Thursday, October 30, 2014

Atlanta: Restaurants

Living in the ATL, we are lucky to have hundreds of great restaurants to enjoy. Having a new little one, leaves me pining for a nice meal out again. While my restaurant bucket list still has several places left to try, here are a few of our favorite joints:

South City Kitchen - This place is by far our favorite restaurant in Atlanta. There are two locations but we prefer the less crowded Vinings location (bonus: no valet to pay). The fried green tomatoes are an appetizer must with a main course choice of the fried chicken, catfish or veggie plate. Their NYE menu is one of the best around, in my opinion.

Buckhead Diner - When my mom and I used to come to Atlanta to shop several years ago, we also fit Buckhead Diner into the agenda. The blue cheese chips are famous but the calamari is also amazing as well. I have always ordered their crab cakes because whatever they put in the mustard sauce makes them the best around. Bonus - you can take home your bottle of wine if you don't finish it (most Atlanta restaurants allow this)

Tin Lizzy's - There are tons of locations now but we love this trendy Mexican spot for the cheap, good food and atmosphere. Their margaritas will knock you on your feet so only allow for 1-2 :) Favorites are any taco, make-your-own quesadilla and the queso.

Yeah Burger - Could be the H&F bread or fresh meat patties, but Yeah Burger is our favorite burger joint (the Hubs also likes their PBR pitchers). Order their truffle fries in addition to a pimento cheese burger and you will be super pleased with yourself.

Horseradish Grill - This quaint spot is perfect for brunch or dinner and located in my favorite spot in the city, Chastain Park. The fried chicken, omelettes and fried green tomatoes are all great as is anything on the menu. Beware of crowded amphitheater concert nights but you can park for free if you are doing dinner and a show.

JCT Kitchen - Fried chicken is a reoccurring theme and theirs is great as well. I got hooked on truffle fries here as well as their great shrimp and grits. The location is on the hip Westside and led by my favorite restauranturer, Ford Fry.

The Optimist - Also a Ford Fry spot, this seafood place is superb. The warehouse feel and open kitchen are really cool as well as the mini putt-putt course outside. Each time we visited, my dinner has been great but I highly recommend the fish & chips. The hushpuppies and the accompanying sweet sauce are also a must order. 

Canoe - Canoe has great food but their scenery is the best part. Located on the river, several events are hosted here each weekend because it is so dang pretty. I recommend brunch so you can take it all in as we did this past birthday weekend. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The meaning behind the cross

Throughout the past few years, a very important cross has been incorporated in several milestones in our lives.

The first Christmas Aaron and I celebrated together while dating, he gave me a cross necklace. It is a gorgeous estate piece that I still love to this day. I am a sucker for meaningful details so we have included it in several ways throughout the years.

Our wedding program designed by my dad / The ring bearer pillow made by my mother-in-law / Mary Tilman's stationery designed by me / Painting in MT's room done by my dad

I have a feeling this cross will continue to pop up in several ways for years to come.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Online Shopping - Literally

All these fall temps mean my wardrobe needs to kick it into high gear. Luckily for this stellar mom pouch I am now rocking, the trends seem to be slouchy sweaters and legging jeans.

Much to the husband's dismay, I am introducing little girl to all the best shopping areas our great town has to offer. But... I am loving all these online boutiques and their great prices. Here are a few web favorites:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Scary Soiree

I am not a huge fan of Halloween but I know that will change in the future with the addition of our little one. While skeletons, witches and goblins are authentic Halloween decor staples, I think you can put a spin on your traditional fall decorations for any upcoming spooky event. Consider hosting a pre-trick or treat get together or a pumpkin carving party and both can be adult/kid friendly.