Food & Dining


Atlanta Dining Guide Fall 2017: Answers to your burning questions

It’s Dining Guide time again. The guide rolls around twice a year. Each time, we rack our brains to determine a theme. In the past, there was the Atlanta 50 that featured the city’s top restaurants. More recently, we offered our picks for best new restaurants and went up a pant size while researching the best of brunch. We wanted this Fall Dining Guide to be something different...


Which new bars in Atlanta will most tempt you?

Which new bars in Atlanta will most tempt you?

The fall and winter forecast calls for a shower of cocktails. The team behind the Pinewood is gearing up to open late-night bar Deep End in the Old Fourth Ward as well as Italian concepts Bar Crema and Bar Americano (with an aperitivo-driven drink program) in the Andrews Square development in Buckhead. Meanwhile, drinkery, bowling alley and gaming parlor the Painted Duck is coming to Westside. While...
From tastings to taprooms, Atlanta breweries changing for the better

From tastings to taprooms, Atlanta breweries changing for the better

In September, Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing opened its second location, dubbed the Garage, along a recently completed section of the Beltline in the West End. The ambitious 22,000-square-foot warehouse space at Lee and White streets includes a taproom and private event space, and a facility dedicated to a new sour and barrel-aged beer program, complete with a coolship for open fermentation...
Rolled ice cream finds sweet spot with Atlanta frozen-treat lovers

Rolled ice cream finds sweet spot with Atlanta frozen-treat lovers

Forget the scoop. Hold the cone. Atlanta’s frozen-treat lovers have fallen hard for the trendy new phenomenon known as rolled ice cream. Since the arrival of 8 Fahrenheit on Buford Highway in March 2016, the region has gone totally bananas over the style, which dispenses with churns and tubs of ready-made ice cream in favor of an experience that is as much about spectacle as flavor. In...
Steakhouse boom brings plenty of places to lick your chops

Steakhouse boom brings plenty of places to lick your chops

Steak is back. And it’s big, bad and bodaciously indulgent. New, modern chophouses are opening, and a bevy of bovine offerings are grilling and broiling their way onto other menus as well. There was a time when Atlanta was known primarily for its steak-and-potatoes posturing when it came to restaurant menus, especially pre-1996, before the Olympics brought an international palate to a city raised...
What’s the deal with all the food halls? From tried-and-true to coming soon

What’s the deal with all the food halls? From tried-and-true to coming soon

With the success of Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market, the food hall has become a fixture on the Atlanta dining scene, offering chefs new venues for varied concepts, from small stalls to full-scale restaurants. And more food halls are in the works around the metro area. Presented as a “micro food hall,” the Canteen in Midtown from chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind ...
What’s on tap?

What’s on tap?

There’s something magical about watching as a bartender pulls back a tap handle and carefully guides a bubbly draft on its journey from the keg to your glass. For the longest time, that time-honored ritual was repeated with special attention at pubs and beer bars, where the “perfect pint” was the ultimate goal of the pour. But, nowadays, those gushing sounds and fresh flavors can...
Is there room for Oak Brewpub in Oakhurst?

Is there room for Oak Brewpub in Oakhurst?

One night this summer, I sat on the patio of Oak Brewpub with a friend, talking and sipping on beer late into the night. We watched as a handful of highly competitive sportsmen tried to win round after round of cornhole. We nibbled on a few snacks and basked in that warm night summer air. We didn’t talk much about the beer or the food, though we had a decent IPA or two and some bites of smoked...
Sandy Springs eatery gives Syrian refugees opportunity for new start

Sandy Springs eatery gives Syrian refugees opportunity for new start

Sept. 17, 1990. June 14, 2016. Oct. 4, 2016. These dates hold little meaning for most people, but for a group of local Syrians, each date marks a new chapter, a new beginning. Every fourth Thursday of November, Americans express gratitude for family, health, life, among other things. For Abe Malla, Hesham Alahmad andMohamad Gehad Aldarra, the date that they stepped onto U.S. soil after fleeing a war-torn...
Make the ‘power lunch’ salad from The National in Athens

Make the ‘power lunch’ salad from The National in Athens

From the menu… The National, 232 W. Hancock Ave., Athens. 706-549-3450. thenationalrestaurant.com A friend and I made the trip from Atlanta to Athens to shop at Plantapalooza at the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia and to have lunch at The National. The “Power Lunch” was delicious. Is it possible they’ll share the recipe for the sweet potato and chickpea salad...
Use fresh ginger in shrimp sambal

Use fresh ginger in shrimp sambal

You expect ginger to be growing in tropical climates like Hawaii and Southeast Asia. And for many years, any ginger you could buy here was from those locations. But in the past dozen or so years, farmers in metro Atlanta have been growing ginger, first as an experimental crop and now, with more years of experience, as a standard part of their farm rotation. Vicky Fry of Fry Farm in the north Walton...
Review: Kula Revolving Sushi brings bells, whistles to Japanese food

