Monday, April 30, 2012

Big Tex Cantina Review

Big Tex Cantina Review
by  Alyson Runnels

Sunday at Big Tex in Decatur

Texas Born Southern Made Cooking
Now Open In Downtown Decatur!
308 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
404 377-3939

I saw the picture on creative loafing and decided to hop in my car and head on out to Decatur to see if the comfort food advertised in the creative loafing magazine really existed.

As I drove up to the location, I saw a few people outside relaxing and enjoying the day.  When I entered the inside of the location, around 3pm on Sunday afternoon, I was greeted by a friendly host and server which made me feel right at home.
read full review @

Saturday, April 28, 2012

We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel

Sent in by Jerry Andrews.

Something I got from John Dean, thought everyone would like it. J

This has been around before, but worth watching again.
---   This song & its title was the answer to a recent Final Jeopardy - only one person got it right - question was (paraphrased)   "What 1980's song do history teachers praise for its educational  value."   Not many people could understand all the references on Billy Joel's   song - fortunately, with this VIDEO, given the picture(s), now we can  "see" what our "ears" couldn't   hear.
Anyway, checked to see purpose behind the song. Apparently, it's Joel's homage to the 40-years of historical headlines since his birth   (1949).  Wish we could have appreciated the depths of this song when it was released rather than just the catchy tune.  Twenty+ years later, it's amazing what Joel was able to put into music and lyrics lasting only a few minutes.
Here it is, set to pictures. It's a neat flashback through the past half century.  Turn up volume, sit back and enjoy an over-view of 50  years of history in less than 3 minutes! Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with a lot of spare time, Wikipedia,and   Google.
Top left gives you full screen - top right lets you pause.    Bottom left shows the year.  The older you are, the more pictures you will recognize.  Anyone over age 65 should remember over 90% of what they see. But it's great at any age.
      Click   Here:     We Didn't Start The Fire

Thursday, April 26, 2012

“Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue,” Book Signing May 1st

From AJC
By April Hunt

The history and significance of a main thoroughfare from Atlanta to Decatur will be the focus of a book signing and lecture Tuesday at the DeKalb History Center.
Sharon Foster Jones, author of “Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue,” will discuss highlights of the main street, including how it got its name and a special look at the DeKalb section.

The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Courthouse on the Square in downtown Decatur. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, but the event itself is free.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fox Bros. to open Rib Joint on Scott Blvd.

-- Photo of Maddy's taken a couple years ago.
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Fox Brothers is poised to open their third concept - and their second in the Decatur area. Fox Bros. Rib Joint will take over the shuttered Maddy's on Scott Boulevard. While you may think the original Fox Bros. BBQ has the rib thing covered, this one will be a bit different. It is being billed as a fast-casual, with "quick service and a relaxed atmosphere." There will be both indoor and outdoor seating.

The new rib joint will open this summer. Fox Bros. currently operates their original location, Fox Bros. BBQ, and the more recently opened Big Tex Cantina, located near the Decatur Square.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Open House Airshow May 12 @ Dekalb P'tree Airport


This year’s airshow sponsor, the Jim Ellis Automotive Group Atlanta, has gone over-the-top to provide you with what will truly be the Best Civilian Airshow in the country. Committals to this year’s airshow includes: Team AeroShell, world renowned Gary Ward in the MX2, U.S. Aerobatic Champion Skip Stewart in his super-charged biplane, superb formation flying by Team RV, Circus Maximus flying team, Neal Darnell in the Flash Fire Jet Truck, single-plane acts including Greg Koontz in the Super Decathlon, Greg Connell flying the Super Pits Special. This is an airshow you don’t want to miss. It will be our best airshow ever!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Oh, to be at Mingei

Dear Mingeisters-

Peonies are blooming early, our sea shipment from Thailand is coming late, and festival season is approaching quickly!  We are all stocked up with glorious little treats for your spring gifting-- remember Mom and all those grads!   Goodies from our latest buying trip in Thailand promise to arrive in early June. so stay tuned for news of that arrival.  There are lovely pieces on board you won't want to miss!

When you can't come to Mingei in person, you can now visit us virtually!  Click the link here.,-84.294169&spn=0.004513,0.006899&sll=33.775221,-84.294815&layer=c&cid=1144470774775800779&panoid=CYoPLg6YUAdrXItv4zLKbA&cbp=13,79.81,,0,0&hq=mingei+world+arts&t=m&z=17&cbll=33.775104,-84.294788.

