For most of you that have visited a little bit, you know that I grew up in Atlanta. Atlanta is still one of my most favorite cities to visit. I absolutely love it there. So instead of taking our normal birthday trip to Nola (which I’ve pretty much done every year since I’ve known B), we decided to stay a little closer to home and take it a little easier, so we took the 2 and half hour drive over to ATL to spend the weekend there.
One thing that we’d been wanting to do was head to the Georgia Aquarium — we had never been, and decided it was about time to knock that off the list.
Reminder to everyone who goes to an aquarium. Saturdays when kids are still out of school….probably not the best day ever to go. It was really, really crowded and really, really loud. (Better get used to it, right?). Did I mention that there were a lot of people there? Because there was. A LOT of people.
The California sea otters were our favorite — and the belugas. But they also seemed to be everyone else’s favorites, because I couldn’t get close enough to take a really good picture. But below is what I did get to snap a few pics of. I only took a picture of the Falcons dolphin, because I was grateful for them losing to the Panthers, because they gave the Pack a run for their money the last game they played, and well, I didn’t want that happening again.
After the aquarium, I was starving. So we headed to my most favorite lunch spot in Atlanta; The Varsity. I looooove this place. And I don’t care how touristy or greasy people say it is — it reminds me of home, and it tastes awesome. So there. I got two chili slaw dogs, some onion rings and a frosted orange (which is pretty much just a creamsicle drink). And I ate ALL of it.
So after our super healthy lunch, we went over to the Krog Street Market, which was pretty much all food and alcohol. Since we’d just eaten, and since I can’t drink ( I did over to just chill with some water if B wanted a beer), we scooted through this and decided to go ahead and check into the hotel.
The freakin’ Ritz Carlton. Is my B good to me or what?! So we chilled for a little bit, watched some of the game, and then good ole hubs gave me my birthday present.
A pair of diamond studs that I’ve been wanting forever!! He was so sweet to get them for me! These are the first diamond earrings I own — if you know me, that’s a big deal since I don’t normally do jewelry. I mean, the wedding ring comes off the second I get home. But they haven’t come out of my ears since Saturday.
After present time, we decided to go and get an app at the cute little tapas place down the street, Alma Cocina. They had this amazing non-alcoholic blackberry and lavender drink, and we got the salsa and guac sampler. 3 guacs and 3 salsas, and they were delicious!
After the app, we decided we were too full for an actual dinner, so we headed over to the Cabbagetown Village of Atlanta to get some cupcakes. We went to Sweet Cheats, got a couple of cupcakes and headed back to the room. From there, we ate our cupcakes, had some coffee and fell asleep watching King of the Hill. Awesome night, right?!?!
Sorry for the blurry cupcake photo. It was really good though.
So the next morning, we woke up and decided it was time for brunch. B tried to order a Bloody Mary to the room (for him, of course), but Georgia has even more ridiculous laws than Alabama, and they can’t serve before 12:30. Lame.
So we headed to The Flying Biscuit for brunch, because I am obsessed with their grits and their biscuits. I had the Piedmont omelet, and B had the Southern Eggs Benedict. It was so good.
After brunch, we drove around for a bit, and found ourselves back at Sweet Cheats for cupcakes to go.
I know how much work B put into this birthday with it being the last one with just us. I love how he just knows me, and how just cuddling up with coffee and cupcakes watching cartoons is also his idea of a good night.
It was definitely one for the books. And now I’m in my early 30s. Gross.