Best Thai food in Atlanta

For years I have walked past this restaurant and had no desire to step foot inside.  It looks like an old house with overgrown bushes and tarps covering the windows.  To be honest I couldn’t imagine how it would pass a health inspection or what they might be cooking in there.  About two years ago I was invited to a friend’s baby sprinkle and it was going to be held at Panita Thai Kitchen.  I had no idea where this place was…come to find out it was the restaurant I have stayed away from for years.  I was intrigued…and to say that I was impressed was an under statement.  Now, RG and I make it our mission to introduce people to Panita’s. Read More

Top places to check out in Atlanta. . . From a local

Do you ever visit a city and wish you could experience it like a local…skip some of the more touristy sites and visit the hidden gems?  My goal with this post is to give a local’s recommendation on how to experience the southern city of Atlanta.  I am not a native and don’t claim to know everything about this city, but I have lived here over eight years and get out a lot. Don’t get me wrong, the traditional spots like The Varsity, CNN Studios, Coca Cola Museum and the Aquarium all stand on their own and can be a fun time.  There is just so much more to this city that those spots. Read More

It’s a new year!

Happy new year!!

I hope have all had a fabulous new year so far.  I am really excited about 2013, I know it will bring lots of adventures and changes to my life.  I am usually one for making resolutions and quickly breaking them.  So instead I have decided not to make the standard resolutions, but instead just try to be a more appreciative, calm and healthy person.  I am not going to work out every day, but I hope to a few times a week.  I am not going to cut alcohol out of my life, but maybe cut back a little.  I need to learn to take deep breaths and just appreciate things as they are and not try to make everything perfect.  That is what I want to bring to my new year. Read More

My neighborhood spot . . . P’Cheen

Update: This restaurant has since closed

Do you have that restaurant that you love, frequent often, close to home, and you can never go wrong with what you order? If not, you should really find one! That is what P’Cheen is to us. It is around the corner from our apartment, we can walk there and the staff are people you wish were your friends. It is our go to place for a random weeknight dinner, low-key birthday celebration, holiday party or just to grab a drink.

P’Cheen has neighborhood charm with an edge of flirtiness. The dishes represent all sides of the globe…from Italy to India. At night the DJs spin old-school hip hop, think Snoop’s first album, mixed with indie hits like Of Monsters and Men. You can relax on a plush leather couch noshing their appetizers and sipping specialty moonshine cocktails or sit at a candlelit wooden carved table. Read More

Best new restaurant of the year?

That’s what Esquire Magazine has to say about Atlanta’s The Optimist.  Opened in early summer by the same people of JCT Kitchen it has a similar vibe and feel.  JCT is by far one of my favorite restaurants around, so I couldn’t wait to try out The Optimist and I was not disappointed.

I don’t know if I would call it the best new restaurant of the year, but it would definitely be on my list.  The atmosphere is low-key but energizing.  There is almost always a wait for your table, and on nice nights you can spend the time playing mini golf or relaxing with a specialty cocktail on lounge chairs under strands of lights.  Or you could use the time to have a cocktail and some oysters in the Oyster Bar. Read More

Little Five Points Halloween Parade

All the ghosts, ghouls and goblins were out in full swing last night celebrating Halloween.  I hope you had a scary evening!  This year RG and I didn’t get into it the way we have in the past.  I think living in an apartment made it a little less exciting, I always loved handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters at our old house.  One of my favorite Halloween traditions in Atlanta is the Little Five Points parade.  Local businesses, bands, organizations and individuals dress up, build floats and strut down Euclid Avenue to their own tunes.  I love watching the unique costumes and massive crowds of people that gather for this every year, and this year was no exception. Read More

Anniversary lunch at Canoe

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It always seems to go by way too fast, doesn’t it?!?!

One year ago today I married my best friend and the love of my life in Old Town Alexandria (VA) in front of 140 of our closest friends and family.  The whole night flew by but it was perfect and I wish I could relive it again and again. This weekend we are celebrating our anniversary visiting wineries and vineyards in North Georgia and spending a couple of nights at a cabin in Dahlonega.  I cannot wait to share with you all about the trip! Read More