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Beach. Spa. Rave. Repeat.

Beach. Spa. Rave. Repeat.

 By D. David Kinney

With a bottle of bubbly on ice beside my lounge chair and the calming sound of water falling from a fountain behind me, I closed my eyes and basked in Ft. Lauderdale’s glorious sunshine. It feels like I’m a million miles away from Atlanta, but just four short hours ago I was wrestling with my suitcase at the Midtown MARTA Station.

It was an odd scene. I was riding the escalator down toward the MARTA train when a strap on my bag got caught in the mechanics. Admittedly, I was still half asleep so the ordeal took me by surprise at the bottom. Sure it was incredibly early in the morning, but I got a fantastic deal on the first flight out on Spirit Airlines. For less than $200 I flew round trip to Ft. Lauderdale on a comfy Airbus A321. You can’t argue with that.

I had never flown with Spirit and I had some initial reservations (pun totally intended); however, the airline quickly schooled me in why they’re so popular. You can choose what to pay for and what you don’t want to pay for on your flight. Some people on the plane were grumbling about being nickle and dimed… but I rather enjoyed the a la carte approach.

If you’re familiar with taking discount airlines in Europe this experience is rather similar. However, there are some key differences that make Spirit better. Unlike discount airlines found elsewhere in the world, Spirit’s website is fairly straightforward with its pricing. Yes, you will have to pay for each checked bag (which is fairly standard now) and pay for soda and snacks on board. But you also have to pay to bring a carry-on bag as well. Want to pick your seat? That is an extra charge, too.

The flight takes about two hours to get to Ft. Lauderdale from Atlanta which makes this sunny hotspot an attractive weekend getaway. When you get to the airport round up your luggage, hail a taxi and head straight to the beautiful Grand Resort and Spa (539 North Birch Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304). This gay owned and operated piece of paradise is one of my favorite hotels in South Florida. It was also named one of The Travel Channel’s “Best All-Inclusive Resorts” for 2014.

With lots of great gay guys from all over the country, a clothing optional Tropical Courtyard, a sparkling swimming pool and bubbling jacuzzi, the Grand Resort and Spa has everything you could ever want at a gay beach resort. What could possibly make this oasis of vacation perfection even better? The Grand Resort and Spa is also incredibly pet friendly! If your dog or cat is under 35 pounds you can bring him or her along for the fun. Not a dog fan? Don’t fret. Pets aren’t allowed in any of the common areas.

The resort also offers five different spa packages for guests. The “Beach Essential” package is absolutely perfect for a pampered beach weekend getaway. Each person receives a body scrub, Swedish massage and an exfoliating pedicure during their stay. Have you ever experienced a deep massage after spending the day at the beach? It’s the perfect way to transition from the beach to a fun night out in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami.

Looking for a fun gay place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some drinks? Head to Wilton Manors and check out Georgie’s Alibi (2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305). Whether you’re going for Sunday brunch and Bloody Marys or a good ole’ cheeseburger after hours in the surf, there is always a great atmosphere and lots of gay guys hanging out.

The food at Georgie’s Alibi is delicious, but nothing in life that tastes that good is calorie free. So grab your dancing shoes and join the always hopping crowd at The Manor (2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305). This two-level nightclub isn’t very far from Georgie’s Alibi and regularly features international DJs and well-known singers on their large stage.

Whether you’re dancing the night away in Ft. Lauderdale or sitting poolside at the Grand Resort and Spa, this is a great weekend getaway from Atlanta. It won’t break the bank, and there is so much to do you’ll undoubtedly be planning your next trip on the flight home.

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Dining Done Right

Dining Done Right

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The  new  dining  concept  at  TEN  Atlanta  is  simple:  keep  it  about the  food  and  don’t  over-conceptualize  it.  When  done  right,  the  food  will  resonate  on  its  own.  FENUXE  sat  down  for  a  talk  with  Kevin  Spencer  and  a  taste  of  what  is  offered  at  the  new  Table  at  TEN.

It’s been a year since TEN Atlanta first opened its doors offering a bar food-inspired menu at the popular Midtown hangout. However, the fun nightlife spot hasn’t been able to shake its bar-with-bar-food image. Despite an Asian-inspired menu revision last fall, TEN was overlooked by Midtown diners who were looking for a bite to eat while waiting for the magic hour (10 p.m. of course) when the restaurant transforms into a nightclub… but that’s about to change.

