Tuesday, May 3, 2011

We Invade Atlanta

I think I should tell you the entire story of how we ended up in Atlanta for the weekend.  I follow Richard Blais (winner of Top Chef AllStars) on Twitter, and early last week he tweeted that he would be at his Flip restaurants in Atlanta to sign autographs and chat with fans.  Atlanta is about two hours from us, so at first we were just going to buzz up there, just for the day on Saturday.  Then Eric, being as awesome as he is, turned it into a grand adventure.  Here's a little taste of what we did.

The main reason for the trip, going to meet Richard Blais and eat at Flip.  Flip is a boutique burger restaurant, but never fear, I found plenty to eat.  My chickpea Faux Lafal and curried roasted cauliflower were so good.  Better than that, autographs and pics with Richard Blais!!!  He was so nice and regular-people-like.  He chatted with Reese, drew her a picture, and asked us what we were up to.  I mentioned that we ate lunch at Flip, and he said, "Was it good?  Because if it wasn't, I can take care of that for you."  Oh Richard Blais, your restaurant rocks!!!!  I, of course, was all freaked out and couldn't think of anything to say or ask.  I don't meet famous people often, yo.

After the excitement of Flip, we headed to downtown Atlanta.  I love being in a big city, walking around amongst pigeons and tall buildings.  Since we were there, we walked to the Olympic Park.  How did I get so lucky to be with this great guy??

On Sunday, Eric took us to the Georgia Aquarium.  I could have sat around peering into the huge tanks all day.  My favorite fish was the whale shark.  It's almost insane to me that there were FOUR of them swimming around that huge tank.  One of the handful of times I dragged everyone back to it, the whale sharks were being fed.  Pretty cool.

And of course a trip wouldn't be the same without my babies.  I'm not sure they like fish as much as I do, but I think they had a good time.  No, I didn't intend for you to be able to see the entire contents of my nose.  Many of the pics feature me staring in wonder at the tanks.  I couldn't help it, I really do love fish and ocean stuff. 

I didn't know it until we were on our way home, but I really needed a fun weekend.  I don't always realize how stressed out I get, how stressed out we ALL get.  It was a blast to go out to eat and stay in a hotel and just see different things.  We laughed and talked and had a great time.  I feel more ready to deal with reality, that's for sure.


  1. Sounds like a blast! Curried roasted cauliflower...yummmy.
    Glad you had a wonderful weekend :)

  2. Awesome pictures, awesome weekend! I wonder too what I would do if I met someone famous. Would I play it cool? Would I gush? Probably a little of both. I hope the weekend is leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle unpacking and laundry (isn't that always the final reward of any trip? ;)
    Love you guys!