We just got back from a week in Atlanta (with a night in Asheville, NC), and it was amazing. I’d never been anywhere in the South and was honestly SHOCKED by how friendly and polite everyone was. California, take a lesson.
The whole week we were gone, I ran exactly twice (and the race is now less than a month away. crap.) but I had so much fun hanging with Mike and Ellie, eating tons of good food, exploring new places, and meeting friends from the Internet.
I was soooo looking forward to going to Asheville, but the town itself wasn’t as awesome as I was hoping. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent time in other hippie towns like Eugene, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz, and maybe it’s because the weather was drizzly and freezing, but I’m glad we only decided to spend one night there. The food, however, was fantastic.
We had lunch at Rosetta’s Kitchen (Buddha bowl for Mike, tempeh reuben for me, and coconut curry for Ellie) and dinner at Laughing Seed (Omega Hempnut burger for Mike, Dal and steamed vegetables for Ellie, and raw Dragon Bowl for me). I wish both places could open in my neighborhood.
I loved pretty much everything we did in Atlanta, which was basically just cruise around neighborhoods drinking coffee and finding playgrounds.
Can I please just move to Inman Park right now?
We also ate the healthiest meal of the trip at the Varsity. Onion rings, grilled cheese, and a frosted orange? YES PLEASE.
Also, I’m pretty sure Atlanta has the best pizza in the country, as random as that may seem. It’s far from glamorous, but it’s BYOB and absolutely delicious.
The city also happens to have a really fun Children’s Museum. We spent three hours there on Easter, and Ellie just couldn’t get enough.
I also got to meet some Internet friends! I’ve “known” these people online only for 5+ years and it was awesome to finally meet them in real life.
It was such a great trip, and Ellie only screamed a couple times on the plane (she hasn’t flown in a few months, and this trip was MUCH longer than that one, so I was totally worried about having that kid. Thanks to a few packets of snacks, Mr. Potato Head, and some sticker books, she did really well.)