Sunday Living & Arts


Georgia-born musician Daniel Antopolsky is ready for the spotlight

The 69-year-old songwriter and Georgia native’s brushes with death and debauchery are behind him, but the music business beckons again.


Hudson Grace brings West Coast style to Atlanta

Hudson Grace brings West Coast style to Atlanta

California-based Hudson Grace, a go-to shop for curated tabletop goods and entertaining essentials, has brought its luxe-yet-livable West Coast style to Atlanta. The store: Hudson Grace opened in mid-October in Atlanta’s designed-focused Westside Provisions District. The home décor shop offers a collection of dinnerware, glassware, table linens, candles and other entertaining accessories...
Author Events Nov. 19-25

Author Events Nov. 19-25

Rafi Kohan, “The Arena” and Gary Belsky, “Up Your Game.” In a fascinating, addictive look at the places we go to yell our lungs out, Sportswriter Kohan crisscrosses the country, bringing the modern American sports stadium to life. Belsky, the former editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, offers the ultimate sports handbook: a compendium of the tricks, techniques, and unwritten...
The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?  No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Just follow these simple tips to make these delicious...
6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt. These simple sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks. This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star. Homemade Cranberry Sauce...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Forget Thanksgiving. ‘Friendsgiving’ offers recipes for a no-hassle, turkey-day party

Forget Thanksgiving. ‘Friendsgiving’ offers recipes for a no-hassle, turkey-day party

Read this cookbook: “Friendsgiving: Celebrate Your Family of Friends” by Alexandra Shytsman (William Morrow, $16.99) By Wendell Brock Alexandra Shytsman moved to Brooklyn from the Ukraine when she was 9. At Thanksgiving, her parents would enjoy their time off by hanging out with fellow expats, leaving Shytsman and her sister alone at home. As a result, the girls threw parties...
8 Atlanta bars open Thanksgiving night

8 Atlanta bars open Thanksgiving night

Whether you wish to forget the rest of the world is gathered together for Thanksgiving Day or actually want to hit a bar as part of the festivities, you’ve got a drinking hole lineup to get you through that post-turkey slump. A number of Atlanta bars are open on Thanksgiving. Just make sure to note any amendments to the typical schedule or menu, and then enjoy! Here are eight bars in metro Atlanta...
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...
Two-of-a-kind lives: Bush twins in Atlanta to discuss their new book

Two-of-a-kind lives: Bush twins in Atlanta to discuss their new book

At the beginning of their absorbing new book, “Sisters First,” a pair of former first daughters (and granddaughters) wisecrackingly lament the lack of individual identity that comes from growing up twins in a very public eye: “Our true middle name might as well have been ‘and,’” Jenna Bush Hager writes. “’Jenna and Barbara, Barbara and Jenna.’&rdquo...
Dreams come true: Dunkin' Donuts combines holiday cookies with donuts

Dreams come true: Dunkin' Donuts combines holiday cookies with donuts

It's that time of a year, again, when holiday decorations start popping up everywhere and your favorite food places launch special seasonal treats. This year, Dunkin' Donuts decided to make all your dreams come true, combining two delicious treats into one. Instead of choosing between a yummy holiday cookie and tasty donuts, you can have both. That's right, Dunkin' Donuts has outdone itself, bringing...
Going buffet-style for Thanksgiving? Here are the rules

Going buffet-style for Thanksgiving? Here are the rules

If you’re opting for a buffet-style meal this Thanksgiving, be it formal or casual, there are rules to keep in mind when setting up the table. Chuck Kerber, executive chef at Allegheny HYP Club in Pittsburgh, says the turkey, sides and desserts should be arranged in a particular order so that feasters don’t hold up the line while piling their plates, and each dish, which has been painstakingly...
Atlanta chefs share tasty recipes using leftover Thanksgiving turkey

Atlanta chefs share tasty recipes using leftover Thanksgiving turkey

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

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

From the menu … Java Cats Cafe, 415 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. 470-305-7575; javacatscafe.com The Power Bar at Java Cats Cafe is my new favorite. Slightly sticky, totally addictive. Will they share the recipe? — Bobbi West, Atlanta The food at Java Cats Cafe comes from Gathering Industries, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that works with people who need a second chance, training them...
Theater review: Actor’s Express’ ‘Cardboard Piano’ is a bit out of tune

