Portofino Wine Cellar Photo Credit Heidi GeldhauserOn the third Sunday of every month, Portofino’s wine tasting series will lead you through wine country without ever leaving town. Twelve wines will be paired with appetizers chosen by Portofino’s executive chef, and the themes take you on flavorful visits through southern and northern Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Other themes focus on specific grapes, such as this month’s tasting on June 21, themed “Father’s Day Cabernet.” Whichever you choose, tastings begin at 6:30 p.m., range in price from $35 to $55, and continue through November.

Details: 3199 Paces Ferry Place NW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 231-1136, portofinobistro.com

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

This year for the first time, we engaged an Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

 

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

This year for the first time, we engaged an Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

 

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IMG_6509 high resDr. Brian Maloney 

Dr. Brian Maloney grew up in rural Ohio, with parents who were “hard-working, salt of the earth people,” he says. They instilled in him an appreciation for giving back, which manifests itself in his involvement with the Atlanta Day Shelter and even through his early work in reconstructive surgery. “As I went through my residency,” he remembers, “I would rebuild faces from scratch after car accidents and gunshot wounds, taking bone from the rib and hips and skull.” Those years reconstructing every part of the face gave him an intimate understanding of the nuances of facial surgery and honed his skills.

“My best life philosophy is to live every day to the fullest. Tomorrow is promised to no one.”

Eventually, he began to focus on cosmetic surgery. He compares the two, saying, “With reconstructive surgery, we’re taking an abnormal feature and trying to make it look normal, with cosmetic surgery, we’re taking a normal feature and trying to enhance it.” And with each kind of surgery, Dr. Maloney says, he encountered overwhelming gratitude from his patients. “It’s neat to have patients writing letters to share how the surgery changed their lives.” maloneycenter.com

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Champlin, Eric_larger versionFounder and Editor of Atlanta Trails Eric Champlin shares his best advice when hiking with your pet.

Why should dog owners bring their pet hiking with them? 

Just like us, most dogs love an adventure! With so many new sights, sounds and smells, a great afternoon hike can be as much fun for your dog as you.

Which dogs are best suited for this activity?

Dog breeds vary in size and athletic ability, but they all need exercise. If your dog is new to hiking, explore a few easy, short trails before working up to more difficult and longer trails. Pack a water dish and water bottle to keep them hydrated.

What are you favorite trails to bring your own dog?

Sweetwater Creek State Park offers a great canine adventure just outside the I-285 perimeter on Atlanta’s west side. Sweetwater Creek’s four trails range in difficulty and length and explore a beautiful creek valley filled with whitewater rapids, small waterfalls and the ruins of a Civil War-era mill. Or check out Arabia Mountain on Atlanta’s east side, with trails that scale a mountain summit for stunning views.

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Orange rosemary chickenThis slow-cooker entree recipe comes from Brittany Woodard, author of local food blog “Britt’s Blurbs.” It cooks for four to five hours but only take an easy 15 minutes to prep, and the refreshing citrus and rosemary add a flavorful punch to your summer dinner plate. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

4 organic chicken thighs

1/2 cup organic chicken broth

1 large orange

1 small orange

2 fresh rosemary twigs

Instructions 

Spray a slow cooker with organic, non-stick cooking spray. Lay the chicken thighs on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Pour in the chicken broth. Zest the small orange over the chicken thighs. Squeeze the fresh juice of the oranges into the slow cooker.

Cut the rosemary twigs in half and lay in broth. Season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Cook on low for four to five hours.

- Courtesy of Brittany Woodard at “Britt’s Blurbs,” bblurbs.com

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

This year for the first time, we engaged an Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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BSA - Best Bulletin Publish15Everybody has a story. If you’re struggling to get yours on paper – or if you’ve put it on paper by aren’t sure where to go next – don’t miss Publish15. This first annual publishing convention brings literary agents, industry experts and more under one roof so local authors can connect with them, learn from them and even pitch to them. The event, held at Forsyth Conference Center on June 13 and 14, is open to the public and costs just under $10 for general admission passes.

Details: 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming, GA, publish15.com 

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The best fitness advice around town 

Peachtree - Credit Tim EasterdayYour Best Peachtree Road Race Ever! 

By Amy Begley, head coach of Atlanta Track Club 

July 4 is only a month away, which means the AJC Peachtree Raod Race is just around the corner! Whether you’re training with a group or preparing on your own, hopefully you’ve been following a plan for the past couple of months. Here are some tips to make sure you are ready for race day.

Try Out the Course 

Get a feel for the AJC Peachtree Road Race by trying out the course ahead of time. You won’t be alone, the course is always packed with runners and walkers on the weekends leading up to the event. It’s a great way to calm any nerves and see how prepared you are. During the month of June, Atlanta Track Club provides a water stop on Peachtree Road near Peachtree Park Drive each Saturday and Sunday from approximately 7 to 10 a.m. Stop by and be sure to thank our volunteers!

On Race Day

There are a few things you can do to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable when you arrive at the start line.

  • Don’t do anything new – steer clear of foods you don’t usually eat the night before or the morning of the race, and avoid wearing clothing or shoes that you just bought.
  • Arrive early so you aren’t stressed.
  • Drink lots of water before, during and after the race, especially if it’s hot.
  • Keep in mind that you will be running with 59,999 other people. Even with the most careful training, it could be tough to run a personal best.
  • Be sure to take in all of the sights and sounds that make the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10K, a fun and unique experience.

Good luck, and we’ll see you at the finish line!

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By Laura Carson Miller

Lemon Lime group, FPOCitrus Splash for Summer 

In search of a brightened complexion and a relaxed body? I suggest the Citrus Splash treatment at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. This treatment uses Atlanta’s own Mama Bath & Body Lemon & Lime products, comprising 100 percent pure essential oils and a blend of lemon, lime and valencia orange for the perfect summer scent. The exfoliating sugar scrub is followed by a relaxing massage that heals, tones and invigorates skin. To top off this citrus paradise, the treatment ends with a refreshing housemade lemonade.

Details: The Spa at Four Seasons Atlanta, 75 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 881-9898, fourseasons.com/atlanta, loveyourmama.com

BSA - Best Beauty Sun Safety3 Tips for Sun Safety 

As much as we think we know about sun protection, it never hurts to brush up on your sun sense. These timely tips from Celeste Hilling, Skin Authority’s CEO, founder and product formulator, will assure you have it made in the shade this summer:

  1. Sunscreens with SPF 15 or greater yield the best results. Scan the active ingredient label to make sure the product contains UVA- blocking elements such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or anything in the avobenzone family.
  2. Double up on safety by using a 20 percent concentration of topical vitamin C under your sunscreen daily to boost your skin cells’ immune defense against UV damage and reduce the appearance of brown spots.
  3. Don’t go into the sun for several hours after putting on products that bronze because there are chemicals in them that make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. Apply these products later in the day and sleep in them.

Details: Skin Authority, skinauthority.com

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