David Atlanta http://davidatlanta.com Atlanta's #1 LGBT Community Magazine Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:48:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Read the new David Atlanta now http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/read-new-david-atlanta-now-3/ http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/read-new-david-atlanta-now-3/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:34 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=131990 David Atlanta Vol. 17 Issue 51: Winter Wonderlust. Plus, staving off the holiday blues, home bar and holiday drink tips and more!

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Winter Wonderlust http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/winter-wonderlust/ http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/winter-wonderlust/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:00:59 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=131979 We’re heating things up just as mother nature is supposed to be turning things down with our Winter Wonderlust shoot with Richie Arpino. Check out the photos below:          

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We’re heating things up just as mother nature is supposed to be turning things down with our Winter Wonderlust shoot with Richie Arpino. Check out the photos below:

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Kick the Blues http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/kick-blues/ http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/kick-blues/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:55:24 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132008 It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that’s what we’re led to believe. For some people it is the time to dream of white Christmases, while others feel blue. A holiday season that places emphasis on shopping, togetherness, and overall wellbeing, can also serves as a reminder of personal misfortune in ...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that’s what we’re led to believe. For some people it is the time to dream of white Christmases, while others feel blue. A holiday season that places emphasis on shopping, togetherness, and overall wellbeing, can also serves as a reminder of personal misfortune in finances, romantic loneliness, and poor health. As temperature drops for some of us so does the mood. Fortunately there are many things to do in Atlanta to help stave the blues off.

Explore your surroundings. Atlanta is full of new and exciting things to see! Go explore the Bellwood Quarry or get a full view of the city in the Ferris wheel at SkyView Atlanta. Check out the Jackson Street Bridge to get a fantastic view of the downtown landscape.

Kick start New Year’s Resolutions. The hard part of maintaining an exercise goal is that it can be hectic to find a good gym and sometimes the membership fees are too much. Let the city be your gym. Jog in Piedmont Park or take a trip down the Beltline. If you don’t mind feeling the real winds of winter you can climb Stone Mountain and feel a new sense of accomplishment. You’ll release endorphins and increase your mood.

Challenge your senses. You can delight your eyes and nose by visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can smell their famous orchids and get a view of the forest from forty feet above the ground. If you’re in the mood to really test yourself you can go skydiving, without having to face the cold! Atlanta Skydiving Center, Vertsky Sports Center, and Adventure Sport Skydiving are three different indoor skydiving facilities to allow you a chance to free fall for an adrenaline rush.

Educate yourself. Keeping your mind busy is a great way to keep your thoughts positive. You can learn how the news is broadcasted by visiting the CNN center, or revisit the stories of the past with the Cyclorama Civil War Museum. For other history and attractions the Atlanta History Center offers two museums and links you to noteworthy locations across the city.

Show someone you care. If you’re feeling blue chances are you are not the only one. Reach out to someone and let them know you care about them. You can get them a gift from Tuesday Morning or Richard’s Variety Store, or you can invite them to explore the city with you. As fun at Atlanta can be, it can be even better with the company of a good friend.

Finally, eat ice cream. It comes in many varieties and after all of the exploring, exercising, and day planning you will have worked up an appetite. Visit Morreli’s or Paolo’s Gelato for a frozen treat. No one ever said things got worse because of ice cream, unless you are lactose intolerant. Grab a spoon and let the warmth of the city melt the winter blues away.

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Drink, and Be Mary http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/drink-mary/ http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/drink-mary/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:52:25 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132001 Having the perfect signature cocktail recipe for your holiday party can be a deal breaker. You want something that’s tasty and could appeal to most everyone. It has to be strong, but not too strong (no reason to peel someone off your floor in the morning). You also want to use unexpected ingredients and garnish ...

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Having the perfect signature cocktail recipe for your holiday party can be a deal breaker. You want something that’s tasty and could appeal to most everyone. It has to be strong, but not too strong (no reason to peel someone off your floor in the morning). You also want to use unexpected ingredients and garnish so as to make sure that the holiday cocktail is memorable for a long time to come. Assembled here are a wonderful variety of holiday cocktail recipes. Some can be made well in advance and in sufficient proportions to satisfy the entire party!

 

gingerbread_martini_lgGingerbread Martini

– 1.25 oz SMIRNOFF® Vanilla
– 0.25 oz STIRRINGS® Ginger Flavored Liqueur
– 1.5 oz apple juice
– 0.25 oz lemon
– 0.25 oz honey syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a well sugar/cinnamon rimmed chilled martini glass.

 

 

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– 1.5 oz CAPTAIN MORGAN® Original Spiced Rum
– 0.5 oz pecan pie syrup
– 2-3 dashes chocolate bitters

Build drink over ice in a rocks glass. Stir and garnish with an orange peel.

