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Risky apps popular with teens

Risky apps popular with teens

Alexander Graham Bell did not expect his telephone to be widely used for prank calls. And Steve Jobs was chary of children using his iThings. But social media apps are appendages for tweens and teens. It’s one way they earn social currency. Below, a guide to what parents will (or should) be anxiously monitoring. Video-messaging apps Video apps like Marco Polo, House Party and FireChat are the...
Theater review: With ‘Abigail/1702,’ Aurora revisits ‘The Crucible’

Theater review: With ‘Abigail/1702,’ Aurora revisits ‘The Crucible’

Readers don’t really need a critic to point out that most sequels are seldom as rewarding as the original versions on which they’re based. And so it goes with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s “Abigail/1702,” which dares to invite comparison to Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible.” Even if that old Miller play hadn’t been produced so recently (or...
Cardi B makes music ‘moves’ at top of Billboard chart

Cardi B makes music ‘moves’ at top of Billboard chart

Cardi B really is making "money moves": She's just made music history.          She's the first female rapper to hit No. 1 on the  Billboard singles chart without the assistance of another credited artist − in 19 years.           Oh, and she knocked off Taylor Swift,...
VOTE: What is the best coffee shop in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best coffee shop in Atlanta?

Atlanta's coffee lovers rival the most dedicated in the world. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is looking for the best coffee shops in town.  Here are eight metro Atlanta coffee shops for millennials (and everyone else) to check out. If you want to go straight to the hard stuff, then look no further than Atlanta’s best brunch cocktails.  Coffee and breakfast go hand-in-hand....
Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Savannah Spirits amber rum. Courtesy of Savannah Spirits Group A rum distillery in the heart of historic Savannah is set to open next spring. Savannah Spirits Group announced last week it will be opening a 12,000-square-foot distillery in the city’s historic district. Production is anticipated to begin in March 2018. Initially, the company will produce silver and amber rum. ...
Edible cookie dough concept coming to Ponce City Market

Edible cookie dough concept coming to Ponce City Market

Edible cookie dough concept Batter Cookie Dough Counter is opening this fall at Ponce City Market. / Batter Cookie Dough Counter Ponce City Market offers a pletora of eating options: tacos, seafood, pasta, dumplings, burgers, fried chicken, salad, gelato and more . Add edible cookie dough to the list. Atlanta’s first edible cookie dough shop, ...
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...
Fine dining Italian concept Osteria di Mare opening in Peachtree Corners

Fine dining Italian concept Osteria di Mare opening in Peachtree Corners

Italian fine dining restaurant Osteria di Mare will open Oct. 1 in Peachtree Corners. / Photo: Osteria di Mare Dining options continue to grow in Peachtree Corners. Last year saw the addition of notables like Noble Fin , Ba Bellies and popular Lawrenceville diner Peachtree Cafe ...
Renovations, reuse on display during fall home tours

Renovations, reuse on display during fall home tours

As temperatures cool, many homeowners bring out the wreaths and harvest decor, but for some Atlanta area communities, it’s time to bring their A-game. Fall home tours are a tradition that allow people to see what local neighborhoods have to offer both in community spirit, architecture and personal style. Here’s a look at two upcoming tours of intown neighborhoods with their own unique...
‘The King and I’ comes to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre soon

‘The King and I’ comes to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre soon

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most splendid works, “The King and I,” comes to the Fox Theatre Tuesday. This will mark the first time the revival of the 1951 classic will perform at the Fox Theatre, and the elegant, grand-scale production will play at the Fox from Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Oct. 1. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship...
ATL to NYC: Is the leap worth it for creatives?

ATL to NYC: Is the leap worth it for creatives?

In a light-filled Greenpoint studio where the walls are crowded with her deliriously colorful, whimsical paintings, former Atlanta artist Shara Hughes sits with her anxious Boston terrier, Chicken Nugget, at her feet, cooing and whimpering for attention. Hughes is mellow and easy-going, but don’t let that cool-girl façade fool you. Ambitious, smart and laser-focused, Hughes’ successes...
Theater review: A devout spirit moves Actor’s Express’ ‘Christians’

Theater review: A devout spirit moves Actor’s Express’ ‘Christians’

In the past, whenever I’ve had the need in a review to use words like “preachy” or “sermonizing” to describe a play, it’s generally with a critical connotation. In the context of “The Christians,” artistic director Freddie Ashley’s compelling Actor’s Express staging of a drama by Lucas Hnath (who scored a big hit on Broadway this year...
Here’s how you could pay 64-cents for a steakhouse dinner at Marcel

Here’s how you could pay 64-cents for a steakhouse dinner at Marcel

Here’s how you could pay 64-cents for a steakhouse dinner at Marcel. Photo credit: Marcel. You may actually eat a hearty dinner instead of just looking at one on Instagram. Marcel will offer shrimp boullettes, fried frog legs, USDA Prime meat and more for 64-cents beginning at 11 p.m. (drinks available on the patio beginning at 10 p.m.) Friday, Sept...
It’s almost autumn. Can you tell in South Florida?

