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Senior Editor Nate Chapnick keeps
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his career covering the automotive
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sity and currently travels the world to
find the best products for the modern
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ica West in-fight magazines.
Atlanta native Bret Love has been
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rants and travel for 18 years, inter-
viewing everyone from presidents and
mayors to rock stars and movie stars
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Constitution, Destination Marriott
and Rolling Stone. In addition to his
award-winning freelance work, he is
also music editor of Georgia Music
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Global Travel. In his spare time, he
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performing improv comedy.
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In this issue, Baker hit the greens at
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Award-winning freelance writer/editor
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California; and to work on compiling
a book of life lessons that professional
football players, coaches and others
involved in the game have learned
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she chatted with Kevin Salwen, the
Atlanta businessman whose family
gave up half of everything that they
owned for charity and told the tale
in The Power of Half.
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ey say a man’s best friend is his dog, and that may
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Gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to your
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e response that we’ve received from the advertising,
public relations and media community has been
overwhelmingly supportive. Everyone here at Modern
Luxury felt that the city needed a magazine dedicated
to, and written for, Atlanta’s most inuential power
players, and here it is. I am so very proud to provide
you with a magazine that is sure to serve as your go-to
guide for the latest in fashion, travel, auto, food, drink,
real estate, nancial investments, sports... the list goes
on. Whether you’re interested in watches or weekend
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savor the pages of what’s guaranteed to be your new
favorite read.
is magazine is about a lifestyle, whether it be
aspirational or one that is already in play. It’s about
highlighting Atlanta’s past, present and future as it
pertains to men. Whether it’s celebrating the life of
Robert Woodru in a new exhibition at Emory or
uncovering a new hidden gem like Café Circa’s private
cigar club, Men’s Book is here to serve you with the best
of what Atlanta has to oer discerning gentlemen.
Our editorial team invites you to step behind the
ropes, and gives you access to the city like no other
magazine can. Take a look at the game plan of the
Atlanta Silverbacks’ Rodrigo Rios. After a two-year
hiatus, the professional franchise was able to recruit its
former El Capitan to the new role of director of soccer.
Or if you prefer fairways and greens, be sure to check
out our insider’s guide to attending the Masters. Prefer
to tee it up yourself? Check out our Weekender travel
feature on the incredible courses (and accommodations)
on Sea Island.
From departments like “Top Shelf ” to the “Last
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Men’s Suiting Event
Learn how to look sharp while discovering all the great new suit styles and colors
at the Bloomingdale’s Men’s Suiting Event with Men’s Book Atlanta on March
12. Enjoy jazz, brunch bites and amazing deals. Almost all regular-priced dress
shirts and ties will be 30 percent of, and a selection of regular-priced shoes will
be 25 percent of. Complimentary basic alterations also will be available. 1-4pm.
Bloomingdale’s Te Men’s Store, Lenox Square, 404.495.2933, bloomingdales.com
Publix GeorGia Marathon and half Marathon
Run, don’t walk to the Publix Georgia
Marathon and Half Marathon, March 19-20.
Te 26.2- and 13.1-mile courses begin and
end at Centennial Olympic Park and wind
through historic Atlanta. Make running a
family afair by participating in the Publix
Run Wild 5K and the Kids Fun Run in Grant
Park. Te 5K and Fun Run are on Saturday
at 8am and 9am, respectively. Te Marathon
and Half Marathon begin on Sunday at 7am,
georgiamarathon.com
Grand oPeninG of MuseuM of desiGn atlanta
Museum of Design Atlanta is celebrating
its move to the ground foor of the newly
restored 1315 Peachtree building with a Grand
Opening party on March 19. Guests will enjoy
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while perusing the
museum’s new digs and debut exhibition. 7 to
10pm. Tickets are $100, museumofdesign.org
WrestleMania Week
Experience a rush of adrenaline at the
weeklong lineup of events for WrestleMania
XXVII March 30-April 4. From an auction of
art by WWE superstars to beneft Children’s
Healthcare of Atlanta and Te Atlanta Sports
Council to the WWE 2011 Hall of Ceremony,
there’s something for every wrestling fan.
Wednesday, art auction 6:30-8:30pm at Te
Fabulous Fox Teatre; Saturday, WrestleMania
Reading Challenge Finals 10am-noon; WWE
2011 Hall of Fame Ceremony 8-11pm at
Philips Arena; Sunday, Wrestlemania XXVI
6:30pm at the Georgia Dome; Monday
Night Raw 8:15-11:15pm at Philips Arena,
wrestlemania.com
siMon fashion noW
Simon Fashion Now, a fashion show to
celebrate the spring season, kicks of at Lenox
Square with interactive entertainment plus
a vibrant mix of fashion from both Lenox
Square and Phipps Plaza April 1-2. In addition
to being able to purchase styles straight from
the runway, guests also will learn about
the latest in cosmetic trends and must-have
accessories, simon.com
cocktails, live entertainment, dancing under
the stars and culinary creations from some
of Atlanta’s most notable caterers. 7:30pm.
Tickets $125 for members, $150 for non-
members or $100 for guests 40 and younger.
Spotswood Hall, georgiatrust.org
Preservation Gala
Enjoy an evening of Grecian delights at Te
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s
27th annual Preservation Gala, “A
NeoClassical Caper” on March 18. Tis
Men’s Book Atlanta-sponsored event features
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Te Heritage
South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event, Te Heritage, returns to the famed
Harbour Town Golf Links at Te Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head April 18-24.
Get your plaid on, and head out to see some of the biggest names in golf compete
for a total prize purse of $5.7 million. Tickets from $35 (for the practice rounds
and Pro-Ams on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) to $375 for the Arnold Palmer
Pass (with access to two private entertainment venues), theheritagegolfsc.com
GeorGia Prostate CanCer Coalition Golf
tournaMent
Tee it up for a cause at the Georgia Prostate
Cancer Coalition’s golf tournament on April
4. The event features breakfast, lunch, prizes
and a silent auction, and all proceeds go
toward a prostate cancer license plate for the
state of Georgia. $125 per player. Country Club
of Roswell, 770.619.0710
taste of the nation
For a swimmingly good time, head out to the
Georgia Aquarium for Taste of the Nation on
April 14. Tis Men’s Book Atlanta-sponsored
event features elegant specialty food and wine
samplings; live, silent and wine auctions;
and live entertainment benefting Share Our
Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger.
Te event also will honor the Five Star Taste
of the Nation chefs who have participated in
the event for more than 10 years, including
Pano I. Karatassos, Gary Mennie, Anne
Quatrano, Kevin Rathbun, Scott Serpas, Jay
Swift and Ian Winslade. 7:30-10pm. General
admission tickets $250, VIP admission
$350 (includes a VIP reception at 6:30pm),
atlantataste.org
the ConteMPorary fiGure: neW trends in
narrative PaintinG and sCulPture
Discover local artists at the new exhibition,
Te Contemporary Figure: New Trends in
Narrative Painting and Sculpture, presented
by and at the Swan Coach House Gallery and
the Forward Arts Foundation through April
16. Te exhibition focuses on 13 artists from
Atlanta and Athens who work with the human
fgure to tell a story. While some works are
created to suggest further meaning, others
are more directly narrative in their artistic
approach, swancoachhouse.com
sWeetWater 420 fest
Grab your buddies for the ultimate guy day
at the 7th annual SweetWater 420 Fest. Tis
three-day music and arts festival (it’s been
extended for an extra day this year) features
live music, amazing food, environmental
and educational activities, and SweetWater’s
delicious brews. April 15-17 Friday at 4:20pm,
Saturday at noon and Sunday at 12:30pm at
Candler Park. Wristbands $5, with a portion
of sales beneftting Park Pride to fund park
improvements, sweetwater420fest.com
dininG out for life
Give a helping hand to homebound seniors
and underserved individuals struggling with
chronic, critical or terminal illness through
Open Hand’s 19th annual Dining Out for
Life fundraiser on April 27. Tis Men’s Book
Atlanta-sponsored event features more than
100 participating metro Atlanta restaurants.
20 percent or more of the total check will
support the community nutrition programs of
Open Hand, diningoutforoh.org
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On April 28, uncork an evening of fantastic fun while helping a great cause at
Uncork a Cure. Enjoy great wine, amazing food and a silent auction in support
of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta’s programs. In addition to wine
tastings, the event features food samples from some of Atlanta’s best—Spice
Market, Te Melting Pot and Peasant Bistro. 6-9pm. Advance tickets $75, VIP
packages also are available. Te Foundry at Puritan Mill, uncorkacure.org
vidalia onion festival
Celebrate Georgia’s ofcial state vegetable at
the Vidalia Onion Festival April 28-May 1.
Tis fve-day event includes the Miss Vidalia
Onion Pageant; a children’s parade; a car,
truck and motorcycle show; an arts and
crafts festival; an airshow; softball and golf
tournaments; a rodeo; the Onion Run; and
an onion-eating contest. Te Vidalia Onion
Museum also is slated to open in conjunction
with the festival on April 29 at 3pm,
vidaliaonionfestival.com, vidaliaonion.org
niGht of sPeCtaCles
Set your sights on a juried runway show
of dresses made from recycled eyewear by
fashion design students at Savannah College
of Art & Design, Brenau University, and
Georgia Southern University on April 30.
Te 4th annual Night of Spectacles also
the ultiMate Wine event
Te 19th annual High Museum Atlanta
Wine Auction March 23-26 marks
Cate Candler’s frst year as the event’s
wine auction manager. Candler gathers
together the special guests, winemakers,
chefs and wine lots in what has been a
yearlong process of coordination.
“It’s a Rubik’s Cube,” Candler says.
“We have so many wonderful vintners and
chefs who have been long-time supporters,
and we want to highlight all of them, but
we also want to provide an opportunity for
new vintners to share in the spotlight. Tis
year’s special guest, Michael Browne from
Kosta Browne, represents the ultimate in
pinot noir winemaking, and we wanted
to celebrate his accomplishments. Rare
and collectible wines—especially those
not available at retail—and wine pairings
with exclusive trips, elegant wine dinners
and other VIP events are favorites with
our bidders, so we work very hard on
developing creative and unique auction
lots. A few of them are priceless!”
Of the many events taking place
as part of the wine auction, the Dine
Around Dinners are the most exciting for
Candler. “We pair a chef with a couple of
winemakers, and they all work together
to create a prix fxe menu with wine
pairings for each course,” Candler says.
“We feel these dinners are an excellent
way to introduce younger, budding wine
afcionados and collectors to the wine
auction, and it
gives them an
opportunity to
get to know a
local chef and a
winemaker. Every
time I pass a school
group with happy
children playing
and laughing on the
museum’s piazza,
going on a tour of
the latest exhibition
or learning how
to paint in an art
class, I realize it’s due in large part to the
wine auction. I am very grateful for the
opportunity to work here.” Bottoms up!
Atlantic Station and other locations around
Atlanta; atlanta-wineauction.org
features delicious food, signature
“eye-tini” cocktails and a silent
auction, with proceeds benefting
the Georgia Lions Lighthouse
Foundation. 7-11pm. Tickets
$100. Mason Murer Fine Art,
nightofspectacles.org 
this land
Plan a weekend trip to Charleston,
S.C., and visit Rebekah Jacob Gallery
for Tis Land, a solo exhibition of
Jack Spencer’s photography on display
through March 31. Te exhibition
features landscapes across the United
States, including many of South Carolina’s
low country. Spencer has works in Te
Houston Museum of Fine Art, UC Berkeley
Museum of Art and Sir Elton John’s private
collection, rebekahjacobgallery.com
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Top Dogs
Atlanta’s headiest burger havens stay ahead of the curve by dishing up some
serious gourmet hot dogs just in time for warm weather. | By Jonathan Baker |
It was 2008 when the 10pm double cheeseburger at Holeman & Finch became a cult obsession for Atlanta
gourmands. The gooey, late-night monstrosity looked like an ordinary burger but tasted better in every aspect, from
the house-ground chuck to the homemade bun. Not surprisingly, burgers began popping up on even the most
decadent of menus, and highbrow burger joints have been opening at a fast clip ever since.
Now, as hot dogs are beginning to show up as foodies’ next “it” item, three of our burger stalwarts are getting
in the game with unique dogs of their own. From a fancy version topped with pickled jalapenos to a chili-covered
pup that resembles a Varsity dog on steroids, here are three hot dogs worth trying:
Yeah! Burger
1017 N. Highland Ave.
Southern Dog, $5.99
Topped with a colorful
combination of spicy
red relish, pimento
cheese and diced
onions, the Southern
Dog at Yeah! Burger is
as eye-popping as it is
delicious. Shaun Doty’s
gourmand-friendly
burger joint puts a
premium on sustainable
ingredients, and this
regionally inspired
dog boasts a super
favorful Coleman
Natural grass-fed beef
frank, which sits in a
chewy white bun that
Doty conceived with
H&F Bakery. Never
imagined pimento
cheese and fery relish
on a grass-fed hot dog?
Neither had we. But the
puckering combination
pairs perfectly with
the intense meatiness,
making one instantly
wonder why this hasn’t
been done before.
H&F’s hot dog follows the same magical formula used for
its massively sought-after cheeseburger: Every ingredient is
made in-house. Te frank is a by-product of the restaurant’s
excellent charcuterie program—the bun comes from the
H&F Bakery, fresh pickled jalapenos make up the relish
and even the accompanying “ballpark” yellow mustard
is an H&F original. In short, it tastes like the childhood
favorite all grown up. And unlike the limited-edition
hamburger that’s gone in 10 minutes, the hot dog is
available during all dinner hours.
Grindhouse
Killer Burgers
209 Edgewood Ave.
Chili Dog, $3.74

Located in the Sweet
Auburn Curb Market,
Grindhouse is a classic
lunch counter that
slings beef patties,
sides and shakes for
the downtown working
crowd. After riding its
burger to critical and
commercial success
(with a second location
slated to open any
day), Grindhouse
expanded its basic
menu ever so slightly
to include hot dogs,
with a chili dog option.
Not surprisingly,
the chili dogs go the
simple, retro route:
Te franks are locally
sourced from Patak
Meats, come in a
super-soft potato roll
and are topped with
a wonderfully drippy,
meaty chili. It’s like
a Varsity dog, but
enhanced slightly in
size and a lot in favor.
What Atlanta man
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Museum of Design Atlanta’s inaugural exhibition
in its new Midtown space, Passione Italiana:
Design of the Italian Motorcycle, runs from March
20-June 13. 1315 Peachtree St., 404.979.6455 or
museumofdesign.org
SCENTSATION
Dolce & Gabbana’s
new fragrance, the
one gentleman, is
sophisticated and spicy
with top notes of pepper
and grapefruit. $57/50 ml,
at Saks Fifth Avenue
WREN IT’S RIGHT,
IT’S RIGHT
After coming off of their
first postseason play in
five years, the Atlanta
Braves are making
the right moves—like
extending Vice President
and General Manager
Frank Wren’s contract
through 2013.
BRING HOME THE BACON
Pine Street Market’s tiny shop in
Avondale Estates offers the highest
quality artisan meats in town, from
decadent applewood smoked bacon
to spicy Spanish chorizo. 4A Pine St.,
404.296.9672 or pinestreetmarket.com
STROKE OF
EXCELLENCE
The limited-edition D3
Fairway collection of divot
tools from William Henry
Studios will elevate your golf
game to par-fection. Brown
& Co. Jewelers, 674 Holcomb
Bridge Road, 800.535.0620
MEMBERSHIP PRIVILEGES
Cigar-loving fans of Café Circa’s rooftop
lounge can now join the exclusive
Reserve Club. A limited number of
personalized cigar lockers are being
made available at $475 for a one-year
membership. 464 Edgewood Ave.,
404.477.0008 or cafecircaatl.com
FAN FAIR
In The Time of Bobby Cox: The
Atlanta Braves, Their Manager,
My Couch, Two Decades,
and Me is Lang Whitaker’s
heartfelt story of how baseball
can transcend field lines.
