monday musings |6.27.16|

Happy Monday! Anyone else have a short week ahead? I’m jetting off to Austin for a long-weekend full of friends, Tex Mex + lake time and K’s hanging around Atlanta enjoying all the red white + blue activities around town. But before we check out, we’ve got our favorite links of the day to wind down this Monday.

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Handy Chart to Tell Which Shape of Sunglasses is Right for Your Face

Happy #NationalSunglassesDay! A guide to tell which sunglasses look best on you – where has this been all our life? This is something I’ve always struggled with. While trends can be fun (hello colored mirrored lenses), investing in a pair of sunnies that look fab is always in season.

Why Blogging is Good for Self-Development

Creative outlet? Check. Reason to go to yet another brunch? Check. Self-empowerment? Check. There are many reasons we started this blog, but this article really shines a light on the major #girlboss benefits.

14 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

For those of you who are loyal H+R readers (we <3 you!), it should come as no surprise that travel is always top of mind for us – and we’re always looking to get a good deal out of our tips. (ICYMI: Kristen recapped her AH-mazing Hong Kong adventure here). These tips are great and we’re all about #4 and #14.

Edible Obsession: Palm Tree Donuts

Whether you’re beach-side or pool-side this weekend, these fun treats are sure to be a crowd pleaser and are totally insta-worthy.

What are your plans for the long weekend ahead?

xo, H+R

monday musings |5.9.16|

Happy Monday! In case you missed our last post, we’re back in the blogosphere and starting a new weekly post, Monday Musings. From recipe inspiration to work tips, we’re bringing you our favorite things of the moment. Without further ado…

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Best Places to Travel in June

This list is #goals. It’s safe to say we both have a travel bug – K’s about to jet off to Asia + the Maldives (take me with you?) and I’m in the process of planning mini weekend trips and a potential trip to Cuba in September! Stay tuned.

Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits

Need we say more?

Bedroom Before + After

Summer always has us thinking of new design + home projects. Currently loving bright + simplistic spaces – this room is serious #decorinspo.

What to Wear to a Bridal Shower

‘Tis the season! We’ll take all the Paper Crown.

5 Ways to be Happier at Work

I think everyone can relate to the craziness in their career, not matter how much you love your job. Working in PR often means long days, unexpected mini-crises and being creative on-the-go. These tips are a great reminder to stay grounded + focused on doing what you love.

xx, H+R

tastes to try: shake shack

If you live anywhere in the Atlanta area, chances are you’ve heard of the newest burger joint to come to town – the infamous Shake Shack, a descendant of its famous parent restaurant in New York. It started as a food cart outside Madison Square Park in 2000 and since then has grown to expand to 11 states (and counting).

The new Shake Shack is located in the heart of Buckhead on Peachtree – if you’ve driven by in the past couple weeks, you’ve definitely seen the giant lines out the door and down the block, even on chilly nights. When a friend was visiting from out of town, we finally got around to trying it to see if it would live up to the hype.

Shake Shack ATL

Image via Eater ATL

First thing’s first: I’m the realest the line. I pass the location on my way home and there always seems to be at least 20 people waiting to meet their burger match – to be honest, this is what scared us away for the first few weeks after the grand opening. After getting up close, though, I can assure you the line’s nothing to be afraid of. The ordering counter is actually right inside the door, so if there are more than a few people lined up, the line is going to stretch out the door – it’s a bit of an illusion. It only took us about 15-20 minutes to get to the front of a pretty long line of people, which wasn’t bad at all when you’ve got friends to wait with you (and milkshake choices to make).

We (not for lack of a long debate) finally made our choices and ordered our food. We all tried the Shakeburger, their original, plain cheeseburger, complete with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce. They’ve also got a vegetarian Shroomburger I’m dying to try and an entire selection of hot dogs that I can’t go into because I’m hungry at work, but if you want to check out the whole menu, it’s here. Since we got to expense it to a business meal for a friend (yep), we also got two things of cheese fries, because, well, they’re cheese fries.

