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Baby girl hustle

My granddaddy is the only black man I’ve ever met who was never broke a day in his life. He ran an illegal liquor house in Decatur, selling moonshine for 50 cents a shot from behind a bar he built himself out of plywood and old scraps of carpet and red leather. Granddaddy’s real name was George Walker, but folks called him Bear Cat or .38 for the two pistols he kept in his front pockets...


Choreographers explore violence, migration, redemption

Choreographers explore violence, migration, redemption

This fall, many Atlanta dance artists are examining the world’s political shifts, trying to make sense of some of the weightier issues at hand. As for the season’s lighter side, even fairy tales have moral lessons, and a 1789 French comedy ballet hints at revolution. ‘X.’ In this 10-year retrospective, current and former Staibdance company members will join with local guest...
Essays ponder the vagaries of romance

Essays ponder the vagaries of romance

In 1997 social psychologist Arthur Aron published a study about his laboratory experiment on falling in love. In the experiment, strangers answer 36 questions ranging from, “Would you like to be famous?” to “What is your most terrible memory?” and end with staring into each other’s eye for four minutes. Years later, when Virginia native Mandy Len Catron came across the...
Milton home was a fresh canvas for artistic owner

Milton home was a fresh canvas for artistic owner

As the daughter of an artist, Jill Edee immediately knew her Milton home needed a fresh canvas. She covered the gray-speckled exterior brick with white paint, giving it the look of a marshmallow, and repainted the interior walls with Sherwin-Williams Pearly White, in a high gloss. “Art and design are in my blood,” said Edee, who learned from her mother, Pamela C. Renfroe, a licensed Coca-Cola...
Bolster flavor instantly with miso

Bolster flavor instantly with miso

Inventive cooks are always looking to push flavor to the maximum. Here is my advice: When in doubt, add a little miso. It has transformative powers. In addition to offering a host of nutritional and probiotic benefits, miso imbues everything it touches with a sweet, salty, nutty complexity. Whether you choose mild white miso, medium-bodied yellow miso or the more intense reddish-brown miso, it gives...
6 peach cocktails to sip around Atlanta

6 peach cocktails to sip around Atlanta

Peachtree Street This peach-inspired sour comprised of gin, lemon juice, peach liqueur and peach syrup is shaken not stirred with muddled basil leaves to bump up the herbal notes in the gin. Topped with a simple garnish of basil oil, the Peachtree Street is as refreshing as it is lovely on a warm day. St. Cecilia, 3455 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-554-9995, stceciliaatl.com. Elberta Fashion Eight...
Southern Made: For the nester & entertainer

Southern Made: For the nester & entertainer

Atlanta wood master Michael Courts designs unique custom furniture to suit any style. And space. The company: Mcmeubel started in 1996 in the Netherlands, where the self-taught craftsman grew up. In 2005, Courts moved to Atlanta, where he had family, and restarted his company a few years later. Meubel is Dutch for furniture. What’s popular: Custom tables and vanities ($3,500 to $8,000), plus...
Designer couple known for vast options of materials

Designer couple known for vast options of materials

Whether you are looking for something modern, traditional or a mix of both, Atlanta’s Kolo Collection can help turn your outdoor space into a comfy, high-style retreat. The owners: Michelle Larrabee-Martin and Greg Martin. Greg grew up in Kansas and earned a finance degree from Kansas State and a law degree from the University of Kansas. He moved to Atlanta in 1999 for a job. Michelle is originally...
Lose the belly pooch: 7 do’s and don’ts to accomplish a flat stomach 

Lose the belly pooch: 7 do’s and don’ts to accomplish a flat stomach 

When you're trying to lose weight and get in shape, belly fat can be one of the hardest problems to address.  Even after you've managed to drop some pounds, your stomach may still have a persistent pooch. In addition to making it harder to get into your jeans, belly fat may also have a negative impact on your overall health. Fat in this location has been linked to an increased risk...
Couple got 'deepest wish' — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Couple got 'deepest wish' — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Nic and Trees Elderhorst knew exactly how they wanted to die. They were both 91 years old and in declining health. Nic Elderhorst suffered a stroke in 2012 and more recently, his wife, Trees Elderhorst, was diagnosed with dementia, according to the Dutch newspaper, De Gelderlander. Neither wanted to live without the other, or leave this world alone. So the two, who lived in Didam, a town in the eastern...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

8/27 Family Sunday Grilled Steak and Watermelon Salad (see recipe) is perfect for family day. Pair it with baked potato wedges coated with olive oil spray and sprinkled with chili powder and crusty bread. Top vanilla ice cream with toasted coconut for dessert. Plan ahead: Prepare enough steak for Monday. Save enough watermelon for Thursday and ice cream for Saturday. 8/ 28 Heat-and-Eat Monday Make...
Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene

Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene

Rum continues to rise in popularity with classics like the Hemingway Daiquiri. Photo: Veronica Rodriguez Last month marked the 15th anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The yearly, week-long booze conference is attended by 15,000 bartenders, beverage professionals and journalists from around the world. Each July, the booze industry descends upon the Crescent...
Do you need 8 glasses of water per day? 6 myths and truths about drinking water

Do you need 8 glasses of water per day? 6 myths and truths about drinking water

Just like the old saying, "water, water everywhere," myths about drinking water are also everywhere.  Some of them are hype from marketers or overzealous trainers, but most are just misconceptions that have been accepted into the culture. Knowing the truth can help you with healthy hydration and might even save you some anxiety or some hard-earned money. » RELATED: Considering...
A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium officially opens Aug. 26. When the Falcons take on the Arizona Cardinals in that preseason game, fans will come with an appetite for winning. But the 2 million-square-foot sports facility, also home to Atlanta United, will offer ways to satiate a belly and wet a whistle. Here’s what you need to know to eat and drink well at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — on game days and...
Author Events August 20-26

Author Events August 20-26

Poetry Atlanta Presents Franklin Abbott. For his double album of new songs and selected poems, “Don’t Go Back To Sleep,” Abbott has drawn from Shakespeare, William Blake and the Coleman Barks translations of the mystic Sufi poet Rumi. Abbott will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Ken Gregory. CDs will be available for sale during the event. 7:15 p.m. Aug. 21. Reading, music. Free...
What beer fans should know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

What beer fans should know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United fans who are craft beer lovers will be happy to know that Mike Gomes is a craft beer lover, too. Gomes is the senior vice president of fan experience at AMB Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Falcons and United. And he’ll have a big hand in what beers you’ll find at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Since moving to Atlanta, after more than...
Kenny Leon headed back to Broadway with ‘Children of a Lesser God’

Kenny Leon headed back to Broadway with ‘Children of a Lesser God’

Kenny Leon accepts the award for Best Direction of a Play for “A Raisin In The Sun” during the 2014 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Kenny Leon is headed back to Broadway. After a successful run at Massachusetts’ Fitzpatrick Main Stage at the Berkshire Theatre Group...
Theater review: ‘American in Paris’ tour visits the Fox in Atlanta

Theater review: ‘American in Paris’ tour visits the Fox in Atlanta

In the transition from screen to stage, “An American in Paris” has lost little in terms of its lavish production design, its vibrant choreography or its popular score of hit songs by George and Ira Gershwin — give or take a bit, here and there. Based on the 1951 Oscar-winning film, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring (and choreographed by) Gene Kelly, this “new&rdquo...
Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at this North Fulton restaurant

Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at this North Fulton restaurant

Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. The outlook is rosy for those who relax in the bar area at  Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails . During the bubbles and pearls happy hour, guests can get 13 oysters for half price as well as sparkling rosé...
Atlanta families to leave town in droves for solar eclipse

Atlanta families to leave town in droves for solar eclipse

When Audra Dial heard about the upcoming the solar eclipse, she immediately thought about seeing the astronomical phenomenon back in 1979 when she was 7 years old. Dial was living in California at the time, and she and her parents traveled to Indiana, to watch the solar eclipse with her grandparents. She remembers using a homemade cardboard eclipse viewer with a pinhole, and being side by side...
Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

If you think the tomato-cocktail repertoire is limited to the classic Bloody Mary, check out Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival sometime. At the July celebration of this favorite summer fruit, the city’s mixologists got a little crazy. Better Half mixed tomato marmalade with lemon and Old Forester Bourbon — rather simple in comparison to Atlas&rsquo...
Learn to make La Casa Italian Grill’s Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Learn to make La Casa Italian Grill’s Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

From the menu… La Casa Italian Grill, 37 Old Roswell Road, Alpharetta. 770-609-6311. lacasaitaliangrill.com I have written to this column before, it’s one of my favorite things in the AJC, but I have never gotten a recipe printed. Not because you didn’t try! So I’m hoping you can get this recipe for me from LaCasa Italian Grill in Alpharetta. My husband and I randomly...
In season: Make luxurious soup with summer’s bounty of tomatoes

In season: Make luxurious soup with summer’s bounty of tomatoes

Tomatoes are the most highly anticipated produce of the year. As soon as winter days start to give way to spring, customers at local farmers markets start asking, “Where are the tomatoes?” But it’s this time of year that farmers’ tables are piled high with tomatoes of every color and size. Debbie Fraker of Corn Creek Growers in the city of South Fulton near Fairburn, says her...
Analysis: Grain-free pet foods are no healthier, vets say

Analysis: Grain-free pet foods are no healthier, vets say

Losing weight is tough. It would be easier if a benevolent someone concerned about your health controlled exactly how much you ate and how often you exercised, right? That's the situation for most dogs and cats in the United States, and yet the majority are overweight or obese. As with our own dieting woes, the unpleasant prospect of the simple solution - feeding our furry friends less - makes us...
Alkaline water: Is this newly trendy water better than the rest?

