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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: Local Pizzerias

DINNERS ON A DIME: Local Pizzerias

ATLANTA -- This week, Dinners on a Dime features the best in local pizzerias. 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.

Rated the top pizzeria in Atlanta, Antico Pizza Napoletana, has acquired a number of awards over the past five years. The owner of Antico was inspired to create his own pizza shop during a visit to his grandparent’s village outside of Naples Italy about five years ago. The restaurant is known for making true artisan pizza that requires a certain deliberate approach toward their actual crafting. The pizzas range from $18 to $22. The restaurant is located at 1093 Hemphill Avenue in Atlanta.

Elwood’s Pizza is known as the “best pizza in Brookhaven” the sauce and the crust is perfection according to some.

Casa Nuova: Cumming’s Italian Gem

Casa Nuova: Cumming’s Italian Gem

Not too long ago, my parents, D and I went to one of our favorite local restaurants, which made me think… I need to write about this place! ASAP! Now, it’s taken me a bit to write this post for two reasons. One – I’ve been crazy busy at work trying to get as much done before going on vacation soon. Two – I really wanted you to capture the essence of Casa Nuova, in addition to the excellent food. Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant, located off of Highway 9 between Alpharetta and Cumming, is literally a gem my family and I have been frequenting for years now.

YUM! $15 for a Kids' Cupcake Decorating Class at The Cup ($29 value)

YUM! $15 for a Kids' Cupcake Decorating Class at The Cup ($29 value)

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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.

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

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

ATLANTA, 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.

Voted best BBQ in Jezebel Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Points North Magazine and Atlanta Public Television the One Star Ranch embodies every characteristic of classic Atlanta BBQ. The restaurant that has been “serving up smiles” for over 25 years is a one stop shop when it comes to everyone’s summertime favorite. They are open seven days a week and boast a lunch and dinner menu with  full bar. The restaurant is located at 25 Irby Avenue in Atlanta.

Slopes, which has five locations in the metro Atlanta area is known as a “staple in the Roswell community”. The stores are independently run however; the flavor is consistent, across the board. Most menu items are under $10.