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AGA Fundraiser at YEAH! BURGER
Aqua blue's Blue Plate Special
Sip and Save at Spice Market
Ladies 80s at Fadó
Smashburger's Crispy Chicken Sandwiches
Celebrity Chef Tour
Tweep of the Week
Appetizing Aperture
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Tails Will Be Wagging At Adopt A Golden When YEAH! BURGER Donates On January 24




Ten percent of today's sales at YEAH! BURGER in Virginia Highland will go straight to Adopt a Golden Atlanta rescue program for golden retrievers. The Virginia Highland location throws a weekly "Feel Good Tuesday" promotion and passes 10 percent of the day's sales to a varying cause or charity. The January 24 beneficiary is Adopt a Golden whose Atlanta organization is the second-largest golden retriever rescue in the nation. 

Top dogs on the menu are grass-fed beef or bison burgers, all-natural turkey or veggie burgers and all-natural grilled chicken breast sandwiches on your choice of bun with your choice of toppings and sauce. Hot dogs earn "attaboys" as well:  the Coleman Natural grass-fed, nitrate-free hot dogs can be prepared as the classic, the Southern dog with pimento cheese and hot Alabama relish, the chili and cheese dog or the slaw dog. Why be all bark and no bite?  Order a burger or hot dog to help a golden with a cold, wet nose. 

Color Your Week With Aqua blue's
Blue Plate Special 




There is no rule dictating the shade of blue for a blue plate special. Choosing the Aqua blue $25 three-course, blue plate special can save you some green, gold and silver. The prix fixe menu changes monthly and always offers a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for $25 per person (not including tax or gratuity). 
Through February 20, appetizer choices include AB calamari with sweet chili sauce, tempura green beans with sweet mustard dipping sauce, seared pork dumpling or hand-made sushi roll. Entrées feature hardwood-grilled N.Y. strip with roast sweet potato, asparagus and Madeira wine reduction; hand-battered fish and chips of Alaskan cod with house-made slaw; and jumbo shrimp jambalaya with sea scallops and Prestige Farms chicken. Desserts include house-made bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream; chocolate molten cake with a liquid center and vanilla ice cream; and fruit sorbet, house made with fresh, seasonal fruit. With so many tempting combination possibilities, aqua will become our favorite shade of blue. 

Try Wines For $1 During Spice Market Sip And Save On January 25




Spend a dollar and learn a lot about wines at Spice Market's first Sip and Save event on Wednesday, January 25 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the restaurant's lounge area. Spice Market, located inside the W Atlanta-Midtown, will have complimentary light appetizers for guests, and Quality Wine Distributors will provide exclusive tastings for guests for a $1 charge. Sample three to four different wines and pump the wine rep with questions about them. Sipping and saving continues as event attendees receive 50 percent off the wines tasted that night -- use your savings to try out Spice Market's delicious global cuisine. 


"Come On Eileen" To Ladies 80s At Fadó On January 28

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If you just can't get enough 80s music and the decade's outrageous attire, round up the girls and head to Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant for Ladies 80s Night on Saturday, January 28 at 10 p.m.  A rockin' DJ will be spinning your favorite 80s tunes, and the bar will be pouring classic 80s cocktails. For $6 each, try a Long Island iced tea, Mai Tai or Blue Hawaiian or one of the new concoctions from the winter drink menu. 


Start the evening with the Atlanta Dance Marathon from 7-10 p.m.  Join this fun-loving group donning their best 80s outfits for non-stop dancing to raise money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  Cost is $15 per person and includes a pint of beer and all-you-can-eat complimentary appetizers.


Peck Up A Text or Twitter Deal On Smashburger Crispy Chicken Sandwiches 




It's hard to hold back when you face off against a Smashburger crispy chicken sandwich. The all-white-meat chicken is hand-breaded on site, crisped to perfection and dressed signature style or to suit your karma. Follow Smashburger on Twitter (@SmashburgerATL) or join the text club (text SmashburgerATL to 90210) -- you never know when you'll "peck" up a deal on one of these crazy good sandwiches or another one of their delicious entrèes. 


Try out one of the signature styles: classic; Buffalo with Frank's RedHot Buffalo sauce, blue cheese, lettuce and tomato; BBQ ranch topped with applewood smoked bacon, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato, peach BBQ sauce and ranch dressing; avocado club; or spicy Baja crowned with pepper Jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, chipotle mayo and fresh jalapeños on a spicy chipotle bun. Or, draw from a lengthy list of free sauces and toppings to create your own smash hit. With five Atlanta-area locations, there's a Smashburger near you.


Join The Celebrity Chef Tour Cocktail Party And Dinner At Atlanta's Four Seasons Hotel

Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series

The first weekend in February, eight celebrity chefs from around the Southeast will come together at Atlanta's elegant Four Seasons Hotel for the Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Atlanta's own Robert Gerstenecker of Park 75, Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, and Andrea Litvin, pastry chef at The Spence, welcome other regional top toques including Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Ky.; James Lewis of Bettola in Birmingham, Ala.; John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss.; Bob Waggoner, host of "U Cook with Chef Bob;" and Josh Feathers of Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn. 


On Thursday, February 3, the chefs will host a cocktail party with some of the city's best mixologists at Park 75 Lounge from 6 - 8 p.m.; $50 per person, inclusive. On Friday, February 4, a multi-course menu with wine pairings is in store, starting off with a 6:30 p.m. reception leading into dinner at 7:30 p.m.; $140 per person, inclusive. VISA Signature cardholders can attend both events for $160 when purchasing tickets with their VISA card. Purchase tickets online.

Eat It And Tweep: Traveling Is Sweet With @TravelAndrew's Tweets




Andrew Collins, a nomadic food and travel writer/editor based in the Pacific Northwest, is a man of many talents. He's a cat whisperer and a cheese-wine-coffee lush. He's also a Fodor's author, a teacher at the Gotham Writers' Workshop, a trip-taking blogger at The County Hunter and a contributor to Gay & Lesbian Travel on Follow his adventures on Twitter (@TravelAndrew).


Sample Tweet: Fabulous Whistler WinterPride and Gay Ski Week is just weeks away - here's a preview: #whistler #vancouver #yvr #ski 


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January 25 is National Irish Coffee Day, and we can't think of a better place in town than Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant to curl up around this delightful drink featuring Bushmills Irish Whiskey, brown sugar and hot coffee.