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Atlanta family’s crusade against cancer lives on through cookie shop

Susan Stachler, 36, was told to be less optimistic when writing about her battle with cancer in The Cookie Cure: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of Cookies and Cancer. “Our publisher was like, ‘You must have had a bad day,’” she says. “Write about it.” Susan and her mother, Laura Stachler, 64, co-own a gourmet gingersnaps shop in Sandy Springs called Susansnaps. It reflects...
This Life with Gracie: What is nonviolent domestic abuse?

This Life with Gracie: What is nonviolent domestic abuse?

A year after her husband died in May 2013, Angie Racine was still reliving the emotional abuse she says she suffered during their marriage. Like a lot of women, she didn’t consider the secrets he kept — his drug use and money problems — harmful. When he died in May 2013 of colon cancer, Racine found herself processing their years together with a therapist. Two years later, in honor...
Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

BOSTON — Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays. World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, unveiled the top 10 list earlier this week at a Boston children’s hospital. The nonprofit organization has been releasing the lists for more...
Review: Exquisite soloists, chorus highlight ASO’s exceptional ‘Requiem’

Review: Exquisite soloists, chorus highlight ASO’s exceptional ‘Requiem’

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, augmented by a quartet of exceptional guest artists, performed a work Thursday that was likely familiar to regular ASO patrons. It’s barely been two years since Robert Spano conducted the piece to magnificent effect in the same hall, but in the case of Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem,” even two years may have been too long between performances...
Punchline adding live entertainment at Midtown restaurant

Punchline adding live entertainment at Midtown restaurant

The current entrance of what used to be the Broadway Diner at North and Peachtree in Midtown on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog A new restaurant set to open in Midtown is expected to include live entertainment in a partnership with the owners of the ...
Barcelona Wine Bar employee killed during robbery at restaurant

Barcelona Wine Bar employee killed during robbery at restaurant

A woman died after a robbery in which she was shot, police said. An employee of Barcelona Wine Bar Westside was shot and killed during a robbery at early Sunday morning, and three suspects are on run, according to police. Chelsea Beller, 29, of Atlanta was shot in the shoulder after being forced to open a safe in the upstairs part of the restaurant, located...
African spice a key ingredient in ‘Power Lunch’ salad

African spice a key ingredient in ‘Power Lunch’ salad

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 included...
Mac and cheese three ways

Mac and cheese three ways

Some say Thomas Jefferson ate macaroni and cheese at Monticello after discovering it during his travels to Italy. But this was two centuries ago, when pasta and Parmigiano-Reggiano in America would have been very fancy indeed. So what about mac and cheese for the people? Clifford A. Wright, a cookbook author and Mediterranean food scholar, believes 20th-century macaroni and cheese was a product of...
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young mourned by Eddie Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, David Coverdale

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young mourned by Eddie Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, David Coverdale

Malcolm Young – in the background, as usual, on the video screen – performing at Philips Arena in 2008. Photo: MIKKI K. HARRIS / mkharris@ajc.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Malcolm Young was considered one of the most potent rhythm guitarists in rock ‘n’ roll. Though he was the co-founder of AC/DC whose riffs drove many of their most muscular tunes,...
Concert review: Randy Newman spikes Atlanta show with humor and heart

Concert review: Randy Newman spikes Atlanta show with humor and heart

The setting was perfect. A guy who only needs his piano and the sharp, sardonic voice in his head sat at the keyboard of his ebony grand piano, unfurling his 1979 album opener, “It’s Money That I Love.” Randy Newman played two sets of songs from his 40-year career. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC Solid-color lighting shaded the curtain backdrop and stage floor at Atlanta...
This Life with Gracie: Druid Hills Fulbright scholar headed to Greece

This Life with Gracie: Druid Hills Fulbright scholar headed to Greece

At the end of another school day early this month, I met Vincent Gray again in the teacher’s lounge at Druid Hills High School. It was the second time in just two years. The first time, a parent had reached out to tell me what a great teacher Gray is, the kind that not only teaches students facts, but how to think critically. After just six years at Druid Hills, Gray, who earned a master&rsquo...
Healthy Cooking: Squashing another veggie into the dinner rotation

Healthy Cooking: Squashing another veggie into the dinner rotation

If my kids held a vegetable popularity contest, the winner would be broccoli. Now, broccoli would also be the lone contestant, because it’s the one vegetable my people will touch. Also, the world would be ending and/or the Wi-Fi would be down, because those are the only conditions upon which my children will willingly work together. The point is, my family eats a lot of broccoli, and I&rsquo...
Shop, then eat at these restaurants around metro Atlanta malls

Shop, then eat at these restaurants around metro Atlanta malls

We know it’s only an expression, but we really don’t want you to shop til you drop! Check out these spots to get some sustenance while you do your holiday shopping. Barleygarden Fried Cauliflower with parmesan and smoked paprika. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. experienceavalon.com Tasty choices abound...
Anthony Bourdain says you’re doing Thanksgiving wrong

