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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: August 8-14

Atlanta Botanical GardensCocktails at the Botanical Garden
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden
When: August 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: General admission, $21.95
Details: It’s party time at the Botanical Garden. Enjoy a DJ, stilt walkers, games such as giant Jenga and cornhole, and, of course, specialty cocktails at a cash bar featuring a kombucha tea mixed with a color-changing gin. While you’re there, take a nighttime stroll through the Imaginary Worlds garden exhibition.

Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Where:
SunTrust Park
When: August 10, 7:35 p.m.
Cost: $14-$170+
Details: This game will kickstart the Braves’ 9th Annual Alumni Weekend (August 10-12), where nearly 60 Braves legends will return to relive their memories and see the fans. Prior to the game, meet with your favorite former Braves players—tentatively including Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, and Chipper Jones—for autographs before celebrating Jones’s legacy in an pregame, on-field ceremony. Stay after the game for a fireworks show to round out the night.

Taylor Swift concert
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
When: August 10-11
Cost: $85-$500+
Details: Long week of work? Shake it off. T-Swift is stopping by Atlanta on her reputation Stadium tour and she’ll have concerts on Friday and Saturday. The Grammy Award-winning singer won’t be alone though, she’ll be joined by pop superstars Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX.

Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart
Where: The Tabernacle
When: August 10-15
Cost: $117+
Details: If you’re in need of a laugh, these two A-list comedians are coming to town to make you do just that. Tickets are sparse, but with the duo performing seven shows over five days, you at least have several opportunities to snag a ticket before they leave.

Pub Crawl on the BeltLine
Where: Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and surrounding neighborhoods (see website for specific check-in locations)
When: August 11, 12-4 p.m.
Cost: $38
Details: Nothing beats a cold drink after a hot walk on the BeltLine. Bring a group for this pub crawl that includes stops at Hampton + Hudson, Char Korean Bar, FROGS Cantina, and Apres Diem, among others. Each ticket gets you five drinks and a koozie.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: August 1-7

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Macklemore and Kesha perform during the Billboard Music Awards.

Photograph by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for dcp

Kesha and Macklemore
Where: Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
When: August 2, 7 p.m.
Cost: $30-$50+
Details: Grab a few friends and get ready to dance as the pop chart toppers arrive in Atlanta for one of the final stops on their summer “The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore” tour. The duo most recently teamed up for the hit single, “Good Old Days.”

Black Nerd
Where: Dad’s Garage
When: August 2-4, 8 p.m.
Cost: $17.50-$33.50
Details: It’s the last weekend to catch Jon Carr’s comedy, which Dad’s Garage bills as “Atlanta meets Dragon Con,” about a Spider-Man and Star Wars-loving black man who doesn’t always live up to his family’s expectations.

Tie One On: Monday Night Brewing’s 7th Anniversary
Where: Monday Night Garage
When: August 4, 2-10 p.m. (VIP starts at 12 p.m.); August 5, 12:30-7 p.m.
Cost: $10-$70
Details: The local craft beer favorite will spend the entire weekend celebrating their 7th anniversary with plenty of limited-run beers, including their anniversary brew Tie 7 On, a double dry-hopped IPA. The party also features live music and food-for-purchase from Doggy Dogg, Okyaki, Say Cheese Sweetcakes, and more.

Southern Wing Showdown
Where: The Fairmont
When: August 5, 2-5 p.m. (VIP starts at 1 p.m.)
Cost: GA: $55; VIP: $65
Details: Indulge in chicken wing samples from 30 different Southern restaurants, including Canoe, Ladybird, Bhojanic, and more. A ticket also craft beer, wine, and cocktail tastings. The event, which is put on by Taste of Atlanta and Springer Mountain Farms chicken, benefits Angel Flight and Second Helpings Atlanta.

Punchline Comedy Night at AvalonThe Punchline Comedy Night at Avalon
Where: Palmer Plaza at Avalon
When: August 6, 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Details: Until October, on every first Monday of the month, Avalon hosts free comedy nights. Enjoy live stand-up, drinks specials at Coletta’s walk-up bar, and lots of laughs. The headliner for August will be Bone Hampton, and the event is recommended for ages 13 and older.

The story behind Five Daughters Bakery is as sweet as its doughnuts

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Five Daughters Bakery at Ponce City Market

Photograph by Blakely Shultz with AHP Photo + Video

Co-owners Isaac and Stephanie Meek started Five Daughters Bakery in their Franklin, Tennessee home in 2015 as a way to escape corporate life and spend more time focusing on what they love most—family and baking. “Family can look like a lot of different things; it doesn’t have to look like us,” Isaac says. “But having a family and being connected to people is so valuable. It’s something we want to promote in everything we do.” Hence the bakery’s name, an ode to couple’s five daughters: Dylan, Lucy, Maggie, Evangeline, and Constance.