It’s almost autumn. Can you tell in South Florida?

Every year, there’s one day in mid-September when Florida’s fall arrives. Officially, that day is Friday, Sept. 22, but I noticed it early one morning last week. Stepping outside at about 6:30, it felt, well, not cool but slightly less oppressive. There was a breeze and the low that morning had dropped to an almost glacial 77. It felt like hope. When I left work that evening, it was...
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival promises 40 plays in 4 days

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival promises 40 plays in 4 days

With comedies and classics, musicals and dramas, kids’ shows and one-man performances, the sixth annual Atlanta Black Theatre Festival will seek to deliver on its catchphrase promise of “40 plays in four days.” Producing director Toni Simmons Henson founded the festival in 2012 because she believed there was an under-served market in Atlanta. The festival has grown steadily over...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

10/ 1 Family Sunday Buy a Smoked Turkey Breast for an easy family meal and pair it with spinach feta rice. In a large microwave dish, combine 1 medium chopped onion, 1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms and 2 cloves minced garlic. Microwave 7 minutes on high (100 percent power) or until onion is softened; drain. To 3 cups hot cooked brown rice, add mushroom mixture...
Vietnam mystery: Why did Cpl. Jimmy Jackson vanish?

Vietnam mystery: Why did Cpl. Jimmy Jackson vanish?

The mystery of Marine Lance Cpl. James W. Jackson Jr., who disappeared in Vietnam in 1969, is one of 1,600 unfinished stories from that era, but his story is the one that haunts Ron Martz. Martz, an educator, writer and former staffer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has been pursuing clues to Jackson’s disappearance since first writing about him for this newspaper in 1983. This week Martz...
Enjoy fall weather on these 7 OTP restaurant patios

Enjoy fall weather on these 7 OTP restaurant patios

Fall officially kicks off tomorrow, bringing with it cooler temps and the perfect weather for swarming restaurant patios across metro Atlanta. If you’re in the mood to breathe in fresh fall air while enjoying your next meal, consider checking out one of these seven patios at restaurants outside the Perimeter. Enjoy oysters and other fresh seafood on one of Atlantic Seafood...
Fall is apple-picking time

Fall is apple-picking time

Riding on a wagon tour of the dwarf apple trees in Mercier Orchards, we were struck by two things: One: you’re really in the mountains up here. Everything is either straight up or straight down. Two: You’ve never seen so much tasty growing directly out of the ground.
Review: East Point taco joint is a tiny space with big Mexican flavor

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

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

Another steakhouse headed to Atlanta

  This year has seen numerous steakhouses open in and around Atlanta, including Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs  and   C. Ellet’s at The Battery, a concept by restaurateur Linton Hopkins . The latest to join the primal-cut scene is national chain  Del Frisco’s Double...
Dunwoody gets a pizza joint

Dunwoody gets a pizza joint

Vintage Pizzeria recently opened its third location on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody Village. / Dunwoody Convention and Visitors Bureau By Caleigh Derreberry Dunwoody residents and office workers have one more nearby dining option: Vintage Pizzeria. The local, family-owned restaurant, known for New Jersey-style pizza, recently opened a location at 5510 Chamblee...
Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

A well-made pizza pie is like a diamond in the rough − rare and rewarding. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll found out where you chow down on the most delicious pizza in town.  Coming in first place, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria has offered authentic, New York style pizza, classic salads, pastas, Italian sandwiches, signature coal oven wings and freshly made desserts since...
Review: ‘Holler if Ya Hear Me’ makes Tupac music feel urgent, essential

Review: ‘Holler if Ya Hear Me’ makes Tupac music feel urgent, essential

Todd Kreidler’s “Holler if Ya Hear Me” is a jukebox musical that uses the sounds of influential rapper Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) to describe a culture in peril. The show arrived on Broadway in 2014, just a couple of months before the first Ferguson riots caused the Black Lives Matter movement to gel, and though it is not a musical biography of Shakur, it holds a mirror to his community...
Author Events Sept. 24-30

