Sunday Living & Arts


Into the fire

When I was a teen, my Dad would often come into my room on Saturday mornings when I was asleep. “John, you want to come with us? We’re opening up another fire station.” I’d moan, roll over and go back to sleep. I don’t remember how many fire stations my father, Frank H. Spink Jr., opened during his tenure as director of the Kansas City, Missouri fire department, but for...


Chick-fil-A isn’t just the most popular fast-food chain in Georgia, it dominates the US

Chick-fil-A isn’t just the most popular fast-food chain in Georgia, it dominates the US

Customers all over the nation flock to Chick-fil-A to indulge in the Georgia-based franchise’s perfectly seasoned, breaded chicken sandwiches, crispy waffle fries, hand-spun milkshakes or other popular menu items. And according to a new ranking from Foursquare and Business Insider on the most popular fast-food chain in each state, Chick-fil-A obliterates most of its competition. Analysts...
Theater review: Alliance back on the road with ‘Crossing Delancey’

Theater review: Alliance back on the road with ‘Crossing Delancey’

In case you hadn’t already heard, the Alliance Theatre is taking its show(s) on the road this season, staging each of its 2017-18 productions at various different venues in and around Atlanta. (The company is renovating its own space at the Woodruff Arts Center, which is scheduled to reopen next fall, just in time to mark the group’s 50th-anniversary season.) One of the biggest pleasures...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

10/ 29 Family Sunday Make the day special for the family with Grilled Sirloin Steaks for dinner. Pair the steaks with colorful Herbed Corn and Edamame Succotash (see recipe). Alongside, add mixed greens and dinner rolls. Enjoy lemon sherbet for dessert. Plan ahead: Grill 1 pound extra steak and save some edamame succotash for Monday...
Pat Conroy celebrated in S.C. literary festival

Pat Conroy celebrated in S.C. literary festival

The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival begins this weekend in Beaufort, S.C., and the event has grown in time and scope. “We’ve expanded the footprint,” said Jonathan Haupt, founding director of the festival. This year events at the gathering will spread over four days, and it will spotlight not only the regional writers who Conroy championed but also “the theme...
This Buckhead grill was named the best 24-hour restaurant in Georgia

This Buckhead grill was named the best 24-hour restaurant in Georgia

Forget Waffle House. When it comes to finding the best restaurant open at all hours of the day, you have to look in Buckhead.  Delish magazine named the best 24-hour restaurant in each state. For Georgia, the winner was none other than R Thomas Deluxe Grill.  “If the beautiful decor isn’t enough to get you though the door,” Delish’s explanation reads...
Grand opening of Fox Theatre's Moroccan-style lounge, rooftop bars delayed to 2018 — How to get tickets

Grand opening of Fox Theatre's Moroccan-style lounge, rooftop bars delayed to 2018 — How to get tickets

Imagine sipping a hand-crafted cocktail with the iconic Fox marquee glimmering behind you as you overlook the hustle and bustle of Atlanta’s Peachtree Street. The Fabulous Fox Theatre’s renovation of a 10,000-square-foot event space into the new Marquee Club lounge and rooftop marks its most significant expansion and its biggest financial undertaking since the popular theater...
Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people today in Atlanta. Just show up.

Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people today in Atlanta. Just show up.

Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people at Sage Woodfire Tavern. Photo credit: JBR Marketing. Go hungry for a grand opening. To celebrate the opening of its third location, Sage Woodfire Tavern will host a ribbon cutting followed by a free all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet lunch with prime roast beef and turkey carving stations; chilled...
Review: On Beltline’s Westside Trail, a nice spot for beer and bites

Review: On Beltline’s Westside Trail, a nice spot for beer and bites

The Fitbit is irrelevant. The most essential information for every serious Atlanta Beltline pedestrian is knowing where to stop for a beer. When the Beltline’s Eastside Trail opened a few years ago, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall was the place for a refill: a Creature Comforts Tropicalia for you, a bowl of water for your pooch. It will come as no surprise, then, that before the ribbon could...
Midcentury modern meets Craftsman in Candler Park bungalow

Midcentury modern meets Craftsman in Candler Park bungalow

Architect Kirk Marchisen has transformed his 1920s bungalow into a two-story residence that blends Craftsman details with an appreciation for midcentury and modern design. His hands-on approach, over three decades, turned the home in Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood into a space that fits the family of three. He reconfigured the layout, increased the size of the front porch, raised...
Atlanta chef shows how all kinds of crumbs can enhance lots of recipes

