Month: September 2014

First Belgian Thirstdays – 10/2

Thirstday … Don’t ask.  I had a ‘moment’.  Pretty lame but surely it puts a smile on your face!  So bye bye Belgian Mondays, hello Belgian Thirstdays on the first Thursday of the month, starting at 7 pm (late comers welcome – we know about the traffic!).

As you know, Atlanta doesn’t flourish with an abundance of Belgian restaurants.  Luckily Belgian beer is more popular but still, it’s not that easy to find the right gathering spot.  Since the one I wanted to give a try has – still – not opened yet, beATL will visit Manneken Pis … in Sandy Springs!  Join us on Thursday October 2nd from 7 pm at the 5 Seasons Brewing Company.

  • When: Thursday October 2nd, 2014
  • Time: from 7 pm
  • Address: 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30342 | (404) 255-5911 – located just south of the Perimeter (I-285) on the upper level and in the back of The Prado shopping center. Look for the silver grain silo and the two stone lions.
  • Parking: free
  • a RSVP (acceptance & regrets) would be appreciated

Manneken Pis


Fun on the Beltline with beATL-time

Most of our group

Most of our group

There is no shame to say that our first beATL-Time was a franc success.  The pictures speak for themselves!  Thank you to all who participated and for the competitive souls, Queen Patricia’s time was 117 minutes.  Stay tuned … more events to come!  And don’t hesitate to communicate your wishes… beATL is listening!

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Clue Chase ATL – Beltline

The beATL Queens invite you to their very first beATL-Time … Are you ready to get up close and personal with all the art, architecture and history that Atlanta has to offer?

Let’s start with a Clue-Chase on the Eastside Trail of the famous and fabulous Beltine.  This scavenger hunt walking adventure is an entertaining way not only to discover the (paved) corridor but also to admire the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, now the largest temporary public art exhibition in the southeast, returning for its fifth year and featuring nearly 100 works of visual and performing art through November 15.

Solo or as a team (we recommend two solvers per team for competitive endeavors), solve clues and complete (easy) challenges from the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park to Parish, the Brasserie and Neighborhood Café where we will invigorate with a well deserved lunch or brunch depending of your mood.

It will then be time to submit your completed Scavenger Hunt Booklet.   The winner is determined by the number of points earned by solving clues.   As we expect many winners, some additional tricky questions have been added to make it more exciting.  The looser is probably still trying to find the restaurant ….

Meet the Queens at 10.30 am on Sunday September 21st, 2014.  The Clue-Chase ATL is perfect for the whole family, your friends and neighbors.

Please do RSVP before 9/18 for three obvious reasons: 

  1. we need to know how many booklets to print
  2. how many will stay for lunch.  Parish is excessively popular and in order to sit relatively close to each other, we must give them a head-count no later than the Thursday before our event.
  3. the event is rain or shine but in the unlikely event we do have to cancel the event, we want to be able to advice you ASAP

Important Details

Meeting Point – right at the edge of the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark – Willoughby Way, Atlanta, GA 30312 – on the side walk near the parking lot.

Parking – A limited parking lot is within direct access of the Skatepark.  If full, use off street parking on Willoughby and adjacent streets.  Don’t block driveways or fire hydrants and do not leave valuables in your car.

What to bring:

  • a fully charged smart phone with camera or a digital camera to take pictures
  • a pen or pencil
  • a liquid-filled for stable readings or download a compass app on your device
  • a water bottle, sunscreen, and any additional snacks you may need.
Etiquette – be mindful on the Beltline at all times, and always walk to the right of the center line.

Completion time – depends on many factors: age, pace, and number of solvers.  The Clue-Chase should take max 90 minutes to complete.


  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to move around quickly –  we only use walkable area
  • Restrooms are available mid-way and/or you can re-juice yourself at Juice It Atlanta (ask Patricia for a coupon)
  • Solvers 12 and older should be able to complete the entire hunt on their own. Younger children may need help from an adult.
  • This is a rain or shine event … Please RSVP so you will be advised of last minute change, if any.
  • For further questions, call/email Patricia at (678) 386-3896 or Alexandra at (678) 602-9132

What to do close by if you wish to extend your adventure:

