By day, Dawn M. Richards is a legal executive for a Fortune 500 company. By night, she is the founder of the food, travel and lifestyle blog and brand, D.M.R. Fine Foods. The self-taught cook with over a decade of experience has also taken courses at the private Culinary Institute Lenôtre in Houston and Le Cordon Bleu Paris, been a culinary instructor for Williams Sonoma, and even won the taco category of the Cooking Channel’s “Perfect 3 Recipe Contest.”

Roasted Pineapple and Shrimp SkewersINGREDIENTS:

• 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

• 1 fresh pineapple, diced into cubes

• 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

• ½ teaspoon kosher salt

• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 tablespoon brown sugar

• 1 tablespoon cilantro

• Fresh limes for garnish


Preheat oven to 425 F. On a baking sheet, toss together shrimp, Old Bay seasoning, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil. Roast in preheated oven for 5-6 minutes. Set aside.

On a separate baking sheet, toss together pineapple, brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and ½ tablespoon olive oil. Roast for 15 minutes.

Add roasted shrimp, pineapple, and cilantro to skewers. Garnish with more chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Enjoy!


Posted in Best Bites | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

By Wyndi Kappes

Mauro interacts with an angel in his dream.

Mauro Interacts with an Angel in his Dream.

In a magical land somewhere between heaven and earth, you’ll find Corteo by Cirque du Soleil. The Italian word corteo is cortege in English and means funeral procession. Corteo tells the story of Mauro the Dreamer Clown as he pictures his own funeral in a carnival setting. Exciting adventures unfold, both funny and bittersweet, as the clown relives old memories such as a childhood beach day (seen in the Artist Marionette act) and imagines out of this world new adventures like the Helium Dance where he holds the floating Clowness on one hand.

Venturing to places familiar and far out, the 51-person cast presents 16 intense acts from juggling to an aerial dance on swinging chandeliers. In the last act of Mauro’s dream, his friends (10 high-flying men of the Tournik act) send him off on his way with a celebration. Andre Kushneryk, one of the amazing Tournik performers, sat down with us to talk about what you can expect from the arena version of Corteo, why he joined the cast, and his life on the road.

Q: What sets Corteo apart from other Cirque du Soleil shows?

The Hula-Hoop Act

The Hula-Hoop Act

A: One big difference between Corteo and other shows is that all of the cast members are playing humans. We play real people, ourselves, compared to other shows where artists are playing the roles of imagined creatures like bugs or animals. The stage is also different. Reimagined as a circle, the audience is given a view of both sides of the stage, and can see things more from our point of view. The move from big top to arena has led us to add two new acts as well—the suspended pole and the hula-hoop act.

Q: How did you get involved with Cirque du Soleil, and Corteo, specifically?

The Helium Dance

The Helium Dance

A: Early in my time performing in the circus I saw Corteo on DVD—I had never seen a show live before I became a cast member—and I wanted to be a part of it. In particular, I remember watching a Tournik actor and I was impressed and inspired by what he was doing. A few years later, I was picked for the same show and ended up playing the same role that had inspired me to send in a tryout video years ago.

Q: What is it like performing in the Tournik act? Is there more pressure or is it exciting to be in the last act?

A: The ending should be strong and powerful so it brings a little more pressure on me because I want people to feel touched by the show. The pressure is manageable for me now because I have been doing it for 13 years but it is always a little bit nerve-wracking. In the end, I do enjoy being a part of the last act.

The Tournik Act

The Tournik Act

Q: What do you do to stay in shape for such physically demanding acts?

A: We travel with gym equipment where we can work out daily. We also warm up a lot before each training session and performance. Generally we have sit-ups included, along with several exercises that will vary according to our discipline on the show.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a member of the Cirque du Soleil team?

A: It is wonderful to be on the road, meeting new people, getting exposed to new things, and trying different foods. I’m a nature lover, and in South America there was plenty for me to see. Places that impressed me the most were the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina and the whole Patagonia region where I ate the best lamb ever! Also, Ushuaia, a small town in Argentina, situated at the southernmost point of South America, is named “The End of the World” and has some nice wines. It’s also the motherland of penguins and sea lions.

The Artist Marionette Act

The Artist Marionette Act

Another experience that really touched me was the “Inca Trail”— a four-day hike through Peruvian rainforests to the top of Machu Picchu. Plus, I did a road trip through Costa Rica. I love how Costa Ricans take care and protect the environment and promote “Pura Vida” [Pure Life]. It’s a happy and meaningful way of life for all living beings including the planet itself. Discovering this made a big impact on me. Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been traveling in the United States. I really enjoyed New Orleans for the rich jazz culture and Colorado for the magnificent nature views.