Theater review: Actor’s Express’ ‘Cardboard Piano’ is a bit out of tune

The two lovers in Hansol Jung’s “Cardboard Piano” exude a sort of dewy, innocent, urgent love that recalls Romeo and Juliet. As the play opens, they are hiding out in a Ugandan church. With a tape recorder as their witness, they speak their wedding vows. Love, of course, can be a dangerous and messy thing, especially when the naively betrothed are two 16-year-old women in a place...
Atlanta family’s crusade against cancer lives on through cookie shop

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...
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...
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...
Isabel Allende comes to Atlanta for ‘In the Midst of Winter’ book tour

Isabel Allende comes to Atlanta for ‘In the Midst of Winter’ book tour

If you’ve read Isabel Allende, then you know. If you’ve not read Allende, what a rich and delectable feast awaits. The Chilean-American novelist will discuss her new work, “In the Midst of Winter,” on Thursday night at the Atlanta History Center. The event is part of a 20-city tour for Allende, whose 23 books include four nonfiction titles. Her novels include &ldquo...
5 old school Atlanta steakhouses to revisit

5 old school Atlanta steakhouses to revisit

For some, a steakhouse is a place to wheel and deal. For some, it's an excuse to get dressed up and hit the town. And for others, it is a way to slide back into the past. A time when the martinis were strong and dry — not a cosmo or a lemon drop to be found.  A time when your waiter might just be dressed better than you and soft piano music floated in the air as you ate an immaculately...
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...
Beverage stations can be inexpensive, convenient

Beverage stations can be inexpensive, convenient

If it hasn’t already kicked off, the holiday season of family and coworker get-togethers is about to shift into high gear. For those who find themselves hosting the party, there’s one built-in amenity that becomes a focal point. A beverage bar – be it a wine refrigerator, a well-stocked bar or a coffee station – helps keep the crowd circulating out of the kitchen and prep area...
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...
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...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

11/ 19 Family Sunday Aromatic and delicious, Pork Chops With Fruited Couscous (see recipe) will be a family favorite. Serve the combination with fresh broccoli and whole-grain rolls. For dessert, try strawberry ice cream. Plan ahead: Save enough ice cream for Tuesday. 11/ 20 Meatless Monday Manicotti With Spinach and Ricotta (see recipe) takes a...
7 tips on doing Christmas dinner on a budget

7 tips on doing Christmas dinner on a budget

Preparing a successful Christmas dinner can be pulled off on a budget. It doesn't take a fortune to set up a multiple-dish meal that can get your dinner guests full and leave them satisfied. To help you with creating a tasty, yet affordable Christmas dinner, we have seven tricks to help you save money while preparing the feast. Form your budget for the dinner ahead of time and keep in mind how many...
Renovations, designer fabrics update traditional Marietta home

Renovations, designer fabrics update traditional Marietta home

Kim Harrelson mixed styles from her family — her grandmother’s classic decor and her mother’s whimsical florals — when she decorated her renovated Marietta home. “I like a little bit of formality and tradition, but I also want it to be fully accessible and lived in by my whole family,” said Harrelson, a mom of two. Harrelson and interior design firm GordonDunning...
Seafood is $4 every day at this upscale downtown Atlanta restaurant

Seafood is $4 every day at this upscale downtown Atlanta restaurant

Seafood is $4 every day at ROOM in downtown Atlanta. Photo credit: Caren West PR. It’s time to rock n’ roll – with sushi roll that is. Get spicy tuna rolls, California rolls, sakura rolls and more for $4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every day at ROOM , a modern American steakhouse and sushi spot located in the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. ...
Food tour: East Point

Food tour: East Point

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

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

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

5 places to purchase Thanksgiving pies in metro Atlanta

Get pies and more for Thanksgiving at Southern Art. Photo credit: Phase:3 Marketing and Communications. You can have you cake pie and eat it too. Pumpkin pie is always an option, and certainly, this list includes a few, but there are more choices you might want to sink your teeth into. From bourbon pecan pie to apple crumble, these decadent desserts are just what you need...
Cooking with 5 fall ingredients

