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taste of atlanta 2015

In all honesty, this post would probably be more accurately titled “ALL THE FOOD”, but for the sake of propriety, we’ll keep it like it is. This past weekend brought with it Taste of Atlanta, one of Atlanta’s favorite events for culinary lovers and casual snackers alike. The festival, now in its 14th year, is held in the heart of Midtown and serves food, beer, wine, cocktails and more to thousands of festival-goers.

Despite living in Atlanta for 14 years (and loving food for 24), I had never been to ToA, so when a few coworkers of mine suggesting getting tickets, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out! We got general admission tix for Saturday – VIP is a whole different story, with an entire separate tent, but ya girl’s living on a budget. The great thing about the tickets is that while you pay $25 for admission, you start with 10 “points” to try, so that’s $10 of tastings included with your admission. This year, they used a cashless wristband system – THIS. WAS. THE. BEST. Props to whoever thought of this, because it was a game changer. To sample items, all you had to do was scan your RFID wristband on a reader – no cash, no cards and most importantly, no messing around worrying how much you’ve spent on tiny fried mac and cheese balls.

We started our day with our pre-loaded 10 points, as you can re-up your points inside the festival if need be. There were tents with food as far as the eye could see – little bites from some of Atlanta’s favorite and best-known restaurants. Because a. we were starving and b. we have very short attention spans, we stopped at the first tent we saw…but were not disappointed! The Barrelhouse was serving up Buffalo Mac & Cheese Bites with Avocado Ranch – as our friend Kevin so perfectly put it, “that’s basically just a bunch of buzzwords of things that I love” – and it was! They were super yummy and a great start to the day. Let’s put avocado ranch on everything from now until forever…k?

To get our bearings, we wanted to see more of the festival before making any more decisions. We wandered up and down, stopped at a few more places (Woody’s Cheesesteaks – one of my favorites in Atlanta!) and played in the Coke SocialBox for a little while. Another great thing at ToA were the free samples – though the smaller plates from restaurants cost points, there were lots of vendors sharing free takeaways which added to the fun: Whole Foods, Barefoot Wine, Sabra and many more. We even walked away with a block of Havarti cheese (hellooo, happiness)!

The rest of the day was filled with a bunch of awesome choices, including:

Oh, and gratuitous pic of these “Gangster Fries” from Bellwoods Social House because our friends ordered them and they were too good not to share.

Overall, even in the pouring rain, it was a great event full of too many great choices to try. I’ve definitely added a few new places to my radar and will be putting this event on my list for next year. What were some of y’alls favorite dishes?

our favorites for fall: atl edition

We made it! Fall is my favorite season of the year, complete with all the basic awesome things we’ve come to know and love: booties, sweater weather, college football and (because I’d be lying if I didn’t say it) pumpkin everything.

Fall is also one of the best times in this state of mine: the leaves are changing and it’s getting cool but it’s not cold enough to avoid the outdoors. With so much going on, though, it’s easy to feel totally overwhelmed with all the events coming up. It’s completely wonderful, but does anyone else feel like every weekend until December is already booked up? For the Queen of the Homebodies over here, it can be stressful to look at your calendar, even when you’re excited for everything that’s to come.

So where do we come in? Not to worry, fellow organizers: I’ve laid out my top five events to hit in Atlanta (and the surrounding area) this fall so you can hopefully plan ahead for fun…just don’t forget to schedule in some down time too!

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1 // Taste of Atlanta — Apologies because this one’s coming up (0 to 100) reeeeal quick, but I just couldn’t leave it off the list! Now in their 14th year, TOA is being held Sept. 25-27 at Tech Square in Midtown. Attendees will get to enjoy eats from tons of amazing Atlanta restaurants, live cooking demos and more. Depending on whether you get regular or VIP tickets, your day can consist of a bunch of different tasting experiences. I’ll be there on Saturday and am planning on trying out options from 1Kept, Bangkok Station (satay! ahh!), Bhojanic, Gu’s Dumplings and more. General admission tickets are only $25 and you can get them here. I’m sure I’ll have more than a few food pictures to share after this weekend!

2 // Ponce City Nights — This might be my favorite one of the whole list. You know we’ve been waiting for Ponce City Market to be open and in all its splendor for quiiiite a while…and it’s finally here! There are more than a few stores open now, including Anthropologie, West Elm and J.Crew, along with the Central Food Hall. They’ve also recently launched a concert series, Ponce City Nights, taking after New York’s Chelsea Market, held every other Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The best part? It’s totally free (other than inevitably running into Anthro and picking up a few things)!

3 // Little 5 Points Halloween Parade & Festival — If you’re a Halloween lover at any level, you can’t miss L5P’s holiday parade & festival – one of the top 10 Halloween events in the country! Held on Saturday, October 17th, the festival will feature loads of local artists, food from Atlanta vendors and of course,  the best parade in the Southeast. The festival runs from noon ’til 11 p.m., but you can catch the parade starting at 4:00. Get there early for a good time and enjoy some of the official festival beer from Wrecking Bar Brewpub!

4 // Chomp and Stomp — Cabbagetown’s annual Chomp and Stomp is one of the few Atlanta things I’ve never done, but I’m thinking of trying it out this year after reading about it. Stick with me, y’all: the day begins with a “an easy, flat 5k” followed by a breakfast of beer and a chili-tasting for lunch. The festival also features an artist market and a stage for games like BRUSSELS SPROUT BOBBING. Running, beer, eating chili and bobbing for things. Isn’t that what fall is all about?

5 // Oktoberfest — Alright, so this is technicalllly not in Atlanta, but if you’ve ever been around in fall, you know it’s the place to be. This year is Helen’s 45th Oktoberfest (crazy!) – it runs from mid-September through November 1 and features German-style bands, dancing and lots and lots (and lots) of beer. Tip: Sundays are free, so head up there if you’ve got one to spare!

Friday fatigue is calling me to limit it to five, but if we missed anything, leave it in a comment below – can’t wait to see you all out and about this fall!

make a statement: warby parker’s fall collection

Warby Parker is a brand that’s been on our radar for a while. Their eye for detail, on-trend frames + emphasis on social good makes them our go-to shop for the perfect pair.

Their much anticipated Fall Collection launches today and includes styles with rich reds, golden browns, cool greys + other harvest hues to get you ready for pumpkin spice latte season autumn. Best of all, every frame is be available through their free Home Try-On program. That’s right – pick your fave frames, they send them to you (for free!) and you can try them on before deciding on a purchase.

We’ve picked four of our favorite styles from their new line and paired them with the perfect fall ensembles:

1 // otis antique shale fade  2// simone tea rose fade
3// caspar jet black  4// barnett quail egg grey

Our go-to look would be the Simone Tea Rose Fade – the perfect frame to pair with boyfriend jeans, a tee and sneaks. What’s your favorite style from the new line? Head over to their site and let us know in the comments below!