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What’s in Connect...

28 24 Health

Sensual Chocolate

America’s first female master chocolatier Kristen Hard demonstrates why ‘Sex and Chocolate’ is the Atlanta is rich in cultural arts. Let’s keep it that way!perfect couple.

Let the music play!

12 Metro

26 Feature

Who will be the next Mayor of Atlanta? When ‘cougars’ attack Georgia capital’s mayoral race intensifies and drawsWomen 40 and over are popularly known as ‘cougars’ closer to Election Day on November 3, 2009. To date, and quite frankly, they are ‘in.’ Read why and hear the top three contenders are Lisa Borders, Kasim some confessions straight from the cougars’ mouths. Reed and Mary Norwood.

14 Wellness

Belly dancing back into shape

28 Travel

Tybee Island

From indulging in Georgia’s freshest seafood to Routine workouts can get a little dull after a while. relaxing in a luxurious home to call your own, It may be time to spice it up with one of the oldest escape to Tybee Island. dance forms in the world, belly dancing.

16 Sports

Year Two of the Matt Ryan era

30 Fashion

What’s hip for the fall

Presented in two sections, here’s what the Will the sophomore year of highly touted Falcons ladies and gents need to consider when quarterback Matt Ryan bring Super Bowl contention? autumn comes around.

18 Drink

Beer and gourmet cuisine on the fly!

34 Technology Google Chrome

One Flew South’s Executive Chef Todd Richards gives A nifty alternative to Internet Explorer Connecta secret recipe that pairs beer with his and Firefox, Google Chrome from the mouthwatering grilled pork chops. minds at Google is certainly making some cyber noise.

20 Dining

Exploring international Atlanta! Here are a few contemporary eateries that are seasoned with an international twist.

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Cover: Chris Hornaday’s photo of steamed shrimp at Cafe Loco in Tybee Island, GA.

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Entertainment Calendar: The Hot List For 2009 For more events, please visit The Lovell Sisters Eddie’s Attic September 11 1st Annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival Turner Field September 12 Come celebrate BBQ at the 1st Annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival at Turner Field (Green Lot). In the capital of the South, BBQ will be enjoyed and savored all day long. Join families and friends in a fun and lively atmosphere. Admission to the festival area is free. Featured music acts will play during the day and the kids can have a great time playing in the children’s area. The winner of the Pro contestwill sell BBQ at a Braves game in 2010. 2009 Dragon Boat Festival Lake Lanier Olympic Center September 12 Come and join in for a fun and exciting time as a spectator or be a competitor while enjoying the diversity of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat races. To compete and become a tax-deductible corporate sponsor in the annual event, contact The Hong Kong Information Center of Atlanta at or 404.942.1686. 3rd Annual Arts Festival Piedmont Park September 12-13 200 of the nation’s top artisans will display their unique creations in 12 different categories including painting, jewelry, wood, 3-D mixed media, printmaking, photography, leather, clay and more. If you’re an artist, an art connoisseur looking for that perfect piece of artwork, yearning to start a collection or just enjoy festival fun, then this is an event must!

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11th Annual Dream Mile 5k Run/Walk Ferst Drive September 19 The Dream Mile is Vibha’s flagship annual fundraiser. Since 1998, the race has brought hundreds of people together every year, with the common hope of making every child’s dream come true. Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to create brighter futures for underprivileged children. 2009 Allstate HBCU Step Showdown Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center September 25 You don’t want to miss the best of the best step teams as they compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes! Hosted by V103 radio personality Ryan Cameron, this show will be the talk of the town! 2009 Garden of Eden Ball Atlanta Botanical Garden September 26 The 28th annual event, the Garden’s largest benefit will be held on the Great Lawn in a large tented ballroom surrounded by several gigantic bronze sculptures by British artist Henry Moore on display in the current exhibition, Moore in America. Event designers Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfes of Parties To Die For will transform the tent into a blaze of orange, yellow and pink evoking a brilliant Atlanta sunrise. 3rd Annual Bachelorette Expo Georgia International Convent Center September 26 Bachelorette Party Expo is an event filled with activities that will create the ultimate girls night out. Activities consist of event vendors, trendy fashion shows, makeovers, novelties, great food, a hot male review and so much more! 13 Stories Haunted House Kennesaw October 1-31 13 Stories Haunted House is back for a sixth

year... with new creatures lurking behind every corner! Take a terrifying tour through two attractions; 13 Stories Haunted House and Bunker 13. And don’t forget to visit Horror Hill and Vertigo haunted Trails in Newnan, GA. RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles Fox Thezatre October 6-11 They look like them and sound like them! All the music and vocals are performed totally live! RAIN covers the “Fab Four” from their earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. Kim Waters Ferst Center for the Arts October 24 Saxophonist, composer, and producer Kim Waters is one of the premier architects of urban smooth jazz and has been a beacon of light in contemporary jazz for two decades. His music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect, and emotion, and technique and soulfulness, transcending the musical boundaries of jazz, pop and R&B. Erykah Badu/ Ricky Smiley Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center October 25 Concert 101 Dalmatians Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center October 28 – November 01 100 Dalmatians the Musical is an experience for the entire family about what it means to be a family, canine and courageous. Led by the creative team of Jerry Zaks (La Cage Auz Folles, Smokey Joe’s Café, Everybody Loves Raymond), B.T. McNicholl (Spamalot, Billy Elliot, Cabaret) and Dennis DeYoung (founding member of the rock group Styx, The Hunchback of Notre Dame).

