Travelogue: Atlanta (Dec 2016)

Long weekend means road trip time! We flew into Atlanta and began there.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

I’ve always wanted to go to the largest aquarium in the U.S. — the Georgia Aquarium.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

It reminded me of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, which to this day remains my favorite (for blog post on that, click here).

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Next to the aquarium is the World of Coca-Cola.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

With the admission fee, you get a “free” coke at the start of the tour:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Here you can test out all the flavors of Coca-cola products from all the continents in the world.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

After loading up on excessive sugar, we went to eat some BBQ because Atlanta.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Twin Smokers BBQ

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

The brisket was good but the BEST part was their DINOSAUR RIB!

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

The picture does not do it justice. And also the corn souffle (SO GOOD):

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

 

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Ponce City Market reminded me of Chelsea Market in NYC, with lots of food options and retailers selling hipster things:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

The “Beltline” also reminded me of the Highline in NYC, attached to Ponce City Market like the Highline is attached to Chelsea Market.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

I saw a lot of people riding bikes here.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

And of course, the main reason for coming here was for the wall murals nearby:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Dinner at King + Duke:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

My chartreuse!

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Bone marrow and amazing steak.

After dinner, we went to the Ivy for drinks and met up with a friend from college.

Of course I had to do a long exposure night shot of the city skyline:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Next morning, we went to grab some amazing banh mi for $3 (SO FAST AND SO CHEAP):

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

GET THE BANH MI DAC BIET!!!!!!!!!

It’s located inside an Asian shopping center which means lots of parking space and bakeries.

Tea House Formosa for bubble tea:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

And that was it for Atlanta! It was a fun 1.5 day(s?) there, lots of good food and wall murals, kinda rushed because we were short on time. We could’ve eaten more fried chicken there. Next, we head to Chattanooga on the way to Nashville, Tennessee!

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Travelogue: Boston (July 2014)

We took the Megabus to Boston on Sunday. It was a 4.5 hour ride; we slept through most of it. After we got to South Station, we walked to Chinatown — it’s actually only a block away!

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Pho at Xinh Xinh.

We took a cab to the car rental place and got our car. We checked into the hotel to put down our stuff and started our adventure with…

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The New England Aquarium! I looked up their website and found the cheapest parking garage nearby at International Pl – $7 with validation.

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Myrtle the turtle.

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Penguins!

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Seahorses are so cute.

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You can pet starfish and stingrays.

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There’s a spiral stairway that encircles this big tank; once you reach the top, you can look down on it.

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I can’t say this was my favorite; $25 admission and not much interactive exhibits. Their gift shop was tiny.

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We went to a restaurant called “The Ship“… it’s shaped like a ship and decorated like a ship. Very cute.

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The next day, we went to the Sam Adams Brewery for their free tour and free tasting.

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You get a “ticket” like this…

 

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And you follow this schedule…

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Plenty of informational tidbits while you’re waiting.

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Our tour guide, Mike, was hilarious and made the tour entertaining.

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We had 3 tastings: Boston lager, summer ale, IPA. You can refill as much as you want. In the end, we got to take this glass home for free!

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After the tour, the brewery actually provides free shuttles to a local pub named Doyle’s – you get a Sam Adams glass free with purchase. Not too bad.

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Their lobster roll was pretty good; more like a club though, with toasted sourdough.

We stopped by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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No photography allowed! (shhhhh)

 

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We then went to Island Creek Oyster Bar.

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We wanted to taste different types of oysters so we just ordered a dozen assorted.

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The lobster roe noodles were AMAZING. Fatty pieces of short ribs and lobster with delicious pasta…

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Their lobster roll was really good too, comparable to Maine.

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We took a stroll around Newbury Street and Boston Commons.

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Travelogue: New Orleans Days 4-5

On Saturday morning we woke up for the Crescent City Farmers Market to see what the hype was about.

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They sold a variety of goodies.

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They ran out of the famed avocado pops so I got a banana one instead.

 

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It was pretty small and a bit underwhelming, but I did end up buying some pastries and jam.

 

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Next, we went to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. It was the best aquarium I’ve been to.

 

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They have random birds flying around too.

 

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My favorite part was an exhibition called Parakeet Pointe, where you can touch and play with parakeets and they don’t bite.

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Their displays are well maintained.

 

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Then we went to the BEST happy hour deal of all time… 3-6pm everyday at Luke, you can get 50 cent oysters… YES, GOOD QUALITY, big fat oysters!

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The picture doesn’t do it justice. We sat down and ordered 3 dozens.

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Since it was Saturday, weekend brunch was still on at 3pm, so we got this amazing “Eggs in a jar” dish.

 

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Dessert was fantastic also. Definitely the best meal I had in New Orleans.

The next day, we searched for crawfish boil. We found it at Big Fisherman Seafood. It’s a place where you buy x pound of crawfish and go across the street to find a place to sit and peel shells and stuff your face in public.

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They do shrimp too.

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Crawfish pie was pretty good!

 

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We went to the pizzeria across the street and bought a pitcher of Abita, which was perfect with our seafood boil.

 

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One last stroll of Jackson Square before we leave.

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Went to Coop’s Place for dinner, a homey place that serves homey food.

 

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Locals and tourists eat here; they rave about the fried chicken. To me, they were a bit dry. Later on that night we had Popeyes (we’re in Louisiana, of course we have to get it!) and it was a lot better…

 

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Duck quesadilla was the best.

 

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Until next time, New Orleans.