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Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

At the clang of the bell marking the end of the school day, third-grader Dikembe Mutombo grabbed his schoolbooks and loped across the wide street in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to the American Embassy, his movements as graceful as a gazelle. His friends, always three strides behind, were in hot pursuit, all eager to see the latest American movie shown free daily. But...


5 reasons Midtown is Atlanta’s favorite live-work-play district

5 reasons Midtown is Atlanta’s favorite live-work-play district

With a backdrop of posh shops, trendy eateries and luxury skyscrapers, Midtown has staked its claim as one of the most bustling districts in Atlanta. Midtown Atlanta, located north of downtown Atlanta and south of Buckhead, is situated in an area that's easy to explore since there are 14 miles of walkable streets and bike lanes,MARTA rail and shuttle that runs a route to and from the shopping...
Leslie Jones blasts Ritz-Carlton in post-BET Awards tweet: ‘They don’t like black people’

Leslie Jones blasts Ritz-Carlton in post-BET Awards tweet: ‘They don’t like black people’

Leslie Jones‘ headline-making night at Sunday’s BET Awards apparently took a turn for the worse after an unpleasant experience at a Los Angeles Ritz-Carlton hotel. Jones, 49, took to Twitter on Monday to gush about her night hosting the popular award show — and to let her more than 600,000 followers in on what happened afterward. “Wow was such a great night at the...

Someone packed a live 20-pound lobster in their carry-on luggage

TSA agents are pros at sporting scary stuff people try to take through airport security. Like whatever this thing is. In just one week earlier this year, inspectors found 73 guns in carry-on bags (66 of which were loaded and 27 of which had a round chambered). For a while there it seemed people kept trying to get pink guns through airport security. And then there was the time someone even...
Winner: Best seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is serving up the best bites from the sea.  Drift Seafood and Oyster House comes in first place with over 1,700 votes. The East Cobb spot offers up a seasonal menu of simply prepared coastal American fresh seafood, employing both modern and age old live wood fire cooking techniques...
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...
Audiences of Broadway's graphic portrayal of '1984' faint, vomit, scream

Audiences of Broadway's graphic portrayal of '1984' faint, vomit, scream

A night at the theater generally involves dressing to the nines, perhaps dinner beforehand at a nearby restaurant and finally the play. Fainting, vomiting, screaming and fighting are not typically part of the experience. Yet that's exactly what audience members experienced at the new staging of George Orwell's "1984," which opened Thursday at Broadway's Hudson Theatre after previews in London...
Justin Trudeau took part in Toronto Pride while wearing 'Eid Mubarak' socks

Justin Trudeau took part in Toronto Pride while wearing 'Eid Mubarak' socks

Canada's Justin Trudeau took part in Toronto's Gay Pride parade, with the prime minister's official photographer Adam Scotti there to mark only the second time that a Canadian leader has marched in the country's largest LGBT event. One photograph by Scotti — shared widely on social media — shows Trudeau crouching down to high-five a young girl dressed as Wonder Woman and holding...
Follow these food safety tips for July 4th cookouts, other summer fun

Follow these food safety tips for July 4th cookouts, other summer fun

No summer is complete without backyard barbecues, cookouts and picnics. However, there are certain risks to keep in mind when preparing and eating food outside, especially in Georgia’s hot weather. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people contract foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000...
Deviled egg sampler

Deviled egg sampler

Obviously, Aristotle hadn’t snacked on deviled eggs when he proclaimed the whole as greater than the sum of its parts. Egg-white vessels, endless variations on yolk-based fillings and garnishes as simple or fussy as the occasion requires each bring their own charms to the party. We recommend a liberating approach to serving deviled eggs. Make the kind you like best and a few others, too. We&rsquo...
Unfurl the red, white and blue with cheesecake bars

Unfurl the red, white and blue with cheesecake bars

A patriotic day calls for an equally patriotic dessert that brings out the red, white and blue. This easy bar cookie checks all the above boxes, with a creamy white cheesecake base, fresh blueberries for the stars section and raspberry jam piped in thin lines for the stripes. The bars hold together better when they’re chilled, so try to keep them in the fridge for at least an hour before serving...
Flavors meld in gumbo from The Optimist

Flavors meld in gumbo from The Optimist

From the menu … The Optimist, 914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta; 404-477-6260; theoptimistrestaurant.com This gumbo recipe is the creation of Ford Fry and the restaurant was happy to share. We’ve cut it down from the big batch made in the restaurant kitchen. When you’re dining at The Optimist, they’ll serve this to you in half cup portions. The gumbo is prepared ahead of...
Walking, talking, shopping priorities in new suburban communities

