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Summer 2009 What’s in Connect...

Departments 12 Wellness:

Lean Green Sex Machine

Now that going green is in, impress the eco-friendly love in your life with these tips to save the earth...and inspire passion.

14 Outdoor Dining in Atlanta:


Seating in unique and beautifully decorated patios is becoming available in restaurants throughout the city. Food writer Andrea Janise urges you to make a reservation and indulge in Georgia’s summertime with a knife and fork.

16 Dining:

Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’

Check out beer writer Ale Sharpton’s recommendations on some of the hottest...we mean coolest beer hangouts in Atlanta.

18 Entertainment:

Atlanta’s Music Under the Stars

No matter what genre of music you like, we can all agree that it’s best heard loud, live and in person. Atlanta hosts three major outdoor venues that feature world-renowned acts each summer leading into the fall.


22 Fashion:

Summer On My Mind

Fashion expert, JaVaun, keeps readers connected to the latest trends and updates in the world of fashion with dresses that make a lasting impression at the end of the season.

26 Health:

How To Maintain A Healthy Heart Health tips on living life to the fullest.

28 Travel:

Georgia Hideaways

There are plenty of places to unwind, set up a romantic rendezvous or explore mountainous terrain within the state of Georgia. Check out three exclusive locations that will make you feel miles away.


30 Technology: Tech-Know

From WiMax to Zune HD, Connect connects with what’s making waves in the world of gadgets and gizmos. 4 | connect atlanta

Tanjuria Anderson Publisher ---------------------------------------------------Editor Dennis Malcolm Byron Contributing Writers Andrea Janise Shawn Jackson L. Raquel Patterson Ale Sharpton Fashion Editor JaVaun Gorman Lead Stylist Boann Downard Assistant Stylist Jillian Demers Lead Hair Design Ty Wilson Lead Make-Up Khalilah Neals Creative Director Larmarrous Shirley Photographers Richard Hardy Business Development Manger Gregory Willis 931 Monroe Drive Suite 102-498 Atlanta, GA 30308 For Advertising Rates, please email…

2009 Advisory Board B. Janine Anthony – The Edge Connection Charles DuPree – Charles DuPree & Associates Karla Sinclair – Atlanta Daybook Kristi Eckerson – Northrop Grumman/CDC OD Michael Montgomery – Images USA Shedred Jackson – WCLK Radio Connect Magazine is published four times each year by TCC Publications, a subsidiary of TCC INC. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff or writers of Connect Magazine. Letters, photos and unsolicited manuscripts sent to Connect Magazine will become property of TCC Publications and may be published at our discretion without compensation. 2009. All rights reserved.

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It’s a long way from the Apollo Theatre to the Apollo program. No person has ever embodied and revolutionized jazz the way Louis Armstrong did. Not bad for a kid whose first experience with the trumpet was as a guest in a New Orleans correction home for wayward boys. Alas, today the arts are dismissed as extravagant in most schools, despite the fact that most parents agree on the importance of arts education. If you feel your kids aren’t getting enough, make some noise. Like the great Satchmo, all you need is a little brass.

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For more information about the importance of arts education, contact Photo used with permission, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.

From The Publisher’s Desk

A Letter To You A

merican philosopher John Dewey once stated, ‘Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and directed.” This saying couldn’t be more prevalent than it is today, as you will see through the pages of this issue of Connect Magazine. We have taken all of your suggestions to improve this publication by providing the content you want to see. We have a new editor and writers. You will find more engaging departments that will keep you in the know on the latest in fashion, technology, lifestyle and other imperative facets in our lives. As part of the improvements Connect is making, we still welcome your suggestions and feedback. If there is an article that you like and would like to comment on, please do not hesitate to let us know. In other words, we want you to be a continued part of the advancement of Connect. And we don’t stop there. Connect is extending its information not only on the website, but also through our weekly newsletters. Become a member of Connect online and be sure to sign up to receive our weekly newsletters; you will be instantly eligible for gift certificates and other prizes. You may also receive special access to select events or even VIP privileges. I, along with the Connect team, look forward to maintaining a solid, growing relationship with you through our pages, on the Internet and through our weekly announcements. As we publish this first issue of change, I invite you to email me your thoughts at By the way, our fashion coordinator has introduced a new tag line for Connect: Get Connected...Stay Connected...Be Connected. Thank you to all who have contributed to making this issue a great success and I look forward to seeing you through the pages of Connect Magazine. Connecting you, Tanjuria Anderson Publisher

