Author: Linda Erbele

Grant Park to host Christkindlmarket in Atlanta

Grant Park to host Christkindlmarket in Atlanta
The Grant Park Conservancy is hosting a Christkindlmarket  December 11 – 13th this year. Christkindlmarket is a Christmas Market traditionally held outdoors with lots of vendors, warm drinks and food. It is generally believe to have originated in Germany in the 14th century. Chicago has been hosting...
December 4th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Hunting treasure in North Georgia

Hunting treasure in North Georgia
Some of the people on your Christmas list call for something completely unique — generally not available at a mall. Something Georgia-made is also a great way to show your out-of-state friends what we have to offer here. Priscilla Wilson of The Gourd Place in Sautee Nacoochee (see map) creates...
December 3rd, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Georgia’s Winter Wine Highway Weekend

Georgia’s Winter Wine Highway Weekend
It’s surprising to many people to discover that Georgia has an award-winning wine industry. While many people still associate muscadine wine with the South, the Winegrowers Association of Georgia is developing a regional identity among wine fanciers throughout the world, with Georgia-grown French-American...
December 1st, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

No turkey at Third Coast Grille

No turkey at Third Coast Grille
If you’re tired of that bird in the fridge and the cold that has enveloped Atlanta these past few days – step into a little coastal warmth at the Third Coast Grill at Lake Lanier. Bright and sunny, the tables are painted in colorful pastels, the benches are white, whimsical fishy paintings...
November 28th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Nacoochee Valley and its secrets

Nacoochee Valley and its secrets
This is a story about a special place in Georgia – the little gazebo that graces the top of an Indian Mound in the Nacoochee Valley near Helen. It is said to be the second most recognized symbol in Georgia (Stone Mountain being the first.) If you’ve ever seen it, you will not have forgotten it....
November 27th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

The Holiday starts in Atlanta when….

The Holiday starts in Atlanta when….
The Macy’s Great Tree Lighting starts. Every year, hundred of families finish the Thanksgiving meal and bundle into the car for a trip to Lenox Square (see map) to watch the Great Tree Lighting. Years ago it was downtown at Rich’s, but it’s been at Lenox for some time now. There will...
November 24th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

10 home-cooked Thanksgivings in and out of Atlanta

10 home-cooked Thanksgivings in and out of Atlanta
If you’re not going to your momma’s but would like to eat as if you were (or maybe she’s visiting and you don’t want to tackle a turkey) here are some restaurants where you can get that home-cooked feel. Some require reservations, those are filling up fast. A family-style spread. Inside...
November 23rd, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Review: Dante’s – an Atlanta must for 40 years

Review: Dante’s – an Atlanta must for 40 years
Dante’s is one of the special places in Atlanta that doesn’t get written about much because it’s been here so long. But rest assured that the food is excellent and the experience is  one you’ll tell others about. The specialty of the house is jazz and fondue. Meat, cheese, vegetable...
November 21st, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Where to get your Beaujolais Nouveau in Atlanta

Where to get your Beaujolais Nouveau in Atlanta
In Atlanta there are hundreds of Cinco de Mayo parties, but you have to hunt for the Beaujolais Nouveau events. The annual first release of Beaujolais is a time for celebration. While it is often released on our Thanksgiving, this year the date is tonight, November 19. Bottles are flown from France around...
November 19th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Choosing a chicken house over the mall

Choosing a chicken house over the mall
Got plans to get that Christmas shopping done in the after-Thanksgiving weekend? Consider skipping the mall and visiting an old chicken house in just outside of Athens. You will find yourself surrounded by gorgeous, original art, including jewelry, wood, glass, pottery, bath products and fiber. Loretta...
November 18th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Memories for A Generation at Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

Memories for A Generation at Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights
Remember the days when you piled in the car with siblings or cousins and rode around looking at Christmas lights? While many still do that, sometimes neighborhoods can be a little disappointing or it can be tough to find those really good displays. Callaway Gardens, about an hour south of Atlanta, (see...
November 16th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Try a Turducken for Thanksgiving this year

Try a Turducken for Thanksgiving this year
Want to really out-do your sister-in-law at the Thanksgiving table this year? I know, you’ve got all those purists who think they have to have turkey – and really, how many ways is there to make that special? Here’s one – serve an (almost) boneless turkey, stuffed with a thin...
November 14th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Authentic Cajun food in Duluth, Georgia

Authentic Cajun food in Duluth, Georgia
When you get a craving for spicy and seafood, head to Duluth. Boudreaux’s Cajun Cafe is a block off of the main road through historic Duluth (3067 Main St Duluth GA) -but right on in its Cajun tradition. The lunch buffet on Wednesday through Friday includes boiled shrimp, shrimp etouffee, red beans...
November 13th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Art tour offers miles of Georgia art

Art tour offers miles of Georgia art
Twice a year arts and craftspeople in four Northeast Georgia counties get together and hold an open house — for miles and miles. They offer demonstrations, music, food and lodging specials and a great opportunity for you to get started on your Christmas shopping with some Georgia original artistry. Mark...
November 11th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Ten Days of Literary Goodies

Ten Days of Literary Goodies
The Book Festival of the MJCCA starts tonight. You don’t have to be either Jewish or a bookworm to find a lot to interest at this cultural and literary event. There’s humor, history, philosophy, religion and mystery by some well-known and some soon-to-be well-known authors. Events include...
November 10th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Folk Art masterpieces to be auctioned this weekend

Folk Art masterpieces to be auctioned this weekend
Slotin Folk Art, familiar to folk art fans, will auction the lifetime collection of Lynn Ingram, a self-taught art pioneer Saturday and Sunday at Buford Hall in Buford, about 30 minutes north of Atlanta. The Lion and the Masked Man by Adolf Wolfli Most people have heard of Howard Finster – there...
November 6th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Callaway Gardens has free admission today

Callaway Gardens has free admission today
It’s the birthday of Cason J. Callaway – and Callaway Gardens (see map)is celebrating the day with free admission. There will be an organ concern from noon to 4 at the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel.  I grew up about 30 minutes away from this beautiful garden, and it was referred to...
November 6th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Readers and writers unite in North Georgia

Readers and writers unite in North Georgia
The 6th annual Dahlonega Literary Festival is coming up this weekend. In past years, this festival has brought headliners such as Diana Gabaldon, Mary Kay Andrews (Kathy Trocheck) and Steve Berry to this little mountain town. This year they are bringing, among many notables, Catherine Coulter in to talk...
November 4th, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

The Georgia State Pork Barbecue Championship

The Georgia State Pork Barbecue Championship
The Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Georgia is this weekend. This festival/contest was designated the “official state pork barbeque championship cook-off” by Georgia’s legislature in 1997. (Vienna is at exit 109 off I-75 south, about 2-1/2 hours south of Atlanta. It is pronounced Veye -anna,...
November 2nd, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More

Savannah Film Festival is finally here

Savannah Film Festival is finally here
Pssst – how about a few days in a cool coastal town watching the latest films, rubbing elbows with a few stars, maybe attend some discussions with directors or writers – oh yeah, and eat some good seafood while you’re at it? Nope – not California. Here in Georgia. The 12th Annual...
October 31st, 2009 | Atlanta | Read More