This past weekend my husband and I were supposed to take a trip for my birthday, but in true Kesone fashion, he waited until the very last minute and hotel & flight prices skyrocketed. I'll cut him some slack though because it wasn't entirely his fault. We were unsure if we'd have a sitter and everything was up in the air until my mom decided to come watch the kids.
We've been in Atlanta for 5 years now, but since we don't have any family here, and we're kind of crazy about who we trust with our kids, we don't always get the opportunity to venture out sans kids. Having a new baby at home definitely doesn't make that any easier. If anything, it makes us a tad bit crazier about who we trust. So, once my mom got to town and we knew the kids would be well taken care of, we turned our vacation into a staycation.
All I really wanted to do was eat & drink our way through Atlanta, while exploring some new places on the way, so we booked room at the Whitley and did just that.
On Friday, before we checked into our hotel, we went to happy hour at Gypsy Kitchen. It's somewhere that we've been before, but I had been craving their brussel sprouts and shrimp, so we headed back to satisfy my craving. I must have been so excited when they arrived because I completely forgot to take a picture (SO out of character). Afterwards, we strolled around The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and admired the twinkling lights and graffiti laced walls. Then we went to the hotel and crashed by 11:00 because we're old married folks :)
On Saturday, we headed over to Joy Café for brunch. It was the first time we'd been to their new location and it was completely packed. We waited about 45 minutes for a table and it was worth every second. They have an array of mimosa options, but I went with the tried and true original - gotta love a place that takes the time to freshly squeeze their OJ. I'm a sucker for a good breakfast burrito and theirs did not disappoint. I'm also a sucker for Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy Fieri can vouch for just how amazing this place really is.
We decided to head home after that and spend some time with my mom and the kids because, like most parents, we crave time away and then miss them when we're gone. After some quality time, we headed to O-Ku for some sushi and drinks. We arrived about 30 minutes before our reservation time and, since they couldn't seat us early, we snagged two seats at the bar, decided to eat there, and enjoyed some people watching. I ended up wanting something more filling than sushi, so I opted for the teriyaki chicken. It was SO good. The vibe in the restaurant was really nice and I heard they have a rooftop bar. It was raining when we were there, but with warmer temps approaching, we'll definitely be back to check out that rooftop.
On Sunday, we squeezed in a workout and then headed to Ponce City Market. I'm obsessed with this place. Anytime we have family or friends in town, we take them there. The food options are endless and most of the boutiques are filled with items from local artists. We started off at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp where I had the most delicious oysters and a lobster roll. After that, I stumbled upon Modern Mystic Shop - the most adorable little crystal shop. I snagged a cute crystal and the book, Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, that I'd been wanting. I couldn't bare the thought of leaving without eating at at least one more place so, despite the fact that I was already pretty full, I dragged Kesone into Bellina Alimentari and ordered their meatballs and a glass of wine. I'm surprised I didn't need to be rolled out after that because I definitely felt like a stuffed meatball.
All in all, we had a great time. We got dressed up everyday, we explored, and we ate & drank our way through Atlanta. It was the perfect weekend and we didn't even have to leave town.