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BREW CREW
For a massive selection of some of
the world’s best craft beers, head to
Decatur’s Ale Yeah!. 906 W. College
Ave., 404.371.4331 or aleyeahbeer.com
READY, SET, RUN
The Atlanta BeltLine Running
Series kicks off on April 30 with
the Northside 5K, the first of three
races on the 22-mile BeltLine
project. run.beltline.org
The Buzz
About Town
The can’t-miss people, places and things
on our radar this spring. | By Lisa Horten with
contributions by Maria Yanovsky and Sarah Bailey |
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In the literature
category, we present
How I Became a
Famous Novelist,
a book that made its debut more than a year
ago. Yes, Steve Hely’s tome may be a little
late to the party, but given its absence from
mainstream recognition, it’s a hidden gem
we didn’t want you to miss. Tis hysterical
journey of a young writer who goes from
unemployment to fame overnight by
manipulating the masses is nothing less than a
satirical masterpiece. $14, at Barnes & Noble
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Collapse Into Now (released March 8), as a resurgence
of the classic sound that brought them worldwide fame
in the early ’90s, even bassist Mike Mills calls it their
best album since Out of Time, which won them three
Grammy awards and sold more than 18 million copies
since its release in ’91. If this, R.E.M.’s 15th studio
album, is even half as revered as we expect it to be, our
boys from Athens will need a moving truck to tote all
their statues back down south. $19, on itunes.com
Although it was snubbed
by the Academy this year,
Davis Guggenheim’s
Waiting for Superman
certainly deserves a seat
at the head of the class.
Tis painfully powerful
documentary that shines
a horrifying light on
America’s foundering
public school system is a
must-see. $20, at FYE
With all the new portable technology out there, from
the iPad to smartphones, it was only a matter of time
before we’d be able to carry the silver screen
in our pocket. With MicroVision’s
new SHOWWX+, the
pocket-sized laser projector
will enable you to watch
movies, stream videos
or make presentations on
the canvas of your choosing with
color clarity up to 100 inches in size.
$250, at amazon.com
Awards season may
be behind us, but
the Atlanta Film
Festival is just
around the corner.
From April 28
through May 7, the
city will be abuzz
with flms showcasing homegrown talent in addition to national and international movies
worth seeing. The festival takes place at the Landmark Midtown Theatre, with additional
showings throughout metro Atlanta. Don’t miss Late Rounders, which goes behind the
scenes with college football players as they prepare for the NFL draft—it features the
Atlanta Falcons’ own Corey Peters. atlantaflmfestival.com
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Men’s Book Atlanta nominates fve can’t-miss favorites in the
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Before the Salwen family made the collective
decision to sell their 6,500-square-foot dream
home, donate profts from the sale to charity and
move into a home half its size, its patriarch, former
Wall Street Journal writer-and-editor-turned-
entrepreneur Kevin Salwen had, by all accounts,
realized the American Dream: great career,
loving family, private schools, the mansion. And
although the family had always made a point of
balancing affuence with altruism, they knew they
could do more—and did, to the astounding tune of
$800,000. The Hunger Project was the recipient
of the Salwens’ generous gift, as were numerous
villages in Ghana that benefted from the myriad
community resources it helped fund.
For the Salwens, scaling back still meant
living large, but in far more substantive ways. By
working and making key decisions together, they
grew closer. Helping others bridged the gaps in
their own family, redefning for themselves, and for
many people who read the acclaimed account of
their experience, The Power of Half, co-authored
by Kevin and his daughter, Hannah, what it means
to live the “good life.”
Is it fair to say that Te Power of Half is a redefnition
of the American Dream? Not entirely. providing
for one’s family and future will always be part of the
American Dream. But our view raises the critical
question, “how much is enough?” that’s where we
diverge from the standard accumulation track, including
where we ourselves used to be.
The Power of Half was well-received nationally.
What was the local reaction to the book? Nationally, it
was a blast being featured in Te New York Times, getting
coverage in Te New Yorker and O and
People magazines, and on Te View and
CBS Sunday Morning. Closer to home,
we were featured on many local tV,
radio and print outlets. We have spoken
at a number of churches and temples. in short, we are
very grateful and, frankly, shocked about the response
both locally and nationally.
What are some examples of philanthropic individuals
who have inspired your work and life? Te teachings of
Dr. King and gandhi are timeless and powerful. But so
are living heroes, people like the selfess Zell Kravinsky,
who gave a kidney to someone he had never met, or
John Coonrod, our friend at Te hunger project who
has devoted his life to ending world hunger and poverty
(Coonrod is the organization’s executive vice president).
And, of course, the subsistence farmers we work with in
ghana who have the courage to envision and then enact
a brighter future for their families.
Te Power of Half depicts an efective example of
teamwork. What lessons can corporate leaders take
away from the book that they can apply to the way
they conduct business? one signifcant step we took
was to fatten our hierarchy for this project, in other
words, one person, one vote. Te result was that our
kids felt empowered and brought more of themselves to
the project. in addition, my wife, Joan, and i felt more
liberated to admit that we didn’t know all the answers.
in the end, it made all of us more confdent, humbler
and better teammates.
To what do you attribute the greater emphasis on
philanthropy in today’s business world? i think
there are three factors: one, some company executives,
especially founding CEos, bring a desire to improve
the quality of the world through their
Living With Less
Men’s Book Atlanta talks cause and effects with Atlantan
altruist and author Kevin Salwen. | By Jenn Tornton |
The Salwen family
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Atlanta home
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comes from enlightened self-interest, companies trying
to help their businesses through good works or as a
result of external pressure; oil companies and Wal-Mart
are good examples. [But], i don’t think this makes
their charity less useful to society. [And three], people
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from companies they work for and
do business with. Companies [have]
responded by becoming more generous
and caring about causes.

So how signifcant is the idea of greater
purpose in today’s business culture?
Te best companies have fgured out
that they can fll the emotional needs of
employees in a deeper, more purposeful
way. Tose companies typically fnd that
they are able to attract and retain better
employees in the creative class. google
is a great example, with their policy that
employees can spend 20 percent of their
work time on personal projects that are
important to them. Employees feel good
and work harder; the company gets lots
of new innovation that way. A win-win.
Do you feel that fnancial success fosters or hinders
the need in people to do more for communities
and individuals—does it create a deeper sense of
social responsibility? i actually don’t think monetary
success matters much. We’ve found that poor people
feel a need to give just as much as the afuent, maybe
more. it’s really a question of how willing individuals
are to pause long enough to recognize what truly
brings them happiness and satisfaction. tVs and cars
don’t deliver long-term happiness; connections do. All
socioeconomic classes realize that.
A primary lesson of the book that I took away is that
time is currency. investment can be time or money. it’s
a matter of what resources you have that the world needs
and that you can rationally part with. giving money is
crucial, but giving of yourself is more meaningful.
Why did you choose to partner with a global
organization rather than a national or Atlanta-
based charity? We already were working hard in Atlanta
to improve the quality of life here for those in need.
After we decided to sell our house, we spent a year as
a family discussing how to invest the proceeds and
decided that we could make a diference both locally
and globally. But it really comes down to this: how do
you defne community: your street, neighborhood, city,
state, country or the world? We view the world as our
community. We’ll always work hard here in Atlanta, but
we have the capacity to work further from home as well.
How long have you been involved with Atlanta
Habitat for Humanity? i’ve been involved for about
15 years, as a builder, a project leader and now as a board
member. it’s such a brilliant model for a nonproft, from
building alongside the homeowner to the fun of being
part of the volunteer construction team to the philosophy
of a hand up not a handout. if you’ve never built on
a house, take a saturday and get out there; it’s a life-
changer for you and for the homeowner. i’ve taken both
my kids for their 16th birthdays (the minimum building
age, with adult supervision), and they can’t get enough.
And, fnally, how has this experience led you to a
richer life? Cutting part of our lifestyle in half made our
family whole. We have a deeper, more interconnected
series of relationships with each other. We’ve made
friends within an inspiring community of givers we
never knew were out there. We’ve learned so much about
poverty and about how resourceful and undervalued the
lowest classes of our society are. Makes me realize how
dumb we were not to do this sort of thing earlier.
“Giving money is crucial, but giving of yourself is more meaningful.”
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Half; Hannah Salwen
at a ribbon cutting
ceremony in Ghana.
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Walking Emory’s campus, it’s impossible not to feel the presence of Robert
W. Woodruf. Te man dubbed “Mr. Anonymous” for his behind-the-
scenes generosity, contributed more time and money to Emory than to
any other venture. Fittingly, a larger-than-life statue, complete with his
signature hat and cigar, stands just outside the library which bears his name.
It’s there, on the third foor of the Woodruf Library, where a striking
mixed-media exhibit is currently on display: Te Future Belongs to the
Discontented: Te Life & Legacy of Robert W. Woodruf. It’s a rare scene
chronicling the private life of the man who dropped out of college and
worked his way up to become president of Coca-Cola, all while helping to
establish Atlanta as the capital of the South.
“One of my biggest goals was to let people know who Mr. Woodruf
was, and how we continue to beneft today from his legacy, his vision and
his foresight,” exhibit curator Randy Gue explains.
Tis point is clearly driven home as the exhibit outlines his infuence on the
city: It was Woodruf who put Coca-Cola on the world stage, taking it from a
local soda fountain-based business to a globally exporting bottling company. It
was Woodruf who supported Atlanta Mayors William B. Hartsfeld and Ivan
Allen Jr. to ensure the city took a moderate approach to civil rights, branding
Atlanta as “Te City Too Busy To Hate.” It was Woodruf who saw the need to
elevate Atlanta’s hospitals, so his frst gift to Emory was the Winshape Cancer
Clinic. In fact, he gave so generously to Emory over his lifetime—to the tune
of $105 million—that he single-handedly transformed it from a regional college
to a top-tier university.
Since he didn’t keep a journal and rarely spoke in public, much of his
infuence went on behind the scenes. Gue has spent more
than three years compiling Woodruf’s story, and the
result is an exhibit that feels overwhelmingly personal,
like you’re sneaking a peek behind a closed door.
There is a humorous correspondence from
Woodruf’s father that reveals a mischievous teenager
taking money out of his dad’s bank account to buy new
clothes... just before getting kicked out of Emory as a
freshman. Telegrams written in code reveal important business dealings
during his time at Coca-Cola. A photography exhibit of his south Georgia
estate shows photos of Woodruf hunting with the likes of Ty Cobb and
President Eisenhower, but also shots of his beloved plantation employees.
It’s a visual summary of Woodruf’s passions, his heart and intentions to
make Atlanta great. But according to Gue, the most telling artifact is a
small, century-old picture.
“Out of everything we compiled, my favorite piece is a portrait taken
in 1909,” Gue says. “Most people during that time, regardless of class rank,
showed up to have their picture taken in their Sunday best. But he believed
so much in work and was so happy to shovel sand for cents a day, he got his
photo taken in his work clothes. It sort of summarized his belief in work.
He knew if he just got a chance, he’d be successful.”
Te Future Belongs to the Discontented: Te Life & Legacy of Robert W. Woodruf,
is presented by Te Coca-Cola Company. Open daily through March 25 in
the Robert W. Woodruf Library’s Schatten Gallery, 540 Asbury Circle. Free
and open to the public, 404.727.6887 or marbl.library.emory.edu.
Left: A 21-year old Robert
W. Woodruff. Above: Robert
W. Woodruff and Emory
University President James T.
Laney congratulate Woodruff
Scholar Shef Rogers in 1981.
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Mr. Anonymous, Brought to Life
A powerful exhibit tells the visual story of Robert W. Woodruff, Coca-Cola’s
legendary president and the philanthropic tycoon who single-handedly
shaped Atlanta in the 20th century. | By Jonathan Baker |
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When you walk inside the gates of the Masters Golf
Tournament, time stands still. Not only is the property
prettier than on television, but there are no cell
phones, no corporate logos, no electronic scoreboards,
no blimps overhead. Food and drinks are cheap, and
expected behavior is sensible. Te feld is host to new
stars and past champions, and patrons are the most
polite, knowledgeable and best-dressed fans in sports.
Te purity of it all is downright magical. Anyone who
is fortunate enough to go would admit that it’s an
honor just to attend the tournament. With that in
mind, we present our insider’s guide—written by our
reporter who spent the last two years on the grounds
of Augusta National covering the tournament—to
attending the Masters.
Five Things For the First-Timer
First of, parking is free. And there’s tons of it. Follow
the signs when you get of at Washington Road. Second,
unless you have a super-specifc request, they won’t run
out of merchandise (except on Sunday). Wait to buy
Masters gear so you don’t have to carry it around all
day. Tird, the clubhouse is on the highest point of the
property, so when you’re trying to fgure out how to get
back from Amen Corner, just walk uphill. Fourth, you
absolutely must eat a $1.50 Masters sandwich, either the
egg salad or the pimento cheese. And fnally, don’t do
anything stupid like get your badge taken away because
you snuck your cell phone in.
Attending a Practice Round
Practice rounds (Monday-Wednesday) are tough to plan
for because there are no set pairings or times. But you can
rely on manually controlled signs that constantly update
who is on the course and what time they teed of. (Insider
advice: Tiger usually practices either really early or really
late.) Roars, groans and laughs always come from No. 16,
where players try to skip balls across the water and onto
the green. Te Par 3 Contest starts in the early afternoon
First Week of April
Men’s Book Atlanta writes a new chapter on the Masters from an
insider’s perspective. | By Jonathan Baker |
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Founded in 1892,
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Where to eAt
La Maison on Telfair
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located in a beautifully
restored 1853 mansion
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historical district and
does highbrow dining
with a French infuence.
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Palmetto Golf Club
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on Wednesday, and is a wonderfully lighthearted event
on the eve of the tournament. Plenty of past champions
participate, and it’s a tradition to let your kid or your
better half caddie for you. Bring your camera.
Taking a Junior With You
Masters badge holders can take a junior 16 and younger
with them for free, as a part of the Junior Pass Program.
or (for the rest of us), if you get a pair of tickets and your
buddy can’t go, consider taking your youngster. What
kid wouldn’t adore walking around with his or her dad
in the beautiful sunshine, watching the best players in
the world? Plus, there are designated autograph areas
roped of for junior patrons, and the players are great
about signing. Also, you can get your picture taken by
a Masters photographer at the Founders Circle in front
of the clubhouse. It’s a free download at masters.com.
For the Opening Rounds
Getting up early to get to Augusta before 8AM on
Tursday is tough, but seeing Arnold Palmer hit the
ceremonial frst tee shot through the cool morning mist
will be something you remember forever. Plus, if you
get there early, you can put a few Masters chairs down
and then return to them later. Best seat in the house is
on the “new” hill above No. 16, where you also can see
approaches on No. 15 and No. 6. Because there’s action
happening from 8AM until dusk, keep a constant eye
on the manually operated take-’em-down-put-’em-up
scoreboards; they create nearly as much suspense as
the action itself.
For the Weekend
Tings move at a slower pace on the weekend. Te feld
is cut in half, and most of the drama happens in the
later groups. Get there when the gates open to speed
walk (Running of the Bulls-style) to put your chair
down at the No. 18 green. It will be worth it when you
have a perfect view when the fnal putt drops. When
following the leaders, try a leap frog approach: Watch
them tee of No. 1, then head down to the No. 2 green.
once they’ve come through, go to the No. 7 green and
so forth. If you’re lucky enough to attend Sunday, stay
until the very end. Seeing the green jacket ceremony
under the lights on the big putting green is a once-in-
a-lifetime memory.