Cooking with 5 fall ingredients

There’s a poem I love called “September Tomatoes,” by the Massachusetts based poet Karina Borowicz. In it, she evokes the feeling and details of the season change, like the fruit flies that erupt from tomato plants and the compost that cooks build from what remains of summer. It closes beautifully: “My greatgrandmother sang with the girls of her village / as they pulled the...
Recipe: Citrus dressing goes perfectly with Fogo de Chao’s kale salad

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

From the menu … Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, 4671 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE., Dunwoody; 678-691-7268; fogodechao.com General manager and “Head Gaucho Chef” of the Dunwoody location, Alecu Pressi, was happy to send us this recipe. He tells us it was originally introduced as a seasonal item but it was so popular, it’s now on the Market Table of all Fogo de Chã...
Author Events Nov. 12-18

Author Events Nov. 12-18

Writers and Their Fathers: Colm Tóibín. In this series of linked lectures, the Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet takes a closer look at the fathers of literary greats Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and William Butler Yeats. All events take place at Glenn Memorial Auditorium. 5 p.m. Nov. 12. “Sir William Wilde: An Eminent Victorian...
Recipe: Make pumpkin hand pies for a savory treat

Recipe: Make pumpkin hand pies for a savory treat

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

Portrait of a true Renaissance man

Because Walter Isaacson has made a cottage industry of writing about Renaissance men, it’s no surprise, really, that he’s finally landed on a subject from the actual Renaissance. Like the other idols in Isaacson’s gallery of polymaths and visionaries — Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs — Leonardo da Vinci was born with extra bundles of receptors, attuned...
Rippling chocolate chip cookie finds Instagram fame

Rippling chocolate chip cookie finds Instagram fame

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the center and somehow made waves out to the edges. I assumed it was a mutant, posted by a troubled baker...
Matthew McConaughey delivers 4,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys to families 

Matthew McConaughey delivers 4,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys to families 

Actor Matthew McConaughey spent his 48th birthday surprising residents in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, with thousands of free frozen turkeys. E! News reported that the actor, who is a spokesman for Wild Turkey Bourbon, participated in the company’s initiative, in which they delivered turkeys donated by Butterball. McConaughey, who often does charity work with his Just Keep Livin Foundation...
Google honors tasty, iconic Thai dish — 5 Pad Thai recipes you need to try

Google honors tasty, iconic Thai dish — 5 Pad Thai recipes you need to try

If you’re not hungry yet, you will be when you see Google’s ode to the delicious signature Thai dish, Pad Thai, on its homepage. Inspired by doodler Juliana and her quest for cooking up the noodle dish, the tech giant featured a tasty slideshow interactive of the culinary mission. In the Google doodle, Google letters scramble to make the dish, tossing greens and sauce...
Get a start on holiday shopping, eat brunch and mix drinks in a Midtown class and more in metro Atlanta

Get a start on holiday shopping, eat brunch and mix drinks in a Midtown class and more in metro Atlanta

Seed Kitchen & Bar is serving an anniversary three-course meal this week. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Enjoy a three-course dinner in Marietta. Mix drink. Head to Suwanne for a food and wine festival. 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...
Healthy Cooking: Want a no-stress meal that’s simply delicious? Whip up shakshuka

Healthy Cooking: Want a no-stress meal that’s simply delicious? Whip up shakshuka

“Hey, mom, I can’t breathe out of one of my nostrils. Maybe because I got elbowed in the face?” This is how my son casually informed me that he had been walking this Earth with a broken nose for two entire days. And no, I didn’t notice his black eyes and crooked schnoz, but in my defense, NEITHER DID HE. Because, apparently, when you are a sporty 14-year-old male, getting popped...
Winner: Best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Few things in this world are better than the delights of authentic Mexican food. This week's Best of Atlanta poll found out what your favorite Mexican restaurants are.  Coming in first place, Nuevo Laredo Cantina on the Westside has been an Atlanta favorite since 1992. We highly recommend the chicken mole or lobster tacos.  The secret's out, and El Trompo Mexican Taqueria in Alpharetta...
Where to buy Thanksgiving dinner to-go in metro Atlanta

Where to buy Thanksgiving dinner to-go in metro Atlanta

Pre-order a Thanksgiving feast from Serpas True Food. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Planning a big Thanksgiving dinner is for the birds. This year, stress-less and save time by ordering dinner to-go—from turkeys and all the trimmings to appetizer and desserts. Contact the following restaurants in Fulton, Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties to place your order for pick-up...
Eating bugs can help the environment. So how do we get past the ick factor?