Atlanta chef shows how all kinds of crumbs can enhance lots of recipes

In the opening of the “Crumbs” chapter of “Bread Toast Crumbs” (Clarkson Potter, $30), author Alexandra Stafford describes the transformative moment when she first fried eggs over a few tablespoons of fresh bread crumbs saturated in olive oil. “It’s hard now today to look at a listless, crumbling slice of bread and not consider its future: crisped up and showered...
What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

In its 16th year, Taste of Atlanta has moved from Tech Square to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and added a few new wrinkles along the way. But the food that more than 100 participating restaurants will serve over the weekend, Oct. 20-22 this year, remains the big draw for the crowds that gather to enjoy this perennial outdoor fall event. “We want to be in a cool, hip neighborhood, and we really...
Oysterfest in Buckhead, Avalon Restaurant Week and more this week in metro Atlanta

Oysterfest in Buckhead, Avalon Restaurant Week and more this week in metro Atlanta

Oak Steakhouse will participate in Avalon Restaurant Week, a week of prix fixe lunch or dinner options for $15, $25 or $35. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Schuck it up at Oysterfest. Enjoy prix fixe lunch at dinner in Alpharetta during Avalon Restaurant Week. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to...
Free slice of pizza for everyone from this Italian chain restaurant today

Free slice of pizza for everyone from this Italian chain restaurant today

Everyone will get a free slice of pizza today from Villa Italian Kitchen. Photo credit: BML Public Relations. Look up. At the pizza picture, of course. Look how yummy it is. And it’s free. For its eighth annual Have a Slice Day, Villa Italian Kitchen  will give patrons a free slice of cheese pizza. To cash in on the offer, visit freesliceday...
Author Events October 22-28

Author Events October 22-28

David Sedaris, “Theft By Finding Diaries (1977–2002).” The best-selling author (“Me Talk Pretty One Day”), humorist and NPR contributor will offer a selection of all-new readings and recollections. 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Discussion, Q&A, signing. $45.50-$60.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta, 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org David DiBenedetto and John Huey, “S...
5 of Atlanta's best college bars

5 of Atlanta's best college bars

There are two kinds of college bars: the low-key, low-cost everyday hangouts —our college year corollaries to Bayside High's The Maxx —  and the weekend barn fire kind, filled with Atlanta's youngest drinkers.  The first offers a comfortable place to drink a beer with friends, the second is for turning up the volume on the best years of life. Find your own after class hangout...
5 hidden stories of Oakland Cemetery

5 hidden stories of Oakland Cemetery

We know the stories of Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones and Maynard Jackson.  They're among the most famous of Oakland Cemetery's residents, but were their lives the most interesting?  Sam Downs – Downs, who is buried in a plot near the Oakland Avenue gate, was the umpire at Atlanta's first baseball game on May 12, 1866 when the Gate City Nine took on the Atlanta Ball Club. Downs...
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...
Winner: Best pasta in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pasta in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

As the temperature starts to drop, many Atlantans will begin loading up on their favorite carbs. Pasta happens to be at the top of the list for most of us. This week's Best of Atlanta poll found out where you spin your fork for the perfect saucy bite.  Coming in first place is Double Zero, who aims to update the concept of the Italian-American restaurant. The sourcing of their ingredients...
Swoox can’t keep designer pillows in stock

Swoox can’t keep designer pillows in stock

SWOOX, a high-style consignment shop in Buckhead, specializes in a sophisticated and timeless mix of furniture, home accessories, art and lighting. The store: SWOOX opened in 2015. The stylish shop offers consigned pieces from top designers, artists and home owners who, along with SWOOX, take a 50/50 cut. The store name: The made-up name is a spinoff of swoon. Managing partner & owner: Jenn Balcos...
A weekend in Vero Beach, Fla.

A weekend in Vero Beach, Fla.

Weekend in Vero Beach, Fla., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip Tips: Vero Beach on Florida’s Treasure Coast is a small and remote town made for visitors seeking a relaxing weekend or for water sport enthusiasts. The public South Beach Park has restroom facilities, free parking, an on-duty lifeguard and a wooden walkway from the...
Farley exits the stage

Farley exits the stage

It was already shaping up to be a busy day at Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) when the call came in on Sept. 14. Karen Howell, the regal thespian who serves as Atlanta liaison for Actors’ Equity Association, was on the line with an opening-night request. Open Hand, an Atlanta charity, had a thank-you gift for donations Actors’ Equity had collected in the GET lobby. Would it be possible...
How the Biltmore House came to be

How the Biltmore House came to be

Denise Kiernan’s “The Last Castle” is a diligent chronicle of George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House, where Gilded Age wealth commingled with the visions of America’s high bohemia in the western hills of North Carolina. In the 1880s, Asheville, N.C., was a resort town that had a reputation for its so-called “breathing porches.” Indeed, George had first come from...
Spelman’s Beverly Tatum on racism: What’s changed in 20 years?

