Amy Christian



Food Stuff

Food Stuff

There’s a framed piece of art in one of the dining rooms at Buona Caffe, a watercolor and ink print by local artist Kenneth James Benson. Its subject is many of the main characters of “Twin Peaks,” with FBI Agent Dale Cooper near the center holding a cup and saying “This is a damn fine […]

Kroc Center Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

Kroc Center Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

Five years ago this week, Salvation Army Augusta unveiled its brand-new, state-of-the-art Kroc Center. Built from funds donated by Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, as well as those raised by the community, people in the area had a difficult time wrapping their heads around what the $35 million, 100,000-square-foot facility was […]

Cuisine Scene

Cuisine Scene

Bryan Mitchell didn’t grow up in Georgia or South Carolina, so the kind of cooking we’re used to isn’t something he had growing up. “I had never really had mac and cheese except for Kraft mac and cheese,” he said. “We had lima beans, but they were in a can. We had sweet potatoes, but […]

“Overnight” Success

“Overnight” Success

Walk into any of Diablo’s Southwest Grill’s four locations for the first time and a customer would be forgiven for thinking it’s a national chain. The décor is impeccable, the food is fantastic and the restaurant itself is filled with thoughtful touches like cell phone charging stations at each booth. “A lot of people in […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

Belair Donuts proves the old adage the early bird gets the worm. Or, in this case, the donut. Not only are they open extraordinarily early — 5 a.m. at their Evans location and 5:30 a.m. at the location near Fort Gordon’s Gate 2 most days — but those who visit near their 1 p.m. closing […]

Tasting and Touring

Tasting and Touring

Even with the oppressive Georgia heat, July remains many a cycling fan’s favorite time of year. “This particular time of the year is a magical one for cyclists,” laughed local attorney and cyclist Jim Ellington, “with the biggest bicycle race going on in France right now.” Ellington is, of course, talking about the Tour de […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

You’d be forgiven for believing that World of Beer is just a bar. You would, however, be wrong. It’s an easy mistake to make. World of Beer’s nondescript location on a crowded section of Washington Road (in front of one supermarket-anchored strip center and across the street from another), its equally nondescript building (which is […]

Brewing Fun

Brewing Fun

Riverwatch Brewery can claim a lot of superlatives. They are the first brewery to open in Augusta since the Prohibition era and have the only mother-daughter beer brewing team in the United States. Since they sold their first batch of beer to local growler shops and bars in mid-April, they’ve received nothing but praise for […]

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Tara Wood is known for a few things: a big heart, an even bigger family and a filthy, filthy mouth. You may know this Columbia County mother of seven from her Facebook and blog called Love Morning Wood, which should give you an idea as to how warped her sense of humor can be. But […]

Going Wild

Going Wild

The Wildwood Games was created to showcase mountain bike racing. Well, one mountain bike race in particular: The USA Cycling National Marathon Mountain Bike Championships. That race, however, is far from the only event the games include. “In the past, when we hosted the USA Cycling Road Nationals in 2011 and ’12, that was a […]