Review: Kula Revolving Sushi brings bells, whistles to Japanese food

A visit to Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in Doraville is a little bit like stepping inside a sushi-themed pinball machine. Domed dishes of edamame, nigiri and sushi rolls whir by on a conveyor belt, beckoning you to grab what you want. As you deposit empty plates in a tableside disposal chute, your “score” appears on a personalized video monitor. At five-plate intervals, the screen lights up...
Review: Sushi Hayakawa shines after renovation

Review: Sushi Hayakawa shines after renovation

When you eat at Sushi Hayakawa, you may notice how few people are there. It is not a lack of customers, but a lack of seats. Even on a fully booked Saturday night with every seat occupied or reserved, your eyes may scan the well-lit room and see only a handful of tables, the thick-hewn, wooden slab of sushi bar, and scarcely more than a couple of dozen diners. Behind the bar’s simple glass coolers...
Atlanta chefs share tasty recipes using leftover Thanksgiving turkey

Atlanta chefs share tasty recipes using leftover Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving dinner is probably the most talked about meal of the year for most Americans. When it comes to dealing with the leftovers, there’s no question a turkey carcass, preferably one with a lot of meat left on those bones, is a prized possession. For Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food in Old Fourth Ward it’s not Thanksgiving without a deep-fried turkey. He and his crew will be frying...
Learn to make ‘addictive’ vegan, gluten-free granola bars

Learn to make ‘addictive’ vegan, gluten-free granola bars

From the menu … Java Cats Cafe, 415 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. 470-305-7575; javacatscafe.com The Power Bar at Java Cats Cafe is my new favorite. Slightly sticky, totally addictive. Will they share the recipe? — Bobbi West, Atlanta The food at Java Cats Cafe comes from Gathering Industries, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that works with people who need a second chance, training them...
Food tour: East Point

Food tour: East Point

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the First Baptist Church in East Point was a filming location for “Stranger Things.” This city located just southwest of Atlanta and bordering Hartsfield-Jackson airport is full of character. In its historic downtown district, on streets like White Way and East Point, Sunday churchgoers waiting to get into places like Thumbs-Up Diner may share the...
Review: Greens & Gravy excels at fried chicken and simple comforts

Review: Greens & Gravy excels at fried chicken and simple comforts

At Greens & Gravy, chef Darius Williams’ souped-up soul food joint in Westview, you can get fried catfish on a puddle of roasted sweet-potato grits, Garlicky Turnip Green Alfredo, and short ribs braised for six hours in a hearty pour of Malbec. Williams even riffs on the food-on-a-stick trend, skewering fried chicken and biscuits and sending them out with country gravy for dunkin’. How...
Southern living means loving the Big Green Egg

Southern living means loving the Big Green Egg

A few Saturdays ago, I observed the staff at Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown turn the place into a sanctuary for Crimson Tide fans. Out came the Bama flag. On came the game, playing on every TV but one (for the University of Georgia). Up went the volume. It was yet another reminder that the South is SEC Country. The South is not only that, though. It is also Big Green Egg Country. If front porches...
Recipe: Citrus dressing goes perfectly with Fogo de Chao’s kale salad

Recipe: Citrus dressing goes perfectly with Fogo de Chao’s kale salad

From the menu … Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, 4671 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE., Dunwoody; 678-691-7268; fogodechao.com General manager and “Head Gaucho Chef” of the Dunwoody location, Alecu Pressi, was happy to send us this recipe. He tells us it was originally introduced as a seasonal item but it was so popular, it’s now on the Market Table of all Fogo de Chã...
Recipe: Make pumpkin hand pies for a savory treat

Recipe: Make pumpkin hand pies for a savory treat

If you’ve been by Rockin’ S Farms booth at the Woodstock Farmers Market, or stopped by the farm in the Free Home community of Cherokee County, you’ve seen more varieties of pumpkin than perhaps you knew existed. And the pumpkin show didn’t stop just because Halloween has come and gone. Tim Stewart of Rockin’ S Farms likes growing pumpkins: Jack o’ Lantern pumpkins...
Review: Stick with the tacos at Babalu in Midtown

Review: Stick with the tacos at Babalu in Midtown

The Cuban singer and composer Margarita Lecuona wrote the song “Babalú” in 1939. It is a dramatic Afro-Cuban number backed by a hip-shaking beat. The moody Spanish Creole lyrics are a plea to one of the deities of Santeria, a story full of ritualistic candlelight, cigar smoke and brandy. They speak to a culture melded from African, Caribbean and European traditions. The best-known...
Review: Double Dragon serves authentically inauthentic Chinese