Spelman’s Beverly Tatum on racism: What’s changed in 20 years?

Beverly Daniel Tatum wants to break the silence about race — again. Twenty years ago, Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, published her critically acclaimed book, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.” Today, she’s often asked, what has changed? Why are the black kids still sitting together in the...
7 day menu planner

7 day menu planner

10/ 22 Family Sunday For family day, prepare Pork Loin Roast With Herbed Pepper Rub. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pat dry a 3-pound boneless pork loin with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cracked black pepper, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons dried basil, 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, 2 teaspoons dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon...
Atlanta named one of America’s top foodie cities of 2017

Atlanta named one of America’s top foodie cities of 2017

From cheese festivals to taco trucks and top-notch gourmet dining, Atlanta’s eats scene is undoubtedly one of the tastiest. And according to personal finance site WalletHub’s “2017 Best Foodie Cities in America” list, the metro ranks among some of the best cities in the country. To come up with the results, analysts examined the 150 most populated U.S. cities (plus at...
Get a sneak peek of Avalon Restaurant Week

Get a sneak peek of Avalon Restaurant Week

The Big Braut Burger is one of the offerings at Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar during Avalon Restaurant Week (Oct. 14-21), which features special prix fixe menus from several restaurants. In the days ahead, food lovers can sample a plethora of discounted fare in Alpharetta. Avalon Restaurant Week kicks off this Saturday and runs through Oct. 21. Ten Avalon eateries will be...
Guess which city ranks No. 1 in Chick-fil-A consumption

Guess which city ranks No. 1 in Chick-fil-A consumption

Atlanta ranked No. 1 in consumption of Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches in 2016. / Contributed Chick-fil-A is still the most popular on its home turf. According to a recent Chick-fil-A analysis, Atlantans ate more Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches last year than residents of any other U.S. city. The company is headquartered in Atlanta. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas nabbed the number two spot. Others...
5 underrated acts you must see at Afropunk this weekend

5 underrated acts you must see at Afropunk this weekend

The much-anticipated Afropunk Fest will descend upon Atlanta this weekend. At the festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday at art space 787 Windsor, there will be a few familiar faces including Solange, Miguel and Willow Smith. Since the fest’s start in Brooklyn in 2005, it’s drawn an eclectic group of primarily Black music fans that embody Afropunk’s philosophy: “punk...
Chalktoberfest: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Chalktoberfest: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's time to get outdoors, Atlanta, and counties around the metro Atlanta have the perfect events to get you into the spirit of the season. Whether you want to watch a classic rodeo in Cobb, or bike through town in Gwinnett, you'll find yourself surrounded by good friends and phenomenal fall fun all weekend long.  Cobb County Rodeo. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14. $12 for adults...
Review: Todd English Tavern offers faux-Southern at SunTrust

Review: Todd English Tavern offers faux-Southern at SunTrust

The Atlanta Braves had a bad season this year. That’s not news to anyone. The Braves have limped along for the past couple of years, and this season wasn’t much different aside from the opening of SunTrust Park, their new home in Cobb County. On the other hand, I hadn’t realized the situation was so bad until I dropped in to Todd English Tavern, expecting to catch the last game...
This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

Come on, admit it. You're so over the pumpkin-spice craze. Seasonal beer, coffee drinks and cookies spiced with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon are one thing. But when those cozy fall flavors sneak their way into a Kit Kit candy bar or a stick of Burt Bees lip balm or onto a pizza, you know it's officially jumped the shark. Big time.  Which is why some of us were glad to hear that a new flavor...
Get unlimited 50-cent burgers at this chain restaurant today

Get unlimited 50-cent burgers at this chain restaurant today

Get unlimited 50-cent burgers at Krystal today. Photo credit: Ink Link Marketing. Two quarters, one burger. Krystal s is offering unlimited burgers for 50-cents at all locations today in celebration of its 85th anniversary. That’s it. No coupons, no sign up online, no nothing. But. You know there was more, didn’t you? If you’re interested in a...
Two organizations celebrate milestones of local food movement

Two organizations celebrate milestones of local food movement

The local food movement has come a long way in a relatively short time, and while challenges remain, it is headed in a positive direction. That was the hopeful message from two Atlanta-based organizations — Georgia Organics and Food Well Alliance — that both celebrated milestones in the past week. On Oct. 8, Georgia Organics commemorated 20 years of promoting sustainable foods and local...
Chef Hugh Acheson takes on the slow cooker

