Oy. You 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…..
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.
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.
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: http://www.texstacos.com/
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.
I get so excited when I see the Pops cart! And you know who else does…
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!
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!
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