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Top romantic restaurants in Atlanta

You know when they talk about D-Day from WWII?  Well for an ill-prepared guy, last minute planning for Valentine’s Day is not V-Day…it’s more like D-Day.  The good news is that there are no shortage of remarkably romantic destinations in the ATL so with a little planning you can hit the jack pot.  Now heads up:  this Valentine’s Day is going to be a little tricky because even now with really a couple of weeks to go and given that it falls on a Friday, reservations at top spots are not exactly plentiful.  I say if you’re a guy and you contract up front with your significant other that you are going to do Valentine’s Day on the day before or the day after, it still should be worth points.  Or if the prime time is taken, snag the early res and hit a movie afterwards.  What I am certain is that if you wait until the last minute it will feel like you are storming the beaches of Normandy so don't wait!  So this is a cheat sheet of places to take your sweetheart around V-Day so get busy!

First let’s start with a nod to tried-and-true romatic traditions from the old guard: 

Bacchanalia—this is still my undisputed heavy weight champion restaurant in the city for romance and all the people who submit surveys that go into the  Zagat guide agree—it’s #1.  Chef Anne Quatrano is in my opinion the godmother of Atlanta cooking and the experience you get here is near flawless every time.  It’s elegant, sophisticated and knee-bucklingly delicious.  Also right below Bacchanalia is their sister restaurant, Quionnes, rocks for romance so if you can’t get into one, try the other.

There is just something about Italian food that inspires amore, no?  Sotto Sotto in Inman Park does it as well as anyone in town and there is something about the rustic Italian cooking, warm space and neighborhoody ambiance that always equated to romance for me and many others.  If you haven’t tried them before get over there.

Another tried and true big gun of the romantic scene is Aria in Buckhead. The dining room is a work of art as is the food.  Dinner there is almost hypnotic in a good way.  Top scores for food, wine and ambience there.

A lot of loyalists braced themselves when chef Kevin Gillespie left Woodfire Grill over on Cheshire Bridge to open his own space but new executive chef Tyler Williams has stepped into Kevin’s large, tattooed shoes and won’s top new chef award last year.  I was there the other night and it was firing on all cylinders.  I had the wood roasted stuffed rainbow trout with creamed kale and a—get this—gold fish cracker porridge.  Chef Tyler’s menu is full great twists like that and you will love the mix of intimacy and energy there.

And finally from the old guard, one of my favorite little hidden gems—McKinnon’s Louisiane in Buckhead.  Now McKinnon’s is real old school.  It has been open since 1972 and very little has changed.  It’s a little Love Boat, a little JR Ewing and a little Miami Vice decor-wise but I promise you it’s like falling into into a wonderful time warp with great service.  Aziz Mehram has been running it since 1979 and he is a classic Mr. Roark-type host serving New Orleans classics along the lines of Gallatoires if you are familiar with that.  

Now on to the new and and heart throbbing:  

One of the sexiest new places I have been recently is called Ink and Elm.  It’s over in the Emory Village and it’s dazzling.  Local architects Ai3 have done another marvelous job on the atmosphere.  They have a fantastic bar with a roaring fireplace behind it, a wicked drink menu and they do a great job with oysters—which of course is an aphrodisiac.

Here’s a little well-kept secret:  Tantra.  Tantra is on Peachtree St. in Buckhead next to the Imperial Fez and it’s one of the sultriest dining spaces in town.  The cuisine is from the spice route so there are influences from Perisan to Indian to the Mediterranean and lots of places in between.  The flavors are seductive and as tantra is a hindu tradition of romantic love you take my word for it this place is perfect for couples.

