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Amaluna at Atlantic Station

Amaluna

Amaluna is the newest Cirque du Soleil extravaganza now showing under the big top at Atlantic Station. For the first time in Cirque du Soleil history, the cast is more than 70% female with 46 artists representing 17 nationalities. The Cirque development team wanted to create a brand new show making a conscious effort to showcase the strength and beauty of woman. The band is also 100% female, another first in Cirque history. You go girl(s)!

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Taste of Atlanta 2014 – Restaurant Lineup

Taste of Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta at Tech Square in Midtown.

More than 90 of Atlanta’s most notable and on-the-rise restaurants have signed on to participate in Taste of Atlanta 2014, which will take place Oct. 24 to 26 in Midtown at Tech Square. Festival-goers will be able to savor truly authentic flavors that represent every corner of the city. “I think people will be hard pressed to find more culinary variety in one place,” said Chef and Restaurateur Ron Eyester of Top Chef and local Atlanta establishments Rosebud, The Family Dog, Timone’s and his latest concept, Diner.

With every signature taste, the festival showcases just how diverse and progressive our city’s dining scene really is. I welcome any opportunity to support my fellow chefs and our local food landscape, and that is exactly what Taste of Atlanta brings to the table!”

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Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia

R.I.P Larry Munson (pictured with Katy Ruth Camp)

Katy Ruth Camp with Larry Munson.

On the night of Nov. 12, 2005, under the lights of Sanford Stadium that suddenly seemed so harsh and glaring, I punched an Auburn fan.

OK, not really. I mean, no one really believes that, right? I’m 5’2” on a good day and have tiny hands that can’t cover the laces of a football – not to mention I was barely 21 and looked like I was 18. But I did give him a good, scary, Southern girl earful. You see, on that night, after the Deep South’s oldest rivalry ended with Auburn beating Georgia 31-30, this Auburn coed (as my beloved Loran Smith calls students) was happily, drunkenly and brutally kicking the beautiful green hedges lining our beloved field as I walked by.

No one kicks our hedges. No one. And he was no longer kicking them after that talking-to, either.
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Bellwoods Social House – Atlanta

Bellwoods Social House Punch

Bellwoods Punch

Bellwoods Social House is a much needed addition to Atlanta’s Westside. At the intersection of Howell Mill and Marietta Street (literally next door to 5 Seasons Brewery) this new meeting place has such promise! The patio is perfect for people watching. Pretty Southern was privileged to be invited to friends and family night, thanks to our pal & head mixologist at Bellwoods – Arianne Fielder. Arianne’s signature cocktails can be found on the menus of many of Atlanta’s leading establishments, such as the 75 South – with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, bubbly, fresh strawberry and lemon. The Bellwoods signature punch is the perfect sipper with Cathead Vodka, Merlet Creme de Frambroise, fresh lemon, cane sugar, bubbles & berries. Ari’s “torched” Old Fashioned is arguably one of the best in the South.

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“Torched” Old Fashioned at Bellwoods Social House


 

Other Southern inspired cocktails include the Kentucky Sundress with Woodford Reserve and strawberries, The Primrose, Ashville Smash, plus a bevy of shot options. Local brews include Monday Night Brewing’s Fu Man Brew, and a stellar wine list with something for every palette. The food here is top notch. The culinary team includes Leif Johnson, proprietor & chef of Bite Bistro & Bar in Alpharetta, and Jason Morgan – former sous-chef at Bite. We sampled the potato skins with bacon and tahini sauce, several flavors of hot wings, “street corn on the cob”, and pizza with bacon & prosciutto.

Bellwoods full menu includes heavy appetizers, tacos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, shrimp & grits, large plate options, and a forthcoming killer brunch menu. Bellwoods Social House opens to the public on Thursday, Aug. 28. For more information, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Saucy and savory chicken wings are available in multiple flavors

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Corn on the cob…and a stick!

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Gimme pizza! With bacon, prosciutto, and tasty veggies.

Who else has checked out Bellwoods Social House? What did y’all love? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Cheers y’all!


 

Lauren Patrick is the editor of Pretty Southern.com. A native Southerner, UGA graduate, and Georgia Bulldogs fan, y’all can find her writing, wining, and dining in Atlanta. Keep up with her & Pretty Southern on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.