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Sunday Living & Arts


A curated life

There is no grocery on Home Street.   It would be easy to mistake Grocery on Home for a corner store. Above the threshold to Matt Arnett’s red front door on Home Street in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood is a small, hand-painted sign that reads simply, “Grocery.”  The building was indeed once a corner store, tucked among one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhood...


America’s most authentic dive bars

America’s most authentic dive bars

The dive bar’s obituary probably has been written a thousand times, sometimes with an eloquence that would baffle the average coot who shuffles into these black holes, looking for a shot and a beer before the clock strikes noon. And yet, the ratio of dive-bar listicles to dive-bar obits must be about 10 to 1. Either the dive bar’s demise has been greatly exaggerated or the definition of...
A Greensboro hotel makes climate-conscious travelers swoon

A Greensboro hotel makes climate-conscious travelers swoon

In one sense, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina, shouts its environmental bona fides from the rooftop.  One of the first sights that greet guests as they turn in to an otherwise nondescript office park off Green Valley Road are the 100 solar panels perched atop the handsome hotel, which from afar looks like an old textile warehouse lovingly brought back to life.   Visitors...
5 myths about beer

5 myths about beer

Summer for Americans is a time of backyard barbecues, baseball and beer. Memorial Day weekend is a perfect chance to sit outside with the season's first sixer, and the varieties of beer you can pick up at the local grocer have multiplied. "This is a golden age for beer lovers," as the Washington Post reported in 2016. Yet the sheer number of options could confuse even the most enthusiastic...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

6/ 4 Family Sunday Splurge on family day — prepare your own Leg of Lamb and serve it with herb-roasted dijon potatoes. Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together 5 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 clove minced garlic and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Add 2 pounds red potato chunks; toss to coat. Spoon into a shallow baking pan coated...
Memorial Day 2017: What to watch, read, listen to and cook over the long weekend

Memorial Day 2017: What to watch, read, listen to and cook over the long weekend

The great thing about Memorial Day weekend is that there are so many picnics, parades, ceremonies, festivals, ballgames and other outdoor activities to take part in. But that can also be the not-so-great thing about it. Some of us are hiding a dirty little secret when it comes to three-day weekends: We’d much rather stay home and binge on that TV series or podcast we’ve heard so much about...
5 winning wine happenings around Atlanta 

5 winning wine happenings around Atlanta 

So many ways to enjoy Georgia wines and wine events in Georgia, so little time. There are romantic wine trails, posh gatherings, ingenious wine-themed events and a fair smattering of tasting rooms. Even better, all of these upcoming (or ongoing) wine-related happenings are within a 100 miles or so of Atlanta, so cheers to you. Dahlonega Wine Trail Dahlonega, ongoing The Dahlonega mountains create...
Review: Magnolia Room offers charm of old-school Southern cafeteria

Review: Magnolia Room offers charm of old-school Southern cafeteria

I’ve got a soft spot for cafeterias. My last semester of college, I got a job as a cashier at a cafeteria called Garavelli’s. It meant waking at 5:30 a.m. to clock in at 6. It also meant working with some people with a lot of drama in their lives who let me write about them for my English comp class. It meant a manager, Mary, who let me do homework during downtime. It meant a free meal...
Make his day: Southern-made gifts for dad

Make his day: Southern-made gifts for dad

Atlanta’s Richard Webb has had a longtime interest in cars. He has collected them (374 over his lifetime). He also raced them. When he retired, Webb was driven to paint them. The artist: Webb studied graphic arts at Pratt Institute in New York and graduated from Florida State University, where he studied advertising design and painting. After graduating, Webb had a long career in advertising...
Shortcakes and more from Carrie Morey of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits

Shortcakes and more from Carrie Morey of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits

Carrie Morey founded Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in 2005, selling petite packaged frozen buttermilk biscuits made from the recipe passed down from her mother, Charleston caterer Callie White. The company became an unlikely success story, celebrated by Food & Wine, Saveur and Southern Living, beloved by Oprah and Martha Stewart, and offered through fancy food purveyors such as Goldbely and Williams‑...
‘Greenest hotel’ doesn’t skimp on charm

‘Greenest hotel’ doesn’t skimp on charm

In one sense, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., shouts its environmental bona fides from the rooftop. One of the first sights that greet guests as they turn in to an otherwise nondescript office park off Green Valley Road are the 100 solar panels perched atop the handsome hotel, which from afar looks like an old textile warehouse lovingly brought back to life. Visitors with low—emitting...
Get grilling with these recipes

Get grilling with these recipes

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer and the perfect time to break out your grill. Here are some of our favorite grilling recipes:
Art review: Female artists examine notion of home in Athens show

