Feed Your Soul with Culinary Connections

 “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” —James Beard   The holiday season is always full of families, friends…and food! As an integral part of our cultures, food is so much more than simple sustenance. From family stories retold every year, to the more traditional history of particular foods and why they are part of our heritage and celebrations—our holiday…

Shop from the heart

This holiday season, why not step away from the sensory overload of crowded shopping centers, and instead, peruse hand-crafted gifts, home décor, jewelry, fashion accessories, hand-woven baskets, soaps and candles, pillows, blankets, Christmas ornaments and more at Covenant Presbyterian Church’s annual Global Gift Market? This eagerly-anticipated Buckhead bazaar will be open Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, from 12:30–5 p.m. in…

Meet Katie Rouille

She describes herself as “a bagger by day, an actor by night.” What Katie Rouille, 36, does not mention is that she is also an advocate and decorated athlete of Special Olympics Georgia. Joining Special Olympics Georgia at the age of 12, Katie has gained the confidence and self-esteem to not only become a champion in Special Olympics Georgia, but…

Please, look at my daughter, not me

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an affinity for fashion. OK, OK...more than an affinity, an obsession. Sometimes I’m proud of my calculated purchases. Other times I’m mortified by the amount I spent on a passing, fleeting fad. But there’s something magical that happens when the right jacket comes together with the perfect pair of shoes. Oh, and…

Tracing Passions

I'm an architect, and have been since November 4, 2015, when I received my license to practice from the Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers. It was a proud day, many, many years in the making. Becoming an architect is a multi-year process involving at least five years of college education, three years of work experience, all capped…

Sophomore’s Summer Playlist

I made this playlist two days after completing my second year at college. Sitting in the passenger seat on the way home, I added more than 70 songs to a playlist as the 1996 Chevy Suburban, that would later break down in Indianapolis, schlepped along the weathered Midwestern freeway. With each song I placed, I remembered the moment that was…

Turning the Page

The mission for the non-profit organization Page Turners Make Great Learners (PTMGL) is simple: to expand children’s knowledge and understanding of the world, themselves and their unique possibilities through a love of reading. This Atlanta-based initiative is putting the work into create communities where all children can grow up to be literate, well-informed, productive and compassionate citizens.

Festivals For The Rest of us

Are you ready for the second half of 2017? These food, beverage and music festivals will help you look forward to it! As the weather gets warmer and vacations become imperative after a long winter, here are some festivals throughout the nation—plus one north of the U.S. border—our travel expert Dennis Malcolm Byron--aka beer expert Ale Sharpton--strongly recommends especially for…

Dear Papa Jim,

We like your magazine! Since this issue is full of the BEST things about living here, we wanted to say that YOU are the BEST thing about living here.

High’s Picks

Are you a wine lover? Then don’t miss “The Big One,” the 25th year of the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, March 22–25. The Auction is the largest charity wine auction in the United States benefiting the arts and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art.

Sue’s picks for local spirits

Atlanta is flush with home-spun spirits. This isn't your grandpappy's moonshine, though. Distilleries like Old Fourth Distillery and American Spirit Whiskey are making us proud. This gin is one of my favorites, an impressive rich and smooth pour. Handcrafted Southern Dry Gin from Old Fourth Distillery is distilled from organic Italian wheat and vapor infused with fresh botanicals: juniper berries…

Blues Be Gone

Following the fun and festivities of the holiday season, mild depression or mental distress is common as many people find it difficult to get back into their normal daily lives. This is commonly referred to as holiday blues or post-holiday syndrome. It’s not unusual for a person suffering from the blues to behave erratically for the first few weeks after…

November 2016 Parting Thoughts

In 2005, the Sparling family decided that a suitable location for our Thanksgiving festivities would be the Monkey Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a dimly lit private club on the edge of Main Street. They transformed the place, where a combined playlist of Motown, 70s and 80s hits and an occasional piano ballad recorded by my late maternal grandfather played…

Ride a Bike in a New Way

Imagine riding a bike with no brakes and no gears on a track with a 36 degree banking. Sound thrilling? That's Track cycling--a form of cycling based on speed, tactics and strength, and you can learn to do it here in Atlanta at the Dick Lane Velodrome.

