JJ_Coffee_01_terryallenUGA grads, rejoice! Your favorite Athens coffee shop is now open in Downtown Atlanta. Jittery Joe’s, which has nine locations in Athens, GA, opened its first Atlanta café last month in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton. In addition to its variety of coffee brews, this Jittery Joe’s location will offer a signature blend called the Eighty-Four Pour and a signature drink called The Spicy Maple.

Details: 181 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, jitteryjoes.com

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The scoop on what’s new around town 

ChasseChic shoe and accessoriesGone are the days of being stuck with your basic black pumps. With the recent launch of ChasseChic, you can now customize your shoes with a variety of detachable designs, quickly tailoring one pair of shoes for a night out, a different outfit or simply a change of pace. Choose from four “ChicCessories,” as local owner Amanda Chasse Flower calls them, and watch for four new designs and a ballet flat to be launched later this year.

Details: ChasseChic pumps are $89.99, each accessory is $12.99, chassechic.com

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James, Madison 2_cred Ben Robi PhotographyBalancing work, kids and time for yourself can be hard. Even an active person like myself finds it hard at times to fit a workout into my hectic life. So I have a rule called the “Plus One” rule to tackle this challenge when it occurs. Instead of another item on your to-do list, think of your workout as a party and invite your plus one! I usually start by sending a text out to my friends, inviting them to try something new. This week’s plus one party was a great Power Beats Hot Yoga class at Thunderbolt Power Yoga in Buckhead. We had a blast, and now my friends and I plan to meet for yoga at least twice a week. I highly recommend you give Thunderbolt Power Yoga a try – a drop-in class will run about $18. Don’t forget to invite your plus one!

Details: thunderboltpoweryoga.com

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seasonal spotlight beetsThese cold-season root vegetables are nutritional powerhouses containing folate, manganese, dietary nitrate and more. If you’ve only ever eaten pickled beets, you’re in for a treat when you try simply roasting them.

Basic prep: Rinse, peel and dice the beets. Wrap them in tinfoil and place them in a baking dish. Roast the beets at 400 degrees F for 45 to 60 minutes. They will come out fork tender and sweet, ready to be served with your favorite soft cheese or added to a green salad.

Step it up: If the beets are fresh enough, you can sauté the leafy green tops with garlic for a whole new side dish.

Find It: Decatur Farmers Market is open all year, so it’s the perfect time to pick up fresh, local beets and other cold-season vegetables. Shop on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 498 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA. decaturfarmersmarket.com

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The scoop on what’s new around town

Carolina HerreraLenox Square Mall boasts the first CH Carolina Herrera boutique in Atlanta, which offers a chic lifestyle collection for men, women and children. For guys, the boutique offers a mix of casual options and tailored suits all made with a classic style, an urban touch and the finest fabrics. The women’s collections includes everything from sportswear to impeccably tailored suits and elegant evening separates. This brand even offers kids’ clothes with vibrant colors and soft fabrics. 

Details: 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA (404) 816-6275, carolinaherrera.com

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This month, enjoy reading these books from local publishers and authors.

“Atlanta Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Big Peach” 

Atlanta Chef's Table_coverThanks to food writer and Atlanta native Kate Parham Kordsmeier, you can peek into the kitchens of Atlanta’s best chefs and make their recipes yourself. Her book, published last month by Globe Pequot Press, contains 80 recipes from BoccaLupo, The Spence, Gunshow, Serpas and more. Each recipe has been revised to be suitable for any home cook. Order on globepequot.com for $26.95.


Inspired by Tradition_cover“Inspired By Tradition: The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins” 

Having had an architectural practice in Atlanta since 1977, Norman Davenport Askins is now sharing his designs in print. The book, published by The Monacelli Press this past fall, features 256 pages of text and portraits of 15 unique homes designed by Askins himself. Also included is a special section detailing the traditional design aesthetics that inspired Askins’ work. This book is available at monacellipress.com for $60.

