Valentine’s Day Recap

Will & I had THE BEST Valentine’s Day adventure.

It was simple. It was chill. And it was so much fun to just have a day spent with each other and no distractions! Plus, I got to be the mastermind behind the plans this year (it’s always been him), so I think I had the most fun of all dragging him around to places that I knew he would love!

Stop #1: The Silver Skillet – An ATL classic since the 1950’s, this diner-esque restaurant is filled with charm and delicious food. We had a solid brunch (of course we did, brunch lovers) and were not even the slightest bit hungry until dinner time. The grits, hashbrowns & eggs were served to perfection. And Will was adventurous and got pork chops… Great choice! My omelette was superb with the tastiest sausage and gooiest cheese. And then there were the biscuits… Holy cow. A spot that’s definitely worth the wait (and definitely best suited for small parties).

Silver Skillet

Stop #2: The Warhorse Coffee Joint – This super secret spot can be found behind the new West Midtown developments and is a spot that you’ll want to keep a secret. (Not sure why I’m even telling you about it 🙂 ) It was the perfect place for a cup of tea and an hour or so of rest and reading books together. If you do find it, please take cash. It’s donation only for coffee & tea, and I hope it can remain that way!

Warhorse

Stop #3: College Football Hall of Fame – I knew that this would be the perfect surprise outing for my man, and it did not disappoint! From the time you step foot into the CFBHall you are 100% in the game. From running around kicking field goals to announcing College GameDay, it is a blast! And great for all ages of college football fans! My personal favorite part was the ginormous Penley mural that hangs in the main lobby and highlights great players, coaches, and college football moments!

CFBHall

Stop #4: Yeah! Burger – Can’t mess up a great day with a lousy dinner haha. So we went to our ol’ reliable spot Yeah! Burger for a scrumptious meal. The Yeah! sauce is where it’s at (especially if you’re using it for the dipping sauce for your sweet potato fries. Mmmm.) Without a doubt, after a full day in the city it hit the spot!

Day of Love

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day together! Nothing fancy. Nothing crazy. Just a bunch of fun exploring new places with each other! Hope you and yours had a fantastic day of love as well… But honestly, what day isn’t about love??

Let’s Talk About Brunch…

Nothing says “Saturday morning” like a mid-morning brunch with your favorite people. We’ve had some perfect Saturdays so far in 2015, and they all had one thing in common… BRUNCH!

Check out these local restaurants for some fantastic grub to start off your weekend right!

H&H's Supreme Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and bacon jam

The Supreme Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and bacon jam from H&H Restaurant

  • H&H Restaurant – Known as Georgia’s “most iconic restaurant”, H&H has a ton of character. It was a frequented spot by hometown heros, the Allman Brothers, and has a southern breakfast that you won’t believe. Now owned by the same restaurant group as The Rookery (another Macon favorite), H&H delivers an old-south feel with creative new dishes. My personal fave was the Supreme Fried Chicken Biscuit complete with pimento cheese and bacon jam… Yum! You have to forfeit your sleeping in for this one, though… They’re only open until 10:30 Monday through Saturday!
  • West Egg Cafe – If you’re ok with a little drive, West Egg is well worth it. All of our ATL friends raved about West Egg for months and months, and once we tried it for ourselves, it became our ATL brunch go-to. Be prepared to wait (because it’s just that good), but feel free to have a fancy coffee drink while you wait from their coffee bar. As far as what you should try… The banana bread french toast is insane, the pimento cheese & pecan smoked bacon is my ultimate fave (apparently I really like pimento cheese for breakfast), and you can’t go wrong with the Peachtree Plate.
  • The Casserole Shop – If you need something quick and inexpensive, you can’t do any better than The Casserole Shop. All of their specialty donuts are fabulous. Will & I were actually lucky enough the weekend we moved in to walk into the making of the most delicious breakfast sandwich in Macon… The sausage, egg, and cheese DONUT. Yep. I said it. And they serve it warm and fresh! The quickest way for Will to get me out of bed on a Saturday is to promise me one of these… and then we have to go on a run later that day… haha. While you’re at The Casserole Shop, you can also pick up a pan of Chicken Divan, Poppy Seed Chicken, or Lasagna to have for the week. It’s like brunch and weekly grocery shopping all in one!
  • Finally, nothing beats brunch at home 🙂 This morning, Will woke up early and made a spread complete with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and coffee. It made a lazy Saturday morning feel fancy and special. You can never beat home-cooking, especially when hubby is cooking!

