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Walking across America

Echo Garrett discovers a long-lost brother after the death of her father, songwriter Bob Montgomery
Learn how to cook with in-season Barese chard

Learn how to cook with in-season Barese chard

Farmers are just as interested in growing something new as we are in trying out a delicious new vegetable. Linda Scharko of Scharko Farms says she waited two months to get her hands on the seeds for Barese chard, an heirloom Italian variety of the vegetable we think of as “Swiss” chard. “The seed catalogs said it would be a good substitute for the choys. We find the choys are tasty...
Atlanta chefs share their favorite meatball recipes

Atlanta chefs share their favorite meatball recipes

At 6 years old, I had reason to believe my mother’s spaghetti and meatballs was the most marvelous culinary achievement ever created. Never mind that I had rarely strayed from her kitchen table. It was all I knew, my favorite dish. I remember how the noodles glistened with the orange slickness of tomato and oil; the exotic thrill of garlic and oregano; the texture of the beefy meatballs, so...
Smyrna bungalow from the 1920s freshened up with global chic

Smyrna bungalow from the 1920s freshened up with global chic

Layers of contrasting textures course through Chris Hutcheson’s Smyrna home, from open wall spaces to tiny nooks and crannies. The former textiles industry executive knows the importance of texture in design. Throughout her house, Hutcheson has decorated by hanging African baskets on her walls, layering throws and tablecloths, and even creating custom light fixtures from salvaged items, such...
Georgia raised writer reflects on the importance of sharing personal history

Georgia raised writer reflects on the importance of sharing personal history

As a child, whenever Erin Goseer Mitchell would ask her mother why she looked the way she did, her inquiry was met with a curt response.
The old Prohibition space is getting turned into two new Italian eateries

The old Prohibition space is getting turned into two new Italian eateries

The old Prohibition space / AJC file photo Add two more new concepts coming to the old East Andrews Entertainment District, now known as Andrews Square.
Unexpected star dish at Luda’s airport restaurant isn’t fried chicken

Unexpected star dish at Luda’s airport restaurant isn’t fried chicken

Battered catfish at Chicken + Beer at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is an unexpected star on the menu.
Healthy Cooking: Treat yourself to heart-healthy avocado tostadas

Healthy Cooking: Treat yourself to heart-healthy avocado tostadas

I have never met a saturated fat I didn’t love. European butter, buttercream frosting, cream in my coffee — I revel in rich foods that taste as comforting as a hug. But unless you’re living under a rock with your triple cream Brie (no judgment, I’ve been there), you know that the American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to keep our tickers happy and healthy...
Hap and Leonard ‘redneck noir’ is one dirty puppy

Hap and Leonard ‘redneck noir’ is one dirty puppy

Joe R. Lansdale has a wicked way with words. Of the many memorable passages in “Rusty Puppy,” his new Hap and Leonard novel, not one of them can be reprinted in a family newspaper. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, small-town East Texas private detectives, say the filthiest things. Some of it is good-natured banter between buddies; the rest is don’t-mess-with-me trash talk. And they...
Atlanta’s largest crawfish festival brings Mardi Gras style to food and music

Atlanta’s largest crawfish festival brings Mardi Gras style to food and music

Mardi Gras officially ended on Tuesday, but a piece of New Orleans is coming to Atlanta to continue the party. The New Orleans-based band Cowboy Mouth is headlining Park Tavern’s 14th annual Oyster Crawfish Festival on March 4. “To think I get to do Mardi Gras on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and just kind of keep the vibe going until Saturday (March 4). I love my life,”...
Love food? Make sure these 6 events are on your list for March

Love food? Make sure these 6 events are on your list for March

Celebrate oysters at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar. / AJC file photo Wine, brunch and chocolate are all on the menu next month with these March events for food lovers.
When Sammy Davis Jr. messed up his Oscars announcement, he did it in style

When Sammy Davis Jr. messed up his Oscars announcement, he did it in style

Jordan Horowitz handled Sunday night's Oscar flub with grace. Five decades ago, Sammy Davis Jr. handled his wrong-envelope incident with humor. On Sunday night, Horowitz, one of the producers of "La La Land," tried to explain to Hollywood and the rest of the world that his film did not, in fact, win the Oscar for best picture. The image of him holding up the envelope that declared "...
Theater review: ‘Phantom’ a titillating spectacle undimmed by time

