butter, iberian pigs and sangria

friday night we went on a double date with our nebraskan-turned-atlantan friends at the iberian pig. the food was once again exceptional, as was the service. our favorite tapas were the pork cheek tacos, braised veal shank ravioli, and the confit chicken among others. we washed it down with their white sangria, which was perfect. and then we headed over to butter and cream, for some incredible ice-cream. there, matt took over the camera and took some surprisingly lovely photos. enjoy.

a woman and her daughter enjoying some ice-cream

a woman and her daughter enjoying some ice-cream

the lueders

the lueders

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my man pre-haircut

my man pre-haircut

trying some ice-cream

trying some ice-cream

gail at the iberian pig

gail at the iberian pig

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grandmammies and grambears

despite the 30 year pause in flying and notorious motion sickness, my grandmammie flew into atlanta last friday for a 5 day weekend. it had been quite a while since we had spent so much time together, even though we have lived together for a total of 2 1/2 years of my life (while in college and when I was a baby). i used to spend almost every other saturday night with her: shopping at talbots, watching an old movie, eating dinner, chatting with her elderly neighbor, etc. they are all very happy memories.

a few months ago, we were excited to know that gram had found tickets and was willing to come for fall break. we had incredible pizza at slice and pint (the carlos was unbelievably delicious), spectacular ice-cream at butter and cream (the cashew creme brulee and bourbon toffee were divine), perfect latkes and bagels at the nearby bagel palace, etc. thanks for making your way over to the humid southern jungle, grandma 🙂

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grammy at southern sweets bakery (best cake in town)

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determining our cake for the day. went with coconut.

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grammie waiting for her omelet and bagel (whole wheat with strawberry cream cheese)

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grammie and matt walking into piedmont park with midtown in the distance.

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my ginger boy exploring

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matt trying out the camera

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baseball fields

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first lamp post of atlanta, but not first red head…

gram-bear at the bagel palace

gram-bear at the bagel palace

top 5 reasons to visit savannah tomorrow

#1 the wharf: incredible view. huge barges. ferry rides. blast from the past: civil war style.

#1 the wharf: incredible view. huge barges. ferry rides. blast from the past: civil war style.

 

#2 civil-war era graveyards

#2 civil-war era graveyards

 

#3 John the Baptist cathedral

#3 incredible architecture, including Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

 

we stayed in the house on the left. gorgeous early 1800s built buy the german owner.

we stayed in the house on the left. gorgeous early 1800s built buy the german owner.

 

#4 "fern action" as matt's dad called it

#4 “fern action” as matt’s dad called it

 

#5 beautiful parks. most every intersection in the historical district is a lovely sqare with a park and sometimes bird people

#5 beautiful parks. most every intersection in the historical district has a lovely square with a park and sometimes bird people

 

matt's lovely cousin who attends scad

matt’s lovely cousin who attends scad

 

another lovely park with susan and caitlyn.

another lovely park with susan and caitlyn (and some sweet [and chigger-filled] spanish moss).

this was a lovely little trip that i took with matt’s parents after we moved. savannah was delightful. i don’t know if i would have gone had it not been with matt’s parents. however, since going, i will definitely be taking more time to visit this dreamy southern town. the eateries are all delicious. leopold’s icecream was lusciously smooth and incredibly flavorful: we went there 3 times in 3 days. another interesting place we ate at was located in an old boarding house: mrs. wilkes (even the current president enjoyed a southern meal there with all the fixings).

even though matt’s parents are incredibly energetic and new-place-explorer extraordinaires and i am not always, they are so helpful in pushing me to visit and see new areas that i would have never known about. so thanks, papa and mama b. for your vivacious spirits and research. you guys are amazing.

p.s. one of my favorite parts of the trip was taking a midnight scooter ride with matt’s cousin through the historical sections. looping around the squares under a starry sky was breathtaking. the air was fresher and the streets still. we sat in swings next to a graveyard talking about life. waved at plastered bachelorette parties swaying on sidewalks. laughed at the pure freedom and bliss unhindering our view of the beautiful surroundings. it was a moment when time stopped and the moon and the road were our closest friends.

indiana adventures. part 2: dining

appetizers at the siam house

eating at dat’s cajun cuisine for our entree

on the way to the “chocolate moose”…a slightly odd and creepy advertisement for photography

a sign showing us the way! (darn you road construction!)

walnut st. (hence, the back way with signs)

“the chocolate moose” on walnut st.

enjoying my black raspberry ice-cream

justin enjoying his soft serve