CCJ Reports

What’s the difference between Peppermint and Spearmint?

What’s the difference between Peppermint and Spearmint?

Ryan Weaver, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under A&E, EngageCCJ, Explainers, Food, Lifestyle, Local

The two are often lumped together as the same thing, but there are distinct differences between the two. For starters, the two are derived from different species of plants even though they look identical. The spearmint is derived from Mentha spicata while peppermint is derived from Mentha piperita. ...

An Explainer: Soul Food

An Explainer: Soul Food

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

December 2, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Explainers, Food, Macon Food Story

David Davis, Associate Director of the Spencer B. King, Jr., Center for Southern Studies at Mercer University talks about the ties between black culture and soul food. He discusses how it is a marker when looking at black identity and how soul food can be a controversial topic....

Get to know a Maconite: Juakena Greene-Perkins

Get to know a Maconite: Juakena Greene-Perkins

Camryn Jackson, Contributing Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under A&E, EngageCCJ, Food, Lifestyle, Local

Engage CCJ’s Camryn Jackson spoke with Juakena Greene-Perkins to learn more about her role as a nutrition assistant and cashier at Rosa Taylor Elementary School. Listen to the podcast here:  ...

What does Thanksgiving dinner look like around the country?

What does Thanksgiving dinner look like around the country?

Camryn Jackson, Contributing Writer

November 21, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Food, Lifestyle, Local, Macon Food Story

When most people think of the traditional Thanksgiving meal they think of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and a side of yams. The traditional meal has been remixed by the influx of cultures that have been intertwined into American society. The variety of cultures has led to a new way of preparing Thank...

Three Recipes For A Perfect Friendsgiving

Three Recipes For A Perfect Friendsgiving

Adelia Henderson and Laurel Huster

November 19, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Food, Lifestyle, Local

Thanksgiving is a great holiday, but sometimes you just don’t want to have to deal with your family. Avoid them altogether this year and have a Friendsgiving instead.

The story behind Welsh cookies

The story behind Welsh cookies

Ryan Weaver, Contributing Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Food, Lifestyle, Local

Welsh cookies aren’t as widely known as sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies. For the most part, if people have heard of the Welsh cookie, that’s more than likely because it’s part of their family history. What started as a means of a quick breakfast and snack for Welsh miners has turned int...

The Bear’s Den: Putting the soul in soul food

The Bear’s Den: Putting the soul in soul food

K.J. Lemoine, Contributing Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Food, Lifestyle, Local, Macon Food Story

The Bear’s Den is a restaurant located just steps away from Tattnall Square Park and Mercer University. It serves Southern soul food favorites such as fried chicken and mac and cheese. The diner is owned by Kevin and Kristi Lyles. Their goal is to make customers feel at home. “To me, soul food...

Local vegan restaurant expands its business

Local vegan restaurant expands its business

Camryn Jackson, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Food, Lifestyle, Local, Macon Food Story

The local vegan food truck known for their homemade cinnamon rolls and gluten-free cupcakes has been around for a while now, but only recently has the business opened a storefront. Gourmet Goody Box owners Jessica and John Mack opened their restaurant at 2055 Eisenhower Parkway in early May. The...

Three food deals you can get by showing your ‘I voted’ sticker

Three food deals you can get by showing your ‘I voted’ sticker

Mahima Sultan, Contributing Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under EngageCCJ, Food, Lifestyle, Local

We all know that on your birthday it’s possible to get discounts on food at practically any location your heart desires: Dunkin Donuts, IHOP, Panera, Olive Garden. You name it! But did you know that you can get discounts on food for participating in the most recent midterm election? It’s tru...

Audiogram: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Audiogram: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Camryn Jackson, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2018


Filed under Audiograms, EngageCCJ, Food, Local

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a great place to stop in and cool down from the scorching Macon heat. Take a listen to the sounds of the cafe located on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard:

Audiogram: Z Beans Coffee

Audiogram: Z Beans Coffee

Ryan Weaver, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2018


Filed under Audiograms, EngageCCJ, Food, Local

In August, Z Beans Coffee opened in Mercer Village. Listen as Z Beans General Manager, Alonso Ampuero talks about how the opening of Z Beans has been met with mixed reactions. https://youtu.be/eBobhmksmtg    

Oktoberfest in Macon

Oktoberfest in Macon

Ryan Weaver, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2018


Filed under A&E, Food, Lifestyle, Local, Uncategorized

Oktoberfest is Germany’s largest fair and festival. Millions of people travel from around the world to attend the two-week event. And if they can’t make it to Germany, they hold their own festivities. Just Tap’d in Macon held an Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 29. Traditional polka music was pla...

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