Aug 10

Generally Speaking…

The General Muir is my new favorite brunch spot.

Brunch is a very important meal, and when it’s done right it can make your entire weekend feel special.  I’ve now had three excellent brunches over the past few months at The General Muir and have officially escalated it to the very top of my brunch go-to list.  Here’s a peek inside:


And here’s the Q+DD on The General Muir:

The General Muir is a tribute to the classic New York Jewish deli, returning it to its hand-crafted roots. Traditional favorites are honored — pastrami is cured and smoked in house, bagels are kettle boiled and hand rolled — and joined by dishes going beyond tradition, focusing on fresh ingredients and simple preparations.

The restaurant is named for the refugee transport ship that brought co-owner Jennifer Johnson’s mother and grandparents, Holocaust survivors, to New York in 1949.

The General Muir serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, and offers an espresso bar serving locally-roasted Batdorf & Bronson coffee as well as a full bar of wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails. In addition to the full-service dining room, there is a separate counter service area — “The Deli at The General Muir” — serving bagels, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and coffee throughout the day.

My two favorite brunch selections are the Smoked Hash: crisped pastrami, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, caramelized onions, and sunny eggs.

And the Avenue A (my ultimate fav): nova, schmear, avocado, grapefruit, cucumber, onion, and dill.  Almost too pretty to eat – almost…

I’m also a huge fan of their coffee.  They pour some serious stuff in there.  Just be careful – it’s hot!!


The General Muir also offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I’ve had to wait in line for brunch every time I’ve been, but it’s not ever for too long and it’s fun to peek into the Emory Point shops while waiting.  It’s totally worth a little wait.  Visit the Muir.

xx, L


The General Muir
1540 Avenue Place
Atlanta, GA  30329

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Jan 07

Jezebel Magazine’s January Tweet Elite!

I am so excited to be included in Jezebel Magazine’s January Tweet Elite!

Here’s the golden tweet that grabbed Jezebel’s attention…

And that pie in a jar is SO deserving of all the recognition!  Murphy’s really knows what they are doing in the dessert department.

Murphy’s pie in a jar in all its decadent glory:

Deconstructed pie served in a jar.  Different pie each week.  $7.  It’s divine, y’all.

Thanks, Jezebel, for the excellent shout out!  :)

xx, L

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Jul 22

The Sweetest Nail Salon in Town!

Although it’s not THAT new to the neighborhood (over a year old, I believe), I just visited Sugarcoat’s Virginia Highlands location for the first time this week + I am happy to report that it’s my new favorite Atlanta nail salon!

Typically, I opt for Lily’s Nails on Piedmont/Monroe, Polished on Peachtree/North Druid Hills, or Top Nails in Toco Hills for convenience and cost-effective regular nail services.  I also like the flexibility of being able to walk into any of these no-frills salons and get a service right away.  Sugarcoat, however, has officially changed my perspective.

Although it is slightly more expensive than my regular salons + appointments are requested, the atmosphere, selection of services, and customer service at Sugarcoat is definitely worth the $$$ and the effort to make an appointment.  Look at how pretty it is inside!  So sleek, modern, + clean.

It definitely does not look like a typical intown nail salon.

Sugarcoat offers a variety of services including waxing, massages, and eyelash extensions, but I focused on the hands/feet services during my first visit.  It was nice to see that they offer an Express mani/pedi for busy bees at a very decent price for a basic service ($12 mani/$25 pedi/$35 combo), but I had time during my visit and I opted for the Escape to Fiji services.  They were awesome – and worth every penny.  I highly recommend when you feel like treating yourself!

Escape to Fiji Manicure: Nail shaping, cuticle care, Pure Fiji Coconut Creme Scrub, ultra moisturizing Pure Fiji Coconut Body Butter massage.  $30.

Escape to Fiji Pedicure: A mini-vacation for tired feet!  Coconut foot soak, nail shaping, cuticle care, Pure Fiji Coconut Oil Exfoliating Sugar Scrub, gentle massage using warm stones and Pure Fiji Pineapple Scented Oil.  Tiny warm stones are placed between toes while they are polished to perfection.  (Cabana boy and pina colada not included…)  $50.

Escape to Fiji Combo: $75.  :)

Sugarcoat is totally hip, and although it’s not new to the Highlands, it’s newish to me – and I’m in LURVE!  I can’t wait to visit again for some serious pampering!

xx, L

Sugarcoat – Virginia Highlands
1062 St. Charles Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA  30306

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Jun 02

It’s a good day for a ‘FEST!

You guys.  It’s gorgeous out there.  Whydon’tcha head down to VaHi and check out the 28th Annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest today and tomorrow?!

As per usual, there will be TONS of local artists showing their wares, live music, music from dave-fm and a plethora of other exciting things to see/try/taste/wear/enjoy. 

You know how Atlanta LOVES a ‘fest…and this one in particular.  Go…enjoy!

xx, L

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May 01

Pilates Reformer Sessions with Meredith Bass

Eleven years ago, Meredith Bass was experiencing some pretty severe back pain and was relying on her chiropractor for relief.  A friend of hers recommended that she strengthen her core muscles to support her back and suggested she check out a Pilates studio down the street from her office.  Meredith took ONE class and she was hooked!  She ended up working out with three different trainers twice a week and saw amazing results in her body and significant pain relief in her back.  She did Pilates until she was seven months pregnant with her first son, and now two kids later, she is teaching.  Meredith’s experience had been mostly with Classical Pilates, but she received her reformer certification from Balanced Body University.  She absolutely LOVES teaching Pilates and watching clients transform their bodies through the use of their core. 

I’ve done Pilates mat classes in the past and thought they were okay, but for the past year or so I’ve really wanted to work out on a Pilates reformer.  People rave about the reformer, but the two gyms I belong to do not offer classes.  So, a friend of mine recommended Meredith to me.  I recently spent an hour in her home studio in the Highlands under her instruction on the reformer, and it was one of the best workouts I’ve EVER had!  I’m not at all exaggerating. 

Pictures of Meredith demonstrating some positions we worked on during our session are below.  Watch her gooooooooo! 

After my session, I was sore in places where I didn’t even realize I had muscles – which means that I haven’t been engaging these areas in my regular workouts.  Meredith was SO awesome, and now I’m addicted to the Pilates reformer! 

Meredith charges $55 per one hour session or you can purchase a pack of 10 classes with her for $500.  This is excellent pricing for one-on-one Pilates reformer workouts, y’all!  I highly recommend.  Swimsuit season is right around the corner, after all…

Contact Meredith Bass at

xx, L

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