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Archive for January, 2011

Best chocolates

Bacon toffee from Chocolate F/X. You can find Chocolate F/X's treats at several shops around town, including Pine Street Market in Avondale Estates and Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Sandy Springs.

Bacon toffee from Chocolate F/X. Check the company's website or Facebook page for locations that carry these handmade treats. Photo: Tim Moxley

1. Chocolate F/X
You say, “I have to go with Chocolate F/X. When you are a kid you dream of combining all the things you love in to one yummy package and I haven’t found anything better than bacon chili praline chocolate covered toffee. Hands down the yummiest!”

2. Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company
3. Maison Robert
4. Alon’s
5. Sugar-Coated Radical

Kristen Hard of Cacao Atlanta hand decorating a batch of chocolates in Nov. 2009. Photo: Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Kristen Hard of Cacao Atlanta hand decorating a batch of chocolates in Nov. 2009. Photo: Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

1. Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “If you are looking for an upscale chocolaterie, this is it. Cacao has the whole package.  Every detail from the decor of the shop to the crafting of the chocolate has been carefully considered. With the utmost respect for the chocolate, truffle …

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Best french fries

The fries at Five Guys Burgers and Fries were your pick for best fries. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The fries at Five Guys Burgers and Fries were your pick for best fries. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS

1. Five Guys Burgers and Fries

You say, “If you want a real french fry, how is what 5 Guys does not quintessentially perfect? Real russet potato, fried in good fresh peanut oil until cooked to perfection (I ask for very brown), seasoned a little, served hot – steamy in the middle – sublime.”

2. The Varsity
3. Flip Burger Boutique
4. Leon’s Full Service
5. The Porter Beer Bar

The crisp and tasty cone of goodness at Muss & Turner's. Photo: Chris Talley

The crisp and tasty cone of goodness at Muss & Turner's. Photo: Chris Talley

OUR PICKS

1. Muss & Turner’s
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “The beauty of Muss & Turner’s fries is the simplicity. The fries are cut fresh daily, seasoned simply, fried to crispy perfection, and served in a generous paper-lined cone. They don’t call for much in the way of dressing up, but you can’t go wrong with M&T’s Sriracha Mayonnaise.”

2. Floataway Cafe
3. JCT …

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in and around Atlanta

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Many of the King Day events are centered in the King Historic District in the Auburn Avenue area, including Monday morning’s annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church and the march and rally on Auburn Avenue Monday afternoon. The yearly “Salute to Greatness” is a highlight, too, but this King Center fundraiser starts at $200 a ticket. The majority of the events are free, and they’re a happening all over the metro Atlanta area. Below is just a sampling of the events surrounding the King holiday. Check the King Center’s website and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site’s online home for more. For volunteer opportunities, head over to Hands On Atlanta’s MLK Day page.

Civil Rights Film Festival. Noon-5 p.m. Jan. 15. Free. King Center- Freedom Hall Auditorium, 449 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-526-8900.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King. Children ages 2-10 celebrate King’s birthday. 9 a.m. Jan. 15. Free. King Center- Freedom Hall Auditorium, 449 …

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Weekend best bets: Jan. 14-16

Is it summer yet? Get ready for the warmer weather that's sure to return someday soon with a trip to the Atlanta Boat Show. The event takes place all weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. Photo: Johnny Crawford, jcrawford@ajc.com

Is it summer yet? Get ready for the warmer weather – it's sure to return someday soon, right? – with a trip to the Atlanta Boat Show. The event takes place all weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. Photo: Johnny Crawford, jcrawford@ajc.com

FRIDAY

Family, recreation: Forget the snow and ice for a few hours at the Atlanta Boat Show, where you’ll be surrounded by boats and other watercraft inside Georgia World Congress Center. The show runs Jan. 13-16.

Stage: A couple tries to reignite the passion in their troubled marriage with a romantic cruise, until one of them goes overboard, in Aurora Theatre’s production of “Sirens.” It continues through Feb. 6.

Stage: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Tokens of Affection,” the world premiere of a romantic comedy written and directed by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne. Through Jan. 23 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Stage: Act 3 Playhouse in Sandy Springs presents the Tony Award-winning one-act musical “The 25th Annual …

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