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Personal Journeys: Radio silence

Ryan Cameron, known as the “Voice of Atlanta,” goes off the air, but he’s not riding off into the sunset yet.


‘Hamilton’ makes its long-awaited Atlanta debut with messages of diversity and unity

‘Hamilton’ makes its long-awaited Atlanta debut with messages of diversity and unity

For some, it’s the diversity of the cast — a real American story told by people who reflect all cultures in the country. For others, it’s the intoxicating labyrinth of the lyrics, a soundtrack that delivers hip-hop beats and musical poetry to an audience that otherwise wouldn’t know DMX from a BMX. And, for the historically minded, it’s a simple appreciation...
8 things you didn't know about Atlanta’s Great American Cookies

8 things you didn't know about Atlanta’s Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies has one goal: to bake the best cookies ever made. If you're an Atlanta native, you know this to be true. Many of the malls across metro Atlanta have these scrumptious stores and at some point in time you have stopped to buy one whether your kid begged or your inner-kid couldn't resist. There's a reason you keep going back, and that's because Great American Cookies has ensured...
Author Events May 20-26

Author Events May 20-26

Jon Meacham, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.” Pulitzer Prize–winning author Meacham believes our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and he shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. In conversation with fellow Pulitzer-Prize winning author Doug Blackmon. 7 p.m. May 21. Lecture...
A dozen ways to indulge in strawberry season in metro Atlanta

A dozen ways to indulge in strawberry season in metro Atlanta

il Giallo Osteria & Bar features a pizza di fragile with strawberries on its dessert menu. Photo by Erik Meadows. Strawberry season is now in full swing in Georgia. If you don’t want to mess with pick-your-own farms , you still can reap the fruits of the season with these drinks and dishes from various OTP eateries.   il Giallo Osteria &...
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...
Real-life girl’s courage inspired Aisha Saeed’s sophomore novel

Real-life girl’s courage inspired Aisha Saeed’s sophomore novel

On the eve of the recent release of “Amal Unbound,” her second novel for children, Brookhaven author Aisha Saeed, sipping a Coke Zero, seems as cool as a cucumber at La Madeleine French Bakery and Café. Her demeanor belies the chilling and potent narratives she pens about young girls who, against all odds, rally against the sociopolitical forces that disenfranchise them. Saeed...
Kirkwood Craftsman bungalow features adorable matching chicken coop

Kirkwood Craftsman bungalow features adorable matching chicken coop

Twenty chickens cluck and roam where cement once filled the backyard of Andy McKeegan’s home in Kirkwood. The chickens live in a coop that matches the 1922 Craftsman house. “They’ve got a big old run,” he said. “They’ve got a big old coop right next to it that’s painted to match my house. It’s legit.” The backyard redo is among $100,000 in renovations...
11 of the biggest scandals in sports gambling history

11 of the biggest scandals in sports gambling history

With the Supreme Court ending a federal ban on sports betting, the floodgates have opened for some, or all, of the 50 states to legalize wagers on athletic events. With this brave new world of gaming, we'll see extra focus on players, officials, spreads, lines and money, all as leagues, law enforcement and sports books try to ensure that sports gambling stays incorruptible...
Yes, ‘Hamilton’ tickets are still available for the Fox Theatre shows – this is why

Yes, ‘Hamilton’ tickets are still available for the Fox Theatre shows – this is why

Fans of “Hamilton” can still buy tickets to the Fox Theatre run of the show, May 22-June 10. Photo: Joan Marcus BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Some inquisitive “Hamilton” fans have noticed pockets of tickets available on the Fox Theatre website for most of the dates for the show’s May 22-June 10 run. How is that possible...
Tom Wolfe’s ‘A Man in Full’ had Atlanta pegged

Tom Wolfe’s ‘A Man in Full’ had Atlanta pegged

Tom Wolfe spent years researching and writing what would become perhaps his most significant novel, 1998’s “A Man in Full,” and the city of Atlanta was collectively proud and apprehensive to be in the crosshairs of the writer’s gimlet-eyed scrutiny. Atlanta’s jitters manifested early. Wolfe came to town to celebrate the November publication date, but the Buckhead Coalition...
Theater review: High-strung comedy ‘Ripcord’ malfunctions at Aurora

Theater review: High-strung comedy ‘Ripcord’ malfunctions at Aurora

You’ve probably seen it all before, or at least might feel like you have: Two strong-willed little old ladies, both of them set in their own ways, become mismatched roommates at a modest senior-living facility; because Marilyn’s more chatty and free-spirited, while Abby’s more cynical and reserved, they quickly clash. If that sounds like some utterly routine pitch for yet another...
A barista refused to serve a man for 'being really racist' to a Muslim. Her bosses backed her.