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Editor’s Letter

Greetings Connect Readers, I

just want to say that it is an honor to work with Connect Magazine and contribute to the mission of letting Atlantans know how great and eclectic this wonderful city is. From dining at some of the most scenic and posh patios Georgia’s capital has to offer (check out food writer Andrea Janise’s visit to three of them on page 14), to relaxing outdoors while listening to some of the finest musicians in the world (page 18), Connect has it all. Atlanta is truly the cultural melting pot of the South–the most accurate description to boast due to its access to delectable cuisine from all over the world, nightclubs booming numerous genres of music, globally influenced fashion and a daily exposure to traditions never seen below the Mason Dixon Line. This is what Atlanta is and Connect is proud to represent it. For those that sometime need a break from the bustling streets of city life, we packed our bags and explored some unique locations in Georgia that were just a few hours away from Atlanta by car. From luxurious cabins in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the exclusivity of Eagle Island on the coast (yes, Georgia does have water, folks), there is always something to do using just a half tank of gas – especially if you are driving the new 2010 Honda Insight featured on page 30 in our Tech section by Shawn Jackson. Want to “go green” and spice up the bedroom at the same time? Look no further than page 12 as lifestyle journalist L. Raquel Peterson discloses a few products that help save the planet...and your sex life.

“Beer is the greatest beverage on the world” according to beer writer Ale Sharpton. It’s good to know that Atlanta is realizing this as well, with its wave of breweries and beer pubs surfacing throughout the city. Grab a stool with us on page 16 and sip some of the best ales and lagers brewed everywhere from Belgium to ATL’s own backyard by Sweetwater Brewery, Atlanta Brewing Co., Athens’ Terrapin Brewery and even the local pubs themselves! There are certainly a lot of other goodies for you to read in this edition and we thank you in advance for being a part of the Connect Family. Sincerely yours, Dennis Malcolm Byron Editor

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Entertainment Calendar: The Hot List For 2009 4th Annual Gwinnett Restaurant Week Gwinnett County July 27-July 30 Great three-course menus for just $21.21 plus tax from Gwinnett’s top restaurants, including Dominick’s, Hi Life, Aqua Terra, Park Cafe, Stoney River, Picasso Cafe Wine Bar, Sugo, Carrabba’s Sugarloaf, Kurt’s and Sperata Buford, along with new favorites including Sperata on the Square in downtown Lawrenceville, SAB American Bistro, The Melting Pot, Paizano’s and Thorn Tree in Peachtree Corners! Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week Downtown’s Central Business District July 27 through August 9 From Monday, July 27th 2009 to Sunday, August 9th 2009, many of Atlanta’s finest dining establishments are taking part in this fabulous food event. There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch. Patrons simply attend the restaurant of their choice during Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week and select from a special three-course dinner menu for $25.00 per person, plus tip and tax. The National Black Arts Festival Woodruff Arts Center July 29 through August 2 Boasted as the world’s largest and most prestigious cultural celebration of the creative and artistic genius of people of African descent, this event showcases the work of more than 1,500 artists including music, theatre, film, literature and dance. Don’t miss this! The 32nd Annual National Biker’s Roundup Atlanta Motor Speedway August 4 through 9 The 32nd Annual National Biker’s Roundup. Featuring bikers and motorcycle clubs from around the nation. The event will feature a vendor midway, musical entertainment, showcase displays, drag racing and more. The B52s Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre August 15 Their 2009 tour for FUNPLEX brings us 11 fresh new songs crafted by the groundbreaking band that put Athens, GA on the musical map during the 80’s. Tickets are $20-$46. Paul McCartney Piedmont Park August 15 Paul McCartney is scheduled to play The Green Concert. It should be phenomenal. 10 | connect atlanta

