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Suits You. Our warm-weather dreams take you from day to night. Get ready for the pool or beach with swimwear and light breezy suits that show you off in style. Fashions & Passions. As Thriving Children gala preps to stomp the runway, meet its gay organizer, beneficiary and entertainer with LGBT love in their hearts.

Come Together. Imagine your favorite food trucks make permanent residence where your gays can all get what they want in one place? Welcome to Atlanta’s food hall craze.

Eat. Love. Eating well is the best revenge, and Midtown’s new hotspot knows it. Settle into Cape Dutch for a dining experience you won’t forget.

Wine Guys. If your man is salty, spicy, sweet or tart, we can serve him. We use all of them in our guide to wine pairings.

Editor’s Note Hello from the other side of winter. Not a moment too soon to save Atlanta’s gay men from the depths of cold-weather doldrums, say hello to spring with April’s Swimwear and Food issue. Photographer Gastohn Barrios outdid himself on this month’s cover story layouts with an eye toward suits – of both the swim and clothing variety. The resulting photos invite you to take on April’s warmer temps in hand-selected styles and awesome accessories, or take visual inspiration from the stunning models and locales. The Goliath guys have been hard at work to provide you with plenty of other stimulating ideas for your well-rounded life. Get together with your boys for dinner at Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall, and be sure to taste our five favorite foods from its vendors. We also take you on a date to Midtown’s buzz-worthy new restaurant, Cape Dutch. There we found the meaty grill that we didn’t know our lives needed, but they so did. To go with dinner, keep turning the page

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to learn everything you need to know about wine pairings in our guide that makes them easy to remember with a very gay twist. Speaking of gay twists, get out to the Thriving Children gala in our event preview, and find several other awesome April happenings in our Agenda calendar. Be sure to smile for our cameras at those events, and you might make the Appearances pages. Photos in this issue include happy faces at Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Victory Fund’s Bubbles & Biscuits and a date auction from League at ATT. We’re so proud to bring you this month’s issue. It’s a labor of love that the Goliath guys hope you’ll take time to sit with and enjoy as much as you revel in the burgeoning springtime. Let me know what you think, and send your ideas for future issues of the magazine to mike@goliathatlanta.com.

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Must Attend Events

Spring Festival on Ponce

Atlanta Film Festival

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Art, music and food combine with the perfect temps of the season to make this popular outdoor event memorable. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces pulls out all the stops to highlight the city’s best parks with festivals throughout the year. This one takes place on April 2-3 in Olmsted Linear Park, through 6 p.m. both days.

Ten days of cinematic excellence include a packed Pink Peach track of LGBT films and filmmakers. The centerpiece film VIVA tells the story of a gay hairdresser in a drag bar who dreams of becoming one of the performers. AFF screenings take place April 1 through April 10 at venues all over town. Visit atlantafilmfestival.com.

The voice of the Gogos, the face that launched a solo career, and the mother of openly gay hottie James Duke Mason, Belinda Carlisle presents a one-night-only performance of her biggest hits and new material to Center Stage, 1374 West Peachtree St. NW, on April 2, 8 p.m. Visit centerstage-atlanta.com.

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Stars Party

A gay right of passage every spring, this Joining Hearts tea dance brings boys, beverages and beats. DJs Neon the Glowgobear and Kevin Durard hit the decks with this year’s ‘80s theme on April 10 at the Georgia Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree St. NE. Find tickets and info at joininghearts.org.

Hobnob, munch, sip and bid at Jerusalem House’s annual silent auction mixer on April 7 at the Biltmore Ballrooms, 817 Peachtree St. NE. Gourmet bites, vodka specialty drinks, and music by the Will Scruggs Quartet complement fabulous items up for bids to benefit the organization’s permanent housing programs.

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Change of Seasons

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Atlanta Dogwood Festival The crown jewel of spring festival season welcomes all comers to gay Atlanta’s unofficial home park. Shorts weather and blooming century-old trees set the scene for the 80th annual celebration of art, food, music and more at Piedmont Park April 8-10. Make plans at dogwood.org.

Anderson Cooper’s bestie keeps her gays laughing with celebrity skewerings like only she can deliver. This time, we’re guaranteed some Donald Trump one-liners that you can repeat at parties for weeks to come. Secure your seats to the April 15 show at Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, on kathygriffin.net.

