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Need a date with a new novel? This month, we share an ode to our favorites from then and now, as well as top staff picks from local bookstores.

Knowing that chocolate can boost your mood as well as your health was the incentive we needed to challenge one Alpharetta resident with a menu using chocolate as an ingredient in every dish. These recipes just might be a treat you’ll love.

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FALLING FOR FITNESS Jump into a CrossFit box with us to learn the real deal on why the sport is popular, then meet the husband-and-wife team behind Endurance House, Alpharetta’s retail answer for athletes.

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A married couple of classically trained chefs from New York, Carla Geniso and Chris Malfitano are partners at The Rotisserie Shop in Kennesaw, and at home. Together, they’ve blended heritage and passion to create a foodie haven that’s truly a labor of love.

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46 GREETINGS FROM THE LOWCOUNTRY

As each day slowly gains a little more sunlight, our minds start to wander to postcard-worthy visions of sandy feet, palmetto trees and finding the perfect souvenir. From a small South Georgia island to Charleston and the Grand Strand of South Carolina, we’ve visited classic Southern vacation destinations well worth the drive.

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In the other half of our Falling for Fitness series, Lee Karp, a self-described yo-yo dieter and exerciser, shares how she left a career in the fashion industry to follow her heart and newfound athletic groove. Passion can go a long way, especially when two classically trained chefs successfully operate their own restaurant while also managing to run a happy household as husband and wife. That makes my heart race almost as much as the idea of spending hours in laid-back Lowcountry locales. What’s not to love about road trips to Tybee Island, Charleston and Myrtle Beach? The only answer that comes to mind is a postcard that reads, “Wish you were here.” I'd be there in a heartbeat, so here's to a month of doing whatever makes you tick!

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elsewhere this month are filled with boxes of chocolate and pink cards, ours are filled, as they normally are, with books. Torn, tattered and dearly loved or recent additions awaiting much attention of their own, these pages tell stories well beyond the story itself. They remind us of friends and family whose irresistible recommendations made them impossible not to read, and bring back memories of where we were the first time we met each character. As difficult as it was, we chose favorites from past and present to highlight in our feature, For the Love of Books, which means now all you need is a good nook. Speaking of time well spent, I recently read a book that appealed to another mission of mine. Months later, I was standing inside a CrossFit box with countless questions, concerns and a willingness to challenge some of the sport’s stigmas. What I learned is that like most relationships, CrossFit takes a while to find the right one and, more often than not, requires plenty of modification to make it work.

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oints North Atlanta, Sean O’Keefe Events, a network of partners and a legion of community leaders have joined forces to create sound no trumpet. This new fundraising initiative for 2015 will reward at least one nonprofit organization with a $100,000 donation to help fund their operations within 12 months of the launch. sound no trumpet is a community-oriented group of members who will be invited to join a society of like-minded individuals that share the giving spirit, but may prefer to do so either anonymously or with little fanfare. Carl Danbury, publisher of Points North Atlanta, explained the program and its goals. “Beginning in Feb. 2015, sound no trumpet will invite 100 or more women in our immediate coverage area to join the society. Each member will be responsible for a donation of $1,000 or more per year, which will then be donated to at least one nonprofit organization,” Danbury stated. “Local, regional or national nonprofits will present their needs to our steering committee, and those selected will then be asked to make a formal bid at one of our six planned luncheons during the coming year. Each of our members will then cast their ballot for the sound no trumpet Cause of the Year. A check presentation to the winning organization(s) will be made at a year-end event.” Sean O’Keefe, president of Sean O’Keefe Events, an Atlanta-based event coordination business, said sound no trumpet is a very unique concept. “I have helped nonprofit organizations create, coordinate and stage

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events from Beverly Hills, Calif., Palm Beach, Fla., Buckhead and beyond during the past several decades, but they all have been more singularly focused causes,” O’Keefe related. “Carl and I discussed the impact that sound no trumpet is destined to make because the members of the society, readers of Points North Atlanta and the Atlanta community as a whole will learn so much about many causes they might not have been aware of previously. But, just imagine being able to provide $100,000 or more to a worthy organization within one year’s time, due to the generous spirit and loving kindness of our members. That is simply remarkable.” sound no trumpet will host a series of informative networking luncheons, member-guest receptions and informal gatherings during its first year to facilitate familiarity with the society’s stated mission, goals and ideals. “During our 15 years in publication, we have had the unique opportunity to become better acquainted with scores of philanthropists, their causes and their unquenchable thirsts for helping others, whether it’s to find a cure for a disease, to shed light on the impov-

erished, the uneducated or victims of needless neglect,” said Editor of Points North Atlanta, Heather KW Brown. “We have also witnessed firsthand the incredible fundraising initiatives that have taken place in our coverage area and feel it is imperative that our magazine and staff celebrate our presence in the community by engineering this worthwhile endeavor,” she added. “It is our hope that sound no trumpet will contribute mightily to the efforts of worthy nonprofit organizations that, in turn, will help provide comfort to those affected, as well as an outlet for our members to impact the lives of others in a very meaningful way.” sound no trumpet will begin its search for society members this month and will send introductory correspondence and detailed information to business owners and individuals through April 30. The inaugural luncheon is slated for Thursday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m. Further details and an application for membership consideration are posted online at pointsnorth atlanta.com/soundnotrumpet. You may also call Carl Danbury 678-6484592, Heather Brown 678-648-4594 or Sean O’Keefe 404-228-7903 for more information.


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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND No one understands the world of artful living quite like the American Craft Council. This national nonprofit educational organization has been shaping, sewing and molding the artisanal craft movement for decades. Don’t miss your chance to shop and be inspired by the tastemakers themselves when the 26th annual American Craft Council Show returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre March 13 through 15. This three-day celebration of crafty folk features more than 225 of the country’s top contemporary artists, presenting their jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor, workings in ceramics, glass, wood, metal and leather, among many others. Loyal enthusiasts and first-timers alike can enjoy returning exhibits “Make Room, Modern Design Meets Craft” and an expanded American Craft Charm Collection, as well as experience new presentations such as “Hip Pop” and “Let’s Make” which encourage guests to touch and feel the hands-on process of creating artwork. If you have a knack for making things, definitely make plans to attend. Tickets and additional information are available at craftcouncil.org/Atlanta. PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL


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BUNDT Sugar and spice is everything nice, but if you’ve ever tried to slide a bundt cake out of its intricate pan, you know sometimes the process is a little less than nice. Luckily, there’s a bakery that knows the secret, and their newest location just opened in Cumming. Nothing Bundt Cakes, also in Sandy Springs and Alpharetta, serves nine staple flavors of moist, delicious cake (our favorite was white chocolate raspberry), topped in their famous cream cheese icing, plus a monthly treat of something new and tasty – Chocolate Turtle this month! Cakes come sold as bundlets, bundtinis or full-size cakes, plain or decorated for a special occasion. They come in 10 flavors and even provide gluten-free bundts. The shop, now open in The Collection at Forsyth, also stocks their shelves with everything you need to complete a party scape, whether for a hostess gift or just to satisfy your own sweet tooth. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. nothingbundtcakes.com

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GOOD-NATURED COMPETITION On your mark, get set, go! Keep your New Year’s fitness resolutions in check by registering to participate in the 14th Annual Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Race. Become one with nature by experiencing the breathtaking views along the river while benefiting the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Sponsored by Big Peach Running Co., AutoTrader, Whole Foods Market and the City of Roswell, this official qualifier for the 2015 Peachtree Road Race will be held Feb. 14 at 7:30 a.m. and for less-competitive patrons, a One-Mile Fun Run starts at 7:40 a.m. To save your place at the starting line, register online at active.com or at any Big Peach Running Co. store. – Sydney Smith

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Make 2015 your year to get involved with the North Fulton community! Country Club of the South invites you and 300 friends to the 8th Annual Peachtree Tea on Feb. 24 to benefit HomeStretch, an organization providing much needed help since 1991 to the homeless, evicted, abused and others getting back on their feet. Benefiting families work, pay undermarket rent, attend LifeSkills classes, meet with a social worker and volunteer mentors, and most importantly, strive toward a sustainable and secure future. This exclusive tea party is complete with tasty treats, silent auctions, large prize raffles, testimonials that will guarantee not a dry eye in the room, and of course, tea! Whether you are looking to donate time or treasure, or to experience the impact firsthand with a keynote address from a HomeStretch graduate, purchase your ticket for the upcoming Peachtree Tea today. homestretch.org – Sydney Smith