Author Events Sept. 24-30

Celeste Ng, “Little Fires Everywhere.” An artist and her teenage daughter rent a house from a family who soon begin to wonder about the artist’s mysterious past—the truth about which will come with unexpected and devastating costs. In conversation with Daren Wang. 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Reading, discussion, signing. Free. RSVP. SCADshow, 173 14th St. NE., Atlanta, 404-253-2740, acappellabooks...
Theater review: ‘Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo’ roams 7 Stages

Theater review: ‘Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo’ roams 7 Stages

The geographical setting of Rajiv Joseph’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” is Iraq in 2003, during the early stages of the U.S.-led military invasion of the country and its campaign to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. The play is all over the map in a theatrical sense, too — by turns both audacious and awkward — as it fluctuates between soulful drama and absurdist...
A glimpse of India in Gwinnett: Inside North America’s largest Hindu temple

A glimpse of India in Gwinnett: Inside North America’s largest Hindu temple

Drive down Rockbridge Road in Lilburn, and you’ll pass by clusters of ranch-style homes, pine trees galore, a few strip malls and other features typical of suburban Atlanta. And then the largest Hindu temple in North America looms into view. Across the street from a chain grocery store and retail center stands a structure that seems to belong in distant Mumbai, complete with Turkish limestone...
Musician Zac Brown partners with Dahlonega distillery

Musician Zac Brown partners with Dahlonega distillery

Zac Brown / AJC file photo The nearly year-old Stillhouse Creek Distillery in Dahlonega has rebranded to Z. Brown Distillery in what they are calling a “strategic alliance” with the Grammy award-winning Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band . The distillery, located in Brown’s hometown, is slated to re-open sometime this...
Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-winning chef, Cobb Restaurant Week and more in metro Atlanta this week

Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-winning chef, Cobb Restaurant Week and more in metro Atlanta this week

James Beard Award-winning chef Virginia Willis to host a four-course grits dinner at Food 101. Photo credit: 101 Concepts. Three-course prix fixe dinners during Cobb Restaurant Week. Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-wining chef. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared...
Kids eat free at this chain restaurant all week

Kids eat free at this chain restaurant all week

Kids eat free at Zoës Kitchen this week. Photo credit: Zoës Kitchen. Weeknight dinners are easier with when you have a little help. Zoës Kitchen is offering a free kids meal with the purchase of a regular entrée after 3 p.m. now through Sept. 22. Kids menu meals include shrimp kabab, grilled chicken fingers and pizza piadina. To cash in on this offer...
Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

Cooking demonstrations by culinary historian Michael Twitty are part of numerous activities scheduled for the Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center this weekend. / Contributed by Atlanta History Center  This Saturday, the Atlanta History Center will dish out fun for the entire family at the Fall Folklife Festival. At this celebration of Southern culture...
Six great spots to see fall foliage close to Atlanta

Six great spots to see fall foliage close to Atlanta

Every year, Georgia’s leaves turn dramatic shades of yellow, burnt orange, deep magenta, even crimson. It’s that time of year. “When will the leaves change?” is the question park rangers hear most often once cooler temperatures arrive. Typically, Georgia’s mountain parks peak in hues in late October; however, color can be seen as early as September and throughout much...
Theater review: Georgia Ensemble explores ‘Once on This Island’

Theater review: Georgia Ensemble explores ‘Once on This Island’

Imaginatively directed and choreographed by Ricardo Aponte, and joyously performed by a vibrant 11-member cast — under the musical direction of the peerless S. Renee Clark, leading an invigorating five-piece band on piano — Georgia Ensemble Theatre opens its 25th-anniversary season with a bang to make the outgoing Robert Farley proud. (Farley, who co-founded the Roswell company, is stepping...
VOTE: What is the best fall festival in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best fall festival in Atlanta?

