Goal 18: Try 24 new Atlanta restaurants
Now that the year is coming to an end, I’ve started to revisit my goal list. One of my favorite goals for the year was trying new restaurants in the Atlanta area. I met this goal a couple weeks ago, luckily before we started our super saving for Ireland. Actually, I surpassed this goal and as of today I tried 26 new places this year. They ranged from nice, ornate restaurants to small, casual spots. I really enjoyed most of them and even revisited a few (sadly 1 has gone out of business-Burger Tap). I’ve bolded my top 10 faves
- Iberian Pig
- Ghangis Grill
- Sushi Itto
- Burger Tap
- Gekko Sushi
- Rumi’s Kitchen
- The Spence
- Sonny’s Place
- Killer Burger
- The Original El Taco
- No. 246
- Pasta Vino
- El Senor Taco
- The Optimist
- Leon’s full service
- Pig and Chik
- Holeman and Finch
The most recent was Holeman and Finch. I’ve heard this restaurant mentioned several times, especially regarding their burgers. They have a dinner menu but at 10pm it is burger time. They prepare 24 burgers which are usually sold out in minutes. All the talk around these burgers made me curious but I was not willing to wait for a chance to be 1 of 24 people able to try the burgers at night. Lucky for me, these burgers are a menu item for Sunday brunch. There’s a wait for brunch too but at least I would be guaranteed a burger. Plus, there is seating at the bar and we found seats there versus waiting for a table.
There was a viewing area where you could watch these burgers being assembled. Everything is homemade: the burgers, pickles, and even ketchup and mustard. I was hoping to customize my burger (basically ask for a smaller 1 patty version) but that wasn’t an option. Everyone gets 2 patties with cheese, homemade pickles, sauces, and fries on the side.
Yes, it was delicious! I especially liked the homemade pickles. It was a little too big for me so I left very stuffed and couldn’t eat anything the rest of the day. I’m glad I tried it. Sure, waiting for brunch took a while but it beats waiting at night and not making the cut for the first 24 burgers. Maybe I can go back and try some of their other dinner options.
With our trip to Ireland only a few weeks away, we are now in budget-mode so we have spending money during our trip. My goal is to make it without any major grocery shopping. This will force us to get creative with meals and eat the food we have since we will be gone for a while. We even brought back “breakfast for dinner” nights to Eric’s delight!
After going through our fridge, I found some veggies so I decided to do a baked veggie pasta dish.
- 8 oz chopped mushrooms
- 1 up broccoli florets
- 1 cup of spinach
- 2 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1-2 cups penne pasta
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2-3 tbsp herbs de provence
- olive oil
- sea salt and pepper
Mix mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, and peppers.
Spread on baking sheet.
Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle seasonings.
Bake vegetables at 450 for ten minutes.
Mix with mozzarella, vegetables, and sauce and transfer to a baking dish.
Drizzle remaining olive oil on top and top with Parmesan.
Cover dish with foil and bake at 450 for approximately 20 minutes.
It has been abnormally warm down here in Atlanta. I have yet to unpack my warm winter clothes from the move and I have been getting by just fine with a light fleece. While Georgia’s winters are pretty mild, usually by this time of year, I am wearing a sweater and jacket. Sometimes I forget that it is December and that the holidays are only a few weeks away.
After Thanksgiving, I was pretty determined to purchase a tree and decorate in our new house. Then I thought about it a little more. We will not be celebrating the holidays here and I’m not having a holiday party so no one would really appreciate my tree or decorations. Plus it just feels weird buying and setting up a tree when the temperature has been in the 70s lately. So, I think we are going to do a Charlie brown tree. I like the idea of having meaningful ornaments and since we only have 2 ornaments haha, this seemed like the perfect solution!
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Our 2 ornaments: our wedding and our first house
We were looking for a nice, easy hike to keep visitors entertained for the afternoon. Unicoi state park and other trails are located near Helen, GA and this seemed like the best option for a combo day trip. We tried to avoid anything that would be too difficult or too long since no one was really dressed or prepared for intense hiking. Anna ruby falls is a nice hike located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. It is mostly a short (less than a mile), paved trail which makes it easier. For the more adventurous, there are other longer trails that are connected.
The paved trail starts at the parking lot and leads to viewing decks of Anna Ruby falls. Since it was a nice, sunny day out, we saw several people walking the trail and even more sitting on the viewing decks enjoying the view of the water. It’s amazing how the sound of water can be so calming.