City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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Betty Joan Thurber, Christina Arpante, Tami Hardeman

Betty Joan Thurber, Christina Arpante, Tami Hardeman

Some of you all may just be discovering this blog today after following the link provided in the printed Food & Drink section. If so, welcome.

I started blogging under the radar about a month ago so that I could get a feel for the pace and learn what topics would better resonate with readers. So there’s a backlog of posted items that I hope you’ll look through.

Please take a moment to bookmark this blog or add it to your Google Reader or RSS feed. I plan to update it very frequently with Atlanta restaurant and dining news, excursions to food shops, cooking notes and recipes, posts about nice things to drink, and a few assorted stupidities that may or may not be as amusing as I find them. 

Now meet the Rayettes! Betty Joan Thurber, Christina Arpante and Tami Hardeman are three of the best food bloggers in Atlanta. My story about them can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by.

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February 6th, 2009
10:37 pm


After they moved Meredith (the McDonald’s of food critics) into the evening edge well…..I just don’t even bother with the food section. SO GLAD that I noticed this story tonight. I bookmarked you. It will be wonderful to read ya again.


February 9th, 2009
8:15 am

I have been a fan since JK was undercover with his “unfortunate” hair. I still love him despite his direct responsibility for my addiction to Greek yogurt. So happy to have stumbled upon this blog.


February 9th, 2009
8:15 pm

John Kessler has been my go-to columinist in the AJC food section since he arrived, and since he is not doing that any more I miss his recipes and comments each week. I do read and enjoy his new weekly column now, but it’s not quite the same as it was before the AJC shrunk all their best features in the past couple months.

What I’d like is a recommendation for a good restaurant to take French friends who will be visiting us in the next 2 weeks. They have 3 kids, ages 18, 15, 13; we will be a group of 11 (our own children and grandchildren) and don’t want a long drawn out dinner, but a place that would be a good ATL memory for them. We live in Stone Mtn. and Decatur, Midtown, Downtown would all be ok…no Marietta, Alpharetta, etc. Can anyone suggest a spot?

What I would like to ask is this: we are hosting a family from Paris (mother, father (mid forties) and 3 teenagers (18, 15, 13). We are know them well (the mom was an exchange student in ‘79 staying with our family; she was in our daughter’s wedding here in ATL; our daughter was in her wedding in Brittany ; they have come to visit us in in the summer of ‘02). We want to take them to a good, comfortable Atlanta restaurant on a Saturday night (Feb. 21) and we will be a group of 11…what can you recommend? We don’t want it to be a long drawn out event; we’d like good food, good service with no attitude, a good ATL experience with the ambience

Colly Mitchell

February 9th, 2009
9:07 pm

So glad to have found you here, JK!…I, like the others above, truly miss your restaurant reviews but have continued to enjoy your weekly articles (even if the AJC insists on moving you every 5 minutes) and “assorted stupidities.” Still so weird seeing your picture…:-) Write on, my friend!


February 10th, 2009
11:05 am

Thanks, all, for the nice comments…glad you found me here. (Colly, it’s still very weird for me to see my picture.)
Rosey, I can totally relate, having been an exchange student in France in the early 80’s and hosting my French family here.
Here’s what I would do: Take them to a restaurant that gives them a sense of place but doesn’t hit them over the head with huge portions and American excess. I think Cakes & Ale in Decatur would fit the bill — I think it’s as close in spirit to a neighborhood bistro as any restaurant in town. Convivial, honest, and a great sense of what contemporary Southern American food is all about.
Other thoughts are Floataway Cafe (more expensive, but more refined) and Rathbun’s (very friendly atmosphere and a real sense of Atlanta). Please email me if you want to discuss further. Thanks, JK


April 7th, 2009
1:14 pm

I was so excited to see this article in the paper in February. It’s so cool to see some fellow food bloggers who have a local focus! Plus, now I have you to follow along with, too!