Theater review: ‘Phantom’ a titillating spectacle undimmed by time

He lurks in the catacombs of Paris’ Palais Garnier, gliding across the opera house’s subterranean lake in a gondola and coming out to terrorize performers and audiences with flashes of fire and a crashing chandelier. A man who conceals his grotesque face behind a mask and wears his heart on his lacy sleeve, he is of course the tortured antagonist at the center of Andrew Lloyd Webber&rsquo...
Don’t ‘like’ a Facebook post or page again without reading this

Don’t ‘like’ a Facebook post or page again without reading this

We've all seen a lot of emotional posts and images on Facebook -- and it's almost second nature for many people to "like" just about anything, whether to acknowledge you saw the post or just because you're so used to it by now. But before you "like" just any post, you need to be aware of how scammers are taking advantage of this involuntary impulse to click on Facebook. While some...
Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Chef Nick Melvin It’s time to laissez les bon temps roulez, and nothing says “Let the good times roll” like some freshly-made beignets.
Find Cajun food at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Find Cajun food at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Smoked snow crab legs with crawfish smoked gouda mac and cheese and lo lat rolls on the side at Bon Ton.
Go Georgia: Where to enjoy unique, delicious food in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to enjoy unique, delicious food in Georgia

Jazz’d Tapas Bar, Savannah At Jazz’d Tapas Bar in Savannah, an old Spanish culinary tradition is served with a modern American twist. This chic little spot is in the historic district, but it’s the epitome of 21st-century elegance. The beauty of tapas is the opportunity to sample the unfamiliar without being fully being committed to any one dish. Numerous small plates are meant to...
Go Georgia: Places to enjoy music across Georgia

Go Georgia: Places to enjoy music across Georgia

Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair and head to Matilda’s Under the Pines for an evening of live music. The outdoor music venue hosts Music Under the Tent, a spring and summer concert series that features artists from all over the Southeast, including many from Georgia. Everything — from southern rock, delta blues, funk and folk — is played here.  The hills are alive with the sound...
Go Georgia: Memorable historical sites to visit in Georgia

Go Georgia: Memorable historical sites to visit in Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is a 2,965-acre historic site that marks a Civil War battlefield of a crucial Confederate victory during the Atlanta campaign of 1864. A 20-minute film shown at the visitor center explains how rebels took cover from rifle and cannon fire in entrenchments dug deep into the slopes of Kennesaw Mountain. Many well-preserved artifacts and memorabilia are on view,...
Go Georgia: Where to enjoy sports, outdoors, and adventure in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to enjoy sports, outdoors, and adventure in Georgia

From the mountains in the north to the beaches in the southeast, Georgia features diverse landscapes with stunning natural beauty — scenery that’s ideal for sports lovers and adventure seekers.  Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast, pummels boulders 792 feet below, its thunderous roar echoing throughout Amicalola Falls State Park. Visitors can stay the...
Go Georgia: Where to see and experience art in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to see and experience art in Georgia

The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia explores the 200-year-old pottery making tradition of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Museum exhibits include utilitarian pieces such as handcrafted canning jars, butter churns and other wares that were essential to an agrarian lifestyle. Hideous face jugs with bulging eyes and crooked teeth are also on view. A short video demonstrates pottery making by the Meaders...
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Artist made his colorful mark

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Artist made his colorful mark

Jean-Michel Basquiat made his mark on black history in the 1980s, becoming one of the most prominent painters of the late 20th century. The Brooklyn-bred artist, born Dec. 22, 1960, to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother, initially gained notoriety with a friend as the graffiti duo “SAMO©.” Known for their social aphorisms on classism and racism, the pair parted ways after about...
Enjoy some Mardi Gras magic: 16 exciting events in Atlanta this weekend

Enjoy some Mardi Gras magic: 16 exciting events in Atlanta this weekend

Whether you're looking for a little relaxation or a night under the Big Top, you're sure to find fantastic events perfect for everyone in your family around Atlanta this weekend. More on what to do this weekend: 2017 Special Olympics Polar Plunge. 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Free to watch, $50 to take the plunge. Acworth Beach at Cauble Park. 4425 Beach St. NW, Acworth. 770-414-9390. www...
Stories draw on history