Art review: Female artists examine notion of home in Athens show

Home, as it is understood by female artists, is the crux of Atlanta curator Candice Greathouse’s exhibition “Domestic Structures” at the cool Athens alternative art space ATHICA, housed in a warehouse facing railroad tracks on the industrial fringe of town where artist spaces, dance studios and creative companies share close quarters. Featuring seven artists from Atlanta...
Healthy Cooking: The noodle soup that makes everyone happy, including the cook

Healthy Cooking: The noodle soup that makes everyone happy, including the cook

Some people keep recipes handed down from generations of home cooks before them in a box. I have a pile of raggedy pages liberated from the periodicals in my orthodontist’s waiting room. (Believe me, I have paid for those magazines. And his new boat, too.) My stack of recipes is simultaneously aspirational and delusional. It says, “I am the sort of person who makes steamed pork buns...
Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

As one of the most cherished city landmarks, The Fox Theatre is more than just a building, it's an experience. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the exquisite architecture and stunning decor inside The Fox transports guests to the temples of Ancient Egypt, palaces of the Far East and into elaborate Arabian mosques. Discover the magic of the Fox Theatre for yourself with these...
Winner: Best road race in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best road race in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

What road race keeps you on your toes?  Last week’s Best of Atlanta poll was all about your favorite run in town.  All paths clearly lead to the AJC Peachtree Road Race, which was our winner by a mile. Held annually on the Fourth of July, this race attracts 60,000 runners and walkers of all abilities each year.  Go the distance from Buckhead to Midtown by crossing the epic...
VOTE: What is the best fried chicken spot in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best fried chicken spot in Atlanta?

Fried chicken is a Southern delicacy taken very seriously by anyone whose ever crunched into the perfect juicy bite. That's why it's our Best of Atlanta poll spotlight this week.  As you ponder your fried chicken past, warm up your taste buds with some of the best chicken and dumplings you can find even when the temperatures aren’t chilly.  If you need a chicken fix every day, ...
Duo’s online marketplace goes for vacation vibe

Duo’s online marketplace goes for vacation vibe

For that always on vacation vibe, visit Dear Keaton, a global chic marketplace, started by Atlanta’s Christie Shepard and Chris Hutcheson. The company: Founded in 2016, Atlanta-based Dear Keaton is an online marketplace that offers a curated selection of home décor, furniture, gifts and apparel around the world. The founders: As a military child, Hutcheson lived in 11 different places...
5 things to bring to a Memorial Day BBQ (besides beer)

5 things to bring to a Memorial Day BBQ (besides beer)

What do you bring to a Memorial Day barbecue besides beer? On this holiday created to honor fallen veterans, we should pause and thank those who fight for freedom. And then cook some meat outdoors. But if you’re not throwing the party, you are probably not cooking the meat. (If you ARE throwing the party, don’t forget to include ribs, or you may end up like Sad Grandpa.) It&rsquo...
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 will soon be shooting in Atlanta, once again affirming the city's place as a center for LGBTQ life in the South. While you wait for the new Fab 5 to grace your screens, 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...
Hot picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend in Atlanta

Hot picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend in Atlanta

Atlanta's heating up this weekend, and, with the rising temps, comes even more ways to enjoy a hot night out on the town. Become a part of Atlanta's nightlife inner circle by knowing where the hottest parties are happening this weekend. There's plenty to frequent —from luxurious pool parties to epic bar crawls. Here are four of the top underground parties to attend this weekend: 10 p.m., Thursday...
AJC exclusive: Atlanta Ballet 2, a new training ensemble, will debut this fall

AJC exclusive: Atlanta Ballet 2, a new training ensemble, will debut this fall

The spirit of Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi troupe — the former off-season company known for outdoor performances — has found a home in Atlanta Ballet 2, a new training ensemble aiming to bridge the gap between school and company. The troupe of 14 talented young dancers from across the globe will debut next season with the world premiere of Bruce Wells’ “Beauty...
7 Day Menu

7 Day Menu

5/ 28 Family Sunday Try these Yellow Rice Crab Cakes (see recipe) for a special family meal. Alongside, make potato salad and add coleslaw and hush puppies (from a mix). Buy a Boston cream pie for dessert. Plan ahead: Save some crab cakes and coleslaw for Monday and enough pie for Tuesday. 5/ 29 Heat-and-Eat Monday Celebrate Memorial Day with leftovers and make Crab Cake Sandwiches on English Muffins...
Author Events: May 28-June 3

Author Events: May 28-June 3

Ilona Andrews, “White Hot,” and Jeaniene Frost, “Into The Fire.” In Andrews’ Hidden Legacies #2, a woman’s unique skill helps keep her family’s detective agency afloat—until a new case pits her against malevolent forces. The explosive finale to Frost’s Night Prince series finds the Prince of the Vampires in danger of losing his new bride to...
Splash into summer reading

