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Atlanta restaurants with special Valentine’s Day menus

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If you plan to commemorate Valentine’s Day with a special meal out, Atlanta restaurants stand ready to help you celebrate. Here are a few spots with special menus for the holiday.

Antebellum - Special menu of sweet corn soup, foie gras, filet mignon and dark chocolate truffles. 770-965-8100. $65 (add $20 for wine pairings).

Aria – Four-course menu by chef Gerry Klaskala offered on Valentine’s Day. 404-233-7673. $90.

Kyma – Five-course prix fixe menu with a wine pairing option. 404-262-0702. $72 (wine pairing adds $30).

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails – Three-course menu with items like piquillo pepper crab bisque, pan-seared diver scallops and molten chocolate cake. 770-817-0161. $60.

No. 246 - Four course menu showcasing dishes including cauliflower custard, wood-roasted foie gras, and butter-poached Maine lobster. 678-399-8246. $55.

P’Cheen International Bistro & Pub - Three-course menu starting with an oyster aphrodisiac. Other courses include options like …

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Gourmet Valentine’s Day gifts

Bread memberships from H&F Bread Co.

Bread memberships from H&F Bread Co.

Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your foodie? You’ve got three weeks. Let me share one of my all-time favorite gourmet gifts: cheese of the month club. It was a gift I experienced anew with each shipment and one I wouldn’t mind receiving again (*hint, hint, dear hubby*).

If you’re looking for a way to treat your Valentine, here are a few Atlanta-based food-of-the-month clubs to consider.

Pie

It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not. Pie Shop is now offering one-year subscriptions. Each month, a new flavor exclusive to subscribers will be announced. Members can choose to receive that pie or one of the current menu selections. Subscribers also receive a significant discount on their pie each month, paying $20 per pie instead of the $30-35 retail cost. Yearly subscriptions cost $240.

Bread/pastries

Get a monthly bread box subscription to H&F Bread Co. Each month, you’ll receive one of the bakery’s traditional selections along with …

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Gingerbread on parade

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submitted by Amber Hancy

We’d like to thank those of you that shared photos of your gingerbread creations with us. Feast your eyes on our local gingerbread talent!

The photo above was submitted by Amber Hancy. What started as a house turned into a village, complete with a nativity scene and stained glass candy windows. She made a plan and took three weeks of evening work to complete the project. Everything is edible, including the snow.

Amber wrote,”This is what makes the holiday so special to me, and I hope that everyone will enjoy a little sweetness in their lives this holiday season.”

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The next house was made by Christine Chandler and her two six-year-old boys.

submitted by Christine Chandler

submitted by Christine Chandler

This edible treat comes from Scotty Lawson. He said it was “Madison’s first try.” Could have fooled me!

submitted by Scotty Lawson

submitted by Scotty Lawson

A Cook and Her Books sent this photo our way. She said her sister-in-law brings a gingerbread house each Thanksgiving. They add more candy to the …

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New Year’s Day brunch specials

Have you been wondering where you are going to spend your first meal of 2013? If you can drag yourself out of bed, here are some great brunch spots to ring in the New Year.

Rosebud

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 1, The Angry Chef, Ron Eyester, will serve up a spread of traditional New Year’s Day classics for brunch from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The special brunch menu will include smoked pork loin, black-eyed peas, and collard greens, as well as the regular Rosebud brunch menu. 1397 North Highland Ave, Atlanta. 404-347-9747. $$

Del Frisco’s Grille

Buckhead’s newest casual steakhouse will be serving a New Year’s Day brunch featuring a special “Morning After” cocktail, made up of coconut vodka, coconut water, lemon sour, and a splash of sprite. They will serve their regular brunch menu as well. 3376 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-537-2828. $$



For a movie and a meal, there's CineBistro in Brookhaven.
For a movie and a meal, there’s CineBistro in Brookhaven. (Photo by Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com)

CineBistro

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Last call for gingerbread house photos

A class set of gingerbread houses on the way to be decorated by five-year olds.

A class set of gingerbread houses on the way to be decorated by five-year olds.

We know you’re out there baking and decorating gingerbread and we’d love to see your handiwork. Today’s the last day to submit your photos to our Facebook page. Just post them right on our wall.

Add a note to your post to give us a little information about your house and design. If you’re submitting a photo of your child’s gingerbread house, let us know your child’s name and age.

If you aren’t on Facebook but would still like to share a photo of your house, email your photo to Jenny.

Our dining team will choose our favorites and share them on the Food and More blog on Dec. 21. Anyone who submits a photo will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

On a similar note, has anyone been to see the entries in the Trailer Park Gingerbread contest at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club? Photos from past years are interesting, to say the least.

