Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. Haylie Duff’s cookbook. Following the success of her blog, Real Girl’s Kitchen, Haylie releases her first cookbook of the same name tomorrow (October 15). In it, the Texas-born actress and musician serves up recipes for everything from healthy smoothies to elegant date-night spreads to drink and appetizer recipes for stylish get-togethers.
2. Baltimore’s homegrown diner. Chef Spike Gjerde’s (of Woodberry Kitchen and Artifact Coffee) latest endeavor, Shoo-Fly Diner, continues his tradition of exalting the Mid-Atlantic bounty. The 5,000 square-foot space doubles as a basecamp for Spike’s serious canning program at Woodberry Kitchen and a diner-style restaurant with menu items featuring only regional and seasonal ingredients. Highlights include jars of local crab salad, sourdough pancakes, and a Hangtown Fry with fried oysters, crispy bacon, and eggs on toast. Breakfast for dinner anyone?
3. Scotty McCreery’s new CD. American Idol alum Scotty McCreery releases his second album tomorrow, October 15. See You Tonight offers up a mix of sing-a-long friendly crowd-pleasers such as “Blue Jean Baby” and “Now,” as well melodic ballads and more traditional bluegrassy tunes like “Carolina Moon” featuring harmonies by Allison Krauss.
4. Atlanta’s underground Japanese feast. Though not technically new, many people still don’t know about the weekly Asian dinner series at Gato Bizco Café, the 30-seat breakfast-and-lunch joint in Candler Park. From 7 to 11 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday, chefs Allen Suh and Nicholas Stinson serve up a traditional Asian meal with á la carte dishes coming in under $10. There’s no set menu but you can expect items like okonomiyaki (seafood pancakes), pickled lotus root salad, ramen bowls, and pork belly mochi. The drink selection is up to you: it’s BYOB.
5. Charleston’s fashionable exhibit. Classic literary characters come to life during this stylish exhibit at the Charleston Museum opening October 19. Fashion in Fiction shows the influence that clothing has had in creating the memorable heroines behind popular tales such as The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre. See flapper dresses a Fitzgerald muse would have donned, alongside cotton faille dresses inspired by Anne of Green Gables and a pair of leather high-button boots from Mary Poppins.
Bonus Giveaway: Our favorite hostesses Cheri Leavy and Whitney Long of the Southern Coterie host their third Southern social on Thursday, October 17, in Nashville. Tune into the panel discussions with tastemakers such as Elizabeth Nichols of Taigan.com and Carrie Morey of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits and feast on treats served up by Olive & Sinclair, Husk Nashville, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, and Cathead Vodka. We’ll be joining the party on Thursday evening with tours of our Idea House at Fontanel Mansion and a cocktail reception with our editor, Lindsay Bierman.
We are giving away one Southern Coterie Summit pass (worth $175). To win, tell us why you love the South in the comments below. Official rules here.