Stories draw on history

There are slews of historical novels that show off writers’ mastery of various periods. But historical short stories? Far fewer writers go there. It simply takes too long to build the past world with all of its furniture and facts. One noteworthy exception is Jim Shepard, an outrageously versatile and gifted fiction writer who is deeply at home in a research library. With his fifth collection...
Fresh coat of paint can create clean slate

Fresh coat of paint can create clean slate

One way to escape the winter doldrums is to get a jump on spring by adding a fresh coat of paint, inside and out. Whether it’s to perk up an outdated décor or to create a clean slate in time for the spring home-selling market, new paint can be a game changer to a room or an exterior. And that poses the question: Is there a color that will appeal to buyers and give the house a sense of...
Smoke & Duck Sauce now open in Decatur and other Atlanta food news from the week

Smoke & Duck Sauce now open in Decatur and other Atlanta food news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Smoke & Duck Sauce has opened a new location.
Violent ‘Mexico’ reveals unexpected treasures

Violent ‘Mexico’ reveals unexpected treasures

Josh Barkan’s timely story collection, “Mexico,” is like 12 volcanic rocks carefully arranged in the sun, gathering heat. Its smart cover image, lovely and rude — a postcard señorita nestled in rose and cacti, defaced with splotches of black ink — suggests paradisaical allure and unpredictable narco-violence. It’s a book Josh Barkan really didn’t want...
Want to know where the bartenders drink in Atlanta? This book can help

Want to know where the bartenders drink in Atlanta? This book can help

There are tons of places to enjoy a drink in Atlanta, but when you want to narrow it down to the best of the best, who’re you going to ask?
The dessert at this new Buford Highway tea shop will make you do a double take

The dessert at this new Buford Highway tea shop will make you do a double take

Milk tea from Boba Bee on Buford Highway. / Photo from the Boba Bee Facebook page Question: When is milk bubble tea not just milk bubble tea?
The Atlanta Fair is coming: Here's what you need to know

The Atlanta Fair is coming: Here's what you need to know

The Atlanta Fair is returning to the city for its 37th year from Feb. 24 to April 2, bringing with it all the classic fair foods, interactive games and rides that fairgoers look forward to every year. Here's what you need to know to join in all the fun this year: The fair is held in Turner Field's gray lot located at 655 Central Ave. SW along I-75/I-85. The front gate is on Ralph Abernathy Blvd. SW...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

3/ 5 Family Sunday Prepare a 2- to 3-pound fully cooked Baked Ham for family day. Place ham in a shallow dish and heat at 350 degrees, uncovered, 15 to 18 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature is 140 degrees. Serve it with mashed sweet potatoes (refrigerated), peas and carrots (frozen), a romaine salad and cornbread muffins (from a mix). Make a pineapple upside-down cake (from a mix)...
Fifth Ohio child dies from flu-related illness

Fifth Ohio child dies from flu-related illness

A fifth child has died in Ohio from flu-related illness, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed Thursday. A 9-year-old Marion county boy was the latest pediatric death reported during the current flu season, which began last September and generally peaks at this time of year. All the child deaths, which are the only flu-related deaths reported to the health department, occurred this month. None have...
Atlanta chef hopes to breathe new life into site of Ludacris’ old restaurant with Simon’s

Atlanta chef hopes to breathe new life into site of Ludacris’ old restaurant with Simon’s

Marvin Woods / AJC file photo A well-known Atlanta restaurant space with a hip-hop pedigree is getting a makeover with a new concept, look and menu.
Is this Atlanta brewery one of the best new breweries in the U.S.?

Is this Atlanta brewery one of the best new breweries in the U.S.?

