Discover Something New at Home in Atlanta

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Atlanta continues to live up to its reputation of having Southern hospitality to spare. This year the city became the backdrop for "The Hunger Games," "Anchorman 2" and "The Walking Dead," made national news when one honest homeless man returned a tourist's lost wallet and ushered in warm feelings with the July birth of twin pandas at Zoo Atlanta. If you're coming home this holiday season after some time away, prepare to be charmed

New Restaurant: Saltyard

Opened in July in Brookwood, Saltyard is the first restaurant from restaurant royalty heir Christian Favalli (his dad is Sergio Favalli, of La Grotta). The menu, designed by Chef Nick Leahy, features small plates of updated American comfort food. The offerings change seasonally, but if you're lucky enough to be there when the house-cured salmon chips or the 'shrooms on toast are on the menu, don't miss them.

Place to Bring a Little "Home" Home with You: Atlanta Made

Atlanta Made, a boutique in the Westside Provisions District, exclusively stocks locally made wares, from handmade margarita bonbons at Chocolate South to blown-glass lamps by local Rob Kennedy. Insider tip: stop by on Saturday, and you might just see a visiting artisan at work.

Word on the Street

Baseball purists are lamenting the Braves' upcoming 2017 move from downtown's beloved Turner Field to a shiny new yet-to-be-constructed stadium in suburban Cobb County. The Ted, which was built for the 1996 Olympics, will be torn down, and the land is slated to become a "development for middle class people," according to Mayor Kasim Reed.

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Freelance writer Jennifer Bradley Franklin moved to Atlanta when she was 4 years old, so she feels like a true native. Her work has appeared in People, American Way, Simply Buckhead, The Atlantan and others. She loves that her city has the best pizza outside of Naples (Antico Napoletana) and that the world's busiest airport makes it easy to get a direct flight nearly anywhere.

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