Splash into summer reading

Cars and dump trucks and such. That’s what one Atlanta mom says her 3-year-old son requires in a storybook — “nothing else.” Another reports that her 5-year-old boy mostly digs dinosaurs, lizards, frogs and toads — “any critters that are green.” This roundup of terrific new 2017 spring-into-summer titles includes such evergreen subjects, but more, too. Hopefully...
Grand dame of Southern cooking

Grand dame of Southern cooking

Born in 1916 on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, 20 miles from Monticello, Lewis spun a narrative that was bucolic and rural. As William Faulkner illuminated northern Mississippi, and Randall Kenan mythologized eastern North Carolina, Lewis made a study of Freetown, beginning with “A Taste of Country Cooking.” Published in 1976, her book arrived as the nation celebrated its bicentennial...
Review: Truman misses its nostalgic mark

Review: Truman misses its nostalgic mark

Truman is nostalgia-driven, but it’s not the throwback we’ve become accustomed to lately. There’s nary an absinthe-spiked, speakeasy-style cocktail in the joint. No waxed mustaches either. No, this place recalls a time that many of us actually remember, along with stirrup pants, spray-crisped Jersey bangs and power suits. Picture the kind of red-blooded grub and booze that Gordon...
Review: 9292 Korean BBQ brings the heat

Review: 9292 Korean BBQ brings the heat

What is it about fire and meat? Do we really have so much in common with our caveman ancestors that the merest glimpse of glowing embers near a cut of beef can fill us with hope and hunger? For me, it is an odd reflex, a feeling more complicated than simple appetite, more elemental than culinary knowledge, and I’m not sure what to call it. But I do know I felt it the moment our charcoal arrived...
Author Events May 21-27

Author Events May 21-27

Danielle Hanson, “Ambushing Water.” Hanson employs a vocabulary of diverse images — slugs, animals, flowers, constellations and emotions — to make the world new. 2 p.m. May 21. Reading. Free. Tall Tales Book Shop, Toco Hill Shopping Center, 2105 LaVista Road NE, Atlanta. 404-636-2498, talltalesatlanta.com/events.html. Scott Turow, “Testimony.” Best-selling...
Meet the cross-dressing crew behind Rowdy Dowdy, an Atlanta arts collective

Meet the cross-dressing crew behind Rowdy Dowdy, an Atlanta arts collective

If you make your way to the unmarked garage in the 1300 block of Sylvan Road SW on Friday night, you'll find one of the most unique, unsuspecting art collectives in Atlanta. Rowdy Dowdy's roots are in Athens, but the group of Norcross High School friends turned nightlife entrepreneurs have now made a footprint in Atlanta. Rowdy, in its broadest sense, is an art collective run by best buds that spend...
From Spielberg assistant to screenwriter: Now, he’s written a book on action movies

From Spielberg assistant to screenwriter: Now, he’s written a book on action movies

Before the filmmaking boom happened in Georgia, you had to go to Hollywood to work full time in the movie biz. That’s exactly what Atlanta native Michael Lucker did after college. He landed a dream gig as assistant to Steven Spielberg, then went on to find great success as a screenwriter of action and animated films. Lucker returned home to Atlanta in 2007, tired of L.A.’s smog, traffic...
Arthur Blank Foundation gives $100,000 to Theatrical Outfit 

Arthur Blank Foundation gives $100,000 to Theatrical Outfit 

The Theatrical Outfit, one of Atlanta’s oldest non-profit theater companies, announced it has received a $100,000 gift from the Arthur W. Blank Family Foundation to help research ways to improve access to theater (and other events) through MARTA. In a press release, the theater company said that the gift will help it “research the intersections between MARTA users and performing arts...
Theater review: It may take a while to find ‘Neverland’ but there’s much to like

Theater review: It may take a while to find ‘Neverland’ but there’s much to like

In “Finding Neverland,” J.M. Barrie is a playwright in desperate need of a hit. Walking in London’s Kensington Park with his shaggy dog, he finds inspiration in a young widow and her four young boys. Thus is born the tale of Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up — and along with it a 113-year-old literary commodity that has spawned silent films, animated Disney features...
Can I bring a viking helmet? AskTSA is here to help

Can I bring a viking helmet? AskTSA is here to help

The tweet initially stumped Mary Ham. A traveler wanted to know if she could stow a spray-tan extender that resembled an alien blaster in her carry-on bag. The AskTSA specialist rifled through her mental file cabinet filled with agency rules and regulations, searching for an answer. “I’m pretty sure this is fine,” said the Transportation Security Administration employee of nearly...
Papi’s Roast Pork is an old family recipe