  • ice cream @ Jake’s Ice Cream – 660 Irwin Street, Atlanta 30312 – for a well-deserved treat. Jake’s Ice Cream is an Atlanta cult favorite featuring flavors like Chocolate Slap Yo Mama, Brown Shugah Vanilla, Nutter Nanner Elvis, Key Lime Piescream, Diesel Fuel and Sin-Oh-Man! There are 100 flavors and counting. Most of our flavors are all natural and all of them are made with hormone free dairy and pure cane sugar.
  • Cabbagetown District – The Cabbagetown District, east of downtown Atlanta, originally consisted of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill and the housing built for the factory workers. The mill is a complex of buildings constructed primarily between 1881 and 1922. The main factory buildings are five-story brick buildings designed in a Neo-Romanesque style. Two of the three original mill buildings remain today.  Carroll Street Cafe is a popular venue for a bite.
  • Historic Fourth Ward Park  – Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park starts in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward behind Ponce City Market and stretches South to Freedom Parkway and the Carter Center.  The central amenity of the park is a large stormwater retention pond.  H4WP one of the first completed urban park elements of the Atlanta Beltline project.
  • Piedmont Park – Piedmont Park is a 189-acre urban park in Atlanta, located about 1 mile northeast of Downtown, between the Midtown and Virginia Highland neighborhoods.

the drop – let’s go to the movie

beATL loves when Followers help finding Belgian-related events!  Thank you Beetle Ken for the tip!

The Drop is a new crime drama based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), directed by our Sint-Truiden’s’ native, Michael R. Roskam and starring our darling Matthias Schoenaerts as Eric Deeds!   So no doubt, beATL has to go to the movie!   Our movie night is Tuesday September 16th – see details below – followed by some drinks nextdoor.

Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts got his start on stage acting opposite his father, Julien Schoenaerts, in The Little Prince and made his screen debut in Stijn Coninx’s Oscar-nominated Daens. His acclaimed lead performance in director Michael Roskam’s Bullhead (Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, 2012) is what brought him international acclaim. In 2012, he appeared alongside Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone. Last year, Schoenaerts contributed lead performances to three films : Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, which co-starred Kate Winslet, Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crow, which co-starred Carey Mulligan, and Saul Dibb’s Suite francaise, which starred Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott-Thomas.  Schoenaerts will next be seen in Eric Van Looy’s English language version of Loft and Blood Ties directed by Guillaume Canet.

Michael R. Roskam was born as Michaël Reynders. Roskam is his mother’s family name and the “R.” refers to his father’s family name, Reynders. Roskam attended St. Lucas Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he studied painting and contemporary art, and the Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam where he graduated in 2005 with a master degree in script writing and development.  After several jobs as a journalist for Flemish newspaper De Morgen and a copywriter, he wrote a script for a short film titled Haun in 2002. This was followed by Carlo (2004), another short film which won the Audience Award at Leuven International Short Film Festival. In 2005, he made The One Thing To Do and in 2007 Today is Friday, based on an Ernest Hemingway book, that was filmed in Los Angeles.  He made his feature film debut with Bullhead which was released in 2011.


  • When – Tuesday September 16th
  • Showtime – 7.05 PM
  • Where – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema | 931 Monroe Dr NE – C212, Atlanta, GA 30308 (located in the Midtown Promenade Center)
  • Meeting Point – INSIDE the theater, around the door of the auditorium (theater 3) where the movie will be played.
  • Cost – $11 for general admission; $8 Senior (62+); $8.75 Student (Mon-Thurs only).  Buy online to skip the lines but note that there will be a non-refundable service charge of $1 per ticket.
  • Movie: 1 hr. 46 min – R-rated movie!
  • Parking & Directions: free within the Midtown Promenade Center
  • The nearest MARTA train station is the Midtown Station (on the RED and GOLD lines), located on 10th Street 1.5 miles from the theater. From there, both the #36 and the #99 MARTA buses stop near the Midtown Promenade which is located at the intersection of 8th Street and Monroe Drive
  • Watch the Trailer

Michael & Matthias – Source:


Belgian Monday on 9/8

September already!  And time for our monthly gathering.  beATL [bētl] will welcome you at the Yard House Atlanta in Atlantic Station on Monday September 8th from 6.30 pm.  Very easy to reach, many parking options, 360-degree bar and over 130-250 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers to choose from!  Everybody is welcome and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks.

  • When: Monday September 8th, 2014
  • Time: from 6.30 pm
  • Address:  261 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363, at the corner of Atlantic Drive | (404) 815-8990
  • Parking: valet parking ($7 for 0-4 hours), Atlantic Station underground parking (first 2 hours are free – go to red number 1 pedestrian exit), off street parking (max 2 hours – pay at meter).
  • a RSVP (acceptance & regrets) would be appreciated before Saturday 9/7/2014.

The Yard House interior is warm and contemporary while featuring a 360-degree bar with 130 beers on tap. Photo courtesy of Yard House Restaurants.