Alkaline water: Is this newly trendy water better than the rest?

From independent sellers touting month supplies of alkaline water for purchase, to those looking for another way to maintain optimum health, alkaline water has become a buzzword of sorts.  But what exactly is this new "it" water? To be precise, alkaline water or water that has been "alkalized" refers to water with a higher pH than tap water. The pH scale, which measures how...
Charleston: eclipse nirvana, or eclipse apocalypse?

Charleston: eclipse nirvana, or eclipse apocalypse?

You’ve heard about some of the problems facing eclipse chasers as they flock to the path of totality across the United States. Massive traffic jams, eye damage, etc. Charleston, the Holy City by the sea and perhaps the coolest town in the path of the shadow, presents a few additional concerns. We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, why would it be a great idea to visit Charleston,...
This Buford Highway bread will have you falling for figs

This Buford Highway bread will have you falling for figs

Fig bread from the pastry case at Buford Highway Farmers Market. / Ligaya Figueras Dish of the Week: Fig Bread at Buford Highway Farmers Market I am fixated on figs. The $1 fig bread at Buford Highway Farmers Market is the latest way I’m getting my fill. Called pan de higo, it’s stuffed with chunks of dried Mission figs and the entire roll gets dusted in sugar. I made the mistake...
Midtown’s Wing Fest, hatch chile fest and more in metro Atlanta this weekend

Midtown’s Wing Fest, hatch chile fest and more in metro Atlanta this weekend

Fly over to the second annual Springer Mountain Farms Atlanta Wing Fest this week.  Wing Fest in Midtown. Hatch chile fest in the Westside. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Saturday, Aug. 19: Ray’s at Killer...
Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week in Buckhead

Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week in Buckhead

Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week at Sweet Charlie’s. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Back-to-school savings are sweeter in Buckhead. Sweet Charlie’s  recently rolled out a new kid-approved ice cream flavor: PB&J. To celebrate, students will receive $2 off the new flavor now through Aug. 18. Ice cream rolls are served...
Healthy Cooking: Make a tasty turkey burger with unexpected ingredients

Healthy Cooking: Make a tasty turkey burger with unexpected ingredients

I have never said, “I can’t wait to snarf a turkey burger.” OPTB (Other People’s Turkey Burgers) are dry and tasteless, and I’ve choked them down with the tight smile I usually reserve for clothes shopping with my tween daughter. But ground turkey is leaner than ground round. And if that’s not the sort of endorsement that makes you throw your hat in the air with...
Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

As one of the most cherished city landmarks, The Fox Theatre is more than just a building, it's an experience. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the exquisite architecture and stunning decor inside The Fox transports guests to the temples of Ancient Egypt, palaces of the Far East and into elaborate Arabian mosques. Discover the magic of the Fox Theatre for yourself with these...
‘The Good Daughter’ is ‘something different’ from author Karin Slaughter

‘The Good Daughter’ is ‘something different’ from author Karin Slaughter

What to do if your name’s Karin Slaughter? If you’ve got the goods, you turn to a life of crime — concocting, crafting and churning out intense crime-thriller fiction, that is. If you’ve got the goods to the tune of 35 million books sold in some 120 countries, the heat is always on. You’ve signed up to deliver a winner every year. That requires utter solitude, so you...
VOTE: Who has the best brunch cocktail in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best brunch cocktail in Atlanta?

The best brunches include an adult beverage or two to accompany the dining experience. This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you get your favorite brunch cocktails. Atlanta offers up some of the most refreshing and virtually endless bottomless brunch drinks one can handle.  There’s also no shortage of If a frozen cocktails to fit that bill, namely these chilly concoctions...
Winner: Best restaurant chain in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best restaurant chain in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta is the founding location of some of America's most beloved chains. Which chain deserves the Best of Atlanta crown? You let us know loud and clear. Back in 1979 when a couple of guys from Buffalo, New York, made a pit stop in Atlanta on their way to Florida, they decided to stay and bring their favorite food, buffalo wings, to the sunny South. Thus, Taco Mac was born, and...
Lively, refreshing wines at good price

Lively, refreshing wines at good price

Several little-known red grapes of Italy have achieved some small measure of renown beyond their home territories in the last 15 years, but montepulciano has not been among them. Unlike aglianico, nerello mascalese and frappato, montepulciano did not burst on to the scene, leaving behind a frenzied Instagram trail of fervent sommeliers and impassioned wine merchants. While those grapes have all deservedly...
Why this downtown rooftop bar was named one of the best in America