In just a couple of years, Five Daughters’s increasing popularity led the Meeks to open several locations across the South, with the most recent debuting at Ponce City Market this past spring.

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Doughnuts at Five Daughters Bakery

Photograph by Amber Ulmer

The Meeks have tested over 300 different flavors so far, but their go-to is the 100 Layer Doughnut (their version of a cronut). Their seasonal menu offers a variety of traditional, croissant-inspired, gluten-free, paleo, and vegan options. The doughnuts are intricate and—let’s face it—expensive: the 100 Layer tends to cost about $4.50 each, the paleo about $4 each, and yeast-raised varieties cost about $2.99 each.

To find out more about Five Daughters Bakery, we asked the owners our five most pressing questions.

Why are your doughnuts more expensive than regular doughnuts?
Isaac: There are several reasons. First, we use only the best ingredients, which cost more. We buy organic and locally sourced products when possible, like our eggs. All our ingredients are non-GMO, we don’t use any artificial sweeteners or soy, and we always use grape seed oil for frying. Second, our doughnuts are more labor intensive. It takes four days to make a 100 Layer Doughnut, while most traditional doughnuts take about three hours to make. They also weigh more than most. Most of our doughnuts, like the Chocolate Sea Salt doughnut, weigh as much as eight Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

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Five Daughters Bakery

Photograph by Amber Ulmer

What’s the inspiration behind your flavors?
Isaac: When we first started, we were actually pregnant with our fifth daughter, so the first 40 flavors were pregnancy cravings. Our flavors can come from anywhere—our customers, the people in our kitchen, places we go.

Stephanie: We try to keep the flavors relatable to the public. We want to be creative yet still offer classic flavors. We’ll never make a choice to override the other person. We either come to a middle ground or toss out the flavor. 

Any advice for aspiring bakers?
Isaac: Don’t do it for the money. Also, there are a lot of bakers out there that think they need to intern everywhere and experience everything. And I think that experience isn’t necessarily bad, but it often prevents them from feeling like they can accomplish anything. If you do that for too long you may find yourself never getting where you want to go. So really, my advice is to just find something you love, do it yourself, and put it out there.

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The Meek family

Photograph by Blakely Shultz with AHP Photo + Video

What was the light-bulb moment that inspired you to open a shop?
Isaac: We had kids early on, and I put aside my creativity to make a living for my family. I was an accountant for 10 years, but it was slowly just killing us and crushing our family. I wanted to put in that same work in a better environment. I had always loved baking, and it was never a debate about whether we would or wouldn’t open up our own place, but more about, “How soon can we walk away from corporate life?”

My wife asked me one day, “What does God want you to do?,” and I got pretty upset, because I felt like He just wanted me to provide for my family. But after I prayed, I felt like I heard God say that I should bake. When I told my wife, I expected her to be like, “Yeah, right.” But instead she said, “Great, let’s do that.” Neither of us have any background in baking, but the moment she said that, I was like, “Hmm, okay, sure, let’s do that.”

Stephanie: I think he felt really supported by me.

Isaac: Absolutely.

Is it easier or harder to work alongside your partner?
Isaac: Easier. We do have moments, but the reason we started this whole thing was so we could be together in the first place.

Stephanie: It’s way easier. You can be brutally honest.

Where to watch the World Cup in Atlanta—and score some deals

Where to watch the World Cup in Atlanta
FadĂł Irish Pub

Photograph courtesy of FadĂł Irish Pub

There’s few better times for soccer fans than World Cup season—and Atlanta soccer pubs and sports bars are joining in on the celebration. With so many to choose from, here are a few that stand out because of their deals, giveaways, and special World Cup menus through July 15. Since this year’s games are held in Russia—where the time zones are between six and nine hours ahead of Atlanta, depending on which Russian city the game is played in—many start in the morning. But several pubs are opening early and offering breakfast specials for the extra dedicated fans. So whether you want to catch the morning or afternoon game, one thing is certain: you won’t have to break the bank.

