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‘An Exaggerated Life’

Pat Conroy's memories of Atlanta and the city's literary scene. The legendary raconteur and author holds court one last time in new oral biography "An Exaggerated Life." A book excerpt.


Florida: 5 ideas for great beach getaways

Florida: 5 ideas for great beach getaways

Ask five people what their ideal Florida beach getaway looks like, and you’re likely to get five different answers, but that’s OK. The Sunshine State has such a variety of beaches, it’s easy to find one that’s right for everybody. Whether you are in search of solitude, romance or the wildest of wild parties, you don’t have to go far to find your personal paradise. FORT...
Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state

Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state

MEAT MARKET — PALM BEACH Prime short ribs with lobster risotto. Kobe meatloaf with mango barbecue sauce. Buffalo tenderloin smothered in an espresso rub and chocolate mole butter. That’s just a short list of dishes to tempt carnivores at the Meat Market, a restaurant that puts an upscale, modern spin on that American dining institution, the steakhouse. Steakhouses have an old-school reputation...
Florida: 3 places for family fun

Florida: 3 places for family fun

SHIPWRECK ISLAND WATERPARK Take the plunge, the Pirate’s Plunge, at Shipwreck Island Waterpark in Panama City Beach. For a stomach-churning thrill, race a friend down this dueling waterslide that unfolds from a 60-foot-tall tower. The park’s youngest visitors splash around Tadpole Hole, a children’s pool loaded with activities to ensure kids get sufficiently soggy. They may not be...
Florida: By air or by sea, enjoy some offbeat attractions

Florida: By air or by sea, enjoy some offbeat attractions

NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM Visit this museum at the Pensacola Naval Air Station not only to watch the synchronized maneuvers of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, but to get a feel for what it would be like to be in the cockpit. Just strap yourself into a two-person MaxFlight 3-D simulator and take to the virtual skies. Brace yourself for a stomach-churning nose...
Florida: 3 venues to check out great music

Florida: 3 venues to check out great music

THE FIVE SISTERS BLUES CAFÉ It’s not a juke joint, but gritty, powerful blues music is as much a part of this cafe as soul food staples like fried chicken and stewed collard greens. Close your eyes, and you could be in the heart of the Delta instead of a historic downtown neighborhood in Pensacola. Bands play Thursday through Sunday. On Sunday, the genre switches from blues to jazz for...
Mixing media can create bold individual spaces

Mixing media can create bold individual spaces

Antiques, florals, art: Mixing media can add texture and emotion to rooms. Interior designers and floral designers often combine different pairs, such as watercolor paper and oil on canvas, antiques of different eras, or flowering branches with blooming bulbs to create an individual space. “Today, it’s really more about mixing things, and sometimes when people go to a show and buy things...
Serena & Lily designer always on hunt for piece that inspires reaction

Serena & Lily designer always on hunt for piece that inspires reaction

California-based Serena & Lily has brought its sophisticated and comfy coastal style to Atlanta. The store: Serena & Lily was founded in 2003 in Sausalito, Calif. Last November, the home and lifestyle company opened its sixth design shop in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District. The goods: The 2,700-square-foot design shop feature samples of every style from Serena & Lily’s signature...
Pirate Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Pirate Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

You may feel chilled to the bone now, but you'll want to get out and experience the city during the warming trend happening this weekend. With full sun and temperatures in the 50's, there's no excuse for missing out on the many community-centered events and activities taking place all over the Metro area.  Dancing, festivals − you'll even find a couple hikes on the list during...
Two Atlanta restaurants make Top 100 list for best classic restaurants

Two Atlanta restaurants make Top 100 list for best classic restaurants

There is nothing like a classic. That sentiment especially applies to some of America’s oldest, most esteemed restaurants. Atlanta happens to hold claim to two of the most tried-and-true places to eat in the U.S., according to FSR Magazine. Atkins Park and Mary Mac’s Tea Room both made the magazine’s annual list of Top 100 Independents, a list of legendary restaurants that...
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...
Get a three-course lobster dinner for $35 every Sunday in Roswell

Get a three-course lobster dinner for $35 every Sunday in Roswell

A three-course lobster dinner is $35 Sundays in Roswell. Photo credit: Green Olive Media. This deal is a real catch. Enjoy a three-course lobster dinner inclusive of a soup or salad, 1 ¼ pounds of steamed lobster with a side of fries and slaw plus dessert for $35 at C&S Chowder House . This deal is offered every Sunday, so you can make...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

Editor’s note: Chili night continues through the week of Feb 4. 1/ 28 Family Sunday The flavor of Braised Chicken With Fennel and White Beans (see recipe) is hard to beat for family day. Add a red-tipped lettuce salad and dinner rolls. Buy a deep-dish apple pie for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough chicken and pie for Monday. 1/ 29 Heat-and-Eat...
Review: Janet’s Kitchen brings taste of the Philippines to Decatur