 

 

 

CR_Kings-Cider_LRGKing’s Cider

– 1.5 oz CROWN ROYAL® Blended Canadian Whisky
– 2 oz heated cider
– 0.25 oz honey
– 0.25 oz lemon juice
– 1 sprinkle cinnamon
– 1 piece(s) cinnamon stick

Serve warm in a coffee mug. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and garnish with cinnamon stick.

 

 

Not_A_Snowballs_Chance_Bowl_1115LRGCOPYNot a Snowball’s Chance Punch

– 8 oz TANQUERAY® London Dry Gin
– 4 oz NAVANA® Vanilla Liqueur
– 1 bottle champagne
– 6 oz lime juice
– 4 oz simple syrup
– 8 oz cold water
– 0.5 oz cherry stone/anise bitters

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Top with champagne. Garnish with cinnamon sticks (glass only), cloves & lemon wheels – lemon wheel with the cloves (just a couple) pierced through the meat of the fruit (in bowl and glass).

 

DJ_MargaritaLegendario-LRG10262012Anejo Spicy Margarita

– 1.25 oz DON JULIO® Anejo Tequila
– 0.25 oz GRAND MARNIER® Liqueur
– 0.5 oz lime juice
– 0.25 oz simple syrup
– 0.25 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
– 1 lime wedge
– salt or sugar rim (optional)

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Salt or sugar rim optional.

 

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Bitch: Holiday DRAMA http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/favorite-bitch-holiday-drama/ http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/favorite-bitch-holiday-drama/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:14:20 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=131974 Most of us are out shopping for treasured holiday gifts and preparing to spend time with our loved ones. But the folks in this week’s Favorite Bitch are buying drama by the pound and cozying up with strangers. Holidays don’t take a break from bullshit, so get a cup of Christmas cheer and get ready ...

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Most of us are out shopping for treasured holiday gifts and preparing to spend time with our loved ones. But the folks in this week’s Favorite Bitch are buying drama by the pound and cozying up with strangers. Holidays don’t take a break from bullshit, so get a cup of Christmas cheer and get ready for some good ole fashioned advice for an ultra modern world!

 

Dear Miss Tiger,

I’m 19 and a college freshman. I’ve been talking to this older guy and things are starting to get serious. He wants to take me away over the holidays. My parents know I’m gay, but how can I talk to them about our 11-year age gap?

-Zackery

Dear If They’re Okay With You Liking Dick – Then They’ll Be Okay With You Liking One With Some Coins,

Speaking of money – I’m sure your parents are still paying for all your Spring Break vacations, so go on ahead and let somebody else pay for your winter frolicking … and give those bitches a break!

P.S.

Parents will usually be okay if the older dude is hot and conservative looking. But if that motha fuckah is serving Troll Realness, be prepared to pay college tuition yo’ damn self!

 

Dear Miss Tiger,

Every year my Christmas office party becomes more and more out of control. Last year my boyfriend suggested I get a hotel room to prevent driving home drunk. The problem is that I let a co-worker crash there and we ended up fucking. Should I go to the party this year?

-Brad

Dear Your Man Thought Mints Came With The Room – Not Side Dick,

Being absent from an office party can come across as shady. It could also prevent you from getting that long-overdue-raise you been hoping for in the New Year. My advice is go to the party and if you’re gonna end up messy and fucking someone again … fuck your boss or the human resources director. This way you’ll have a good time, bust a nut in some new boypussy AND secure your motha fuckin’ raise!

NEXT!

 

Dear Miss Tiger,

I’m a slut. The holidays make me feel sentimental. I end up going to cozy little bars, finding a hot dude in a sweater and taking him home. The problem is this happens about every other night with somebody new. Help!

-Cory

Dear When Santa Cries, “Ho! Ho! Hoe!” It’s Your Name He’s Calling,

Baby, I got your goddamn number. And apparently so do all the men of Atlanta! You ain’t just pullin’ this shit in the winter. Because when Spring rolls around, you’ll become all sentimental and fuck every other dude you see in the Home Depot plant department. And when Summer comes around, you’ll get all sentimental and fuck all the dudes buying suntan lotion. Bitch, you’re a goddamn slut so pull an Oprah and OWN it!

P.S.

2015 is right around the corner … try adding this dilemma to your New Year’s Resolutions. And you know what they say about those, Hunty!

 

Dear Miss Tiger,

I’ve been dating my new boyfriend for three weeks. I’m thinking about proposing to him on Christmas Day. Is it too soon?

-Billy

Dear It’s Never Too Soon For An Expensive Ring,

Hopefully the ring is from Cartier and not the Costco fine jewelry department. While most ‘new love’ is still exploring cock rings, I applaud you for being a stand-up guy and thinking about engagement rings instead. But you may just wanna hold on to my e-mail address because fools rush in, motha fuckah!