Papi’s Roast Pork is an old family recipe

The folks at Papi’s were indeed willing to share this old family recipe. They tell us it’s a classic Cuban recipe, simple but delicious. The marinade is easy, just purchased Mojo marinade with the addition of garlic, salt and black pepper. All you need is patience. Patience for the marinating. Patience for the cooking. Mojo Criollo Marinade is available in the Hispanic section of your...
A bold take on asparagus

A bold take on asparagus

The first few weeks of asparagus season are a frenzied time in our house. In order to devour as many of the grassy stalks as possible, I keep their preparation elemental: a quick stint in a hot pan or steamer basket before a plunge in vinaigrette or aioli, if there’s some already in the fridge. If I’m in need of protein, I might top the asparagus with a fried egg. But it doesn’t...
Review: Actor’s Express brings ‘Father Comes Home’ to gripping life

Review: Actor’s Express brings ‘Father Comes Home’ to gripping life

Absorbing in its intricate construction, stirring in its lyrical language, Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Father Comes Home From the Wars” boldly summons Homer’s Greek epic poem “The Odyssey” in the Civil War-era South. The characters of Hero (later renamed Ulysses), Penny (as in Penelope) and Homer (let alone the members of a symbolic Greek chorus) are now a group of...
Renovated bungalow brings couple together in Kirkwood

Renovated bungalow brings couple together in Kirkwood

Megan Isom and Taqqee Id-Deen’s house hunt in Kirkwood ended when they snagged a 1935 home just before the builder began renovations to add a bedroom and two more bathrooms. “We loved the fact that it was still keeping the character and it was still going to be bungalow,” Isom said. “He sent us the plans, and we jumped on it immediately.” They made a few adjustments,...
 Atlanta art project Tiny Doors opens way to tiny library

 Atlanta art project Tiny Doors opens way to tiny library

It may be the easiest way ever to write a book. Not to mention to become known as a generous patron of the arts. Tiny Doors ATL, the whimsical and thought-provoking public art project that’s installed tiny doors everywhere from the Beltline and the Center for Puppetry Arts to Krog Street Tunnel and a tree along the PATH trail near the Carter Center, has come up with its biggest little idea yet...
Review: Much notable work in contemporary Southeastern artists’ exhibit

Review: Much notable work in contemporary Southeastern artists’ exhibit

“The New South II” at Kai Lin Art offers plenty of reassurance that the Southeast has a diversity of talent in an endless variety of forms. This juried group show of works on paper (with some notable exceptions) by 39 artists is the second (and stronger) of Kai Lin’s two large survey shows dedicated to Southeastern artists, with work this go-around chosen by jurors Veronica...
Condoleezza Rice warns against protectionism in book

Condoleezza Rice warns against protectionism in book

Recently, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a speech in which he separated American values from American interests. Even though values — in particular, U.S. support for freedom and human rights — are “constant,” he assured, there will be times when overriding economic or security interests dictate that we set such values aside, or at least that we not make such a fuss...
Author Scott Turow coming to Atlanta to discuss new book ‘Testimony’

Author Scott Turow coming to Atlanta to discuss new book ‘Testimony’

Scott Turow writes with zest and authority about the inner workings of the law when crafting a sophisticated novel. So lawyers come out in droves for his events. You can bet they can’t resist giving him ideas for another novel. But usually, says the author-attorney who first hit the big time with “Presumed Innocent” (1986), “those book ideas are about someone’s divorce...
USA Today says this is metro Atlanta’s best fried chicken sandwich

USA Today says this is metro Atlanta’s best fried chicken sandwich

The fried chicken sandwich is a southern staple. It’s history began with Scottish immigrants who settled in the south and the recipe was flipped and twisted over the years to the point where almost everyone has their own unique spin on the dish. Chick-Fil-A probably has the most recognizable chicken sandwich — you know, the one with two pickles on the bottom bun — but even it...
Two metro Atlanta young chefs are in ‘MasterChef Junior’ finale

Two metro Atlanta young chefs are in ‘MasterChef Junior’ finale

Two kids from metro Atlanta have made it all the way to the final round of competition in “MasterChef Junior” airing Thursday evening on Fox. The two-hour finale begins at 8 p.m. Jasmine Stewart, who is 12 and lives in Milton, and Justise Mayberry, 11, of Sugar Hill are among the final four in the final cooking showdown of this culinary competition, now in its fifth season. The show...
Southern Comfort will finally feature the ingredient you thought it had already

