Who else is over-the-moon excited about the completion of the beautiful new Mercedes Benz Stadium?! There's nothing like a crisp fall day at Centennial Park, tailgating and taking in the sites before a Falcons or United game (let's hope the cooler weather is here to stay!)
Downtown Atlanta is buzzing with support for both the Falcons and the inaugural season of the Atlanta United. Regardless of whether you have a ticket or not, there's a ton to do in the Centennial Park District before and after a game! I've partnered with the Centennial Park District to bring you my ATL Adventurer itinerary so you'll be in the know for g...
I absolutely LOVE Austin, Texas, especially the funky vibes and thriving street food culture.
Even though Austin is just shy of 1,000 miles away, you can still find an authentic taste right here in Atlanta at Schlotzsky's Austin Eatery in Duluth.
Brought to you by the Schlotzsky's team (yes, the one behind the well-known hot sandwiches, like their famous The Original), Schlotzsky's Austin Eatery is an homage to the brand's Texas roots with a twist.
Chef Maira Isabel, head of Research & Development with Schlotzsky's, brought the Austin Eatery Concept to life through a combination of her Hispanic roots and extensive culinary...
I'm lucky enough to live & work in Midtown, so I'm super excited to have Cactus House as a new local spot in my neck of the woods.
Tucked into the new Azure on the Park development just north of 10th Street on Piedmont, you can't miss Cactus House's colorful rainbow bench (celebrating Midtown's gay-friendly community) and string-light covered patio.
The whole restaurant (inside & out) is bursting with color, paralleling the bright, snappy menu of tacos and street-food-inspired snacks. Cactus House's main goal is to serve up delicious food with a casual, neighborhood feel, and they definitely deliver.
I'm always down for a good burger, especially any conceptualized by Chef Richard Blais (I'm a huge Top Chef fan!) Blais was the initial creative director behind FLIP Burger, a modern, chef-driven concept on the Westside (with an additional ATL location in Buckhead, plus spots in Birmingham & Nashville). Now, Head FLIP Chef Christian Norton is calling the shots, with an impressive fall menu that's just debuted to the delight of hungry diners.
FLIP Burger does things a little differently than your average burger joint. This isn't a standard single-patty with cheese type of place - the menu is imaginative and bol...
What's better than delicious, smoky barbeque at a super-affordable price? Nothing (in my opinion) - and that's what you'll find at Hudson's Hickory House in Douglasville, just a 25 minute drive from downtown Atlanta.
Hudson's is the perfect mix of uber-traditional Southern 'cue mixed with just a little cutting-edge modernity.
The business has been family owned since 1971, with 3 generations of Hudsons serving up hickory-smoked barbeque with housemade sides & sauces. Patriarch Buford Hudson started working at barbeque restaurants before he even made it to high school - when he initially opened his own restaurant over...
I’ve found the holy grail of hot dogs in Atlanta – and I’m so excited to share it!
The Original Hot Dog Factory in Smyrna is serving up a classic menu of dogs, sandwiches, sides, and desserts – but don’t think this is just a fast food joint.
Every hot dog that comes out of the kitchen is made to order – and the options are endless. The Original Hot Dog Factory serves up dogs hailing from every corner of the country, from the San Francisco Veggie Dog (a soy dog with plenty of veg) to the Boston Dog (covered in baked beans and bacon bits).
My personal favorite – the Chicago Dog, an all-beef hot dog on the quintessential poppy...
When multiple foodie friends keep telling you about a new restaurant, that’s a strong signal it’s time to pay a visit.
The aforementioned hotspot is Ba Bellies, an Asian gastropub just a short trip from the heart of Buford Highway’s main drag (Sweet Hut, Food Terminal, etc).
Ba Bellies is lofty and spacious, the walls dotted with food-related quips and video-game-inspired artwork. Plentiful indoor seating, combined with a roomy outdoor patio (dubbed the “Beer Balcony”), make for an open, inviting spot to work your way through the Asian-American fusion menu.
My new obsession is staycations – they’re such a fun way to see more of our city while enjoying a bit of luxury for the weekend!
I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hotel Indigo Downtown for a mini-staycation – this urban oasis is ultra-modern, with bursts of color and unique art scattered throughout the hotel. Just before entering the Hotel Indigo, you’re greeted by architect John Portman’s abstract “Belle” sculpture, just the beginning of your art-inspired journey.
A fun aside about John Portman – he’s a world-renowned architect & real estate developer originally hailing from Atlanta! He’s constructed buil...
I’ve always loved Toyota trucks, but I’d never had the chance to actually drive one until now! I had the amazing opportunity to work with Southeast Toyota Distributors on their Choose Your Own Adventure Campaign, highlighting the unique, sporty features of their XSP packages for both Tundra & Tacoma.
During the campaign, I was able to drive the Tundra XSP for an entire week (thanks Toyota!) to check out the XSP features only available in the 5 Southeast states!
Take a look at my experience with Toyota’s Choose Your Own Adventure Campaign, including our Adventure Day at Barnsley Resort & some of the awesome features of...
The Atlanta BeltLine is one of the most buzzed-about urban developments in the Southeast. With comparisons to the High Line in NYC, as well as features in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, the BeltLine has drawn national attention for its popular walking trail dotted with art installations, restaurants, and parks.
If you don’t live within walking distance to the BeltLine (or even if you do), it can be a bit confusing to navigate. Read on for tips on getting there, what to expect, and where to explore.
What is the BeltLine?
Originally conceptualized in 1999 for a Georgia Tech student’s thesis, the BeltLine is an ur...