A barista refused to serve a man for 'being really racist' to a Muslim. Her bosses backed her.

Kathleen "Amina" Deady stood in front of a pastry counter in Riverside, California, holding a key fob and wearing a veil across her face. Only her eyes peeked through the veil. In Islam, it is called a niqab, though the man standing in front of Deady at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Friday had other words for it. » Muslims in America, by the numbers "Is this Halloween or something?"...
5 ways your kids can explore the Atlanta Beltline

5 ways your kids can explore the Atlanta Beltline

The Atlanta Beltline is a surefire site to gain your kids' full participation and undivided attention during designated family time throughout the year. Tykes to teenagers have access to year-round events and activities along the redeveloping, 22-mile loop of multipurpose parks and trails. This sustainable venue offers educational experiences and oftentimes with a wild adventure twist. Add...
Have you tried the Georgia cookie that made the list of best chocolate chip cookies in the US?

Have you tried the Georgia cookie that made the list of best chocolate chip cookies in the US?

The best chocolate chip cookie title has been contested. Though Muss & Turner’s is still in the afterglow of winning the title of best chocolate chip cookie in Georgia from one travel site, a Savannah bakery has just nabbed the same title from a celebrated online food magazine. Earlier this month, Delish.com placed Back in the Day Bakery’s chocolate chip cookie on its &ldquo...
Foraging for food in Atlanta’s urban forest with Concrete Jungle

Foraging for food in Atlanta’s urban forest with Concrete Jungle

On a recent drizzly Tuesday, Katherine Kennedy and five volunteers wrestled with a mulberry tree on Pearl Street. While four members of the foraging party held the corners of a blue tarp, the tallest, Riley Perszyk, stood on the bed of a pickup truck, grabbed a high branch of the tree and shook it like a Polaroid picture. Down came a hail of dark fruit, along with a shower of raindrops, prompting...
Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

ST. LOUIS — On Thursday evening, the crowd at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis overflowed the room in which Amy Sherald was speaking, so late arrivals watched the artist talk on monitors in the atrium. It's been a little over three months since Sherald, the artist who painted Michelle Obama's official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, became a public figure, admired and reviled...
VOTE: What restaurant has the best fried chicken in Atlanta?

VOTE: What restaurant has the best fried chicken in Atlanta?

Fried chicken is a Southern delicacy taken very seriously by anyone whose ever crunched into the perfect juicy bite. That's why it's our Best of Atlanta poll spotlight this week.  Looking for other fried and tasty meals like mama used to make? These are Atlanta restaurants that offer the best soul food with all the fixings to go with it. If you’re looking for spots to get a spicy bird...
Winner: Best urban radio show | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best urban radio show | Best of Atlanta

It's likely that you spend a lot of time listening to the radio while in Atlanta traffic, in the office or while relaxing at home. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered our city's favorite urban radio personalities. They share a bit of news and lot of laughs in between spinning the latest Drake track or an old school Anita Baker record. Rickey Smiley Morning Show of HOT 107.9 is the host...
1962 Orly plane crash inspires novel

1962 Orly plane crash inspires novel

Hannah Pittard can’t remember when she first heard about the 1962 plane crash at Orly Field. The disaster, which killed 106 Atlantans on a chartered art tour to France, serves as the starting point for Pittard’s fourth novel, “Visible Empire,” which goes on to trace the grief and loss that rippled through a city just beginning to grapple with its own history. For...
‘A Shout in the Ruins’ a Civil War drama that treads tired terrain

‘A Shout in the Ruins’ a Civil War drama that treads tired terrain

Kevin Powers’ “A Shout in the Ruin” hopscotches from the Civil War to the mid-1980s, meandering through threads of intersecting black, white and multiracial lives, though pointedly it doesn’t successfully untangle the knots that those threads make or even articulate why the tangling is necessary beyond narrative contrivance. Each chapter offers up new perspectives and voices...
7 ways to wow mom on Mother's Day in Atlanta 

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

Moms do so much for their kids, so why not treat yours to something special in Atlanta to celebrate her day? If you’re still looking for unique Mother’s Day ideas, you have a plethora of options for Mother’s Day in Atlanta −whether  an artsy event, shopping for her favorite things or just plain ‘ol brunching  Saturday or Sunday −  will give...
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...
Grant Park couple’s Craftsman bungalow blends macabre with midcentury style