Def Leppard Lakewood Amphitheatre August 15 Rock Concert 2nd Annual Night of a Thousand Stars Gala Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station August 20 Former Real Housewife of Atlanta DeShawn Snow, founder of The DeShawn Snow Foundation and wife of NBA veteran Eric Snow, is partnering with Vicki Millender-Morrow, president and CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta, and Nina Gilbert, founder of Ivy Preparatory Academy. Tickets are general admission at $500 per individual or $750 for VIP which includes red carpet access and an exclusive pre-gala reception. A table for 10 is $6,500 and includes two VIP passes and a listing in the event’s program. A half table (five tickets) is $3,500 and includes one VIP pass and a listing in the program book. Joel Osteen Philips Arena August 21 Joel Osteen at Philips Arena 6th Annual German Bierfest Woodruff Park August 29 Over 30 different German beers will be poured. Ticket prices are general admission; $30 in advance. $35 at the gate. Early bird pricing through July 4th is only $25 per ticket! EnVogue with Tony! Toni Tone! and Silk Chastain Park Amphitheatre August 29 An R&B concert starring some of the greatest soul groups of the 80s and 90s. any fanof soulful lyrics and harmonies galore should attend! Crue Fest 2 with Motley Crue Lakewood Amphitheatre August 29 The American hard rock band returns after years being the top act during the 80s. 2009 Corks & Forks: A Fine Food & Wine Event Grant Park August 29-30 Enjoy Atlanta’s top chefs for a two-day affair, as Corks & Forks provides an opportunity to sample some of the city’s best fare. The delectable dishes will be complemented by international wine pairings

and beer tastings. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. 13th Annual Vineyard Fest Chateau Elan Winery and Resort August 30 Sip more than 100 domestic and international wines, taste food from all seven of our restaurants, see culinary demonstrations, sit in on a wine seminar given by an expert, stomp grapes and enjoy live music all in one night! The all-inclusive tickets are $75 per person. Advanced purchase is required. 17th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares 55 Allen Plaza August 31 Atlanta’s premier charitable fashion event, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, announced Jason Wu as the special guest designer for 2009. Atlanta Braves vs. Florida Marlins Turner Field August 21-23 Baseball is back in the ATL as the braves play against their division rivals in a Southern showdown. Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Turner Field July 31-August 2 Baseball Will Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers make noise when they face the almighty Braves? We’ll see. Atlanta Dream vs. Phoenix Mercury Philips Arena vs. Phoenix Mercury July 30 WNBA Basketball is as its best, proving that women can rock the rims in Philips as well! Atlanta Dream vs. New York Liberty Philips Arena August 1 WNBA Basketball Atlanta Falcons vs. San Diego Georgia Dome August 29 NFL Football Preseason. There is a lot of anticipation building for another stellar season for our star quarterback, Matt Ryan. Go Falcons!

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wellness Lean Green Sex Machine By L. Raquel Peterson

Now that “going green” is easier– and sexier–than ever, impress the ecofriendly love in your life with these tips to save the earth and inspire passion.

only.” Other options include artistically designed glass toys and rechargeable toys (solar-powered or otherwise). Organic Lubes Organic lubes have been around for a while and have strived because many people suffer irritation with conventional, petroleum lubes or find the artificial scents and flavors turnoffs. Natural options, like Good Clean Love and Firefly Organics provide healthier options for that extra slip when it’s needed most.

Bamboo Sheets These organic, biodegradable sheets are luxuriously soft and silky while still providing superior ventilation and moisture control. Bamboo grows in the wild with built-in “bamboo kun” to provide natural antibacterial qualities that protect it from pests. This same quality gives these sheets the ability to kill and repel unsavory bed and dust mites. Available almost anywhere, thread counts start at 230 and the fabric becomes softer with each wash, hence, more comfortable moments in your bedroom. Eco-Friendly Vibes Most “cyberskin” and jelly toys are composed of polyvinyl chlorides (PVC) and phthalates, which tests have linked to cancer and reproductive damages. Purchase PVC-free toys from companies like Big Teaze Toys, which are phthalatefree from the start, or use a condom over any toy that says “for novelty 12 | connect atlanta

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dining Outdoor Dining in Atlanta When it comes to enjoying the Georgia summer with a knife and fork, the patio is the way to go! By Andrea Janise

