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Ligaya Figueras

Senior Editor, Food and Dining

Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015.The Midwest transplant digs biscuits, collards and peanuts — roasted, please.

Latest from Ligaya Figueras

Opinion: In search of the best burger in Atlanta
 What’s a great burger to you? Uber juicy patty? Maybe even make it a double. Melty cheese. Tangy, crunchy B&B pickles. Perhaps it needs the works: lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard. Ah, but let’s not forget the all-important bun. Mine must be toasted, yet still airy, then again, hefty enough to handle the pile on. That’s...

Posted: 2 days ago

What’s a great burger to you? Uber juicy patty? Maybe even make it a double. Melty cheese. Tangy, crunchy B&B pickles. Perhaps it needs the works: lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard. Ah, but let’s not forget the all-important bun. Mine must be toasted, yet still airy, then again, hefty enough to handle the pile on. That’s...
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,...

Posted: 2 days ago

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,...
Atlanta blues community mourns passing of Northside Tavern’s Ellyn Webb
 Ellyn Webb, longtime owner of Northside Tavern and a woman known in the Atlanta blues scene as a matriarch, died Thursday morning after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 63. Born in 1954, the Atlanta native graduated from Grady High School and earned her college degree from Georgia State University. She worked in the accounting field...

Posted: 15 days ago

Ellyn Webb, longtime owner of Northside Tavern and a woman known in the Atlanta blues scene as a matriarch, died Thursday morning after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 63. Born in 1954, the Atlanta native graduated from Grady High School and earned her college degree from Georgia State University. She worked in the accounting field...
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...

Posted: 16 days ago

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...
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?...

Posted: 22 days ago

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?...
Alon’s Bakery celebrates 25 years in business
 Alon’s Bakery & Market celebrates 25 years this weekend. On Sunday, Alon Balshan and his wife, Janine, are hosting a shebang at the Morningside location at 1394 N. Highland Ave. There will be food, music, raffles and more. The event is free and open to all. “I feel that I owe a thank-you to all the people that supported us in...

Posted: 23 days ago

Alon’s Bakery & Market celebrates 25 years this weekend. On Sunday, Alon Balshan and his wife, Janine, are hosting a shebang at the Morningside location at 1394 N. Highland Ave. There will be food, music, raffles and more. The event is free and open to all. “I feel that I owe a thank-you to all the people that supported us in...
Alon’s owner looks back at 25 years in business
 When Israeli native Alon Balshan stepped off a plane in New York to embark on a new life in the late 1980s, the then-25-year-old hoped he would find success. However, the professionally trained chef with a penchant for pastries did not suspect that he would quickly migrate to Atlanta, nor that, just six years later, he would open a bakery...

Posted: 23 days ago

When Israeli native Alon Balshan stepped off a plane in New York to embark on a new life in the late 1980s, the then-25-year-old hoped he would find success. However, the professionally trained chef with a penchant for pastries did not suspect that he would quickly migrate to Atlanta, nor that, just six years later, he would open a bakery...
Groceraunts, food truck park offer different dining experience
 You feel like grabbing a bite somewhere, but you aren’t in the mood for a fussy affair at a restaurant. You want a decent selection of food because you’re not even sure what you’re in the mood to eat. We’ve got two out-of-the-box ideas for you: the grocery store and the food truck park. Groceraunts, which offer a legit...

Posted: 23 days ago

You feel like grabbing a bite somewhere, but you aren’t in the mood for a fussy affair at a restaurant. You want a decent selection of food because you’re not even sure what you’re in the mood to eat. We’ve got two out-of-the-box ideas for you: the grocery store and the food truck park. Groceraunts, which offer a legit...
'Magical night' for Atlanta chef Steven Satterfield, James Beard winner
 Steven Satterfield is a James Beard Foundation award winner. Finally. After five consecutive years vying for the title of Best Chef: Southeast, Satterfield — the chef and co-owner of Atlanta’s Miller Union — took home a coveted Beard medal at the James Beard Foundation award ceremony Monday night in Chicago. The ceremony...

Posted: 25 days ago

Steven Satterfield is a James Beard Foundation award winner. Finally. After five consecutive years vying for the title of Best Chef: Southeast, Satterfield — the chef and co-owner of Atlanta’s Miller Union — took home a coveted Beard medal at the James Beard Foundation award ceremony Monday night in Chicago. The ceremony...
Atlanta chef Steven Satterfield wins James Beard Award
 Steven Satterfield is a James Beard Foundation award winner. After five years in a row vying for the title of Best Chef: Southeast, Satterfield – the chef and co-owner of Atlanta’s Miller Union – took home a coveted Beard medal at the James Beard Foundation award ceremony tonight in Chicago. The ceremony, akin to the the...

Posted: 26 days ago

Steven Satterfield is a James Beard Foundation award winner. After five years in a row vying for the title of Best Chef: Southeast, Satterfield – the chef and co-owner of Atlanta’s Miller Union – took home a coveted Beard medal at the James Beard Foundation award ceremony tonight in Chicago. The ceremony, akin to the the...
The cult of the Chick-fil-A campout
 Listed first on the menu board at Chick-fil-A is the No. 1 meal. It consists of a chicken sandwich, medium waffle potato fries and a medium beverage. Whenever a new Chick-fil-A opens, 100 lucky fans receive a card loaded with 52 of these meals. The value of this one-year supply of free food is about $300. But to win it, fans have to...

Posted: 29 days ago

Listed first on the menu board at Chick-fil-A is the No. 1 meal. It consists of a chicken sandwich, medium waffle potato fries and a medium beverage. Whenever a new Chick-fil-A opens, 100 lucky fans receive a card loaded with 52 of these meals. The value of this one-year supply of free food is about $300. But to win it, fans have to...