Food & Dining


2018 AJC Spring Dining Guide: Explore Atlanta’s new fusion revolution

More than ever, the food we eat is an expression of cultural globalization, a reflection of our diversity and interconnectivity. Take tacos, for example. They aren’t just filled with the flavors of Mexico. These days, they are getting stuffed with the far-reaching flavors of Korea, Thailand, Hawaii and the Middle East. Our taste buds can experience the delicious intermingling of Cajun and...


Take a look at royal wedding food through the years

Take a look at royal wedding food through the years

The royal wedding is almost here, and while few details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s menu for the big event have been released, taking a look back at the dishes served at previous royal weddings might give us some clues.  <<Here are some royally good ways to celebrate the wedding in Atlanta <<Do you have royal wedding fever? Find out how to watch the wedding on...
Learn to make an old-school Southern caramel cake

Learn to make an old-school Southern caramel cake

In the Southern Kitchen series Saving Southern Recipes, Associate Editor Kate Williams explores the deep heritage of Southern cooking through the lens of passed-down family recipes. Unless you grew up with it, you may be surprised the first time you eat a slice of caramel cake. At least I was. With a name like that, I expected a cake filled with surprise pockets of caramel inside the cake crumb, or...
Review: Miss Gogi does Korean barbecue without the gimmicks

Review: Miss Gogi does Korean barbecue without the gimmicks

Before driving to Miss Gogi in the Peachtree Pavilion strip mall in Doraville, I tried to do a little research. I knew, of course, to expect the salty sweet pleasures of tender bulgogi, the Korean barbecue dish referenced by the name, but I wanted to figure out what they were doing differently. You see, Korean barbecue restaurants are thriving in metro Atlanta these days. This Korean barbecue...
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2018 explores Southern culture and cuisine

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2018 explores Southern culture and cuisine

In its eighth year, the four-day Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, May 31-June 3, has become a major showcase for exploring Southern culture through its cuisine. It boasts a convivial atmosphere described as “one-part conference and one-part party.” And it gives festivalgoers the opportunity to rub elbows with many of the South’s best chefs, who come to cook, teach and talk, then hang...
Recipe: Carrot salad part of ‘power lunch’ at The National

Recipe: Carrot salad part of ‘power lunch’ at The National

From the menu… The National, 232 W. Hancock Ave., Athens; 706-549-3450. thenationalrestaurant.com This Happy Carrot Salad is one of several elements that find their way into The National’s “Power Lunch.” Peter Dale, The National’s executive chef and owner, shared the recipe and told us it is one he’s adapted for home cooks from what they make at the restaurant...
An evolving Buckhead battles for luxe bucks

An evolving Buckhead battles for luxe bucks

On a Wednesday evening in May, Aida and Allan Flamm drove away from their Buckhead home of 31 years heading for Palm Beach. The couple had been stalwarts of the community, but in recent years, it had just gotten to be too much. The relentless development was a prime factor in their decision to leave. “Buckhead has changed and I don’t think it is for the better,” said Aida Flamm....
Site explores mother-daughter relationships through recipes, stories of food

Site explores mother-daughter relationships through recipes, stories of food

Anisa Nyell Johnson has vivid memories of time spent in her grandmother’s kitchen in Philadelphia --  the Post-It notes in the pantry with reminders to buy more ingredients and the time spent shucking corn and snapping string beans while her mother worked long hours as a teacher.   “Nobody else was allowed in there except for me, and dinner revolved around what I wanted to eat...
Make this generations-old steak recipe that still holds up

Make this generations-old steak recipe that still holds up

In the Southern Kitchen series Saving Southern Recipes, Associate Editor Kate Williams explores the deep heritage of Southern cooking through the lens of passed-down family recipes. Perhaps second only to "green squares," country-style steak is one of the last things I ever expected to make. I mean, it's not really my thing — I prefer my steak grill-kissed and medium rare, with perhaps...
Savasana and sip: 6 metro Atlanta classes where yoga meets booze

Savasana and sip: 6 metro Atlanta classes where yoga meets booze

Those feel-good vibes you get post-yoga class combined with the happy buzz of sipping your favorite adult beverage is a recipe for the ultimate Zen. Part wellness and part foodie, the trend has finally hit Atlanta, served up now at plenty of yoga studios, breweries, wine bars and other spaces across the city where you can practice both your savasana and your swirl technique. Get ready to detox, then...
Review: Lao food in full focus at Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville

Review: Lao food in full focus at Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville

My dining companion and I had wandered in from a rainy weekend day to this modest strip mall joint in Doraville. It is a well-lit, very clean space full of long tables for sharing, but nothing to write home about in the interior decoration department. We’d each picked a few dishes off the flat-screen menu hanging above the register without paying much attention to what the other one ordered...
Learn to make the Neapolitan Storm from Local Pizzaiolo