Summer is officially here and restaurants from upscale eateries to fast food joints are unlocking the patio doors and welcoming guests to enjoy their meals “al fresco” while taking in the scenery. Here are a few charming restaurants located inside the perimeter that have amazing patio seating with delectable menu selections to match. TAP 1180 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309 404.347.2220 Tap has arguably one of the liveliest patios in the city due to its close-up views of the bustling metropolis and its year-round availability. Located on the corner of 14th and Peachtree, this “gastropub” is pouring beers around the clock to accommodate its constant flow of thirsty Atlantans. With selections like Sweetwater IPA, Rouge Chocolate Stout and Chimay White, occasional beer drinkers as well as seasoned aficionados are sure to find something 14 | connect atlanta

worth sipping on the menu. Chef Adrian Villarreal kicks standard pub food up to gourmet level with tantalizing appetizers such as Buffalo Fried Calamari tossed with blue cheese and celery; Pomme Frites (the perfect beer companion); and Warm Goat Cheese served with caramelized onions and roasted red peppers, while maintaining tradition with entrees like the classic Fish and Chips. Be sure to scan the menu for a few interesting surprises that will certainly peak your culinary curiosity.

AltoRex Rooftop

Canoe Restaurant 4199 Paces Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30339 770.432.2663 Take outdoor dining to a more sophisticated level and enjoy a special night on the patio at Canoe Restaurant in Vinings, GA. Gaze at the beautiful gardens and landscaped foliage overlooking the Chattahoochee River while Executive Chef Carvel Grant Gould wows you with succulent cuisine made from locally grown products. Try the Georgia Mountain Trout with smoked salmon ravioli, caramelized fennel and asparagus; the Brick Oven Roasted Springer Mountain Chicken with cauliflower gratin, braised kale and Meyer lemon date sauce; or the Duck Stuffed Crispy Georgia Quail served with grilled endive, dried cherries and roasted peanuts. Chef Carvel passionately expresses her culinary genius with daily specials that are sure to please the most particular palates as well. Be sure to start the evening off with a glass from their collection of over 300 quality wines

and complete it with a stroll through their lovely garden walkways.

AltoRex Rooftop Lounge and Pacci Ristorante 866 West Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30308 678.412.2402 Located at the luxurious Hotel Palomar, AltoRex Rooftop Lounge is the open air compliment to Pacci Ristorante, Midtown’s newest upscale Italian restaurant. Pacci Ristorante is serving up seasonal Italian cuisine expertly crafted by Georgia native Chef Keira Moritz, including handmade pastas, dry-rubbed and aged steaks, and tender beef short ribs all accompanied by fresh vegetables. Further flexing her culinary muscle,

Chef Moritz also creates the menu for AltoRex-a burgeoning, contemporary rooftop setting for the most hip outdoor dining experience. This sophisticated lounge is complete with plush seating accented with soft earth tone hues and flowing white fabric draped over the cozy cabanas. Guests can socialize at the chic bar area and sip on classic cocktails like the Basilica (vodka, basil and lime) or a selection from their extensive wine list while snacking on exotic bar vittles including crab fondue and braised pork belly sliders. Overlooking the picturesque Atlanta skyline, AltoRex contends to be the perfect backdrop to a memorable night out on the town.

Now that Georgia’s capital has unique and beautifully decorated restaurant patios in demand throughout the city, it’s time to make a reservation and indulge in the great cuisine outdoors.

Canoe Restaurant

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Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Atlanta is becoming the beer capital of the South By Ale Sharpton


hanks to the passing of the Georgia House Bill 645 that allowed the sale of beers with more than 6% alcohol by volume in 2004, there was one helluva celebration for brewers, entrepreneurs and simply beer lovers. (I was at the 5 Seasons Brewery bash in Sandy Springs. Where were you?) A half decade later, Atlanta is quickly becoming the beer capital of the South, hosting numerous pubs and bottle shops, along with local breweries like Sweetwater diversifying their product and customer base across the U.S. Even upscale eateries and gas station convenience stores are adding specialties like Belgian Ales to their menus and cooler sections respectively to keep up with the demand for quality suds. From retail stores to bars specializing in craft beers by the hundreds, here are a handful of spots that I strongly recommend for aspiring brew aficionados and curious sippers to check out within the city limits of Georgia’s capital. Prost!