Adam Scott at the
2010 Masters.
Stay, Eat, Play
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At age 34, Rodrigo Rios is living his dream. Te former
captain of the Atlanta Silverbacks has been tasked with
the lofty goal of rebuilding the professional soccer team
for its debut this spring as part of the North American
Soccer League, and it’s exactly what he’s always wanted
to do. “I always knew that soccer would end one day,”
Rios says. “My dream job was to be a director.”
A native of Santiago, Chile, the Silverbacks’ new
director of soccer may look the part of international
playboy, but he’s equal parts business-minded
professional, dedicated pro athlete and family man.
“Soccer’s been in my life since before I could walk,” Rios
says. “My dad took me to the stadium every weekend,
no matter who was playing—it was about the sport, not
the competition.”
At the not-so-ripe age of 10, Rios told his parents
that he wanted to play professionally. By 15, he was
getting paid to play the game he loved, and at 16, he
had gone pro on the Chilean national team. In 2005,
Rios came to the United States
to play for the LA Galaxy, but
soon after, he moved to Atlanta
and signed with a new team, the
Silverbacks. “I fell in love with the
idea of starting something new,” he says.
Rios’ dedication to the sport is paying of in his
career of the feld as well. When the Silverbacks ceased
play as part of the United Soccer League in 2008, Rios
stuck around, continuing to manage Silverbacks Park,
a mainstay of the community. And now that the team
is resuming play as part of the more esteemed NASL,
their go-to guy was an obvious choice.
“We’re trying to build something more than a team
here,” Rios says. In the process of recruiting, he’s working
to achieve a balance of younger and more experienced
players—a group that can grow together. At the time of
our interview, the newly signed players were due to arrive
(from around the world) in Atlanta within the week, and
Jose Manuel Abundis, an Olympian and major soccer
star in Mexico, had been named the Silverbacks coach.
“To be able to work and help players, especially
young players, to see their dreams come true, it’s really
great when you can be a part of that,” Rios says. Te
Silverbacks play their frst game against the Minnesota
Stars on April 9 at 7:30pm.
Ready, Set, Goal
The man behind Atlanta’s new and improved
pro soccer team is ready to hit the feld and
make a difference.
| By Lisa Horten | Portrait by Sarah Dorio |
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Residential

Report
Six of the city’s top real estate
professionals share their take on the
state of the market and what’s to come.
| By Wendy Bowman-Littler |
While Atlanta’s high-end housing market
remains sluggish, buyers can still beneft
from low interest rates and snag attractive
deals on current inventory before prices
climb. The overall consensus? Opportunities
abound for consumers hoping to buy
property in neighborhoods that previously
would have been considered out of reach.
What is the state of the luxury home and
condo market in Atlanta?
DaviD BOEHMiG We have growing sales and
decreasing inventory—both good signs of a
market moving back in balance. In the metro
area, there are 26 percent fewer $750,000-
plus homes on the market compared to last
year at this time.

KEvin GRiECO We still have some good inventory
available in the $500,000-and-up market.
Qualifed buyers aren’t having as difcult of
a time fnding fnancing options, and that
is helping some of the upper-end product
fnally move.
PaulinE MillER Inventory is up, keeping home values
down. However, due to low interest rates and a
strong relocation market, demand is strong. We
expect to see an improvement in home values
in 2012, as more and more consumers take
advantage of the buyer’s market.
WaDE HunDlEY Te market bottom has happened,
and things are starting to look up. Tere’s still
a fair amount of product in the market, but
the properties that are high-quality and have
owners that can support them are going to
do the best.
What can consumers expect to see happen
in Atlanta’s luxury home and condo market
in 2011?
BOEHMiG Increasing sales, as measured by
the number of homes sold and closed, but
not much of an appreciation in prices.
In fact, home prices may soften just a bit
more before they begin heading back up,
depending on how fast foreclosed homes
reenter the market.
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GRi ECO Given the fact we have no new
product currently being built, we have
no place left to go except a strong seller’s
market. Granted, we are still three to fve
years away from that. Many of the newer
buildings, such as Viewpoint, Gallery and
terminus, are nearly sold out. Tis leaves
the very high-end buildings like sovereign,
Te ritz-Carlton residences and Te st.
regis. I suspect we will see some slight
downward price movement in the very
upper end throughout the year.
StEvE PalM We hit a new bottom last quarter, and
it’s still tough right now. I think we’re going
to be up in 2011. the economy improved
slightly. spring 2012 is when you’re going to
start seeing some serious improvements.
What types of luxury homes/condos have sold
recently in Atlanta?
GRiECO Te st. regis sold one condo for $4.5
million in september and another for $2.9
million in November. the ritz-Carlton
residences sold two condos for $1.1 million
each in November. sovereign closed two
units at $1.3 million in early winter. Tere
are buyers out there paying huge dollars to
be in these buildings.
PalM One home listed for $4.5 million recently
sold at $2.8 million, while another $2.8
million property went for $1.4 million.
What types of homes/condos will continue
to be a popular choice for homeowners?
BOEHMiG More manageable homes, in terms
of size, and homes that ofer proximity to
the arts, restaurants, entertainment and
places of interest, especially ones with high
walkability scores.
GRiECO Condos with access to shops, restaurants and
night life. service-rich buildings are also hugely
popular. Buyers who are spending their hard-earned
dollars also are more focused on the construction and
quality of fnishes than ever before.
Will it continue to be a challenging time for sellers?
GRiECO It’s really up to them. In fourth quarter 2010, 66
out of every 100 listings failed to sell—most likely due
to overpricing. and of the 34 that did sell, 22 required a
price reduction. Tat means 88 out of every 100 listings
were overpriced. sellers who are priced correctly are
getting multiple ofers.
MillER Until the supply is reduced, values cannot
improve. However, as long as pricing is in line with
current market value, the property will sell, typically
within 60 days of the initial ofering.
Can buyers expect to get good prices?
MillER Yes, brand-new homes with all the bells and whistles
are now available at 60 percent of their original price.
WiGHt M. MixOn One of the best opportunities that this
market presents is for the person who is looking to
upgrade. If they are willing to take a hit on selling their
current home, they will more than make up for it when
they go to buy a more expensive one.
PalM Buyers will continue to get really good prices. We
went back to 1998 prices in 2010. With interest rates
almost at historic lows, frst-time buyers are able to get
these high-priced homes like never before. Investors are
buying up a lot of foreclosures.
What will the challenges be in 2011?
BOEHMiG Managing buyer and seller expectations in what
will seem like a return to good market conditions. In
reality, there will be more homes sold, but there will
still be more supply than demand. also, rising interest
rates will catch some by surprise. Tis will actually be
good for sales, as it will get some folks of the sidelines
and into a contract.
MillER Financing, especially for non-warrantable
condominiums. Prices will continue to be held down to
remain within the limits of FHa fnancing. For buyers
with cash, there will be enormous opportunities.
Meet tHe eXPeRtS
David Boehmig, president and founder of Atlanta Fine Homes
Sotheby’s International Realty
Kevin Grieco, realtor with Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Road/
atlantaSKYrise
Pauline Miller, Brightstar Realty Services
Steve Palm, SmartNumbers
Wight M. Mixon, 2011 president Atlanta Board of Realtors, and
sales associate at Beacham and Company Realtors
Wade Hundley, CEO of ST Residential
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Dennis Mathews’ fondest memories of growing up in
Dayton, Ohio, are of working on cars with his brother
and dad. “We restored Austin-Healeys, a Jeepster,
Sunbeam Alpine and all kinds of old used cars for my
seven sisters,” says Mathews, who is retired from a 25-
year career in the grocery industry. “Dad was always
on the lookout for inexpensive used cars we could
maintain for the girls to drive.” With his dad’s help,
Mathews purchased his frst car—a used baby blue 1964
Oldsmobile 442—when he was 16 years old.
So, in 2004, when he and his wife, Jennifer, decided
to build a new home on Mabry Lane, in Brookhaven’s
historic district, they incorporated a 900-square-foot,
30-foot-tall garage into their plans. Te garage is just
one of many distinct features of the 5,100-square-foot,
$1.9 million custom Georgian-style residence, which sits
on almost 1 acre with its own gate, stacked-stone walls
and water features. Tere’s also an out-of-the-ordinary
basement, with a storm safety room that houses the
mechanics to keep the estate running smoothly, plus a
generator and a private well that enable the home to be
fully functional at all times.
Te piece de resistance, however, is the three-car
detached garage—deemed the “Corvette Cathedral” by
Mathews—which can house up to six cars using hydraulic
lifts. Te garage also has an ofce, where Mathews usually
has the television set to NASCAR coverage.
Always a “collector at heart,” Mathews began
collecting cars seriously in 2002 when his business
aforded him the opportunity to own some classics. “I
was fortunate to have a business partner who also liked
old cars,” says Mathews, who co-owned four Atlanta
area grocery stores. “Many of our trips were to car
shows.” Te frst collector car he purchased was a 1968
British racing green, big-block Corvette coupe.
Today, Mathews owns a 1963 silver fuel-injected
split rear window Sting Ray Corvette coupe—one of
only about 2,500 of a one-year-only style—and a 1965
red convertible Corvette Sting Ray, priced at about
$40,000 to $75,000 each.
“The ’63 is an original and spends most of
its time in the garage, so I can keep it that way,”
Mathews says. The ’65, which he spent several
weekends restoring with his son-in-law and grandson
two summers ago, is what he considers a “driver”
car. “Tere isn’t anything unusual about the car; it is
loud, fast and fun,” he says. Next up, Mathews says,
he would love to rebuild a 1957 Corvette to cruise
around the neighborhood in.
“I attend the local car shows—I’ve made friends
who also collect, and we meet at diferent homes, hang
out in garages and talk cars,” Mathews says. “As my wife
says, ‘We always know where the guys can be found…
and they are defnitely not getting into trouble!’”
The Corvette Cathedral
A Brookhaven car collector takes us inside his dream garage.
| By Wendy Bowman-Littler | Portrait by James Klotz |
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Must-Haves
for the Auto
Afcionado
1. Lifts to work on the
underside of cars
2. A commercial air
compressor
3. Good cabinet systems to
organize tools
4. Good lighting and a heavy-
duty sink
5. Camera/computer to keep
track of car restoration
Dennis Mathews in
his custom garage
on Mabry Lane
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At Home
Barista
Finding that perfect latte and espresso
just got easier—Men’s Book Atlanta
takes a look at some of the latest,
most advanced all-in-one machines
that will make you a barista in no time.
| By Nate Chapnick |
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Francis Francis X1: Value Buy
If you’re serious about creating the
fnest cup of espresso and looking for
a machine with a sleek, contemporary
design, this one deserves a spot in
your kitchen. Te X1 accepts either
pre-packaged pods or freshly ground
beans for a customized favor. While
the latter approach is enjoyable when
you have time, the convenience of
pods makes this perfect for daily use.
$595, at Illy and Sur La Table
Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA Z7:
One-Touch Wonder
In just 60 seconds the Z7 grinds beans,
tamps, brews, then steams or froths
milk to create an exquisite espresso
drink at the press of a button. An
onboard refrigeration system keeps
milk fresh. From the moment you
place your cup under the Z7’s spout,
you’ll be impressed. $2,999, at Te
Cook’s Warehouse and Bloomingdale’s
De’Longhi Gran Dama
Avant: Barista in a Box
Forget the cofee flters and
spilled grinds, De’Longhi’s
fagship machine does
it all for you. A long
cofee function replicates
traditional American
drip cofee and a built-in
cup warmer is a welcome
surprise. No need to buy
special beans, this unit
works with them all.
$2,999, at Sur La Table and
Bloomingdale’s
Te Four m’s
of espresso

Illy’s master barista,
Giorgio Milos, shares
the secrets of making a
perfect cup of espresso.
Miscela: The Coffee Blend
Arabica beans produce the best
espressos and contain less cafeine
than lower-quality beans. “Where
and how the beans are grown
is also important, which is why
Illy has a training program for
growers,” milos says.
Macinazione: Proper
Grinding of the Beans
For the best favor, grind beans
immediately before preparing
your beverage. “Te best grind is
between fne and powdery; if the
cofee grinds are too fne, they
can result in over-extracted, bitter
espresso,” milos says. “If they’re
too course, the espresso becomes
watered down.”
Macchina: Espresso Machine
“A machine that achieves accurate
water temperature and pressure is
essential,” milos says. Assuming
you have one, then “all you need
to worry about is getting the
perfect grind.”
Mano: Skill of the Barista
With super-automatic machines,
this is slightly less important.
Still, learning to operate your
equipment is essential to creating
perfect espresso. Skills include
“properly flling your flter
basket, making the perfect crema
and expertly tamping your
grounds,” milos says.
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There comes a time in every man’s life when he’s
ready to trade up. First came the house, and now
it’s time to make the leap to the large V8 luxury
sedan. No, we’re not talking about those boats-on-
wheels that your father drove, but rather the top-of-
the-line sedans from some of the fnest European
manufacturers. These vehicles represent the
pinnacle of automotive technology and luxury. But
which one is best for you? We pit three of the
latest extended-length luxury sedans from Audi,
Jaguar and BMW against one another to fnd out.
Gentlemen, behold the fat cats of 2011.
Sedan Stature
Men’s Book Atlanta takes on three symbols of success in a comparison
of the latest crop of high-rolling luxury sedans. | By Nate Chapnick |
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Te large luxury sedan market has never been Audi’s
strong suit, always playing second fddle to Mercedes
and BMW. However, with the redesigned 2011 A8 L,
it looks like Audi’s position is about to change. Why?
its new A8 is simply outstanding in so many ways. A
technological tour de force, the redesigned A8 is a clear
leader in this comparison.
What you notice frst about the car is its absolutely
stunning interior. revolutionary for its gadgetry, yet a
standout for its attention to details and craftsmanship,
Audi’s latest can’t be fairly compared to BMW’s
comparatively staid 7 Series—Jaguar’s XJL is a far
worthier competitor. You’ll immediately notice, on both
the XJL and the A8, inviting wraparound aluminum or
wood trim that adorns a two-tiered upper dash panel,
creating a much more inviting interior environment.
On the A8 you’ll also see small, yet pleasing design
touches, such as the yacht-inspired gearshift knob,
laser-etched aluminum buttons and an abundance of
soothing ambient lighting. BMW’s design, in contrast,
is far less extravagant in the fner details. Te A8 L is
a joy to take on long journeys when you opt for the
$2,200 Premium Package, which includes 22-way
adjustable massaging front seats, a feature not available
on the XJL.
When it comes to technology, neither the XJL nor
the 7 Series can top the A8 L. Making its debut on the
A8 L is Audi’s next-generation Multi Media interface
with MMi Touch technology. Tis clever tool allows
you to enter addresses or points of interest by using your
fnger to draw the letters on a virtual chalkboard. Te
touch pad also doubles as radio presets to quickly locate
your favorite stations. While the A8’s navigation screen
is some 2.2 inches smaller than BMW’s, we appreciate
its ability to swivel out of sight when not in use.
On the road, the A8 L is a pleasure to drive. We
were thrilled by the A8 L’s outstanding fuel economy,
averaging 27 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in
combined city/highway driving, good enough to
trump the BMW and Jaguar. To put this fuel economy
into perspective, the v8-powered A8 L is more fuel-
efcient than the six-cylinder 7 Series and as efcient
as the Mercedes and Lexus hybrid sedans. How so?
Te A8 L’s all-aluminum body frame makes it light,
while a 372-horsepower v8 engine is mated to a highly
sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission. Both
the Jag and BMW ofer only six-speed transmissions,
but the A8’s eight cogs help give it the fuel economy
edge, even though it’s the only one in this group to ofer
all-wheel drive as standard.
A serious value, especially compared to the BMW
750Li, the A8 L starts at $84,000 with all-wheel drive,
some $3,400 less than the rear-wheel-drive 7 Series.