Why this downtown rooftop bar was named one of the best in America

One Atlanta lounge is gaining worldwide attention because of how notably it's scaling heights. SkyLounge, 110 Marietta St. NW, has been dubbed one of the 21 best rooftop bars in the U.S. by Thrillist for its picturesque view of bustling Downtown Atlanta. While Atlanta is at its peak in the summer season, it's the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air outside, especially on SkyLounge’s lavish...
Farmhouse sinks gain popularity in new homes

Farmhouse sinks gain popularity in new homes

Buyers checking out the metro area’s latest new-home developments may have noticed a kitchen trend: A hot option is starting to edge out the usual stainless, double-bowl sinks. “Just about everyone who walks in says they want a farmhouse sink,” said Angi Sago, design manager for Traton Homes that builds single-family and townhouse plans across the city’s northside. “Then...
Decatur Book Festival founder Daren Wang resigns

Decatur Book Festival founder Daren Wang resigns

This year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival will be the last one with founding executive director Daren Wang at the helm. Wang, whose debut novel, “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires,” launches at this year’s festival, has announced his resignation, effective at the end of year. “With the book coming out at this point, it feels like a natural break for me,&rdquo...
Considering the water diet? Here's what you need to know

Considering the water diet? Here's what you need to know

There's a new-ish diet on the block: the water diet.  Water dieting has become a new-to-us, mostly resurrected retro approach to tossing those extra pounds and seems to have stuck around. If you've entertained thoughts of centering good 'ol H2O in your newest dieting attempt, read on for more information about the pros and cons. The idea behind the water diet is pretty simple: Drink water and...
7-Day Menu Planner

7-Day Menu Planner

8/ 20 Family Sunday Gather the family for Mustard-Garlic Roast Pork Loin. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Make a paste with 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves (crushed), 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Massage into a 3- to 4-pound boneless pork loin roast. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes per pound or until...
4 carb-filled breakfast foods that won't ruin your diet

4 carb-filled breakfast foods that won't ruin your diet

With all the fad diets out there, it's hard to know what to eat in the morning. Although some experts suggest that eating a low-carb diet could help you lose weight more quickly, some carbohydrates are actually good for you and can give you the sustained energy you need to get through the day. According to Clemson University, a nutritious breakfast contains small amounts of protein and fat, with...
Georgia: Whether you love beer or wine, there’s a destination for you

Georgia: Whether you love beer or wine, there’s a destination for you

Covering all of the Georgia breweries and brewpubs outside of Atlanta would be impossible in one article given how the craft beer scene has exploded over the past few years, but here’s a select offering. On the wine front, North Georgia is home to vineyards producing fine vino on par with Europe and California. As with the breweries, there are many more wineries to discover in the state than...
Review: Sweetheart of a place, Petit Chou feels at home in Cabbagetown

Review: Sweetheart of a place, Petit Chou feels at home in Cabbagetown

My handcrafted cherry-and-rosemary soda comes garnished with a dainty purple carnation that’s just a few shades darker than the outside of this restaurant. The Chicken Liver Mousse arrives in a little red tea cup, surrounded by sliced green apples, yellow carrots and watermelon radishes so thin you can almost see through them. Ooh la la. This is what Saturday brunch looks like at Petit Chou...
Get the scoop on metro Atlanta’s top frozen treats

Get the scoop on metro Atlanta’s top frozen treats

Don’t tell anyone I said this, but I believe ice cream is an appetite suppressant. Mind you, I have zero scientific evidence to support this. But I believe a really good frozen treat made from top-quality ingredients can center you body and soul, erase your cares and make you less hungry. I don’t suggest you binge-lick or scoopa-dive your way through a half-gallon of whatever’s on...
Review: Bacchanalia still the place for fine wining and dining

Review: Bacchanalia still the place for fine wining and dining

Thanks to “Baby Driver,” moviegoers everywhere are now privy to what Atlantans have known for years: Bacchanalia is “the finest wining and dining of all the wines and dines in town.” It is the default special occasions destination in this city. A reservation at Bacchanalia begs for dressing up, for thinking twice about attire, all in anticipation of being transported to the...
Georgia: Plenty of restaurant options beckon around state

Georgia: Plenty of restaurant options beckon around state

Farmhaus Burger. This popular downtown spot serves farm-to-table burgers, salads, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and spiked milkshakes. Shakes start at $7; burgers, $6.75-$9.75. 1204 Broad St., Augusta. 706-496-8771,www.farmhausburger.com. The Dillard House. 2017 marks the 100th year in business for this legendary establishment serving Southern dishes family-style at each table. The mountain views...
Bohemian gem in Cabbagetown for voice of Pam on ‘Archer,’ artistic director