Walking, talking, shopping priorities in new suburban communities

Some of Atlanta’s newest suburban neighborhoods are poised to become walkable urban settings that appeal to millennials, baby boomers and other buyers. “The new urbanist movement, which is about 30 years old, is a movement to restore the best of our traditional neighborhoods where we used to live, work and play; where everything was within a 10-minute walk,” said Rob Parker, president...
Atlanta author writes the ultimate guide to planning your LGBTQ+ wedding

Atlanta author writes the ultimate guide to planning your LGBTQ+ wedding

Almost a decade ago, when Kirsten Palladino was planning her wedding, she found there were limited resources at her local bookstore in Atlanta. There were plenty of wedding guides on the shelves, she said, but they all made reference to a bride and groom. Palladino wasn’t sure how those descriptions applied to her and her soon-to-be wife, Maria. Though she found a few more relevant resources...
It’s “Pott”-y time! Harry Potter’s magical hold on readers turns 20

It’s “Pott”-y time! Harry Potter’s magical hold on readers turns 20

It’s enough to make a Muggle feel downright ancient. (Or maybe just young all over again?) On Monday, Harry Potter turns — gulp — 20. It was two decades ago — June 26, 1997 — when first-time novelist J.K. Rowling’s little book about the orphaned boy who’d grow up to become the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) wizard was published in England. That’s when a...
‘Cake Boss’ star Buddy Valastro is “absolutely crushed” after losing his mother

‘Cake Boss’ star Buddy Valastro is “absolutely crushed” after losing his mother

Rest in peace, Momma Mary. The mother of “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro has died after a years long battle with ALS. She was 69 years old. Valastro’s rep said in a statement to PEOPLE: Valastro also shared his grief with fans in an emotional post on Instagram. “It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I must share the news of my mother’s passing,” he...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

7/ 2 Family Sunday For a special family day, prepare Grilled Pork Tenderloin. Season a 1-pound pork tenderloin with coarse salt and pepper. Mix together 1/4 cup mustard and 3 tablespoons apricot preserves. Grill pork on medium for about 15 minutes, turning several times, or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees; brush with mustard mixture the last few minutes. Remove from grill...
Poet ponders life on the brink of death

Poet ponders life on the brink of death

That a writer with only months to live could carve out the time and energy to chronicle her experience of terminal cancer is an impressive feat. That a writer could accomplish this with such exuberant prose as Nina Riggs does in her debut memoir, “The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying,” is revelatory. The book, birthed after Riggs’ 2016 essay, “A Couch is More Than...
Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Hulk and Wong take break from filming in Atlanta to tweet photo

Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Hulk and Wong take break from filming in Atlanta to tweet photo

Talk about squad goals. Robert Downey Jr. amped up the excitement for “Avengers: Infinity War” on Wednesday when he tweeted a behind-the-scenes photo from the upcoming film — featuring a few of his superhero friends. Downey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Wong all posed together in costume during a break from filming in Atlanta. &ldquo...
How to make a Shake Shack burger at home

How to make a Shake Shack burger at home

Fast food history is filled with secret formulas: Mrs. Field’s cookies, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Coca-Cola or the special sauce on McDonald’s Big Macs. Fans are always looking for ways to crack the code and make their own versions at home. Watch Nedra Rhone and Jewel Wicker make a Shake Shack Shack Burger: Rather than keep consumers guessing, the founders of the fine casual burger joint...
Kempner: Atlanta gourmet grocer aims to avoid an Amazon whooping

Kempner: Atlanta gourmet grocer aims to avoid an Amazon whooping

Paul Nair thought his four tiny gourmet and organic groceries in metro Atlanta competed directly with a really big rival: Whole Foods, which snagged nearly $16 billion in sales last year. But he had an odd reaction after learning his little Savi Provisions shops in Brookhaven, Midtown, Inman Park and Buckhead will soon face a far bigger competitor, one that has already shredded lots of retail...
Movies Under the Stars: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

Movies Under the Stars: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

From Dachshund races to Trolls, there's a little something for everyone around Atlanta this weekend.  If the rain lets up enough, this collection of festivals, movie screenings and more will fill the weekend with delight - or at least keep you busy. Check out this weekend lineup of things to do in metro Atlanta: The Journey to Wholeness. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday...
Mad About Metals

Mad About Metals

In her elegant and edgy jewelry, Atlanta artist Kristi Hyde takes style cues from patterns and textures in nature. The artist: Grew up in Decatur, Ala., influenced by the fields, woods and Tennessee River around her.  Hyde graduated in 1998 with a degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Savannah campus and studied clay at the Penland School of Crafts (North...
Food Tour: Hapeville

Food Tour: Hapeville

Wedged between I-75 and I-85, and a stone’s throw from Hartsfield-Jackson airport sits the tiny town of Hapeville. You might not expect restaurants in this city of only 6,600 residents to do such brisk business, especially for weekday lunch, but it starts to make sense when you see Delta and Porsche lanyards draping around everyone’s neck. Hapeville feeds many an employee of these companies...
Review: Muss & Turner’s East Cobb sparks love affair with sandwich