Anthony Bourdain says you’re doing Thanksgiving wrong

If there’s one meal at which family drama is on full display, it’s Thanksgiving. Expectations and emotions run high, and there are a lot of moving parts to cause friction. Even Anthony Bourdain, who is seemingly immune to the criticism of others, feels the pressure to pull off the most anticipated meal of the year. In fact, he dedicated a whole chapter to Thanksgiving in the book I co-wrote...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Randy Newman, John Prine, The Shins

Atlanta Concerts this week: Randy Newman, John Prine, The Shins

Randy Newman will plays selections from his his new album “Dark Matter,” and other favorites. Photo: Pamela Springsteen BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Randy Newman The delightfully wry songwriter released “Dark Matter,” his first album in nearly a decade , this summer and immediately reminded us that while he may love L.A...
Atlanta’s Riley Biederer a finalist to perform on YouTube series with Katy Perry

Atlanta’s Riley Biederer a finalist to perform on YouTube series with Katy Perry

Atlanta’s Riley Biederer is a finalist to sing with Katy Perry on a new YouTube show. Riley Biederer learned how to exude confidence from Pharrell Williams, gleaned style tips from Gwen Stefani and caught the attention of Elton John as a teenager. But the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter might soon have the opportunity to learn from her musical soul sister, Katy Perry. Biederer is...
Marietta Square Market announces first batch of restaurants

Marietta Square Market announces first batch of restaurants

The pulled pork sandwich is a trusty pick at Grand Champion BBQ. / Photo credit: Rob Sutton Pita, pizza, poke , barbecue and tacos are first on the menu of the food hall proposed for downtown Marietta. Today, Marietta Square Market developers Capital Properties Group and Concordia Properties released the names of the first five restaurant...
Restaurants in metro Atlanta still accepting RSVPs for Thanksgiving meals

Restaurants in metro Atlanta still accepting RSVPs for Thanksgiving meals

Guests will be treated to a three-course meal for Thanksgiving at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Photo credit: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Eat, but don’t cook. Thanksgiving is less than a week ago. If you haven’t done so already, now—like today—is  a good time to make reservations for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the following metro Atlanta restaurants...
VIDEO: Make this crowd-pleasing side dish from Ted’s Montana Grill for Thanksgiving

VIDEO: Make this crowd-pleasing side dish from Ted’s Montana Grill for Thanksgiving

Squash casserole from Ted’s Montana Grill / Photo courtesy of Ted’s Montana Grill If you’re still putting together your Thanksgiving dinner menu, Ted’s Montana Grill’s Aunt Fannie’s squash casserole should make the cut. The savory dish is easy to make and provides a perfect complement to main dishes. Watch Ted’s chef Cooper Baldwin ...
Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at this Midtown restaurant

Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at this Midtown restaurant

Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at gusto!. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Got flannel? Get free food. Local restaurant,  gusto! , offers Flannel Fridays, a food and fashion event that gives guests a buy one, get one free meal. Here’s how it works: wear a flannel shirt, receive a BOGO ticket and eat. No coupons...
Wes Moss: Why $500,000 is a key figure in retirement planning

Wes Moss: Why $500,000 is a key figure in retirement planning

Fear mongering surrounds the topic of retirement. To hear many “experts” tell it, a solid, happy retirement is almost, if not completely, out of reach. Suze Orman recently said that everyone (everyone) should work until they’re at least 70 years old. Legg Mason released a study stating that if you don’t have at least $2.5 million socked away, you shouldn’t retire...
Nativity-themed animation ‘The Star’ is hit-and-miss affair

Nativity-themed animation ‘The Star’ is hit-and-miss affair

An animated fable about the first Christmas, “The Star” reimagines the Nativity story from the perspective of an animal — actually, an entire menagerie of comical Holy Land critters, led by a miniature donkey, who become key supporting players in the tale. Among the production companies involved in making “The Star” are the faith-based Walden Media and Sony’s religious...
Star of ‘Last Flag Flying’ is the talk

Star of ‘Last Flag Flying’ is the talk

A reunion and a road trip set the dramatic comedy “Last Flag Flying” in motion, and its feel-real conversations keep you buckled in tight for the ride. Doc (Steve Carell), Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) are old Marine Corps buddies from Vietnam who haven’t seen each other in decades. Sal doesn’t even recognize Doc at first when he quietly orders a beer...
Flawless ‘Lady Bird’ soars

Flawless ‘Lady Bird’ soars

Actress and writer Greta Gerwig turns in the flawless “Lady Bird” for her directorial debut, a funny, poignant and assured film about that fleeting, heady moment during the transition from high school to college. Anchored by stellar performances and a clear voice, “Lady Bird” draws its universal relatability from its richly rendered specificity. It’s all too easy to label...
A proud tree hugger gives thanks

A proud tree hugger gives thanks

On Thanksgiving Day, we will pause to give thanks for the goodness of life. I’m thankful, of course, for family, friends and decent health, but as an unabashed tree hugger, I‘m especially grateful for: • Georgia’s great natural diversity: botanically rich mountain coves, old fields, sand hills, swamps, tidal creeks, sandy beaches, pitcher plant bogs, limestone caverns, bottomland...
Faith calendar

