Volunteering on Cumberland Island

Love history and nature? Want to take a break away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Here’s a neat opportunity! You can be a Plum Orchard Caretaker for up to 2-3 months. Cumberland Island is a 20 mile long island off the coats of Georgia and Florida. Continue reading “Volunteering on Cumberland Island”

Southern traditions continue in coastal Georgia

Most people don’t see Georgia as a vibrant tourist destination. Yet Georgia has beautiful scenic mountains, beaches, lakes and small towns; the crowds are not overwhelming and southern hospitality is abundant. The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort at Saint Simons Island is one such place in Georgia where generations of families have been vacationing, keeping it sort of a family secret. Continue reading “Southern traditions continue in coastal Georgia”

Ariana Afghan Restaurant

Ariana Afghan Cuisine is the first Afghan restaurant in Atlanta (or perhaps even the entire state of Georgia). Located just off the highway off 285/ Roswell Road, the first glance doesn’t give much of a curb appeal. But once you step inside, it’s an entirely different experience. The inviting space is decorated with large Oriental rugs and photographs hung on the walls, while the ceiling is laced with original Afghan hand looms that is used to decorate tents. Fresh flowers are placed at every table, covered with white table cloth. Continue reading “Ariana Afghan Restaurant”

Fried Green Tomatoes with Lump Crab Meat and Citrus Remoulade

I had never even heard of fried green tomatoes till I came to Atlanta, Georgia! I soon found out, they are a popular appetizer in southern cuisine. The green tomatoes are tart in flavor and harder in texture, than normal red tomatoes, but the prepared dish is delicious! The tomatoes are battered and deep fried till the flour and bread crumbs get crispy. Every chef has a different recipe for the topping. Some serve it as is, others like Chef Kaplan dress it up with crab and remoulade. Continue reading “Fried Green Tomatoes with Lump Crab Meat and Citrus Remoulade”

Catching a shark in Georgia

This past weekend, I indulged in a fun activity where I went shrimping aboard Lady Jane, a United States Coast Guard certified vessel in Brunswick, Georgia. The 49 passenger boat took me for a two-hour cruise through the marshes of Saint Simons Islands, for an unforgettable fishing experience!  The experienced team was led by Captain Larry Credle. I looked forward to an an experience where I could enjoy the calm water, learn about the marine life, and eat some delicious shrimp. Continue reading “Catching a shark in Georgia”

Blueberries for Belarus

Sidney Roland blubbery farm in GeorgiaIts berry picking season in Georgia and I happened to come across a farm which allows you to pick your own blueberries for a good cause. Located only 70 miles from Atlanta, the Roland Farm grows varieties of blueberries that are available for picking from June to September for only $5 a gallon!

Sidney Roland, who has a street named after him, is retired and lives on his farm home where he grows the blueberries. Sidney donates all of the money raised from selling blueberries to The American Belarussian Relief Organization. ABRO has a host program where it brings children from Belarus to US every summer so they can get away from the effects of radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear accident. For the last 9 years, Sidney and his wife have hosted up to 14 Belarusian children each summer, at their home for six weeks. The children are given medical attention, tours of local attractions, beach trips and much more.

Picking Blueberries in GeorgiaSidney told me that after coming across the local chapter of ABRO, he just wanted to make a difference. He enjoys hosting the children and loves to see the impact on them year after year. He has a warm heart and frequently opens up his riverside property to baptisms, fundraisers, weddings and private events. He even helped his nephew’s band, Collective Soul launch right in his backyard.

If you would like to support Sidney’s good cause, gather a group and go to the Roland Farm for a fun day of blueberry picking. Bring bathing suits, food and drinks and enjoy a picnic by the river afterwards (located right on the farm). I bet Sidney would join the party in a heartbeat!

Contact: Roland Farm, 860 Sidney Roland Road, Demorest, GA 30535; Phone: 706-754-6700