Scofflaw Brewing Co. selections. / Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. There are tons of great breweries in metro Atlanta — and plenty more to come — but only one is in the running for Best New Brewery in the U.
Rapper’s money saving advice goes viral (because it’s awesome)

Rapper’s money saving advice goes viral (because it’s awesome)

Dee-1, a New Orleans-based rapper, is making a name for himself by producing music about personal finance, a topic many artists would never even dare to explore. In a business where people spend a lot of money to fit in, Dee-1 deliberately chooses not to. When Clark Howard heard about Dee-1, he couldn’t wait to have the rapper on his radio show to hear more about the positive message he shares...
4 places to party for Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

4 places to party for Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras with a masquerade party at Cypress Pint & Plate. HANDOUT / Caren West PR.
More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

Poke bowls from Poke Perfect, which is entering the Atlanta market. / Photo from the Poke Perfect Facebook page Less than a month after releasing news that it was opening a store in Decatur, a poké restaurant has announced its second Atlanta location.
5 soups to cure what ails you

5 soups to cure what ails you

There are many reasons why soup so often hits the spot. Certainly, it’s got salubrious effects — with chicken soup topping the cure-all list. And on days when nothing is going your way or dreary weather’s got you down, a simple bowl of hot fill-in-the-blank soup feels like a conciliatory hug. Then there’s the routine side of things, like the requisite coupling of tomato soup...
Review: A spin on Szechuan at Jia at Ponce City Market

Review: A spin on Szechuan at Jia at Ponce City Market

We were a party of six, so we were seated at the largest table in Jia — a round one made of warm, golden wood. In the table’s center was a circular insert. A Lazy Susan! Looking forward to spinning hot pots and rice bowls and pepper-laden platters this way and that, I put my fingertips on the disc and gave it a gleeful push. (Has anybody in the history of Chinese restaurants ever failed...
Your guide to Stone Mountain Park's 6 can’t-miss events this year

Your guide to Stone Mountain Park's 6 can’t-miss events this year

Stone Mountain Park, which encompasses the largest exposed mass of granite in the world, is one of Atlanta's most enduring landmarks and tourist attractions. The park, based in Stone Mountain, Georgia,  features 3,200 acres of geology, land and history, including the iconic Stone Mountain, which displays the controversial memorial carving depicting three Confederate heroes of the Civil...
A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating its grand opening next week

A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating its grand opening next week

3:8 Juice & Eatery is now open in Alpharetta. / Photo from the 3:8 Facebook page A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating a month of business with a grand opening and ribbon cutting next week.
6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

This eponymous double barrel margarita will be $10.99 at all PURE locations. HANDOUT / Birds of a Feather Creative.
Treats that keep Mardi Gras sweet

Treats that keep Mardi Gras sweet

You can celebrate Mardi Gras in a lot of places, including right here in the ATL, but for many of us, when we think “Mardi Gras” we think “New Orleans.” (Sorry, Mobile, home of the first North American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703.) And since Mardi Gras offers us the the last night to indulge before the fasting of Lent, when we think “Mardi Gras,” we think &ldquo...
Creations roasts cauliflower for satisfying couscous substitute

Creations roasts cauliflower for satisfying couscous substitute

Cauliflower is truly having its day as people look for carb-free substitutes for some of their favorite dishes. Chef John Oechsner shared the recipe for this dish where the cauliflower is roasted and then finely chopped to resemble couscous. You’ll find it’s quick to prepare and very satisfying. To make quick work of mincing the carrots, he suggests you can cut a carrot coarsely and then...
Review: American values in eye of beholder in ‘Cross Country’ at High

Review: American values in eye of beholder in ‘Cross Country’ at High

Now might be as good a time as any to contemplate what makes America, America. In the midst of deep political divisions, “Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950” at the High Museum may serve as a reminder of our common currency in the land, people, history and experience of living from sea to shining sea. “Cross Country” is a far-ranging exhibition...
More details on celeb chef Todd English’s new Atlanta restaurant

More details on celeb chef Todd English’s new Atlanta restaurant

Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta “I’ve been all over the world.
7 Caribbean recipes so you can pretend your kitchen is the beach

7 Caribbean recipes so you can pretend your kitchen is the beach

Always dreaming about vacation? Always dreaming about food? We don’t blame you. Given that there are apparently a few more weeks of winter to get through, most of us are probably fantasizing about lying on a warm beach, fresh coconut drinks in hand. While we may not be able to buy you a trip to Barbados, we can give you the next best thing: island cuisine! These 7 recipes use Caribbean...
Theater review: Co-stars deliver Ensemble’s talky ‘Having Our Say’

Theater review: Co-stars deliver Ensemble’s talky ‘Having Our Say’

There are considerably more trying and less pleasant ways to spend a couple of hours than in the company of two kindhearted little old ladies. Emily Mann’s play “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” based on the remarkable true story of black siblings Sadie and Bessie Delany, takes place circa 1992, when Sadie was 103 and Bessie 101. After a comparatively &ldquo...
Not your ordinary chips and salsa at this Mexican restaurant