Masquerade Ball St. Regis Atlanta October 30 Costumes optional but masks are required! On October 30th at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, Event Chair Wanda McGaha plays host to the March of Dimes Evening of Excellence Gala-except this year it’s a Masquerade Ball. Expect games, excitement and an auction that will blow your mind! Los Cenzontles Rialto Center for the Arts October 31 Los Cenzontles (literally, “The Mockingbirds”) is an eight-member musical ensemble that celebrates the spirit of Mexican music.

SPORTS Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets Turner Field September 15-17 MLB Baseball Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Georgia Dome September 20 NFL Football Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Philips Arena October 12 NBA Preseason Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Georgia Dome October 18 NFL Football Atlanta Thrashers vs. Capitals Philips Arena October 29 NHL Hockey

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arts Let the music play! One of the beautiful things about Atlanta is the arts scene. Home to one of the four toprated cultural centers in the nation, the art scene is grossly undervalued. But wait! With the many budget cuts over the past nine months, will there be an arts season? The answer is emphatically “Yes!” and your support is needed! Connect Magazine will being doing their part to support the arts by keeping you informed about great ways to enjoy the arts which include museums, music, activities, education, theatre, dance and visual arts. So what’s happening? The arts season sparks off with Jerry Springer starring in the legendary theatre production, Chicago, from September 8-13 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre (www. Also, come back to see songstress Fantasia in The Color Purple that’s back again from September 15-27. But don’t forget about the other arts venues in shows that will take place all over metropolitan Atlanta. The Rialto Theatre for the Arts has some great performances (www. Most of which are one-day shows, so once you miss it, well, you’ve missed it. Don’t worry, though. Connect will keep you informed about all of them not only through the pages of this magazine but also on our website so stay tuned!

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Chicago The Color Purple

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Can’t, Don’t, Won’t Stop Theater Festival featuring Universes & Marc Bamuthi Joseph

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Paco Peña Flamenco Guitar & Dance Los Cenzontles Mexican American Roots Music Idan Raichel Project Israeli Musical Collaborative Johnny Mercer Centennial Celebration featuring special guests Joe Gransden and Lizz Wright

Gala Holiday Concert

Georgia State University School of Music

Jan 16

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Jan 23

Capitol Steps Music and Political Satire

Grammy Award Winning Jazz Bassist

presented by the Peg and Bill Balzer Family Endowment for the Rialto

Feb 13

Dee Dee Bridgewater presents Lady Day

Feb 20

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Mar 6 Mar 20

Apr 10 Apr 16 Apr 22-25 May 1

A Tribute to Billie Holiday

presents three dances based on the work of visual artist Jacob Lawrence

Béla Fleck: The Africa Project

Banjo Virtuoso’s Collaboration with African Musicians

Zakir Hussain & Pandit Shivkumar Sharma: Maestros in Concert Trey McIntyre Project Contemporary Ballet Jerry Bergonzi Jazz Saxophonist with the Georgia State University Jazz Band

Bizet’s Carmen Georgia State University Opera Theatre & Symphony Orchestra

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Legend

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metro The Final Countdown Who will be the next Mayor of Atlanta? By Tianna Faulkner Who will be the City of Atlanta’s next mayor? Only time will tell as Georgia capital’s mayoral race intensifies and draws closer to Election Day on November 3, 2009. To date, the top three contenders are Lisa Borders, Kasim Reed and Mary Norwood. Each candidate is claiming the title, affirming to Atlanta citizens daily why

Firefighters Association, says she’s running for mayor “to make our city work for you again.” With 20 years experience within the Atlanta community, Norwood added that she has visited neighborhoods throughout Atlanta and has heard firsthand the concerns of the people. According Norwood’s website regarding her

they should be the people’s choice as the city’s next mayor. Along with sharing their formulas for addressing Atlanta’s key issues, finalizing endorsements and gaining community support are at the top of these candidates’ priorities. With public safety and the city’s financial infrastructure at the forefront of the campaign, there is no telling who will win. Eight-year Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who recently received an endorsement from the Atlanta

history in politics, she has lobbied for more than 60 issues and had a 98 percent track record of success serving as an activist prior to her election to the City Council. Norwood also addresses the city’s finances, stating, “There are definitely financial challenges with the City of Atlanta. In two years that I’ve served on the Council, changes have been made, but there still has not been a complete account of the city’s finances. CPA’s or CFO’s who have been on staff have not shown an accurate account of the city’s

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finances or the city’s fiscal resources.” Norwood has also informed Connect, “My approach is more grassroots.” Georgia State Senator Kasim Reed is also gearing his campaign to meet the needs and concerns of the people. The Atlanta native who is a product of the Fulton County School System noted that a major component regarding public safety in Atlanta is expanding the size of the city’s police force. “It’s tough right now, but I see the other side,” Reed said in a recent interview. “Utilizing a multi-prone approach in addressing Atlanta’s public safety issues, aside from restoring leadership, addressing retention issues and worker’s compensation, are significant steps to put more police officers on the street.” On his website, Reed added, “Atlanta needs new leadership to take our city in a new direction, and I am confident that on November 3rd, voters will agree that I am the best candidate to lead that charge.” Five-year Atlanta City Council President and newly appointed President of the Henry W. Grady Foundation Lisa Borders has several years of experience in the corporate sector. Having served as the Senior Vice President for Cousins Properties, Inc., her duties included