Q: What is next for you?

The Chandelier Act

The Chandelier Act

A: I love this show. I hope to keep touring with Cirque du Soleil as long as Corteo is on the road. I do have some hobbies—I like music and play the drums as much as I can. Performing onstage is my main passion though and I hope to do it as much as I can for as long as my body allows me to.

Since its production in 2005, the big top show of Corteo by Cirque du Soleil has drawn 8 million people in 64 cities across 19 countries and four continents. Now reimagined as an arena performance, join in on the fun at the Infinite Energy Center Aug. 29 through Sept. 2. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased through

Posted in Best Bulletin, Best Fun | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

By Victoria Trutie

In February 2018, Kennedy Morgan went to Walt Disney World® with Bert's Big Adventure. The local nonprofit provides all-expenses-paid trips to the theme park to children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

In February 2018, Kennedy Morgan went to Walt Disney World® with Bert’s Big Adventure. The local nonprofit provides all-expenses-paid trips to the theme park to children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

While most 10 year olds are busy attending sleepovers with friends, McDonough resident, Kennedy Morgan was in the hospital. It was during a six-day stay in 2015 that she was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a condition that leads to liver inflammation after the body’s immune system turns against its liver cells. During the stay, Kennedy received a care package from her fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. Cash, which left a lasting impression on her during such a difficult time.

In 2017, Kennedy’s condition worsened, requiring a four-day stay. She remembered how the care package from her teacher changed her sad state of mind to a sunny one. It was then that Kennedy decided that she was going to use this experience to do something positive for others—specifically making and sending care packages to children in situations similar to hers.

By embracing the term “Moonface”—a common side effect of the medication Prednisone, which causes fat deposits to gather around the face creating a rounded appearance—Kennedy found a way to redefine her circumstances.

Her organization, Love to the Moon, creates packages for children, ages 3 to 18, who are diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness. Love to the Moon accepts nominations from the parents and friends of children all over the world, many of whom hear about the organization from online support groups.

Kennedy’s mother, Kristen Morgan, explains that as long as they can get the necessary information to customize a box, they will send it no matter where the child is. Some of the boxes have gone as far as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and even a small village in Romania.

The care packages incorporate the interests and hobbies of each child. Kristen explains, “The boxes are very intentional. We ask specific questions, and then we take all of that information and we customize every item that goes in there—from their favorite candy to their favorite restaurant.”

Kennedy hopes to continue building a community of children and families that understand each other’s struggles. Her mission is to remind kids with chronic illnesses that they are not alone. She is currently working on creating a video to better explain and spread her message and is making plans to travel to nearby states to deliver gifts to children on extended hospital stays.

Love to the Moon accepts donations through PayPal and in the form of items to be included in care packages (restaurant gift cards, washable markers, clear tumblers, stainless steel water bottles, white T-shirts, candy, and socks) to help with the cost of each box, which range in price from $75 to $100.,

Posted in Best Cause | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Chef MichaelFour Seasons Hotel Atlanta executive chef Michael Patria is back with another easy and healthy recipe. As chef Patria embarks on a weight loss journey this summer, each month he’s sharing a nutritious recipe that he’s been loving lately.

“This is something I like to snack on late-morning or mid-afternoon. It’s a great pick-me-up because of the natural sugars from the figs and the honey. Goat cheese is a lower fat cheese, so it keeps you full while not overdoing your calorie intake,” Patria says.




7 ripe figs, cut in half (with stems removed)

1 1/4 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

3/4 tablespoon Savannah Bee Company Sourwood Honey

5 pea tendrils to garnish

Pinch of Maldon sea salt



Figs and Goat CheesePlace fig halves on a plate

Sprinkle figs generously with goat cheese crumbles

Drizzle with Savannah Bee Company Sourwood Honey

Sprinkle Maldon sea salt

Garnish with pea tendrils

Enjoy as a light snack!

Posted in Best Bites | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 12.04.46 PMQ: What are the areas, or issues, that today’s men struggle with the most?

More and more men are coming to Atlanta Face & Body to look younger, feel younger and be the best man they can be. There are several “trouble” areas that male patients want to address. They would like to lose a few inches around their waist, eliminate their double chin, remove wrinkles and lines on their face, get rid of bags under their eyes. Then, there’s the age-old problems with hair. Either they have too much hair on their body or not enough hair on their heads. We can help with all of these issues.

Q: What are the surgical procedures available to help men? 

Different areas of the body can be addressed several different ways. As far surgical procedures go, men can get a Signature Face Lift, which will help tighten up loose skin in their neck and jowls. We offer blepharoplasty to lift sagging eyelids and eliminate bags under the eye. There are also minimal invasive procedures such as SmartLipo which can remove unwanted fat in the abdomen.