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The Brick Store 125 East Court Square, Decatur, GA; (404) 687.0990; The regulars want to selfishly keep the cozy, two-tiered Brick Store a secret to preserve its neighborhood vibe, but owners Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore do too good a job happily serving up one of the most extensive beer menus in the nation and earning global acclaim in the process. No worries, though. The personal feel is still intact because this Downtown Decatur pub still promotes a warm, festive environment and boasts the absence of televisions, “obnoxious” music, neon ads and product from claimed “Kings of Beers” that flood the mainstream. With 17 taps in constant rotation serving exclusives such as the Dogfish Head Theobroma, Ichtegem’s Grand Cru and the Left Hand 400 Lb. Monkey, adventurous palates of ales and lagers can constantly anticipate a surprise

Photo by Ale Sharpton at Sweetwater Brewery


The Porter 1156 Euclid Ave, Atlanta, GA; (404) 223.0393; Atlanta’s Little Five Points is already the paradise for hipsters and the city’s most eccentric inhabitants, but it was lacking a spot where you can get anything from a cask-conditioned Victory Hop Devil IPA to four-course dinner pairings featuring exotic breweries like Japan’s Hitachino. Well, thanks to The Porter, you can now. Co-owners Nick Rutherford and his wife Molly have blessed ATL’s answer to New York’s Greenwich Village with a pageturning menu of craft beers on tap and a 250-plus bottle roster that provides the hundreds of daily neighborhood strollers the perfect haven for quality beer sippin’. Chef Nick’s upscale pub grub, weekly beer specials and spacious dining room in the back decorated with antique suitcases (to embrace the “porter” theme) certainly up the ante when it is time to choose the coolest place to hang out in the city. Hop City 1000 Marietta St, Suite 302, Atlanta, GA; (404) 350-9998; After trying a different beer every weekend

Photo by McGinnis Leathers at Fado

Photo by Ale Sharpton at Sweetwater Brewery

during every visit. Man, with all of this, plus the eight rotating drafts at the second floor’s Belgian Bar and authentic pub grub, there is no doubt The Brick Store will always be a solid fixture in the ATL.

for the past two decades, Kraig Torres decided to share his knowledge with the public by opening Hop City. With more than a thousand brands of domestic and imported beers to choose from (arranged by style including stouts, Belgian Ales, IPAs, etc.), home brewing kits, and a knowledgeable staff at your service, customized shopping carts designed strictly for bottles are wheeled down numerous rows of brewskies (not to mention over 600 wines) for literally hours before hitting the checkout counter. To add, a membership card with loads of perks sweetens the purchase. Take Hop City, 5 Seasons Brewery–a neighboring brewery/restaurant, and the hip café, Octane, serving craft beer and specialty coffee across the street, and you get a “Beermuda Triangle” a brew enthusiast wouldn’t mind disappearing in for a few hours.

Save the date:

Hotoberfest on October 3rd, 2009 Be ready for the most anticipated beer festival in Atlanta, the 2009 Hotoberfest in Glenwood Park, on October 3rd for a fivehour tasting of more than 110 craft beers from around the world. Visit their state-ofthe-art website @ for more information. Freelance photojournalist Ale Sharpton passionately travels around the world “Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’” and can be reached at connect atlanta | 17


Atlanta’s music under the stars By Andrea Janise

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No matter what genre of music you like, we can all agree that it’s best heard loud, live and in person. Nothing equates to your favorite artist crooning beloved tunes with passion and spontaneity, especially outdoors with fresh air and ample seating coupled with acoustics that only an amphitheater can provide. Atlanta hosts three major outdoor venues that feature worldrenowned acts each summer leading to the fall. >>>>>>>>>>

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entertainment Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Chastain Park Amphitheatre Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheatre is Atlanta’s most popular outdoor venue for music concerts and performances. Nestled amidst the winding roads of the exclusive Chastain Park neighborhood in Buckhead, this 6,000-plus seat, openair setting brings more than 100,000 concertgoers each summer and is showcasing talented musical artists including Steely Dan, En Vogue, Kenny Loggins, The Temptations and Ashford & Simpson for the 2009 season. 20 | connect atlanta

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre Pack a picnic basket, tell your friends to bring the wine (yes wine!) and head to Cobb County’s Mable House Amphitheatre for one of the most comfortable outdoor music experiences. Fit to please 2,400 music lovers including covered seating and ample space to lay a blanket on the manicured lawns, you’ll find that there’s not a bad seat in the venue. Although relaxing and toasting glasses may be tempting at Mable House, the 2009 award-winning performers including BB King, The B-52’s and country music star Sara Evans will surely have you dancing in the aisles.