Faith calendar

Thanksgiving celebration: An interfaith Thanksgiving service will include prayer, personal stories of gratitude, food, songs and more. A reception with baked goods cooked by an interfaith community culinary team will be offered following the service. The celebration will be sponsored by Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Christ Covenant Buckhead, New Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church, Northside Baptist...
Give a child enough rope …

Give a child enough rope …

Q: Our 8-year-old has suddenly developed a very sassy mouth. She picked this up from a new neighborhood friend who speaks to her mother in a very disrespectful tone, like she’s the girl’s servant. There are no other girls this age in the neighborhood, so I hesitate to put a stop to the relationship but at the same time I want to nip this new skill in the bud before it becomes habit. Do...
7 Day Menu

7 Day Menu

11/ 26 Family Sunday Celebrate family day with Grilled Southwestern Steak With Vegetables (see recipe) on the menu. Add a red-tipped lettuce salad and dinner rolls. Buy a Boston cream pie for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough uncooked steak, vegetables and some pie for Monday. 11/ 27 Heat-and-Eat Monday Make Beef Stir-Fry with Sunday&rsquo...
Cross is the heart of Christianity

Cross is the heart of Christianity

“I love your cross.” I hear these words frequently, ever since I began wearing a Russian Orthodox crucifix on a chain around my neck. This silver cross was my husband’s, and was sent home from the hospital in a plastic bag along with his shirt, shorts, shoes and wallet the day he died. I immediately put it on, and have worn it every day since then because it’s a stark reminder...
‘BPM’ recreates critical moment during AIDS crisis

‘BPM’ recreates critical moment during AIDS crisis

“BPM (Beats Per Minute)” is a French movie that recreates a particular moment in the AIDS crisis through the lives of several ACT UP living in Paris. From the first minute of the film, which plunges the audience into an ACT UP meeting, “BPM” has vitality and directness, a sense of witnessing life in the moment. It’s the third film written and directed by Robin Campillo...
‘Mudbound is portrait of country being forged in blood, soil

‘Mudbound is portrait of country being forged in blood, soil

“Mudbound,” a sprawling World War II-era drama by Dee Rees, plays like great literature on the screen. Adapted by Rees and fellow screenwriter Virgil Williams from a novel by Hillary Jordan, this audaciously old-school movie harks back to the novels of Faulkner and Steinbeck, the films of William Wyler and John Ford. This is a big movie, about big emotions and ideas, which Rees evokes...
Tale is rallying cry against rape culture, brutality

Tale is rallying cry against rape culture, brutality

Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” is an angry, hot-blooded tale, seething with rage and energy. It’s a barn burner, a bracing shot of whiskey downed while spoiling for a fight, a cathartic wail against the zeitgeist of rape culture and state brutality. It’s a rallying cry, a right hook to the jaw, and wow, does...
From the AJC archives: Former Mayor Maynard Jackson Jr.’s obituary

From the AJC archives: Former Mayor Maynard Jackson Jr.’s obituary

The late Maynard Jackson Jr., a pioneering civic, cultural and political figure who became Atlanta’s first black mayors and of its most transformational leaders, is the subject of a new documentary debuting tonight in New York. Here is Jackson’s official obituary, written by longtime AJC obituary editor Kay Powell. It was originally published on June 24, 2003. Maynard...
Get your pumpkin fix with these 8 OTP dishes

Get your pumpkin fix with these 8 OTP dishes

Pumpkin cheesecake with pecan caramel at Sugo in Johns Creek. Photo courtesy of Sugo. No matter your stance on the PSL (that’s “pumpkin spice latte” for those of you living under a rock), pumpkin is unequivocally the flavor of fall. Whether you prefer your pumpkin in a savory preparation or a sweet treat, these OTP eateries have you covered. Check out these...
It’s pie time: O4W Pizza owner returning to Atlanta with new restaurant

It’s pie time: O4W Pizza owner returning to Atlanta with new restaurant

O4W Pizza’s Grandma Pie / Photo courtesy of Blue Hominy If you’ve been mourning the loss of an intown spot to get O4W Pizza’s Grandma Pie, it’s time to wipe your tears. Owner Anthony Spina, who closed O4W’s Irwin Street Market spot across from Krog Street Market in mid-2016 in favor of a new location...
Thanksgiving To-Go: Where to buy last minute holiday dinners in Atlanta

Thanksgiving To-Go: Where to buy last minute holiday dinners in Atlanta

Alon’s Bakery & Market offers several Thanksgiving to-go options. COURTESY OF ALON’S BAKERY & MARKET. Thanksgiving traditions don’t have to be home-made. If you’re worried about burning the turkey or don’t have time to cook a full meal, here’s a roundup of restaurants and grocery stores offering to-go Thanksgiving dinners. North Fulton Pick up...
Where to get $5 cocktails in Atlanta every weekday