With the first day of fall coming Friday, Sept. 22, it’s the official start to fall festival season −marked by colorful leaves, cooler temps and the promise of the holidays. This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know which fall festival is your favorite to revel in the fall colors and cooler weather. When fall arrives in Atlanta, we head for the hills. Here are five family-friendly...
World as we know it is about to end — again — if you believe this biblical doomsday claim

World as we know it is about to end — again — if you believe this biblical doomsday claim

A few years ago, NASA senior space scientist David Morrison debunked an apocalyptic claim as a hoax. No, there's no such thing as a planet called Nibiru, he said. No, it's not a brown dwarf surrounded by planets, as iterations of the theory suggest. No, it's not on a collision course toward Earth. And yes, people should "get over it." But the theory has been getting renewed attention recently...
Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow

Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow

Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow at Macaroni Grill. Photo credit: Fitzgerald Petersen Communications. As a thank you to first responders during Hurricane Irma, metro Atlanta police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics will receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entrée now through Sept. 19 at all three metro Atlanta...
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...
Distraught teens, deceitful adults orbit Space Coast

Distraught teens, deceitful adults orbit Space Coast

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is a formidable presence for the inhabitants of Cape Canaveral and its surrounding towns in the nine exuberant stories that make up Patrick Ryan’s “The Dream Life of Astronauts.” One would expect the book to serve as an ode to the space program during its heyday of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. But Ryan resists romanticizing America&rsquo...
How to get your house on TV, movies

How to get your house on TV, movies

Is your home production-friendly? Atlanta’s Amy McGary and Melanie Antos talk about what it takes – from design to location – for your home to play a role in Atlanta’s TV and film industry. Background: AM: I majored in film at UGA and stepped directly out of class onto a film set in Athens. Not long after, I made my way out to California to work on the first “Terminator...
Review: To take Cirque show to next level, ‘Luzia’ adds water

Review: To take Cirque show to next level, ‘Luzia’ adds water

Acrobatic bodies somersaulting through the air at Atlantic Station can mean only one thing: Cirque du Soleil is back in town. The new production, “Luzia,” though not as strong as last year’s freshly inventive and delightfully surreal “Kurios,” still provides plenty of flash, color and thrills — a few are downright jaw-dropping — all of which will assure...
Christopher Kimball redefines dinner with new ‘Milk Street’ cookbook

Christopher Kimball redefines dinner with new ‘Milk Street’ cookbook

“Ethnic cooking is dead. We are all simply making dinner.” Thus writes Christopher Kimball in the introduction to his new cookbook, “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: The New Home Cooking,” published by Little, Brown and Company. If you are among those who, over the years, flipped through the pages of Cook’s Illustrated or tuned in to “America’s Test...
Better than shampoo: 9 best foods for healthy hair

Better than shampoo: 9 best foods for healthy hair

Perhaps you've put all your #hairgoals on the shoulders of shampoos, conditioners and products, but did you know certain foods can fill you up and give you the body and length your heart desires?  Certain nutrients in foods can promote healthy hair growth, making your locks look as glamorous as ever. And as an added benefit, these nutrients also have a variety of other health benefits. The following...
“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday

“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday

“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday during a special dinner for two. Photo credit: Caren West PR. Friday nights just got better for you, your bestie, beau or boo. Whether you’re in the mood for a girls/guys night out or a good date, consider The  Friday Hookup at ONE. midtown kitchen , a wallet-friendly dinner...
Seven-Day Menu Planner

Seven-Day Menu Planner

9/ 24 Family Sunday Enjoy Crispy Roast Chicken With Orange and Thyme for family day. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place a 5- to 7-pound roasting chicken, breast side up, in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves and coarse salt and pepper all over the skin. Cut 1 large navel orange into thin slices (remove ends) and stuff into cavity...
New cookbook: Farmhouse eating at its finest from a North Carolina farmer

New cookbook: Farmhouse eating at its finest from a North Carolina farmer

  Read this cookbook: “The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes & Stories from My Carolina Farm” by Jamie DeMent (University of North Carolina Press, $35)   By Wendell Brock Jamie DeMent grew up an only child and grandchild in rural North Carolina, where her family ran a farm-supply store. After seeing the world a bit and working for a congressman in Washington...
Read this: 7 cocktail books to buy this Fall

Read this: 7 cocktail books to buy this Fall

The latest cocktail books to buy this Fall. Photo: Beth McKibben FALL MUST-BUYS “Mezcal: T he History, Craft & Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit” by Emma Janzen ( Voyageur Press, $25) Emma Janzen, an editor for beverage magazine Imbibe, takes readers on an in-depth journey through the past...
Kevin Young longlisted for National Book Award

Kevin Young longlisted for National Book Award

Former Emory University professor and poet Kevin Young has been longlisted a third time for the National Book Award. This time it’s in the category of nonfiction for “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News,” which Graywolf Press publishes Nov. 17. Now director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City and ...
Can you overdose on coffee?