Eating bugs can help the environment. So how do we get past the ick factor?

Will people eat insects? They're not exactly the new kale, but insects are definitely having a moment aboveground.  Insect protein is catching the attention of environmentally minded consumers because it treads more lightly on the planet than protein from the animals we're more accustomed to eating - cows and pigs and chickens. Tally up the feed required, water used or greenhouse gases emitted...
Comic debut takes a roundabout route

Comic debut takes a roundabout route

The instigating incident of Ladee Hubbard’s novel “The Talented Ribkins” occurs when aging Johnny Ribkins sees a young boy hurling cans at his niece Eloise’s head. He panics until the girl reveals an unerring ability to catch them out of the air. Johnny is struck less by Eloise’s skill than the realization that she shares with the rest of the Ribkins family a talent that...
Designer’s work can be seen at Home for the Holidays Showhouse

Designer’s work can be seen at Home for the Holidays Showhouse

With her intuitive and intentional approach to design, Shayelyn Woodbery creates spaces that are unique to each client and project. See some of her work in the upcoming “Home for the Holidays Showhouse,” Nov. 16 through Dec. 10. Designer & company: Woodbery, an Atlanta native, graduated from the University of Georgia. Before starting Shayelyn Woodbery Interiors in 2010, the self-taught...
7 lobster rolls you’ll love

7 lobster rolls you’ll love

For being so far from the ocean, Atlantans love their seafood. This summer, we are flocking toward the New England staple, the lobster roll. And why not? Sweet, fleshy lobster piled onto a toasted top-split bun. Sounds like heaven. As for what makes up the rest of that sandwich you're about to inhale is a bit of a debate. Mayo vs. butter; how much spice and what part of the lobster you use all come...
Stuffing vs. dressing: Is there really a difference?

Stuffing vs. dressing: Is there really a difference?

Almost everyone agrees that the traditional mix of spices, bread and other ingredients that's served at Thanksgiving is delicious.  But when it comes to what to call this yummy dish, people are divided. Is it stuffing, dressing or something else entirely? And does the way it's prepared make a difference in what it's called? Below, liftestyle experts from Martha Stewart to writers at Southern...
RSVP now: Thanksgiving meals at 7 metro Atlanta restaurants

RSVP now: Thanksgiving meals at 7 metro Atlanta restaurants

The St. Regis Atlanta will offer a Thanksgiving buffet featuring brunch faves and more in its Astor Court. Photo credit: Glodow Nead Communications. This Thanksgiving, plan to fill your day with food cooked by someone else. It’s tempting to want to show off your culinary skills, but opt for dining out at several metro Atlanta restaurants, which will offer everything...
Where to buy fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving

Where to buy fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving

Photo credit: White Oak Pastures It’s better to be an early bird, especially the fresh kind. Opt for an organic, pastured-raised turkey from a local farmer this holiday season. While you may have to reserve your bird or visit a farmer’s market, it can be worth the investment—literally—since shopping locally helps the community. Plus, you can feel confident...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

11/ 12 Family Sunday Gather the family for Broiled Beef Kebabs. In a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried), 2 cloves minced garlic and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cut 1 pound boneless top sirloin, 1 medium bell pepper (any color) and 1 medium red onion into 1-inch pieces and add to bowl. Add 8 ounces whole crimini mushrooms; toss to coat...
Mountains infuse the decor in young family’s home

Mountains infuse the decor in young family’s home

Matthew and Becky Jones brought their love for the Blue Ridge Mountains into their suburban Atlanta home. In their son’s nursery, for example, they decorated with stuffed toy bears, artwork of forest creatures and a hand-painted mountain mural by Matthew in a soothing gray and blue palette. “It does add a lot of character to the room,” Becky said. “We wanted Zac to have a nice...
Review: Stick with the tacos at Babalu in Midtown

Review: Stick with the tacos at Babalu in Midtown

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

Review: Double Dragon serves authentically inauthentic Chinese

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

Justice Breyer to discuss ‘The Court and the World’

