We left the hotel around 7 in the morning and made our way to Atlanta GA. The drive through North and South Carolina was beautiful and the weather was perfect.
We looked up Poke Bros in Greenville SC. We ordered online and pulled up to the Poke Bros on Pelham Rd. I went inside to pick up our order and while Greg sat down at one of their patio tables with Fred. Greg's Hula bowl was good and I customized a tuna poke bowl. I loved how spicy their wasabi aioli was!
After lunch, we made our way into Georgia.
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Before checking into our hotel we decided to drive around and hoped to walk around Atlanta a bit. Our first stop was Little Five Points which is funky and unique! I loved the street art, the unique buildings, and the vibe of the neighborhood. We stopped into Cinnaholic Bakery for some vegan cinnamon rolls and unfortunately I wasn't thrilled with them. It's exciting to see the variety of frostings and toppings but it didn't hold up in the end. I ordered the acai bowl cinnamon bun and it tasted very artificial. It was extremely strong syrup they added to the frosting. I also ordered a brownie cinnamon bun and that one was better but there was again a strong artificial taste.
From there we tried to go to Piedmont Park but couldn't figure out the best area to park since the staff was setting up for an upcoming music festival. We thought we should try to see something else and so we drove to Centennial Olympic Park. Unfortunately, there was a musical festival currently happening. We drove all over Atlanta and for now, we were content to see the city a bit. For dinner, we decided to give bbq a try and opted for Fox Brothers BBQ. Greg's pulled pork and sausage plate was good, my brisket was tender and delicious but the highlight of the meal for was the fried okra! The fried okra was thinly sliced lengthwise and was crispy, slightly salty, and very satisfying!
We checked into the Westin Atlanta Buckhead hotel. Mike at reception was very friendly and welcoming! Mike would always stop by to see how we were doing if he saw us in the lobby. Greg self parked the car (we usually valet) but since I would have to take him and pick him up from work it was just easier to self park. Our 2 queen beds room was clean, and mostly updated (the bathroom could use a little updating) and our view was of Lenox Square Shopping Center and Buckhead.
On this trip we also made a choice we don't usually do, we opted to go Green and skip housekeeping service. Skipping housekeeping was convenience for us since we had Fred and the weather was 100 degrees.
During our stay at the hotel we enjoyed cocktails from The Palm Restaurant but in the hotel lobby so Fred could people watch as well.
On Monday morning, I dropped Greg off at work and Fred and I drove to Historic Oakland Cemetery. Founded in 1850, the cemetery is now on 48 acres. We initially parked outside the cemetery and walked in but with the extreme temperatures, we hopped back in the car, drank some water and drove through the cemetery. There aren't as many elaborate monuments as Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah Ga but it is just as beautiful.
I next drove through the Krog Street Tunnel to Cabbagetown to check out some street art. There were so many pieces that I loved. I can't wait to go back and have the time to explore a little deeper.
Once Greg was back from work we enjoyed cocktails in the lobby before heading out to pick up dinner. We drove to Desta Ethiopian Restaurant for our first Ethiopian food experience! For appetizers, we tried Sambusas (a crispy roll) and Gomen Siljo dip which is a delicious mix of tofu and collard greens.
For entrees tried filet mignon, lamb, and ground beef tibs with and without awaze. My personal preference with awaze which is like a savory spicy sauce. Injera is the Ethiopian bread you eat your meal with. Injera reminds me of a slightly thicker crepe mixed with sourdough bread. It is amazing!
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Tuesday morning I dropped Greg off at work and Fred and I relaxed at the hotel for the day. Fred usually doesn't mind summer temperatures but this heat was just too much for him!
That night I picked Greg up from work and fought traffic to go sightseeing. Let's talk about Atlanta traffic for a second. I'm from Boston and people think we drive crazy and sit in traffic for hours. What people don't understand is that there is a reason for it. Traffic heads into town in the morning and out of town in the evening. It's simple. In Atlanta, you have people going north, south, east, and west during both morning and afternoon rush hours. It took me 20 minutes to go 1.7 miles to Greg's work and 20 minutes to go back to the highway never mind to get into Atlanta.
We first drove to Piedmont Park again and parked at the Sage parking facility at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We were just not meant to see the park! As soon as we walked into the park the sky became cloudy and started to thunder. Fred pretty much ran back to the car! Luckily the bad weather didn't last long and we were able to drive over to Centennial Olympic Park and actually walk around and check out the area.
After that, we headed back to our hotel and started packing. In the morning, we're heading north to St Louis Mo.