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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Southern Soul Food Spots

DINNERS ON A DIME: Southern Soul Food Spots

ATLANTA, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features the best in local soul food. Every Tuesday Where U Live chooses four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal for a price that’s economically feasible in today’s economy.

Local political hub and famous soul food restaurant, Paschal’s Restaurant, tops our list. Come to this restaurant on Sunday afternoon and you can hob-nob and stand shoulder to shoulder with Atlanta’s political elite. The restaurant is known for their “Southern Fried Chicken” served with their famous home-style sides, which include black-eyed peas, fried okra and collard greens. They also offer classic southern cuisine like Shrimp and Grits and Fried Catfish. The restaurant is located at 180-B Northside Drive in Atlanta.

Busy Bee Café offers daily specials; from their Monday Meatloaf to their Baked Tilapia on Fridays, they’ve got it all.

DINNERS ON A DIME: CupcakeMania

DINNERS ON A DIME: CupcakeMania

ATLANTA, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features the best in local cupcake bakeries. Every Tuesday Where U Live chooses four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal for a price that’s economically feasible in today’s economy.

Described as one of the premier cupcakery in Atlanta, CamiCakes “specializes in gourmet cupcakes for Atlantan’s to enjoy for every occasion. The bakery offers an array of cupcakes like the Lemon Drop, Sweet Potato, Strawberries and Cream and the CinnaSwirl. The shop isn’t open on Sunday’s and sometimes they offer half-price cupcakes on Saturday, in order to sellout. All cupcakes are baked fresh, daily. And this shop has locations in Jacksonville and Tinseltown, Florida. CamiCakes is located at 2221 Peachtree Road in Atlanta.

Tucked away in Milton, Jilly’s Cupcakery is a family owned cupcake bakery which offers cupcakes for every occasion.

Win free Hardee's biscuits for a year!

Win free Hardee's biscuits for a year!

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- In honor of the opening of a brand new Hardee's/Red Burrito in Villa Rica, residents now have the opportunity to win a year's worth of biscuits.

When the restaurant (161 Commerce Drive, 30180) opens its doors for the first time at 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, the first 50 guests in line will each win one free biscuit for a whole year -- a total of 52 Hardee's biscuits.

Additionally, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a tent in the parking lot, packed with free food samples, Happy Star and the Hardee's Street Team meeting guests, and prizes from the official Hardee's Wheel of Awesome.

The restaurant's grand opening on Friday, June 17 will be celebrated with a carnival, dunking booths, free samples, prizes and more.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Real Southern Bar-B-Que

DINNERS ON A DIME: Real Southern Bar-B-Que

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features the best in local BBQ. Every Tuesday Where U Live chooses four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal for a price that’s economically feasible in today’s economy.

Harold’s Barbeque is a pretty popular restaurant with those of the “old guard” Atlanta. Perhaps, pretty popular is an understatement because according to some Harold’s is “the Georgia Bar-B-Que”. The restaurant which was frequented by the late Southern writer Lewis Grizzard epitomizes old Atlanta; and they even still have a sign sponsored by Coca-Cola. Harold’s is cash only so bring your wallet. The restaurant is located at 171 McDonough Boulevard in Atlanta.

Popular wrestler Abdullah the Butcher chops and smokes the opposition in and outside of the ring.

C’est si bon! Delicious Catering Insight to Feed Your Reception Appetite

C’est si bon! Delicious Catering Insight to Feed Your Reception Appetite

Whether you’re planning a small or large wedding reception, it’s best to gear up with a bit of knowledge before you go hunting for a caterer. I had the opportunity to meet with Michelle Pethel, catering coordinator of the restaurant Gabe’s Downtown. Gabe’s is one of the best-kept secrets of metro Atlanta offering classic upscale Louisiana fare in a casual setting. The restaurant’s executive chef and co-owner, Gabe Toups, was also executive chef at New Orleans’ renowned Broussard’s in the French Quarter as well as the Metro Bistro. Who else to receive great expert advice on selecting a caterer for one of the most memorable days of your life? Michelle offered some wonderful tips in choosing the right caterer for your reception.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Sushi Spots

DINNERS ON A DIME: Sushi Spots

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features local sushi restaurants. Every Tuesday Where U Live chooses four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal for a price that’s economically feasible in today’s economy.

The Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Wasabi, is a pretty good sushi restaurant according to Douglasville residents. This restaurant offers hibachi and a long list of sushi selections. Most of the rolls sold at the restaurant are sold for under $10 and although the restaurant doubles as a steakhouse, it offers a three page long sushi menu. The restaurant is located at 9436 Highway 5 in Douglasville.

Popular Vinnings restaurant, Orient Express, is famous for their variety of sushi rolls and creative Asian inspired meals. The restaurant offers house sushi rolls, special sushi rolls and dinner sushi combinations.