Chef Hugh Acheson takes on the slow cooker

Both a tad campy and solidly useful, “The Chef and the Slow Cooker” (Clarkson Potter, $29.99) by James Beard Award-winning chef and cookbook author Hugh Acheson, is a surprise in many ways. Acheson is known around these parts as the driving force behind Athens and Atlanta fine dining restaurants 5&10, The National, and Empire State South. Plus there are the Spiller...
Author Events October 15-21

Author Events October 15-21

Celeste Headlee, “We Need to Talk.” Whether you’re struggling to communicate with your kid’s teacher at school, an employee at work, or the people you love the most, Headlee’s smart strategies can help you have conversations that matter. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock, 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com Pope Brock, “Another Fine...
In ‘Dear Martin,’ African-American teen writes letters to King to cope

In ‘Dear Martin,’ African-American teen writes letters to King to cope

I gotta say: I’ve been reading your sermons and studying your books for six months now, and it feels like all I have to show for it is frustration and a sense of defeat. I swear I heard some girl ask “Why are black people so angry all the time?” as I left Blake’s house, but how else am I supposed to feel? — from “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone In “Dear Martin...
As Halloween approaches, spooky plays add scares to the season

As Halloween approaches, spooky plays add scares to the season

In October, multiple Atlanta playhouses more closely resemble haunted houses, bent on making their audiences scream with fright — or possibly laughter. With days growing shorter and Halloween drawing near, some theaters embrace the chance to get spooky. Makeup artists mix stage blood by the bucket, while small venues use their close quarters to build suspense or unnerve the spectators within...
Jolie, Paltrow join women who publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct

Jolie, Paltrow join women who publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct

More and more women are saying that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow on Tuesday published the result of a 10-month investigation that included several women going on the record to allege that Weinstein, a Hollywood power player who could make-or-break careers, made unwanted advances, and in some cases, raped them. Soon after, the New York...
Lifestyle trends help shape new ‘must-haves’ in homes

Lifestyle trends help shape new ‘must-haves’ in homes

Home design is constantly evolving as our society changes. In today’s plugged-in world, homeowners are looking for a place to unwind and spend time with family and friends. Many are also looking for a sense of community. And an increasingly aging population is also influencing how homes are designed. Here are some trends homebuyers will see in new homes today: Kitchen central Today’s home...
Pride party, cocktail class in Midtown and more in metro Atlanta this week

Pride party, cocktail class in Midtown and more in metro Atlanta this week

Mix it up with a cocktail class at Bar Margot this Sunday. Photo credit: M Squared PR. Mix it up with a cocktail class. Celebrate Pride with brunch, music and more. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Friday Oct. 13: Put your superstitions...
Foiling the fat in a favorite recipe

Foiling the fat in a favorite recipe

Aluminum foil is easily one of the most versatile items in my house. I use it to make costume swords, wrap leftovers, and recently, transform a dinner with whopping amounts of (admittedly delicious) fat into a meal that can be called “healthy” without qualification. My neighbor Deborah is from Louisiana, and quick to offer a kind word, an adult beverage and a recipe. She introduced me...
Diner en Blanc draws more than 2,500 guests to Mercedes Benz Stadium

Diner en Blanc draws more than 2,500 guests to Mercedes Benz Stadium

BY TRACY BROWN/ AJC Talk of the Town Blog If you happened to drive by the Mercedes Benz Stadium on Saturday evening, you likely noticed all the people in white, carrying white chairs, tables and picnic baskets. Atlanta just hosted its fourth annual Diner En Blanc affair. This year’s dinner in white event,” which boasts clandestine exclusivity, drew more than 2,500...
Issa Rae’s star-studded Atlanta #LemonPepperKickback has fans wishing they got an invite

Issa Rae’s star-studded Atlanta #LemonPepperKickback has fans wishing they got an invite

Fear of missing out − FOMO − is a real thing.  And Monday, nearly every fan of FX’s  “Atlanta” and HBO’s “Insecure” was seething with a sweeping case of it when Issa Rae and other fresh-faced stars shared photos of Rae’s #LemonPepperKickback, a party that took place at an undisclosed location in Atlanta. Now, Emmy-Award winner...
Winner: Best pie in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pie in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Need a little more pie in your life? We thought so. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is oh-so-sweet. We found out which pie shop serves up your favorite apple, pumpkin, key lime or all of the above. Escape to another taste dimension at The Pie Hole in Roswell, our first place winner. Choose a seasonal slice of your choice and watch your world become tastier right before your very eyes. ...
‘Big Chicken’ describes how antibiotics changed life at dinner table

‘Big Chicken’ describes how antibiotics changed life at dinner table

All you never knew about chicken and didn’t even think to ask. That’s what Atlanta public health journalist and author Maryn McKenna dishes out in “Big Chicken,” her full-bodied examination of chicken production in this country. McKenna zeroes in on the industry’s longtime reliance on antibiotics in order to quickly grow nice and plump birds for our dining pleasure. Did...
VOTE: Who has the best pasta in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best pasta in Atlanta?

