Exploring the New Hood

Travel

Well, we’re here! It took me about ten minutes to adjust to our apartment and Matt and I were out exploring the neighborhood.

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Matt’s company helped us find a place to sub-lease and it’s very cute!

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Oh how I’ve missed living in a place with a sunny bedroom (our Durham apt is like a cave)! I could get used to this:)

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We are within a short walk of adorable shops and restaurants in an area known as Virginia Highland. Lucky for us, there was a huge festival here all weekend so there was live music. incredible art, and quite a crowd in the neighborhood.

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We were pretty tired from travel on Friday, so we grabbed pizza and wine at a local restaurant and then called it an early night.

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I think Atlanta might be cheaper than Durham (well, some places) – We shared an amazing bottle of wine for $20!

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A lemony arugala salad,

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and a pizza topped with bacon, zucchini, and ricotta.

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Sooooo good.

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Saturday, after a run-walk and a trip to the grocery store for sandwich stuff, we headed to the festival and checked out a wine tasting tent at one of the restaurants. The pours were quite generous:)

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We looked at a lot of the art and listened to a neat band too.

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Dinner was a late-night stop at the famous El Taco. I requested a drink I discovered in Santa Fe last summer – a Dos Equis draft with a frozen margarita topper! I think this needed way more margarita to make it taste the same though…

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Matt and I shared a bunch of tacos along with this short stack.

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The El Short Stack is ‘open-faced corn tortillas, red and green chili sauces, refried beans, Mexican cheeses, sunny-side-up egg with pork carnitas.’ Delish! I’m quite impressed with Atlanta’s restaurants already.

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Tomorrow, Matt starts work and I head home for my final week of work. I’m so ready for next Friday already:)

See ya.

  • Katie Norwood
    June 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks so fun!! I want that enchilada stack RIGHT now! I’m really glad y’all have a cute place and lots of great restaurants. I’m only slightly jealous 🙂 Check my blog today… it’s similar (but not!) haha… summer adventures.

    • Laura
      June 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      I just read it! At least you’ll get lots of time with your hubby and really appreciate Durham restaurants when you get back:) I’m sure you’ll find hidden gems!

  • Mom
    June 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Looks fab. LOVE the Grandma sign…..

  • Laurel
    June 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Looks great! I love those frozen margarita/ Corona mixes also. The local restaurant where I have them calls them Jimbo’s. Love your blog! =)

  • Heather
    June 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I’ve actually spent a lot of time in Atlanta recently, accompanying a friend of mine who is writing a Georgia tourism book. I had the rough job of having to go to lots and lots of restaurants with her…:-). Stand outs for me were South City Kitchen and the Chicken and the Egg in Marietta. I was really impressed with the ATL too once I got out of the tourist-y areas.

  • kath
    June 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Oh how I want to drink red wine and eat pizza during a festival!

  • Erin Motz
    June 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Those bedroom windows are beautiful! Bring on the sunshine!

  • Elisabeth
    June 7, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I didn’t realize y’all were moving to Atlanta – that’s where I’m from! It definitely won’t be cheaper than Durham, but it is a ton of fun and Virginia Highlands is one of the best places in the city to live in your 20s/30s. Such a great find – you’ll love it. You’re right around the corner from the Sweetwater Brewery, too!

    The Westside area is a really fun up and coming area. Make a stop at Taqueria del Sol and JCT Kitchen over there. Let me know if you want any recommendations! Enjoy!

    • Laura
      June 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

      We are just there for the summer….can’t wait to check out the brewery! Thanks for the recs!

  • Linda
    June 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    You should also head down to the Decatur square which is down ponce from VA Highlands. It’s another really quaint area with great shops and restuarants. As a beer lover, you should check out The Brick Store Pub which is right on the Decatur square 125 East Court Square is the address. Enjoy your summer – I love Atlanta. I happen to live here too.

    • Laura
      June 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      We went last night!! We had a drink at the Brick Store and then burgers at Farm Burger. I LOVED it!