Bohemian gem in Cabbagetown for voice of Pam on ‘Archer,’ artistic director

Actress Amber Nash felt an instant connection to Atlanta’s Cabbagetown neighborhood for her first home. Her mom was a native of the neighborhood, and the home was walking distance to Dad’s Garage, a theater company in Old Fourth Ward, where her husband, Kevin Gillese, is artistic director. The bohemian bungalow, a half-mile from the comedy theater, is filled with...
Colon cancer mortality rates are rising — but only for white Americans

Colon cancer mortality rates are rising — but only for white Americans

Earlier this year, researcher Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer Society published a startling report showing that colon and rectal cancer incidence is rising among Gen X and millennials while falling in older generations. On Tuesday, after delving further into the data, she and her co-authors identified "a true and perplexing escalation in disease occurrence." In a paper in JAMA, the...
Flashback photos: Eclipses past in Georgia and beyond

Flashback photos: Eclipses past in Georgia and beyond

On Aug. 21, we will experience a solar eclipse. Whether it is a total eclipse or not depends on your location, but part of that path of totality passes through the northeast corner of Georgia. Here are a few photos of eclipses past, both solar and lunar, from Georgia and around the world.
Backpack programs help schoolkids combat hunger on weekends

Backpack programs help schoolkids combat hunger on weekends

Hunger is a daily fact of life for many Georgia school-age children. While the beginning of the school year finds some groups filling backpacks with school supplies, others work from September to May filling backpacks and sacks with food. “In this day and age, in our country, it’s just plain wrong that there are people who are food insecure, that there are children who might not eat between...
Quick breakfasts: Make ahead, freeze and heat for family on the go

Quick breakfasts: Make ahead, freeze and heat for family on the go

How do Atlanta’s busy chefs manage school-day breakfasts? For many of these families, breakfast may be the only meal they eat together since the chef in the family is often in his or her restaurant during the day and into the evening. “As a parent, you have the best of intentions. And as a chef you feel this pressure to make sure your kids have to have the best breakfast, the best packed...
Pasta with leeks, shrimp, good at any temperature

Pasta with leeks, shrimp, good at any temperature

I advocate this week on behalf of summer leeks, which tend to get overlooked at the farmers market. They are milder in flavor than their winter-harvest ilk and saute easily into the kind of savory, slip-sliding mix-in that makes this pasta dish such a happy jumble. Even with its thinner profile, the summer leek still needs the same care and attention to rid its many layers of grit. Because we&rsquo...
Review: Serenbe Playhouse delivers beautiful, haunting ‘Cabaret’

Review: Serenbe Playhouse delivers beautiful, haunting ‘Cabaret’

In Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret,” an American innocent named Clifford Bradshaw takes a train to Berlin. Before he can even arrive, he is drawn into a steamy, hidden world of sexual desire tinged with political demagoguery. Life may be a cabaret, old chum. It is also a condition in which love is frequently unrequited, outsiders can never belong to the club, and the scourge of bigotry...
Author Events August 13-19

Author Events August 13-19

New Voice Series: Chris Swann, “Shadow of the Lions.” A frustrated writer whose long-ago roommate vanished from their elite Southern boarding school takes a job there, only to find himself embroiled in the old case. 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Talk, signing. Free. Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave. NE., Atlanta, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com 2017 Books All Georgians Should Read. For...
Theater review: Tedium plagues ‘Another Mother’ at Essential

Theater review: Tedium plagues ‘Another Mother’ at Essential

To be perfectly fair, almost anything else might pale in comparison to Decatur native Lauren Gunderson’s splendid “Ada and the Memory Engine,” the first of two shows to open in conjunction with Essential Theatre’s annual summer festival spotlighting the work of Georgia playwrights. To be completely honest, on the other hand, even under those extenuating circumstances...
Let them eat cake: 5 ways to trim the fat from your baking with applesauce

Let them eat cake: 5 ways to trim the fat from your baking with applesauce

Believe or not, you can have your cake and watch your fat grams, too. Whether you're watching your weight or focusing on a heart-healthy diet and lowering cholesterol, simple cooking tips can help you reduce excess saturated and trans fats without entirely eliminating treats like baked goods. One of the best tips, according to the American Heart Association, is using applesauce to replace oil...
Daren Wang’s ‘Hidden Light’ burns with war, wanderlust

Daren Wang’s ‘Hidden Light’ burns with war, wanderlust

Like “civil war” and “sweet sorrow,” “historical novel” is an oxymoron. “Historical” describes matters old and factual, but “novel” means new and fictional. No wonder the genre can be so slippery — for readers and writers alike. Too much of the past makes for a rote, lifeless read. But too much new and the story becomes fantasy. Atlanta...
VOTE: What is the best Atlanta-based restaurant chain?

VOTE: What is the best Atlanta-based restaurant chain?