Upon taking the bench, Justice Stephen Breyer estimates the U.S. Supreme Court had only two or three cases on its docket involving the intersection of U.S. law and the laws of foreign nations. Now, that number has increased to 15 to 20. “That’s because of changes in the world,” Breyer said in a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Not only in fields like...
The 12 best US small towns to revel in all things holidays

The 12 best US small towns to revel in all things holidays

From quaint town squares aglow in twinkling lights in New England to carriage rides alongside Louisiana lakes, small towns near and far really capture the magic of Christmas. As you’re planning your winter wonderland adventures, you may be looking for a short drive (or a long one) to towns that have the most holiday spirit.  If that’s your goal, there is an endless number of towns...
6 fabulous glamping destinations in Georgia

6 fabulous glamping destinations in Georgia

Fall in Atlanta is a glorious time for enjoying the outdoors — going on hikes, roasting marshmallows and maybe even sleeping under the stars. But while many seek quick weekend getaways, not everyone is up for sleeping in a tent. For those wanting to unplug and reconnect with nature without having to rough it (at all), “glamping” — or glamorous camping — may be just right...
Everyone gets a free taco at Taco Bell today. Just ask.

Everyone gets a free taco at Taco Bell today. Just ask.

Get a free taco at Taco Bell today. Just show up. Photo credit: Taco Bell. Taco Bell is giving everyone a free Doritos Locos taco. Here’s the reason: During a recent Major League Baseball World Series game, outfielder Cameron Maybin stole a base. That earned him the admiration of his teammates and a free taco for you. Wondering how to get your free taco? Just...
After 45 years, Japanese restaurant Nakato still ‘defining traditions’

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

“She was very ambitious. She comes from a family that lost everything in World War II, so starting from zero did not phase her at all.” Sachi Nakato sat in the dining room of her family’s namesake Japanese restaurant, discussing how Nakato came to be. She was speaking of the restaurant’s early days, of her grandmother, Tetsuko Nakato, who founded the restaurant 45 years ago...
Fast ‘Happy Soups’ you can cook in 30 minutes or less

Fast ‘Happy Soups’ you can cook in 30 minutes or less

The platonic ideal of soup is the image of a big pot slowly simmering for hours on the stovetop — even if nowadays it’s more likely to be a slow cooker perched on the countertop. But what if you could cook up a fresh, flavorful soup in 30 minutes or less? As it turns out, it can be easily done. The key is having homemade or store-bought broth on hand, and gathering the kinds of high-impact...
Author Events Nov. 5-11

Author Events Nov. 5-11

Sharyn McCrumb, “The Unquiet Grave.” McCrumb sets her latest Appalachian “ballad” novel in 1800s West Virginia to explore one of the strangest murder trials in American history. 3 p.m. Nov. 5. Talk, signing. Free. Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center, 10 College St., Norcross, 770-978-5154, gwinnettpl.org Hannah Palmer, “Flight Path.” Palmer embarks on a quest...
Review: Topher Payne’s ‘Morningside’ can’t quite balance zing — and sting

Review: Topher Payne’s ‘Morningside’ can’t quite balance zing — and sting

It’s the day of a baby shower at a well-appointed house in Morningside, but the lady of the house and grandma-to-be, Grace Bouchard Driscoll, is upstairs, hiding out. While her dutiful sister and friend fuss over flowers, Champagne flutes and cookies from Alon’s Bakery (natch), and her caustic sister swigs from a bottle of expensive vodka, we learn that the hostess’s 36-year marriage...
Harry Potter podcast offers discussion of life, death and magic

Harry Potter podcast offers discussion of life, death and magic

Harry Potter has given us seven books, eight films, dinnerware, theme park attractions and many years of entertainment. Three folks at the Harvard Divinity School believe Harry can offer even more. Since 2016, they’ve been discussing the books in a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” In the nerdy world of podcasts, this weekly meditation is distinguished...
Food festival in Gwinnett County, Halloween bash in Midtown and more this week in metro Atlanta

Food festival in Gwinnett County, Halloween bash in Midtown and more this week in metro Atlanta