Since it wouldn’t be complete first trip without desserts, we committed to the Shack (Is this a thing? I’m making it a thing.) with different concretes and milkshakes to quench the sugar cravings. Two of us tried the Campfire S’mores Concrete (pictured), as 1. S’mores are everything and 2. 5% of sales are donated to a great local cause, Camp Twin Lakes. (If you’ve never heard of them, please check it out – an amazing program.)


Shake Shack Burger Shake Shack Fries

A few things I didn’t get to try that I’ll definitely be back for: the ShackMeister Ale and the upstairs open-air patio. The ale is brewed specifically for Shake Shack locations by Brooklyn Brewery. If there’s one thing I’m not missing, it’s an original craft beer. It was too cold for us to go up on the patio, but on a beautiful day in Atlanta, there’s nothing better than some rooftop dining.

The Verdict

I’m giving Shake Shack a 7.5/10 in my book. Burger: The burger was good – it’s no H&F burger, but definitely solid. I’m a big In-N-Out fan, but since we don’t have any nearby, I have confidence SS is going to deliver solid burgers quickly and not-too-expensively in my times of need. Dessert: The concrete was good, but a little too heavy for my taste – I think I’ll stick with a shake next time (as I probably should have done in the first place – hence the name)! Sides: However…if we’re giving the cheese fries a score, it would be 10 million/10, because y’all, if you go and don’t get them, you did it wrong. Overall, a great addition to the new Buckhead Atlanta shopping center and something I think will stick around in Atlanta for a while.

tastes to try: canoe

Birthdays are great, aren’t they? While I’m not one to make a big fuss over them, it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and family and do a lot of good eating (and drinking).

Mine was earlier this month, but let’s rewind a few weeks before. Cue the incessant “where do you want to eat?”s and the menu-searching for weeks, right? Isn’t that a quintessential part of the nice-dinner-search?

Thank me later: I’ve got the answer to your next date night/parents in town/#treatyoself meal (if you haven’t been already, since I realize I’m behind the crowd on this one) for my first “tastes to try” feature – Canoe. A lovely restaurant with great food is nice, but the atmosphere and gardens (yep) surrounding this place make it something else entirely.

Canoe

Does it not look absolutely perfect, y’all? This is a view of the back patio and it’s just as sweet as it appears (including a not-pictured river on the right side of this…and a riverside bar).

Back to me: I picked this place pretty easily for a birthday dinner after hearing rave reviews from many, many people (thanks, Erica!). We got a Friday reservation and we headed on over – to a perfect night. Our server was fabulous and so helpful, even among my nonexistent knowledge of game.

Since it was a birthday, we decided to try…well, everything.

We started with the caesar salad (boring, that wasn’t me) and crab cake appetizers, because if crab cakes are on the menu and you don’t order them, you’re doing it wrong. The salad was a salad, but the crab was perfect – not overloaded with breading and topped over some cabbage slaw.

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Photo cred to the other half of the table – thanks, Andy!

Now the real meat (pun intended) – the main course. I had promised myself (and my foodie friends) I would be adventurous and not waste a great meal on pasta, as I usually would. New year, new age and some new branching out: I ended up ordering the Slow Roasted Carolina Rabbit. Guys…it was fabulous. Rabbit & swiss chard over bacon ravioli (yes, you heard me correctly) and sweet potato with a candied garlic sauce. Our server told us they’ve been serving it for 19 years and I can see why. Andrew ordered the Roasted Springer Mountain Chicken over a grilled corn and basil risotto with (his favorite part) the spiced green tomato relish. Both awesome, wonderful and great portion sizes.

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Rabbit on left, chicken on right.

Now, you might think we’ve seen it all…but what kind of birthday meal would it be without dessert? These pictures need no explanation other than the most basic: popcorn sundae and peach crisp with honey ice cream (yes, they even included a special birthday note).

Popcorn SundaePeach Crisp

Needless to say, we couldn’t get close to finishing them both, but still so good.

Overall, a wonderful culinary experience for my taste buds and a great atmosphere for a sweet night. Already looking forward to my next visit — I hear they have a mean brunch, and you know I’m not missing out on that!