Review: Double Dragon serves authentically inauthentic Chinese

What’s not to love about General Tso’s chicken? It is the sticky, saucy, crunchy, salty and sweet epitome of Chinese restaurants in America. You might call it a second-generation dish, the sort that doesn’t resemble the food served in Hunan Province, the historical home of the namesake Tso Tsung-t’ang, as much as it appeals to the American taste for sweet, fried things. It...
After 45 years, Japanese restaurant Nakato still ‘defining traditions’

After 45 years, Japanese restaurant Nakato still ‘defining traditions’

“She was very ambitious. She comes from a family that lost everything in World War II, so starting from zero did not phase her at all.” Sachi Nakato sat in the dining room of her family’s namesake Japanese restaurant, discussing how Nakato came to be. She was speaking of the restaurant’s early days, of her grandmother, Tetsuko Nakato, who founded the restaurant 45 years ago...
Making Revival’s rich chocolate tart is worth the effort

Making Revival’s rich chocolate tart is worth the effort

From the menu … Revival, 129 Church Street, Decatur; 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com This is indeed one totally addictive tart with its chocolate crust, chocolate filling, chocolate glaze and a garnish of house candied orange slices. It’s got lots of components, but if you make it, you will certainly dazzle your guests. And since much can be made ahead, it’s really not that...
New cookbook offers ideas on what to bring for any occasion

New cookbook offers ideas on what to bring for any occasion

A neighbor just had a baby. A church member is recovering from surgery. Your friend invited you to a potluck. Your boss extended you an invitation to her open house. If with each of these scenarios, your first thought is, “What can I bring?,” well, now there’s a book for that — a cookbook, that is. “What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up&rdquo...
What are the hottest cocktail trends in Atlanta?

What are the hottest cocktail trends in Atlanta?

There’s a difference between a fad and a trend. Fads come in hot and burn out quickly while trends build momentum and have staying power. Atlanta has seen its fair share of drink fads this year (hello, activated charcoal), but these three cocktail trends are in it for the long haul. Rum is on the rise, and Atlanta’s bartenders are showcasing the versatile spirit in everything from...
Why are Hawaiian poke bowls such a hit in Atlanta?

Why are Hawaiian poke bowls such a hit in Atlanta?

The Hawaiian dish known as poke is one born from proximity to Pacific waters, where abundant fish are fresh, clean and perfect for eating raw. As the chef Sam Choy told Honolulu Magazine several years ago, families like his were once fond of making poke almost entirely from foraged, seaside ingredients: seaweed from a river mouth, nuts from the Kukui tree, salt dried from seawater, and cubed, raw...
Make salad with local, fragrant celery

Make salad with local, fragrant celery

Celery is one of the mainstays of the vegetable crisper. Like onions, carrots and potatoes, celery can seem quite seasonless, and certainly somewhere in the world, a field of celery is being harvested most any day of the year. Sadly, for Megan Busby of Shoot Farm in Randolph County, Alabama, four miles from the Georgia state line, this is not the year she’ll be harvesting much celery. Her cherry...
From the Menu: Dressing from Cherokee Town and Country Club

From the Menu: Dressing from Cherokee Town and Country Club

From the menu… Cherokee Town and Country Club, 155 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-365-1200, cherokeetcc.com I was recently at the Cherokee Town and Country Club for a banquet and had a salad with this creamy, sweet dressing. I was wondering if you could get the recipe for me. — Hannah Gasaway, McDonough Jonn Nishiyama, formerly executive chef at the Cherokee Town and...
Review: On Beltline’s Westside Trail, a nice spot for beer and bites

Review: On Beltline’s Westside Trail, a nice spot for beer and bites

The Fitbit is irrelevant. The most essential information for every serious Atlanta Beltline pedestrian is knowing where to stop for a beer. When the Beltline’s Eastside Trail opened a few years ago, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall was the place for a refill: a Creature Comforts Tropicalia for you, a bowl of water for your pooch. It will come as no surprise, then, that before the ribbon could...
Atlanta chef shows how all kinds of crumbs can enhance lots of recipes

Atlanta chef shows how all kinds of crumbs can enhance lots of recipes

In the opening of the “Crumbs” chapter of “Bread Toast Crumbs” (Clarkson Potter, $30), author Alexandra Stafford describes the transformative moment when she first fried eggs over a few tablespoons of fresh bread crumbs saturated in olive oil. “It’s hard now today to look at a listless, crumbling slice of bread and not consider its future: crisped up and showered...
What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

In its 16th year, Taste of Atlanta has moved from Tech Square to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and added a few new wrinkles along the way. But the food that more than 100 participating restaurants will serve over the weekend, Oct. 20-22 this year, remains the big draw for the crowds that gather to enjoy this perennial outdoor fall event. “We want to be in a cool, hip neighborhood, and we really...
Prawn tacos get kick from South African sauce

Prawn tacos get kick from South African sauce

From the menu … Yebo Beach Haus, 111 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta; 404-869-1992; yebobeachhaus.com With regard to tacos, I thought there was nothing new under the sun. But having had dinner at Yebo Beach Haus, I can attest to the fact that the salsa on the prawn tacos is definitely a delicious and new taste treat. Is there any chance the chef will share the recipe for those fabulous...
Bluetop bartender creating no-waste, sustainable cocktail program

