To Valentine’s Day or To Not Valentine’s Day

To Valentine’s Day or To Not Valentine’s Day

That is the Question?

As the excitement of the New Year wears down, the buzz and thrill of a fast approaching holiday quickly takes it place. That’s right… you guessed it, the infamous Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is no typical holiday. It doesn’t always get the standing ovation given to Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. It’s either black or white, most people either hate it or love it and we can pretty much guess why. However, whether you are married, single or still mingling, there are plenty of reasons to see all different shades of red and pink in Atlanta this Valentine’s Day. Let’s do away with the typical, dinner and a movie (unless you plan to see Fifty Shades of Grey this Valentine’s Day, then we will give you a pass!). Here are 3 unconventional activities for spice up any one’s Valentine’s Day! Enjoy and spread the love!

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My Bloody Valentine

Unique Events Interactive
Multiple Dates Available
Atlanta, GA

My Bloody Valentine is a fun, interactive evening of mystery and murder Guests are attending a surprise engagement party where a man is planning to propose to his girlfriend, but it turns out that he’s a man with a secret. A crime is committed, then another and another — and it’s up to you to play detective and solve the various murders. Who will kill to keep their secrets!
You will work with your team to find clues, question witnesses and possible killers.
Pricing includes: Admission, appetizer, dessert and 2 drinks alcohol or non and Murder

Registration Info/ Details: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-bloody-valentine-tickets-14819380165?aff=es2&rank=28

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2015 Adopt-a-Senior Valentine-Buckhead

Neighbor Love
Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EST)
Atlanta, GA

Imagine if you were a senior citizen in a nursing home and had no friends or relatives to visit or contact you. ANY holiday would not be that pleasant. THIS Valentine’s Day Neighbor Love wants to brighten the day of a WHOLE BUNCH of valuable seniors. Adopt-a-Senior Valentine is a GREAT way to let a valuable senior know that someone still loves them. We are hosting a Valentine’s party and giving gift bags to seniors at four nursing homes in Metro Atlanta. Our TOTAL goal is to bless 700 seniors with gift bags this Valentine’s season. The gift bags will include: skin lotion or shaving cream, socks, a carnation, a piece of fruit, a Valentine’s Card and a stuffed animal or game.

Registration Info/ Details: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-adopt-a-senior-valentine-buckhead-tickets-15543527108?aff=es2&rank=23

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Bicycle Speed Dating – Valentine’s Day Do-Over

The Atlanta Cycling Festival
Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Atlanta, GA

Looking for love? On a bike?? In Atlanta?? We’ve got you 100% covered. Valentine’s Day terrible? Look to change gears and get that love life pedaling? This is the event for you.
Join us at Bicycle Speed Dating AKA Valentine’s Day Do Over!

Registration Info and Details: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bicycle-speed-dating-valentines-day-do-over-tickets-15128368357?aff=es2&rank=9

Last Word brings creative cocktails, unique bites, and cozy atmosphere to Old Fourth Ward

Last Word, a new cocktail and shared-plate dining experience, is now open in the Old Fourth Ward

We recently got our first taste of Last Word, which occupies the former P’cheen space in Highland Walk.

Atmosphere

Warm, modern, comfortable, simple, classy. All of these words come to mind when you enter Last Word. Almost everything in the restaurant is crafted by hand – tables, bar, light fixtures, and booths. Seating includes a communal table and a handful of individual tables for parties of 2, 4, and 6.

Team

Last Word is a social dining and drinking experience with a decidedly Middle Eastern flare. Owner Bernard Moussa’s Lebanese influence combines with the creativity of chefs Edward Russell and Matthew Palmerlee and beverage director Cole Younger Just to deliver an ambitious but simple menu. Add to that input from co-owner Matt Booth of Videodrome and you’ve got a team who knows how to deliver.

Food and Drink

Both the food and drink menu are subject to change depending on the season or availability of local ingredients.

Our visit to Last Word started with sharing the Swedish Punch, an off-menu hot beverage that set the tone for the evening. Available this winter only, the drink made from distilled cane sugar, red rice, and ginger, is served in beautiful Lebanese vessels.

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We then enjoyed curry spiced Georgia pecans and sampled the house labneh while awaiting the rest of our party.

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Our server walked us through the menu and let us know that the dishes increase in portion size as you go down the list. We placed orders for the Georgia shrimp, Armenian sausage flat bread, and lamb shawarma. All delivered unique and interesting flavors.

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We couldn’t resist finishing the evening with dessert and settled on sharing the roasted dates and figs. This was an excellent decision. The atypical dessert was the perfect sweet finish for the evening.

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Valentine’s Day

In addition to providing the ideal setting for after-work drinks with friends, Last Word makes for a great date spot. In fact, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to try it out.

The restaurant will offer multicourse meals with optional wine pairings:

4 courses for $65

Wine and cocktail pairings starting at $35

Call Jackie at (404) 343-1274 to reserve your spot.

What others are saying

Creative Loafing, First Look: Last Word – The Old Fourth Ward newcomer makes a good first impression.
Cliff Bostock, January 19, 2015

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chefs’ fearlessness pays off more than it backfires.
Jon Watson, January 22, 2015

Hours and Reservations

Last Word is open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5:30pm. The kitchen is open until 12:30am each night.

Contact Information

404-343-1274 / 701 Highland Avenue, Suite 5, corner of Highland Avenue and Sampson Street

Social Media

Twitter: @LastWordATL
Instagram: @LastwordATL
Facebook: facebook.com/lastwordatl

No New Year’s plan yet, Atlanta? No problem!

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Hey Atlanta! It’s time to celebrate 2014 and ring in 2015. If you don’t have plans yet, don’t worry! Your favorite intown businesses are here to make sure you celebrate in style.

Celebrate on the Town

Last Word is open for business! Spend New Year’s Eve at the Old Fourth Ward’s newest hotspot. Reserve your spot at a limited-seating, five-course prix fixe dinner service carefully prepared by chefs Eddie Russell and Matt Palmerlee. Dinner begins at 7pm and costs $75 a person, champagne included. Secure your table at (404) 343-1274 or by emailing Jackie@lastwordatl.com.

Last Word is located at 701 Highland Ave. in the space formerly occupied by P’Cheen.

Other ideas for fun on the town:

Play in the new year at Bada Bings!

Laugh in the new year at Village Theatre.

Celebrate over a delicious meal at Barcelona Inman Park, Parish, or Zuma Sushi.

Celebrate at Home

Visit Intown Market for Atlanta’s best selection of beer and wine for your New Year’s house party.

Get Ready to Celebrate

Style your mane at Like the River, Ken Bailey Studio, or Master Groom Barber Salon.

Perfect your fingers and toes at Serenity Nail Salon or Nails Too!

Pick out a fun new year’s dress at Lila Boutique.

Start the New Year Right

It’s never too late to get in shape. Celebrate on New Year’s Eve, and make 2015 your healthiest year yet. Standard gym workout not for you?

Check out X3 Sports for a workout fueled by martial arts.

Try Pure Barre Inman Park to tone up ballet-style.

Happy new year, Atlanta!

Atlanta Streetcar Safety

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When you think of “streetcars” what is the first thing that comes to mind?  That’s right…  Those iconic red San Francisco Streetcars!  The ones that you visualize passengers easily hoping on and off from due to their exposed exterior as they travel through the city with the picturesque San Francisco Bridge and Bay in the background.  Seems like fun, huh?  Well aside from the fun appearance of streetcars, they actually provide some major benefits to the infrastructure and environment of any city.  What are those benefits, you ask?  Well here’s a handful… Continue reading