What’s your favorite Saturday morning breakfast/ brunch spot? We’re always down to try something new!!!

ATL Getaway!

You know those rainy days where you feel like being a bum (i.e., yesterday…)?? Those are the perfect days for a day trip! We made our way to Atlanta today to see friends and be tourist-y in the big city.

The Atlanta Streetcar just opened last Tuesday, so we wanted to see what it was all about. The vision of the Streetcar is to connect Atlanta unconnected neighborhoods, a bold yet necessary endeavor to unite the city. For now, it’s only circulating 2.7 miles, but you better believe we rode the whole darn route! It was cool to see that travels to Centennial Olympic Park may already be more convenient. I can’t wait to see future phases linking the BeltLine! Atlanta is getting cooler and cooler. Oh… and for the first 3 months, it’s FREE!

Streetcar Selfie

And yes, we took selfies on the Streetcar…

Following our fun ride, we made our stop at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market (one of the stops along the Streetcar’s route). Lets talk. about. some. FOOD!!! Oh my gosh. If we lived in the city, I would beg to go to the Curb Market not only for all produce and meats, but for every stinking meal. There’s Sweet Auburn’s BBQ, Venezuelan food from Arepa Mia, amazing jerk chicken from AfroDish Restaurant, Bell Street Burritos, and so much more. Will & I grabbed coffee from the Sweet Auburn Bakery… divine. And then Mary bought our group a whole sweet potato pie… That girl…

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

It was an A+ day in the A. (See what I did there?) I just adore exploring cities and getting to know their unique characters. Until next time, Atlanta!

#87 – Give a 100% tip to a waiter/waitress that really deserves it.

Tonight my teacher friends and I did a really cool thing. We did a progressive dinner around local restaurants… Talk about fun 🙂 We all wanted to see Macon’s finest downtown dining spots, so we came up with a game plan, set aside a night to embark on our adventure, and then ate to our hearts’ content.

We started at Barefoot Tavern and had appetizers. Jumbo soft pretzels, hummus, cheesy waffle fries, and hot wings… Nom nom nom.

Then we went to The Rookery for our main course. Burgers on burgers on burgers. And boy was it delicious as ever!

Finally, we ended the night at Taste and See Coffee Shop with cheesecake and lattes. So divine!

But with all the hopping around, I felt particularly inclined to bless the wait staff that helped us through our journey. We were a large group ordering not a ton of food because we split most of the dishes we ordered, so I told some of the gals at the table what I was planning to do, and several of them joined in by doing the same! When we explained to our wait staff that we were doing a progressive dinner of downtown restaurants, they were excited and even thanked us for including them in our itinerary. Since they were SO gracious, we decided to thank our kind waitresses with 100% tips!

I hope that they were excited to see that we appreciated them for all their work this evening! It was definitely the least we could do since they allowed us to have such a unique dining experience through downtown!

Plus, it was super fun to feel like a Secret Santa so close to Christmas 🙂

Batch Charleston #2

We received another beautiful package from Batch Charleston, and this time it had all of the essentials for the perfect tailgate!photo

For all our tailgating needs… We received a box of Mrs. Murrill’s Cheese Straws that are SO yummy, some hushpuppy mix from Palmetto Farms that I can’t wait to try with homemade shrimp & grits, and slatherin’ sauce from Slather Brand Foods that I’m truly looking forward to cooking with! And last but not least, I loved how they threw in a cute rice bead bracelet from Candy Shop Vintage! Because every girl needs good game day jewelry 🙂

I am loving this subscription of yummies and local products from Charleston. I love my Batches so much that I even sent one as a thank you gift to someone. It’ll definitely be worth your while to check out their store and grab some gifts for the holidays!!

To read about our first Batch {a delicious breakfast box} & learn more about Batch, click here!