Review: Muss & Turner’s East Cobb sparks love affair with sandwich

Never thought it would come to this. Never thought I’d utter these words: I’m embroiled in a long-distance relationship with a sandwich. Neither a conventional looker nor a singular slab of beef, the one I lust for does boast a rather coquettish name and a pedigree akin to royalty in the Atlanta delicatessen world. My princess calls herself Pastrami on Wry, and she’s just that: a...
Author Events June 25-July 1

Author Events June 25-July 1

Alan Alda, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating With Others.” Alda (“Never Have Your Dog Stuffed”) brings us an indispensable guide to improve the way we communicate. 7:30 p.m. June 27. Discussion. $37 includes copy of book. Marcus Jewish Community Center, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road...
5 little-known facts about Chris Pratt

5 little-known facts about Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt, the versatile and debonair star of such films as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic Park,” has wowed audiences and helped to break some serious box-office records in the last year. Celebrity blogs have been filled with reports of his good deeds, scene-stealing work and, at times, details about his personal life. There are still a few details...
New study on well-being ranks U.S. as a ‘second tier’ country 

New study on well-being ranks U.S. as a ‘second tier’ country 

America leads the world when it comes to access to higher education. But when it comes to health, environmental protection and fighting discrimination, it trails many other developed countries, according to the Social Progress Imperative, a U.S.-based nonprofit. The results of the group's annual survey, which ranks nations based on 50 metrics, call to mind other reviews of national well-being...
Make cheese? Yes, please

Make cheese? Yes, please

We gathered at 8 a.m., four professional cheese-makers and me. By rights, I should have used the door labeled, “Cheese Connoisseur Entry.” Instead, I came in the door marked, “Cheese Makers Only.” I was in Sandy Springs at CalyRoad Creamery to watch CalyRoad founder Robin Schick, head cheese-maker David Rospond, Margout Abatto and Bill Hayes turn gallons and gallons of milk...
Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

South African-inspired, and designed and built in Macon, Ga., the Kudu Safari Braai may well be the next big thing in backyard grilling. Touted as a multifunction grill, griddle, and fire pit, the portable, multi-level system brings a degree of precision to handling live fire, offering creative ways to cook over charcoal, wood or a combination of the two. Kudu founder Stebin Horne got the idea for...
Parsley helps balance out duck egg recipe that’s great for summer

Parsley helps balance out duck egg recipe that’s great for summer

The Lilburn Farmers Market opened for its eighth season on June 2 with vendors offering “a little bit of everything,” says market manager Mandy McManus. “We’ll have eight to 10 farmers every week, and that means a third of our vendors are bringing produce. We also have meat, honey, eggs, coffee, jelly, salsa, bread and more.” McManus is not only the manager, she&rsquo...
Art review: Strong work, muddled objectives in ‘Racecar’ at Zuckerman

Art review: Strong work, muddled objectives in ‘Racecar’ at Zuckerman

“Racecar,” curated by artist P. Seth Thompson at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, is chock-full of interesting work. It’s a mix of local artists and farther-flung ones, many of whom address themes of mortality, family, loss, time’s passage and the disconnection that our technology-centric modern life can bring. But Thompson may risk derailing his ideas even before he gets...
2017 summer bucket list for metro Atlanta families 

2017 summer bucket list for metro Atlanta families 

"I'm bored!" Have you heard it yet? If not now, it will likely happen before summer ends. But you’re in luck. We've compiled a list of summer things to to do around Atlanta that will banish those words forever−or at least until fall. Here's an all-inclusive 2017 summer bucket list for metro Atlanta families: The Dancing Granny. Now Until July 16. Adults $15, Children 6-17 $8...
9 places to melt over sno-cones around Atlanta

9 places to melt over sno-cones around Atlanta

Sno-cone season is here and Atlanta has plenty of shaved ice and snoballs to melt over! While there's not exactly an avalanche of sno-cone spots in the Atlanta area, there is a flurry of businesses serving up these icy concoctions in every tasty flavor under the sun. Whether you favor the traditional, Hawaiian, or the sweetness called "shaved snow," these food trucks, storefronts and small...
Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

I am a kale woman married to a meat-and-potatoes man. Our relationship works because I cook him beef, and he holds our hound dog while I dress her in costumes. So when I want a restaurant meal that’s vegetable-forward, I buy myself lunch at a lovely little Ethiopian place. I’m obsessed with its gomen wat: tender collard greens, spicy ginger and some sort of magic that makes me crave it...
Aurora Theatre to produce ‘Mamma Mia!’ in spring 2018