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G COMMUNITY

Giving Back

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Runway for a Cause Ninh T. Chou/IMAGEZ courtesy Thriving Children

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Gay-run Atlanta fashion gala helps local homeless teens not just survive, but ‘Thrive’

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eople have been telling Rick Westbrook for years that his organization needs a gala, but there’s one significant problem with throwing such a grand event.

“It’s hard for me to imagine these kids getting thrown out on the streets because they’re gay,” he adds. «These teenagers are our future. They need to be loved and shown respect and given guidance.”

“Galas cost a lot of money to produce,” says Westbrook, executive director of Lost-n-Found Youth, which helps find permanent housing for Atlanta’s homeless LGBT young people.

Both Hightower and Westbrook hope the event will raise awareness about Atlanta’s LGBT homeless youth with a broader audience.

Lucky for Westbrook, and for Atlanta’s gala-loving gays, one just landed in his lap. Enter Buckhead salon owner Steve Hightower. “In my career as a hairdresser, many people have helped me, and I wanted to give back to the community,” says Hightower, who owns Steve Hightower Hair Salon and Day Spa. “I have worked on many hair shows in New York, Dallas, Chicago and Paris, so I thought I will do my own show and let it benefit someone who needs help.” Thus was born the Thriving Children Gala Fashion Show. On April 29, the 7th annual event benefits Lost-n-Found Youth. “I started out helping small children; then I realized teens are being neglected,” Hightower says. “Everyone wants to help small children but not teens. They are pushed aside. So I have been helping teens for the past four years.

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“This gala gives us more exposure and gets people talking about this problem,” Westbrook says. “It’s not going to go away. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” If last year’s event is any indication, Lost-n-Found should get plenty of attention and funds. Hightower hopes to raise $150,000 for Lost-n-Found. The 2015 Thriving Children Gala raised $113,000 for the Center for Children & Young Adults. Westbrook says the money will help with everyday needs for LNF youth, including food, shelter and clothing, as well as counseling and other assistance. The funds will also help ongoing renovations on the organization’s house, which will eventually accommodate up to 18 youth a night. To raise that kind of money, Hightower promises attendees a chic event at the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom. Along with award-winning local anchor and television host Karyn Greer, Hightower will co-emcee a night packed with entertainment. Highlights include a high-end fashion show featuring local designers and pro-

fessional runway models, a silent auction, live auction, and a full orchestra. The sit-down event will also offer top notch entertainment by Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and internationally known Cher impersonator and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Chad Michaels. “I’m looking forward to entertaining the people involved in helping out with such an important cause,” Michaels tells Goliath. “As a performer, I have met so many street kids over the years outside of the clubs and venues. Showing support, kindness, love and an opportunity to succeed is the most important thing we can do for these young men and women.”

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Thriving Children Gala Fabulous Fox Theatre April 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission $75. VIP $175, or two for $300. Jackets for men; cocktail attire for women atlthrivingchildren.org


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Looking Sharp

Cool for the Summer By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

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ouldn’t it be cool to be the guy who looks his best as the sun gets hotter, the days get longer, and more skin is revealed? Kick the season into high gear by updating and upgrading your skincare regimen with these products, and that guy could be you.

Just like working out and minding your calories works wonders for your summer beach bod, you can also help your look along the way by adding just a few products and simple strategies to your skincare routine. Your skin and hair will be wellprepped and looking its very best when summer sets in.

Good Hair Days All Summer Think of each hair strand as a glass Midtown high-rise. If all the windows are open, air and pollution can blow in and out, but when closed the building can withstand anything. Shampoo and conditioner are great, but you want to really nourish the hair before you expose it to beach life, pool parties and sunshine. The occasional hair mask will do wonders and even repair your hair if damage is already done. Rene Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Mask $47

Front Runner of Vitamins Vitamin A – or retinol, the chemical compound version of the vitamin – does wonders by actively smoothing skin and making it more even-looking. Vitamin A is very light sensitive, so always use it at night for best results. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, $21

Take an AHA moment AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) chemically peels in a safe and gentle way to reveal new and fresher-looking skin. Using a product with AHA will increase the sensitivity of the skin, so it’s best to stay entirely out of the sun. Nutra Luxe MD CE A Ferulic Serum, $39

Smoothing Using a mild scrub on a regular basis does wonders when it’s time to bare more skin in the summer heat. As with any scrub it only works on the surface, so be gentle to avoid irritating the skin. Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, $15

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Moisture-Loading Kind of like carb-loading for strenuous exercise, your skin can benefit from extra moisture before the warm weather sets in. A facial oil is beneficial – even if you have oily skin – as long as you go by the less is more rule. Mix only a few drops in with your daily moisturizer. Aesop Fabulous Face Oil, $57


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G DINING

Taste This

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Gathering Place Courtesy Ponce City Market

By Mike Fleming

Food halls cover gay foodies from sit down to hang out, from coffee to cocktails.