externalaffairs,marketing,communication and community reinvestment. Borders, who was recently endorsed by the Atlanta Board of Realtors, promises safety and financial stability for the citizens of Atlanta. On September 1st, 2009, Borders stood on the steps of City Hall and told her audience of supporters and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) Local 623 during her official confirmation as a Mayor of Atlanta candidate, “Today we are one step closer. I have dreamed of leading this city since I was eleven years old. But that was only part of the story. The other part is how I have spent the last 30 years preparing myself in the business world. For the last five years, I have prepared serving as the President of City Council. I am the only candidate with this skill set, and I am the only candidate ready to lead the city during these difficult times. I am uniquely qualified for this office at this time.” Only your vote will tell on the third day of November. Find out more about your favorite candidate and the Atlanta mayoral race by visiting www.bordersforatlanta. com, or www.

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wellness Belly Dancing

Dance into the perfect shape. By Andrea Janise Let’s face it ladies, routine workouts with outdated video tapes, painful reps of sit-ups and lunges, and running your usual mile on the local gym’s treadmill can get a little dull after a while. We have all gotten to a point one time or another

in our fitness regimen where things tend to get monotonous. Well, before you get to the point of giving up completely, it may be time to spice up your workout with one of the oldest dance forms in the world, belly dancing. For more than 6000 years, women in the Middle East have perfected their curves by skillfully moving their bodies in ways that have not only mesmerized men for centuries, but toned and strengthened major muscle groups. It’s no surprise that more women are opting for more eccentric and sensual methods of working out like belly dancing. Belly dancing provides a cardiovascular workout focusing on the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. The movements require you to isolate core muscle groups resulting in strengthened upper and lower abdominal muscles. According to Schadia, owner of Atlanta

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Belly Dance Studios, “We work out from our foreheads to our little toes,” utilizing muscles you didn’t even realize you had. A typical belly dance workout begins with intense stretching. Your instructor will lead up to teaching you several techniques and will then combine the lessons into a choreographed dance to fast-paced music, elevating your heart rate and allowing you to follow along the entire time. Interestingly enough, you will virtually burn just as many calories as you would in the gym, but belly dancing “gives you that feminine connection that you cannot get from aerobics,” enlightens Schadia. “We encourage you to broaden your horizons, wear makeup and dress up in costumes. Whatever you can’t be in your real life, you can be here.” Another advantageous element to belly dancing is that you can be any size, shape or age. “It can be very gentle or it can get more intense,” states Schadia, who has been performing and teaching belly dance for over 15 years. “Because the moves are so intricate, you end up working with the resistance of your own body weight when you isolate everything but that one little muscle group.” Most of the belly dance steps include these three categories: •Shapes Drawing circles, triangles and figure 8’s with your body either vertical or horizontal

•Technique Sharp movements vs. smooth movements

•Layering Moving different parts of the body in isolation at the same time

“You are always learning with belly dancing,” informs Schadia. “The awesome thing is that you can learn for your whole life and you are never finished. You always get better and improve yourself and your self-confidence.” The benefits of belly dancing are both mental and physical. Although it can look easy, belly dancing is a total body workout, but don’t be intimidated. “Belly dance is a folk dance,” explains Shadia. “It is designed for everyone. The important thing is to do what you can, get the most out of it and have fun!” For more information or to sign up for a belly dancing class, visit www. or call (404) 638-6530. Atlanta Belly Dance has studios in Marietta, Little 5 Points and the Perimeter area.

The Belly Dance Basics Gear: Yoga or Harem pants, cropped cotton top, ballet slippers

Prepare: Stretch, drink plenty of water and smile!

Props: Coin sash, finger cymbals (zills), veils (all are optional)

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sports Year Two of the Matt Ryan Era

Will the sophomore year of highly touted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan bring Super Bowl contention? By Stan Washington With a rookie quarterback at the helm, the Atlanta Falcons last season achieved far more than anyone expected–including themselves. Teams don’t normally make the playoffs with a first-year quarterback. The big question looming over this season is Can field general Matt Ryan lead the Falcons even deeper into Super Bowl contention?

Falcons management has made several moves in hopes that query will be answered in the affirmative. A quarterback is not very effective if he doesn’t have someone who can get open and catch the ball. After a brief hold-out, wide receiver Roddy White

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is back in the fold with a pay increase. They also add one of the league’s best tight ends to ever play the game in Tony Gonzales who can not only catch the ball but is a good blocker. He will be an added asset in making some holes in opponents’ defensive lines for power running back Michael Turner and fleetfooted Jerious Norwood. Mentioning options, when White is in double coverage (and expect that to happen a lot this season), this should free up WR Michael Jenkins who can also catch and run with the ball. Of course, there will be no catching and running if the offensive line doesn’t do its part again as it did last year. The OL will be lead by reliable veteran center Todd McClure who hasn’t missed a game in nine years. He is joined by right guard Harvey Dahl, considered the best blocker of the bunch, left tackle Sam Baker who had an injury-prone rookie year, left guard Justin Blalock and right tackle Tyson Clabo. If this human barricade can