Tanks to its innovative redesign, Audi has a winner
on its hands with the 2011 A8 L.
Bottom line: Sophisticated engineering meets
elegant luxury, making the 2011 Audi A8 L the
champion of these heavyweights.
2011 Audi A8 L: Whiz Kid
“A technological tour de force, the new A8
is a clear leader in this comparison.”
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Tere’s no denying a man’s love afair with a BMW. But
at a certain point, the hot rod M3 no longer fts your
image as the 5 Series becomes a little too middle-of-
the-road. it’s then that you start to get a little antsy, and
BMW hopes to keep you in the family by ofering up
its full-size, luxury fagship sedan, the 7 Series. But how
does it stack up against the Jaguar and Audi?
Being a BMW, it’s fair to expect the 750Li to be
the performance leader in this group. And it is. With a
twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter v8 engine developing 400
horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque, the 750Li beats
out the Audi and Jaguar as horsepower king. Mated to
a six-speed automatic transmission, the 750Li runs from
zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, 0.2 and 0.6 seconds faster
than the Jaguar and Audi, respectively. Unfortunately,
the BMW is also quite thirsty (14/22 mpg city/highway),
swallowing so much fuel that the federal government
slapped it with a $1,000 gas guzzler tax. is the BMW’s
performance advantage over the Audi worth the pain at
the pump and the added tax? Te answer really depends
on your driving style.
Te BMW is the only one in this group that does
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not use an all-aluminum body. As a result, the 750Li is
noticeably heavier, weighing in at 4,641 pounds, around
500 pounds heavier than the Jaguar and 188 pounds
heavier than the all-wheel drive Audi. Te added weight
hurts the 7 in corners, where you can really feel those
extra pounds. Tat being said, the 7 has the cushiest ride
of the bunch, soaking up bumps, thanks to its standard
driving dynamics Control system, which adjusts
shock-absorber frmness, steering, shifting and throttle
response based on your preference. in Comfort mode,
the 750Li makes even the most neglected Atlanta roads
feel like a recently paved Buckhead driveway.
Te 750Li’s interior is no longer its strong suit in
the face of fresh competitors like the Audi and Jaguar.
While we love how spacious it feels, you don’t get the
impression that this is the interior of a hand-tailored
luxury sedan priced at nearly $90,000. For example,
unlike in the Jaguar and Audi, there is no analog clock,
and the steering wheel’s center cap lacks leather stitching.
Te problem is compounded by the arrival of the new 5
Series, which borrows heavily from the 7 Series parts bin,
yet costs thousands less, thus diminishing the feeling of
exclusivity of materials that the 7 previously bestowed.
Still, the 750Li deserves praise for its large navigation
screen and excellent ergonomics—something Jaguar
in particular could beneft from studying. in back, the
750Li ofers plenty of room to stretch with the most
rear legroom in this comparison. if you tend to be
the passenger or usually have a full car, you and your
companions will appreciate the additional room.
With a base price of some $8,000 more than the
Jaguar and $3,400 more than the Audi, the BMW 750Li
is not the best value in this comparison. Many features
that come standard on the Jaguar are optional on the
BMW. However, if you’re a BMW purist, then look no
further, the 750Li is for you.
Bottom line: A lofty price and a less opulent interior
prevent the BMW 750Li from taking the crown this
time around.
“the 750Li
makes even the
most neglected
Atlanta roads feel
like a recently
paved Buckhead
driveway.”
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Tere’s something special about driving a Jaguar.
Maybe it’s the double takes you elicit when approaching
the valet, or maybe it’s the feeling of exclusivity you
get when behind the wheel—after all, there were
just 13,340 Jaguars sold in 2010, compared to some
220,113 BMWs and 101,629 Audis. Te Jaguar is a
rare breed, and the XJL is its fnest ofspring. But can
the XJL compete against such industry stalwarts as
BMW and Audi? in a word, yes.
Big and beautiful, the XJL’s design impresses
inside and out—you can’t help but notice an XJL
driving by. Te XJL’s interior design looks bespoke
with luxurious leather and wood covering nearly every
surface. From the elegant timepiece that sits high on
the dashboard to the four spherical dash vents fnished
in high-gloss piano black with chrome metal trim, the
Jaguar’s interior looks and feels almost like a Bentley.
Tere are even little wooden tray tables that extend
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“the best value in the group, the 2011 Jaguar XJL delights
with its eye-catching design and nimble performance.”
from the front seatbacks to allow rear-seat passengers
a place to write or rest a laptop computer. Still, we
did have a few minor complaints. Because the XJL has
a strangely low dashboard, tall front-seat passengers
will fnd their knees rubbing up awkwardly close to
this area. We also were unimpressed by the sometimes
sluggish 8-inch touch screen, which controls too many
functions. For example, if you’re following navigation
instructions but you want to activate the cooled seats,
you have to exit the map mode and enter the climate
control section to turn on the seat—a simple switch
would be more efective.
On the road, the Jaguar wowed us with a nimble
and athletic driving experience. Weighing in at just
4,131 pounds, the XJL is the lightest in this bunch by
some 330 pounds, a fact that can be felt in corners.
Plus, unlike the BMW, the Jaguar comes standard
with sticky 19-inch wheels. Tough the XJL is the only
vehicle in this comparison to not ofer all-wheel drive
at least as an option, the Jaguar’s winter driving mode
helped to reduce wheel slippage. You’ll fnd this feature
particularly helpful when encountering icy conditions.
Te XJL is powered by a 5.0-liter v8 engine that
makes 385 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. Zero to
60 mph takes 5.4 seconds, placing the XJL 0.2 seconds
behind the BMW, but still 0.4 seconds ahead of the
Audi. if you crave more performance, Jaguar gives you
the $90,700 Supercharged XJL. Tis model will trounce
the 750Li with its 470 horsepower, shaving of fve-tenths
of a second from the XJL’s zero-to-60 sprint.
But what surprised us most about the Jaguar XJL
was its value proposition. even with standard 19-inch
wheels, no-charge maintenance for fve years, the best
warranty in this comparison, and standard heated and
cooled front and rear seats, the XJL is still $8,000 less
than the 750Li. numbers like these are impossible to
overlook when considering your next luxury sedan.
Bottom line: Te best value in the group, the 2011
Jaguar XJL delights with its eye-catching design and
nimble performance.
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To mark their 75th anniversary, Jaguar created a
seductive new concept car, the C-X75, a vehicle that
hints at a very bright future for this storied automaker.
Te C-X75 is a range-extended electric supercar
powered by a unique gas turbine engine. Te C-X75 plugs
into a standard electrical outlet to charge its lithium-
ion batteries. A complete charge takes about six hours
and supplies approximately 68 miles of zero-emissions
driving. Travel beyond this limit and an onboard micro
gas turbine spools up to charge the batteries, providing
a range of up to 560 miles between fll-ups.
each gas turbine weighs just 77 pounds, making
the C-X75 a serious lightweight. with four electric
motors providing propulsion to each wheel for a
combined 195 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque,
the C-X75 will jump from zero to 60 mph in just
3.4 seconds.
The C-X75 is rolling art. penned by brilliant
Jaguar designer ian Callum, the C-X75’s shape was
inspired by the 1966 XJ13 Le Mans prototype. with
the unique turbine engine, Callum had the freedom
to create a body that’s both incredibly short and lower
than almost anything else on the road. inside, the
C-X75 is space-age, showcasing brilliant metal work
with an instrument panel that looks like it was crafted
from a single piece of aluminum.
Jaguar C-X75: AutoErotica
“The C-X75’s
exterior design
is rolling art.”
Look Out, Coming By
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After a long absence, the esprit, the most iconic Lotus
ever produced, is set to make a triumphant return.
Te striking new esprit is a two-seater with a mid-
engine confguration, giving it a short nose and even
shorter rear overhangs. Te side profle is markedly
aggressive, with a singular pillar stretching front to
rear, forming the engine compartment and strong rear
haunches. Full LeD headlights complete the high-tech
look beftting the original esprit. From the back, twin
tailpipes converge in the center and are built into an
aggressive rear difuser.
The new esprit promises to be a serious road
rocket, powered with a 5.0-liter v8 engine with up to
620 horsepower. Factoring in the esprit’s low weight
of 3,190 pounds, it should sprint from zero to 60 mph
in less than 3.4 seconds. Te esprit also is rumored to
introduce a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
that should help achieve a supposed top speed of 205
mph. if the production version delivers on numbers
like these, the esprit will easily earn back its supercar
title. Lotus has not released pricing for the new esprit.
However, it has promised the new esprit will hit Lotus
showrooms by spring 2013—a date that’s worth adding
to your calendar.
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Mercedes’ hot-selling C-Class goes under the knife for
2012. Te most noticeable changes to the new C-Class
can be seen inside. No longer does the navigation screen
disappear when not in use thanks to a more integrated
center stack. Mercedes also has addressed one of our
gripes with the old C by installing a new three-spoke
sports steering wheel.
perhaps the biggest change, however, is one you
won’t see unless you open the hood. it’s there where the
C350 Sport gets a new v6 engine that increases output
from 268 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque to 302
and 273 respectively. Te added power coupled with a
redesigned seven-speed automatic transmission help the
C350 run from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. with
this new engine, the C350 gets 15 percent better fuel
economy than the outgoing model, chalking up 21 mpg
in combined city/highway driving.
Te exterior of the 2012 changes only slightly with
new sweeping bi-xenon headlamps that now feature LeD
daytime running lamps. Mercedes has yet to release
ofcial pricing for the new C-Class, but MB expects a new
entry-level C250 model to be priced less than the current
model’s base price of $33,990. Look for the 2012 C-Class
to arrive at Mercedes-Benz dealers by this summer.
2013 Lotus Esprit: The Return of a Legend
“A supposed top
speed of 205 mph.”
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: A Little Nip & Tuck
“The C350 gets
15 percent better
fuel economy
than the
outgoing model.”
Manufactured right in Chicago, the Ford explorer
is about as American as apple pie. with more than 6
million sold since 1990, you have probably owned one
before. To bring import buyers back to the Ford brand,
the explorer was completely reinvented for 2011.
Gone is the body-on-frame construction of the old
explorer, in favor of a more car-like unibody chassis.
Te result is dramatically improved handling, a more
comfortable ride and reduced weight. Te explorer also
is helped by Curve Control technology to keep you
planted in quick maneuvers.
inside, Ford’s new explorer shines, especially in
comparison to its foreign counterparts. Not only is this
the best new Ford interior ever, but it’s also far better
than any of the explorer’s import competitors. Ford
benchmarked Audi in designing the interior, and it
shows with soft-touch materials and real metal speaker
grilles. Te explorer even uses acoustic-laminated dual-
pane windows for a quieter ride.
Standard on the top-line Limited model is
MyFord Touch, a central 8-inch LCD touch screen
that operates everything from the navigation system
to a sophisticated media hub. Te navi even plans trip
routes to optimize fuel efciency.
Te new Ford explorer is just beginning to trickle
into Ford dealers this month. Look for the top-of-the-
line Limited, competitively priced at $37,995.
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2012 Audi A6: Four-Door Domination
“An optional
ambient lighting
package will
set the mood
just right.”
“Gone is the body-on-frame construction of the old Explorer.”
Considering that it happens so infrequently—the
last redesigned A6 bowed in 2004—it’s with great
anticipation that a completely redesigned A6 is ready
to step on the world stage.
Like with the new A8, Audi promises the redesigned
A6 will ofer similar levels of groundbreaking tech.
Audi teamed up with Google to integrate Google earth
images into the navigation system, which displays
real-life images from the internet. Also available is a
park Assist System for hands-free parallel parking, a
heads-up display and adaptive headlights that work
in conjunction with the navigation system for more
intelligent illumination.
inside, the new A6’s cabin looks like a work of art.
Te A6 features the same “wraparound” interior efect
that debuted on the A8. Optional massaging seats should
make long trips a little less painful, while an optional
ambient lighting package will set the mood just right.
On the outside, the new A6 shows of a decidedly
more sporty appearance than the outgoing model.
Te new four-door is sleek, sitting just 4.79 feet high
and more than 6 feet wide. Striking, optional all-LeD
headlights look unlike anything else on the road.
Look for the new Audi A6 to go on sale by fall
2011 with a base price slightly more than the current
model’s $45,200 sticker.
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Inside Story
Get behind the wheel of Bentley’s epic
new grand sports tourer, the exquisitely
redesigned 2012 Continental GT.

| By Nate Chapnick |
Since its introduction in 2003, the Bentley Continental GT set the bar for
automotive luxury and design. With this completely redesigned GT, Bentley
proves once again that its vehicles will be the ones by which all others are judged.
Powering the GT is a refreshed, slightly more potent 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged
engine that pumps out 567 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. This increase in
power, coupled with a revised suspension setup, gives the Continental GT an even
sportier driving demeanor. Zero to 60 mph comes in merely 4.4 seconds. There’s
no doubt that the Continental GT is a blast to drive, with performance to shame a
supercar. With all these changes on the outside, though, it’s inside where Bentley
has really stepped up its game. Find out how as Men’s Book Atlanta brings you this
exclusive inside look at the $192,495 2012 Bentley Continental GT.
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Gauge Cluster
Looks more like an exquisite timepiece than a gauge cluster, with its four
solid chrome dials. Metal bezel trim not only catches your eye, but also
provides a fnishing touch to the handcut edges of the wood trim.
duplicative navigation instructions and other infotainment readouts keep
your eyes focused on the road, thanks to this large, bright LCD display.
Steering Wheel
Large gearshift paddles are always within easy reach to unleash the
power of the Gt’s 12-cylinder engine. scroll through a variety of
infotainment functions without taking your hands of the wheel via this
sparkling knurled metal scroll wheel.
in true Bentley fashion, the car is started by inserting the key to the left of
the steering wheel (should you decide not to use the push-button method).
it takes one Bentley craftsman a minimum of eight hours to assemble
this stunning three-spoke, hand-stitched leather steering wheel.
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Navigation
no longer is Bentley’s navigation system a sore spot for the Gt. Te
new navigation system is now highly advanced with Google Maps and
sophisticated 3-d imagery, making it easier than ever to fnd your
destination. an onboard 30GB hard drive provides plenty of space to
upload your favorite music.
Coined brightwork surrounds the navigation screen and elegantly integrates
it into the rest of the center stack. inputting destinations and following
navigation instructions is a breeze with this large 8-inch touch screen.
Center Stack
a Breitling timepiece looks like it came right of your wrist. Bentley’s
signature bull’s-eye aluminum vents (with organ pulls to control the air
intensity) look as superb on the dashboard as they feel to operate.
inspired by Bentley’s logo, the center console is formed by two
dramatic leather “wings” that fank the center stack, rising from
the lower console and extending upward to form the upper dash
panel. Lovely contrast stitching makes even the handiwork of Gucci’s
craftspeople look second-rate.
Lower Console
a knurled metal shift knob is a joy to handle and is a work of art
in its own right. a convenient storage area for your wallet is directly
below the easy-to-use climate controls. even the controls for the seat
heaters and coolers receive the knurled metal treatment.
a clever removable case for pens, reading glasses and the like is
crafted out of the same veneers used throughout the rest of the
interior—an easy way to carry and display the cachet of owning a
Bentley with you at all times. We love the articulating armrests that
adjust to myriad positions to keep you comfortable on long drives.
Door Panel
MB loves the chrome buttons for the windows and fuel fller release.
even the map pockets are lined in leather. Cool to the touch is a sleek,
genuine metal door handle.
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Audi Nose Team
Yes, there are many strange captions
to accompany this photo, but what’s
really on display is audi’s dedication
to sensory detail—in this case, the
sense of smell. audi has a team
devoted to ensuring that its materials
are an olfactory delight. audi’s team
accomplishes this by snifng thousands
of diferent materials and choosing the
most pleasant-smelling ones before a
new vehicle ever reaches production.