P.S. Summer 
Isn’t Over

Transforming through color and light, celebrity makeup artist Suni’ s passion for her work began when she picked up her first paint brush at the age of 11. Angela Weilbaecher (Suni) began her career at Revlon, where she traveled the world painting hundreds of models and seeing products created. Her work has graced the pages of Vanity Fair, Marie Claire,…

My Second Lifer Staycation

Heading out in Atlanta, for me, has become a true adventure. As a “Second Lifer,” newly single with older kids, I am finally getting the chance to experience the city on my terms. It is only in the past few years that I have ventured outside my own Sandy Springs community, where I have encountered history, culture and philanthropy. This…

Take Your Dad Outside

Sure, brunch and bow ties are grand, but this year, why not grab your favorite man and head outside? Father's Day shares the month of June with National Trails Day and the 85th anniversary of Georgia’s State Park System. Park rangers are saying “hike with us on Father's Day” as a way to honor our country’s largest public trail event.…

Plan Now, Play Later

This past March, we loaded up our three sons, grabbed our passports, and flew 5,022 miles to Rome, Italy, for spring break. With the oldest kid in the bunch just shy of turning 12, many folks thought we were crazy. This wasn’t the first international trip we’ve taken with our family, but it was our best adventure to date for…

Playlists From The Modern Girl

Growing up, my parents never played the top 40 station as we drove to and fro in our iconic blue mini van. My dad strictly played “80s on 8” and “70s on 7” while my mom played the sinful sounds of Motown and Jill Scott. So, I've never have the same taste for popular music as my peers. When friends…

Cooking With Love

Besides the Meadowcreek High School students who are already scheduled to report to her classes throughout the day, it is a regular occurrence for alumni, aspiring chefs, industry professionals and faculty to pay Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Simone Byron a visit. Their reasons for stopping by range from simply saying hello, to getting a dose of Chef Simone’s humorous, yet…

Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016!

Happy New Year! Now that you’ve got your fitness and wellness goals firmly in place, it’s time to look closely at the space around you and ask yourself, “Are things looking a little cluttered?” or “Are my closets bursting at the seams?” Why not set a goal to de-clutter and, more importantly, to simplify this year?

What Hanukkah Means To Me

Like most Jewish kids, Hanukkah was my favorite holiday—for the obvious reasons—presents and fun celebrations without long synagogue services to attend! Now, as an adult and a parent, it is for the exact same reasons that I have come to dread Hanukkah to some extent.

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

Waiting for Schnapps

Pets were taken so seriously in my household growing up that my dad would refer to one dog as his “number two son.” I hope that meant I was number one. The company, companionship and love of many wonderful animals more than compensated for any loneliness that might have come from being an only child. From the day my parents…

Why I Taught My Mom To Play Baseball

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”- Yogi Berra My name is Witt Grebe and I love baseball. I started playing baseball when I was 4 years old. Back then, my mom used to stand on the sidelines and cheer. I was so happy when my mom cheered that I wanted to…

Next Step School Year: College Freshman

For years, as summer winds down our thoughts turn to our children’s new school year. In grade school we anxiously awaited emails with teacher and room assignments and compared notes on classes and school supply lists. In middle school we stood for hours outside of dressing rooms and debated whether to buy the next size up in the pricey, must-have…

July 2015 Parting Thoughts

This month is our street'€™s annual block party. What shall we bring? Something meatless, of course.

Meet Dennis Milton Byron

Greetings everyone. My name is Dennis Malcolm Byron and have been fortunate to contribute to Lifestyle Publications for more than two years covering automobiles, travel, interesting people, shooting covers, and every so often disclosing the wonders of beer under my alias Ale Sharpton. When I happened to invite my father, Dennis Milton Byron, to one of our magazine’s celebratory functions,…

A Family That Travels Together

My husband and I had the wanderlust before we met.  He had lived and studied in Zurich, Switzerland, after college; I had lived and studied in Venice, Italy, during college. We each took the opportunity while in Europe to travel the Old World. He learned German, I learned Italian, and we traveled, getting around the continent bilingually, with scraps of French or…