During the Culinary Passport Atlanta food and drink festival, Char will serve delectable dishes. Photo credit: Elle PR. You and your kids can dress up and head to a restaurant in Midtown and as a treat, best costumes will win cash prizes. Head to Suwannee for a food and wine festival. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following...
Kids eat free at these two restaurants for Halloween in metro Atlanta today

Kids eat free at these two restaurants for Halloween in metro Atlanta today

Kids eat free on Halloween at McAlister’s Deli and more. Photo credit: McAlister’s Deli. These deals are all treats, no tricks. McAlister’s Deli is offering free kids meals to costumed guests ages 12 and under today in celebration of Halloween. Little goblins and ghouls can fill up on spooky sandwiches, magical mac and cheese and scary spuds from the kids...
AJC Decatur Book Fest names Julie Wilson interim exec director

AJC Decatur Book Fest names Julie Wilson interim exec director

The AJC Decatur Book Festival has named Julie Wilson interim executive director for 2018, replacing founding executive director Daren Wang. In August Wang announced he would leave his post. Wang nurtured a festival that, over 12 years, grew to attract 80,000 visitors each Labor Day weekend. Wilson was appointed program director in 2015, replacing Phillip Rafshoon. She worked previously...
Star from Atlanta Opera’s 2009 ‘Flying Dutchman’ returns but much is new

Star from Atlanta Opera’s 2009 ‘Flying Dutchman’ returns but much is new

Atlanta Opera Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun and tenor Jay Hunter Morris have worked together before on an Atlanta production of “The Flying Dutchman,” back in 2009, but a lot can change in eight years. The two are now preparing once again for performances of Wagner’s classic work, opening Nov. 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Even pointing out that things are...
8 skinny holiday cocktails you can drink without guilt

8 skinny holiday cocktails you can drink without guilt

Why not skip the calorie-heavy mistakes of yesteryear, and put something a little skinnier into our cups this winter? With these eight skinny holiday cocktail ideas, you can celebrate in style, but without having to buy stretchier pants come the new year. Sangria is a great choice for any holiday because it's light, refreshing and versatile. Simply substitute seasonal fruits to match any time of year...
VOTE: What is the best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta?

Few things in this world are better than the delights of authentic Mexican food. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is on the hunt for the tastiest Mexican fare around metro Atlanta.    Here are six places to satisfy your taco craving in Atlanta.  Did you know that two of the best taco joints are right here in Georgia?   If you love margaritas to complement ...
A twisted saga of race, class, family

A twisted saga of race, class, family

“The Twelve-Mile Straight,” Eleanor Henderson’s muscular new novel set in Depression-era South Georgia, is a cautionary tale about bad optics and snap judgments. In the opening scene, Elma Jesup’s newborn twins are suddenly the talk of Cotton County. Freddie Wilson, Elma’s reluctant fiancé, takes one peek into the cradle and demands answers. The baby girl&rsquo...
Steel windows add light, beauty to homes

Steel windows add light, beauty to homes

Sleek and streamlined, steel windows and doors offer uninterrupted vistas and a deeper connection to outdoor spaces. But knowing when and how to use them can be confusing for the uninitiated. They are costly, for starters. In order to commit to the window of your dreams, you have to be willing to hand over a chunk of change. Choosing the interior aesthetic comes next, which can seem daunting, but...
Alliance’s ‘Hand to God’ at Dad’s Garage is funny, until it isn’t

Alliance’s ‘Hand to God’ at Dad’s Garage is funny, until it isn’t

In a church rec room decorated with cheerful posters and kiddy craft projects, a chirpy woman named Margery tries to put together a puppet skit to be performed in front of her Texas congregation. Her young puppet actors include her awkward teenage son, the girl he has a crush on, and a snarly punk with a filthy mouth. As the story unfolds, the characters — including recently widowed Margery...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

11/ 5 Family Sunday The whole family will enjoy Braised Chicken Cacciatore (see recipe). Serve it over spaghetti (or other noodles). Add broccoli, a lettuce wedge and garlic bread. For dessert, vanilla ice cream topped with toasted coconut is a fine finish. Plan ahead: Prepare enough chicken and spaghetti and save some coconut for Monday. Save enough ice cream for Thursday. 11/ 6 Heat-and-Eat Monday...
It’s not all about the turkey: 9 things you probably didn't know about Thanksgiving