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IMAGINATION IS In case you missed this groundbreaking news, Edward Andrews Homes opened its new industry-leading Design Center in December 2014. A Top 20 Atlanta home builder and one of the city’s five fastest-growing companies, their communities span North Fulton, South Forsyth and East Cobb with future communities expanding to Sandy Springs and North Gwinnett. Based in Alpharetta, the exciting new center is now home to the ExAct Design Experience, an innovative process that helps buyers imagine, plan and digitally create their dream house prior to construction. Using interactive style quizzes, lifestyle questionnaires, 3D rendering technologies and the Resource Center, the Edward Andrews Homes professional team delivers desirable designs while staying on time and on budget – in other words, custom without the complications. eahomes.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF EDWARD ANDREWS HOME

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GO RED

Dress in your finest red attire and join Atlanta’s elite at the 7th Annual Red Dress Party Feb. 13 to support a cause close to the heart. This gala begins at 8 p.m. and benefits the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women,” a movement advocating for more research on heart disease. Hosted by Just Steph and 33 Events, this charitable tradition takes over the luxury Crowne Plaza Ravinia on Ashford Dunwoody Road with silent auctions, dancing and plenty of fun photo ops. Put on your dancing shoes and strut your stuff across the red carpet for the celebration of healthy hearts. 33events.com/33EventsRedDressParty.html – Sydney Smith

PARENT/CHILD HOG HUNT ADVENTURE Want to spend the weekend introducing your children or grandchildren to the sport of hunting? Look no further than Eagle Rock Plantation. Located only minutes from Athens, this property is among the finest in the country. From Feb. 13 through 15, Sandra and Mitch Slay of Eagle Rock Plantation are hosting a special parent/child weekend event for budding hunters. The $650 package includes overnight accommodations and meals for both and ample opportunity to shoot your own trophy hog. To reserve your spot and more details, call 706-743-7659 or visit eaglerockplantation.com.

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{ B O O KS W E LOV E }

{ W RI T TEN BY HEATHER KW BROWN }

—————————— THEN —————————— “J O E G O U LD’ S S E C R E T ” BY AU T H O R J O S E P H M ITC H E LL

WHY I CHOSE to become a writer, I might never pinpoint, but I can rattle off a number of writers I loved to read en route to making that decision. Avid readers would already know those names and find them, even today, on the top 100 books to read; the select few that have heard of Joseph Mitchell have most likely also read his work, none of which are typically ranked as must-read classics. A North Carolinian who moved to New York in 1929, Mitchell was a reporter and feature writer for various publications until eventually becoming a legendary writer for The New Yorker. I fi rst heard of his book “Joe Gould’s Secret” as an aspiring writer and knew as early as the author’s note that I was in for an unconventional treat. He briefly states that, “this book consists of two views of the same man, a lost soul named Joe Gould.” Interestingly enough, these two parts were originally published as Profiles in The New Yorker — 22 years apart. Gould was a Harvard-educated member of one of the oldest families in Massachusetts, yet he had exchanged that lifestyle for one as a Greenwich Village bohemian who wore castoff clothes, borrowed money, slept in flophouses, told prolonged stories and constantly worked on what he called “An Oral History of Our Time.” Gould's oddball stories, Mitchell's descriptions of him (diametrical and without hesitation) and the incessant search for Gould’s mysterious notebooks are a trifecta hard to resist.

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A SINGLE, DUSTY HIKING BOOT is what initially captured my attention. The story of its owner, a woman in her 20s who suffers the loss of her mom and, in many ways, almost herself very soon after, is what kept my attention. Page. After. Page. Admittedly one with an insatiable appetite for wanderlust, I love a good journey, especially when it unfolds in such an amazing backdrop.

In “Wild,” Cheryl Strayed — and if you’re wondering if that’s her real name, you’ll have to read the book — impulsively decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon into Washington State. Not only does she succeed, despite having no experience or training, she does so alone. Though the subtitle, “From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” lets us know the book ends happily, it does not come without its fair share of personal drama. Once we learn just how far down she falls, the distance she travels, both figuratively and literally, is impressive. Along the trail, we learn about her father, stepfather, brother, older sister, ex-husband and most importantly, her mother. As if the physical toughness required to carry “Monster” — the name given to her 30-pound backpack — isn’t enough, Strayed must also endure the arduous feat of coming to terms with her mother’s death and her own life choices. Along the way, she meets plenty of characters (some you can’t help but like and a few you won’t), but she writes as if on a roller coaster, hanging on for dear life at times and other times tossing caution to the wind. The result is a powerful and addictive read, that like the trail itself, can’t help but teach you something different every step of the way.

{ W R I TTE N BY JE N N I F E R C O LO S I MO }

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I DON’T REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST learned to read — but I remember with fondness being called a bookworm by my family. I couldn’t keep my nose out of the pages of then-classics like Ramona and Beezus, Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High and Goosebumps. I read mysteries with gusto, historical books with raging curiosity and campy, children's books like they were Halloween candy about to go stale. There’s one thing that helped me decide which book of my childhood really stood out — not that I would have said it was my favorite, but looking back, it must be. It’s called “The Cold Sassy Tree,” by Olive Ann Burns. Burns wrote this

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—————————— NOW —————————— “J O E ” A N D “ FAY ” BY AU T H O R L A R RY B R OW N

I’VE READ stories that have stuck with me long after I hesitantly turned to read the last page. They are stories that resonated with life lessons or reminded me of people I knew. Some are even inspiring out of the simple fact of their fantastical existence. They make you ask, “Could that really happen?” And, whether treated with a happy ending, an insane thriller or something completely fictional derived from our fascinating history, I still can’t get enough. That fact alone is why the back-to-back novels, “Joe” and “Fay,” by Oxford-born-and-bred author, Larry Brown are still two of my favorite stories. I still recommend them to friends, family and fellow Goodreads.com followers. In “Joe,” Brown introduces us to a family living in the woods, well beyond the brink of poverty. In “Fay,” it follows the family’s oldest daughter as she takes the next step in her own life. It’s a two-book tale woven in, around and between motifs

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of family values, the delicacy of humanity and, as with any good story, a glimmer of hope. For this family, that glimmer’s medium needs some elbow grease to really show off the shine, but it’s something that hits home on any scale. It is the kind of story that makes you wonder what you’d do in the same situation. It makes you question your own strength, grit and, most of all, survival instincts. It’s not a happy-ending kind of story, but it’s a read that takes over your entire soul – and for a fellow Southerner, it’s something you can’t ignore, or miss out on reading.

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1906-set novel the year I was born. I discovered it about 12 years later, after a family member passed it along, saying it reminded her of my grandfather — a man filled with comedy, character and a genuine love for life. The story follows a family in the fictional town of Cold Sassy. Told from a young 14-year-old boy’s perspective, the innocent narrative on life’s harder lessons made it a fascinating read for me. It introduced social systems, morality based in and outside of religion and it depicted a different sense of what family means around the world (and throughout history). I remember reveling in the illustration of country life, Cadillacs and general stores. And, while I can’t put my fi nger on why it was the one book that still stands out to me, I know I can blame my love for Southern authors and historical fiction on it. In a way, I think those have shaped me as a writer as well.

