It’s March, and I’m confused about it. Who’s with me? Time has been flying lately, and posting has proven more challenging than usual. As always, though, I’ve been eating yummy, exercising often, pretending I know the cool places to go to in Atlanta, and taking photos along the way. Documentation for your viewing purposes, below.
More coffee, always. The bar above belongs to Octane Coffee. Though the café has multiple locations throughout the city, this one lives in the lobby of Atlanta Tech Village, a building that houses up and coming tech companies in a swanky Buckhead building that makes you feel like you’re in Silicon Valley. Cue the tall, skinny, and bearded twenty-somethings ordering flat whites, am I right?
Once appropriately caffeinated, I’ve been heading to Piedmont Park on Saturday mornings to run in circles for a few miles with a friend who’s training for a half marathon. While I’m certainly not training for a half marathon, I’ve become inspired to run for longer than, say, 12 minutes. So there’s that. Proud mama moment: I hit my seven mile goal this weekend. Then I slumped on a bench to take this photo and didn’t move for another 40 minutes. It’s all about balance.
But what’s a workout without a refuel? My weekends have been packed with some majorly memorable eats, as well.
Above: Snapshots of The Optimist’s impressive interior (light-up bar, ceiling beams, and all). Not pictured are the butteriest-ever buns we devoured along with grilled octopus with miso yogurt, swordfish studded with sweet potato cubes and bacon lardons, scallops, and broccoli baked with parmesan and bread crumbs. Oh, and some hush puppies for good measure.
Below: More snapshots. This time, from a Sunday evening visit to Krog Street Market, an indoor retail space housed in an updated 1920s warehouse that’s packed with bars, restaurants, and quality quick-bite stalls. (For my New Yorkers who like to eat, Krog is reminiscent of a Gotham West Market or Hudson Eats-type venue.) Though the options were plentiful, I opted for Yalla — a contemporary, make-your-own Middle Eastern stand — as my meal of choice. I stuffed laffa (a bubbly flat bread typically used for street food) with a whole lot of the mix-ins on offer, including chicken shawarma, pickles, hummus, yogurt, Israeli salad, pickled carrots, and charred broccoli. Put simply, it was a Middle Eastern burrito the size of a newborn baby.
Check back soon for more of Life Lately, as I head back to the homeland (NYC) and make a quick pitstop in Miami!