Kevin Spencer, a writer and musician, along with his wife Krystee Manifold Spencer (former manager of Wet Bar and guest-star on TV shows “Designed To Sell” & “Curb Appeal”), Marcus Sanders and Nicholas Pascale have teamed up with TEN owner James Nelson to create a new dining experience at the popular bar – it’s simply called Table at TEN and the aim is to do the dining experience right.

Why Table at TEN? Because the table is a place where people come together. “We made an extensive list of what brings people together: family, food, drinks, friendship – and a table!” Kevin Spencer says about how the name came about, “It was literally right there.” The aim is to bring a sense of family back into the dining experience with well-prepared, high quality food items that are rooted in Southern food culture, but with that coveted contemporary twist. The new menu will not only comfort but also surprise and thrill every diner’s palate. But the play on family goes even deeper than that: “Everyone needs a family,” Kevin Spencer says, “It may not be the family you are related to, but the friends that you surround yourself with—the people that you call family.” The strong sense of family—in all its variations—and getting friends together is also reflected in the menu. One of the highlights on the new menus is the Fried Chicken & Friendship; a prix fixe menu consisting of traditional family-style fried chicken with mashed potatoes, green beans, mac n’ cheese, deviled eggs, and biscuits with gravy. And, of course, to top it all off there is a pineapple upside down cake for dessert! However, it’s not just the ‘homecoming’ meal itself that screams family, but the fact that the prix fixe menu can only be reserved in advance by four people or more. So before you sink your teeth into the crisp, fried chicken, tasty mac and cheese and the smoothest potato mash you’ll ever have, you have to consider who you want to share the meal with—who do you consider family?

Other menu items include a selection of starters that include: crisp hushpuppies, deviled eggs and pierogies. The main entrees include tasty staples like a juicy pork chop, chicken fingers, a whole, roasted chicken, an amazing steak frites plate and classic shrimp and grits. Even though each dish may seem traditionally Southern, executive chef Scott Crombie has infused each and every bite with notable and delicious contemporary twists. For example, don’t miss the amazingly smooth sauce with a slight kick that accompanies the hushpuppies. Additionally there are the buttered beans steamed to perfection with a slight hint of garlic and the mac and cheese which is topped with a cracker crumble. They’re some of the most delectable sides you can imagine. 

If you wish to eat lighter, try customizing your own salad from the bottom up with their impressive list of ingredients. You can’t go wrong since very sauce, dressing and dish component is made from scratch with only the best of ingredients—a condition that Scott Crombie was adamant about when hired for the job as Table at TEN’s executive chef.

Right now Table at TEN is open for dinner service from 5-10 p.m. with the full-bar opening for the Atlanta party crowd 10 p.m. Diners can continue the fun on the dance floor or enjoy the privacy of their cozy table. Every Sunday Table at TEN takes over the entire bar space to serve up their already popular “Sunday Brunch At Your Leisure,” which features an unlimited selection of brunch faves and made to order omelettes. Similar to the the dinner experience at Table at TEN the idea is not to rush anything and let guests enjoy hours of delicious food, drinks and great company. Future plans include extending their hours to include lunch and to introduce a grab-and-go selection between the wee hours of 2-5 a.m. This will be perfect for the party people who want to satisfy those late night munchies after a night of solely liquid ingestion.

Table at TEN is undeniably a welcome addition to the Midtown restaurant scene. It will no doubt thrill diners with its new twist on Southern cooking and refreshingly straightforward concept of—to use the exact words of Kevin Spencer—dining done right.

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

By D. David Kinney

If you’re ready to thaw out after Atlanta’s recent snow and ice storm there are tons of great events to choose from this weekend. FENUXE’s “Weekend Best Bets” are in bold below!

Valentine’s Day FRIDAY 2/14/2014:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free HIV tests for Love Day 2014 at AID Atlanta

4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Dinner at Campagnolo

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. SeaNights at Georgia Aquarium

7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. HUNK AUCTION Benefiting Lost-N-Found at Burkhart’s Pub

9:00 p.m. Heart Throb Valentine’s Day Hookup Party at Mary’s

9:00 p.m. Valentine’s Night Edition at My Sister’s Room

9:30 p.m. The Other Show – Valentine’s Day Edition at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Diva Night at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Boys Suck Valentine’s Day Party at Felix’s

10:00 p.m. “I ♥ FUR” Valentine’s Day Party at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Charlie’s Angels at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Got Leche? at Club Rush

11:00 p.m. Femme Fatale at Burkhart’s Pub

SATURDAY 2/15/2014:

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Georgia GSA Youth Summit 2014 at Agnes Scott College

12:00 p.m. Cupid’s Undie Run in Midtown Atlanta

1:00 p.m. Emerging from the Margins at the Phillip Rush Center

7:00 p.m. Romeo et Juliette NITE OUT at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