As the temperature starts to drop, many Atlantans will begin loading up on their favorite carbs.  Pasta happens to be at the top of the list for most of us. This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you spin your fork for the perfect saucy bite.  If you love mac 'n cheese, here's where to find the six best bowls in Atlanta.  Learn how to make a variety of homemade...
Boycott closes Houston’s restaurant on Lenox Road after charges of discrimination

Boycott closes Houston’s restaurant on Lenox Road after charges of discrimination

This weekend, Atlanta-based celebrities including rappers T.I. and Killer Mike, called for locals to protest Houston’s restaurant after accusations of discrimination. On Oct. 6, Ernestine Johnson wrote in an Instagram post that she felt as if she and her party had been discriminated against when they arrived at the Houston’s on Lenox Road with a party of seven that...
Ceilings can be turned into eye-popping attention-getters

Ceilings can be turned into eye-popping attention-getters

It’s not often that the space above a room gets more than a passing glance. We’re looking at décor, flooring and windows without giving due consideration to what’s overhead. It’s just a ceiling: It’s white, it’s flat – what else could it be? The options, it turns out, are plentiful. “We are all about mixing our ceilings up,” said Ben Lively...
Fear factor: 11 fright-filled Halloween events in Atlanta

Fear factor: 11 fright-filled Halloween events in Atlanta

This just in: Halloween isn't just for kids anymore.  All around Atlanta you'll find festive and "grown-up" Halloween events and parties. Of course there's the usual party route in Midtown, but others take place in stranger locations like museums, outside on a farm and even one at a cat cafe.  Here are the details on 11 fright-filled haunts in Atlanta this Halloween: The Sleepy...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

10/ 15 Family Sunday Make family day a delicious one with Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken With Olives and Onions (see recipe) for dinner. (It’s in our favorites file!) Serve it with yellow rice, an arugula salad and flatbread. Enjoy coconut pudding with apricots for dessert. Plan ahead: Save the chicken, rice, flatbread...
Review: The Canteen re-envisions the food hall

Review: The Canteen re-envisions the food hall

What is a food hall? On cynical days, I wonder if it is just a marketing revision of “mall food court,” an advertiser’s way of saying “like Panda Express and Sbarro but artisanal.” When I’m being more optimistic, I think food hall could describe a place more uniquely new, a collision of food truck-style culinary bootstrapping and cheffy fast-casual entrepreneurial...
Review: Dish Korean Cuisine offers homey flavors in modern digs

Review: Dish Korean Cuisine offers homey flavors in modern digs

Sometimes when I go out to eat, I want to feel like I’m out: I want the fancy room and the full service. Other times, I want the comfort of home without the trouble, the big bowl of something satisfying plopped in front of me without much show. In general, restaurants make it easy to know which way you’re going. You see a maitre d’ in a suit or a white tablecloth on the table and...
North Carolina: Brewery scene expanding around state

North Carolina: Brewery scene expanding around state

A small Appalachian mountain town containing three craft breweries within walking distance might be considered a rare thing, but this is North Carolina. Sylva’s Innovation Brewing (414 W. Main St., 828-586-9678, www.innovation-brewing.com) puts out an astounding number of beers for such a small establishment. At any given time, there are over 30 beers on tap. Also in town, Sneak E Squirrel...
North Carolina: Restaurants get creative in cooking (and their names)

North Carolina: Restaurants get creative in cooking (and their names)

Located in a former drugstore that retains its old-fashioned soda fountain counter, this eclectic eatery serves a dynamic fusion of Caribbean and Mexican fare in a laid-back atmosphere on Main Street in the mountain town of Sylva. Menu includes tapas, full plates, and brunch on the weekends. Tapas start at $3, full plates at $13.95. 606 W. Main St., Sylva. 828-586-9877, www.guadalupecafe.com...
New Decatur home designed to fit historic neighborhood style

New Decatur home designed to fit historic neighborhood style

With a wraparound porch and antique and reclaimed touches throughout, Kate and Dave Breslin’s new bungalow was designed to blend in with its neighbors. “Our home is in one of Decatur’s historic districts – and even though it’s new, it fits right into the neighborhood alongside all the older, truly historic homes,” said Kate. Front columns and brick accents also...
Royal Carribean faces class action lawsuit for endangering passengers during Hurricane Harvey

Royal Carribean faces class action lawsuit for endangering passengers during Hurricane Harvey