step it up another notch this year, the Falcons will be a threat to score from anywhere on the field. But a championship team doesn’t just outscore its opponents; they stop their foes from scoring. It is true that you cannot go all the way without a staunch defense. The Falcons’ secondary is arguably the Achilles’ heel of the defense and the linebacker corp is not instilling much fear in the opposition either, while the defensive line continues to improve. The secondary is suspect until proven otherwise. If the DL gets good rushes most of the time, this will take a lot of pressure off of a secondary that hasn’t had a bona fide playmaker since Deion Sanders. Corner Chris Houston is considered the best coverman on the field. Hopefully, he will intercept more than two balls this season. We will see who makes up the rest of the group on opening day. One thing is certain, however. Opponents will not be afraid to challenge any player in the defensive backfield. Expect this unit to be tested week in and week out by all of the league’s quarterbacks. In a move for more speed, longtime OLB Keith Brookings and Michael Boley are gone. Second-year middle linebacker Curtis Lofton showed last season that he has the stuff to become a force at that position in the future. He must do a better job covering the pass this season, however. He is joined by veteran Mike Peterson and up-andcoming Stephen Nicolas.

Defensive lineman John Abraham finally showed Atlanta fans what he can do when is he healthy. He is certainly one of the quickest linemen in the NFL. Last season he racked up 16.5 sacks. The Falcons will probably continue lining him up in either spot to throw off defenses. If Abraham can stay healthy, this will be a defense to contend with. Jamaal Anderson was a flop at pass rushing last season with only two sacks. He could be replaced by the start of the season by Chauncey Davis. Quick-handed Jonathan Babineaux returns at tackle and first round pick Peria Jerry could be the team’s other starter at that position. Jerry led the SEC in tackles so hopefully he will carry that swagger into the NFL. Regardless, this season looks promising so look out for the Falcons as they continue their destiny to be one of the best teams in the league. For more info, the schedule and tickets, visit

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drink Beer and gourmet cuisine on the fly!

One Flew South’s Executive Chef Todd Richards gives Connect a secret recipe that pairs beer with his mouthwatering dishes. By Ale Sharpton For travelers, flying in style is always something to be desired. First class amenities entice passengers to indulge in ultimate relaxation and pampering during their journeys through the air, but now there is a way to receive that same service on the ground before and in-between flights, thanks to One Flew South, the first upscale travel-dining restaurant located in the E-Concourse’s International Suite of the HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Airport (404.816.3464, One Flew South’s Executive Chef Todd Richards happily demonstrates his culinary genius with globally inspired dishes that still honor the tradition of the South. From the palatable Crispy Smoked Georgia Trout Croquettes to the Concourse “E” 1⁄2 Pound Kobe Burger with goat cheese, shiitake mushrooms, frisée lettuce, pickles and five spice fries, Richards is determined to please diners who are relaxing inside South’s posh interior or on the go with their gourmet take-out option. So what does this have to do with brew? Easy! Due to award-winning Chef Richards’ fondness of pairing food, ales and lagers, he has created a delectable dish–Beer Grilled Pork Chops–for Connect Magazine’s Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ section and even

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provided its recipe for your cooking pleasure. Sure, the citrusy HefeWeissbier brewed by the prestigious and oldest existing brewery in the world, Weihenstephan, is a great beer to drink alongside the entrée, but marinating with it is Richards’ specialty. “The Weihenstephan Hefe-Weissbier beer is pretty special to cook with– especially for the southern palette and smoked meats,” he says. “Even in our rabbit marinade for smoking, we use this beer in place of water for our brine. It’s primary to the flavor of molasses that really accentuates the meat. The soft apricot and peach notes are really highlighted after smoking–especially with our use of pecan wood. The nut flavor of the wood also shows well with certain pine flavors. Plus, the bubbles, I mean a lot of foam, assist in tenderizing the meat.” Add Richards’ signature Bacon Potato Salad and Caraway Braised Red Cabbage as sides, and you will have a feast! Beer and food pairings, along with the act of cooking with the world’s most consumed beverage next to water, are certainly gaining popularity particularly in Atlanta’s eateries. Chef Richards has obviously perfected this trend and looks forward to flaunting his skills upon your next visit to One Flew South. Cheers!

cruisin’ for a brewsin’ Chef Richards’ Beer Grilled Pork Chops 4 pork chops 1⁄4 cup of soy sauce 1⁄4 cup of water 2 tablespoons of brown sugar 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 1 tablespoon of minced onion 1 teaspoon of garlic 1 12 oz. bottle of Weihenstephan’s Hefe-Weissbier for each pork chop. Combine ingredients and pour over chops; marinate overnight. Grill the pork chops 4 minutes, turn, baste and grill for another six minutes more or until done. Bon appétit!

Chef Todd Richards is also the Corporate Executive Officer Director and Food and Beverage Management of hospitality management company Lush Life Group. Please visit for more information on One Flew South and for more of Chef Richards’ ingenious recipes.