Thanks to places like Krog Street Market and Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market, a national surge that started as part of mixed-use developments in New York and L.A. is becoming an entrenched part of the culture and scene. Naturally, gay men are leading the way. Food halls are finding the leeway to take hold because they offer something Southerners like – namely, lots of food in unending supply and variety – couched in our slow embrace of metropolitan sophistication. Like other facets of world class in-town living on which gay Atlanta leads the charge – take the BeltLine, home to both the aforementioned markets – food halls are an urban concept who’s time has come. This time last year, the foodies at Eater declared a food hall boom in the U.S. Atlanta’s versions followed notable openings in New York, L.A., Chicago and Seattle. Long a tradition in Europe, think of these gathering places as grown up versions of food court convenience with the fully realized potential of your favorite food truck craftsmen. Like the best examples across the world, Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market is a showcase of unique offerings with a taste for both locally loved and nationally admired restaurateurs. Gay food-

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ies of every ilk are covered, from sit-down to hangout, and from coffee to cocktails. Cocktails? Yes, PCM has a premise license, so take your adult beverage along as you walk the property. When you check out the rooftop carnival opening in April, be sure to head downstairs for a full serving of food hall fabulousness. You and your boys will find Mexican food by celebrity chef Sean Brock at Minero, H&F Burger from Linton Hopkins’ Holeman & Finch, continental cuisine by Jonathan Waxman at Brezza, and Justin Anthony’s Biltong Bar. With 22 eateries open so far, be on the lookout for less-heralded food artisans as well as the big boys. Keep reading for five of our favorite PCM food hall finds.

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f you’ve ever been in a group of picky guys trying to decide where to eat, you’re familiar with one of in-town’s irksome little realities: the gay dinner impasse. Thank goodness for Atlanta’s burgeoning crop of European-style food halls. They’re ushering in an era of dinner with food to please everyone.

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G DINING

Taste This

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By Mike Fleming

Cape Dutch offers a sustenance shelter for gay Midtown foodies swept up in an eatery whirlwind of style over substance

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ot easily impressed by the prospect of another new restaurant, my date and I were more excited about the opportunity to catch up with each other than the chance of being gastronomically wowed – especially in Midtown on a random Thursday. Call us cynical gays, mostly because we are. But give us a break. In a city full of four-star mainstays and celebrity cuisine, high-standard flash and “named” chefs can feel like a dime a dozen and leave a gay gourmand exhausted.

Turns out, braai is the grilled food experience that two cynical Southern queens raised on meat and potatoes didn’t know we were missing. One smell of select beef, seafood and exotic meats like elk, rabbit or lamb, and you’ll forget that a completely different set of gays are whooping it up just two doors down at Roxx.

You’ll forget other gays are whooping it up just two doors down at Roxx.

Enter into the hit-or-miss squall lines of trendy-tables the welcome port of Cape Dutch. It’s fitting since the name translates loosely from Afrikaans to indicate western-coast cities like Cape Town and their early European settlers. It’s owned by South African native Justin Anthony, who also brings his native fare to Yebo, 10 Degrees South and Biltong Bar. Cape Dutch delivers the region’s braai (rhymes with guy, and it means barbecue if you speak Georgian). A raging fire becomes a centerpiece of the restaurant’s soaring ceilings and a contemporary, subliminally nautical décor. At first, Cape Dutch may be most notable for bringing Buckhead’s hip restaurant vibe to Midtown in

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the former Woodfire Grill spot, but that feeling of something expected is temporary.