Not your ordinary chips and salsa at this Mexican restaurant

The guacamole and salsa tasting at Alma Cocina features three types each of guacamole and salsa with plantain chips and tortilla chips.
Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Todd English is opening Todd English Tavern at Battery Atlanta. The Battery entertainment complex adjacent to the Atlanta Braves new stadium SunTrust Park will offer plenty of options for dining and drinking.
A glimpse at what you’ll find at Art Papers Art Auction

A glimpse at what you’ll find at Art Papers Art Auction

For 18 years, the Art Papers Art Auction has asked artists from Atlanta and beyond to contribute works of art to support the mission (and about 25 percent of their annual operating budget) of the Atlanta-based quarterly art magazine. This year, 250 artists have donated artworks, with so many offering up their work that Art Papers executive director Saskia Benjamin says some had to be turned away...
4 things to know about a Georgia farm bringing Iberian pork back to America

4 things to know about a Georgia farm bringing Iberian pork back to America

White Oak Pastures is now selling Iberian pork. / Photo by Backlight Photography The 500-year wait is over.
3 unlimited data plan ‘gotchas’ hidden in the fine print

3 unlimited data plan ‘gotchas’ hidden in the fine print

Advertisements for unlimited cellphone data plans are everywhere, but are any of these plans right for you? The answer to that question may not be a simple yes or no. And so far, this ongoing war among wireless providers has meant better plan options for you! Unlimited data plans: Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint   We’ve gone through the fine print and identified three big...
Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Ever wish a world-class chef would teach you how to cook? You can get at least one dish under your belt from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who taught us how to make Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp, a recipe from his new “Red Rooster Cookbook,” live during an appearance in Atlanta last week. Check out the demo here, and keep scrolling down for the complete recipe. [facebook url="...
Designer mixes old, new in unexpected ways

Designer mixes old, new in unexpected ways

Designer Jimmy Stanton is also the owner of Stanton Home Furnishings on Atlanta’s west side. The store mixes old and new in a modern and unexpected way that just feels right. Owner & designer: Stanton grew up in Marietta and graduated from the American College of the Applied arts (London and Atlanta) while working for John Craft Interiors. He then worked for interior design firms Design Continuum...
Author Events Feb. 19-25

Author Events Feb. 19-25

Nina Norstrom, “Not a Blueprint: It’s The Shoes That Matter, A Journey Through Toxic Relationships” and Julia McDermott, “Daddy’s Girl” 2 p.m. Feb. 19. Tea, talk, signing. Free. Bookmiser-Roswell, 4651 Sandy Plains Road, Roswell, 770-993-1555, bookmiser.net/ Norstrom explores the effects that her relationships with grief, pain, trauma, and forgiveness have had on...
Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Red bean moon cake from Sweet Hut.
See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

Meherwan Irani, chef-owner of Botiwalla and Chai Pani. Credit: Courtesy of Chai Pani. Looking to get a taste of India without leaving your couch?
The 6 biggest surprises that came with losing 280 pounds

The 6 biggest surprises that came with losing 280 pounds

To say that losing weight is difficult is a huge understatement — especially in a country where Dollar Menu items are much easier and cheaper to acquire than anything that’s remotely healthy. Even after losing more than 280 pounds over 10 years, I’m still battling with obesity issues. While it’s been hard losing the weight and keeping it off, I’ve learned where my overeating...
‘Barrowfields’ rues the legacy of family tragedies

‘Barrowfields’ rues the legacy of family tragedies

Early on in Phillip Lewis’ debut novel, “The Barrowfields,” teenager Henry Aster attempts to halt a book burning of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” in Old Buckram, North Carolina, “an achromatic town high in the belly of the Appalachian Mountains.” He drags along his father, a revered small-town lawyer and avid reader, with the hopes that the town...
Report: Every 3 hours, an online dater gets scammed

Report: Every 3 hours, an online dater gets scammed

In today's digitally connected world, online dating has become more popular than ever. In fact, more than 15 percent of American adults say they have used an online dating site or mobile app, according to the Pew Research Center. While you're looking for love online, however, there are a lot of creepy criminals out there trying to take advantage of you. According to a new report from the UK's City...
Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Joshua Hopkins of Empire State South shows off his hot dog from last year’s Helpful Hotdog initiative.
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