Where to get $5 cocktails in Atlanta every weekday

Get $5 cocktails in Atlanta every weekday at Food 101. Photo credit: Henri Hollis. Get happier with a wallet friendly drink deal. Select cocktails are five bucks at Food 101 every weekday from 4-6 p.m. While celebrating the end of the day or another reason for cheers, check out the food menu, which includes daily specials like salmon patties, pot...
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...
Movies worth seeing this holiday season

Movies worth seeing this holiday season

There are holiday movies, and then there are holiday movies. The second category includes exclusively seasonal fare: “A Bad Moms Christmas” (now in theaters); the Nativity-themed animation “The Star” (Nov. 17); and “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Nov. 22), a story about Charles Dickens and the writing of “A Christmas Carol.” But those films have, by...
‘Justice League’ is breathtakingly bad

‘Justice League’ is breathtakingly bad

It’s been a long, hard road to “Justice League.” Director Zack Snyder, who helmed the latest iterations of Batman and Superman in “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs. Superman,” stepped away for personal reasons during post-production. “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon came in to finish the film, including reshoots, which were famously foiled by Superman...
‘Wonder’ is a cry-fest, but it’s also complex and funny

‘Wonder’ is a cry-fest, but it’s also complex and funny

Middle school can be agonizing for any kid, but, as “Wonder” begins, we suspect it’s going to be especially hard for 10-year-old Auggie Pullman. After 27 surgeries to help him see, breathe and hear, Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) doesn’t look like other children. He’s small and scarred, with a high-pitched, scratchy voice and a braided rattail, and he usually wears an astronaut...
Kate Middleton reveals Prince William had a hard time with fatherhood at first

Kate Middleton reveals Prince William had a hard time with fatherhood at first

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, reportedly revealed that her husband, Prince William, had a tough time adapting to life as a father. While talking to a single father during a visit to Family Action, a care center for expecting and new parents, Catherine — who is currently pregnant with her third child — reportedly told the father, Billy, that William “did not know...
Ancestry and FamilySearch use same records but different approaches

Ancestry and FamilySearch use same records but different approaches

Genealogists know that two of the most important websites for researching original records covering all the United States are Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. The microfilmed and now digitized materials appearing on those websites are from the same sources — courthouses and the microfilm of those records by the Mormons. But the way they are accessed, identified and made available differs considerably...
Nobu restaurant to open in Atlanta as part of Phipps Plaza expansion

Nobu restaurant to open in Atlanta as part of Phipps Plaza expansion

A rendering shows a new 12-story office tower, Nobu hotel and restaurant and a 60,000-square-foot Life Time fitness complex. / Photo contributed by Simon A Japanese restaurant that’s a favorite with celebrities will set up shop in Atlanta. Nobu Atlanta Restaurant will open as part of the Nobu Hotel at the Phipps Plaza mixed-use development in Buckhead. The expansion, which will...
Government pays

Government pays "The Pioneer Woman" $2 million a year to use her massive estate

To her viewers, “The Pioneer Woman” is a relatable homemaker who can whip up a mean steak and also round up the cows they came from, but as it turns out, she also owns a giant chunk of Oklahoma. Ree Drummond, 48, and her husband Ladd own a whopping 433,000 acres of the Sooner State, making them the 23rd largest landowners in the country, according to the Land Report 100. Their...
Beer Town: Sam Smith III talks Samuel Smith’s ales

Beer Town: Sam Smith III talks Samuel Smith’s ales

Sam Smith III from Samuel Smith Brewery recently visited the U.S. for the first release of Oatmeal Stout in kegs. CONTRIBUTED BY: Samuel Smith Brewery. Samuel Smith, otherwise known as the Old Brewery at Tadcaster, was founded in Yorkshire in 1758. It’s a truly historic institution, as well as one of the few remaining independent breweries in England. Celebrated for...
Grant Park Market now open in The Larkin

Grant Park Market now open in The Larkin

There’s a new spot for sandwiches and food products in Grant Park. Grant Park Market — a second location of Candler Park Market — is in soft open mode in the Larkin on Memorial development at 519 Memorial Drive.     Candler Park Market, located at 1642 McLendon Ave., has been open for nearly 15 years.   The 63,000 square foot mixed-use Larkin re-development...
CFP National Championship 2018: Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, Darius Rucker will perform ahead of game

CFP National Championship 2018: Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, Darius Rucker will perform ahead of game

Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, The Chainsmokers and Darius Rucker are among the musical acts joining the run-up to the College Football Playoff National Championship in January. The artists, along with Lizzo, Bebe Rexha, Spencer Ludwig and Brett Young, will perform during the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! event, which runs Jan. 6 through Jan. 8. The free, three-day...
Soft pretzels and beer cheese dip hit the spot at Hobnob

Soft pretzels and beer cheese dip hit the spot at Hobnob

Soft pretzels and cheese dip at Hobnob / Photo by Henri Hollis By Henri Hollis Piping hot, slick with oil and sprinkled with sea salt: Almost any food is good when it meets these criteria. Even pretzels. Make those soft pretzels, then pair them with tangy, gooey beer cheese dip, and even the most entrenched pretzel-hater like me might be tempted to dance a little polka. Hobnob...
This Life with Gracie: Thanks to Habitat, another family is home for the holidays