Can you overdose on coffee?

Drinking coffee has benefits from increased concentration to reduced risk of diabetes, and much of the adult American population would have a hard time waking up without a cup of java or two. But coffee does contain a central nervous system stimulant, caffeine, the world's most widely consumed psychoactive drug, according to Salon.com. And just like any other beneficial drug, there's a question ...
8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

With so much competition for our attention at home and work, it’s easy to overlook the things that don’t make spectacles of themselves — like new restaurants or little shops that fly under the radar. Our Under the Radar guide aims to single out a few of Atlanta’s most underrated places. Some are lesser known but close at hand, some take you off the beaten path, and some...
No surprise: Ryan Gravel’s loft is near the Beltline

No surprise: Ryan Gravel’s loft is near the Beltline

Ryan and Karen Gravel’s kids roller skate and ride skateboards and scooters on the concrete floors in their intown Atlanta loft. When they want to take the action outside, they walk around the corner to the Beltline, an idea that Ryan birthed as a Georgia Tech master’s student. Living in a warehouse converted to work-live spaces is a departure from the couple’s previous single-family...
Get your brews in Blue Ridge

Get your brews in Blue Ridge

For beer lovers looking for a getaway in the mountains of Georgia, there’s just one place to go: Brew Ridge. More widely known as Blue Ridge — it’s the only town in the North Georgia mountains where you can get locally crafted beer and cider. Blue Ridge is the gateway to the Appalachians for travelers coming up I-75/I-575 from Atlanta and points farther south.  At one time autumn&rsquo...
The Piedmont Park 2017 schedule: festivals, concerts and preservation

The Piedmont Park 2017 schedule: festivals, concerts and preservation

Bought in 1834 for $450, closed to traffic in 1983, and today the 189-acre crown jewel of Atlanta green space, Piedmont Park is an Atlanta icon. Centrally located in the heart of Midtown, it’s big enough to host our largest concert and festival productions, and versatile in its offering for families, young professionals and day-drinking festival herds alike. For that versatility and...
9 adult-only happenings in Atlanta this September

9 adult-only happenings in Atlanta this September

With fall in the air, you just might be in the mood for shooting the breeze without your little one or someone else's little ones around your feet. You can start off September with some of Atlanta's premier events for the whole family, like AJC Decatur Book Festival and Dragon Con. Once you've had your fill, there's a pretty impressive list of those happenings just for the grown folks. ...
Southern-made styles for the home

Southern-made styles for the home

North Carolina-based Terrane Glass Designs handcrafts simple yet elegant glassware for your bar and home. The artist: Colin O’Reilly grew up in Kennesaw, Ga. On a spring break visit in Santa Fe, NM, he got hooked on glass after a visit to a small glass studio. After several apprenticeships, O’Reilly graduated in 2011 from the California College of the Arts with a degree in glass. In Washington...
Athens offers college-town dining at its best

Athens offers college-town dining at its best

Fall brings lots of visitors to Athens, whether they’re fans of Georgia Bulldogs football games, or parents checking in with their kids attending the University of Georgia. Usually, in both cases, at least one meal in the Classic City is involved. While many are familiar with high-profile spots such as celebrity chef Hugh Acheson’s Five and Ten and The National, Athens has a...
Author Events Sept. 17-23

Author Events Sept. 17-23

James Forman Jr., “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.” In his insightful history of the rise of mass incarceration, Forman tells the story of how blacks in law enforcement made the war on drugs their own. 7 p.m. Sept. 18. Talk, signing. Free. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur, 404-373-1653, georgiacenterforthebook.org Susanne Fincher...
Start fermenting at home

Start fermenting at home

Fermentation has an impact on many of the foods we eat and enjoy. Think pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and soy sauce. Or miso, yogurt, cheese and sourdough bread. And, of course, the wine and beer we drink had its beginnings in bubbling vessels inoculated by wild microorganisms. Nowadays, fermentation has become a thing. On one hand, the growing interest has been fueled by the quest for a healthier diet...
Author taps family lore for tale of Depression-era South Georgia

Author taps family lore for tale of Depression-era South Georgia

Eleanor Henderson landed big in lit land when the New York Times named her debut novel, “Ten Thousand Saints,” one of the 10 best books of 2011. “Saints” was set in the 1980s, mostly on New York City’s Lower East Side. Henderson received heaps of golden praise for in-depth research that enabled her to paint a specific time and place in vivid detail, and for creating terrific...
Sour syrup forms base for fresh, bright cocktail