Learn to make the Neapolitan Storm from Local Pizzaiolo

From the menu… The Local Pizzaiolo, 1000 West Marietta St., Atlanta. 678-705-2672. thelocalpizzaiolo.com The cocktails at Local Pizzaiolo are batched, which means they’re made up in large quantities and then stored in kegs awaiting your order. There are four — a Negroni, the Venetian spritz, a nitro espresso martini and this one, the Neapolitan storm. For the Neapolitan Storm...
Area chefs to Kevin Gillespie: ‘Here for you’

Area chefs to Kevin Gillespie: ‘Here for you’

The Atlanta dining community is reacting to news announced Monday that Kevin Gillespie, one of the city’s most prominent and popular chefs, has been diagnosed with renal cancer. Gillespie, 35, is a chef and partner with Red Beard Restaurants group, whose dining concepts include Gunshow in Atlanta’s Glenwood Park neighborhood and Revival in Decatur. A native of Atlanta, Gillespie was...
This Kentucky pie will make your Derby Day party a winner

This Kentucky pie will make your Derby Day party a winner

There's nothing like smacking a giant copyright icon on a box of pie to make people want to copy it. Much like McDonald's Big Mac sauce or the ingredients in Coca-Cola, the recipe for the "true" — or at least most strictly branded — Derby-Pie® is shrouded in secrecy. It is also guarded by what I'm assuming are the most litigious pie bakers in the country, if not the world...
Review: Mourning Dove a lovely concept that hasn’t quite taken flight

Review: Mourning Dove a lovely concept that hasn’t quite taken flight

How do you take your coffee shops? Do you like dark lairs with sputtering espresso machines and spiky baristas? Or do you prefer bright, sunny rooms with marble counters, smart wine lists and chefs who aim to create thoughtful, handmade food? If you belong to the latter camp, Mourning Dove Cafe might give you reason to coo. Perched in a secluded northern branch of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta,...
Barbecue beckons: Atlanta fine-dining chefs adding pitmaster to resume

Barbecue beckons: Atlanta fine-dining chefs adding pitmaster to resume

In the past decade, when Atlanta chef-restaurateurs wanted to expand into more casual concepts, the go-to move was to open a burger joint. In 2018, the new move seems to be barbecue, with a handful of prominent chefs tackling the challenging genre: Scott Serpas at Dixie Q in Brookhaven, Shaun Doty and the Federal team bringing King Barbecue to Avalon soon, and Todd Ginsberg of the General...
Tequila, citrus, ginger go into refreshing Pinewood cocktail

Tequila, citrus, ginger go into refreshing Pinewood cocktail

From the menu … The Pinewood, 254 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur; 404-373-5507; pinewoodtr.com The Pinewood is a wonderful place to go and have drinks and appetizers at the bar. One of my favorite drinks to order is their El Diablo, a refreshing cocktail that is perfect for welcoming summer. Do you think that they would share their recipe? — Danielle Carter, Atlanta Glad to...
‘Life is all about failures, but it’s what you do with it’: Atlanta women in hospitality industry discuss challenges

‘Life is all about failures, but it’s what you do with it’: Atlanta women in hospitality industry discuss challenges

FAB Workshop is an annual workshop and networking event for women in the hospitality industry. This year’s event, taking place June 10-12 in Charleston, S.C., will see 40 panelists speak on topics such as workplace law, public relations strategy, human resources practices and business diversification, as well as sexual harassment and workplace culture. All speakers are women and include chefs...
Review: Mexico City specialties at Tortas Factory del D.F.

Review: Mexico City specialties at Tortas Factory del D.F.

The first time I sat down to lunch at Tortas Factory del D.F., I wondered if there had been a mistake. My little lunch table was covered with orange cafeteria trays, disposable plates piled high with each dish, and little, bright cups of salsa. I hadn’t even spent $20. Did I really order all of this food? How was I going to eat it all? As it turned out, the answers to those questions were &ldquo...
Food Tour: Peachtree Pavilion Shopping Center

Food Tour: Peachtree Pavilion Shopping Center

A burgeoning Atlanta food mecca sits quietly in Doraville, nestled among car dealerships and barricaded from easy access by I-285. Peachtree Pavilion, better known as the home of Super H Mart and BrandsMart USA, is home to an exciting lineup of restaurants and food purveyors that belie the shopping center’s generic name. The first thing you’ll notice on arrival is that Peachtree Pavilion...
Atlanta chef service aims to help seniors

Atlanta chef service aims to help seniors

“I would have loved to have had this 20 years ago.” Dolores Lane says this as she and I are sitting in the living room of her Buckhead condo. We’re watching Leslie Chapman and Christopher Watts of Chefs for Seniors prepare the four dinners Lane has chosen: salmon with mustard-dill sauce to be served with rice pilaf and broccoli; mushroom and spinach quiche with sauteed Brussels...
Learn to make smoked trout dip from Marlow’s Tavern

Learn to make smoked trout dip from Marlow’s Tavern

From the menu … Marlow’s Tavern, 1950 Satellite Blvd. NW., Duluth. 770-622-2033; marlowstavern.com Once a month I have a couple of hours to kill at Marlow’s Tavern in Duluth. They have a smoked trout dip that I love. I would really like to be able to make it at home so that I can try some of their other menu items on my monthly visit. Thanks! — Bob Reid, Snellville...
This squash casserole recipe might just be the best ever