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dining Exploring international cuisine… in Atlanta! By Andrea Janise There is definitely no shortage of amazing restaurants in Atlanta, but finding the perfect balance of great food, a vibrant atmosphere and accommodating staff can be a daunting task. Here are a few contemporary eateries that have all three attributes and are seasoned with an international twist. Holy Taco 1314 Glenwood Avenue SE Atlanta, GA 30316 (404) 230-6177 Holy Taco may look hip and contemporary, but this East Atlanta eatery is serving up authentic Spanish cuisine like it came from la cocina de la abuela (Grandma’s kitchen). When three friends in the restaurant business got together to open their own restaurant, they combined talents and came up with one of the coolest Pan Latin eateries in the city–Holy Taco. Influenced by the street vendors of various South American countries, Chef Robert Phalen has crafted a menu full of genuine Spanish cuisine from various regions that is made-to-order, perfectly seasoned and beautifully arranged. By incorporating fresh, locally grown and organic ingredients, Holy Taco has discovered the secret for creating delectable dishes that you can feel good and adventurous while eating for a very 20 | connect atlanta

Holy Taco reasonable price (the highest priced item on the menu is $15). Start off with a couple appetizers; try the slightly sweet and savory Arepas– grilled cornmeal with queso fresco and dulce de leche sauce, or the Chile rellenos de queso–a poblano pepper stuffed with Monterey jack cheese. For the main course, strongly consider their specialty tacos made with rare ingredients including crispy fried chicken hearts and the succulently tender beef tongue (which were both really good), tortas (Mexican sandwiches) or their extremely popular Paella, made with shrimp, chicken, mussels and chorizo cooked with saffron rice (I recommend ordering more than one if you’re dining with friends, because its just too good to share). Add a side of their delicious Elote Esado–whole roasted corn with spiced mayo and queso fresco–and you now have a meal fit for a king. You must top off the dining experience with a paper bag (vender-style) full of “melt in your mouth” churros–Spanishstyle donuts sprinkled with cinnamon sugar–and dip them in melted chocolate accented with hazelnut. With so many appetizing food choices and distinctive beverages like organic margaritas and homemade sangria to choose from, Holy Taco is the ultimate fiesta for your mouth. ¡Que aproveche!

RA Sushi 1080 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 267-0114 Looking for a new sushi spot? Well search no further than RA Sushi in Midtown. Located in the modish 1010 Midtown building and bustling with a lively atmosphere, scenic patio and exotic drinks to go around, this contemporary Japanese eatery is gaining new fans with every visit. Liven up the evening with a few specialties from Ra’s unique 360° bar with seating indoors and outdoors where patrons can sip the Pamatini, Grape Escape or the Bruce Lee Chee before diving into sushi bliss. If you fancy cooked rolls, opt for the flavorful Viva Las Vegas made with Kani Kami and cream cheese tempura fried and topped with spicy tuna; the Mango Lobster Rolls consisting of lobster, avocado and cucumber topped with sliced mango; or the Beef Tataki made with avocado, artichoke, asparagus, and roasted red tomato crowned with thinly sliced flat iron steak. Serious sushi fans should try the fresh Salmon Sashimi or the flavorful Chili Ponzu Yellowtail. For those with more daring palates, RA can provide the ultimate sushi experience by serving eager customers “Uzura” (fresh raw quail eggs) or “Ixura” (delicate salmon roe). Whatever you do, be sure to leave room for dessert. RA has perfected three incredible delights that will tantalize your taste buds and make your mouth water upon sight: silky Coconut Crème Brule, sweet Cinnamon Tempura Ice Cream; and chocolate stuffed Fried Banana with Kahlúa caramel sauce. To put exclamation marks on your weekends, do yourself a favor and

check out RA Sushi on Sunday evenings for amazing food and drink specials that feature exotic saki, beers and libations direct from the Land of the Rising Sun. �

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Enat Ethiopia Café 1999 Cheshire Bridge Road Atlanta, GA 30324 (404) 685-9291 Enat Ethiopia Cafe & Mart gives Atlantans an authentic dining experience that perfectly emulates the country thousands of miles away. From the moment you walk inside, you will be engulfed in Ethiopian tradition that includes genuine décor, imported herbs and spices, ancient cooking techniques and the knowledgeable staff that’s more than happy to answer questions to ensure you find something on the menu that you will enjoy. connect atlanta | 21

dining Eating with your hands is an Ethiopian custom and honestly delivers a more intimate relationship with your food. You will be served a crepe-like flat bread called injera that is used to dip into savory sauces and scoop food that is served platter-style. Injera’s mild flavor and spongy texture provide the perfect companion to the traditional Ethiopian dishes. Try a spicy dish like the Kei Wott, a beef stew with lean, chopped beef simmered in a thick barbecue sauce or a time-honored specialty like the Kik Alicha–yellow split beans cooked with garlic, onion, ginger and turmeric served with collard greens. Other dishes include the curryinfused Doro Alicha chicken with hard boiled eggs, as well as their numerous delectable vegetarian menu items. Complement your meal with drinks like Kootea (hot tea made with Ethiopian coffee leaves) or the popular, spirit-lifting Honey Wine to further add to the authenticity of the Enat experience. Certainly put reservations aside regarding the absence of conventional utensils and truly experience this festive and enlightening Ethiopian custom. For an opportunity to sample a little of everything, stop by for Enat’s Vegetarian Lunch Buffet from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or check out their Dinner Buffet from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and take a trip to east-central Africa without leaving Atlanta! To show how much we care about our readers, get a 10% discount at Enat Ethiopian Café when you mention “Connect Magazine” as well!

