Monthly Archives: September 2014

Garnish & Gather
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It’s contest time! Enter to win a meal for two from Garnish & Gather. Choose a chef-created recipe and Garnish & Gather will provide all the locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients you’ll need to make cooking easy and fun. All you’ll need is oil, salt, and pepper. (There are delivery and pick-up options all over metro Atlanta.) Garnish & Gather will bring the rest to our lucky winner. Enter to win then get an extra entry every time one of your friends enters via your custom link. You have until Wednesday, October 1. Get cookin’.

More about G&G >>

Anthony Burrell
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There’s more than one way to get fit. And if you think being a grown-up means you have to limit your dancing to those times when you’re alone at home (hairbrush microphone, anyone?), think again. Atlanta has dozens of places where you can shake your tail-feather and get fit at the same time — no experience necessary. Here are five of the best.

Put on your dancin’ shoes! >>

Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins
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Fall is setting in, so I wanted to bake some nice warm treats for the kids. Nope, it had nothing to do with my cravings for baked goods. It was all about the kids. Sometimes it’s hard being so selfless. Because it is finally autumn, I wanted to bake something with pumpkin but I also wanted something with lots of protein; these chocolate chip pumpkin muffins were perfect. Not only are they high in protein, fiber, and healthy fat, they’re also low glycemic so you won’t have crazy blood sugar swings and variations in energy after eating them. These little muffins are fantastic for a snack, breakfast, or pre-workout boost (since snack since the oil from the coconut is burned immediately as energy). 

The recipe and instructions >>

Compression Socks
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Compression socks look ridiculous on me. I know this because my wife sometimes stops me post-run and taunts, “You know you still have those things on, right?”  Because my old trainer spotted me dropping my son off at school and heckled, “Hey Sullivan! Nice socks!” And most of all, I know this because it’s true. There was a time when my workout attire didn’t invoke finger pointing and laughter. I was never a stellar runner, but in my twenties and thirties I enjoyed a modicum of running circle mediocrity. I posted some respectable times, took home the occasional trinket for placing in a local 5k (amazing how gratifying a $3 plaque can be). My personal records included a 40-minute 10k and a 1:26 half-marathon. I even completed the NYC marathon once. I always had running buddies who were faster, but the thing was, I could hang and that meant a lot.
Injuries, aging, and the quest for solutions >>

Curling Stones
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If you’re a fan of the winter Olympics, you’ve no doubt seen at least a little curling. It’s that thing where Scandinavians in wacky pants slide stones along a sheet of ice while other Scandinavians in wacky pants yell and use brooms to sweep the slippery surface. It looks a like a giant game of shuffleboard on ice, but it’s much more than that. It’s great exercise, a lot of fun, and (here’s the surprise) available in Atlanta. The Atlanta Curling Club offers learn-to-curl sessions, open house events, and even a regular leagues for vets and newbies. Curling in Atlanta >>

Latte
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It’s the first day of autumn and that means people are going totally bonkers over pumpkin spice lattes. Like, losing their minds right now. This conversation happens a million times a day Starbucks stores across the country: Girl wearing cozy sweater, sipping pumpkin spice latte, turns to her friend and says, “Ohmygod, can you even?” Girl 2, who is wearing seasonal nail polish entitled Don’t Leaf Me, responds, “I can’t even!” And so it goes. More than 200 million of the beverages have been sold since Starbucks introduced the drink in 2003. But the grande size is packing 49 grams of sugar and 380 calories. Not to mention 13 grams of fat, eight grams of saturated fat, and what may or may not be some fairly shady coloring and other weirdness. Basically, everything except pumpkin. Sometimes, if you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself. Five healthy recipes to kick off fall >>

The Optimist
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The Optimist is kind of a big deal. In 2012, Esquire named it Best New Restaurant of the Year and called it “an overnight totem of all that is wonderful about American food today.” Last year, it made Bon Appétit‘s list of the top 10 restaurants in the nation and swept through local best-of awards for seafood. Those are serious accolades, y’all. Now do you believe they’re a big freakin’ deal? Creator and chef Ford Fry believes that being landlocked is no excuse for Atlantans not to get the best seafood available, so he set up shop on the Westside (914 Howell Mill), threw in a putting green and surfboard-shaped bar (obvi), and set about importing the freshest seafood he could get his hands on. WellATL asked Executive Chef Adam Evans, who sits at the helm of the popular kitchen, to share his top recommendations for health-conscious patrons. Unsurprisingly, he did not suggest the funnel cakes.  His recommendations >>