Mingei in the media--

On FFriday, April 27, the television crew of Necessary Roughness
will be filming at Javamonkey and in front of Mingei.  We WILL be open!  Come on over to see us that day, and take a few mninutes to watch the cast and crew at work!

Atlanta's Sublime Donut shop named America's best Bakery

-- Sublime Donuts named America's best bakery A small Atlanta donut shop is getting national attention. From 11 Alive

Valley Girl to help The Plaza Theatre


-- The Plaza Theatre ---- -- Modern English 2011 I Melt With You Smiths Olde Bar Atlanta, Georgia

Friday, April 20, 2012

Your DeKalb Farmers' Market in Decatur want to expand

Documents show owners of the popular Your DeKalb Farmers' Market in Decatur want to expand their business to include more than 1 million additional square feet of retail and warehouse space.

The Atlanta Regional Commission confirms it received documents detailing parts of the expansion plans.

DeKalb County officials said the proposed project is so large, the ARC would have to sign off on it before it could move forward.
Full story @

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Touch -a Truck Event is now April 21 Maybe , depending on the weather

Update from

Dekalb County is postponing this weekend's Earth Day activities because of the possibility of bad weather.

Patch checked with the City of Decatur to see what they're planning to do.

Cheryl Burnette of the Active Living Department said Thursday morning that nothing has been postponed. In an email, she said,

I am still hoping for good weather. Earth Day and Touch A Truck are still on at this time. We will cancel Touch a Truck sometime Friday morning if it looks bad for Saturday, and Earth Day will go on unless there is lightning and thunder. Maybe we can dance in the rain and celebrate the rain that gives our earth plants and life.

From the site , Come on out to the annual Touch A Truck event Saturday April 21

This event is for children of all ages. It gives them a chance to touch, and see up close their favorite truck or vehicle. The City of Decatur and DeKalb County will have fire trucks, dump trucks, tractors, police cars and motorcycles, bicycles and many other vehicles on display.

New this year: Ride your bicycle to the event. Decatur Police will be on hand to register your bicycle. In the event that it is lost or stolen, registration will aid in its safe return.

This event will be held in the Callaway Parking Lot, 120 West Trinity Place from 10am until 1pm. The event is free to the community.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Watershed announces reopening plans

From ajc

Watershed announces reopening plans

by Jenny Turknett
When is Watershed reopening?”

That’s one of the questions we’ve heard most since Watershed closed its Decatur location last August. Now, we have an answer. Last night, the restaurant sent a teaser to its email subscribers with the message “opening soon.” I spoke with Managing Partner Ross Jones this morning, who told me that Watershed, now called Watershed on Peachtree, is slated to open May 24, barring delays.

Jones calls the restaurant’s new location, 1820 Peachtree Road, their “new house,” with Decatur being their first. She says, “Decatur was awesome, but our new, bigger house has more of the features we were looking for, like outdoor and private dining and a large bar area.”
The restaurant will feature two distinct spaces: a large bar area Jones describes as “cool and casual” and a separate, more quiet dining area. Most of the extra seating will be found in the bar area and on the patio overlooking Peachtree Road.

According to Jones, designer Smith Hanes is using natural woods in the restaurant, but not the blonde woods that were associated with the Decatur location. She says that they are adapting the design to the current space.

You’ll also find a new menu at Watershed on Peachtree. Jones confirmed that chef Joe Truex remains at the helm and “has been working on the menu all winter long.” She says that they are not completely reinventing the menu, but that they’ve opened the door for creativity. The menu will change more frequently and will be more inventive than traditional — not as “old-school Southern.” Yet Jones says, “it will resonate with what we’ve always done.”

Some of your old favorites from Watershed’s menu may rotate through as specials. Watershed’s famous fried chicken nights will return, but on Wednesdays at this location.

Watershed on Peachtree is currently hiring for most positions, but says they are bringing back some key employees from the Decatur location.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

Monday, April 16, 2012

Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar Opens in old Zucca Space


123 E Court Sq., Decatur
Phone 404-373-1226
Status: Certified Open

Over the weekend, Colbeh Kitchen, a new Persian restaurant in Decatur in the former Zucca space, officially opened to the public. Owned by a pair of Iranian brothers, Colbeh serves specialties like lamb shank, marinated beef kabobs, chickpea and eggplant dips, and stews like Khoresht Badenjan and Ghormeh Sabzi.