Grant Park couple’s Craftsman bungalow blends macabre with midcentury style

From skulls lining the original fireplace mantel to scattered vintage and antique pieces, the decor of Adam and Jessica Willhite’s bungalow brings a hint of the macabre into their daily lives. “Our styles are both eclectic but each with a little bit of a different twist,” Jessica said. “We do kind of like things that … are a little bit mysterious.” When they made...
Thanks to Mom, we had the best foods of Britain and America

Thanks to Mom, we had the best foods of Britain and America

With the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle coming up May 19, quickly on the heels of the latest royal baby, American Anglophilia is flaring anew. Whether it’s “Victoria,” Helen Mirren, John Oliver, The Beatles or Jane Austen, Americans’ pop culture love affair with the U.K. is an enduring one. But we also show our country’s British roots when we sip English breakfast...
Best places to have an outdoor wedding in Atlanta

Best places to have an outdoor wedding in Atlanta

From historic estates to classic landscapes, Atlanta's neighborhoods offer unique outdoor wedding venues to fit your budget. Smith Family Farm (Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta 30305) – Step back in time and go rustic with your choice of venue. The 1860s farmhouse and period gardens provide a unique setting that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The rental fee...
How to cook a possum: Rick Bragg on his momma’s table

How to cook a possum: Rick Bragg on his momma’s table

In Margaret Bragg’s kitchen, the food of poverty never went out of style. She is a wizard with fatback, turnip greens, sow-belly and tripe, and she’s not impressed with the fact that the rest of the world has caught up with her, and that catfish is served at the most fashionable tables. “She wouldn’t care what the rest of the world was doing,” said Rick Bragg. What...
Kenny Leon’s revival of ‘Children of a Lesser God’ to close on Broadway

Kenny Leon’s revival of ‘Children of a Lesser God’ to close on Broadway

Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff star in “Children of a Lesser God” on Broadway. Photo: Matthew Murphy BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Kenny Leon-directed revival of “Children of a Lesser God” will play it final Broadway performance on May 27. The drama, based on the 1979 play by Mark Medoff, began previews on March 22 and officially opened April 11 at...
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...
Winner: Best happy hour in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best happy hour in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

One of the most tasty things about the work week is the anticipation of happy hour. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered where you find your deals and steals.  With multiple locations around Atlanta, Dantanna's combines culinary excellence with the entertainment value of sports to create the ultimate restaurant experience. Hit them up Monday through Friday for steep discounts...
Healthy Cooking: When you’re pressed to make dinner, go for panini

Healthy Cooking: When you’re pressed to make dinner, go for panini

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but exasperation was the genesis of my family’s easiest healthy meal. A few weeks ago, after Dear Husband Bob and I collapsed on the sofa and discussed our equally overwhelming and exhausting days, he looked at me and said, “So, what’s for dinner?” Readers, he did not get a menu in response. Instead, he was treated to the unholy diatribe...
‘Hamilton’ ticket lottery details announced for Fox Theatre performances

‘Hamilton’ ticket lottery details announced for Fox Theatre performances

Here’s another chance to snag tickets to “Hamilton” at the Fox Theatre. Photo: Joan Marcus. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Time to take your shot at “Hamilton” tickets again . A digital lottery will begin at 11 a.m. May 20 for tickets to the show’s first Atlanta performance on May 22; subsequent digital lotteries...
Designer believes every room needs at least one antique

Designer believes every room needs at least one antique

When it comes to design, Courtney Giles Decker thinks about classic, comfortable and well-edited spaces. Designer & background: An Alabama native, Decker graduated from Auburn University in 1999 with a degree in interior design. After an internship with Image Design in Atlanta, Decker knew she wanted to focus on residential design. She worked for Susan B. Bozeman Designs part time until she landed...
Cherokee Nation divided in ‘Blood Moon’

Cherokee Nation divided in ‘Blood Moon’

In the late 1830s, thousands of Cherokee and other native tribespeople were forced from their ancestral homes in Georgia and the Southeastern United States and resettled in unknown territory west of the Mississippi in what has come to be known as the Trail of Tears. It was a disaster for the Cherokee and a blot on the history of the young United States. In his accessible history narrative “Blood...
Firing up the grill with Mark Bittman

Firing up the grill with Mark Bittman

With more than 20 books to his name, including “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00,” “Food Matters” and the entire “How to Cook Everything” series, it would seem that Mark Bittman has written about, well, everything. Not quite. The prolific food writer and former New York Times columnist is back this year with “How to Grill Everything” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...
You won’t have to go to Kentucky for this Alpha Derby party