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Sensual Chocolate

America’s first female master chocolatier Kristen Hard demonstrates why ‘Sex and Chocolate’ is the perfect couple. By Kimberly Walker With an event titled Sex and Chocolate, there’s no wonder why guests piled into Atlanta’s 29 Spa at the exquisite Mansion hotel in Buckhead with a look of sheer intrigue. The tasty soiree is the brainchild of sisters Kimberly Hard, CEO of Be Well Atlanta, and Kristen Hard, master chocolatier and owner of Cacao, a chocolate boutique in the budding Inman Park district. The night was designed to expose Atlantans to the medicinal properties of Kristen’s signature chocolates and highlight one in particular, the Aztec Aphrodisiac. This little brown piece of heaven has a secret recipe infused with herbs and spices that literally gets your mojo going due to its natural ingredients. Kristen, reportedly the first and only female chocolatier in the country, reveals that the recipe was given to her by the locals while she was in the Caribbean. “It was pretty difficult for me to get in good with the locals. Once I formed that relationship with them, the recipe was given to me. It’s the only recipe that comes from outside. All of the other recipes are created by me.” Along with Kristen’s chocolate boost, Jeff Semel, D.C., and clinical nutritionist 24 | connect atlanta

of Atlanta Medical Institute, was on hand to discuss Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy to further jolt your libido. BHRT uses hormones identical in chemical and molecular structure to those produced by the human body. Semel communicated that the right combination of estrogen or testosterone hormones can restore energy, feelings of well-being and sexuality. He said, “For women, the key is testosterone. Now, too much testosterone will make her start growing facial hair, but believe it or not, heavy peach fuzz on a woman’s face is caused by too much estrogen. As men get older, they start to get a little rounder. They start to grow what we call ‘man breasts.’ That’s because their estrogen levels have skyrocketed. They lose their erection. Women become dry, which is the same thing as losing your erection. Aging shouldn’t feel bad, you should feel good!” Semel, a fan of the medicinal benefits of cacao, stressed that people should wholeheartedly invest in their health by considering hormone therapy and, of course, indulging in healthy treats like the Aztec Aphrodisiac.

In our own “chocolate shop confession,” Kristen dished out a couple’s reaction to the special chocolates. “The husband came in one day and bought a box of the aphrodisiacs,” she recalled. “He works at home everyday with his wife. He said that typically she’s very serious when she starts her work day and they don’t really have any fun. He put the aphrodisiacs in a drawer and told his wife not to touch them until he had time to explain the effects. Well, she didn’t listen and she went in during the middle of the day and ate some. He said it was the first time in years that they had been working at home together that she attacked him in the middle of the day! He said, ‘This is when I knew there was something to this chocolate.’ Although her Aztec chocolates are popular, Kristen doesn’t allow the spicy delight to define success for Cacao. “The salvation of the business isn’t about the Aphrodisiacs. It’s a plus, but our business is grounded in the health benefits of chocolate and we only sell dark chocolate. Also, it doesn’t work for everyone. If your body is asleep, meaning

maybe you eat fast food everyday and you’re not in tune with your body, it’s not going to work. That’s why I’m not out there promoting it like, ‘Oh, we have a great aphrodisiac.’ The foundation of the business is our integrity.” Kristen also stressed, “We don’t cut corners. That’s the core of who we are and what we do. We would rather sacrifice financially to have the most pristine product on the market.” True to her word, Kristen’s pure bittersweet flavor adorned everyone’s face as we sampled the savory sweet near the close of the event and paired it with red wine, another proven health benefactor. The Aztecs have a surprisingly zesty finish that’s unexpected but welcomed. If you’re in the mood for some sensational chocolate, visit Cacao. Although we can’t guarantee a romantic evening, we are sure a few Aztecs Aphrodisiacs will sweeten the possibility for one. Cacao is located on 312 North Highland Avenue, Suite C, Atlanta, GA and their website is For more information, call 404.221.9090. connect atlanta | 25



‘COUGARS’ Attack

Women over 40 popularly called ‘cougars’ are on the hunt for younger men able to please. By Mya Monroe She’s over 40, intelligent, confident, stylish, sophisticated, sexy and knows exactly what she wants. She’s not interested in children or sometimes even a commitment, yet she is dating and often sexually active. These women are popularly called “cougars” whose prey includes men that are usually significantly younger than them and frankly, they are “in.” According to 10bestfreedatingservices. com’s article, “Cougar Hunting 101,” men have been dating older women for decades, but a more public display has immersed only in the last several years. Straight from the cougars’ mouths in a candid interview, Connect spoke to two very successful women fictitiously named “Jae” and “Simone Alisa” who have no qualms with dating younger men or what it incorporates. In fact, they embrace it. “Typically, the men I have dated are 15 to 20 years younger than me,” Jae, who is 56, says. “For the record, they usually approach me with an interest in dating. Even though I am attracted to them, I usually don’t make the first move and that has been to my detriment; I am just not as aggressive as some women and more importantly, I am not desperate. I am at a point in my life where I am not pressed or stressed one way or another about being with a man.” 26 | connect atlanta

Simone, also 56, explains, “[Younger men] generally are aggressive and make no qualms about what they want. They have swagger, not stuffy or old school. The only thing I like old is money. The younger men are innovative and fun. They are not ready for bed at 9 p.m., and will consider the bedroom as one of the options for tricks and treats. Younger men are spontaneous and will readily use the kitchen table, utensils or whatever for dual purposes other than cooking!” In a recent AARP survey that polled 3,500 single men and women between the ages of 40 and 69 years-old, 56 percent are separated or divorced from a spouse, while 31 percent have never been married. These facts, particularly the higher divorce rate compared to yesteryear, certainly broaden the cougar terrain. However, while the dating scene has been generally described as “fun” and “adventurous,” there are definitely some things that younger men should consider before going after a cougar, from knowing how to keep older women interested and engaged, to bracing themselves for disapproving friends and family. AARP also stated that the most popular complaint was dealing with the relationship history of those 40 and over. Jae addresses baggage implications and dismisses it altogether, saying, “I

‘The only thing I like old is money.’-Simone have been married twice already. I would like to do it again, but I am not consumed with the effort. Right now in my life, it’s about friendship, companionship and great sex. I want someone to go to a football or basketball game, a casino, take a trip to the beach, or to the park. I don’t need someone to be in my bed every night right now. Next week that may change, but right now I’m good with my life.”