Review: Janet’s Kitchen brings taste of the Philippines to Decatur

Despite my Filipino name, only a quarter of the blood that flows through my veins is Pinoy. It’s when I’m with my dad’s family, though, that I sometimes feel full-blooded. When I walk into my relatives’ homes in Chicago, there is a distinct smell, and it emanates from the kitchen. I think it’s primarily the rice pot, which claims counter space, much like a coffeepot does...
Review: A double order of eccentric Americana at Golden Eagle

Review: A double order of eccentric Americana at Golden Eagle

Maybe you have heard about the roadside diner’s club on Memorial Drive. It is the one hidden in the back half of the building, behind the sunny California-styled coffee joint called Muchacho. The one with the moose head hanging over the padded horseshoe bar, where bartenders are just as happy to stir up a rye cocktail as they are to pour a Czech Pilsner into a gold rimmed glass. The place...
Review: Musical bios recount painful tales of Holiday and Clooney

Review: Musical bios recount painful tales of Holiday and Clooney

Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002) was a Kentucky native with a dominating, difficult Irish-Catholic mother. Her parents split when she was young, and she had a troubled marriage, too. Still, she had a notable film career in the 1950s, lived in a Beverly Hills mansion and made her name with a series of hit recordings, some kitschy, others timeless and beautiful. She became, in the end, a jazz singer. Billie...
Popular Buckhead steakhouse offers $1 oysters and half price appetizers weekdays

Popular Buckhead steakhouse offers $1 oysters and half price appetizers weekdays

The Cut Bar offers half-priced appetizers and $1 chef’s choice oysters weekdays. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. There’s no need to cut it out. The Cut Bar, the bar and lounge of   American Cut steakhouse, offers half-priced appetizers from the all-day menu as well as $1 chef’s choice oysters from 4–7 p.m. weekdays. ...
Cheap wines that don’t taste like it

Cheap wines that don’t taste like it

With all the wines on the shelves vying for your attention when you walk into a wine store or a supermarket, how do you choose which one to take home for dinner? A catchy name or pretty label stands out. A heavy bottle looks and feels important. But you wouldn’t be wrong to wonder whether the money you shell out for that wine might be paying for that designer label or studly bottle, rather than...
Combine sweet satsumas with collard greens in salad

Combine sweet satsumas with collard greens in salad

One of the real pleasures of cold weather is the arrival of fresh citrus. Yes, you can buy an orange or a lemon any time of the year, but if you want local citrus fresh off the tree, you need to wait for November and the months after. Kim Jones of Bethel Oaks Farm in Monticello, Florida, grows satsumas as well as navel and Hamlin oranges, lemons, mandarins and shiranui, a large Japanese mandarin with...
Eggs from pasture-raised chickens key to crème brûlée

Eggs from pasture-raised chickens key to crème brûlée

From the menu… White Oak Pastures Dining Pavilion, 22775 Highway 27, Bluffton. 229-641-2081. whiteoakpastures.com The folks at the farm’s dining pavilion were happy to share this recipe that takes full advantage of White Oak Pastures’ eggs. When sending the recipe, they wrote, “The secret to a great crème brûlée is two-fold. One major key is all about...
Review: ‘Maytag Virgin’ delivers strong performances with heart

Review: ‘Maytag Virgin’ delivers strong performances with heart

In rural Alabama, the only thing worse than being the town slut is being the town widow. At least that’s how Lizzy Nash (Courtney Patterson) has felt since her husband died in a roofing accident. She spends her days reading quietly on her back porch, which is adorned with a collection of wind chimes; she’s avoiding going back to her job as a high school English teacher. However, that quiet...
Best bets for seafood in Atlanta

Best bets for seafood in Atlanta

There's no doubt that Atlanta is absolutely fabulous. The only thing missing is a beach. Although we can't dip our toes in the sand and smell the salty air, we're not deprived of incredibly fresh seafood.  »RELATED: AJC readers named this restaurant as the best seafood in Atlanta From swimming in the ocean to our plate in under a day? Not only possible, but pretty easy to find here. So...
4 drinks that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

4 drinks that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

When you're trying to lose weight, you may not give much thought to what you drink, but those calories definitely add up! These "liquid calories" can sabotage your weight-loss efforts, and you may not feel as full as if you'd eaten the same number of calories. Many drinks also provide little to no nutrients and are often loaded with sugar, which can further hamper your weight loss....
Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles. The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease. The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from. >> Read more...
Healthy Cooking: Healthy tacos? Just say ‘yes’

Healthy Cooking: Healthy tacos? Just say ‘yes’

My approach to a January food reboot isn’t a drastic detox, it’s a gentle correction. Like easing the car back onto the road after swerving around a dessert buffet. Instead of compiling a list of no-no foods, I simply say yes to veggies at every meal. Spinach and mushroom omelet? You betcha. Avocado and bean sprouts sandwich? Absolutely. Loaded sweet potatoes for supper? Yes, PLEASE. The...
4 new books explore MLK legacy, assassination

