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Meet all creatures great and small at these 5 zoos around the South

Open since 1889, Zoo Atlanta has several claims to fame—three of them being its beloved giant pandas. (This zoo is one of only three in the country that houses the vulnerable species.)

Where the Heart Is: Ian Somerhalder reflects on the allure of his Louisiana parish

Though he has lived in sizable metropoles including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Toronto (where he’s filming his current sci-fi horror series V Wars), nothing comes close to the allure of the tiny towns in southeastern Louisiana that provided the backdrop for his formative years.

Want Food, Will Travel: 8 Southern plates worth the drive—or flight

Would you jet to Miami for a Cuban hamburger? Take a trip to Savannah for foie gras and grits? How about head to Asheville for a whole-hog pulled-pork plate? Some dishes are so remarkable, they’re worth traveling that extra mile—or even hundreds of miles.
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Hangover Helpers: Brewers buzz about their favorite spots for the morning after

Five brewers give us the buzz on the best ways to kill a hangover—from fried chicken to queso-loaded nachos to mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Lynn Whitfield

Louisiana Woman: Veteran actress Lynn Whitfield savors a Southern homecoming

As Lady Mae Greenleaf, matriarch of Calvary Church and the scandal-ridden Greenleaf family, Lynn Whitfield frequently steals scenes with an icy glare beneath a perfectly arched eyebrow, or even with an unguarded display of fragility.
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15 ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

Even if you can't make it to New Orleans, there are plenty of places in Atlanta where you can find crawfish boils, beads, and Hurricanes just in time for Mardi Gras.
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Ask the Expert: Where to raise a glass in New Orleans

The Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans. Most of its ingredients, like Herbsaint and Peychaud’s bitters, were either invented in this city or find a home here.
Ashley Longshore

Ashley Longshore’s colorful world is coming Atlanta

"Just go do it, girl. Do you and don’t apologize." New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore comes to Atlanta this week for a show at Jeffrey Atlanta at Phipps Plaza. We chatted with her about success, being confident, and learning from mistakes.
Nashville, Tennessee

Local TV news personalities share favorite destinations for under-the-radar fun

Kelly Sutton Host, Today in Nashville on WSMV News 4 Nashville, Tennessee"My husband, daughter, and I either play tourist in downtown Nashville or visit Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. It's a beautiful historic mansion and botanical garden...
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Head to New Orleans for hands-on cooking lessons with the experts

Have you ever tried to make a roux? It sounds easy. Just combine equal parts lard and flour over heat. But it is not easy. I've been stirring twenty minutes, and it's still not the rich, reddish-brown color it's supposed to be.

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