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Legal News

legals fish

Be still my beating heart. The restaurant that taught me what fresh New England seafood is all about is coming to Atlanta – just around the corner from my office. Yes, Legal Sea Foods, that 50+ year-old institution begun by a nice Jewish family in Boston, is expanding to the A-T-L. Joining franchise locations in  Florida and the D.C. area, the 9,000 square-foot restaurant will anchor the still-under-construction  Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium – and no, whale shark nor beluga whale is expected to be in the menu. If I were one of the Alaskan King Crabs, I might be nervous however. I have such fond memories of going to the Chestnut Hill Legals when I was at Brandeis, from the ‘men only’ dinner my dad and I shared when he drove me to Waltham from Savannah for my freshman orientation week to the ‘impress the girlfriend’ dinner where my meager credit card limit had already been exceeded, resulting in a hasty sprint down to the mall to retrieve some cash from an ATM. I can already taste the steamers, chowder and  yes, the belly-included fried clams.  The only negative – opening is not expected until NEXT winter. I’ll be biding my time until then.

carmina burana

I’ve meant to blog this earlier, but wanted to rave about the amazing performance Amy and I attended a few weeks ago of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana as well as Szmanowski’s Symphony No. 37. We enjoyed dinner at the nearby Veni Vidi Vici with our friends Laura Najarian (second bassoon) and her husband, John Warren, who was sitting in with the clarinets for this performance.

The nearly hour-long Carmina Burana was amazing. The 200+ voice chorale was so powerful, so rich and so intense that this well-known piece was really transformed into something I’d never heard before. This was the finale of the ASO’s 2007 season. I hope Amy and I can get to a few performances next year even with baby number two in the house.