Sour syrup forms base for fresh, bright cocktail

From the menu … Scout, 321 W. Hill Street, Decatur; 404-496-6863; scoutoakhurst.com Nate Shuman, beverage director at Scout, developed this recipe and was glad to share. Here’s what he had to say about how it was created. “About Last Night… started out based on us doing something in the same vein as a Bloody Mary but in the total opposite direction with the flavor. Instead...
Alsatian wines strike a balance of dry, sweet

Alsatian wines strike a balance of dry, sweet

The Muenchberg vineyard outside this small town is considered one of the best in Alsace. It’s among several dozen in the region that have earned the status of grand cru, vineyards from which the wines have the potential to transcend the qualities of the grapes to express the character of the place. While the notion of grand cru in Alsace reaches back only a few decades, the individuality of...
Rich burger is loaded with umami

Rich burger is loaded with umami

When you reach a certain age, or belt size, you tend to slow down on the burger intake. So you must make those occasions of consumption count — and this is one variation that’s worth the wait. It’s featured in the new “Shake Shack” cookbook and was created by Massimo Bottura, of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, who paints plates with impeccable and imaginative flavors...
You can eat bread!: 5 things you probably didn’t know about gluten

You can eat bread!: 5 things you probably didn’t know about gluten

Nearly 3 million people in the United States have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder causing hypersensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. Though there has been a marked increase in the number of people diagnosed with the disease there continues also to be misperceptions about gluten. According to a recent survey conducted by NSF International, an independent...
Atlanta author longlisted for 2017 National Book Award

Atlanta author longlisted for 2017 National Book Award

Atlanta children’s author Laurel Snyder’s very big year just got bigger. As reported earlier this year in the AJC , Snyder is in the process of publishing five books in 2017. And now, her book “Orphan Island” has been longlisted for the National Book Award. A chapter book for readers age 8-12, “Orphan Island” is about nine children living...
Get a free BBQ meal at Shane’s Rib Shack locations this this week

Get a free BBQ meal at Shane’s Rib Shack locations this this week

  Law enforcement officers can get a free meal at Shane’s Rib Shack this week. Photo credit: Shane’s Rib Shack. Shane’s Rib Shack is hosting a police appreciation week. All active law enforcement officers will receive a free meal certificate for a barbecue sandwich, side and a drink now through Sept. 17. Options may include the signature slow-smoked...
$10 cocktail class, oysters and wine event in Alpharetta and more in metro Atlanta this week

$10 cocktail class, oysters and wine event in Alpharetta and more in metro Atlanta this week

Bowl, eat and drink during a fundraiser for pets at Comet Pub and Lanes. Photo credit: Tori Allen PR. $10 cocktail class. Bowling fundraiser for pets. 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 ole time. Thursday, Sept. 14: Here are 10 reasons to visit ...
Free burritos at Willy’s Mexicana Grill today

Free burritos at Willy’s Mexicana Grill today

Tucker residents can get free burritos at Willy’s Mexicana Grill today. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Today is your day to get a free burrito. Willy’s Mexicana Grill  will open its newest location in Tucker and to celebrate, the restaurant will give away a free burrito and drink today. Willy’s signature stuffed burritos are made to order...
Healthy Cooking: Okra can be slime-free and fry-free

Healthy Cooking: Okra can be slime-free and fry-free

Cooked okra has a bad reputation for feeling slimy. That would be because, in fact, it can feel slimy. However, I beg you to overlook its lesser quality for one moment, and consider that okra is a veritable treasure-trove of plant-based protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B6, C and K, calcium and potassium. And if the thought of eating your vitamins doesn’t make...
Winner: Best art gallery in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best art gallery in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta is full of artists and art lovers.  This week’s Best of Atlanta poll found out what art gallery is your go-to for your cultural and creative fix.  IDEA Gallery, short for Innovate-Design-Exhibit-Art, won the No. 1 spot by write-in nomination. Serving as an art inubator, art gallery and non-profit organization, they work to create the opportunity for local artists to practice...
VOTE: What is the best sports bar in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best sports bar in Atlanta?

