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Southern food is fast becoming the nation's new "it" cuisine. New York restaurants are all trying their hand at fried chicken, and eateries with a Southern theme are popping up in each of the city's boroughs. Based in the Big Apple, Bon Appetit Magazine called the South "America's New Food Capital" in its February issue. Southerners have long known we have a special cuisine and some downright good food down here, but Southern food used to be limited to home kitchens, with mothers and grandmothers serving as the keepers of family recipes. Now that the rest of America is discovering the cuisine, chefs are stepping up to the plate to show that Southern food can be modern and healthy.

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Each spring, as the camellias start to bloom and the days get a little bit longer, Girl Scouts begin setting up tables in front of local businesses. If you have a Scout for a neighbor, you might get a knock on the door, but otherwise you'll need to drive around town to get your annual cookie fix. Introduced in honor of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary this year, Savannah Smiles are bite-sized, lemon-flavored and dusted in powdered sugar.

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Selected as one of America’s most romantic getaway destinations recently, the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, resides in the splendor of the Smoky Mountains. A gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is a popular tourist spot in the summer, but this February, the city is calling all couples for a romantic retreat. In its list of the Top 10 Romantic Getaways in the United States, Guidebook America suggests a mountain cabin for "wooded seclusion, small-town charm and breathtaking mountain views" as Valentine's Day approaches.

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Professor of English with a focus on Southern lit and women's studies at UL Lafayette, Dr. Mary Ann Wilson was cleaning out her office earlier this month and came across an old audio reel labeled "Flannery O'Connor." It turned out to be a recording of the author's 1962 lecture at the university and is one of the few of her voice that exists.

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Follow in the footsteps of some of the South's literary icons, from William Faulkner to Eudora Welty and John Grisham, and see their words come to life. Visit the New Orleans apartment where Tennessee Williams began writing "A Streetcar Named Desire" and the Key West Hotel where he finished the play. Pay homage to Flannery O'Connor at her farm and gravesite in Georgia or make a pilgrimage to Harper Lee's Maycomb in Monroeville, Alabama. Head down to Florida and travel Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks Heritage Trail or see the house where Jack Kerouac was living when "On the Road" was published.This app also includes restaurants, bars and hotels with a literary theme, from the Mockingbird Cafe in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. And no literary app would be complete without the independent bookstores that help carry on the legacy of the South's writers. With more than 130 sites to visit and over 700 photos, this app aims to provide lovers of Southern lit with a multitude of options for paying tribute to their favorite authors and discovering new ones along the way. Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Thanks to everyone who

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