Also, it's sexy as all get out and there are plenty of brown liquored signature cocktails to sample at the long mahogany bar and a back lounge outfitted with ship windows. Check it out and make sure to send all early word—both the good and the bad—to the Eater tipline.


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As Seen in Decatur

Car of Tomorrow

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spend Your Weekend at W Atlanta - Midtown

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Time to get festive with a weekend full of happenings in the city. April 20 brings the Dogwood Festival to Piedmont Park and SweetWater Brewery’s annual 420 Festival to Candler Park. Spend the weekend with us just steps away from Piedmont Park and a short distance from Candler Park, giving you easy access to all the action.

  • Wonderful Room
  • Welcome amenity: 6-pack of SweetWater Microbrews delivered to your room
  • Two limited edition W Atlanta - Midtown “wayfarer” style neon sunglasses
  • 20% off all purchases in the W Store
  • Complimentary valet
  • Valid April 20 – 22

  • W Atlanta - Midtown info

This Tuesday - Dine Out for Lake Claire

Dine Out for Lake Claire Wahoos!

Dine out at Wahoo! Grill on Tuesday, April 17, and support the Lake Claire Swim Team, the Wahoos!

From 5 to 8:30 p.m. guests can enjoy our eclectic, creative menu, and we’ll support our “little fishes” and donate 20% of each person’s check to the swim team.

Make your reservations today by calling 404.373.3331 or visiting us online.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fill ‘er up: Beer growlers weighed in 2 cities

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By David Ibata

Two cities are moving toward allowing sales of beer in large jugs called growlers, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The practice, in which fresh draft beer is poured into a reusable glass jug that’s taken home by the customer, was to be discussed in Dunwoody on Monday night and Alpharetta on Tuesday night.

“We see it as basically an OK product. It’s certainly a growing trend. And we have had some interest expressed in business that would like to do that in our downtown area especially,” James Drinkard, assistant city administrator in Alpharetta, told Channel 2.

According to the AJC’s “Drink: A Beer, Wine and Spirits Blog,” growlers arrived in metro Atlanta in April 2011 at Hop City on the west side, followed in May by Ale Yeah in Decatur.

Last summer, growler stations opened in Whole Foods store on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the city of Atlanta and in the Merchant’s Walk shopping center in east Cobb County.

After first opening in Athens earlier in the year, the Beer Growler arrived in the metro area in August, when it opened a store with 40 taps in Avondale Estates.

Roswell and Forsyth County already have ordinances allowing growlers, Channel 2 reported.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Derby Party to Benefit DeKalb Communities on May 5, 2012

From: Alison Murphy
Celebrate the Run for the Roses at A Derby Party in DeKalb County

and support nutrition and obesity initiatives in your community


DECATUR, Ga. – Get your tickets now for A Derby Party on May 5, 2012 at the Historic Mary Gay House in Decatur. From 5pm – 9pm A Derby Party will rock with a live band, red carpet photos, a best hat contest, a silent auction, and more. Of course, it wouldn't be a Derby Party without a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby! Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance or $30 at the door.

All proceeds from the event will go in their entirety to support Improving Nutrition and Combating Obesity in DeKalb County, the Junior League of DeKalb County’s community impact area. The Junior League of DeKalb County is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

If you would like to be a sponsor for A Derby Party please click to learn more about those benefits. If you would like to donate to Silent Auction and have your business listed on our website and in our program, please contact Jocelyn Mills at

Get out your favorite sundress, heels, and hat to celebrate the most exciting seconds in sports while also benefiting your community.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Homes for Sale Near Winnona Park Elementary School

To see photos click above link.
Winnona Park is an old neighborhood in the Southeast part of Decatur close to Agnes Scott College and Columbia Theological Seminary. Life often revolves around the elementary school. For history and information about Winnona Park, go to the Winnona Park Neighborhood Association page.

Here are some houses in the neighborhood that are for sale:

225 Shadowmoor Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

Features: Three bedrooms, three baths, 2,032 square feet.

Price: $479,900.

526 Kirk Road, Decatur, GA 30030

Features: Four bedrooms, four baths, 3,400 square feet.

Price: $679,000.

540 Kirk Road, Decatur, GA 30030

Features: Four bedrooms, four baths, 2,340 square feet.

Price: $419,900.

708 Avery St., Decatur, GA 30030

Features: Five bedrooms, four baths.

Price: $659,900

142 Avery St., Decatur, GA 30030

Features: Five bedrooms, five baths.

Price: $649,900.

217 Shadowmoor Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

Features: Three bedrooms, two baths, 1,993 square feet.