And the menu isn’t afraid to leave South Africa and veer into ports all over the world. Anthony’s penchant for his heritage combines with the European epicure of Belgian-born Chef Philippe Haddad, who elevates every dish to new, global heights that converted this gay dining doubter. Shaved asparagus and carrot get a lift with basil pesto. Spinach and arugula get goat cheese sorbet. Seared sea scallops appear over quinoa tabouli. At the risk of gushing, the braai turns same-old ribeye into a revelation. I also tasted my dinner companion’s fall-off-the bone braai’d lamb shank, which was only improved by a buttery cauliflower puree. Other amazingness from the braai includes a whole fish, Maine Lobster, and 30-ounce Porterhouse, each

with your choice of inspired sauces like Peri-Peri, Bernaise, and Red Wine Shallot Reduction. We didn’t stop there. The gruyere gratin was pretty standard, but butternut squash steaks, lemongrass mussels in coconut milk, and caramelized Brussels sprouts were exceptional. House-made desserts from macaroons to chocolate soup – we forced ourselves – may have permanently melted our icy hearts. The restaurant didn’t know we were reviewing, making handshakes from general manager Mitch Flowers, expediting by Haddad himself, and the best service I’ve ever experienced in Atlanta even more remarkable. Ask for Andrew’s section for menu tips, wine pairings, inspired cocktail suggestions, and even a well-placed tidbit of appropriate conversation. Quibbles go to sometimes-noisy acoustics and a steep price point. If passing out stars and dollar signs, Cape Dutch easily earns five of each. Make it your hip dining respite for special occasions, or for picky gays you want to impress.

Want to go? What: Where: When: How:

Cape Dutch 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road NE capedutchrestaurant.com Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. $30-$50 per person before alcohol, sides and dessert


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Taste This

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Pair the Wine with the Man By Mike Fleming

Bears, otters, daddies, college, jock, geek? Tired. Here’s the gay classification system you can really use on a date.

or glazed salmon, silky Chardonnay is his best match.

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of us is immune, this guy is actually just a flirt. His tangy, aggressive wit is an acquired taste that won’t be overwhelmed by wines with some zip. Serve him Sauvignon Blanc, Portugese Vinho Verde, or Spanish Verdejo.

Big & Bold He’s bold, but you can handle all of the tang and spice he dishes out. Like the hottest, sweetest barbecue you ever tasted, serve this guy a Malbec, Shiraz or Côtes-du-Rhône that can stand up to him blow-for-blow.

Gay stereotyping based on body hair, age or size is problematic in the real world, but these wine-typing rules actually work. Beyond red with meat and white with fish, know which wine goes with his taste, and you’ll both enjoy knowing that, like wine, none of us is good in a box.

Mr. Earthy Even faeries and granola gays like their wine. Help balance his mellow fresh herbs basil, bay leaf, rosemary with whites like Grüner Veltliner from Austria, Albariño from Spain, or Vermentino from Italy. Or give his dirtier, grittier inklings like mushrooms and truffles a red spin with Pinot Noir or Dolcetto.

Rustic Outdoorsman He likes fresh air and piney woods, but glamping is more his style than camping. Think Restoration Hardware and Land’s End instead of REI and Yeti. Match his pastoral but refined palate for pates and terrines with similarly rustic Zinfandel, Italian Nero d’Avola or Spanish Monastrell.

Global Sophisticate With destinations from the Far and Middle East and the South Pacific under his belt, this guy is spicy and brings the heat. He’ll like that you tame him with the contrasting sweetness of European Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Vovrays. If he’s extra spicy after trips to Greece or Latin America, offer him the correspondingly heavy seasoning of a California Syrah or Greek Xinomavro.

Mr. Meaty If you grunt when you lay eyes on him instead of opine or demure, you’re into Mr. Meaty. Meat and potatoes calls for you to respond with likewise firmness like the tannins of Cabernet, Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style Blends. They’ll refresh you after each bite.

f dates were hookups, gay men could pigeonhole each other into broad classifications. Instead, dinner dates are an opportunity to typecast guys in a way that will complement and impress them, rather than set you up for failure.