2/ 26 Family Sunday Lemon Chicken With Rice and Artichokes (see recipe) is perfect for family day. Serve the one-dish meal with a Boston lettuce salad and dinner rolls. Apple turnovers (frozen) and vanilla ice cream are a family kind of dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough ice cream for Saturday. 2/ 27 Budget Monday Beef Stir-Fry With Spinach (see recipe) is easy on the food budget. Serve it over ...
Check out the menu for One Rooster Mongolian Bar, now open in West Midtown

Check out the menu for One Rooster Mongolian Bar, now open in West Midtown

The interior of One Rooster. / Photo by Jennifer Brett One Rooster Mongolian Bar has opened its doors in West Midtown.
Whoopi Goldberg reaches out to Tiffany Trump after Fashion Week snub

Whoopi Goldberg reaches out to Tiffany Trump after Fashion Week snub

On Wednesday, Whoopi Goldberg of ABC’s “The View” offered to sit next to first daughter Tiffany Trump at New York Fashion Week. Pictures and rumors circulated that attendees asked to have their seats switched around to avoid sitting next to Trump, on account of her father. Goldberg was disappointed in their actions, saying: “You know what, Tiffany, I’m supposed to go...
You could get free wings for a year at the Atlanta opening of this restaurant

You could get free wings for a year at the Atlanta opening of this restaurant

Boneless wings at East Coast Wings & Grill. / Photo courtesy of East Coast Wings & Grill Want wings?
These Atlanta restaurants are participating in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

These Atlanta restaurants are participating in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

Georgia protestors come out during ‘A Day Without Immigrants’. / Photo courtesy of Mundo Hispanico Several metro Atlanta restaurants are set to participate in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ a Feb.
Review: Smoky whole-hog ‘cue at B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

Review: Smoky whole-hog ‘cue at B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

My favorite moment in a barbecue joint tends to be the first one. The doors open and you take your first breath of that bewitching aroma of meat and smoke. It is pure and simple, the unadulterated magic from which barbecue is made. That smell whets the appetite just as well as an amuse-bouche at a four-star restaurant. Everything to love about barbecue is in the smoke. It is such a mysterious substance...
Review: Amara fuses Indian flavors with modern, chef-y creations

Review: Amara fuses Indian flavors with modern, chef-y creations

When I think of Indian cuisine, a particular dish is not what comes to mind. Rather, it is the spice rack. It is cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, fenugreek, mustard seeds, tamarind, turmeric, saffron. It is whole, dry spices, pan-toasted or wet-fried to draw out their complexity, with the added bonus that they fill the kitchen with a heady fragrance. The first thing I noticed...
3 fun things: Feb. 17-19

3 fun things: Feb. 17-19

SMYRNA If you long ago exhausted your supply of Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell novels; listened to every possible true crime podcast; and watched each “Making a Murderer” episode endless times, then the Sisters in Crime is the group for you. The Atlanta chapter of the international organization holds its regular meetings on the second Saturday of each month, but on...
7 books to help kids appreciate history of blacks in America

7 books to help kids appreciate history of blacks in America

From Nikki Grimes’ creative poetry honoring the Harlem Renaissance, to a powerhouse young adult novel that speaks to Black Lives Matter, here are seven new books for young people, timed to the month when homes and schools turn attention toward the history of blacks in America. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee — his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see!&rdquo...
Kevin Rathbun opening a new steakhouse

Kevin Rathbun opening a new steakhouse

Chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun. Credit: Kaiser’s Chop House. Kaiser’s Chop House, a collaboration from chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun, will open at 5975 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in spring 2017.
North Fulton Mexican restaurant closes after 18 months

North Fulton Mexican restaurant closes after 18 months

The skirt steak fajitas at Ray’s Rio Bravo. / AJC file photo A Mexican favorite has closed its doors in Sandy Springs after less than two years.
Watch an Atlanta chef try to take the top spot on Food Network tonight

Watch an Atlanta chef try to take the top spot on Food Network tonight

TJ Reddick An Atlanta chef is trying to cook up a win on Food Network tonight — and you can help cheer him on.
Art review: The whir of modern life subject of group photography show