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Completed in the spring of 2008, this newly constructed, 45-acre, 12,000-seat facility located in Alpharetta is the ideal concert hall for outdoor performances and major events. With contemporary architecture, a variety of concessions and a 2009 roster of acts including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and the timeless rock band, Journey, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre confirms why they were voted “Best New Major Concert Venue” in 2008. connect atlanta | 21


Summer On My MIND Make a lasting lmpression at the end of the season! Photography by Richard Hardy

Fashion has finally arrived to Connect Magazine! So many of you have asked time and time again, when will the magazine introduce a fashion piece? Well, the wait is over! Our newest innovation will keep you connected to the latest trends and updates for the fun fashionista! We always want our readers to look their best, so in the issues to follow you will find great fashion tips, picks, dos and don’ts. At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping you in the loop

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on the latest looks from aspiring and wel-known designers. As you know fashion never sleeps. The paradigm keeps on swinging! We are looking forward to taking this journey through the ever evolving world of fashion. We want to hear from you! Please send comments and suggestions to Fashionably yours, JaVaun

Model: Megan Jackson Bora Bora Caftan by Tibi; Jewelry by Betsy Johnson Jungle Book Accessories, Perimeter Mall/Atlanta, GA. Shoes by Betsy Johnson;. Hair Design by V.I.P.E.R, LLC; Make-Up by K. Neals Management

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Maori CDC Halter by Tibi, Shoes by Betsy Johnson, Perimeter Mall/Atlanta, GA. Jewelry by Funky Flair Boutique; Hair Design by V.I.P.E.R, LLC; Make-Up by K. Neals Management

Models:Bridget Roberts, Men from back to front (Amani Atkinson, Tyler Calkins, Wendell Kinney)

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Model: Megan Jackson Maori CDC Strapless Skort by Tibi; Jewelry by Betsy Johnson Jungle Book Accessories. Perimeter Mall/Atlanta, GA. Hair Design by V.I.P.E.R, LLC; Make-Up by K. Neals Management

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Oh, My Healthy Heart! Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and Tim Russert, former host of Meet the Press, have something in common. They both died this year from cardiac arrest–the sudden, abrupt loss of heart function. Many believe that cardiac arrest is the same as a heart attack, but this is a popular misconception. Although a heart attack may progress to cardiac arrest and cardiac arrest is sometimes referred to as a “massive heart attack,” the two conditions are not the same. During a heart attack, the heart is still beating, while in cardiac arrest, the heart has stopped completely. According to the American Heart Association, brain death and ultimately permanent death starts to occur in just four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest can be reversed if it’s treated within a few minutes with an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. This process is called defibrillation. A victim’s chances of survival are reduced by seven to ten percent with every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation succeed after ten minutes. Cardiac arrest strikes immediately and without warning. Here are the signs: Sudden loss of responsiveness (no response to tapping on shoulders) No normal breathing (the victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds) If these signs of cardiac arrest are present, tell someone to call 9-1-1 and get an AED (an automated external defibrillator) if one is available, and begin CPR immediately. Although cardiac arrest can occur without any known cause, the most common underlying reason for patients to die suddenly from cardiac arrest is coronary heart disease. In order to prevent this condition, here are nine secrets to a healthier heart.

10 Best Foods for Your Heart Oatmeal. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium, this fiber-rich superfood can lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and help keep arteries clear. Opt for coarse or steel-cut oats, which contain more fiber over instant varieties. Take a step further and top your bowl off with a banana for another four grams of fiber. Salmon. Super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can effectively reduce blood pressure and keep clotting at bay. Aim for two servings per week, which may reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by up to one-third. Not a fan of salmon? Other oily fish like mackerel, tuna, herring and sardines will give your heart the same boost. Avocado. Packed with monounsaturated fat, avocados 26 | connect atlanta

can help lower LDL levels while raising the amount of HDL cholesterol in your body. Olive Oil. Full of monounsaturated fats, olive oil lowers bad LDL cholesterol and reduces your risk of developing heart disease. Look for extra–virgin or virgin varietiesthey’re the least processed–and use them instead of butter when cooking. Nuts. Almonds, walnuts, and macadamia nuts are all full of omega-3 fatty acids and mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Berries. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries– whatever berry you like best–are full of antiinflammatories, which reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.

