Category Archives: Atlanta

November 15, 2016

ANNIVERSARY DATE

Our Greece trip (you know, the one I still haven’t fully posted about…) was a celebration combo of Dustin’s 30th and our 1-year wedding anniversary.  Since we went big in September and Halloween fell on a Monday, we kept our anniversary plans simple with hanging around Inman Park on that Sunday.

Starting at Beetlecat for oysters, but first, photos!

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Surprisingly, neither of us had tried it out since it’s January opening but every time I walked or biked by I knew the inside held some unique decor details along with it’s menu offerings.

Stepping in to either entrance, the top (here) or the submarine den downstairs is like walking onto the set of Life Aquatic! Wes Anderson vibes for sure in the best and trendiest way.

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With the help of our awesome server we got four different type of oysters from different states.  We really liked that Beetlecat’s menu gives in depth flavor descriptions on each type just like you’d find at a brewery or winery, ie “crisp, robust, earthy.”  Decided when it was too late but moving forward we’d like to get out of the habit of eating them on crackers with all the fixins (well, at least at legit spots!) and really try to pick up on natural flavors. May have to work up to just eating them straight raw but start with eating out of shell and then chasing with cracker and hot sauce..? We shall see!

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Brixton hat, Anthro dress + necklace, Dolce Vita boots, vintage Coach bag

I adore that my puzzle piece tattoo made an appearance in this post because it’s something that Dustin and I got together on our first Valentine’s Day. We knew very quickly we completed each other and made one another whole, to commemorate our affection we got matching puzzle pieces down the street from my loft.  Love this little reminder!

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Conquered! Look how pretty they are. In the past I’ve collected my fair share of oyster shells on shores but I let these go, much to Dustin’s surprise I’m sure!

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Thankful for this guy’s company over the last 381 days. They say “the first year’s the hardest” and we chose not to believe but ya know what, we get it. I would like to give Dustin and I credit because, call me bias, but even with all the hurtles (family stuff, buying a house and all the crap that comes with that, etc etc) we did dang good and are stronger together!  Reread the card he gave me last night and teared up. I found a good one yall! Love you “D Dog” “Double D” “Babe” “Diddy” :P <3

Santorini p.1 is next! *or is it?! Jk jk.

June 23, 2016

WEEKEND RECAP

If you’re like me, you consider Thursday to be the unofficial start of the weekend. Which means today is technically the beginning of a new weekend (!!!) but I want to backtrack to last Friday-Monday because they were real good!

Friday and Saturday, Dustin was off with his dad and brothers doing Father’s Day weekend manly stuff so I took the alone time to get in some KJO hangs. We started off meeting at her place for wine and snacks then went over to the High Museum for jazz and art.

But before going in, got in some pics (duhh).

Aren’t my dates the prettiest?! Aleesha and Kristie Jo’s style is always on point.

My dress, an all time favorite, is from Free People. It’s so comfy and flattering.

We popped into the atrium for a little jazz then made our way around the museum to see the permanent art as well as new exhibits.

One of the most enjoyable things currently in the museum, for me, is the furniture.  Seeing designs and decor from centuries past is so cool! Lots of it would fit right in with my current pieces ;)

One of the new exhibits is ‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture.’  Really rad seeing the evolution of the first “sneaker” (which is really a fancy, more comfortable boot) to the first Chuck Taylor (my personal favorite) to what’s in style today. So many odd designs, we loved it!

After the museum we went to Establishment in Midtown for drinks and more food. We had terrible service, almost leaving 2 different times and I ended up having to complain to the manager which I hate doing and only do so when it’s absolutely necessary.  The one thing we ate, the crab cake, was really good so I’m hoping to give the place a second chance.  They’ve been open for only three months so maybe they are still working out kinks..

So the restaurant/bar was a bummer but we made up for it with the funnest Uber ride back to KJO’s place singing and laughing with the driver, too silly!  We ended up slumber partying and hanging out the entire following day. Did a lot of sitting on the porch (above) watching chipmunks and every species of bird in Atlanta frolic around the backyard forest.

We made a bomb breakfast, gave ourselves mani/pedis, ate a cheese and vege spread for lunch, watched Trainwreck, day drank + danced and ordered Thai takeout- pretty dang good Saturday if I do say so myself!!!

Dustin picked me up on his way back from the mountains and on Sunday we spent the morning and early afternoon doing things around the house and giving Flynn all the affection his little heart desires.

For a late lunch we met up with Sara Longsworth and her hubs at our favorite, La Fonda (read: margaritas!)  Then headed to Park Tavern for Sunset Sessions, a free concert series.  On the way to the venue, I spotted this bug and couldn’t resist a pic.

Originally we went to see our friend’s band, Sydney Eloise & The Palms but upon arriving realized another friend’s band was playing, Book of Colors. Yay for awesome local music AND WEEKENDS!

But wait! Fun didn’t stop on Sunday! Since we had missed Silversun Pickups at Hangout we decided it was worth it to drive to Chattanooga to see them at Track 29. IT WAS SO WORTH IT. The drive was under 2 hours each way, the venue was intimate and in a really cool part of town.  Beforehand we grabbed a bite and drinks at STIR.

Holy moly, if you visit Chattanooga, do yourself a favor and hit up STIR. We started off with a dozen raw oysters (bomb) then shared a seared tuna salad (above, heavenly) and a side of asparagus (even these tasted unique!). What a meal! Not to mention the delicious cocktails that had uncommon ingredients. So so good.

Silversun put on a great show and seeing Chattanooga for a few hours was a great way to start the week! We want to plan a visit and stay in the above train hotel. Yes, that is two trains that used to be in service but now are converted into a HOTEL!

Hope you’re cruising through your Thursday!

May 19, 2016

CONCRETE JUNGLE’S 2ND ANNUAL FRUIT RAMBLE

Sunday the Concrete Jungle crew took folks on bike and foot around the city educating us on the wild growing fruit they pick and donate to the homeless and hungry. I was with the biking group that started and ended at Mother. We went through Old 4th Ward, Cabbagetown and Grant Park stopping at trees, bushes, vines and even the zoo! Here’s a short recap of our sunny afternoon-

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CJ co-founder Craig who handles most of the mapping design and engineering recently created these tags for the plants they pick from.  It not only says “hey! you found a resource we use to feed the hungry” but also encourages you to lend a helping hand. Is this fruit tree ready to be picked? Let CJ know! Snapping and sharing on Instagram? Tag CJ!

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My bike companion for the day, Ryan, enjoying some ripe service berries.

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Service berries up-close. Tasted like blueberries with a hint of vanilla. Since they are small it’d take forever to pick them so what they typically do is lay down a tarp and shake the tree silly. They also do this with apples and mulberries.

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We were all very excited to see the maypop. It’s a hardy fast-growing vine that produces a small yellow fruit. Aubrey referred to it as a ‘very complicated flower’ which is a perfect description- so many components!

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Peaches! Did you know Georgia is NOT the peach state it’s actually South Carolina. But it’s on our license plates so we’ll just keep the claim!

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Ramble ended back at Mother for games, a raffle and drinks! Pictured here is the foraged mulberry cocktail- little tart, touch of sweet with a punch of vodka.  Yum!

You may be surprised at all the fruit growing around the city, even KIWI. See a full food map here.

CJ is always looking for volunteers to help with the garden or on fruit picks, if you’re interested visit concrete-jungle.org for more info!

Tonight we leave for Hangout Music Fest, expect a recap of that up next.  Have a good weekend!