Hi. Ok, hush. It’s been a while. It’s been hectic, I’ve been busy. This has become more of a thing for me, which isn’t intentional, but just happens. As someone with Chronic “Yes” Syndrome, the tasks/dates/projects/deadlines keep popping up and little outlets like, well, you, seem to slip through the cracks. Sue me. Any sliver of time that I’m not at work, I’m working on other projects or trying to resuscitate my social life.When did being an adult get so…adulty? In the off chance that those things are temporarily mollified, I’ve found myself being consumed by Workaholics and consuming copious amounts of popcorn.
Beyond the universal “work stress” that we’re all infected with, I can’t complain. The weather is getting beautiful, new restaurants are popping up DAILY, and I think I’ve had some of the best oysters of my life over the past few weeks (at Kimball House, duh. THOSE BONITAS). The last time we’ve conversed, March was just a figment of my imagination. Now it’s nearly done. This is going to be a long’un. But let me catch you up.
March 1st’s Eat Me Speak Me was one of the most packed, exciting, and delicious EMSM’s I’ve ever attended. As usual, the food was DOPE and it blew everyone’s mind. The drinks, however, were on a completely different level than the average Speak Me. Instead of the usual 4-5 options you’re provided on any given Sunday, Cody and Lopez offered 12 completely different selections: 1 for each of D’Angelo’s tracks on his Black Messiah album. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that the 1,000 Deaths was the drink that came in the Martinelli’s apple juice bottle that (unbeknownst to me) is intended to be shared. Oops. Just a little sample of what you missed: alcoholic avocado smoothies (everyones favorite), spiked marshmallows and amaro in shot glasses, oversized caviar-like capsules that melt into a little treat when you pop them in your mouth. People couldn’t get enough. The line went out the kitchen, and through 2 rooms- almost out the front door. People would snag a drink then go directly to the back of the line to do it all over again. Delicious drinks, all of the best people. I can’t wait for Ampersand to do it again.
And I’m not saying any of that because I may be biased.
Concerts have always been a very precious past time for me. I’ll always stand behind the thought that it’s insanely important to see bands whenever you get a chance. I have a very hard time justifying not attending a concert- which is why I’m literally switching tabs between this post and gchat where Barefoot and I are trying to coordinate our concert schedules for the next few months. This month (actually it was Feb 26th- I can’t lie to you), however, was a night I don’t think I’ll be forgetting anytime soon. Sam Herring, lead singer of Future Islands, has to be one of the best performers I’ve seen in a very, very long time. The music is incredible, but he is truly remarkable. The amount of emotion and energy he puts into every show is kind of superhuman- it’s no wonder that every inch of his body was absolutely drenched in sweat. During the show, I remember wondering what it would be like to have him at a dinner party. I don’t know. I’m having a hard time articulating it- you just had to be there.
If you somehow missed his performance on Letterman, I’ll leave that right here…
We also caught TEEN and Will Butler at The Earl the other weekend, which was trullllly fantastic. Both are worth checking out for sure.
The other night we met up with some friends to see Father John Misty- one of my personal favorites at the moment. From the moment that he walked out on stage during I Love You, Honeybear, it was all over for me. All of the girls ovaries exploded. All the men promptly grew ovaries and had them explode in tandem with ours. If he’s coming to your hood, get your tickets and wear a diaper. A. You may pee your pants in excitement and/or B. You wont want to leave the show for ANYTHING once it starts.
There are a handful of great shows coming up soon, which I’m hoping to squeeze myself into. Run the Jewels, THEESatisfaction, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and James Blake are some among many.
Standing Dinner Dates are something that I fully endorse. While we’re still working on a witty title for said dates, a girlfriend of mine and I meet up once a week to strike through a long list of Atlanta dinner/drink spots we’ve been dying to try. Because our brains had- at one point- definitely been fused together, we both longed to craft a color coded checklist in the form of a shareable GoogleDoc. In said Doc, our hot spots are organized by neighborhood and price so we can, each week, see where we want to go and what we’re willing to spend before picking the next location. Nothing feels better than the inevitable “strikethrough” on the Doc as we’re signing checks. At this point, we’ve tried Superica, Holy Taco, Takorea, and Bone Garden. There’s a running theme thus far, which is that she’s hellbent on having me fall in love with tequila. It’s kind of working, but never mezcal. Superica’s ceviche is insane, Bone Garden has amazing tacos, Takoreas taco and wine deals are perfect, and Holy Taco’s drinks and seafood are absolutely wonderful. We’ve yet to hit a fail. 2/4 have ended in Jeni’s Ice Cream- so I’ve always left happy.
