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Easter is right around the corner! Celebrate the holiday at these egg-cellent restaurants around metro Atlanta.

Ecco

Ecco is open once a year for brunch – on Easter! Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity featuring a curated assortment of cured meats, cheeses, shared plates, appetizers, wood-fired pizzas, pastas and more to celebrate the special holiday. Click here to view the full menu, and please call 404.347.9555 for reservations.

La Tavola

Italians do everything better, including brunch! Head to the Highlands on Easter for the restaurant’s award winning brunch menu, featuring poached eggs bruschetta, eggs with polenta and Applewood smoked bacon, house-made cannolis and more.

Lure

Join Lure for an Easter bunch “by the sea” with a three course prix fixe brunch menu from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $30 per person. Menu items include Lure brunch favorites including English muffin with smoked whitefish and poached eggs, quiche with local veggies, seared scallops with butternut squash and apple cider griddlecake, and more. To view the full menu and make reservations, please click here.

Shake Shack

In celebration of Easter, Shake Shack will offer an Easter Egg concrete, featuring vanilla custard, Mast Brothers buttermilk chocolate and salted caramel sauce, between Friday, March 25, and Sunday, March 27. Hunt for a gold sticker under your Easter Egg concrete cup for a chance to find a gold sticker and win prizes.

 

South City Kitchen Midtown/Vinings

South City Kitchen Midtown and South City Kitchen Vinings will each offer a three course prix fixe Easter brunch menu featuring South City favorites and new exciting flavors. Available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both locations, the menu is $35 per person and $17.50 for children under 12, plus tax and gratuity. Menu items include old Charleston she crab soup, smoked brisket benedict, Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken and more. For more information and tomake reservations, click here (Midtown) and here (Vinings).

 

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The Atlanta Dogwood Festival plans to make this, its 80th year, its best yet. From April 8 through 10, the festival kickstarts spring by welcoming thousands of visitors to browse creations from nearly 300 fine artists, take part in the Atlanta Dogwood Festival Mimosa 5K, enjoy entertainment from around the world on the International Stage, explore everyday green living techniques at the eco village and more. The popular Disc Dog Southern Nationals competition returns as well, featuring joyfully jumping canines inspiring a playful spirit in all of us.

Details: dogwood.org

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These days living gluten-free doesn’t have to mean a life without bread, pasta or wine. These Atlanta restaurants will make your keep your taste buds and your stomach happy.

Want to know more about gluten and if you should be living free? Read our Q&A with board certified gastroenterologist Anna Longacre MD, of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates here.

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Brezza Cucina

Gluten-free foodies can indulge in Italian dishes such as owner, Jonathan Waxman’s famous JW Chicken, or their ever popular Roasted Chicken Salad, with arugula, avocado, soft egg, prosciutto and of course – parmesan. There’s no skimping on dessert at Brezza either, diners can curb their sweet tooth with a sweet “dolci” like gelato than comes in a variety of flavors such as vanilla bean, stracciatella, espressio and maple apple pie.

Details: brezzacucina.com

 

 

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Blue Moon Pizza

Pizza cravings cramped by the content of regular crust? Blue Moon Pizza tosses your troubles with their gluten-free menu, bringing pizza, cheesy bread and bruschetta back to your plate.

Details: bluemoonpizza.com

 

Alma Cocina

Enjoy a fiesta of Mexican delicacies that won’t fire up your stomach at Alma Cocina. Choose appetizers like butternut squash guacamole and pork pibil tamales, then indulge in main dishes such as masa-fried shrimp tacos with pear and plum salsa, chile morita mayo, shrimp chorizo and avocado mousse.

Details: alma-atlanta.com

 

True Food Kitchen

The mission of True Food Kitchen is to create an entire menu of healthy cuisine, and gluten-free options get the gourmet treatment here. Start with the roasted vegetable board or a chopped salad and try decadent entrees like Moroccan chicken or turkey lasagna—yes, gluten-free lasagna!

Details: truefoodkitchen.com

 

 

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Your massage dreams have just come true. Soothe, a massage-on-demand service, have launched in Atlanta. Take your pick of a Swedish, sports, couples or pre-natal massage; with the tap of a finger on your iOS or Andriod device, welcome a licensed, certified massage therapist to your door — at home or at work. Treatment lengths include 60, 90 and 120 minutes and are available from 8 a.m. to midnight, with as little as 60 minutes of advance notice. Starting at $99, the fixed fees also include tax and gratuity, taking the stress out of the payment process as well.

Details: soothe.com 

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Is gluten-free just another health buzzword or is it an important consideration for your diet? Anna Longacre, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, gets to the bottom of gluten for us.

 

What is gluten?

Gluten is a term for a variety of proteins found naturally in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.  These proteins help foods maintain their shape.

 

Who actually needs to be eating a gluten-free diet?

