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Mandarin Oriental celebrates the Chinese New Year in style

Mandarin Oriental celebrates the Chinese New Year in style

ATLANTA -- If you've never celebrated the Chinese New Year, be sure to do it in style next year with Mandarin Oriental Atlanta.

Part of the luxurious 580-foot skyscraper was elegantly transformed with authentic red and gold lanterns, ornate candles and other traditional Chinese decorations.

For the Chinese, this celebration is the most important of the year symbolizing the Earth’s new beginning. The Chinese culture utilizes a lunar calendar based on the moon’s cycle to create its zodiac signs and twelve animals to represent the 12 signs of the Chinese horoscope.

The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos -- making constant efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.

3 Atlanta Chinese restaurants among most popular in US

3 Atlanta Chinese restaurants among most popular in US

ATLANTA -- Urbanspoon's new list of America's Most Popular Chinese Restaurants includes three Atlanta-area businesses.

The list features more than 50 of the most reviewed Chinese and Asian fusion restaurants. Selections are based on consumer activity, reviews and editorial picks.

Atlanta restaurants on the list are:

* Izumi Asian Bistro, 2035 Towne Lake Parkway #150, Woodstock
* Little Bangkok, 2225 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta
* Fortune Cookie, 2480 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta

RELATED | Atlanta Waffle Houses among nation's most popular

Atlanta Waffle Houses among nation's most popular locations

Atlanta Waffle Houses among nation's most popular locations

(WXIA) -- Waffle House was founded in Avondale Estates, Ga., so it should be no surprise that some of the chain restaurant's most popular locations are in metro Atlanta.

Buzzfeed recently compiled a list of the 21 most popular Waffle Houses in America. The Atlanta area was well represented -- 11 of the 21, including all of the top five, are here in Georgia:

17. 3319 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta
16. 100 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta
15. 550 North Greenbriar Parkway, Marietta
14. 3016 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta
11. 2264 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta
10. 1700 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
5. 4065 Peachtree Road NE, Brookhaven
4. 2581 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta
3. 158 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock
2. 135 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta
1. 66 5th Street NW, Atlanta

13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Thirteen Georgia bars have made Southern Living magazine's list of 100 Best Bars in the South.

Says Southern Living, "We sipped our way through the South to compile a list of our 100 favorite Southern bars. From down-and-dirty dives to sleek and buzzy cocktail lounges, these spots are sure to liven up any Friday night."

Georgia bars on the list are:

* The National, Athens
* Normal Bar, Athens
* The World Famous, Athens
* Argosy, Atlanta
* The Brookhouse Pub, Atlanta
* H. Harper Station, Atlanta
* Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta
* One Flew South, Atlanta
* The St. Regis Bar, Atlanta
* Kimball House, Decatur
* Paper Plane, Decatur
* Pinkie Master's Lounge, Savannah
* The Sparetime, Savannah

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

(WXIA) -- Twenty years ago, Pizza Hut delivered its first-ever pizza to be ordered over the Internet.

Now, the pizza chain is celebrating this milestone by offering a half-off online deal for customers.

Medium and large Pizza Hut pizzas will be 50 percent off when ordered online now through Jan. 10.

Pizza Hut has also launched Hut Lovers, a loyalty program that provides members with exclusive deals.

A large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese Pizza Hut pizza was the first physical good ever purchased online, according to Pizza Hut chief marketing officer Carrie Walsh.

"We want to celebrate the fact that before consumers could buy books, clothes, music or vacation packages via the Internet, they could place an online order for a Pizza Hut pizza," Walsh said in a statement. "We're doing so by giving back to our customers who have helped us lead the way with digital innovations over the last 20 years."