Sunday Living & Arts


Personal Journeys: Testing Gulshan

Across three continents, no amount of tragedy could stop Dr. Gulshan Harjee from following her dream. She persevered through war, illness and a mass shooting that took her husband’s life.


Bowls, jewelry and sculpture Mother Nature would love

Bowls, jewelry and sculpture Mother Nature would love

Since childhood, Mark Gardner has enjoyed working with his hands. But there is something about working with wood that gives the renowned artist the most satisfaction. The artist: Growing up in Cincinnati, Gardner started as a child working with wood, his father’s hobby. At 16, he enrolled in a furniture-making class at the University of Cincinnati, where he later earned a degree in theater design...
‘Tragic Mulatto’: Past depictions give way to today’s biracial pride

‘Tragic Mulatto’: Past depictions give way to today’s biracial pride

It was nearly two centuries ago when writer Lydia Maria Child discussed what was a taboo topic in American life: the biracial children of slaves and slavemasters. Hailed by some as a champion of excluded groups in American society, Child’s goal in a short story titled “The Quadroons” was to describe the horrors of how they were treated by whites. The mixed-race woman in the story...
Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

The Hello Kitty cafe truck rolls into town this weekend. Photo credit: FWD PR. Brunchfest in Piedmont Park. The Hello Kitty Cafc truck rolls into Midtown with goodies. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Saturday, Feb. 24: A cafe...
Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Get a free muffin, courtesy Java Joy, today. Photo credit: Java Joy. Take a break. Eat a muffin. In honor of National Muffin Day, the Java Joy crew will spread joy and serve complimentary muffins at Colony Square Plaza from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today. Java Joy, an initiative launched by Athens-based non-profit Extra Special People, is a stand-alone mobile coffee...
Theater review: Wilson’s ‘King Hedley II’ holds court at True Colors

Theater review: Wilson’s ‘King Hedley II’ holds court at True Colors

Even a lesser entry in playwright August Wilson’s monumental Pittsburgh Cycle — 10 dramas chronicling the black experience in America, one set during each decade of the 20th century — is well worthy of attention. “King Hedley II,” the eighth of them to be written (in 1999) and the ninth in terms of the chronological order of their settings (1985), doesn’t stand...
6 reasons Atlanta adores its botanical gardens

6 reasons Atlanta adores its botanical gardens

Everyone loves a gorgeous hometown tourist attraction and the year-round charms of the Atlanta Botanical Garden make any time of year the right time for a visit. But Atlanta's affection for the ABG is more permanent than a blooming spring flower and stronger than nostalgia for a landmark. They delight your date. The gardens are renowned as a romantic setting for a stroll, particularly 40...
Decatur store has everything from jewelry to furniture

Decatur store has everything from jewelry to furniture

Owned by two design and construction pros, Trinity Mercantile and Design in downtown Decatur is a fresh and fun resource for stylish home goods — for a reno or just a room. The store: Trinity Mercantile & Design opened in 2012 in downtown Decatur. Three years later, the store moved across the street to a bigger, light-filled space in a historic building. Owners: Wallace Bryan and Lisa Turner...
Fatherless daughters dreaming of escape

Fatherless daughters dreaming of escape

Xhenet Aliu’s debut novel ‘Brass” begins through the 18-year-old eyes of Elsie Kuzavinas, a despondent waitress saving up her money for “the wicked coupe that was going to drive me out of Waterbury so fast I wouldn’t even bother to burn the skid marks that would mark my goodbye.” Alas, her grand plan to get out of “maybe the crappiest place on earth&rdquo...
Twin brothers come of age on Gulf coast

Twin brothers come of age on Gulf coast

Jesmyn Ward’s debut novel, “Where the Line Bleeds” entered the literary world with a bang when it was first published by Agate Publishing in 2008. The book launched Ward’s illustrious career, which has garnered her two National Book Awards, the first in 2011 for her novel, “Salvage the Bones,” and the second in 2017 for her most recent novel, “Sing Unburied...
Get margaritas for $2.22 at this chain restaurant for a week

Get margaritas for $2.22 at this chain restaurant for a week

Get margaritas for $2.22 at Bahama Breeze for a week. Photo credit: Linda Costa Communications Group. When was the last time you spent just over two bucks on a cocktail? Bahama Breeze in Duluth is celebrating National Margarita Day — Thursday, Feb. 22 — early. Classic margaritas are $2.22 now through Feb. 24. Wondering how big of a deal this is? The regular cocktail...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

2/25 Family Sunday Gather the family for Classic Roast Chicken (see recipe) from Atlanta cookbook author Cynthia Graubart’s new book, “Sunday Suppers,” which is full of easy, practical, delicious recipes. Serve the juicy bird with your macaroni and cheese and tiny green peas (from frozen). Add crusty rolls. For dessert, buy a ...
A go-to guide for getting bang for your bite at your next barbecue festival

