leather seaed table section to the right. Behind me was a private room and when I looked up I could see the DJ spinning, overlooking the crowd. It was early (11) and people were still coming in. This was great because it gave me the opportunity to get a feel for what the crowd was like.

Scenario.Tables

When I ran into another friend, I gained a little more insight about what to expect. “Tonight is Industry Night, so on Sunday’s it’s always popping. It’s early now, but give it an hour and the place is going to fill up.” When I took a closer look at the crowd. I could see what she meant about “Industry Night”

Remember the Outkast video, “So Fresh, So Clean?” Well that’s what came to mind as I looked around. I saw brothers dressed in fur coats, others with blazers and collared tops smoking cigars, occupying the bar and of course there were the gold necklaces and Jordans boys lining up in the back of the room. It was urban environment with what could have been a mix of producers, investors and hopeful hip-hop artists alike.

The women were definitely eye candy. Many of them could have been auditioning for any reality television show, video, etc. The long hair, the lashes, the 4 inch and higher platforms and spandex tights was definitely interesting to see. Although it was a bar and lounge setting, I advise all of my girlfriends to leave the “casual” wardrobe at home.

For me, the best part was the music. DJ Teknology was the deejay for the night and if you haven’t been to a venue while he’s spinning, you’re missing out. He’s got skills. He’s a definite crowd pleaser. Sunday night he combined classic mixes of south Florida, dirty south, reggae and Northeastern flavor that kept me bobbing my head all night. He’s the type of DJ who understands his crowd and although he aims to please he’s not afraid to introduce underground hits that don’t often get rotation in more mainstream venues. Teknology also spins on Atlanta’s V103.3. His Twitter handle is https://twitter.com/djteknology, just in case you interested in following him. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Most late night venues shut down at 2 am, but from what I was seeing this crowd had a few more hours to spare. I ended up calling it an “early” night and headed home, but I had a good time.

So if Sunday is your thing, Scenarios could be a good fit. I don’t know when I’ll be back but it’s it’ll definitely be an option in the near future.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Scenario, visit their website at http://www.scenarioatl.com/ and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/tiffanynpitts

Scenario.Dance

Have a great weeekend!

