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High Museum: Gordon Parks Photography Exhibition

High Museum: Gordon Parks Photography Exhibition

I first saw the image (right) of an elegantly dressed woman and child standing underneath a neon “colored entrance” sign in a blog post last year. The stark juxtaposition of the photograph’s two main elements – the people and the sign – as well as the symbolism of the composition [...]

January 29, 2015 × 1 comment

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden

There’s something about being in nature – being safely in nature, I should specify… I’m not really interested in hiking the untamed, uncharted wilderness or anything even remotely like that – that is incredibly calming and inspiring to me. Wandering through the Atlanta Botanical Garden surrounded by flowers in bloom [...]

November 10, 2014 × 1 comment

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Westside Provisions

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Westside Provisions

I’m an ice cream girl. I prefer it over brownies, cakes, pies, and running. What I love most about Jeni’s in particular – aside from the fact that they have the friendliest, most patient staff willing to let you sample to your heart’s delight to find your faves – is [...]

October 20, 2014 × 0 comments

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Hiking at Stone Mountain Park

Hiking at Stone Mountain Park

I’ve taken the Skyride to the top of Stone Mountain before; when my BFF mentioned hiking up Stone Mountain, my first thought was, “She runs half- and full marathons for fun, so…” She assured me that I could do it. Plus, someone told me there were stairs. The lies that woman told me [...]

August 30, 2014 × 5 comments

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Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis

As a girl who loooves her tea and truly digs special, little luxuries, attending Afternoon Tea* at the St. Regis has been on my really-want-to-do list from the moment I realized they even offered an Afternoon Tea. I’m so thankful to have been able to go twice this summer, first [...]

August 18, 2014 × 3 comments

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West Egg Cafe

West Egg Cafe

Taking its name from an obscure line in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, West Egg Cafe serves up a mean Southern breakfast in the Westside Provisions District :-) Breakfast Menu Fried Green Tomatoes with Pepper Jelly Belgian Waffle with Spiced Honey Butter Chai Latte Spinach, Mushroom, and Goat Cheese Omelette with [...]

April 23, 2014 × 6 comments

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Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing Gym

Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing Gym

I’ve been going to Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing Gym for years now, and while I still haven’t taken the Novice Climb class to be able to belay and climb more routes, I love dropping in for Quick Climbs on the auto-belays. Here’s how the process goes: Read/sign the waiver.  A friendly [...]

April 9, 2014 × 0 comments

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JCT Kitchen & Bar

JCT Kitchen & Bar

Located in the Westside Urban Market, JCT Kitchen & Bar is the sister restaurant to The Optimist and one of my family’s, friends’, and my favorite lunch spots in town. Bonus: In lieu of the standard bowl of after-dinner mints, there is a huge Lemonheads dispenser in the dining room. How’s that for creative?! [...]

November 21, 2013 × 5 comments

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Cagle’s Corn Maze

Cagle’s Corn Maze

One of my favorite autumn friends/family things to do is the corn maze at Cagle’s Family Farm.  Years ago, when I first mentioned the idea to my hubby, he had, “WHY?” written all over his face. I said, “It might be fun!” Turns out it’s SO much fun: great exercise [...]

October 16, 2013 × 3 comments

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Le Petit Marche’

Le Petit Marche’

One of my friends* from public health school suggested Le Petit Marche’ in downtown Kirkwood as the perfect spot for a casual brunch group meet-up, and boy, was she right! We all enjoyed our meals, of course, and the relaxed, comfortable French country environment was just perfect. I’m not-so-secretly hoping [...]

July 30, 2013 × 6 comments

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NaturAlmond Handcrafted Almond Butter

NaturAlmond Handcrafted Almond Butter

NaturAlmond Hand Crafted Almond Butter (widely available here and here) Let me begin by saying that while I’m on my second jar of this almond butter, I should be on my fourth… or fifth. It’s been out of stock at my usual grocery store for far too long! I jumped up [...]

July 25, 2013 × 4 comments

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The Optimist Restaurant

The Optimist Restaurant

It’s definitely an accolade that The Optimist Restaurant was named 2012 Best New Restaurant of the Year by Esquire Magazine, but – to me, at least – it’s even more of a distinction that the restaurant is run by the same camp as JCT Kitchen & Bar. If that group [...]

April 9, 2013 × 2 comments