This squash casserole recipe might just be the best ever

In the Southern Kitchen series Saving Southern Recipes, Associate Editor Kate Williams explores the deep heritage of Southern cooking through the lens of passed-down family recipes. I used to hate, hate, squash casserole. I'm not really sure what the root of my adversion was — of all the cheese-filled, cracker-topped casseroles out there, this one wasn't too offensive (I mean, you...
Review: Pinch of Spice brings the bright flavors of India to Kennesaw

Review: Pinch of Spice brings the bright flavors of India to Kennesaw

Few things are more satisfying than going out to eat and loving every single dish. (Well, duh.) Unfortunately, delivering a meal that’s impeccable from start to finish is a rarity, and about as easy as performing Beethoven’s Ninth. Pinch of Spice — an Indian restaurant in Kennesaw owned by Vikram Balasubramani and his wife, Archana Vikram, both from southern India — is not...
Review: Korean inflections give fresh flavor to Noona’s steakhouse fare

Review: Korean inflections give fresh flavor to Noona’s steakhouse fare

“My taste buds are going crazy!” said one of my dining partners as we stepped outside Noona and onto the sidewalk in the burgeoning Parsons Alley development in downtown Duluth. Indeed, a succession of dishes — kimchi fried rice, grilled octopus with the sweet heat of ssamjang (a Korean dipping sauce), a sizzling bone-in rib-eye with melting shiso butter, a side of collard greens...
Cheers for Atlanta businesses’ efforts to combat food waste

Cheers for Atlanta businesses’ efforts to combat food waste

Hearing day in and day out about how we’re destroying our planet is enough to drive me to binge eat an entire batch of chocolate chip cookies — and then fret about yet another epidemic of our times: obesity. Yeah, you don’t want to stand next to me at a cocktail party. I’ll groan about air, water and soil pollution, or global warming and climate change. I’ll moan about...
The Optimist’s chowder features smoked fish

The Optimist’s chowder features smoked fish

From the menu … The Optimist, 914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta; 404-477-6260; theoptimistrestaurant.com My husband and I love everything on the menu at Ford Fry’s The Optimist but especially the smoked fish chowder. Any chance you can get the recipe? Thanks. — Phyllis Flowers, Canton The Optimist’s chowder recipe was indeed created by Ford Fry. He tells us, “Before...
10 Atlanta patios for unique spring experiences

10 Atlanta patios for unique spring experiences

The South has a love affair with outdoor dining. It takes many forms: the college football tailgate, the neighborhood or church picnic, hog roasts, oyster roasts and shrimp, crawfish or crab boils, just to name a few. Atlanta restaurants know this and take advantage of their location in a temperate, tree-filled city boasting a picturesque skyline and attractive neighborhoods. In a market where restaurants...
10 Atlanta mashup restaurants to try

10 Atlanta mashup restaurants to try

Whether you call them post-fusion or mashup, some the most exciting restaurants are crossing cultures and cuisines to create concepts and dishes that bridge the distance between people and places. And, in Atlanta, as elsewhere, younger chefs are behind some of the most lively examples. Here are 10 to check out right now: Chai Pani — The Decatur Indian street food spot from Meherwan Irani...
Collards go global in metro Atlanta

Collards go global in metro Atlanta

Collard greens are surely one of the quintessential foods of the South. If a restaurant wants to project Southern bona fides, chances are they serve some form of this hearty, leafy green. A slow simmer with ham hock or salt pork shows collard greens at their simple best, but collards can be quite versatile — and chefs around Atlanta show them off in dishes that draw inspiration from around the...
Nontraditional ramen worthy of its own tradition

Nontraditional ramen worthy of its own tradition

Anyone who has seen the classic Japanese film “Tampopo” knows that making ramen is no simple thing. The movie tells the story of two truck drivers who take pity on a widow, Tampopo, whose small, roadside restaurant is struggling simply because her ramen is not good enough. They bring her from one ramen-ya (traditional ramen shop) to another, where she learns the precise, time-honed traditions...
Even fries and tots are getting the fusion treatment

Even fries and tots are getting the fusion treatment

Fast-food french fries and cafeteria tater tots — erase these notions from your mind. Restaurants are getting creative with recipes for these once-simple sides, blending techniques and flavors from around the world. While sweet potato fries have been popular for years, Bon Ton (674 Myrtle St. NE, Atlanta. 404-996-6177, bontonatl.com) offers a unique spin. The Vietnamese-Creole restaurant...
Creative condiments add zing to meals at Atlanta restaurants

Creative condiments add zing to meals at Atlanta restaurants

Around the world, people sprinkle, slather and squirt condiments on their food without a second thought. And while the idea is universal, the actual condiments themselves are anything but. It stands to reason, then, that global flavors have made their way into the jars and bottles already awaiting you at restaurant tables. The phenomenon of Sriracha is a case study. The bright red sauce seems to be...
Pizza takes a spin around the world