You won’t have to go to Kentucky for this Alpha Derby party

Louisville won’t be the only place to party for the annual Derby Day “Run for the Roses.” The Alphas of Atlanta will host its fourth annual Alpha Derby weekend celebration and fundraiser, complete with traditional mint juleps, elaborate hats, live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, music and a jazz brunch.  The events, hosted by the eight metro Atlanta graduate chapters for of...
Kempner: New CEO of forgotten Krystal aims at partiers, fans of tiny

Kempner: New CEO of forgotten Krystal aims at partiers, fans of tiny

In the pantheon of fast-food burgers, the Krystal’s offerings were always undersized. That was part of their appeal, often for a late-night party crowd or anyone looking for speedy hand-to-mouth food consumption in the South. Thin on meat (an eighth of an inch thick, according to my ruler), heavy on white bread, square and, most importantly, tiny, Krystal burgers didn’t follow the crowd...
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,...
‘Every day is like a changing picture’ at Johns Creek home with wall of windows 

‘Every day is like a changing picture’ at Johns Creek home with wall of windows 

Neelima Kanneganti and her family enjoy taking photos through their two-story bowed wall of windows in their new Johns Creek home as the weather and seasons change. “Every day is like a changing picture,” she said. The curved wall was part of a plan by builder Ashton Woods in the new north Fulton County neighborhood. The architectural element gives the great room a spectacular setting...
Get your Drinko de Mayo on at these OTP Cinco de Mayo festivities

Get your Drinko de Mayo on at these OTP Cinco de Mayo festivities

Live music, DJs, drink specials and more are part of the Cinco de Mayo festivities at Tin Lizzy’s locations across metro Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Tin Lizzy’s. This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday — which means plenty of over-the-top fiestas to choose from, and a little less guilt about having that extra margarita. Not sure where to celebrate OTP?...
Some don't like it hot: 7 Atlanta date ideas that beat the heat

Some don't like it hot: 7 Atlanta date ideas that beat the heat

Now, that the breeze and the temperatures permit, who wouldn't want to have their first date on a happening restaurant's patio, a date night at an outdoor movie or a double date weekend drive to a series of North Georgia wineries? For some people, those romantic scenes just sound sweaty and uninviting.  Some of us have already worked in the heat all week and just want a break. Other people...
‘Imaginary Worlds’ exhibit returns to Atlanta Botanical Garden

‘Imaginary Worlds’ exhibit returns to Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is growing mythological creatures. A fire-breathing dragon, a mermaid, a flying horse, a woolly mammoth and a brace of other beasts are taking root at the Midtown attraction, and will be flowering through much of the rest of the year. They are part of the “Imaginary Worlds” exhibit, opening May 5, an offering of the ancient art called “mosaiculture...
2018 Tony Award nominees include Atlanta ties, special notice for Bruce Springsteen

2018 Tony Award nominees include Atlanta ties, special notice for Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway run will receive a special Tony Award. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Kenny Leon-directed revival of “Children of a Lesser God” didn’t earn any show or director kudos from the Tony Awards committee, but his star won an expected accolade. Lauren Ridloff, in her debut theater acting role, is nominated for best performance...
Featured food events in metro Atlanta May 2 – 6: Taste of Alpharetta, mocktail class with Mom and more

Featured food events in metro Atlanta May 2 – 6: Taste of Alpharetta, mocktail class with Mom and more

Over 60 restaurants will offer food and drink samples during the Annual Taste of Alpharetta. Photo credit: Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Over 60 restaurants will offer delectable food and drink samples during the Annual Taste of Alpharetta. Celebrate Mom with a mocktail class. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all...
Where to get a pint of beer for $2 Tuesdays in Virginia-Highland

Where to get a pint of beer for $2 Tuesdays in Virginia-Highland

Get a pint of beer for $2 Tuesdays at D.B.A. Barbecue. Photo credit: Kitsy Rose PR. Drink up. Every Tuesday, D.B.A. Barbecue offers a pint of local beer for $2. No coupons, no catches and the beer selection rotates weekly. If you also happen to plan lunch with your coworkers, groups of four or more receive one free dozen wings on Tuesdays as well...
Vote: Who has the best happy hour in Atlanta?

Vote: Who has the best happy hour in Atlanta?

