For those of us that love to entertain, and for those of us that don’t…you always want to have something delicious to serve when you have guests or when guests pop over unexpectedly. A girlfriend of mine created the perfect appetizer to serve for any occasion. Everyone knows how easy slice and bake cookies are to make, so think slice and bake crackers that she calls Impromptus Savory Shortbreads. There are three delicious flavors made with quality ingredients that yields about three dozen a package.

Impromptus with Wine

The flavors include:

Thyme for Parm:  The perfect blend of aged Parmesan cheese and fresh thyme mixed together with sweet creamery butter, flour and simple seasonings. The perfect nibble with wine or cocktails.

Zesty Pimento Cheese:  A Southern favorite with a twist! White and yellow sharp cheddar cheeses and pimentos mixed together with sweet creamery butter, flour and some special spices to add the zest.

Asiago Loves Rosemary:  The perfect bite for any occasion. Aged Asiago cheese and fresh rosemary mixed together with sweet creamery butter, flour and simple seasonings

Impromptus PackageWhat I personally love about these, because I’ve baked all three flavors, is that the packaging includes the cut lines which makes it super easy to get a perfect three dozen. But even the parchment paper to bake them on a cookie sheet is incorporated into the super cute packaging. It’s a refrigerated products, but can be frozen for use at a later time.

Cost $13 each. Order all three flavors via email at myimpromptus@gmail.com.

 

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The Shops Buckhead Atlanta welcomes its newest addition of Urbana Wellness Spa, a luxury wellness spa and tea lounge located at 240 Pharr Road, that offers massage, skin care, nails services and yoga, that just opened in May 2016.

Urbana Wellness Spa hosted several events last week to introduce local concierges and media contacts to its facility that offers body treatments, massage therapy for individuals, couples, and even mothers-to-be (pre-natal) with Swedish blends, East West healing, therapeutic and more. Chamomile and Turkish polish options with and without massage and body wraps with essential oil or lavender selections; manicure and pedicure services; skin care includes facials, peels, microderm and waxing; brow and lash tinting; personal and corporate retreat packages; group and individual yoga classes; as well as a tea lounge with over 100 loose teas to choose from, for the ultimate in total relaxation.

I personally sampled a mini foot massage, salt hand scrub, chair massage by the amazing William and a quick facial skin evaluation. I will be back for a full 60-minute massage, if not a longer choice, and other services.

Urbana Atlanta

Its Club Urbana offers customers memberships that start at $75 per month for the Silver membership and goes up to $150 per month for the Diamond membership. Starting Silver members are able to select from a 60-minute massage, a 60-minute wellness therapy, a 60-minute facial, a 45-minute peel or full set of LCN Gel nails making the memberships an incredible value and very popular with spa goers. (LCN Nail is a premiere, luxury European hand, nail and foot care line that will be offered only by Urbana in Atlanta. LCN Products are odorless and its formula is vegan, soy and gluten free.)

Women, especially, know that our monthly personally care can add up, so why not be part of Urbana’s reward points and earn a point for every dollar spent and redeem toward future services. Points add up quickly when you earn a 100 points for pre-booking your next appointment, to 500 points for referring a new client or 700 when you sign up for a Club Urbana membership. Points redeem at as little as 1,500 points. *Some exclusion apply, so check it out for yourself.

Urbana Wellness Spa is located at 240 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. Park in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta parking deck and parking is validated. For more information visit urbanawellnessspa.com or call 404-596-8010.

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Peachtree Farmers Market 2016BFrom April 13 to October 26, there will be an additional day each week to enjoy the Peachtree Road Farmers Market (2744 Peachtree Road), the largest producer-only market in metro Atlanta. Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Atlantans can enjoy food and drink from familiar Saturday market vendors, new vendors, and a rotating schedule of Atlanta’s favorite chefs. Food will be available to-go, or for dining at outdoor picnic tables on-site. Each week, the Wednesday market will also feature tastings from a local craft brewery, like Second Self Beer Co.; Monday Night Brewing; Orpheus Brewing; Wrecking Bar Brewpub; plus fresh produce, eggs, dairy, and meat from local farmers and bread, pasta, jam, and more from local food producers.

The Wednesday market series will function as a mini outdoor food hall with weekly restaurant pop-ups from Atlanta chefs, like Nick Leahy of Saltyard; Jarrett Stieber of Eat Me Speak Me; Zach Meloy of Better Half; Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow, Revival, and Terminus City BBQ; Hector Santiago of El Super Pan; Nick Melvin of Venkman’s; and Terry Koval of Wrecking Bar Brewery. Please check the website throughout the market season for an up-to-date chef schedule. There will also be prepared food from the Peachtree Road Market’s regularly featured vendors, like Flora & Flour, The Spotted Trotter, Pine Street Market, S&J’s Woodfired Pizza and King of Pops.

Peachtree Farmers Market 2016In addition to dinner, the market will feature options for midweek grocery needs, like locally baked bread, farm-fresh eggs, meats and produce. All participating farmers are Certified Naturally Grown or Certified Organic, and all produce and meats are raised and grown in Georgia.

The new market hours will give Atlantans another opportunity to enjoy and support the local economy and sustainable agriculture. In case of rain, the market will be held indoors. The Peachtree Road Farmers Market will reopen Saturdays on April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Photos provided courtesy of Sara Craig-Goodell.

 

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The Capital Grille today announced its annual Wagyu & Wine event, the perfect opportunity for diners seeking an elevated post-work dining experience. Wagyu & Wine event is one of my personal favorites and will run this year from September 14th – November 22nd in The Capital Grille’s lounge. For $25, guests can choose from two different styles of Wagyu burgers, accompanied by their choice of a glass of two exceptional wines typically reserved for bottle purchases only – Justin Isosceles Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, 2012 and Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir, California, 2013.

The Capital Grille Wagyu & Wine 2015

“Wagyu beef is often referred to as ‘butter knife beef’ because it is arguably the most tender beef on earth,” said The Capital Grille’s Executive Chef Michael LaDuke. “With Wagyu & Wine, we are putting our own twist on the comfort of a burger guests love, further enhanced with premium ingredients and flawless preparation.”

“Wagyu & Wine is also a wonderful opportunity for guests to enjoy one of two exceptional wine pairings with a gourmet burger,” added George Miliotes, The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier and one of only 230 wine professionals in the world to have earned that prestigious title.

The Capital Grille’s pairings were hand-selected by Miliotes, who takes great pride in coupling world-class wines with fantastic dishes.

“When selecting a wine to pair with our Gorgonzola and Black Truffle Wagyu Burger, we factored in the need for powerful tannins to offset the richness of the meat, which is how we came to choose the 2012 Justin Isosceles Cabernet Sauvignon,” Miliotes explained. “As for our Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg, it made perfect sense to match the texture of the egg yolk to the silky smooth 2013 Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir.”

For more information go to thecapitalgrille.com. Not available in PA locations.

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.