Bluetop bartender creating no-waste, sustainable cocktail program

Food sustainability has been on the minds of Atlanta’s chefs a lot lately. According to a 2014 study by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, nearly 84 percent of all unused food in restaurants is thrown away, while 14 percent is re-purposed. The newly opened Bluetop in Chambleehopes to reverse those numbers not only in the kitchen but behind the bar. Chef-owner Matt Marcus hired beverage...
Let us give thanks for the Korean harvest feast in Georgia

Let us give thanks for the Korean harvest feast in Georgia

Songpyeon. Jeon. For curious minds, those are Korean dishes. Moreover, they are typically served on Chuseok, an important Korean holiday. Chuseok is a harvest feast, similar to Thanksgiving. The celebration, observed over the course of three days in Korea, is based on the lunar calendar, so while the date changes each year, the holiday is always held on the 15th day of the eighth month, around the...
Learn to make Taqueria del Sol’s spicy Mexican sweet potatoes

Learn to make Taqueria del Sol’s spicy Mexican sweet potatoes

When Greg Hutchins of Heritage Farm in Carroll County finds a vegetable he likes, he sticks with it. Collards? He grows the varieties Vates and Georgia because he knows he can depend on them to produce sweet, tender greens. For sweet potatoes, he grows Beauregard. “I planted my first garden in 1980 when I was 16 years old. I started planting sweet potatoes about 10 years later and went with...
Learn to make Public School 404’s barbecue ranch dressing

Learn to make Public School 404’s barbecue ranch dressing

From the menu… Public School 404, 930 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-817-0984. psontap.com/locations/ps404/ I had a chance to visit PS404 in West Midtown. Everything was delicious, especially the Ahi Tuna Poke. But I think the Crispy BBQ Chicken Salad is something maybe I could reproduce at home. Will they share the recipe for the dressing? — William Jones, Brookhaven Public...
Review: The Canteen re-envisions the food hall

Review: The Canteen re-envisions the food hall

What is a food hall? On cynical days, I wonder if it is just a marketing revision of “mall food court,” an advertiser’s way of saying “like Panda Express and Sbarro but artisanal.” When I’m being more optimistic, I think food hall could describe a place more uniquely new, a collision of food truck-style culinary bootstrapping and cheffy fast-casual entrepreneurial...
Review: Dish Korean Cuisine offers homey flavors in modern digs

Review: Dish Korean Cuisine offers homey flavors in modern digs

Sometimes when I go out to eat, I want to feel like I’m out: I want the fancy room and the full service. Other times, I want the comfort of home without the trouble, the big bowl of something satisfying plopped in front of me without much show. In general, restaurants make it easy to know which way you’re going. You see a maitre d’ in a suit or a white tablecloth on the table and...
Learn to make White Oak Pastures’ carrot ginger soup

Learn to make White Oak Pastures’ carrot ginger soup

From the menu… White Oak Pastures Dining Pavilion, 22775 Highway 27, Bluffton. 229-641-2081. whiteoakpastures.com I recently had a wonderful lunch with wonderful friends at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, and really enjoyed the carrot-ginger soup. Could you please ask the White Oak Pastures chef if he would share his recipe for this unusual soup? I do hope that the recipe is simple...
Review: Barleygarden Kitchen gives the people what they want

Review: Barleygarden Kitchen gives the people what they want

As far as collaborations go, the idea of one between local butcher and craft beer proprietors just goes together as well as sausage and ale, doesn’t it? The affair behind Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar in Alpharetta’s Avalon development has just such a natural balance to it. Kraig Torres, owner of Hop City Beer, has built a reputation for sourcing excellent and impressively large...
Creamy sweet potato soup a seasonal favorite

Creamy sweet potato soup a seasonal favorite

From the menu… Babette’s Cafe, 573 North Highland Ave. NE., Atlanta. 404-523-9121. babettescafe.com This creamy soup is a seasonal favorite on the menu of Babette’s Cafe. Chef and owner Marla Adams says, “This recipe is the creation of chef Justin Kurtz. The jalapeño peppers and fresh lime give the soup a bright finish.” In our photo, the soup is garnished...
Make shrimp and grits with a twist

Make shrimp and grits with a twist

It’s easy to forget that many things in the center aisles of the grocery store have a life that’s as seasonal as the heirloom tomatoes at your local farmers market. Rice is one of those staples that we forget has a harvest window like that of any other plant. At his family farm in Ruleville, Mississippi, David Arant Jr., of Delta Blues Rice (deltabluesrice.com), grows rice, about...
Review: East Point taco joint is a tiny space with big Mexican flavor