One of the most tasty things about the work week is the anticipation of happy hour.  This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you find your deals and steals.  Happy hours come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you're a fancy pants oyster lover or have an intense craving for all the tacos, Atlanta has you covered. In fact, you’ll find all the above at these eleven...
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo early with $5 margaritas in Cobb and Gwinnett counties

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo early with $5 margaritas in Cobb and Gwinnett counties

Bahama Breeze will serve its classic margaritas for $5 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Photo credit: Linda Costa Communications Group. Get your Cinco de Mayo celebration started early. Bahama Breeze will serve its classic margaritas for $5 through May 5; the regular price is $6.99. Signature, fruit-flavored margaritas such as hibiscus, mango, tamarind, strawberry...
Hot outdoor living ideas for the spring

Hot outdoor living ideas for the spring

Pristine white resort-style furniture. Multipurpose spaces for yoga in the morning and movies at night. Plants and accessories with the “it” hues for 2018. From staycation retreats to a showcase for design, outdoor spaces continue to evolve. Here are ways Atlanta landscapers, designers, garden experts and products are accentuating outdoor living this spring. Wowing with white White furniture...
Proverty drives desperate acts in Chris Offutt’s ‘Country Dark’ 

Proverty drives desperate acts in Chris Offutt’s ‘Country Dark’ 

Tucker is a dangerous boy. At 16, he leaves the poor hill country of eastern Kentucky and joins the army to fight in the Korean War. His woodland skills make him an ideal candidate for the era’s special operations forces. He becomes a knife-master who can easily dispatch an opponent in close combat, a dark art that will prove useful when he returns to civilian life. If Tucker is a man of few...
#blackgirlmagic

#blackgirlmagic

The hashtag #blackgirlmagic is a source of inspiration and a rallying cry for black women. Take a look at our portrait series celebrating 10 movers and shakers who make Atlanta a better place to live.
Get off to the races with these Atlanta mint juleps

Get off to the races with these Atlanta mint juleps

A mint julep piled high with crushed ice. It’s time to retrieve the hatbox and shine the silver cups. The fastest 2 minutes in sports is May 5, and, since 1938, the official refreshment of the Kentucky Derby has been the mint julep. Originally from Virginia, juleps were made with spirits like brandy or rum, and they weren’t so much a cocktail as medicinal sippers...
Seven Day Menu Planner

Seven Day Menu Planner

5/6 Family Sunday Make a family-friendly Pot Roast (see recipe) for today’s gathering. Accompany the flavorful combination with mashed red-skinned potatoes, steamed sliced zucchini, a mixed green salad and whole-grain rolls. For dessert, scoop lemon sherbet. Plan ahead: Save enough beef, vegetables, mashed potatoes...
History Center’s ‘Barbecue Nation’ looks for America in smoky meat

History Center’s ‘Barbecue Nation’ looks for America in smoky meat

In the fall of 1793, President George Washington crossed the Potomac River and headed toward a construction site. He was joined by a group of masons, a regiment of artillery, and a crowd of onlookers. There, in an elaborate ceremony, they laid the cornerstone for what would become the United States Capitol building. To celebrate, they ate 500 pounds of barbecue. If there is a cornerstone to &ldquo...
Author Alice Walker on women, men, and the fate of the planet

Author Alice Walker on women, men, and the fate of the planet

Why won’t Alice Walker allow commenting on her blog? Commenters generally have a bad attitude, she said. Then there’s the spelling. Though she considers social media a “surveillance” tool, and was only “dragged” into Facebook by her friends, Walker loves her blog, where she posts new poems and social criticism. But she won’t mess with trifling people who can&rsquo...
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...
Buckhead Dutch Colonial keeps classic charm through modern update

Buckhead Dutch Colonial keeps classic charm through modern update

A 1930 Dutch Colonial delighted Kim Rowe when she saw the Atlanta home perched above the street with large windows, numerous French doors and an adorable serpentine path. “I fell in love with the classic architecture of the home the minute we walked in and we made an offer on the spot,” she said. In the 11 years she and her husband, Thomas, have lived in the three-bedroom home, she said...
7 places to celebrate the Kentucky Derby in metro Atlanta

7 places to celebrate the Kentucky Derby in metro Atlanta

Grab your pastel hats, seersucker suits and spend the day sipping mint juleps at Avalon in Alpharetta. Photo credit: The Wilbert Group. Grab your big hat, don your best gear and kick back with cool cocktails and delectable bites during this year’s Kentucky Derby festivities in metro Atlanta. The following seven restaurants will host viewing parties plus a few friendly...
Double deal day: $1 sangrias in Midtown, free dessert in Buckhead

