Author: Linda Erbele

A week of food and celebration in Atlanta

A week of food and celebration in Atlanta
The combination of Fat Tuesday, Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras make this a week to soak up all the seafood, King Cake, shrimp rolls and noodles you can squeeze in. Both South City Kitchen locations, Midtown and Vinings are holding “A Taste of New Orleans” menus this week. No, it’s...
February 13th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Toccoa’s Currahee Military Museum

Toccoa’s Currahee Military Museum
This little town in Northeast Georgia has a big connection to World War II – it was the site of training for Easy Company, of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, the men whose experiences inspired the films “Band of Brothers,” “Saving Private Ryan”...
February 13th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Comfort food for the soul in Toccoa

Comfort food for the soul in Toccoa
Ah, comfort food – fried chicken, pork chops, greens, mashed potatoes, gravy. At Shirley’s Sole Food in Toccoa, you get not only the soul-filling goodness of food like your momma made, but the additional warmth of knowing you are helping the homeless and hungry in town. You read that right – at...
February 12th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Plan a late Valentine’s Day at a Georgia state park

Plan a late Valentine’s Day at a Georgia state park
Really – what could be more romantic than a cottage in the woods, a hot tub on the deck and a waterfall within walking distance through the woods? Georgia’s state parks and Lodges are offering discounts for you to snuggle in the woods. Now you may be picturing a dusty cabin with spider-webs...
February 9th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of the Week in Atlanta

Best of the Week in Atlanta
Of course you can’t have missed Super Bowl Sunday or that Valentine’s Day is next Sunday. Here are a few other things going on – some that will be ending soon. Poetic Experiences: A Celebration of African American Poets at Imagine It: The Children’s Museum. Feb 7 at 2 pm. (This...
February 6th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

The Dr. Seuss you didn’t know on display in Atlanta

The Dr. Seuss you didn’t know on display in Atlanta
Did you grow up listening to the Cat in the Hat? Author Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss to us, was a political cartoonist at a New York newspaper from 1941 to 1943. He saw the danger of the Nazi government in Germany early and used his skills to warn people about isolationism, racism and antisemitism. You...
February 5th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Valentines Day – Chocolate with a difference in Atlanta

Valentines Day – Chocolate with a difference in Atlanta
The first thing you see when you step into the Shakolad Chocolate Factory is a coffee cup that sums it up: Everything is Better Dipped in Chocolate. The aroma that wafts through the door tells you that here, you may be in chocolate heaven. There are not mere boxes of chocolates here. There are chocolate...
February 4th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Review: Crawfish Shack adds seating

Review: Crawfish Shack adds seating
Snuggled in among the markets, repair shops and ethnic restaurants along Buford Hwy (inside the Perimeter) is a terrific little seafood place with a Louisiana accent. It’s called the Crawfish Shack – and as you would surmise from its name, it’s a very casual place. Order at the counter...
February 3rd, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Eat like a local review: Village Tavern & Pizzeria in Helen

Eat like a local review: Village Tavern & Pizzeria in Helen
Most people don’t think of Italian food when they are visiting the pretty little Alpine village of Helen, Georgia – but there’s a terrific pizza place in the Nacoochee Village, just south of Helen on Georgia 75. If you’ve taken the road to Helen on a busy day, you will have had...
January 30th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Savannah welcomes authors at the Book Festival

Savannah welcomes authors at the Book Festival
Another reason to visit the beautiful city of Savannah! The third annual Savannah Book Festival begins Friday February 5 at 5:30 with the keynote address by best-selling thriller author Vince Flynn. What would a visit to Savannah be without music? A special event this year is a concert featuring Mary...
January 30th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Catching the stars at the Macon Film Festival

Catching the stars at the Macon Film Festival
The fifth annual Macon Film Festival opens February 18. This year the festival will be four days long. The festival screens both main-stream and independent films. Over 50 filmmakers will be there. “It has turned into quite a big festival,” explains publicity  chair Terrell Sandefur. There...
January 29th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Pre-Valentine dinner could save a dog

Pre-Valentine dinner could save a dog
Dogs that are lost, abandoned or the result of an unplanned breeding often find themselves on death row at the county animal control. In Gwinnett County, the Society of Humane Friends is working with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s department to help both the dogs and county inmates, by pairing one...
January 28th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of the week – Featherfest in Atlanta

Best of the week – Featherfest in Atlanta
In honor of the annual International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched Featherfest – a week long contest between 51 restaurants in Atlanta to see which creates the best dishes from poultry meat or eggs. The convention attendees will vote...
January 23rd, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Chef Lee’s Peking Palace in Columbus in top 100 in overall excellence

Chef Lee’s Peking Palace in Columbus  in top 100 in overall excellence
Want to eat at a Chinese restaurant that has consistently been one of the top 100 overall excellence winners in the U.S.? Chinese Restaurant News has been compiling the top 100 list for six years, and Chef Lee’s Peking Palace in Columbus, about 100 miles south of Atlanta, has been on that list every...
January 22nd, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

See National Geographic’s best portraits – and enter the photography contest

See National Geographic’s best portraits – and enter the photography contest
Many of us grew up with National Geographic magazines and remember some of the photographs from around the world. The magazine’s photographers have so often captured the essence of a place or the emotion of people better than anything short of an actual visit. The Smithsonian National Museum of...
January 19th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of the week in Atlanta

Best of the week in Atlanta
Opening at the Atlanta Civic Center Saturday: Diana – A Celebration. See some of the fabulous clothes and learn about the life of “the people’s princess.” The Curious George exhibit at Imagine It – the Children’s Museum, ends Saturday. Children get an opportunity to...
January 17th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Atlanta Institution: The Varsity

Atlanta Institution: The Varsity
When you’re new in Atlanta, you keep hearing about the Varsity. So you go see what all the fuss is about: Walk up to the counter and the person on the other side (almost) shouts at you: “What’ll ya have?” (If you’ve gotten used to soft-spoken Southern hospitality, you may...
January 16th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Free Admission at Callaway Gardens through February

Free Admission at Callaway Gardens through February
You may not have thought of visiting a garden here in the winter. But at Callaway Gardens there is still a lot to do. About an hour south of Atlanta, it’s often about ten degrees warmer too.  And for January and February, the admission fee is waived. What kind of fun can you have? Rent a bicycle...
January 16th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Parade portrays painful Georgia history

Parade portrays painful Georgia history
Blackwell Playhouse, a small community theater group in Marietta has opened the year with Parade, a Tony award winning musical that portrays the 1913 murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan and the lynching of Leo Frank, manager at the factory where she worked, which took place just a few miles from the theater. It...
January 15th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of the week in Atlanta

Best of the week in Atlanta
Atlanta was home to  Martin Luther King Jr. and the King Center is located here. Many events are planned throughout this week, ending with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, January 18. There will be a march and rally on the 18th. See the  website for details. On Thursday, Jan. 14, the Georgia capitol...
January 13th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More