Author: Linda Erbele

8 Georgia travel plans for 2010

8 Georgia travel plans for 2010
Staying inside and warm during this unusually cold weather is a good time to plan the year’s travel.  Here’s 8 things I plan to do and share with you this year: I’m planning to explore the central and southern parts of our state as well as Atlanta and North Georgia. We have an amazing...
January 9th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Discovery of Anesthesia celebrated at Crawford W. Long museum

Discovery of Anesthesia celebrated at Crawford W. Long museum
Before the invention of anesthesia, doctors sometimes used alcohol or hypnotism in an attempt to sedate surgery patients, who were, understandably, jumpy at the thought of being cut. Georgia native Crawford Long set up a doctor’s office in Jefferson in 1841, having completed his internship in New...
January 7th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Up in the Air film recommends Fatt Matt’s in Atlanta

Up in the Air film recommends Fatt Matt’s in Atlanta
Have you seen Up in the Air? When Alex (Vera Farmiga) asks Ryan (George Clooney) to recommend a good place to eat in Atlanta, he quickly responds “Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack…but you’ll need a bib.” I didn’t see anyone with bibs this weekend – but there was a line...
January 4th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of the week in Atlanta

Best of the week in Atlanta
Along with your Christmas tree, a lot of interesting events in Atlanta are leaving. If you’ve been meaning to see them – better get those tickets: Cavalia This is the magical horse-and-people performed extravaganza  under those exotic tent spires at Atlantic Station. (See my post about it...
January 3rd, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Why are greens and hog jowl on sale in Georgia?

Why are greens and hog jowl on sale in Georgia?
No one knows why exactly, but it is traditional in the South to eat greens and hog jowl on New Year’s Day. And while most readers are wrinkling their noses and muttering “Ewww” — somebody’s eating them, because all the stores have them on sale. There are different versions...
December 31st, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of the week in Atlanta: Which first, the Peach Drop or the Chicken?

Best of the week in Atlanta: Which first, the Peach Drop or the Chicken?
Most people will shiver in the new year with the Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta (see map.) It’s going to be very, very cold and very crowded. But this is THE event in Atlanta, televised on local stations alongside New York’s Time’s Square events.  MARTA is your best bet to get there. Macon...
December 31st, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Atlanta Travelers best for 2009

Atlanta Travelers best for 2009
It’s been a lot of fun, both telling you about things to do and being there. Here are my favorites. Looking forward to 2010 and new experiences. Best restaurant experience: There were two: Best food was at Six Feet Under, see post here. Most memorable experience: Dante’s Down the Hatch,...
December 28th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Review: Eno by Zaza, showcase for Top Chef Eli Kirschner

Review: Eno by Zaza, showcase for Top Chef Eli Kirschner
If you watch Top Chef this season, you saw the flair  Chef Eli Kirschner brings to his food. If you’ve been intimidated by that or the sophisticated exterior of Eno by Zaza, fret not. Inside they are friendly and welcoming.  The menu changes and is as creative as you would expect. Remember the...
December 26th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Play in the snow at Stone Mountain, Georgia

Play in the snow at Stone Mountain, Georgia
For the second year, Stone Mountain Park is opening its Snow Mountain attraction. The first day is December 26. No after-Christmas let-down here. Snow tubing lanes have been aligned plus an area to just play – make snow-angels, build snowmen. There’s another area for snow ball fights. For...
December 25th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Famed Chattooga River remains divided

Famed Chattooga River remains divided
While an image from Gone with the Wind is the way most people think of Georgia, some come here with the thought of the 1972 movie Deliverance starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty. If you’re not familiar, think of a strain of banjo music being echoed from a falling-down front porch....
December 24th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of the week: – Catching up with Atlanta’s malls

Best of the week: – Catching up with Atlanta’s malls
Here it is the week of Christmas and unless you’ve been very, very good, you’re going to be walking the halls of the mall, eyes glazing from all the choices and all the people. Every once in a while, I’m organized enough to sightsee at a mall on Christmas Eve. It’s fun watching...
December 22nd, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Five Guys Burgers & Fries a winner in fast food

Five Guys Burgers & Fries a winner in fast food
It was lunchtime and the aroma of grilled meat and french fries wafted across the parking lot. I had read that Five Guys was was selected number one (followed closely by Chic-fil-A, a Georgia-based corporation) in a consumer survey conducted by Market Force Information this month. So in the interest...
December 19th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival starts next month

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival starts next month
Just when you find yourself a little overwhelmed with all that there is do this month – along comes the Tenth Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival starting January 13. It’s 12 days of movies. (You thought life would slow down?) What better way to get through the cold in January than at a nice...
December 18th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of week – the fight for rights on display south of Atlanta

Best of week – the fight for rights on display south of Atlanta
The National Archives in Morrow is hosting Documented Rights, A Symposium on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, through the end of February. While Atlanta has so much Civil Rights history itself, this is a fascinating look at the fight for rights throughout our country’s history. You can...
December 17th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Atlantic Station starts Christmas traditions

Atlantic Station starts Christmas traditions
Atlantic Station is working hard to become your holiday go-to place. (They already have nine million visitors a year.) Besides the shops and restaurants, there’s a special open-air market of holiday shops open from 10 to 10 every day until 12/31 (except Christmas Day.) The market has special hand-made...
December 15th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Best of week: Audubon Society’s Christmas bird count

Best of week: Audubon Society’s Christmas bird count
Every year, in the midst of the Christmas rush to get presents and food and to the appropriate parties, I have seen a news story about people who’ve stepped away from the holiday mayhem to take a walk in the woods and count birds for the National Audubon Society’s Christmas bird count program....
December 12th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

The 70th Anniversary of Gone with the Wind

The 70th Anniversary of Gone with the Wind
The movie that people around the world associate with Atlanta premiered Dec. 13, 1939. Much of Margaret Mitchell’s novel takes place in Jonesboro, the little town just south of Atlanta. You can still get a feeling of Scarlett’s time at the Road to Tara Museum here. (See map.) In celebration...
December 11th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Babyland General moves to new location in Georgia

Babyland General moves to new location in Georgia
Many people don’t realize that Cabbage Patch Kids were born in Georgia. Xavier Roberts, a native of Cleveland, Georgia used “needle molding” to create the soft-sculpture babies in the ’70s. Since 1978, the BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland has been facilitating adoptions...
December 10th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Review: Eat like a local in Clarkesville, Georgia

Review: Eat like a local in Clarkesville, Georgia
Most people believe that the best food on the road is at those little hole-in-the-wall places where the locals eat. The A&E Grill in Clarkesville is just one of those places. No web site, no advertising, other than the simple sign on the top of the white frame building. The Dirty Burger in all its...
December 8th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Georgia B&B has a view and a wine cellar

Georgia B&B has a view and a wine cellar
“We think people who travel to B&Bs are looking for a discovery — something not in the magazines or on the websites,” says Gayle Darugh who co-owns the Beechwood Inn in Clayton, Georgia with her husband David. So she directs guests to visit the nearby grist mill that grinds the...
December 5th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More