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

Mexican cuisine ‘growing and evolving,’ says PBS cooking show host
 Pati Jinich, cookbook author and host of PBS cooking show “Pati’s Mexican Table,” was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. That upbringing informs her work as a culinarian, but so, too, does her Jewish heritage. On Nov. 16, Jinich will be in Atlanta to participate in a dinner that celebrates Jewish-Mexican cuisine...

Posted: 7 days ago

Pati Jinich, cookbook author and host of PBS cooking show “Pati’s Mexican Table,” was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. That upbringing informs her work as a culinarian, but so, too, does her Jewish heritage. On Nov. 16, Jinich will be in Atlanta to participate in a dinner that celebrates Jewish-Mexican cuisine...
Food tour: East Point
 It doesn’t come as a surprise that the First Baptist Church in East Point was a filming location for “Stranger Things.” This city located just southwest of Atlanta and bordering Hartsfield-Jackson airport is full of character. In its historic downtown district, on streets like White Way and East Point, Sunday churchgoers...

Posted: 8 days ago

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the First Baptist Church in East Point was a filming location for “Stranger Things.” This city located just southwest of Atlanta and bordering Hartsfield-Jackson airport is full of character. In its historic downtown district, on streets like White Way and East Point, Sunday churchgoers...
Did you know you can make dessert on the Big Green Egg? Find out how
 French toast casserole with bacon-persimmon compote, prepared at the Big Green Egg culinary center. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS I recently paid a visit to the Big Green Egg headquarters on DeKalb Technology Parkway that overlooks I-85. The plan was to prepare five dishes — steak, chicken kebabs, salmon, a pizza and a French toast casserole...

Posted: 8 days ago

French toast casserole with bacon-persimmon compote, prepared at the Big Green Egg culinary center. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS I recently paid a visit to the Big Green Egg headquarters on DeKalb Technology Parkway that overlooks I-85. The plan was to prepare five dishes — steak, chicken kebabs, salmon, a pizza and a French toast casserole...
Southern living means loving the Big Green Egg
 A few Saturdays ago, I observed the staff at Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown turn the place into a sanctuary for Crimson Tide fans. Out came the Bama flag. On came the game, playing on every TV but one (for the University of Georgia). Up went the volume. It was yet another reminder that the South is SEC Country. The South is not only that...

Posted: 9 days ago

A few Saturdays ago, I observed the staff at Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown turn the place into a sanctuary for Crimson Tide fans. Out came the Bama flag. On came the game, playing on every TV but one (for the University of Georgia). Up went the volume. It was yet another reminder that the South is SEC Country. The South is not only that...
Sexual harassment complaints shed light on widespread issue
 Last week, investigators found a DeKalb County commissioner violated the county’s sexual harassment policy by sending a female district director late-night texts  during a business trip, requesting pictures of her wearing a bikini and referring to himself as her “big daddy.” When the district director, Ashlee Wright...

Posted: 13 days ago

Last week, investigators found a DeKalb County commissioner violated the county’s sexual harassment policy by sending a female district director late-night texts during a business trip, requesting pictures of her wearing a bikini and referring to himself as her “big daddy.” When the district director, Ashlee Wright...
After 45 years, Japanese restaurant Nakato still ‘defining traditions’
 “She was very ambitious. She comes from a family that lost everything in World War II, so starting from zero did not phase her at all.” Sachi Nakato sat in the dining room of her family’s namesake Japanese restaurant, discussing how Nakato came to be. She was speaking of the restaurant’s early days, of her grandmother...

Posted: 16 days ago

“She was very ambitious. She comes from a family that lost everything in World War II, so starting from zero did not phase her at all.” Sachi Nakato sat in the dining room of her family’s namesake Japanese restaurant, discussing how Nakato came to be. She was speaking of the restaurant’s early days, of her grandmother...
Wondering what to bring to the next holiday party? Try these recipes
 Winter Salad from ‘What Can I Bring?’ /
                Photo by Alison Miksch A neighbor just had a baby. A church member is recovering from surgery. Your friend invited you to a potluck. Your boss extended
            you an invitation to her open house. If with each of these scenarios, your first thought is, “What can...

Posted: 17 days ago

Winter Salad from ‘What Can I Bring?’ / Photo by Alison Miksch A neighbor just had a baby. A church member is recovering from surgery. Your friend invited you to a potluck. Your boss extended you an invitation to her open house. If with each of these scenarios, your first thought is, “What can...
New cookbook offers ideas on what to bring for any occasion
 A neighbor just had a baby. A church member is recovering from surgery. Your friend invited you to a potluck. Your boss extended you an invitation to her open house. If with each of these scenarios, your first thought is, “What can I bring?,” well, now there’s a book for that — a cookbook, that is. “What Can...

Posted: 17 days ago

A neighbor just had a baby. A church member is recovering from surgery. Your friend invited you to a potluck. Your boss extended you an invitation to her open house. If with each of these scenarios, your first thought is, “What can I bring?,” well, now there’s a book for that — a cookbook, that is. “What Can...
Atlanta Dining Guide Fall 2017: Answers to your burning questions
 It’s Dining Guide time again. The guide rolls around twice a year. Each time, we rack our brains to determine a theme. In the past, there was the Atlanta 50 that featured the city’s top restaurants. More recently, we offered our picks for best new restaurants and went up a pant size while researching the best of brunch...

Posted: 22 days ago

It’s Dining Guide time again. The guide rolls around twice a year. Each time, we rack our brains to determine a theme. In the past, there was the Atlanta 50 that featured the city’s top restaurants. More recently, we offered our picks for best new restaurants and went up a pant size while researching the best of brunch...
What’s your favorite restaurant? AJC food editor weighs in
 What’s your favorite restaurant? That’s the question I get asked the most. It’s also the one that makes me squirm the most. I don’t want to play favorites. So I deflect, dodge, dive, and deliver the spiel about how there are many places to eat in metro Atlanta. That the answer depends on your reason for eating out...

Posted: 22 days ago

What’s your favorite restaurant? That’s the question I get asked the most. It’s also the one that makes me squirm the most. I don’t want to play favorites. So I deflect, dodge, dive, and deliver the spiel about how there are many places to eat in metro Atlanta. That the answer depends on your reason for eating out...
What do you think of these restaurants?
 Readers send us many notes. Some agree with the gist of our restaurant reviews. Others do not. Still others prompt us to dig deeper, be it in terms of cuisine or geographic boundaries. We are here to serve readers. We want to help you make informed dining choices. Of course, we want your eating experience to be worth what you pay for it....

Posted: 22 days ago

Readers send us many notes. Some agree with the gist of our restaurant reviews. Others do not. Still others prompt us to dig deeper, be it in terms of cuisine or geographic boundaries. We are here to serve readers. We want to help you make informed dining choices. Of course, we want your eating experience to be worth what you pay for it....