Aurora Theatre to produce ‘Mamma Mia!’ in spring 2018

Aurora Theatre, which has brought professional dramatics to Gwinnett County since 1996, announced the showstopper for its 2017-2018 season, and it’s a pop music confection. “Mamma Mia!,” the musical dedicated to the infectious hits of the Swedish supergroup ABBA, will cap the Lawrenceville theater’s new season, with performances March 8-April 22, 2018. “Mamma Mia!&rdquo...
How to get tickets to Fox Theatre's Moroccan-style lounge, rooftop bars opening this fall

How to get tickets to Fox Theatre's Moroccan-style lounge, rooftop bars opening this fall

Membership for the new club is now open, but spots are limited, the company announced Monday. Those interested in reserving premium access should call 404-881-2127 or visit foxtheatre.org/marqueeclub. Imagine sipping a hand-crafted cocktail with the iconic Fox marquee glimmering behind you as you overlook the hustle and bustle of Atlanta’s Peachtree Street. Come fall 2017, it won&rsquo...
Atlanta Braves surprise Staplehouse restaurant co-founder with					community award

Atlanta Braves surprise Staplehouse restaurant co-founder with community award

The Atlanta Braves and FOX Sports South surprised Staplehouse restaurant co-founder, Jen Hidinger, with a “Community Hero Award” Monday at a celebration    featuring red, white and blue balloons, a marching band and the arrival of Atlanta Braves players.  Hidinger is the one of the founders of  The Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta non-profit which provides...
VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is all about who serves up the best bites from the sea.  Perhaps you need to do a little sampling before casting your vote. Awaken your seafood taste buds at these Atlanta restaurants.  There are few things better than Cajun seafood done right. Hit up these joints...
Chick-fil-A introduces new gluten-free bun

Chick-fil-A introduces new gluten-free bun

In response to customer requests, Chick-fil-A announced the addition of a new gluten-free bun option to its menu, making it one of the first fast food restaurants to offer the item. The 150-calorie bun, made with premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth and lightly sweetened with molasses and raisins, is now available in restaurants nationwide, according to a company news release. It comes individually...
Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

From the menu of … S & S Cafeteria, 2002 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta; 404-755-2005; sscafeterias.com The folks at S & S Cafeteria were happy to share their recipe. They make it with 5 pounds, 25 pounds and even 35 pounds of squash at a time. We’ve scaled it back for home cook use to half the smallest size recipe. One secret to the recipe is that they steam the squash and then save...
Mushrooms reach pinnacle browned in butter, cradled in crust

Mushrooms reach pinnacle browned in butter, cradled in crust

Raw is a brilliant state for lettuce, for talent, for truth. Not so much for mushroom. Uncooked, the mushroom is edible, but barely. It offers a spongy bite of bland. How the naked mushroom sneaked onto the salad plate — and why — remains a mystery. Hunched and humble, the mushroom needs coaxing. Browned in butter, spiked with sherry and cradled in a crisp crust, it reveals its tangle...
I made cloud eggs (thanks, Instagram) and it was not worth the fluff

I made cloud eggs (thanks, Instagram) and it was not worth the fluff

Move over cronuts (391,000 posts), avocado toast (101,900) and gravity cakes (675): #cloudeggs (5,000 and another 1,000-plus when you drop the “s”) are having a moment on Instagram. What are cloud eggs? They’re a picture-perfect whipped egg white nest that is lightly browned in the oven then finished with a sunny egg yolk in the middle. Somebody has already trademarked CloudEggs...
Rioja grapples with how to define its best wines

Rioja grapples with how to define its best wines

The wine was an extraordinary pleasure, a mellow red with a texture somewhere between silk and velvet that didn’t so much invite as demand a next sip. The flavors were both sweet and tart, more cranberry than raspberry and fresh. The wine extended well into the complex territory of tobacco, smoke and leather, with a touch of vanilla from its long rest in old American oak vats. There was polish...
For slaws with staying power, go cabbage-free

For slaws with staying power, go cabbage-free

When it comes to picnic and potluck contributions, almost everyone welcomes coleslaw. So, why is it that what lands on the table is often store-bought? I contend the fault lies entirely with the cabbage. Unless you are serving the entire elementary school population, one square mile of a neighborhood or the largest-ever family reunion, an entire head of cabbage makes a heckuva lot of slaw. Let&rsquo...
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...
This Buckhead grill was named the best 24-hour restaurant in Georgia

This Buckhead grill was named the best 24-hour restaurant in Georgia

Forget Waffle House. When it comes to finding the best restaurant open at all hours of the day, you have to look in Buckhead.  Delish magazine named the best 24-hour restaurant in each state. For Georgia, the winner was none other than R Thomas Deluxe Grill.  “If the beautiful decor isn’t enough to get you though the door,” Delish’s explanation reads, ...
Winner: Best farmers market in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best farmers market in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