Mr. Salty He’s a little risqué, and he never shies away from a vulgar joke. He’s tough, which you like in small doses just like his namesake salty foods. Pour this guy Champagne or Cava to make him refreshing instead of overbearing. Cheesy, but Rich Sure, his jokes are corny, but he treats you right. You first fell for his wallet, but now you’re genuinely into him. Like their namesake foods, these guys can go either way. Instead of making him choose, pour a Dry Rose for the acidity of a white and the fruitiness of a red. What a Tart Often mistaken for a slut, not that there’s anything wrong with that, or a bitch, not that any

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Lightweights vs. Chubby Chasers Every gay knows white with seafood, right? Well which one depends on the Wine Gay you’re serving. If he’s light like whitefish, equally delicate Pinot Grigio, Chablis and Arneis bring out his true colors. If he’s a little fatty and lush like buttery shrimp

Sweet Guy Before you take this one home to mom, find the root of his sweetness. Show off the fruit, not the sugar, with a moderately sweet Sparkling Wine. Source: Food and Wine


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Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally Produced on the New York Stage by EDGAR LANSBURY / STUART DUNCAN / JOSEPH BERUH


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FABULOUS FOURTH FRIDAY When Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce kicks off a year, they do it in style. The venerable networking group started 2016 with a bang on February 19 at Atlanta History Center. Members and guests enjoyed the exhibits and each other’s company at the group’s first monthly happy hour of the year. For the like-minded LGBT professionals of AGLCC, there’s never a better way to wrap the week and kick off a weekend than Fourth Friday. Visit atlantagaychamber.org

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DATE NIGHT Singles ready to mingle were up for bids on March 10 at Amsterdam Atlanta. That’s when the Georgia chapter of League at AT&T threw its annual Date for a Cause, which auctions off dates with fun people to benefit LGBT non-profits. Edie Cheezburger emceed, and this year’s event benefited the homeless LGBT teens of Lost-n-Found Youth. Find more at league-att.org.

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BUBBLY FOR EQUALITY The local chapter of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund raised the Sunday Brunch bar on March 20. With the event name Bubbles & Biscuits as a guide, champagne flowed at Wimbish House with thoroughly Southern breakfast fare as its complement. Gay politicos mixed with out elected officials like Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims while hearing about the group’s plans for the 2016 election cycle and beyond.

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IT’S DEVEN GREEN DEVEN GREEN is an award-winning comedy performer. You know her from the “Welcome To My Home” parodies, as the satirical Betty Bowers – America’s Best Christian, OCCmakeup ads, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” World of Wonder, and performing her live music shows in brothels across America. DevenGreen.com Dear Deven: It took me a long time to grow my beard, and now it’s going out of fashion. Should I cut it off? “Bothered in Buckhead” This is not an all or nothing situation. You have choices: trim it, then cut it into chops, then a mustache, then a mouche, then bare. Or, leave as-is because it will be on-trend again. Face fashion is cyclical. Dear Deven: How can I stop my pants from creasing in my crotch area? “Crumpled in Coweta” A) Don’t wear linen. B) Don’t sit. C) Don’t wear pants. Dear Deven: I like to be comfortable, but my new boyfriend said he was embarrassed when I wore my track pants to the club. Why? “Pouting in Peachtree City” I think you meant to say your soon-to-be EX-boyfriend. Wear your gym clothes in the gym, and buy some party clothes that are comfortable to wear when you entertain or are the entertainment. If you are wearing anything athletic in a club, it better have the word “cup” associated with it. Dear Deven: I just noticed I had a wild nose hair. Why am I mortified? “Piliferous in Paulding County” Because you are usually so well groomed that you consider this a “mistake.” It’s not. It’s just “European.” If it really bothers you, consider laser treatment from a professional (as opposed to home lasers). Dear Deven: I have nothing to wear. “Stark in Stewart” Clean, repair, replace or alter what you currently have. Or go to a nudist colony and be with others who have nothing to wear. . Dear Deven: Is there anything really new in fashion? “Current in Conyers” Yes, your perception and appreciation of style and form. Dear Deven: I buy my new boyfriend clothes so he fits in, but he doesn’t seem very grateful. What should I do? “Mewling in Marietta” When you met him, did you think, “You are everything I have ever wanted to change!” Is it your job to assimilate him into society? If not, please know that new boyfriends are not new “projects.” Take him as he is (with small refinements) or send him back into the wild. Dear Deven: My husband thought he bought me a great shirt, but he doesn’t seem to know my taste at all. You know what I am going to ask... “Mendacious in Metro ” Take the shirt back because it’s “the wrong size” <wink>. Pick out something you will actually wear because the store didn’t have your size <wink>. When you wear your new shirt to a party, tell friends your hubby got it for you <wink>. A relationship based on half-truths is a whole lot of fun.

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Dear Readers, please ask me anything about food and dining for next month: DevenGreen@gmail.com PS: Would you like me to read this to you? Go to GoliathAtlanta.com and listen!


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