Review: East Point taco joint is a tiny space with big Mexican flavor

I wish I could explain why so many Americans dig hard-shell tacos. Don’t be a snob. You know what I’m talking about. Crispy tortillas folded into a U and traditionally filled with spicy ground beef, lettuce, tomato, yellow cheese and salsa, they are not authentic Mexican at all. They became popular at a time when most of us knew little or nothing about Oaxacan mole or “chiles en...
6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt. These simple Thanksgiving sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks. This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star. Homemade...
Atlanta brewery set to expand for the third time

Atlanta brewery set to expand for the third time

Scofflaw Brewing Company is set to expand. Photo courtesy of Scofflaw Brewing Co. Third time might just be the charm for a fast-growing Atlanta brewery. Plans are in place for a third expansion at Scofflaw Brewing Company , known for its IPAs and barrel-aged stouts. A 50-barrel, four-vessel brewhouse is scheduled to be installed by March 1 at the...
We tried Thanksgiving-flavored sushi and potato chips — here’s what we thought

We tried Thanksgiving-flavored sushi and potato chips — here’s what we thought

Boulder Canyon ‘Thanksgiving flavored’ potato chips and the Gobble-Gobble-ooshi roll from Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar / Photo by Erica Hernandez   This Thanksgiving, we’re giving thanks — for the hilarious ways that food companies find to cram the taste of the holidays into unexpected food products. Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar — which has one...
Find gifts and stocking stuffers for food lovers at these metro Atlanta stores

Find gifts and stocking stuffers for food lovers at these metro Atlanta stores

Buy PROOF Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup in metro Atlanta. At a loss for what to get the food lover in your life for the holidays? Metro Atlanta stores and producers have plenty of ways to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces with stocking stuffers and gifts, with everything from cocktail syrup and pie-making kits to beet juice and an exotic chutney. Check out the map...
3-ingredient cocktails just might be the best

3-ingredient cocktails just might be the best

There are tool sheds bigger than our kitchen. When the dishwasher door is pulled all the way down, I can barely inch past it to get to the stove. There is a doorway at each corner of the room, which means there’s no decent run of counter space. Moving around in there requires the precision of good knife skills. But the second and third shelves inside the refrigerator present the real quandary...
Five pie recipes to make for Thanksgiving, or any time of year

Five pie recipes to make for Thanksgiving, or any time of year

Pie dough, homemade or storebought, enough for 2 (9-inch) pies 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 ½ pounds apples, peeled and cored, then cut into wedges (5 large honeycrisps will do it) ¼ teaspoon ground allspice ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon apple...
Thanksgiving, solved! How to deal with this dreadful holiday

Thanksgiving, solved! How to deal with this dreadful holiday

I assume you’ve considered (and rejected, for your own good reasons) the obvious solution here: Make the stuffing with chestnuts and Xanax, and turn down the heat on your holiday. Try to be sympathetic with your wife, George. It’s not easy to slay parental dragons on your first try. (And in the interest of fair play, children can be dragons, too.) Thanksgiving sounds like a certified bummer...
Cardinals show sense of urgency in quest for Stanton, others

Cardinals show sense of urgency in quest for Stanton, others

They give no pennants for trying, so let's concede that point right away. But if the last week has been any indication, Cardinals fans have reason for optimism.  The Cardinals are running on so many parallel tracks in their quest to improve the team this winter, you'd need a conductor to keep up with them. They're running in the fast line in hopes of catching the biggest fish of them all, pun...
Amazon promises cheaper turkeys and more at Whole Foods

Amazon promises cheaper turkeys and more at Whole Foods

Buying your Thanksgiving turkey and other holiday groceries at Whole Foods should be cheaper this year if you are an Amazon Prime member. Almost three months after buying Whole Foods, Amazon said in a statement Wednesday that it’s offering special discounts on several grocery items for Prime members. The discounts are “another step forward in the integration between the companies,&rdquo...
Sourdough pancakes and biscuits: Secret weapons for holiday guests

Sourdough pancakes and biscuits: Secret weapons for holiday guests

Because we have always been big fans of San Francisco-style sourdough bread, our Alaskan tour guides made our mouths water every time they referred to the common nickname for a Klondike prospector, a sourdough. Turns out, the prospectors traveled with a pot of sourdough strapped to their backs. Like many pioneers and cross-country travelers, they kept a small amount of yesterday’s dough alive...