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. is facing a class action lawsuit which alleges that the company’s failure to issue a timely cancellation of a cruise scheduled to depart from the Port of Galveston during Hurricane Harvey put passengers at risk and caused them financial harm. Related: Learning curve: Hard lessons for businesses in hurricanes The lawsuit coincided with the announcement...
Where to get unlimited 50-cent tacos today

Where to get unlimited 50-cent tacos today

Get unlimited 50-cent tacos today at On The Border. Photo credit: Ink Link Marketing. Let’s taco about it. Have you noticed really cheap food and drink deals lately? Well, the trend continues with today’s deal.  On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is offering unlimited 50-cent mini crispy tacos all day today...
Learn to make White Oak Pastures’ carrot ginger soup

Learn to make White Oak Pastures’ carrot ginger soup

From the menu… White Oak Pastures Dining Pavilion, 22775 Highway 27, Bluffton. 229-641-2081. whiteoakpastures.com I recently had a wonderful lunch with wonderful friends at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, and really enjoyed the carrot-ginger soup. Could you please ask the White Oak Pastures chef if he would share his recipe for this unusual soup? I do hope that the recipe is simple...
The 7 essential cocktails

The 7 essential cocktails

Since the beginning of the craft cocktail renaissance, we’ve been given (and occasionally cursed) with a massive creative explosion of new drinks. Good drinks, bad drinks, a few great drinks. New classics that spread around the globe, and drinks doomed to be forgotten because they were mediocre, or too complicated to catch on, or required ingredients we could source only at the top of a particular...
Author Events Oct. 8-14

Author Events Oct. 8-14

Dr. Sasha Turner, “Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica.” Examining the struggles for control over biological reproduction, historian Turner shows how central childbearing was to the organization of plantation work, the care of slaves, and the development of their culture. 3 p.m. Oct 8. Talk, signing. Free. Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. NE...
Southern-made decor to complement any style

Southern-made decor to complement any style

Sought after by designers, handmade lamps by Georgia’s Charlie West Pottery work with any style. The company: Charlie West Pottery started in Homer, Ga., in 1997. The company moved to Cleveland, Ga., in 2007 and shifted from folk pottery to handmade lamps around 2007. It offers about 20 lamp shapes and 30-plus glazes. The owners & artists: Charlie and Honey West. Charlie, who is from Blairsville...
Hipster’s guide to Atlanta's Westside

Hipster’s guide to Atlanta's Westside

The word hipster can be a loaded one, but most will agree the term exudes distinct qualities, namely independence, appreciation for the arts and counter-cultural ideals.  All those characteristics happen to describe many of the dwellers of Westside Atlanta, which includes West Midtown and areas near the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail. For those who like to think of themselves as...
Identity crisis powers ‘Boy’ at Theatrical Outfit

Identity crisis powers ‘Boy’ at Theatrical Outfit

Anna Ziegler’s drama “Boy” is based on the real life of David Reimer, a young Canadian man who was raised from infancy as a girl, after a horrific surgical accident during a circumcision procedure. The play renames the character Samuel (or Samantha) Turner and relocates the story to Davenport, Iowa, where he/she grows up, and Boston, where a renowned psychologist periodically counsels...
Review: ‘Project Dawn’ finds glimmer of hope in horrors of sex trade

Review: ‘Project Dawn’ finds glimmer of hope in horrors of sex trade

Karen Hartman’s play “Project Dawn” is about a group of prostitutes enrolled in a Philadelphia program trying to save them from jail time. These stories of drug addiction, sexual violation and mutilation are raw, visceral and compelling. Some of the women will earn their freedom; others will wander off into the night, never to be heard from again. Directed by Lisa Adler at Horizon...
VOTE: Who has the best pie in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best pie in Atlanta?

Need a little more pie in your life? We thought so. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is oh-so-sweet. We want to know which pie shop serve up your favorite apple, pumpkin, key lime or (fill-in pie name here). Ten Atlanta chefs share their delicious secrets. If you have a sweet tooth like us, then donuts are also on your radar. This donut shop was recently named one of the best in America. ...
$15 meals, Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser and more in metro Atlanta this week

$15 meals, Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser and more in metro Atlanta this week

Fuji Hana Thai Peppers will host its third full moon party featuring specially priced food and drink. Photo credit: The Rosen Group Atlanta. Over 30 restaurants offer prix fixe meals during New South Culinary Week. Eat and drink for fun, philanthropic purposes. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities...
New Bangladeshi restaurant’s owner is HOW old?

New Bangladeshi restaurant’s owner is HOW old?