8:00 p.m. The End with Ally Queered Al Yankadic at Heretic Atlanta

8:00 p.m. Romeo et Juliette at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

9:00 p.m. Ruby’s Redd Light District at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

10:00 p.m. Pajama Party at Eagle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Drag-X-otic at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Weekend With DJ Gauthreaux at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Eat Your Heart Out Valentine’s Edition at My Sister’s Room

10:30 p.m. “Atlanta’s Best Dance Party” at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. Midnight Madness at 10th & Piedmont

11:00 p.m. SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

SUNDAY 2/16/2014:

3:00 a.m. New Location Party at XION

1:00 p.m. Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Monthly Meeting at First Existentialist

5:00 p.m. Armory Reunion at Amsterdam Atlanta

6:30 p.m. P.A.L.S. Bourbon Street Bingo at Jungle Atlanta

8:00 p.m. The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. Flashback Showgirls at 10th & Piedmont

ALL WEEKEND:

8:00 p.m. Well-Strung at Actor’s Express (Sunday’s performance is at 2 p.m.)

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Atlanta New Year’s Eve Events & Parties

Atlanta New Year’s Eve Events & Parties

By D. David Kinney

Looking for a fun spot to ring in the new year? From parties benefiting charity to your favorite neighborhood gay bar there is something for everyone this year! Check out our list below, grab some friends and celebrate the arrival of 2014!

New Year’s Eve Events In Metro Atlanta:

6:00 — Peach Drop with singer Janelle Monáe and David Koechner

6:00 — New Year’s Eve Party at LeBuzz Marietta

6:00 — Holiday Light Spectacular Gift of Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway

7:00 — Masquerade Ball at Lips Atlanta

7:00 — New Year’s Gala at Loews Atlanta

7:30 — Ruby’s Redd Light District NYE Spectacular Extravaganza

8:00 — Attack of the New Year’s Eve Party Monster at Mary’s Atlanta

8:00 — Atlanta Symphony Orchestra New Year’s Eve

8:00 — New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion with Cedric the Entertainer

8:00 — New Year’s Eve at BJ Roosters

8:00 — Masquerade Ball at My Sister’s Room

8:00 — Swinging Richards New Year’s Eve

9:00 — Genesis with DJ Eddie Baez at Heretic Atlanta

9:00 — Glitter & Fur New Year’s Eve Party at Takorea

9:00 — Swank New Year’s Party at 10th & Piedmont

9:00 — New Year’s Eve at The Model T

9:30 — New Year’s Eve With Michelle Malone at Eddie’s Attic

10:00 — NYE 2014 at Burkhart’s Pub

10:00 — New Year’s Eve Party at Bulldogs Bar Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at the Atlanta Eagle

10:00 — New Year’s Eve 2014 at TEN Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Bliss Atlanta

10:00 — Pennies From Heaven NYE 2014 at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 — Party Like A Rock Star NYE 8.0 at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve Red Carpet Affair VIII at 595 North Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve Bash at Amsterdam Atlanta

10:00 — Champagne Toast at Friends on Ponce

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Woofs Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Mixx Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at The Hideaway

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Felix’s

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Opus 1

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Cockpit Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Oscar’s Atlanta

10:00 — New Year’s Eve at Tripp’s Bar & Grill

New Year’s Day Hangover Relief?

3:00 (a.m.) — New Year’s Day at Xion

6:30 (a.m.) — New Year’s Day Morning Party at Heretic Atlanta

11:00 (a.m.) — New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet

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FENUXE Best of Atlanta 2013

FENUXE Best of Atlanta 2013

It is official! Nominations are now being accepted for the FENUXE Best of Atlanta 2013. Every year Atlanta’s LGBT community nominates and votes for the best businesses, organizations, and groups in the metro area. And this year the FENUXE Best of Atlanta awards couldn’t come at any better time with so many great things to celebrate. Join FENUXE as we recognize and celebrate the businesses, organizations, and groups that make Atlanta and Atlanta’s LGBT community great. Nominate your favorites below:

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The French 75

The French 75

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

In honor of France passing marriage equality, we’re gonna show you how to make your guests “ooh-la-la” with the French 75.

You’ll need:

1 lemon
2 ounces chilled dry sparkling wine

1 1/2 ounces of gin
1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce of simple syrup
Some ice.

The execution:
Grab a zester or a paring knife and slice the lemon peel into a long, thin spiral about six inches long.  In cocktail shaker, add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Toss in some ice and shake it like a Polaroid picture for 20 seconds. Strain the mix into a chilled champagne flute and pour in some sparkling water.Curl the lemon peel around your finger to create your twist, then use it to garnish the drink. Voila! The French 75.

