Aug 08

These are the Devil.

I’m serious.


Don’t even DARE to try Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallows unless you want to go straight to the dark side.  They’ve pretty much stripped me of all self-control and are all I can think about today.  (You’ve been warned.)

xx, L

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Aug 15

Grocery Shopping While Hungry…

…is never a good idea – or so my beloved Fitness magazine has strongly cautioned me for years. 

Last night, I absolutely proved Fitness right while I was on a late-night-post-work-emergency grocery shopping trip at Trader Joe’s and THIS somehow ended up in my basket.



Beware of hungry shopping, y’all.  And side note, TJ’s Cookie Butter is AMAZING!!  Soooooooooooo, I’ll be starting my pre-wedding food diary next week, Meredith.  Just FYI.

xx, L

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May 05

Warning: Serious Update OVERLOAD!

OyYou might need to sit down for this one.

I didn’t post for an entire week + now I feel like there’s almost too much to update you all on and it’s not exactly stringing together clearly…  So bear with me, folks.  I’m just going to lay it all out there + make of it what you will. 

The weather is getting gorgeous, the hemlines are getting shorter + there are more and more reasons to play outside, try new restaurants + spring into summer!  (I feel like I just wrote an Old Navy commercial.)

Ready or not – here I go!  Wheeeee…..

Ms. Reynolds, Sayako + I recently recruiter summit-ed at Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park, which has been all over Urban Spoon, etc., and we really enjoyed it!

Pictured below are our sandwiches, all of which are meant to be eaten in multiples (i.e. you don’t order just one sandwich – they are small-ish) at only $4.00 a piece.

We tried the New Bomb Turkey: turkey, arugula, avocado spread + baconaisse; The Hambo: prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula, apple + reduced balsamic; and the Castro: slow-roasted pork, ham, fontina cheese + yellow mustard. 

I love this place for a casual lunch and strongly recommend trying it out!

Victory Sandwich Bar
280 Elizabeth Street
Atlanta, GA  30307
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

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Next up, Bloomingdale’s just started showing some gorgeous turquoise-y blue stone necklaces.  So cute for summer!  Here’s a shot of the one I bought on Monday.  It’s my new favorite accessory.

Moving right along…

On my Palm Springs/ L.A. flights, I started reading John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces.”  I will admit that I fall in love with most books I read + can’t put them down until they’re finished, and that remains the case with this Pulitzer Prize winner.  It’s so thoughtfully written and a great (albeit very wordy) read.  The story of how the book came to fruition after JKT’s suicide is super interesting, as well. 

Let’s talk food trucks.

Slick + I got tacos at Tex’s Tacos recently, the new food truck in Buckhead, which dubbed the “Antonio Banderas” of food trucks.  Cute.

Tex’s is a fully-equipped kitchen + restaurant on wheels serving up an array of “Nueva Texicana” eats w/ “style + grace.”

While I’ll admit that they weren’t the best tacos I’ve ever eaten, they did the job.  Tex’s will be a goldmine for late night Buckhead frat boys who need to cut through the alcohol a bit before stumbling into bed.  And it’s not just stationed in Buckhead, which is why food truckin’ is so exciting.  Check out Tex’s schedule here:

Speaking of food trucks…  When I was in Palm Springs, the Nom Nom truck drove up from L.A. and I got to try it!  Not familiar w/ the famous Nom Nom truck?

It’s a L.A.-based mobile food truck specializing in Vietnamese food, especially banh mi.  Nom Nom was the runner-up in season one of the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race.

Their food is RIDIC. 

On Easter Sunday, Slick + I had a date night at Ecco, one of my favorite Midtown restaurants to order up a load of small plates + drinks.  (Also, to potentially spot the Vampire Diaries cast…)

As usual, our meal was predictably delicious.  To accompany it, I ordered a glass of pinot gris.  Slick, however, ordered one of the most interesting cocktails I’ve ever seen.  Here’s the description of it from the menu:

ZAFARAN: Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin, housemade Shindeldecker tonic + a custom icy hot cube will remind you that, while temptation is a reality, there are repercussions in all things we do.

It was so different and had a very special, unique flavor.  You guys have to try it!

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again.  I’m obsessed with mochi ice cream Recently, I’ve been satisfying my sweet tooth with an all natural strawberry flavor found at Trader Joe’s.  Um, yum!

Y’all, today is Thursday which means…

So, back to food trucks + street food.  Can we?  Thanks. 

My favorite Midtown Street Food Thursday vendor is definitely The King of Pops!

I get so excited when I see the Pops cart!  And you know who else does…

slick: king of the mountain (stone mountain, that is)

He LOVES KoPs!  Our favorite flavors are: Mexican Chocolate, Banana Pudding, Sea Salt Chocolate + Pineapple Ginger.  You must, must try a pop!

It really is perfect popsicle weather, too.  Speaking of perfect weather, I had it in California.  The entire week was truly gorgeous!  Although the main purpose of my trip was to meet Mrs. Wolkove’s adorable new addition to her family, I did have time to enjoy the outdoors when I went on a hike at Fryman Canyon Park located in the Santa Monica Mountains with Mrs. W’s madre.  The views were amazing + the workout was seriously intense.  I work out quite a bit in Atlanta, but I almost never go hiking.  I have to say that my legs were throbbing the morning after our hike.  If anyone knows of good hiking spots in Atlanta, please let me know. 

Even while hiking in the heat, my hair looked pretty perfect.  (OMG, what a bragger!)  But, I have to credit that to Daniel Carter at Mint Salon who does my 2-day keratin treatments.  (LK goes to Mint, too, for hers.)  Daniel is a fantastic stylists who has also started to do my cuts + color.  If you happen to be looking for a new stylist, I highly recommend Daniel!  Tell him you heard about him on the Q+DD!

