Christina Lee.

Freelance writer, D.C.-ATL transplant.

Posts tagged atlanta

Feb 11
Now that’s what I call a power couple. (Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, Ga.)

Now that’s what I call a power couple. (Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, Ga.)


Apr 6

"I Love Friction" — The Hood Internet (Asher Roth x The Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Okay, there seriously needs to be a name for when you hear a song you love but cannot truly enjoy it because suddenly all you want to hear is the Hood Internet mash-up version.

Well, just dropped in (to see what condition my condition was in).

Oh, and to say that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were wonderful at The Earl last night.


Mar 25
PURGE: Young Orchids Finally Bask in the Afterglow. While the people behind PURGE prefer to send photographers along with writers the day they conduct their interviews, founder Tim Song and I almost always have conflicting schedules (if not conflicting hangovers). This Young Orchids profile proved to be no exception — I interviewed the band at their rehearsal space on Tuesday, right before Tim scheduled a photo shoot with a band on Thursday, and now, after seeing photos like these, I’m kicking myself (yet again) for not being able to witness Tim at work.

PURGE: Young Orchids Finally Bask in the Afterglow. While the people behind PURGE prefer to send photographers along with writers the day they conduct their interviews, founder Tim Song and I almost always have conflicting schedules (if not conflicting hangovers). This Young Orchids profile proved to be no exception — I interviewed the band at their rehearsal space on Tuesday, right before Tim scheduled a photo shoot with a band on Thursday, and now, after seeing photos like these, I’m kicking myself (yet again) for not being able to witness Tim at work.


Jan 6
Yes, this is me interviewing the badass guys behind We Are The Process, recording the conversation with my laptop and reading the questions I jotted down in my planner. Hey, at least I get the job done.

Yes, this is me interviewing the badass guys behind We Are The Process, recording the conversation with my laptop and reading the questions I jotted down in my planner. Hey, at least I get the job done.



Dec 26

For Sale / Wanted > Barter > Four Brown Butter Sage Apple Pies (Or, Why I Spent Christmas in Atlanta)

Remember when I recommended making this brown butter sage apple pie recipe by Cathy Erway of Not Eating Out in New York? Two days ago I took my own advice to heart and made five of these pies as Christmas gifts, for my mom and her fiance, my boyfriend’s mother, my paternal relatives, my friend Angela and my roommate Mike, who was staying home instead of traveling for the holidays.

I made these pies completely from scratch, meaning that I spent 1.5 hours thinly slicing 24 York apples, then an extra 45 minutes kneading 10 pie crusts’ worth of dough, equivalent in weight to, let’s say, two small babies.

My boyfriend and I were supposed to drive to Frederick, Md., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., early the next morning — but we never left, meaning these pies never left my kitchen. As I’ve already explained in an e-mail to Katherine:

When he asked me to start his Jetta, I had pressed a button on the driver’s side door thinking that I was unlocking the passenger side. Instead, I had locked the driver’s side, though I hadn’t closed the door all the way, which left the door halfway latched to his car. It had been running for about 15 minutes by the time he pried the door open with a screwdriver, and once he did, he took the key out of the ignition and locked and unlocked the door, making sure that the door wouldn’t get stuck again. Then he tried to start the car again. No such luck.

Five hours later — after freaking out, calling our respective parents, testing his battery inside an old Pathfinder belonging to a roommate, waiting for an Advanced Auto Parts to open, trading the old battery in for a new one, calling our parents again, installing the new battery, attempting to start the car again without anything happening (still not sure why), freaking out again, then starting the car again successfully — we decided not to go. I would have gotten to Frederick in time for midnight mass, but I still would have completely missed the dinner I was supposed to attend with my mom. He would have gotten to Wilkes-Barre around 2 a.m., if he got lucky.

Anyway.

I made them almost exactly as Cathy Erway instructed, except for two modifications: a mixture of whole wheat pastry and unbleached, all-purpose flour in the crust, and a little less sage mixed into the pie filling. I brushed a milk wash and sprinkled cane sugar on each of the top crusts, which makes for a fantastic contrast against the savory sage.

You, lovely Atlanta resident, have: a VHS/DVD that we can add to the house collection, winter caps to help us endure the rest of this uncharacteristically white Christmas, a book that you’ve already read, or even a vegetarian dish (or even dessert) that my boyfriend and I can share.

Or, to be frank, anything but another pie. Well, that and fruitcake. I can’t stand that stuff.


Dec 22

"Back Up Plan" — Big Boi. Be prepared — to dance. In your seat, if you’re at work.


Dec 8

The more I research Southern culture and lifestyle magazines (Atlanta, American Songwriter, Garden and Gun), the more I can’t help but to think of Mr. Hyunh. My hero.


Nov 12
PURGE: Lori Guarisco: Dancing Poet and Former Bearded Lady. Lori Guarisco is first and foremost a storyteller, though she’d also describe herself as a dancing poet, writer, spoken word artist, and street performer. I rented a room of hers last fall, but with my internship and her string of gigs constantly getting in the way, I never got her to tell the story I wanted to hear most — until now.
(P.S. I also cannot get enough of the photos Tim Song took of Lori. I’m truly having a tough time picking my favorite.)

PURGE: Lori Guarisco: Dancing Poet and Former Bearded Lady. Lori Guarisco is first and foremost a storyteller, though she’d also describe herself as a dancing poet, writer, spoken word artist, and street performer. I rented a room of hers last fall, but with my internship and her string of gigs constantly getting in the way, I never got her to tell the story I wanted to hear most — until now.

(P.S. I also cannot get enough of the photos Tim Song took of Lori. I’m truly having a tough time picking my favorite.)


Nov 10
Last month, NYTimes.com posted three ways that Atlanta has and/or will contribute to the nation’s cultural landscape. Its lede: “Atlanta can seem like mainstream city, a hub better known for its airport, housewives and Coca-Cola headquarters.”
As Rachael said, “These are three great things, for sure—but man, that lead. ‘Atlanta: You think it kind of sucks, but it doesn’t!’”
Among other things, NYTimes.com wrote briefly about Atlanta: Hip-Hop and the South — photographer Michael Schmellling’s new book, and the subject of my first-ever Creative Loafing feature. For the reasons I’ve outlined there, I hope that New Yorkers will start to view Atlanta differently — perhaps, as rap’s up-and-coming Nashville.

Last month, NYTimes.com posted three ways that Atlanta has and/or will contribute to the nation’s cultural landscape. Its lede: “Atlanta can seem like mainstream city, a hub better known for its airport, housewives and Coca-Cola headquarters.”

As Rachael said, “These are three great things, for sure—but man, that lead. ‘Atlanta: You think it kind of sucks, but it doesn’t!’”

Among other things, NYTimes.com wrote briefly about Atlanta: Hip-Hop and the South — photographer Michael Schmellling’s new book, and the subject of my first-ever Creative Loafing feature. For the reasons I’ve outlined there, I hope that New Yorkers will start to view Atlanta differently — perhaps, as rap’s up-and-coming Nashville.


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