Other dates over the past few weeks have lead me to some honorable mentions such as:
– Cockentrice, Boccolupo, Luminary (for drinks), Thai 5, Midway, Bantam Pub, Yalla, and Kimball House (of course). By the way- try to get me to stop swooning over KH. Their new cocktail, Monkey Business is my new jam. They use a centrifuge!!!! Once the Death and Co left, I had a hard time coping. This cocktail helps.
Weekend Getaway to Charleston. Oh my goodness. I just came back from one of THE most amazing trips-I have to brag about it. C and I decided to hop out of Atlanta for the weekend and drove (he drove, I’m the worst) the 5+ hours to Charleston to spend two days- one night. Between Saturday at 5pm to Sunday around 5pm, C and I managed to knock out 9/10 of Charleston’s best restaurants. Here’s the trick: have a local craft you the perfect list of all the best places to try. Commit to each of them and grab JUST 1 drink and 1 appetizer or plate at all of them. Don’t stop moving, don’t tank up. If you’re headed to Charleston, consider this list your commandments:
This list is so on point, and I have to thank Nick from High Wire Distilling for drafting it. I also have to thank him for letting us slink into the distillery 15 minutes before closing so we could have whiskey and gin samples as appetizers before dining. Their sorghum whiskey smells like banana nut bread and is so so smooth- I’ve had dreams about it. I wont give you a play by play, but here are my notes:
– Xiao Bao Biscuit might take the cake as one of my very favorite restaurants. Like, in all of the land. The bartender was incredibly charming, crafted one of the best tequila cocktails I’ve ever had, and introduced us to the Okonomiyaki. Holy balls- I’ll never be the same. It’s a cabbage pancake, but honestly— that doesn’t really describe it at all. Google it. At XBB, you’re supposed to order it “all the way”,which means there’s an egg and all of these meats on top, but I preferred to ask for it “full throttle” (same results). GO THERE.
– Warehouse was the PERFECT spot for us to grab brunch with friends in the area. We each got like 3 dishes, so it was a perfect feast- to say the least.
– The Belmont on King Street. I don’t mean to be a downer, but this place really rubbed me the wrong way. It could have been an off night, but the bouncer was incredibly rude and short with us. I’d love to give it another shot, but I’m not sure I’d find it worth it on my next trip up. I had heard great things from almost everyone, and we were so excited when we arrived- but were incredibly let down.
– Saint Alban We only had a few minutes to pop in for a cup off coffee, but we were immediately sold. If we had had just a little more time in Charleston, I’m sure we would have spent it playing the Elevate app while sipping on coffee and eating pastries here. On the top of my list.
– Angel Oak– Rooted in Johns Island a little ways away from Charleston, this tree called Angel Oak has stood and grown for somewhere between 400-1400 years. When C told me about this tree we were gonna check out, I made a point NOT to google it or look up pictures of it so that I wouldn’t know what I was walking into on Sunday morning. To be really melodramatic about it, it’s a little too overwhelming to wrap your head around when you first walk into it.To have been around 400 years ago, it’s insane to imagine all that this tree has survived and existed during- let alone if it’s been around for longer. It’s like a really regal matriarch, or someone with a ton of street cred. At some parts, the limbs are so long and heavy that some actually go underneath the ground and then come up again. It’s the most climbable tree I’ve ever seen, but there were too many adults and signs around shunning me from all the fun. C and I stayed for about an hour but could have stayed for much longer.
After Angel Oak, we ventured back into Charleston to grab a bite at Gin Joint before hitting the road and sadly kissing Charleston goodbye. Charleston, we’ll be back soon. You were delicious.
I’ve been slacking on those Q+A’s, though they’re still coming. Here’s one for good measure:
Q. Outside of your spotify playlists, what artists or albums do you constantly listen to?
A. I love this question. On my playlists, it’s really the “new” music I’ve been listening too. I rarely repeat artists. There are, however, bands or albums that I’ll continually listen to whenever the moment strikes. Without fail, I’ll throw these on:
– Anything Three Six Mafia- Since I hail from Memphis, listening to Three 6 gives me this very soothing and comfortable feeling. The gentleman of Three 6 Mafia are the lullaby crooners of my youth. That sounds disturbing, but it’s not…completely.
– Little Dragon
– Alabama Shakes
– OLD Nicki Minaj
– Autre Ne Veut
– Arctic Monkeys
– Betty Who
– I know I’m forgetting some.
Cool read, if you have a minute.
I promise I’ll be updating on here more! I just want to make you happy!