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—————————— THEN —————————— N A N CY D R E W S E R I E S BY AU T H O R C A R O LY N K E E N E

LIKE MANY THINGS IN LIFE, I learned my love of reading from my older sister. I’m continually borrowing hardcovers and paperbacks off her shelves, but this practice all traces back to one series. My earliest and fondest memories of curling up with a chapter book – back when designating them as “chapter books” was in fact a point of pride — include Nancy Drew. Turning the pages as this clever and seemingly fearless female heroine solved mysteries was truly a family affair, as my sister received her first bright yellow bound copy from my aunt and my mom often recounted which were her favorite volumes. From Nancy’s enviable roadster to gal pals Bess and George to discovering the secret in the old clock, hidden staircases, the clue in the diary, these books were my introduction to the adventure of reading. While I may have been up past bedtime reading from the comfort of my own bed, my mind went with Nancy to haunted mansions and daring places. Those yellow spines were what I searched for on trips to the local library, hoping for one of the 56 volumes I hadn’t checked out yet. Later, my sister and I embraced the computer game versions of the books and even the 2007 film adaptation – but of course, the old adage they say about the original being the best holds true for a classic like Nancy Drew. Since the series first debuted in 1930, I know the women in my family weren’t alone in growing up with stories of “Car-


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Find yourself running out of ideas for new books to read or looking to revisit a classic? We asked local independent bookstore owners and sellers for their favorites. W RI T TEN BY NICOLE MCLAUG HLIN

TINA NEWMAN AND MARION SILVERMAN of Read It Again Books, located in Johns Creek Town Center, were overjoyed about sharing their book recommendations. For a great classic to pick up this month, Silverman suggests trying “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. “I gave it to my parents and it’s my children’s’ favorite book and my husband’s favorite book,” she said. “Everyone should read it – even adults!” For a new release, they both loved Lawrence Hill’s “Someone Knows My Name,” based on true events about a kidnapping during the

Revolutionary War. 3630 Peachtree Parkway, 770-232-9331, read-it-again.com KIKA PACHECO from Humpus Bumpus in Cumming had a harder time picking her childhood favorite. “I almost couldn't tell you there are so many,” Pacheco said. She narrowed it down to two: “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell, one of the bestselling books of all time and anything by Jane Austen. “She just has a way with spinning a tale.” 703 Atlanta Road, 770–781-9705, humpusbumpus.com

olyn Keene’s” (actually a pseudonym for multiple writers) girl sleuth by their bed. I hope that young readers today continue to find the same thrill in discovering the secrets, deciphering passwords and daring to adventure through the printed words.

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IF NANCY DREW IS THE WOMAN I wanted to be as an elementary reader, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is the character I wanted to emulate as a freshman in college, when I first read Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help.” The 22-yearold protagonist returns home with her journalism degree from Ole Miss, single and ready to conquer her career as a reporter, but the 1962 world around her has other ideas about who she should be. Skirting gender and racial boundaries that defined her Mississippi town and their times, she braves crossing these lines. The effect is an equally poignant and hilarious storyline that

ANNALL GERSON, who co-owns Bookmiser, located in Roswell and East Cobb, with her husband Jim, answered our questions with ease. For her classic recommendation, Gerson offered “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. “I love this book because it was one of the first futuristic books I read and taught,” she said. “It made you view the world and the freedoms of life in a different way. We take so much for granted.” Gerson’s pick for a new classic is “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, published in 2013. “It’s non-fiction, which most people would not pick at first, but it’s an easy read full of suspense and thrills. It’s a remarkable tale about the human spirit and what it can endure.” 4651 Sandy Plains Road, 770-993-1555 or 3822 Roswell Road, 770-509-5611, bookmiser.net

FoxTale Book Shoppe’s owner, ELLEN WARD of Woodstock, selected two classics that will pull at your heartstrings. “Old Yeller” by Fred Gipson and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee are books that take you back to the classic values and ideals of strong leading characters who exhibit loyalty, family values and strong morals. For fresh fiction, Ward suggests Anthony Doerr’s “All the Lights We Cannot See,” a historical novel written in 2014 on the Nazi invasion of Paris. “It’s a wonderful new take on an old story,” she said. “A young blind girl and a young boy dragged into the Nazi army are the main story tellers, and when their stories intersect, it’s beautiful.” 105 East Main Street, 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com

will not only leave a mark on history, but your heart as well. Skeeter is far from the only character to love in these pages, as the narration takes turn from three uncommon women including Aibleen, a maid that reminds us “You is kind, you is smart, you is important,” and Minny, Aibleen’s best friend who can cook like nobody’s business. This is where Stockett’s talent truly shines. Like a comforting heirloom patchwork quilt, the author creates three pitch-perfect voices that weave together universal lessons shared between mothers, daughters, caregivers and friends – those women who shape us into who we are. If the novel isn’t inspiring enough, Stockett’s own journey of bringing the book to life — and ultimately the silver screen with Academy Awards to boot — is a story in itself. Considering she received more than 60 rejection letters from literary agents for years before becoming a bestselling author, it’s no surprise her characters share a kindred tenacious spirit worth emulating. First published in 2009, this novel may no longer be gracing headlines or bestseller lists, but it remains at the top of my go-to recommendations for those looking for a timeless story to love. PN

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HOW CROSSFIT CAN HELP ANYONE GET THEIR GROOVE BACK { W RITTEN BY HEATHER KW BROW N }

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will not drink the Kool-aid. I will not drink the Kool-aid. I am runner, hear me roar.

The unrelenting reminder scrolled through my mind like an ESPN sports ticker, even as I stood surrounded by rigs, ropes, weights and whiteboards scribbled with code I couldn’t read. I could translate the strength workout, but was lost at MetCon: 5 RFT, DB S2OH (35/25, 30/20) x 10, DL (185/125, 135/95) x 10. The only one I recognized — run x 400m — was precisely why I’d stepped into a CrossFit box. Hindered by a nagging injury that I desperately wanted to fi x, I read “Unbreakable Runner” by CrossFit Endurance founder Brian Mackenzie and journalist T.J. Murphy. Not entirely convinced, but curious how CrossFit Endurance was different, I reluctantly traded miles on the mountain for gumption in the gym.

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I quickly learned that unlike Starbucks, where you get exactly what you expect regardless of location, CrossFit affiliates vary significantly. Ultimately, whether the goal is simply getting back into shape or upping the ante as a formidable endurance athlete, success depends on choosing the right one for you. The Challenge of Change Apparently, you’re never too old for that knot-in-the-gut, first-day-of-school feeling because it arrived about the same time I did on Day One. That, and copious questions daring my self-esteem to waiver: What if I can’t lift much weight? What if I’m too slow? What if the program doesn’t work? What if it does … and my legs become thick tree trunks that will never fit into my favorite jeans again? Of all the stigmas associated with this fitness craze, the one I feared most was lifting more weight than I felt comfortable attempting in a room filled with bodybuilders. I wasted no time sharing my concerns to Chris Shewmaker, owner of CrossFit Kennesaw and co-owner of CrossFit Alpharetta. “Each gym has a different personality and a different clientele, so the mentality inside is going to be different too,” he said.

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“We’ve got a vast array of people, ranging [in age] from 16 to 68, all with various goals, body shapes and experience levels.” “What we are really big on is teaching people to move the right way so they don’t get hurt with anything they’re doing, whether it’s a competition, cycling, running or lifting a bag of dog food,” added Shewmaker, a former fi nancial planner, who turned to CrossFit in 2009 and now helps clients invest in their health. A methodology that combines constantly varied, high intensity and functional training, CrossFit has 10 fitness domains that coaches emphasize weekly: cardiovascular respiratory endurance, strength, stamina and flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy. Jason Sobczak, who co-owns CrossFit East Cobb with fellow Army friend Chris Sims, explained, “Out of those 10, strength is the most general skill and the most important one. Whether you’re an East Cobb soccer mom, military guy, high

“Each gym has a different personality and a different clientele, so the mentality inside is going to be different too. We’ve got a vast array of people, ranging [in age] from 16 to 68, all with various goals, body shapes and experience levels.” CHRIS SHEWMAKER Owner of CrossFit Kennesaw and co-owner of CrossFit Alpharetta pointsnorthatlanta.com | February 2015 | Points North

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school athlete, endurance athlete or senior citizen, when you are strong, whatever you are doing in life becomes easier.” The thought of giving up my running shoes, even temporarily, was not well received, but the notion of stronger equals easier certainly was. And so began my love-hate relationship with CrossFit. Fast and Strong I started with a trial class at CrossFit East Cobb, then took the Fundamentals Course at CrossFit Kennesaw (CFK). For newbies, the fundamental classes are a welcomed bonus; the classes are typically small, which means more one-on-one time to learn the names and proper form for each move. Every class has a warm-up specific to the daily strength exercise as well as the “W.O.D.” (workout of the day). “MetCon,” I soon learned, stands for metabolic conditioning. “Functional training — multi-joint, multi-muscle movements that are natural to the body — is really the basis of CrossFit,” Sobczak said. “We don’t do any bodybuilding movements like triceps kickbacks or calf extensions. They will help you put muscle on, and they look good, but they don’t help if you’re running 100 miles or mountain climbing.” Between their military backgrounds and numerous athletic endeavors like 100mile trail races and Ironman competitions, Sobczak and Sims pride themselves as endurance-minded coaches with the programming to back it up. “CrossFit is definitely associated with the fast 10-minute workout, where we do hour-long workout sessions,” Sobczak said. “During these workouts, your

lung capacity is up in the 80 to 90 percent range.” Certified for CrossFit Endurance, coaches implementing this program create training plans for members with specific goals. “Communication between you and the coaches is very important, so that we can figure out how to help you modify the PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALAN BROOKS; JASON SOBCZAK

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workout to reach your goals more effectively,” Shewmaker stated. “Our [philosophy] is more general physical preparedness. We’re going to do a little bit of everything — some short and some long, some heavy, some light — but at the end of the day, I believe the intensity of the movement is going to trump the longevity of it,” he added.