Mint Salon
Stylist: Daniel Carter

Since we’re focusing now on “maintenance,” I’m really looking forward to my spray tan today at RAW Organic Bronzing Studio.  (LK is a fan, too!)  I adore the owner, Tiffany Terranova, and have been very pleased with my tans!  They are made from 100% organic ingredients that are actually beneficial to the skin.  Read more about RAW Organic Bronzing Studio here: LK’s post about RAW.

And, RAW is conveniently located right next door to Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park!  Bringing it all together.  :)

Skipping around skipping around…

I’m in the market for a french press.  I drank french pressed coffee several times during my L.A. trip + don’t think I can go back to my Keurig any more.  It’s like two entirely different planets of coffee!  This Bodum one is pretty cute(Hint, hint.)

OH!  And isn’t this the most precious picture you’ve ever seen or what?!  Mrs. Wolkove, her one week old (who obv. cannot fit into those yet) + I all rock the glitter TOMS!  Love.

We’ll focus on this much more as it draws closer, but who’s pumped for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival?! 

THIS event is going to be nothing short of incredible.  Can’t wait! 

More info here: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

And finally (have I worn you out yet?), the Q+DD has some very special news to share!  One of our best readers, Jessica Gorman: Concierge at the Ritz Carlton – Buckhead, was featured in the newest edition of The Atlantan Magazine!

Click here to see the article mentioning Jess on page 36 of the new issue today!  (Reading Instructions for the Online Version: Click on the link mentioned in the previous sentence.  Type in page 36.  Full screen view + click magnifying glass to zoom in.  Silly technology…)  We are very proud of you, Jess!

So…did you get all that?!  It was pretty beastly.  (TWHS? Sorry, mom…)

There WILL be a quiz later.  It’s great to be back! 

xx, L

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Feb 28

Love Found in Aisle 2

It’s no secret that I’m a pretty huge Trader Joe’s fan.  A few of the cashiers at the Midtown location recognize me, and the guy who hands out samples in the back of the store – well, we are on a first name basis… 

Even though I am very familiar with the store, I keep discovering new + noteworthy items, which is probably why I’m there so often.  It’s like a post-work day treasure hunt! 

(Okay, maybe that is a little extreme…)  Anyway, I can’t get enough of two TJ items that I bought for the first time last week – and have now been back for twice already!

The first is Trader Joe’s Frozen Steel Cut Oatmeal:

Here’s the Q+DD on TJFSCO’s Nutritional Facts:
1 package =
150 calories
2.5 g fat
0 g saturated fat
27 g carbs
4 g dietary fiber
5 g protein

Not bad, not bad.  I’ve read about famous people who are on diets grabbing a bowl of steel cut oatmeal in the mornings.  It makes sense to me b/c it’s super substantial + filling and really delicious!  Such a great way to start your day!  LOVE it.

And, Trader Joe’s Gummy Tummies – Penguins:

You guys!  I can’t  keep these in my place for more than a day or two!  I love pretty much anything gummy and keep Slick + I well-stocked with Haribo and whatnot, but I picked up some “Penguin Tummies”- as we are affectionately referring to them – last week at TJ’s + threw them into the freezer under the expert recommendation of my cashier.  And, they were gone in a flash!  Freezing them is absolutely the way I’d recommend storing them at home.  They are amazing!  And NO, I will not provide nutritional information for candy.  That’s just crazy talk…

Aren’t they so cute, too?!  Ah!

Just love me some Penguin Tummies + well, pretty much anything TJ’s sells!  :)

xx, L

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Dec 17

Protein Bar Perfection

I have really been trying to make an effort to eat right + maintain a consistent workout routine this holiday season.  I still, however, have a sweet tooth that demands to be satisfied.

A little over a month ago, my college girlfriends came to Atlanta to visit + hang out in the Georgia Wine Country.  One of my oldest friends in the group, Mrs. Milstein, asked that I run her by Trader Joe’s since it’s not in Texas.  While we were walking around the store marveling at the cheap specialty eats, Shauna spotted the thinkThin protein bars and asked me if I’d tried them before.  I told her that I hadn’t + she threw a few into my basket and instructed me to taste them immediately.

They were ridiculously good!  I wouldn’t consider myself to be a protein bar connoisseur or anything, but I’ve tried a number of different kinds over the years and definitely like these the best. 

Over the next week, I tried three different flavors.  My favorite is the White Chocolate Chip: white chocolate chips with a hint of almonds covered in rich white chocolate.  Um, YUM!

Here’s a peek inside…

thinkThin protein bars aren’t too bad in the nutritional department, either.

Nutritional Breakdown
Serving Size: 1 bar
Calories: 230
Fat: 8 grams
Carbs: 25 grams
Protein: 20 grams

And, they are sugar free + gluten free, too!

Here’s the full line of flavors: Brownie Crunch, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Mudslide, Chunky Peanut Butter, Creamy Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, Lemon Cream Pie, Tangerine Cremesicle + White Chocolate Chip.

Shauna told me to refrigerate them + eat half of a bar as an after dinner dessert.  I listen to pretty much everything she says + followed her instructions.  They have really been hitting the spot!  It’s nice to know, too, that my end-of-the-day sugar cravings are not being satisfied by totally empty calorie holiday food.  The taste isn’t being sacrificed, either.

Click HERE for more information about thinkThin.  Pick them up @ your local Trader Joe’s!  :)

xx, L

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