Finishing
Touches

Men’s Book Atlanta gives accolades
to our favorite automotive features.
| By Nate Chapnick |
2011 Jaguar XJ
Bowers & Wilkins
Speakers
an audiophile’s dream,
Jaguar’s new XJ ofers
an optional 1,200-watt
Bowers & Wilkins
sound system that
reproduces sound so
authentically you’ll feel
like you’re seated in the
front row at the atlanta
Opera. and Bowers
& Wilkins’ signature
yellow Kevlar cones are
also a treat for the eyes.
2011 Volvo S60 Front Folding Seat
You’ll no longer need to borrow your friend’s
pickup when you make a run to the Home
depot with the new Volvo s60. an ingenious
fold-fat front seat signifcantly increases
the s60’s cargo capacity, making it able to
swallow even long two-by-fours.
2012 Bentley Continental GT
Scalloped Rear Seats
Bentley provides a little extra rear-seat legroom
in the new Gt with redesigned scalloped front
seats. Now you have an excuse to stretch out!
2011 Mercedes-Benz
CL550 Front-Seat
Release Handle
it’s the little details like
this one—the sparkling,
oversized metal front-seat
release handle—that impress
every time you step inside
the new Cl. Plus, lifting
the dazzling metal handle
activates the front seat to
slide forward, providing easy
access to the rear seats.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
If you’re new to DSLR, try the
Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Ofering the
most intuitive automatic settings of
the Rebel line, the T3i is easy to use
while ofering loads of features. $800
to $1,100, at Showcase Photo & Video
Sony Alpha SLT-A55V
Boasting new translucent
mirror technology, Sony’s
new Alpha SLT-A55V is
best-in-class for autofocus
for stills and flm—up to
10 frames per second.
$750 to $850, at Sony Style
Olympus E-5 For pros and advanced
amateurs, the new 12.3 megapixel
Olympus E-5 ofers the highest picture
quality of any Olympus camera, three
inch swivel LCD and 720 HD video—all
in a “smashproof ” magnesium alloy body.
$1,600, at Showcase Photo & Video
Sony Nex 5 Sony’s new Nex 5, along with the Nex
3, is the world’s lightest and smallest interchangeable-
lens digital camera. Enjoy full HD video and a sweep
panorama feature in a DSLR that’s about an inch
thick. $650 to $700, at Sony Style
Digital Revolution
Shooting like a pro is more accessible than ever with the
newest in DSLR technology. | By Steve Pendergrass |
You’ve graduated from the point-and-shoot and are ready to get
your hands a little dirtier with a more involved, but rewarding, DSLR.
Whether you’re starting out or are a seasoned pro, the newest in
DSLR technology—from Bluetooth capability to unprecedented
compactness—is something to get excited about.
Nikon D7000 Te mid-level
Nikon D7000 features 16.2
megapixels, 1080 HD video with
full autofocus and a three-inch
LCD monitor in a magnesium
alloy body. $1,200, at Wolf Camera
Canon EOS 60D For advanced
amateurs, the new 18-megapixel
Canon EOS 60D is the frst
EOS to ofer a three-inch LCD
screen. It also features full HD
video recording and in-camera
RAW image processing. $1,100 to
$1,400, at Best Buy
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Time
Travel
The luxe Villeret Demi-Fuseau
Horaire is keeping world travelers
in style and on time.
| By Alison Abbey |
watches Fashion
&
style
The Villeret Demi-Fuseau
Horaire is available late
March. Price upon request,
877.520.1735 or blancpain.com
Te latest addition to Blancpain’s Villeret
collection has it all. Its half-hunter case in red
gold (ftted with a sapphire crystal case-back),
opaline dial enhanced with red gold hour markers
and alvazel-lined leather strap work in sync to
give this timepiece the sleek, sophisticated look a
seasoned traveler covets. But it’s the functionality
of the watch that makes it a must-have for the
intercontinental on the go: Te Villeret Demi-
Fuseau horaire allows users to adjust a second time
zone in half-hour increments, a frst for Blancpain.
Visitors to countries with half-hour time zone
diferences can now keep proper time as they travel.
a few turns of its gilded crown perform a
number of time-traveling adjustments: date, time
zone and reference time. Using a pusher on the
head of the crown, the watch-wearer is able to select
fast correction or half time zone adjustment mode.
and correcting the reference time automatically
modifes the second time zone, making punctuality
in your current time zone as easy as keeping track
of the time back at home.
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The classics never go out of style. These four new paragons
of high horology incorporate a stunning array of new
complications and innovations while referencing the design
cues that made them famous. | By Marvin Handhart |
Oyster Perpetual
Submariner
One of the most iconic men’s watches
of all time—it’s been featured in
11 James Bond movies since it was
introduced in 1954—the Rolex
Submariner was unveiled in its
most current steel version at Basel,
2010. Notice the pronounced
rotatable “Cerachrom” ceramic
bezel, larger indices, wider hands
and a “Glidelock” clasp for easy
adjustment. Staying true to its name,
the Submariner is pressure-proof to
1,000 feet below water.
Steel Submariner, $7,375, by Rolex at Mayors
Equation of Time
Complication can be beautiful, as
with the new Royal Oak Equation
of Time from Audemars Piguet.
Available in rose gold, pictured
here, as well as steel, it features 423
parts, housed in Audemars Piguet’s
iconic octagon, oering startlingly
intricate and innovative technology
in its equation of time, sunrise and
sunset, perpetual calendar and
astronomical mechanisms.
Royal Oak Equation of Time in rose gold, $105,700,
by Audemars Piguet, at Neiman Marcus
Luminor 1950
Equation of Time
e most sophisticated watch ever
produced by Panerai, the Luminor
1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon
Titanio features equation of time,
indication of sunrise and sunset
for a chosen city and, on the back,
a depiction of the night sky of the
same city. With only 30 produced,
and each customized for individual
customers, these tributes to Galileo
Galilei are truly one-of-a-kind works
of horological art.
L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Equation of Time, $220,000,
by Panerai at Brown & Co.
Patrimony
Contemporaine
You’ll be over the moon
with Vacheron Constantin’s
Patrimony Contemporaine
Perpetual Calendar, marking the
house’s introduction of the 1120
QP calendar movement into the
Patrimony Contemporaine range.
Taking into account the leap year
cycle, the calendar requires no
correction whatsoever until March 1,
2100. e 18K pink gold case is set
o by the gorgeous gold lunar disc
against a lapis lazuli sky.
Patrimony Contemporaine Perpetual Calendar, $67,500,
by Vacheron Constantin at Tourneau
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Zegna’s
impeccably
tailored pieces
took Mike
Dickerson’s
already dapper
look to the
next level.
Men’s Book Atlanta and Ermenegildo Zegna joined forces to give Mike Dickerson,
general manager and senior vice president at Atlanta’s Premiere Global Services,
a style makeover. The eponymous Italian brand just celebrated its 100th
anniversary and opened the doors of its 15th retail store in the United States
at Lenox Square. The jaw-dropping 2,800-square-foot retail space carries the
complete range of Ermenegildo Zegna and Zegna Sport collections, and offers an
exclusive made-to-measure service.
From Street
to Runway
ORIGINAL STYLE: SIGNATURE STYLE:
Made in the Shade
e sunglasses he’ll want to
have on hand all year-round
Sunglasses, $325
Sole Man
An essential investment, a serious
pair of shoes makes a statement
Leather dress shoe, $590
FASHION
&
STYLE MAN ON THE STREET
On Mike
Burgundy wool blazer, $2,795, gray wool
trouser, $695, striped cotton dress shirt,
$345, pure silk tie, $175, leather belt, $230,
linen pocket square, $85, and brown leather
dress shoes, $1,050, at Ermenegildo Zegna.
Shot on location at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.
Guy on the Go
From board meetings
to the o ce and
everywhere in between
Leather briefcase, $1,440
Hip to be Square
Add personality to an
otherwise expected
suit or blazer
Silk pocket squares, $80 each
| By Lisa Horten | Portrait by omas Fahey |
| Styling by Jabe Mabrey |
Sweater at Ralph Lauren, Lenox Square. Shirt by
Paul Smith at Saks Fifth Avenue, Lenox Square.
The Next Big Thing
He spent his twenties trying to break into acting and his thirties working nonstop. Now in his
forties, Aaron Eckhart is living life his way.
By Elina Fuhrman | Photography by John Russo | Styling by Annie Psaltiras for The Wall Group
“Every single day I thought I was going to die,” Aaron Eckhart says
of the challenges flming this month’s eagerly anticipated Battle: Los
Angeles. Te picture, set in Santa Monica, might have been a big-
budget studio flm, but the actor recognized that his part—a marine
fghting an alien invasion—was a gritty role. “People would say,
‘Aaron, it’s a popcorn movie, why are you so intense?’ and I’d be
like, ‘No, it’s not a popcorn movie, I’m at war! It’s life and death!,’”
he says. He looks around the Santa Monica cofee shop where we’re
chatting, a few hundred yards from where the Battle: Los Angeles
alien invaders rise out of the ocean. “It was the hardest movie I ever
did, both physically and mentally.”
Eckhart is beyond serious about acting and exceptionally
single-minded about his work. “It’s the storytelling aspect, trying
to be real under imaginary circumstances, what happens when there
is energy between actors,” he says. “I’m addicted to the chase of that.
It’s a feeling like no other; it’s addictive and exhilarating, and it
happens rarely.”
Looking for roles that will take him there has become a
requirement for the 43-year-old. “When I was doing Battle: Los
Angeles, I thought I was at war,” he says, sipping his cofee. “I think
people were like, ‘Tis dude thinks he’s a real marine.’”
Sitting at a small table in the Zen-like garden, unrecognized,
dressed in a plaid shirt and cargo pants, Eckhart looks like nothing
so much as one of the guy’s guys he’s made a career of portraying.
He played the biker boyfriend of Julia Roberts in Erin
Brockovich, the tobacco industry lobbyist who struggles to make his
son proud of him in Tank You for Smoking, Gotham City’s district
attorney Harvey Dent in Te Dark Knight and Catherine Zeta-Jones’
paramour in the romantic comedy No Reservations, among other
memorable man’s man roles. Tat kind of strong character seems to
be what appeals to Eckhart, who cites Sean Penn, Daniel Day-Lewis
and Javier Bardem as actors he admires.
Eckhart co-starred alongside Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
(released late 2010 to critical acclaim), a gut-wrenching story of a
grieving couple who lose their child. “Tis is one of those movies
that you wait your whole life for, in the sense that it’s a great
challenge,” says Eckhart. Even as he shines in the early glow of
critics’ accolades for his portrayal of a heartbroken father, Eckhart
shows humility and realism about the ambitions required to succeed
in Hollywood.
“Everybody who looks at my career right now thinks that I’m
doing pretty good, but I’m thinking it’s the worst time of my life,”
he jokes. He catches himself and laughs. “I still feel that my career
is an embryo. I still feel that my great roles are ahead of me, I still
search for them, I still have the angst.”
Eckhart tells the story of how it all began at age 14. Between
playing rugby, basketball and soccer in high school in England, he
auditioned for the school musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
“I don’t know why I went to audition for it,” he says. “Nobody else
auditioned for Charlie Brown, so I got Charlie Brown.” In some
ways acting chose him. It wasn’t until that play that Eckhart realized
this might be his future. “I mean, I’m a sports guy, but from that
day on, I was an actor,” he says excitedly, as if the realization is still
brand-new after all these years.
Te California-born Eckhart spent his teenage years in Europe
after his dad’s work took the family to the UK. Te move also
fostered Eckhart’s love for travel. “We’d jump in the car and drive
from London to Algiers. We’ve seen every cathedral and every castle
in Europe. I’d go with my friends and ski the Alps twice a year,
which was insane,” he says of his formative years. Raised as a
Mormon, he spent two years in his late teens in France and
Switzerland on a mission. After trips to Australia and Hawaii, where
he spent his time surfng, he wound up at Brigham Young University
in Utah. “I went to college, but I never thought about going to
college,” he says. “I never thought about going into business—I was
an actor.”
Did he have any doubts? “Nooo,” says Eckhart. “I knew
something was burning inside of me, and I was young enough not
to be discouraged.”
He spent his twenties, like many actors in New York, auditioning
for everything. “I went on thousands of auditions, but [he started
making progress] when Neil [LaBute], my friend I went to school
with, called me up and we did a movie called In Te Company of Men,”
he says. “It changed my life. From absolute nothing, not even able to
get an agent for flm—I could only get a commercial agent—to Sean
Penn calling me on the phone the next day. It was insane. And it’s
been a ride ever since.” Te ultra-low-budget flm noir (“Te movie
was made for $25,000,” says Eckhart) about conniving chauvinism
in the workplace caught fre at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997
and gave Eckhart instant momentum and credibility.
More than a decade later, it’s a large dose of self-assurance
that helps Eckhart win the roles he’s passionate about. He even
seems proud to say he didn’t work in 2010. “I want to do a
particular type of flm right now. I just wait for that movie to come
along that gets me excited,” he says. “My tastes have changed as
I’ve gotten older.”
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“People would say, ‘It’s a popcorn movie, why are
you so intense?’ I’d say, ‘No, it’s life and death!’”
Jacket by Tom Ford and Walker jeans by J Brand
both at Neiman Marcus. T-shirt by AllSaints at
us.allsaints.com. Opposite page: Jacket by Prada
and Walker jeans by J Brand both at Neiman
Marcus. T-shirt by John Varvatos at Bloomingdale’s,
Lenox Square. Shoes at Clarks, Lenox Square.
He looks forward to playing a CIA agent who fees assassins
with his daughter in Expatriate, set to start flming in Europe
shortly, and is already on a strict diet. “Whenever I do a movie, I
tend to get in shape,” he says. Another movie, Te Rum Diary, with
Johnny Depp, is awaiting its release date.
Navigating your future in Hollywood is a tricky business these
days, and much of it is out of your control. “As long as you’re willing
to come at it in a diferent way, there’s no telling [what will happen],
because you are telling a truthful story,” says Eckhart. He’s also not
too shy to admit that reinvention is a normal part of an actor’s
journey, and that he’s reinvented himself “two or three times.”
After another pause, Eckhart lets loose with one last observation.
“I’ve never been, in my career, the ‘next big thing.’ I’ve never been
that guy.”
Well, until now.
Eckhart oN atlaNta, famIly, aNd thE futurE
What are your impressions of Atlanta?
While I haven’t spent much time in Atlanta, I have been in the city
during the most beautiful times of year, the spring and the fall. It’s
very lush, very green and very rich in terms of its tapestry—it’s
always beautiful to fy into Atlanta. It’s an emerging city that also
has a beautiful countryside. It’s very active—Atlanta has great
sports teams and everybody is outside. I like that.
What city do you consider your home?
My home is in Los Angeles but I live a nomadic life, I’m a wanderer,
I just go wherever the movies take me. I’ve been everywhere and
have a healthy respect for other cultures.
Do you live in the city?
I live in Malibu on the beach. I surf, I bike, I run, I do everything
outdoors. I’m a pretty outdoorsy guy.
How have your parents infuenced you?
My parents are very educated and very worldly, and they took us
to every cathedral and museum in Europe. Tey infused me with
work ethic, principles, work values—they are a great sounding
board for me. Tey are just very good people, very strong, they
come from a world where you worked and you worked all the
time and you worked hard… and you are not fashy, you just go
out and do your best.
What is your biggest dream?
I have a couple: I’d like to make my own movies, direct and act
in my own movies. And I’d also like to have a family. I don’t
have a wife and kids. I just worked through my 30s, I’ve never
settled down. I’m fercely independent. I’m sort of a loner, you
know? But all those things don’t preclude a wife. I just want to
fnd the one to live this life with me. I feel like I’ve had so many
blessings, such a varied life, such a blessed life and I want to
build a life with somebody.