Shewmaker explained that for endurance athletes already doing the distance training, weights and mobility are paramount and typically the missing pieces in their plan. “[We’re going] to make sure everything is moving properly. That’s where our program is very beneficial to a lot of folks because you can tailor-make it and it’s not going to beat down an already beaten-down body.” “I think we do a better job than most of coaching and scaling. What’s written on the board is a guideline — we modify whatever we need to for a good workout and ultimately, the response members are looking for," he added. Will my next race be the best yet? Might depend on how often I repeat what Jerry Collett, one of my CFK coaches, said: "The difference between [great athletes and potentially great athletes], is those that are great, let people see them fail ... cause when they do succeed, everyone knows they worked their butt off to get there." Maybe a little Kool-aid can "fix" me after all. PN

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demonstrating the journey to “find your possible” starts with a single step. Reflecting on her own steps to date, Karp quipped, “I’ve traded in my high heels of the fashion world for running pants and running shoes, and haven’t looked back.” Finding Their Stride While she now serves as the face of the business, Karp’s passion did not develop overnight. “Steve has always been athletic, but I never had been,” said the slightly-built brunette. “In fact, I hated physical education classes in school. And even though I was a

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cheerleader in high school, I had never been happy with my weight.” Karp, a self-described yo-yo dieter and exerciser, tried everything to stay in shape until she and Steve found a solution that stuck. “In 2009, we found CrossFit, which gave me the encouragement and confidence to do things I never thought possible,” Karp said. “It made all the difference.” At the time, Karp — still working in fashion retailing for GUESS — and Steve, a project director for a national commercial construction firm, wedged training workouts between their jobs, but by the following year, they had set a goal of running a half-marathon (13.1 miles). The determined couple hired a coach and read the latest books about being physically fit, starting with shorter distances of 5K and 10K events. Karp also consulted a nutritionist to better prepare her for the training. The completion of their first halfmarathon in 2010 proved to Karp that she could become a solid athlete. “Our coach did the Ironman in 2011 and, by that time, we were committed to


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endurance sports,” Karp said. “Steve and I began training for triathlons – swimming, biking and running. As I approached my 40th birthday, we set a goal of doing the Ironman in Panama City Beach, Fla.” The duo did half-marathons, sprints, Olympic and half Ironmans around the country in preparation for their goal race, building both skill and endurance. Finally, in November of 2013, they traveled to Panama City Beach to join more than 2,800 people in crossing another milestone off their list. “It was an amazing experience to be out there with people from all over the world – all kinds of people, all ages – professional athletes and just everyday people who enjoy challenging themselves as athletes,” Karp recalled. The Karps raced at their own paces, with Lee walking at times during the running segment due to a bout with plantar fasciitis. “You just don’t know how that feels to complete an event like this until you’ve done it. I can’t really describe the elation and the emotion,” she said. Keeping in Step It’s this kind of passion that not only keeps athletes like the Karps going the distance,

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but also provided the idea for their most recent venture. “We [noticed] very little infrastructure to support people who wanted to start an endurance sport, especially triathlons,” Karp said. Flipping through Triathlete Magazine one day, they saw an ad for Endurance House. “It was just what we were looking for: a place where people can ask questions, get advice and interact with other people who have the same goals,” she said. In early 2013, the Karps reached out to Endurance House International founders and accomplished triathletes Jamie and Tara Osborn of Madison, Wis. “Jamie and Tara are like [us]; their values align with ours and we’re all interested and committed to providing the support, information, resources, education and encouragement to help people reach their athletic goals,” Karp said, adding, “Everything just fit.” Supporting local athletes as well as each other, the Karps are equal partners in Endurance House, which is more than a retail sporting goods and specialty shoe store. Customers are greeted with personal attention from staff members trying to understand each customer’s fitness program and ultimate health goals. The Per-

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sonalized Movement Profile – free to customers – helps analyze walking movements to identify the most appropriate shoe for each person’s unique gait. The store also employs a bicycle fitter for cyclists and triathletes. While continuing to train and compete in endurance events is a top priority for the Karps, in their spare time, they also stay active in their church and volunteer throughout the community including the Georgia English Bulldog Rescue group. They own three rescued Bulldogs and an adopted cat. “We are so incredibly blessed that we both have the same passion about our fitness,” Karp said. “And the important thing [is that] we are not professional athletes opening a retail store; we’re business people who are putting everything we’ve learned so far into building our own dream, while at the same time helping people realize theirs.” PN

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storefront near a shopping mall, The Rotisserie Shop displays a rustic red sign on the wall with a word inspired by “Charlotte’s Web”: humble. Considering the stellar reputation established in its young life, this concept eatery certainly fits the bill, as passersby might not expect the restaurant to be a culinary showcase of two classically trained chefs from New York. Owners Carla Geniso and Chris Malfitano not only have training from The Culinary Institute of America and New York Restaurant School, respectively, but they are also married. Intrigued to find two married chefs running a restaurant together, I set out to learn how they make it work on the job, in the kitchen and at home. Humble Beginnings The couple met during their externship at the prestigious Westchester Country Club in New York, and didn’t initially partner up on their own. “They just kind of paired us up together,” Geniso remembered. “One day they told us to chop up a bunch of herbs, so we did that all day. We didn’t talk much.” “I was more introverted,” explained Malfitano, a friendly but shy guy who leaves the impression that, if you got him talking, he would wow you with his creativity. Down to earth and straightforward, Geniso comes across as a pragmatic woman, and when it concerns her talent as a chef, she’d rather show you than tell you. Despite their balanced personalities, I wondered how two artistic minds, especially being married with children, could work so well in the same kitchen. “It’s a power struggle constantly!” Geniso laughed. Like any married couple, they have pet peeves about each other. “Carla’s fast, but she’s scatterbrained. She’ll start like 50 projects,” Malfitano said, while Geniso

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thinks her husband has a tendency to overfeed. “People are rolling out of here!” she joked. Despite these little quirks, the couple is successfully realizing their dream together. They’ve smoothed the process by divvying up tasks and focusing on each other’s strong suits. “I’ll make a lot of the soups, all the stuff for the cold stations, some of the side items,” Geniso said, adding, “And Chris comes up with [most of the specials]; he’s very creative.” A long relationship, including eight years together before marBRINGING IT HOME riage, and shared With two chefs in the house, it’s no wonder that their families pile in for the couple’s holiday goals have helped dinners every year. With their experience servtheir efforts pan ing larger parties, extending that option through out. “We’ve been The Rotisserie Shop was a no-brainer. They offer c om m it t e d to catering, including special menus for holidays each other since and options for everyday family meals. The we met, and now Family Picnic provides an entire meal that will serve three to four. we’re working partners … it’s all very 36

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tied up,” said the mother of 11-year-old Guiliana and 4-year-old Leo. Though they each have their own specialties, the menu is a collaborative effort and a collage of their various influences. A New Take on Rotisserie There’s plenty of room for both chefs in the creative process, as everything is made in-house with a solid main menu supplemented by an evolving array of specials. Daily specials, like the bacon-jalapeño mac and cheese with pimento ranch or the Spanish chicken panini, keep customers coming back to see what’s new. The desire to stand out among the typical Busbee Parkway fare and offer something more palatable than franchise food has worked very well so far. “Once they try the specials or try the chicken, [they realize] it’s really different from anything they’ve ever had," Malfitano said.


