Mar 19

Best. Crepe. Ever.

Kevin and I stopped in Athens on Sunday on the way home from a road trip.  Although he is a very proud Florida Gator and was more than slightly uncomfortable in such close proximity to Georgia’s campus, we wanted to pop in somewhere to grab a bite + some drinks.  I walked him up and down Clayton Street (sprinting past any Georgia Bulldogs stores) and into Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar.

I spend a day in Athens once a year for work and usually end up on Clayton Street at the end of the night.  I’d never noticed Pauley’s before, but in the daylight it looked like the perfect place for us.  We sat up at the bar and looked over the menu.  It took me all of 30 seconds to find exactly what I was looking for: a Nutella and banana crepe. 

Pauley’s is really cute inside and offers 28 beers on tap, a full bar, sandwiches, biscuits, coffee, cake, etc., but I have a one track mind when it comes to crepes.  GIVE ME NUTELLA AND NO ONE GETS HURT!  :)

My crepe arrived shortly thereafter (they could see I meant business) and it was GLORIOUS!  Just look at how photogenic.  It was the best crepe I’ve ever eaten.  No exclamation point necessary because that is a statement of fact.  It was incredible.

If it’s true that you are what you eat, on Sunday I was a freaking rock star!!  No lie.  Pauley’s crepes kill it – and they are TOTALLY worth the trek to Athens!  Plus, Athens is super cute – but don’t tell Kev I said that…

xx, L

Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar
134 E. Clayton Street
Athens, Georgia
706.549.0034

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Aug 08

Athens-Bound…

I’m fixing to hit the road to head up to Athens for the next 24.  ROAD TRIP!

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Although I am scheduled to spend most of my time in Athens on the gorgeous UGA campus

 
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…I have two very important items on my personal agenda: 

1 – Dinner at Five & Ten tonight.  (One of my favorite restaurants in the entire state!)

 

2 – Lunch at The Grill tomorrow Just love this hole in the wall.  LOVE it.  It never gets old. 

the grill

Gotta make the trip worth it, ya know?  Will be back in a flash!  :)

xx, L

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Feb 04

All The Rage…

Bocce ball is so hot right now.  All the cool kids are playing it.

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Leon’s has a court, Ormsby’s put theirs inside and now a construction crew is ripping up the outside of the 999 Peachtree building preparing for the new Hugh Acheson restaurant, Empire State South’s, court.  (He’s the chef I love from Five & Ten in Athens!)  Friends, it is time to become an expert on bocce ball.

Bocce Ball

Bocce Balls

Here’s the Q+DD on Bocce Ball:

Bocce is a precision sport belonging to the boules sport family, closely related to bowls and pétanque with a common ancestry from ancient games played in the Roman Empire.  Developed into its present form in Italy, it is played around Europe and also in overseas areas that have received Italian migrants, including Australia, North America and South America, initially amongst the migrants themselves but slowly becoming more popular with their descendants and the wider community.  The sport is also popular in the former Yugoslavian countries of Slovenia, Croatia (predominantly in the coastal regions), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.  Bocce ball is traditionally played on natural soil or asphalt courts approximately 20 to 27 meters in length and 2.5 to 4 meters wide, sometimes with wooden boards of approximately 15 centimeters in height surrounding the court.  Bocce balls can be made of metal or various kinds of plastic.  Unlike lawn bowls, bocce balls are spherical and have no inbuilt bias.  (www.wikipedia.com)

Court @ Ormsby's

Court @ Ormsby's

Now that you know what it is, here’s how you play it:

A game can be conducted between two players, or two teams of two, three or four.  A match is started by a randomly chosen side being given the opportunity to throw a smaller ball, the jack (called a pallino or a boccino in some areas), from one end of the court into a zone about 5 meters in length, ending 2 meters from the far end of the court.  If they miss twice, the other team is awarded the opportunity to place the jack anywhere they choose within the prescribed zone.  The side that first attempted to place the jack is given the opportunity to bowl first.  Once the first bowl has taken place, the other side has the opportunity to bowl.  From then on, the side which does not have the ball closest to the jack has a chance to bowl, up until one side or the other has used their four balls.  At that point, the other side bowls its remaining bocce balls.  The team with the closest bocce ball to the jack is the only team that can score points in any frame.  The scoring team receives one point for each of their balls that is closer to the jack than the closest ball of the other team.  The length of a game varies by region, but is typically from 7 to 13 points.   Players are permitted to throw the ball in the air using an underarm action.  This is generally used to knock either the jack or another ball away to attain a more favorable position.  Tactics can get quite complex when players have sufficient control over the bocce ball to throw or roll it accurately. (www.wikipedia.com)

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Well, there you go.  Now you’re officially cool.  You’re welcome.

xx, L

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Aug 12

Gimme Five

I live ITP.  I prefer things ITP.  When I was dating, living within the perimeter was a strict requirement.  However, one of my favorite restaurants within the vicinity of Atlanta is OTP…really OTP.  In fact, it’s in Athens.
 
I am not going to sit here and tell you about how incredible I think their menu is and how much I’d recommend driving the 50 minutes JUST for a romantic dinner.  I just won’t. 
 
Instead, I will tell you this – I go to Five & Ten once or twice a year with my colleagues when we have business in Athens, and it is, hands down, one of my favorite meals all year.  Instead of breaking out all the delicious things I’ve eaten there, I will give you a mere three reasons why you must go, immediately.
 
1) The location is rad.  It’s in the neighborhood-y Five Points area near the UGA campus.  Go Dawgs?  (Feels unnatural, but I’ll run with it for the purpose of this post…)
photo credit: fiveandten.com

photo credit: fiveandten.com

 
2) I totally saw what’s-his-name there the last time I went.  Yeah, that dude from Felicity.  So cool.
what's his name from felicity

what's his name from Felicity...

 
3)  They have the best pimento cheese I’ve EVER had.  And, this lactose-challenged girl loves her pimento.  Also, I think beets are s.c.a.r.y. and it’s the only restaurant where I’ve ever willingly eaten them.
 
Definitely try Five & Ten the next time you are feeling a little “country.”
 
xx, L
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Five & Ten
1653 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA  30606
706.546.7300

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