Southern Comfort will finally feature the ingredient you thought it had already

Southern Comfort is going back to its roots. The American liqueur, which Sazerac Company bought  from the liquor conglomerate Brown-Forman last year, is ditching its trendy lime and caramel flavors and, most importantly, taking back a significant ingredient - whiskey. Sazerac plans to introduce the whiskey versions of Southern Comfort in July, according to the New York Times. If you...
Evan Cleaver is ready for his ‘Hero’ moment at Actor’s Express

Evan Cleaver is ready for his ‘Hero’ moment at Actor’s Express

Before Sterling K. Brown found fame as Christopher Darden in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and Randall on NBC’s “This Is Us,” he had a breakout role on stage in “Topdog/Underdog” Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ 2014 opus, “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3).” And now Atlanta-based actor Evan Cleaver...
Winner: Best happy hour in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best happy hour in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

One of the most glorious things about the work week is the anticipation of happy hour.  This week's Best of Atlanta poll found out where you get your deals and steals.  You voted. And the winner is... Coming in first place, you can find deals like $.45 wings on Mondays and cheap tacos on Tuesdays at Republic Social House. Hang out on their open air top deck overlooking Historic Oakland Cemetery...
Travel: Journey to new experiences, from Georgia to Africa’s east coast

Travel: Journey to new experiences, from Georgia to Africa’s east coast

Our journeys not only provide us with new experiences, but they create memories and Facebook posts that last a lifetime.  It’s no wonder, then, studies confirm that traveling makes us so happy. In fact, the joy of planning a getaway can be just as fun as the trip itself. So where will you go this year? Where will you create your new memories?  We hope our latest issue of our Travel...
When to buy organic & when to save your money

When to buy organic & when to save your money

Step into any supermarket these days and you’re sure to find a wide variety of organic foods on the shelves. From produce, milk and meat to breakfast cereals and snack foods, consumers have their pick of certified organic products—a far cry from the time when you could only find them in natural foods stores. The demand for organic foods continues to soar: According to the Organic...
With memoir, Sidibe sheds guilt, discomfort

With memoir, Sidibe sheds guilt, discomfort

On the night that director Lee Daniels offered Gabourey Sidibe the lead in “Precious,” the role that would earn her an Oscar nomination, Daniels asked if she had a boyfriend. Sidibe, then a 24-year-old psychology major whose training as an actor had been confined to her work as a phone-sex operator, as well as roles in college productions of “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz,&rdquo...
Everything to know about Phipps Plaza

Everything to know about Phipps Plaza

Commanding 22 acres in the heart of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, the three levels of Phipps Plaza make a premier, upscale shopping destination. Beautiful, airy and climate-controlled, Phipps Plaza is a shopper's paradise, with 100-plus stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Belk, Tiffany & Co., Gucci and more.  Phipps Plaza also has plenty of entertainment in store, from the...
Decatur Lantern Festival: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

Decatur Lantern Festival: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

Once you go out with mom this weekend, you can still make time to savor sweet, Southern barbecue and take in a little live music this weekend around Atlanta with these not-to-miss events.  Take a look at what's happening around town: Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and 13. Cauble Park at Acworth Beach. 4425 Beach St., Acworth. 770-714-7135...
Mystery behind teen’s disappearance cleaves community in ‘Sycamore’

Mystery behind teen’s disappearance cleaves community in ‘Sycamore’

In less skilled hands, it might seem melodramatic to suggest, as Bryn Chancellor does in her debut novel “Sycamore,” that the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of 17-year-old Jess Winters from Sycamore, Arizona, would unravel the fabric of an entire town. But 18 years later, when human remains discovered in the dry bed of a...
‘City on the Verge’ examines impact of the Atlanta Beltline on quality of life

‘City on the Verge’ examines impact of the Atlanta Beltline on quality of life

When Mark Pendergrast left Atlanta for college in 1966, no one was calling his hometown a poster child for sprawl. The metro population was little more than a million, and the Perimeter had yet to encircle the city. But there was another beltway, a loop of railroads built in the late 1800s and early 1900s to service the factories and warehouses that once ringed the central business district....
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

5/ 21 Family Sunday Make the family happy and serve them Oven-Fried Chicken for dinner. Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a shallow dish, mix together 1 1/4 cups Italian bread crumbs and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Pat dry 8 (4- to 6-ounce) boneless, skinless...
Discover Georgia’s Barrier Islands

Discover Georgia’s Barrier Islands

Compared to its neighbors to the north and south, Georgia has a short coastline, measuring just 100 miles from Savannah to St. Marys. And unlike the green and blue ocean waters of its neighbors, Georgia’s water is brown, a result of the nutrient-rich silt and sediment washed down by the mighty Altamaha and other rivers that empty into the ocean here. What really sets Georgia’s coastline...
Mother’s Day 2017: Atlanta chef Asha Gomez, “I always knew I would adopt”