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{ A CO U P LE O F C H E FS } My taste buds agreed. The shop hits the target with their signature rotisserie chicken — paired with the Cayenne Buffalo Hot sauce, it’s a step above the competition and downright tasty. As a side, I chose the jalapeño coleslaw, which harmoniously balanced the spiciness of the pepper and the creamy base. Being a Southern girl, I couldn’t resist trying their collard greens, either. I was surprised to find that these two Italian New Yorkers not only make delicious greens, but some that might rival what I’ve had from many of the soul-food restaurants in Atlanta. Perhaps part of what makes the food so impressive, besides their talent, is the care in selecting ingredients with environmental sustainability in mind. Since opening in 2013, The Rotisserie Shop put a focus on sourcing local, natural meats and produce, and making everything in-house. Chickens come from Gainesville, and the shrimp and grits are made with Georgia-grown shrimp, which make it easy to see why this dish is a favorite. Their Italian heritage also has influence on their technique, as they use San Marzano tomatoes and makes their own mozzarella. Geniso’s international background from living overseas and traveling at a young age is reflected on

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the menu, as well as Malfitano’s passion for the Southern cuisine that relocated the couple to Atlanta. Proof is the Georgia shrimp, crispy cheddar grit cake and Andouille sausage that comes together in a beurre blanc infused with tomatoes and creates an Italian-French-Southern mash-up of culinary wit. One thing is for sure: whether you come to The Rotisserie Shop for the chicken and waffles, the mezze wrap or the daily special, your appetite will thank you. And that is the main impression this culinary couple hopes customers have. “We also want them to trust us, as far as what we’re doing,” Geniso elaborated. “They’ll try the special, try something they normally weren’t going to enjoy or ever order. So then they’re like, ‘Well, whatever this place makes, it’s good.’ I think that speaks a lot for what we do.” From their humble surroundings, this couple is rightly proud of the foodie haven they’ve created. PN

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Facing Page, clockwise from top left: Mixed greens with cherry balsamic vinaigrette and chocolate covered bacon bits; chocolate crostini with honeyed-ricotta and cilantro-mint sauce; red velvet shortcakes with white chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries; simple faux molé chicken enchiladas

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culinary euphoria. We all know that chocolate satisfies a sweet tooth, makes up for a bad day and often says “I love you,” but this decadent bite also packs a healthy punch. Popularly dubbed a super food, chocolate, especially the dark variety with more than 60 percent cacao content, can boost your mood and your health. Research suggests that eating chocolate causes a release of endorphins and may increase levels of serotonin — a feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain. The antioxidants found in the cacao can help rid your body of environmental toxins, the flavanols can help to reduce blood pressure and vascular inflammation, leading to a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, not to mention overall better health when included with a well-balanced diet. With more than enough reasons in mind plus my knack of tinkering in the kitchen, I decided to create (and taste test) a menu crafted using chocolate in every dish. While better for your health, the chocolate possessing more than 60 percent cacao is on the bitter side, so I aimed to add a touch of sweetness to balance out the bitterness — without making every dish taste like dessert. Sure, these recipes could be a Valentine’s gift prepared for someone you love, but with all the benefits to your health, using chocolate as an ingredient is pretty much a gift to you too.

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Chocolate, especially the dark variety with more than 60 percent cacao content, can boost both your mood and your health.

Sweet Beginnings The French know the combination of chocolate and bread results in blissful bites such as chocolate crêpes, pain au chocolat and chocolate croissants. Following that logic, taking crostini pieces (basically baguette slices brushed with oil then toasted) and smearing melted chocolate on them would be a starting point for a delicious appetizer. Better yet, use it as your canvas, topping the chocolate crostini with fruit, cheese such as brie, ricotta or mascarpone, jam or even a tiny spoonful of minced chipotle pepper. For my chocolate canvas, I used honeyed ricotta, which became a mild, creamy break between my two bold layers and a cilantro-mint sauce. Next up, the salad course. Since my husband and I are in love with the idea of chocolate-covered bacon — or honestly anything with bacon — I decided to pair the culinary super star with chocolate atop a salad dressed with cherry balsamic vinaigrette. The ingredients complement each other perfectly. The slightly bitter flavor and light crunch of the salad greens are an ideal counter to the richness of the chocolate, the smokiness of the bacon and the sweetness of the cherry-balsamic vinaigrette. This is a crowd-pleasing salad. Spicing Things Up My favorite Mexican restaurant serves chicken enchiladas molé, covered in a rich, red-brown colored sauce that has a 42

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bold complex chili flavor, with just the right amount of heat, sweetness and, of course, more chocolate. I thought it would be great to reproduce this dish at home … until I started researching molé recipes. Most recipes involved at least 20 ingredients, sometimes up to 30. For an authentic recreation, you need lots of time, day-old bread, nuts, many spices and dried chilis, including types that would be difficult to find at my grocery store. So, I began to think of the Mexican staple in the same way I think of the French Macaron, leaving it to the folks that specialize in making them. That changed one cold, wet Alpharetta afternoon when, on a whim, I threw a handful of chili-infused dark chocolate into a bowl of chili and the concept for my chicken enchiladas with “faux molé” was born. The result was smoother in texture and more flavorful than the store-bought version, which can be gritty. My recipe has only five ingredients, takes about five minutes to make, and won the taste test by my husband, who can be a kind but honest food critic when needed. Saving the Best for Last Choosing a grand finale was the most challenging, yet tastiest part of this chocolate-induced food marathon. Although dessert should be the easiest course to develop a recipe, the problem proved not to be a lack of options, but originality. I began to brainstorm, imagining desserts I wanted to see on a plate, and red velvet kept dancing through my head. The red color is right for the holiday, and it has a hidden chocolate component, as traditional red velvet cake recipes include cocoa powder. To take it up a notch, I decided to go double chocolate, adding it in the cake and the filling. This creation is a heavenly combo of sexy red velvet cake filled with cool, creamy white chocolate mousse. I kept it simple with a boxed cake mix because this easy ensemble can be prepared ahead of time, meaning you can spend time enjoying your Valentine’s company, rather than rushing around the kitchen in a mad rush while spilling things, incorrectly measuring your ingredients, burning your forearms and under- or over-cooking food because you are attempting to do too much at one time. Not that I know any of that from experience ... Enjoy. Better yet, take time to tinker till your heart's content and sample often. After all, it's good for you.


C H O C O L AT E C R O S T I N I W IT H HONEYEDR I C OT TA A N D CILANTRO -MINT S AU C E Makes approximately 25 crostini CROSTINI 1 baguette, sliced into ½-inch pieces 3 tablespoons olive oil (or some neutral oil like canola or vegetable) CILANTRO-MINT SAUCE 3 cups fresh cilantro 1 cup fresh mint 3 teaspoons fresh ginger root, grated 1 green chili (I used a serano without the seed to enhance the bite, but not overpower) Juice from 1 lime 2 teaspoons honey Salt to taste Neutral flavored oil until mixture takes on a pesto-like consistency  HONEYED RICOTTA 1 cup ricotta 1 tablespoon honey Pinch of salt CHOCOLATE SPREAD 4 ounces 60-percent cacao dark chocolate, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon shortening DIRECTIONS: Arrange baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush each slice with a little oil and bake at 400 degrees, watching carefully, until bread is golden brown. Remove

from oven and set aside to cool. In a blender or mini food processor, combine all ingredients for sauce. Add just enough oil to get the sauce well blended and smooth, then pour sauce into a bowl and set aside at room temperature. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, honey and salt until well blended; set aside. In a heatproof, microwavable glass bowl, place chocolate and shortening, then heat just until chocolate is melted. Whisk until smooth. Spread the chocolate, then honeyed ricotta, and finally cilantro mint sauce toppings over the toasted slices.