A holiday from criticism

A holiday is not a holiday if you spend any time doing what you are ordinarily paid to do. I am ordinarily paid to criticize, which is why I cook on Thanksgiving. My food, I am told, is unfailingly delicious — the turkey succulent, the stuffing savory, the sweet potatoes ethereally silky — which may be only to say that my guests are not critics. The other reason I do all the cooking has...
The ultimate guide to your first stress-free Thanksgiving

The ultimate guide to your first stress-free Thanksgiving

Maybe it's your first time cooking for Thanksgiving. Or maybe you're hoping this is the first time you'll prepare it without inviting stress into the kitchen, too. Whatever the case, I have just the meal for you - along with the strategies to back it up. This lineup feels familiar but not jaded, and best of all, it's simple to prepare. (No need to start a countdown 18 days in advance.) My menu offers...
Affordability of Chilean wine means learning about it won’t cost you a lot

Affordability of Chilean wine means learning about it won’t cost you a lot

Chilean sauvignon blanc has a lot to offer, and it usually doesn’t ask for much in return. It’s a big country down there, or at least a long one, and the sauvignon blanc styles cover quite a bit of ground themselves. For the most part, they are also inexpensive, which is good for two reasons. Reason No. 1 is, like chocolate-caramel desserts, inexpensive wines don’t require a lot...
Go tell Santa: A miracle of cookbooks for everyone on your list

Go tell Santa: A miracle of cookbooks for everyone on your list

Like leaves falling from the sky, this season brings an usually strong lineup of cookbooks. With holiday gift-giving in mind, here’s a look at some of the most coveted titles of fall and winter. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. The idea of drawing a culinary map from sea to shining sea is hardly a new one. Still, you have to be impressed by the reams of research that must have gone into Gabrielle Langholtz&rsquo...
Metro Atlanta restaurants offering free Thanksgiving meals for the community

Metro Atlanta restaurants offering free Thanksgiving meals for the community

Thanksgiving turkey / (Dreamstime/TNS) If you’re at a loss for who to celebrate Thanksgiving with this year, these metro Atlanta restaurants are opening their doors to you. Taqueria del Mar in Peachtree Corners is hosting “Jose Feeds the Hungry,” a free traditional Thanksgiving meal from 2-4 p.m. Thursday. “Open to everyone, we want to give back to...
What to do before and after Thanksgiving in metro Atlanta

What to do before and after Thanksgiving in metro Atlanta

Mellow out before the mayhem of Thanksgiving at Edgar’s Proof and Provision. Photo credit: Green Olive Media. Start new traditions with  friendsgivings events. Dance the night (and calories) away at in-town parties. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink...
Thanksgiving wins convert: For a new cook, pleasure of catering to others

Thanksgiving wins convert: For a new cook, pleasure of catering to others

When I was a small girl, I wanted to grow up and become a bachelor. I had a horror of the domestic, and of holidays in particular, which were like ordinary days but worse. The women worked so much harder, and somehow the men did even less. That old story. If you had any sense, you’d opt out, I thought, and as early as possible. No one could stick you in a kitchen if you never learned what to...
The magnificent seven

The magnificent seven

This week's "Wine Talk" recommendations were culled with Thanksgiving in mind. Specifically, I was on the lookout for fun wines. Not every wine you open over the holidays needs to be profound, though the Stony Hill white riesling qualifies on that count. Usually, a wine that is delicious, goes down easy and doesn't put a crimp in your wallet is perfectly fine. I also wanted a couple of exotic...
Thanksgiving stuffing is the dish that best reflects America's diversity

Thanksgiving stuffing is the dish that best reflects America's diversity

Despite its reputation, Thanksgiving dinner is not a one-size-fits-all meal, a table set in brown from coast to coast. America is too vast, too inventive and too flush with immigrants from around the globe to subscribe to a single, unified vision of the holiday feast. The evidence is right on your table: You could argue that no other Thanksgiving staple better reflects the nation's diversity than...
Swiss potato pancakes are all about that flip

Swiss potato pancakes are all about that flip

Potato pancakes can fry the cook to a frazzle. Too floppy, too flat, too forlorn. These frustrations can be fixed with proper technique — from correct temperature to correct temperament. Or the cook can book a vacation. Rosti, national pancake of Switzerland, packs up such troubles. It’s one big fat Frisbee that crisps up with ease. It calls for two ingredients (potato and fat), two pots...
‘I became a Thanksgiving orphan’

‘I became a Thanksgiving orphan’

I have never prepared a Thanksgiving dinner, never roasted a turkey, never worried about getting the skin crisp, the breast moist and the giblet dressing just right. It’s not that I’m lazy or unable to assemble enough family and friends around a table to convene a holiday meal. Rather, I realized that my youthful Thanksgivings past were perfection, and I should not attempt to duplicate...
Holiday help

Holiday help

Oh, the holidays. They can sabotage the greatest of intentions when it comes to healthy eating.  On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. While this weight gain isn't dramatic, research shows it tends to stick and accumulate over the years. With just a few strategies, you can avoid holiday weight gain while still enjoying friends, family and the holiday...
Feeling conflicted on Thanksgiving

Feeling conflicted on Thanksgiving

Being a father makes me re-evaluate everything, makes me wonder how I am shaping, deliberately and accidentally, a young human life. In sending my 2-year-old son to preschool (he is now 4), I worried about how his teachers and classmates would socialize him. Would he become even more of a boy? Because by 2, he was already, despite our best efforts, identifying as a masculine child who loves Batman...
First Look: From the Earth Brewing Co. is open in Roswell