Double deal day: $1 sangrias in Midtown, free dessert in Buckhead

Get $1 sangrias as Bulla Gastrobar in honor of Executive Assistant Day today. Photo credit: Melissa Libby PR. Celebrate executive assistants with sangria today. Treat these folks — often the keepers of cool who keep things running smoothly — with a $1 glass of sangria at Bulla Gastrobar  for Executive Assistant Day today. To cash in on this...
Young female director takes on ‘Carmen’ for Atlanta Opera

Young female director takes on ‘Carmen’ for Atlanta Opera

Georges Bizet’s classic “Carmen” is one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. The classic love story has been produced countless times, but the upcoming Atlanta Opera production at the Cobb Energy Centre nonetheless represents significant firsts for some primary members of its cast and crew. “The music in it is amazing, and it covers such a wide variety of emotional...
Why Roswell author Becky Albertalli loves ‘Simon’

Why Roswell author Becky Albertalli loves ‘Simon’

Now that she’s written a best-selling novel about the travails of a gay adolescent boy, Roswell author Becky Albertalli must deal with the inevitable fallout, namely, the fact that she’s not a gay adolescent boy. Her 2015 young adult hit, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” was just made into a movie set in Atlanta, “Love, Simon,” featuring heartthrob Nick Robinson...
Spring cookbook releases bring author appearances to Atlanta

Spring cookbook releases bring author appearances to Atlanta

The arrival of spring means a slew of new books. In the food and cooking category, this season holds plenty of heavyweights, including cookbooks from Atlanta culinarians such as Taquería del Sol chef-partner Eddie Hernandez,Richards’ Southern Fried chef-owner Todd Richards and venerable Southern cookbook writer Virginia Willis. Add to that national names like food writer Mark Bittman...
Featured food events in metro Atlanta April 24 – 29: Flying Biscuit Café party, whiskey walk, more

Featured food events in metro Atlanta April 24 – 29: Flying Biscuit Café party, whiskey walk, more

Head to Gypsy Kitchen every Sunday for live flamenco music, $6 glasses of rosé, half off select bottles of wine and more. Photo credit: Melissa Libby PR. Head to Buckhead for complimentary cake and giveaways at the Flying Biscuit Café. Celebrate Sundays with half-price bottles of wine, flamenco music and more. There are several fun, food events happening in...
Healthy Cooking: 5 tips for a healthier, tastier Cinco de Mayo

Healthy Cooking: 5 tips for a healthier, tastier Cinco de Mayo

Mexican dishes play an important role in my meal plan. And by that I mean, when I forget to plan, a cup of salsa, a few tortillas and the previous meal’s protein save the day. The only downside to “leftover fiesta night” is that some of us (me) seize the opportunity to dive into a Tex-Mex free-for-all of shredded cheese, sour cream and too much salt. So, in honor of Cinco de Mayo...
Theater review: Express’ ‘Flower Room’ a rather uncultivated romp

Theater review: Express’ ‘Flower Room’ a rather uncultivated romp

With all due respect for the many indisputable demonstrations of Melissa Foulger’s directorial skill over the years, nobody’s perfect. Longtime audiences of Actor’s Express, where she frequently works as an associate artist, will likely remember her consummate work there on “Suddenly, Last Summer,” “Good Boys and True,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses...
ATL Burger Week brings $5 deals back to metro Atlanta  

ATL Burger Week brings $5 deals back to metro Atlanta  

Looking for the best burger in town? This week is your chance to find it. The Georgia Beef Board and Creative Loafing are kicking off their annual ATL Burger Week event today across the city. From now through Sunday, April 29, Atlantans can visit over 40 participating restaurants to score $5 burgers all week. Just like last year, burger lovers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite burger...
Inside the birth of the Weather Channel

Inside the birth of the Weather Channel

When the Weather Channel launched in 1982, its founder, John Coleman, knew he was on to the start of something important and something special. In its first night on air, he presciently told viewers that the channel would “become the nation’s primary source of weather information” and that it would “serve the nation with information presented in such a way that it adds greatly...
Vinyl siding gets an upgrade

Vinyl siding gets an upgrade

Homebuyers who relocate to the Atlanta metro area from colder climates are often surprised to find that few builders finish their houses’ exteriors with vinyl siding. While the colorful outside option has a loyal following in other parts of the country, the South has been slower to follow suit. And for years, there’s been one good reason: the sun. The scorching light has been known to...
Unorthodox life inspires Charles Frazier’s ‘Varina’

