Foodie Event Alert: Taste of Atlanta is Back!

BY: - 21 Oct '14 | Home

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We love vacations, getaways, personal holidays whatever you want to call it…we love time off to relax and just enjoy quality time with family and friends.  Sometimes we can’t go on that vacation or weekend getaway we really want to enjoy because of time, budget or other commitments.  That’s the time we should enjoy a staycation, a mini vacation/break right in our own backyard/city.

I believe food festivals are a great way to enjoy quality time with your spouse while getting away from the stress of your daily grind.  It’s also the perfect way to experience your favorite foods and awesome new cuisine.  This year the ‘Taste of Atlanta’ celebrates 13 years of fabulous food and Atlanta’s great neighborhoods.

Atlanta is the food capital of the South and to prove it, the festival brings 90 restaurants and 300 tastes together over 3 days. Bring the kids cause the ‘family food zone’ is just for the young foodies.  Want to cook like your favorite celebrity chef?  Sharpen your cooking skills in the ‘kitchen workshop.’   This culinary adventure will also celebrate Atlanta’s diversity by showcasing local chefs from your favorite neighborhoods.

Participating restaurants include:  Paschal’s, G’s Midtown, The Melting Pot, 10th & Piedmont, 4th & Swift and Sprinkles cupcakery for the desert lovers.

Save money by purchasing your tickets online.  Tickets are $25 in advance (includes 10 taste coupons) and $35 at the door.  Need more taste coupons?  Visit www.tasteofatlanta.com to buy 5 taste coupons for $5.  If you’re a wine lover, the VIP experience is for you!  VIP Experience ticket holders will enjoy 40+ craft beers and a unique selection of wines from around the world in addition to special food and wine tastings.  Festival hours are 12-8p on Saturday and 12-6p on Sunday.  VIP Experience hours are 12:30-5:30p both days.

The ‘Taste of Atlanta’ is sure to be a sellout, so wear comfortable clothes and most importantly comfortable shoes. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

‘The Taste of Atlanta’ is  one of the top food festivals in the country and a great weekend of food and fun for everyone.  Don’t miss it!  For more information including the complete listing of participating restaurants, please visit www.tasteofatlanta.com.

Eat up and enjoy!

BMWK: Do you have a “Taste” event in your city? How is the food?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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The Long Lasting Effects of Witnessing Domestic Violence as a Child

BY: - 23 Oct '14 | Home

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“Mom, what was your dad like?”  I really didn’t know how to answer that question when my daughter asked me.  Do I tell her that my father was a monster that used to punch my mother in the face in front of me?  Do I tell her about the time he beat our puppy to death (literally) because he peed in the house.  Or what about the time he came up to my school and assaulted my 3rd grade teacher for advising my mother to leave him after he saw her with bruises. Which story should I share?  I chose not to tell her any of it.  She is not ready.  Instead I told her that my dad was not a very nice man and that we grew up without him.

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.? – ncadv.org

The way domestic violence affects children is devastating.  According to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:  The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

I was 10 years old when my mother left my father after years of brutality.  For many years after, I had nightmares about him.  The after effects of the circumstances caused me to have a profound distrust and lack of respect for the male species.  I was raised by many strong women:  Moms, Aunts and Grandmothers.  Men were of little to no use to me and most of the time I let them know that I didn’t need them because I was independent.  I made it my life’s mission to help children of domestic abuse.  I studied Social Work in college and dedicated much of my early 20’s volunteering at children’s shelters and working with battered women.  But I still hadn’t dealt with my own issues.  I am a child of Domestic Violence.  When my future husband came along the first time, I wasn’t ready. I was bitter, distrustful and resentful of his efforts to make a future with me.  I rejected him and all that he had to offer.  Eventually he gave up and moved on or so I thought.  An entire decade and 2 kids later he came back into my life and this time I was ready to receive him.

During those years that he wasn’t in my life I became this super human woman with 2 kids, 2 jobs, in school, an AVID partier and with endless volunteer responsibilities.  I chose to hide from what was killing me on the inside by keeping myself busy.  I pretended that I didn’t need a man, when really I was scared of what might happen if I entered into a serious relationship with one.  When my future husband came back after years of me rejecting him, it forced me to deal with the reasons I had pushed him away in the first place.  The real reason wasn’t independence it was fear.  I was scared.  I had no examples of how men should treat women.  I only knew what I witnessed.

If you think that kids are not affected by domestic violence or that they will somehow forget because they are too little, think again.  I remember as far back as 4 years old and my memories are not pleasant ones.  If you and your children are in this situation, I suggest that you seek help now before it’s too late.  If your kids have witnessed abuse in the home, consult with outside resources.  Even if they appear to not be affected, trust me they are.  The post trauma can last well into adulthood.  Abuse can be more than just physical as stated above.  Take action now to protect the emotional well being of your family.  I am so glad that my husband was patient with me and allowed me to work through my own issues with this before we got married.  I am thankful that God, my strength and my husband’s strength and love saw me through and that we can now provide a non violent home for our children.

IF YOU NEED HELP, DIAL THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

BMWK: Did you witness domestic violence as a child?

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Stacey Taylor wrote 51 articles on this blog.

Stacey Taylor aka "The SistahChick" is the 40+ SuperChick behind TheSistahCafe.com, Sistah Buttah, and OurNaturalKids.ning.com. She is a writer, blogger and Social Media Maven with a passion for natural hair and her community. Through her online presence she promotes generational self acceptance for women & children alike. Since 2009 Stacey has used her blog to share her love for Atlanta's thriving social scene, natural hair and her successful life as a wife, mother & entrepreneur. Stacey is an Indiana native currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and kids.

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