Q: What are the best alternatives to surgery for men who are trying to lose a few inches?

Atlanta Face & Body offers several fat-reducing procedures that are painless, non-invasive, require no down time and are easier on the wallet. Ultherapy, typically used in the neck area, stimulates collagen production by delivering ultrasound energy to the skin and the layers beneath the skin. is jump starts the natural process of producing new collagen which lifts and tightens the skin. We also offer body-sculpting solutions like Vanquish and SculpSure®.Both of these target stubborn areas and damage fat cells in order for the body to naturally process them away. Vanquish uses radiofrequency energy and SculpSure® is a laser-treatment, light-based technology. More recently, FDA-approved SculpSure® is becoming very popular for men to reduce their double chin.

Q: What about Dermal fillers for men? What issues can these treat?

Dermal fillers are very good at reducing wrinkles and lines for men, especially on the forehead and around the eyes. I believe in these areas that “less can be more.” We can reduce signs of aging but still retain a masculine look with a conservative approach to injections. In fact, one of our most recent patients, Stan Lewis, received treatments of Radiesse® and Belotero Balance® dermal fillers for a lower face makeover. The results were so outstanding, he has been selected as one of the 5 Faces of America Grand Prize winners.

Q: Finally, what can you offer men suffering from hair loss?

Atlanta Face & Body offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair erapy for thinning hair and hair loss. PRP can improve hair health and encourage the regrowth of hair using your body’s own growth factors. is treatment is best suited to focal areas of thinning hair. e best results occur with a series of injections typically spaced a month apart. PRP appears to stimulate hair growth by re-activating dormant follicles resulting in healthier thicker hair.




Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 12.04.58 PM


Atlanta Face & Body Center



Posted in Best Advice, Best Beauty | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Dermatology Consultants PractionersDERMATOLOGY CONSULTANTS

BUCKHEAD – (404) 351-7546

COVINGTON – (770) 784-0343

MARIETTA – (770) 971-3376


Dermatology Consultants is a premier medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice in metro Atlanta, and is proud to present EMSCULPT®, the newest treatment at its Aesthetic Body Treatment Centers. EMSCULPT® is the only procedure to help both women and men burn fat, while toning the underlying muscle. Using breakthrough medical technologies, Dermatology Consultants offers revolutionary cosmetic procedures to firm, tighten and sculpt your body. All of the practice’s innovative treatments are surgery-free, completely safe and FDA-approved. The proven results are amazing and last for a long time.

Anyone can benefit from the EMSCULPT® procedure. Treatments are 30 minutes with a minimum of 4 sessions scheduled 2 to 3 days apart. Each treatment plan is customized by a physician or licensed aesthetician to cater to the patient’s specific needs—ensuring that all of their goals and concerns are addressed. The EMSCULPT® procedure feels like an intensive workout, but you can lie down and relax during the treatment. It is a noninvasive procedure and requires no recovery time or any pre- or post-treatment preparation.

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 11.15.44 AMDermatology Consultants continues to be on the cutting edge of the most advanced technologies available in the industry. It is one of the first practices to offer the revolutionary, cutting-edge technology, EMSCULPT®. Dermatology Consultants continues to offer the best body enhancing solutions and technologies for its patients.

To schedule your complimentary EMSCULPT® assessment with the experts at Dermatology Consultants, please call one of its three convenient locations or visit

Posted in Masters of Makeover | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dermatology Consultants PractionersDERMATOLOGY CONSULTANTS

BUCKHEAD – (404) 351-7546

COVINGTON – (770) 784-0343

MARIETTA – (770) 971-3376


Dermatology Consultants is a premier medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice that serves three convenient metro Atlanta locations. e practice is honored to be the state’s first Diamond Crystal Certified CoolSculpting® practice. Diamond Crystal status is a distinction awarded to the most elite CoolSculpting® providers throughout the world. To date, the practice has performed over 8,500 treatments. Dermatology Consultants, led by 10 board-certified dermatologists and eight certified physician assistants, recently celebrated over 80 years in the Atlanta community and provides the highest levels of service to each patient.

Throughout the metro Atlanta area, Dermatology Consultants offers a complimentary body contouring analysis to every patient, as well as DualSculpting, at each of its three locations.

Each treatment plan is customized by a physician or licensed aesthetician to cater to the patient’s specific needs, ensuring that all of their goals and concerns are addressed. Additionally, the laser-licensed technicians at Dermatology Consultants are CoolSculpting® University graduates. Its technicians provide patients with the latest noninvasive body contouring technologies.