Mother’s Day 2017: Atlanta chef Asha Gomez, “I always knew I would adopt”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution connected with a handful of local moms and their children for a special Mother’s Day package. The moms include Atlanta chef and restaurateur Asha Gomez and her son, Ethan Gomez-Palayam, who is 11.  Gomez  recently closed her Old Fourth Ward restaurant, Spice to Table to focus on a new tea venture.  Gomez’ most recent cookbook, &ldquo...
All hail the bee

All hail the bee

There has been quite a buzz over bees in the last few months. In mid-March, freeze warnings in the state prompted the Georgia Department of Agriculture to issue a statement about the impact of frigid temperatures on fruit crops. Open flowers and emerging buds were at risk, but so were what Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black called “the unsung hero of our blooming crops”: the...
Pinball wizards have a home in Delray Beach

Pinball wizards have a home in Delray Beach

Forty years ago, a person could go into a serious quarter deficit in a place like the Silverball Museum in Delray Beach. With 88 pinball machines as well as two dozen arcade games, the attraction has been attracting the flipper-obsessed since it opened in 2016. Nowadays, though, you just pay a flat fee and it’s free play. For $25, you could pull back and let her rip all day long, or just play...
Review: Cast Iron is casually brilliant

Review: Cast Iron is casually brilliant

There are chefs who get a dish to its ideal before releasing it to the public. And then there are those who nip and tweak and garnish along the way. They doctor according to the flavors of the seasons or to the latest at farmers markets, fishmongers and butchers. Or maybe, the changes they make are really just about making fun. At Cast Iron, a low-key little gem in the Old Fourth Ward, I suspect chef...
Museum of the Bible meant to appeal to all religions

Museum of the Bible meant to appeal to all religions

With a subject sacred and central to diverse faiths, the Museum of the Bible aims to appeal to religions of all kinds, and to those who don’t believe in any. Washington’s newest museum — set to open Nov. 17 in a 430,000-square-foot building a few blocks south of the National Mall — will be chock-full of artifacts and exhibitions focused on the Bible’s long history and...
Author Events May 14-20

Author Events May 14-20

Tom Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie, “The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign.” A behind-the-scenes account of John F. Kennedy’s campaign to the White House, beginning with the young and undistinguished junior’s bold, failed attempt to win the vice presidential nomination in 1956. 7 p.m. May 15. Reading, discussions, Q&A, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library...
Tourists swap Bourbon Street for Spanish moss on bayou tours

Tourists swap Bourbon Street for Spanish moss on bayou tours

Three years after New Orleans resident Jared Sternberg formed Gondwana Ecotours, a travel company that organizes cultural and environmental excursions to such far-flung places as Ecuador and Rwanda, he decided to start a similar business in Louisiana. Late last year, the 31-year-old graduate of Tulane University Law School opened Beyond the Bayou, which bridges a gap between the Big Easy and the less-visited...
Review: JCT Kitchen still a hit after 10 years

Review: JCT Kitchen still a hit after 10 years

On Sunday evening at JCT Kitchen, you don’t have a lot of options. From a short list of predictable Southern classics, say fried chicken or catfish or oxtails, you choose an entree and your table agrees on a few sides to be shared. I’d recommend getting a strong drink, too, maybe a rye Old-Fashioned that the bar will generously pour, because you won’t be going anywhere for a while...
7 ways to wow mom on Mother's Day in Atlanta 

7 ways to wow mom on Mother's Day in Atlanta 

Moms do so much for their kids, so why not treat yours to something special in Atlanta to celebrate her day? Spending some fun time together for Mother’s Day − whether at an artsy event, shopping for her favorite things or just plain ‘ol brunching  Saturday or Sunday −  will give her a weekend she'll love and remember. The following are seven great ways to wow your...
Chick-fil-A First 100 campout draws crowd to location near new SunTrust Park

Chick-fil-A First 100 campout draws crowd to location near new SunTrust Park

Fans of Chick-fil-A know all about the First 100 openings. On Wednesday, more than 80 guests arrived at 6 a.m. in Cobb County for the grand re-opening of the Chick-fil-A at Akers Mill. As the First 100 rules dictate, guests can camp out 24-hours in advance of the grand-opening for a chance to receive a year supply of Chick-fil-A. Read More: The cult of the Chick-fil-A campout The restaurant ...
Raw desserts to rave about

Raw desserts to rave about

There are certainties in life beyond death and taxes. One is that May will bring local produce into focus at farmers markets across the region, where they will be teeming with strawberries, blueberries and later on, blackberries, and early peaches from South Georgia. Another is that once you’ve indulged in eating these local jewels out of hand for a week or so, you’re going to want to...
Patterson, Clinton team up to write novel