Art review: The whir of modern life subject of group photography show

The current exhibition “On the Edge” of three artists working with photography at Spalding Nix Fine Art is a blow-out of pattern and blazing, juicy color. Though the three artists — Atlantans Lisa Tuttle and Spencer Sloan and New Yorker Landon Nordeman — take very different approaches to subject matter and to photography itself, they are united in a surface style beholden...
City is familiar, fascinating backdrop for former Atlanta cop’s novel

City is familiar, fascinating backdrop for former Atlanta cop’s novel

It’s time for another generous sprinkling of Salt. “Salt” — the nickname for the resourceful (and fictional) Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Sarah Alt — is back in another locally-set, thrill-ride of a novel from Trudy Nan Boyce. “Old Bones,” which goes on sale next Tuesday, starts out with an emergency scanner call about a reported shooting in...
Jimmy Vee of 'Doctor Who' is the new R2-D2 droid we're looking for

Jimmy Vee of 'Doctor Who' is the new R2-D2 droid we're looking for

Jimmy Vee, the actor best known for his work on "Pan" and "Doctor Who," is our new R2-D2. Vee will play the droid in this December's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the eighth episode in the main cinematic storyline, he said in a statement from the Oh So Small production agency. Vee fills the costume made iconic by Kenny Baker, who died last August in his native England,...
Find out how to meet a Food Network star in Marietta and Buford

Find out how to meet a Food Network star in Marietta and Buford

Mario Rizzotti will be in town next week. Want to rub elbows — and eat food with — a Food Network celebrity?
A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

Head to Taco Mac for an original burger and beer for $9.95 or upgrade to this bacon burger for a buck.
What is kalette and how do you cook it?

What is kalette and how do you cook it?

It’s still possible to find new vegetables at the market, created the old-fashioned way by cross-breeding one vegetable with another to come up with something a little bit different and utterly delicious. Kalette is the latest “new” vegetable, a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale. The little florets grow up the stalk just like Brussels sprouts, but instead of being tight little...
Learn to make Kurt’s Euro Bistro’s potato pancakes 

Learn to make Kurt’s Euro Bistro’s potato pancakes 

We have gone to Kurt’s Bistro many times and each time I get the Potato Pancakes with Creme Fraiche and Apple Sauce. Being German, this reminds me of what my mother used to make when I was growing up. I am wondering if you might contact Kurt’s to see if he would share his recipe. Thank you. — Fred Gehrisch, Gainesville Alexander Westbrook-Eisele, general manager of Kurt&rsquo...
Author Michael Eric Dyson: America is in trouble

Author Michael Eric Dyson: America is in trouble

In his new book, author and Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson sees a nation that is deeply troubled. And most of it boils down to race. In just a few years, the United States has witnessed the election of its first black president followed by a president whose victory was celebrated by the Ku Klux Klan. In his new book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America,&rdquo...
Theater review: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ doesn’t quite live up to name

Theater review: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ doesn’t quite live up to name

Four rock ‘n’ roll legends in search of a story. With apologies to Pirandello, that’s my take on the Atlanta Lyric Theatre-Georgia Ensemble Theatre co-production of “Million Dollar Quartet,” the Broadway musical about that storied day in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins had an impromptu jam session at Sun Records in Memphis,...
Condo in century-old Midtown home gets stylish update

Condo in century-old Midtown home gets stylish update

One of Drew Lohoff’s favorite ways to entertain in his Midtown condo is to host weekend brunch. And he has just the spot for it — his balcony in the historic building. “We all stand out there, have drinks and look out over the city. It’s really just a cool place,” Lohoff said.  The century-old building, located a block from the Margaret Mitchell House museum, fit...
Theater review: ‘Sweep’ stirs up a murky load of clutter at Aurora

Theater review: ‘Sweep’ stirs up a murky load of clutter at Aurora

My first instinct was to feel sorry for a small group of latecomers to a recent performance of Aurora Theatre’s “Sweep.” They arrived 10 or so minutes into the excessively weird and unwieldy one-act show, and quietly took their seats in a corner of the company’s intimate studio space. “Those poor people,” I soon thought, knowing that they’d missed the opening...
Story behind Charlie Brown's hope for a little redhaired girl's Valentine