4 new books explore MLK legacy, assassination

On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. In the 50 years since then, King’s legacy is as important as ever, given the racially divisive climate of the nation. The Atlanta-born civil rights leader, preacher and Nobel Peace Prize winner spent his life fighting for equal rights for African-Americans, as well as the poor and...
10 trends to watch in 2018

10 trends to watch in 2018

While you were deciding on your annual resolutions, the design world was setting its sights on what styles will be big in 2018. The home remodeling and design platform Houzz is ahead of the game, having recently released its top 10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. The site’s forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends noticed among its 40 million...
New theater company christens new Sandy Springs performance space

New theater company christens new Sandy Springs performance space

A new theater in the artfully-designed downtown of Sandy Springs will help the young city develop a destination for visitors. It will also give rise to the metro area’s newest professional theater company. Construction on the Performing Arts Center at City Springs is expected to be complete by June, and the center has already booked its first theatrical engagements: performances of &ldquo...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

Editor’s note: This week, the Menu Planner is making some fun and seasonal changes. From this week through Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 4), you’ll find a different chili every week to complement the colder weather. The chili can appear any night. This week, the Chili night is Wednesday; there’s no Kid night. 7/ 21 Family Sunday Make Flank Steak With Corn Relish for the family...
Private Quarters: Young couple’s new Woodstock home blends modern, farmhouse style

Private Quarters: Young couple’s new Woodstock home blends modern, farmhouse style

When Mauro and Kristen Martinez bought a new home in Woodstock, she desired a change from her former home’s palette of black and brown to lighter tones and add sparkle with quartz countertops and furniture embellishments. “Our previous house was a lot darker. We had darker furniture. We had darker walls,” Kristen Martinez said. “So I wanted this one to be a lot lighter, to...
4 reasons not to overlook this hidden gem Mexican restaurant in Roswell

4 reasons not to overlook this hidden gem Mexican restaurant in Roswell

Nosh on classic Mexican dishes at Rojo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina in Roswell. Photo by Jessie Dowd I must have driven past Rojo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina in Roswell hundreds of times over the last few years, without ever going in. Located in a busy Publix shopping center and home to a roster of rotating restaurants over the years, it’s easy to overlook. Recently...
Review: Anh’s Kitchen brings Vietnamese classics to Midtown

Review: Anh’s Kitchen brings Vietnamese classics to Midtown

In the early 2000s, I spent a few years living in a high-rise condominium near 10th and Peachtree. The view from the 18th floor was magnificent, but the dining options down below were still evolving. Had I been able to stop by a place like Anh’s Kitchen for crispy fried spring rolls and a dependable bowl of noodle soup, the world would have seemed a little brighter somehow. The latest venture...
Review: Bulla Gastrobar puts the boo-yah in tapas

Review: Bulla Gastrobar puts the boo-yah in tapas

The first thing to know about Bulla Gastrobar is that it is not pronounced “bull-ah.” The correct pronunciation is “boo-yah.” As owner Carlos Centurion told an interviewer at the original location of this Spanish-styled tapas restaurant in the Coral Gables neighborhood of Miami, bulla “literally means ‘noise’ but basically has connotations of fun, excitement...
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s to launch breakfast service in February

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s to launch breakfast service in February

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q founders Jonathan and Justin Fox will launch breakfast at their Armour Yards outpost in Feb. / Photo: Sweetwater Brewing Co. By Becca Godwin Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s “Que’ Osk,” the standalone barbecue kiosk that opened in October 2016,  will launch breakfast at its Armour Yards outpost beginning Feb. 19. Fox Bros. will...
New Buckhead gelato shop offes freebies this Saturday

New Buckhead gelato shop offes freebies this Saturday

Amorino, a European gelato shop known for its rose-shaped scoops of gelato and sorbet, will offer free gelato for a couple hours this Saturday. On Jan. 13, patrons will receive a free regular size cup or cone from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Amorino location in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta, which opened late last month. No purchase is necessary...
5 dishes worth the drive to Buford Highway

5 dishes worth the drive to Buford Highway

There’s no doubt that Buford Highway is one of the best food destinations in Atlanta. From Vietnamese pho to authentic tacos, this 49-mile stretch of culinary bliss has it all. It’s a magical place, but it can be a little intimidating to explore for first-timers. »RELATED: Newly-opened restaurants (and ones to come) on Buford Highway Fear not, newbies; we’ve put together the...
Cowtippers in Ansley Park is closing

Cowtippers in Ansley Park is closing

Popular Ansley Park restaurant Cowtippers will close at month’s end. Pictured is bartender Zac Sigler making a La Bamba Margarita at Cowtippers in 2007.  (ELISSA EUBANKS / AJC STAFF) Cowtippers Steaks & Spirits, a popular restaurant in Ansley Park owned by Metrotainment Cafes, is slated to close at the end of the month. Metrotainment Cafes still owns the property...
9 things to see, eat and do when your parents visit Atlanta