Unorthodox life inspires Charles Frazier’s ‘Varina’

Varina Anne Banks Howell Davis, first lady of the Confederate States of America, was no pushover, no delicate Southern belle, no simple and refreshing glass of sweet tea. North Carolina author Charles Frazier, best known for his 1997 breakout hit, “Cold Mountain,” describes Varina’s life as full of woe. She was “beaten up” by having children — from “loving...
Julia Franks wins 2018 Townsend Prize

Julia Franks wins 2018 Townsend Prize

Former Atlanta high school English teacher Julia Franks has won the 2018 Townsend Prize in fiction for her debut, “Over the Plain Houses.” Set in 1939, Franks’ novel is a tragic tale of a troubled marriage fueled by religious obsession and an oppressed woman’s awakening in the North Carolina mountains. Administered by the Chattahoochee Review and the Georgia Center for the...
7 Day Menu

7 Day Menu

4/29 Family Sunday The family will give their approval for your Baked Walnut-Coated Chicken. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 4 chicken cutlets in a mixture of 3 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; then dip into 2 beaten egg whites. Next, roll chicken in 1 cup finely chopped walnuts. Bake on a nonstick foil-lined baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes or until...
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...
Buckhead family makes a statement with new Virginia farmhouse-style abode 

Buckhead family makes a statement with new Virginia farmhouse-style abode 

The biggest one was the white Calcutta marble countertop for the kitchen island. Its green-gray tones and veining caught her attention as soon as she walked into the Bottega Stone showroom. The slab was a splurge in the new home, which was finished in September 2017 in northwest Buckhead. “I tried to build the home with a business hat on and not a typical emotional hat that most people...
Theater review: ‘Something Rotten!’ tosses eggs at Bard and Broadway

Theater review: ‘Something Rotten!’ tosses eggs at Bard and Broadway

In “Something Rotten!,” two penniless sibling playwrights living in Elizabethan England try to come up with a hit show. The only problem: They have some competition in a cocky and charismatic writer named Will Shakespeare. Hooking up with a soothsayer named Nostradamus, they discover that the future of theater, many years hence, lies in a preposterous form called the musical. But when...
Review: ‘Ripe Frenzy’ tells story of school shootings from a new angle

Review: ‘Ripe Frenzy’ tells story of school shootings from a new angle

Everyone in the fictional town of Tavistown, N.Y., is preparing for the high school’s 40th production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”— after all, that’s why they’re in the Guinness World Records. Town historian Zoe (Taylor Dooley) and her friends, theater teacher Miriam (Megan Cramer) and doctor Felicia (Danye Brown), raised their children together anticipating...
Sip and see: 6 Georgia signature bourbon distilleries

Sip and see: 6 Georgia signature bourbon distilleries

Peach State tasting rooms aren't just for craft breweries and North Georgia wineries anymore.  Georgia distilleries are making their mark with signature bourbons and visitors 21 and up are welcome to sip and savor and maybe bring a bottle home. If the science of bourbon is a fascinating subject for you, many of the distilleries (and their distinguished artisans) are more than willing to...
3 featured food events in metro Atlanta April 19-22

3 featured food events in metro Atlanta April 19-22

Learn how to make sushi rice, safely serve raw fish at home and more during a sushi-making class at Second Self. Photo credit: Birmingham Sushi Class. Learn how to make sushi this Sunday. Celebrate spring with a four-course dinner paired with select wines. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to...
This Buckhead steakhouse is giving away free meals for its anniversary celebration

This Buckhead steakhouse is giving away free meals for its anniversary celebration

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse is offering a free meal this week. Photo credit: Mia Yakel. This anniversary celebration features a free meal for you. Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse  is celebrating its third anniversary in Atlanta by giving diners a voucher for one free meal on a return visit. Vouchers will be distributed today through April 20. Desserts...
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...
What caused the shake-up at the High Museum?

What caused the shake-up at the High Museum?