The stretch of Peachtree Road that leads from Brookhaven to Chamblee is one I pass through often. It takes me past Old Brick Pit BBQ. The place looks like a barn. It advertises Brunswick stew. I need to get in there, I remind myself every time I drive by. There wasn’t time to stop. Not that day. I sped north. When did it switch from Rose of India? Restaurants turn over so frequently. I can&rsquo...
Goodbye Atlanta Ballet, hello Terminus

Goodbye Atlanta Ballet, hello Terminus

Those who sometimes feel creatively stuck may take comfort knowing that inside a mural-splashed Westside building, an angelic figure is leading someone out of a state of mental imprisonment and into a state of joy and creative flow. So it appeared during a recent visit to the Westside Cultural Arts Center when five former Atlanta Ballet dancers rehearsed “Exstasis” for the much-anticipated...
Mill strike fuels class warfare

Mill strike fuels class warfare

The ink was hardly dry on Wiley Cash’s 2012 debut novel when Vanity Fair dubbed him “the Justin Timberlake of American literature.” It was a joke, obviously — a funny, if misleading, soundbite lifted from a truncated quote. In truth, Cash had been mistaken, briefly, for the singer during a book event at Timberlake’s New York restaurant. This led to ribbing from colleagues...
Winner: Best coffee shop in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best coffee shop in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta's coffee lovers rival the most dedicated in the world.  This week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered the best coffee shops in town.  If you've been to Taproom Coffee and Bar in Kirkwood, then you know why it was able to claim the number one spot. Taproom not only boasts a beautiful space for intimate conversation or study, but also serves up a tasty cup of joe. Visit this java...
Atlanta dancer Lauri Stallings wins $50k Hudgens Prize

Atlanta dancer Lauri Stallings wins $50k Hudgens Prize

Lauri Stallings, founder of dance troupe Glo, known for interactive performances in public spaces, was awarded the Hudgens Prize over the weekend, an honor that includes a $50,000 prize. Stallings has collaborated with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano, and recently presented a solo exhibition of wall drawings and dance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia as part...
Serpas True Food owner to open barbecue joint in Brookhaven

Serpas True Food owner to open barbecue joint in Brookhaven

Chef Scott Serpas will open barbecue joint Dixie Q at 2524 Caldwell Road in Brookhaven. / Ligaya Figueras The dining scene is heating up in Brookhaven. A few weeks ago, the group behind Vero Pizza, Haven and Valenza announced it would be opening a neighborhood chophouse . Hudson FC International Sports Pub, or Hudson FC for short...
Get $1 margaritas all month long at Applebee’s

Get $1 margaritas all month long at Applebee’s

Get $1 margaritas all month long at Applebee’s. Photo credit: PRNewsfoto/Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill. Finally, there’s a reason to do something with your penny jar. Applebee’s is offering $1 margaritas, better known as the Dollarita, as part of a month-long celebration of its nationwide restaurants. Served on the rocks, the $1 margaritas...
A heroine among horrors

A heroine among horrors

The inspiration for “Lolita” came to Vladimir Nabokov from a newspaper article announcing that, for the first time, scientists had coaxed a monkey into drawing a picture. The animal had drawn the bars of its cage. This story might also have been the germ of “My Absolute Darling,” Gabriel Tallent’s highly anticipated, accomplished and exasperating first novel about how...
Designer known for traditional style with little funk

Designer known for traditional style with little funk

Jena Salmon, well-known for her talent of combining old-world elegance with a modern sensibility, was chosen as the lead designer at the Serenbe Designer Showhouse, now through Oct. 8. Designer & background: Grew up in Houston and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in interior design. Salmon has lived and worked in Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Virginia Beach, Seattle and...
Theater review: Synchronicity slips on silly ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Theater review: Synchronicity slips on silly ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Now beginning its 20th season under the enterprising guidance of artistic director Rachel May, Synchronicity Theatre isn’t exactly renowned for uproarious comedy. Not counting the company’s family-oriented programming, among its most recent main stage productions are the historical drama “Anne Boleyn,” and the topical contemporary plays “Strait of Gibraltar&rdquo...
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...
7 food items are 70-cents each at this chain restaurant in Gwinnett and Cobb counties now through October

7 food items are 70-cents each at this chain restaurant in Gwinnett and Cobb counties now through October

7 food items are 70-cents each at Shoney’s through October. Photo credit: 150 PR. Pocket change goes a long way these days. Shoney’s is celebrating its 70th anniversary by rolling back prices to 1947. What’s the benefit to you? Seven different food items seven days a week for 70-cents each at all locations now through Oct. 22. No exceptions. Here’s...
Caribbean-bound travelers forced to change plans, destinations