MIXED GREENS W IT H C H E R RY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE A N D C H O C O L AT E C OV E R E D B AC O N BITS Serves 6 CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON BITS 6 bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces (Tip: keep bacon frozen and cut into 1-inch pieces while still frozen. Defrost bacon at room temperature or in microwave and separate the pieces.) 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped 1 teaspoon shortening SALAD GREENS 1 5-ounce container of mixed greens such as baby romaine, washed

and spun dry VINAIGRETTE 1 tablespoon cherry preserves 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange bacon pieces on a non-stick rimmed baking sheet/jelly roll pan. Watching carefully, bake bacon pieces until golden brown (15 to 20 minutes) and crispy, but careful not to burn. After removing crispy bits from oven, drain on paper towels. In a microwave-safe glass bowl, heat chocolate and shortening in microwave for 30 seconds. Check chocolate and if it has not begun to melt, microwave for a few seconds more. Once it begins to melt, whisk until it is fully melted, smooth and glossy. Holding the edge of bacon bits with tongs, dip them into melted chocolate and then place chocolate covered bits on parchment paper and chill until chocolate is set for 30 minutes. (This can be done a couple of hours to a day ahead of time.) In a small bowl, whisk together preserves and balsamic vinegar. Slowly drizzle olive oil into the bowl while whisking constantly. Salt and pepper to taste. In a large bowl,

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toss the greens in the cherry-balsamic vinaigrette and then sprinkle with chocolate-covered bacon. Voilà!

S I M P LE FAU X M O LÉ C H I C K E N E N C H I L A DA S Serves 6 CHICKEN 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled and shredded or three chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (make sure the chicken is warm)

FINGER-LICKING FINISH Walter Brooks of 3 Brothers BBQ & Catering in Alpharetta shared his own secrets for a chocolate finishing sauce that is unlike anything you’ve tasted. “Originally, our finishing sauces were created for use in the last few minutes of cooking by brushing them over meat, fish or vegetables,” he said. “Little did we know they were so much more versatile than that.” With help from creative customers, Brooks realized 3 Brothers BBQ sauces also make great marinades, grilling sauces, dipping sauces, salad dressings, pasta sauces and condiments. “We're proud to say that our sauces have won several major food industry awards, and they make it easy for you to create award-worthy dishes at home.” Find his recipe for Super Bowl Chocolate BBQ Wings using 3 Brothers Chocolate BBQ Finishing Sauce online at pointsnorthatlanta.com/3-brothers-bbq

DAW N ' S T I P S F O R C O O K I N G W IT H C H O C O L AT E : 1. Chocolate begins to melt at 80 degrees and is fully melted by the time it reaches 100 degrees. When melting chocolate for cooking, manage the heat very, very carefully and avoid scorching. 2. Be sure to keep water away from your chocolate mixture. Water can cause your chocolate to seize, meaning no longer able to work with for recipes. 3. Add half a teaspoon of shortening for every two ounces of melted chocolate to ensure the texture is smooth and shiny – perfect for dipping and coating.

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FAUX MOLÉ SAUCE 3 eight-ounce cans tomato sauce 1 1.25-ounce packet regular chili mix 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 to 2 teaspoon(s) (depending on personal heat preference) ground chipotle chili pepper powder 1.5 ounces (three squares from a fourounce, eight-piece square bar) dark, chili infused chocolate, chopped  ENCHILADAS 18 to 24 small corn tortillas 1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled 1/2 cup red onions, diced 1/2 cup fresh cilantro DIRECTIONS: In a medium sauce pan, whisk together and heat the tomato sauce, chili mix, brown sugar and chipotle pepper powder until simmering (add salt and pep-

per to taste). Turn heat off and then whisk in chocolate until completely melted. Cover faux molé sauce and keep warm. Over very high heat, on a griddle (or other non-stick pan), heat each corn tortilla for just a few seconds on each side until warm and toasted (cover and set aside). Place a spoonful of chicken mixture on each tortilla and roll to form enchiladas. Place three to four on each plate, cover with molé sauce and then garnish with queso fresco, onions and cilantro.

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2 tablespoons powdered sugar (optional) DIRECTIONS: In a medium bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken and then gradually add in sugar and beat until stiff peaks form, set aside. In a different medium bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy then add melted white chocolate and continue to beat until smooth. Fold in whipped cream, then cover tightly and refrigerate mixture at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter/or spray and lightly flour a rimmed baking sheet/ jelly roll pan. Pour cake batter onto prepared pan and smooth the top so it’s evenly spread. Bake until skewer or toothpick comes out clean when pressed into the center of the cake (about 15 minutes). Allow cake to cool 10 minutes before turning cake out onto counter lined with parchment paper. With a biscuit cutter, gently cut red velvet short cake rounds out of cake, cool cake rounds completely. Place a cake round on a serving plate or platter. Top cake with a spoonful of the chilled white chocolate mousse. Add a second cake round and top with another spoonful of mousse. Add a few raspberries and then sift a little powdered sugar on top. PN


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dotted with classic vacation destinations that evoke visions of time-honored traditions – lighthouses, palmetto trees, fresh catches and finding the perfect souvenir. Get ready to wander with me to a small South Georgia island over to Charleston and then the Grand Strand of South Carolina. Some gems have stood for centuries, while others are new to the scene — all are well worth the drive.

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AN ECLECTIC HAVEN WITH SURPRISING HISTORY, Tybee is a place where businesses are owned and operated by people with saltwater in their veins and true passion for the preservation of the island’s natural beauty. I quickly learned that life is best lived on “Tybee Time,” preferably on a dock or in Adirondack chairs sharing front porch philosophies with friends. Mermaids Welcome More than a decade ago, Diane Kaufman, founder and owner, or as she prefers, “Head Mermaid,” of the cheerfully restored Mermaid Cottages decided to leave the city life for a slower pace. Many of her inviting properties date back to the early 1900s, and have welcomed big-named beachgoers over the years, including celebrity chef Paula Deen and author Mary Kay Andrews. While writing her New York Times bestselling novels, Andrews fell for the charm here and bought her own rental – The Breeze Inn. Meanwhile, devoted fans of Deen can get a taste of her personal beach home including recipes from her cookbooks at the Y’all Come Inn. As for me, I fell for the timeless elegance of Eisenhower’s Retreat. Built in 1896 before Tybee’s heydays as a bustling resort destination, this

home was one of an original row of summer cottages that comprise the Historic Tybee Strand District, developed after construction of the Savannah-Tybee Railroad, and now listed on the list of National Historic Houses by the Department of the Interior. Formerly known as the Dixon Cottage, the name references President – then General – Dwight D. Eisenhower’s stay in 1947. Situated only steps from the

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choppy, certified instructors can help first-time kayakers get comfortable en route to the uninhabited Little Tybee Island. If standup paddle boarding is on the beach bucket list, Sea Kayak Georgia offers that too.

serenity of the ocean yet far enough from the nighttime revelers, the cottage is bedecked in bright orange appliances including a retro Frigidaire outfitting the vintage-inspired kitchen. Eight can sleep comfortably and a large screened-in veranda spans the beachside of the house. For larger house parties, Tybee Joy Vacations offers a more modern option like the Happy House, a sunshine yellow, three-story rental with spacious luxury accommodations for 27 guests. Rise and Dine Resist the natural pull of Tybee Time to take in all the island has to offer, starting with a spot at The Breakfast Club. The best seat in this diner is at the counter, where chefs act like comedians without missing a beat on the line. In peak season, the line of hungry patrons begins wrapping around the sidewalk for omelets, grits, toast and “awful good” pecan pancakes. The owner’s claim to fame was originally his assistance in catering JFK Jr.’s wedding, but the multiple “Best Breakfast” and “Reader’s Choice” awards now speak for themselves.