A go-to guide for getting bang for your bite at your next barbecue festival

You know you love finger-licking, slow-smoked barbecue and you're getting hungry right this minute just thinking about it. So, you can check off No. 1 on the list of requirements for attending your first BBQ festival.  Still, you can do better: if you brush up on the lingo (and the controversies) before whetting your appetite and gathering your wet wipes, you'll have even more fun at the gatherings...
6 small Georgia towns to explore when you're tired of the city

6 small Georgia towns to explore when you're tired of the city

While the lights are much brighter in big city Atlanta, there is nothing like a visit to a small Georgia town to brighten your outlook when you tire of the city. It's amazing that some of these simple pleasures of Georgia's heartland are so close to the urban center, and all are within a couple hours of Atlanta.  If you're weary from the big city pace and noise, rejuvenate by taking a day or...
The most fried and true fish and chips in Atlanta

The most fried and true fish and chips in Atlanta

Perfectly crisp batter surrounding moist and flaky white fish. French fries cut to order. The tang of malt vinegar cutting through the oil. A great fish and chips is the ultimate British comfort food. Just because we are not in England though, does not mean we can’t dive in to a basket.   Here are a few versions around town that are worth the trip. 48 S Park Square NE, Marietta, GA 30060...
5 Instagram-worthy Atlanta spots for tapas

5 Instagram-worthy Atlanta spots for tapas

Big, over-plated chain restaurants are sometimes just a little... blah.  Too much food, too much hassle and not enough Instagram-worthy plates. If you're in the mood for a quick bite after work or for a new date-night spot, try out a tapas spot. The plates are on the smaller side, which makes for a perfect light meal. Or you can order a bunch and share with friends. Lucky for us, Atlanta knows...
Review: Korean BBQ meets steakhouse style at Ari

Review: Korean BBQ meets steakhouse style at Ari

What makes a steakhouse? Is it the beef, the thick red slabs marbled with rich veins of white fat? Or is it the house, the tufted leather booths and luxurious touches that place a diner in the lap of comfort? Ari Korean Steakhouse, a rather large restaurant perched at the center of a shopping center on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek, certainly has both. If you order a cut of Angus rib-eye or prime...
Review: Atlanta Breakfast Club brings taste of the South to downtown

Review: Atlanta Breakfast Club brings taste of the South to downtown

So you’re cooking at a Southern breakfast joint in downtown Atlanta, and you want to create a signature dish that speaks to your town. What to do? It’s not like this urban sprawl is a bastion of bacon or an epicenter of eggs. Take a spin around the ‘hood, and you may find some clues, even in the asphalt jungle. At Atlanta Breakfast Club, executive chef Anthony Sanders clearly had...
Posh Midtown condo is fit for a king (or queen)

Posh Midtown condo is fit for a king (or queen)

A Midtown penthouse is fit for a king, a queen, a first lady and even a man who played God. Karen Hudson-Simard’s art collection in her Aqua Midtown condo includes portraits of Morgan Freeman, whose roles have included God in “Bruce Almighty,” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Queen Nefertiti and a sculpture of former home run king Hank Aaron. “What this art represents to me is it...
Kid entrepreneurs drink up success with lemonade business

Kid entrepreneurs drink up success with lemonade business

Operating a lemonade stand is as much a rite of passage as learning to ride a bike or finally being allowed to cross the street by yourself. Think back to your first lemonade stand. Was it summer boredom that prompted it? Maybe it was the need for spare change to spend at the corner candy store that incited you and your siblings or your best friend from down the street to stir together lemon juice...
The art of the pop-up

The art of the pop-up

Since 2017, he’s continued to hone his crafty cooking at SOS in Decatur, offering an array of dishes with what former Atlanta Journal-Constitution dining John Kessler once described as “wit and smarts to spare.” Stieber got his start working in fine-dining restaurants such as Abattoir and Empire State South. But he’s always combined a playful and sometimes irreverent attitude...
Author Events Feb. 18-24

Author Events Feb. 18-24

Susan Nefzger, “A Practical Guide to Awareness.” Nefzger’s step-by-step guide to achieving fulfillment includes in-depth exercises that will help readers discover their unique gift and purpose in life. 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Talk, signing. Free. Tall Tales Book Shop, Toco Hill Shopping Center, 2105 LaVista Road NE., Atlanta, 404-636-2498, talltalesatlanta.com Paul Finkelman, “Supreme...
Solomon Islands: A deep dive

Solomon Islands: A deep dive

If a remote South Pacific destination with lots of World War II artifacts and world-class diving appeals to you, check out the Solomon Islands. This 992-island archipelago sits northeast of Australia, about 6,100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Most of its 550,000 citizens are Melanesians and almost everyone speaks English. But among themselves they often speak Pidgin, a language devised in the 1800s...
“And we’ll have the poem for two.”  Atlanta restaurant’s Valentine’s menu is truly special

“And we’ll have the poem for two.” Atlanta restaurant’s Valentine’s menu is truly special

Talk about the Daily Special! Popular Atlanta restaurant White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails is back with its uniquely romantic take on a Valentine’s Day menu. And we don’t just mean the Oysters on the Half Shell. On Feb. 13th and 14th, White Oak will serve up a custom made order of Southern poetry on the same menu as its renowned contemporary Southern cuisine.  Related video: Literally...
5 places to catch the blues in Atlanta