From vegetables and fruit to locally sourced meats and treats, farmers markets around Atlanta have as much selection as your local grocery store. Summertime means a visit to your local farmers market for the freshest ingredients of the season. Keeping that fresh summer spirit in mind, which farmers market were named the Best in Atlanta? Marietta Square Farmers Market wins the No. 1 spot for good...
Online design service can help refresh space

Online design service can help refresh space

Need help styling your foyer? Art for a blank wall? New throw pillows for a blah couch? Atlanta-based SwatchPop!, an online interior design service, can help refresh your space. Owners: Jessica McRae and Kristen Yonson grew up in Alpharetta and were classmates at Chattahoochee High School (class of 2000). Jessica attended the University of Georgia, where she studied public relations and Kristen went...
Grants from NEA help Georgia arts organizations

Grants from NEA help Georgia arts organizations

Once threatened with extinction, the National Endowment for the Arts, with encouragement from Congress, is moving ahead, and recently announced its spring grants. Those grants include $2.7 million to 16 different Georgia organization, most of them in Atlanta. These grants are among the $82 million that the federal agency will distribute to support the arts in every state, plus the District of Columbia...
Five myths about fatherhood

Five myths about fatherhood

This month, the Supreme Court struck down a law that treated unwed mothers and fathers differently when granting citizenship to their children born outside the United States - the requirements for fathers were stiffer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, authoring a majority opinion joined by five other justices, wrote that the law was based on gender stereotypes that violated the notion of equal protection...
Amazon just bought Whole Foods. Now what?

Amazon just bought Whole Foods. Now what?

Gary Dinges dropped the news this morning: Whole Foods finally had a buyer. After months of rumors about a sale — the company has been expanding quickly but had a hard time staying profitable enough to please investors — the company announced today that Amazon would be buying it in a $13.7 billion-dollar deal. It’s the largest acquisition ever for Amazon, and...
4 of the hottest Atlanta underground parties this weekend

4 of the hottest Atlanta underground parties this weekend

With the official first day of summer right around the corner (next week), it's the perfect time to seize the moment and bask in the warm weather in Atlanta. This weekend, a wave of enticing parties will be hitting the city that might just make you want to step out and indulge in the nightlife scene. From artsy get-togethers to hopping club parties, here's your guide to the hottest underground parties...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

6/ 25 Family Sunday Prepare Oven-Roasted Lemon Herb Spatchcock Chicken (see recipe). Accompany the juicy chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and brussels sprouts garnished with crumbled bacon. Add dinner rolls. For dessert, coconut macaroons and orange sherbet are a perfect combination. Plan ahead: Save enough...
Why this Atlanta suburb has become a haven for gay couples

Why this Atlanta suburb has become a haven for gay couples

Avondale Estates is known for its picturesque downtown and family-friendly feel, but the cozy suburb has also casually staked its claim as one of the top neighborhoods for LGBT couples in the country. In fact, Avondale Estates has a higher density of gay couples than Atlanta or Decatur, ranking No. 1 in the state according to a study by the Williams Institute. About 4.3 percent of households...
‘Family Guy’ to pay tribute to Adam West on Sunday

‘Family Guy’ to pay tribute to Adam West on Sunday

“Family Guy” is honoring the Mayor on Sunday. The animated Fox series will pay tribute to Adam West by re-airing the episode “The Dating Game” featuring the late actor in his recurring role of Mayor Adam West. “The Dating Game,” which features the Quahog mayor winning an auction for Medieval Castle, aired in March. A tribute card will run at the end of the episode...
Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

“At home, I see him as Dad. When people call him ‘Chef’ it’s so strange to see him as Chef Linton Hopkins.” Linton Hopkins Jr. is sitting in the corner booth at Restaurant Eugene, discussing what it’s like to be the son of one of Atlanta’s preeminent chefs and restaurateurs. The 18-year-old has grown up watching his father and mother, Gina, build a restaurant...
20 years ago, Brick Store Pub began climb as beer bar, Decatur fixture

20 years ago, Brick Store Pub began climb as beer bar, Decatur fixture

One late afternoon, three old friends are huddled together, reminiscing and joking while having a round at a table in the Belgian Bar, the cozy, dimly lit upstairs annex of the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. It’s a reunion of sorts for Dave Blanchard, Tom Moore and Mike Gallagher, who partnered to open the Brick Store on June 27, 1997, not knowing that it would become both a beloved neighborhood...
Review: New burger spot in Forest Park deserves spot on ‘best of’ list