 

Miss Tiger

Advice Columnist • SiriusXM radio personality … and everyone’s #FAVORITEBITCH

Website FavoriteBitch.com Facebook/Twitter MissTiger Advice ask@misstiger.com

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Take Me To Church: Diverse Atlanta Church Teaches Love, Acceptance http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/take-church-diverse-atlanta-church-teaches-love-acceptance/ http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/take-church-diverse-atlanta-church-teaches-love-acceptance/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:38:24 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=131992 It’s Christmas, and for some people this may be one of the only times of the year they go to church. Not that anyone’s judging. Churches all across Atlanta will open their doors on Sundays this month and, of course, on Christmas Eve, welcoming lots of visitors. For LGBT people, some churches are more welcoming ...

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It’s Christmas, and for some people this may be one of the only times of the year they go to church. Not that anyone’s judging.

Churches all across Atlanta will open their doors on Sundays this month and, of course, on Christmas Eve, welcoming lots of visitors. For LGBT people, some churches are more welcoming than others.

One of those churches is New Covenant Church of Atlanta, “where the spirit of God is poured out upon all people.”

Founded by Pastor Randy Morgan and his partner, Pastor Johnny Layton, New Covenant Church of Atlanta has been consistently developing its ministry and receiving new members since it began in 2000, changing and impacting lives every week.

“My favorite part of being one of the pastors of NCCA is seeing people realize that not only does God love them, He wants to live life with them every single day and work through their lives as LGBT and S people to show the world that He’s the best deal going,” said Morgan.

congregation 2There certainly is a diverse group of people who attend NCCA. Approximately 150 to 200 people are “connected,” but the church also has “a live stream that connects many others internationally and locally if they are unable to attend,” said Morgan. “A typical Sunday at NCCA is exuberant. We have an amazing mix of races, gender sexual orientation, etc. We are very diverse. A Sunday at NCCA, simply put, is a little glimpse of Heaven because of the love, worship, diversity, excitement, and joy.”

Located at 2091 Faulkner, just off Cheshire Bridge Rd. near Jungle Atlanta, this quiet little church has many outreach programs and ministries. Some of these programs include ministry to the city’s homeless, collections and donations of schools supplies to children in need, and a program called “After Dark.” Morgan said, regarding After Dark, “We let the clubbers of Cheshire Bridge Rd. know we are here for them and accept them . . . [including] weddings, counseling, and Gay Pride representation.”

Other ministries include a children’s ministry, a dance ministry, and a ministry for unmarrieds. Other than Morgan and Layton, the other pastors on staff are Dr. Jack Brink, Dr. Angela Brown, Joan Castle, and Leah Lindsey.

“People should visit NCCA because we have passionate worship and clear teaching from the Bible,” said Morgan. “We focus strongly on scripture in the life of our church and always try to use the Bible to help people discover their purpose and identity and to let them know that the Bible is LGBT friendly.”

Sunday services begin at 11:00 a.m. following prayer and fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Throughout the month of December NCAA will be celebrating and worshiping with Christmas carols, drama skits, family visits, and more.

For more information about New Covenant Church of Atlanta or its ministries, go to www.newcovenantatlanta.com

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Preparing the Perfect Home Bar http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/preparing-perfect-home-bar/ http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/preparing-perfect-home-bar/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:00:32 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132011 Whether you are a drink aficionado or just a casual host, having a home bar to impress and entertain your guests is probably one of the most sought after aspects in making your home ready for entertaining. I am going to tell you how to set up your home bar as if you were going ...

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Whether you are a drink aficionado or just a casual host, having a home bar to impress and entertain your guests is probably one of the most sought after aspects in making your home ready for entertaining. I am going to tell you how to set up your home bar as if you were going to publicly open a small club/bar. First, determine the size and extent of your bar. Do you want to be able to make a wide variety of cocktails? Or, do you simply want to make drinks that are party staples? No matter what your choice is, you are going to need a place to store your alcohol.

In determining the size and extent of your home bar, it can be elaborate, or on a smaller scale it can be a cabinet or two in your kitchen and your kitchen counter used as your bar counter for the evening. Once you have determined the size and extent of your bar, the next step is stocking your storage unit. To do this, pick out your three favorite types of liquor (i.e. Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, Scotch, or Bourbon) and get a few fifths of each (a fifth is a 750ml bottle). If your home bar is more extensive, you may opt to purchase a variety of these liquors according to price, but that is completely up to you. As you may or may not know, few drinks are made with just liquor, so you should also purchase some mixers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.  Liqueurs are mixers that contain alcohol and characterized by a sweet taste and often a distinct flavor. Some common liqueurs found in any bar include: triple sec, Razzmatazz, Peachtree, and Buttershots. These are all DeKuypers liqueurs. As always, there are also more expensive alternatives. The non-alcohol staple mixers of any bar are grapefruit, orange, cranberry, and pineapple juices; in addition to, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Ginger Ale, soda water and sour mix. For the sake of longevity and frugality, I would suggest the juice that is not sold from a cooler.