This Life with Gracie: Thanks to Habitat, another family is home for the holidays

Next week, Jamilah Najeeullah will sit down to a table surrounded by family and spread with a large turkey, turnip greens, dressing and all the trimmings that make Thanksgiving Day special. And in keeping with family tradition, she and nearly 20 others will take their turn at reciting the thing for which they are most grateful. For 64-year-old Najeeullah, this Habitat home, the first she has ever...
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...
Angel trumpet is easy to propagate

Angel trumpet is easy to propagate

Q: I have a special angel trumpet I planted this year and I don’t want to lose it. How will the cold affect it? Tommy Myers, Bartow County A: Angel trumpet can sometimes be killed by Atlanta winters. Wait until Thanksgiving to cut the main stem down to six inches in height. Put a gallon pot over it and cover it with a big mound of straw or leaves. For insurance, collect some green...
Texas-style barbecue joint open in College Park

Texas-style barbecue joint open in College Park

“Dino-Ribs” in the smoker at Hattie Marie’s. / Photo from the Hattie Marie’s Facebook page South Fulton has a new spot for Texas-style barbecue. Hattie Marie’s Texas Style BBQ and Cajun Kitchen opened its doors last week at 3699 Main St. in College Park. Husband and wife Willie and Ramona Griggie named the eatery...
Staplehouse has a new upstairs cocktail bar

Staplehouse has a new upstairs cocktail bar

Interior of Staplehouse / AJC file photo Reservations at critically-praised Old Fourth Ward spot Staplehouse are tough to come by, but grabbing a drink in the same building just got a little bit easier. The restaurant opened Paper Crane Lounge in an upstairs space that previously served as a private event space earlier this month, ...
Garth Brooks lip-syncing controversy at CMA Awards really hit a nerve

Garth Brooks lip-syncing controversy at CMA Awards really hit a nerve

Somehow, the most controversial aspect of last week’s Country Music Association Awards had nothing to do with politics. During the trophy ceremony on Wednesday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, many viewers suspected that country legend Garth Brooks was lip-syncing as he performed his latest single, “Ask Me How I Know.” At one point, he held the microphone away from his face...
Ed Roland announces annual Christmas concert, Collective Soul readies live album

Ed Roland announces annual Christmas concert, Collective Soul readies live album

For the past decade-plus, Ed Roland has gathered some musician pals to perform for charity. This year, Roland’s “Winter Wonder Bash” moves from its longstanding home of Eddie’s Attic to the larger Buckhead Theatre and will feature Emerson Hart from Tonic and Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra. ...
Superhero actresses are using power to take on sexual harassment

Superhero actresses are using power to take on sexual harassment

Actresses who star on some of TV’s top superhero shows aren’t naming names. But in the wake of Warner Bros.’ suspension last week of producer Andrew Kreisberg following allegations about his behavior, several performers in DC Comics-based TV shows are speaking out against sexual harassment in Hollywood. Their statements come after their big-screen superhero brethren Ellen Page and...
8 magical winter date ideas in Atlanta

8 magical winter date ideas in Atlanta

The weather and time change have brought the holiday season closer into the horizon. While the holidays are a great way to spend time with family and friends, it's easy to forget about spending time with that special someone. There are tons of ways to warm up to your sweetie all winter long. Here are eight magical winter date ideas for those looking for a little romance and fun: If you're willing...
How young is too young for cellphones in school?

How young is too young for cellphones in school?

It’s been a long time since mobile phones arrived in the nation’s schools, but educators are still grappling with what to do about them. Should they be allowed in elementary schools? What about middle-schoolers using them at lunch? Which limits make the most sense for devices so ubiquitous? What has become a more settled matter for high school students is sparking questions and controversy...
Watch: Taylor Swift performs emotional song for Jimmy Fallon

Watch: Taylor Swift performs emotional song for Jimmy Fallon

Taylor Swift appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show with a new song from “Reputation.” BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Taylor Swift made an unscheduled appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show Monday to help comfort the grieving host. Fallon canceled last week’s shows following the Nov. 4 death of his mother, Gloria. During his return, Fallon briefly acknowledged his...
A guide to 12 of metro Atlanta’s merriest holiday events

A guide to 12 of metro Atlanta’s merriest holiday events

We’ve all heard of the 12 days of Christmas.  With the multitude of holiday events hitting metro Atlanta like a heavy snowfall, you need more than double that to experience just a sample. However, in an attempt at some seasonal focus, we’re gathering a dozen of the merriest and brightest for your consideration. With the event now in its seventh year, the garden grounds glow with...
Seafood dinner special, fire pit party and more this week in metro Atlanta

Seafood dinner special, fire pit party and more this week in metro Atlanta

Osteria Mattone is celebrating its four-year anniversary this week with a special dinner. Photo: Iain Bagwell. Enjoy a four-course dinner with seafood in Roswell. Warm up with s’mores, drinks and more. 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 and have a grand...
This Life with Gracie: HIV quarantine? No. Better access to health care? Yes, by all means