Tiffany

Whiskey…Showers and “Luna”tics

Whew! What a weekend! I got a little bit of everything I love, a night out on the town, a nice day with my son, great music and good weather! The only thing missing was great food, although I did hit up a new spot over the weekend. I’ll have to come back to that in another blog. Let’s start with Friday night!
Friday night was a cool night. I mean that literally. It was the chilliest night of the weekend. I was wearing a dress made for summer and some glamorous sequined heels. Good thing I brought my jean jacket which is my way of combining classy with cool. My friends and I started our night at the restaurant I mentioned earlier. At around 7:30 we met up for food and drinks before heading out for the night. After a few laughs and a lot of conversation, we headed to the W Atlanta in Midtown to check out their upscale bar and lounge “Whiskey Park” We arrived around 10, which I’ll tell you now is too early. Going in, we were asked for our ID and reservation about 3 times. I thought it was a bit much, but clearly the establishment wants the “right” type of people inside, by “right” I mean connected to someone who has the authority to say, “They’re okay” Luckily, we had two names that had RSVP’d us on their list. After about 3 check ins, a stroll up two fights of stairs and a final entry past the velvet rope, we landed inside a beautifully laid out lounge, with stylish decor, a sexy crew of bartenders and a bar suitable for its name. The crowd started arriving around 10:30. In the meantime, my friend and I enjoyed an eclectic mix of pop, techno and electro pop playing in the background as we snapped photos of ourselves and posted them on our twitter pages. (You can follow me @sheformant) Gwen Stefani, Prince and Rihanna were in rotation for the first part of the night. Once the crowd started to thicken the music rolled over into hip-hop artists like Wale, M.I.A. and the Gorillaz. The crowd wasn’t bad at all. They were stylish, young urban socialites in the makings. Most looked somewhere between 21-29. The lounge is a great place to go if you want to dress up for the night. The ladies came wearing tuxedo jackets, frilly dresses, skin tight skirts and my favorite, leopard anything. There was one common accessory – The Fendi bag. (Note to self) Guys varied as well, but ladies be warned, most of the men were short and reminded me of Pharrell with their rolled up pants, plaid shirts and “smart” glasses. We left before we got kicked out. I’d definitely recommend the place if you haven’t been and even if you have, it’s still a cool place to just sit and unwind, if you can get in.
 On Saturday, I met with one of my friends from the previous night, but this time we brought along my energetic, ever-growing 5 year old. Our destination? The Atlanta Home Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Okay, I’ll admit, it’s definitely not how I usually spend my Saturday, but my friend had a spare ticket to the show and I knew after a few hours of circling floor and kitchen models, my active child would fall fast asleep once we got home. It took me less than 5 minutes to find exactly what I needed – a bed. My current mattress has had all the wear and tear it can take. I headed over to the Sleep Number display of beds to test them out. Turns out my sleep number is a 20. I’m a “mushy” girl. The associate was looking at me with a little concern as I kept saying ‘lower, lower, lower…” “Well, goodness, if I go any lower you’ll feel like you’re falling out the bed” Perfect. I entered a drawing to get a free mattress. We’ll see. Keep your fingers crossed! The exhibit was a great alternative the usual. I also spotted Space Makers of America, a company that specializes in organizing closets and drawer space. How much simpler would my life would be if I had a stay-at-home personnel from their office working for me? Hmmm… The highlight of it all was a shower display that I simply fell in love with being that my favorite room in the house is the the bathroom. Oh, I could stay in there for hours (which I usually do!) My son decided to hop in the shower after I did and the poor thing didn’t realized he was walking into the glass when trying to exit. Don’t worry, he’s okay. We were able to perk him right back up when he saw the go carts on display. Check him out. We spent about a good two hours walking around and I realized two things…I have a passion for closets and I’m in desperate need of a pair of flat shoes. I had on heels the entire time…
 I think Sunday must have been my favorite day. After a pretty eventful weekend, I found myself at home, alone, with nothing to do. Since this was a rare occasion, I decided I needed to take advantage of it. I received a text message earlier inviting me to try out Loca Luna for their “Easy Sunday” event. Parking and admission was free, the weather was nice and I had a the perfect dress for the occasion. When I arrived, I was reminded of my college days whenever a big game took place. Traffic was bumper to bumper. People’s windows were up and driver’s were on the cell phones busy talking AND TEXTING! (Yea I said it.) I got a little discouraged because I didn’t want to be sitting in traffic at all. Have you seen the gas prices? Anyhow, that dreadful feeling didn’t last long. Apparently there’s a crew in place for Sunday’s crowd and just as I was considering going home, I was quickly being led to parking. Nice! Staying true the ad, I arrived at Loco Luna a little after 7, with free parking and free entry. The place was packed. Obviously I’d been missing out and the people really came to have a good time. I passed by groups with dinner tables reserved and dancers winding their bodies on the dance floor. Outside on the patio, ladies laughed as men approached them with drinks and compliments on their attire. It was a great atmosphere and this time the men were actually tall. I was bombarded by heavyweights as I maneuvered my way across the venue to see if I was going to have to make a new friend for the evening, being that all mine were home. Instead my attention went to the stage when I heard this wicked mix of Ceelo’s, “Crazy” coming from the speakers. I turned around to see a five member band belting out musical tunes and wowing the crowd with their skills. This young all male group is sickly talented. I was blown away by their infusion of pop, jazz and hip hop. Soon I found myself snapping pictures with my phone as if I was standing in front of one of my favorite artist. I didn’t know these boys, but they were awesome. Their version of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” had a the entire front dance area singing in unison….I guess I missed that part in my my text where it said, “Live Band” I’m kind of glad I did. It was a welcomed surprise. Later on I found out the name of the band was Josh Bias and The 630 Band. Check them out. Well, after that I considered my night complete. I think next time I go, I’ll call a friend. One thing is for sure…Summer is going to be in full effect!