Review: New burger spot in Forest Park deserves spot on ‘best of’ list

When it comes to food, listicles abound. Who’s got the best barbecue? The best brunch? The best fried chicken? Such rankings can turn into quite the food fight for those impassioned by all things culinary. Like me with baguettes. (You should see the ridiculous spreadsheet I kept that time I wrote a piece on top baguettes. Did some bat-shaped bread really require that many columns...
Review: Eat your vegetables at Mediterranea

Review: Eat your vegetables at Mediterranea

Like most people I know, I often aspire to eat a little better than I do. More vegetables, smaller portions, local ingredients, that sort of thing. But, of course, life tends to get in the way. It ends up being easier to grab a cheeseburger from a neighborhood joint than finding and preparing a meal from, say, locally grown eggplants. This apparent gap between my aspirations and actual life leaves...
Whimsical, global allure in historic West End Victorian

Whimsical, global allure in historic West End Victorian

Barbara English lets her 130-year-old home dictate the decorations. Thick moldings, built-ins, wood floors and antique furnishings in the renovated Victorian home made it appear period-appropriate, yet more serious and dark, even with 14-foot ceilings. English lightened the mood with bright fabrics, international artwork and graphic elements, like the giant paisley patterns painted on her dining room...
What you need to eat before the AJC Peachtree Road Race (and how many calories you'll burn)

What you need to eat before the AJC Peachtree Road Race (and how many calories you'll burn)

You’ve been training for weeks and the time is almost here for the AJC Peachtree Road Race 2017  on Tuesday, July 4. Here's what you need to know about the calories you’ll burn during the race and what you need to eat during these final days of preparation: You can expect to burn approximately 600 to 800 calories during a 10K run. However, keep in mind...
Happy birthday, Mr. President: Trump turns 71

Happy birthday, Mr. President: Trump turns 71

June 14 is Donald Trump’s 71st birthday, and the 45th president received hundreds of birthday wishes on social media. Not all birthday wishes came from family. Or even from Americans. Trump shares his birthday with the Army, which was founded on this date in 1775 when the Continental Congress authorized “the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and...
Family’s tradition, great Italian dining, is also its business

Family’s tradition, great Italian dining, is also its business

You might say every Sunday is Father’s Day for Charlie Augello, the owner of E. 48th Street Market. Father’s Day will find the family of Charlie and Anita Augello spending the day as they usually do. Children and grandchildren will convene at the couple’s Sandy Springs home to enjoy Sunday dinner the couple cook. The day we visited there were 15 for dinner. That’s the...
Which Atlanta doughnut shop was named one of the best in America?

Which Atlanta doughnut shop was named one of the best in America?

If you’re going to make room in your diet for one Atlanta doughnut, a recent national ranking has made the case for one doughy, creme-filled local favorite. Sublime Doughnuts was ranked No. 6 on Business Insider’s “The best donut shops in America, ranked.” Dough in Brooklyn, New York, took the No. 1 spot, while Bill’s Donut Shop in Centerville, Ohio, and Peter Pan...
Where you can still find a fresh peach in Georgia

Where you can still find a fresh peach in Georgia

The Georgia peach crop is having a terrible year so far due to storms and weather, and experts have determined that the state's world famous peach crop may be down as much as 80 percent as a result. While the crop decline is crushing for the farmers and upsetting to fresh peach devotees, don't give up on the idea of tasting the perfect Georgia peach this summer. With a little extra effort and...
She had no idea she was the first black woman to win an NCAA singles title

She had no idea she was the first black woman to win an NCAA singles title

The woman wearing maize and blue celebrated her moment knowing she had made history, but not quite knowing the full extent of the story. When Brienne Minor's opponent's forehand down the line finally floated long, there was simply a joyful, graceful tossing of her racket into the air, a double fist-pump at shoulder level and a single clap in front of her chest. Then off to the net to shake hands....
Ta-Nehisi Coates unveils cover for Obama-era book ‘We Were Eight Years in Power’

Ta-Nehisi Coates unveils cover for Obama-era book ‘We Were Eight Years in Power’

Ta-Nehisi Coates has revealed a cover image for “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy," his forthcoming book of new and previously published essays about the Obama era. Scheduled for release Oct. 3 from Random House’s relaunched One World imprint, the book grew out of Coates’ writings for The Atlantic, including 2012’s “Fear of a Black...
Megyn Kelly no longer hosting Sandy Hook benefit because of Alex Jones interview

Megyn Kelly no longer hosting Sandy Hook benefit because of Alex Jones interview

Megyn Kelly is facing repercussions following her interview with Sandy Hook hoaxer Alex Jones. Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, released a statement Monday that the NBC host will no longer emcee the organization’s annual Promise Champions Gala on June 14 in Washington D.C. “This decision was spurred by NBC’s planned broadcast of Kelly&rsquo...
Why does it seem the Tonys still think the musical is the thing?

Why does it seem the Tonys still think the musical is the thing?