5 places to catch the blues in Atlanta

Atlanta is a big enough town that finding a list of a dozen bars offering life-sized jenga and another dozen where bocce ball is close to club sport is easy to do. Yet, if you wanted to make a list of bars to listen to the blues — slim pickings. That may have something to do with shifting generational music tastes. There just aren't many hot new blues acts (exceptions: Valerie June, ...
5 spots that define the West Midtown scene

5 spots that define the West Midtown scene

 West Midtown (Westside), once largely industrial, is now a revitalized area of historical neighborhoods, retail and restaurants that will leave you with a full stomach and heart. It's growing even further with the development of the Atlanta Beltline's westside trail, venturing into territory that has before been less traveled. Step outside of your comfort zone, expand your horizons and...
7 Instagram-worthy brunch spots in Atlanta

7 Instagram-worthy brunch spots in Atlanta

Undoubtedly, many Atlantans' (and those visiting) include brunch in their scheduling for the weekend. Whether with friends, after church or as a hair of the dog treatment - brunch can accommodate all needs. But brunch isn't only about the food these days, it's about the full experience: how you dress, the atmosphere, the cutesy beverages and most of all, how it looks on Instagram. 1100 Howell Mill...
Fill up on this Old Fourth Ward pasta dish, back by popular demand

Fill up on this Old Fourth Ward pasta dish, back by popular demand

Garganelli at BoccaLupo / Photo by Angela Hansberger Dish of the week: Garganelli at BoccaLupo BoccaLupo has a way of sending out dishes that are classic but also fresh and innovative. Bruce Logue’s Garganelli with chicken and veal ragu – delicate fluted tubes of fresh-rolled pasta blanketed in a hearty ladle of meat gravy – is no exception. The name for the garganelli...
Fat Tuesday parties, Valentine’s Day dinners and more in metro Atlanta this week

Fat Tuesday parties, Valentine’s Day dinners and more in metro Atlanta this week

Gather at Park Tavern to celebrate Oysterfest this Saturday in Piedmont Park. Photo credit: Caren West PR. Party in Midtown for Fat Tuesday. Make reservations now for Valentine’s Day. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Tuesday...
Find out how to get Chobani yogurt for free

Find out how to get Chobani yogurt for free

Get Chobani yogurt for free now through March. Photo credit: Edelman. Have your cake yogurt and eat it too. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chobani is giving away a cup or bottle of yogurt now through March 4. To cash in on this offer, print a coupon at Chobani.com/freeyogurt and redeem it at your local retailer. The coupon is...
Healthy Cooking: Make the best of it, in love and oatmeal

Healthy Cooking: Make the best of it, in love and oatmeal

We had no restaurant reservation on Valentine’s Day, 2007. Instead, Dear Husband Bob and I tag-teamed three children under the age of 5, each with a tummy bug that robbed us of our sleep and sanity, but regrettably, not our sense of smell. A wise man would have grabbed the dog and run screaming from the house. Instead, when Bob found me curled up on the laundry room floor, he covered me with...
Eat your heart out: 6 ways to eat free or cheap on Valentine's Day

Eat your heart out: 6 ways to eat free or cheap on Valentine's Day

From flowers to a gift to dinner out, Valentine's Day can be an expensive holiday. To help you save some money, these trusted restaurants with locations in metro Atlanta are offering some cheap or free Valentine's Day meals. 209 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 404-522-9464; Akers Mill Square, 2977 Cobb Pkwy SE, Atlanta, 770-984-0287. https://www.hooters.com. If you're without a significant other this...
Which Georgia arts groups won NEA grants?

Which Georgia arts groups won NEA grants?

Bringing “Angels” to Atlanta; making the BeltLine shine; giving female convicts (and ex-cons) a chance to create; introducing the Addams Family to Dunwoody; these are some of this year’s cultural events that will be supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The federal program supports the arts all over the United States, offering more than $25 million in...
Unsolved murder in Jim Crow South

Unsolved murder in Jim Crow South

On July 25, 1946, a wealthy white landowner named Loy Harrison was driving through Walton County with two African-American couples — Roger Malcolm and his wife Dorothy Malcolm, and George W. Dorsey, a World War II veteran, and his pregnant wife Mae Murray Dorsey. Fifteen to 20 white men forcefully removed the Malcolms and the Dorseys from Harrison’s vehicle near Moore’s Ford Bridge...
Glimpse of history fascinates

Glimpse of history fascinates

The word “charming” is a laudatory adjective — don’t we all want to be considered charming? — yet when describing a book, it can sound less than flattering. “Charming” becomes code for a story that’s merely pleasant instead of provocative, one that can be enjoyed, then blithely dismissed. So it was with some concern that the word “charming&rdquo...
Architects, designers see boom in butler’s pantries