9 Secrets to a Healthier Heart Get Milk. A study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute found that among people who didn’t eat a lot of saturated fat, those who consumed more than three daily servings of milk, yogurt or cheese had systolic blood pressure (the top number) almost four points lower than those who ate only half a serving daily. Try New Moves. Thirty minutes of tai chi—a gentle Chinese martial art that includes sequences of slow, relaxing movements—may lower your blood pressure. Go Fishing. Eating fish can lower your heart rate. In a recent Harvard Medical School study, people who ate five or more servings per month of fish such as tuna or salmon (baked or broiled) averaged 3.2 fewer beats per minute than those who ate less than one serving per month. Hit the Juice. Pomegranate juice seems to stave off hardening of the arteries—and may even reverse it. A recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that pomegranate juice reduced the rate of cholesterol plaque buildup in mice by 30 percent. Additionally, heart cells treated with the juice showed a 50 percent increase in the production of nitric oxide, a substance that helps fight plaque.

wine, which is also heart-healthy (in moderation). But watch out: Soy sauces often have an excessive amount of salt, which can raise blood pressure. Check labels for lower-salt versions. Laugh It Up. People who watched comedy films such as There’s Something About Mary had better blood flow, compared with those who watched dramas like Saving Private Ryan, according to a study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Don’t Skimp on Sleep. Women who sleep less than five hours each night have a 30 percent higher risk of heart disease than those getting eight hours, according to a study from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Too little sleep may play havoc with your hormones, blood sugar and blood pressure, so after getting your 15 minutes of laughs, turn off that PC and turn in. Breathe Deeper. You can lower your blood pressure by taking 10 breaths per minute (instead of the usual 16 to 19) for 15 minutes a day over two months, studies show. Researcher David Anderson, PhD, a hypertension expert at the National Institute on Aging, says shallow breathing (more beats per minute) may delay your body’s excretion of salt, a high-blood-pressure trigger.

Sprinkle on the Soy. A daily dash of dark soy sauce (not light) in marinades, dipping sauces, salad dressing, soups and stews can help fight heart-damaging substances linked to smoking, obesity, or diabetes according to research from the National University of Singapore. The sauce has ten times the antioxidants in

Feel the Beat. Meditative musical rhythms can lead to a healthy drop in heart rate, while faster rhythms speed up breathing and circulation. Got dance music on your iPod? Try mixing in some smooth jazz, too. Source:

Legumes. Fill up on fiber with lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans. They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and soluble fiber. Spinach. Although your biceps won’t bulge after gulping down a can, spinach can help keep your ticker in top shape thanks to its stores of lutein, folate, potassium and fiber. The Physicians’ Health Study examined more than 15,000 men without heart disease for a period of 12 years. Those who ate at least two-and-a-half servings of vegetables each day cut their risk of heart disease by about 25 percent, compared with those who didn’t eat the veggies. Each additional serving reduced risk by another 17 percent.

Flaxseed. Full of fiber and omega-3 and omega6 fatty acids, a little sprinkling of flaxseed can go a long way for your heart. Put a dash of ground flaxseed in your food, on top of salads or even use while cooking. Soy. Soy may lower cholesterol, and since it is low in saturated fat, it’s still a great source of lean protein in a heart-healthy diet. Look for natural sources of soy, like edamame, tempeh or organic silken tofu. To add, soy milk is a great addition to a bowl of oatmeal or whole-grain cereal. But watch the amount of salt in your soy: some processed varieties like soy dogs can contain added sodium, which boosts blood pressure. Source:

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Georgia Hideaways By Dennis Malcolm Byron Within the state of Georgia, there are plenty of places to unwind, set up a romantic rendezvous or explore its mountainous terrain. Here are three locations that are all within the Peach State borders for a drive easier than Sunday morning. Mountain Top Cabins (706) 258-6220, (706) 632-7111 Escape the bustling Atlanta metropolis altogether and breathe the crisp, fresh air of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Just an hour and-a-half drive away, you can choose your own luxurious cabin for the weekend. The term “cabin” may be a deceptive term to some, because these are actually posh, multi-level homes boasting a number of exquisite amenities including pool tables, Jacuzzis, island kitchens, satellite cable, fireplaces, numerous bedrooms with king size beds, balconies and flat panel televisions equipped with the latest in technology. With reasonably priced rates from $125 to $225 per night that rival the cost of one room in an Atlanta Midtown hotel, a weekend getaway in the mountains is a lot easier to consider. Tucked away in Blue Ridge, the picturesque views of the mountains and towering trees induce a state of utopia and relaxation, while your adventurous side can also be entertained with biking, hiking and white water rafting on the Ocoee River (www.ocoeerafting. com)just minutes away from these stylish properties. Get a group of friends or a loved one and experience another side of Georgia that a proud native can happily brag about. 28 | connect atlanta