Pizza takes a spin around the world

Pizza isn’t just Italian now. Some of the most interesting pies across the city blend global ingredients and methods for flavor profiles that blur the lines between cuisines. Pizza gets a Middle Eastern makeover at Allora, located in the Twelve Hotel Midtown (361 17th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-961-7370, alloraatl.com), where you can get a pie with tikka masala sauce, chicken shwarma...
8 cocktails that stir up global flavors

8 cocktails that stir up global flavors

Bartenders continually experiment to translate the taste of a restaurant’s cuisine to their beverage list. Sometimes, different culinary heritages converge in a libation. These drinks don’t just complement dishes coming out of the kitchen; they are gastronomic adventures in a glass. Take a taste trip bursting with flavor and history with these cocktails that incorporate traditions and...
Humble tacos in metro Atlanta a blank canvas for seemingly all the flavors of the world

Humble tacos in metro Atlanta a blank canvas for seemingly all the flavors of the world

The taco, I believe, is on the way to becoming as ubiquitous as the hamburger. In the near future (probably next week), this humble Mexican workhorse, so amenable to allowing proteins, salsas and condiments of all nations to ride in its little tortilla saddle, will be a fixture of the casual American menu. For better or ill, the taco has become a vehicle for delivering a global pantry of ingredients...
Global flavors rise and shine on breakfast menus around town

Global flavors rise and shine on breakfast menus around town

The morning is no time for experimentation. Breakfast is utilitarian, fuel necessary to face the day: eggs for protein, bread and grains for carbs and something fatty to jump-start the metabolism. Chefs are asked only to serve these elements hot and fast. Yet, the world is shrinking and expectations have changed. Once-exotic dishes like shakshuka and chilaquiles have entered the common brunchgoer&rsquo...
Wrap your hands around these global mashups

Wrap your hands around these global mashups

Eschew a knife and fork this season and put your hands to work. There are plenty of hand-held fusion options for those wanting to mix their cuisines. Korean Cheesesteak from Fred’s Meat and Breads. Arguably Philly’s most popular export (with apologies to Kevin Bacon and Tina Fey), the cheesesteak goes exotic with this treatment. Your choice of chicken or rib-eye gets a kick from gochujang...
Inside the mind of Gerry Klaskala

Inside the mind of Gerry Klaskala

The wheels in this guy’s head keep on turning. From the moment Gerry Klaskala and I sat down to lunch, it seemed his brain was constantly churning. Though soft-spoken, and bearing a gentle smile, he looked me squarely in the eye during our entire hourlong conversation, one that was supposed to be a get-to-know-you affair. No note-taking. We met up for a “real” interview a few weeks...
Learn to make Harry & Sons’ Spicy Chicken or Tofu Coconut Soup

Learn to make Harry & Sons’ Spicy Chicken or Tofu Coconut Soup

From the menu … Harry & Sons, 820 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-873-2009; surinofthailand.com/location/harry-sons/ There’s no other soup in this city as craveable as the Coconut Soup at Harry & Sons. The second the temperature dips below 60 they’re my first stop. Can you please track down this recipe for me? — Caroline Clements, Atlanta When we talked with A. J...
Food offerings abound at Great Wolf Lodge opening in May in LaGrange

Food offerings abound at Great Wolf Lodge opening in May in LaGrange

You’ll work up an appetite when you splash for hours in a water park, traverse a rope course or summit a climbing wall. Luckily, guests at the soon-to-open Great Wolf Lodge Georgia in LaGrange don’t have to walk away famished. When the family resort opens this May — grand opening is slated for May 24 — it will offer numerous ways to keep fed the bellies of young and old...
Sip and savor spring with these 7 cocktails

Sip and savor spring with these 7 cocktails

The transition from winter to spring is one of the most anticipated times of the year. It’s time to frolic in the sunshine as the earth comes back to life in shades of green and pastel blossoms. It’s also time for lazy, leisurely brunches replete with refreshing cocktails brimming with aromas similar to spring breeze. Just as spring food menus change from hearty dishes of earth-toned root...
VIDEO: Learn about how kombucha is made at Cultured South

VIDEO: Learn about how kombucha is made at Cultured South

A kombucha flight, kombucha float and vegan cheese board at Cultured South / Photo by Erica Hernandez If you’ve hit up a farmers market in Atlanta in the past few years, chances are you’ve passed by the Golda Kombucha tent — the business has been selling the popular fermented drink kombucha at local markets (and grocery stores) for the past few years. Now...
Check out the menu for Arnette’s Chop Shop, opening today in Brookhaven

Check out the menu for Arnette’s Chop Shop, opening today in Brookhaven

Steak from Arnette’s Chop Shop / Photo from the Arnette’s Chop Shop Facebook page An established Brookhaven restaurant group is adding another eatery to its roster as of today. Arnette’s Chop Shop is set to open its doors for dinner tonight at 2700 Apple Valley Road . The restaurant is the latest from Word of Mouth Restaurant Group, which also owns HAVEN...
Get a 3-course seafood or steak dinner for $29.99 throughout metro Atlanta today