9 things to see, eat and do when your parents visit Atlanta

Atlanta is the city of sprawl. Even if you limit it to the actual city, inside the perimeter, there can be an overwhelming number of things to do. Especially if you're new in town— say, for example, if your parents are visiting for the first time. You want to show them around, but you have a limited amount of time. You need to hit the highlights. But don't worry: We've rounded up nine...
Popular Mexican restaurant to open its second location in Buckhead

Popular Mexican restaurant to open its second location in Buckhead

The guacamole and salsa tasting at Alma Cocina. Alma Cocina will open a Buckhead location in mid-2019. / Photo by Fifth Group Restaurants By Becca Godwin Fifth Group Restaurants announced Wednesday plans to open a second location of Alma Cocina, its Mexican and Latin American concept with an original location in downtown Atlanta. The new, 7,000-square-foot Alma Cocina is...
With natural flavor affinities, beer and cheese go together

With natural flavor affinities, beer and cheese go together

In the introduction to her book, “Cheese & Beer” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.99), food and wine writer Janet Fletcher writes, “Nobody needs convincing that beer and cheese go together.” A decade ago, that might have been a startling statement, especially coming from a resident of California’s wine country. “I live in Napa, and I’m married to a winemaker...
Learn to make greens from Century House Tavern

Learn to make greens from Century House Tavern

From the menu … Century House Tavern, 125 E. Main St., Woodstock; 770-693-4552. centuryhousetavern.com Every week Century House Tavern makes batches and batches of collard greens, 15 pounds at a time. Their customers just can’t get enough and it’s so delicious they order it by the quart for their holiday meals at home. We’ve cut the recipe down to a fifth of one of their...
Author Events Jan. 14-20

Author Events Jan. 14-20

7 Stages Big Read: Julia Alvarez, “In the Time of the Butterflies.” Author Jessica Handler moderates a panel of local activists, government officials, and attorneys affecting our communities and beyond, including: Nora Benavidez (civil rights attorney), Mary-Pat Hector (advocate and community organizer), Liliana Bakhtiari (District 5 city council candidate) and Janel Green (executive director...
Young Atlanta performer stars in ‘The Lion King’ at Fox Theatre

Young Atlanta performer stars in ‘The Lion King’ at Fox Theatre

Five years ago, Nia Holloway was a junior at Norcross High School when she made history by becoming the youngest woman to play adult Nala in “The Lion King,” the smash-hit musical adaptation of the 1994 Disney film.  Now 22, Holloway brings the performance back home to the Fox Theatre, where the musical will run Wednesday through Jan. 28. RELATED | Go to the AJC&rsquo...
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Artist made his colorful mark

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Artist made his colorful mark

Jean-Michel Basquiat made his mark on black history in the 1980s, becoming one of the most prominent painters of the late 20th century. The Brooklyn-bred artist, born Dec. 22, 1960, to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother, initially gained notoriety with a friend as the graffiti duo “SAMO©.” Known for their social aphorisms on classism and racism, the pair parted ways after about...
James Beard Foundation benefit dinner, bourbon dinner and more in metro Atlanta

James Beard Foundation benefit dinner, bourbon dinner and more in metro Atlanta

Celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday with a six-course dinner at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours. Photo credit: Shelby Light. Six-course dinner to benefit the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Programs. Four-course book signing. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities...
Upcoming theater productions in metro Atlanta run the gamut

Upcoming theater productions in metro Atlanta run the gamut

After ending the last year on a traditional note, with a lot of the usual holiday shows, Atlanta’s theater companies are off and running again, ringing in the new year with an eclectic bang. From hard-hitting dramas to mainstream musicals, a dozen or so shows opening over the next several weeks offer something for every taste. Among the highlights: “The Lion King.” The national touring...
Intrigue over substance in White House

Intrigue over substance in White House

Dishy political books such as Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” are typically assailed for centering on palace machinations at the expense of policy substance, for privileging White House turf battles over meaningful debates about national challenges. In keeping with that tradition, the pages of Wolff’s book are littered with insults and intrigue, backstabbing and dysfunction...
Time to submit your nominations for AJC’s Best of Atlanta 2018

Time to submit your nominations for AJC’s Best of Atlanta 2018

Best of Atlanta is back in 2018! We’re in search of the top restaurants, entertainment options and charities. You'll see some encores return for a second (or third) round, as well as some new faces.  It's a new year and a new opportunity to shout from the rooftops what your favorite things to do, eat and enjoy are in Atlanta. If sharing is caring, then participating in the Best of Atlanta...
5 metro Atlanta restaurants to watch the National Championship game, get food deals

5 metro Atlanta restaurants to watch the National Championship game, get food deals