 

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

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Jon Hamm and John Stamos Partied Where in Midtown?

Jon Hamm and John Stamos Partied Where in Midtown?

By Dwayne Kinney, Digital Editor

If your best friend swears that he saw Jon Hamm and John Stamos over the weekend, for once, he’s probably right! The two hunky men were out and about in Midtown Saturday and ended their night with drinks in Gerber Group’s Living Room at the W Atlanta – Midtown. Our source tells us that both Hamm and Stamos were in great spirits — drinking cocktails and enjoying each other’s company throughout the night. 

Hamm and Stamos were recently featured on FENUXE’s list “7 Celebs in Atlanta We Wish Were Gay.” Did our wish come true? Are these two gorgeous men a new power couple? No … they’re straight. But there is nothing wrong with a little window shopping and we still wouldn’t mind having a drink with either man on 14th Street.

Hamm is currently in Atlanta filming a movie called “Million Dollar Arm.” Stamos is in town for a few weeks filming “Necessary Roughness” for the USA Network.

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Out Photos: HENRY’s midtown tavern

Out Photos: HENRY’s midtown tavern

Saturday was the grand opening party at HENRY’s midtown tavern. Donations were accepted at the door benefiting the AIDS Vaccine 200 Ride and the Aids Research Consortium of Atlanta. A fun crowd of mostly gay Atlantans were there checking out the new midtown business.

The location has undergone a complete renovation and now has an inviting new look. Rich browns, natural tones, and wood features throughout give the space a masculine and comfortable feeling. Enjoy our photos from the event:

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

With little chance of rain this weekend and temperatures in the mid 80s, most of us at FENUXE will surely be by the pool this weekend. However, there are several events that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy the great weather and fantastic events, but don’t forget your sunscreen! You don’t want to show up to the CHRIS Kids’ Premiere Party looking like a cooked lobster!

FRIDAY, May 31, 2013:

LeBuzz is turning the tables yet again with their fourth annual Turnabout night. The staff become the entertainers and the entertainers become the staff. Turnabout nights are always great fun and crowded, so get here early.

The Fab Five revue hosted by Angelica D’Paige starts at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s. Join the always entertaining gals as they welcome tonight’s special guest, Isabella Diamante

ATL-Food-and-WineThe Atlanta Food and Wine Festival started yesterday and goes all weekend celebrating Southern food and beverage traditions this summer. The event will include cooking and cocktail classes, tasting tents to showcase the South’s top chefs, and dinner events with out of town chefs and mixologists. Tickets are available here.

SATURDAY, June 1, 2013:

CHRIS Kids’ Premiere Party at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. CHRIS Kids has been helping abused and neglected youth in the metro-Atlanta area since 1981. The party will be hosted by co-chair Brent Garner and Vandy Beth Glenn with cocktails and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 at the door.

The (Pork) Roast of Rick Westbrook at Jungle Atlanta starts tonight at 6 p.m. Join some of your favorite drag queens as they roast Rick Westbrook, executive director for Lost-n-Found. Guest roasters include Edie Cheezburger and Ruby Redd with a special appearance by Peep Peep from Le Sexoflex, who’ll perform a new song.

VA-SummerfestVirginia-Highland’s Summerfest is today and tomorrow with art, shopping, food, and music coming together for a family fun weekend. The event kicks off with a 5K race and the Tot Trot. The festivities include paintings, photography, jewelry, food, and live music. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

SUNDAY, June 2, 2013:

The Evolution Project’s 2013 Spring Fling starts today at 5 p.m. in Piedmont Park. The event will feature good music, fun games, a tasty cookout, and the premiere public screening of Maurice Jamal’s 2011 film “Dirty Laundry.” Admission is free. 

BOOK-CLUB-HORIZON-THEATRE“The Book Club Play” continues at the Horizon Theatre poking fun at life, literature, love and friends reading between the lines. A comedy revolving around a passionate book club member with the perfect life, things take a turn when a new member shakes things up. Tickets are $25 and can be found online, alongside showtimes, here

The Armorettes take over Burkhart’s starting at 8 p.m. for their fun and hilarious Sunday show. Join the award-winning ladies as they entertain with comedy and song for a great end to the weekend. You can see FENUXE’s photos from last week’s show here.   

A legal clinic for same-sex couples, presented by the Georgia Benefits Counsel and the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., will be held at The Phillip Rush Center from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Today’s legal clinic is part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month. 

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