I’m checking in today feeling a bit scrambled, but that’s usually how it goes after a weekend away, right? As you know if you popped by the blog on Friday, I spent this past weekend in Atlanta celebrating my friend Kaitlyn’s birthday with Laurel and Leah and it was wonderful!
(That’s actually the ONLY picture we have of the four of us from the weekend. Blogger fail.)
Longtime PBF blog readers may remember Kaitlyn as my friend from college whose wedding may have been the most fun wedding I’ve ever attended. Her rehearsal dinner was an epic costume party on Halloween and Ryan and I dressed up as Sheldon and Amy (Shamy!) from The Big Bang Theory. I want to relive that night!
Kaitlyn’s husband was the mastermind behind our weekend away and surprised Kaitlyn by flying the three of us in to celebrate her 31st birthday. I’m not going to lie, I kind of felt like it was a present to me since I got to spend time with three of my closest girlfriends. So awesome!
When I sat down to type up this blog post, I realized I did a pretty poor job capturing our weekend shenanigans (this tends to happen when I get together with my friends and completely forget about snapping pictures) but I’ll do my best to recap some highlights from our celebratory girls’ weekend using the small number of photos I have at my disposal.
Atlanta Weekend Highlights
- Antico Pizza
This pizza was out of this world AMAZING. So many of you sent me messages back via Instagram stories when I shared a picture of the margherita pizza we ordered for dinner after we arrived in Atlanta on Friday night and there is a reason this pizza receives such fantastic reviews. We inhaled our pizza on Friday and actually ended up ordering pizza from Antico to bring back home with us again on Saturday night after we spent all day out and about and couldn’t get it out of our minds. We planned to go out to dinner on Saturday but after grabbing appetizers and drinks around 7 p.m. and exploring all day, picking up a pizza to eat in our pajamas at Kaitlyn’s house sounded perfect. (Oooh life in your 30s!)
- Exploring Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market, a large multi-use indoor/outdoor shopping plaza was so much fun to check out on Saturday. We had a great time popping into the various shops (I fell in love with Sugarboo & Co.) and grabbed lunch at the Central Food Hall which was a definite highlight for me! The food hall featured an eclectic mix of mostly local restaurants in vibrant but casual environment and offered everything from fresh smoothies and juices to seafood, burgers and kimchee. Since I can never turn down fresh seafood, I opted for a fantastic Crab Louie salad from W.H. Stiles Fish Camp and ate every last bite.
- Sweet Treats from King of Pops
King of Pops has a huge following in the Charlotte area and I had no idea the popsicles were available outside of Charlotte. (Apparently they originated in Atlanta!) I couldn’t resist grabbing a sea salt chocolate popsicle to enjoy while we browsed around Ponce City Market and loved the cold and creamy treat.
- White Claw Hard Seltzer
Kaitlyn and her husband are huge fans of this hard seltzer and I owe them a big thank you for bringing White Claw into my life. As someone who looooves sparkling water (La Croix is my BFF), this drink is right up my alley. It tasted fantastic (I could barely taste the alcohol and it wasn’t overly sweet) and it was surprisingly refreshing! You better believe White Claw will find its way into my grocery cart in the future.
- Poutine from The Luminary
During Happy Hour on Saturday, we popped into The Luminary for drinks and appetizers. I loved the atmosphere and décor of the restaurant and we enjoyed sharing some small plates before dinner. The highlight for me was the poutine (fries, black pepper gravy, cheese curds and a deliciously tender slow braised short rib) and I definitely ate my fair share! (Though we loved the food we had at The Luminary, I unfortunately cannot say the same for the service which left a lot to be desired. Not a big deal but worth mentioning since I wouldn’t necessarily consider this place a “must try” if you’re in Atlanta.)
- Walking The BeltLine
If you ever want to people watch (and pet a zillion dogs) when you are in Atlanta, make your way to The BeltLine! We had a lot of fun walking The Beltline on Saturday and I loved the energy that surrounded us as we made our way from Ponce City Market to Krog Street Market. (We stopped by Ladybird along the way and it was hoppin’!) Everyone from fitness enthusiasts and tourists to artists and musicians seemed to be taking advantage of the gorgeous Atlanta weather and walking, biking or performing along The BeltLine. We only had time to see a small portion of The BeltLine and I’d love to come back and explore more of the trails along the loop that will eventually surround the entire city.