Get a 3-course seafood or steak dinner for $29.99 throughout metro Atlanta today

Get a 3-course seafood or steak dinner for $29.99 at Woodfire Sage Tavern today. Photo credit: The Rosen Group Atlanta. When a restaurant celebrates its 10th anniversary, you reap the benefits. Sage Woodfire Tavern is offering a three-course $29.99 prix fixe dinner inclusive of a traditional Greek or Caesar salad; choice of salmon with wild rice and haricots verts, seafood...
A first look at APL, Adam Perry Lang’s new Hollywood restaurant and meat palace

A first look at APL, Adam Perry Lang’s new Hollywood restaurant and meat palace

On a recent morning behind the Taft Building in Hollywood, 20 apron-clad men and women were each cradling 40- to 75-pound beef short loins as if the connected Porterhouses and T-bones were small children. “Be careful with the kidney fat!” yelled Adam Perry Lang. The chef was directing his new kitchen staff as they transported 14,000 pounds of meat from his off-site dry-aging room into...
How more carbon dioxide can make food less nutritious

How more carbon dioxide can make food less nutritious

When scientists want to figure out how climate change might disrupt the world’s food supplies, they often explore how rising temperatures could shift growing seasons or how more frequent droughts could damage harvests. In recent years, though, researchers have begun to realize that the extra carbon dioxide that humanity is pumping into the atmosphere is not just warming the planet, it is also...
Kick your sour cream and onion dip up a notch with fresh herbs

Kick your sour cream and onion dip up a notch with fresh herbs

Think of this as an elegant sour cream and onion dip, with plenty of fresh herbs and the benefit of punchy capers. If you've got them in your pantry, a generous pinch of sumac or nigella seeds are a welcome addition; other fresh herbs such as tarragon, thyme or cilantro are nice, too. If there's room on the grill, warm up a few flatbreads and cut them into triangles for serving. If not, a bag or two...
Shoestring, curly, crinkle-cut: Ranking the summer fries

Shoestring, curly, crinkle-cut: Ranking the summer fries

There’s no time of year that isn’t good for French fries, but summer is the best. On the boardwalk, at a county fair and on road trips, where they’re the best thing to eat while driving, one hand in the paper cup, other hand on the wheel. They’re the best thing when you’re chilled to the core and starving because you stayed in the lake or the ocean too long. They&rsquo...
A tome to turn to when life gives you lemons

A tome to turn to when life gives you lemons

You may think making lemonade is easy. Not when you’re reading about an 11th-century Egyptian mixture of lemon juice and sugar called qatarmizat, supposedly a proto-lemonade, in “Lemonade With Zest.” I would have thought the Romans knew about it, but it seems that the lemon was not known in those days. This slender volume offers basic ingredients and recipes for lemonades, most of...
Trending Instagram rhubarb creations have nothing on a good tart in a crust

Trending Instagram rhubarb creations have nothing on a good tart in a crust

Rhubarb, featured flavor of humble pie, is trending. Have you seen the selfies? Cray-cray. Credit Julie Jones, British home baker, who posts tarts of astounding complexity (Instagram: julie — jonesuk). Checkerboard. Stripes. Parquet. Looping floral bouquets. From rhubarb! Inspired, I shaved some stalks into paper-thin ribbons and wove them into a pale pink lattice. Stunning. In the oven, it...
His love for berries led him to create a food company. His friend’s memory is his driving force.

His love for berries led him to create a food company. His friend’s memory is his driving force.

If you’ve ever been to a you-pick strawberry farm, you’ve surely seen children who have more strawberry on their faces than in their buckets. “That was me as a kid,” grins Adam Dillard, a 33-year-old Raleigh native who still can’t resist the plump red orbs. “One for the bucket, two for my mouth.” Dillard’s love of strawberries led him to create an artisan...
Steaming corn on the grill gives you the best of both worlds

Steaming corn on the grill gives you the best of both worlds

The problem with many grilled corn recipes is they assume a cook's attention is focused solely on those ears. Unless you're just having corn for dinner, however, most backyard barbecuers are multitaskers, keeping a watchful eye on ribs, burgers, sausages and more. This technique for cooking corn on the grill is forgiving. It produces sweet, plump ears even when you happen to forget about them while...
Check out the menu for the Buckhead Little Alley Steak, opening Monday

Check out the menu for the Buckhead Little Alley Steak, opening Monday

Offerings from the Little Alley Steak menu / Photo courtesy of Little Alley Steak A second location of popular Roswell’s Little Alley Steakhouse is set to open on Memorial Day for dinner. The new spot, located at 3500 Lenox Road in One Alliance Center, will be twice the size of the original and will feature a large outdoor patio and bar. Another difference — the...
How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners

How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners

I’m still learning kitchen tips from my 87-year-old mother. Rather than rely on pricey delivered meal kits, she stocks a modest supply of essentials suitable for fast weeknight dinners and impromptu guests. Frozen shrimp, purchased on sale, is a standard. Same for a few key frozen vegetables, fast-cooking pasta, canned tomatoes and refrigerated chopped herbs. The spice drawer contains a modest...
Surprise someone with a bouquet of macarons