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 11.03.19 AMAnna M. Paré, MD, president of Dermatology Consultants says, “We are honored to be named the first Diamond Crystal practice in Georgia with more treatments performed than any other office in the state.”

To schedule your complimentary CoolSculpting® assessment with the experts at Dermatology Consultants, please call one of its three convenient locations or visit

Posted in Masters of Makeover | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dr. WhitemanDAVID WHITEMAN, M.D., F.R.C.S.



Although every woman ages differently, it’s a fact that our figure can be significantly changed by pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and natural aging. It’s only natural to pine for the trimmer, pre-baby body of your youth. Unfortunately, as we age, it only becomes more difficult to rejuvenate our figures with diet and exercise alone. at’s why I offer my unique Mommy Makeover procedure.

By combining a tummy tuck (using my signature Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique), liposuction, and cosmetic breast surgery, the Mommy Makeover is designed to provide comprehensive, long-lasting body contouring results for women trying to rejuvenate their appearance and regain their younger figure. During the procedure, abdominal muscles are tightened, stubborn excess fat is removed with liposuction, and the breasts are augmented, lifted, or reduced depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs.

To help patients complement the results of their Mommy Makeover, I recommend that they undergo Viora ReactionTM skin tightening treatments at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Viora uses RF energy to help achieve healthier, firmer skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fiber.

The consultation phase is especially important for Mommy Makeover patients due to the highly customizable nature of this combination procedure. To schedule a Mommy Makeover with Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery.

Posted in Masters of Makeover | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 10.48.02 AMDR. DIFRANCESCO


DRDIFRANCESCO.COM | 404.377.3474

When we hear the term “breast augmentation,” we tend to think of bigger breasts with more cleavage. Due to aging, childbirth, weight fluctuations and genetics, your body and breast shape may not reflect how you feel or want to look. Implants not only enlarge naturally small breasts, they can restore volume and symmetry in breasts that have deteriorated from pregnancy and breastfeeding or a major weight loss. This will create a more balanced and proportional look.

Now more than ever, we have more implant choices available to meet your aesthetic goals. Although the most popular remains the round silicone implant, an increasing number of patients choose an anatomically-shaped implant to create a more natural look with less cleavage. Implant style, shape and volume can all be adjusted to best fit your body.

Another option for breast augmentation is fat grafting. Fat grafting is rapidly increasing in popularity as a stand-alone option for breast augmentation or in conjunction with implants to enhance breast shape and size. While using your own fat may seem more desirable than an implant, the procedure is limited by the amount of body fat you have available for transfer to the breasts.

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 10.48.10 AMIn addition to augmentation, you may need a breast lift, or mastopexy, which raises and firms the breasts by removing sagging or excess skin caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. At DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery, we offer breast augmentation and mastopexy consultations. During your consultation, time is spent discussing your aesthetic goals and concerns. We evaluate your current breast size and shape, quality and quantity of the breast tissue, as well as the quality of your skin, and nipple/areola position. We will then come up with an exclusive plan tailored specifically to your desired look.

Contact DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery to schedule your makeover consultation. 404.377.3474 1800 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30318

Posted in Masters of Makeover | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Dr. Elizabeth WhitakerDR. ELIZABETH WHITAKER



Permanently reducing up to 25% of stubborn fat in just
25 minutes: too good to be true? SculpSure®, the latest technological advancement in body contouring, makes it possible.

“Almost everyone, even those who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, can have localized areas of stubborn fat. To be able to reduce that area nonsurgically with a treatment that’s fast, safe, comfortable, effective, and with no downtime is a game-changer,” says Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker.

“One of the focuses of my practice is offering the latest technology for nonsurgical and minimally-invasive procedures, as well as my Signature surgical procedures. Atlanta Face & Body was the first plastic surgery center to bring SculpSure to Atlanta.” As a light-based treatment, SculpSure preferentially heats the fat cells to the target temperature that destroys them. The fat loss is permanent. Over time, the body eliminates these cells with results evident in 6-12 weeks. Individual results may vary, but the satisfaction rate in studies is over 90%. SculpSure has been featured on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and Real Housewives.

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 10.29.15 AM

“Life is hectic, and finding downtime sometimes is the hardest thing for people to do,” says Dr. Elizabeth. “I have literally had patients go to the gym that afternoon or run a marathon the weekend after treatment! With the speed of the treatment (25 minutes), I can treat more of your problem areas in a shorter amount of time.” She also notes, “Like most technologies I choose for my practice, I and all of my staff have had the treatment, so we speak from personal experience, not just statistics. I look forward to introducing more Atlantans to this breakthrough new technology.”

Posted in Masters of Makeover | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment