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October, 2010

  1. Audience Participation Friday: Black and White

    October 29, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    It's time to publish you gals' outfits for Audience Participation Friday!




    Digging Kate's slouch boots, argyle skirt and black top. Perf for fall, and for being comfortable and cute at work. (Kate, hope you enjoyed Nebraska!)


    Here Erica is doing her best to put on her shoe after a fun night out. Love the houndstooth mini-shorts, black tights and simple black tank. The black rose in the hair is a nice touch!




    "So as you know, I have to wear suits to work. I have black suits and could have gone with a boring black suit & white top. But since it's been atypically warm I decided to sport my favorite black and white dress, topped off with a black blazer for the office. The dress is by Donna Rico. I got it at Lord and Taylor on sale and it arguably has the best cost-per-wear ratio of anything in my closer. I've worn it to a wedding, graduation, work, and play. I'll probably be donning it again for my Godson's Christening in the spring if I don't find anything else. As for the blazer, it was part of a suit I purchased at Filene's Basement. It's been reworked into many outfits where a blazer is necessary. I think I've coupled it with almost every skirt in my closet at some point or another." – Mb



    (I continue to be amazed at how Miz Mb keeps her business profesh look interesting and true to her fun and funky personality. And yes! A black blazer is a closet-must!)



    Goodwill tee ($3), Express pencil skirt ($35ish), elastic belt from Mercedes Bien in D.C. ($18ish). Hand-me-down shoes from Miz Mb. This photo kind of makes me miss my hair short… I'm so torn!

    I pulled out a few oldies. Needless to say, black and white are staples in my wardrobe (though I have more black than white… too clumsy for white).

    Button up from Last Chance (Decatur) – $4, same elastic belt as above, Old Navy rayon dress from Goodwill ($5), green faux crocodile loafers were $14ish at Ross Dress for Less.



    Thanks for your participation, ladies!



  2. “Business Casual Doesn’t Have to be Business Boring”

    October 27, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    “I guess business casual doesn’t have to be business boring.”
    That’s what an office mate said to me last Wednesday when I wore this outfit to work. And I agree; I mean, the office dress code of conduct isn’t a mandate to wear sweater sets and lame-o slacks.
    To be fair, the tights look more demure (more raspberry and opaque) than they do in this photo.
    p.s. Don’t forget about the latest Audience Participation Friday. Send me your best black and white get-up by 10pm tonight!

  3. My First Look: Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar

    October 25, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    When a restaurant publicist invites a host of bloggers to a social media/journalist preview night, it's a gamble.
    On one hand, the restaurant is inviting a host of influencers into the building and footing the bill, which may lead to good reviews (hobby bloggers like free food!). On the flip side, a bad night of service could mean botched reviews all over the interwebs (comped meal or not).
    Somewhat luckily, my experience landed somewhere in the middle.
    First impressions:
    • The slightly off-the-beaten path location (City Walk in Sandy Springs) may deter street traffic
    • Friendly service (it was clear our waitress was out to impress)
    • Casual interior that doesn't over-do the seafood house theme (read: I didn't feel like I was in Joe's Crab Shack)
    • According to my date, the funky, modern features give the place a touch of class
    • Music was right on (just the right level to provide good ambiance)
    But Tin Can… points off for the comic sans. I mean, it is a polarizing font!

    First we ordered drinks. I decided to check out the beer menu (Abita Amber to start) where my foxy date took a chance and ordered a bloody mary (good test of bar staff). My date reported the bloody mary was satisfactory (complete with a thumbs up). Not your run-of-the-mill tomato juice with vodka, this thing packed heat, horseradish, Worcestershire and all the goodies. I tasted and approved.