Architects, designers see boom in butler’s pantries

Whether it’s a prep space for families who are cooking together, a catering space to hold food or a spot to microwave quick meals, butler’s pantries are boosting the look of kitchens while taking on the functionality. Fulfilling lifestyle needs Butler’s pantries are an extension of the kitchen, said Stephanie Elder, a kitchen and bath designer with Dove Studio in Roswell. These spaces...
Ex-Bacchanalia chef takes new approach to courtside cuisine at Philips

Ex-Bacchanalia chef takes new approach to courtside cuisine at Philips

Would the change also mean swapping white tablecloths, high-provenance ingredients and all the glitz that garnered Bacchanalia aplomb in the movie “Baby Driver” as “the finest wining and dining of all the wines and dines in town” in exchange for popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and other stadium fare of old? Apparently not. On Feb. 7, the Hawks unveiled the first of Schafer&rsquo...
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, fresh off a couple of Grammy wins, brought his band and an impressive catalog of powerful songs to the Fox Theatre on Feb. 8, 2018. It was the first of two nights at the venue for the Alabama-born troubadour. Check out a few of our shots from the show and click the link at the bottom for a gallery of all the rest of the photos. Two-time Grammy winner and former...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

2/18 Family Sunday Prepare Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin for the family (see recipe). Serve with your own roasted potato wedges, fresh green beans and a red-tipped lettuce salad. Add baguettes. For dessert, top angel food cake with blueberries. Plan ahead: Prepare an extra (plain) pork tenderloin, and save some cake for Monday. 2/19 Heat-and-Eat Monday Use the leftovers to make Pork-Potato Hash. Cook...
5 grocery delivery apps you should be using (besides Amazon)

5 grocery delivery apps you should be using (besides Amazon)

Amazon on Thursday introduced speedy grocery delivery from Whole Foods for Amazon Prime members. It’s the online retail giant’s biggest (and most expected) move since it bought the grocer last year. » RELATED: Is Amazon Prime membership really worth it? The two-hour delivery service launched in Austin, Texas; Cincinnati; Dallas and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Amazon Inc. says...
Amy Sherald, Columbus native, unveils her portrait of Michelle Obama

Amy Sherald, Columbus native, unveils her portrait of Michelle Obama

Last year, the fortunes of artist Amy Sherald, a Columbus, Ga., native and a fine arts graduate of Clark Atlanta University, took a sharp turn upward. In October, she was chosen to paint the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama, a painting that will hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The painting was revealed Monday in Washington, D.C., along with the official ...
Killer vegetarian dishes to order at South Main Kitchen in Alpharetta

Killer vegetarian dishes to order at South Main Kitchen in Alpharetta

South Main Kitchen offers a variety of vegetarian options on their menu, which changes seasonally. Photo courtesy of South Main Kitchen. Whether you’re trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet as one of your resolutions this year or you’re a longtime vegetarian, you’re likely aware that it isn’t easy finding good options on restaurant...
Glazed, but not confused

Glazed, but not confused

When I was a kid, the only place for doughnuts in my hometown of Bainbridge was a humble spot called Loyless Donuts. On damp, foggy mornings, before the sun could even rise, Loyless was a beacon of warmth. Occasionally, we’d pull in and order a dozen to carry along to work or school. Circles of puffy yeast dough, delicately fried and drizzled with white icing, they were paragons of perfection...
Review: Barbecue, bourbon — and grain bowls at Loyal Q

Review: Barbecue, bourbon — and grain bowls at Loyal Q

Let me describe a platter of barbecue for you. It all starts with an aluminum tray, rectangular and simple, with a piece of butcher paper cut to fit. Atop it, your eyes will no doubt be drawn to the thick slices of prime brisket cut from the deckle side, thick black bands of smoky bark wrapping around the meat, whose fatty marbling now drenches the paper below it. Aside that, a kind of culinary opposite...
Edgewood Craftsman reno is an eco-friendly, reclaimed treasure

Edgewood Craftsman reno is an eco-friendly, reclaimed treasure

Adding eco-friendly features didn’t mean that Mara Dodson had to lose the original touches in her 1920s Craftsman bungalow. The home, renovated by Elemental Green Homes with features such as Energy Star appliances, spray foam insulation, new windows and high-efficiency heating and air systems, won a 2017 EarthCraft High Performance Award for its preservation of original building materials...
Three under-the-radar metro Atlanta brewpubs to explore

Three under-the-radar metro Atlanta brewpubs to explore

Here are three more notable brewpubs that are a bit under the radar. » RELATED: A taste of food and beer at five Atlanta brewpubs  25 S. Main St., Alpharetta. 770-696-2097, hopalleybrew.com. Boasting perhaps metro Atlanta’s most unusual brewpub layout, Hop Alley lives up to its name, situated in a long, narrow space that stretches from the Main Street Alpharetta front entrance...
Georgia chef fosters legacy of Southern food dame Edna Lewis

Georgia chef fosters legacy of Southern food dame Edna Lewis

This month, as we observe the achievements of African-Americans in U.S. history, we would be remiss not to reflect on Edna Lewis (1916-2006), arguably the most important black culinarian in the history of this country. I never got to meet Lewis in person. Admittedly, it’s since I moved to the South a couple of years ago that her name began to surface regularly in my conversations with chefs...
From the menu: Learn to make The Pinewood’s cheesy grits tots

