A Week In (and around) Atlanta


We just got back from a week in Atlanta (with a night in Asheville, NC), and it was amazing.  I’d never been anywhere in the South and was honestly SHOCKED by how friendly and polite everyone was.  California, take a lesson.

The whole week we were gone, I ran exactly twice (and the race is now less than a month away. crap.) but I had so much fun hanging with Mike and Ellie, eating tons of good food, exploring new places, and meeting friends from the Internet.

I was soooo looking forward to going to Asheville, but the town itself wasn’t as awesome as I was hoping.  Maybe it’s because I’ve spent time in other hippie towns like Eugene, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz, and maybe it’s because the weather was drizzly and freezing, but I’m glad we only decided to spend one night there.  The food, however, was fantastic.

asheville food

We had lunch at Rosetta’s Kitchen (Buddha bowl for Mike, tempeh reuben for me, and coconut curry for Ellie) and dinner at Laughing Seed (Omega Hempnut burger for Mike, Dal and steamed vegetables for Ellie, and raw Dragon Bowl for me).  I wish both places could open in my neighborhood.

I loved pretty much everything we did in Atlanta, which was basically just cruise around neighborhoods drinking coffee and finding playgrounds.


Can I please just move to Inman Park right now?

We also ate the healthiest meal of the trip at the Varsity. Onion rings, grilled cheese, and a frosted orange? YES PLEASE.

the varsity

Also, I’m pretty sure Atlanta has the best pizza in the country, as random as that may seem. It’s far from glamorous, but it’s BYOB and absolutely delicious.


The city also happens to have a really fun Children’s Museum.  We spent three hours there on Easter, and Ellie just couldn’t get enough.
I also got to meet some Internet friends!  I’ve “known” these people online only for 5+ years and it was awesome to finally meet them in real life.


We had coffee with Annie and Josie (and their adorable kids), a super tasty Cuban lunch with Trish, and ran 7 miles (then drank beer, obviously) with Shelby.

It was such a great trip, and Ellie only screamed a couple times on the plane (she hasn’t flown in a few months, and this trip was MUCH longer than that one, so I was totally worried about having that kid.  Thanks to a few packets of snacks, Mr. Potato Head, and some sticker books, she did really well.)

List of stuff we enjoyed:
The Varsity
Octane Coffee
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Running on the PATH
Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party
Candler Park
Grant Park
Inman Park

6 Responses to “A Week In (and around) Atlanta”

  1. 1 Emily Malone April 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Ahhh I think we were there at the same time! Or might have just missed each other. Wish we’d known! We go to ATL a lot to visit family – definitely a great city.

  2. 2 Kate April 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    We had a blast when we were in Atlanta a couple of years ago too. But sans kid, so it was more walking around neighborhoods, looking for coffee shops, and not worrying about playgrounds!

  3. 3 Lauren April 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Aw, so glad you had fun in our city! I love seeing you with other bloggers I read…thankyouhealthandfitnessboard. 🙂 I’ve never heard of dr bombays so I wil definitely check it out. Sounds like you had a great time, and now I have two local bloggers o add to my list. Thanks!

  4. 4 Josie April 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I think it’s so sweet that you described my kids as “adorable,” when you could have easily said “Wild, crazy, and totally out of control.” 🙂 I had so much fun meeting you and your family! And I need to send you the pic I took of Caroline and Ellie.

  5. 5 Stephanie April 8, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Hi Kate, I have been reading your blog for quite a while now. Thanks for sharing all the great recipes. I don’t think I have commented before now but simply had to say hello today. I read this post last night riding home from Asheville. My middle child goes to school there. It was such a coincidence because we had eaten lunch at Rosetta’s Kitchen that day, and I had the tempeh reuben, too! Peace, Stephanie

  6. 6 Stephanie April 8, 2013 at 6:24 am

    So sorry I misspelled your name in my pevious comment, Cate!!!

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