We had a wonderful time in Georgia, catching up with close friends and spending quality time with family. My dad and step mom were even able part with Florida for a couple of days to visit!
Hubby and I had a day and a half to ourselves in Atlanta, before joining the rest of the crew at the cabin for the week on Lake Hartwell. Today I’ll share a little bit about our time in Atlanta, which was really fun!
I guess you could classify hubby and me as foodies. Wherever we go, we plan around trying new restaurants and we found the jackpot in Atlanta! Saturday night we ate dinner and (first) dessert at Ecco in Midtown. If you love great food and great service, you have to try this place, seriously! They have a rooftop garden where they grow their own herbs and produce and also make their doughs by hand in house. Talk about fresh food! The fried goat cheese balls are amazing; melt in your mouth yummy. And don’t forget about dessert. The seasonal treat was a blueberry and mint sorbet. It’s all good!
Then for second dessert, yes second, we went to Cafe Intermezzo. Wow. They had a huge selection of cakes, probably at least 20 different kinds, all lined up in a case right when you walk in. A sweet young lady gave us a “tour” of the cakes, going down the lines and telling us about each one. We ended up with a (huge) slice of coconut and pineapple cake. It was delicious and again, melt in your mouth yummy. You have to try this place!
Sunday we started off our day at a local farmer’s market in Grant Park and it was aboslutely lovely. Not that it’s hard to get me to smile at a farmer’s market since it’s one of my favorite places to visit, but this one was extra special. We discovered a new type of mobile food truck, the Farm Mobile, which I’ll write about in its own post in the next few weeks since I am so impressed by the clever idea!
We also discovered our new favorite yogurt, Atlanta Fresh Artisan Creamery. While it’s strained and is technically Greek style yogurt, it has the consistency of traditional yogurt, but a little more creamy. Within two hours after the cows are milked, the creamery receives the milk and by the end of the day, it’s turned into yogurt. That’s awesome! And with a short, pure and whole foods ingredient list I was won over before I even tried it. But all that aside, hubby and I agree that it is the BEST yogurt either of us has ever eaten. It’s a shame we can’t get it here on the West Coast!
Fittingly, after we tried the yogurt, we tried some fresh and local granola from Sweet Georgia Grains, which again, was delicous. We bought two to take with us to the cabin, Sweet Savory Rosemary and Oatmeal Cookie. Yum.
Then we ate the best peaches we have ever eaten! Firm to the touch, but so juicy and delicous when you bite. Georgia is known for their peaches for good reason.
And it turns out the weekend we hit the market was the Peach Jam put on by the Atlanta Slow Food chapter. We unfortunately missed the peach jam and pie tasting, but it was neat to be there experiencing a piece of local Georgia.
After our yummy breakfast of yogurt, granola and fruit, we decided to sit up on a hill overlooking the market and saw this beautiful view.
By the time we had rested for a few minutes, we realized it was about lunch time. So off we went to Urban Cannibals where we got yet again, awesome food! This whole foods grocery and cafe sells and serves yummy, healthy sandwiches, salads, burgers and more. You have to check this place out too.
To kill some more time for the day, we decided to check out Stone Mountain. I had been there quite a few years ago with my dad, but hubby was interested in seeing it too. While a lot of the park is pretty commcercial and amusement park-esque, there are some neat historical areas and lots of hiking trails. Since the temperture was in the triple digits that day, we decided against the hiking and just walked around a bit.
It’s bittersweet to be home. The trip was amazing, but home is home. Now it’s time enjoy the memories and make new ones here. Bonus: we can now get our new puppy. I’m off to look around at a few shelters this afternoon!
I’ll be working on a post with a photo recap of the rest of our trip in the land of the lush, so check back soon! And be looking for the post about the Farm Mobile.