Atlanta is the founding location of some of America's most beloved chains. Let us know which chain deserves the Best of Atlanta crown.  While we wait for the poll results, find out why some consider Waffle House Atlanta's best restaurant. We bet you didn't know these twelve things about WaHo, either.  Take look at these five major restaurant chains you probably didn&rsquo...
Little Caesars unveils Pizza Portal, letting customers grub and skip human interaction

Little Caesars unveils Pizza Portal, letting customers grub and skip human interaction

Introverts rejoice.  Thanks to Little Caesars, pizza, like cash and gasoline is now on the list of things people can buy and use on the spot without ever dealing with another human being.  The company on Monday is unveiling The Pizza Portal, a machine that lets customers who pick up their pies skip the line, grab their pizza and go, in more than a dozen locations in the Tucson, Arizona,...
Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

A well-made pizza pie is like a diamond in the rough − rare and rewarding. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll found out where you chow down on the most delicious pizza in town.  Coming in first place, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria has offered authentic, New York style pizza, classic salads, pastas, Italian sandwiches, signature coal oven wings and freshly made desserts since...
7 most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta

7 most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta

If you're celebrating your anniversary in Atlanta, you have many romantic spots to make the occasion that much more special. The ideal location to celebrate your lives together and plans for the future depends on the individual couple, of course, but the following are seven of the most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta: Nikolai's Roof, on the top floor of the Hilton Atlanta...
Slim fast? The truth about juice fasting

Slim fast? The truth about juice fasting

There's a popular way to approach dieting and resetting with whole fruits and vegetables - juice fasting. Interested in giving a juice fast a whirl?  Here's what you need to know, including the types of juice fasts, potential health benefits and potential health risks. Juice fasting, often referred to as juice cleansing, involves eating only juiced fresh fruits and vegetables for a set amount...
Designer believes every room needs texture

Designer believes every room needs texture

Designer Cristi Holcombe creates spaces that are as unique as the clients who live and work in them. The designer: Holcombe grew up on a horse farm in small town Alabama and showed horses until she was 17. After graduating from East Tennessee State University with a degree in interior merchandising, she moved to Atlanta. Initially, Holcombe set her sights on store and set design, but apprenticed under...
5 fruits that can help you eat your way to sleep

5 fruits that can help you eat your way to sleep

If you think eating before bedtime is a no-no, think again. Sure, you don't want to dig in to a pint of ice cream or polish off a juicy steak before bed, but many experts claim that eating certain fruits before hitting the hay could help you sleep better. Whether you have trouble getting to sleep, or find yourself tossing and turning all night, adding a few of these late-night snacks into your...
Chris Cornell's daughter honors father, Chester Bennington during tribute Friday

Chris Cornell's daughter honors father, Chester Bennington during tribute Friday

The late rock singers Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington were honored by Cornell's 12-year-old daughter and the band OneRepublic during a moving and heartfelt live performance Friday. Toni Cornell and OneRepublic performed "Hallelujah" on ABC's "Good Morning America," while OneRepublic also dedicated the performance of its new song, "Rich Love," to Bennington. "...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

8/ 13 Famiy Sunday Dazzle the family with Romaine Peppercorn-Steak Salad (see recipe). Serve it with roasted red potatoes and blistered okra. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss okra in a little canola oil and place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with some coarse salt. Roast until blistered, about 15 minutes, turning after 8 minutes. Arrange...
How can drinking too much water turn deadly?

How can drinking too much water turn deadly?

Drinking water is generally thought of as a healthy habit, but in some cases, you can get too much of a good thing. Taken to the extreme, drinking too much water can be dangerous or even deadly. The outcome of too much water can lead to hyponatremia, a condition that's characterized by the level of sodium in your blood dropping too low. Here's what you need to know about that condition and how much...
Cherished pieces, new memories embraced in Woodstock residence

Cherished pieces, new memories embraced in Woodstock residence

The layout of Anthony and Charyl Ware’s new Woodstock home provided his and her spaces for relaxation and creativity, as well as areas to host family and even grandkids’ sleepovers. When the Texas transplants moved to metro Atlanta, they bought a single-family home under construction in the Riverside neighborhood, near downtown Woodstock. Anthony outfitted the loft to watch television...
Does Trump really think the White House is a dump?

Does Trump really think the White House is a dump?

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday night to dispute a much-repeated report that he prefers staying at his own properties around the country because the White House is "a real dump."  "I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen," Trump tweeted, blaming the misunderstanding on "Fake News." "TOTALLY UNTRUE...
Spring water vs. purified water: Which one is better?

Spring water vs. purified water: Which one is better?