Patterson, Clinton team up to write novel

As one of the country’s most prolific authors, James Patterson has maintained a constant presence on the best-seller list in part by relying on a stable of lesser known co-authors. But for a new novel, Patterson is teaming up with a writer who is far more famous: former President Bill Clinton. In June 2018, Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. will jointly publish “The President Is...
Grant Park Victorian tour home showcases ‘soft masculine’ style

Grant Park Victorian tour home showcases ‘soft masculine’ style

Brad Resler and David Pippin can’t stay away from a prominent street in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood. Their house, part of the 43rd annual Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes on May 20-21, is the third they have owned on Cherokee Avenue, which runs alongside the park and Zoo Atlanta. It’s the second time they’ve lived in this exact residence. Previously, they rented...
Theater review: ‘Split in Three’ looks at race and paternity

Theater review: ‘Split in Three’ looks at race and paternity

Set in the period of upheaval in the South during the civil rights movement, Daryl Lisa Fazio’s “Split in Three” looks at the aftershocks of children who’ve been separated from their parents. Whether the focus is a mother who died giving birth or a father who wandered off to start a secret life, this Aurora Theatre production straddles a line between domestic comedy, dysfunctional-family...
The ‘I don’t eat breakfast’ breakfast

The ‘I don’t eat breakfast’ breakfast

I would eat weekday breakfasts if breakfast occurred at a more relaxed time, like 10 p.m. Instead, I run morning marathons in 100 meter dashes: brushing hair, locating baseball gloves, and packing lunches until the last child is shoved out the door. (Dear Husband Bob avoids eye contact and high-tails it to a magical place called The Office, where conference tables sprout bagels, and no one waits until...
Hey nurses, you get Cinnabon for free this week

Hey nurses, you get Cinnabon for free this week

This week, nurses are getting special attention. It’s not that nurses are undeserving any other week, but this week is “Nurse Week” — and that means free stuff. For example, nurses can get treats from Cinnabon for free, now through May 12. That’s right: free. Participating Cinnabon bakeries are offering the choice of a free Cinnabon Roll, MiniBon or BonBites to nurses...
Southern Made: Put it on paper

Southern Made: Put it on paper

Georgia illustrator and artist Sarah Neuburger is known for her playful and colorful work, especially her city-cool prints of Atlanta neighborhoods and hot spots.  The artist & illustrator: Grew up in Irmo, S.C. and earned a master’s degree in studio art from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has lived in Jersey City, Savannah, Atlanta and Augusta. The company: Includes three...
Craft brewery opens in Mayberry-like Greensboro, Georgia 

Craft brewery opens in Mayberry-like Greensboro, Georgia 

It’s a mid-April afternoon in Greensboro, Georgia, and master brewer Taylor Lamm stands on the patio outside Oconee Brewing Company breathing the fresh spring air. A minivan pulls up and the passenger window rolls down. “Are y’all open yet?” comes a voice from inside. “Not yet,” answers Lamm, “We’re opening on May sixth.” “We’re so...
Designer likes to mix antiques, reproductions

Designer likes to mix antiques, reproductions

Atlanta native Lauren DeLoach takes a fresh approach to Southern design by combining layered fabrics and textures that have a sense of history and feel collected. The designer: Grew up in Alpharetta (now Milton) and attended College of Charleston before transferring to UGA, where she earned a degree in interior design. After college, she interned and worked for Hirsch Bedner Associates, a high-end...
In ‘Camino Real,’ Tara Lee to retire from Atlanta Ballet amid farewells

In ‘Camino Real,’ Tara Lee to retire from Atlanta Ballet amid farewells

Tara Lee, a leading dancer with Atlanta Ballet, is at peace as she prepares her final performance as a company member in Helen Pickett’s ballet based on Tennessee Williams’ “Camino Real.” As Esmeralda, the gypsy girl, Lee will close her retirement season with a poetic goodbye. Recently at Atlanta Ballet studios, Lee and Heath Gill, as Kilroy, rehearse their final...
Stunning, rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia

Stunning, rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia

This unique beauty was put behind bars for her looks. Before being rescued by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, this female albino orangutan was being help captive by local residents on the island of Kalimantan in Indonesia, reports the BOS Foundation. According to Reuters, deforestation in the area has driven wild animals closer and closer to civilization, making it easier...
Keeping up with the times means showing a face

Keeping up with the times means showing a face

In its food and dining coverage, is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution keeping up with the times? Certainly, the AJC aspires to fill you up with everything that pertains to eating, wherever and whenever you wish to consume it. Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest and Facebook? The AJC websites, accessible on your desktop, laptop and mobile devices? The printed word, spread out on inky pages and pored over...
There is a scary new reason to avoid ticks

