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Trick or treat, give kids something free to eat at IHOP this Halloween


As Halloween approaches, be very afraid—and also a little hungry—because participating IHOP® restaurants in the Atlanta area are bringing back one of their most beloved traditions for kids:  the “Scary Face” pancake joins the “Just For Kids” menu, beginning October 1 and lasting throughout the month.

And as a special Halloween treat, on October 31, participating IHOP restaurants will offer kids 12 and under a “Scary Face” pancake free–and that’s no trick!

Kids 12 and under can order a “Scary Face” pancake and be able to make it into as scary—or funny— a face as they want.  The Scary Face pancake comes with one of IHOP restaurant’s world famous buttermilk pancakes, a whipped topping mouth, a glazed strawberry nose and a set of delicious decorations: two mini-Oreo® cookies to create eyes  and eight pieces of candy corn to add teeth or fangs… Let your imagination run wild!

And kids over 12—and grownups—will get a treat too, when the most popular seasonal favorite, pumpkin pancakes return to the menu at participating IHOP restaurants.

“We’re excited to bring back one of our most requested holiday promotions, the “Scary Face” pancake—and even more excited to celebrate Halloween with our guests 12 and under by giving them a free “Scary Face” pancake when they visit us on October 31,” said Natalia Franco, Vice President, Marketing, International House of Pancakes, LLC.

“Whether we’re your first stop on Halloween to fortify your kids for a day of costume parades and trick or treating or your kids want to end the day by celebrating with a “Scary Face” dinner, you’ll want to spend at least part of the day at your local IHOP restaurant,” said Franco. “The place that brings you “Everything You Love About Breakfast℠” is happy to bring you “Everything you love about Halloween!”

The “Scary Face” pancake will only be available through the month of October.  Hurry before they vanish…like ghosts!

Located at 3130 Johnson Ferry Rd., IHOP is open for business from 7am-10pm on Sunday-Thursday and 7am-12 midnight on Friday-Saturday.


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By the Numbers: Halloween treats are full of tricks!


Did you know that one pumpkin full of Halloween candy can have:

  • As much as 365 teaspoons of sugar; the same amount of sugar in 12 double scoop vanilla ice cream cones. (Which can be nearly 69 times the recommended daily serving of sugar for kids)
  • The same amount of fat in 4 sticks of butter or nearly 15 large servings of fast food French fries
  • Nearly 11,000 calories – which is almost seven days’ worth of food – or 21 meals (based on 3 meals a day) for a child.

Children’s Strong4Life has lots of great tips for families looking for healthy treats, meal ideas for Halloween night, how to limit candy consumption.

(Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)

CTC Student Run Restaurant Set To Open With New Look and Name


CTC Culinary Arts Student Alexa Izzet

The new student run restaurant at Chattahoochee Technical College’s Mountain View Campus is just about ready to open. Fresh paint, new furniture and a new name have students, faculty and staff ready to try some of the delectable creations this semester. Now called degrees, the restaurant is open a limited number of days each semester beginning Oct. 28.

“About a year ago we sat down and began thinking about how we could update this area,” explained Program Director and Instructor Chef Hilary Gallagher. “We realized that the café needed a facelift and early in 2014 we set out to do just that.”

Housed in the same campus as the college’s Interiors program, Gallagher said she approached Interiors Instructor Ginger Burton about the process. Interiors students presented design concepts and the new look started to take form.

“We wanted to make it more contemporary,” said Gallagher. “But more importantly it had to be functional.”

Tables used in the space previously were not easily moved with their heavy bases. Available in only two sizes, the tables lacked cohesiveness to allow larger groups to dine together. The new tables allow various size groups with a smaller footprint, as well as add to the contemporary look with a design that Gallagher said is one of only two of its kind in the state so far.

In addition to a restaurant, the space serves as a classroom to students. While the primary purpose of the program is food preparation, students in the program use the restaurant as a way to learn to work with the public and even such details as beverage service and computer programs required in the industry.

More than just the faculty of the college’s culinary program are excited about the new look. Students, who work both in the kitchen and front of the house for the program are thrilled with the new design. The seniors in the program, who are gearing up to cook for the restaurant, are putting the finishing touches on the menu. Most, according to Gallagher, have already invited friends and family to make a reservation for lunch.

“It has been interesting to see everyone putting their minds to work on this menu,” said CTC Culinary Arts Student Alexa Izzet of Jasper. “We’re looking at what the concept should be, what sides we can pair with each dish and what sauces will work best.”

Chattahoochee Technical College offers diploma and degree programs through its respected Culinary Arts program at the Mountain View Campus. The 62-hour degree program prepares students for the culinary profession. The program emphasizes a combination of culinary theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Those entering the culinary arts field will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities as cooks, bakers or caterers/culinary managers.

Previously Izzet had studied art history and French, but realized that her passion toward culinary was stronger. A few months away from finishing the program, she is working at an Italian restaurant in Roswell and hopes to continue there after graduation.

“This drives me,” she said of her experience. “It is fun and interesting. Studying food is never ending.”