Story behind Charlie Brown's hope for a little redhaired girl's Valentine

If young Donna Mae Johnson had returned Charles Schulz's affections all the way to the altar, the world might never have received the greatest Valentine's Day comics narrative ever told. Instead, because the redheaded Ms. Johnson chose another man over "Sparky" Schulz, readers would be forever gifted with Charlie Brown's annual ritual of unrequited love. Tuesday was the 64th anniversary...
5 places to visit to get in touch with Georgia’s history

5 places to visit to get in touch with Georgia’s history

“Know your history” is undeniably sound advice, and few things bring us closer to knowing history than standing in the places where it happened. Georgia is so full of traces of the past that someone could spend a lifetime visiting the state’s evocative sites and still only scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Here are a few of our favorite historic spots, places that inspire...
8 Instant Pot soups and stews to save you tons of time

8 Instant Pot soups and stews to save you tons of time

When it comes to kitchen trends, 2017 is quickly shaping up to be "the year of the Instant Pot." Bloggers are professing their undying love for it, entire Pinterest boards are dedicated to it, and it’s been featured on leading news sites. A pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, yogurt maker, and stockpot warmer in one (whew!), this Canadian-born gadget...
Krystal offering ‘Surf & Turf’ menu for Valentine’s Day

Krystal offering ‘Surf & Turf’ menu for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for a meal that sounds fancy without all the trappings of fine dining — including the price tag — you’ll want to pull into a Krystal parking lot today. The Atlanta-based chain is offering a Surf & Turf menu for two today from 11 a.m. until close featuring eight classic Krystal sandwiches, a dozen fried shrimp, an order of chili cheese or Junkyard fries and...
Fancy dish turns out to be (glorious) mac ’n’ cheese

Fancy dish turns out to be (glorious) mac ’n’ cheese

Three decades ago, I was inducted into the Commanderie des Nobles Vins du Jura et du Comte, a bacchanalian confraternity in the Franche-Comte region of France celebrating the local wines and cheeses. A few of us food writers from the United States took the charter’s oath to extol, whenever possible, the noble wines and cheese of the Jura. We received an embossed medal and a parchment with the...
Masterfully twisty mystery

Masterfully twisty mystery

In Emma Flint’s “Little Deaths,” a tabloid editor insists that readers want three things: “They want to see the money. Or the lack of it. To feel envious, or superior. “They want sex. There’s always a hot dame. Or a dame we can work up into hot. There’s always an angle we can use. And every story needs a bad guy. Every story needs fear.” Rookie reporter...
Theater review: Outfit/Garage satire is ‘Lost in the Cosmos,’ indeed

Theater review: Outfit/Garage satire is ‘Lost in the Cosmos,’ indeed

Novelist Walker Percy’s “Lost in the Cosmos” (1983), subtitled “The Last Self-Help Book,” parodied a certain (and ever-popular) brand of motivational best-sellers, outlining a series of philosophical and existential “thought experiments” intended to help readers discover and realize who they are in relation to the universe — or, perhaps, who they&rsquo...
Fresh classic style in Cathedral Antiques Show tour home

Fresh classic style in Cathedral Antiques Show tour home

Evie Johnson grew up a couple of doors away from her current home in Buckhead. Three years ago, and after living in cities such as San Francisco, she moved back to the street, bought the 1930s home and embarked on a renovation with a team of experts. “It just happened that this house was on the market when we were looking,” she said. “It just was meant to be, I think.” Throughout...
Step away from the scale: It's not all about how much weight you lose

Step away from the scale: It's not all about how much weight you lose

You made the fitness resolution while raising your glass of bubbly on New Year's Eve, and you've worked out three times a week for more than a month. But the scale. Is. Not. Budging. Isn't it possible that you're actually fitter — that you have more lean body mass and less fat — even though the scale hasn't changed? Indeed, it is. This is why trainers such as D.C. strength and...
9 things no one tells you about weight-loss surgery

9 things no one tells you about weight-loss surgery

When I was 12, my mother took me to my first-ever Weight Watchers meeting. I don’t know how much I weighed back then, but I remember seeing a big "20" on the tag of my denim shorts. At the time, I think I assumed the weight would drop off simply due to regular attendance, but I’ve learned since that's not exactly how it works. For decades, every pound I lost on every diet I tried...
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