Dec 21

Merry Everything + Happy Always!

I’m fixing to fight the rain + head to the airport for a long, holiday-filled weekend in the Great State!

lookin' good, lookin' good...

Before I go, I wanted to wish you all a very:

Enjoy the holidays!  :)

Catch y’all on the flip.  xx from Texas!

xx, L

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Dec 29

Nothing Bundt Cakes

If you are like me, when you hear the word “bundt,” you immediately think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  “It’s a bundttttt!”

"bundtttttttttttttt"

"there's a hole in this cake..."

Well, no longer!  They are making a comeback.  My little bro’s adorable girlfriend brought over the most gorgeous + delicious bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes to my family’s Chrismukkah celebration + we were all amazed!  It was super moist and really tasty!  We finished off almost the entire cake in a matter of hours.

Just look how beautiful:

Although I first heard about this California-based company a week ago, it’s been around since ’97 + has been franchised throughout the West Coast + Texas.

Here’s what our bundt looked like:

Visit the Nothing Bundt Cakes website here: http://www.nothingbundtcakes.com/

Surprise someone special with a bundt!  NBC ships their creative cakes nationwide + are they just as tasty as they are adorable.  :)

xx, L

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Dec 27

MVP Stocking Stuffer.

Slick + I are back from Dallas (airport delay + cancellation free – thank goodness!) after a super-fun Chrismukkah w/ my fam.

like sister, like brother...

We hope that you all had a fantastic holiday, too! :)

I’m not sure if Santa dropped one of these off in any of your stockings, but the Emergency Clown Nose was absolutely our MVP stocking stuffer.

(P.S. In case you were curious, Dallas Cowboy silly bands were the runner up.)

Slick Santa ordered them from www.perpetualkid.com + they were quite a hit.  Rudolph approved, too!

I plan to keep mine in my desk drawer at work.  It’s just so hard to predict when you’ll need it… Thank you, Santa!

xx, L

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Dec 21

Fritti Fantastic-o! (+ Merry Chrismukkah)

Scoutmob has been totally rockin’ lately.  I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, there is really no reason to go to any other restaurants besides ones currently offered on Scoutmob.  There just isn’t.  And, they’ve seriously stepped it up for the holidays + have had SO many good ones recently!

Becoming the Caseys, Rosh + Z and Slick + I decided to use the Scoutmob for Fritti in Inman Park on Sunday night.  And, we were so glad we did.

I hadn’t been to Fritti in almost exactly a year (went for a holiday party last Dec.), and it was really bumping.  I was impressed.  Thanks to Scoutmob, they were on an hour wait when we arrived.  Lucky for us, though, S. Casey thought ahead + made a reservation, so we were seated right away on their heated patio! 

sam's supa-smart.

I was s.t.a.r.v.i.n.g, so I tried to encourage the group to make decisions pretty quickly so we could get some food on the table.  Everyone ordered drinks + we requested a few appetizers to share:

Bruschetta: Slow roasted + marinated tomato, fior di latte mozzarella, basil.
Bresaola di Tonno: Cured sashimi grade tuna, arugula, radish, lemon.
Antipasto Misto: Assorted Italian meats + cheeses, olives, marinated mushrooms.
(We also wanted the Calamari Fritti, but they were out…)  :(

There wasn’t any time to take pictures b/c my ravenous mood quickly spread + as soon as our appetizers were delivered, we demolished them.  Shortly thereafter, our pizzas arrived:

Salame Piccante: Spicy salame + black olives.

Crudo e Rucola: San Daniele prosciutto + arugula.  (My fav.)

Pancetta e Cipolla: Caramelized onion, pancetta + hot pepper.

Toscana: Bufala, peppered salame, cherry tomatoes + rosemary.

Four hearty pizzas may seem ambitious for six people, but don’t you worry – we ate every last bite.  A little over half of our dinner companions had not been to Fritti before, and they walked away very satisfied.  The Scoutmob discount was significant, too, and just another nice touch to an already enjoyable meal.  Fritti might not be a restaurant that I frequent more than once a year, but it sure hits the spot.  (And, I’d never turn my nose up at pizza…)  I definitely recommend using the Scoutmob for it – and bringing along a posse to help you devour their delicious pizzas.  Or not.  :)

Fritti’s Menu Here:  http://www.urestaurants.net/_uploads/Fritti_dinner_menu.pdf

And, don’t forget to make a reservation!!

Unrelated:  I’m headed to Dallas for the rest of the week to celebrate the holidays Texas-style.

And so, I want to wish you all a very Merry Chrismukkah (if you’re down w/ the hybrid holiday thing like my family) or whatever it is you’re celebrating!  Have the happiest of holidays! 