Price: $399,900.

Source: AOL Real Estate

(Please note that all property details, including pricing, are confirmed as of press time but are also subject to change.)
About this column: Looking for a home? Patch will compile listings each week around a theme, whether an open house or just listed. If you're an agent, please send your listings.

Friday, April 6, 2012

“East of Eden,” Screening at Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library April 13

From :
“East of Eden,” the romantic drama starring James Dean, will be screened April 13 at the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library in Decatur.

The 2-hour, 35-minute film, which was released in 1955, is being screened as part of the DeKalb Library’s mix of new releases and old favorites series.

The film is about a wayward young man who, while seeking his own identity, vies for the affection of his deeply religious father against his favored brother, thus retelling the story of Cain and Able.

The screening begins at 1:30 p.m.

Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library is at 1282 McConnell Drive.

For more information, call 404-679-4404.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Decatur's Neighborhood Cleanup Days Start Saturday In Oakhurst

From the decatur patch
The City of Decatur is starting its annual Neighborhood Cleanup Days on Saturday in a section of Oakhurst.

Public works crews will will collect yard trimmings, building materials (as long as they're not from private contractors), tires, appliances (unless they Freon) and trash that would not normally be placed in pay-as-you-throw bags.

Some things will not be collected: Liquids, dirt, bricks, blocks, stone, rocks, concrete and motor vehicle batteries or parts.

The city website says crews will visit these spots in Oakhurst on Saturday, April 7: Maxwell Street; Third Avenue (Eastlake to Northern); Oakview Road (East Lake Drive to Second Avenue, south side from Second Avenue to 1736 Oakview Road); Second Avenue (East Lake to Northern); Fourth Avenue; North Fourth Avenue; Fifth Avenue (Oakview to Northern); Gordon Street; Northern Avenue (north side only) and First Avenue.

The cleanup days will happen Saturdays through June 23.

Crews will visit other Oakhurst neighborhoods the following three weekends. Check the schedule on the Decatur city website to see when your neighborhood will be visited.

Through June 23, city crews will pick up yard trimmings, tires, appliances -- all kinds of stuff.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

James Bond Goes Heineken

James Bond will drink Heineken rather than martinis in the newest film.
photo credit Sony Pictures

Newser) – James Bond is no longer exclusively a martini man: The super-spy will be swilling Heineken in at least one scene in upcoming 007 flick Skyfall, according to a surprising report from Advertising Age. It's part of an advertising push by the beer maker; Daniel Craig's Bond will also star in a Heineken ad and appear on packaging for the beer. Craig isn't about to jump ship over the change, telling the BBC that he'll "keep going until they tell me to stop. I know there'll be someone after me, and hopefully someone after them—I'm just trying to keep (the series) going."

It's not the only big move for 007: In what appears to not be an April Fools' joke, the Sun reports that none other than Queen Elizabeth has personally invited Craig to kick off this summer's London Olympics in classic Bond style. "James Bond" will appear in a film, in which he receives the royal mission to launch the games at Buckingham Palace and then parachutes into the Olympic stadium. For the skeptics out there, the news has since been picked up by the Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine, and the Daily Beast. And finally, Adele recently told a French radio station she'll be releasing a new song by the end of the year, and many are speculating she could be referring to a Bond theme song.

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Talk about a fast turn around.

From production purgatory to a new trailer coming in just a handful of weeks, the pending James Bond film SKYFALL has seen a cavalcade of set photos hit the web, but now it’s time for some of our first footage.

The Daily Mail is reporting that director Sam Mendes has cut a trailer for the film that is currently in the paws of executives over at Sony. The studio plans to put the trailer in front of prints of the upcoming actioner, MEN IN BLACK 3. That’s right, some Bond to get you prepped for some aliens and Will Smith's witty banter.

Overall, this isn’t the most amazing news story, but it does simply remind you that SKYFALL is coming up and coming up quickly. Bowing on November 9, the film doesn’t have too much longer off of screens, so it’s nice to see that soon we’ll finally get something to gaze upon. The film features a great cast, and Mendes is an inspired choice to direct. Hopefully it’s as interesting as everyone involved makes it sound.