It’s not all about the turkey: 9 things you probably didn't know about Thanksgiving

Each year, Thanksgiving comes around with with the giddy anticipation of devoruing comfort food and spending some QT with loved ones, which reminds you just what what you are thankful for the most. The rich, deep history of this centuries-old tradition is woven into the United States' cultural fabric, yet, there are still many aspects of the holiday that most Americans don’t know. The holiday...
Transitional urban chic blends with coastal cool in Roswell townhome

Transitional urban chic blends with coastal cool in Roswell townhome

Marcia Harvey’s new townhome is hours from the coast, but the architecture is inspired by historic Charleston homes and the community layout is reminiscent of a Florida vacation spot. “I was looking for something that would be a community versus a row of townhomes,” she said. “It reminds me of Rosemary Beach.” She and her teenage sons moved from a country club community...
Atlanta Dining Guide Fall 2017: Answers to your burning questions

Atlanta Dining Guide Fall 2017: Answers to your burning questions

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

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

With the success of Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market, the food hall has become a fixture on the Atlanta dining scene, offering chefs new venues for varied concepts, from small stalls to full-scale restaurants. And more food halls are in the works around the metro area. Presented as a “micro food hall,” the Canteen in Midtown from chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind ...
How do I meet people who like to eat? Atlanta dinner clubs combine chatter with chow

How do I meet people who like to eat? Atlanta dinner clubs combine chatter with chow

There’s nothing wrong with dining solo, but if you’re feeling social, there are plenty of dinner clubs around Atlanta that’ll help you meet like-minded people while eating at some of the area’s best restaurants. Nibble & Squeak — This dining club is in its infancy in Atlanta — which is fitting, considering the target audience. Geared toward families with children...
Rolled ice cream finds sweet spot with Atlanta frozen-treat lovers

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

Forget the scoop. Hold the cone. Atlanta’s frozen-treat lovers have fallen hard for the trendy new phenomenon known as rolled ice cream. Since the arrival of 8 Fahrenheit on Buford Highway in March 2016, the region has gone totally bananas over the style, which dispenses with churns and tubs of ready-made ice cream in favor of an experience that is as much about spectacle as flavor. In...
What’s your favorite restaurant? AJC food editor weighs in

What’s your favorite restaurant? AJC food editor weighs in

What’s your favorite restaurant? That’s the question I get asked the most. It’s also the one that makes me squirm the most. I don’t want to play favorites. So I deflect, dodge, dive, and deliver the spiel about how there are many places to eat in metro Atlanta. That the answer depends on your reason for eating out or your party size, also your preferred cuisine, ambiance and...
What do you think of these restaurants?

What do you think of these restaurants?

Readers send us many notes. Some agree with the gist of our restaurant reviews. Others do not. Still others prompt us to dig deeper, be it in terms of cuisine or geographic boundaries. We are here to serve readers. We want to help you make informed dining choices. Of course, we want your eating experience to be worth what you pay for it. Normally, a dining guide is something that tells you exactly...
What are the hottest cocktail trends in Atlanta?

What are the hottest cocktail trends in Atlanta?

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

Why are Hawaiian poke bowls such a hit in Atlanta?

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

Which Atlanta bars are best for a classic cocktail?

Elder classics like the brandy crusta can be traced to the 1862 “Bartenders Guide” by Jerry Thomas while others span the post-Prohibition decades and include modern classics like the scotch-based Penicillin created in 2005 by Sam Ross. Here are six timeless drinks and our picks on where to enjoy them. Considered the original cocktail with roots dating to 1806, the old fashioned is a simple...
Steakhouse boom brings plenty of places to lick your chops

Steakhouse boom brings plenty of places to lick your chops

Steak is back. And it’s big, bad and bodaciously indulgent. New, modern chophouses are opening, and a bevy of bovine offerings are grilling and broiling their way onto other menus as well. There was a time when Atlanta was known primarily for its steak-and-potatoes posturing when it came to restaurant menus, especially pre-1996, before the Olympics brought an international palate to a city raised...
From tastings to taprooms, Atlanta breweries changing for the better

From tastings to taprooms, Atlanta breweries changing for the better

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