(Just some Yids celebrating X-mas…)

family secret santa

xx, L

Fritti
309 N. Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA  30307
404.880.9559
www.urestaurants.net

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Dec 07

And…I JOINED!

As I mentioned in my post-Thanksgiving post, I decided not to wait until New Year’s to make my resolution + start working out like a crazy woman until an eventual (+ predictable) burnout mid-February.  Instead, after gorging myself on turkey + other delicious T. Day treats, I made an appointment to check out Exhale Gym in the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

Here’s the Q+DD on Exhale:

In the heart of trendy and eclectic Midtown Atlanta, you will find respite in an urban oasis. Located on the “Midtown Mile” on the seventh floor of the Loews Atlanta Hotel, this 22,500 square foot spa features 15 therapy rooms; two generous Core Fusion and yoga studios; a chic nail bar and pedicure alcove overlooking Peachtree Street; a mind + body gym offering cardiovascular equipment and a full line of strength equipment by Lifefitness, treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, stationary bikes, Star Trac, Kinesis; a co-ed hammam; and a well-being boutique featuring yoga wear, skin care products, and giftables.  Exhale’s transformational offerings include body therapies, facials, acupuncture and healing modalities, Core Fusion, Core Cycling class with Core Fusion principles, and yoga classes.

Exhale is located in a number of major cities, but is new to Atlanta.  My Dallas girlfriends swear by Exhale’s signature Core Fusion classes, which combine the disciplines of core conditioning, pilates, the Lotte Berk Method, interval cardio training + yoga to produce long, lean muscles + an athletic body.  I’d heard about how fantastic the Core Fusion + yoga classes are at Exhale, but wasn’t sure how I could try them out unless I had time during a trip home to Dallas.  What a great gift to Atlanta to have Exhale finally here!

As I kept hearing more + more about Core Fusion, it really sounded like something I’d enjoy.  Heidi Klum + Cameron Diaz are members of Exhale in New York and L.A. + frequent Core Fusion classes.  Their incredibly-toned bodies are pretty hard to ignore…

So, I got in touch with Anne-Marie Berte, Manager of Guest Experience @ Exhale, and she signed me up for a Core Fusion Open class.  I talked Rosh into joining me.

Below are a few pictures of Exhale Atlanta.

And, these are good examples of what our class was like…

Look easy?  Think again…

Within the first THREE minutes of the class, I was dripping with sweat + looked over at Roshal with crazy eyes not sure about what I’d gotten us into…  I knew the class was going to be intense, but I had no idea what I was in for!  Unlike my experiences in yoga + pilates classes, I was really getting a work out in the Core Fusion class – a cardio workout, too.  From the minute the class started it was very fast paced.  The instructor was really good – stern, but also very nice.  And, she didn’t make you feel discouraged at all when she was walking around readjusting our positioning while we were doing certain movements.

Best of all, I felt like we were focused throughout the entire hour on the areas I always want to work the most – thighs, glutes, tricepts, etc.  I was shaking by the end of the class, but I felt amazing.  Afterwards, Anne-Marie gave us a tour of the rest of the gym, which sealed the deal for me.  The workout equipment – really everything – was top of the line + incredible.  This is hands down the nicest gym I’ve ever worked out in.

Over the next two days, my body felt like jelly.  It made me feel a little better, though, to find out that the Open class we attended was not the “beginner” class.  I probably needed the Basic class first, but I did enjoy the challenge + getting thrown right into Core Fusion.

There’s a variety of Core Fusion classes available at Exhale:  Basic, Open, Advanced, Core Fusion Cardio, Core Fusion Exhale, Core Fusion Sport, Core Fusion Thighs + Gluteals, Core Fusion Yoga + Core Cycling.  For more information on the classes click HERE.

So, I joined.  (Rosh did, too!)  I felt so great after the class + was really excited to find a workout option that combined so many of my favorites (yoga + pilates + core conditioning).  It’s going to be a long road for me – I was admittedly pretty pathetic in the Open class - but I welcome the challenge, and I can’t think of a better investment than my health + joining a gym I am motivated to go to multiple times a week.

It’s always more fun to workout when you have buddies joining you!  So, if any of this sounds good to you – contact Anne-Marie Berte (e-mail below) for information regarding a complimentary class, a $40 week of transformation + Exhale’s holiday specials.  And, don’t forget that Exhale is a spa, too! 

xx, L

Exhale Atlanta
Anne-Marie Berte, Manager of Guest Experience: amberte@exhalespa.com

1065 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30309
404.720.5000
http://www.exhalespa.com/Locations/GAtlanta/Default.aspx

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