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Oil fnish Trucker jacket by Filson for Levi’s
at flson.com. Shirt at Ermenegildo Zegna,
Lenox Square. Opposite page: Walker jeans by
J Brand at Neiman Marcus. T-shirt by John
Varvatos at Bloomingdale’s, Lenox Square.

Grooming by Catherine Furniss for Kiehl’s at
celestineagency.com
Navy suit jacket, $1,490, navy suit pants,
$290, and cotton shirt, $290, all at Salvatore
Ferragamo, Lenox Square. Navy striped tie,
$175, at Ermenegildo Zegna, Lenox Square.
Power Player
Man up in spring’s sharpest suits.
Photography by Lisa Sciascia, sciascia.com
Styling by Eric Himel, erichimel.com
Navy suit, $2,695, white dress shirt, $295, and navy
tie, $175, all at Ermenegildo Zegna, Lenox Square.
Opposite page: Suit, $1,295, and shirt, $185, both
by Burberry London at Burberry, Lenox Square. Tie,
price upon request, at Bottega Veneta, New York.
Single-breasted peak lapel suit, $3,670, and
tie, $220, both by Tom Ford at Neiman Marcus
and tomford.com. White dress shirt, $295, at
Ermenegildo Zegna, Lenox Square. Opposite
page: Suit, $1,650, shirt, $295, and tie, $130, all
at Calvin Klein Collection, New York.
Suit, $1,295, shirt, $185, and silk tie, $150, all by
Burberry London at Burberry, Lenox Square. Vilda
glasses in tortoise, $225, by Moscot at moscot.com.
Opposite page: Beige suit, $2,695, white dress shirt,
$295, orange tie, $175, and orange pocket square,
$85, all at Ermenegildo Zegna, Lenox Square.
Grooming by Lauren Frenden for
artistsbytimothypriano.com
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Stay the Course
Stress is almost unavoidable in modern-day life.
Increased levels of tension have been linked to high blood
pressure, heart disease, migraines, cancer, diabetes and
a weakened immune system. As a result, many men are
left feeling anxious, tired and depressed. Follow these 10
guidelines from everydayhealth.com to deal with stress
more efectively, and feel the weight start to lift.
ExErcisE rEgularly Being active has been proven to reduce
stress, plus it feels great to blow of some steam.
Eat and slEEp wEll Good nutrition and six to eight hours
of sleep each night can help you overcome stress while
readying you for whatever tomorrow might bring. Also,
be sure to avoid cafeine (for better rest) and alcohol (to
avoid anxiety and depression).
MEditatE We all perform better with a clear head. Tat’s
why you should take time each day for some peaceful
refection, which can be gained through meditation,
yoga or tai chi.
Stress Less
Maintain motivation to improve your health and ftness goals—while looking
great in the process—with these handsome products and expert tips.

| By Misty Milioto |
solvE thE causE of your strEss Take active steps to address
the issues that cause stress in your life. Otherwise,
resentment can grow and cause even more tension.
avoid strEssful situations If something makes you stressed,
don’t do it. For example, avoid the grocery store at peak
shopping times like nights and weekends. And if you
have the opportunity to skirt Atlanta’s rush hour, you
know it’ll be a good day.
accEpt things you can’t changE Sometimes, a little fexibility is
all it takes to feel more relaxed.
havE a positivE attitudE Perception can play a huge role in
situations. It may take a little practice, but having a
positive outlook can make things brighter all around.
only takE on what you can handlE Personal time is valuable, and
it takes a skilled negotiator to know when to say “no.”
While it’s important to honor requests made of you, it’s
also crucial to avoid an overbooked schedule that can
lead to exhaustion.
tacklE first things first Determine which tasks are the
most important, complete those frst and move on to
less crucial jobs. Resist tackling multiple projects at once.
savor your victoriEs Whenever you complete a major project
or reach a personal goal, be sure to do something nice
for yourself. Celebrate your accomplishments before you
jump into the next project.
TIPS AnD TOOlS health
&
fitness
Be a champion for babies and purchase a table
for 10! Enjoy delicious food and great wine at a
premier Atlanta restaurant. The night continues
at Stepping Out, the after-party extraordinaire
with dessert, drinks and dancing.
Save the Date
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Great sponsorship opportunities available.
For more information and a list of participating
restaurants call 404-350-9800 or visit
marchofdimes.com/georgia.

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Man on Wire
Tap into your inner ninja with the SlackWire by Eagles Nest
Outftters. Tis slack lining is easy to set up between any two
fxed points (so that it behaves like a tightrope), and promotes core
strength, balance and stability. $70, at High Country Outftters
Time Out
Who says you can’t look good
while being active? Enter
the Suunto Elementum
Terra watch, which features
a sapphire crystal face; a
corrosion-resistant, stainless
steel case, buttons and band;
an altimeter; a barometric
pressure reading; and a 3-D
compass. It’s also water-
resistant to 100 meters. Tis
bad boy is handmade in
Finland, and it’s only available
at select retailers. $900 to
$1,200, at DEKA Atlanta
Cycle Solution
Stay comfortable as you
ride hard, even in rainy
weather, with the Novara
Verita Bike Jacket. Te
ripstop nylon shell has
an eVent membrane and
polyester tricot lining
to vent body heat. Any
cyclist also will appreciate
the two waterproof
zippered pockets, refective
highlights and elastic
waist. And the nuclear
orange color is just plain
cool. $159, at REI
Do men and women see eye to eye when it comes to
visual health? Tat’s the question that the American
Optometric Association recently asked during its
annual Eye-Q survey. Findings show that men and
women differ in how they view the best nutrition
for healthy eyes and proper UV protection. Of those
participating in the survey, more women (35 percent)
than men (28 percent) check for UV protection when
buying sunglasses. However, this is an important factor
to consider, because overexposure to UV rays can cause
damage such as cataracts and even skin cancer around
the eyes. Te men win when it comes to knowledge
about the best nutrition for eye health, naming
spinach, rather than carrots, as the optimal food for
healthy eyes. (Spinach is a great source of lutein and
zeaxanthin—antioxidants that help protect against age-
related macular degeneration.) Additionally, more than
50 percent of both men and women reported vision-
related problems resulting from prolonged computer
use. Te AOA recommends taking breaks every 20
minutes by looking into the distance for 20 seconds
to refocus the eyes. Yet the majority of both men and
women said they took visual breaks every 30 to 60
minutes. Te survey also found that respondents in
both groups noticed changes in their vision around the
age of 40. Te bottom line is simple: Schedule regular
eye exams for early detection of vision problems. For
more information, visit aoa.org.
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Juice Boost
For a healthy pick-me-up, try a shot of Bazi from
BAZI International. Tis alternative energy booster
is packed with superfruits known as the Phyto8
blend (consisting of jujube, goji, blueberry, açai,
mangosteen, pomegranate, raspberry and sea-
buckthorn). Tis potent go-juice is bursting
with favor while also
boasting antioxidants,
vitamins and a
mineral blend to
support an active
lifestyle. $18 for a six-
pack, drinkbazi.com
What’s the State of Your Prostate?
According to prostatehealthguide.com, more than 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer
each year, and nearly 30,000 of them will die from the disease. (If you don’t already know, the
prostate aids in the production of semen.) Te prostate gland grows to about the size of a walnut
during puberty, and it remains the same size until about the age of 40, when it starts to grow again.
While most men aren’t bothered by it, some will develop an enlarged prostate, prostate cancer or
prostatitis (or more than one of these diseases). But there is good news, too: Prostate cancer can be
cured if it is detected early. Symptoms of prostate cancer can include blood in the urine or semen, or
chronic pain in the hips, thighs or lower back. For more information, visit prostatehealthguide.com.
Risk Factors
Family History If your father, brother or other close male relative has or has had prostate
cancer, your chances of developing the disease are doubled.
Race African Americans have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world.
Age If you have a family history of prostate cancer or if you are African American, the risk of
developing prostate cancer increases after age 40. Other men should be concerned after age 50.
Diet Of course, nutrition also plays a role. Beware of diets that are low in fber and high in fat
and red meat, as these elements have been shown to increase the risk of prostate cancer.
Prevention
Get regular checkups.
Eat more fber, fruits, soy protein and cooked tomatoes, since these foods have all been shown
to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Engage in regular physical activity.
Don’t smoke.
limit cafeine and alcohol, but drink plenty of water.
Have more sex!
Take a Hike
Take your next adventure to new heights with the Vasque Scree
collection of lightweight hiking boots. Tis men’s style in black olive/olive
drab is waterproof and features a sticky Stealth Rubber console for sure
footing on uncertain terrain. Meanwhile, the cushy heel and foot bed
provide comfort on the climb. $120 to $145, at REI
“Don’t Forget the Milk”
Milk does a body good in more
ways than one. For starters, it aids
in keeping bones and skin healthy.
It’s also important to consume milk
for a healthy immune system and
to prevent illnesses such as obesity,
dental decay, hypertension and
some forms of cancer. In addition
to providing calcium, milk is an
excellent source of vitamins A and B,
protein, phosphorous, and ribofavin.
For those who are lactose intolerant,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture
suggests choosing lactose-free
alternatives, such as yogurt,
cheese or lactose-free milk. Other
alternatives that also provide plenty
of calcium include canned fsh, soy
and rice beverages, calcium-fortifed
juice, cereals, breads, and some leafy
greens like kale and bok choy.
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Itching to get away from your offce and undertake a serious
challenge? Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is actually a dormant volcano, is
the highest mountain in Africa and the fourth highest of the Seven
Summits behind Everest, McKinley, and Aconcagua. While not for
the faint of heart, scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro is the perfect opportunity for
an ordinary athlete to complete an extraordinary adventure.
Diary of a Climb
At midnight on the fourth day of my assault of Mt. Kilimanjaro, I am
awoken abruptly by a knock on my tent. My Tanzanian guide, who has
Adventure
of a Lifetime
Set your sights to the African skies with a climb up the world’s
highest free-standing peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. | By John Horten |
HealtH
&
Fitness sporTIng lIfe
become my most trusted ally and friend since we began
our ascent, tells me to get dressed and pack my things.
It is time to make our fnal push towards the summit
of the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Cold,
tired and physically exhausted, we set out in the dark
on a 14-hour journey to the roof of Africa.
Tree hours of hiking under the moonlight brings us to our frst
stop, Hans Meyer Cave. We pause for a few minutes to rest and warm our
bodies with a bowl of soup. Here the frst members of our group surrender
to the mountain and begin their early descent. Tey join the ranks of
russian billionaire roman Abramovich and tennis legend Martina
navratilova—just two of the many who have come up short in their bids
for the top. While no technical climbing experience is required to reach
the summit, the oftentimes overwhelming efects of Kilimanjaro’s altitude
can send even the most ft of climbers back to the bottom without success.
five hours in, both of the water bottles I am carrying on my back
freeze. Te sun is just starting to come up, which is a welcome sign since I
can barely feel my hands and toes. I am determined, as I’ve spent months
training and preparing—both mentally and physically—for what I knew
would be the most intense physical challenge of my life.
Glaciers near the
summit—a cool 80
degrees below the
temperature at
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After several more exhausting hours, we reach our frst landmark:
gilman’s point. from here, we are only 500 feet below the summit, but it
requires two additional hours of walking along the crater rim. A portion
of the group pushes on—the rest, defeated, turn back.
our pace is unimaginably slow. each step is its own challenge. I shift
my focus from the oxygen deprivation of my lungs to the breathtaking views
of the glacier that surrounds me. of the more than 25,000 people who set
to conquer Kili each year, a small percentage succeed, and I am now less
than an hour from the top. Tis keeps me moving forward.
emotions run high as we reach Uhuru peak, the mountain’s 19,341-
foot summit. our now small group snaps a few quick photos to document
the accomplishment, but we spend less than 10 minutes at the top before
starting our descent. It is cold and simply not healthy to stay at this altitude.
Te magnitude of the accomplishment has yet to settle in–our priority now
is returning safely to the base.
on our journey to the top, we trekked through equatorial forests,
alpine heath, moorland, deserts and permanent ice caps. What started in
desert heat and had us clad in shorts and T-shirts culminated in frigid temps
requiring layers, parkas and balaclavas. Te temperature at the summit
was a cool 80 degrees lower than the base. Combined with the altitude
change, this is an indescribably immense transition for the human body
to undertake.
Te lack of showers, the cold nights and nearly unbearable altitude
sickness pale into insignifcance when compared to the experience of
watching the sun rise over the expansive plains, living above the cloud
line, and standing on the roof of the continent’s highest mountain.
Insider’s Advice
How to Train
Train for your climb with a mix of lower-body strength training and general
cardiovascular workouts like hiking, running, and stair climbing. When possible,
exercise while wearing the same boots you will be wearing on Kilimanjaro to
ensure they are comfortable and broken in.
Planning Your Ascent
Tere are six main routes by which to climb Kilimanjaro. expect to spend between
fve to nine days on the mountain depending on your route. extra days on the
mountain give your body additional time to acclimatize to the high altitude and
increase your likelihood of a successful summit.
How to Get There
Mt. Kilimanjaro is located along Tanzania’s northeastern border with Kenya.
Kilimanjaro International Airport can be reached on a daily direct fight from
Amsterdam or via a one-hour fight from nairobi. A visa can be obtained online or
in the airport upon arrival.
When to Go
Kilimanjaro can be climbed year-round, and each month has its advantages. Te
main trekking seasons correspond with the mountain’s two dry seasons. January
and february tend to be a bit colder but are often quieter than the other peak
season of August and september.
Assembling Your Team
guides are required to climb Kilimanjaro. Tey are available at the park gate, but
it is best to make arrangements ahead of time. Your guide will play a crucial role in
your success on the mountain, and quickly become your most trusted ally on your
quest to the top. setting of from the base of the mountain, you will be fanked by
an army of support staf. In addition to guides, you will have an entourage of local
porters as well as a few cooks. Te average staf to climber ratio is about 3-to-1–
and this isn’t an extravagance, it’s a necessity.
Where to Relax Post-Trek
Characterized by its clear blue water and beautiful sandy beaches, the idyllic
islands of Zanzibar are the perfect place to relax after an arduous week on the
mountain. Te Baraza resort (baraza-zanzibar.com), which features the frangipani
spa and oceanfront villas, ofers sheer luxury on the famed Bwejuu Beach. If you’re
looking for a bit more adventure, photo hunt for the Big five (that’s safari-speak
for the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape bufalo) in Tanzania’s serengeti or
ngorongoro game parks.
The roof of Africa—
Uhuru Peak
Porters trekking across
the “Saddle” between
Mawenzi and Kibo
A fnal rest near
School Hut before our
push to the summit
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Tere is a feeling of understated elegance the moment you walk onto the
hallowed and super-exclusive grounds of golf clubs like Augusta National
or Cypress Point. It hits you immediately: Tis is precious property with
a preciously small membership. And therein lies the sought-after appeal
of such clubs. You truly feel like it’s yours for the moment.
The True
Golf Retreat
While Pebble Beach and Pinehurst get most of the big press,
The Lodge at the Sea Island Golf Club quietly gets it right—
and then some. | By Jonathan Baker |
Such a feeling is rarely achieved at America’s highly ranked but
over-saturated golf resorts, as you get shufed along impersonally to fll
as many tee times as the day allows. You see the sights, check it of your
list and try not to think about the money you spent on a round of golf
that felt sadly ordinary.
Five hours south of Atlanta on the shores of St. Simons lies a historic
retreat that provides the grace, charm and intimacy of an exclusive club,
all in a resort setting. Te ancient oak trees and sweeping dunes quietly
remind you why this has been a favorite golf destination since the 1920s.
