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Viking Cooking School

Culinary aficionados might head for the new Viking Cooking School in Ridgeland, MS. It's developed by parent firm Viking Range Corporation (www.vikingrange.com).

GA Brewery Tours

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Terrapin Beer Company, 265 Newton Bridge Roof, Athens, GA, provides brewery tours for visitors. Visit www.terrapinbeer.com 
for tour times. 
Dish It Out Alabama

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Savory cuisine featured at restaurants in 96 cities across Alabama is listed in the latest version of the state tourism department's popular brochure entitled: "100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die."

Now in its third edition, the brochure recommends the white chicken chili at Jessie's Café in Albertville and crab cakes and dill sauce at Our Place Café in Wetumpka.

Catfish and hush puppies are on tap at Greenbrier in Athens, while sun-dried tomato bread and tomato soup are served at River Nile in Dothan. If you're seeking Royal Red Shrimp, head for King Neptune's in Gulf Shores.

For a copy of the new brochure, contact the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel at 800-252-2262 or www.800Alabama.com.

Carnival Revamps Menus

Carnival Cruise Lines has revamped its Spa Carnival culinary offerings, opting for healthier offerings. Call 800-CARNIVAL or visit www.carnival.com.


Food, Wine & Brews
Nashville's Hot Chicken & Fish Joints

If you're looking for hot southern fried chicken and fish, then you'll love Nashville. Freelance travel writer Tim Leffel takes us to Nashville's top spots, where tangy chicken delights can set your lips on fire and the fried fish is served piping hot. Looking for ambience? You won't find it at most of these spots. But that's okay. It's the southern food that stars here.
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Tasteful Traditions: Sampling Virginia's Bounty

Jamestown, VA, was the first permanent English settlement in America. Today travelers may savor traditional dishes that reflect English, native American and African culinary influences. At restaurants from Colonial Williamsburg to Alexandria, from the Chesapeake Bay to the Blue Ridge, visitors may chow down on Virginia ham and biscuits, oysters and peanut soup. Freelance travel writer Sharon Cavileer examines VA's cooking traditions,
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Top Picks for S. FL Family Dining
Traveling to South Florida with the kids? Whether you're staying at a local resort or cruising from a local port, you'll likely spend some time in the community enjoying sun, sand and sites. But when it's time to chow down, where should families go? The fiery and entertaining show at Mai Kai is one good choice. If the thought of making antsy children sit still for mealtime makes you squirm, check out travel writer Molly Arost Staub's top picks for family dining.
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Top Tables for Atlanta Romantic Dining

Professional writer Vivian Holley, who has covered Atlanta's restaurant scene for many national and regional publications, serves up her tips on the best "Top Tables" for romance in the Atlanta area.

Whether you're planning a romantic dinner to celebrate an anniversary, making a marriage proposal or simply desiring a night out with your special someone, Atlanta's restaurants deliver diverse romantic opportunities. One resembles a cozy bistro, another has a clubby Old World feel.

Come with us as Vivian details her best bets for a romantic dinner in the Atlanta area.
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Shut Up and Shuck!

My fascination with Apalachicola had come mainly from watching the evening news. During any hurricane season, listeners expected to hear hurricane watches and warnings heading up the Gulf of Mexico coastline to that place with the odd name, Apalachicola. Some outsiders had trouble pronouncing it, but it seemed to roll off the tongues of weathermen with an elegant drawl. Aap - a - LACTH - a - COLA.

Finally, earlier this year, I got my chance. On a drive trip to Mobile, I headed west off I-75 into the backwater of Florida's northern tier. Just in the crook of the Panhandle, Apalachicola is renowned for its fresh oysters. There's no place better to get them. So, as the locals says, Shut Up and Shuck...
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Chowing Down in Charleston's Historic District

If you're out and about in downtown Charleston, SC, you'll likely spend a half or full day strolling amid the historic market area. There are great walking tour options, carriage rides and historic buildings to tour.

But when it's time for lunch or dinner, where should you go?

Charleston is rich in restaurants for every taste. One of our Charleston area freelance writers Natasha Lawrence shares her list of favorites here.
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The Pig Meets the Hog

In the shadow of the world's largest Harley-Davidson dealership near Daytona Beach, FL, sits the Daytona Pig Stand. No this isn't a hog joke perpetuated by Harley fans. The Pig Stand is the place to go in the Daytona area for savory chicken, ribs and other barbecue fare.

Traveling along I-95? The Pig Stand is just off the interstate on U.S. 1. Kay Harwell Fernandez, our local writer on the scene based in Ormond Beach, FL, says it's a great spot to stop for ribs and a break from driving. More inside...
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