NEW YORK — Near the end of the Tony Awards ceremony Sunday night, a point was made that seemed to get lost in all the chatter about such vitally important matters as whether Bette Midler was right to shout down the band’s attempts to play her off the Radio City Music Hall stage, or what exactly host Kevin Spacey was doing up there in bed with an oversize groundhog. It came when Andre Bishop...
Explore new world of Pandora

Explore new world of Pandora

Filmmaker James Cameron has described the digital world of Avatar as dreaming with your eyes wide open. At Pandora, The World of Avatar, Walt Disney World’s newest attraction, those dreams come true in fantastical living color. Pandora, inspired by the blockbuster 2009 movie “Avatar,” opened last month just in time for Memorial Day weekend. It took more than five years to bring this...
Author Events June 18-24

Author Events June 18-24

Karen Robards, “Ultimatum.” A martial arts master and explosives expert known as the Guardian, who makes a living swindling con men reinvents herself as a security expert—only to be drawn back into crime by a new job. 7 p.m. June 19. Signing. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N Decatur Road, Decatur, 404-486-0307, eagleeyebooks.com Celeste Fletcher McHale, “The Sweet Smell of...
‘Answers’ runs down rabbit hole of love

‘Answers’ runs down rabbit hole of love

The novelist Catherine Lacey was born in Mississippi — for generations her family has owned the Tupelo Hardware Co., where Elvis Presley’s mother is said to have bought his first guitar — but you will strain to find evidence of stereotypical Southern themes or cadences in her work. She never tries to, as the critic Albert Murray put it, “sound a Faulkner chord.” Lacey&rsquo...
9 middle grade, young adult books your kids shouldn’t miss

9 middle grade, young adult books your kids shouldn’t miss

Books for “middle grade” and “young adult” (YA) readers arrive year-round, but the summer crop is always bountiful. Go to the best-seller lists for sure bets. Also, look to favorite established authors to learn what they might have next. Just three stars with new books this season include Sarah Dessen (“Once and For All”), Ann Brashares (“The Whole Thing Together&rdquo...
AJC Decatur Book Festival announces 2017 lineup

AJC Decatur Book Festival announces 2017 lineup

A feast of fiction, science, poetry, politics and history will once again grace the square in Decatur over Labor Day weekend when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival returns. On Monday afternoon, organizers of the event — the country’s largest independent book festival — announced the roster of authors scheduled to appear at the three-day marathon. The free...
Review: A face-off between portraiture and abstract work in solo show

Review: A face-off between portraiture and abstract work in solo show

For much of his exhibition history in Atlanta, artist Mark Leibert has focused on the natural world: flowers and plants and landscapes — lovely, if occasionally wispy subjects influenced by his childhood amid the flora and fauna of Hawaii. It turns out Leibert may have been hiding his light under a bushel. In his latest exhibition “Reflex” at Sandler Hudson Gallery, Leibert...
Theater review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ abounds (again) at the Lyric

Theater review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ abounds (again) at the Lyric

To borrow a refrain from its title tune, by now “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” could be considered a show as old as time, with songs as old as rhyme. First adapted for a 1946 French film, the classic fairy tale attained mainstream popularity thanks to Disney’s 1991 animated movie musical, which was most recently remade in a live-action version that hit screens a...
WATCH: Deaf, blind cat survives months of bad weather, is reunited with owner

WATCH: Deaf, blind cat survives months of bad weather, is reunited with owner

After his beloved 20-year-old travel companion, a deaf and blind cat named Lily, ran off and got lost during a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this past February, Raymond McNamara posted flyers and searched desperately for the feline for more than three weeks, until finally accepting that she had likely died and he would never see her again. Emotionally drained, McNamara, 50, drove to California...
VOTE: What is the best farmers market in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best farmers market in Atlanta?

From vegetables and fruit to locally sourced meats and treats, farmers markets around Atlanta have as much selection as your local grocery store. Summertime means a visit to your local farmers market for the freshest ingredients of the season. Keeping that fresh summer spirit in mind, this week’s Best of Atlanta poll offers the question:  Which farmers market deserves to be named the Best...
Bistro Niko’s spinach is an old favorite

Bistro Niko’s spinach is an old favorite

From the menu … Bistro Niko, 3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-261-6456, buckheadrestaurants.com/bistro-niko/ It was indeed possible to get this recipe. Melted Spinach has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 2009. At Bistro Niko they make a batch that’s double the size we’re printing here. 
Dinner salad you could eat every week

Dinner salad you could eat every week

Just the look of this salad is enough to make you want to dig right in, isn’t it? It features the interplay of warm and cool, roasted and toasted, soft and crisp. There’s minimal prep work and one-pan ease for the oven-browned chunks of zucchini and tender yellow-fleshed potatoes. I especially like the mix of different greens: Dandelion greens, mache and basil work well here, but keep...
Tramezzini: Italian sandwiches you can’t get here