Across Butler Avenue, more early risers line up outside Sunrise Restaurant, where the fine Southern cooking has earned a reputation of its own. The signature hash brown deluxe or shrimp and grits are surefire ways to start the day deliciously. And late-risers don’t sweat it: both keep serving up the sizzling goodness until 1 and 2 p.m., respectively. To burn off the well-indulged calories, spend a day or even a few hours with Sea Kayak Georgia. Coowner Marsha Henson and gifted naturalist Dan Genrich led our ecoadventure. Even when the waters get

Sundown Socials One of my favorite porches is atop Coco’s Sunset Grille, an unparalleled locale for watching the sun slowly melt into the marshland. Each night, the bar celebrates the end of the day with a fruity concoction called “Cocotail” and, oftentimes owner Tracy McMahon leads the toast while tooting a conch shell. Besides the view, Coco’s wild Georgia shrimp, caught fresh in the adjacent Lazaretto Creek, is certainly memorable. Found inside Dolphin Reef, the bar and restaurant of Ocean Plaza Resort, the tall glass windows overlooking sea, sand and pier will surely put anyone in an island mindset. Ocean Plaza replaced the legendary Tybee Hotel, and although the building itself has seen plenty of

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renovation, the charm remains retro and the view timeless. After the sun goes down, nightly entertainment heats up at Tybee Island Social Club, which husband and wife duo Kurtis and Sara Schuuman opened as a marriage of their backgrounds. Kurtis is a singer/ songwriter hailing from Nashville’s Bluebird Café and Sara previously owned an interior design shop in downtown Savannah. The result is a posh spot that feels like a surf bungalow, bringing in the best local live music from the mainland and a menu to please discerning foodies. The couple also added a sister restaurant, Tybee Island Fish Camp … sounds like a good excuse for more Tybee Time. F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N : visittybee.com

BRIGHTLY COLORED BICYCLES tied to lampposts and street signs turn a seemingly ordinary scene into something effortlessly artful. Charleston, S.C. is one lovely place to photograph — green ivy crawling over aged, brick row houses, stately American flags hanging above colorfully painted doors, and elegant, swirling wrought iron fences that coyly offer glances into private courtyards. Thankful to witness two college friends tying the knot as well as for an excuse to wander the city, I snapped a photo of the bikes. Since every corner reveals another beautiful façade, I simply couldn’t resist the urge to try and capture it all. Perhaps the urgency behind my camera lens also had something to do with the limited duration of my stay. To say I’m visiting this capital of Southern culture for only 48 hours almost sounds insulting. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see it all, but that didn’t stop me from trying. A Pleasant Place to Stay Charleston’s nickname as the Holy City traces back to colonial days, as one of the few places in the original 13 that practiced religious freedom of beliefs. With this tolerance developed a skyline of towering steeples – some of the oldest and most beautiful houses of worship in the country. Driving over the bridge to Mount Pleasant on a Friday after-

noon, I caught my fi rst glimpse at the city’s skyline. More popularly known as home to the Cooper River Bridge Run, the two and a half miles of bridge connects the best of both worlds. The downtown historic district of Charleston lies just minutes away from Mount Pleasant, a peaceful neighboring area where my weekend accommodations awaited.

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Although the five-hour road trip from Atlanta isn’t bad, I couldn’t have been more excited when I parked in front of The Cottages on Charleston Harbor, located on the water’s edge. I could smell the salty air and feel the laid-back lifestyle washing over me as I stepped inside sunny yellow cottage No. 3 – “Sweet Blessings” – and made a beeline to the back porch for a panoramic view. The best way to watch the boats go by in the late afternoon sun? With a generous portion of the “caviar of the South” (pimento cheese on crackers), a local brew such as Palmetto Brewing Company’s Amber Ale and great company. Just beyond the porch, steps lead down to a private beach and a dock. Here, I completed the cottage tradition of throwing a sand dollar, found waiting for me on the kitchen counter, into the harbor at sunset. While the back of the house steals the show, the spacious interior including fully equipped kitchen, three deluxe full baths and room for six rivaled for attention. Before I contently sank into the master suite’s king-size bed, I made sure to set mul50

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tiple alarms to get an early start on a Saturday packed with exploring. Shopping Fit for a King Because “multiple alarms” followed by “exploring” aren’t possible for me without some coffee between them, I found a true sweet blessing in the continental breakfast and pleasant staff inside the clubhouse lounge. Once caffeinated, my next stop was the water taxi. Running each hour on the hour, the boat transports guests from one stop to the next in about 15 minutes, but plan for extra time because the boats fill quickly.

Then it’s smooth sailing to the drop off at Waterfront Park and a few walkable blocks to the city’s famous shopping district on King Street. A place that lives up to its royal name, King Street is a distinct marriage of well-preserved architecture and the latest fashions. Landmark, globally appreciated brands like Louis Vuitton mix among locally based boutiques like Moon and Lola’s personalized jewelry and Tina Stephens active wear. To save time – and my bank account – we made our way to Upper King’s Marion Square for the Charleston Farmer’s Market.


Held every Saturday from April through November, a colorful village of countless tents pop up in the 7-acre park offering the freshest local produce, seafood, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as crafts from talented local artisans. The assortment of gourmet food vendors lets the flavors and friendly locals all come to one place, and depending on how long you sample, this outing could easily start as breakfast and turn into lunch. The Alley Less Traveled Following this same mentality of simultaneously covering the most ground without compromising quality, we made dinner reservations at a three-for-one hidden gem tucked away in Hutson Alley on 39-G Johns Street, just off King Street. Created by Holy City Hospitality, Vincent Chicco’s, Victor’s Social Club and Michael’s on the Alley are three distinct eateries sharing one space. As the story goes, Vincent Chicco migrated to Charleston from Italy during the Prohibition Era and became known as “the king of blind tigers,” referring to secret currency for patrons receiving drinks. At the time many Charlestonians, Chicco included, considered themselves immune from the laws governing the rest of the state. He became a local hero by running a number of saloons and leading the fight against Prohibition. In a building formally owned by the Chicco family, the restaurant pays its respects to him through an inspired Italian menu combining classic flavors, domestic ingredients and a curated wine list. After indulging in the bruschetta, Sicilian Sunday Gravy and Ruffino Ducale Chianti, we moved from the old-fashioned sophistication to the adjoining contemporary atmosphere of Victor’s Social Club. Aquatic inspired

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artwork by local John Carroll Doyle, a Hemingway-inspired cocktail menu and the building’s high ceilings lift spirits easily. Guests could start the evening here instead, or stay all night, as Victor’s serves up elegant small plates, oysters on the half shell and shellfish towers. The distant waif of steak made me note a visit to Michael’s is necessary on another night. Well fed and buzzing from the vibrant scene on King Street, I walked into “Sweet Blessings,” kicked off my shoes and smiled. With my camera’s memory card full and a pedometer boasting steps equivalent to 11 miles of quality ground covered, I could lay to rest my satisfying attempt to capture it all. One Saturday here may be too short to see it all, but is nothing short of sweet.

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A TWO-HOUR DRIVE UP THE ATLANTIC COAST from Charleston awaits 60 miles of wide, soft sandy beaches with something fun to offer anyone. Like many popular tourist destinations, Myrtle Beach has its fair share of amusements, miniature golf courses, high-rises and seafood joints selling souvenir T-shirts. A closer look reveals the best-kept secrets of this sun lovers’ spot, rich in storybook history and Southern culture.

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A wedding brought me to the city, but there’s no need to wait for an invitation to arrive in the mail to visit this epicenter for Southern culture. Here are some good excuses for you to visit soon: BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival March 4-8, 2015 charlestonwineandfood.com 38th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run March 28, 2015 bridgerun.com 3rd Annual Spring Jam Music Fest April 18, 2015 springjammusicfest.com 4th Annual Charleston Beer Garden Saturday, May 16, 2015 charlestonbeergarden.com

Room with a View Of all the places to stay when visiting the Grand Strand, it’s hard to beat beachfront. For those looking for something roomier with private access to the shore, there’s the Crown Jewel. Since the Greater Myrtle area is actually comprised of 12 niche communities, this three-story gem technically resides in family-friendly Garden City and was home base during my stay. Of course, minimal time was actually spent inside the spacious rental managed by Surfside Realty. Beyond the kitchen’s sliding glass doors, a wooden path points the way to the water – both a personal pool and the beach beyond. Across the street, Gulfstream Café beckons visitors to their west-facing sun deck, PHOTOS COURTESY OF PATRICK FINN PHOTOGRAPHY; THE HAMMOCK SOURCE

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boasting the best view of the sunset over Murrells Inlet. Inside the elegant dining room below, my table toasted the day’s end with jumbo lump crab cakes, Grouper Française and surprisingly tasty steaks. The zero-commute to dinner is a real treat, maximizing a day spent at the beach and requiring no GPS navigation to get a cold drink or a great meal in hand. Hanging with Locals Murrells Inlet’s Marshwalk offers a string of funky restaurants like Bubba’s Love Shak that light up the night with live music and outdoor dining. Bubba is the unofficial mayor of the Inlet, and inside his Shak, you might meet him, take a picture with his statue or at least hear the folklore of how he earned the role of ambassador for the area (I won’t spoil the fun here). The newest addition to the scene is the innovative grill and sushi bar at Wicked Tuna, not to be confused with the TV series on National Geographic Channel by the same name. Head Chef Dylan Foster and his staff work with fisherman for huge deliveries of fresh catch to create their cuisine – tempura appetizers, unique roll combinations and generous portions of surf and turf. A table on the back porch overlooks the arriving fishing boats, and it’s easy to see why Murrells Inlet has been dubbed the state’s seafood capital. If Bubba is the mayor of Murrells Inlet, then hammock weaver Marvin Grant holds court at the nearby Pawley’s Island. Inside his shed at The Original Hammock Shop, the big-grinned Grant has been upholding the tradition of making the original rope relaxation creation for more than 25 years. Inside the shed is wallpapered with postcards, photos and thank yous from customers who visited and at times lend a hand in weaving a few loops with Grant, now a local celebrity.