“Cougars like me carry their own and expect their man to do the same and then some,” Simone concludes. “We are established and bring a lot to the table, so when these young men step to me, they need to bring more than just a fork, a knife and a good appetite to the table.” Cougar hunters beware! To read the entire, uncensored article “When Cougars Attack” including more Cougar confessions with Jae and Simone, please visit connect atlanta | 27

travel Tybee Island

From indulging in Georgia’s freshest seafood to relaxing in a luxurious home to call your own, escape to Tybee Island. Words by Dennis Malcolm Byron Photos by Chris Hornaday Sure, Atlanta has everything a great American city can encompass–rich history, fine arts, numerous celebrities, award winning restaurants and major sports teams–but what if you want to simply kick back and hear the ocean, fish, shop and live the laidback lifestyle of an islander? Well, just a few hours away by car, you can take a straight drive to Tybee Island based on the southeastern shore of Georgia (neighboring Savannah) and indulge in its relaxing vibe, experience water activities and dine at various eateries that specialize in some of the freshest seafood the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.

Where to stay

You can certainly go the traditional route and stay at a hotel (visit or a charming establishment like the DeSoto Beach Bed & Breakfast (, but I recommend that you temporarily live in luxury along the shores of the beach. Oceanfront Cottage Rentals ( provides guests with an extensive list of more than 85 extravagant properties you can call your own during your stay in Tybee. Choose from a range of cozy one-bedroom stays to six-bedroom

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palaces that could comfortably accommodate up to a dozen guests. The convivial Oceanfront Owner and Operator Stayce C. Jarrell made sure the spotless, three-tiered, four-bedroom beachfront home complete with a two-car garage and an elevator was available during my recent weekend visit. Decorated with the southern charm of ceiling fans, hardwood floors and polished antique furniture, modern amenities including flat screen televisions, wireless Internet, a Jacuzzi tub and stateof-the-art island kitchen certainly made this home a lavish personal sanctuary. To add, a pair of bikes were deliveredupon my arrival in case I wanted to tour the 2,5-mile island and get a little exercise (Fat Tire, 912.786.4013). Even if I never left this palace called the “Atlantic Sunrise” during my entire weekend, the overall goal to escape the constant hustle and bustle of the city life would have still been fulfilled. Then again, that would limit me from indulging in the great places to dine and visit throughout Tybee, now wouldn’t it?

Where to eat

Steaks, chicken fingers and hamburgers can be found anywhere,

so treat yourself to some of the freshest seafood the South has to offer. The charming Sundae Café ( has a deceptively modest storefront in a small strip mall, but once inside, its cozy, intimate bistro-like interior hosts smiling servers that dish out everything from the Seafood Cheesecake with shrimp and jumbo lump crab, smoked gouda and a pecan crust, to the Sweet Potato Crusted Atlantic Black Grouper. With such generous portions, try to somehow save room for their house baked desserts or the popular Hot Fudge Ice Cream Sundae (of course!). A.J.’s Dockside Restaurant ( is another favorite of Tybee Island with a casual vibe indoors and plenty of seating on their Back River deck. Crack a pound of crab legs coupled with a side of crispy conch fritters and wash them down with one of the 46 beer variations from A.J.’s extensive drink menu. A.J.s is also great for the kids for lunch or dinner. Be sure to order the delectable creamy crab stew, “Crabby Dip” with homemade chips and Mahi Mahi Oscar at MacElwee’s Seafood House ( This neighborhood eatery proudly boasts their beer-battered seafood, daily specials that cater to the land lovers and

key lime pie made from scratch. For an always festive time coupled with great cuisine, Joel Solomon’s Café Loco on Tybee (www.cafelocotybeeisland. com) is one of the most popular hot spots in Tybee. Based in the Waterfront Village with a dock for 15 shrimp boats literally 50 feet away, Loco’s delectable specialties including the Bourbon Glazed Salmon, pounds of steam shrimp and Buffalo Crab Claws couldn’t be any fresher. Live music and a constant flow of loyal customers makes this bar & grill a can’t miss! Besides the many restaurants to discover during stay, Tybee offers great activities that will make your vacation even more memorable. Deep sea fishing, jet skiing, sunset cruises and biking, along with landmarks like The Tybee Island Lighthouse, Tybee Marine Science Center and Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours will certainly keep you busy. So, gas up your car, pack a few beach towels, prepare for some serious feasting and make up for lost hours of relaxation. It’s time to head to Tybee Island for a slice of serenity! For more information on Tybee Island, visit Photographer Chris Hornaday’s work can be viewed at www.