LongHorn Steakhouse is offering a free appetizer with the purchase of one adult entrée today. Photo credit: Linda Costa Communications Group. Game time. You know what it is: The University of Georgia’s Bulldogs (or just Georgia Dawgs if you’re a fan) will play the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide during the National Championship at 8 p.m...
Here’s how to get a free entrée at this Tex-Mex restaurant today

Here’s how to get a free entrée at this Tex-Mex restaurant today

Head to Chuy’s for a free entrée today. Photo credit: M-Squared PR. If you’re hungry, love Tex-Mex and Elvis, you’re in luck. Chuy’s is hosting their annual Elvis birthday bash and visitors dressed as Elvis (or Priscilla Presley) can get a free entrée. Customers can also receive $1 off an order of Elvis green chile fried chicken. These...
Cluttered spaces are designer’s pet peeve

Cluttered spaces are designer’s pet peeve

In her sophisticated yet livable spaces, award-winning designer Donna Grace McAlear draws on her experience as a museum curator and art expert. Designer & background: Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and grew up in various parts of Canada. She earned an undergraduate degree in fine arts, a master’s degree in visual art (contemporary fine art) in Canada and a doctorate in cultural policy in...
Dissecting the anatomy of an affair

Dissecting the anatomy of an affair

In Jamie Quatro’s debut novel “Fire Sermon,” Maggie sleeps with Thomas during her freshman year in college. In the eyes of her Christian God, she has committed a grave sin, and in her mind, this shameful fornication leaves her with few options. “I have made my bed and now will lie in it, she prays. This man will be my husband … Only let him be a good husband, she prays...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

1/ 14 Family Sunday Gather the family and splurge for a juicy Leg of Lamb (see recipe). Serve it with seasoned couscous: Prepare 1 cup couscous according to package directions. Add 1/3 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup fresh parsley and fresh mint to taste, and 1 to 2 teaspoons minced garlic. Stir in some chopped tomato and chopped cucumber (peeled and seeded)...
Battle of the bowls: Two metro Atlanta spots to fuel up on salad

Battle of the bowls: Two metro Atlanta spots to fuel up on salad

A dozen Christmas cookies too many. Eggnog plus your cousin’s homemade grog. New Year’s Champagne toasting and a couple of bloodies the morning after, followed by binge-watching college bowl games during which you stuffed yourself silly with wings, buffalo sauce and beer. Go, Dawgs! So now your oversized sweater is feeling sorta tight after the holidays. Your colon has pretty much forgotten...
Review: Osteria di Mare plays it safe with Italian seafood and steaks

Review: Osteria di Mare plays it safe with Italian seafood and steaks

What compels you to choose a restaurant? Are you more likely to go for that shining temple of gastronomy on a hill, or that neighborhood gem down the street? If you fall in the latter category, you may want to know about Osteria di Mare in Peachtree Corners. A little less than a mile north of Jay Swift’s posh Noble Fin (“Seafood Steaks Cocktails”) sits Andrew...
Townsend Prize finalists announced

Townsend Prize finalists announced

AJC Decatur Book Festival founder Daren Wang and New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson are among the finalists for the Townsend Prize, a biennial literary award for fiction. Administered by the Chattahoochee Review and the Georgia Center for the Book, the Townsend Prize winner will be announced April 19 at the DeKalb History Center. Author Brad Watson, author of “Miss...
Atlanta’s big arts events in 2018

Atlanta’s big arts events in 2018

Atlanta’s cultural institutions expanded like crazy in 2017, but much of the growing was happening behind the scenes. In 2018, some evidence of those changes will be revealed to Atlanta audiences. Here are a few significant events to come this year: After a $22 million renovation that transformed the theater from top to bottom, the Alliance Theatre will open the curtain on its new performance...
Happy hour drinks and tapas are $4 and $5 weekdays at this Buckhead restaurant

Happy hour drinks and tapas are $4 and $5 weekdays at this Buckhead restaurant

Happy hour drinks and tapas are $4 and $5 weekdays at Gypsy Kitchen. Photo credit: Gypsy Kitchen. Unwind from the workday with happy hour wine and tapas specials from 4:30-6 p.m. weekdays at Gypsy Kitchen . A rotating selection of premium wine vintages, unique varietals and a sparkling option are available for $5 a glass; a sampling of small plates...
Recipe: Better Half’s Silk Handkerchief Pasta

Recipe: Better Half’s Silk Handkerchief Pasta

From the menu … Better Half, 349 14th St., Atlanta. 404-695-4547; betterhalfatl.com Recently, I dined at Better Half. My friend and I got the Silk Handkerchief Pasta to share. I usually don’t eat much pasta, but this probably the best pasta I’ve had in Atlanta and I can’t wait to have it again! I would be very interested if they will share the recipe with you. &mdash...
Expect to see more wine in cans