For more information on Chattahoochee Technical College and its programs of study, visit To make a reservation for lunch, visit


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Halloween is BIG at Bradley’s Bar & Grill

This Halloween you can get all dressed up and go to Bradley’s Bar and Grill. Halloween is BIG at Bradley’s. It’s an adult party with live music, bobbing for apples for Bradley’s Bucks, best costume contest for $50 Bradley’s Bucks, and a pumpkin toss at midnight where $25 in Bradley’s Bucks goes to the female and male who throw their pumpkin the furthest. The pumpkin toss is always a crowd pleaser and quite the scene with people in costumes throwing pumpkins.

Bradley’s Bar and Grill
4961 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta 30068

Get Pizza, Pasta & Salads at Brixx


For yummy pizza, pasta, and salads in a cool atmosphere look no further than Brixx Pizza. Daily drink specials include the following: Monday $3 domestic craft beers on tap; Tuesday $3 Georgia craft beer on tap; Wednesday $3 sponsor breweries  n  tap: Sweetwater, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, and Oskar Blues; Thursday glasses of wine are 1/2 price and Sunday bottles of wine are 1/2 price.

Brixx Pizza
4475 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062

Civitans Celebrate 23rd Annual East Cobb Wine & Vine Market



The 23rd Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction hosted by the East Cobb Civitan Club ( and benefitting the Friends for the East Cobb Park (, will be held on October 16, at the Olde Towne Athletic Club at 6pm. Georgia’s Attorney General, Sam Olens and Cobb Commission Chair Tim Lee will serve as honorary co-chairs of this year’s event which is the largest fundraising activity for both the East Cobb Civitans and Friends for the East Cobb Park.

To date, this “Wine & Vine Market” has raised over $141,000 for the East Cobb Park and well over $200,000 for local charities such as MUST Ministries, The Center for Family Resources, The Center for Children and Young Adults, as well as, Civitan’s Charities such as Camp Big Heart–a camp for children and young adults with special needs. The Civitans helped spearhead a program with the Georgia Ballet in offering a new “Dance Abilities” class for special needs students. It is this annual fundraiser and other donations that provide financing for the special events that are held in the East Cobb Park such as Holiday Lights and Sunday Fundays and other seasonal events.

Founded in 1986, the East Cobb Civitan Club is a 100% volunteer organization committed to community service. The Civitans meet twice a month (noon on the 2nd Thursday and dinner on the 4th Thursday) at the Olde Towne Athletic Club (4950 Olde Towne Parkway, Marietta) and welcome members of all races, religions and ages with a common desire to provide solutions to difficult situations.

If you are interested in attending a meeting, being a donor or sponsor, (both are tax deductible) or to volunteer for this event, please contact Roselle Wilkinson, Chair of the Auction and Wine Tasting at 678-548-9635 or


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Giovanni at the helm of Valenti’s


Valenti’s kitchen is now being helmed by Giovanni, who previously was the chef-owner of the popular Giovanni’s restaurant for many years in the Parkaire shopping center.

You can also enjoy live piano music on Wednesday nights. Provided by Jeni Michelson, she sets the scene for a musical adventure while enjoying your delicious dinner. Jeni Michelson sings and plays a variety of music including swing, jazz standards, pop, soft rock & show tunes on the the grand piano in the dining room/piano lounge 6:30-9:30pm. Also on Wednesdays, bottles of wine ($50 and under) are 50% off!

Valenti’s Pasta
255 Village Parkway, Marietta 30067


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Zeal expands beer, wine selection


Zeal, A Modern Eatery, located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, continues to add to their ever growing list of craft beers and wines. Monday through Wednesday is Wine Nights and Thursday is $5 Craft Beer Night.
Enjoy your beverage of choice with or without a meal on their patio. Most fall days and nights you’ll find their window/sliding garage doors open, perfect for dining al fresco, whether it be for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Zeal, A Modern Eatery,
1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068


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Are Five Portions of Fruit & Veggies a Day Enough?


Consuming fruits and vegetables is important to reduce the risk of mortality from illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, but past studies have failed to come to a consensus on the ideal amount that should be consumed. A new study indicates that five portions of fruits and vegetables a day is optimum for reducing the risk of death from all causes. Investigators found a 5% average reduction in the risk of death from all causes and a 4% reduction in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease for each additional portion of fruit and vegetables consumed per day up to a threshold of five portions per day.

(Source: HealthQuest Chiropractic via British Medical Journal, July 2014)

New home for an old favorite. New Lucky China opens in new space.


New Lucky China – a favorite of East Cobbers as well as Falcon’s owner, Arthur Blank, and acclaimed celebrity Chef, Alton  Brown- – has a new home.

Owners, Chris and Ken Hoang, who, after 15 years at their Shallowford Road location, have relocated their retaurant to 3045 Gordy Parkway. They even built their new restaurant from the ground up. With over 2,000+ square feet, the restaurant has more  seating inside in addition to an outdoor dining area. Of special note is the bar area that has two specially designed Mah Jongg  tables. These tables are state-of-the-art. Dining patrons who are familiar with Mah Jongg are invited to play. Mah Jongg lessons are planned, too!

The Cantonese menu and prices stayed the same. There are now desserts provided by Sweet Hut Bakery. The small cake desserts are sure to please with flavors of lychee, mango and Oreo.

New Lucky China,
3045 Gordy Parkway, Marietta 30066