Surprise someone with a bouquet of macarons

It hardly seems possible, but Ladurée, the macaron master from Paris, has created some new flavors from flowers, a food and drink trend picking up this spring. Claire Heitzler, the head of pastry creation, developed the summer collection, using floral essences. The macarons are fragrant and delectable, in rose, lavender, lily of the valley, orange blossom, violet with black currants and strawberry...
Turn those crumbs at the bottom of the bag into the top of your meal

Turn those crumbs at the bottom of the bag into the top of your meal

Ah, the bottom of the bag. Where dreams and annoying crumbs go to die. Who hasn't been frustrated or disappointed by reaching into a package only to find the worthless bits? In reality, they're not so worthless after all. Here are a few ideas for what to do the next time you're tempted to toss the remnants of your favorite snack. (Not included: Tilt your head back, open your mouth and pour.) Perhaps...
Breakfast gets the spotlight in new cookbook from Minn. kitchen master

Breakfast gets the spotlight in new cookbook from Minn. kitchen master

Duluth author and Minnesota treasure Beatrice Ojakangas has published an astonishing 30 cookbooks (the first one, “The Finnish Cookbook,” debuted in 1964 and is still in print). For her latest, she’s culled 13 of those titles for recipes — 250 of them — in a compilation titled “Breakfast With Beatrice” (University of Minnesota Press, $19.95), which emphasizes...
Kale, not jail: Some ex-cons make a living out in the yard

Kale, not jail: Some ex-cons make a living out in the yard

Even by the standards of the Bay Area, where sourcing local, organic chicken feed is seen as something of a political act, the spectacle of 30,000 fruit and nut trees being tended by formerly incarcerated orchardists is novel. The green thumbs are there because of Planting Justice, a nine-year-old nonprofit that combines urban farming with environmental education and jobs for ex-offenders. From its...
The long-running pasta show of Queens

The long-running pasta show of Queens

As he stacks four, 1-pound packs of bucatini on Cassinelli’s compact counter, Giovanni Cali all but apologizes for his pasta purchase. “I can make it at home,” he said. “But I don’t want to.” It’s as difficult to find a store that sells bucatini, which looks like spaghetti with a hole in the center, as it is to make it. And this is why Cali has been a Cassinelli...
Pink Starbursts and brownie edges: How our quirky preferences are driving the future of snacking

Pink Starbursts and brownie edges: How our quirky preferences are driving the future of snacking

About a year ago, my younger sister texted me a photo included in a clickbait listicle about "genius" food inventions: a plate of brownies at a bake sale, each individually wrapped square color-coded with a sticker to designate if it came from the corner, middle or edge of the pan. "Leah dream," she wrote, knowing that in this scenario I'd have gone straight for the red-stickered...
Atlanta chef’s ‘Soul’ cookbook honors food from the heart

Atlanta chef’s ‘Soul’ cookbook honors food from the heart

When I exchanged emails some weeks ago with Southern cookbook writer Virginia Willis upon the release of her new cookbook, “Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South,” she commented, “It’s very a exciting time — Ed Lee’s book is Southern diversity , Eddie Hernandez’s and Susan Puckett’s book is Southern...
Toco Hills to get ramen and rolled ice cream

Toco Hills to get ramen and rolled ice cream

Pao Pao Ramen / Photo from the Pao Pao Ramen Facebook page Toco Hills Shopping Center is set to get new places for rolled ice cream and ramen. PaoPao Ramen and PaoPao Rolled Ice Cream have both been added to the center’s site map, Tomorrow’s News Today reported. The news comes on the heels of the closure of beloved longtime deli Bagel Palace over...
The Battery at SunTrust Park is getting a Savi Provisions

The Battery at SunTrust Park is getting a Savi Provisions

Savi Provisions offers gourmet groceries and to-go food. / Photo from the Savi Provisions Facebook page Savi Provisions is expanding once again. The specialty grocer is set to open its seventh location in late 2019 at The Battery at SunTrust Park. The store will join Savi locations that opened this month in Decatur and in ...
Your Memorial Day weekend guide to grilling, eating and drinking

Your Memorial Day weekend guide to grilling, eating and drinking

Get your grill game strong for Memorial Day. / Photo from the Austin American-Stateman Have you really experienced Memorial Day weekend if you haven’t grilled out? Get ready for your barbecue with these recipes, tips and products. Food writer Mark Bittman’s latest book, “How to Grill Everything,” provides tips and recipes for grilling , including how...
Elegant dessert uses a familiar cookie at this Midtown restaurant

Elegant dessert uses a familiar cookie at this Midtown restaurant

Pastry chef Lasheeda Perry created the Biscoff Cream Pie at Bar Margot after she was inspired on a flight to Atlanta. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS Dish of the Week: Biscoff Cream Pie at Bar Margot Commercial airline flights are not known as laboratories of culinary innovation, but inspiration can strike anywhere. In AJC reporter Nedra Rhone’s recent...
‘Dietland’ is violent, disruptive and surreal. Enjoy the ride!

‘Dietland’ is violent, disruptive and surreal. Enjoy the ride!