This Life with Gracie: HIV quarantine? No. Better access to health care? Yes, by all means

Last month, Georgia Rep. Betty Price set off a national firestorm when she asked a state health official whether people with HIV could be legally quarantined. It wasn’t the first time the word and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, ended up in the same sentence, of course. We heard it a lot in 1985, when 51 percent of respondents in a Los Angeles Times poll supported quarantining AIDS patients...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I cannot locate Ken’s Lite Honey Dijon salad dressing. I have tried several locations of Publix and Kroger near the Alpharetta/Canton area, to no avail. Every other dressing with honey Dijon doesn’t come close to Ken’s Lite. Please help me find this so I can enjoy salad at home once again. Thank you. Diana Schuyler, email A: Diana, I’m not sure if you want Ken’s Steak...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

FLAWLESS FINISH Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Pore Primer Stick will keep skin looking smooth as it reduces the appearance of pores. The lightweight primer stick absorbs excess oil leaving skin with a matte finish. Oil-absorbing powders and sebum fighting ingredients in the stick create a smooth foundation for makeup and will not clog pores. Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Pore Primer Stick costs...
Teresa Tibbs, 56, of Roswell lost 47 pounds

Teresa Tibbs, 56, of Roswell lost 47 pounds

Former weight: 192 pounds Current weight: 145 pounds Pounds lost: 47 pounds Height: 5 feet 8 inches Age: 56 years How long she’s kept it off: “I started my weight-loss journey in March 2017,” Tibbs said. “I reached my goal weight in October 2017.” Personal life: “I live in Roswell, Ga., with my husband, Andrew, and our four cats … who are all rescues from ...
Sorry, corn dog lovers: Pallookaville is closed

Sorry, corn dog lovers: Pallookaville is closed

Marnie Bell-Ferguson, left, talks with bartender Jessica Woody at Pallookaville Fine Foods, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Avondale Estates. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL Corn dog eatery Pallookaville has closed its doors in Avondale Estates. The restaurant’s management addressed the closure on its Facebook page, with the hint that another business might move into the space at 17...
Famed tabloid gossip columnist, Liz Smith, dead at 94

Famed tabloid gossip columnist, Liz Smith, dead at 94

She was the last of her kind. Liz Smith, a longtime New York gossip columnist, died Sunday at her home in Manhattan at the age of 94, her agent confirmed to The New York Times. Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923 and graduated from the University of Texas before heading to New York, where she made it big in the Big Apple. Smith, who started work as a gossip columnist for the New York...
‘Walking Dead’ star discusses his Georgia restaurant on Colbert

‘Walking Dead’ star discusses his Georgia restaurant on Colbert

Norman Reedus in a still from “The Walking Dead.” Photo: AMC He plays dirty with zombies on “The Walking Dead,” but actor Norman Reedus wages a different battle at his Senoia restaurant. Reedus discussed Nic & Norman’s, the eatery he opened last year with “Dead” director and executive producer Greg Nicotero, on “The Late Show With Stephen...
First Look: Rose + Rye is open in Atlanta’s historic Castle

First Look: Rose + Rye is open in Atlanta’s historic Castle

  Rose + Rye Braised Duck with Anson Mills crispy polenta cakes, guajillo agrodulce and pickled red pearl onion. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Rose + Rye restaurant and bar opened in mid-October in the Castle , a unique Atlanta landmark that’s perched on a hilltop above 15th Street in Midtown, and notable for its stone facade and storied history. The...
The ‘veggie burger that bleeds’ available in Atlanta for the first time

The ‘veggie burger that bleeds’ available in Atlanta for the first time

The Impossible Burger / Contributed photo If you’ve given up red meat but still have a craving for a juicy hamburger, you can now have the best of both worlds. The Impossible Burger — also known as “the veggie burger that bleeds — is being served for the first time in Georgia at all Grindhouse Killer Burgers locations and at The Counter location in Roswell. The...
Gift ideas for creative kids

Gift ideas for creative kids

It’s time to clean out the toy box and make room for new arrivals. Toymakers have been working hard to come up with the next must-have plaything. Is it on these pages? Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim think it might be. The mother-daughter duo are the toy experts behind the website Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (toyportfolio.com). They see hundreds of new toys each year and get kids across the country...
Buy This: 3 great snacks for holiday entertaining

Buy This: 3 great snacks for holiday entertaining

Chances are good when Thanksgiving arrives, there’ll be more entertaining going on at your house.  You want to have a few tricks up your sleeve for easy ways to entertain your guests. These will work as pre-dinner nibbles, snacks for watching the latest football game or a treat for the cooks in the kitchen. Thyme to Garnish Herb and Spice Mixes Becky Battle will...
Beyonce’s baby twins show up in leaked photos and Bey’s not happy

Beyonce’s baby twins show up in leaked photos and Bey’s not happy

Not everyone is happy to see pictures of the Bey Beys on the internet. Beyoncé and Jay-Z announced the addition of two more children to their family in in February via a beautiful Instagram post. Since the announcement, the parents have kept their summer arrivals as secretive as their fans would allow. Following rumors and speculations, Beyoncé shared an official picture...
Talk of a Spice Girls reunion in the works for 2018

Talk of a Spice Girls reunion in the works for 2018

The five original members of the 1990s-era British girl group the Spice Girls are reportedly set to reunite in 2018, according to The Sun. Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Geri Halliwell, have allegedly been taking part in secret talks regarding a potential reunion since the summer, with a 2018 date now agreed for a reunion. The group are also said to have agreed to a one-off TV...
Country rocker Brantley Gilbert, wife Amber welcome son in Athens, Ga.