Source The Daily Mail

First DeKalb Farm to School Workshop Held by The Cook's Warehouse

Press release for April 3

Locally Grown, Freshly Prepared Meals for DeKalb
ATLANTA, April 3, 2012 – Mary S. Moore, founder and CEO of The Cook’s Warehouse (, hosted the first farm to school “cooking workshop” session in its Decatur store to help cafeteria staff and schoolchildren’s meals for the DeKalb County (GA) School District.
The Cook’s Warehouse program is patterned after its successful two-year workshop series with the City Schools of Decatur.
This effort is a joint project of The Cook’s Warehouse, Georgia Organics (, the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International ( ) and the DeKalb County School District School Nutrition Department. DeKalb County Board of Health funded this workshop through a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant through Georgia Organics.
It is meant to teach easy, efficient and inspired cooking skills which may be transferred to those staff and front-line cafeteria workers who feed our children one or two meals, five days a week.
Erin Croom, Georgia Organics Farm to School coordinator, began the morning with a discussion of the farm to school movement in Georgia, when to buy local fruits and vegetables and how to handle these fruits and vegetables to increase student consumption when offered on the menu in DeKalb’s Farm to School Program.
DeKalb County Schools is also participating in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge which aligns with Let’s Move Salad Bars To Schools. Joyce R. Wimberly, nutrition director of DeKalb County Schools, implemented a district-wide farm to school initiative this school year.
Chef Moore then taught the first class along with Chefs Megan McCarthy and Asata Reid and three cooking assistants, as a ground-up initiative beginning with pre-cooking skills including professional and safe knife handling.
Future classes may include finding local and organic farms as sources; seasoning food; quick and tasty, low-fat/healthy recipes that adapt well to large numbers; managing fresh food with minimal waste to stretch the school’s budget, and more.
The DeKalb School Nutrition Managers were treated to buffet breakfast and then prepared their lunch, practicing newly learned knife skills to make healthy recipes cooked with locally grown ingredients. There were 28 DeKalb County Managers in attendance from 25 different DeKalb County Schools.
Janet Stone, Menu Coordinator, described the morning as “a unique experience to work with these chefs, to enhance our culinary skills for use in meal preparation.”
Also on site were Hope Abbs and Jimmy Harmon of Dexter’s Farm, a distributor which donated many of the locally grown fruits and vegetables for the skills practice and luncheon meal. The Whole Foods Market on Briarcliff Road also donated produce.
After dividing the kitchen staff into four teams, the “practice” dishes prepared included:
· Three Sisters vegetable soup
· Crudités of hummus and broccoli pesto with vegetable dippers
· Green bean salad
· Chicken salad
· Carrot muffins
· Romaine salad with fresh strawberries and cucumbers with homemade balsamic dressing
· Two pastas, with broccoli pesto and with roasted tomato sauce
The revolution of healthy school lunches began with UK Chef Jamie Oliver (Food TV’s “Naked Chef” and a worldwide celebrity) who learned that this generation of British schoolchildren was the first in decades not expected to live as long as their parents. His UK program so revolutionized school lunches that Queen Elizabeth II named him an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2003 and he broadcast two series of shows in the United States from West Virginia and California.
In this movement, every spring First Lady Michelle Obama has planted vegetable gardens on White House grounds (the first ones since the Roosevelt administration’s “Victory Gardens”) and named Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass as her senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives in her Chefs Move to Schools program. Moore was at the White House for the launch of this program.
The Cook’s Warehouse ( is greater Atlanta’s premier gourmet cookware store and cooking school with four stores in the Midtown, Decatur and Brookhaven areas in the city and the East Cobb County area of the suburbs. It offers more than 15,000 products for the kitchen and operates the largest avocational cooking school in the Southeast conducting more than 800 classes yearly, often taught by local chefs, and has a large web-based delivery-by-post site.
Owned and operated by founder Mary S. Moore, The Cook’s Warehouse also retails high-end appliances; conducts private cooking classes for unique celebrations and corporate events, and is a pro bono partner with virtually every major cooking event and gourmet association in Atlanta.
Moore is currently vice chair of Atlanta’s Table (the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank); president of the international board of Les Dames d’Escoffier; is a member of The Carter Center Board of Councilors; serves on the Woodward Academy Alumni board and belongs to numerous other gourmet associations.
The Cook’s Warehouse Decatur store is located at 180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue in downtown Decatur, GA.

Monday, April 2, 2012

DeKalb testing new police cars

DeKalb testing new police cars
By April Hunt

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The DeKalb County Commission recently approved spending $159,000 on six Chevrolet Caprice cars as test models for its new police department fleet.
The department is also reviewing Ford Interceptors for possible replacement of its current fleet. The decision on which car will become the new patrol vehicles is expected later this year.