Football is back, and fans are congregating at their favorite sports bars to cheer for their beloved teams. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is focused on finding the best sports bars to show your support while eating delicious bites and drinking frothy beverages. Bring the whole family to these kid-friendly Atlanta breweries where the game is sure to be playing.  Want to celebrate a win...
Author Events Sept. 10-16

Author Events Sept. 10-16

Robin Sloan, “Sourdough.” When Visa issues force two brothers to close their neighborhood eatery, they leave the sourdough starter used to bake their bread with a friend; to keep it alive, she must feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it. 2 p.m. Sept. 10. Talk, signing. Proof Bakeshop, 100 Hurt St. NE., Atlanta, 678-705-3905, acappellabooks.com Ellis Henican, “Tuesday&rsquo...
City on the verge of a race riot in ‘Darktown’ sequel

City on the verge of a race riot in ‘Darktown’ sequel

“Torches — this would have been better with torches,” a fidgety Klansman laments near the start of “Lightning Men,” making an already tense scene even more chilling. On a drizzly October night, bumbling mill worker Dale has somehow talked two carloads of sheet-wearing vigilantes into a late-night assignment in north Georgia. The mission: to rough up an adulterous banker...
Remodeled home tours offer inspiration

Remodeled home tours offer inspiration

While it’s fun to look at photos of fabulous homes online, it’s an even more inspiring experience to stand in a remodeled kitchen and think, “This is a space I can work in!” Those looking for inspiring home ideas will have that real-time chance during the upcoming Tour of Remodeled Homes, where visitors will leave with ideas, insights and a hands-on feel for how a reworked...
Review: Garner delivers a delightful ‘Shakespeare in Love’ for Alliance

Review: Garner delivers a delightful ‘Shakespeare in Love’ for Alliance

“Shakespeare in Love” began as a film. This was 1998, and audiences were ready for a romantic comedy that imagined the great Elizabethan playwright as a youthful hunk in peak crisis mode, undone by a woman suited up as a man. And it wasn’t just froth. Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s screenplay mocked the ironies of law, love and literature. In this bejeweled age more than four...
Millennials are filling their homes (and the void in their hearts) with plants

Millennials are filling their homes (and the void in their hearts) with plants

On Sunday mornings, Hilton Carter's girlfriend makes herself scarce from their one-bedroom apartment in an old Baltimore mill. Carter, who is 6-5, bearded and the sort of man who wears a denim shirt and a ball cap with his peach shorts, begins a four-hour grooming ritual. Not his own, of course. That would be insane. The hours when others are sipping bottomless mimosas, that's when Carter, a 37-year-old...
Pizza chain will give away free pizza all day today in Decatur

Pizza chain will give away free pizza all day today in Decatur

Blaze Pizza is hosting a free pizza day event from today and everyone gets a free pizza. Photo credit: Paperboy Public Relations. Today’s food holiday is National Cheese Pizza Day, and to celebrate, you get a free pizza! You get a free pizza! Everyone gets a free pizza! (Points Oprah Winfrey-esque at everyone reading this post.) Back to the pizza. As the newest restaurant in Decatur...
‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

Consider the lowly gourd. A member of the Cucurbits family of flowering vines that includes the cucumber and the pumpkin, the gourd is a curious anomaly in the plant world because it produces a large fruit that is inedible due to its tough rind. In the symbiotic world of flora and fauna, where most every plant and critter seem to have a purpose, one can only assume the gourd exists to provide the...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

9/ 17 Family Sunday Forget the same ol’, same ol’ for family day and enjoy Pork Chops With Sauerkraut and Apples. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium. Brown 4 well-trimmed pork loin chops (about 1 pound total) on both sides for 4 or 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 cups refrigerated sauerkraut (rinsed and drained), 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion, 2 teaspoons...
Author recounts story of white journalist who posed as a black man in Georgia

Author recounts story of white journalist who posed as a black man in Georgia

In 1948, a white man from Pittsburgh shaved his head, tanned his skin, put on modest clothing and a pageboy cap and with John Wesley Dobbs as his guide, ventured across Georgia and the South pretending to be a black man. It was 13 years before another white journalist, John Howard Griffin took a similar approach in the seminal 1961 book “Black Like Me,” and several...
5 reasons to check out Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

5 reasons to check out Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Try the jumbo lump crab cakes—accompanied by meyer-lemon goat cheese grits, grilled asparagus and cracked mustard butter sauce–at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails./ Photo by Heidi Geldhauser Many restaurants tout menus with locally sourced ingredients—but how many of them actually grow their own fare? Garden-to-table dining is what you’ll encounter...
How FoodCorps uses nature to nurture schoolkids’ skills

How FoodCorps uses nature to nurture schoolkids’ skills

There is no typical day, nor typical week, for FoodCorps service members in metro Atlanta. You might find one in a school garden helping students plant kale, sugar snap peas or carrots. Another might be in a classroom making a layered bean dip and talking about the similarities between those layers and the layers in a garden. Or one could be teaching a lesson on the importance of compost or playing...
Which pizzas in metro Atlanta are worth a slice of your time, money?