–by Jenny Turknett

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Baking your own gingerbread? Use up leftover dough

mini gingerbreadHave you made your gingerbread house yet? Or have you taken a class this season to learn how? We’d like to see your pictures! (see below)

And if you’re out there baking your own gingerbread, chance are you’ll end up with a little extra dough. Here’s an idea for that leftover dough, inspired by Pinterest.

After baking a class set of houses yesterday, I had one tennis-sized ball of gingerbread left. My kids and I free-handed a few tiny gingerbread pieces and constructed miniature houses, the perfect accompaniment for a mug of warm cocoa. A generous dollop of icing on top and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes and the two-bite-sized treats were ready.

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Show us your gingerbread houses!

We invite you to post a photo of your house on our Facebook page by Dec. 19. Add a note to your post to give us a little information about your house and design. If you’re submitting a photo of your child’s gingerbread house, let us know your child’s name and age.

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Time to bake the gingerbread; Share your photos!

KidsGingerbreadIn December, families at my son’s school are invited to share a family tradition with the class. The tradition I’ll share is gingerbread house making, meaning that I’ll be baking 20 little gingerbread cottages tomorrow for class decorating on Friday.

Last year I shared the tradition with the Food and More blog and would like to do so again this year with our second annual parade of gingerbread houses. We want to see your masterpieces!

We invite you to post a photo of your house on our Facebook page by Dec. 19. Add a note to your post to give us a little information about your house and design. If you’re submitting a photo of your child’s gingerbread house, let us know your child’s name and age.

If you aren’t on Facebook but would still like to share a photo of your house, email your photo to Jenny.

Our dining team will choose our favorites and share them on the Food and More blog on Dec. 21. Anyone who submits a photo will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

If you need …

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Shatner’s fried turkey remix

One part PSA, one part auto-tuned remix, and one part Shatner-style weirdness, William Shatner wants to simultaneously creep you out and educate you on the dangers of fried turkey. As the resident Food & More fried turkey advocate, I thought I should pass this one along.

Last year, Shatner joined forces with State Farm to create a non-musical dramatization of an actual incident where he set a blaze during a turkey fry. Well, that has been remixed, and it kinda of creeps me out.

Also, what exactly is the dingle dangle? I don’t think my fryer set has one.

P.S. In all seriousness, be careful if you are going to fry any birds this holiday season. Here is a serious and much more useful video on fryer safety.

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Santa visits Atlanta restaurants

PHIL SKINNER, PSKINNER@AJC.COM

PHIL SKINNER, PSKINNER@AJC.COM

This month, Santa will leave his elves to the toy-making as he breaks bread with families all around Atlanta at these events hosted by area restaurants.

Buckhead Diner

The Coca-Cola polar bear, Atlanta Ballet ballerinas in Nutcracker costumes, Rudolph and the elves will be on hand to welcome Santa as he arrives by fire truck to attend this breakfast. After visiting with Santa, families will dine on chocolate chip waffles, ham steak and eggs Benedict, and hot chocolate. 8:30-11 a.m. Dec. 8 and 9. 3073 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-262-3336. $39, 2 and under free.

One Midtown Kitchen

At this holiday event, the kiddos can take photos with Santa and parents can feast on the breakfast buffet. The menu will include french toast bites, ham and cheese croissants, chicken Waldorf salad and other breakfast favorites. Four seatings from 9 a.m. – noon, Dec. 8. 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta. 404-892-4111. $20 adults, $10 children.

Village Tavern

This …

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One fish, two fish: Seven Fishes for Christmas

Holiday Seafood Stew (photos by Johnny Crawford)

Holiday Seafood Stew (photos by Johnny Crawford)

The first time Ian Cox’s family attempted the Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes — a beloved Italian holiday tradition — they prepared seven full-sized entrees and attempted to consume them one after the other.

“We couldn’t eat them all, we got so full,” said Cox, a manager at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Little Five Points. “So over the years we fine-tuned it. Now it’s more like seven tapas dishes spanning the globe. We always do raw oysters, and there’s usually a tuna tartare in there.”

Beth Hamilton, a stay-at-home mom in Atlanta, gets around the seafood surfeit by constructing her annual Feast of the Seven Fishes out of seven varieties of seafood rather than seven distinct dishes. “So if we have a seafood gumbo or soup with several different kinds of fish in it, then we count them all. Someone even suggested we do cupcakes decorated with Swedish Fish for dessert.”

Hamilton’s family began preparing the feast with good …

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