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New Restaurant in a Familiar Place

Yesterday I got up early and headed to the airport for my last summer travel season trip. This one is a fun one. I’m back in my home state of Georgia and more specifically, my college “town” of Atlanta! My coworker was scheduled to be in Atlanta at 6pm and I scheduled my flight to be in at 10:30 so I could go spend the day with a college friend and her new baby. It was a delightful afternoon! I loved meeting the perfect baby she and her husband created and I loved getting to spend the day with her catching up and reminiscing. Once I had to leave, I picked my coworker up and made the drive to the other side of town to our hotel. We’re staying near Lenox Mall, which I went to more often than I had money for in college. For dinner we went to a place across the street called Truffles Cafe. It wasn’t here when I lived here but it was a great choice! The food was reasonably priced and really tasty. I started with a pear and elderflower martini. Sounds odd? It tasted like I bit into a ripe juicy pear. We ordered house salads to start, too, and they were huge and fresh! Plus there was french bread with a garlic and green onion butter. Phenomenal. For dinner I ordered the Crispy Chicken. The description for it read:

Fresh bone-in chicken, fried, tossed with a fresh ginger and soy vinaigrette, served with truffle macaroni and cheese, seasonal vegetables

Well, I was sold. The portions were huge and it was comfort food with a twist. The chicken was moist and flavorful all the way through. It wasn’t too breaded but I could tell it was a light breading that was gently pan fried. So good.

As much as we were feeling full, we wanted dessert. We’d peeked when we were ordering and made the decision to do dessert instead of an appetizer. I ordered the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

Graham cracker crust, peanut butter mousse, dark chocolate, whipped cream

The mousse was light and rich and melt in your mouth. The dark chocolate was slightly melty but firm. I want another piece for breakfast.

I’ve got some work to do this morning but we’ll explore some this afternoon before we have to work this evening. Then we’ll find somewhere local for dinner. I’m really glad to be back in Atlanta and in Georgia. As much as I see Maryland as my home, I feel home every time I land at the Atlanta airport. It tugs at my heart and I never want to leave. It was also really nice to tell the rental car company yesterday that I didn’t need a map. It’s the little things.

Sweeping the clouds away

I woke up to a wet morning. It was raining all day but it wasn’t too terrible. While sunny days aren’t sweeping the clouds away,  my day did start with this:

Pumpkin spice me up, Baby!

Then my coworker surprised me with these:

Why, yes, those are slap bracelets. No, we’re not 7 years old, we’re just…7 years old at heart?

So, it’s a rainy day and it’s not the easiest work day I’ve had but little things in life make it better. If those 2 things don’t keep my spirits up through the evening, I have pizza, stupid tv, and my roomie to help me out.

What do you do on days that aren’t so sunny (weather wise and event wise)?


Last night I was perusing Pinterest (if you’re not into it yet, then get into it) and came across these. It eventually led me to this blog post where I squealed with delight as I read through the 80s toys. Let me tell you some of things I was into as a child (from the 80s and 90s).

I loved Fashion Plates. I played with those for hours upon hours.

Jelly shoes. I had a pink pair and a purple pair. I loved them. But remember how gross your feet would get after a hot day? Yuck.

Slap bracelets. Loved them! But they ended up being banned in my school after a while.

I was a HUGE Barbie fan. I had so many. But I only had 1 Ken doll and he had 2 outfits–Hawaiian swim trunks and a formal gray suit that had a glow in the dark vest. The whole vest didn’t glow but it had glow in the dark stars.
I also loved going in to buy Barbie outfits and the wind up toys (e.g., record player, microwave, mixer). I think I actually had the outfit above, too.

I was a New Kids on the Block fan. Big time. It was the only boy band I went wild for. I was a Jordan fan in particular. I had sheets, a lunch box, some of the dolls, buttons, posters. I was a dork.

I loved Rainbow Brite. I remember watching the movie and playing with the doll and the horse, Starlite.

I can’t forget Jem. I’ve been watching reruns of Jem on The Hub for a month now. I love it still.

What are some of your favorite childhood toys or shows?