Country rocker Brantley Gilbert, wife Amber welcome son in Athens, Ga.

Country rocker Brantley Gilbert and his wife, Amber, welcomed their son into the world Saturday in Athens, Georgia. Barrett Hardy-Clay Gilbert made his debut at Piedmont Hospital about a week early, weighing in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces, according to People magazine. “Honestly, I’m just speechless,” Gilbert told People. “Amber and I are just so thankful and blessed to have this...
Nicole Kidman featured on husband Keith Urban’s new single ‘Female’

Nicole Kidman featured on husband Keith Urban’s new single ‘Female’

It’s been the buzzworthy topic since Keith Urban performed “Female” on the CMA Awards Nov. 8. The song lyrics — co-written by Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally — were inspired by the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations. However, the positive, empowering words impacted Keith Urban, the father of two little girls, so strongly that not only did...
You really can have ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 56 years after Audrey Hepburn’s iconic film 

You really can have ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 56 years after Audrey Hepburn’s iconic film 

Classic film buffs love Audrey Hepburn’s iconic turn as Holly Golightly in the legendary 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but until now the only way you could really have breakfast at the luxury jeweler was the same way Holly Golightly did: standing outside Tiffany’s landmark Manhattan building with a coffee and a croissant window shopping.  That has all changed...
Stevie Nicks abused by ex Lindsey Buckingham, new biography says

Stevie Nicks abused by ex Lindsey Buckingham, new biography says

A new biography, called “Gold Dust Woman” by Stephen Davis, details alleged abuse against legendary rock singer Stevie Nicks by ex-boyfriend and fellow Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. It apparently started back in 1973 when the duo was posing for their first album “Buckingham Nicks,” and the photographer told Nicks to remove her blouse in order to look...
The Deep End celebrates its grand opening tonight and more Atlanta dining news

The Deep End celebrates its grand opening tonight and more Atlanta dining news

The Deep End, the late-night taco spot from the team behind  The Pinewood in Decatur  and The Mercury at Ponce City Market, opened earlier this week and is celebrating with a grand opening party starting at 5 p.m. tonight. Partake in frozen drink specials, live music, face-in- the-hole...
Just 5: The stories to read if you love food

Just 5: The stories to read if you love food

What should be on your plate this week? Here are 5 ideas for where to eat and what to cook.   Allora Fennel Sausage Pizza with San Marzano Passata, Calabrian Chiles Cherry Tomatoes, Sicilian Oregano at Allora. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Take a first look at Allora, the new Italian restaurant in TWELVE Hotel at Atlantic Station.    Calzone...
Alison Roman delivers book of smashing recipes and smart, lively essays

Alison Roman delivers book of smashing recipes and smart, lively essays

  Read this cookbook: “Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes” by Alison Roman (Clarkson Potter, $30)   By Wendell Brock Some years ago I got hooked on Laurie Colwin, the late novelist and Gourmet columnist, a fine writer who knew as much about roast chicken and hummus as she did love and melancholy. Alison Roman, who has cooked in restaurants (Milk Bar, Momofuku) and...
Louis C.K.: 'These stories are true'

Louis C.K.: 'These stories are true'

A day after the New York Times published five women's allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K., the comedian said, "These stories are true." C.K. released a lengthy statement after his publicist had told the Times earlier in the week that C.K. "is not going to answer any questions." Here's the statement in full: “I want to address the stories told to the New York...
The last doctor in Clay County

The last doctor in Clay County

Karen Kinsell, 62, is the only doctor operating in Clay, an impoverished county of 3,000 residents in southwest Georgia’s “black belt,” so named initially for the rich soil of the region, then later for those who cultivated that soil.   Karen opened her practice 19 years ago and has been the only physician in town for the last 12. Where an average doctor sees maybe 20 patients...
Review: ASO deftly dispatches tricky Mahler symphony

Review: ASO deftly dispatches tricky Mahler symphony

Exultant trumpets and swirling strings herald the beginning of the end, an ensemble-wide crescendo, starting at the softest dynamics, as the ensemble revs up toward the final timpani hammer blow. In Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, the first movement’s concluding phrases certainly sound like a triumphant ending to a wide-ranging but succinct piece of Romantic dynamism. But the musicians have...
How Ben the Rooster is getting kids excited about holiday cards