First Look: From the Earth Brewing Co. is open in Roswell

From the Earth Cheddar and Goat Cheese Mac side. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. In early November, Atlanta restaurant veteran Tim Stevens opened From the Earth Brewing Co. on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. Stevens, formerly of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, and more recently Cook Hall in Buckhead, has a long history as a front of the house presence...
Thanksgiving leftovers: Turkey Tamale Pie

Thanksgiving leftovers: Turkey Tamale Pie

Whether or not to get up before the crack of dawn to go shopping isn’t the only question to be answered on Black Friday. If you overcooked like most Americans, you’ll also be wondering what to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers. There’s turkey sandwiches, of course. But admit it — that’s boring. Why not shake things up this year and opt for a taste of the sunny...
‘Sioux Chef’ serves up indigenous foods: ‘It’s what paleo wants to be’

‘Sioux Chef’ serves up indigenous foods: ‘It’s what paleo wants to be’

What’s a quintessential Native American dish? Sean Sherman offers a gentle laugh when he hears that question. “That’s like asking someone for a typical European meal,” he said. “The assumption is that all those people are the same.” Sherman recites the numbers to prove his point: 567 tribes in the United States and another 634 in Canada. Three out of 10 Mexicans...
Which cooking tips did I pick up in Italy?

Which cooking tips did I pick up in Italy?

On a two-week vacation in Florence, Rome and the Ligurian coast region of small villages called the Cinque Terre (home of pesto, focaccia and fresh sardines), I managed to learn a thing or two. Even better: I learned new tips for cooking tips I already knew. For example: 1. Better pasta water. If you read much about cooking pasta, you already know about the magic of pasta water: After you cook pasta...
Dynamic wines for a dynamic chicken salad lunch

Dynamic wines for a dynamic chicken salad lunch

Curry is complex, and any wine meant to stand up to it has to be dynamic in its own right — especially in an instance like this, where spice and sweetness come together. Here are three bottles up to the task: a white from Greece, a white from France and an “orange” from Italy. Make this: Curried Chicken Salad Place 5 cups shredded cooked chicken (from leftovers or a rotisserie chicken)...
Veal dish ready in 10 minutes

Veal dish ready in 10 minutes

Make this meal — start to finish, including the preparation time — in 10 minutes. Thin veal cutlets topped with a garlicky tomato sauce take only 6 minutes to cook. Low-sodium canned diced tomatoes and minced garlic in a jar cuts the preparation time to just a few minutes, too. Boneless, skinless chicken breast can be used instead of veal. Thin chicken cutlets are available in the market...

Divine Plovidence

Years ago, I was initiated into the ways of plov by a group of Uzbek businessmen. Plov is a Central Asian dish of rice, meat and vegetables. It is the father of rice pilaf, they told me, along with many other related dishes, such as paella. Most historians and linguists trace the origins of Plov to an Indian dish similar to what is now called pulao, based on the Sanskrit pulaka. But in any case, the...

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Duck in butter and wine sauce: Sounds fancy, but it’s super easy

Duck in butter and wine sauce: Sounds fancy, but it’s super easy

The duck, noting chill air and dusky sky, takes off. In arrow-sharp formation, his squadron flaps out many a message: Winter’s coming. Who needs Waze? Take that, chickens! Surely the fellowship of poultry must be strained by the skill-set divide. Ducks and geese and pheasants and pigeons fly. Chickens don’t. The chef remains unmoved by such distinctions. He roasts goose or squab or capon...
Time for a quick quiche

Time for a quick quiche

Want to ruin a good thing? Just write a best-selling book strongly implying that people who eat it are unmanly. Quiche was widely enjoyed in America in the 1970s, until Bruce Feirstein wrecked it for everyone when he wrote the best-selling book “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche.” It was a great title, but it had a profound effect. Quiche sales dropped precipitously as men everywhere immediately...
You can cook risotto in a pressure cooker, but should you?

You can cook risotto in a pressure cooker, but should you?

You can fuss up risotto with flavor-packed meats or pristine seafood, but it’s important to note that the dish consists mostly of rice and stock. While everyday ingredients, these two need a little coaxing before they transform into the comforting Italian dish. Just tossing rice and stock in a pot, and leaving them to cook, will result in some fine rice, but you won’t have risotto. Risotto...