    Pretty sure I had the cutest date in the bar — enter friend Maria, a fellow food and drink enjoyer.
    As far as the beer menu goes, you've got a pretty good selection with really reasonable prices. $2.50 each "Trailer Trash Brews:" Coors Original, Miller High Life, PBR, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee. "Blue Collar Beer" ($3.75): Michelob Ultra, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Bud Light, Bud, Rolling Rock, Yuengling. $4.50 "Georgia Crafts:" Sweet Water 420, Sweet Water Sch'wheat, Sweet Water Georgia Brown, Terrapin Rye, Terrapin Golden, Terrapin IPA Hopsecutioner, Red Brick Pale Ale, Peachtree Pale Ale, Laughing Skull. Lastly, the "White Collar Craft Beer" offerings ($5) each: Abita Amber, Session Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Blue Moon, Shiner Bock, South Hampton Double White, Fat Tire, Leinenkugel October Fest, Sam Adams, Rogue Mocha Dark Ale, Guinness.
    In part to my brother Ben, I've become mildly beer snobby. I would recommend Tin Can put a few more interesting beers on its premium craft beer list. Craft beer is so big lately that Abita and Guinness are a far cry from the Ommegangs, Bell's, Dales, Smuttynoses, etc. that Atlantans have been so spoiled with.

    We were excited to order appetizers. After long days at our respective offices, oysters were sounding pretty dandy. Not to mention we had to order oysters if we were at a freaking oyster house.
    Oysters Rockafella and raw oysters on the half shell were just what the doctor ordered. Spinachy, salty and laced with garlic, cracker crumbs and a little heat, these baked oysters were mighty fine. In fact, due to their spinachyness, these suckers were among Maria's favorite dishes for the evening. (6 good-sized oysters for $9)

    To be honest, I usually eat raw oysters because other people are doing it. I can't say I crave the slippery mollusk, but I do feel cooler or tougher after I eat one. The (homemade?) cocktail sauce was fine but I prefer hot sauce — and a cracker — with mine. Like with the Rockafellas, these oysters were decently sized (and $4.5 for 6 – really reasonable).

    I was really torn when it came to ordering my entree. The Thai mussels (cilantro, mint, curry, coconut milk, cream, lemons, ginger, chili paste) were really calling my name — but I eventually settled on a platter (my choice of 3 starters).
    Pictured here: Ahi Tuna Ceviche, Conch Fritters, Crawfish Tails and Grits.
    Tuna tasted fresh but was slightly overpowered by the jalepenos in the ceviche. Simpler would be better so the tuna could be the star of the show. The crawfish tails were salty but enjoyable — and I could have used a healthy sprinkling of chili flakes and sharp white cheddar in the grits (blame that on me not being born southern; plain grits just aren't enough for me — load 'em up!). The conch fritters were my favorite part of the platter. Light, fluffy, savory and sweet, the spheres of battered goodness are reminiscent of the Porter Beer Bar hushpuppies I like so much. I tasted hints of cinnamon and cumin. Yum chipotle mayo dipping sauce as well.
    Points for the faux newspaper tissue in the fish baskets — cute!
    Maria opted for a "catch of the day" entree (fish + two sides): mahi mahi with a sweet chili sauce glaze. The chili glaze came on the side versus on the fish but that was cool, too. The fish was as a whole tender and flaky. The okra was not unlike your standard meat-and-three-okra: breaded, a little gooey and a little mealy. The side salad was not your standard iceberg. "The bleu cheese, pecans and field greens were a good surprise," Maria said.
    (Other entrees not mentioned: soups, entree-sized salads, stews, po-boys, peel-and-eat shrimp, fish baskets, paella, BBQ and chicken sandwiches.)
    We considered walking down the row to the nearby Baskin Robbins for a cone but couldn't resist a thick slice of key lime pie. Despite being stuffed to the max, I happily made room for this creamy, tart slice of deliciousness. 4/5 stars on the dessert. Good cap on the meal. (Note: there's also a Good Humor ice cream cooler in the dining room to select from.)
    Our total bill would have been about $60 for two starters, two entrees, three drinks total (Maria's bloody mary and my two beers) and a dessert. That is damn reasonable for fresh seafood and a good, laid-back atmosphere. I also appreciate the wide and varied menu — something for everybody.
    I think Tin Can is going to be alright. And for its first week, the place seemed to be cranking food out pretty well. There may be some flavor/seasoning things to work through, but a reasonably priced (and varied) menu will keep a steady flow of customers. I will be back, likely for a happy hour where I can enjoy affordable oyster appetizers, cold beers and maybe some more of those conch fritters.

    Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar


    (404) 497-9997

    Sandy Springs
    227 Sandy Springs Pl NE, Ste 502
    Sandy Springs, GA 30328


  4. Audience Participation Friday: Send Me Your Best Black and White

    October 20, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

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    We are long overdue, my friends, for an Audience Participation Friday!

    Taking a tip from my girl Olivia, I want to see your best Black and White.

    Put together your best black and white get up (creative or conservative, fresh or funky, work approp or night-out-on-the-town) — and I’ll publish your photos here on the ole bloggy blog.

    Send photos, and if possible name brands and prices, by 10pm Wednesday, Oct 27. I’ll publish the post Friday, Oct 29. E-mail me here.

    That gives you a week to put something together, BBs. Have fun!

  5. A Good Lunch is Hard to Find (Sandy Springs/Dunwoody Edition)

    October 15, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    EL TACO VELOZ (Roswell Rd. location)

    Someone created a Yammer network for my employer recently (it’s a social network that connects you to other people within your company). It has functionality for status updates, sharing links, creating a profile, etc., etc., similar to Facebook.

    Since I’m almost always thinking about food, I publicly posted the question, “Does anyone have any good food recommendations around here?” I got several good leads.

    The first place I wanted to check out was El Taco Veloz on Roswell Road. The taqueria came highly recommended by a colleague of Hispanic descent, so I had a better feeling about it compared to your run-of-the-mill taco stand. I believe he described the joint as “authentic and cheap.” Where do I sign up?

    I’m pretty sure Taco Veloz was a Pizza Hut, Long John Silver or KFC 25 years ago, with the signage and booths painted over 14 years ago when Taco Veloz took over the space.

    We approached the counter and Chad expressed his excitement that they had beef tongue on the menu. I was feeling a little less adventurous (but still open to a bite of Chad’s) so I went with the carne asada (steak) burrito counterpart to his beef tongue.

    I dug into the salsa bar (think like Willies’) and also snagged a side of sour cream to slather on my handheld lunch. We apparently arrived just in time. As we were biting into our comida, the lines grew long with Taco Veloz believers. My steak had good flavor but was a teeny bit on the chewy side. My tortilla was also a little dry (I feared picking it up would = burrito juice on my dress) but all in all, the burrito was tasty and not too filling. The beans were actually really tasty — creamy and cheesy. (Gah, my sleepiness is inhibiting my ability to describe food very well tonight…). Chad reported that the beef tongue was very tender and well-seasoned, which was a pleasant surprise considering it’s often overcooked.

    The total for two burritos, two sides of beans and a coke? About $15. Score!

    I enjoyed the meal and didn’t mind the atmosphere, but I can’t say Taco Veloz totally swept me off my feat on this first jaunt. Regardless, for the price and the interesting menu options, I’ll be back to give this place another chance.

    See what others are saying about Taco Veloz on Yelp!

    Is Chad saying that Taco Veloz is number 1?

    5670 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342-1158(404) 252-5100


    A few weeks ago, I was struggling to find a convenient location to meet a professional contact for lunch. She works off Delk Road in Marietta; I’m basically at 285 and 400 (Perimeter). When I landed on information for Sushi Huku off Powers Ferry, I thought I’d found something promising.

    My fellow diner and I both chose bento boxes. We had a long list of combinations we could customize our bento boxes with. I chose veggie tempura and spicy tuna as my two “mains” and elected to have a side salad over soup. The box also came with sticky rice and a few french fries (?).

    I don’t want to spend a tremendous amount of time on this post, so I’ll just say that the meal was very enjoyable and fresh-tasting. (1 bento box – $13). If you’re a fan of Nakato but don’t mind no-frills dining rooms, you ought to check out Sushi Huku. Or if you have a colleague or friend that loves Asian food but hasn’t ventured far from home, knowing about this little gem may help you earn some points. I’d like to come back some night after work for sake and a variety of sushi.

    I wouldn’t know for sure, but I would think that having a Japanese language menu option gives them some points for authenticity.

    See what [good things] people are saying about Sushi Huku on

    6300 Powers Ferry Rd NW # 800
    Atlanta, GA 30339-2961
    (770) 956-9559

    Wednesday night I will be checking out the Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar with my lovely lady friend Maria.