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24 August 2016

Farmer's Market Essentials



Every weekend, a bevy of farmers markets take place around Atlanta. I would be willing to say that we're pretty known for them, and at any given time in any given neighborhood on a Saturday or Sunday, you might stumble upon a farmers market. I happen to have one of the most popular ones just a few blocks from my house. When the weather wasn't quite as scorching, I would pack my crossbody purse and walk to the market bright and early Saturday morning. 

One of the things I learned pretty quickly was what to bring with me. I didn't want to carry anything too heavy, so I would have plenty of room (and strength) to take my purchases home. Over the spring and summer, I developed my farmers market essentials. Here's what I make sure to have on hand for a visit to the farmers market:

1. Sunglasses. It never fails that it's going to be bright and sunshiny on market days. Sunglasses like these make peering at vegetables and other goods that much easier. 

2. Coola Moisturizer (c/o). You've heard me say repeatedly how much I love Coola products, and this moisturizer is no different. I usually wake up and go on market mornings, so I don't ever take the time to put on makeup, but because my skin is so fair, I'm sure to put on sunscreen. This one is lightweight and smells great, too. 

3. Small Wallet. Farmers market days are not the time to lug around a huge wallet and tote. Skip the bulk and go for a pocket-sized wallet that will fit your I.D., a credit card, and of course cash. Because after all, cash is king at the market. 

4. Reusable Bag. (similar) I got this one as a gift several years ago, and I love that it folds up nicely. It's also HUGE when you unfold it. It fits in my cross body without taking up too much room for the walk there, and fits all of my finds for the walk home. A definitely necessity. 

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19 August 2016

Atlanta Eats: Tupelo Honey Bottomless Mac & Cheese


Yes, you read that right, and no this isn't clickbait: bottomless macaroni & cheese. Every Thursday at Tupelo Honey Cafe for...wait for it...$10. Okay, so now that you know the specifics, let's dig-in to what a Thursday night at Tupelo Honey really looks like. Brace yourselves, y'all. You're in for a treat. 

Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Cafe opened in Atlanta earlier this summer and has since become a Sandy Springs staple. With their knowledgeable staff, bustling bar, friendly servers, and fantastic food, it's no wonder they've been receiving rave reviews. Tupelo Honey features a dinner specials menu several nights during the week, but I have to say that the Thursday menu was the one that piqued my interest the most. Bottomless macaroni and cheese? Where do I sign-up? 




Every Thursday night starting at 8 o'clock, patrons are invited to try one of five macaroni and cheese combinations...and as many times as you'd like, too. We started with stellar recommendations (and cocktails) from Nathan, Tupelo Honey's amazing beverage manager. Nathan served up all four of Tupelo Honey Cafe's cocktails on tap: Gin & Tonic, Strawberry-Sparkling Sangria, Kentucky Mule, and the ever delightful (and frozen!) Peachy Belle. I unexpectedly loved the Peachy Belle the most, and while I'm not a huge frozen drink gal anywhere but the beach, this drink instantly transported me to a tropical locale. It was insanely delicious and full of robust flavors...and just a pinch of moonshine. Hey, it's the South. 





We noshed on on fried green tomatoes, grilled okra with homemade ranch dipping sauce, and of course, Tupelo Honey's famous biscuits. Then the main event arrived...bottomless mac and cheese for the win, y'all!

We each got two different loaded dishes to try. His? Buffalo macaroni and cheese. Hers? Savory apple. Both? Amazing. Sprinkled with blue cheese, jalapenos, and miniature chicken strips, the Buffalo macaroni and cheese was my favorite of the evening. I loved the subtle buffalo flavor that didn't overpower the dish. The savory apple was delicious, too! Loaded with caramelized onions, Granny Smith apples, and extra cheddar,  it was basically a cheese plate in macaroni form. We also had to get another round of the Crack of Dawn (which you can read about here), and I had to get my own Buffalo because it was just that good. 





Needless to say, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs last night, but we had a fantastic time filling our bellies with fabulous food surrounded by attentive staff. We'll definitely be back to try one of the other weeknights (fried chicken tower, I've got my eye on you). 

Thanks so much to Tupelo Honey Cafe in Sandy Springs for treating us like royalty and to Phase 3 PR for the invitation. It was worth every calorie. 


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