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  1. And on the women's side, there's Cori Gauff, who was one-year old when this website was founded.
  2. I have been reluctant to post about Atlanta because it is a hard foodie city. There are lots of good restaurants but the city is pretty spread out, like Los Angeles. There are some places I'd like to highlight: 1) Chik-fil-A: I swear that there is no chicken sandwich (fried of course) better than a Chik-fil-A in Atlanta. I think the consistency is greatest in Atlanta because the home office is up the road. (all over) 2) The Varsity: The world's largest drive-in is really a must do at least once. If you have kids it is a hoot to see their reaction to the place. They are known for their orange drink and hot dogs. I like their fries and onion rings. However, for the record, I go once every 5 years which is all my heart can take! (downtown) 3) Souper Jenny: This little shop is amazing for many reasons. Every day they offer a variety of soups and salads in a quaint Buckhead setting. It is only open for lunch, but you can get the soups and salads to go. (Buckhead Souper Jenny Info) 4) Eclipse di Luna: Chef Paul Luna brought tapas to Atlanta. Great space, fun environment. Eclipse di Luna (Brookhaven Circle, technically in Buckhead) 5) Fontaines Oyster House: My mom is a big fan of this seafood place in Virginia Highlands. I think it is good too... but it reminds her of New Orleans which says a lot! Think of it as a dive bar with seafood. (Virgina Highlands) 6) Taqueria del Sol: What was novel seven years ago, has become a go to spot for tacos with unique fillings. There are two locations, one near Georgia Tech and the other in Decatur. 7) Watershed: Again a place that has become a mainstay in Decatur. The menu is comprised of modern takes on Southern classics. A very nice space by the way and I understand they have a really good wine selection. (Decatur) 8) Flying Biscuit: Okay this place has been a favorite of mine for over a decade. The original location is in Candler Park near Little Five Points. They opened an outpost near Piedmont Park a couple of years ago. They have a great breakfast menu as well as good Southern influenced lunch and dinner fare. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the owners recently sold the business to the company that has created a variety of franchises including Moes. I am not sure how the Flying Biscuit translates as a franchised operation but if you get to Atlanta before they spring up like weeds (there are Moes on every corner in Atlanta) the place is a treat. 9) Bacchanilia: I'd be lying if I said I had eaten at what is considered the best restaurant in Atlanta. I left Atlanta right after it opened and haven't had a chance to eat there (yet) but it is supposed to be the bomb. For many on this list I know the restaurant would be especially appealing because the chef grows much of her own produce. Also, I love the retail and to go operation attached called Star Provisions. Bacchanilia 10) Float Away Cafe: The more accesible restaurant owned by the Bacchanilia team 11) Mellow Mushroom Pizza: Really good local pizza chain. I prefer it to Fellinis, another local chain. (all over) 12) Food Studio: Really cool space and unique food at the King Plow Arts Center. It is a dark space so don't go there for a business dinner. The Food Studio You might notice that the Food Studio is one of a group of restaurants. The Buckhead Life Groupset the stage for restaurenters to own multiple different concept restaurants in Atlanta starting in the 1970s. Of the Buckhead Life Group restaurants, I have been to, and like the following places: 13) Buckhead Diner: Yummy diner food done extremely well and upscale. 14) Corner Cafe and Bakery: Great lunch place, never been to brunch but I hear it rocks AND the bakery is really good. Now, back to regularly scheduled programming... When I lived in Atlanta, Thai and Japanese were the two big Asian cuisines. However, since leaving Atlanta I have had much better Thai food. As to Japanese, I used to like 15) Soto: The chef at Soto was brought to the US to be the chef at the Hotel Nikko in Atlanta. When he left, he set up shop in a strip mall right across from the hotel. The hotel is now an Intercontinental but Soto remains... And finally, a word about dining in strip malls... I don't know why but many of the good and great restaurants in Atlanta are in strip malls! Seriously odd...
  3. Five years ago when the literature section was unveiled I asked about posting about Pat Conroy, my favorite American novelist. I never got around to it. I don’t think my words can do his words justice. Kathleen Parker, the editorialist, fellow denizen of the low country of South Carolina, and good friend of Conroy just wrote a wonderful piece about her late friend. She gives examples of his prose. His descriptive powers were magical. After first reading his literature so many decades ago and having the time I visited the South Carolina Coast just to breath be same air and walk the same paths. I was not the only person to do so specifically inspired by Conroy.
  4. "Naismith Hall of Fame Finally Does Right by Lefty and Votes in Driesell" by John Feinstein on washingtonpost.com Brian Magid's Facebook Status regarding the announcement Pam Driesell's Facebook Status regarding the announcement Some insider trivia: The Driesells lived right across the street from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD - I went to school with Pam since 5th grade (when they moved up here from Davidson, NC), as well as Chuck (who played for Maryland), but here's the really esoteric, insider trivia: Their house was literally right next door to the family of Harold Solomon. who is the only tennis player from Maryland ever to be ranked in the World Top 10 (excluding Fred McNair in doubles) - the Solomons (with son Harold, and daughter Shelley) were, as incredible as they may sound, the best-of-the-best in terms of Maryland Tennis - now, having been next-door neighbors (although I think the Solomons might have moved to Florida before the Driesells arrived in the early 1970s) these two families can perhaps boast the only next-door homes whose family members are in the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame (although my former tennis coach, rival, and friend, Gil Scheurholz, who was ranked #1 in the United States in the 35-and-over division for several years, has a father *and* a grandfather who are both in as well - if you ever go to Camden Yards, look on the wall - they're both in there, and I assure you that Gi III deserves to be also - he is the most devastating tennis player I have ever faced in person; not the best, but the most devastating).
  5. Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist (born 1928) known for her interest in psychedelic color, repetition, and patterns, especially the polka-dot. Her best known works are mirrored rooms which explore infinite space, the rooms are typically cube shaped, clad with mirrors, water on the floor and flickering lights, and repeated objects (notably a polka-dot encrusted pumpkin). In 1977, Kusama checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill where she eventually took up permanent residence and still lives and works today. In 2017, the Hirshhorn will be holding a major retrospective of her work, including 6 mirrored rooms (although their website doesn't currently have much info posted). More info from The City Paper. Kusama has a huge following and this will be a major, lines-around-the-block exhibition, which will garner international press coverage. Photo from the Kusama show at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London.
  6. I just saw Rafael Nadal defeat Donald Young in the 2nd round of Wimbledon, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, and Young was *right there* in the 3rd set, breaking Nadal to get to 5-5, before the pressure got to him, and he hesitated on some really important shots. You can see this because there's a slight loss of intensity, and as so often happens, a player "pulls up" on their shots, instead of driving through them. When they're down, and their backs are up against the wall, players play like there's nothing to lose, and usually hit out with much more fluency. Still, Young taking Nadal to 5-5 at Wimbledon is an accomplishment - like so many players of today, Young has a tremendous serve and forehand, but his backhand is just too much of a weakness ever to crack the top 10 (not that this is any sort of failing). Donald Young and Mexican Santiago González got to the finals of this year's French Open Men's Doubles championships, falling to fellow American Ryan Harrison and New Zealander Michael Venus in a tight match, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 3-6.
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