It’s a place where the great Bobby Jones sharpened his game in between
Grand Slam victories, where golf-obsessed President Eisenhower went
on holiday, and it’s where the famed instructor Davis Love Jr. started a
teaching facility that so many PGA Tour pros now call home.
Te retreat is Sea Island Golf Club.
Merely entering the grounds is one of the great drives in golf, a
half-mile stretch under a canopy of majestic live oaks that leads you
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to the front steps of Te Lodge, the English manor that serves as the
club’s centerpiece. Tis heavily wooded, 40-room refuge sits on the banks
overlooking the Atlantic, and is fanked by two golf courses and practice
facility. Te Lodge was built in 2001, but feels like it’s been there forever.
Decorated in antiques, suites are spacious and richly detailed, providing
a comfortable, refned stay. Hospitality, like guests’ access to a 24-hour
butler and shuttle service to the neighboring Cloister, is on point and
personalized without being overbearing.
Te Lodge also serves as the clubhouse, featuring a golf shop, a casual
dining room (Te Oak room), a formal chophouse (Colt & Alison) and
a latticed locker room fush with the necessities
(a bar, smoking lounge and card tables). And
all are steps away from 36 fabulous holes and a
world-class practice facility.
Built in 1928 on a former Southern
plantation, Sea Island Golf Club started as two
From left: Playing along
the marsh on Sea Island’s
Seaside Course; overlooking
the Atlantic Ocean: The
Lodge at Sea Island
nine-hole tracks: Plantation was designed by legendary amateur walter
Travis while Seaside was penned by Colt & Alison of Pine Valley fame.
Trough the second half of the 20th century, two more nines were added,
and, in 1999, the four nines were molded and redesigned into a pair of
distinct 18-hole courses.
Guarding both sides of the canopied oak entrance, rees Jones
re-tooled Plantation into a classic layout with a deep South aesthetic.
Te frst tee sits next to Sea Island’s caddie headquarters, a beautifully
preserved building from 1835 that was once the plantation’s corn barn.
Unfolding through a forest of live oaks, magnolias and long-leaf pines,
the front nine give way to stunning views of the Atlantic as the back nine
wrap around Te Lodge. Ponds and tidal creeks add hints of danger, but
Plantation seems wonderfully indicative of the area. It’s a leisurely track
that’s as beautiful as it is fun to play.
Seaside, the ongoing host of the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic, is the
routing masterpiece reworked by Tom Fazio. Playing through the marsh and
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along the sound, it’s a big, open links course with looming hazards, swirling
winds and shaved turtleback greens. while intimidating, you couldn’t ask
for a more striking backdrop. Perfectly manicured fairways meander through
rugged sand dunes and along the water, while Merion-inspired, cherry red
wicker baskets sit atop the fagsticks. Caddies aren’t mandatory, but there are
few better walks in golf than playing Seaside with a caddie.
Tose looking to work on any aspect of their game (swing, ftness,
putting, psychology) have four of Golf Digest’s “America’s 50 Greatest
Teachers” at their disposal. Situated oceanside with 300 yards of teeing
ground, four putting greens and three short-game areas, the pros at the
Golf Learning Center dish the same advice and analysis to Sea Island’s
guests as they do their regular touring clients—a roster that happens
to include names like Tiger woods, Davis Love III and Zach Johnson.
Being a guest also allows you to head over to the Cloister at Sea
Island and experience all the opulence that comes with it. But staying and
playing at Te Lodge is how golf vacations are supposed to be enjoyed:
walking leisurely with caddies on uncrowded courses that provide a fun
challenge in a beautiful setting; taking lessons and hearing stories from
the men who teach the tour boys; and enjoying a cocktail at sunset to
the sound of the bagpiper on the veranda. Te day ends by putting on
the required jacket before ordering prime cut steaks and a choice bottle
at Colt & Alison, then fnally returning upstairs to your room to retire,
happy and excited for morning to arrive.
Clockwise from top
left: Cocktail hour in
The Lodge; the men’s
locker room; The
Lodge’s expansive
lobby and Plantation
Course hole No. 10
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Into the Wild
Experience eight great outdoor adventures in Latin America. | By Bret Love |
With an average of nine
months of wind every
year, Brazil’s Ceara
coast has become a
haven for kite surfers.
Kite Surf in Brazil
With hundreds of miles of nearly empty beaches,
a tropical climate and an average of nine months of
wind every year, Brazil’s Ceara coast has emerged as a
haven for kite surfers looking to catch major ocean air.
Cumbuco Beach is the hottest spot in the area, ofering
a variety of fatwater lagoons with slight swells and
numerous sand bars of the point that produce great
waves less than a quarter of a mile from the shore. With
help from an instructor, even novice surfers can learn
to execute moves in no time fat, while the village at the
center of the beach allows you to immerse yourself in
the area’s colorful culture. Stay Windtown Beach Resort
and Spa Brazil, brazil.windtown.nl
Filled with luxury resorts willing to cater to your every whim, it’s easy to vacation in
Latin America and have the time of your life without ever leaving your hotel. But as
eco-tourism and adventure travel become increasingly popular, the area is emerging
as a premier destination. Best of all, because of their gradual transformation into
world-class havens for outdoor adventurers, most of these countries haven’t fallen
victim to overdevelopment or overcrowding, offering a relatively pristine cultural
experience. Travelers seeking a bit more of an adrenaline rush than one tends to
get from applying copious amounts of sunscreen and hailing the waitress for yet
another margarita will fnd plenty of adventurous opportunities.
travel
&
leisure adventure
Sandboard in Chile’s “Death Valley”
Covering 966 kilometers of Chile’s Pacifc Coast, the
atacama desert is one of the world’s driest regions and
has been used as a backdrop in flms like Quantum
of Solace for its otherworldly appearance. Te area
known as the valley of the Moon (or “death valley”)
has become a haven for enthusiasts of sandboarding,
a relatively new extreme sport that combines elements
of snowboarding and surfng. With the help of
experienced guides, you’ll learn how to hurl yourself
down the dunes, hopefully avoiding a mouthful of
sand in the process. For those craving pure adrenaline,
it’s one heck of a rush. Stay Tierra Atacama Hotel and
Spa, 800.829.5325, tierraatacama.com
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Climb Rocks in Patagonia
discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520, Patagonia is an expanse of dry, desolate land
occupying 260,000 square miles in southern argentina and Chile. Te region is known for
its abundant wildlife and dramatic mountain peaks, which attract trekkers from all around
the world. Te area around the city of Bariloche ofers a variety of rock-climbing routes to
challenge enthusiasts of all levels, with favorite spots such as virgen de las nieves and Piedras
Blancos rated from 5.6 to 5.14 for their degree of difculty. Whichever route you choose,
you’re assured stunning vistas of the land that National Geographic has called an “eden at the
end of the world.” Stay Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, 800.666.5555, llaollao.com/ing
Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peru’s most popular tourist attraction, built by the
Incas around a.d. 1440, draws more than 500,000
visitors each year. It’s easy to see why, as the glorious
architecture of the ancient city perched high above the
clouds remains largely intact, overlooking a canyon
on the urubamba river and the surrounding andes
mountains. various tour companies ofer guided
expeditions to this uneSCO World Heritage site,
hiking 25 to 33 miles (depending on your starting point)
through semi-arid desert, verdant tropical rainforest
and breathtaking mountain passes to the stunning pre-
Columbian ruins. at altitudes of up to 13,700 feet, it’s
no easy trek, but the jaw-dropping views are certain to
provide a lifetime of memories. Stay Inkaterra Machu
Picchu Pueblo Hotel, 800.442.5042, inkaterra.com/en/
machu-picchu
Get In Touch with Nature in Panama
referred to by some as the “new Galapagos,” Panama’s
Coiba Island national Park remains largely unspoiled,
thanks to the fact that the island was home to a penal
colony from 1919 to 2004 and requires permission
from the national environment authority to visit. Te
largest island in all of Central america, about 75 percent
of Coiba is virgin tropical forest, while 80 percent of
the park is oceanic, flled with an array of marine life.
Located 50 minutes by plane or 10 hours by car from
Panama City, this eco-tourist haven is defnitely a bit
of the beaten path, but well worth the visit. Stay Bristol
Hotel, 507.264.0000, thebristol.com
Routes around
Bariloche in
Patagonia challenge
climbers of all levels.
Machu Picchu was
built by the Incas
around a.D. 1440.
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Venture Deep into the Costa Rican Rainforest
Feel like taking a wild jungle adventure, but don’t
want to go all the way to the amazon to do so? Head to
San Jose, Costa rica, where guides from the Pacuare
Lodge will take you on a heartpounding ride down
the picturesque Pacuare river. Winding through rock
canyon walls and past cascading waterfalls, the raging
rapids (which range from Class II to Iv in difculty)
take you on an hour-long journey deep into the
rainforest to an eco-friendly lodge, which is situated
on a 740-acre private nature reserve and features
luxurious accommodations. While there you can
soak up the serene beauty of your surroundings, visit
the neighboring Cabecar Indian village and zipline
through the rainforest canopy. Stay Pacuare Lodge,
800.963.1195, junglelodgecostarica.com
Choose Your Own Adventure
Whether you’re looking to bike, hike or rappel your
way across Latin america, these six tour companies
will get you moving in the right direction.
atacama expeditions atacamaexpeditions.cl
nexus Brazil Surf experience nexussurf.com/
kitesurfng.html
Pacuare Jungle Lodge junglelodgecostarica.com
G.a.P. adventures gapadventures.com
trek Patagonia trekpatagonia.com
reI adventures rei.com/adventures
Explore Mexico’s Copper Canyon
Located in northern Mexico just a few hundred miles south of el Paso, texas, in the heart of the
Sierra Madre Mountains, Copper Canyon is one of the continent’s largest canyon systems. reI’s
Hike and Bike tour ofers a unique way for hardy travelers to experience the area’s natural wonders,
boarding the Chihuahua al Pacifco train for the 180-mile jaunt from el Fuerte to divisadero,
soaking in desert scenery and towering canyon walls that seem like they’re straight out of a John
Wayne western. From there, it’s a short trek before you begin mountain biking past waterfalls,
pueblos and cave dwellings, journeying from the historic mining village of Batopilas to the Lost
Cathedral of Satevo and walking the ancient trails of the tarahumara Indians. Stay Te Mirador
Hotel, 888.528.8401, hotelmirador.hotelesbalderrama.com
Mountain Bike on the World’s Most
Dangerous Road in Bolivia
north from the capital city of La Paz, el Camino de
la Muerte is considered the world’s most dangerous
road. Carved into the sides of a canyon with steep
vertical drops of up to 1,600 feet and no guardrails,
“death road” claims more than 100 lives a year.
Most Bolivians stop and pray before beginning their
drive down, so it takes a special breed of daredevil to
make the journey on a mountain bike, passing frigid
mountaintops, misty cloud forests and waterfalls in
the midst of heavy road trafc. after the six-hour ride
down, there’s a 1.8-mile climb to Coroico, so only the
hardiest and most fearless cyclists need apply. Stay Hotel
Europa, 591.2.2315656, hoteleuropa.com.bo
Guides take
guests on a
heartpounding
ride down the
picturesque
Pacuare River.
Copper Canyon
is one of the
continent’s largest
canyon systems.
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Considering I’ve spent the last three years reviewing restaurants for a living,
I feel like I have a decent handle on the Atlanta dining scene. But when
asked to name the most mind-blowing culinary experience I’ve had since
joining the media ranks, my answer doesn’t come from Bacchanalia, Bone’s
or any of Atlanta’s high-brow stalwarts.
It came one chilly night last year, in a turn-of-the-century house tucked
away in a quiet part of Athens. Te main room held two long communal
tables with benches and place settings for 24 people, all randomly brought
together for one reason: their love of food. For three hours I laughed and
talked with these new-found friends—from famous musicians to Atlanta
lawyers—as we savored fve courses prepared by fve casually cool guys.
Sporting beards and fannel shirts, each one took turns coming out of
the kitchen and passionately talking about the ingredients, the sourcing
and how he prepared the dish. A bubbly young woman (who, ironically,
didn’t appear a day past 21) gave heady introductions as she brilliantly
orchestrated each wine pairing. Patrons asked questions or stepped into
the kitchen to get a quick how-to—a rare chance to speak on the same
level with such artistry. At the end of the night, our hosts stuck around
as people thanked them and gave donations to the cause. For fve years,
this bi-monthly donation-only ($75 is suggested) dinner has turned into
something that every Southern food hound wants to attend. Fabulously
unique food and wine, engaging company, and a majestic setting are all
engineered—not for proft, but for passion—by a group of friends who
call themselves Te Four Coursemen.
It’s easy to gush over the no-brainer brilliance of the setup. Te group’s
ridiculously excellent lineup includes chefs from Athens’ famed Five &
Ten, Te National and Farm 255. Te menu changes with every dinner
and isn’t released until guests arrive. Te list of attendees is chosen fairly
Secret Supper
What do you get when six foodie friends serve fve courses and fve wines to a small group of strangers in an undisclosed location?
The best dining experience you never knew existed. | By Jonathan Baker | Photography By Chrissy Reed |
Few dinners allow you
to wander into the
kitchen to watch the
chefs in action—but this
is no ordinary dinner.
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At The Four Coursemen,
farm-to-table is the focus,
and the results are delicious.
on a frst-come-frst-served basis via online reservations. Te shotgun house
where each dinner takes place is a century old, and, upon arrival, it feels
as though you’re stepping into a small-town Southern time warp. In short,
it’s magical.
recognition in Food & Wine magazine coupled with a television special
on the Cooking Channel has spun Te Four Coursemen as one of the
top secret supper clubs in the country. But in all actuality, it’s not secret,
it isn’t a club, and it has less to do with exclusivity and much more to do
with learning, sharing and community. And the group’s organic history
refects that.
Te Four Coursemen concept began fve years ago with Damien
Schaefer and randy Dudley, neither of whom are chefs, but, rather, friends
from college who had both studied design and shared a passion for food.
Schaefer had just returned to Athens from a brief postgraduate stint in New
York, and admittedly admired Dudley’s cooking. So, frankly, he just wanted
to cook with him, not only for the camaraderie, but also to become better
himself. Tis evolved into inviting friends over for their weekly experiment,
and everything progressed from there.
“When I moved back to Athens from New York, randy and I started
cooking for friends at my house,” Schaefer explains. “We got to be friends
with this guy, Patrick, who, at the time, was a chef at Te Grit. And so we
said, ‘Why don’t you come cook with us this weekend?’ He was the frst
chef we invited to come over, and that instantly took it to a whole new level.
Te three of us cooked every Saturday. It was all about learning cooking
techniques and challenging ourselves and basically saying, ‘Hey, come over
and eat this, and let us know what you think.’”
Te group continued to add kitchen members to their weekly ritual.
“We invited my friend eddie, who I had known since college and was
the pastry chef at Five & Ten, and my friend Matt, the head chef at the
Farm,” Schaefer continues. “And we slowly started adding these people to the
Coursemen roster who were fun, old friends, who could also cook. I think
what really completed the group was adding Nancy to pick and pair wines.
She was a bartender at DiPalmas at the time, and she knows a lot about wine.”
When you have the crème de la crème of an already heralded culinary
scene doing small-scale dinner parties, the word is bound to spread. And
fast. “People started expecting to come over every Saturday,” Schaefer says.
Tankfully, a friend of Te Four Coursemen (and frequent dinner attendee)
ofered the use of his restored shotgun house. Tis allowed the group to
decrease the number of dinners to roughly twice a month, but gave them
the opportunity to truly do it up right and open the door to many more
folks apart from just their friends. Teir e-mail list grew to more than 2,000
people, they began to use their website to preview and chronicle each dinner,
and, once announced, reservations would fll up in a matter of seconds.