Which pizzas in metro Atlanta are worth a slice of your time, money?

Pizza is a fast food. That doesn’t mean it should be treated the way we tend to treat fast food, the cheap, industrial, artless junk that barely resembles sustenance. A good pizza deserves to shine with fine ingredients and the careful touch of an artisan, but this isn’t slow food. Fast is the perfect word for it. In fact, few foods happen as quickly as pizza does. The best pies spend...
Cutting the carbs: Everything you need to know about the South Beach Diet

Cutting the carbs: Everything you need to know about the South Beach Diet

Low-carb diets have become extremely popular among the millions looking for the solution of losing weight and keeping it off.  While the South Beach Diet isn't as strict as many low-carb diets, it does limit the amount of carbs you can eat and encourages adding more healthy fats to your diet. The following is everything you need to know to decide whether the South Beach Diet is right for you...
Roswell home shows off its age and improvements on tour

Roswell home shows off its age and improvements on tour

Roswell’s historic architecture and century-old residences have appealed to Dee and Mark Simonton for years. First, they renovated a single-family home near the popular Canton Street shopping and dining district. Then they bought and renovated rooms in a townhome that was built for textile workers during the Industrial Revolution and is believed to be one of the nation’s first apartment...
6 truths and myths about apple cider vinegar

6 truths and myths about apple cider vinegar

Although apple cider vinegar has long been used as a home remedy to treat various ailments, it's recently been touted as something close to a miracle food.  Proponents claim it can help with everything from weight loss to a sore throat, but are all these purported benefits true? The following are five myths and facts about apple cider vinegar: This one's definitely a myth. In fact, when...
The best places to curl up with a book in Atlanta

The best places to curl up with a book in Atlanta

We've come up with a list of the best places around Atlanta to get cozy with a good novel. This Candler Park coffee shop is a whimsical, homey getaway that is open Tuesday through Sunday. Not only will you find vibrant and comfortable sofas and chairs to curl up in, but the shop also offers free Wi-Fi. Like to snack or sip on something while reading? Dr. Bombay's sells everything from teas...
Learn to make Bellina Alimentari’s lady pea salad

Learn to make Bellina Alimentari’s lady pea salad

From the menu … Bellina Alimentari, Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-330-9933; bellina-alimentari.com For those who grew up at a time when field peas were only served hot and cooked with pork, this recipe may come as a surprise. But lady peas, and other field peas, make a lovely cold salad as well. We offer you the recipe for a batch one-eighth the size of that made...
Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season

Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season

Atlanta Ballet artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin has announced the 2017-2018 company roster and the company’s new season. This year’s team of 30 dancers includes 13 new members from companies around the world, such as Ballet Memphis, Boston Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Houston Ballet and Orlando Ballet. The ballet company spent the summer rebuilding after losing 13 dancers...
Watch Brooke Gladstone, Wesley Lowery at AJC Decatur Book Festival

Watch Brooke Gladstone, Wesley Lowery at AJC Decatur Book Festival

The 12th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival kicked off Labor Day weekend with a keynote event featuring NPR host Brooke Gladstone, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and New York Times editor Carolyn Ryan, who discussed the challenges of covering breaking news at the AJC Decatur Book Festival keynote event last Friday. Held at Emory University’s Schwartz Center, the discussion was moderated...
Cherished pieces, new memories embraced in Woodstock residence

Cherished pieces, new memories embraced in Woodstock residence

The layout of Anthony and Charyl Ware’s new Woodstock home provided his and her spaces for relaxation and creativity, as well as areas to host family and even grandkids’ sleepovers. When the Texas transplants moved to metro Atlanta, they bought a single-family home under construction in the Riverside neighborhood, near downtown Woodstock. Anthony outfitted the loft to watch television...
Salon owners find their ideal ranch home in Gwinnett

Salon owners find their ideal ranch home in Gwinnett

Leslie McCoy’s ideal home was a ranch — not a midcentury ranch, but new construction. Two-story homes were prominent, though, in the new Gwinnett County neighborhoods where she searched. “Looking for a ranch and new build I thought was going to be impossible,” she said. With a baby on the way, she and her husband were determined to find a one-level home after living in...
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