Art is on the move at the High Museum. The Midtown destination has begun to disassemble its permanent collection in a six-month process that will end up rearranging almost everything on the walls, floors and pedestals. The reinstallation is also a reassessment of the way the museum should look, and a chance for the High to integrate new acquisitions. In 2005, the High more than doubled in space with...
As seen on TV: 11 Atlanta restaurants featured on the small screen

As seen on TV: 11 Atlanta restaurants featured on the small screen

If you live in Atlanta, you have probably watched a television show (or two) and spotted one of your local hangouts. Perhaps you've seen one of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" throw a drink at your favorite bar or a one of your favorite Atlanta dishes featured on the Food Network. It's not uncommon for Atlanta residents to do a double take while flipping through the channels. Atlanta has...
10 Georgia authors compete for Townsend Prize

10 Georgia authors compete for Townsend Prize

The only thing predictable about Georgia’s oldest and most prestigious literary award is its unpredictability. Every two years, the state’s literati and publishing elite gather to see who will take home the Townsend Prize for Fiction, launched in 1981 as a memorial for Jim Townsend, Atlanta magazine’s founding editor. Anthony Winkler’s win in 2014 came as a surprise to some...
Boutique takes part in next Southeastern Designer Showhouse

Boutique takes part in next Southeastern Designer Showhouse

For more than 25 years, Atlanta-based B.D. Jeffries has been a go-to source for a mix of high-end home goods and gifts. Owners: Brad and Debbie Weitz, who met at UGA, opened B.D. Jeffries in Atlanta in 1992. They opened a second store in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1998. The store: The lifestyle and home décor store started out offering fine alligator and crocodile accessories, but soon grew...
New book gives 47 tasty reasons to get in the garden right now

New book gives 47 tasty reasons to get in the garden right now

Read this book: “Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants” by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis (Ten Speed Press,  $22) By Wendell Brock  Next time I go plant shopping you won’t find me lurking cluelessly over lemon bee balm or screwing up my nose over huckleberry bushes. That’s because I’ve found the...
How to survive the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

How to survive the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

In case you missed the time change, the warmer weather and the rising pollen count, one sure fire way to know it's spring in Atlanta is the kickoff of Atlanta's annual Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park. The festival, which is in its 82nd year, takes place Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15. If you have never been, then hurry up. Having never been is akin to saying that you don't drink Coke...
Happy hour food and drink deals start at $5 at this Midtown steakhouse

Happy hour food and drink deals start at $5 at this Midtown steakhouse

Happy hour food and drink deals start at $5 at STK Atlanta in Midtown. Photo credit: Caitlin Kreidler. Kick off the weekend with savings at this steakhouse. STK Atlanta offers a special wallet-friendly happy hour menu, available today and every weekday from 5-7 p.m., featuring loaded tater tots served with bacon cheddar cheese chives ($5); li’l BRG’s with...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

4/22 Family Sunday Beef Cubes and Gravy (see recipe) will become a favorite at your house just like it is at ours. Serve it over no-yolk egg noodles and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Add fresh asparagus and whole-grain rolls. Buy a Boston cream pie for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough pie for Monday. 4/23 Kids Monday Try kid-friendly...
Kwame Alexander heads to Atlanta with new book tied to ‘The Crossover’

Kwame Alexander heads to Atlanta with new book tied to ‘The Crossover’

— from “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander Talk for more than a few minutes with Kwame Alexander and chances are excellent that he’ll break into his own verse, rattling it off fast and loud, cool and proud. The snippet above this story kicks off Alexander’s “The Crossover,” which won the 2015 John Newbery Medal, the top honor in this country for youth literature...
Maximum taste, minimum waste: A guide to Atlanta's community-supported agriculture  

Maximum taste, minimum waste: A guide to Atlanta's community-supported agriculture  

CSA stands for "community supported agriculture," and for those that appreciate its health and financial benefits, it really stands for"consider something awesome."  The concept, where customers pay ahead of time and then farms provide them with a share of the harvest all season, has really caught on in the Atlanta area in the past few years. The Local Harvest CSA clearinghouse...
4 game-changing grilled cheese sandwiches in Atlanta

4 game-changing grilled cheese sandwiches in Atlanta

The grilled cheese sandwich is an ooey-gooey favorite for all ages.  Here is a guide to some of the spots in town that are keeping their grilled cheese game on point. If you're in need of more comfort food, this list will keep you well-fed for days. 3073 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404-262-3336, https://www.buckheadrestaurants.com/buckhead-diner/ Every diner needs a classic grilled...
Get $3 drinks and free snacks during happy hour at this Buckhead Italian restaurant

Get $3 drinks and free snacks during happy hour at this Buckhead Italian restaurant

Get $3 drinks plus free meat and cheese snacks during Bar Americano’s happy hour. Photo credit: Green Olive Media. Here’s a remedy to rush hour. Instead of sitting in traffic, head to Bar Americano for happy hour drink specials such as $3 Prosecco and $3 Bellinis plus a complimentary spread of fine meats, cheeses and olives from 4-6...
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