A simple way to live a healthier lifestyle is to drink more water. In fact, Americans are drinking more than 2 billion gallons each year. WSB-TV consumer expert Clark Howard has said for years that tap water is preferable to bottled water, which he claims is "purified tap water." For those who must have filtered water, he advises filtering your water at home or buying bottled water...
In Amazon’s ‘Black America,’ freed slaves form a new nation in the South

In Amazon’s ‘Black America,’ freed slaves form a new nation in the South

Creating alternate-history entertainment can be incredibly fraught, especially when the subject matter is rooted inAmerican slavery and the outcome of the Civil War.  That became abundantly clear last week with the backlash to HBO's announcement that the next project from "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be "Confederate," a show following an...
Complaint: Teen sleeping on United flight was groped by male passenger

Complaint: Teen sleeping on United flight was groped by male passenger

The 16-year-old girl was asleep, sitting in a window seat on a New Jersey-bound United Airlines plane, when a stranger's hand on her thigh awakened her, according to a federal complaint. The man sitting next to her quickly removed his hand, according to the federal complaint, and the teenager went back to sleep. Then, she woke up again - and this time, the man was groping her, the complaint says....
Remember those great school lunches of old? Neither do I

Remember those great school lunches of old? Neither do I

As area schools crank back up, so do school cafeterias — the subject of quite a bit of discussion lately. Former first lady Michelle Obama wanted kids to eat healthy school lunches. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently relaxed some of the rules on refined grains and trans fats, believing schools should feature foods children really want to eat. Back when I was trudging into...
‘Book of Black Heroes’ author wants to encourage civic leadership

‘Book of Black Heroes’ author wants to encourage civic leadership

Long before Gil Robertson became an entertainment writer and co-founder and leader of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), he worked as a political consultant. Political engagement came easy for the Los Angeles native. “I grew up in a family where being political and civically involved is just who we are,” he explains. “And I also grew up in a generation where political...
Keep cool in the kitchen

Keep cool in the kitchen

I used to have all the time in the world to make dinner. See, I was a freelance food writer, and it was my job to obsess about what to cook, how to cook it and how to frame it for an Instagram post. Then I did something crazy — took a full-time legit job as editorial director at cookbook publisher Clarkson Potter. And now … those languid days of dinner dreaming are gone, baby, gone. Even...
Janet Mock slams ‘deplorable’ comments about trans murder on ‘The Breakfast Club’

Janet Mock slams ‘deplorable’ comments about trans murder on ‘The Breakfast Club’

Writer, TV host and activist Janet Mock is responding to the controversial comments made about transgender men and women on popular morning radio show “The Breakfast Club “last week. In an open letter for Allure, contributing editor Mock — who is a transgender woman (and former PEOPLE editor) — condemned being used as “a literal prop” while...
Roll your way through summer with this cool, no-cook supper

Roll your way through summer with this cool, no-cook supper

My kitchen overflows with vibrant summer produce, and I am too hot to cook. I’m too hot to eat. In fact, I’m too hot to do anything more than hold my wine slushie against my brow and dream of February. But around 6 p.m., my family starts poking around the kitchen in search of sustenance. Since these are the same people who heap wet swim towels adjacent to empty laundry baskets, I&rsquo...
Theater review: Essential’s ‘Ada and the Memory Engine’ excels

Theater review: Essential’s ‘Ada and the Memory Engine’ excels

Dichotomies abound in “Ada and the Memory Engine,” which is probably as it should be for a play about a woman to whom math and music share the same “magic.” In keeping with the alternately literate and lyrical story of Ada Byron Lovelace (1815-1852), a self-professed “poetical scientist,” Decatur native Lauren Gunderson’s fact-based drama is...
VOTING CLOSED: Who has the best pizza in Atlanta?

VOTING CLOSED: Who has the best pizza in Atlanta?

There is something romantic about a well-made pizza pie. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you chow down on the most delicious pizza in town.  Thinking of a night out on the town with your loved one soon? A pizza date night might be in order. Great pizza can be found far and wide, as this OTP list proves. These are worth the drive. the Atlanta pizzeria that...
Restaurant owner responds to concerns about changes to former H. Harper Station building

Restaurant owner responds to concerns about changes to former H. Harper Station building

When H. Harper Station announced it would be closing in April, it hit Atlanta’s cocktail community hard . The 80-year old train depot in Reynoldstown served as a restaurant during the height of Atlanta’s cocktail culture when everyone had high hopes for the soon-to-come Eastside trail of the BeltLine. More than a year after H. Harper...
Spiritual icons create sacred spaces in home decor

Spiritual icons create sacred spaces in home decor

Inspirational and religious imagery comes in all forms, from Hindu statues tucked into bookshelves to antique crosses displayed beside beds. These objects mean different things, depending on the individual, and when homeowners and designers use spiritual items in home decor, it makes the interiors more personal. “I enjoy the journey to find personal antiquities that I think a particular client...
Kempner: How Starbucks killed a Ga. couple’s tea empire