Crozes-Hermitage: Delicious and beyond

Some wines are simply full of pleasure, delicious to drink and no more than that. Other wines are just as enjoyable, with the addition of an extra dimension that speaks of place and heritage. Here at Wine School, we love and appreciate the first kind, but we live for the second. These wines of place are transcendent. They lift wine from the category of complex and pleasing beverage to the level of...
Recipe of the Week: Lima beans shine in this hearty Spanish stew

Recipe of the Week: Lima beans shine in this hearty Spanish stew

No matter if you call them butter beans or lima beans, those large, creamy beans you’ll find in cans or dried at the grocery store are a hearty legume that should be part of your cooking catalog. In Spain, you’ll find them simmered in a savory broth that’s just begging for the company of a fresh baguette. Even though I spent time in Spain, I’m not convinced you’d miss...
The apple taste test

The apple taste test

My colleague Tan Vinh, my editor Paige Collins and I tried a new apple variety recently: the SweeTango. Aside from having an annoying name (please, everybody, stop with the capital letters in the middle of words), it was very, very tart. If Honeycrisp is the Starburst of apples, SweeTango seems engineered for the Sour Patch Kids crowd, with a sharp, unceasing citric-acid taste. Paige really liked...
North Fulton beer garden named one of Atlanta’s best new restaurants

North Fulton beer garden named one of Atlanta’s best new restaurants

Thrillist is a major fan of the Barleygarden. Earlier this year, the website named the beer garden nestled in Alpharetta’s Avalon development one of the 21 best beer gardens in the country. Barleygarden was created by Kraig Torres and his team at Hop City. It opened in Avalon this past April. Now, Thrillist says that Barleygarden is one of the 17 best new restaurants in metro Atlanta...
Malbec Monday means half off bottles at this Midtown steakhouse

Malbec Monday means half off bottles at this Midtown steakhouse

  Malbec Monday means half off bottles at STK Atlanta. Photo credit: Caren West PR. STK Atlanta offers half off bottles of Terrazas de los Andes Malbec in the lounge and dining room every Monday. An ideal complement to this favorite varietal, executive chef Andrea Montobbio recently unveiled new seasonal menu offerings for fall including an ...
What wine to serve at Thanksgiving? Try one or more of these strategies.

What wine to serve at Thanksgiving? Try one or more of these strategies.

It's that time of year again. It gets light later and dark earlier, the leaves surrender and fall from the trees, and everything at Trader Joe's transforms into pumpkin spice. That can mean only one thing: It's time to choose wines for Thanksgiving. The wine industry would have you fret over what wine to serve with your turkey and trimmings. Yams with mini-marshmallows? Cranberry sauce? Even turkey...
Low-sodium lo mein can be cooked in just a few minutes at home

Low-sodium lo mein can be cooked in just a few minutes at home

Quick, how fast can you make lo mein?  Some recipes say 15 minutes. Others stretch it out to 20. But The Kansas City Star’s Speedy Chicken Lo Mein is faster than it would take you to order it at a Chinese restaurant.  Speed things up by using frozen stir-fry blend and broccoli slaw available in the produce aisle.  Bonus points: The recipe is also healthier than most fast-food...
An American feast in London, with cranberries

An American feast in London, with cranberries

My English friends never really got it, and that was fine. “No presents? No religion? Just ... supper?” they would ask, befuddled by a holiday meal that you attended because you wanted to, no strings attached. The British schools did not get the day off — which made sense, since at heart Thanksgiving celebrates the early Americans’ gratitude for not having to live in Britain...
Turkey: the one essential guest

Turkey: the one essential guest

I don’t like turkey. I mean, I do. But I don’t like it on Thanksgiving. I don’t need it. There are about 20 other dishes that get put on a table or a counter or that stay warming on the stove that I’d rather eat than turkey. But every year, there the turkey is. And every year, I fork some into a valley I built for it amid hillocks of the other (better) food on my plate. I have...
What to do when family recipes call for processed cheese? Give thanks.

What to do when family recipes call for processed cheese? Give thanks.

When I was a child, I loved Thanksgiving morning best: I’d awaken to the staccato banging of mom’s Chop-O-Matic — an avocado-green cylinder of plastic fitted with spring-loaded blade — and the toasty aroma of dad’s coffee. We’d flip back and forth between the various Thanksgiving Day parades on television, each one promising the arrival of Santa Claus. As the day...
Let’s just say this is not what most people think of when you say ‘kegger’

Let’s just say this is not what most people think of when you say ‘kegger’

Admit it. You love ranch salad dressing. The real question now is, how much?  If your answer is that you love it enough to buy a keg of it, you are in luck.  Hidden Valley has announced a line of holiday gifts. Featured: A keg that holds five liters, or a bit over a gallon, of ranch dressing — and a year’s supply of Hidden Valley Ranch.  The keg measures in at 9.7 inches...
This creamy squash soup has kick, and a few surprises, too

This creamy squash soup has kick, and a few surprises, too

Even though this is a simple recipe, it has a lesson or two that you can apply to the creamy soups you make down the road. The first has to do with pre-cut butternut squash chunks you can find in most supermarkets these days. The trade-off in using them is that they can have less moisture and flavor than squash you cut fresh. Here, ginger and the sly heat of a small chile pepper do the heavy lifting...
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