Expect to see more wine in cans

Here’s an easy prediction for 2018: Sometime during this year, you are likely to buy wine packaged in a can. Just don’t drink it from the can. First, the cans: If you haven’t seen wine sold in cans yet, you probably will soon. Wine in cans still represents only a few percentage points of the market, but sales have exploded in the past few years, from about $2 million in sales in...
Use in-season kohlrabi to make this tasty side dish

Use in-season kohlrabi to make this tasty side dish

I talked with a farmer recently about growing kohlrabi and she told me she had a firm policy against it. “A firm policy?” I asked. “What does that mean?” She told me she and her partner chose not to grow kohlrabi because it took such a long time in the ground, occupying valuable farm real estate, and it was not something her customers really cared about. Later that morning...
Author Events Jan. 7-13

Author Events Jan. 7-13

Martha Boone, “The Big Free.” New Orleans’ Charity Hospital provides the setting for a roller-coaster ride of a novel that follows the first six months of training for one of the first women in the toughest surgery department in America. Author Boone is a practicing urologist in Georgia and one of Castle Connelly 2017 “Exceptional Women in Medicine.” 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Launch...
Want to join Oprah? Here are 5 things to know about Weight Watchers

Want to join Oprah? Here are 5 things to know about Weight Watchers

If you've made a New Year's resolution to lose weight, you'll have a huge number of weight-loss plans to choose from, including Weight Watchers.  Many diets can be somewhat restrictive and hard to follow in the long-term, forcing you to forgo or severely limit entire food categories, like carbs. Weight Watchers, however, has built its success on making no food off-limits. And with Oprah...
2 days of free food samples, oysters and bubbly specials and more in metro Atlanta

2 days of free food samples, oysters and bubbly specials and more in metro Atlanta

Get in-store meal samples like this chicken fajita soup made from Pacific bone broths at The Fresh Market. Photo credit: The Fresh Market. Oysters and bubbly events in January. Free food samples. 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...
3 metro Atlanta places to get $5 burgers today

3 metro Atlanta places to get $5 burgers today

Get $5 burgers today at all three Dantanna’s locations. Photo credit: Caren West PR. Consider this week an opportunity to adhere to your new year’s food and drink budget. Enjoy $5 burgers from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and half price local beers all day on Tuesdays at all Dantanna’s locations. The restaurant offers several...
Healthy Cooking: The salad that says ‘bite me’

Healthy Cooking: The salad that says ‘bite me’

As I study the contents of my crisper drawer, I know I just can’t do it. I cannot eat a cold, plainly dressed salad. I’ve been reveling in the decadent flavors of the holiday season since I pre-gamed with Halloween candy in mid-October. And now I’m starting down the long road to arterial recovery, and I want to throat-punch anyone who cheerfully suggests raw carrots will satisfy...
5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

The thought has probably crossed your mind: someday I'll spend New Year's Eve at Times Square in New York City. You'll be part of that massive crowd as the whole country watches and counts down to the moment the crystal ball drops. With your friends or significant other, you'll toast the New Year with champagne and, just maybe, one of those TV cameras will take notice and your faces will flash...
9 of the best family-friendly New Year’s celebrations in Georgia

9 of the best family-friendly New Year’s celebrations in Georgia

Celebrating New Year's Eve with the family doesn't mean that you have to drag your children to a grown-up-themed party with drinking. In fact, you'll find many ways to celebrate the start of 2018 with kids in tow throughout Georgia. From early celebrations to family-friendly evening events, you won't have to worry about doing damage control with your children after one of these more wholesome...
More homes are accommodating pet stations

More homes are accommodating pet stations

Whether building a new house or renovating an older one, homeowners are thinking not just about how the human inhabitants will use the space. Pets, often considered four-footed family members, are getting special consideration as well. One of the top pet-friendly features is a pet station, a specifically designed and designated area of the home with bedding, food bowls and outside access. And anyone...
Cocktails will be $2.18 all day New Year’s Eve at this chain eatery

Cocktails will be $2.18 all day New Year’s Eve at this chain eatery

Cocktails will be $2.18 all day New Year’s Eve at Bahama Breeze. Photo credit: Linda Costa Communications Group.You don’t have to blow your budget to have a good time on New Year’s Eve. Bahama Breeze , a casual eatery that serves Caribbean-style food and drinks, will offer its Legendary Island cocktails for $2.18 all day on New Year’s Eve...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

1/ 7 Family Sunday Make the day special and serve Roasted Pork Loin With Pine Nut Stuffing (see recipe). Serve the juicy pork roast with aromatic basmati rice. Add a red-tip lettuce salad and naan. Slice angel food cake for dessert and top it with a dab of strawberry ice cream. Plan ahead: Save enough pork, rice and cake for Monday. Save enough ice cream for Tuesday. 1/ 8 Heat-and-Eat Monday Warm...
Sip wine and savor a date night at Rootstock and Vine in Woodstock

