Posted on

Gone with the Wind trail: the top 10 sights in Atlanta

Atlanta does give a damn about Gone with the Wind – and you can take in the museums, southern homes and hotels that are connected to Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the film, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year

The first port of call for Gone With The Wind fans, thanks to its central location in midtown, the ground floor of this redbrick house is a museum that includes the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote most of her novel. Mitchell and her second husband, John Marsh, occupied one of 10 apartments crammed into the Tudor-revival building she nicknamed The Dump. The apartment’s two small rooms plus a galley kitchen and bathroom look much as they would have when Mitchell lived there between 1925 and 1932. Further rooms have displays of photographs of Mitchell and there is a half-hourly guided tour, which talks you through her childhood and how she bluffed her way into journalism.
• 990 Peachtree Street, +1 404 249 7015, margaretmitchellhouse.com. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun midday-5.30pm, adult $13, concs $10, four-12 years $8.50

Continue reading…

Posted on

Top 10 budget restaurants, cafes and diners in New Orleans

Eating on a budget in New Orleans isn’t all about the famous po’ boys, though they can be great. Check out fast-food restaurants serving Vietnamese and soul food delights

Chef Donald Link has won a James Beard Award and has a cluster of impeccable restaurants. For those on a budget, a meal at Cochon Butcher, the annex of his fabulous Cochon restaurant is a great way to sample porky Cajun specialities such as hot boudin or head cheese with chow-chow for just $6 a small plate. There’s also a selection of take-home cuts and charcuterie in the butcher’s case. Cochon Butcher also does one of the best muffulettas in town, at $12: it’s a toasted sesame bun oozing oil and stuffed with a slab of house-cured Italian meats topped with olive salad. Add in a bag of potato chips and a beer or cocktail from the “swine bar” for good measure, and make sure to take a bacon praline for dessert.
930 Tchoupitoulas Street, +1 504 588 7675, cochonbutcher.com. Open Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-4pm, sandwiches from $8

Continue reading…