Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Straight from the Atl

I've spent the past two weekends in Atlanta for different reasons, and they've probably been two of the best weekends of Summer, so far. 
I went with Jamie and her fam the first weekend for a concert. We ate at Grecian Gyro on the way into town before the concert, and despite it being quite a hole-in-the-wall place, it ended up being excellent and would make the perfect place to satisfy your Greek food cravings.

We saw Train, The Fray, and Matt Nathanson in concert that Friday night, and it was wonderful. Although I really only just know their most popular songs, it was still a cool place to be. 

The next day, Jamie and I met up with Kellie for brunch at Ria's Bluebird, and let. me. just. tell. you. It was amazing!!!!
We had delicious vanilla iced coffee while we waited for our table. We were seated in the lovely covered patio that is decorated super trendy with bamboo, a fountain, and graffiti painted walls. The atmosphere alone was enough to make me want to take another visit.
Unfortunately, the photo I took of my plate didn't save to my phone. But, I ordered scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, and a biscuit. 
Kellie sent me her photo, and I believe it does the place justice.
Eggs Benedict with hanger steak and potatoes.
S'mores pancakes were the special of the day, and we all had a few bites. It was more of a dessert than a breakfast item, but it was absolutely heavenly. 

Afterwards, we went to Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party. The atmosphere here was phenomenal, as well. Books stacked everywhere, lampshades and paper umbrellas hung upside down from the ceiling, the walls were covered in majestic paintings and other artwork, and the tables were set and ready for a tea party to be had. The majority of all the proceeds made goes to support women in India pursuing an education. 
The mission of this place is truly beautiful.

We played around, and took a few photos admiring the beauty of it all before ordering.

I got a Pineapple flavored tea and this bracelet, which was on display amongst quite a few others which were all handmade by the girls that the money raised goes to support. 


As you can see, we had so much fun playing with the 
magnificent scenery of the place. 
Little fortune taped to the door that caught my eye on the way out. I had to stop and snap a photo of it because of the truth that poured out of those simple few words. Definitely something we should always remember. 
If you're ever wandering around near Little Five Points, stop in Dr. Bombay's. 
I highly suggest it!

Jamie and I then went on a little shopping spree in Lenox Square. 
After, we ate at Two Urban Licks.
 The vibe in this place was so chill and low-key, it was awesome. I could've sat there all night, I swear.
We first ordered Salmon Chips, which is smoked salmon, chipotle cream cheese, caper, and red onion. DELISH!
Jamie and I split the Simple Greens salad, Chicken, and White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. It was also just as delicious as the appetizer. 
We said afterwards that we want to celebrate our birthday's there the next year! Another highly recommended place!

Honey Bubble was last on the agenda before we left town (because you really can't go to Atlanta with Jamie and not got to Honey Bubble).
If you live in/around Atlanta and have never been... go there right now!
It is tea mixed with fruit or milk and topped with tapioca balls. The "bubble" refers to the foam that is created when mixing/shaking the tea.
I'm not a fan of the tapioca pearls, but the drink is just as wonderful without them. My favorite is the milk-based tea's. They come in many flavors, but the coffee flavor is my favorite. However, this time, I branched out and tried the Signature Royal Milk Tea, and it was crazy good! 

I spent a week at home, and then hit the road for the ATL once again.
This time, I spent the first night and day in Hamilton Mill, which is just north of Atlanta with my cousin, Sallie, her good friend from college, Alexa, and my high school friend, Courtney. 
We chilled out all day (which was super relaxing after the crazy week I had just had) and then headed for downtown Atlanta to see Lana Del Rey. 
The concert was just as amazing as the other two times I've seen her live. Her set was a backdrop of the New York City skyline, which accompanied her sound, beauty, and ecstasy so perfectly. 
The next day, Courtney and I had lunch before leaving in Little Five Points at Folk Art (by suggestion of Kellie), and it was also delicious! 
Iced coffee sweetened with sugar water hit the spot before the drive home. 
B.L.T. with Cucumber Avocado salad. 
Everything on the menu looked so great, I'll definitely be back to try something different next time!

Something I love just as much as the Atlanta skyline is the restaurants. I could go everyday just for lunch, and I'd be quite satisfied. Each place is so unique and different, and it makes me want to keep coming back. I love it all, and all of it's tasty glory!

When in Atlanta... Eat. Drink. & Enjoy. 

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