Technique: Cakes & Ale’s Billy Allin on open-top braising

For an easy dinner at home, Billy Allin suggests open-top braising, a slow-cooking method that yields super-tender meat with minimal kitchen effort. For poultry, Allin prefers the “crocodile” method, in which he places chicken (or duck) pieces in a pan and partially covers them with liquid, leaving the tops exposed “like the backs of crocodiles floating in the water.”

Video of the Day: The Regular Guys call us “douchey”

Listen to their allegation, from this morning's show, at the four-minute mark. Essentially, our writer at large, Justin Heckert, did a feature on the Beards of Comedy, a local quartet of stand-up acts, in our April issue. Since the group has a regular spot on Regular Guys, Heckert suggested we send them some copies of the mag. Larry Wachs contends this makes us "douchey." Really? What do you think?

Buckhead shopping standbys Phipps and Lenox are stepping up their game

Buckhead's shopping revival isn’t all centered on Buckhead Atlanta. In addition to (or perhaps in reaction to) the new development, Simon, the Indianapolis-based owner of Phipps and Lenox, is investing millions to attract more luxury retailers and better dining options.
comfort food

The case for comfort food

When I was coming up in West Virginia, all food was comfort food. Which is to say the food that graced our dinner table was entirely home cooked, from simple ingredients, made that day. Every dish was familiar. Every meal surprise free. This was less about style than economics.

51. Visit the Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center uses daily household artifacts to tell the stories of the people who lived here. A double-sided display case shows a Civil War soldier’s virtues (pocket-sized scriptures and hymnals) and vices (tin poker chips, whiskey bottles, and dice). Walk through a reassembled log cabin or shotgun house, where creaky wooden floors transport you to the nineteenth century. Sit in a country chapel and cool off with a paper fan while you listen to shape-note singers or an African American sermon. And there are poignant reminders of a darker past; near a Ku Klux Klan robe is a grainy, black-and-white photograph of an anonymous lynching—covered discreetly by a flap of black felt.
Little Alley Steak Buckhead

New Little Alley Steak in Buckhead is triple the size of the Roswell original

At 9,000 square feet, the new Little Alley Steak on Lenox Road in Buckhead is three times the size of the original in Roswell. And for the first time, the restaurant will offer lunch service.

Sept. 2013: Best New Restaurants

Savor upscale sushi, Indian street food, soulful Italian, and more at our favorite new hot spots, including the restaurant of the year.

September Market Minis: Frye and CorePower Yoga open, Robert Graham sets up at Phipps

Frye and CorePower Yoga open at Ponce City Market, Robert Graham sets up shop at Lenox Square, and more Atlanta style news tidbits.

November 2014

About a year and a half ago, I received an email from a thirteen-year-old girl named Eliza Schuh, who wrote: "I am with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children."
Big Boi dog shampoo

Big Boi’s dog shampoo will leave your pup so fresh and so clean, clean

Most Atlantans know Antwan Patton (stage name: Big Boi) as half of the beloved hip-hop duo Outkast. But lately the rapper—and bulldog enthusiast—has teamed up with Chicago-based pet grooming guru Bobbi Panter on a line of natural dog shampoos.

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