“Traveling the Two-Lane”


There’s nothing quite like rush-hour traffic to make you question, “What am I doing with my life?” Local professor and speech language pathologist Marilyn Berman asked herself that question on the drive home one day, and it led to an 18-month road trip to make sense of her past and live more fully in the present. She details her reflections, particularly about growing up gay in an unaccepting society, in this memoir. Local publisher BookLogix will release this title on February 26, and you can order a copy at booklogix.com.

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This local organization believes that caring for others is a top priority.

_DSC5076For many people, hopping in the car and heading to a nearby grocery store or farmers market is just a part of the weekly routine. These people have the time, transportation and resources to purchase whatever food they want for their families, including healthy, fresh, organic options. But for many others – nearly two million in Georgia, according to a report from the Atlanta Regional Commission – food shopping looks very different.  These Georgians are stuck in food deserts with access only to fast food restaurants and convenience stores with few healthy options.

To combat this problem, Georgia Food Oasis came together 18 months ago. This organization is as collaboration between more than 40 existing groups such as Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Atlanta Mobile Market, The Captain Planet Foundation, Fulton Fresh, Georgia Food Bank Association, Georgia Organics and many more, all focused on changing those deserts into places of abundance. Cicely Garrett, the Food Systems Innovation Manager for Atlanta Community Food Bank, explains, “We chose Food Oasis for our name because we wanted to change the conversation. Instead of focusing on what is not, focus on what could be: innovative solutions that address access, choice, education, quality and cost.”

In a short year and a half, Georgia Food Oasis has made great strides toward those solutions. They partnered with the Atlanta Mobile Market to offer two-for-one value on SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) used on their fresh produce, helping to minimize the obstacle of cost. Partner organization Fulton Fresh brought 19 tons of fresh produce to more than 5,000 residents in 16 neighborhoods. Another partner, the Captain Planet Foundation, donated 1,000 pounds of fresh produce grown in 52 Metro Atlanta school gardens.

“We hope that Food Oasis will become an umbrella of integrity and confidence for the fresh and healthy food movement in underserved communities,” Garrett says. To join that movement, you can become an individual “Champion” supporter or an organizational “Partner.” Attend their bi-monthly meetings at Atlanta Community Food Bank, and visit georgiafoodoasis.org for more details.

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Dr. Joy Harden Bradford from Thriveworks Atlanta Counseling is here to share her partner advice for strengthening your relationships.

Bradford, Joy Harden_cred Hardens PhotographyWhat is the most common problem your clients have with their partners? 

Being triggered by an unresolved issue from the past, such as having trust issues from previous relationships.

What steps can partners take to improve their relationship? 

Recognize your own triggers – what central themes come up in arguments with your partner? Also, address issues as soon as possible after they arise. Listen to your partner’s perspective. Learn how to apologize.

What have you learned from romantic relationships? 

I’ve learned to set healthy boundaries and that it’s OK to speak up and ask for what I want and need from my partner.

What is your favorite quote about romantic relationships? 

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen. This quote speaks to the importance of realistic expectations in relationships.

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Spaghetti Squash and Chicken, 1Good nutrition can be the best medicine of all. Local integrative practitioner Dr. Tasneem Bhatia focuses on just that concept in her new book, “The 21-Day Belly Fix.” In it, she features recipes that promote optimal gut and probiotic health, including this simple weeknight option. It combines lean protein to build muscle, olive oil to slow digestion and garlic to promote good gut bacteria.


1 small spaghetti squash

1 4-ounce chicken breast

1 tsp olive oil

1 clove of garlic, crushed

½ cup canned tomatoes, diced

1⁄8 tsp oregano


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut the squash lengthwise, scoop out any seeds and rest both halves on a baking dish. Roast for about 45 minutes or until a fork can easily puncture the skin.

Using a grill pan or countertop grill, cook the chicken breast until cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.

While the chicken breast is cooking, heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, tomatoes and oregano and cook for about 5 minutes.

When the spaghetti squash is ready, remove strands from the skin, place in a large bowl and top with the tomato mixture and grilled chicken breast.

Note: These amounts make enough for one person, so adjust accordingly.

Courtesy of Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, “The 21-Day Belly Fix,” atlantaholisticmedicine.com

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