From the menu: Learn to make The Pinewood’s cheesy grits tots

From the menu … The Pinewood, 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur; 404-373-5507; www.pinewoodtr.com Recently I went to The Pinewood for drinks and appetizers with friends. As Southerners, we were intrigued by their Grits Tots appetizer and ordered one to share. It quickly became the highlight of our experience and conversation. We would love to have the recipe. — Danielle Carter...
Revamped, healthy classics

Revamped, healthy classics

Editor’s note: While perusing Paula Shoyer’s new “The Healthy Jewish Kitchen: Fresh, Contemporary Recipes for Every Occasion” (Sterling Epicure, 2017), it occurred to us that her dishes have appeal far beyond what is kosher. Many of the recipes are vegan and gluten-free, for example, and just about all of them are simple enough for entry-level cooks. The following is excerpted...
Author Events Feb. 11-17

Author Events Feb. 11-17

Zadie Smith, “Feel Free: Essays.” Smith’s new collection, including previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith’s own life. With television journalist Gail O’Neill. 7 p.m. Feb. 12. Reading, discussion, signing. $30. Ticket includes signed book. SCADshow, 173 14th St...
Oprah Winfrey picks Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” for book club

Oprah Winfrey picks Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” for book club

Talk about a dream come true. Oprah Winfrey announced today that she has selected native Atlantan Tayari Jones’ new novel, “An American Marriage,” as her latest book club read. Jones’ fourth book looks at the toll a wrongful prison sentence takes on a young, fragile marriage. The theme of mass incarceration’s impact on the African-American community courses through...
14 offbeat romances to watch this Valentine's Day

14 offbeat romances to watch this Valentine's Day

Not everyone's a Hallmark, Lifetime and Nicholas Sparks kind of Valentine's viewer. But even the cynical and bored can get in on a little screen romance. These movies, from a wide range of cinema history, have an unusual (sometimes downright odd) take on the old boy-meets-girl formula.  "Shape of Water" (2017) Recipient of the Best Director Golden Globe, this mythical tale is set...
Coffee tour, free milkshakes and more food and drink events in metro Atlanta this week

Coffee tour, free milkshakes and more food and drink events in metro Atlanta this week

Get free cuppings Saturday mornings at East Pole Coffee Co. Photo credit: Blue Hominy PR. Get free cuppings Saturday mornings. Kids will be able to decorate cards, get a free mini milkshake and more. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole...
Get $2 tacos every Tuesday at this popular Midtown spot

Get $2 tacos every Tuesday at this popular Midtown spot

Get $2 tacos every Tuesdays at Babalu Tapas & Tacos. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. It takes two to get this deal. Babalu Tapas & Tacos offers $2 tacos every Tuesday during lunch and dinner hours. Taco options include pork, vegetable, spice seared saku tuna and braised short rib. This dining deal is available for dine-in guests only. 33 Peachtree Pl. NE, Atlanta...
Author explores influence of TV’s ‘In Living Color’

Author explores influence of TV’s ‘In Living Color’

Decatur-based writer David Peisner regularly watched “In Living Color,” the rollicking African-American-themed sketch comedy series, during its run on the then-fledgling Fox network from 1990-1994. He didn’t think about “In Living Color” very often over the next two decades, until he considered writing a magazine article on the 25th anniversary of the show’s debut...
8 special, romantic date ideas for every budget in metro Atlanta

8 special, romantic date ideas for every budget in metro Atlanta

For special date nights, we often default to dinner and a movie. Neither is a bad choice, but sometimes we want to mix things up. Here’s a guide to trying something a little different with your significant other for Valentine’s Day, but not only for this romantic holiday. Dance salsa, take a scenic stroll, go on a wine-tasting tour, and listen to music in an intimate venue are among the...
Your complete guide to Marietta's Strand Theatre

Your complete guide to Marietta's Strand Theatre

Marietta's Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre is a landmark steeped in history.  Located on historic Marietta Square, the iconic building opened its doors on Sept. 24, 1935. Built in the elegant Art Deco style of the time, the opulent red and gold auditorium transports visitors back to the Golden Age of cinema. The first movie to be shown at the Strand was “Top Hat&rdquo...
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...
Review: Horizon’s ‘Klook and Vinette’ struggles to find its soul

Review: Horizon’s ‘Klook and Vinette’ struggles to find its soul

Klook (Amari Cheatom) spent most of his youth in the penitentiary, but age and wisdom have set him on the straight and narrow with a job at a local health club and his own apartment. One day, a beautiful young woman, Vinette (Brittany Inge), walks into the health club, and he flirtatiously offers her a cup of carrot juice. Vinette is a single mother on the run from herself and her secrets and looking...
Indulge in dinner for two for $24.95 at this metro Atlanta tavern

Indulge in dinner for two for $24.95 at this metro Atlanta tavern

Indulge in a three-course dinner for two for $24.95 and more at HOBNOB on Mondays. Photo credit: Brandon Amato. Make Monday a date night. Start a new weekly traditional with your favorite friend or lover: date night at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern . Couples can enjoy a three-course dinner inclusive of a salad, choice of burgers or pizza and cobbler for dessert...
Can this marriage be saved?