Caribbean-bound travelers forced to change plans, destinations

An extremely active hurricane season in September has disrupted travel for many metro Atlantans planning relaxing beach getaways to the Caribbean. Today, instead of kicking back on pristine beaches with fancy drinks, many travelers are trying to salvage vacations by booking new locations or rescheduling their trips. Places like the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten (the Dutch side of St...
Seven-Day Menu Planner

Seven-Day Menu Planner

10/ 8 Family Sunday Buy a Spiral-Sliced Ham and pair it with Rice, Zucchini and Corn Casserole (see recipe). Add a romaine salad and whole-grain bread. Your apple crisp is good for dessert, especially with a little vanilla ice cream on top. Plan ahead: Save enough ham and crisp for Tuesday; save some ice cream for Saturday. 10/ 9 Budget Monday Be...
Downtown loft owners geek out on movie art, PEZ collection

Downtown loft owners geek out on movie art, PEZ collection

Carrie Burns saw her future husband, Steven, for the first time at a party on the rooftop of her downtown Atlanta loft. A few years after they got married, they purchased another loft in the same Castleberry Hill building with views of the skyline and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The couple uses the rooftop, which they share with neighbors, for entertaining and gardening, and their renovated unit is one...
5 restaurants will offer a fried chicken and mac and cheese meal for $12 tomorrow

5 restaurants will offer a fried chicken and mac and cheese meal for $12 tomorrow

Get a fried chicken and mac and cheese meal for $12 at all five Meehan’s locations. Photo credit: 101 Concepts. Here’s a reason to make Friday your food cheat day. Tomorrow will be the last day of Fried Chicken Friday — a meal featuring buttermilk brined fried chicken breast, three-cheese mac and cheese, green beans and house made pepper gravy for $12 — at ...
Review: Barleygarden Kitchen gives the people what they want

Review: Barleygarden Kitchen gives the people what they want

As far as collaborations go, the idea of one between local butcher and craft beer proprietors just goes together as well as sausage and ale, doesn’t it? The affair behind Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar in Alpharetta’s Avalon development has just such a natural balance to it. Kraig Torres, owner of Hop City Beer, has built a reputation for sourcing excellent and impressively large...
The top ten banned books Atlanta librarians think you should read

The top ten banned books Atlanta librarians think you should read

Library systems across the country are joining the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week which runs now through Sept. 30. The annual event celebrates the freedom to read and serves as a reminder of the importance of open access to information and ideas, even if they are non-traditional or unpopular. Book banning is not a thing of the past. In 2016,...
Review: Magic of ‘The King and I’ revealed in all its regal splendor

Review: Magic of ‘The King and I’ revealed in all its regal splendor

One of the great gifts of being a longtime theater critic (16 years this month!) is how you sometimes think you understand a show, only to realize how little you knew it after all. Forever ahead of their time yet sometimes a bit dated from the vantage point of the present, Rodgers and Hammerstein created a number of golden-age musicals that Americans of my generation (I was born in 1960) got to see...
This French cafe’s quiche will transport you to Paris

This French cafe’s quiche will transport you to Paris

Mushroom and onion quiche from Café Vendome. / Ligaya Figueras DISH OF THE WEEK: Mushroom quiche from Café Vendome Nextdoor is a resource for more than home repair referrals, crime incident reports and lost cat notices. Folks using this private social network are also tipping neighbors off to nearby food finds. Thanks to Nextdoor, I now know about Café Vendome, a French...
Mashed potato salad with a little crunch

Mashed potato salad with a little crunch

Mashed potato salad seems like the kind of thing a person might make by mistake. Perhaps, say, a well-meaning spouse overcooked the potatoes while you were drinking rosé on the deck of someone else’s summer house. Then, maybe, you mixed together the salad ingredients a little too energetically, being overly animated from the conversation at hand. By the time you looked into the bowl,...
Creamy sweet potato soup a seasonal favorite

Creamy sweet potato soup a seasonal favorite

From the menu… Babette’s Cafe, 573 North Highland Ave. NE., Atlanta. 404-523-9121. babettescafe.com This creamy soup is a seasonal favorite on the menu of Babette’s Cafe. Chef and owner Marla Adams says, “This recipe is the creation of chef Justin Kurtz. The jalapeño peppers and fresh lime give the soup a bright finish.” In our photo, the soup is garnished...
Make shrimp and grits with a twist

Make shrimp and grits with a twist

It’s easy to forget that many things in the center aisles of the grocery store have a life that’s as seasonal as the heirloom tomatoes at your local farmers market. Rice is one of those staples that we forget has a harvest window like that of any other plant. At his family farm in Ruleville, Mississippi, David Arant Jr., of Delta Blues Rice (deltabluesrice.com), grows rice, about...
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...
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