Boutique Bowling in the ATL

When you think of bowling allies you probably imagine sticky plastic seats, smelly shoes, cheap beer and screaming children – but that’s all about to change. The Painted Pin is an upscale boutique bar, bowling, and entertainment venue located in the heart of Buckhead’s Miami Circle in Atlanta. Complete with 20 bowling lanes surrounded by leather Chesterfield couches, personalized ball and shoe delivery, and superb food and cocktail menus, this is the perfect place to come have a little fun, maintain your dignity, and still feel like a [... more]

Road Trip-Worthy Tacos

If you’re hungry for authentic Southern, Southwestern, and Mexican fare, then you may want to join the line outside Taqueria del Sol. At first glance, you realize this isn’t your usual dining establishment. Lines often snake outside the door, but thankfully tables turn over very quickly. The popular restaurant wows with savory from-scratch dishes served quickly within a casual setting. Menu options include the Brisket, a flour tortilla with shredded beef topped with pico de gallo, and the Memphis, a juicy, smoked and chopped pork soft taco [... more]

Food Truck Paradise

The last decade has seen an astounding increase in the popularity of food trucks in cities, at festivals, in parks—and really everywhere. One of the hottest spots for enjoying the food-truck revolution, the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market offers 32 trucks to choose from. With nearly every food type imaginable—including pizza, Mexican fare, BBQ, hot dogs, French fries, and ice cream—the park satisfies any food craving. Some of the trucks vend various other products, from farmer’s market fresh produce to bakery-quality pastries, natural bath and body [... more]

A Futuristic Festival

Last year, the creators of the wildly popular electronic music festival TommorrowLand, which occurs in Belgium each year, decided to spin off its first international edition and chose the United States as the location. Thus TomorrowWorld was born. In September 2013, TomorrowWorld welcomed 140,000 music fans from more than 75 countries to the Chattahoochee Hills just outside of Atlanta. This fall, the event returns to Georgia and anticipates an even bigger crowd. Though the event doesn’t take place until September 26-28, the festival has already confirmed more [... more]

Mayhem in Atlanta

May 16-18, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, invites you to enjoy MAYhem, a celebration of contemporary dance with three energy-filled performances performed by the Atlanta Ballet. The world premiere of THREE highlights the talents of the individual artists while exploring themes of self-realization. Another premiere, The Exiled blends music by American composer John Corigliano along with text and dance to narrate the journey of five characters. The final exhibition, 1st Flash, returns for the first time since its Atlanta debut in 2012 and [... more]

A Personal Touch

If you want to find a real-life Aidan from Sex and the City, head to Atlanta, Georgia. There you’ll find Kendrick Anderson, who creates custom furniture from his own self-named shop. While studying English literature in college, Kendrick became transfixed with the idea of building a table. With no personal experience in woodworking, he looked to his family’s history—his grandfather owned a sawmill/lumberyard and his father builds custom homes. After that initial piece, Kendrick realized woodworking was in his blood. He says his inspiration comes from a [... more]

A Better Boyfriend

The popularity of fashion’s “boyfriend” look lies in its relaxed and comfortable appeal, but sometimes the style is harder to pull off than it might seem. Take the shirtdress for instance. It requires a certain length, which often leaves you swallowed in tons of extra fabric around the waist. Adding a belt only makes it shorter. Atlanta designer Ann Mashburn has solved this issue once and for all with her version of the Boyfriend Shirtdress ($225). Slim and comfortable, the wardrobe staple in classic blue and white [... more]

A Brave New World

The designing of the new Atlanta Braves stadium, and the challenges that ensue, begins with architects from Populous, a Kansas City-based firm. In a recent interview the principal in charge of the project described the new stadium as containing 41,500 seats for a more “intimate” feel for fans. The exterior, yet to be completely figured out, will be transparent in some way. This project differs from others because Populous plans to build an adjacent development to the stadium full of shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, and offices simultaneously [... more]

Build Your Own Manhattan

At Article 14, a Midtown Atlanta bar, you choose the bourbon or whiskey, vermouth, and bitters to customize your Manhattan. It’s a great concept for Manhattan aficionados, but a bit too intimidating for me. I prefer the A-14 Martini, in my opinion, the best apple martini you’ll ever have. If you’ve sworn off apple martinis based on the overly sweet ones you’ve had in the past, put your prejudices aside and try this one. You won’t regret it. Need something to nibble on? Get the lobster pasta—it’s [... more]

Any Day of the Week

I’ve been a fan of local craft brews as long as I’ve lived in Atlanta so I was immediately drawn to Monday Night Brewing’s selection, especially their IPAs. Just last year, they opened a new brewery  and tasting room. Walking in, you’re greeted by a wall full of ties with the message “Tie One On” and it’s exactly what you do—Monday Night encourages you to donate a tie to the wall. Throw in a shuffleboard court, a giant framed mustache, and a deck and it’s the perfect [... more]

High on Octane

It’s true, most coffee shops are very similar. They sell coffee. They have a hipster vibe to them. They are filled with people on laptops that may or may not be doing something important. Confession: I’m usually one of them. What makes Octane Coffee in Atlanta different? Octane has been a hub of startup tech companies in Atlanta the last several years. Companies such as Scoutmob have been birthed out of their store. The owner has even said he feels like a startup incubator. Octane offers high-quality [... more]

Simply Sleek

This sleek, modern Atlanta guesthouse and swimming pool were situated on a 60- x 120-foot site once occupied by a tennis court. Along the northern edge, the guesthouse provides a backdrop to the pool and terrace when viewed from the main house. Sliding glass panels and clerestory windows along the Southern facade create an open pavilion aesthetic. Primarily a wood-framed structure, the guesthouse used concealed wood posts and beams to accommodate large window and door openings along the Southern facade. The concealed beams help create a “floating [... more]

Fusion Confusion?

Don’t call Cardamom Hill chef Asha Gomez’s cooking “fusion” as she has a disdain for the word. She’ll quickly tell you it isn’t fusion at all, but simply the food she grew up eating in her native Kerala, India. Unlike in other parts of India, Kerala cuisine doesn’t use heavy sauces. Also absent are the extremely hot peppers used in most Indian cooking, The result? The true flavors and aromas of the food come through. Favorite dishes at Cardamom Hill in Atlanta include the Goat Biryani, Kerala [... more]

A Bistro in the ‘Burbs

Some people say that the northern ’burbs of Atlanta don’t have good spots to eat. Well, I say they’re sorely mistaken. Case in point: Bistro VG in Roswell, Georgia. A proven standby for locals, the restaurant has enjoyed success for decades—an eternity by Atlanta standards. White tablecloths and linen chair-back covers impart a more sophisticated feel than many of the surrounding restaurants. The mostly “modern French cuisine” elevates it as well. Recently, we chose the spot to celebrate my hubby’s birthday. We dined on tried-and-true favorites—the Calamari [... more]

Shine On!

The South is experiencing a moonshine resurgence. No longer a backwoods brew, ’shine now shows up on cocktail menus at trendy establishments. One such place, Stillhouse in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, has designed its entire cocktail menu around it. Dressed in low light and dark woods, the bar/restaurant features booths and high top tables made from Troy & Sons whiskey barrels. But, as we found out, the best seats are at the bar. Bartenders artfully craft cocktails using any of the 45 varieties of moonshine on hand. If [... more]

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