Can this marriage be saved?

Lenox Square mall is usually good people watching, and it was the day a few years ago when Tayari Jones walked into the food court. A young couple caught her eye. The woman and the man looked as though they were barely 30 years old, and she was more dressed up than her companion. Their argument stopped Jones cold. The woman looked weary and the man agitated. He wanted to know why she had not...
A fractured fairy tale

A fractured fairy tale

Roy Hamilton, a sales rep looking to climb the corporate ladder, is a country boy from working class Eloe, Louisiana. Celestial Davenport, a gifted artist who hails from the upper crust of Atlanta, wears “her pedigree like the gloss on a patent-leather shoe.” They meet briefly while undergraduates in Atlanta — Roy on a scholarship for first generation students at Morehouse College...
Designer decorated one of Southern Living’s first ‘Design Houses’

Designer decorated one of Southern Living’s first ‘Design Houses’

Designer Carter Kay combines a unique mix of antiques and statement art to give any room or space a new point of view. Designer & background: Kay grew up on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga. She attended Newcomb College in New Orleans for three years and graduated from Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C., with an interior design degree. After several design internships in Washington, she knew...
13 events celebrating Black History Month in Atlanta

13 events celebrating Black History Month in Atlanta

The contributions of African-Americans throughout U.S. history have been unrelenting, unforgettable and oftentimes unbelievable. During 2018, the country has themed Black History Month "African Americans in Times of War." Across the nation, this year's February celebration honors the 100th anniversary of World War I's end and the significant roles blacks have played in battle as far back...
Alliance Theatre, director Susan V. Booth, win $250k grant

Alliance Theatre, director Susan V. Booth, win $250k grant

The Alliance Theatre and its artistic director, Susan V. Booth, are the recipients of a $250,000 grant from the Vermont-based BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle. The award is one of five similar grants given by BOLD to promote female artistic directors in American theater, to encourage plays by and about women and to create a mentorship program to bring more women into leadership roles...
Rack up on seafood deals starting at 50 cents in Buckhead today

Rack up on seafood deals starting at 50 cents in Buckhead today

Dantanna’s Buckhead location offers 50-cent chilled shrimp and $1 oysters. Photo credit: Caren West PR. A couple of quarters go a long way today. Dantanna’s Buckhead location offers 50-cent chilled shrimp and $1 oysters from 4-6 p.m. Fridays. Bring friends; this deal is too awesome to indulge in alone. Buckhead – Shops Around Lenox...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

2/11 Family Sunday There’s hardly anything easier to prepare than a Baked Turkey Breast. Serve it with your macaroni and cheese. Stir in a drained can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as Rotel) to perk up the flavor. Alongside, add a spinach salad and whole-grain rolls. For dessert, buy a Boston cream pie. Plan ahead: Save enough turkey and pie for Monday. 2/12 Heat-and-Eat Monday...
Road trip dining: A-list restaurants in two Georgia film towns

Road trip dining: A-list restaurants in two Georgia film towns

It’s awards season. Whoop-de-do. While the rest of the country eats up the red carpet ruckus, I’m just eating. That’s because I can’t keep up with the stuff of Entertainment Weekly, and I’m not in a position to debate whether “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” should be an Oscar best picture nominee. However, Hollywood awards chatter did inspire me...
Review: Old Morro Castle chef comes back with disappointing Cuba Mia

Review: Old Morro Castle chef comes back with disappointing Cuba Mia

Reconnecting with an old acquaintance can be tricky. There are expectations, there are risks. What if you don’t like each other anymore? What if you do? Suppose you’ve changed so much you don’t recognize one another. Awkward! Such has been my experience with Cuba Mia, a casual Cuban walk-up counter in a nameless Buford Highway strip mall just north of Clairmont Avenue. Cuba Mia marks...
Author Events Feb. 4-10

Author Events Feb. 4-10

Christopher Swann, “Shadow of the Lions.” Swann’s literary thriller and coming-of-age story explores friendship, redemption, and what it means to lay the past to rest. 6 p.m. Feb. 6. Signing. Free. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Milton Branch, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton, 404-613-4402, www.afpls.org Susan Stachler, “The Cookie Cure.” The homemade ginger cookies Stachler&rsquo...
Renovated Cobb abode serves up contemporary style, eclectic art collection

Renovated Cobb abode serves up contemporary style, eclectic art collection

It’s a confluence of eras and styles in Thomas Drew’s Marietta home. When Drew, a licensed contractor, purchased the contemporary cedar abode in 1997, he was excited to update the space while staying true to its 1976 roots. “I like the fact that I can see beyond the ’70s look,” he said. Now, the expanded Cobb County residence offers additional gathering spaces, like the...
Ga. parks at night: new options include stargazing, moonlight paddles