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Dress the part of the fall guy When it comes to what’s hip for the fall, here’s what the fellas need to consider. By Mary Welch The key words this year for the gents are luxury and sport. Taking cues from fashion conscious professional athletes, men today are looking for a way to present themselves as upscale and fashion-forward, while retaining the hunky aura of untamed masculinity. Fortunately, the look for fall fits the bill. The best strategy for the picturesque season is to shop for clothes that offer understated opulence. Also note that fibers are important this year, whether it is cashmere or a wonderful knit pattern. Here are some items for every man’s closet during the autumn months: *Denim-friendly sports coat. Wear it to work and out to dinner. This coat looks great with jeans or a tie. How much more versatile can it get? *Vests. Knits are in this year so try a vest. It can be worn alone or with a jacket. Choose a color that stands out rather than blends in. *Tartan twist ties. The tartan look is in for women, so men should get on the Scottish

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‘Choose a color that stands out rather than blends in.’ trip as well. Don’t have a Scottish tartan to call you own? No problem. Just pick a plaid one that you like. You don’t have to be a MacDonald to enjoy a good tartan. * Hiker boots. They’re comfortable and go quite well with denim, plaid and checkered shirts, which are also popular this season. * Man scarf. A man scarf, depending on the fabric and look, can be debonair or sporty. The most important thing is that it is always fun! *Dark denims. Paired with a slimmer silhouette, dark denims are the jean wash for the fall. Note, there is no need to completely throw out your wardrobe. The new look for fall will fit in nicely with what’s already in your closet, but a few pieces will add the zip that every man wants and deserves.

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What to fashionably ‘fall’ for in 2009 Fashion writer Mary Welch gives Connect a list of trends that will have us shopping this fall. By Mary Welch With the ending of summer comes– you’re right–shopping for fall clothes. The look for the autumn season will include strong colors and shapes. It’s not quite emulating the popular and fashionable 80’s television series Dynasty, but strong shoulders, standalone colors, seaming and folding are all details that give a nod to that era while still being very fashion-forward. Here’s what the ladies should look for starting in late September: Skinny pants. From leggings to streamlined straight-legged jeans, the look is fitted and sleek. Over at Taste Clothing Boutique in Atlantic Station, premium denim such as True Religion, Dylan George and Robin’s Jeans are always in style. In fact, Taste owner Teresa Caldwell and Manager Angela Henderson say they are having a hard time keeping the Current Elliott super ripped jeans in stock. Vests. Atlanta finance executive Uche Ude is launching her first collection of women’s clothes and she strongly advocates vests of all types and styles that are decorated with everything from faux fur collars to animal skin fabrics. 32 | connect atlanta

The key is to keep them tailored and more contemporary than in year’s past, she says. Her line is available at Military jackets. No, they don’t have to be olive or camouflaged; they just need enough flare and authority to keep everyone in line. Plaids, plaids and more plaids. And, that includes tartans. The British Isle look will be in but opt to keep it in perspective–or maybe even go a little

crazy if you really want to. The fashion gurus at Belk’s even suggest mixing it up for a bit of dash. Start with a plaid and then add paisley, checks, animal prints, tweeds and winter florals to spice it up. A belt completes the look. Knits. Whether it is a dress or a classic cardigan, knits with a bit of dash– embroidering, smocking, pointelle stitching or different sleeve treatments– is the way to go. Belk’s stylists say that textures are very important this year,

which makes knits perfect. Color. Teals, grays, garnets, cobalt, pine, purple, gold and yellows are currently rocking the runways. Ude likes to shake it up with bold pinks as well. So, what’s the look for fall? It’s bold, playful, colorful, sharp-edged, functional and timeless. With that being said, in the end, it’s whatever you make it. Just make it in style! connect atlanta | 33

tech Google Chrome

A speedy alternative to Internet Explorer and Firefox By Shawn Jackson I’m sure there are those of you who are tired of slow browsers and the constant crashes associated with them. Well, a nifty alternative to Internet Explorer and Firefox is a little browser named Chrome from the minds at Google. Yes, the same conglomerate who created the much heralded search engine. So what makes Chrome such an excellent alternative? Here are a few reasons: Faster Web rendering: Simply stated, Chrome loads Web pages faster than most of the competition and it does so by having a smaller footprint, meaning it takes up less RAM real estate, as well as being based on the open-source rendering engine, WebKit. Tabs as separate processes: What this means is that each tab acts as its own window so if one tab crashes due to a plug-in becoming unreadable, that tab can be “killed” without bringing down the entire window. You can also bring out a tab so it can stand alone and literally be its own window. With this being the case, if you have a separate single page window, you can drag and drop it into another window as another tab. Omnibox: Instead of going to a separate search box to browse your history, search for items on a search engine and typing

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in a URL to go to the next webpage, the Omnibox allows you to do all of that in one place. It suggests URLs based on your history as well as from search engine suggestions. Create application shortcuts: Here, you can create a shortcut to a specific website on your desktop, quick launch bar or start menu, saving time and keystrokes to get to the first site you need once starting up your PC. New tab page: This is the screen that shows up once you open up a new tab, presenting the nine most visited sites in a sort of grid, making it easier to get to your favorite websites faster. Incognito Mode: What this mode does is give you a measure of privacy on your computer so that whatever page or site you don’t want others to know you browse, it won’t be logged onto your PC. Online protection: Chrome also has malware and phishing protection so that you’re given a measure of safety in your browsing experience. In the end, Google Chrome is certainly a nice, free enhancement for your Web surfing activities. For more information and downloading, visit com/chrome. Enjoy!

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