Sip wine and savor a date night at Rootstock and Vine in Woodstock

Enjoy a glass of wine at Rootstock and Vine in historic downtown Woodstock. Photo by One Love Photography. On a dreary Tuesday night, we found ourselves in downtown historic Woodstock, ready to kick off the holiday season with a date night made for wine lovers. On first approach, the building housing the recently debuted Rootstock and Vine—located at Main Street and Towne...
Do you drink too much? Here’s what a new study says

Do you drink too much? Here’s what a new study says

Texas A&M University researchers, concerned as always for your health, say that anything more than 15 drinks a week for men and eight drinks for women is excessive. »RELATED: Even one drink per day can increase your risk of cancer, study warns That doesn’t mean you should save up for the weekend – they say anything more than two drinks per sitting for men and one drink per sitting...
Review: New Italian eatery Donetto does pasta well but has some misses

Review: New Italian eatery Donetto does pasta well but has some misses

Much press has been given to Donetto, a fine-dining Italian spot, open since late September, in one of the historic buildings that form the Stockyards redevelopment project in West Midtown. The press is justifiable. Donetto is a new concept by 32-year-old chef Michael Perez, who partnered in this venture with Steve Palmer, managing partner of Charleston, S.C.-based Indigo Road hospitality group...
Review: Head to Duluth’s Thank U Chicken for real KFC (as in Korean)

Review: Head to Duluth’s Thank U Chicken for real KFC (as in Korean)

Chicken and waffles. Nashville hot chicken. Buffalo wings. Asha Gomez’s Kerala Fried Chicken. Popeyes. However you like your fried bird, and I dig all of the above, you won’t go lacking in Atlanta, where cooks from north, south, east and west are well schooled in matters of frying the comforting dish their way. Korean fried chicken, which some people winkingly call the original KFC, is...
9 totally enjoyable ways to ring in 2018 without breaking the bank

9 totally enjoyable ways to ring in 2018 without breaking the bank

New Year's Eve is the party of the year. It's a night for cocktails, splendour and celebrating with people you love. But if you're trying to avoid the typical club party (and through-the-roof costs), you're going to have to get creative. Here are nine affordable ways to ring in 2018 like a boss: Want to avoid spending lots of money on a NYE outfit? Put on your pj's, crack open a bottle of wine (or...
7 metro Atlanta restaurants to ring in the new year for free

7 metro Atlanta restaurants to ring in the new year for free

Get the party started early with Hampton + Hudson’s regular brunch and dinner menu plus free admission before 8 p.m. Photo credit: Blue Hominy PR. If the holidays blew your budget or you just don’t feel like dropping a wad of cash for one night or you just want a low-key, but festive New Year’s Eve celebration, this list is for you. The following...
Recipe: Mary Mac’s potato salad goes heavy on the mayo

Recipe: Mary Mac’s potato salad goes heavy on the mayo

From the menu … Mary Mac’s Tea Room, 224 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta; 404-876-1800; marymacs.com I love everything about Mary Mac’s — the food, the service and atmosphere, the best fried chicken and fried green tomatoes. But the potato salad they make and serve is the best. The flavor and the dressing it’s in are so good. Do you have the recipe for Mary Mac&rsquo...
Swish-swash: Make a splash with a hot pot New Year’s Eve party

Swish-swash: Make a splash with a hot pot New Year’s Eve party

Ah, New Year’s Eve. The night before hope pairs with prosperity, peace and – with any luck – newly acquired profits in the year to come. A time to reflect on what’s been, and what lies ahead; when time stops just long enough for that big silver ball to drop, and resolutions can be made. Humankind has been enjoying some form of New Year’s celebration since the keeping...
‘Recipes are dead’: Future of cooking

‘Recipes are dead’: Future of cooking

There will be no more cookbooks from chef Tyler Florence. Sure, you’ve welcomed him into your home through his books “Tyler Florence Fresh” and “Dinner at My Place,” and such Food Network shows as “Tyler’s Ultimate.” But he will not print any more recipes. Why bother? “I’ll publish a cookbook and I’ll have 125 recipes. People only use...
Here's when and where to meet Atlanta's best drag kings and queens

Here's when and where to meet Atlanta's best drag kings and queens

Netflix's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reboot chose Atlanta for its first season, once again affirming the city's place as a center for LGBTQ life in the South. While the new Fab 5 are all that, take in a different kind of fabulous: the best drag in town. Whether you want something scandalous, sexy or laugh out loud funny, pull out those dollar bills and visit the best joints in town...
New Year’s Eve parties, New Year’s Day celebration and more this week in Atlanta

New Year’s Eve parties, New Year’s Day celebration and more this week in Atlanta

Nakato Japanese Restaurant will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a three-course menu on Jan. 1. Photo credit: The Rosen Group Atlanta. Boxing Day brunch. New Year’s Eve parties. 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. And...
This downtown upscale restaurant offers $5 martinis every Tuesday