Ga. parks at night: new options include stargazing, moonlight paddles

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, for the most part, traditionally go quiet by sunset. But this year, state parks will be teeming with night-time activities full moon paddles, stargazing, evening hours hikes, even yoga under the stars.  Historic Sites will offer candlelight tours of historic homes and lantern tours of forts.  It’s all part of a new program for 2018 called, &ldquo...
9 unforgettable places to hold your rehearsal dinner in Atlanta

9 unforgettable places to hold your rehearsal dinner in Atlanta

Spring is coming, and so are your plans for a stunning wedding to remember. From picking out flowers to saying "I do," you want your Atlanta wedding to truly express how you feel about each other and embellish your love. But a wedding is more than just the bride and groom − it's a blending of two families into one. Maggiano's Little Italy Perimeter. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody...
Nothing fishy about Drift’s seafood

Nothing fishy about Drift’s seafood

Safe food choices are difficult to make these days. Are we still supposed to avoid buying romaine lettuce? No, actually. On Jan. 25, U.S. food safety and health officials declared an end to a lethal E. coli outbreak associated with that leafy green. But just when we got the green light to get our roughage from romaine, Rich Products Corp. recalled approximately 3,420 pounds of its beef meatball products...
How to plan for late-night munchies, plus Super Bowl and Oscar parties

How to plan for late-night munchies, plus Super Bowl and Oscar parties

Everybody gets the munchies now and then — those intense cravings that sneak up on you and refuse to go way. Munchies aren’t generally a plan-ahead activity. They just happen, inevitably late at night when you are in no mood to cook or shop for groceries. When the urge for a heavy snack strikes, no one wants to dawdle or be virtuous. (Hold the carrot sticks and cold cereal, please.) You...
Herbed oil garnishes Colletta’s creamy onion soup

Herbed oil garnishes Colletta’s creamy onion soup

From the menu … Colletta, 900 3rd St., Alpharetta; 678-722-8335. collettarestaurant.com At a recent holiday lunch at Colletta, the daily soup was onion soup with cream, thyme and rosemary. It was so good, I wanted to lick the bowl! It had a generous amount of thinly sliced onion, cooked through and sweet — almost braised or gently caramelized. The thyme and rosemary complemented...
In Season: Use fresh fennel in winter salad

In Season: Use fresh fennel in winter salad

Christi Hansen and Matthew Bagshaw are the farmers of Hungry Heart Farm in Conley, just south of I-285 near Moreland Avenue. They began farming their one-and-a-half acres about two years ago when Mary Rigdon of Decimal Place Farm agreed to lease part of her land. “When Mary agreed to lease the land, it meant we could begin our vegetable farm without having to buy land. We have an outdoor...
‘Native Guard’ inspires range of feelings from frustration to activism

‘Native Guard’ inspires range of feelings from frustration to activism

January LaVoy first stepped on stage in Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey’s powerful play, “Native Guard,” in 2014. She reprises the role of The Poet this year for the Alliance Theatre. In four years, though, much has changed in the cultural and political landscape of the United States. Today, that shift is apparent in the second act of “Native Guard,&rdquo...
Super Bowl LII parties in Atlanta: Head to these bars for food and drink specials

Super Bowl LII parties in Atlanta: Head to these bars for food and drink specials

Get $1 food deals at Hugo’s Oyster Bar on Super Bowl Sunday. Photo credit: Green Olive Media. Are you ready for football? Do you enjoy meeting other fans, rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots and eating good food at even better prices? The following eight restaurants will offer dining deals to keep you full, entertainment to keep you energized (flat...
Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

It appears nothing could help Florida from ranking as the worst state in the nation, according to travel website Thrillist.  In the site’s “Definitive and Final Ranking of all 50 States,” Florida came in at No. 50, with an “awfulness résumé so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way. You were born for this. Embrace it,&rdquo...
Kempner: Why a daring grandpa sold his Georgia winery and golf resort

Kempner: Why a daring grandpa sold his Georgia winery and golf resort

It sounds French, but it isn’t. Chateau Elan, the brainchild of a pharmaceutical baron from West Virginia, started as a Georgia winery before Georgia wineries were cool or even taken seriously. It grew into a sprawling resort along I-85 at the edge of Gwinnett County, with big-time golf courses, hotels, restaurants, convention space and a spa. The winery itself is supposed to look like...
Barbecue joint hosts hot chicken pop up and more of this week’s Atlanta food events

Barbecue joint hosts hot chicken pop up and more of this week’s Atlanta food events

Join Saltyard for the first of their new dinner series beginning this Saturday. Photo credit: Blue Hominy PR. Two restaurants will partner to serve hot chicken — while it lasts. A new international market will host a grand opening ribbon ceremony with freebies for folks. There are several fun food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following...
Healthy Cooking: Bye bye, nuggets. Hello, kid-approved chicken satay

Healthy Cooking: Bye bye, nuggets. Hello, kid-approved chicken satay

My neighbor occasionally asks me to babysit his young children. And I always agree, because I keep forgetting how utterly exhausting other people’s sticky, spirited darlings can be. So, to keep meltdowns (theirs, mine) at bay, or at least confined to the kitchen, I have started cooking with the little loves. I’ve found picky eaters are more likely to try a new food if they’ve helped...
5 best bottomless brunch drink deals in metro Atlanta