Kempner: How Starbucks killed a Ga. couple’s tea empire

Too much caffeine does funny things to even the best of minds. Like when the espresso-sipping leaders at Starbucks said the revolution they sparked in coffee would happen with tea, too. In 2012, the Seattle-based giant struck a $620-million deal to buy Teavana, a mostly mall-based tea retailer that was built from scratch by Atlanta couple Andy and Nancy Mack. A measly five years later, Starbucks...
Road trip heals mother, comforts child

Road trip heals mother, comforts child

On the surface, Sara Taylor’s radiant new novel, “The Lauras,” is an exhilarating mother-child version of a “Thelma and Louise” road trip awash with hitchhiking, greasy truck stop meals and nail-biting escapes from authorities in hot pursuit. At its heart, it’s a story about the search for home, not the address or coordinates of a physical place, but a psychic...
Alpharetta Art in the Park: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Alpharetta Art in the Park: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's getting more and more difficult to beat the July heat, and you're probably feeling tired of having to retreat into an air-conditioned house all day. Say goodbye to summertime cabin fever by getting out there and enjoying all that Atlanta has to offer, even if it means sweating a little to do it. (Just make sure to pack extra water.) Whether you like to sample treats from food trucks, take...
Author Events August 6-12

Author Events August 6-12

Johanna Luthman, “Love, Madness, & Scandal: The Life of Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck.” Luthman’s biography of an aristocratic social rebel in 17th century England has it all: love, sex, forced marriage, elopement, kidnapping, jail-break, high-speed chases, and royal fury. 7:15 p.m. Aug. 7. Talk, signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-370-3070...
Pet-ture perfect: 7 ways to get the best photo of your furry friend

Pet-ture perfect: 7 ways to get the best photo of your furry friend

Anyone with an Instagram account will tell you that there’s no shortage of inspirational pet photos to emulate. But pet owners need time, patience and a discerning eye to replicate a striking image on a camera phone. For frame-worthy portraits of Atlanta’s pampered pets, professional photographers Parker Smith and Leesia Teh put animal companions in their best light. Smith’s stripped...
“His Double Life” aims to reflect real life, raise suicide awareness

“His Double Life” aims to reflect real life, raise suicide awareness

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the play “His Double Life” will take the stage for one night only in Atlanta. Although it originally debuted in 2011, producer and writer Nial Martin, founder of No Jive Productions, says there has never been a better time to revive a play he hopes will start a dialogue in families about love, identity and acceptance. The play stars Robyn Charles, the youngest daughter...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

8/ 6 Family Sunday Prepare your own boneless Leg of Lamb for family day. Serve with baked dijon potato wedges. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 4 medium red potatoes into wedges. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder; mix well. Add potatoes to bowl; toss to coat. Spread potatoes in a single...
From wild dolphins to fine dining, Seabrook Island, Charleston beckon

From wild dolphins to fine dining, Seabrook Island, Charleston beckon

In the coastal town of Seabrook Island, S.C., visitors gather at Pelican Beach, the point where the Edisto River meets the Atlantic, and wait for low tide. The excitement is palpable as everyone scans the waves. An observant photographer signals that he has spotted a fin, and soon, the water is studded with them. Finally, the big moment comes. Like soldiers preparing for battle, a pod of bottlenose...
Experimental treatments target brain cancer like John McCain's

Experimental treatments target brain cancer like John McCain's

When Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., returned to work Tuesday, he seemed his tough old self, saying it would be hard to call the Senate the "world's greatest deliberative body" with a straight face. He added he was headed home soon for treatment for the aggressive brain cancer recently discovered during surgery. McCain hasn't announced his medical care plans, but for most patients, the first-line...
Salon owners find their ideal ranch home in Gwinnett

Salon owners find their ideal ranch home in Gwinnett

Leslie McCoy’s ideal home was a ranch — not a midcentury ranch, but new construction. Two-story homes were prominent, though, in the new Gwinnett County neighborhoods where she searched. “Looking for a ranch and new build I thought was going to be impossible,” she said. With a baby on the way, she and her husband were determined to find a one-level home after living in...
Sandy Springs townhome is urban cool with custom touches

Sandy Springs townhome is urban cool with custom touches

Suburban living didn’t mean a single-family home or huge yard for Gabe Dalusky. Instead, a new brownstone-style townhome with a flat roof offered a more “intown, urban feel” with no lawn maintenance and walkability to a MARTA station for his commute to downtown Atlanta. His three-level townhome in Sandy Springs is less than five minutes from his former condo. Getting in on the ground...
Music, heirlooms inspire Decatur Craftsman’s decor

Music, heirlooms inspire Decatur Craftsman’s decor

A rocking chair and album covers make folk singer Caroline Herring’s kitchen a welcoming space for meal prep and conversation. Her husband’s parents had the same rocking chair in the kitchen of their home in Mississippi, where the couple grew up. “When we moved here, that seemed like a great space for it. It is a good place to sit and talk,” she said. Herring and her husband...
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