The most subversive moment on television this summer? It might be a cartoon credit sequence for “Dietland,” the new show from Marti Noxon that debuts on AMC on June 4. As it begins, a fat woman struggles up a mountain molded from desserts and fairground rides. She shrinks as she climbs, shedding her shapeless black wrap for a skintight scarlet number. She’s skeletal when she crests...
Sacramento has a craft beer industry worth writing a book about

Sacramento has a craft beer industry worth writing a book about

Justin Chechourka says that when Sacramento craft brewers make beer, they are chasing their passions, not money. It’s about doing do something they love. “That’s why I equate them to artists,” said Chechourka, whose book “Sacramento Beer: A Craft History” recently hit the electronic shelves of Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Chechourka started writing a blog about brewers...
This one recipe makes two of the best cookout buns around

This one recipe makes two of the best cookout buns around

Homemade buns change the cookout game. When I make the effort to serve grass-fed beef, artisanal sausages or even a noble carrot, I want the bun to be of the same quality. So, when I am asked to bring something to an outdoor gathering, I bring the buns - and I'm the hero of the potluck. What led me to this? There is no more egregious supermarket gambit than the inequitable packaging of hot dogs and...
Treat yourself to the charms of a half-bottle of wine

Treat yourself to the charms of a half-bottle of wine

This is for all the single people, all those who sometimes find themselves alone during mealtime. It could be that you live alone or that you’re traveling alone, miles into a solo journey and holed up in a could-be-anywhere hotel — and you’re fine with that. These are your opportunities to acquaint yourself with the charms of the half-bottle of wine. They are scarce, these little...
Au revoir real camembert? French connoisseurs denounce new label

Au revoir real camembert? French connoisseurs denounce new label

French cheese connoisseurs want everyone who loves the country’s culinary heritage to hear their anguished, almost unimaginable cry: Boycott French Camembert. Because soon enough, they warn, that creamy, pungent icon of France, will give way to a tasteless paste masquerading as the real thing. Beginning in 2021, Camembert made from pasteurized milk, in factories, will be labeled in a way that...
Spanish food? Sí, por favor!

Spanish food? Sí, por favor!

More than 46 million people live in Spain. And among them, they have more than 46 million different recipes for paella. Spain is not large by American standards; in area it totals the size of California plus South Carolina. Yet it comprises 16 distinct regions, each with its own way of cooking — and in some cases, its own language. Murcia, in the southeast, is home to traditional Mediterranean...
Next up at Amazon-run Whole Foods: half-priced halibut steaks

Next up at Amazon-run Whole Foods: half-priced halibut steaks

Amazon Prime is the kitchen sink of membership programs. The internet retailer keeps cramming new benefits into it — music and video streaming, fast shipping and online photo storage. Next up: ridiculously inexpensive halibut steaks from Whole Foods. On Wednesday, the company will unveil the next stage of its step-by-step makeover of Whole Foods Markets, the grocery chain it acquired last year...

Purina inaugurates new pet food distribution center in Hartwell, Georgia

Nestlé Purina commemorated  the opening of its newest distribution center in Hartwell, Georgia,  during a ceremony May 19. The site is also the future home of the  company's 21st manufacturing facility, where popular and high-quality  Purina pet food brands will be produced beginning in mid-2019.  The 190,000-sq ft distribution center currently employs more than 40 ...
The only pancakes worth getting out of bed for on a lazy Sunday

The only pancakes worth getting out of bed for on a lazy Sunday

When I was learning how to cook, I began by taking baby steps. I used a lot of products that gave me a jump start on the preparations. Boxed brownie mix. Dried tabbouleh. Bottled dressing. Canned frosting. Bisquick. I recall buying the bulk box of Bisquick at Costco. I made biscuits, ill-advised pizza crusts and goodness knows what else. The pancakes I made with Bisquick were pretty good. Eventually...
Healthy Cooking: Give tomato-less green gazpacho a whirl (in the blender)

Healthy Cooking: Give tomato-less green gazpacho a whirl (in the blender)

I am such a liar, my yoga pants are on fire. (Not really. That’s a lie.) I tell whoppers every time I visit the farmers market, where I enthusiastically over-purchase fresh, colorful produce with the promise that I will clean, peel and prepare every single item. Then the veggies, and my intentions, wither and die in my kitchen. The truth is, some days are so overwhelming that the hardest steps...
First Look: Cultured South debuts kombucha cool on the Beltline

First Look: Cultured South debuts kombucha cool on the Beltline

Cultured South Golda Kombucha. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. On Sunday, Cultured South, the burgeoning fermentation company from Golda Kombucha founder Melanie Wade, debuted its new taproom and fermentation marketplace adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail. Billed as the first of its kind in Georgia, and one of only a few kombucha taprooms in the Southeast...
Loyal Tavern, from the team behind Loyal Q, now open in Roswell

Loyal Tavern, from the team behind Loyal Q, now open in Roswell

Loyal Tavern is now open in downtown Roswell. / Photo from the Loyal Tavern Facebook page The team behind a new barbecue concept has opened a new spot in downtown Roswell. Loyal Tavern opened last week at 950 Canton St., serving upscale bar food as well as barbecue offerings from Loyal Q barbecue restaurant, including wings, burgers and ribs. Loyal Q and Brew, which opened a location in...
You’ll soon be able to order food with your beer at SweetWater Brewing Co.