How Ben the Rooster is getting kids excited about holiday cards

Skipping out to the mailbox and looking for a recent letter from your pen pal is becoming a memory of the past. You may even receive fewer and fewer holiday cards each year. The joy of letter writing and anticipation of snail mail is returning to kids, thanks to a professional pen pal, Ben the Rooster. “I like letters and the feeling associated with handwritten notes. Writing letters and...
Former St. Cecilia chef to open restaurant in Alpharetta next year

Former St. Cecilia chef to open restaurant in Alpharetta next year

Chef Taylor Neary / Photo by Cathy Schultz Alpharetta is set to get an eclectic neighborhood restaurant from a chef with stints at popular Atlanta restaurants early next year. Roswell native Taylor Neary will open Restaurant Holmes, “an eclectic neighborhood restaurant and bar” according to a press release, in the Jones House at Alpharetta...
Ford Fry’s El Felix set to open in The Battery this month

Ford Fry’s El Felix set to open in The Battery this month

Parilla Mixta Fajitas- beef, chicken and pork belly on caramelized onions at The El Felix / AJC file photo The Battery at SunTrust Park is set to get its newest tenant this month. Ford Fry’s Tex-Mex restaurant The El Felix will open for lunch and dinner on Nov. 20. Chef Kevin Maxey’s menu will offer Mexican-inspired staples found on The El Felix...
Your complete guide to where to eat in and around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Your complete guide to where to eat in and around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

An airplane arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at sunrise, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Atlanta. / BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or visiting Atlanta and famished after your long flight, there are plenty of spots in and around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to grab a bite. Check out our roundups of...
Shoe box brings hope to the “least of these”

Shoe box brings hope to the “least of these”

Elena. Irinia. Ted. I have a lump in my throat while listening to their stories. For about one minute, these teenagers share a synopsis of their life story, starting with the pain and hopelessness of abuse, neglect and despair, and ending with the joy of adoption. And everything started because someone, on the other side of the globe, cared enough to send them a shoe box filled with simple, inexpensive...
11 Georgia food producers named finalists for 2018 Good Food Awards

11 Georgia food producers named finalists for 2018 Good Food Awards

Atlanta-based Xocolatl is named a finalist for the 2018 Good Food Awards. Eleven Georgia food producers were named finalists for the 2018 Good Food Awards. The awards honor the best responsibly-made food in 15 different categories including honey, chocolate, coffee and spirits. Sourcomb Honeycomb Honey from Clarkesville-based MtnHoney was selected in the honey category; ...
Where to eat free on Veterans Day

Where to eat free on Veterans Day

Veterans will receive a free all-you-care-to-eat meal at On The Border restaurant tomorrow. Photo credit: Ink Link Marketing. As a thank you, veterans and active military members will eat free at the following three restaurants; one restaurant will offer a military discount. Offers will only be available on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. Be sure to bring your military identification...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Blake Shelton, Phillip Phillips

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Blake Shelton, Phillip Phillips

Blake Shelton performs during Today’s Halloween Extravaganza 2017 at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images) BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at  scanady@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call...
Mexican cuisine ‘growing and evolving,’ says PBS cooking show host

Mexican cuisine ‘growing and evolving,’ says PBS cooking show host

Pati Jinich, cookbook author and host of PBS cooking show “Pati’s Mexican Table,” was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. That upbringing informs her work as a culinarian, but so, too, does her Jewish heritage. On Nov. 16, Jinich will be in Atlanta to participate in a dinner that celebrates Jewish-Mexican cuisine. The event, presented by the World Affairs Council, will...
Everything to know about mastering disc golf in Atlanta

Everything to know about mastering disc golf in Atlanta

Long before the trademarked Frisbee became a household name, a group of Canadian schoolboys are said to have made a game out of tossing a disc around an obstacle course in 1920s Saskatchewan. But throwing tin plates at a fence posts is not what draws more and more people out to the disc golf courses popping up around metro Atlanta these days. »RELATED: Gwinnett’s got a brand new disc golf...
6 Georgia state parks for adrenaline junkies

6 Georgia state parks for adrenaline junkies

Thrill seekers, you can stay in the state and still get a premium adrenaline fix. Georgia state parks offer jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping thrills within hours of Atlanta, some practically next door. Here are six state park attractions for the most adventurous: At the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest is a loop that beckons the toughest trail for hikers who also have a...
A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

If you're an Atlanta millennial who wants to experience nature, you may not necessarily want to rough it out by sleeping on the ground and being away from other creature comforts. That's why glamping – a mashup of glamour and camping – has become so popular. It lets you enjoy activities such as hiking and biking while staying in a comfortable environment. Since 2015, the camping industry...
‘Cosby Show’ actor Earle Hyman dead at 91

‘Cosby Show’ actor Earle Hyman dead at 91

Earle Hyman, the actor best known for playing Russell Huxtable, Bill Cosby’s wise father on “The Cosby Show,” died Friday. He was 91. Hyman died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., his nephew, Rick Ferguson, told The Hollywood Reporter. Hyman played Othello on stage, was a regular on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for his performance as Oscar in the...
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