Tramezzini: Italian sandwiches you can’t get here

A midmorning snack along the street, off the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Soft slices of crust-less white bread stuffed with a mountain of chopped seafood — shrimp, squid, other lovelies of the sea, probably pulled from the giant market just up the calle — in a dressing, probably maionese, generous with chile heat. Somehow managing not to slop it all onto myself. Eaten standing up in the street...
Two steps add flavor to 20-minute chicken on a stick

Two steps add flavor to 20-minute chicken on a stick

The accompanying recipe is the antidote to boring grilled chicken. It’s nearly as easy to make, but so much more enticing. The key is to toss the chicken with a mix of dried spices — ginger, garlic, turmeric, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper — that turn the blank-canvas protein into something irresistibly flavorful and fragrant. No marinating time required. The chicken...
Here's when and where to meet Atlanta's best drag kings and queens

Here's when and where to meet Atlanta's best drag kings and queens

Netflix's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reboot chose Atlanta for its first season, once again affirming the city's place as a center for LGBTQ life in the South. While the new Fab 5 are all that, take in a different kind of fabulous: the best drag in town. Whether you want something scandalous, sexy or laugh out loud funny, pull out those dollar bills and visit the best joints in town...
Braves Country 5K: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

Braves Country 5K: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

It's getting hot out there, Atlanta, but that doesn't mean you can't have a ton of fun in the Georgia sun this weekend. Check out this event lineup taking place all around the Metro area. Bonsai Study Group. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 9. Free with garden admission. Smith Gilbert Gardens. 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. www.smithgilbertgardens.com. Whether you're just...
What can you do with 1 pint of sour cherries?

What can you do with 1 pint of sour cherries?

Sour cherries showed up at the farmers market in Washington two weeks ago, which is at least a month earlier than we typically see them. As I walked around with a four-pint flat, I must have been stopped a half dozen times: Where'd you get those? They are, after all, be-still-my-heart beautiful. They almost seem to glow. Sour cherries are true to their name, flavorwise, and one of the few fresh fruits...
Be armed with knowledge before renovation

Be armed with knowledge before renovation

A plethora of DIY sites and television shows encourages homeowners to roll up their sleeves and just paint that ceiling or lay that kitchen tile, while at the same time making the idea of taking on a home makeover less daunting. But before jumping into a major redo, remodeling experts suggest owners and prospective buyers of “fixer-uppers” do some serious research into just what such a...
This is the kind of grill chef Bobby Flay says you should buy 

This is the kind of grill chef Bobby Flay says you should buy 

With Memorial Day kicking off the unofficial start to summer, Bobby Flay is sharing some tips to help you become a grill master all season long. The Food Network star, who teamed up with Lipton as part of their Summer Camp event in New York City on Thursday, tells PEOPLE the key to grilling the perfect chicken starts with the type of grill you are using. “People always...
Debut novel of Atlanta-based author Ricki Schultz tackles culture of online dating

Debut novel of Atlanta-based author Ricki Schultz tackles culture of online dating

Ricki Schultz has been writing seriously for almost a decade. Her genre of choice was young adult fiction. With each manuscript she came close to publication, but in the end they just didn’t sell, she said. Two years ago, she took a detour and it led to the publication of her debut novel which was released this week.  “Mr. Right Swipe,” (Grand Central Publishing, $15) is all...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

6/ 18 Family Sunday Celebrate Dad’s day with Steak, Green Beans and Tomatoes . Cut 1 pound beef top sirloin (3/4 inch thick) in half and then into 1/4-inch strips. In a resealable plastic bag, place beef and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette. Turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 2 hours. Heat large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Add 2 1/2 cups green...
Hot picks: 4 underground parties to attend this weekend

Hot picks: 4 underground parties to attend this weekend

It's going to be a hot summer with plenty of parties to keep you entertained. From bashes set back in time to swanky lounge soirees, we've compiled some of the hottest nightlife events happening in Atlanta. Here's the top parties hitting Atlanta's nightlife scene this weekend that you should know about: Thursday, June 8 Josephine Lounge 3277 Buford Hwy NE, Brookhaven Streetz 94.5 and Josephine Lounge...
Modern, minimalist tour home replaces rat-infested house in Midtown

Modern, minimalist tour home replaces rat-infested house in Midtown

Minimalist, modern design seemed like a lofty, aspiration goal for Vivian Lee, who saw them as grand, tony structures in other neighborhoods. After years of condo living, she and her husband, Benjamin, searched for single-family homes to purchase in Midtown Atlanta, but found mostly bungalows, Tudors and one-story, post-World War II homes. “That just was not our style. We just didn’t see...
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