This downtown upscale restaurant offers $5 martinis every Tuesday

Get $5 martinis every Tuesday at ROOM. Photo credit: Our Labor of Love. Shaken or stirred? For $5 specialty martinis including pomegranate, lemon drop, Cosmo, chocolate and dry and dirty, visit ROOM , an American steakhouse and sushi restaurant located in TWELVE hotel. Available all day on Tuesdays at the Downtown location only. ...
Tracking connections in quest for peace

Tracking connections in quest for peace

Few things in life yield such a bountiful harvest of joy and heartache as family. Family is fraught and has been ever since the first cave dwellers bickered over who got the “good rock,” next to the fire. Over the years, many authors have weighed in on the mixed bag that is family, but few have done so with the keen eye, sharp tongue and big heart of A.J. Jacobs. His timing is good. Thanks...
‘Wild Horses of Cumberland Island’ was 10 years in the making

‘Wild Horses of Cumberland Island’ was 10 years in the making

Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia is home to the only unmanaged feral herd of horses on the east coast. For 10 years, photographing the horses has been the project of Connecticut-based photographer Anouk Masson Krantz, who made frequent trips to the island to capture images of the wild animals in their environment. “Cumberland is such an unbelievable place,” says Krantz, whose...
Use open shelving with these designer tips

Use open shelving with these designer tips

Dust off your books and put your objets d’art on display. This is the thought behind open shelving, but the idea of baring it all can be scary. They made cabinets for a reason, after all. Open shelving requires ruthless editing and a keen eye for design, and with these tips from designers, it can move from daunting to doable. Compatibility check Often times, this style is seen on a small scale...
Art on the wild side is made in the South 

Art on the wild side is made in the South 

Colin Richmond’s expressive porcelain creatures are well known for their attention to detail and heirloom quality. The artist: Richmond grew up in a creative family in upstate New York, but he has no artistic education. He earned an MBA and worked in the corporate world in New York City for several years before moving to Asheville, N.C. The company: Colin’s Creatures, founded in 1991,...
Top 10 cocktails of 2017 in Atlanta

Top 10 cocktails of 2017 in Atlanta

I spent much of 2017 sipping cocktails around Atlanta for both work and pleasure. Many of those drinks ended up being the subject of a story for the AJC. Thinking back on the cocktails that wowed me this year had me scrolling through my Instagram feed to come up with a top 10 list. In no particular order, these are the 10 drinks that made a lasting impression. Adonis This circa-1880s sherry-based...
Get 79-cent burgers at this chain restaurant today

Get 79-cent burgers at this chain restaurant today

Get unlimited 79-cent burgers at Krystal today. Photo credit: Ink Link Marketing. Ba humburger no more. To celebrate National Ba Humbug Day today — this is a real thing today —  Krystal  is offering its signature burger for 79 cents and changing the phrase into Ba Yum buns. Get it? Offer valid at participation locations today...
Tyler Perry excerpt: ‘Cherishing the True Gift’

Tyler Perry excerpt: ‘Cherishing the True Gift’

When did I first consider myself successful? Around the time my first play started touring and I was able to support my mother financially. I thought it was time for her to retire from her job at the Jewish community center where she had worked for years as a teacher’s assistant. She loved the children, but it was terribly exhausting, especially after she became ill. When she was finally able...
Renovations bring modern touches to traditional Marietta home 

Renovations bring modern touches to traditional Marietta home 

When Elizabeth Farrell walked into her future house, she was immediately struck by how the foyers and stairs reminded her of her childhood home. But Farrell also saw the need to expand and add chic touches to the Marietta home. They contacted 20 contractors and had seven of them walk through the home before she and her husband put an offer on it. MORE:  See how the kitchen and master bath turned...
Candler Park Craftsman remodeled after garage is reclaimed from the critters

Candler Park Craftsman remodeled after garage is reclaimed from the critters

Chris Erickson sought the wow factor when he renovated his 1928 home in Candler Park. He found it in an unexpected place: the garage. After Erickson and Kristin Tench Erickson, his wife, purchased the home in 2016, he took the crumbling structure that was a home for critters and redid the flooring and added custom-built cedar sliding barn doors. The changes maintained, and even, enhanced the character...
Christmas found in every room of this DeKalb tour home

Christmas found in every room of this DeKalb tour home

Avondale Estates’ gorgeous old trees drew Megan Martin to the community, so it’s only fitting that she fills her home with trees during the holidays. Eight decorated trees are displayed throughout the modern prairie-style home, which is on the Dec. 10 Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes. They range from a tree with traditional burgundy and gold ornaments to others with themes...
Bohemian flair adds fun to festive home on Norcross holiday tour

Bohemian flair adds fun to festive home on Norcross holiday tour

Lamp shades, vintage pennants and antiques from across the globe spark Kim Doherty’s creativity during the holiday season. “I don’t think that my Christmas has ever been the same every year,” she said. “I like things changing and moving and evolving.” From the dressed-up porches to the colorful chicken coop, Doherty lets loose her vivid design imagination and hones...
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