“It’s not about going to a restaurant and eating a high-brow, fve-course
meal,” Schaefer reiterates. “It’s about going somewhere of the beaten path
and having an experience. Te food is part of it, but so is sitting down with
new people of common interests. It becomes this thing that you could never
reproduce in a restaurant environment. Come in, ask questions, go home
and do it yourself. We aren’t pioneers in any way; we’re like someone’s
grandma. We’re not doing anything diferent; we’re just asking people over
for dinner. It’s what food is all about.”
And while all this seems like a casual corralling, don’t think each
menu isn’t a totally real-deal, heady gourmand paradise. It is. But I’ll let
you experience that for yourself.
Te Four Coursemen; undisclosed location in Athens; reservations,
information and passionate food ranting found at fourcoursemen.com
“The shotgun house
where each dinner
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century old, and, upon
arrival, it feels as
though you’re stepping
into a small-town
Southern time warp.”
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American
Miller Union A semifinalist for the James Beard
Foundation’s Best New Restaurant Award, chef Steven
Satterfeld’s Westside treasure ofers up deceptively
simple Southern-style dishes whose freshness truly
makes all the diference. Entrees such as braised pork
shank with Sea Island red peas and local greens are a
favorful delight, but starters such as farm egg in celery
cream elevate Miller Union above the comfort food
crowd and into a class all its own. 999 Brady Ave.,
678.733.8550, millerunion.com
Off the Beaten Path
Fox Bros Bar-B-Q Brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox
serve up Texas-sized temptations in their Candler Park
eatery, leaving no doubt as to why they’ve been named
the best by every publication in ATL. 1238 Dekalb Ave.,
404.577.4030, foxbrosbbq.com
Latin American
Tierra Owned by husband-and-wife chefs Dan and Ticha
Krinsky, this critically acclaimed bistro (named one of the
“Top Restaurants In America” by Zagat) pays tribute to
Ticha’s Latin American roots with a constantly changing
seasonal menu. Our favorite entrées include the sauteed
corvina in Dominican tomato-coconut sauce and roasted
Springer Farms chicken with Ecuadorian peanut sauce.
But for a real treat, try the bi-monthly “National Day
Weeks,” when the traditional cuisine of a single Latin
country is featured in a three-course prix fxe menu at a
surprisingly budget-friendly price. 1425 Piedmont Ave.,
404.874.5951, tierrarestaurant.com
Off the Beaten Path
Inc Street Food Robust Latin American street food
served up in a hip, lively atmosphere. Try the Gaucho
Marinated Skirt Steak Skewers, Brazilian-style fsh stew
or Pollo con Poblano Salsa Gratinados. 948 Canton St.,
Roswell, 770.998.3114, incstreetfood.com
Miller Union serves
deceptively simple
Southern cuisine.
One of the best things about Atlanta’s emergence as a truly international city is the vast
cornucopia of cultures that are represented here. For adventurous foodies, the city has
become like an Epcot theme park of culinary options, offering an opportunity to sample
amazing exotic dishes from around the globe without ever venturing too far from home.
Here are a few of our favorite restaurants, as well as some “off the beaten path” options
for those seeking something a little different.
Around the World Foodie
A world tour of Atlanta’s culinary scene | By Bret Love |
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African
10º South Owned by the Anthony family, this longtime
hot spot is like a slice of South Africa transplanted to
Buckhead. Te Zulu baskets and handcarved masks add
a rustic appeal, but otherwise the vibe is upscale and
metropolitan. Te food is traditional South African,
focused on hearty meat dishes prepared simply, from
the Peri-Peri marinated shrimp and chicken to the
Beef Sosaties (skewered beef topped with sweet apricot
curry sauce). Treat yourself to a Don Pedro, made
with South African cream liqueur. 4183 Roswell Road,
404.705.8870, 10degreessouth.com
Off the Beaten Path
Desta Ethiopian Kitchen Tucked away in a tiny
shopping center, this restaurant is a perfect example
of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover—
it’s excellent Ethiopian food in a cozy café setting.
Try the meat and veggie platters for an explosion
of f lavor. 3086 Briarclif f Road, 404.929.0011,
destaethiopiankitchen.com
Asian
Nan Tai Fine Dining A critically acclaimed favorite
for more than a decade, Nan Tai only seems to improve
with age, ofering refned class and Asian elegance in an
era of burger joints and gastropubs. Mother Nan and
daughter DeeDee Niyomkul (who also owns Tuk Tuk
Tai Food Loft) are a tag team of culinary excellence,
ofering delectable delights such as Gang Penange Nuea
(slow braised beef short ribs with panang curry and
kafr lime) and Kra Pow Pla Kra Pong (fried whole red
snapper with kafr lime, basil, sweet chili and garlic
roasted red curry). Get the Bangkok cofee custard
for dessert to cool the spicy burn. 1350 Spring St.,
404.870.9933, nanfnedining.com
Off the Beaten Path
Sushi House Hayakawa For my money, Atlanta’s best
sushi is found OTP. If you’re feeling frisky, ask the chef
to make his namesake roll. It’s not on the menu, but it
will blow your mind. 5979 Buford Highway, Suite A-10,
Doraville, 770.986.0010, atlantasushibar.com
European
Antico Pizza Authentic Italian to the extreme,
Antico owner and chef Giovanni Di Palma imports
four, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella di
bufala every week, and cooks every pizza he makes in
a 10,000-pound oven from Naples, Italy. Te result is a
perfect balance of crispy and chewy textures, bursting
with robust, earthy favors. Whether you get the classic
Margherita D.O.P. or the Cappricciosa (which is loaded
with savory mushrooms, artichokes and prosciutto
cotto), Di Palma’s passion for the craft of pizza making
comes through in every delectable bite. 1093 Hemphill
Ave. NW, 404.724.2333, anticopizza.it
Off the Beaten Path
Atmosphere Tis quaint little bistro in a charming
Ansley-area cottage offers an excellent blend of
traditional French classics and innovative fusion fare,
from Escargots Atmosphere to Foie de veau (sautéed
veal liver). 1620 Piedmont Ave. NE, 678.702.1620,
atmospherebistro.com
Enjoy traditional South African
fare in a metropolitan ambience
at Buckhead’s 10° South.
At Antico Pizza, every
pizza is cooked in a
10,000-pound oven
from Naples, Italy.
“di Palma’s
passion for
the craft of
pizza making
comes through
in every
delectable bite.”
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Since opening in 2009, D.B.A. Barbecue in Virginia
Highland has been a go-to spot for its mouthwatering
barbecue and welcoming, upscale ambiance. But, recently,
the restaurant has developed a reputation for something
a little edgier and more unexpected: moonshine. On
D.B.A.’s cocktail menu, the once-outlawed liquor even
occupies its own category, with six diferent types available.
Owner Matt Coggin also developed three moonshine-
specifc cocktails: a pickled moonshine martini, made
with moonshine and pickle juice; the Georgia Mule, with
crisp ginger and lime; and, for sweet-toothed sippers, the
Banjo, which is ’shine and Whynatte Latte over ice.
“People have started to think of us as the place for
having moonshines,” Coggin says. “And, hopefully,
in the future we’ll be seeing more of them coming
into the market.”
If the last few years are any indication, moonshine
could soon dominate Coggin’s cocktail menu. Also
known as white lightning, rotgut, panther’s breath, white
dog and mountain dew, moonshine has risen from its
humble beginnings in the hills of Appalachia to become
the latest “it” spirit in the cocktail craze. Loosened
government regulations on licenses, a relatively simple
distillation process (moonshine is essentially unaged
whiskey) and the appeal of its illicit, Prohibition-era past
have all played a factor in the renaissance.
Shine On
Moonshine makes a big-time comeback amid the cocktail craze.
| By Blane Bachelor | Photography by Patrick Murphy-Racey |
Modern-day moonshiners, like those at Ole Smoky,
take great pride in their product, bringing the once
forbidden liquor to a new audience.
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Moonshine has become so big that it’s even
hit the Big Apple. Since launching in April, kings
County Distillery, the frst (and only) moonshine
distillery in new York, has sold 4,000 bottles from
its tiny headquarters in an industrial Brooklyn
neighborhood, using just a handful of 8-gallon
mail-order stills. Co-founder Colin Spoelman, who’s
from a dry county in kentucky, and his business
partner are already discussing expansion. “You learn
that every culture has their moonshine,” Spoelman
says. “You [make] it in nYC, and you get all these
characters from all over the world who have their
own version of moonshine.”
But moonshine’s history—and heart—remains
in the South. It’s here, for example, that legendary
bootleggers like north Carolina native and nASCAr
hero Junior Johnson learned his remarkable driving
skills by outrunning police on mountain roads. Johnson
added moonshine to his Southern culinary oferings in
2005; now, his Midnight Moon label is available in
most states, with demand coming from as far as Japan.
In July, Ole Smoky Distillery opened in
Gatlinburg, tenn., billing itself as the state’s frst legal
moonshine distillery. By February, its moonshine,
which is sold in mason jars for $24 and up, is expected
to be available in 20 states.
“It’s crazy that we’ve seen as much excitement
as we have about it,” says Joe Baker, a co-founder of
Ole Smoky. “And it doesn’t seem just to be a local east
tennessee thing. It’s from all over the world.”
Plans are also in the works to build a distillery
in Dawsonville, about an hour northeast of Atlanta.
For local historian Gordon Pirkle, moonshine’s
growing popularity is perhaps best evidenced by the
explosion of visitors to what was previously called the
Dawsonville Fall Festival. After changing the event’s
name to the Mountain Moonshine Festival, organizers
have watched attendance swell from several thousand
to nearly 100,000. “Tat’s one of the best marketing
tools we’ve had,” Pirkle says.
Modern-day moonshiners are a savvier, more
sophisticated breed than their predecessors, and as a
result, moonshine has evolved from gut-burning and
potentially poisonous to strong but smooth enough
to stand alone for sipping. And for many distillers,
preserving moonshine’s traditions and showcasing its
once-condemned history is equally important.
“I remember my dad showing me a newspaper
article about one of my great uncles, who had been
arrested down in knoxville, with about 700 gallons of
moonshine,” Baker recalls. “It made the front page, and
it’s funny how a story like that even 10 or 15 years ago
would have been embarrassing. But, fnally, we can be
proud of [this tradition].”
Ole Smoky Made with a
100-year-old family recipe,
Ole Smoky ofers three
favors of ’shine and an
authentic, if slightly touristy,
tasting experience at its
Gatlinburg headquarters.
olesmokymoonshine.com
Kings County Moonshine
Potent but smooth, this
Brooklyn-based ’shine was
created by a kentuckian and
a north Carolinian and is
served in a glass fask that
evokes Prohibition illicitness
(and easily slips into a pocket).
Bourbon is now ofered, too.
kingscountydistillery.com
Junior Johnson Midnight
Moon Backed by the
legendary moonshiner-
turned-nASCAr-hero,
Junior Johnson Midnight
Moon includes a variety of
favors. Johnson himself is
said to like his with lemonade.
piedmontdistillers.com
Catdaddy Moonshine
Brewed by the same distiller
as Junior Johnson Midnight
Moon, the triple-distilled
Catdaddy often brings favors
of citrus, vanilla, cinnamon
or nutmeg—though none are
said to be used in the recipe.
piedmontdistillers.com
With new distilleries
and brands popping up
everywhere, you can
pick your poison when it
comes to ’shine.
Take a tour of Ole
Smoky Moonshine at
its Gatlinburg, Tenn.,
headquarters.
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Stewart Newbold, Chris Gunn and Steffen Gaebler
Shaun Campbell and Kelly Reed
Ranjana and Dr. Pradeep Sinha
Marcus Johnson, Corinna Allen and Mark Davis
Natasha Brooks and Toni Friday Melinda Chandler and Mikel Muffey
Men
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Te stunning panoramic vista
of the Buckhead skyline was an
ideal backdrop for the launch
of Men’s Book Atlanta, which is
poised to climb to great heights
in the local publishing scene.
Held at the prestigious Buckhead
Club on the 26th foor of the
Sovereign building, hosts Michael
Dickey, Chris Van Duyne
and Beth Weitzman from the
Modern Luxury team in Atlanta
celebrated the new publication
with supporters like Tony
Conway, Steve Hightower, Mikel
Mufey, Mark Davis, Marian
Goldberg and Justin Anthony.
Guests enjoyed passed hors
d’oeuvres of salmon mousse cones
and beef Wellington en croute
while sipping on Bullet Bourbon
and Crown Royal Black. –SDS
parting shots Men’S Book ATLAnTA
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parting shots nSoRo STARfiSH BALL
Mardi
Gras
Milieu
Tis year’s nsoro foundation
Starfsh Ball channeled Bourbon
Street merriment in a new
orleans-inspired afair. Te
black-tie fundraiser was held
in a ballroom-turned-french
Quarter-courtyard at Te St.
Regis Atlanta. Well-heeled guests
like Bill and Cindy Voyles,
Steve and Marjorie Harvey,
Millie and Steve Smith, Merry
and Chris Carlos, and Devyne
Stephens wore jeweled masks and
dined on Cajun delights created
by executive Chef Jonathan
Jerusalmy. event chairs Sandra
Anderson Baccus, Jack Sawyer,
Darrell Mays and Cynthia
Moreland helped put together
a night of charitable giving that
raised more than $600,000
toward higher education
scholarships for foster care
children. –SDS
Jeff and Tania Tompkins
Keith and Sylvia Wright with Stephanie Russell
Ira and Cynthia Moreland
Al and Su Longman
Jerome Grilhot, Louise Sams and Jack Sawyer
Alysa Walden, Mason McFalls, Sandra Baccus and Darrell Mays
Lynn-Anne Huck, Michelle Edwards-Crosland and Joanne Chesler-Gross
Elizabeth Allen with Carsen and Tesa Wallace
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In the race to collect one of 500 newly minted Lexus
LFAs, Hennessy Lexus of Atlanta made Atlantan
Roy M.*, a retiree from a successful career in medical
services, the proud owner of the enviable frst ride—in
the country. Tis singular supercar, equipped with a
V10/552-horsepower engine, goes from zero to 60 mph
in 3.6 seconds, crowning it the new king of the luxury lot.
Clocking in as the frst car to ever go head to head
with a Ferrari 599 GTB, the LFA boasts a sleek Carbon
Fiber Reinforced Plastic body and stands as the new
fagship for Lexus’ F portfolio. “Car enthusiasts were
skeptical since Toyota hadn’t produced a sports car since
the sensational 2000GT of the late ’80s,” says Roy, who
placed his order for the car six years ago. “But the LFA
won the battle.” Examples of luxe craftsmanship and
sheer ingenuity, only 150 will be released in the United
States, selling at a $380,000-plus price tag.
“I generally put about 1,000 to 1,500 miles on
a car and keep it for about a year,” Roy says. “It’s all
about priorities. It was an expensive purchase, but it’s
a passion I have. You only live once, and the way I look
at it, life’s short, so drive fast.”
Previous models in Roy’s collection have included
a Maserati, six Porsches, a Lotus Esprit, two Audi
R8s, 13 Lexuses, fve Ferraris, a Lamborghini and an
Aston Martin, all of which exemplify the collector’s
impeccable taste for speed and craftsmanship. But the
LFA is undoubtedly his crown jewel.
“Roy will be an ambassador for this car,” close
friend Bill Florence says. To sum up his purchase,
Roy admits, “It’s more than a Cadillac, yet less than
a Learjet.”
*Name abbreviated for privacy
King of the Road
A one-of-a-kind ride hits the streets of Atlanta.
| By Kelly Skinner | Photography by Erin Ashford |
the last word HoT wHEELS
Proud owner Roy M.
with the frst-ever
Lexus LFA to arrive
in the United States.
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