By TWon two girls one cup
I'm a software developer living in Midtown, Atlanta. I wrote the MetaForum
software in 2004.
In 2008 I joined a small startup, Vitrue
, building social media marketing management. It was acquired in 2012 by the Oracle
corporation for $300m.
I also maintain the Forum Atlanta
messageboard. Feel free to stop by and say hello!
I've recently begun completely subjectively reviewing the restaurants and bars in Atlanta
that I've enjoyed recently.
Since April had a week long break, we decided to go out to California for 9 days.
The park is a lot cooler than its signs are. Spent the first day or so in Yosemite.
It was dusty.
Pictures don’t do it justice. You could just sit and stare forever.
Next day we got into Napa and went for a balloon ride.
It was a long ways down …
We may or may not have crashed into someone’s vineyard.
Next up we drove over to Sonoma and spent the day visiting wine tastings.
Next up we stopped off in Berkeley.
And then finally made it into SF. First stop was clearly coffee.
Next was a day trip down to Palo Alto. Got to ride one train…
… and then another train
Then finally, back to SF for the rest of the trip.
Had the best Pho ever …
And then the last picture, on the last day.
It was an awesome trip.
We drove up to the Great Smoky Mountains and did a 3-day, 40 mile hike through the wilderness. It hailed, it rained, the sun shined, and I had a TIL that turkeys can actually fly through the air.
The beginning of the trail at the end of the Smokies
The first descent we had into the valley, heading to the campsite
The low areas – near streams and what not – were actually the more scenic
That chair. That chair can die in a fire, and the rest of its chair family
Bandanas are super fly
We’ll see you again. Only 2,076 miles left.
We had these during dinner at BLT on our trip to NY as an appetizer. They then give you the recipe for them as part of your receipt, so we thought we’d try our hand at making them.
Light and puffy and completely delicious. The popover pan, as we soon discovered, is actually quite vital to getting them to pop, well, over.
Went to NY for the first time, for no other reason than Delta had tickets for cheap. Money well spent.
From battery park
That’s the World Trade Center in the back, with people selling 9/11 and FDNY merchandise in front. There’s some kind of poignant, critical, somber point on society I’m supposed to make here, but I don’t know what it would be.
Yep, thats us. It was cold.
I don’t know what these are for.
This is apparently where Law & Order takes place.
We visited a pretty cool bar, called Swift
The drinks were delicious though.
Then we visited the Museum of Modern Art.
Then our final evening, thanks to Dave, we got a night at the Waldorf Astoria. It was pretty nice. The breakfast buffet was a reasonable $95 per person.
All in all it was an awesome vacation. We ate a ton of pizza, bagels, and cheesecake… but on the other hand, we walked about 27 miles, so they offset I think.
I think this is the first time I’ve bought a Christmas tree myself. I wonder how far away people can see it from.
Testing out the lights beforehand
We appear to have put more lights in the middle.
Now in Technicolor
Best Atlanta Restaurants -
Ordered in rank of how much I enjoyed them. Scores are based on (Food, Environment, Overall Experience)
(8.5,10,10) The food, the location, the chef, the drinks, the company, the stories. All amazing.
(10, 8.5, 9) The bone-in ribeye, the corn pudding.
(9, 9, 9) The garlic dulce pork belly, the seared scallops, the cocktails. The rib-cage massaging house music and restaurant-to-lounge transformation at 11.
(10, 7, 8) The fatty tuna. My god.
Empire State South
(8, 9, 8) The Farm Egg over crisped rice and shiitake mushrooms.
(7, 10, 8.5) The coolest bar in Atlanta.
Barcelona Wine Bar
(8.5, 8, 8) The Pork Belly was the best I've had in Atlanta. For being a wine bar though, their wine selection was pretty limited. Despite that, the wine we did have was delicious. And the outdoor fireplace-backed patio was straight baller.
(8, 8, 8) Deep fried goat cheese.
One Eared Stag
(7, 8.5, 8) The spinalis and tiger prawn and champagne.
TWO Urban Licks
(7, 8, 8) The wine in the barrels, the brisket, the empanadas.
(8, 7, 7) Nice wine list, lots of variety in the menu
(7, 8, 7) The fried chicken, mac n cheese, and the truffle parmesan fries.
(8, 6, 8) The san gennaro, the salsiccia, the wine you brought yourself.
4th & Swift
(7, 8, 7 ) The glass faced open kitchen.
Sushi House Hayakawa
(8, 6, 7) The omakase for the variety.
(6, 8, 7) The whole suckling pig... which turned out to be kind of a pain to eat on your own. Fun though.
(7, 7, 6) Menu could have been more inventive, but the bar was cool.
Holeman & Finch Public House
(6, 7, 6) Pretty sure the burger is a gimmick.