Back in March my girlfriends treated me to a dinner at 8arm, a relatively new (Est. 2016) hybrid coffee spot-restaurant-bar, in the heart of Atlanta off Ponce De Leon. I had been wanting to try it out for many reasons one of which was supporting my pal Sarah Dodge who bakes all the pastries and breads in-house. In addition to knowing Dodge I was also familiar with one of the owners, Nhan from my time living in Castleberry Hill back in 2008 with his adorably small sushi restaurant, Wasabi. We ate there all the time until I moved across the city (5 miles is far in Atlanta you guys…) Lastly, another reason it struck my interest was having lived across the street at Ford Factory lofts for three years and always thought that space was so good but not being used properly as a Vespa and motorcycle shop. Now, converted into 8arm, that sweet location is getting great use and a lot of foot traffic because, yall, this place is a gem!
Here’s some shots I took before my gals arrived-
Now offering coffee service 7 days a week!
In addition to the inside seating area, they’ve opened the patio seating right outside with a walk up converted shipping container turned bar. They nailed the on trend accents with the monsteras and palms with baby pink lining!
Now onto the meal, but first:
My favorite, a classic margarita! They added a little twist , incorporating the salt in it rather than on the rim, was a nice touch.
So the menu changes really frequently but they always stick to American/Japanese-inspired simplistic dishes. Of course hanging with the ladies I totally blanked and didn’t write down everything we ate (fail) but trust me, it was damn good so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
You can take us everywhere, we’re very classy!
More information on the chefs, history, etc check out these Eater articles and be sure to give it try!
After a packed out weekend I’m finally getting to posting about one of the adventures Dustin and I had downtown. Through a Scoutmob “Handpicked” deal we went on a ferris wheel ride, had an app, dinner and dessert at Park Bar all for $49.00! I’d link the deal but I just checked and it’s sold out, sorry but be sure to sign up for their emails, so many goodies! Ever since Skyview Ferris Wheel made it’s debut in ATL we’ve wanted to go and it never happened so I planned it into one of our date nights. It was neat to see the city from a birds-eye-view! Whether you’ve lived here forever or visiting, it’s a must do!
Our deal included the “banana boat” app at Park Bar which is fried plantains, pimento cheese with BACON! Oh my goodness these were so tasty!
I had to use my Iphone for all these photos because I left my camera battery at home. I’ve done this a couple times lately, you’d think I’d learn to check. That type of forgetfulness is relatively new, hope it’s doesn’t stick around! Thank goodness for the incredible technology we have, I hate missing cute moments!
Seeing the city in the day time was cool but we both thought going again when it’s Christmas time and everything is lit up-especially since Centennial Olympic Park goes all out with the decorations-would be real pretty and romantic!
Aside from this adventure, we went to two cookouts, wound up at MJQ for Noot D’ Noot’s last show (EVER!) and I shot a studio visit that I’ll share more about when a certain website my roommate and I have created launches this week-STAY TUNED!
What I’m wearing: Gap shirt, Free People hat and jeans, UO shoes, Jcrew Bag and TOMS sunglasses.
A Valentines Day Recap: Because Dustin had to work till 7 on Friday we decided to move our fancy dinner to Saturday and instead got our matching tattoos the actual night of Valentines Day. We went to Southern Star on Ponce and got puzzle pieces tattooed on our right ankles, his is a little bigger than mine – pic to follow when they are healed. We kept that night low key and then had reservations on Saturday at Two Urban Licks off the Beltline. I had never been to this restaurant but had heard a million and one great things about the menu.
My handsome date:
I had really only seen the location from the Beltline while riding my bike so I didn’t know what to expect as far as environment and size of the place so I was very surprised at how big and open it was! The decor was also on point with oversized pendant lighting and a color scheme that just so happened to go with the holiday.
I wore a BB Dakota jacket, H&M shirt, LOFT skirt, Nine West boots, Kate Spade bag and ByPhilippe neckace.
While we were standing outside snapping photos the sky was changing colors by the minute, this was my favorite color scheme.
We started with the complimentary bread and calamari appetizer which was suggested by my boss who frequents the restaurant, both were very delicious! In my experience trying many different fried calamari dishes I’ve noticed it pairs best with a sweet and slightly spicy chili sauce. They not only had drizzled chili sauce but also added a creamy sauce which made it even better! As for the main, Dustin and I both got the scallops dish, he read “gouda grits” and was instantly sold. I love scallops but I don’t usually order it as a main because it’s usually not enough food, but since we had apps I went for it and was plenty full.
I was stuffed by the time we were asked about dessert but since it was a special occasion and all we ordered the apple tart which was topped with bourbon ice cream. It was beautiful and delicious and a great model for a silly photo!
Two Urban Licks, get it?
Thanks to Dustin for treating me to a lovely dinner and being the best friend and lover a girl could ask for, I am so thankful! Our first Valentines couldn’t have been any better!