The Glenn Hotel The Glenn Hotel (404) 521-2250 When Atlanta visitors want a chic boutique hotel and escape the grips of mainstream lodging, The Glenn Hotel is the perfect recommendation. Located in the Luckie Marietta District just steps away from some of Atlanta’s most prized attractions including Centennial Olympic Park, The Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coke and Philips Arena, a day of exploration will be rewarded upon return. Numerous amenities include a gourmet meal with a touch of southern flare at 30 Tables on the ground floor followed by a nightcap at 11 Stories, the rooftop of the Glenn Hotel that provides one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline complimented with

Mountain Top Cabins signature cocktails and a modish lounge setting. Be certain to visit The Glenn’s website to discover more surprises including the candy-themed penthouse suite and the unique “peek-a-boo” showers. The Glenn Hotel is the perfect stay for traveling couples or Atlantans who simply want to break up monotony without leaving the city. Eagle Island (912) 222-0801 Travel about four hours southeast of Atlanta and you can virtually escape from mankind to your own private island for a fun weekend with friends,

Eagle Island

Mountain Top Cabins a romantic vacation or an annual family get-together. Accessible only by water, Eagle Island is just a 10 minute boat ride from the coast of Darien, Georgia located near St. Simons Island. The four bedroom, two bath home sits on 10 acres of land and is equipped with a plethora of amenities including fishing, kayaking and two kitchens–one of them is outdoors and is perfect for making gourmet meals while you entertain guests. No matter what the occasion, you’ll be pleasantly pleased when you see how the always smiling owner Captain Andy Hill has skillfully created one of the most rustic and exotic resortstyle getaways that the state has to offer.

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tech Get ready to upgrade! By Shawn Jackson With all of these technological advancements seemingly popping up daily with cell phones, laptop computers, HDTV, the Internet and more, Connect Magazine is pleased to give you a glimpse of some of the latest tech gadgets coming to us in 2010... or sooner. • Comcast is bringing out its WiMax Internet broadband service to major markets such as Portland, Oregon and Atlanta, Georgia in the coming months. WiMax will help to revolutionize wireless Internet service since it operates on a stronger signal, spans over a wider area (we’re talking an entire city), costs less and can offer up T-1-type connectivity.

• Lynnfield, the name of Intel’s new Quad-core, 8-thread die CPU chip, will be coming to a PC near you. This new chip will provide faster, more productive performance, use less energy and should be easier on the wallet than previous offerings.

• Look for more hardware manufacturers to create the SSD (Solid State Disk) for the PC as prices come down in 2010, replacing the noisy HDDs available in most PCs now. The benefits of SSDs also include less latency, no moving parts, shorter access time, and for the movers and shakers, are less fragile.

• Microsoft and its upcoming Zune HD look is poised to give the Apple iPod Touch some stiff competition. Multi-touch ability, 720p HD video output, HD radio, WiFi connectivity, a Web browser (based on Internet Explorer) and NVIDIA’s advanced graphics processor technology named Tegra are just a few of the new features.

• OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diodes, are the next big thing in HD technology and will be used for everything from cell phone screens and computer monitors to TVs. OLED displays are flexible and inexpensive that consume far less energy than LEDs and are already being put into use by some devices such as the Zune HD.

• We can’t talk about technological advancements without discussing the new wheels that are hitting the streets. The Honda Insight gets you from here to there at over 60 mpg (really!) and contains a bevy of features such as the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System and a USB audio interface system on the EX model, which allows drivers to jam with their iPods or other MP3-capable devices. To add, they are looking more slick and hip, whereas past models often screamed “efficient” both economically and physically. To stay up-to-date these days, let’s get our calculators out and manage our money so we ride another wave of ever-evolving technological wonders! 30 | connect atlanta

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