You’ll soon be able to order food with your beer at SweetWater Brewing Co.

SweetWater Brewing / CONTRIBUTED BY SWEETWATER BREWING CO. Get ready to wash down some food with your beer at SweetWater Brewing Co. The Atlanta brewery has plans to serve food at its taproom at 195 Ottley Drive, What Now Atlanta first reported. “Since the Sept 1 laws went into effect, we’ve been thinking about how we should incorporate food into our taproom services,&rdquo...
The Pig & The Pint has closed in College Park

The Pig & The Pint has closed in College Park

The Pig & The Pint / Photo provided by The Pig & The Pint College Park restaurant The Pig & The Pint closed its doors over the weekend after more than four years in College Park. Located at 1583 Virginia Ave. the restaurant was known as a “modern meat and three” and offered Southern staples on its lunch and dinner menus. Executive chef and co-owner...
Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

With his first cookbook, Atlanta chef Todd Richards delivers a glorious compendium of thoughtful and refined recipes that are his personal response to the accumulated history of American cooking, from slave days to the contemporary moment. In the pages of “Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes,” published Tuesday, you will discover super-sophisticated multi-component recipes...
Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

“Soul: A chef’s culinary evolution in 150 recipes” by Todd Richards. (of Time Inc. Books/Angie Mosier) Read this cookbook: “Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes” by Todd Richards (Oxmoor House, $35)   By Wendell Brock With his first cookbook, Atlanta chef Todd Richards delivers a glorious compendium of thoughtful and refined recipes that ...
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern expanding again with Atlantic Station location

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern expanding again with Atlantic Station location

The Mother Nature Salad is on the menu at HOBNOB. More changes are in motion at Atlantic Station. The mixed-use development is set to get a fourth location of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in fall 2019. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant will be featured in the renovated Central Park area of Atlantic Station and will feature a rooftop patio bar. Locally-owned HOBNOB serves a menu of tavern...
Buy This: 3 products to pretty up your wedding or baby shower

Buy This: 3 products to pretty up your wedding or baby shower

‘Tis the season for showers and we’ve got two ways to pretty up your table and a tip for surprising your guests with floral beverages. Flower Confetti from 3 Porch Farm Flower confetti from 3 Porch Farm We love the idea of flower confetti. It’s pretty sprinkled on a tabletop or we can easily imagine it tossed over the bride at a garden shower or wedding. Mandy...
Royal-watching in Marietta: ex-pats and Georgians, tea, vows and ... baps?

Royal-watching in Marietta: ex-pats and Georgians, tea, vows and ... baps?

Sunrise in Marietta was still a few minutes away as the large screen showed a large crowd in a massive London cathedral. In the Queen’s Pantry, tucked into a strip mall near the corner of Johnson Ferry and Roswell roads, nearly 40 people bubbled with eager excitement as they settled in to watch the wedding of Harry and Meghan – who were soon to be Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  The...
How to prepare your outdoor grill for its time to shine

How to prepare your outdoor grill for its time to shine

No summer weekend is complete without an outdoor barbecue. But before you fire up the grill this season, you'll want to give it a thorough cleaning and make sure it's safe to use. After all, you don't want a grimy, greasy grill ruining the flavor of your Kobe steaks - or, even worse, a fire hazard in your back yard. Have an electric grill? You're in luck. Because electric grills are almost always...
Hen Mother Cookhouse now open in Johns Creek and other metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Hen Mother Cookhouse now open in Johns Creek and other metro Atlanta dining news from the week

The exterior of Hen Mother Cookhouse / Photo from the Hen Mother Cookhouse website Here are the stories that made a splash in the Atlanta food world this week. Hen Mother Cookhouse is now open at 11705 Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek. The breakfast, lunch and brunch spot is owned and operated by Soraya Khoury, who took over the space formerly occupied by Farmhouse Coffee and Cafe, ...
Shaved ice, flavored pickles coming to the Edgewood Retail District

Shaved ice, flavored pickles coming to the Edgewood Retail District

Shaved ice Frozen sweet treats are coming to Atlanta. Afolabi Ayanwale is set to open Amir’s Parlor in the Edgewood Retail District in the place of now-shuttered Cupcake People at 1245 Caroline St., What Now Atlanta first reported. The spot, named for Ayanwale’s 3-month-old son, will serve shaved ice, ice cream, milkshakes, slushies and flavored pickles, Set to...
Beer Pick: Toast the royal wedding with a real British beer

Beer Pick: Toast the royal wedding with a real British beer

Credit: Fullers’s Brewery. A soap opera and a live television spectacle rolled into one, Saturday’s royal wedding is the  real life Hollywood fairytale of an actress marrying a prince. It’s also the story of a young Briton and a young American making some waves. As an American of British ancestry, I’m not a big fan of royalty — because, you...
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