Sophisticated Soul Food

It’s not often that the words ‘organic’ and ‘local food products’ are synonymous with the South; however, the owners of Alligator Soul restaurant, Hilary and Maureen Craig, are bringing a new spin of healthier food options to the Savannah, Georgia area. Their Seattle, Washington restaurant by the same name quickly made Zagat’s “Best Places to Eat in the Northwest” list, and we’re excited to now have this sophisticated Southern food spot in our own back yard. With their extensive menu offering your Southern favorites and exotic cuisine such as [... more]

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]

Graveyard Shift

Avid readers might remember John Berendt’s New York Times Bestselling Novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil featuring Savannah, Georgia’s very real Bonaventure Cemetery. Even if ghosts and evil give you goose bumps, you’ll find the area’s most famous cemetery a hauntingly beautiful spot to visit. Among the century-old live oaks covered in Spanish moss, lovely details can be found on every tombstone and family crypt as you make your way through the hundred-acre plot. Stop at Gracie Watson’s statue and see if her stone [... 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]

Garlic Gets Its Day

Salute National Garlic Day (today, April 19) with a delicious treat that showcases this pungent little bulb. With its tantalizing aromas and melt-in-your-mouth goodness, garlic bread serves as the ultimate comfort food. This recipe for The Best Homemade Garlic Bread leaves your taste buds begging for the entire loaf. For the best flavor, make sure to use fresh garlic (not canned) and a generous amount of garlic salt. Another must is premium olive oil; we recommend Georgia Olive Farms Extra Virgin. Lastly, shop around for the freshest [... 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]

Luxury in North Georgia

If you love wine like we do, you’ll thoroughly enjoy a trip to Château Élan, the largest winery in Georgia. It doesn’t hurt that the property features a picturesque four-star inn, a golf club with three 18-hole courses, and day and overnight spa facilities. You can also tour the nearby vineyards, where they grow an assortment of grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Muscadine. Afterward, revitalize and relax with a glass of your favorite red and a much-needed massage.

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]

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