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Conway Glass (their work has been displayed in the White House) and, of course, more seafood at Rivertown Bistro. The latter serves their spin on Southern favorites like the Lowcountry Spring Rolls – chicken, spinach, Tasso ham, cheddar and jack cheese, fried and served with honey Dijon – and housemade Yam chips with smoked tomato ranch, to start. The dining room is a pleasant surprise, juxtaposed from the small-

town street outside and made me feel like I was discovering one of the Grand Strand’s best-kept secrets. Like the way a perfect summer day feels carefree and sun-kissed, the memories and pleasant discoveries made along the coast are, after all, a souvenir to last a lifetime. PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N : visitmyrtlebeach.com


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hundred yards from the stunning white

have you seeking warmth. Those who

feeling I received during my stay was

beaches and less than a half mile from

enjoy touring the local area by bicycle will

that no request was too onerous for

the intersection of the Mid-Bay Bridge

appreciate the onsite bike rental shop.

them. Reading other reviews online

Connector (Highway 293) and U.S. 98.

Onsite dining is offered at Camille’s Café,

about Beachside Inn convey that many

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which offers hot coffee, fresh juices,

guests return year after year, and view

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the motel as a home away from home

the communities along 30-A.

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C O M PI L ED BY N I C O LE M C LAU G HL I N Calendar submissions should be sent to calendar@pointsnorthatlanta.com two months prior to the month in which the event will occur. Please note that dates and times might change.

[FE B . 18 – MAR. 8] Wicked Fox Theatre, Atlanta

PERFORMING ARTS RAINFOREST ADVENTURES [Through March 15] Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-873-3391, puppet.org

ATLANTA BALLET’S ROMEO ET JULIETE [Feb. 6 –14] Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, 404-892-3303, atlantaballet.com

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Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, 770-916-2800, cobbenergycentre.com

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center WICKED [Feb. 18 – Mar. 8] Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org/wicked

TEACHERS, THE MUSICAL [Feb. 19 – 21] Auction Theatre, Acworth, 704-249-0016, helpellie.org

[Feb. 10 – Mar. 8] True Colors Theatre, Atlanta, 877-725-8849, TrueColorsTheatre.org

BALLETFEST

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS “LEGENDS”

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[Feb. 11 – 16] The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, 800-745-3000, ringling.com

ATLANTA BALLET PRESENTS SNOW WHITE [Feb. 14–15]

[FE B . 6 – 14] Atlanta Ballet’s Romeo Et Juliete

[March 7 – 8] Stillwell Theatre, Kennesaw, 470-578-3214, kennesaw.edu/newcota

[Through March 1] Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com

TUCK EVERLASTING [Through Feb. 22] Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, 404-733-4650, alliancetheatre.org

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[Feb. 2 – March 1] Gallery 4463, Acworth, 770-485-8554, gallery4463.com

[Feb. 6] Taylor Kinzel Gallery, Roswell, 770-993-3555, taylorkinzelgallery.com

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OPENING RECEPTION FOR SHARON CRUMLEY EXHIBIT

[Feb. 2 – 7] Trinity School, Atlanta,

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ART IN BLOOM [Feb. 27 – March 1] High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 404-733-4444, high.org

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[Through March 15] Booth Western Museum, Cartersville, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org

ARTISTS AS FRIENDS: A CELEBRATION OF SELF-EXPRESSION, CREATIVITY & FRIENDSHIPS AND INTERTWINED: CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEASTERN FIBER ART

A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT [Feb. 14] Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, 770-623-8623, ludwigsymphony.org

MY FAMILY VALENTINE [Feb. 14] Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, 404-733-4900, atlantasymphony.org

KSU FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSIC: JAZZ AND CHORAL ENSEMBLES, WIND ENSEMBLE AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA [Feb. 17 and 18] Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw, 470-578-3214, kennesaw.edu/newcota

AN EVENING WITH JOHN MCDERMOTT [Feb. 21] First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Gainesville, 678-478-8472, fbcgainesville.org

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[Feb. 7] Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, 770-594-6232, roswellcac.com

[Through March 21] The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, 770-623-6002, thehudgens.org

[Through March 29] Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, 404-612-0500, hamondshouse.org

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2015 ODYSSEY BRUNCH [Feb. 2] St. Regis Hotel Buckhead, Atlanta, 404-367-5150, odysseyatlanta.org

BUBBLES & BLING [Feb. 6] The Foundry at Puritan Mill, Atlanta, 404-814-0052, komenatlanta.org


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[Feb. 7] St. Regis Hotel Buckhead, Atlanta, 404-785-7316, choa.org

[Feb. 14] Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF GEORGIA’S “TASTE OF LOVE” GALA [Feb. 7] The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead 404-527-7155, epilepsyga.org

SENIOR SERVICES NORTH FULTON GALA [Feb. 7] Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, 770-993-1906, ssnorthfulton.org

7TH ANNUAL RED DRESS PARTY [Feb. 13] Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, 770-485-8429, goredforwomen.org

HOMESTRETCH 8TH ANNUAL PEACHTREE TEA [Feb. 24] Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, 770-642-9185, homestretch.org

SAVE A BREAST MUSIC FEST FEATURING WYNN VARBLE AND FRIENDS [Feb. 28] Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth 404-478-2749, eddieowenpresents.com

SPECIAL EVENTS 18TH ANNUAL NORTH ATLANTA HOME SHOW [Feb. 6 – 8] Gwinnett Center, Duluth 770-998-9800, AtlantaHomeShow.com

COFFEE FEST 2015 [Feb. 6-8] Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, 508-222-4802, coffeefest.com

THE TUESDAY BOOK CLUB [Feb. 10] Bookmiser, Roswell, 770-993-1555, bookmiser.net

MARTINIS & IMAX [Feb. 13] Fernbank Museum, Atlanta 404-929-6400, fernbankmuseum.org

CODING WITH SCRATCH WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS [Feb. 15 and 28] Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, 404-979-6455, museumofdesign.org

3D PRINTING FOR FAMILIES: DESIGN AND PRINT ROBOTS [Feb. 15] Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, 404-979-6455, museumofdesign.org

SCIENCE FRIDAY NIGHT AND WAKE-BOARDING SCIENCE [Feb. 20] Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville, 770-606-5700, tellusmuseum.org

FOR THE LOVE OF BIRDS [Feb. 21] Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org

7TH ANNUAL CASA SUPERHERO 5K RUN/WALK AND 1K FUN [Feb. 21] Fowler Park, Cumming, 770-886-280, forsythcountycasa.org

ATLANTA WRITER’S CLUB [Feb. 21] Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody, atlantawritersclub.org

THE NATURE CLUB DINE AND DISCOVER [Feb. 26] Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org

BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FESTIVAL [Feb. 28] Atlantic Station, Atlanta 703-707-9045, beerandbourbon.com

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THE NORTHSIDE

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Each issue this year will end with black and white photography submitted by our readers. All photos not printed will be saved for the December issue, when Northside View returns to ďŹ ll our pages front to back. Want to see your images in here? Know someone else who would? Please send images for consideration to editorial@pointsnorthatlanta.com

PHOTO GRAPHER | ALAN BRO OKS LAKE LANIER Every great journey begins with the smallest of steps.

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