There is a scary new reason to avoid ticks

Lyme disease isn’t the only tick-borne illness that can come from a walk in the woods. Health experts are warning that another pathogen, Powassan virus, can cause dangerous inflammation in the brain and may be transmitted to humans much faster than Lyme. While it is rare, a recent study of ticks in Maine, along with a few widely reported cases of human infection, suggest that it may be becoming...
Atlanta’s Old-Growth Forests gain national recognition

Atlanta’s Old-Growth Forests gain national recognition

Two hundred years ago, a great virgin forest covered the land that we now know as Atlanta. In 1821, the Creek Indians ceded the land to the U.S. government, and within three decades after that transfer of ownership, huge tracts of the forest had been cleared for cotton and other crops. As Atlanta developed into a bustling metropolis, most of its remaining virgin forest was cut down. The city became...
Life with Gracie: Champion swimmer in race against childhood cancer

Life with Gracie: Champion swimmer in race against childhood cancer

There was no reason to think the eye infection plaguing Mary Ellen Warta’s 3-year-old son Jonas was anything more than pink eye, but it just wouldn’t heal. Both she and her husband, Geoff, had been diligent in following doctor’s orders, administering drops to Jonas’ right eye on time and as scheduled. For weeks. For nothing. Then one spring morning in 2012 while at St...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

5/ 14 Family Sunday Breakfast Skillet Hash (see recipe) is an easy recipe to prepare for Mom. Add biscuits to the meal, but start with a glass of chilled tomato juice. A bowl of blueberries, garnished with a mint sprig, is the perfect ending for Mom’s special meal. Plan ahead: Save enough blueberries for Monday. 5/ 15 Express Monday For a fast meal, serve Roast Beef Wraps With Horseradish Slaw...
Here’s how many calories are in your glass of wine

Here’s how many calories are in your glass of wine

Ever wonder what that glass of wine is costing your waistline? Without nutrition labels on most alcohol, many of us don’t notice how many calories we’re really consuming. But there is one indicator you can use to approximate calories: the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) percentage. The ABV percentage for Zinfandel, for example, is 10 percent alcohol, which you’ll find on the bottle. It&rsquo...
Woman who lost 185 pounds posts photo of excess skin

Woman who lost 185 pounds posts photo of excess skin

When her 185-lb. weight loss left her with large amounts of excess skin, Jessica Weber didn’t let it bring her down. Instead, she’s sharing body-baring photos on Instagram to help others stay just as positive. Weber, 23, decided to finally lose weight after she hit 383 lbs., and had an emotional talk with her mom. “My mom actually started crying, and told me she thought I&rsquo...
Owner of Sister Louisa’s Church has a loft that exudes midcentury cool

Owner of Sister Louisa’s Church has a loft that exudes midcentury cool

Grant Henry’s bars are known for their eclectic, kitschy character and thousands upon thousands of paintings, statues and other religious icons, but at home, he aims for a more minimalist style. “It’s quite the antithesis,” he said. “When I meet people in the bar, they say, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t imagine what your house looks like.’” A couple of...
Traditional eclectic style blooms in Peachtree Heights East home

Traditional eclectic style blooms in Peachtree Heights East home

Asking Jill Helmer to name her favorite room is like asking her to choose a favorite flower. “It depends on the season,” said Helmer, a floral and event designer. In the spring, it’s her den with a view of Penelope roses outside. In the summer, it’s how the dining room’s wall of windows frame a foliage-filled window box. In the fall, she loves looking out from her master...
10 most filling foods for weight loss

10 most filling foods for weight loss

If you were to describe The Perfect Food, it might go something like this: healthful, delicious, bigger than a morsel and filling enough to fight hunger for hours. “Foods that promote satiety”—a feeling of lasting fullness—”do exist,” insists David Katz, MD, founder of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. What makes some grub extra satisfying? &ldquo...
Little-known feature of Mar-a-Lago: bomb shelters

Little-known feature of Mar-a-Lago: bomb shelters

Mar-a-Lago’s flag pole and coat-of-arms have drawn attention, but not so much has been said about its Red Scare-era bomb shelters. Hidden inside the hedges bordering President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the shelters now could provide an added sense of security for cabinet members and international leaders joining the president on his Palm Beach weekends. In fact, ...
Nearly half of sunscreens don’t meet the SPF claim on the label

Nearly half of sunscreens don’t meet the SPF claim on the label

The sunscreen you buy might not be protecting your skin as well as you think.  The Food and Drug Administration requires sunscreens to live up to the sun protection factor — SPF — listed on the label, but Consumer Reports says some are falling short.   For its Sunscreen Guide, Consumer Reports looked at more than 60 lotions, sprays and sticks with SPF claims of 30 or higher...
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