FadĂł Irish Pub
This popular Irish pub will not only show all World Cup matches, but both of their Buckhead and Midtown locations will have a special World Cup menu as well. The menus at either location might vary slightly, but at the Buckhead location, you can expect offers like $10 sandwiches or burgers, $5 beers, $3 mimosas (until 3 p.m.), $6 bloody Mary’s (until 3 p.m.), and $20 buckets of beer. Doors open as early as 7:45 a.m. for the morning games. Buckhead: 273 Buckhead Avenue, 404-841-0066; Midtown: 933 Peachtree Street, 404-260-7190

The Midway Pub
This East Atlanta Village pub has one of the biggest patios in the area and more than 100 beer selections. Not only will they be open for all World Cup games, including the morning ones, but they will also be giving away prizes such as Atlanta United tickets and offering specials. They will have a World Cup loyalty program, called the “Passport Rewards Program,” which will allow customers to earn “Midway money” to spend at the restaurant for every game they attend there. 552 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, 404-584-0335

Where to watch the World Cup in Atlanta
Ri Rá Irish Pub

Photograph by Nikole Riley

Rí Rá Irish Pub
Want to switch things up and catch the early game? This Irish pub in Midtown is perfect for that. They will open at 7:30 a.m. for all the morning matches and offer delicious breakfast specials (for orders placed before 11 a.m.) and $4 drinks to keep dedicated fans taken care of. 1080 Peachtree Street Northwest, 404-477-1700

Big Sky Buckhead
If you wake up early, but not that early, head here for brunch. Their morning specials carry on until 3:30 p.m. and include brunch options like $7 pandebono baskets, $10 chicken and biscuits, $10 arepas, and $15 steak and eggs. They’ll have $17 mix-and-match beer buckets all day. During the World Cup season, doors open 7:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. depending on the specific game. 3201 Cains Hill Place Northwest, 404-228-8856

Where to watch the World Cup in Atlanta
El Ponce

Photograph by Two2Versions

El Ponce
Feelin’ Mexican food? Check this place out for well-rounded deals on food and drinks. For all World Cup games, they will be offering their full brunch menu, which is usually only offered on Sundays. They also have a special Match Day menu that offers burritos, grande chilaquiles, and more. For drinks, they will offer several Heineken specials: $10 for a 32 oz Heineken that comes with a complimentary Atlanta United mug with refills for $6 (customers can bring this back anytime during the World Cup or Atlanta United matches for the refills), $20 Heineken and Heineken Light buckets, and $7 for a 16 oz Heineken and 1 oz shot of tequila. 939 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, 404-881-6040

Der Biergarten
If you’re rooting for Germany and want a taste of German culture too, Der Biergarten offers $10 liters of beer and $5 brats for any Germany match until July 15. The German pub’s atmosphere attracts Germany fans from all over Atlanta, so you’ll all be cheering together. 300 Marietta Street, 404- 521-2728

The Elder Tree
A stylish and contemporary Irish pub that’s also a major soccer bar, Elder Tree will open at 8 a.m. for all the matches and offer $3 Heineken draft specials, along with some Atlanta United player signings, and giveaways such as jerseys or balls. 469 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, 404-658-6108

Other favorite Atlanta soccer bars such as Brewhouse Cafe and Hudson FC International Sports Pub may not have specific World Cup specials, but they’ll surely have a great game-day atmosphere.

Andrew Zimmern shares his Atlanta favorites on his new Travel Channel show

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Andrew Zimmern

Photograph by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food & Wine

Chef, world traveler, and television personality Andrew Zimmern recently launched the first season of his latest travel and food show, The Zimmern List, on the Travel Channel. During the fifth episode, which premiered on the cable network last week, he eats his way across Atlanta, which he calls “a city with a dozen different food personalities.”

His first stop is old-school Southern: Mary Mac’s Tea Room. He half-jokes he wants a table for one but food for three—and proceeds to order fried chicken, collard greens, tomato pie, and dumplings, among other things. His favorite is the fried green tomatoes, which he calls “one of life’s greatest pleasures.”

Zimmern hits the other end of the Southern food spectrum at Miller Union, calling it “Southern cooking at the peak of its expression” and gushes over chef Steven Satterfield’s boiled peanut and field pea salad.

He next descends on upscale Jewish deli the General Muir and raves about the chopped chicken liver, calling it one of the few perfect versions he’s encountered. He also finds an ideal burger—perhaps the best in the country, he says: the world-famous Ghetto Burger at Ann’s Snack Bar in Kirkwood.

From there, Zimmern heads to “the hottest market in all of America,” Ponce City Market, where he tries the spicy pork buns at Simply Seoul (which unfortunately closed earlier this year), Georgia coastal oysters at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, and a Cuban sandwich at El Super Pan.

Gunshow

Zimmern ends his Atlanta culinary tour at the one-of-a-kind Gunshow, Kevin Gillespie’s format-busting spot where “cooks have free reign to make whatever they like and then the cooks themselves bring the food to the table and convince you to order what they made.”

Zimmern’s takeaway? “Atlanta isn’t easily defined, and I think the more you try to define it, the less you’re going to enjoy it. So when you come down to Atlanta, just live it.”

Want to see the episode? The next re-airing is Tuesday, June 26 at 9:30 p.m.

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