For individuals with celiac disease—an autoimmune condition in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine—eating a gluten-free diet is essential to manage digestive symptoms and avoid long-term complications.

Celiac disease often goes undiagnosed and is actually quite common.

Individuals with gluten sensitivity can experience a variety of symptoms, including bloating, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, “brain fog” and depression. If you are having symptoms, it’s important to talk with a gastroenterologist about being tested.

How do I determine if I should eliminate gluten?

Some individuals feel better on a gluten-free diet and choose to eliminate gluten from their diet purely for this reason. Only your physician can order the appropriate screening and diagnostic testing to see if a gluten-free diet is needed for you.

Can eliminating gluten help me lose weight?

For some individuals, switching to a gluten-free diet removes from the menu many of the food choices that make weight loss challenging—specifically processed foods and higher carbohydrate foods. In this regard, a gluten-free diet may promote weight loss. That said, not all individuals, particularly those with celiac disease, lose weight when they go gluten-free.

Which foods usually contain gluten?

Gluten most often appears in foods containing wheat, barley and rye. Other foods containing gluten include malt, brewer’s yeast and unprocessed wheat starch.

Many common foods contain gluten—foods such as pastas, breads, cereals, baked goods, crackers, beer and even many sauces. Fortunately, food labeling now includes the gluten-free designation, assuring consumers that gluten is absent from the product or has been processed to remove the gluten.

 

 

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When Steve Hightower came out to his family, he, like many of his fellow LGBTQ community members, was nervous—very nervous. He had no idea how his family would handle the news. “My family, from the day I told them, accepted me with open arms. My grandfather, at 92, told me, ‘It’s not my place to judge you. It’s the Lord’s, and I love you no matter what.’ My grandmother just stood up, hugged me, winked at me and said, ‘I knew,’” says Steve.

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Unfortunately, many area youth don’t share a similarly happy story. All too often, these young people are disowned by their families and kicked out of the home. After being approached for help by one such gay youth, Hightower learned about the nonprofit Lost-n-Found Youth and immediately became an avid supporter.

An Atlanta-based nonprofit, Lost-n-Found Youth champions the mission to take lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who are living on the street after being rejected by their loved ones and forced into homelessness. Currently the only nonprofit of its kind in Atlanta, Lost-n-Found offers LGBTQ youth assistance with counseling, medical care, hot meals, clothing, job placement and, when available, securing housing.
As Lost-n-Found works to acquire a house in Midtown to expand this ability to shelter, Hightower supports the effort by using the funds raised at his  Thriving Children Gala. Taking place at the Fox Theatre on April 29, this year’s 7th Annual Thriving Children Gala presents a night of glitz and glamour for a good cause. Guests are invited to peruse the silent auction while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served by 10 of Atlanta’s top restaurants. Entertainment for the evening includes big band era music by The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, a special performance from the award-winning Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and a featured act by Cher-impersonator Chad Michaels, as well as a live auction featuring everything from jewelry to furniture, a fashion show and a hair show featuring Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa and Jyl Craven Studio. Tickets start at $75.

Details: atlthrivingchildren.org

 

 

 

 

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Written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods answers the age old question, “What happens after happily ever after?” This Tony Award-winning musical comes to life on the Aurora Theatre stage March 10 through April 17. Storybook favorites like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood band together to save their village.

Details: auroratheatre.com

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Whether you’re hopping on the spin bike for the first time or are a spinning expert you can help make a difference at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Ovarian Cycle Atlanta event on March 20. Sign up to participate in this four hour cycling event on your own or join a team and receive your own fundraising page where you can share personal stories of how ovarian cancer has impacted you or those you love and garner funds to support your ride at Life Time Athletic. Can’t make it to the event? You can still do your part by signing up to be a virtual rider.

Details: 5580 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30342, ovariancycle.ocrf.org

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When the owners of Bon Glaze noticed a lack of whimsy in the world of doughnut making they decided they would be the ones to right that wrong. And oh — how they have made it right. Cotton Candy, Orange Fanta with Pastry Crème, Bacon Butterscotch and Campfire are just a few of the flavors rolled out of their happy ovens. Don’t wait a second longer to enjoy this “hole-y” experience; visit their first Atlanta location in Brookhaven and watch for updates on the opening of the Buckhead location soon.

Details: bonglaze.com

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Creativity, passion and dedication—that’s what you will find at the American Craft Show Atlanta from March 11 through 13. More than 200 of the country’s top artists and creators will showcase cutting-edge designs in jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor and more. This year’s show debuts the new Style Slam program, which includes professional styling advice for handmade clothing pieces, opportunities for guests to ask questions of featured makers and a chance for show visitors to take part in the hands-on process of creating art themselves.

Details: Tickets start at $14; 2 Galleria Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, shows.craftcouncil.org

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