June 9, 2017

SPAIN TRIP | GAUDI AND BEYOND

I survived my first trip overseas with my in-laws! I kid, they are a breeze to hang around.  Dustin, his parents, youngest sister and I had a fantastic trip exploring Madrid and Barcelona for six days!  Since Rebecca Joy’s Spring Break fell a little earlier than we could make it out there, they went ahead to explore Seville for a few days then met us in Madrid late Monday night.  We landed around 9:00am and went straight for the hotel, which wasn’t ready yet but we dropped off our luggage and sleepily walked what felt like 399 miles all over Madrid until we were let in to sleep a few hours and get cleaned up. That night we joined up with the rest of the gang and went to a really nice dinner near our hotel.

The following morning we had tickets to tour the Royal Palace of Madrid and then a private tour of the Prado Museum. I would recommend the palace tour (I mean it’s a palace, can’t go wrong with looking at past royalty’s belongings) but the museum I could have done without.  I feel a little bad about saying that especially since it’s been said to be the best single collection of Spanish art but the European 12th century – early 20th century art just isn’t my jam.  One thing that did stand out that I enjoyed was The Garden of Earthly Delights because not only is it risque but our tour guide spent about 30 min (or more, no joke) just covering this one painting and the result was pretty hilarious though one or more of the Winchesters felt pretty uncomfortable..I think if I only went in there and saw all of Hieronymus Bosch‘s art I would have been just fine. However, Dustin and I have a friend who’s an art history buff and loves the place so do some research and see if it’s up your alley.

After a full day and one night in Madrid we hopped on a high speed train to Barcelona.  We bought some wine to bring with, sipped on that and checked out the sights till we all fell asleep. Then we were in Barcelona!

Spent that evening getting our bearings on our neighborhood which was just North of the Gothic Quarter and then walked down to explore that area and get dinner. The next day was all about Gaudi!

First stop was Park Guell.  When we arrived it was raining so we bought some cheesy tourist umbrellas, cause ya know, we’re prepared like that and set out to learn all about Gaudi and Eusebi Güell‘s attempt at a gated community turned municipal garden. You didn’t know it was originally supposed to be a high-end neighborhood either? Yea, that was news to me too! Apparently they couldn’t get investors and the construction just sorta stopped after only two houses were built. neither of which were designed by Gaudi but he did end up buying one.

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May 12, 2017

THE TAVERN AT ATLAS

Nestled under the St. Regis in Buckhead, the Atlas lives up to the prestige of the area with an upscale dining experience complete with an extensive art collection.

Celebrate the best in seasonal American cuisine with fine dining in our main dining room. Our expertly trained team of chefs and staff will guide you through an unparalleled culinary experience inspired by the capital of the South.

The restaurant’s impressive gallery of 20th century artwork has been selected from The Lewis Collection, one of the largest private art collections in the world.

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May 3, 2017

STRAWBERRY COCKTAILS TWO WAYS

Hey Southerns, you know what season it is, well, besides Spring?

STRAWBERRY SEASON! 

After eating the best strawberries I’ve ever had in my life in France, I came home pumped to experiment with local strawberries because lets be honest, grocery bought one’s just are NOT the same…

Blogger friend, Kenan agrees and went to Ponce City Market’s Farmers Market (held on Tuesdays) to grab from local growers, King of Crops.  She showed up at my house with the cutest basket full, some even still had their stem.  After hammering out ingredient details we got to creating with our partner for this post, Dixie Vodka.

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April 27, 2017

8ARM

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!

Indoor dining

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!