Now, just get a tub of ice and you are ready to party! But wait, how are you going to mix drinks? Cook’s Warehouse at Ansley mall has a plethora of mixers, shakers, and pourers for all your home bar needs. Of course, you can find tons of resources on the internet for supplies and recipes; however, let me personally suggest barproducts.com. At this site, you can purchase a mixing starter kit which should include a 28oz shaker tin, a 16oz shaker tin, a mixer glass, a speed opener, a strainer, a jigger, an ice scoop, a cocktail spoon, a wine key, and 6 pourers. Certainly, while you are searching, you will probably find some other products that you feel your home bar must ABSOLUTELY have! Some additional items I believe will make hosting easier are disposable cups and straws. These items make cleaning up easier and won’t shatter on the floor once the party gets going.

I realize that I have not told you how to make any drinks or even how to properly use the mixing supplies. Nevertheless, if you follow my advice you will have one of the best-stocked home bars on the block, or in the cul-de-sac (I don’t judge) which will certainly impress your party guests. Happy Mixing!

 

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Obsessed: I’m late, I’m late…for a very important date!!! http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/obsessed-im-late-im-late-important-date/ http://davidatlanta.com/2014/12/obsessed-im-late-im-late-important-date/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:14:01 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=131972 Why are we so obsessed with last minute holiday shopping? Is it the rush of grabbing something on sale before it’s gone, or is it because we’re a nation of procrastinators? Whichever the case, I like to do my holiday shopping a little differently. I’m addicted to candles, and actually look forward to my email ...

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Why are we so obsessed with last minute holiday shopping? Is it the rush of grabbing something on sale before it’s gone, or is it because we’re a nation of procrastinators?

Whichever the case, I like to do my holiday shopping a little differently.

I’m addicted to candles, and actually look forward to my email sale updates for Yankee Candle and Goose Creek. They’re both often running a BOGO (buy one, get one free) sale. And sometimes Goose Creek runs a buy 3, get 4 free sale. So, I stock up when these sales happen throughout the year.

Who doesn’t love a candle? They take up very little space, make your area smell better, and when used up…can be thrown away! No muss, no fuss. Even better yet, they don’t go ‘bad’ or ‘out of season’ so you can stockpile them as any last minute gift!

I also take wine to parties and dinner events, as they also get better with age and can sit awhile. I have the upper hand in this, as many of my gift buying friends and family know that I was inducted into the Court of Master Sommeliers back in ’08. This allows them to not think hard about a gift for me, and buy me a bottle of whatever might catch my fancy. If it’s great, I drink it with other loved ones. If it’s terrible, I make a mean batch of Sangria. So all is well, that drinks well!

So, you can do the same. Great wine is not always expensive. There are many South African red blends in the $20 range that will knock your socks off with their smoothness and their complexity. Anything from the Stellenbosch region is A+.

If your loved one is a white wine fan, and you don’t know what they like other than ‘sweet’ wine, please know they have no taste; and should just drink kool aid. Orrrrr, if I’m being less of a wine snob…jump them into any Austrian or German riesling that has the word Auslese on the label.

Without boring you with a long explanation, just know that word means it’s a grape harvested during its prime mid-range sweetness. Fancy words aside, it will be sure to capture the palate of most any of your ‘sweet’ wine drinking friends.

Coffee table book ideas for your gay drag queen loving friends? Snatch up James Hicks’ photo eleganza: Drag Dolls, Dames, & Divas. It’s available on his website www.dragdollsdamesanddivas.com. You’ll see some Drag Race favorites, and a few legends.

But more importantly, what does one listen to while wrapping all these amazing gifts? How about checking out the blended club mixes my bearilicious friend Keoki creates for all of our pop diva loving community. He puts together a monthly mega mix of the hottest songs in the country on his website www.blendertunes.com. He promises me a fantabulous Sia mix by year’s end, so I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Now, go grab those last minute gifts, or just say fuck the holidays. Buy it all for yourself instead, let’s say a hot bubble bath by candle light as you flip the pages of your new coffee table art book and sip on a gorgeous South African wine; all while listening to some good dance beats.

No worries, I’ll be back with a brand baby-spankin’ new column after the holidays. So have a Very Mary Christmas dahlinks!! And remember, watch out for that rascally Krampus~~ He’s always looking for naughty boys.

 

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