And finally the day it snowed was the day I picked to try Ford Fry’s newest creation St. Cecilia and I can tell you that he’s completed his incredible trifecta in less than 18 months with The Optimist, King + Duke and now St. Cecilia. This new concept takes over the vacated Bluepointe space across from Phipps.  It’s was always a stunning dining room with 50-foot ceilings but Fry’s team has transfomed it into a soothing setting to eat spectacular northern Italian cuisine.  I was particularly blown away by their pastas—I had a pansotti stuffed with roasted beets and ricotta chesse as well as a ravioli stuffed with apples and mascarpone and topped with fresh lobster that were simply transcendent.  Grab a bite there and go see a movie in the deluxe seats at Phipps.  Perfecto!

Actress strives to eat in city's fancy restaurants on other people's tab

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TORONTO -- A wannabe actress in Toronto is taking to the Web to help in her quest to eat at every high-end restaurant in the city, on someone else's bill and she's using popular dating sites to do it.  

On her Tumblr, Erin, as she's known, spelled out her plan to join the sites to find anyone, man or woman, to help eat at the hot spots.

According to Business Insider, she has come up with a list of about 50 restaurants she wants to visit.  She then documenting the dates online. 

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The Globe and Mail reports that she has gone so far as to pose as Jewish to date guys on the online service JDate and admits to dating recent immigrants to avoid blowing her cover. 

Her scheme was outed on Reddit, getting reaction from support to anger.  

The dirt on dating: My open relationship

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For many of us, the urge to couple up is a strong one. It might even be programmed into our DNA[1][2]. But does love mean never dating or having sex with other people?

Several years ago, I decided to challenge the idea that the only way to a loving, committed relationship was to be monogamous. My then-boyfriend and I decided to try an open relationship. We were committed to each other, referred to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend, and were both allowed to date and be physically intimate with other people. We eventually broke up (for various reasons, most of which weren’t related to our openness), but since then I’ve remained interested in rethinking relationships — and it turns out I’m not alone.

Nonmonoga-me — Current Trends

 Estimates suggest there are more than half a million openly polyamorous families in the U.S., and in 2010, an estimated eight million couples were practicing some form of nonmonogamy[3]. Even among married couples, open relationships can be successful; some studies suggest they’re common in gay marriages[4].

For today’s 20- and 30-somethings, these trends are meaningful. More than 40 percent of millenials think marriage is “becoming obsolete” (compared to 43 percent of Gen Xers, 35 percent of Baby Boomers, and 32 percent of people aged 65-plus). And almost half of millenials say they view changes in family structures positively, compared to only a quarter of elderly respondents. In other words, monogamy — though a perfectly viable choice — doesn’t workfor everyone.

It certainly wasn’t working for me. Blame it on a couple unhealthy relationships in my youth: For whatever reason, in my mind “monogamy” had come to be associated with possessiveness, jealousy, and claustrophobia — not quite what one desires from everlasting love. I wanted to care about someone without feeling owned by them, and I wanted that someone to feel the same way. Add to that the fact that I’d been single for a while (after having been in a monogamous relationship for even longer) and — I’m woman enough to admit it — wasn’t ready to give up the freedom to flirt with strangers. Beyond that, I wasn’t sure what I wanted, exactly, but I knew I didn’t want to feel suffocated by a partner. So when I started dating… let’s call him “Bryce”… I geared myself up for hurt feelings, got over my own awkwardness, and broached it: Have you ever thought about having an open relationship?

Open relationships tend to fall into two general categories, says Greatist Expert and sex counselor Ian Kerner: Couples might negotiate a nonmonogamous arrangement like the one I had with Bryce, in which each individual has the freedom to date and/or have sex with people outside the relationship. Or couples will choose to swing, adventuring outside their monogamous relationship as a unit (having sex with other people together, as in a three-or-more-some). But these categories are pretty fluid, and they shift depending on a given couple’s needs and boundaries[5].

Monogamy = Monotony? — Why Couples Go Rogue

 The tricky thing about relationships is they’re all different, so there’s no “one reason” why people decide to explore alternative relationship models[6].

Still, there are a wide range of theories about why monogamy hasn’t proved universally satisfying... 

To read the rest of this article and find out what the author decided about open relationships, go to

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