5 best bottomless brunch drink deals in metro Atlanta

If bottomless mimosas are your idea of a weekend must, hit one of these five bottomless brunches full of boozy deals and steals, even if you still have to wait until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday to partake of the cocktails (thanks, Georgia). Orange juice is boring. Red Pepper Taqueria gives you a choice of lime, watermelon, blood orange, mixed berries or prickly pear bottomless mimosas to pair with your chilaquiles...
Review: Alliance reprises haunting ‘Native Guard’ at History Center

Review: Alliance reprises haunting ‘Native Guard’ at History Center

In “Native Guard,” poet Natasha Trethewey pays tribute to her late mother, a black woman from the segregated South who married a white man from Canada. Murdered by her second husband in 1985, Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough lies under a “stone pillow” in a Mississippi cemetery not far from where a battalion of black Union soldiers, the so-called Louisiana Native Guard, held...
Best mac and cheese in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Best mac and cheese in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

We started off the Best of Atlanta polls last year in search of your favorite macaroni and cheese. Community Q in Decatur was the clear winner for the second time in a row, but will they reign supreme for a third year?  Turns out there’s a new cheesy champion in town. Parkside District in Lawrenceville moved into the coveted #1 spot with their elbow macaroni smothered in a four...
Get Super Bowl food to-go at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Get Super Bowl food to-go at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Get 50 chicken wings with sides and more for your Super Bowl party at Table and Main. Photo credit: Green Olive Media. Tackle your hunger. For your Super Bowl party, kick things off with food to-go from some of your favorite metro Atlanta restaurants. From an assortment of chicken wings to tacos to $5 pizza pies, each dish scores a touchdown when it comes to satisfying appetites. Atkins...
7 ways to cut back on sugar (and cut your cravings)

7 ways to cut back on sugar (and cut your cravings)

If you're drawn to sugary treats like a kid to the candy store, you are not alone. The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) of sugar every day, which adds up to about 66 pounds of sugar per year, per person, according to the University of California San Francisco SugarScience website.  Meanwhile, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting added...
The downside to drinking flavored water

The downside to drinking flavored water

If sipping flavored water keeps you going throughout the day, I am sorry to burst your bubble. I know you are trying to do the right thing, staying hydrated and avoiding sugar and additives from sodas and other soft drinks. And the variety of fun new flavors on the market make otherwise boring water exciting to drink. If you are hooked, you are not alone. Sales of LaCroix water, for example, with...
10 places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day dinner in metro Atlanta

10 places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day dinner in metro Atlanta

Indulge in a five-course, prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner with broiled lobster tails and more at Petite Violette Restaurant.  / Photo credit: Randi Tucker. If you’re thinking about staying in for dinner this Valentine’s Day, here are 11 reasons to go out. First. One year, I went on a blind date on Valentine’s Day. The Guy and I were supposed to meet at...
Where to get $3 tacos, cheese tots and beer weekdays in Atlanta

Where to get $3 tacos, cheese tots and beer weekdays in Atlanta

Get $3 tacos, cheese tots and beer at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q weekdays. Photo credit: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q offers a bunch of food deals that are perfect for those on a budget. Guests can get burnt end tacos, half-order of the Tominator (tots smothered in homemade Brunswick Stew and topped with melted cheese), half order of fried pickles or bottles of Spoetzl’s Shiner Bock...
Panera Bread calls on FDA to define ‘egg’ to crackdown on competitors' breakfast sandwiches

Panera Bread calls on FDA to define ‘egg’ to crackdown on competitors' breakfast sandwiches

Order a breakfast sandwich at virtually any fast-food restaurant, and the components are the same: some kind of bread, some kind of meat, and a pliable hockey puck of "egg." But if bakery chain Panera gets its way, restaurants won't be able to call those yellow patties "eggs" in the future. Last week, the company petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to update its 40-year-old...
Designs of home offices have changed

Designs of home offices have changed

As home design evolves to keep up with current trends in technology and style, elements that seemed critical just a decade ago are making way for floor plans better suited to the way owners live today. Among the latest to go the way of the TV in the built-in cabinet is the home office. “As a builder and remodeler, I’m seeing a big transition happening right now,” said Judy Mozen...
7 most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta

7 most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta

If you're celebrating your anniversary in Atlanta, you have many romantic spots to make the occasion that much more special. The ideal location to celebrate your lives together and plans for the future depends on the individual couple, of course, but the following are seven of the most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta: Nikolai's Roof, on the top floor of the Hilton Atlanta...
Kandi Burruss’ private escape is accented with pops of color

Kandi Burruss’ private escape is accented with pops of color

Fuschia in the family room. Red in the piano room and the dining room. Pops of color accent Kandi Burruss’ seven-bedroom, 9.5 bath home in southwest Atlanta. The R&B singer, songwriter, producer and member of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast moved in to the house in 2013. The home’s amenities include an indoor pool, an elevator and a private spa behind the family...
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